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The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four
The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four
by Tom Wells
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly reported and well documented, January 4, 2009
This is NOT a Truman Capote-esq narrative true crime story. It is however a very well reported and thoroughly documented look at the issue of false confessions through the lens of a high-profile murder case in Norfolk, Va.

The authors tell the story in typical chronological fashion and the details of the police investigation are interspersed with academic facts and statistics relvent to police interrogations, psychological profiles and other matters relevent to the discussion of false confessions. The book is written from a highly critical view of the police investigation and prosecutors conduct, so readers seekeing a balanced reporting of the case may be frustrated.

The books detailed reporting is evidenced by the extensive footnotes and references to numerous sources. An additional nice touch is bibliography for those who are interested in more background on the author's perspectives. There is also a comprhensive index.


Dispatches
Dispatches
by Michael Herr
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.09
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 years later, still the definitive account, April 29, 2006
This review is from: Dispatches (Paperback)
This book is not an easy read. Its stream of conscuiusness writing and wandering storyline are both its strongest qualities and sharpest point for criticism.

But even upon reading it multiple times all these years later, I still find it a compelling read. In a sense no wrtiing style has better captured the madness that apparently was the war as seen by the boys on the ground who fought it. The fast pace and jumpy storyline can leave the reader breathless and confused. Sounds like the author captured it pretty well.


Delphi MyFi XM2GO Portable XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Home / Car Kits
Delphi MyFi XM2GO Portable XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Home / Car Kits
Offered by TSS-Radio LLC
Price: $229.99
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good handheld unit, not car friendly, January 21, 2006
I received this unit as a Christmas gift after much begging and with great anticipation. I was already a "Roady 2" owner with many months of Xm listeing under my belt nd was lloking for a unit that would seemlessly go from my car to my home to my hip.

Positives:

1)It fits nicely in the hand and is light to carry.

2)The recording feature is a nice feature that allows yu to record your favorite station or game and play it back when you can't get reception.

3)The unit comes loaded with all kind of accessories like multiple antenna clips, "holsters" and home and car kits.

4) Built in antenna and clip on antenna in addition to the obligatory car and home antenna.

5) Rechargeable battery seems strong enough to last about 4 hours which is great to take to your favorite game to listen to play-by-play on.

6) remote for home or car use

Negatives:

1) The writing on the screen is too small to read in the automobile setting and the screen seems to invite glare which makes it very difficult to use in the car. There is a large font display, but that goes away whe you try and change channels.

2) The scrolling wheel is awkward to use. This is especialy disappointing considering Delphi's wheel on the Roady and Roady 2 has a "notch/peg" that makes it very easy to maniputale in the car and easy to precisely switch stations. I am not quite sure wht Delphi switched from the very successful notched wheel of the Roady to the one on the Myfi but it is not nearly as easy to "spin" and "press" and it only adds to the difficulty of car use.

3)There is only one clor display for the screen and that means at night it throws off a lot of white light which bothers some drivers. Again, Delphi had multiple "dark" colors on its prior car units and those work grat so I am not sure why they changed.

If you are looking for a hand held unit to walk or jog with than this is the unit. In strong signal areas it has a built in antenna for maximum ease of use. there is also a light and small clip-on antenna if you need a little stronger signal. However, tehre are more user friendly car untis including the Roady 2 which can be bought at Wal-mart for $20 and all over the internet for about the same.


Good Enough to Dream
Good Enough to Dream
by Roger Kahn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Triple, August 9, 2005
This review is from: Good Enough to Dream (Paperback)
Roger Kahn's lyrical narrative is not a page turner. Rather it slowly sucks you into the story with wonderful analogies, good charachter description and a flat out good sports story to tell.

It is the story of a baseball dreamer who decides to explore the sport first had running a bankrupt team in habited by an interesting roster of charachters. Whats great is that the author seems to know going in, that the business, money, and personell side of baseball will be a rough ride that might tarnish his school boy image of the sport. But he takes the plunge anyway _ almost as if saying I love this sport so much I want to see it all _ good bad and funny.

It has a happy ending too.


Highway to Hell
Highway to Hell
Price: $9.00
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put the headphones on, turn the vol. up, tune the parents out, August 3, 2005
This review is from: Highway to Hell (Audio CD)
This is the album that put the band on the map. The synergy between Bon Scott's voice and the great guitar riffs has been often imitated but never duplicated from this album.

To top it off the band's mastery of the double entendre lyrics really hit its stride with this release.

This is a "desert island" must have, for those of you who wash ashore with a limited amount of music.


All Those Mornings . . . At the Post: The 20th Century in Sports from Famed Washington Post:  Columnist Shirley Povich
All Those Mornings . . . At the Post: The 20th Century in Sports from Famed Washington Post: Columnist Shirley Povich
by Shirley Povich
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look Back at 7 Decades of Sports, August 2, 2005
I grew up in Washington reading Shirley Povich regularly. I read him for about 20 years in the Post. The interesting footnote to that is that he had "retired" before I ever started reading his columns!

The scope of this work is breathtaking. How many journalists coverd the 1924 Senators World Series as well as their last game in 1971. Oh and for good measure he covered the start of the Tiger Woods era as well. Did I mention he caddied for President Harding?

In an age when sports writers spend more time getting ready to be witty for ESPN shows, this book offers a wonderful insight into an era when sports writers worked a beat and REPORTED as well as offered commentary (and were actually writers). And Povich did both in a simple, straightforward style that was easy to digest with the morning coffee.

His opinions were straighforward too and he tackled tough issues like racisim in sports, long before other sribes in the press box dared take a side on a controversial subject.

The book is well edited with some nice historical context given to many of the works. Can't wait for Vol. 2, after all he wrote about 20,000 columns during his 74 year career at the post


The Gift of Valor: A War Story
The Gift of Valor: A War Story
by Michael M. Phillips
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful biography of the grunts who fight a war, August 1, 2005
A well reported and written book that is conscise, poingnat and powerful. It takes us briefly into the lives of the Marines of one unit. It details where they came from and how they came together in a desert town in Iraq and most importantly how one brief moment in time - and one Marines gut reaction to protect the Marines next to him - changed all their lives.

A very good read.


Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black
Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black
by John Feinstein
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good look at this historic U.S. Open, April 27, 2005
John Feinstein's writting never sucks you in to leave you with the "I can't put it down" feeling. No, his books move slower and more methodically.

But in the end his books, this title included, leave the reader with a satisfied feeling. A feeling that they have gotten an in depth look, with thorough reporting and a sometimes unique perspective, at a sports issue.

The beauty of "Open" is that this event was widely reported on and covered by the media at the time of the U.S. Open. But the author's reporting starts us on this jpurney decades earlier and shows us many more reasons why this particular U.S. Open was an historic and dramatic event, aside from the obvious answers that are already known.

He merges the players on the course with the players behind the scenes who made the event happen. He shows the history of the financing of the U.S. Open and how that has evolved. His wrttting is crisp and clear and he sets the scenes in the book nicely with important details about key figures that help the reader appreciate their role in the events even more.

This book should appeal greatly to the golf fan and have a slightly broader appeal to those who enjoy good reporting from behind the scenes of major news events.


Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds: A True Story of Tragedy and Triumph
Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds: A True Story of Tragedy and Triumph
by Gary M. Pomerantz
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! A can't put down book, April 2, 2005
This is one of those books that just takes off when you start reading it. It is hard to break away as the author takes into the lives of the people on this small plane and the others whose lives were impacted by this crash.

The author's paced the writing in this book perfectly taking us both into the plane and outside as it becomes apparent to both the reader and the passengers that their lives are plummeting out of control from several thousand feet in the sky.

Since I have fear of flying I probably should not have read this book, because it really puts you inside the cockpit and passenger cabin as you wonder how the crash will occur and who will survive.

This is a pwerful book about how humans cause tragdy and respond to it. This is one book i call a must read.


Desire Street: A True Story of Death and Deliverance in New Orleans
Desire Street: A True Story of Death and Deliverance in New Orleans
by Jed Horne
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Latest additon to the "Freed from Death Row Genre", April 2, 2005
It is a sad comment on society that when you cruise through Amazon books there seems to be a growing list of books about the wrongly convicted/freed from death row.

Well this book is more than just the latest addition. It is a well reported and straightforwardly written story that should freighten us all. Jed Horme does a nice job of setting the stage in New Orleans by a well written background about the role of poverty and wealth in this racially diverse but also racially divided city.

The author's writing is not overly suspenseful, nor does it overwhelm the story that is being told. it is straight forward and to the point allowing the story to move itself along through the many unusual turns of the case.

Overall a good read and I also recommend "A promise of Justice" and "Bloodsworth" for those who enjoy this book.


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