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Apple ATI Radeon 5770 1 GB ZML  MC742ZM/A
Apple ATI Radeon 5770 1 GB ZML MC742ZM/A
7 used & new from $139.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good card at very affordable price, August 21, 2015
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The card was super easy to install and works as advertised on a (1,1) Mac Pro. Please note that as the seller advertised, this is not a "stock" 5770. It is modified such that there are two DVI outputs and two mini DV ports. When my Cinema Display is connected to the bottom DVI port on, the system boots with the Apple logo. The fan on this card is very quiet, much quieter than my previous 4800 series Radeon. I also run Windows via Bootcamp. After installing the card the resolution was all off, easily taken care of via Monitor control panel, and then downloading Catalyst Control Center for latest drivers. Interestingly, CCC recognizes this card as a 6000 series.


Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid Protective Case for HTC one M8 - Clear/Black
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid Protective Case for HTC one M8 - Clear/Black
Offered by BrilloTech
Price: $14.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good deal, July 3, 2015
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Did what it is supposed to do. Phone no longer slips out of my hand


The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
by William Strunk Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory for any writer, August 27, 2013
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In the spirit of the book, I invoke the rule that says "omit needless words." Short, clear, concise, and useful book!


Baseball As I Have Known It
Baseball As I Have Known It
by Fred Lieb
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat sensationalized, but entertaining, August 27, 2013
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This book is the memoirs of Fred Lieb, an early reporter of baseball in the Deadball era. He lived to an old age and saw a lot of stars come and go. Lieb has a folksy sort of delivery, which is pretty engaging. It's hard to put the book down, as Lieb had so many stories about these characters. However, later historians have noted a number of Lieb's remembrances are factually wrong or somewhat controversial. Enjoy the read, but be mindful of that.


Deadball Stars of the American League: The Society for American Baseball Research
Deadball Stars of the American League: The Society for American Baseball Research
by Steve Steinberg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, August 27, 2013
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Though not quite as good as it National League predecessor, this book is still a must-have for any fan of the Deadball era. The well-knowns (Cobb, Ruth, Johnson) are all there, as are many of the lesser-known characters (Germany Schaefer) and oddballs.


Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
by Peter Longerich
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustively researched and thorough, August 22, 2013
This review is from: Heinrich Himmler (Hardcover)
Writing a biography of Himmler must have been hard. This volume is something like 800 pages, and is not an easy read at all. The author is to be commended for such a thoroughly researched biography. The subject, however, had few to no redeeming values at all- after all, he was one of history's greatest mass murderers, and psychopaths, and this makes for a tiring read. This is not the author's fault. I think he documented Himmler's life well. If you want to read about the "banality of evil", as Arendt has stated, this book is an excellent choice. I'll also say this book is not aimed for the casual reader- rather to only WWII history buffs who don't mind tons of references and footnotes.


With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Valet
With Hitler to the End: The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Valet
by Heinz Linge
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biased, but informative, August 22, 2013
Linge was Hitler's valet for ten years. This book recounts his daily life in the presence of Hitler. Linge's devotion to Hitler is obvious; he didn't seem sorry of any of Hitler's many crimes against Germans and humanity. However, his recounting of daily events, the main Nazi players and their intrigues, and the "banality" of life in the Berghof is captivating. I think this book, in combination with those by Traudl Junge, Otto Dietrich paint a fairly good picture of Hitler's daily life. I have not read Christa Schroeder's recounting, and will look forward to that as well.


Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death
Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death
by Roger Manvell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paints a good picture of the monster Goebbels, August 22, 2013
The first part of the book, which details Goebbels's youth, is a little dry. The book becomes more interesting as it describes Goebbels's climb up the Nazi ladder. Goebbels was a prolific writer and diarist, so you read in his own words what kind of a monster he really was- completely devoted to Hitler, the Nazi cause, and the eradication of the Jews. Books like these make us remember why World War 2 was known as "the good fight".


Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.40
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read on the corrupting effect of absolute power, August 22, 2013
I wanted to know more about Stalin and the Soviet system during World War 2, so I picked this up. I was not disappointed. This is a well-researched and well-documented recounting of the inner workings of the Politburo under Stalin. At times it reads a little dryly, but the tyranny, cruelty, and indiscriminate killings by this paranoid dictator clearly show through. This man, more than any other in the Soviet Union, sent millions of innocent people (including his own family members) to their deaths, made the lives of tens of million others miserable beyond belief, and apparently never lost much sleep over it. His Politburo minions simply did what he said, knowing they were just buying time until Stalin eventually framed and then executed them. If you want to see the results of uncontrolled and unchecked power, this is the book for you. I never thought I would say this, but this man (Stalin) was as bad if not worse than Hitler. And that's saying a lot!


Hitler's Elite
Hitler's Elite
by Louis Leo Snyder
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalized sketches, February 15, 2013
I agree with what others have said...this work is too biased to be taken seriously. The overall tone is emotional and sensationalistic, rather than factual. Also, this is a fairly old work (the version I have dates to 1989) and many of the "facts" have since been disproved by other historians. For example, the story of Heydrich shooting at his reflection in the mirror, or that he had a Jewish grandfather or grandmother. While it gets the "big picture" right on these awful people, it really fails in the details- to the point you don't know what the author says as fact is fiction.


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