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Flying With The Flak Pak - A Pacific War Scrapbook
Flying With The Flak Pak - A Pacific War Scrapbook
by Kenny Kemp
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.13
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on life in the WWII years I've ever read, January 25, 2014
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I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s reading the classics of life as a soldier in the Pacific: Helmet for My Pillow, With the Old Breed, etc., because my father served in the Pacific and then in China after the war was over. Of course, those books were about foot soldiers, not aviators, so they can't really be directly compared, but this book has something that the others didn't: an in-depth look at what life was like in the U.S. before and during basic training, and then what the day-to-day life of someone in the military was like in combat areas.
What makes this book so different is the huge quantity of illustrations--more than 1,000 maps, photos, scans of training materials. The illustrations include things like the cartoon booklet on flying safety used because the military educational specialists determined that this was the most effective method of delivering instruction. The maps are spectacular--the best I've seen so far. One caveat: I can't find the name of the person who drew the maps, and credit is certainly called for in this instance.
The other reviewers have covered the material in the book very well, and I don't have much to add, except to say that after reading it, I bought copies of the books for several other family members, all of whom have read and enjoyed it.


Actors Anonymous
Actors Anonymous
by James Franco
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.67
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good writing style, lousy subject matter., November 5, 2013
This review is from: Actors Anonymous (Hardcover)
First of all, the positive: James Franco is a good writer, and could have written a wonderful novel. The rest, however, is negative. Other than a few interesting passages, most of the book deals with graphic descriptions of child molesting, male prostitution in a toilet stall, and very detailed descriptions of lurid, angry sex. I suppose it has a place on some people's bookshelves, just not mine...


Stone Age Board Game
Stone Age Board Game
5 used & new from $84.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great game by one of the truly great game designers, July 19, 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Stone Age Board Game (Toy)
This is another great game by Bernd Brunnhofer (aka Michael Tummelhofer), who also designed the St. Petersburg board game. I like both, but I think Stone Age is just a bit richer, with more possible paths to take during play. As with all of his games, the real skill to learn is how to balance the various elements.
Reading the instructions is not the best way to learn the game--find someone who has played it before and run through a couple of practice games. My ten-year-old granddaughters learned it in one sitting, and play it extremely well against adult competition, so I think the age rating for the game (13+) is a bit pessimistic about the skills of younger players, especially those who play board games regularly.
The game is available online at the yucata.de site, but this game is better played in person, if possible. It is fun for two players, but more fun for three or four!


NBC News
NBC News
Price: $0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, March 15, 2012
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This review is from: NBC News (App)
This app gives me a quick summary of all of the major news stories. The nicest feature is the way they have created categories.


Waterman Charleston Black GT Fine Point Fountain Pen - 30046
Waterman Charleston Black GT Fine Point Fountain Pen - 30046
Offered by Finger Lakes Surplus
Price: $187.50
3 used & new from $174.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pen for the money, January 30, 2012
I bought this pen after trying out several much more expensive pens, including the Visconti lava pen and a couple of Mont Blancs. It has an 18k gold nib, which typically means little flexibility, but this nib is actually moderately flexible (I bought the Fine nib). The pen writes VERY smoothly, and took no getting used to at all. The pen comes with a converter if you want to fill from a bottle, but also takes cartridges. All-in-all, I think this is a great pen for the money.


Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues
Price: $11.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton and Marsalis are great, but another steals the show, January 21, 2012
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I've read most of the reviews here, and have little to add about the quality of the CD, and the excellent production on the DVD. However, the Jazz at Lincoln Center ensemble is wonderful. And at the top of the list is Chris Crenshaw on trombone. He may be the most exciting trombone player I've heard in years. His technique is marvelous, and his tone is spectacular, muted or unmuted. He even does a nice job on the one song he sings. Watch out for him in the future!


The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual)
The ARRL Operating Manual For Radio Amateurs (Arrl Operating Manual)
by Mark J. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help where help was needed most!, April 9, 2011
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Like most of us just starting out, I studied hard to pass the Technician text. I read the ARRL study guide, Gordon West's study guide (great help, by the way), and subscribed to HamTestOnline (another real asset). When I took the test and got a great score, I had a real feeling of accomplishment. Until I started thinking about what I was going to do next...
I knew the answers to all the questions, and had some intellectual understanding of what was going on, but no idea at all how a ham functioned, what could be done, where to find information and help, and a whole list of other things. I bought this book when I bought my handheld, and reading it was the best decision I made. If the test books cover the nuts and bolts of the technology and the rules, this book covers what you do once you have your call letters!
I especially liked Chapter 2--VHF/UHF: FM, Repeaters, Digital Voice and Data. It was very well written, funny at times, answered nearly all of my questions, and also answered lots of questions I hadn't even formulated yet.
There are a few chapters I decided to put off until I get into HF with a base station, but for anyone just starting out, this will help allay the confusion and panic you run into between getting your slip and going on the air!
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BIOFREEZE Pain Relieving Roll On, 3-Ounce Tube
BIOFREEZE Pain Relieving Roll On, 3-Ounce Tube
Offered by Elite Medical Distribution
Price: $8.99
67 used & new from $4.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great after rotator cuff surgery, March 23, 2010
Hard to believe how painful your shoulder can be after rotator cuff surgery. I had tried a couple of similar brands, along with pads, but BioFreeze seems to do the best job, and the effects last the longest. I'm hoping not to need it soon, but for the present, it's great!


The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History
The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History
by Michael A. Stusser
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, good writer, intersting people--but not a very good book, March 30, 2009
This is an idea that has been used before, which is not necessarily a bad thing. John Kendrick Bangs wrote at least two books about a Houseboat on the Styx where such notables as Washington, Darwin, Hamlet, Raleigh, Dr. Johnson, and many others discuss issues on their way to Hades. More recently, Steve Allen wrote a couple of books, including Meeting of the Minds, where various historical figures discussed their accomplishments and current topics. These latter books were the result of an amazingly good television series by the same name, and were funny, perceptive, and very intelligently done.

Michael Stusser, who is a very good writer with an excellent sense of humor, tries a similar approach here, but for some reason, it just doesn't seem to work. The "interviews" all feel somehow very similar, and become tedious by the end of the book. The humor is at times forced, and is often very juvenile. For example, after spending an inordinate amount of space ridiculing Napoleon about his height, he starts in on his love life: "MS: And, according to several mistresses, a three-minute limit in the sack, and a two-inch schlong."

Mr. Stusser's encyclopedic knowledge of history is obvious, the introductory biography of each person is very nicely done, but the question and answer section seems to have been dashed off without a lot of thought or imagination. A good editor would have been a real plus for this book.


The Photographer's Guide to Death Valley (The Photographer's Guide)
The Photographer's Guide to Death Valley (The Photographer's Guide)
by Shellye Poster
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.21
46 used & new from $4.60

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide to a fantastic place, March 22, 2009
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I am a semi-pro photographer, and have taken some great shots in Death Valley. The problem with taking a week to photograph an area is that you can't cover all of the really interesting spots. This book gives me great ideas about exactly where to go on my next trip! The descriptions are great, the pictures are superb and creative. One of her "favorite sunrises" is at Zabriske Point. In my (subjective) opinion, this is possibly the top site for great photos at nearly any time of day (except during high sun in the early afternoon). Early morning (8-10 a.m.) is especially nice!
If I had one complaint about the book, it is that the picture captions do not include the details of the photo--f-stop, lens, shutter speed, etc. Some of the shots have very interesting depth of field effects, and even a simple "24mm, f 1.4, 1/250 second" would be really great to have. That is how many of us non-professionals learn how to take better shots. Even if there were just a link to a detailed photo list online, I would be very grateful!
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