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The Revolution: A Manifesto
The Revolution: A Manifesto
by Ron Paul
Edition: Hardcover
294 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Book of Ideas, March 2, 2009
I was already a supporter of Paul before I read this book, but that's not why I give it five stars. There is an alternative point of view out there, one that's not heard from very often, and is usually misunderstood, mischaracterized, or just dismissed. In The Revolution, Paul lays out this view in a clear and convincing fashion without going overly into ideology or details. That is the strength of the book. Right now the main focus of "our" movement is simply education, and this book is a wonderful tool for that purpose. It won't overwhelm the reader with long explanations, but at the same time the examples and the arguments are powerful. This book is for both those who know Paul's views well and those who are new to him, as he covers a variety of different topics, yet remains clear and concise for all of them. After reading this book, you'll definitely want to share what you learned with others, and you'll know how to communicate it in a way that's easy to understand.


A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
by G. J. Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.01
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Amazing, Outstanding, June 26, 2007
Really it is. This book was everything I hoped it would be. I bought it because of other customers' reviews and I wasn't disappointed. The most important aspect for me when reading history books like this, is that the author is a good writer that understands how to keep the reader interested, and Meyer excels at this. To avoid monotonously talking about failed offensive after failed offensive, Meyer incorporates "side chapters" where he gives background information on many different topics such as a short history leading up to the war on the countries involved, how warfare was conducted at the time, leading personalities, and the side effects of the war. Meyer covers the political, economic, and social effects of the war and how these aspects in turn affected the war. What I like best about it is how Meyer maintains a tension by pointing out all the close calls and blunders that could have turned the war in a different direction. This really gives the reader a sense of what was going wrong and why, and what it was like for the parties invovled. If you are interested in in WWI, you've found the only book you'll need.


Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
by Christopher M. Clark
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time invested, June 19, 2007
Very well written, Clark keeps the pace going while touching on the many issues involved with the history of Prussia. I bought this book because I found that I had learned very little about Prussia or Germany for that matter in the course of my high school and college education. It seems there is a distaste for the subject that is left over from the association of Nazi fascism and militarism with Prussia. Clark sets out to show that this is an incorrect association and does so convincingly. Full of helpful illustrations, photos, and maps, Iron Kingdom comprehensively covers the political, economic, and social history of Prussia, focusing on the key institutions, people, and moments that influenced its success and then its fall.


The Twelve Kingdoms, Volume 1: Sea of Shadow
The Twelve Kingdoms, Volume 1: Sea of Shadow
by Alexander O. Smith
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read..., June 19, 2007
I enjoyed the anime series and since it's based on novels instead of manga I figured I'd read them. The book takes you deep into the world of the twelve kingdoms, and also into the mind of the heroine, Yoko, who is dealing with her own faults while trying to survive in an unfamiliar and hostile world. The author's descriptions give a vivid account of what it's like to be Yoko by mentioning "other senses" type of details, by which I mean senses other than sight. We hear about sounds, smells, and most importantly how things feel. The story is rich and complicated, but not so much that one can't put things together. I enjoyed this book, and anyone who is a fan of anime or manga would probably like it as well.


Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension
by Robert O'Keefe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.40
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and challenging, May 12, 2007
Wow, this book was just plain fun to read. Better yet, it was not dumbed down in any way, yet it was completely understandable. This world of cutting-edge physics is not just interesting, but also important. It really makes one wonder what is possible if we can ever solve these last mysteries of physics. I particularly thought he explained higher dimensions well. It's a very difficult idea for us 3 dimensional beings to wrap our heads around, but he manages to give a thorough and convincing explaination. You won't regret buying this book, you'll blow right through it and be telling all your friends about the crazy things you learned about hyperspace.


How to Get Into Law School
How to Get Into Law School
by Susan Estrich
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.14
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, May 12, 2007
Unless you know people who've gone to law school, you really need some advice, and this book helped me a lot. It'll take you through all the steps, like taking the LSAT, getting letters of recommendation, writing your personal statement, picking the school for you and beyond. It's written very clearly and she keeps it interesting as well. I'm going to law school this fall, and this book just didn't help me get in, it helped me get into the right school, one to which I'm excited about going. Remember, it's competitive, you need every edge you can get--read this book!


The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.02
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, but needs more depth, May 12, 2007
Dawkins is clearly writing to an audience that knows very little about evolution, so he spends most of the book simply trying to explain the basic concepts like the power of cumulative selection, the effects of sexual selection, how selection works on DNA, possible origins of life and so on. The book focuses so much on processes (which are, granted, very important to understanding evolution) that it gets rather boring for someone who already knows a bit about evolution. I was hoping for more evidence and examples, and also some of the areas of research that are going on (or at least were at the time of publishing). Although the book is certainly more entertaining than a textbook, one could certainly learn all this in the first few chapters of any textbook on evolution. I suppose the book was "meant" for beginners, so it accomplishes this task, thus four stars.
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The Investiture Controversy: Church and Monarchy from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century (The Middle Ages Series)
The Investiture Controversy: Church and Monarchy from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century (The Middle Ages Series)
by Uta-Renate Blumenthal
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.70
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good, but needs more focus, May 5, 2007
Blumenthal starts out by describing the two tides of change that resulted in the opposing sides in the controvery and so one gets the sense of an impending conflict. The church was attempting to reform, and the kings were trying to increase their influence in the church. She goes on to describe the conflict that ensued, and then also some of the effects and other conflicts between church and state in England and France. It covers the topic fairly well, but more could have been said about the main conflict between Henry IV and Gregory VII, which was only covered in 15 pages.


Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
by Anthony Everitt
Edition: Hardcover
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for..., February 2, 2007
I've been watching the HBO series "Rome" and wanted to read about the real Octavian's life. This book provided exactly what I was looking for. The book emphasised those important years between Julius Caesar's death and the deaths of Cleopatra and Antony during which Octavian went from a boy to an Emperor, and then the difficulties he faced within his family after he took power. I suppose that the highest praise I can give this book, is that I liked it so much, I plan on reading Everitt's book about Cicero as well.


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