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Angels and Ages: A short book about Darwin, Lincoln and modern life
Angels and Ages: A short book about Darwin, Lincoln and modern life
by Adam Gopnik
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essays on Lincoln and Darwin, 6 Sept. 2010
Adam Gopnik is a writer for the 'New Yorker' and has written this small book which contains dual biography of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln which he ties together because they were both born on 12 February 1809. In his two essays the author analyzes what he sees as their influence on modern society. He contends that these two men introduced what we know as the liberal modern age with Lincoln's speeches and Darwin's writings. That these were the men and vehicles used to spread the new ideas that formed modern society. As a dual historical biography he fails but as two separate essays they would be excellent for publication within the pages of the magazine he works for. Or if you are just looking for a casual introduction into these two men it would be worth acquiring and reading.


A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit
A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit
by Mike Huckabee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Biographical Anthology, 4 Sept. 2010
Former presidential candidate, former Arkansas governor, pastor and talk-show host Mike Huckabee shares experiences from his life that took place around Christmas that he says taught him the true meaning of Christmas. The stories are all biographical and span his life time. He seems to leave nothing out be it sad or inspirational. But all these short biographies are meant too emphasize God, family, love, and hope instead of the commercialism of shopping and presents. Something it seems popular culture has forgotten. This book, though not what I expected, gives us insight into the man and his life.


Fighting Lady [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Fighting Lady [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £26.08

5.0 out of 5 stars WW II Aircraft Carrier - Documentary, 3 Sept. 2010
This is a William Wyler documentary filmed upon an aircraft carrier built and commission after Pearl Harbor. This hour plus long documentary filmed in color was screened in theaters in 1944 about a couple months or so after the operations had taken place. It shows life aboard this newly commissioned aircraft carrier as it sails southward from its eastern seaboard home port through the Panama Canal, as she was designed too do, and onto her destination, the Pacific Theater of Operations. This gray lady goes on to see much action in the Pacific theater of operations.

We see everything from daily life of preparing meals, doing laundry, to the pilots and crews who this great class of ship was built for. And you are aware that ever person on the ship also has a combat station with preassigned duties. The documentary has the first plane landing on the new floating runway through the many hard fought engagements that comprised the attacks on Marcus Island, Kawjalen, Truk, and Battle of the Philippine Sea known as "The Marianas Turkey Shoot." All footage if actual combat footage that was extremely well done.

Robert Taylor, USNR, does the narration and does an excellent job in explaining what is not only obvious but the feelings the crew felt at the time of the filming. Though his narration does not convey the stress and boredom that waiting for actual combat entails he does share these truths. The film though obviously edited for the American public does show even the loss of life and burial at sea of the men loss in warfare. Well done documentary made to inform and garner support for war bond drive. Well worth getting though it would have been even better if released in wide screen.


The Wisdom of His Compassion: Meditations on the Words and Actions of Jesus
The Wisdom of His Compassion: Meditations on the Words and Actions of Jesus
by Joseph F. Girzone
Edition: MP3 CD

5.0 out of 5 stars A Closer look at the Gospels - Inspirational, 31 Aug. 2010
This series of meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are all based on readings of the Gospels. Fr. Joseph Girzone with his lifetime of study does excellent work in this book as he focuses on crucial and well known parts of the Gospels where they tell of Jesus life. The author does so in such a manner as to make it not only inspirational but easily understandable to the audience of today. Some of his explanations take a valid yet slightly different slant than most may be use too. This fresh perspective on the teachings of Our Lord and his life helps give greater insight into how much God truly loves us.


Columbine
Columbine
by Dave Cullen
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The Complexity of Columbine, 21 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Columbine (Paperback)
Mr. Cullen is a journalist that uses eyewitness testimony, police reports, and the killers' own writings to dispel myths that the Columbine shooters were bullied, isolated kids who targeted victims. The author worked with what was available and informs us that some information has still not been released by the authorities. In this book the author contends that Argues Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had friends, good grades and detailed plans to blow up the school with no intention of surviving. He discusses the murder's psychological assessments. Each section of the book has a notes section where the author documents all of his sources in detail. The writing is concise and because of the subject matter of this investigation there is violence and strong language.


Angel in the Waters
Angel in the Waters
by Regina Doman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Life, 18 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Angel in the Waters (Paperback)
"Angel in the Waters" is s book with rich illustrations to accompany the prose which shows the process of life from before conception through the growth of the baby in the womb, his birth and beginning of life where he joins the family outside the womb. The story is told from the point of the child in the present tense and is kept company by his guardian angel. The angel speaks with the baby while in the womb and reminds him as he grows up he may not be able to see or hear the angel but that he will always be with the child. Those without faith my fine the angel in the book somewhat disconcerting or the reference the angel makes to a better life that awaits the baby when his time on earth is over. Most parents and parents to be will find this book comforting. This booklet will teach or remind all that human life begins at conception and is indeed sacred.


WHO KNEW
WHO KNEW
by JACK COOPER
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Vignettes of Jewish History, 18 Aug. 2010
This review is from: WHO KNEW (Hardcover)
Mr. Cooper offers us a series of short biographical and historical facts in world history and are interesting reading. Of course as the full title states most stories deal with the pivotal role played by Jewish people in these pivotal times in history These vignettes, most less than a page in length, cover a wide spectrum of history and are divided by time and region into six sections: Near East: Early Times; Western Europe: Trying to Fit In; Central Europe and The East: The Unwanted Diaspora; Holocaust: Perpetrators, Bystanders, Rescuers; America: Finding a Home and Contributing; and Israel: Building and Defending a Nation. These stories contain many facts and anecdotes that cover the spectrum of the importance but will leave you with a better understanding of the Jewish story.


Why Faith Matters
Why Faith Matters
by David J. Wolpe
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith and Reason, 18 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Why Faith Matters (Hardcover)
David Wolpe who was an atheist and is now a Rabbi responds to what he terms the "new atheists" by illustrating ways religion has been a force for good in the world. With a refreshing honesty the author discusses science and scripture and cites evidence that faith benefits individuals and society. Rabbi Wolpe shares with us his understanding that religious questions are not answered completely and seeking those answers is a lifelong quest. Of course the same can be said for science; after all how did the laws of physics come to be. Not everything in the Universe is thereby "explained" by science and this too is a life long quest that is not mutually exclusive of faith. This book is a good read for believers and non-believers alike.


The Cobra
The Cobra
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover

81 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War on the Cocaine Cartel, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Cobra (Hardcover)
This work of fiction was easy to read and it may be because I already had a working knowledge of almost ninety percent of the acronyms used. There is no need to have knowledge of all the acronyms for they are listed in the front of the book and explained as they are used in the narrative. The concept for the novel is rather bold, the president of the United States has decided that cocaine is a clear and present danger to the country; though those exact words are not used. An old school Central Intelligence Agency operative, Paul Deveraux, who was retired from the agency because of his violent yet effective methods is summon to accomplish the task.

From the formulation of the basic desire of the president and with an executive order in hand Mr. Deveraux begins his prep work of building the organization he will need to combat the world cocaine trade and try to stop it. The book does go into detail on this organization building and research performed on the cocaine trade. We the reader are also introduced to the inner workings of the cocaine trade from the inside and can watch the actions and reactions of both sides as the book progresses. The realistic action in the book spans the cocaine using world.

All the above mentioned background is told in great detail and takes about half the book to get us where most readers of action want to be, the actual operation. The reader is privy to the operations as they take place and the cocaine organizations response as these operations to destroy the cocaine industry unfolds. A calculated plan of action with a plot that is easy to read. The background of the inner details we learned earlier about the formation of the anti-drug teams and the drug cartel bear fruits as the story unfolds. A rich yet violent work of fiction that is filled with accurate facts on existing governmental agencies and their capabilities.
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Under the Dome
Under the Dome
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The town no one would want to live in -- or visit, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Under the Dome (Hardcover)
The book starts with a couple flying above Chester's Mill, Maine when their plane abruptly disintegrates from impact with an invisible dome covering the town. It seems almost immediately tensions escalate for the remaining, isolated residents as they fight to survive deteriorating conditions within the barrier. The over all plot of the dome and what causes it is not original at all. What is original is the interactions of the people of this small town in Maine. The populace allows a selfish unintelligent charismatic man and his thugs to take control and the general population seems to degenerate faster then the closed ecosystem. The citizens also seem to do all they can to hasten their own destruction instead of trying to escape the dome or aid one another. The author's political views are included as the negative aspects of right wing extremists, anti-military statements and hints at global warming. Yet at the same time the true hero of the story is a conservative and he then shows the strength of the military trained individual. This book could easily have a couple hundred or more pages edited out of it and it seems the authors' goal was to put in as much foul language in the residents spoken words as possible. Disappointing for a man that has written so many books that stories championing the human spirit in the face of extreme adversity. If you are expecting to read that, this book is not for you. The book has violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.


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