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Stan Musial: An American Life
Stan Musial: An American Life
by George Vecsey
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Subject But Surprisingly Poor Writing, July 19, 2011
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I can't deny the book is gripping because Stan Musial's life story is a good one indeed. But I am really surprised to find Vecsey's writing so poor. He is full of facts, has done the research and interviews and he clearly relishes his subjects - both the man and the game. But his work is disjointed, full of redundancies and the language is dull and witless. Page 132 - They rushed to Penn Station to catch the overnight train to St. Louis, for their date with the Red Sox and Ted Williams." Then a page later on 134 - "That afternoon, in Brooklyn, the Cardinals had won the playoff against the Dodgers, and now they were en route to their appointment with the Red Sox." Many anecdotes are loose threads left hanging from the ratty fabric that is this book - and the reader is left wanting more detail, more continuity, more readability. I am guessing Vecsey is a fine columnist, comfortable with a page or two - maybe an essay. If this book is any evidence, he is not much of a storyteller. I appreciate his effort to raise Musial's profile to its deserved status. But in the end, I choose Roger Kahn any day.


Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote with Color Touchscreen
Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote with Color Touchscreen

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, November 15, 2010
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I just bought a second Harmony One to replace the first which unfortunately wore out after about 18 months of daily use. Why buy another one if the first didn't really hold up you ask? I guess I might say I am hoping that the second one will be more robust. But the real answer is that the setup, operation, ergonomics, flexibility and overall ease of use of the Harmony One is so good I can't imagine running the electronics systems without it.


The Invention of Air
The Invention of Air
by Steven Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Promise, A Flimsy a Presentation and a Fatal Flaw, March 21, 2009
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I plowed through this light quasi-biography and couldn't understand why Johnson's effort never truly resonated until the very end. He makes some compelling connections across time and discipline but I found myself consistently wanting more: more detail, more evidence, more synthesis. I kept chalking my disappointments up to the notion that Johnson was purposely dumbing down the read to give it a broader audience - a mechanism employed at great peril but not without its merits. But I couldn't escape the sense that Johnson himself isn't quite sharp enough. He has big ideas, makes some fine observations, utilizes incisive methods (zooming out), and promotes the benefits of a broader, more integrated, less specialized approach to science but there is simply not enough substance to go around. Indeed, his writing is marginal and loaded with redundancies but the occasional historical tidbit (the Birmingham mob scene), and cross-disciplinary connection (revolution and the gulf stream) are sufficiently strong to keep one moving on through the book looking for more. Despite my misgivings, I really wanted to like this book but I found the tipping point on page 205. Johnson reveals he is not up to the task when he lumps intelligent design in with, "...so many of today's discoveries..." including stem cell research, neuroscience and the genomic revolution. It explains his unnecessary labeling of Jefferson as a Christian and exposing a religious bias at odds with his subject revealing an explanation for his inability to commit to it. Read it for what its worth not more.


Staircases : = Treppen = Escaliers = Escaleras (Multilingual Edition)
Staircases : = Treppen = Escaliers = Escaleras (Multilingual Edition)
by Ana G. Canizares
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars redundant and lacking detail, October 29, 2008
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While it has a nice smallish format, this book is poorly organized, provides little insight into the advantages and disadvantages of the various stair types and thinly spreads a few types across the many pages to little beneficial effect. The photos often reveal little of the form and when multiple views are used, they tend not to be well differentiated. Finally, with no real detailing, little mention of code and no view of history, this is merely a simple picturebook.


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