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Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
by Joseph J. Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.08
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books on the American Revolution, November 7, 2013
If you want to learn about the American Revolution I suggest you purchase Revolutionary Summer. It's a fascinating book on politics and war. It shows how the colonists almost lost the war while defending New York against the British army and navy. Well written.

I liked this better than McCullough's 1776.


The Conjuring (DVD + UltraViolet)
The Conjuring (DVD + UltraViolet)
DVD ~ Vera Farmiga
Price: $8.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!!!, November 7, 2013
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One of the better modern era horror films. There were plenty of creepy moments. In some ways, it reminded me of the horror films from the 1970's. I remember watching The Amityville Horror when I was eight or nine on cable TV. It scared the heck out of me. This film is in the same vein as Amityville, The Changeling and The Exorcist.

Not as good as The Exorcist, but I would definitely recommend. If you enjoy supernatural terror, this one is for you.


Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Mayflower Rocks!!!, May 2, 2013
This is a very entertaining and informative book about the relationship between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. It begins with the Pilgrims fleeing England from religious persecution. They were originally bound for Virginia but ended up around Cape Cod. They strike up an alliance with Indian sachem Massasoit and the Pokanokets. Decades later, this alliance will begin to fracture due to the Pilgrims desire for more land. This leads into King Philips War, which I never knew about. It's incredible how the younger generation ended up destroying the bond created by their parents.

I remember learning about Squnato and Samoset in elementary school, but Philbrick provides more details on the Pilgrims struggle for religious liberty and their relationship with the Native Americans. His writing style keeps the story moving along. Highly recommended.


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbroken is unforgettable, March 16, 2013
One of the best books I have read in a long time. It's the story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini's harrowing journey through the war in the Pacific. Not only does it describe man's inhumanity towards man, but it teaches us the power of forgiveness.
Hillenbrand is an amazing writer. She keeps the reader engrossed in Zamperini's perilous journey.

If you are interested in World War 2, I highly recommend it. Even if you are not a fan of non-fiction, I suggest you read this book.


Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars The financial mess in a nutshell., January 1, 2013
Lewis is a great writer. If you are ever wondering how the world got into this financial nightmare, read this book. Lewis makes it easy to understand. Not very confusing like some other books on the subject.

From Iceland to the United States, Lewis explains how it got started and how it ended. A very short read. Highly recommended. It will blow your mind.


Vulture Peak: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (5) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)
Vulture Peak: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (5) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)
by John Burdett
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.38
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2.0 out of 5 stars This vulture never peaks., January 1, 2013
Promising start about organ trafficking in Asia. The author is a good writer, but he utilizes too much graphic sex and violenece to sell the story. The New York Times claimed this book was not for the faint of heart. I could not agree more. It would have been better without the sensationalism. I guess he was trying for something different. Some of it works, but the rest is a big letdown.

I found the chapters concerning the Inspector's boss, Colonel Vikron, to be the most interesting. We see corruption at it's finest. The other chapters are either strange, laughable or boring.

Be warned. This is not your typical detective story.


Killing Them Softly  (Cogan's Trade Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Killing Them Softly (Cogan's Trade Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by George V. Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.94
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Letdown, December 7, 2012
I picked up this book because it looked interesting. A mob enforcer hunts down the thugs who robbed a mob backed card game. The problem with this book is that it is all dialogue. The conversations ramble on and on. There is some crisp dialogue, but it should have been cut down to 100 pages. The only saving grace are the last 3 chapters. Major disappointment. I also read that the movie did not fare well at the box office.


Skyfall
Skyfall
DVD ~ Daniel Craig
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond makes a comeback, November 20, 2012
This review is from: Skyfall (DVD)
After the Quantum of Solace mess, James Bond scores with Skyfall. Here's why:

1. Better villain - Javier Bardem is a great actor. His performance may have been a little bit over the top, but he was a big improvement over Dominic Greene (Quantum of Solace villain).

2. The locales were stunning. Brilliantly filmed.

3. Great action sequences.

4. Different type of Bond film. Very unique style. Does not rely heavily on gadgets.

I got hooked on the Bond films back in the early 1980's. Home Box Office (HBO) would air a Bond film once a month. This was before For Your Eyes Only came out.

Connery was definitely the best, but Craig comes in a close second.

Skyfall definitely ranks as one of the top 10 Bond films.
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Homer & Langley: A Novel
Homer & Langley: A Novel
by E. L. Doctorow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.40
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, October 16, 2012
Very well written story that captures the lives of two eccentric brothers and their escapades throughout 20th century New York City. Some comparisions have been made to Forrest Gump and I can see why. I enjoyed Doctorw's writing style. It reminded me of reading classics when I was in high school. There are several hilarious moments that take place in the novel. It's not a difficult read. Quite enjoyable.


What It Is Like To Go To War
What It Is Like To Go To War
by Karl Marlantes
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.38
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, October 9, 2012
Marlantes captures the horrors of war in an incredible book. One of the better books about war and it's effects on the individual and society. Mr. Marlantes fought in Vietnam and provides in depth analysis on how our soldiers should prepare for war and it's aftermath. I enjoyed his writing style. It's a quick read and highly recommended. One of the best books I have read this year.


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