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The Last Lincolns: The Rise & Fall of a Great American Family
The Last Lincolns: The Rise & Fall of a Great American Family
by Charles Lachman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad End Of A Great Name, July 12, 2015
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Just when you think nothing more of interest can possibly be written about Abraham Lincoln, along comes "The Last Lincoln's." Impeccably researched and well written, it will satisfy even the most devout Lincoln lover. Robert Lincoln, Abe's only surviving child to make it to adulthood, becomes a successful attorney,Cabinet secretary,diplomat and business tycoon. After that... well...illness, indolence and indifference close out the Lincoln bloodline. It's a cliche to say "I couldn't put it down", but it makes it no less true. Enjoy.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, March 25, 2015
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If I could give zero stars I would.You have to be literally one foot away to tell what it is. I ordered another one from another place and this pos is coming off


One Murder Too Many: Whitey Bulger and the Computer Tycoon
One Murder Too Many: Whitey Bulger and the Computer Tycoon
by Laurence J. Yadon
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sloppy Effort, April 7, 2014
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In May,1981,Roger Wheeler,a Tulsa business tycoon was murdered on the orders of James "Whitey" Bulger,a Boston gangster.Wheeler owned World Jai Alai and Whitey and his cohorts wanted to buy it because of the "skim", a long standing practice of organized crime in Las Vegas casinos,wherein the bad guys take cash "off the top" without the IRS/shareholders ever knowing about it.When Wheeler refused to sell,he had to go.The book is full of errors.These are the ones I found.The Boston neighborhood is spelled Charlestown,not Charleston.(p.39) On page 49 Somerville is mentioned along with South Boston and Charlestown as being a neighborhood of Boston.Nope.Somerville is in fact a separate city,which the authors got correct on page 73 when they call it "A Boston suburb." How much was the expected "skim" going to be ? Who knows because we are told it was expected to be $10,000 per week,(p.29) and $10,000 per month.(p.131) "Stephen Rakes found dead in the woods,south of Boston." (p.210) Uhhh,no.Rakes was found in Lincoln, Massachusetts, which is well west of Boston.On Halloween night,1985,Whitey and the boys dug up and reinterred three of their victims."During the reinternment a passing car slowed down to look at the men but did not stop." (p.149) This account is close,but incorrect.When they moved the bodies a man walking by did see them,but did nothing.When they got to the second burial site,a man got out of his car to urinate.He never saw a thing.My source for this correction are the books "Whitey" and "Whitey Bulger." (Both of which are FAR superior to this mess)Was there any editing and/or fact checking done here ? Not from where I sit.Read this line of text and ask yourself what comes to mind:"Dropped him battered,bleeding and unconscious in front of a local hospital." If you're like me you're thinking "whoa,they beat the crap out of that guy." The VERY next sentence is "His worst injury was a broken nose."(p.63) Huh ? Was this pro wrestling ? If all he had was a broken nose,why didn't he simply drive himself there ? Wheeler was CEO of Telex,a competitor of IBM and was forever tangled in lawsuits against them.Chapter Five is devoted to anti-trust litigation.I found it dreadfully boring and three pages in, went on to Chapter Six.Debra Davis and Deborah Hussey,two girlfriends of Bulger cohort,Stephen Flemmi were murdered and "They methodically cut off her fingers and toes." (p.139,148) In three previous books about Whitey Bulger I had not read they did this.They did in fact remove the teeth of their victims to help avoid ID'ing the bodies.It would be nice to know where the authors got this exclusive information,but no citation is given.To me,if you write something as gruesome as that I need to know where you got it.And lastly,the book simply "bounces" too much,going back and moving forward at a dizzying pace.Skip this book.I wish I had.


Sonny Liston - The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights
Sonny Liston - The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights
by Paul R. Gallender
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Hagiogrophy, October 9, 2013
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I did some boxing in the Army,like boxing books and am old enough to remember Sonny Liston.I wanted very much to like this book,because there are a million questions about Liston and with 35 years (!) of research I assumed the author would address and answer all of them.Sadly however,the book is little more than a hagiogrophy.It starts off very clumisly,with all sorts of people from inside and outside the boxing world saying both what a wonderful fighter Liston was and what a wonderful human being too.Who knew ? Well the author makes damn sure you know with repeated references to his punching power and his love of children.Gandhi with gloves,that was Sonny Liston all right.Please.Sonny Liston was a flawed and troubled man.I daresay anyone with an interest in this book already knows that.The question on his actual age is never fully answered.The author dances,but never nails it.He does do a good job with the first fight with Ali insofar as Liston not answering the bell.He had a bad shoulder and couldn't jab.Period.The second fight in Lewiston Maine is the curious one to me.Joe Walcott was the referee and was in over his head.He never did pick up the count when Liston went down from a punch that wouldn't crush a grape.Liston says he was confused and forgot to get up.Oh.Liston was a mess his entire life.A black cloud seemed to follow him.The man should be pitied in many ways,but not venerated, as this book does.I found myself flipping to the back to see how many pages were left.I'll try another bio of Sonny to see if my questions are answered.This one didn't do it.
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Hard Luck: The Triumph And Tragedy Of "Irish" Jerry Quarry
Hard Luck: The Triumph And Tragedy Of "Irish" Jerry Quarry
by Steve Springer
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic Warrior, April 1, 2011
I will preface this by saying I saw Jerry fight several times on television and both liked and rooted for him.With the popularity of the movie "The Fighter",the story of Micky Ward (I saw him fight twice in person) I am reminded of their similarities: both of them came from large and largly dysfunctional Irish-American famiies,both of them tough-as-nails fighters who gave all they had in the ring,and both probably deserved better than they got.To me Jerry coming along when he did was both a blessing and a curse.The downside was having to knock heads against some of the best heavyweights ever.The upside was the interest these fights and fighters created made him a wealthy man.The authors do a nice job of describing Jerry's physical and mental demise in layman's terms.It is not pleasant reading,but it is well-written.One suggestion for the paperback edition: a compilation of all of Jerry's fights as an appendix would be helpful.George Foreman was gracious in his praise of Jerry,saying that he purposely ducked him.Enough said.RIP Jerry.You are missed.


Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf
Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf
by John Feinstein
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn, July 7, 2010
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Have you ever grabbed a bag of popcorn,sat down and started watching television ? If the show is engrossing you may go through the entire bag without noticing or caring how the popcorn was.That is what Feinstein's books on golf remind me of:popcorn.Quick,easy and "light".I pick his books to read when I'm on an airplane because I'm just killing time,with no real thought of learning much.As Mike Weir (2003 Masters champion)is one of my favorites on the PGA tour I was pleased to read about his win at Augusta.Beyond that ? (shrugs) Not much meat on the bone.


Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works
Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works
by Larry Matysik
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, November 11, 2009
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What a terrific read this is.The author's insights of Vince McMahon;how he thinks and operates his wrestling empire are the best I have ever read.I daresay that alone was worth the price of the book to me.The author worked alongside the late Sam Muchnick who ran the legendary St. Louis area and shares what a shrewd businessman Muchnick was and the deals he made; often with nothing more than a handshake that were good for the business and not just himself. This guy has no axe to axe to grind,no reputation to protect.It is a no BS,no "kayfabe" and no-nonsense look at how pro wrestling really works.Bravo and thank you Larry Matysik.


Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide & Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death
Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide & Pro Wrestling's Cocktail of Death
by Irvin Muchnick
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...Again, November 11, 2009
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This is the author's second attempt to the tell the tragic story of the double murder and suicide of Chris Benoit,his wife Nancy and their son in June 2007.We have all heard "a wise person learns from their mistakes".Evidently Mr. Muchnick didn't get the memo.In his zeal to find a "smoking gun" where none exists,he tries too hard to create villians.The Sheriff's Department of Fayette County Georgia are not crack homicide investigators.Wow.Raise your hand if you're surprised at that revelation considering there was one other homicide in the entire county in 2007.Vince McMahon is a bad guy because the WWE went on with a tribute to Benoit on the very night that disturbing facts were coming out.Once again...who is surprised here? That has been McMahon's modus operandi.In 1997,1999 and 2005 the "show went on" in spite of the sudden and tragic deaths of Brian Pillman,Owen Hart and Eddie Guerrero respectively.It needs always to be remembered that whatever missteps and outright mistakes the police made and WWE officals not being very forthcoming in what they knew and when they knew it; that this was a murder/suicide and therefore no one escaped justice.Even outright lies and coverups were only attempts to protect reputations and business interests and in no way hurt the investigation.I'm grateful to my fellow Amazon users for killing the other book with their reviews.It saved me time and money.Now it's my turn to return the favor.Don't bother with this one.
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The Great American Gamble: How the 1979 Daytona 500 Gave Birth to a NASCAR Nation
The Great American Gamble: How the 1979 Daytona 500 Gave Birth to a NASCAR Nation
by Joe Menzer
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Read Well Done, July 9, 2009
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While NASCAR considers 1972 the start of its "modern era" an argument can be made that the 1979 Daytona 500 really does begin the modern era. Why ? Television.Pure and simple.NASCAR finally convinced a network that having green flag to checkered flag live coverage was the way to go.With the official NASCAR logo on the cover you know going in there will be nary a word of criticism or controversy.Not a lot of "heavy lifting" here,I knocked this out in a plane ride from Boston to Billings Montana.Joe Menzer does a nice job interviewing the key people.Regrettably,"Big Bill" and "Little Bill" France are both deceased and were unable to talk about the dealings that made all this happen. The interviews with Richard and Kyle Petty were especially good.The Allisons,Buddy Baker (1980 winner and my all-time favorite driver),Cale Yarbrough,AJ Foyt and Darell Waltrip also shared their stories.Reading about Dale and Benny Parsons was bittersweet.There is one very curious error.The author states that Geoff Bodine is from Bellingham Massachusetts. Huh ? The Bodines are from Chemung New York. Overall this is a good read that even a casual NASCAR fan will enjoy.


Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture
Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture
by John Capouya
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue And Well Done, September 28, 2008
Wrestling fans have been blessed over the last 10 years or so with some wonderful books.I'm pleased to say "Gorgeous George" enriches the genre.George was an absolute icon and one of the first stars on American television.The author deftly works in chapters as to how GG influenced James Brown ,(the singer)Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan (who knew ?) George's outrageous costumes,hair and effeminate mannerisms enraged/delighted wrestling fans all across the country.Read,laugh,learn and enjoy what wrestling was in the "kayfabe" era.Bravo.


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