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The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima
The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima
by Mitch Weiss
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.80
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused Writing Results in A Great Story Being Good, July 25, 2016
Mitch Weiss does a good job of introducing LCI 449 and of the LCI's being used as gun ships which is something I did not know. What hurts the book is the fact that he gets bogged down in so many characters and profiles that it makes it difficult to follow all of them. The story of Iwo Jima and what happened February 17th is compelling and horrifying but there are so many characters involved that it becomes to confusing to follow who was this person who was killed and this person who was wounded. I find this a shame as there were so many stories and Weiss might have been better off at telling some stories of a cross section of the crew so that it is easier to follow who lived and who died.

Despite the flawed writing it's an amazing story and well worth your time!


Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler
Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler
by Mark Riebling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.06
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Unexplored History of Resistance In Naze Germany., July 13, 2016
This is a fascinating view of WWII that has never really been explored. The German resistance to Hitler usually begins and ends with the White Rose. Mark Riebling tells a more complex story that focuses on the religious aspect of German resistance. The silent but steady support of the Vatican is shown throughout. What makes the story even more compelling is that the great focuses is on the foot soldiers who risked life and limb to combat Hitler's regime. The story minces no words in showing the human aspects of everyone involved and in no way presents anyone as saints Rather it shows them as people out to combat a great evil. The only down sides is that with a few notable exceptions, some of the people portrayed tend to come and go and the efforts of non-Catholic resistors is downplayed too much.

Enjoy this as a compelling read and exploration of a new part of WWII history.


PALADA Men's T7005G Outdoor Waterproof Sports Quartz Digital Wrist Watches with LED Backlight
PALADA Men's T7005G Outdoor Waterproof Sports Quartz Digital Wrist Watches with LED Backlight
Offered by PALADA LLC
Price: $69.99

1.0 out of 5 stars One Word Review of this watch: Junk!, July 7, 2016
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Junk! I bought this watch and found that it had a black on back display. It's a pretty bad watch that you can't tell the time with. The directions said I could change the display but, guess what, you couldn't. I'd have loved to try some of the other possible features listed by others on here but there was no way as I could not read the display. Folks forget what else you read here and trust me when I tell you this is a crappy watch.


Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill
Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill
by Mark Lee Gardner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.66
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New About the Rough Riders or TR, June 30, 2016
Mark Gardner writes this story and we're supposed to believe it to be a comprehensive history of the Rough Riders. In fact it's a very superficial and often disjointed one. The less than 300 pages tells us very little about the Rough Riders and certainly nothing that hasn't already been told. For some reason Gardner decides to intermingle the story of the Buffalo soldiers but he does it in such a haphazard way that it's very tough to follow which is which. As for the Rough Riders themselves we're given cursory backgrounds and, aside from TR, they remain the background players history seems to have chosen for them. This is a very basic history but doesn't shed any new light.

If you don't know much about TR or anything about the Rough Riders this is OK otherwise pass.


Back from the Dead
Back from the Dead
by Bill Walton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.87
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story Well Worth Your Time, June 20, 2016
This review is from: Back from the Dead (Hardcover)
Bill Walton has done a great job telling an interesting, compelling and at times, heart breaking story of his fascinating life. He approaches his life as if he's telling a story and that's what engages the reader. This book is the exact opposite of the tell all. Walton clearly understands and wishes to share how much support he has received in his life. While stressing his accomplishments and sparing no punches on those who he dislikes he demonstrates a life of a true individual. His late in life struggles play a central part of the story and he tells it in a way that makes you appreciate his struggle without making you want to pity him.

This is a book well worth your time!


The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World
The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World
by Sally Denton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.92
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent History of One of the World's Less Known Powers, June 13, 2016
I like what Sally Denton did here if only for the reason that she told the story that everyone knows about but no media outlets seem interested in telling. Her writing on Bechtel shows a company that has cleverly grown its own business. She makes no bones about not faulting it there. When she does write about their influence she shows how it is a well crafted and executed business strategy that has worked very well. The only time she goes into full investigative mode is when she talks about their business dealings in the middle east and their perceived anti-Semitic bias. It's an interesting accusation but she seems to be right in that they(Bechtel) hasn't really done anything strategically to counter it. A project here or there in Israel might argue against that but they don't seem interested. Her reviews of recent project which have come in massively over budget is very good bordering on excellent.

This is a book well worth your time!


Jim Harold's Campfire: True Ghost Stories
Jim Harold's Campfire: True Ghost Stories
by Jim Harold
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just a Dull and Boring Book, June 5, 2016
I just found this to be a really dull and boring book. The stories were so brief and they lacked any context or for that matter any element of fear to them. I could be reading a book on tax preparation and find it more interesting. Boring.


Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Balz, Dan 1st (first) (2013) Hardcover
Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Balz, Dan 1st (first) (2013) Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Dull Boring Review of the 2012 election, June 5, 2016
I have to say this was a very boring read. The 2008 version was not only cast against the meltdown in the market place it also featured more insightful profiles of the various candidates. This version presents the candidates, especially Mr. Romney and President Obama in the most superficial manner possible. There is no real review of the issues that were faced in the election, Obama care was hardly discussed if at all. I found this very dull as thought it were a poorly written Time or Washington Post article.

Not worth your time!


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
by Sarah Vowell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Re-Introduction to Lafayette and The American Revolution as Well as the Timelessness of America, May 25, 2016
Sarah Vowell does what she does best and finds an interesting threads of American history and retells them in a fashion that makes them both informative and entertaining. She uses the pretext of the life of Lafayette to tell an interesting perspective of the American Revolution. In it she tells not only the story of a fascinating, yet little known, person in American history but she tells a few side stories along with it. Her version of the American Revolution is fresh and interesting on something that now gets only a page or so in history books. She gives a unique view on Washington that offers a fresh perspective while not destroying his legend. Lastly, she demonstrates how consistent the fractured state of the United States has been. Heck she puts it into her title.

This is a great book and well worth your time!


1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar
1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar
by Eric Burns
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.91
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Writing Dooms an Otherwise Compelling Story, May 16, 2016
Eric Burns wrote what could have been a compelling story about the end of WWI or the emergence of the Jazz Age which to some degree he does.
But his lack of focus and the poor story telling leaves us with a diluted version of an otherwise compelling story. The lack of any true reckoning for the WWI generation is a great weakness and with a lack of discussion on the huge racial conflict taking place at the time is totally lacking. In the areas that he does talk about, the anarchists and the previously mentioned Jazz Age he offers such a muddled weakened story that it doesn't enlighten the reader.

This is a book with great promise that is really very poorly written. You can pass on this.


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