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Mermaid Avenue
Mermaid Avenue
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!, September 9, 2000
This review is from: Mermaid Avenue (Audio CD)
Thank goodness you can't actually wear out a CD from overuse. I bought Mermaid Avenue a month ago and I can't remember the last time I listened to one recording so often.
I've always considered Woody Guthrie a great poet/musician, and I think Billy Bragg and Wilco have done his lyrics justice. Every cut on this record is good and it's obvious that this was a labor of love on the part of all the artists that participated. What else can I say...buy it.


The Knowledge Web: From Electronic Agents to Stonehenge and Back -- And Other Journeys Through Knowledge
The Knowledge Web: From Electronic Agents to Stonehenge and Back -- And Other Journeys Through Knowledge
by James Burke
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!, September 9, 2000
Very 'browsable' little book. If you like Burke's TV programmes (notice the hoity toity British spelling) and don't mind his hurried non-sequitur transitions form one topic to another- then you'll enjoy this book. The Knowledge Web is so jam-packed with facts and anecdotes that you'll be able to annoy friends and dinner companions for fortnights (I can't stop) to come with little gems of knowledge.


Karl Marx: A Life
Karl Marx: A Life
by Francis Wheen
Edition: Hardcover
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!, September 9, 2000
This review is from: Karl Marx: A Life (Hardcover)
Enjoyable and witty read on the life of Karl Marx. If I have any complaints it's that when I finished the book I still didn't have a very good grasp of his economic and political philosophy or how he came to his conclusions within a historical context. Nevertheless, Francis Wheen does give a good view of Marx's family life and helps to clear up some common misconceptions about Mark's overall character.


Harp Song for a Radical: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
Harp Song for a Radical: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs
by Marguerite Young
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment!, September 9, 2000
This book was a big disappointment. I bought what I thought was a biography on the great socialist leader Eugene Debs only to find that it was a long winded, pretentious and disjointed meditation on the socialist movement and the utopian communities that led up to it.
I don't know what Marguerite Young was thinking when she decided to tackle this project but it certainly wasn't a biography in the traditional sense. I guess I should have paid more attention to the words 'Harp Song' in the title because that's what this book really was- a bloody long harp song.
I suppose that if you're a fan of Young's prose you might appreciate this book but for anyone looking to get some insight into the life of Eugene Victor Debs- you'll have to go elsewhere.


Chinese Business Etiquette: A Guide to Protocol,  Manners,  and Culture in thePeople's Republic of China
Chinese Business Etiquette: A Guide to Protocol, Manners, and Culture in thePeople's Republic of China
by Scott D. Seligman
Edition: Paperback
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to working in China!, July 7, 2000
If you're planning on doing some business in China and are unfamiliar with Chinese customs- do yourself a favor and read this book. Concise, well written and informative, Chinese Business Etiquette is a good introduction to getting by in the Middle Kingdom.
Besides helping you to do business in China, this book can also prevent you from looking like a complete moron in a Chinese social situation.


American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Joseph J. Ellis
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on Jefferson's wiley character!, June 24, 2000
How is it that democrats, republicans, socialist, and every other wing nut- on the left or right- can claim Jefferson as their own?
In this well written an insightfull book, Joseph Ellis does some serious mining into Jefferson's character. What he digs up is a man riddled with contradictions- that lived and governed in a land of contradictions. The fact that Jefferson has been able to repeatedly extricate himself from serious damage to his reputation is an indicator to just how big a 'sacred cow' he has become. The truth is, he did more good than bad- and no matter what anyone digs up on him he will still be America's touchstone of liberty.
I think that Ellis comes to terms with Jefferson in this book. The author, like most people who have studied his life, can't seem to help but accept Jefferson for what he was- a visionary of flawed character who was very much stuck in the economic and political realities of his time.
I think this book does a fine job of painting Jefferson in all his colors. I recommend however, that if you haven't read other biographies of Jefferson, do so before reading this one. Although it can stand on it's own, I thought that having read several other books on him first was helpful.


Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
by John Ralston Saul
Edition: Paperback
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Bible!, June 24, 2000
I'm finishing Voltaire's Bastards for the third time and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the book more, and have gotten more out of it with each reading.
This book is an attack on the rational system of thinking that has produced a world of technocrats and second rate managers, kept the United States in a wartime economy for 50 years and enveloped our government in a cult of secrecy. Saul's attacks- whether they be against the political system, modern culture or our convoluted economy- are dead on. As Jim Hoagland stated in his Washington Post review, "Voltaire's Bastards is a hand grenade disguised as a book."
Though Saul's writing style can be a tad stilted and occasionaly repetitious, this book is very well written- despite comments to the contrary in other reviews. Whatever flaws one chooses to find in Saul's writing style, they certainly don't detract from the overall importance of this major work.
I recommend that anyone who is even remotely concered with the course modern civilization is taking should read this book.


The Power Game: How Washington Works
The Power Game: How Washington Works
by Hedrick Smith
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's something rotten in The District of Columbia!, June 24, 2000
Ever wondered why as soon as a candidate takes office, their campaign promises seem to become the first casualty of their incumbency? The Power Game explains this and many other things about that plodding leviathan we call the US Government. I have never read a better book about the inner working of Washington. Nor have I ever read a better argument for campaign reform.
Kendrick Smith has spent more time wandering the corridors of power than most politicians and he sees their twists and turns with a cartographers eye.The message of this book is simple; once you've obtained a position of power it takes consistent and conserted effort to maintain it. the ultimate victim of this constant power stuggle is, of course, the democratic process. After reading this book you can't help but feel that our elected officials are minor players compared to the monied interests that consistently make their decisions for them.
At times the book can be a little bit long winded, but nevertheless, if you want to understand what your representatives are doing or where your tax dollars are going- this is the best primer you can get- It's honest, detailed, full of anecdotes, relatively unbiased and very informative.
[Sorry about the double review- but my name was left off the last one]


How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday
How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday
by Gerry Spence
Edition: Paperback
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful little book!, June 4, 2000
Wow! Alot of folks who have reviewed this book need a hug and a valium (a potent combination I might add).
Let me start by saying that the title of this book is a bit misleading, and intentionaly so. This book isn't about arguing as much as it's about communicating. Mr. Spence useds the word 'argument' in the context that everything we articulate- whether it's a desire to teach , punish, express wants or state an oppinion- is essentialy an argument.
The twist to this little tome is that effective arguing is not a act of selfishness but a labor of love. A good argument is one in which the greatest good is served.
I particularly found the chapter on arguing with kids quite useful. I tend to be quite authoritarian and rule oriented when it comes to child rearing and this little chapter taught me that kids will grow into responsible loving adults without being constantly hovered over and corraled into so called 'correct behavior'. This chapter is worth the price of the book alone.
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked for anything in his/her life. Well hell! I must be recommending this book to everyone.


Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom
Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom
by Jack Fruchtman Jr
Edition: Paperback
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best biography on Thomas Paine!, June 1, 2000
Thomas Paine is one of the great unsung heroes of early American history. He didn't come from an affluent family, he never held high public office, and he never had any money. There are no monuments in Washington D.C. or Philadelphia dedicated to Mr. Paine, he's not on any currency and he's affectively been eclipsed by many other revolutionary heroes- that are quite frankly his inferiors. Thomas Paine has been shortchanged in history because he was a drunk, an atheist and an all around unpleasant person (well...if he didn't like you, anyway).
Despite his shortcomings, and the numerous attacks that have come from his critics, Tom Paine was the conscience of the American revolution. He wrote several pamphlets and articles that called the American populous to action and galvanized revolutionary thought, not only during America's fight for independence, but also for the French who were about to engage in their own revolution.
Jack Fruchman has done a fine job of giving us Mr. Paine with all his imperfections and accomplishments. I recommend that every serious student of American history read this biography of one of our great patriots, thinkers and writers. I just admonish you not to forget to read the words of Thomas Paine himself. His thinking is as important and relevent today as it was 225 years ago.
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