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The Disappeared
The Disappeared
by Roger Scruton
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars and even the worst of the villains is ultimately human, May 4, 2015
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Americans are likely not as familiar as British readers with the real-life events that compelled Roger Scruton to write this novel--the child sexual exploitation scandal centered on Rotherham, England, in which more than 1,400 girls were sexually abused over more than a decade by men from the British-Pakistani community in the North of England. As if that were not tragedy enough, several parents and some of the girls themselves had reported the abuse to authorities, only to be turned away and, in some cases, threatened with prosecution for "wasting" police time. As documented by several researchers and the BBC's Panorama program, local authorities were too frightened of being labeled racist to take the risk of investigating alleged crimes emanating from the substantial Pakistani community.

"The Disappeared" is a complex story in which disparate pieces come together in the final chapters. Scruton is meticulous in constructing multi-faceted characters. The most sympathetic characters have faults or quirks, and even the worst of the villains is ultimately human. In the hands of a less thoughtful writer, this book could easily have stooped to caricature and stereotype. I found none of that in "The Disappeared." Indeed, even the social services personnel, whose fear for their jobs weakened their will to protect the children entrusted to them, are treated fairly--with a measure of understanding if not approval.

As others have said, "The Disappeared" is not exactly a feel-good, worry-free novel. However, it isa thought-provoking, exceptionally well-written, and ultimately hopeful novel. I highly recommend it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding, January 4, 2015
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In-depth coverage, detailed analyses, and relatively free of bias. I am often surprised at the high quality of the content.

Epson WorkForce WF-2530 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC37201)
Epson WorkForce WF-2530 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC37201)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family workhorse!, October 28, 2013
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one month from purchase through Amazon and humming along. Offered at near or better price of office supply stores and free shipping with PRIME. Ink runs out fast so I am trying the "remanufactured" kind and will see how that goes. Good for school, receipts and copies doc scans but print quality is not business professional level. Easy to use and set up for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth access as I have failed in this task with other brands of printers.

International Economic Sanctions: Improving the Haphazard U.S. Legal Regime
International Economic Sanctions: Improving the Haphazard U.S. Legal Regime
by Barry E. Carter
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Text is 20 years older than stated on Amazon!, May 18, 2013
I just received my order of this book and began reading the preface. Although the "book details" listing for this book on Amazon indicates that the book was published in June 2008, the preface states that the book is current through February 1988! After reading this, I thought that perhaps I had received a very outdated early edition of the book. I went to the "look inside" preview of the book, however, and found that it is the same edition (with the same February 1988 limitation) as what I received.

Although wine and some other things may improve with age, a book about the fast-moving field of US regulation of international transactions does not. 25 years ago, when this book was current, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, the Soviet Union was still an existential menace, and the Internet was essentially unheard of. The entire world has changed since then. Although elements of the basic regulatory structure remain intact, this is a hopelessly outdated text. I certainly would not have purchased it if it had been disclosed that the contents are 25 years old.

For Greater Glory
For Greater Glory
DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Worthy of the Acclaim It Has Received from Audiences, September 15, 2012
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I just rented "For Greater Glory" and am truly impressed. The performances of Andy Garcia and much of the cast were outstanding, and the story is one that merits a wide hearing. I lived in Mexico and had read several years ago Dr. Jean Meyer's groundbreaking historical treatment of the Cristero war under the title La Cristiada. Although I am not a historian, the film is largely consistent with the events of the rebellion. It could not, however, convey the enormity and brutality of the atrocities, coercion, and repression inflicted on Mexican Catholics by the government of President Calles. As in any motion picture, the director took some artistic liberties--among others, treating Father Vega as more of saint than a sinner (the historical figure had the reputation of being an effective general, but a bloodthirsty, womanizing, wreck of a priest). I was also somewhat surprised at how respectfully the film depicted President Calles. He was actually treated better than he deserved, given that in real life Calles was a much more vicious, anticlerical fanatic, and a much less refined person, than the character portrayed so masterfully in the film by Ruben Blades. However, these and a few other departures from the historical record do not significantly detract from the value of the movie.

What explains the huge gap between the very low marks given to the film by the professional critics and the overwhelmingly positive response of most moviegoers? I will concede, first, that in some technical respects the film is less than perfect. Peter O'Toole seemed rather obviously miscast as an elderly, foreign-born priest who had lived most of his life in Mexico. In addition, there were parts that, to me, felt overly long. A more tightly-edited director's cut of the film would be welcome. However, these imperfections do little to mar the work as a whole, and they are certainly no more egregious than what one can find in many critically acclaimed movies. The explanation for the gap lies elsewhere.

For Greater Glory received poor editorial reviews largely because the film sympathetically portrays Catholics fighting against oppressive, secularist government forces. It is simply a fact that many people in the film industry are, if not overtly hostile to traditional religious belief, deeply uncomfortable with works touching upon religion unless the work shocks or scandalizes the religion's adherents in some iconoclastic fashion. I think that such people interpret the revulsion and discomfort they feel toward a film such as For Greater Glory as evidence that something is wrong with the film itself. But while some criticism of For Greater Glory is justified, some of the remarks of the reviewers are telling. For example, I've read that the film "focuses too much on Catholicism," and should have been more about broader themes of liberty. This criticism seems badly misplaced, not only because the film does emphasize general ("absolute" in the words of Gorostieta in the film) freedom, but because it neglects several historical facts. At the time of the Cristero rebellion, the population of Mexico was about 99% Catholic. The anticlerical provisions of the 1917 Constitution of Mexico and the Calles laws were specifically aimed at the Catholic Church and eliminating its influence in Mexican society. (In fact, while Calles was governor of Sonora before becoming president, he expelled all priests from the state). One can argue about whether the new, secular government was justified in its antagonism toward Catholicism. However, it simply doesn't make sense to say that this film is too Catholic-centric; the Cristero conflict was about whether Catholicism would remain an important part of the lives of almost all Mexicans.

I will not guarantee that everyone will like For Greater Glory. For those who feel antipathy toward traditional religion in general, toward Catholicism in particular, or toward Mexicans, you would probably do better to watch something else. If you believe that religion should be confined to mere mental belief and must be eliminated from public life, then skip this movie. However, one does not have to be a Catholic or even a Christian to find this film intriguing, stimulating, and entertaining. Just have an open mind.

Jodhaa Akbar (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)
Jodhaa Akbar (Three-Disc Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Hrithik Roshan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, Warm, and Beautiful, May 24, 2009
I just finished seeing Jodha Akbar. What a wonderful, rich experience! I agree with one of the other commenters that the Sufi musical number was sublime. I will not soon forget the warm and vibrant colors, costumes, jewelry, exotic scenes, and music. Most important, the film radiates an essential good will that is absent from the great majority of movies. Even my young children--who usually have little patience for subtitles--seemed enchanted with it. By the way, I purchased a single DVD (not the 3-DVD set that apparently disappointed some viewers) from a local Bollywood movie store, and the quality of the picture was excellent.
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