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Winning A Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood
Winning A Debate With An Israel-Hater: How to Effectively Challenge Anti-Israel Extremists in Your Neighborhood
by Dr. Michael Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Informative, filled with useful, topical information, April 30, 2016
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I learned a lot from reading this informative yet entertaining book, and I recommend it. I had known so little about its subject matter, that at first I thought I would read it a second time in order to absorb more of the details of its content. But I concluded there are other worthwhile books as well, and so instead of re-reading it I am instead reading another book which I also recommend, namely the New York Times bestseller, "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel" by Ari Shavit. Another book I am reading, which I especially recommend to those who have been to Israel, is the book by Tuvia Tenenbom that was a number one bestseller in Israel. Its title is a little strange and highly misleading (which is why I don't mention the book's name), but you will know it when you find it on Amazon. Tenenbom's book "recounts the adventures of gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders around Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven months-- sometimes at the risk of his life..."


Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew 3th (third) edition Text Only
Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew 3th (third) edition Text Only
by Ethelyn Simon
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be SURE to purchase BOTH the paperback AND the audiobook., April 30, 2016
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The audiobook version of this excellent book has been specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the paper(back) version of this book. So for example, in the audiobook the speaker (there are two: a woman and a man) will say, "now turn to page 3". I listen to the audiobook on my iPhone, which works very well because the controls of the iPhone audiobook app make it easy to start and pause the audiobook. I especially like the way the audiobook reads the questions and the answers. I can try to answer the question myself while pausing the audiobook, then play the audiobook's answer and compare it to mine.

A minor annoyance with the book is that they do not teach the names of the consonants and vowels. I easily get around this (for me) deficiency by using the excellent "Aleph-Bet Flash Cards", which I also highly recommend. For me, it is much easier to remember the shape of a vowel or a consonant if I have a name for it that I can memorize. So for example, the consonant named "Lamed" is for the "L" sound, so knowing its name makes it easier to remember its sound when I see that consonant written down.

All in all, this book in conjunction with its audiobook is first class and very carefully and thoughtfully and professionally done. The price is excellent for such an excellent product set.
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M-Audio SP-Triple Electronic Keyboard Pedal with Sustain, Soft, and Sostenuto Functions
M-Audio SP-Triple Electronic Keyboard Pedal with Sustain, Soft, and Sostenuto Functions
Price: $59.00
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2.0 out of 5 stars M-Audio SP-Triple slips and slides on carpet, April 30, 2016
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After less than a minute of playing, the M-Audio SP-Triple moves on the carpet so much, that it is obvious to anyone who tries out this unit that it is unusable unless considerable time and effort are devoted to screwing the unit to a large flat board (not included) which then would have to be placed on top of the rug.

Additionally, the three pedals are so close together that it is difficult (for an adult) to press the middle peddle without grazing the left and the right pedal.

Furthermore, this unit does not work out of the box with the Yamaha p250 digital piano because the polarity on the pedals is reversed from what the P250 expects and, despite what some user reviews have said to the contrary, the M-Audio SP-Triple does NOT have a polarity reversal switch. (See this FAQ on the manufacturer's website: m-audio.com/kb/article/1967 )

For the technically adept, there is a (complicated) way to edit the settings on the Yamaha P250 to reverse the polarity of the pedals, but it is obscure. First, you need to use the "other" edit setting to change "Pedal Type" (for pedals 1, 2, and 3) to be "Break" instead of "Make". Second, you have to change "HalfPedalPoint" to "-2" instead of "0". Third, in "other" edit settings you have to change "MemoryBackUp" to "on" instead of "off" (or else the settings are lost when the piano is turned off). However, the only pedal of the three that functions correctly after making the above editing changes is the sustain pedal. The other two pedals (soft and sostenuto) do the same thing when you press them as the sustain pedal does.

For all of these reasons, I am returning the M-Audio SP-Triple and will go back to using a single (sustain) pedal that I already owned, from a different manufacturer, that is 100% compatible out of the box with the Yamaha P250.


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
by Blaine Harden
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.52
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The forward says the story as told contains some lies. This makes it confusing to know what to believe, April 11, 2016
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The book in its forward says that after it was published, the protagonist confessed to having lied and altered some of the facts related in the book. The author states in the forward that there is no way to be sure which parts of the account are completely true and which are falsehoods. This puts the reader in a bind when trying to form an accurate view of North Korea.


Jfk: The Lost Bullet
Jfk: The Lost Bullet
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Price: $9.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The average reader/viewer will attain closure from this video, February 29, 2016
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This review is from: Jfk: The Lost Bullet (DVD)
For the average reader/viewer, this film will provide a sense of closure and a reassuring ¨all is well and logical¨ feeling which will aid in feeling good about the world. That is certainly a valid justification for the existence of this documentary, and on that level it serves its purpose well. Those of us who have delved more deeply into the JFK assassination must however view this documentary as analogous to the ¨Santa Claus and his reindeer¨ genre of reassuring stories told to children to give them a feeling of safety until they are older and grown up enough to absorb and process a darker and more complicated series of events. For the latter category of reader, I recommend starting with this book: ¨Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK¨
by John Newman.


Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew
Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew
by Ethelyn Simon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.77
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The power of this book is unleashed when you ALSO purchase the AudioBook version, February 29, 2016
It requires some hunting on Amazon to find the AudioBook version of this book. The AudioBook is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the textual book. You really should purchase both to get the full educational experience. Here is the link to the AudioBook version:

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-to-Read-Hebrew/dp/B00UJUVMRQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1456756035&sr=8-2&keywords=audio+Teach+Yourself+to+Read+Hebrew

The reason I did not give this five stars is because it frustrates me that the names of the Hebrew consonants and Hebrew vowels are not given. It is not a fatal flaw however, because you can learn those easily enough by means such as the ¨Aleph-Bet Flash Cards¨.


Aleph Bet Flash Cards
Aleph Bet Flash Cards
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Price: $8.81
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased. I memorized all 42 cards and periodically review ..., February 21, 2016
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Very pleased. I memorized all 42 cards and periodically review them. If I were nit picking, I would add that the font used for the Hebrew letters is not the same as the font that I see in a book I am reading entitled, ¨Aleph Isn't Tough¨. In a perfect world, these ¨Aleph Bet Flash Cards¨ might perhaps show the Hebrew letters as rendered in several fonts. Also, according to ¨Aleph Isn't Tough¨ there is one vowel that consists of a mark under the Hebrew consonant and at the same time a mark to the left of that Hebrew consonant. I did not encounter a flash card in the ¨Aleph Bet Flash Cards¨ that matched that particular vowel.
But overall, I give ¨Aleph Bet Flash Cards¨ an A plus. They are sturdy and a pleasure to use.


Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK
Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK
by John M. Newman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.38
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! There is a hidden chapter you need to read in order to fully understand this book, February 21, 2016
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Warning: many readers will incorrectly think they finished John Newman's book upon finishing chapter 20 entitled, ¨Conclusion: Beginning¨. That's because chapter 20 is followed by nearly 100 pages of Documents, followed in turn by nearly 100 pages of notes. But after THAT, unexpectedly, there appears an ESSENTIAL newly added chapter entitled, ¨Epilogue, 2008¨ which you MUST read or else you will miss the author's best guess (and his reasoning) as to who in the CIA was pulling Oswald's strings.
After you read this hidden chapter, you will practically fall off your chair when you get to chapter 5 of David Talbot's book, ¨The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government¨. There, on page 96, you will find extensive reference to this same person in 1945 when he worked for U.S. intelligence in Italy assisting Dulles in protecting German war criminals!!!
Incidentally, I found after reading John Newman's book that it was especially interesting to see John Newman on YouTube. For example,the YouTube channel entitled, ¨Assassination Archives and Research Center¨ has a video of a speech labeled as, ¨Dr. John M. Newman - Dark Operations - Deciphering the CIA’s Cuban Secrets HD¨.
Jon Newman's book was the first I ever read on the subject of the JFK assassination. I was advised to start with this book by a user review of James Douglass' book, ¨JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters¨. After I finish David Talbot's book, I will start James Douglass' book. I think this is the best reading order for someone who, like myself, is new to the subject of the JFK assassination.
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Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults
Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults
by Linda Motzkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.95
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but not perfect, January 31, 2016
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I recommend buying the ¨Aleph-Bet Flash Cards¨, memorizing them over the course of a few days and thereafter reviewing the flash cards for a few minutes each day. With that under your belt, a book like ¨Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew¨ is a logical next step. I do however prefer an alternative book because a companion version in AudioBook form can be purchased that is designed to be used in conjunction with the textual book. That book is entitled, ¨Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew 3th (third) edition Text Only Paperback – 2008¨
by Ethelyn Simo. Purchase that textual book and then search Amazon for the AudioBook version of the same book and purchase that too. The advantages of the AudioBook in conjunction with the textual book include that you can listen to the answers being read by a trained Hebrew speaker as you follow along in the textual book.
In summary, I do recommend ¨Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew¨ in order to get started, but without an AudioBook equivalent it becomes preferable after a few chapters to switch over to the other book and also purchase it as an AudioBook.


The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
by William Faizi McCants
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.38
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written and researched book that is very mainstream, November 25, 2015
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I read this book cover to cover including the 4 Appendices. I recommend it highly but with the advisory that it is hard work keeping your attention on all the details it presents about religious figures and theories. The author presents a very accurate and effective mainstream explanation of ISIS, which is exactly what I was looking for. Dr. McCants does not provide or try to provide an effective solution, which is a testament to both his honesty and to the difficulty of the problem of ISIS. William McCants has a Twitter account where he posts daily, often with links to interesting articles related to ISIS: https://twitter.com/will_mccants


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