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Unbroken
Unbroken
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story Was Sacrificed For a Blockbuster, May 28, 2015
This review is from: Unbroken (Amazon Video)
It's a sad cliche about the movie not being as good as the movie but this is a very good example of what they were talking about with this film. The book tells the story of a very complex human being who overcame tremendous obstacles in his life. The movie cherry picks some of them to make a palatable Hollywood blockbuster. I disliked how the impish youth of Zamprini was downplayed and he was reduced to basically being a spectator in his own life. Also the abject brutality of the Japanese was reduced in my opinion so that it's global appeal could be greater. A very compelling story was sacrificed to make a blockbuster.

The book is much, much better!


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5.0 out of 5 stars I got this because I love them and suggest you do it as well, May 28, 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Glasses, May 28, 2015
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The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
by Kate Andersen Brower
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.42
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Potentially Great Book Lost to Gossip, May 28, 2015
Kate Andersen Brower had a great story on her hands and blew it. She could have gone the route of telling another insider's expose of the White House. That's been done before and done to death. She could have done an insiders perspective of what it's like to work in the White House which has never been done on a great scale and could have been quite insightful. I think she thought she was writing the latter but she ended up with something in between the two. She can't help but repeat the oft-told tales of various White House tales. Every so often she goes down this path, talking about the culture and importance of the job. When she does that this is a great book. But all too often she tells the gossip and stories of the families which have been told before. Those take far too much importance and ruin an otherwise great book.

People who know their history can pass on this one.


Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II
Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II
by Richard Reeves
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.68
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best history of the Japanese internment you're likely to find., May 22, 2015
70 years after the end of WWII Richard Reeves does something I can't recall seeing yet. He has written a compelling history of the deportation of American citizens of Japanese descent during WWII. This is a very well balanced book which focuses on the racial climate at the time and combines it with the social structures of Japanese Americans which combined to make this possible. He also provides one of the best inside histories of camp life, something which is often missing from histories of this terrible era. Reeves struck an ideal balance between critique and historian. He does not absolve the powers that be from guilt but he does not climb the morality mountain and criticize with the benefit of history.

This is a great book and I recommend it to any one interested in the era.


The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer
The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer
by Roseanne Montillo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.69
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth your time, May 15, 2015
Rosanne Montillo writes a scatter shot book that doesn't really tell us much of anything. In theory the book is about the young killer Jesse Pomroy. His story is interesting but because of the manner in which the story is told it is all over the map we realize that his story is either very thin or being told poorly. The story veers from one rapid tangent towards another. Based on the cover I was expecting the Great Fire of 1872 to have some role and instead it was maybe a dozen pages and I have seen many better versions.

Save your time and read something else


The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting Barely Overcomes A Weak Script, May 14, 2015
This review is from: The Imitation Game (DVD)
I have to say this one comes down to great acting. This is a movie that had such a middling script and does it's best to suffocate the story in stock characters that it nearly suffocates. However Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly do such a good job executing on the job that the movie becomes interesting but never engaging. The Turing role in this film is portrayed as a socially inept person who, like most in Hollywood films becomes more evolved. His role in the development of one of the first computers is down played in favor of his social awkwardness. His great role in the war is really ignored for a Friends type situation. I counted and there are as many people in this circle as in Friends. It's a pity because it is truly a great story. Read Walter Isaccson's story on him in his most recent book and you'll find a very compelling person whose story wasn't even told here.

Decent role made better by a great actor.


Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
by Bryan Burrough
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.36
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great History of a Forgotten Time, May 9, 2015
Bryan Burrough does a great job of telling the story of a long-forgotten crime wave and tying it in to the larger socioeconomic issues taking place in the country. Burrough does the same job he did in public enemies where he paints a wide story of a number of groups and a number of individuals and tells their own stories and goes into their own backgrounds. It is a sort of biography that tells the story of an era as well as the individual being portrayed. As with Public Enemies Burrough seems to be fascinated by the personalities involved and does little by way of eying them in a critical fashion.

Still this is a great read and strongly recommend it.


Gotti's Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia
Gotti's Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia
by George Anastasia
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.66
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Mob Rat Story, April 28, 2015
This is the typical mob rat book where he is just a good, old-fashioned, stand up guy who broke the law a bit but worked for guys who were much worse. I like George Anastasia's writing very much but in this case he seems to be talking about a very small time member with a very tenuous connection to the Gotti family and is trying to trade that off as something much greater. Still it is interesting to hear just how bad and incompetent the Gotti's were. Typically, the media has portrayed them as old school best in breed hard to catch and impossible to convict. John Alite gives a different perspective which is unique and compelling. Still, it's not that convincing.

For true crime aficionados this is interesting but it's not compelling.


Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival
Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival
by Laurence Gonzales
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.86
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story told Poorly, April 24, 2015
Laurence Gonzales tells a story of epic proportions and in fact he tells two of them. The only problem is that he shifts between the two so quickly that you can not really follow either story too closely. There are a number of different stories he attempts to tell and while they are compelling and interesting they are too jumbled to follow closely. Especially hurt by this are the stories of the survivors. A variety of snippets are told and they are very difficult to follow as they are inserted between other survivors tales and, often, told mixed in with the tales of the service teams and those investigating the crash. I think the story could have been much better served by either following a more linear story line or by not trying to tell every story as a unique event and thus making it hard to follow any of them.

This is a very goods story that is just poorly. Give it a shot as you may find it interesting.


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