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Wooden: A Coach's Life
Wooden: A Coach's Life
by Seth Davis
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book but Could Have Been Much Better, February 4, 2014
This review is from: Wooden: A Coach's Life (Hardcover)
Seth Davis does a good job showing how John Wooden was more than just an icon, he was a flesh and blood person. He offers an exhaustive review of Wooden's life and focuses on his early years as well as the full tenure of his life with UCLA. The book offers insights into how Wooden dealt with players and how he changed, or not with the times. This is also the great weakness of the book. Davis tries to offer opinion as a matter of fact when he psychoanalyzes Wooden and his relationships with various players in his life and how he reacted to the changing times. This is the great weakness of the book is that it tries to be as much of a psycho-biography than a true biography. What is also lacking is a good perspective of how Wooden changed basketball. We see a lot of detail about his life but not much perspective about how he changed the game.

Overall this is a good book, however it does not do a good job showing how Wooden changed the game and focuses too much on the generational gap between Wooden and his players. Something that didn't disrupt the most successful college program in history. Read it though as it's quite through!


What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life
What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $10.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and entertaining just like Tim Conway, January 27, 2014
This book contains the dry humor which makes Tim Conway such a treasure. It is dry and entertaining and contains some really treasures and gems. Much like Tim's career it creeps up on your and gives you some moments of a big smile and a few of out right laughs. It's obvious that Tim is a nice guy who enjoyed himself greatly and that helps make this a joy to read. I found it enjoyable and light reading but given the upbeat tone of it if you're looking for scandal or score settling this is not the book for you. Read it and enjoy a story from a comedy legend.


Fruitvale Station
Fruitvale Station
DVD ~ Michael B. Jordan
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and touching, a reminder of what great movies should be, January 27, 2014
This review is from: Fruitvale Station (DVD)
Fruitvale Station has no big CG effects or big movie stars. What it has is a compelling story and the type of don't take your eyes off for fear of missing a crucial detail. This movie does an amazing job of showing how random violence can impact us and how seemingly life can change in a few moments. The film does a great job of showing that no one in this film is a saint and makes us understand that the tragedy of losing even someone who is an ex-con is felt by those around him. This is a great film and I strongly recommend it.


Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been more interesting if written better, January 23, 2014
WIl Hylton does a good job of raising awareness of the case about MIAs from World War II however his muddled story telling makes it very difficult to follow. There are several heroic tales being told here, however they are poorly woven throughout. The story of the search and the efforts by the US military to recover these are quite engaging but the jumping around really makes it hard to follow. Also, the tale of dissension and a quasi-mutiny seems unnecessary and really doesn't add anything nor provide any insights into the story. The story is a great one however it is told poorly. I'd say read as long as you're very interested in the MIA issue.


Detroit: An American Autopsy
Detroit: An American Autopsy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and relatable story of Detriot's downfall, January 21, 2014
Charlie LeDuff does an outstanding job of portraying the downfall of Detroit. While he tells the story of corruption quite well, he shows of the moral decline of the city and the implications of poor education, urban decay and the lack of opportunity. This is the story told through the prism of people both large and small people. LeDuff inserts his own story into that of the larger Detroit one. Rather than making it seem trite it makes the story even more compelling and augments the humane aspects. This is not just a compelling story it is a history of a social disaster. I strongly recommend it to anyone as a great human interest feature.


A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II
A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II
by Maury Klein
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view of the Arsenal of Democracy, January 19, 2014
I read this and found Mr. Klein tells a comprehensive history of how America became the Arsenal of Democracy during the Second World War. For some time we've read the story of how the United States armed its own military and those of the allies. This tells the inside story of the struggles which went on behind the scenes. While Klein focuses a bit too much on the executives he does a great job of showing not only the production miracles but also demonstrating how this became a societal agent of change without becoming a sociological history. Overall this is a unique and compelling view of the war and I strongly suggest it to readers.


Man of Steel (Blu-ray)
Man of Steel (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Henry Cavill
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been much better, January 19, 2014
This review is from: Man of Steel (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
I actually enjoyed watching this and thought it was a good movie. What I really enjoyed was a top notch cast who when allowed to act made for a compelling and thought provoking reexamination of the Superman story. It's compelling how the negative aspects are examined without being revisionist. The actions scenes are compelling and the torn natures of the "bad" guys are also engaging and make for a great story. The great flaw here is that the special effects are so over blown and at times ridiculous that they detract from the over all story. The destruction of Metropolis and its miraculous rebirth only a short time later is just so silly. In fact the bloodless nature of it is distributing and detracts from the story as a whole. But this is still a good movie, closer to Batman then Green Lantern.
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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell
by Deborah Solomon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.08
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good biogrpahy ruined by selective and doubtful interpertation, January 9, 2014
I knew of the controversy regarding this book before I read it but I am stunned at just how bad it was. Solomon provides an interpretation of Rockwell that is so biased as to almost be laughable if it weren't so sad. She sees in his imagery a closeted homosexual and borderline pedophile. Apparently she's never heard that adage that you create from what you know or what you understand. OK so Rockwell's first love was his art and he led an overly structured life but few artists don't in their own way. The idea that he had latent homosexual urges is odd to say the least and if one looks at history he grew up during a very repressed time. I'm inclined to think that has much more to do with it than Solomon seems to think.

It's a shame too because with these stupid and unnecessary asides this is a good to excellent biography and shows a complex man who created some very simple, yet evocative, works of American art. I think she did a very good job of showing what influenced Rockwell and how he turned these influences into his own. She does a very good job of showing how he never let his fame really go to his head and was pleased and rather casual about his own works. I do recommend fans of Rockwell read it if only so they can write a book free of her third-rate psychobabble.


The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero
The Miracle of Father Kapaun: Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero
by Roy Wenzl
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.55
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and inspirational work, January 3, 2014
Don't let the brief number of pages fool you this is a very inspirational work. The story of Father Kapaun is one of inspiration and heroism that transcends religions, faith, nationality. It is very moving and combines the prefect balance of faith and heroism. In an era where we foolishly call entertainers and athletes role models this is what a true role model should be. His humility, faith, determination and care for his fellow prisoners irregardless of their own backgrounds makes him a true role model. I'd strongly suggest this to anyone who would like to read the story of a true hero.


The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
by John Thavis
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Open examination of the The Vatican, January 2, 2014
By and large I don't care for insider books. They err on the side of making their friends look good. Having said that I think the Vatican Diaries does a very good job of showing the human nature of the Vatican. Showing that like any large political organization it has its blind spots, it failings and its short comings. The story provides us with a good inside view of what it's like working in the Vatican and the anecdotes are interesting and, at times, leaves you scratching your head. Still it provides a unique insight into the Vatican and it's world while finding the right note between not getting hung up in dogmatic issues while not ignoring them.

Overall this is an enjoyable book!


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