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Guide for the Pissed-Off Job-Seeker: Angry? Good! Use That Anger to Get Work!
Guide for the Pissed-Off Job-Seeker: Angry? Good! Use That Anger to Get Work!
by Irv Zuckerman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.46
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Outside of the Box Thinking, April 15, 2013
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I have met Irv Zuckerman and he is a very charming man. His Book Guide for the Pissed off Job Seeker is insightful on many levels. He takes a very unconventional approach of reaching out to past employers for recommendations. His thinking is to do what the average person will not do. He has fresh sounding cover letters that can be used for most situations. His methods on guiding the interview are the most valuable tool of all when used appropriately.

There are a few drawbacks. Irv's focus seems mostly on the laid off executive and less so on the mid-career person. His approach does not fully involve the value that a temporary to permanent recruiter can have. He tries to summarize all situations under one category and that cannot always be done.
Nonetheless, the spot on guiding interviews and cover letters make this book very worthwhile.


Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap Into the Hidden Job Market using Social Media and 999 other Tactics Today
Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap Into the Hidden Job Market using Social Media and 999 other Tactics Today
by Jay Conrad Levinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.65
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthy, April 15, 2013
Clearly Guerilla Marketing For Job Hunters 3.0 is among the best job hunter books on the market. It covers every aspect of the job search process from the shocking layoff, to the modern resume, to the many ways to seek employment. It does not discount any method of job hunting but does favorite networking approach. The details behind each metod are very useful.

Most helpful are the specific case studies illustrating success stories. Even more helpful are the many links to appropriate websites. We all know about Linked In but David Perry goes into detail about how to use Linked In for maximum benefit. Such less known sites as ZoomInfo are discussed. The book is clearly long on modern approaches.

The section on questions to ask the interviewer is especially valuable by their well thought out style. The job game has changed but Guerilla Marketing For Job Hunters 3.0 is a very valuable tool that takes a positve and clear approach to success.


Friends with Benefits
Friends with Benefits
DVD ~ Justin Timberlake
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing if a Bit Contrived, March 5, 2013
This review is from: Friends with Benefits (DVD)
Defintely not the most realistc dvd out there. But it moves at a good pace and the main characters are amusing even if the female recruiter is unusually agressive in her methods and language.Not the type of lady(and I use the word loosely) that a self respecting many would date. But maybe Justin Timberlake's character is lacking in that area as well as intimacy.

You know how the movie is going to end shortly after the beginning. However, the little twists and turns along the way definitely make it an interesting ride. The female recruiter's mom is especially amusing as a free spirited soul who has not truly found her soul mate.

This is not Oscar material by any means but its a light romantic comedy/drama which will keep you interested.


Dinner for Schmucks
Dinner for Schmucks
DVD ~ Steve Carell
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2.0 out of 5 stars In Poor Taste, March 5, 2013
This review is from: Dinner for Schmucks (DVD)
This movie is filled with unlikeable annoying characters from start to finish. Even the main hero has questionable integrity but eventually does the right thing by standing up to his evil boss. But how many times have we seen this theme done before and done so much better. The"schmuck" that the main character recruits just does not have a clue how to behave and does not havetheelf respect to prosecute the hero for running him over. His taxidermist hobby is actually appealing in spots. However his complete lack of self respect defies any reasonable behavior expectations even for someone mildly abnormal.

Just pass on this poor attempt at slap stick humor.


The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the ... Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best
The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the ... Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best
by Jeff Pearlman
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing's Run To Glory, March 5, 2013
The good definitely out weighs the bad in this account of the rowdy 1986 Mets. Jeff Pearlman gives a fine account of each of the players who made up this rowdy bunch that include Straw, The Kid, Foster, Nails, Backman, Mitchell, Mazizilli. Doc and Eddie Hearn. Yes Eddie Hearn shoots straight from the hip about his more famous players specifically Strawberry. The drug, drinking and violence are all discussed in depth.

Especially gripping is the play by play account of the Mets struggles for the pennant vs. the Astros and the World Series vs, the Bosox. The details behind each pitch leading to the miraculous comeback where the Mets were one strike away from defeat is captivating. A very nice endng on how the Mets did not follow up strongly in subsequent seasons and eventually fell back into mediocrity.

The account of the regular season was little less appealing as much of the regular season the author adds little of what is not already known. A deeper account of George Foster's fall from grace would have been helpful. Why did George sit on the bench while his teammates left the bench in the brawl with the Reds?

Still a nice trip down memory lane of a special team that could have been a dynasty.


Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!
Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!
by Lisa Pulitzer
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Point of View, July 18, 2012
Wheras the characters in this book are certainly unsavory, I find the insight into the Mafia quite intriguing. Amazing how so many years ago, the reading disability of a young Italian man left him to take matters into his own hands. Thus the Gambino Crime family left a bloody trail of destruction. Lives of many were impacted and the children of Sammy The Bull were forced to grow up with twisted morals.

Where one kind of know's where life is headed for Sammy The Bull and his family, its the twists and turns along the way that makes this account a worthy read. Strong on detail and it makes one think where organized crime might be brewing in one's neighborhood.


Defying Evil: How the Italian Army Saved Croatian Jews During the Holocaust
Defying Evil: How the Italian Army Saved Croatian Jews During the Holocaust
by Benjamin Wood
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful, July 18, 2012
Not only is Wood's account of the Italian Army's efforts to save Jewish lives well reserched, it also gives excellent information about World War 2 from many perspectives. The evil facist regime of Germany and their snooty attitudes towards the rest of the world. Hitler's Comments about meeting the Arab leader was just priceless. It shows you how an evil, insane yet very organized methodical man like Hitler caused such a big commotion. The Italians just wanted power and did not care to wipe out minorities.

The fact that many Italians switched ssides during the war shows you the varying politics involved. Romania had the ssame attitude to a lesser degree. Just amazing how so much detail was involved to combat the evil Hitler led Axis. I like the personaliteis even on the Allies sides and the relations between Americans and British.

An excellent read that will keep you thinking about each countries part in a critical time in World History.


Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)
Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)
by Wendy Holden
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Covers All Bases, May 21, 2012
Heaven and Hell the tell all biography of Don Felder's life in the Eagles is very insightful. You learn of the early years of Mr.Felder and the relationship with his parents. In addition much insight is gained on Mr. Felder's skill as a struggling musician and sideman with Graham Nash and David Crosby among others.

Finally Mr. Felder takes Bernie Leadon's invite to move to California with his new wife and utlize his talent in the rock music world. One thing leads to another and Felder is a part of the high flying Eagles. There is plenty of turmoil but the success of the music gives Mr. Felder a lifestyle that many can only dream about. ith it comes the price of constant acrimony with his band mates as well as constant touring and sex drugs and rock n roll.

The stories behind the songs and the relationships are priceless. Its simply amazing how this band endured so much and yet put out such amazing music. When the group orgially broke up, Felder should have stuck with his success and been more engaged with his family and not worried abut being included in mini-reunions. If he maintained a sense of independence, perhaps the so caled Gods-Glenn Frey and Don Henley might have come off their high horses. Instead he jumped into a full fledged reunion with too much of his own agenda. As much as Frey and Henley may have been distant and abusive in their behaviors, without them the Eagles would not have gone very far. Meisner and Leadon most certainly added to the Eagle Sound(as well as the others). Nonetheless, Henley and Frey were the straws that stirred the Eagle drink.

The opinions of Felder, Schmidt and Walsh should have been sought out by the so called Gods. Alot of acrimony would have been avoided. But nontheless, Walsh prefferred the life of being in the band and having an occasional solo recording. Schmidt knew he was not in the trenches with these guys from the beginning and therefore fully knew and accepted his role. Felder always seemed to push the envelope. He could have been content with his role and acted a little independent instead of whining and crying from time to time. There is no doubt that Don Henley and Glenn Frey were out for themeselves. However there are constructive ways to handle such people and Don Felder was not always prudent in that respect. He should have thought of his family and carefully communicated with his wife to preserve his marraige realizing that things are always evolving.

At least Felder seems to admit his faults and mmistakes to some degree. The dialogue fom Susan Felder really hit home with Don and he at least is not so egotistical where he cannot accept another point of view. He recognizes both the pluses and minuses of Glenn Frey and Don Henley. These insights definitely show Felder is human as opposed to say Sammy Hagar who seems focusd on his own self in his tell all book Red.

Anyway, Don Felder's life story and most notably his really fair minded insight of one of the greatest and most successful American Bands, The Eagles. This is a worthy read on all accounts.


Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team
Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team
by Matthew Silverman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.94
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Quick Read, May 21, 2012
Mr. Silverman sums up the many ups and downs of the Amazing New York Mets. The book is fun and easy to read without going into excessive boring detail. Each year has its own story as well as the key players in the 50 year history of the Mets. Accounts of the best and worst Met games are quite a joyous ride down memory lane. A very humorous account of the Mets agonizing final loss of the 2007 season. Glavine please put down the ball. The thrilling play in the ball off the wall in 1973 sums up the You Gotta Believe Attitude of the Amazings.

The insight on the top 50 players and honorable mentions are quite captivating. Naturally there may be some idsagreement here and there andthe WAR statistics do not engage the reader enough. Nonetheless, the writings and insights of Mr. Silverman makes this a fun read that is very current.


Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock
Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock
by Joel Selvin
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read But Not Much To Say, May 21, 2012
These days it seems like any rock n roller or any sports athelte has a story. Sammy Hagar is a good not great musician. He had some success as a solo artist and with Montrose but certainly his greatest claim to fame was replcing David Lee Roth as the lead singer in Van Halen.

His stories of the Van Halen brothers specifically Eddie are definitely slanted. No doubt alcoholics can have destructive personalites. But is Sammy Hgar the best judge of character? Notice early on in this tell all book he criticizes a neighbors wife as crazy because she is a Russian Jew. How the editors let this remark get published is beyond me. I am sure Mr. Hagar is more ignorant than prejudiced but there still is no place for a remark like that. Mr. Hagar portrays himself as a victim of his upbringing with a disfunctional alcoholic father and questionable role models. The fact that he stole his first guitar and his own issues with substance abuse makes one think how beleiveable is this man. The man hit it lucky by basically being an approachable regular working class guy and never giving up. I admire his do not quit attitude but there is no doubt that his upbriging effects his emotional state even today.

Whereas I enjoy reading his personal account of the Van Halen saga, Sammy takes little account into the mistakes he may have made. Sammy Hagar certainly had his day in the sun as a musician and certainly was smart enough to inest in Cabo Wabo, his restaurant and other enterprises. Whereas I appreciate Sammy's hard work ethic, I question to at least some degree the accuracy and bias behind Sammy's story.


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