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Eureka Copper Canyon 12 -Person Tent
Eureka Copper Canyon 12 -Person Tent
Offered by Campmor
Price: $439.94

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Family Camping, July 29, 2012
If you are looking for a tent big enought to accomodate a family (mine is a family of 5 with 3 small children)look no further. I will say if you want light weight and easy packability look else where. But, this one is great for families. I love the height (I am 6'1" and I easily stand in it with plenty of room to spare.) It has numerous windows for nice wind flow. If you are at a campsite with electric it has an electric port so you can get electricity inside to run a fan on those hot summer nights. Also comes with a divider wall so parents can have one side and kids have the other. Overall the construction is very good and we have had no problems or failures with this tent. It has the quality you expect from a Eureka tent. I would definately recommend this tent to other families looking for a big tent to fit all of the bodies and gear needed for camping with kids. Only one drawback: you absolutely need two people to put it up.


12' x 16' Dry Top Heavy Duty Silver/Brown Reversible Full Size 10-mil Poly Tarp item #212167
12' x 16' Dry Top Heavy Duty Silver/Brown Reversible Full Size 10-mil Poly Tarp item #212167
Price: $31.22
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ground Lining Tarp for Camping, July 29, 2012
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We bought this tarp for a ground liner to put under our Eureka Copper Canyon tent. It's very durable and thick enough to provide you with enough padding that the rocks and sticks don't poke and prod from under the tent. Very easy to handle and it's thick enough that it folds up nicely unlike some cheaper, thinner tarps. I would recommend it to someone looking to for a quality ground tarp for camping.


Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Martin Dugard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
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1,311 of 1,511 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars O'Reilly Delivers, Unlike Most Reviews of the Book, January 20, 2012
It seems that most reviews of the book are by one of two types of reviewers: 1. the reviewer either loves or hates O'Reilly, or 2. the reviewer either loved or hated how it was written. Here is my take, leaving the personal feelings about the author aside, Killing Lincoln delivers on its mission. Many rip O'Reilly apart for it not being an in depth treatment of his death and surrounding events. Here's a news flash: it's not supposed to be. It is not written as a doctoral dissertation on the subject nor is it intended to be. It is not intended to give every detail about what happened. It is intended to be an engaging read that follows the events surrounding Lincoln's last days. It is intended to be written from the perspective of putting the reader on the streets of D.C. during those days, putting you into Ford's Theater the night of the killing. In that regard it delivers. Here is my recommendation for this book: give this book to someone that you want to get interested in history. Give it to a student and let them see that history does not have to be boring. Give it to someone that loves novels, but hates non-fiction and let them discover how engaging and important history is and can be. On that level O'Reilly delivers.
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Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds
Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds
by Ben Mezrich
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.67
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Busting Vegas Hits (Mostly), January 7, 2012
I enjoyed "21" so I thought I'd give "Busting Vegas" a try. I was somewhat apprehensive about it being a rehashing of "21". After all: MIT kids, blackjack, trying to beat the system; how different could it be? Turns out it was very different. This was a great read. This wasn't a card counting scheme, but something totally different with the "three techniques". I felt they are very plausible as well and could be done in real life, and it's somewhat shocking at how simple they are in theory. (With about 1/2 hour of practice at home I was able to pull off one of the techniques with some success. So, I could see it being almost exact with weeks of practice.) Mezrich is a great story teller. Gave some good insight into the casino world and I loved this aspect of the story: the underdog going up against the casinos. The only reason why 4 and not 5 stars was because, while the story was told well, I felt it was written in a way that was a bit predictable. But, other than that I would recommend the book.


The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend
The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend
by Gary Andrew Poole
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.00
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fumbled Down the Stretch, November 23, 2011
I'm a big Bears fan. I am a bigger fan of the early days of football. The Galloping Ghost fumbled in the historical department in my opinion. This is the kind of book that adds to the "lore" and "myth" of a player. This book had the feel of building a Paul Bunyan type reputation for Grange. There is no question of Grange's roll in rocketing the popularity of the pro game on his famous barnstorming tour. There is no question of Grange's ability and demand for his skills. But, I think there was some lack of overall historical perspective. Example: Poole makes it seem like Halas and the Bears were hoodwinked in the tour across the nation as Pyle and Grange raked in the money. It gave the impression that Halas was a sucker used by the sly Pyle. Here is some historical perspective: This was during a time when the pro game had little to no reputation as a quality league. The league was in financial trouble. Teams were folding all the time. Halas and the Bears saw (and used) an opportunity with Grange to give publicity not only to their team, but to the league. Both sides used the arrangment for their own gain. Grange/Pyle used it for money. Halas/Bears used it for publicity, stability, but got the short end of the stick with the money deal. For historical perspective look at where the league (NFL) is today started by Halas (and others) and helped by Grange, and look at where the league is that Pyle and Grange tried to start? I am of the opinion that this is a pretty big point in the historical value of Grange and the NFL and it was completely missed by Poole. Grange and Pyle may have only been in the tour for themselves, but the rings in the pond rippled out far beyond them. A book on Grange has to include that. That's why only 2 stars.


The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice
The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-day Sacrifice
by Alex Kershaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.82
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kershaw Makes D-Day Personal, May 24, 2011
The genius of The Bedford Boys is how Kershaw takes a goliath-sized subject, D-Day, and scales it down to a level that you connect with on a personal level as the reader. This is not a grand picture of the actions of D-Day. If you are searching for that then I'd recommend Ambrose's "D-Day" and other works like it. This book takes the large picture and focuses on one specific part of that picture: the boys from Bedford, Virginia who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country as part of the first waves on the beaches. You get a sense for what those young men went through as the first ones to hit the beaches in the mission. Kershaw also beautifully connects the scene back home in Bedford and forces you to share the heartache of those families as the news pours in and does not seem to stop. In my opinion the author strips away some of the "glorifying" of WWII and reveals how it was both for those going into battle and what their families went through as their boys both came home and never came home. It gives insight into why many WWII vets have not talked about their experiences until their later years and why some never did.


The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.88
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Glass Castle has some cracks., April 28, 2011
The Glass Castle left me unsatisfied. I bought the book after seeing how many great reviews were posted about it, but I don't agree with them. I know I am in the minority. I do not question the general accuracy of the book, but with so many details and quotes it just seems hard to imagine it all as truth. I also felt it was high on description and short on analysis. The author does not reveal much of her analysis on what happened. For me, that would have made it more interesting. I found myself becoming angry at the parents. There are choices to make in life. We are responisble for those choices. We are responsible for those choices especially when it affects children who must live with the ramifications of the choices others make. It breaks your heart to see the roles reversed in the book when the children are taking on the responsibility of the parents and the parents are acting like children. My problem with the book was that it almost came across like this was OK and that's just what happened and life goes on. So that's why I gave it two stars.
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Iron Coffins: A Personal Account Of The German U-boat Battles Of World War II
Iron Coffins: A Personal Account Of The German U-boat Battles Of World War II
by Herbert A. Werner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.33
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puts You in the U-Boat, February 17, 2011
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This book puts you right in the U-Boat. You can feel and hear the water dripping, the sticky humidity, and the pings as enemy destroyers are hunting. If you are looking for first person account material of WWII this is a great source. The best part about this book is that Werner really lets you into his mind during the campaigns. He lets you know why he did what he did and how U-Boat commanders opperated in general. In my opinion, one of the most fascinating aspects of the work was describing how the U-Boat commanders and crew continued to fight even though toward the end of the war they knew they would not return home because of the Allied forces cracking their codes. This is a must read book for anyone interested in the U-Boat campaigns of WWII.


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