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The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
by Arthur Allen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.04
45 used & new from $16.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII heroes in a lab coat, July 23, 2014
During WWII many deaths were caused by disease. One of the worst killers was Typhus, spread by lice. Typhus was worse when people were dirty, exhausted and poorly nourished, so it hit particularly hard on the Eastern Front... and among the Jews in the camps and ghettos.

Rudolf Weigl was a Polish biologist, who was forced by the Nazis to work on a Typhus Vaccine. Weigl developed a sort of vaccine that needed many human victims for the lice to feed on. Weigl was able to protect many Jews who were sent to him for this distasteful task by giving them the vaccine and also smuggling the vaccine into the Warsaw ghetto. To us, being used as a Human feeder for lice would seem horrible, but it was far better than being sent to the death camps. "We were one big family," one of them wrote. "Although we were paid a pittance, and the additional allocations weren't enough to replace the blood we lost, to be a Weigl employee was a mark of ­nobility."

His assistant was Ludwik Fleck, a Jewish/Polish Physician who was later sent to Buchenwald.He was taken first to the laboratory at Auschwitz and then to the one at Buchenwald, the SS Hygiene Institute's Department of Virus and Typhus Research. He there began to produce a fake vaccine that the Nazis did not recognize. The Nazis "demanded large quantities of vaccine, we produced two types: one that had no value and was perfectly harmless, and went to the front; and a second type, in very small quantities, that was very efficacious and used in special cases like for comrades who worked in difficult places in the camp. ­. . . The inefficacy of our vaccine could have been revealed, and there were outside experts that the SS had at its disposition who could have investigated and discovered that it wasn't real. Nothing like that happened. The adventure continued until March 1945."

Very little has been written about these two brave scientists, and thus this book is long overdue. Fascinating!
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 23, 2014 10:37 AM PDT


Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel (Night and Nothing Novels)
Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel (Night and Nothing Novels)
by Katherine Harbour
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.92
67 used & new from $4.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Odd occurrences in a outre little town, July 22, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Poor Finn! She lost her Mother, then her sister took her own life. Now, her Da is moving her away from SF to a rather strange little East Coast college town, where Finn has to make new friends and try to fit into her new college (incidentally, I like that the author has picked College instead of the over used High School).

Fortunately she makes a couple of close friends quickly, but the "in crowd" at her new school is very strange- like out of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest strange. Student wear odd "Ren Faire" like garb, and speak in rather mystical ways.

Slowly and with mounting terror and joy, Finn is drawn into this mystical and outre new world.

The author does this very well, dropping hints and building the suspense nicely.

A real page turner, you won't be able to put it down.
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100% Organic Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter- Grade A, Fair Trade, Premium Shea Butter From Ghana- Great Natural Skin Lotion- Naturally Rich in Vitamins a & E - Unrefined Organic Shea Butter Is Extremely Nourishing and Perfect for Skin and Hair, in Homemade Soaps, Lotions and More- Net Weight 16oz (1lb)
100% Organic Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter- Grade A, Fair Trade, Premium Shea Butter From Ghana- Great Natural Skin Lotion- Naturally Rich in Vitamins a & E - Unrefined Organic Shea Butter Is Extremely Nourishing and Perfect for Skin and Hair, in Homemade Soaps, Lotions and More- Net Weight 16oz (1lb)
Offered by Healthy Life Essentials
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $10.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Real Stuff"!, July 22, 2014
This is 100% pure Shea Butter. Do not mistake this with other "Shea butter" products that may contain only a little Shea but lots of other ingredients including chemicals and other stuff you might not want.

This is the 'real stuff".

Good news is this block will last you a long time. Bad news is that even tho it's called "butter' you can't eat it!

Guys- try it for shaving, instead of shaving cream.


Kona French Press #1 Premium Coffee Maker & Tea Press-Thick Thermal Shock Resistant 34oz Glass *FREE Bonus Screen Limited Time Offer-Easy Clean 3 Piece Stainless Steel Parts-Best Espresso Maker Gift Perfect for All Coffee Lovers by Idylc Homes ✔Buy With Confidence 100% RISK FREE GUARANTEE
Kona French Press #1 Premium Coffee Maker & Tea Press-Thick Thermal Shock Resistant 34oz Glass *FREE Bonus Screen Limited Time Offer-Easy Clean 3 Piece Stainless Steel Parts-Best Espresso Maker Gift Perfect for All Coffee Lovers by Idylc Homes ✔Buy With Confidence 100% RISK FREE GUARANTEE
Offered by Idylc Homes
Price: $29.89
3 used & new from $28.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Joe!, July 22, 2014
This is an attractive& stylish looking French press.

I have tried it with both fine ground and coarser ground coffee, though it is recommended to not use too fine a grind, and it has worked well with both. The mesh for the filter comes up a little bit farther around the edge than on other presses I have used and this traps the coffee grounds very well and it has been easy to clean.

It makes lots of coffee even for two people who drink from big coffee mugs. It came with a much appreciated coffee measuring spoon for the perfect pot. I like the taste of this coffee better than from my electric coffee maker.


Raise a Sea-Monkey Kit
Raise a Sea-Monkey Kit
Offered by Carolina Biological Supply Company
Price: $27.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Brine shrimp, July 18, 2014
This review is from: Raise a Sea-Monkey Kit
There are no Sea Monkeys, these are just Brine shrimp. They don't live very long.

They can be mild fun to watch for a few minutes.


Unearthed Arsenal for Diablo
Unearthed Arsenal for Diablo
8 used & new from $3.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & cool!, July 17, 2014
This is a cool way to "cheat" once you get bored of playing Diablo 1 for the 20th time.

Fun options such as unlimited cash, HP, etc.


Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw- BPA Free- Eco Friendly- Great for Hiking, Biking, At the Gym, or Simply on the Go- Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Keeps Drinks Cold For Hours
Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw- BPA Free- Eco Friendly- Great for Hiking, Biking, At the Gym, or Simply on the Go- Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Keeps Drinks Cold For Hours
Offered by Healthy Life Essentials
Price: $34.95
2 used & new from $19.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cool" Bottle!, July 15, 2014
Hydracentials insulated 25 oz water bottle.
This has become my favorite water bottle. Pluses - attractive style, it feels good in the hand, it's made from stainless steel not aluminum , it really does keep my water cold for hours (overnight one time), it didn't spill when I tipped it over, the spout really is usable with one hand, it holds a lot of water. Minuses- ah- it keeps getting empty.

Fun fact - it makes a lovely bonging sound if you accidentally knock it against something.

Accessories pack - I really like having a brush to clean the straw out with occasionally. The bottle cozy is just too cute for words.

I'm going to be using this water bottle for a long time.

I rcvd a sample for review.
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Remington F3-3900B Rechargeable Foil with Pivot and Flex Technology
Remington F3-3900B Rechargeable Foil with Pivot and Flex Technology
Price: $23.62
55 used & new from $16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, July 15, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Well, I have to be honest, I didn't care much for this razor. To be be even more honest I was comparing it to my Braun Series 7, which is a $150 electric razor.

The Remington didn't shave as close, or as fast. It was also very noisy and loud.

But it did the job, and at this price, it would be a decent choice for men who usually use a blade instead or to carry on vacations.

I have packed this into my overnite bag.
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VikingCycle Thorfinn 10 pocket Motorcycle Vest for Men 3XL
VikingCycle Thorfinn 10 pocket Motorcycle Vest for Men 3XL
Offered by MotorcycleHouse
Price: $149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful & stylish, July 14, 2014
Altho I don't ride anymore, I still really like this vest.

1. It's stylish, and doesn't scream BIKER! like some leather vests do.

2. It's made out of high quality leather, tough but soft and supple.

3. But what sold me is the pockets. Look, guys we need to carry more and more junk nowadays. Sunglasses, glasses, pills, phone, pocket knife, even a mini-tablet. What to do? A murse? Naw. Fanny pack? No way! Cargo pants? Then your pants fall down.

Now sure, you can get a khaki-cotton photographers vest, and I own one of those. But they don't go with everything and they aren't very stylist.

This vest has an amazing number of pockets. I know, you look at the photos, and you don't see many. That's because they are cleverly hidden.

Outside on the front are two large zippered pockets. Inside, there are two more large zippered pockets, two large snap pockets and two others. all in all, ten (count 'em!) 10 pockets.

You can even fit a iPad Mini in some of them, and do so without looking like a pregnant kangaroo.


Return to the Willows
Return to the Willows
by Jacqueline Kelly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.48
120 used & new from $2.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful sequel, July 11, 2014
This review is from: Return to the Willows (Hardcover)
This is a delightful sequel to the beloved Children's classic. The characters we all know and love behave as they should, the adventures continue as we expect, and the writing is almost as good as the original- but with added footnotes, which are quite informative and entertaining.

The illustrations are also excellent. Get this if you loved the original.
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