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I'm sorry Jimmy Carter, whom I've respected, wrote this book, and just as sorry that he titled it as he did. In short, the subtitle "A Plan That Will Work" is completely meaningless as the book contains no plan of any sort. Yes, there's a last chapter with the title "An agenda for peace," but this just outlines the same wish list that everybody mouths. There is absolutely nothing we haven't heard before.
The book is frankly very full of Jimmy Carter. He created the "Carter Center" to continue to involve himself in international affairs after leaving public office, and he has done that, visiting his "old friends," foreign heads of state, frequently, to offer his advice. We get here a more than adequate recounting of his visits with his old friends and the advice he has given. He tells us that he makes it a practice to inform the current president when he takes such a trip. I imagine the sitting president may not always be happy to get such an announcement. If you're a Carter fan, you may like this book, if only because of its excess of Carter. If you're looking for useful thoughts about solving problems in the Middle East, spend the money on a bottle of wine and mull it over yourself. It will very likely be more productive. It couldn't possibly be less.
I'm an 1800 rated player. This book may sound, from the title, like just another book of puzzles, but it's nothing like that. It's a genuine organized tactics course, with good explanations of each position. The positions are grouped by theme so that after a few pages in each theme you are really learning what to look for. You can tell a lot of work has gone into the excellent selections and the clear comments on each position. The chapters are headed: Rook, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Pawn, Two Rooks, Rook & Bishop, Rook & Knight, Two Bishops, Two Knights, Bishop and Knight, Queen and Bishop, Queen and Knight, and Three Pieces.
I own several hundred chess books, and have enjoyed them all, but I don't hesitate to say that this is one of the best in my library, which is why I'm taking the time to recommend it. Considering that this book is selling for under $15, it's truly a steal. But it's a great book regardless of price. If you want to improve at chess, get this book. You'll be impressed.
This Kindle book is not the book that's described under "Product description." The description is of the single-volume abridgement of the two volume work of which this Kindle book is the first. Be sure you know what you're ordering....Read more
W.E.B. Du Bois' classic book is one of the great jewels of American literature, even though it is built upon the systematic destruction of the lives of some 10 million American blacks in slavery. Every American needs to read this book, and the present version works very nicely on the Kindle. However, I found that this was a book that I needed to have permanently in my bookcase, so I wound up buying a paper copy as well....Read more
The previous commenter is mistaken. This French-English dictionary is easily installed as the default dictionary on the Kindle 2, by following the simple directions in chapter 7 of the guide. It only takes a few seconds. (He may have tried in on the Kindle 1.) I've been waiting almost a year to find a F-E dictionary that would work as a default on the Kindle, and it's great that one is finally available. I'm giving this five stars to counteract the mistaken rating of the first reviewer; but it would in any case rate 4 stars. Although it's no "Robert," it works automatically, it recognizes various forms of verbs, and the definitions are clear. There are even use examples. So don't hesitate. This is worth much more than the 6 bucks, and as far as I can see it's the only working F-E dictionary for the Kindle....Read more
This large reference work (1200 pages in the print edition) is useless on the Kindle. I've just bought it and am about to ask for my money back. There's no look-up function! The only way to look up a term is to do a search. I wanted to see the article on "Jesus". By searching on that, I got a list of 685 occurrences of the name, taking up 137 Kindle pages. If you want to flip through all those to decide which is the actual Entry, then buy this book.
Amazon is really not doing any quality control of what they're offering for sale as Kindle-compatible books, and this will come back to bite them quickly if they don't get someone who cares about their customers in charge of the Kindle Books section. It should be obvious that an encyclopedia, like a dictionary, needs a look-up function that only searches the Entry (key) words. An encyclopedia that doesn't incorporate that shouldn't be offered until it's fixed, because it will frustrate every user who buys it. Incidentally, while the book has what looks like a Contents page, it's not linked to anything.
Save your money.
In this fine book, Lein shows 200 complex positions from GM play in 1997, and the reader is invited to analyze the position and choose a continuation, as in the typical puzzle book. What is atypical, and seems to have bothered some reviewers, is that the continuations, though tactical, often don't lead to an immediate win. In other words, it's more like real chess. In many cases the result is a small advantage that must then be further exploited, and in other cases the tactic serves to avoid a loss. But Lein always gives the continuation to the end of the game or to a clearly winning position. If you're looking for an ordinary puzzle book for the bus ride to work, this may not be the one for you. Some of the positions may also be too subtle and complex for some readers. But if you're looking for something deeper and highly instructive, you'll find this book valuable, as I have....Read more