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The Voice of the Silence (Verbatim Edition)
The Voice of the Silence (Verbatim Edition)
by H. P. Blavatsky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.22
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should come back into mainstream print., April 28, 2000
Isabel Cooper-Oakley said of this book:
"Now, inspeaking of the teaching that we have in the Theosophical Society there is one book, by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, ................. " Why? Because she knew that it was only the few in the hurry and the press of the everyday life, it was only the few who would really stand aside from the stream of life and try to give some thought and some time to the soul within. She translated this book from one of those priceless treasures then in the possession of the Eastern teachers of Theosophy. It is called The Book of Golden Precepts, and from it she has gathered some few of the precepts which those who really desire to develop their spiritual life will take up and study. Dedicated as it is to the few, it is only the few who really find benefit in it. It is called The Voice of the Silence. The name is in itself paradoxical, but the name in itself is a volume of teaching. It is the Voice of the Silence because it is only when the Silence and the hush come over the material part of man's life that the real Voice of the Silence can speak. It is only when man will take a little time to still his worldly life, to still his worldly thoughts, that the true small Voice which really lives in the heart of every man may make itself heard. And therefore Helena Petrovna Blavatsky gave us this book, leaving it to the few who would listen in the Silence to the Voice that would speak, and she gave it to us as the guide, the prayer book, and the very basis of our daily life." [From Report of Proceedings and Documents of the 1893 Parliament of Religions, pages 174 to 176]..........................

STL Programming from the Ground Up
STL Programming from the Ground Up
by Herbert Schildt
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, March 20, 2000
I really don't know where all these other reviewers are coming from. I've been a C++ programmer for 8 years. When I had to use STL for a project I picked up this book, read it, and didn't think it had given me any more information than can be found in the 20 or so pages that Stroustroup used to summarize STL in CPL.
This book DOES NOT tell you how to use STL. It has a few summary charts and tables, and a whole bunch of self-congratulating prose by the auther which takes you once round the block of his ego, and lands you exactly where you started from - as far as learning the STL is concerned.
Upto a about a year or so ago, this book and the Addison-Wesley one were the only STL books around. And the AW book catered to slightly less fast-food (read 'junk-food') type of IT book consumer. That may explain the large number of good reviews here. I can't think of anything else. (And the dearth of good STL books is still a problem).
Buy this book if you wish.. but it will probably be sitting forlorly on your shelf even after you have read it once or more.. staring at you sadly and reminding you of its complete inadequacy, not to mention the money that you wasted on it. Mark my words.

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