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Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
by Anne Farrow
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good theme, poor professionalism, December 9, 2015
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I have not quite finished reading this book but I will finish it as there is some value in the material. A single star means that I 'hated it' and although I eschew 'hate,' I would say that in the looser sense of the word I 'hated' the inaccuracies and digressions and partialities expressed in the book. I purchased the book because I think it an important story that they North was complicit in the slave trade. One could also point out that there were slave holders and slave traders amongst both blacks and whites and the story of man never seems to fully rid itself from this wicked enterprise even in the modern age.

The beginning of the book was quite promising and I would have expected that I would give four or possibly five stars for this book. Reading further, I began to feel that the title was misleading as it became a story of the evils of the slave traders and the pains of the enslaved - an important story to be sure, and also certainly relevant to the main message, but not to the extent that it overshadows the supposed theme. This alone would have done little more than reduced my rating to three or four stars. What I found to be truly heinous for a book on history whether from a scholar or layman is to manifest inaccuracies that are clearly incorrect and that to repeat these erroneous statements several times.

Let me give one example. On pages 180-181 of the hardbound edition, is the sentence 'In the midst of a long passage on black people in his "Notes on the State of VIrginia," Thomas Jefferson (who sniffed that Wheatley's poetry was "below the dignity of criticism") proposed that black inferiority--"in the endowment of both body and mind" --might be an unchangeable law of nature.' This sentence - especially with the reference to Wheatley - implies bigoted attitudes on the part of the author. That reference would only have been included for that purpose for it is a non-sequitur. Sadly, it is wrong to say he 'sniffed' but would be correct to say that he disliked the religious content of her work so it was not Wheatley, nor her poetry, nor her race that was his objection rather just his disdain for poetry that had such a degree of religion. That red herring aside, we should look at the original sentence in order to restore context to the five words surgically extracted from the work: "I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind." So, in a long passage about the evils of slavery and the equality of red and black men save for socio-economic conditions, Jefferson DISCOUNTS those that suspect that blacks might be inferior.

Such an error alone would have reduced my review to two stars not one, but my confidence in the impartiality of the author was further shaken by later statements such as "If NATIONAL MEMORY COULD TOLERATE A PANTHEON OF RACE SCIENTISTS, first place might be awarded, not to Jefferson, but to Samuel George Morton . . ." Wow! Now we are clearly leaving the domain of responsible writing by implying that Jefferson was a race scientist of the highest (lowest?) order. These ad hominin attacks do not stop there but I tire of recounting them and will close with the observation that the these attacks were to cause for reducing the rating to a single star. I should hasten to say, though, that the message of Northern complicity is important even if one would be wise to vet any statement from these authors.
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The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty he Founded
The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty he Founded
by Ronald Kessler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $34.99
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big dissappointment, January 22, 2014
It's not so bad that the author castigates the man and his family as they might very well deserve it, but he should at least use facts and not assumption. It is not surprising to find the author has written for the "Washington Post" a paper rated less accurate than the "National Enquirer." Not only does one not really learn much from this book, the biases and historical inaccuracies abound.


Quicken Deluxe 2014 [OLD VERSION]
Quicken Deluxe 2014 [OLD VERSION]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shysters!, January 2, 2014
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I have been using this software since it first came out and simply do not have the time to switch. I should think that the capabilities ought not have a sunset. The online capability should have no cost to Intuit unless they were stupid enough to architect it that way yet they want to pretend otherwise. To add insult to injury, they remind you of the sunset after their big promotions end! How does one spell slimy? INTUIT!


John Rabe
John Rabe
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and excellent acting, February 26, 2011
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It is always interesting to see how people react to their situation often belying the stereotypes and often utilizing stereotypes as poignantly depicted in the use of the Nazi flag to protect the innocent victims of the Japanese attack. The cinematography was not stellar but then, of course, there was no fear that the central story would be lost in the mechanics of big-budget movie making. A must see for all mature viewers.


D-Link DIR-665 Xtreme N 450 Gigabit Router Selectable Dual Band 802.11n
D-Link DIR-665 Xtreme N 450 Gigabit Router Selectable Dual Band 802.11n
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Price: $112.99
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much money for too little . . ., December 1, 2010
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This is not a terrible product . . . just not worth the money. I had little difficulty with setting it up, but I did have to spend some time tweaking it to get the best performance. Even then, however, the performance was often worse than my Netgear draft-N router with 300mb/s top speed. In close range tests, the d-link router was marginally better with speed ranging from 270-320 most of the time (it occassionally reached 405 and rarely reached 450). The Netgear was a consistent 300. Throughput was typically better on the d-link so that it averaged 102 mb/s compared to the Netgear at 92mp/s. At long range, the d-link was down to 32mb/s while the Netgear only dropped to 82mb/s.

The slow long-range performance and only marginally better short-term performance do not speak well for this product. Worse still, connection to the device takes considerably longer. I would recommend against buying this router.


Liberalism and Social Action (Great Books in Philosophy)
Liberalism and Social Action (Great Books in Philosophy)
by John Dewey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.82
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8 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, September 13, 2010
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I must say that I do not agree with the author's ideology anymore than I do that of other socialists such as Karl Marx or Adolf Hitler, but it is very interesting to read the thought's of a truly mad genius. Whereas some evil persons can convince many of the people some of the time, Dewey seems to have convinced many of the people for all time. Maybe if all intellectuals with common sense (a small minority of intellectuals I should think) would read this book and act to counteract its influence the world might rise from its current slide into the tyranny of socialism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money . . ., September 13, 2010
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The author's writing itself is fine, but it it hard to tell from this rip-off reproduction. This was obviously done with some low-budget character recognition software combined with no-budget proofing. The only thing to encourage you to buy this would be a deep seated desire to have an example of a poorly reproduced book or if you desire the original work and cannot find an affordable copy of the original publication.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of American Independence, June 2, 2010
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Critics of the Jay Treaty like to say that independence from Britian was never a reality, but even those that insist that we were independent will have trouble arguing against the fact that soon after becoming an imperial nation, we allied ourselves with the imperial interests of the United Kingdom and have been wedded to them ever since. The process by which the Americans were herded into this relationship is well documented in this book. A must read for all.


Pyle Home PYPBHD40 Component Video and SPDIF to HDMI Converter with Audio Support (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Pyle Home PYPBHD40 Component Video and SPDIF to HDMI Converter with Audio Support (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck, May 1, 2010
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I was attracted by the low price relative to adapters that cost several hundred dollars, but the thing does not work well at all. I can at least say that it resulted in a picture that was discernable, but the quality was far inferior to what one would get using composite video. I was hoping for no loss of quality and expected some, but I certainly did not expect such a muddy, blurry picture with noticable staircasing. Run, don't walk, away from this adapter.


End the Fed
End the Fed
by Ron Paul
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fed In One Lesson, September 8, 2009
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Although one reader was dissapointed that Ron did not explain some of the technical terms he thought it was great that it was a short, easy read. That seems contradictory but it did make me reflect on how Ron's book is similar to Henry Hazlitt's book "Economics in One Lesson" in that he is able to relate the essence of what is wrong with the institution to the novice in clear and simple terms and like Hazlitt's book, "End the Fed" is worth a read even if one is not a novice.

Many readers, especially novices, will also benefit from the "Suggested Reading" list at the end of the book. It is slanted towards books available from the Mises Institute, but that only makes sense. Personally, I enjoyed the autobiographical portions of the book the most.

"End the Fed" is part of the "Revolution" and if you agree with what is in this book, you might want to buy a few copies to hand out!


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