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A Bridge Too Far (Collector's Edition)
A Bridge Too Far (Collector's Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savagery of War, Realistic Battle Scenes, September 13, 2014
I had seen “A Bridge Too Far” in the past and watched it again in anticipation of teaching a continuing ed class on World War II- 1944. It never fails to be worthwhile. It tells the story of Operation Market Garden, Gen. Montgomery’s scheme to drop airborne units into Holland, have them capture seven bridges and hold until relieved by ground units advancing up a single highway. Like many other battles, things did not go according to plan. One bridge was destroyed before capture, and a Panzer unit had been pulled back for rest near Arnhem, the last bridge to be captured. Despite advancing through six of the river crossings, the heavy Allied casualties and failure to open the road to Germany’s industrial heartland marked this as the Allies’ major defeat after D-day.

The star studded cast depicts the savagery of war in exciting and reportedly realistic battle scenes. Perhaps the most important theme of the film is nobility in defeat. Despite the failure, the trapped paratroopers and their expected rescuers carried out their duties with determination. Ignored intelligence, unrealistic planning marred the operation from the outset but even at the end the officers had no consensus as to the cause of the failure. Any student of World War II in Europe will want to watch “A Bridge Too Far” again and again.


My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting
My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting
by Jessie Garcia
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Sojourn Behind The Mic In Titletown, September 9, 2014
Oh, the glamour of the sportscaster: Admission to every game, up close and personal with the athletes and coaches who are knocking each other over to talk with you to get on television, first class air travel and luxury hotels, well not according to Jessie Garcia.

For those of you who are not Wisconsinites, Jessie spent 20 years as sportscaster for WTMJ TV in Milwaukee. Think the Wisconsin sports scene and you automatically think Packers and that is the focus of most of this book. Jessie tells us about her childhood in Madison and her introduction to broadcasting at Boston University. Armed with degree and a fiancé she returned to Wisconsin to begin her career with her soon to be husband, Paul, who works as a cameraman for WTMJ.

The story she tells is different from what much of the public envisions. It involves weeks away from home covering Super Bowls (less of a problem for Bears or Rams reporters), Thanksgivings and Christmases spent on the sidelines, rather than at family gatherings, early morning drives to Green Bay for Coaches Shows in all kinds of weather (remember this is Wisconsin and football is played in the fall and winter), late nights followed by 8 a.m. press conferences, connecting flights, medium to low grade hotels, you get the idea. I particularly liked the story of the time Jessie and her family were getting ready to vacation in Door County ( I will have to be on the lookout the next time my family goes) when she got a call that Brett Favre would give her an interview in the Atrium at Lambeau at 11. She was able to push it back to noon, load up and dash to Green Bay (it is on the way) and get her 10 minute interview before moving on to the beach.

There is glamour amidst the drudgery. She did partake in the excitement of Super Bowls XXXI, XXXII and XLV and a White House visit, got to know Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy, Packers President Bob Harlan and other celebrities too numerous to mention. It's not all Packers, though, she spent time with the Brewers (going into game 6 she predicted that the Cardinals would eliminate them in the 2011 NLCS), Badgers, Olympians and at the Curling Club.

This book pleases on several levels. The sports fans will enjoy the sides of the players and executives not seen on television. I know I will never look at an interview in the same way again. I have a greater appreciation of how hard the reporters work to think up the questions, get the access, make themselves presentable and edit the footage into that one or two minutes that we see on the screen. What I like most is the way Jessie tells her story. Many of can identify with her challenge of balancing the job with family, a challenge that finally draws her to a career change. She relates the role of a female reporter in male dominated sports. Our hearts are touched as we read of the embarrassing moments, and the disappointments in the choices of some of the subjects of her reports. She seems bewildered and dismayed by Brett Favre's fall from grace, and disgusted by juvenile performances of others. Even in these sections her writing can best be described as classy. She draws the reader into her feelings, but never humiliates the offender or shatters the magic link between hero and fan. When I got this book I was expecting a literary sojourn into the Heart of Titletown. I got that, a traipse through the sports news business and much more.

I did receive a free copy of this book for review.


Shout Triple-Acting Laundry Trigger 22 oz (Pack Of 3)
Shout Triple-Acting Laundry Trigger 22 oz (Pack Of 3)
Price: $7.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Gets The Stains Out, September 7, 2014
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You need "Shout" to get the stains that do not come out with normal washing. You squirt the Shout onto the stain, let it sit for a few minutes then wash it, either by hand or in the washing machine. If this does not get rid of the stain then probably nothing will. I have not noticed any damage to other areas of the fabric. Shout is the stain remover for me.


Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5 Inch Pointed, Green
Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5 Inch Pointed, Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal For The Preschooler, September 6, 2014
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This Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors is ideal for your pre-schooler. It fits well in a four year old's left or right hand, is easy to open and close and cuts paper neatly. The blade tips are rounded to prevent poking. At this quality and this price you cannot beat it.


Retaking the Philippines: America's Return to Corregidor and Bataan, October 1944-March 1945
Retaking the Philippines: America's Return to Corregidor and Bataan, October 1944-March 1945
by William B. Breuer
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Belongs In Any World War II Library, September 5, 2014
"Retaking The Philippines" is an account of this crucial campaign that redeemed America's honor and brought its forces a step closer to the conquest of Japan. It begins with the crucial conference in Hawaii in which President Roosevelt arbitrated the competing plans of Gen. MacArthur to retake the Philippines on the way to Japan and Adm. Nimitz' scheme to bypass them with a sweep across the Pacific to Formosa and then north. Arriving to a hero's welcome, the General hammered that another abandonment of the Islands "would be neither condoned nor forgiven." Although FDR complained that "no one ever talked to me the way MacArthur did." The President's decision to let MacArthur liberate America's archipelago in the Orient transitioned the narrative to the task of achieving the goal.

Bombing by naval aviation enabled the Army to advance the first landings from Mindanao in the South to Leyte in the Central Philippines and to move up the landings by a month. The dramatic return and address to the "People of the Philippines...I have returned" rises from these pages to stir the reader's mind and heart. The landings, the freeing of long suffering POWS, the drop on and clearing of Corregidor and the savage destruction of Manila are all skillfully described. In Philippine waters the U.S. Navy encountered kamikaze attacks. Here I learned that there were suicide boats and infantry as well as aviators. Old grudges were avenged as MacArthur approved death sentences against Japanese adversaries and characterized his fallen commander-in-chief as "a man who would never tell the truth when a lie would serve just as well."

Author William Breuer has artfully chronicled America's return to the Philippines. Any understanding of World War II requires a familiarity with the "Retaking of the Philippines." It will be found in this book which merits a place in any World War II library.


100% Microfiber Yoga Towels and Travel Towels - 2 Pack of 15" X 24" (Hand, Face) - Super Absorbent and Lightweight - Lifetime Warranty (Grey + Blue)
100% Microfiber Yoga Towels and Travel Towels - 2 Pack of 15" X 24" (Hand, Face) - Super Absorbent and Lightweight - Lifetime Warranty (Grey + Blue)
Offered by The Friendly Swede
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Carry And Absorbent, September 2, 2014
These towels are compact, lightweight and easy to stow. They are very handy for any time you need to wipe up moisture. I have found them to be very helpful to sit on when returning from the pool with a wet swimsuit or when kneeling on hard ground. They are as absorbent as towels that are much thicker. I was really surprised at how much water they held despite being their thin design. These grey and blue towels have earned a place in my bag and car.

I did receive a free sample of this product for review.


BELLA 14015 Polished 12-Cup Coffee Maker
BELLA 14015 Polished 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Offered by Todays Concept
Price: $28.32
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light Weight, Grounds In Coffee, September 2, 2014
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I tried this Bella Coffee Maker as an alternative to the Cuisinart Coffee Maker that I had been using. The Bella is light weight that makes it easy to transport, but also unstable. I tried it first with the filters I had been using in my Cuisinart but no water got to the coffee. The coffee came out fine when I used the basket without the filter but some grounds were found in the cup. I am going back to my Cuisinart.


Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel
Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel
by Debbie Macomber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend At The Inn, August 22, 2014
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I always like to share Debbie Macomber books with the women in my house to get their viewpoints. “Love Letters” is a Rose Harbor novel set at Rose Harbor Inn in picturesque Cedar Cove, Washington. JoMarie Rose is proprietor of the Bed and Breakfast. The theme of the book is about the love letters that the characters exchange and how these letters help the them learn to trust and love each other. The main character is JoMarie Rose who would like to learn more about her friend and handyman, Mark Taylor. There are three guests who stay at the Rose Harbor Inn one weekend during the summer. Ellie Reynolds comes to meet a man she has been emailing for months. Maggie and Roy Parker come to the Inn to rekindle their marriage and regain trust in each other. Author Debbie Macomber does an excellent job of telling the stories of these five characters. This book is so interesting that it is hard to put down. The author interjects surprises throughout the plot that enhance the enjoyment. Highly recommended! You will not be disappointed.


The Chance (Thunder Point)
The Chance (Thunder Point)
by Robyn Carr
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit At Thunder Point, August 22, 2014
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Like other Robyn Carr books, I shared “The Chance” another from the Thunder Point series with the women in my life to get their perspectives. This series is set in Thunder Point, Oregon, a small, picturesque town where the citizens know and help each other.

FBI agent Laine Carrington comes to Thunder Point to recuperate from a gunshot wound and to decide her future with the Bureau and her family. There she meets Eric Gentry, another newcomer to Thunder Point. They discover a mutual attraction despite having nothing in common. She is an FBI agent, he a reformed criminal and mechanic. Author Robyn Carr does a great job of developing the plot. Carr keeps the storyline interesting and unpredictable. You will want to keep reading just to find out how it ends. As the Thunder Point series builds from book to book, the main characters interact with the newcomers. “The Chance deserves five stars.


A Nation Defiant: Polish Resistance to the German Occupation of Poland
A Nation Defiant: Polish Resistance to the German Occupation of Poland
by Richard S. Fuegner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.15
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poland At War, Poland In War, August 22, 2014
Volumes have been written about the battles and warriors of World War II but what about the people behind the battle lines who did the living, the suffering and the dying? "A Nation Defiant" is the story of Poland at war, Poland in war, Poland of the unquenchable spirit.

Poland's wartime experience was unique. Whereas other occupied countries were able to muddle through with conquerors with whom they had to co-exist, Poles were, in German eyes, subhuman, fit only to work for Germans until they fell: shot, broken, starved, humiliated. Resistance took many forms. It was as overt as the uprisings of the Jewish Ghetto and the Home Army in Warsaw and as subtle as wrong directions, mispronounced names, home schooling and clandestine theatre. Ultimately it was a tragic failure and an irresistible success. Expecting liberation from the approaching Red Army Warsaw's forces Warsaw rose in revolt only to be left to die on the vine while Soviets and the world looked on as their Army was decimated and their city leveled. Stalin's decision to let the Polish leadership be eradicated by the Germans was not Poland's only betrayal in this war. Britain, who went to war to guarantee Poland's independence and FDR, who only asked for words to placate Polish voters at home, watched as a Communist dictatorship replaced Nazi tyranny.

Author Richard Fuegner has rendered a valuable service to the World War II community. I had known little about Poland before or during the war. This book taught me a lot. It talks of a land with a large Jewish population with whom the Poles shared sufferings, torture and death. The book is well organized by theme, beginning from the lead up to war through its aftermath in which Poland, again conquered and subjugated, awaited another Phoenix to rise from the ashes. Fuegner's writing style keeps the story moving along without drowning in detail. "A Nation Defiant" introduces the reader to the history of this period in this tragic country where war began and to the nation that always stood defiant.


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