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The Eight: A Season in the Tradition of Harvard Crew
The Eight: A Season in the Tradition of Harvard Crew
by Susan Saint Sing
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review, April 21, 2010
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have always been interested in how top-flight programs like washington, cal, and harvard run their selections; the writer, despite generating the impression that she's walking with the gods on mount olympus, knows her subject and how to report it. that said, a couple of points: 1) the athletes portrayed are very good at what they do, but not superhuman; and 2) based on ira results over the past few years, i think the balance of rowing power has permanently shifted to the west, where washington and cal dominate, while harvard and brown are the best of the east. this has less to do with harvard than with the growing popularity of the sport nationwide, and the larger talent pool schools like washington and cal draw from.
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Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss
Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss
by Philip Carlo
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good story, but with caveat, August 6, 2008
most stuff about the mafia is interesting on its own merits; carlo's tale is no exception, however, just as with his bio of serial killer kuklinski (in which he credits kuklinski with participation on some of the mafia's "greatest hits"--hoffa and galante), realize that for all the time he spent in person with his subjects, that's probably as little time as he spent doing fact checking to verify the accounts conveyed to him. for instance he talks of "twenty-five year old capo" joseph gallo, when in fact joe gallo was gotti's consigliere, and he wasn't a 25-year old. also, carlo endlessly repeats himself. that said, you do get a different, more realistic picture of casso than the one presented by breslin in "the good rat," which is more a portrayal of casso associate burton kaplan, although breslin is a superior writer. carlo is actually more interesting to listen to.
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