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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
by E. B. Sledge
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.47
219 used & new from $3.55

5.0 out of 5 stars The best war memoir I have ever read, August 14, 2015
I've probably got 30 or 40 war memoirs on my shelf, spanning WWI up to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many are classics and are themselves excellent, but "With the Old Breed" is by far the best. Sledge simply reports what he saw, and his narrative describes only his small part in the war during his time as a Marine infantryman on Peleliu and Okinawa. There are no strategic or political musings, and there is no glorification of himself or war in general. His humility is evident throughout, as is the continuous challenge of reconciling his humanity and empathy with the horror he sees around him during months of sustained combat. Sledge is a voice for the tens of thousands of anonymous enlisted Marines and junior officers who, along with their Army and Navy comrades, did the suffering and dying in the Pacific War. We will be forever in their debt.


Clarks Men's Senner Ave Boot,Black Tumbled Leather,11.5MUS
Clarks Men's Senner Ave Boot,Black Tumbled Leather,11.5MUS
Price: $79.95
4 used & new from $79.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Mismatched sizing and minimal support, June 3, 2015
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I bought these for overseas travel and was hoping to have a single pair of shoes that were sturdy and comfortable for walking around all day but were dressy enough to be passable in a decent restaurant. Unfortunately, the sizing of the pair I purchased was a little off. The right-hand shoe fit as expected, but the left-hand shoe had an excessively wide heel area and the back of my foot slid around in it. I'm 48 years old and have probably owned several hundred pairs of shoes in my lifetime, and have never experienced this problem. My feet are both the same size, so the issue is definitely with the shoes. I'd say that all-in-all, these shoes are sort-of OK, but just barely. Even for the properly-fitting right shoe, ankle and arch support are pretty minimal, and after a day of walking around my feet felt fatigued. Disappointing.


OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Schuko Plug Adapter Type E/F for Germany, France, Europe, Russia & more - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant
OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Schuko Plug Adapter Type E/F for Germany, France, Europe, Russia & more - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant
Price: $5.99
6 used & new from $4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and versatility, June 3, 2015
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Excellent, heavy-duty adaptor. The best I have seen. The dual outlet is very handy for plugging two devices into one outlet, especially in Europe where single outlets are the norm and where many hotel rooms have few available outlets. Highly recommend.


OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type G for UK, Hong Kong, Singapore & more - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant WP-G-GN
OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type G for UK, Hong Kong, Singapore & more - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant WP-G-GN
Price: $7.00
4 used & new from $1.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and versatility, June 3, 2015
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Excellent, heavy-duty adaptor. The best I have seen. The dual outlet is very handy for plugging two devices into one outlet, especially in Europe where single outlets are the norm and where many hotel rooms have few available outlets. Highly recommend.


OREI Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type C for Europe, Turkey and More, High Quality, CE Certified - RoHS Compliant (WP-C-GN)
OREI Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type C for Europe, Turkey and More, High Quality, CE Certified - RoHS Compliant (WP-C-GN)
Price: $7.00
4 used & new from $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and versatility, June 3, 2015
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Excellent, heavy-duty adaptor. The best I have seen. The dual outlet is very handy for plugging two devices into one outlet, especially in Europe where single outlets are the norm and where many hotel rooms have few available outlets. Highly recommend.


Director's Cut
Director's Cut
Price: $7.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not an improvement on the original versions, November 5, 2014
This review is from: Director's Cut (Audio CD)
A few of these songs were pretty good in their original versions, the rest just so-so. This reworking has not improved on that assessment. For the most part, the revamped songs are simply dull shadows of their previous versions, and most come across as discarded outtakes that didn't make the cut on the first go-around. A disappointment.


In the Land of Oz
In the Land of Oz
by Howard Jacobson
Edition: Paperback
39 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Halfway through...into the donation bin it goes, June 9, 2014
This review is from: In the Land of Oz (Paperback)
I'm midway through Mr. Jacobson's trek of Australia, in which he and his wife begin in Darwin and move counterclockwise around the continent. We just got through Western Australia and I'm throwing in the towel. I'm not sure what the point of travel is if your principal intent is to find fault and criticize everyone and everything you run into. If the intent is to prove your superiority, it gets really tedious, really quick.

To be sure, some of the writing is witty and well-crafted, but the content itself is largely without merit. The book is generally his opinion about, well, everything, and you know what they say about opinions. And his opinions aren't based on any particular facts, but instead seem to derive from his general contempt for anyone who is not like himself. If I had to go on a roadtrip with this guy, I'd shoot myself. Everybody knows a person who is always negative, all the time. Take the perfect situation and they'll find something wrong with it. They're a blast to hang out with, right? Well, here's 400 pages of it.

You're much better off reading Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country." Bryson is a much better writer, is more than happy to poke fun at himself, and isn't out to prove his superiority. Far from it. You'll actually learn something from Bryson's book, as he is interested enough in his subject to learn about it and share what he knows with you, with a very well-crafted delivery. Not so with Mr. Jacobson. The only thing you'll learn from him is that no one in Australia even remotely measures up to his standards. He reminds me a bit of the stuffy English explorers from the old days who regaled their readers with tales of the backward savages they encountered in foreign lands. He'd fit right in with that crew. Personally, I prefer the savages. Thankfully, Australia has plenty of them!


Death Clouds on MT Baldy: Tucson's Lost Tragedy
Death Clouds on MT Baldy: Tucson's Lost Tragedy
by Cathy Hufault
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.63
30 used & new from $8.65

5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book, July 2, 2013
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I've passed the memorial to the three Scouts many times as I walked along the Mount Baldy Trail near Josephine's Saddle, but I never knew the story. This book will resonate deeply with anyone who knows these mountains. It also tells us a lot about how far search and rescue operations and other forms of incident management have evolved over the last five decades. An excellent read for anyone interested in life in southern Arizona in the 1950s, the Santa Rita Mountains, or search and rescue operations.


Toiyabe Patrol
Toiyabe Patrol
by Les Joslin
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from $6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book, May 28, 2013
This review is from: Toiyabe Patrol (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this little book, and it's account of life in the "Old Forest Service." The times have certainly changed!


MARSHALLTOWN The Premier Line 48CLEV 48-Inch Crick 3 Piece Wood Level
MARSHALLTOWN The Premier Line 48CLEV 48-Inch Crick 3 Piece Wood Level
Price: $158.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Best there is, March 27, 2013
For craftsmen looking for a traditional, quality item, Crick levels are the best there is. Old school quality, and beautiful to boot. You'll love the look and feel of this level. I own the 48", 24", and 18" models, and all are superior to any level I have ever used. You'll feel like a real pro when you use this tool.


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