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Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi (Penguin's Library of American Indian History)
Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi (Penguin's Library of American Indian History)
by Timothy R. Pauketat
Edition: Hardcover
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22 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A flop, September 8, 2009
The text of Cahokia, Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi cries out for illustrations. The only illustrations are an aerial panoramic view on the dust cover, two smallish maps, and one cut-away of of Cahokian Indians building a stick hut. where is an illustration of a glyph so enthusiastically described. No rock formations, not stone axes or other artifacts, no flint heads, and no reconstructed aerial or plano views. Only one minor mention of possible tribal connection with eastern Mound Builders in Indiana, and none about the major Mound Builder cultures in Ohio. I am a casual reader of all sorts of things, And this book left me flat and disappointed for its lack of scope.
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Covenant Hall: A Bay Tanner Mystery (Bay Tanner Mysteries)
Covenant Hall: A Bay Tanner Mystery (Bay Tanner Mysteries)
by Kathryn R. Wall
Edition: Hardcover
38 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, May 29, 2009
Some of us read just for the pleasure of it. And to me a good book is one that flows, sentence to sentence, and thought to thought. Jumping around is distracting, and Kathryn Wall is consistant with a smooth flow. Yet surprises come out of nowhere. That is a nice art. A delightful way to entertain oneself.


War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider
War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider
by Lou DiMarco
Edition: Hardcover
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't frighten the horses, October 20, 2008
A wonderful detailing of the specifics and generics of 3000 to 4000 years of horse and rider cooperative development. Easy reading. Except the type face is too small and it lacks enough illustrations. I realize that getting proper quality illustrations is a true burden and getting releases equally so. But this book could have been a six for me with more photos or line drawings. Want to read another great horse book? Try: The Horse in the City: Living Machines in the Nineteenth Century by Clay McShane & Joel Turr.


Flintlock Fowlers: The First Guns Made in America
Flintlock Fowlers: The First Guns Made in America
by Tom Grinslade
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well illustrated, July 20, 2008
18th Century American fowlers are the foundation of the later elaborate Kentucky rifles of the Golden Age. This wonderful book, with grand photographs illustrates and describes American gunsmiths' early production. There were French, British, and other arms in this part of the world since the early 1700's. But this book describes those with American connections, and although published years later, this book actually sets the stage for readers of Kindig's Kentucky rifle book. For newcomers into the realm, start with the fowler book, and then go to the Kindig book.


Cowgirl's Cookbook: Recipes For Your Home On The Range
Cowgirl's Cookbook: Recipes For Your Home On The Range
by Jill Charlotte Stanford
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.85
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me hungry, July 20, 2008
Good books are good because they have a rhythm, a flow, that connects parts. That is no easy chore in a recipe book, but Ms. Stanford's side bars and personal comments create that flow. I cannot cook, but I have read the book with pleasure, and it made me hungry. I am going ask my grandchildren to fix me stuff. The photos and Western connection certainly added to pleasure of reading.


The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver-Third Edition -Swift's silver mine discovered
The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver-Third Edition -Swift's silver mine discovered
by Robert A. Prather
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.95
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The strange case of Jonathan Swift, July 4, 2008
Mostly a waste of time - filled with anecdotal "facts" and assumptions. About as meaningful as Pres Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy and Pres. Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln. I have assigned my copy to the weekly collection recycling service.


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