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Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation
Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation
by Edward Humes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.01
64 used & new from $10.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Friday the 13th, May 7, 2016
The book starts off well, with very detailed analysis of just how much transportation is involved in everything we buy, from coffee to iphones. He discusses shipping containers and the logistics of shipping in excellent detail. By the end of the 3rd chapter, I was fully engaged.

Then we get to Friday the 13th (the name of a chapter) and the whole book goes from a detailed analysis of transportation to an ineloquent rant.

First Humes veers far away from his skill set in his complaint that cars are measured in horsepower, implying that nothing else is measured in "horses," thus revealing that he doesn't understand how power is measured. But this sets the tone for his negative feelings about cars. Then soon goes way off track in trying to show how dangerous cars are.

He goes through numerous examples of fatal car accidents. He pulls a total NPR where he first sets up the accidents with personal details about the victims. ".....The family was counting down the days to his fourth birthday just one week away. The family was headed for ice cream, then the library." Yes, of course the child dies. Maybe he should have included a puppy. The chapter is a steady stream of tragic examples of innocent victims slain by the evil automobile. Friday the 13th is unfortunately the longest chapter in the book.

Then we get to the supply chain of Dominoes Pizza, which makes the book once again interesting...., for about 10 pages. But for some reason, the date Friday the 13th returns, first as the author's wedding anniversary, and then again for no reason at all. (I think the author should simply avoid ever discussing Friday the 13th because his writing can't handle it.) Immediately thereafter we return to the rant, this time about the oil industry and rail transport.

I made it about 10 more pages before bailing out.

I am not suggesting that the topics of auto accidents and the oil industry are not important. I just think this book would have been better off if the author stayed on topic.


Diver DB-10 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player with Waterproof Earphones (Blue)
Diver DB-10 4GB Waterproof MP3 Player with Waterproof Earphones (Blue)
Offered by 2Go Products LLC
Price: $79.95
2 used & new from $49.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Not loud enough, April 14, 2016
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These are not loud enough to hear while swimming.
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Carhartt Men's Flame Resistant Lightweight Twill Shirt,Khaki,Large
Carhartt Men's Flame Resistant Lightweight Twill Shirt,Khaki,Large
Price: $58.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rough fabric, April 14, 2016
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Very uncomfortable fabric. It's hard to believe the product I received was made by carhartt.


Yamaha DD65 Electronic Drum Pad Premium Package with Headphones, Power Supply, Drum Sticks, and 2 Foot Pedals
Yamaha DD65 Electronic Drum Pad Premium Package with Headphones, Power Supply, Drum Sticks, and 2 Foot Pedals
Price: $219.99
15 used & new from $186.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Broke after a couple weeks, April 14, 2016
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This is a very nice practice tool for a non-drummer like myself. However one of the pads stopped working after about 20 hours of use.


Uncommon Valor
Uncommon Valor
DVD
Price: $13.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all, March 19, 2016
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This review is from: Uncommon Valor (Amazon Video)
How did this movie get five stars?


Mad Dogs
Mad Dogs
DVD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannot imagine how this show got such high ratings ..., March 11, 2016
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I cannot imagine how this show got such high ratings. The initial pilot had some promise, but it went quickly down hill from there. The characters are completely unbelievable. The plot is all over the place. How could someone think this was worth 5 stars?


The Intern's Handbook: A John Lago Thriller
The Intern's Handbook: A John Lago Thriller
by Shane Kuhn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.50
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work, March 29, 2015
The Good: This book is readable. And it's sort of fun.

The Bad: I bought this book in a hurry, and it seems to have been written in a hurry. There are only three main characters in this book, and none are developed beyond what could be done in a single well-written paragraph, and none are likeable. The main character, John Lago, is a 25-year old expert at everything imaginable, who possesses an unjustified disdain for just about every person on the planet. The concept of this being an “Intern’s Handbook” doesn’t really work. There are a few chapter headings and scattered comments which remind the reader that it is intended to be a handbook for prospective assassins. But aside from that, the handbook-ness concept is abandoned after the first chapter. There are numerous story details that are grossly out of agreement with other parts of the story. The dozens of movie references provide more of a distraction than anything else. Given that there are so many better books out there, I would avoid this one.


Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.52
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to understand our own behavior, March 15, 2015
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Great book about how people think, behave, and make decisions. It is enlightening to see just how many things influence us and how unconscious our decisions can be. And the whole idea of money as a motivating force is challenged in this book. Ariely shows that people will perform better at a task when they feel they are making a contribution than they will when they are being paid. This is a fun book.


Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft
by F.H. Lyon
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from $8.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic journey, March 15, 2015
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Excellent book from the first page. It is so well written reading the book is like being on the voyage with the crew. This book was made into a movie a few years ago. The movie doesn't come close to the story told in the book.


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.98
177 used & new from $3.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book, March 15, 2015
This is a really inspiring book about becoming immersed in what you do, and the benefits of the immersion. It's not really about being happy, as the cover suggests. In fact the author clearly states that this is not a book about how to be happy. This book is about being busy, and being focused.


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