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Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy
Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy
by Ken Follett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.16
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing history marred by soft porn ridiculousness, May 2, 2013
This book is a great way to learn about early 20th-century history. It's a little predictable and melodramatic, but engaging. The main problem is the ridiculous soft porn love scenes. They are glaringly out of place and turn what could have been well-written work into Harlequin Romance trash.


YOGA FOR HEALTH - BASICS/ HEADACHES
YOGA FOR HEALTH - BASICS/ HEADACHES
DVD
Price: $2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Same as other video, September 5, 2012
This is virtually identical to the other video by her, "Yoga for Gasto/Intestinal ... " There's just one segment cut. This is disappointing, since these are the only yoga videos available to Amazon prime members for free.


Teacher Man: A Memoir
Teacher Man: A Memoir
by Frank McCourt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.83
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile but flawed, September 12, 2010
This review is from: Teacher Man: A Memoir (Hardcover)
This book refreshingly relates the realities of teaching. Rather than offering a "quick fix" sappy story, as do so many stories of teaching, the book outlines McCourt's gradual metamorphosis into a good teacher. It was pretty tough going at the beginning, though. McCourt's derogatory view of women as nothing but sex objects was tiresome to endure as he told tales of his sexual escapades. His "chip on the shoulder" attitude to college professors - who work every bit as hard as he does - was offensive. His tales of his teaching at technical schools was a bit mystifying: did he ever actually teach anything, or simply read at his desk while they chatted? The book gets a lot better toward the end, as McCourt hits his stride in creative writing classes at an elite high school. Is the moral of his story that good teachers need good students?


Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You
Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You
by Patricia Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.08
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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely unhelpful, August 9, 2010
Evans describes controlling people well. She seems to understand on a basic level what drives them, although she's rather demeaning to them by describing them all as infantile teddy bear lovers. After you've read about half the book and are ready to hear some advice on how to deal with these people, she wanders into a long, naive, useless section on how all the world's problems come down to control. While an interesting footnote, this does nothing for her readership, who probably are reading the book in order to deal with personal problems, not save the globe. And then, at the *very* end of the book, when I'm wondering if she will *ever* tell people how to respond to controllers, here's the kicker: your response should be to say "what?" I think I will say this to Evans herself: "What????" You think I'm going to be able to get a father who's been controlling our family for 40 years to stop by saying "what?" I really laughed aloud. There simply is no book out there that I've found that gives any kind of decent advice on dealing with (as opposed to explaining) controlling and abusive people. This book may help you "recognize and understand" controlling people, but it has basically *no* advice on how to "deal" with them. WHAT????????
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With Winning in Mind: The Mental Management System
With Winning in Mind: The Mental Management System
by Lanny R. Bassham
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This seems crazy, but it works, July 19, 2010
This book makes extremely valid points that ring very true. The author then directs you to write out your goals etc. on 3 x 5 cards, place them around the house, and read them every time you go by. I thought this was completely nuts at first, and only did it because I was really being held back mentally and was willing to give anything a try. At first it felt ridiculous. I would read my goal and think "this is as unrealistic as saying 'I am a millionaire.'" But, lo and behold, by using this technique and others from the book for only 7 months, I realized the other day that my goal statement is well on its way to being accurate. My sports performance has improved dramatically, and I find these techniques helpful in other situations as well. A concrete, systematic way to work on the mental part of your game, just like you'd work on the rest of it. If you try it, I don't think you'll regret it.


You Can't Say That to Me: Stopping the Pain of Verbal Abuse--An 8- Step Program
You Can't Say That to Me: Stopping the Pain of Verbal Abuse--An 8- Step Program
by Suzette Haden Elgin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.54
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not about true abuse, July 16, 2010
I was deeply disappointed in this book. I am desperate to find some effective strategies for dealing with a verbally and emotionally abusive parent. The author makes one good point: that what abusers want is to get attention and a "rise" out of you. But her strategies for avoiding this are *only* useful for very *mild* cases. I laughed out loud at some of the techniques she thinks would work. She clearly does not know my abuser. She herself does note this, by saying that some people have an underlying problem that has to be solved before the abuse will stop. But what to do in that case? Her only answer is that you may have to leave, and of course one can't "leave" a parent. She completely ignores that the verbal abuser is usually blackmailing you in a very effective way until you give in to them. Ultimately, the book is misnamed. This is not about verbal *abuse,* but simply about becoming more effective communicators with normal people.
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Shostakovich Against Stalin: The War Symphonies
Shostakovich Against Stalin: The War Symphonies
DVD ~ Valery Gergiev
Offered by MEGA Media
Price: $27.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary, July 16, 2007
I watch a lot of documentaries on music, and this one blew me away. The story is compelling, but not told in a didactic way. And, best of all, the music is allowed to speak for itself. Many clips are used, not just in a superficial way as with many documentaries, but as a real part of the film. I especially like when they superimpose the interviewees singing or playing over the orchestra. The music will really ring in your head for weeks and the story told will give it more meaning than ever before.


Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4
Price: $15.25
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15 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars False emotion, July 9, 2007
Lang Lang is the worst pianist imaginable. If you want someone who can play the notes, go for it. But there's simply nothing more here. Even worse, he pretends that there is more. Every phrase is unbelievably contrived. It is like someone who apes all the moves of a great actor with none of the substance behind it. Absolutely abominable, atrocious, and offensive playing. Cannot believe that people are taken in by this charlatan.
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Music in the Western World: A History in Documents
Music in the Western World: A History in Documents
by Piero Weiss
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best collection of its kind, June 21, 2003
A fabulous collection for professors, students, and amateurs alike. More concise than others out there without sacrificing the breadth and importance of the readings. Editors' introductions are extremely helpful in placing each reading in context. A must-have for evey music lover.


Persist and Publish: Helpful Hints for Academic Writing and Publishing
Persist and Publish: Helpful Hints for Academic Writing and Publishing
by Ralph E. Matkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.95
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but basic and bland, June 16, 2003
Covers all aspects of academic publishing thoroughly. Provides extensive documentation from other sources. Not particularly inspiring, but good if you don't know the basics.


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