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Second Day at Gettysburg, The: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863
Second Day at Gettysburg, The: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863
by Scott Mingus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.93
24 used & new from $19.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top shelf history!, February 13, 2016
I have been reading or studying this book for several weeks, not because it is an effort to read but because of the amount of information, it holds.
By every measurement, this book is excellent!
The writing is crisp, informative and easy to read with a simple sentence structure that is easy to follow.
This is important because of the enormous amount of information in this book. If the authors had not been such good writers, we would bog down at once.

I do not like to use “definitive” or “gold standard” to describe books, but this book is a candidate for both these terms.
I cannot think of any item missed or not properly covered.
Each question and action is carefully placed within the day and explored.
Best of all, the authors are not afraid to say, “We don’t know”.
This is important, as we do not have answers for much of what did/didn’t happen that day.
A real service is the time spent on units getting into position capturing the uncertainties of battle and not knowing the area.
The second day is a series of interlocking pieces that this book fits together.
The reader is never allowed to lose track of the big picture even as we focus on one of the pieces.
The maps are sufficient but I used my “Maps of Gettysburg” as a companion while reading/studying.
This is a scholarly history with everything you will expect in that type of book.
Additionally, this book is a joy to hold with quality material and workmanship.
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Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Two-Tone 15mm Hammered Interlocking Round Hoop Earrings
Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Two-Tone 15mm Hammered Interlocking Round Hoop Earrings
Price: $49.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife is impressed, February 6, 2016
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My wife's first reaction was “how nice”.
These are a good size earring with a clean color that wears well.
Well-made, they are much nicer than the photo shows.
They come in a nice gift box making for an attractive gift.


DII Round Braided/Woven, Indoor/Outdoor Placemat/Charger, Set of 6, Lime
DII Round Braided/Woven, Indoor/Outdoor Placemat/Charger, Set of 6, Lime
Price: $19.99
3 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, February 6, 2016
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We have two sets of these, one lime and one natural.
They are a tight weave that traps most spills and easy to wipe clean.
At almost 15 inches, the mat is large enough to allow a full place setting without crowding things together.
A set of six is a full dinner party and the price is excellent.
The colors are true to what you receiver.


Shark Cordless Pet Perfect Hand Vac (SV75Z)
Shark Cordless Pet Perfect Hand Vac (SV75Z)
Price: $34.99
34 used & new from $27.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, just what we wanted, January 27, 2016
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We have been using this for 3 months, almost daily, without a problem.
Our hand held vacuum died and we bought as a replacement.
The vacuum picks up everything it should usually in one pass with no problems.
It runs for a reasonable time on a single charge, doing more than expect for this type of appliance.
It recharges quickly and is not bad looking.


Invicta Men's 19224 Specialty  Gunmetal-Tone Stainless Steel Watch
Invicta Men's 19224 Specialty Gunmetal-Tone Stainless Steel Watch

5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves his gift, January 27, 2016
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This was a Christmas gift for our son and he is very happy with the wristwatch.
It has a very masculine look with a large dark face and band.
My son has no problems with accuracy and is very happy with his gift.
The wristwatch comes in a large box, making an impressive gift.
This brand has an excellent reputation, wearing an Invicta is a plus.


CUCOL Women's Quartz Bamboo Wood Watches with Soft White Leather Strap Minimalist Design in Gift Box
CUCOL Women's Quartz Bamboo Wood Watches with Soft White Leather Strap Minimalist Design in Gift Box
Offered by CUCOL
Price: $35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great wristwatch, January 27, 2016
I wanted a wristwatch to wear for casual dressy functions that was good-looking and unusual without being gaudy.
This wristwatch meets all these requirements at an excellent price.
Additionally, the soft band is comfortable and will not snag on clothing.
The wood face accents the white leather band making the wooden face nicer, in an endless circle.
The tan and white go well with almost anything, complementing the outfit and the wristwatch.
Additionally, it keeps great time and is comfortable to wear.

This comes in a nice box making a good gift for a special person.


18k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Oval Garnet Hoop Earrings
18k Gold Plated Sterling Silver Oval Garnet Hoop Earrings
Price: $42.53

5.0 out of 5 stars On opening the box, my wife said “WOW!”, January 27, 2016
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This is a very nice set of earrings that look much more expensive than they are.
The stones are a good color and the gold plating is well done.
They are a large hoop and show up well.


Elini Barokas Men's ELINI-20026-RG-01-BB Genesis Prime Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Black Watch
Elini Barokas Men's ELINI-20026-RG-01-BB Genesis Prime Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Black Watch
Price: $184.11
2 used & new from $179.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A large impressive wristwatch, January 27, 2016
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This large heavy wristwatch will draw attention.
A black rubber type band complements the rose tone brass.
The see thru face allows you to watch the watch work that is fun and a great time waster.

This is self-winding, something I have not seen in years, so no batteries but you need to wear the watch almost daily.
Set up is different from most watches and you must read the instructions.
The stem screws in and needs to be unscrewed prior to setting the time.
The band clasp takes getting used to and I needed the instructions to work it.
These are quirks of this brand and not a problem just something you need to do.

Overall, I am very happy with the watch and get nothing but favorable comments about it.


LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate Anti-Aging Serum for Deep Wrinkles
LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate Anti-Aging Serum for Deep Wrinkles
Price: $41.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed feelings, January 24, 2016
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My wife tried this product with mixed feelings and results.
First, she felt it did a better than average job in smoothing small wrinkles.
However, after a few usages, she felt it was irritated her skin. Nothing major but she felt something is not “right” and has stopped using the product.
If you have no problems this is a very effective wrinkle reducer.


The Guest Room: A Novel
The Guest Room: A Novel
by Chris Bohjalian
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.50
69 used & new from $11.56

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things just got out of control and, January 19, 2016
This is a very good read, the story moves, the characters are well done and the situation is believable.
Your younger brother is getting married; you are the best man and must do the Bachelor Party.
Your brother and his friends are a little wild so you send the wife and kid to her mothers and do the party at your house.
Two dead Russian pimps, two missing hookers, police, media and everything has changed.

The author looks at the story from several angles, all of them well done and all contributing to the story line.
A hurt wife, a little girl watching her world fall apart, a fleeing Russian “sex slave”, an investment banker, his idiot brother, the fiancée and his creepy friends.
The characters keep changing but they always are true to character.

Very well written, this is a fast and enjoyable read.
A great book for the commute or just to relax with.


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