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    1. The Blind Side: Evolution of a
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    2. Collapse: How Societies Choose
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    3. People's History of the United
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    4. Delirious New York: A Retroactive
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    5. The Historical Statistics of the
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    6. Six Minutes to Freedom: How a
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    7. Inside the Magic Kingdom : Seven
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    8. Pirate Soul: A Swashbuckling Voyage
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    9. New Dictionary of the History
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    10. I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty
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    11. The City of Falling Angels
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    12. The Photobook: A History - Volume
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    13. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden
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    14. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything
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    15. The Oxford Companion to United
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    16. The Western Heritage, Combined,
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    18. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between
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    19. The Prize : The Epic Quest for
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    1. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
    by W. W. Norton
    Hardcover (02 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 039306123X
    Sales Rank: 38
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Game of Football
    As both an avid sports fan and reader of sports literature I found this to be by far the most outstanding sports related book I've ever read. (I've read lots of them)
    5-0 out of 5 stars Notfootball's Moneyball, but a great read nonetheless..
    If you are looking for the football version of Moneyball you might be a bit disppointed by Blind Side. It's not really that kind of book. (Indeed, there are few books that completely alter one's view of a subject the way Moneyball did)There are some interesting chapters about Bill Walsh and the innovations he brought to the offensive side of football, but Blind Side is much more of a human interest story. It's a highly readable and engaging story and it will surely make you pay more attention next time an Ole Miss game is on TV. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You Will Enjoy It Even If You Don't Love Football
    Of course, I do love football, and my young son plays on offensive and defensive lines, so the description of the book and its high ranking on the Top 100 list motivated me to purchase and read.
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    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. College sports    5. Football - General    6. Football - Professional    7. Football players    8. Oher, Michael    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Sports - General    11. United States    12. Soccer (Association football)    13. Social history    14. Sports & Recreation / Football   


    2. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (27 December, 2005)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Account Of How Poor Environmental Practices Can Lead To Social Collapse, But Too Mealy Mouthed InIt's Tone
    Jared Diamond is a highly respected scholar who, like Bernard Lewis and Karen Armstrong, is able to write serious books that convey a wealth of knowledge but are also a pleasure to read. This is in contrast to the many dry, dull tomes written by some others in academia. In this aspect, "Collapse" is a success. But, unfortunately, it just doesn't rise to the extremely high standard set by his previous title, "Guns, Germs And Steel," one of my favorite non-fiction books.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Will Our Society Choose to Fail or Succeed?
    How a society manages its natural resources, and how it responds to climate and environmental change, can spell the difference between its destruction or survival; this is Jared Diamond's essential message in Collapse. Dr. Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA, uses the example of a number of civilizations that either died out due to poor resource management and climate change, or survived through recognition of these problems and comprehensively addressing them.The book brings to the forefront an important question: are we managing *our* resources wisely today?
    5-0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
    Collapse is a thoroughly researched and fascinating book offering reasons why civilisations have failed in the past. The Mayans, Easter Islanders and Greenland Norse each encountered complex problems that eventually became catastrophic. Jared Diamond offers no simplistic explanation but describes a number of causes, such as climate change, geography and psychological flaws, which can reinforce one another and lead to disaster. The author does not take an overly pro-environmental stance, recognising that industry has a vital role to play in protecting our world. He provides a salutary lesson from history that current and future generations would do well to heed. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Case studies    2. Civilization    3. Environmental Policy    4. General    5. Historical Geography    6. History - General History    7. Public Policy - Environmental Policy    8. Social Change    9. Social Science    10. Social history    11. Sociology    12. World - General    13. History / World   


    3. People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (P.S.)
    by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
    Paperback (02 August, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0060838655
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Important History, Well Written
    This isn't the last and only history of America you'll ever read or need.This is an addition to other texts, an important missing element in our collective education.History used to be told from the point of view of the winners, of the uplifted, and of the heroes.That is no longer the case and we can thank Howard Zinn and this seminal work for that.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading, a bit cumbersome at times
    I am definitely not a socialist.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Different Worth for Different Folks
    After quite a while I finally put the time into reading this book and I am totally ambivalent whether I should have or not...I do not think that one should pay too much attention to those readers who do not take their history seriously, to those that want to propound a certain ideological agenda -- something I am realising has been,and is, a depressing fact of American socialisation. Those people of the ideological left will love this book and the those of the ideological right will hate it.... that is a given.
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    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History - U.S.    4. History: American    5. Political Ideologies - Democracy    6. Social History    7. United States    8. United States - General    9. United States History (General)    10. History / General   


    4. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
    by Monacelli
    Paperback (01 December, 1997)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In this fanciful volume, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.), both analyzes and celebrates New York City. By suggesting the city as the site for an infinite variety of human activities and events--both real and imagined--the essence of the metropolitan lifestyle, its "culture of congestion" and its architecture are revealed in a brilliant new light. "Manhattan," Koolhaas writes, "is the 20th century's Rosetta stone . . . occupied by architectural mutations (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller Center, the U.N. Building), and irrational phenomena (Radio City Music Hall)." Filled with fascinating facts, as well as photographs, postcards, maps, watercolors, and drawings, the vibrancy of Koolhaas's poignant exploration of Gotham equals the heady, frenetic energy of the city itself. Anyone who loves New York will want to own this book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eating oysters with boxing gloves, naked, on the nth floor.
    The quote written above is excerpted from Delirious New York. It is a perfect example of the lyrical quality of the writing prevalent throughout this amazing book. Delirious New York is not an objective chronological listing of New York's development, but a collection of manifestos and stories with opinionated perspectives about a city founded on the idea that maximum congestion is a desirable factor. It is informative, funny (the midget firefighters of Coney Island had me laughing aloud for a solid minute or two), twisted, and inspiring.
    5-0 out of 5 stars best koolhaas ever, man
    koolhaas is a bit over-the-top for me, but this I think is is best work. it's worth checking out if only for the story of coney island. once you get past blisteringly pretentious phrases like "coney island is a fetal manhattan", you'll find it gloriously entertaining as both a narrative and theoretical work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the culture of congestion
    This is by far Koolhaas's most accessible work, as it is rooted so clearly in detail from the city's past. Further, the book is simply brilliant. His take on urban history is to Jane Jacobs what Socrates is to common sense. New York is a special case of modernism that sprang from a special constellation of poltiical and technological forces that collectively create a cultural "big-bang" at the turn of the century. Read it. Blow your mind. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American architecture    2. Architecture    3. Buildings    4. Criticism    5. New York    6. New York (N.Y.)    7. New York (State)    8. New York - Local History    9. Planning    10. Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings    11. Social History    12. U.S. Architecture - General    13. Art / Subjects & Themes / General    14. Local history    15. USA   


    5. The Historical Statistics of the United States
    by Cambridge University Press
    Hardcover (30 January, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0521817919
    Sales Rank: 71525
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    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History - U.S.    4. History: American    5. Reference    6. Statistics    7. United States    8. United States - General    9. American history    10. History / United States / General    11. Reference works    12. USA   


    6. Six Minutes to Freedom: How a Band of Heros Defied a Dictator and Helped Free a Nation
    by C Hardcover
    Hardcover (01 July, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Rescue Story, BUT....
    I couldn't help but come to two entirely and separate conclusions in reading this book:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover fool you, this is a Clancy-esque non-fiction story that's not just about Special OPS!
    Don't be dissuaded by reviewers who haven't read this book!
    1-0 out of 5 stars this is propaganda and lies
    If this man took a the time to know the history of U.S. involvment in Panama he would know that it was the U.S. that put Noriega in power in the first place.it was also the U.S. that killed the previouse leader of Panama,Omar TorriJos.Who apposed U.S. control of his county.
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    Subjects:  1. 1981-    2. Americans    3. Biography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Central America - History    6. History    7. Latin America - Central America    8. Military Science    9. Muse, Kurt    10. Panama    11. Political    12. Science/Mathematics    13. Social conditions    14. Special Forces    15. Technology    16. History / General    17. Revolutions & coups   


    7. Inside the Magic Kingdom : Seven Keys to Disney's Success
    by Bard Press
    Hardcover (25 April, 1997)
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    Isbn: 1885167237
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Both Honest, and Dishonest, Just Like the Magic Kingdom
    I can't give this book a one because it does summarize Disney's business morals well, BUT, it leaves out what is obvious, it's lack of respect for God. Disney, as this book shows, relies on pleasing the customer, not God. It's also helpful in that it does give business advice, although not totally.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Seven Keys to Success
    This is a fun book, easy to read, great ideas to make your business more successful and customer friendly.I would recommend it highly and it is a great tool for a staff training or retreat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Customer Service 101:A Must Read for Your Staff
    This is an excellent tool for managers.While a good manager knows the seven secrets, the presentation in this book reinforces what you know.The secrets are presented in a different format that makes you think of other ways to motivate your staff.What makes this book really stand out is it is an easy, interesting book to read.Most books of this type are presented in a boring, academic format...while this is presented through various characters...those we have in our workplaces.I would recommend this book for all managers...especially those first time managers. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business / Economics / Finance    3. Business/Economics    4. Corporate & Business History - General    5. Entrepreneurship    6. Management    7. Management - General    8. Recreation Industries (Economic Aspects)    9. Walt Disney Company    10. International business    11. Social history    12. USA   


    8. Pirate Soul: A Swashbuckling Voyage Through the Golden Age of Pirates!
    by Running Press Book Publishers
    Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0762427566
    Sales Rank: 12386
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the Pirate Soul Museum!
    Croce's Pirate Soul book is an amazing achievement in that it captures a large part of the history, interactive entertainment and pirate lore residing within Croce's one of a kind Pirate museum in Key West, FL. This is no small feat given the quality and scope (over 500 authentic artifacts) of the museum and is a testament to Pat's emerging presence as the foremost pirate expert. Whether you wish to relive your Pirate Soul museum experience or get a taste of the world's largest collection of pirate artifacts, this book is a must read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars the perfect pirate book!!
    this book is a major WOW!everything you'd ever want to know about the golden age of piracy while making the trip so fun and hands on.i just keep going back through it and finding more and more "stuff"!i love just leaving it out on my coffee table -- no one is shy about playing with it and talking about it. a great gift this holiday season for all pirate lovers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant interactive adventure and wonderful learning experience
    Croce has introduced a whole new way of learning about Pirates that children and adults can enjoy.This book makes the experience of reading to your child truly enjoyable.The numerous 3-D representation of Pirate artifacts is a great way to tell the story.The playing cards, fold-out map and the Henry Every's "Wanted" poster are brilliant additions to this book.My children (all ages 6 and below) were fascinated by the history and Pirate culture.There are many imitations, but this book is the real deal!!!!!Buy it for you, your child (as a treasure/keepsake) and for a relative!!!!Worth every bit of the price!!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Maritime History    6. Navigation    7. Reference    8. Travel writing    9. World history: c 1500 to c 1750   


    9. New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (6 Volume Set)
    by Charles Scribner's Sons
    Board book (03 December, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0684313774
    Sales Rank: 356036
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    Subjects:  1. Civilization    2. Dictionaries    3. History    4. History - General History    5. Intellectual life    6. Philosophy    7. Reference    8. World - General    9. History of ideas, intellectual history   


    10. I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life Dramatic Events That Changed America
    by Doubleday
    Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0385516193
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag
    It was a clever idea to ask prominent writers to imagine historical moments, but like most compilations of various authors, this book has some great articles and a few real duds.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Variety is the spice of life!
    Just imagine the kind of performances you might see if renowned actors and actresses such as Nicholson, Pacino, Hepburn, Streep, Duvall, DeNiro and a cast of others were given the chance to stand up on stage and portray their favorite characters and performances. That's precisely what we have presented here with a talented cast of historians lending their personal renditions to historical accounts they are most fascinated with. Noted historians such as Remini and Ellis are joined by a cast of writers from various backgrounds that give a wealth of variety to this presentation.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Historians let their imaginations range
    Given a chance to let their imaginations round out their expertise, these historians and writers flesh out the incidents in American history that most fascinate them. This is an inviting and intriguing premise for those of us who like our history served up in short dramatic narratives. And it's mostly successful, although, as with any anthology, some writers are better than others, and some pivotal events are more riveting or moving or impressive than others.
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    Subjects:  1. Essays    2. General    3. Historiography    4. History    5. History - U.S.    6. History: American    7. United States - General    8. United States History (General)    9. History / General   


    11. The City of Falling Angels
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (26 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0143036939
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Falling angels and rising tides
    Author John Berendt doesn't tell a story, so much as paint a portrait in The City of Falling Angels-appropriate, perhaps, since the American view of Venice is so colored by art and architecture. The reader gets a protrait of a Venice that is simultaneously cosmopolitan-the playground of nobility, titled and untitled-and provincial-Berendt's Venetians are often distrustful of outsiders, and frequently resentful of the millions of tourists who throng the city, bringing traffic, environmental decay-and money. Though it was once the seat of an empire, Venice today is as much a tourist town as Las Vegas or Orlando.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Another City - no angels
    It just didn't do it for me.Like so many other people, I loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.It was such a rich, unexpected book and came alive in the reading.But, I fear John Berendt had only one in him - one great story.He found a crime and a city and another series of characters, but he just didn't find the magic.
    4-0 out of 5 stars John Berendt has a formula - and it works well.
    John Berendt has a formula - and it works well.
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    Subjects:  1. Description And Travel    2. Essays & Travelogues    3. Europe - Italy    4. History    5. History: World    6. Social History    7. Social life and customs    8. Travel - Foreign    9. Venice (Italy)    10. History / Social History   


    12. The Photobook: A History - Volume 2
    by Phaidon Press
    Hardcover (07 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0714844330
    Sales Rank: 2707
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    Subjects:  1. Essays    2. General    3. History    4. Photo Techniques    5. Photography    6. Photography & Photographs    7. Photography / History    8. Social history   


    13. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
    by Penguin Press HC, The
    Hardcover (04 May, 2006)
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    Sales Rank: 2250
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars They Finally Get To Tell Their Stories...
    What a fantastic book. I saw a short write up for it in a popular women's magazine, and though I never before had any interest in this subject, I was intrigued. I'm so glad I read it. I can't believe the things these poor scared young women had to go through. Most being pretty much abandoned by their families, and sent to 'homes for unwed mothers'...all because society of the 50's and 60's said it was unacceptable to be a pregnant, unmarried woman.
    5-0 out of 5 stars I lived with the Aftermath of my Mother's History....
    My mother was a "Girl who Went Away"...a fact that I didn't learn until I was in my mid-twenties.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Such an important book which sheds light on the past as well as the present
    Fessler has compiled a very moving collection of oral histories from mostly white, middle class women who were coerced to relinquish their babies as teenage unwed mothers.Many of their stories recount how little they knew about sex and pregnancy, and their very ignorance makes a strong indictment of the social norms of the times, when the sexual appetites of teenage girls were denied. The saddest stories are told by women who saw their pregnancies as the culmination of their love affairs and as the beginning of family life with their babies' fathers.To protect the reputation of their own families, parents of these girls turned to the adoption industry and the babies disappeared.Young mothers were told that they would forget about this early 'mistake' when they married and had more children. They were also told that they were not competent to be parents, and that other couples were more worthy.Many of the storytellers in this book carried that sense of unworthiness with them throughout their adulthood until, aided by reunion with their now adult surrendered children, some are able to heal.
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    Subjects:  1. Adoption    2. Adoption And Adoption Services    3. Birthmothers    4. Psychological aspects    5. Social History    6. Social Science    7. Sociology    8. United States    9. Women's Studies - General    10. Women's Studies - History    11. Social Science / Women's Studies   


    14. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
    by Touchstone
    Paperback (03 September, 1996)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars A Two For Effort
    This book is written from the viewpoint of a flaming socialist with the attitude that anything white or European or is overly valued in American history textbooks.Loewen does have many valid points about what history textbooks omit, but the degree to which he is clearly slanted to the left is ludicrous."Lies My Teacher Told Me" could have been an amazing book, but all it did was aggrivate me and motivate me to write a 23 page paper debunking half of what the author wrote, much to the dismay of my idiotic Sociology professor.The only reason I didn't give the book 1 star is because the overall intent and effort put forth were good, but the book as a whole is just far too biased.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an important book
    Interesting, informative, and should be required reading for high school and college students.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A mixed review
    I have mixed feelings about this book.
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    15. The Oxford Companion to United States History
    by Oxford University Press, USA
    Hardcover (04 July, 2001)
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    Isbn: 0195082095
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From abortion to "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, Abrams vs. United States tothe Zenger trial, and abstract impressionism to Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Fails as a Guide to American History
    Students and history buffs need a good, comprehensive volume on the significant people, events, movements and changes in the United States over the course of its history. This volume, from the leading publisher of reference books in the English language, fails and disappoints with regard to these goals. This Oxford Companion tries to be the United States History of Everything, as a result it misses key aspects of political history and what it does cover is often inadequate and incomplete. 5-0 out of 5 stars a vital and reliable companion to u.s. history today
    This volume contains entries that deal with concepts, events, persons, and movements in u.s. history. The length of the entries is appropriate to the topic considered. In addition, the entires both inform the reader with up-to-date information and indicate how revisionist historians have resahped opionions or refocused the discipline. The entries are clearly written and eminently readable. They are persuasive in thier opionions, yet respectful of other stances. The cross references are helpful and ample. The same obtains for the bibliographies. The Oxford Companion to U.S. History far surpasses some other contemporary dictionaries in U.S. history. Its articles are treated in more depth and greater nuances. The entries in the other dictionaries are too short and far too superficial. I would highly recommend this for people involved in serious historical study and research.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a vital and reliable companion to u.s. history today
    This volume contains entries that deal with concepts, events, persons, and movements in u.s. history. The length of the entries is appropriate to the topic considered. In addition, the entires both inform the reader with up-to-date information and indicate how revisionist historians have resahped opionions or refocused the discipline. The entries are clearly written and eminently readable. They are persuasive in thier opionions, yet respectful of other stances. The cross references are helpful and ample. The same obtains for the bibliographies. The Oxford Companion to U.S. History far surpasses some other contemporary dictionaries in U.S. history. Its articles are treated in more depth and greater nuances. The entries in the other dictionaries are too short and far too superficial. I would highly recommend this for people involved in serious historical study and research. The price, especially the discounted one offered by amazon.com, is well worth the investment for scholars,libraries, and families. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Americas (North Central South West Indies)    2. Encyclopedias    3. History    4. History - U.S.    5. History: American    6. Reference    7. United States    8. United States - General    9. United States History (General)    10. American history    11. History / United States / General    12. History, American    13. Reference works    14. USA   


    16. The Western Heritage, Combined, Eighth Edition
    by Prentice Hall
    Hardcover (02 July, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0131828398
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited
    This textbook is filled with misinformation, typos, and blatant grammatical errors. I hope professors stop requesting that students read this text. The only thing worse than the book is the compainion website. It has practice test questions that contradict the "real" test and quiz questions that they provide. If you take this course DL like I did, this really makes a big difference. I have spent the better half of the semester arguing for points from my professor (and winning) who apparently never bothered to read the tests or the text (I should get paid from him!!)
    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for AP Euro!
    I took AP Euro as a junior last year and actually really enjoyed this text. It was a lot better than the other book that had been used the previous year which was comprised almost completely of political history. The pictures are nice when you have a big chapter to read and the writing is simple to comprehend. The pitfalls of the book lie in the chapter on the French Revolution and it is obvioius that toward the end the deadline was coming up because numerous spelling errors and other typos were found throughout the final chapters. The formation of the E. U. and its development were almost not at all covered, but much of the material is excellent. In preparation for the AP test my class did not do very much in terms of information, but spent most of its time doing DBQ's and essays. I read the entire book cover to cover and did not even have to study for the AP test and recieved a five, so I highly reccomend this book but look somewhere else for the French Revolution or if you really want things structured in a strictly chronological formation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Overview of European History
    I am a junior in an AP European History class.My class uses two textbooks, one of which is Kagan's Western Heritage.The Kagan textbook is by far my favorite of the two textbooks to read.It is very interesting and thoroughly covers all the topics of European history, many of which are skipped in my other textbook.I am even considering buying the book so I can read the chapters my class skipped and keep it on hand as a reference.The order of the chapters is not at all difficult to follow as long as the reader has a basic knowledge of European History or looks at the timelines at the beginning of each section. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Europe. ... Read more

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    17. A History of Western Society
    by Houghton Mifflin Company
    Hardcover (August, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0395904315
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    18. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
    by HarperCollins
    Hardcover (25 April, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0060826584
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Choppy, Hard to Follow, and Random - No Connection
    I am a big fan of modern day China and literature that delves into the people, places, and turmoil of current circumstances in the country.I think Hessler may betrying to give us a taste of the everyday people in China today, but he fails to engage the reader and keep our interest with this book. It is too choppy - with random incidents, rather than stories about real people - that were difficult to connect and often bored me, instead of drawing me into their lives. I couldn't connect with the characters and relate to them because there wasn't time in the short blurbs Hessler recorded, and reported in such a random style.I prefer more depth, as in his previous, River Town, or other books on current Chinese experiences, like Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui, that get the the heart of one or two people's lives in modern day China, than just a smattering here and there.The book is not put together clearly and is confusing.I am a fanatic of Asian Modern Lit, but I didn't even finish this one!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Series of Chinese New Yorker Profiles
    Oracle bones, the scapulas of oxen and plastrons of turtles were the crystal balls of the late Shang, the first Chinese dynasty, ruling three to four thousand years ago.They span a period of less than two centuries, ending in about 1045 B.C.Hessler uses their discovery, recognition and exposition along with the people involved to tie China's ancient history to the recent past and the conditions that persist in China today. He originally went to China ten years ago in the Peace Corps to teach English.He stayed to work as a press clipper for the Wall Street Journal. He is now the New Yorker's correspondent in China, and is a facile writer who captures the color and mood of human interest stories.They are what we have come to expect in the New Yorker.But he is no better at this than Lovell, whose description of Wang Yirong's, discovery of the oracle bones and his subsequent purchase of the pharmacists entire supply in The Great Wall is superb prose.And Hessler's constant interspersion of the Wall Street Journal newspaper clipping categories, devised during his earlier job is disconcerting.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A Random Though Insightful Glimpse of China Through Its People
    Understanding China through its people rather than its politics is the agenda author Peter Hessler, the New Yorker's correspondent in China, has in mind as the thesis of his fascinating though somewhat meandering new book. The title refers not to some economic indicator from the renowned multinational corporation but rather to actual bones made of cattle shoulder blades and turtle undershells. In ancient times, they were heated until they cracked, the sound of which apparently bespoke of long-departed ancestors. Hessler uses them as metaphorical touchstones for the stories he tells and the characters he so meticulously introduces to us. Read more

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    19. The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
    by Free Press
    Paperback (01 January, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0671799320
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Daniel Yergin's first prize-winning book, Shattered Peace, was a history of the Cold War. Afterwards the young academic star joined the energy project of the Harvard Business School and wrote the best-seller Energy Future. Following on from there, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Should be assigned as a text
    This is a thoroughly engrossing, still-relevant treatment of the history of oil and its effect on history.Many of the events recounted are familiar from high school and college history courses, but in the typical linear-timeline of such studies, the interconnectedness of oil toward other major historical events is often lost.This book puts all that in perspective, neatly tieing other technological and political events across 150 years to the rise of oil and its use in the internal combustion engine.I strongly agree with an earlier comment on this book, "if you don't know the history of oil, you don't know history."
    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive
    This book will help understand the current geopolitical landscape and the "great" democracies intervention in the middle east.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Here we go again!
    (Hey, this review is supposed to be 5 stars! What's up with the editing?)
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    20. The South Carolina Encyclopedia
    by University of South Carolina Press
    Hardcover (15 September, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars An Uneven Work
    When I look at some of the entries in the Encyclopedia, I found unfortunate errors and very superficial research. The entry on Orangeburg County relies on the 1898 (that's right, 108 years old) history of the county by Alexander Salley, an ancient secondary source notorious for its inaccuracies. Several entries describe the early Swiss settlers (who dominated the earliest settlement of several large SC counties) as Lutherans, when in fact they were overwhelmingly Swiss Reformed, or Calvinist. Familiarity with primary sources would have told the authors and editor this. When we look for the settlers in Swiss parish records, they are in Reformed congregations. When we find records of the ordinations of ministers (prior to Giessendanner converting to the established Church of England in order to be paid by the colony) they are Reformed ordinations in Europe (for example Zubly, Theus) or Presbyterian if in South Carolina (for example, Giessendanner).When knowledgeable contemporaries refer to the religion of the Swiss settlers in Carolina, they say or imply that they were Reformed or Calvinist. Even Reimensperger's brochure encouraging Swiss to settle in Carolina specifies that potential settlers should be Reformed. Secondary sources would also provide the same information. Modern histories of the Presbyterian and Lutheran denominations in South Carolina acknowledge that the Swiss immigrants were Reformed. The Lutherans appear in SC only with the somewhat later immigration of Germans, who differed from the Swiss in other aspects of culture and history, as well as in religion. It is hard to understand how such a basic error regarding a significant part of early settlement in the state could be made in the Encyclopedia. Another entry tells us that the most "vibrant" German-speaking community in SC was in Charleston. I'm afraid the authors didn't have much information on which to base a comparison.
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