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No Parachute: A Classic Account of War in the Air in WWI
No Parachute: A Classic Account of War in the Air in WWI
by Arthur Gould Lee
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight into Early Aviation Warfare, December 3, 2014
I'm so happy to see that this book has been published again. I stumbled onto this book in the early 90s when I was with obsessed with the history of World War I aviation. This book was so fantastic I can still remember it vividly nearly twenty years later. It's amazing what these young men summoned up the courage to do.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the early history of aviation.


Ryan Adams [Explicit]
Ryan Adams [Explicit]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams Returns with Best Album Since Cold Roses, September 9, 2014
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Ryan Adams' self titled/produced album is one of his best records since the 3 album year of 2005. Adams hasn't sounded this confident and natural since Cold Roses. "Ryan Adams" features a few rockers but the album is anchored by "My Wrecking Ball." The song about Adams' late grand mother is an emotional knockout.

Every Ryan Adams record features songs that his fans will love, but this album is fantastic from start to finish.


Pilot [HD]
Pilot [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pilot, August 31, 2014
Outstanding pilot by Whit Stillman. Very well written and performed.


Yo
Yo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Suprise, June 2, 2014
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Alex Greenwald’s solo album has been rumored for a long time since Phantom Planet’s indefinite hiatus. So it’s kind of surprising that the album was released with no promotion. It was available for almost a month before there was even a tweet about it. Maybe it's a social experiment. Maybe he just doesn't really care for these songs? It doesn't really matter, it's a great record.

The album is relatively short, but there’s not much wasted time after the 13 second opening track. “Track03” which is actually track 4 is trippy song about a mix CD. The highlights for me are “Balisong,” “On My Own,” and “R.O.T.K.” Fans of Phantom Planet should enjoy the album. There are some great pop songs on this record. The sonic landscape of Yo is far more diverse than Greenwald’s band days, but for fans craving Phantom Planet “Balisong” and “R.O.T.K.” should suffice.

The last track "You Found Each Other" could have fit on JJAMZ's album Suicide Pact, but is a nice close to the album. I would give Yo 5 stars, but it's a little too short. It's an outstanding record. Hopefully, Mr. Greenwald keeps making music. This record proves he still write great songs.


Acoustic at The Ryman (Live)
Acoustic at The Ryman (Live)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphent Live Album, February 11, 2014
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Acoustic at the Ryman serves as an excellent look back at Band of Horses over the last eight years. In that time they've released four great albums. This live set could be released as a greatest hits album, but instead it serves as a magnificent reintroduction to songs fans all know and love.

The acoustic version of "Wicked Gil" and "Funeral" are worth purchasing the album along. Fans of Band of Horses will love this record. It's a testament of the band's skill and songwriting ability. Outstanding work all around.


Coolidge
Coolidge
by Amity Shlaes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin Coolidge: The Last American Idealist, August 9, 2013
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Amity Shlaes' new book Coolidge is essential reading for those who want to understand how the Progressive movement moved the nation toward the tax-and-spend policies that are commonplace today.

Calvin Coolidge was a strong believer in service, but he also respected the idea that our leaders shouldn't be glorified. President Coolidge understood that nothing hurts American business more than uncertainty. The White House is no place for experimentation. Coolidge cleaned up Harding's mess, lowered taxes, increased tax revenues, and reduced the post-war debt. It was a remarkable achievement that he accomplished against the growing Progressive movement that was in both parties.

In 1927, President Coolidge was expected to run for another term. His reelection was basically guaranteed. However, Coolidge decided not to seek reelection. His decision not to run had devastating consequences. It allowed the Progressive Herbert Hoover to get a elected. President Hoover was a firm believer in government intervention and his policies after the stock market crash in 1929 were a large reason the economic downturn was so severe.

Shlaes doesn't go into too much detail about Hoover. That's in her fantastic book The Forgotten Man. Calvin Coolidge was a very popular president whose term is overshadowed by the Great Depression. It seems fitting that a man who thought worshiping presidents was in poor taste has been lost in time thanks in part to the deification of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It's been nearly 100 years and the United States has learned all the wrong lessons from that period. Thanks to Progressive intelligentsia it's not likely that the United States' policy makers will change course any time soon.


Raise The Dead
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums of 2008, June 18, 2009
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I purchased this album over one year ago and I'm still listening to it on a regular basis. For me this is by far the most underrated release of 2008. The first four tracks are amazing. Phantom Planet has successfully made three very different, but very good albums. I'm a huge fan of the last self-titled effort, but Raise the Dead is a satisfying addition to the Phantom Planet catalog.

The standout tracks on the album are "I Don't Mind," "Dropped," "Raise the Dead," and "Leader." I also highly recommend the bonus track "Ivory Daggers" which should have been on the standard release of the album. Phantom Planted have entered an "indefinite hiatus" earlier this year but hopefully they keep making music. Alex Greenwald has a knack for writing catchy songs. I can't wait to hear more.


Toshiba 40RV525R 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
Toshiba 40RV525R 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Entry Level HD TV, June 18, 2009
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I've had this TV for three weeks and I'm happy with the quality. I had a relatively small living room so I needed a smaller TV and this model works perfectly. It displays all the HD channels well. Compared to a $3000 Sony I can tell a slight difference but it's marginal. At $700 level you can't really complain.

As other reviews have pointed out the sound isn't impressive, but it works for my small room. If you're looking for something louder you'll have to hook it up to a system.

Overall I'm really happy with the TV.
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A Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement
A Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement
by John William Middendorf
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Insight Insight into the 1964 Presidential Election, February 17, 2008
Before reading A Glorious Disaster my knowledge of the 1964 presidential election was shallow. I knew Lyndon Johnson defeated Goldwater in a landslide, but I never really knew anything about the nuts and bolts of the campaign. The 1964 election is an odd one. Johnson had just become president after the Kennedy assassination (killed by a Marxist; go figure). As senator, Johnson served as a conservative southern Democrat. He voted against every Civil Rights bill while he was in Congress. Johnson only shifted his opinion later because of the popularity of the measure. Johnson's ambitions were much stronger than any ideology. Wishing to leave his mark on history, Johnson moved rapidly to the left as president.

Goldwater become the conservative choice in 1962. The liberal wing of the Republican party was always hostile to a Goldwater nomination. Unable to rally behind the candidate, it was Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney (Mitt Romney's father) who ultimately torpedoed any hope for Goldwater. Early on they branded the Arizona Senator as a tool of the extreme right. It was an absurd accusation, but one that Goldwater was never able to shake during the campaign.

I got the sense reading this book that Goldwater wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy. His campaign was run by a bunch of Arizona loyalists who weren't involved in the draft movement. From the beginning Goldwater was consigned to defeat. He didn't want to run against Johnson, whom he felt would do anything to win the election. Goldwater's fears were indeed founded. LBJ used the CIA and FBI for campaign surveillance. These abuses of power by the executive branch dwarf anything Nixon ever did, and perhaps anything anyone has done who's ever served as president. However, it's not likely it affected the outcome of the election. Goldwater never communicated a clear vision, and was constantly on the defensive. The campaign was run poorly and most of the major newspaper editors throughout the country were adamantly opposed to Goldwater.

Despite the election setback it was the birth of the conservative movement. I don't think Goldwater was ever really the right person for the cause. He didn't communicate well enough, but at that time he was the closest thing to an electable candidate. During that election the former actor Ronald Reagan made his now famous "a Time for Choosing" speech that would ultimately make him the face of the conservative movement. His speech is still relevant today.

The author of the book J. William Middendorf II, served as the treasurer during the campaign and later for the RNC. His meticulousness attention to detail paints a clear portrait of that period. Middendorf later went on to serve as the Ambassador to the Netherlands under Nixon and later became the Secretary of the Navy. The book is a nice little historic insight into the birth of the conservative movement. A movement that ultimately changed our current political landscape and brought us Ronald Reagan.
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Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
by Ian Ayres
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5.0 out of 5 stars Numbers Don't Lie, February 17, 2008
Ayres' offers example after example of real world number crunching that are challenging conventional wisdom. From the predicting the taste of wine for a given year, to projecting future box office success of potential scripts, data crunching is changing the way people think. The amount of information available is making these kind of regressions possible for the first time. Ayres' book has really changed the way I think about problem solving and coming up with new solutions. The book stays away from politics, while Ayres points out Super Crunchers all over the country that are making changes in education, insurance, and medicine. I highly recommend this book for people who love statistics and intuition based economics.


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