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1. Barn Dance! (Reading Rainbow)
2. John Martin: Apocalypse Now!
3. Social Structures
4. The Dance - The Story Of The Dance
5. Introduction to Languages and
6. The Dance in Theory
7. San Martin: Argentine Soldier,
8. Feudalism to Capitalism: Peasant
9. Here Are My Hands
10. Never Leave Me: A True Story of
11. Daniel Martin
12. Four Views on Free Will (Great
13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Life and
14. Twisted: The secret desires and
15. Work and Organizational Behaviour:
16. My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility
17. Venice Reconsidered: The History
18. Sermons On The Gospel Of John
19. Martin Luther : Selections From
20. Introduction to Audiology (with

1. Barn Dance! (Reading Rainbow)
by Bill Martin, John Archambault
Paperback: 32 Pages (1988-09-15)
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Asin: 0805007997
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In an old farmhouse, bathed in the light of a full moon, a young boy creeps to his bedroom window and looks outside. Was that a voice he just heard, or the hooting of an owl? There it is again:

Come a little closer...
Come a little closer...
Listen to the night...
There's music in the air...

Beckoned by the voice, the boy sneaks downstairs, out the door, and walks toward the barn. As he gets closer he hears the sweet sound of a country fiddler and the rhythmic thumping of dancing feet. But who could possibly be having a barn dance in the middle of the night?
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5-0 out of 5 stars Barn Dance review - GREAT!
This is a favorite book at our Preschool. The kids LOVE it! We just needed a new copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars A children's book sure to get a smile
Barn Dance is a book that our children requested we read to to them so often, that I have the entire text memorized.In fact, when driving in the car, if one of the children became fussy, I would begin to recite the story and they would calm down.The story is great, and the drawings are even better. My children are all grown, and they buy this as a gift for the children in their lives.This book is sure to be a favorite with children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this children's book!!
Such a cute story and love the artwork!We saw this book read on Reading Rainbow and had to have a copy.Thank you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Lyrical
We stumbled across this book at a church rummage sale this past week.What a delightful find!The illustrations are wonderful. The rhythm inherent in the story had me putting the words to a spontaneously inspired tune starting on page one.We have been singing this book before bedtime all week.My 4yr and nearly 2yr love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it with rhythm!
This is a wonderful book to read with passion.It is a favorite of mine to read to my primary students - sharing the excitement of a barn dance, while preserving the mysteriousness of a full-moon night.Important addition to a library - but only for those who want to stay up late with all of nature!A fabulous book.I adore it. ... Read more

2. John Martin: Apocalypse Now!
by Barbara Morden
Hardcover: 150 Pages (2010-11-30)
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Asin: 1904794998
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John Martin's many influential works brought him huge popularity in his lifetime and his paintings have gone on to inspire film-makers, designers and artists in Europe and America. This beautifully illustrated book makes an important contribution to the revival of national and international interest in him and will complement a forthcoming touring exhibition. Establishing the context of Martin's youth in rural Northumberland, his career in London and subsequent national and international fame, Morden captures the apocalyptic mood in England from the 1790s to the 1840s and examines Martin's central position as a painter of the "sublime". The distinctive character of his work is explored through key paintings in terms of his techniques, devices and subject matter and their relationship to the culture and of popular entertainment of the time. Influencing 19th century railway and public architecture, Martin's reputation spread to Europe and America, going on to determine the course of early 20th century cinema and anticipate inter-active mass media in the 21st century.This book establishes John Martin as an important figure in cultural history, shaping the way we view and respond to our modern world. ... Read more

3. Social Structures
by John Levi Martin
Hardcover: 448 Pages (2009-07-27)
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Asin: 0691127115
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Social Structures is a book that examines how structural forms spontaneously arise from social relationships. Offering major insights into the building blocks of social life, it identifies which locally emergent structures have the capacity to grow into larger ones and shows how structural tendencies associated with smaller structures shape and constrain patterns of larger structures. The book then investigates the role such structures have played in the emergence of the modern nation-state.

Bringing together the latest findings in sociology, anthropology, political science, and history, John Levi Martin traces how sets of interpersonal relationships become ordered in different ways to form structures. He looks at a range of social structures, from smaller ones like families and street gangs to larger ones such as communes and, ultimately, nation-states. He finds that the relationships best suited to forming larger structures are those that thrive in conditions of inequality; that are incomplete and as sparse as possible, and thereby avoid the problem of completion in which interacting members are required to establish too many relationships; and that abhor transitivity rather than assuming it. Social Structures argues that these "patronage" relationships, which often serve as means of loose coordination in the absence of strong states, are nevertheless the scaffolding of the social structures most distinctive to the modern state, namely the command army and the political party.

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4. The Dance - The Story Of The Dance Told In Pictures And Text
by John Martin
Paperback: 160 Pages (2010-08-04)
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This early work is a comprehensive study of the history of dance thoroughly recommended for the bookshelf of the dance enthusiast. Extensively illustrated with text and full page photographs. Its 160 pages are divided into five thorough sections: Basic Dance, Dance for the Sake of the Dancer, Dance as a Spectacle, Dance as a Means of Communication, and Dance in the Technological Era. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. ... Read more

5. Introduction to Languages and the Theory of Computation
by John Martin
Hardcover: 448 Pages (2010-02-02)
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Asin: 0073191469
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Introduction to Languages and the Theory of Computation helps students make the connection between the practice of computing and an understanding of the profound ideas that defines it. The book's organization and the author's ability to explain complex topics clearly make this introduction to the theory of computation an excellent resource for a broad range of upper level students. The author has learned through many years of teaching that the best way to present theoretical concepts is to take advantage of the precision and clarity of mathematical language. In a way that is accessible to students still learning this language, he presents the necessary mathematical tools gently and gradually which provides discussion and examples that make the language intelligible.Amazon.com Review
Even those with little mathematical background will be able tounderstand this user-friendly book, which focuses on formal languagesand models of computation. (The author devotes an entire chapter toinduction and recursive definitions.) Introduction to Languages andthe Theory of Computation weaves numerous examples and highlyreadable discussions of the key ideas--and how they fit into thelarger picture--in between rigorous proofs of the theorems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Disliked it then, Love it now
I am a 39-year-old MBA student in an AACSB-accredited business school, with a C.S. degree from Purdue University. When I took "Theory of Languages and Computation" (hereafter: TOLAC) in my 20's, this text did not suit me at all.

Recently, however, I've been refreshing my CS-foundations by reading (CLR) "Intro. to Algorithms", my discrete math text, and others. Though I graduated having understood the broad conclusions of TOLAC (e.g., the equivalence of various languages and the abstract machines which recognize them, complexity classes, etc.), I never felt that I "knew" them deeply the way I prefer to know things.

I study and build compilers for a hobby; there are many practical issues to which the TOLAC lends itself. As I was gearing up for some hobby compiler projects, I decided to reacquaint myself with TOLAC. Though I still have my undergraduate Martin text, I recalled how I didn't connect well with it, so decided to peruse Amazon for suggested texts (with Sipser's work getting an impressive number of high marks, the likes of which I've not seen from a "CS book").

I was right on the verge of purchasing Sipser's book, with its glowing reviews, when I decided to lift my Martin text (1991-edition) from its tucked away position on the bookshelf. I was immediately pleased with its slim and concise presentation (having a wife and three kids can be a damper on my study time). As I started reading the first pages, I was struck with an elegance that I obviously had missed years before. Before I knew it, I had been reading for a few hours and was completely taken by the subject, including Martin's mathematical style.

I foundmyself asking, "Why did I so dislike then the book from which I am receiving so much pleasure now?" I think it had to do with my maturity and stage-of-life. In school, when taking TOLAC, I was more interested in "just writing code" (I had gotten my first C compiler on a Commodore-64 at the age of 12, so I loved programming). Whereas now, I am truly interested in the "science" aspect of "computer science." I find myself, almost twenty years later, really coming to an understanding of the difference between a "CS" degree and a "CPT" (computer programming technology) degree. (The CPT degree is a fine degree; so please don't misinterpret what I'm saying.) But, having grown up coding in my bedroom, and having my entire professional career in IT, I see now the tremendous value of the _rigor_ and _abstraction_ of a CS degree. To be sure, there were dimwits in my CS program who couldn't do anything practical; these were the types who had never programmed anything, and making linked-lists with C was to them a Gordian knot. But I must respectfully say, there have been many situations where I was able to bring an insight from Turing machines, algorithms, TOLAC, data structures, complexity classes, et al., from the computer science world, into a practical situation that had others (good "CPT people") stumped.

Now, I by no means wish to slander the CPT credential, nor the skills of the fine people who possess it. But I realize, upon writing this review, that the rigor and abstraction of the CS degree prepares the mind for things which I honestly don't think the CPT person can appreciate. It's like the many levels of calculus I took which the CPT degree did not require. Have I taken an integral or a derivative since school? No. But I have an insight into practical IT situations, programming and otherwise, which often seem to elude my CPT comrades. Now I may have the good fortune of being a "bedroom programmer" combined with CS-training; but I don't think I'd have the practical problem-solving skills without having suffered (yes, suffered) what I did via the CS degree.

As for Martin vs Sipser: I have not read Sipser, but I take from the 200+ glowing reviews that his text takes a complex subject and makes it digestible to the young mind; and that is certainly praiseworthy. So I encourage the contemporary CS student to study Sipser's book. However, I also recommend you work (and suffer) through Martin's text. Yes, both texts, regardless of which is required for your particular class.

The analogy that I'm about to employ is way oversimplified and may be deemed an insult by some, so please do not take it that way; please see it in the spirit with which I intend: I'm sure that a young college student could peruse the cartoon guide to calculus rather than working out hundreds of painful problems. The cartoon-guide-reader will likely come away with the "big ideas" of what calculus is about, and probably even have a sense for when it is necessary. But there is something lost in the student by doing so. In similar "spirit" (but an imperfect analogy), it's like using using Java vs C when introducing the development of elementary data structures and algorithms. In "freeing" the student from having to manage all those pointers, it may be thought that the student is able to get at the concepts without being ensnared in useless details. But again, the student is being cheated by not permitting him/her to _suffer_ through the details. I've encountered many good "Java people" (or to be even more abstract, many good -people) who simply glaze over when any real level of abstraction is needed in a situation. [To clarify: Sipser's text is by no means a cartoon-guide to TOLAC; Java is by no means a bad language.] Perhaps this is more of an indictment of the state of education in America than anything else, but we cheat ourselves and our students when we put rubbing padding on all the corners at the playground.

So, to end this rambling, I will say: coming back to my CS books after many years has given me a deeper appreciation of why the word "science" is appended. CPT languages and techniques come and go, but the principles and foundation of computer science remain. Frankly, a skilled craftsman must be accomplished in both disciplines: an ivory-tower CS person who cannot implement is as much to be criticized as a CPT person who cannot analyze deeply or abstractly (e.g., being completely dependent on his Visual Basic class library).

As for the Martin text: if you read the whole thing, chapter by chapter, then you'll notice that he gradually builds up the rigor. He holds your hand a lot in the beginning stages. (I think one problem I had years ago was that I lazily skipped the foundation chapters, which made later notation and some concepts more troublesome.)My edition (1991)(which, by the way, you can get used on Amazon) is slim, concise, with nicely laid out pages. In this age of phonebook-sized unedited get-it-to-market rubbish, it is refreshing to hold such a handsome text.

The Martin text has not changed. I disliked it "then," but I suffered through it then and I believe it's made me a stronger practitioner; I am loving it "now." Having the maturity and patience for the text, I find it to be quite a gem. (Much like "Moby Dick." Going through it in high school was a torturous bore; I am simply captivated by it now.)


Jason Massey

3-0 out of 5 stars The explanations could have been better
The material covered in this book, if you expected to prove what you are doing is correct, is challenging.There were several times in this book, where the explanation from the book was not enough for me to grasp the concept.I am not talking about cramming for the test, I am talking about repeatedly reviewing the concept in the book over several days before giving up and going for extra help.

This is surprising, not because of my shear genius, but because the concepts in the book are not all that hard to grasp after the fact.For this reason, I think the book could be better written, by either including examples of more of the concepts or clearer language explaining the concepts.

1-0 out of 5 stars if you have to teach yourself i would not get this book
i am currently part of an online course, there is no teacher and all we have to learn from besides this text (which was assigned) is maybe 2 or 3 examples posted on a website for each chapter - almost all of which are entirely too simple to offer any real help.if you have to teach yourself this course this is definitely NOT a good book.
-there are no solutions to the problems
-the writing is not on an introductory level &
-the questions escalate in difficulty way too fast from the examples
-the examples are circular
-the examples actually say "at this point its obvious that"
-the examples offer little to no help for complicated problems like any of the one's we get on homeworks & tests
i think the worst part of this book is the fact that generally after i do a problem i look back just to check if i got the right answer .. since i can't do this i have no real security of whether or not i'm doing anything right.then when i look back through the chapter when i need help i realize that the examples skip the steps that i need and the writing frustrates me more than it teaches me.
it's kinda like trying to learn calculus and the very first problem you ever see asks you to prove green's theorem.

3-0 out of 5 stars Less than elegant
As far as basic ideas of automata goes, this book will do.It's not phenomenal, and it's not awful.It is merely sufficient.The main problem is that it lacks elegance in a number of places.In many places, it feels sloppy.Definitions are almost arbitrary, and often lack rigor.Techniques are long, tedious, and not very interesting.(This is nowhere more evident that the finite automaton -> regular expression conversion from Ch. 4, which has a really neat solution that this book does NOT give.)Yet, despite all this, it conveys the important ideas nevertheless.

As far as developing skills for more advanced concepts of theory of computation, things don't look so good.This book's approach can be described as attempting, by sheer force, to make automata problems fit into rather vanilla proof techniques that readers will probably have already learned.The result is likely to do little more than convince readers that the subject is hard.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lacks educational value
During the course this book has been anything but helpful. The introductory part is a laugh as it takes for given you as a reader is very deep into mathematical lingo and proofs. Indeed the poofs are some of the worst written, many of them using statements as "Clearly it is..." and "It is now easy to see...", well, no, it isn't easy and mostly seems like a shortcut from the author to excuse himself from actual explanations.

Even worse is the examples where solutions reference something form an excercise, here's a hint to Mr Martin, students don't solve all the extremly many excercises unless asked to, so saying something will be clear after a certain excercise doesn't work, how will we ever know if we're right or wrong?

The educational value is very low due to the authors way of writing, never really getting the point across and always assuming the reader knows exactly what's going on. This is certainly not the way to teach people rather complex things. All in all anyone should look elsewhere to have a chance. ... Read more

6. The Dance in Theory
by John Joseph Martin, Jack Anderson
 Paperback: 112 Pages (1990-01)
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7. San Martin: Argentine Soldier, American Hero
by John Lynch
Hardcover: 268 Pages (2009-05-12)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$26.87
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Asin: 0300126433
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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José de San Martín (1778–1850) was an enigmatic figure—a revolutionary and a conservative, a professional soldier and an intellectual, a taciturn man who nevertheless was able to inspire the peoples of South America to follow his armies and accept his battle strategies. One of the great leaders in the wars for independence, he was a pivotal force in the liberation of Chile and Peru from Spanish rule.


In the first full English-language biography of San Martín in more than half a century, John Lynch shines new light on San Martín and on the story of Spanish America’s revolutionary wars. Lynch offers a series of dramatic set pieces: the Peninsular War, in which San Martín fought the French and learned his military skills; the crossing of the Andes, when his army battled the forces of nature as well as enemy fire; the confrontation with imperial Spain in Peru; and the standoff with Bolívar which led to San Martín’s resignation and exile in Europe. Based on the latest documentation, San Martín enhances our understanding of the modern history of Latin America and one of its most brilliant leaders.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Decepcionante
Esta biografía de San Martín por Lynch es decepcionante por varios motivos.
En primer lugar, no presenta ningún dato novedoso desde el punto de vista historiográfico, de los datos fácticos. Para ser justos, esto no es culpa del autor: una figura tan importante como San Martín, es de esperar que ya haya sido estudiada abundantemente y desde todos los ángulos. Pero entonces, lo que atrae al lector a leer una biografía más del prócer, es la selección de hechos, el balance justo entre el austero dato histórico y el comentario analítico, en suma: de forma qué tan amena el autor nos relata una historia más o menos ya conocida (y en el escaso espacio de un volumen de tapa blanda).
En este aspecto es en donde Lynch se destaca: sabe saltar de lo particular a lo general, del dato fáctico al contexto histórico, con habilidad suficiente como para que la lectura sea fluida. Casi siempre.

Ése es el segundo punto que encuentro decepcionante en este libro: el ritmo narrativo que Lynch le imprime a la biografía durante la parte ascendente de la carrera de San Martín, se pierde simultáneamente con su caída en desgracia. Desde que comieza a describir las dificultades del Protectorado del Perú, el libro parece divagar sin una línea argumetal definida, y dar explicaciones más especulativas y teleológicas que históricas.

Éste es el tercer y último punto en que el autor decepciona, sobre todo en la última parte del libro: respecto de los acontecimientos de la vida del prócer argentino que están rodeados de especulación y misterio, como por ejemplo la entrevista de Guayaquil, su exilio, su ostracismo; el autor apenas se pronuncia. Lynch constantemente remite la explicación última de estos acontecimientos al "carácter" de San Martín, del cual él cree tener la clave. La segunda parte del libro abunda en este tipo de justificaciones circulares que frustran al lector: San Martín renuncia al Protectorado porque su "carácter" americanista, elevado, le impide participar en luchas intestinas. Y ¿cómo sabemos esto? Porque renunció al Protectorado y no participó en luchas intestinas.

Quien busque detalles más jugosos, amarillistas si se quiere de la vida del prócer: la infidelidad para con su mujer, su relación con el Reino Unido, su proyecto monárquico, también se sentirá en mayor o menor medida decepcionado. Lynch es notablemente conservador a la hora de sacar conculsiones no explícitas en el registro histórico. A pesar de la plétora de personajes británicos que acompañaron a San Martín durante su carrera americana, para Lynch su relación con el Reino Unido fue poco más que distante y casual. A pesar de el notorio desamor con que San Martín trató a su esposa, para Lynch no hay pruebas de infidelidad, y las torpezas del prócer en este sentido pueden explicarse por las prioridades militares o debido a su tensa relación con la fammilia Escalada. Mientras que el autor dedica párrafos enteros a especular sobre los aspectos liberales y autoritarios del pensamiento de San Martín, a los interesantes temas de con qué recursos vivió en su retiro, para qué se fue, o para qué volvió,Lynch les consagra exactamente una página.

Una mención aparte merecen la descuidada edición del libro y la pésima, pésima traducción del original inglés. El texto, por ejemplo, menciona a la Logia o a la Sociedad Patriótica en forma repentina, como si fuesen entidades ya conocidas, sin haberlas introducido primero, lo cual desconcierta al lector no familiarizado con esas asociaciones. Y la traducción al castellano de la Sra Alejandra Chaparro es sencillamente muy poco profesional, con leísmos, oracionesa medio terminar, traducciones palabra por palabra del inglés que no tienen sentido en nuestro idioma, y brutas faltas de ortografía. Esperaba más por el valor del libro.

En suma: para un lego que desee enriquecer sus conocimientos sobre la vida de San Martín, leer este libro no es tiempo perdido. Pero no se espere un análisis demasiado coherente ni profundo sobre la vida y tiempos del prócer, ni una selección de datos históricos parejamente acertada, ni un ritmo narrativo sostenido que haga al libro enteramente disfrutable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anglo writer makes justice to the liberator of the South.
John Lynch makes justice to San Martin's role in liberating South America from the Spanish.

5-0 out of 5 stars San Martin: Argentine Soldier, American Hero
John Lynch has written an excellent and intelligent account of the impact General San Martin had on the birth of three countries: Argentina, Chile and Peru. ... Read more

8. Feudalism to Capitalism: Peasant and Landlord in English Agrarian Development (Studies in historical sociology)
by John E. Martin
 Hardcover: 251 Pages (1983-10-20)
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9. Here Are My Hands
by Bill Martin, John Archambault
Paperback: 32 Pages (2007-04-03)
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Asin: 0805081194
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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New big books to share with a group!
Big books are ideal for use with a large groupÂ--they are oversized at 14-1/2 x 18 inches. A perfect way to enjoy Holt favorites with many children at once!

Here Are My Hands features children of many different backgrounds and invites young readers to respond creatively as they learn the parts of the body.
Also available in big book format:
The Colors of Us
By Karen Katz
In the Small, Small Pond
By Denise Fleming
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
By Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle
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5-0 out of 5 stars My Toddler Loves it More Than Me
This is a great book for teaching toddlers body parts - "here are my hands for catching and throwing, here are my feet for coming and going".My little one absolutely loves it and asks for it over and over again.I, like one of the reviewers below, don't like some of the choices the author made such as "here are my ears for washing and drying".It would have been better to say something like "here are my ears for listening and hearing".Regardless, she loves it and it learning to point to all of her body parts with the book.In the end, it teaches her the following body parts which makes it very valuable: chin, elbow, arms, feet, hands, cheeks, eyes, ears, head, knees, teeth and nose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Toddlers learning there body parts
The book is great for toddlers who are learning about body parts.My 21 month daughter asks me to read it everyday.Great book to add to your library.

3-0 out of 5 stars nice book, if we could see the pictures
The soft cover version is very hard to read because the most important part of the illustration (the body part being discussed) is in the center crease. It is hard to see it without flattening the book completely. Also, most pages describe how the body part functions while some pages talk about things you can do to the body part (ears are for washing and drying? hmm, not what I would first think when explaining how we use our ears.)

Otherwise, I like the illustrations and text.

5-0 out of 5 stars here are my hands--my son LOVES it!
my son, 18 mos, loves this book. we read it several times during book time. he becomes shy and buries his head into me when he sees some of the illustrations of the little girls in the book, very cute. no regrets about this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great choice!
We started reading to my daughter when she was 2 months old.By three months she'd sorta figured out to actually look at the books while we were reading and was showing preferences (some got her wiggly and excited, some did not).She's 4 months now and this is probably her very favorite book.The two-page pictures are adorable, the rhyme is catchy, and body parts are one of the very few things in life she can relate to.I touch the matching body part (hands, feet, head, neck, and so on) as I read and she stares at the book as if greatly interested and wiggles and babbles when I touch the body part in question.There aren't many books for really little babies but this one does just fine.(I also highly recommend "Snail" by Fiona Watt and "Everyone's Sleepy" by Ed Vere.) ... Read more

10. Never Leave Me: A True Story of Marriage, Deception, and Brutal Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
by John Glatt
Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-05-30)
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Asin: 0312934270
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In a quiet community of million dollar homes and shiny SUVs, the Nyce family projected the very image of success. Dr. Jonathan Nyce, an asthma sufferer, had achieved medical breakthroughs that made him richÂ--and offered hope to countless people. Michelle's beauty made her an object of desire. And adultery was her husband's worst nightmare.

Police found Michelle's Land Cruiser floating in a frigid creak near the family home. When forensic investigators examined Michelle's horribly battered body, they knew she had not died in the car. Or by accident.

Soon, the truth began to emerge. Of a brilliant man whose beautiful wife had a lover she could not stay away from. Of a familyÂ--including three innocent childrenÂ--pushed to the breaking point. And of one brutal moment, when a man finally ended his torment by horrifically murdering the woman he loved...
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing of atrue crime.
How this crime was committed is so intriguing and almost unbelievable but he did do it as explained in the book.I could hardly put it down - the expertise of the defense lawyer is amazing in itself.The court trial was detailed and thorough wich I found to be exciting to read from start to finish....definitely a page turner.Get the book, its not that long and you will be glad you read it if you like true crime stories.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best true crime but not the worst either
Jonathan Nyce was no ladykiller, at least not yet.When the plain Mr. Nyce set out to get married he did it the mail order way.His wife came from poverty and was more then happy to come to America where she lived in a big house, spent money and found herself a boyfriend.This was the first time I have read a true crime book and actually felt sorry for the killer.I don't condone what Mr. Nyce did but I couldn't help but feel some pity for him.The book is not a page turner but it is an easy read.So if you are in between finding that one really good book and want something to read in the meantime, then this book is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read - No sympathy for victim/Home Wrecker
Book is a steady, quick read..... But I never felt sorry for the victim. Wife was a mail order bride from Asia,( her own father approved of them sleeping together w/ "pen-pal" on their first meeting..ARE YOU KIDDING ME?)Husband provides beau-coup $$ back to Asia to her "poor" family
Author "hints" at wifes former prostitution life in Asia....Older man/younger wife /wife & younger married boyfriend/angry boyfriends wifestory just doesn't provide sympathy for the victim.Sorry - this reader can't conjure up a tear for the murdered former prostitute/cheating wife/home wrecker sending all of her Husbands $$ back to family in Asia..
Seems to me that Michelle couldn't leave her former life behind when she married the Mega-Millionaire American and
His patience ran out

4-0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING READ
John Glatt's research was well done. Reading NEVER LEAVE ME, gives the reader excellent insight re: both the victim's and the accused's background. With that info you can understand where both Dr. Nyce and his wife, Michelle, were in their marriage.
Objectively written. I felt compassion for the children, the Dr.'s family and Michelle's family.
I will read other Glatt's books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Controlling Husband and His Mail-Order Wife
John Nyce's marriage was built on bad pretenses. He didn't do well in relationships, so he signed up for a matchmaking service that paired (mostly older) American men with Filipino women. He pursued a 20-year-old, lied about his age, and took advantage of her lack of experience.
You can say that his younger wife was after his money, but that's not fair. The bottom line is that he took advantage of her being foreign and uneducated. He also took advantage of her parents, buying their trust with expensive gifts. He lied to friends and family about how they met, concocting stories about how he "tripped over her" on a beach in Hawaii. Close friends were always suspicious; if he bought her parents a duck farm as a gift, they obviously weren't affluent. So how could they have afforded to send her on vacation to Hawaii? Dr. Nyce was clearly ashamed of how he "met" his wife.

The "Miss Saigon" phenomena, where the submissive Asian woman meets an American serviceman, is over. Most Asian women who marry White Americans meet their spouses in college or at work. A man who wants an Asian woman doesn't have to look very far. But no woman wants to marry an older, unattractive man unless she needs to for money. You'd have to worry about a man who has to go overseas to find a wife. ... Read more

11. Daniel Martin
by John Fowles
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3-0 out of 5 stars DROWNED IN WORDS

5-0 out of 5 stars After re-reading, it's still a great book
I re-read this book with trepidation. When I read it in my 30s, I pronounced it "the best novel of the 20th century." How would I react now? It's still better than Fowles French Lieutenant's Woman. It's not quite great but it is an excellent time warp back to the 1970s with the heaviness and seriousness of everything in life. The intrinsic love story makes more sense now that I am as middle-aged as Daniel Martin. On the other hand, I have less patience with what, I am sure, first dazzled me: the philosophic conversations and the esoteric arguments. But Fowles can write; his description of morning on the Nile is so vivid, I feel I have sailed from Luxor to Aswan. It is also Fowles' damnation of Hollywood as well as a continuation of the Brits vs. Yanks arguments. After 30 years, are Americans still hopeful? In the era of Obama, yes, again. Are Brits still depressed by loss of empire? Racial tensions have increased and economic woes have returned. I would now rate One Hundred Years of Solitude as "the best novel of the past century" but Daniel Martin would place in the top seventy-five.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lord, I hated this book
Everyone, I suspect, has a "most hated book they've ever read," and for me, "Daniel Martin" is mine.

If you check out my other reviews, you'll see that I read piles and piles of books in virtually every category.

But this one takes the cake:hands down the worst I've ever read.Not a twinge of hesitation as I write that.

Now, I don't expect this review to be terribly useful to others, as I read the book in question over seven years ago and can't remember much about it.But that's kind of the point . . . despite years of shamefully trashy reading, "Daniel Martin" hasn't been out-stenched in over seven years (the previous champion was John G. Neihardt's "Black Elk Speaks").

I had a friend who much admired Fowles's "The Magus," as I did and still do.He went on to read "Daniel Martin" and enjoined me to do the same.

My enjoyment of "The Magus" had been such that, despite this book's daunting 700+ pages, I embarked with nary a protestation.

Boy, was I sorry.First of all, not much happens in the novel, believe it or not.It's one of those Jamesian-type "all-the-action's-on-the-inside" jobs.Only Fowles ain't no Henry James.

Inexcusably, I know, I can at this remove only offer imprecations.But I'm still angry that I endured this book those many years ago.

The subject matter is, essentially, adultery, and more generally, modern angst among a group of 2 couples in modern-day England.All of the characters talk the same, and in the event that one day some mischievous gnomes at the printer's switch the characters' names around in some future edition, nobody will ever notice, since no reader is able to tell them apart to begin with.

Most infuriating, I suppose, is Fowles's insistence on reminding you that he went to Oxford every 20 pages or so.This seems to be emerging as a major theme in his work.

Anyhow.Still the uncontested champion of suckitude.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of One of the Best
John Fowles is one of the best novelists in English in the 20th century; among my favorites, he ranks second only to Joyce. Daniel Martin seems to me his best, most fully realized novel. The novel carries us over the course of the eponymous character's life, concentrating on his later years. Fowles linguistic richness is incomparable. The first chapter is a model idyl. The shifting point of view takes a little getting used to, but he derives enough narrative force from the device that it's worth the effort. A definite five-star read.

3-0 out of 5 stars long train ride of a book
Fowler's obviously a man in love with words.I had to use a dictionary to decipher the first paragraph, which I slogged through at least four times: "The last of the hanger ran under the eastern ridge of the combe, where it had always been too steep and stony for the plough. It was now little more than a long spinney, mainly of beech."That page read like a big raspberry for the half-literate reader (me).I could almost feel the spittle spray from the page. So dang it, I kept reading! The book takes persistence to get into, but I finally fell in, getting to know the characters, the place, feeling as if I truly knew them. ... Read more

12. Four Views on Free Will (Great Debates in Philosophy)
by John Martin Fischer, Robert Kane, Derk Pereboom, Manuel Vargas
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Focusing on the concepts and interactions of free will, moral responsibility, and determinism, this text represents the most up-to-date account of the four major positions in the free will debate.

  • Four serious and well-known philosophers explore the opposing viewpoints of libertarianism, compatibilism, hard incompatibilism, and revisionism
  • The first half of the book contains each philosopher’s explanation of his particular view; the second half allows them to directly respond to each other’s arguments, in a lively and engaging conversation
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5-0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet.
This slim volume serves as a fantastic introduction to the problems in philosophy on the subject of free will. What is unique about this book is that it gives equal weight to four different theories: libertarianism, compatibilism, incompatibilism, and revisionism. These are hardly the only four theories out there, but they are definitely the most important and the most seriously considered options.

After the four theorists are done laying out their case for their preferred view, there are chapters where each philosopher responds to the claims the others have made. This structure is important because it enables the reader to understand why a philosopher might believe a certain view without the reader himself believing it. This knowledgeable stance is vital to communicating the problems of moral responsibility and free will in an academic setting.

5-0 out of 5 stars great read for young people.
One of my favorite books.
It helped me to define my beliefs.
Additionally, it gave me argumentative strength in debates with my philosophy professor.
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13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Life and Work
by Martin Geck
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Two hundred and fifty years after his death, Johann Sebastian Bach remains one of the most compelling figures in the history of classical music. In this major study of the composer's life and work, Martin Geck follows the course of Bach's career in rich detail--from his humble beginnings as an organ tuner and self-taught court musician to his role as Kapellmeister and cantor of St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig. Geck explores Bach's relations with the German aristocracy, his position with regard to the Church and contemporary theological debates, his perfectionism, and his role as the devoted head of a large family.
The focus in this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book is on the extraordinary work that came of the composer's life. From the Goldberg Variations to the Brandenburg Concertos to the Art of the Fugue, Geck carefully analyzes Bach's innovations in harmony and counterpoint, placing them in the context of European musical and social history. Always fresh and stimulating, this definitive work reintroduces Bach's enormous oeuvre in all its splendor.
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is given an expansive and detailed treatment in Geck's 2000 book.It is filled with details, ranging from the minor (e.g., according to a cousin of his, Bach "has a taste for hard cider and 'yeast brandy'") to the major ("The Lutheran faith is of the utmost significance for Bach's creative work").

Bach was unappreciated, and "Few of Bach's works appeared in print during his lifetime."Geck sheds some signficant insight as to why Bach was only given the position as Cantor of the Thomaskirche at Leipzig after it had first been offered to Telemann, Graupner, and Fasch (and turned down): "he does not come from Leipzig and, unlike the others, has no university training.What matters here is Bach's own plan for his life: although he chooses advanced schooling and an education over an apprenticeship, thereby keeping important doors open, he is, to a much greater degree than the three other kapellmeisters, a self-made man, one who set his sights high early on and is willing to work hard to achieve his goal.This ethos grows out of the craftsman's approach and will inform that of the educated artist."

Still, as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar, "When Bach performed his music for religious services at court, he could count on an alert and knowledgeable audience---rather than narrow-minded, frivolous aristocrats interested only in hunting."Yet later on he fell out of favor, and was actually imprisoned for a month, composing "The Well-Tempered Clavier" in "a place where dismay, boredom, and the lack of any sort of musical instrument made this way of passing the time essential."

Geck notes that Bach's later position as Cantor of St. Thomas' Lutheran Church obliged him to perform the teaching of a number of academic subjects (e.g., Latin, grammar)---which he could pay someone else to do for him---but "Buying his way out of teaching the academic subjects does not free the cantor of his responsibility for teaching music classes, giving individual lessons, or meeting his many other pedagogical obligations at this school with fifty-five boarding students."

Geck argues that "The Bach of the last phase (of Leipzig) is no old man gathering his waning strength to bring in a last harvest." "As we can recognize today, with the premiere of the (St. Matthew Passion) on 11 APril 1727, the great period in which Bach concentrated on composing Lutheran church music comes to an end."Concerning Bach's being a Lutheran and yet composing his famous B Minor Mass, Geck suggests that "He is not cozying up to Catholicism.The term 'Catholic mass' should be understood ecumenically..."

Was Bach a "conservative" composer?Geck responds that "there may be musical standards that, once he established them, became a Rubicon he did not want to cross again."He also makes the significant observation, "Insisting that Bach was unappreciated during his lifetime has become part of the Bach hagiography."Nevertheless "More than once he was deemed to be one of the most important composers of his time."

This is an excellent study of the man, and his music.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

2-0 out of 5 stars BACH NO HUMANIST
This book, like most written about J. S. Bach within the last hundred years, paints a man who wrote "J. J." at the top of his compositions as a humanist!(The two "Js" stand for "Jesu Juva," a Latin inscription meaning, "Jesus, Help Me."These same manuscripts were ended with S.D.G. = Soli Deo Gloria or, To God, Alone the Glory.)

Men like Geck, with long strings of letters after their names, rush to derail the abundant and irrefutable proofs that J. S. Bach was a devout, believing and practicing CHRISTIAN, and they misrepresent him as a humanist.Some books, like this one are downright silly in proposing that a man who set to music more than five hundred deeply spiritual and Christ-centered cantata texts, did so while not believing a word of what he set. To accept the Bach as a humanist would mean that on every Sunday (except during Lent) and on all the major Feast Days, from 1723 to 1750, Bach's choirs sang a lie and he directed those lies.

Bach never wrote words himself, or set to music words of anyone else who believed or espoused the Humanists mantra: That mankind's strength comes "from within."Read the words to the recitative for bass in the Christmas Oratorio that state: "My Jesus, when I die, I shall not die eterally.Thy name upon me Thou dost write, which puts the fear of death to flight!"No one, who reads the texts to Bach's Pentecost cantatas can come away with any doubt that the composer truly believed in an in-dwelling Holy Spirit and in the life-changing qualities of that infusion of God's power.

To the unbeliever, these words are suffocating and seem excessive.But further familiarization with the texts Bach chose, reveal other, innumerable instances of just what he believed.Bach did not believe, as humanists would propose, that man is basically good.Bach did not believe that man can improve himself by merely being kind to others and by drawing upon some mysterious, self-contained strength.

To confirm this, read the margin notes he wrote in his Calov Bible.The book is in the library of Concordia College in Missouri, USA.The "New Bach Reader" contains all these notes with very clear explanations of them.

Further, Geck's book indicates that Bach was a pietist.This is clearly WRONG.Bach put up with a pietist rector in Muehlhausen and stomached the incursion and growing popularity of pietism, but he was an ORTHODOX LUTHERAN and he retained and practiced all the elements of that strong faith, inculcated in him and his father, Ambrosius, all his uncles and ancestors, going back to the earliest known ancestor, Lips Bach!

J.S. Bach set to music and wrote in his second wife's "Notenbuch," arias, recitatives, chorales and choruses that support the teachings of Martin Luther: That man's salvation comes only through the grace of God, as a gift.It cannot be "earned" or "bought" as the Roman church had taught.He believed, as Luther did, "By Adam's fall, we sinned, all."Further, as Luther knew, Bach knew that good works are not the recipe for eternal life.

Humanists believe doing good is what makes a person better.Luther (,St. Paul) and Bach believed people are worms to start with and that once you had accepted Christ's gift of salvation, one would WANT to do "good" in order to serve their new Lord and his creation.Geck apparently does not share or understand this, so he (and others) attempt to ignore or twist Bach's Orthodox Lutheran beliefs to suit the revisionist and humanist view of what the sermons and cantata texts in the Thomaskirche stated clearly.

This is a long treatise on Bach's beliefs, but a full explanation is required to point out how misguided and uninformed Geck and the others are, when they minimize, debunk or distort Bach's beliefs and replace them with what most of "academe" thinks is a smarter and better-informed interpretation of them.

The book does reveal Geck's sometimes extravagant conjectures about known happenings in Bach's life, but I could not discover anything new and useful.Instead, I found a tiresome re-hashing of popular fable and baseless and untruthful revisions in what Forkel and Spitta wrote about when it came to the great Sebastian's beliefs.

Michael Lonneke
Round Hill, VA

3-0 out of 5 stars Some interesting content, annoyingly disturbing translation
This book is a strange combination of some interesting content (especially the part about the works; the biographical information is dry and gives no idea what kind of a person Bach was), and some very misguided choices in translation. Aside from the occasional translation error, the translator seems not to realize that the "historical present", which is used in German, does not exist in English (other than rarely). This gives, as another reviewer pointed out a sensation of cognitive dissonance. As I translator myself, I'm used to seeing this is French (the language I work from), but when I read a French book using this, it is rarely as disturbing as it is here. The translator should have normalized this into English, that is, using the past, but also should have normalized the disturbing shifts of time from the past to the present that occur on nearly every page.

The biographical section is, as I mentioned, dry and static; you get no feeling that Bach ever ate a meal or went to the bathroom. It is fact after fact, date after date, written document after written document. The parts about the music itself are more interesting, but the overall feeling this book leaves is one of confusion. The decision to separate Bach's life and work is curious; the two were intertwined (especially because the author talks so little about Bach as a person, there's nothing else to hold up to the light).

All in all, this is not a good book for someone wanting to understand Bach's life. Alas, in spite of the many books about Bach, not many of them do so. Others are also plagued by translation errors, or academic prose, and a real humanist biography of Bach is needed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Temporal schizophrenia?
Other reviewers (three at the time of writing) have adequately addressed the scholarly content of this book, so I shall confine myself to a stylistic problem that none of them mentions.Perhaps it didn't disturb them?It certainly did me; in fact, it drove me crazy.

And that is (if you will forgive me), that the author cannot make up his mind whether he spoke of Bach in the past or the present tense.For instance, on p. 38 we have:

`Eisenach not only provides his musical world but is also the site of his upbringing and education' (etc.)

But then:

`The hymnal, the catechism, Latin texts -- these elements dominated the early education of young Bach.'


`At all events, he sets out on foot in March 1700 for Lüneburg, to arrive there before Easter.His classmate at the Ohrdruf lyceum, Georg Erdmann, released from school several weeks earlier, may have accompanied him.'

These examples, perhaps not particularly egregious, are merely chosen at random from those that pervade the book.

German is sufficiently like English, that it seems safe to assume that this is a characteristic of the original, and not of the translation (especially since we're told that the translation is `skillful').It would be interesting to know for sure; I looked at Amazon Germany's website, but Search Inside was not enabled.

Sad to say, the mannerism also affects the analysis portion of the book, contaminating not only syntax but semantics.On p.355 we read:

`Bach continues his experimenting.For the very next Sunday, the fourteenth Trinity Sunday, he writes an opening chorus for the cantata BWV 25...'

Since we have by now grasped the fact that Bach is dead, we can safely assign this event to the past.But then we have:

`Taking a broad view of Bach's music, the musicologist Gerd Rienäcker speaks of a "consciousness of catastrophe," located in Luther's theology but...' (etc.)

Is Rienäcker a denizen of the 18th century, or the 20th?Or is it the 19th?We have no easy way of telling.

I personally find all this, as Caligula supposedly found Gemellus's cough, very irritating.While I would not go so far as to suggest Caligula's remedy, I would certainly hope that enough people will expostulate with the author and/or publisher that it will be corrected in future editions.

The rating is a compromise between five stars for content and two for style.If you're a music student, this review probably won't -- and shouldn't -- affect your purchasing decision; but if you read merely for pleasure, you may want to take note.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Biography and A Musical Analysis
It's strange that with someone as famous as Bach that we really know very little about his personal life. In this book Martin Geck has written as much as we know, and has had to expand that with some of the generally accepted rumors. He has done a very good job in this area. That takes about a third of this book.

The other two thirds of the book is on Bach's music. In this area, the book is absolutely supurb. Mr. Geck has been a professor of musicology at Dormund University. He has written about the other German major composers and now has produced this masterpiece on Bach.

He covers every aspect of Bach's music from technique, to the impact on the listener. Surprisingly his analysis is not too technical so the average enthusiast can understant what he is saying. The last section of the book is called Horizons, and while fairly short (30 pages or so) he offers some opinions on Back's art, theology, symbolism and other aspects of his work that are seldom covered. ... Read more

14. Twisted: The secret desires and bizarre double life of Dr. Richard Sharpe (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
by John Glatt
Mass Market Paperback: 256 Pages (2003-01-20)
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He Had A Successful Career, A Selfless Wife, And Three Loving Children.

When high school sweethearts Karen and Richard Sharpe married, they shared an interest in medicine, a desire for family, and a dream for the future. For Karen, that dream became a nightmare. After years of abuse at the hands of her physician husband, she put an end to their 26-year marriage. Fearing a crushing divorce settlement, Richard ended the marriage first by unloading a .22-caliber rifle into Karen's chest. The murder revealed more about the millionaire doctor-and his double life-than polite Boston society was prepared for.

He Also Had A Secret That Shot His Picture-Perfect World To Hell.

Behind the doors of their upscale Massachusetts home, Dr. Sharpe was a compulsive cross-dresser with a penchant for his own daughter's underwear-a respected family man who had not only been taking hormones to grow breasts, but who stole his wife's birth control pills to supplement them. But not even his own family could have imagined that it would take cold-blooded murder to finally reveal the good doctor's disturbing secrets, and shatter forever the prosaic façade of an all-American family.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
I bought this book because I attended school with the subjects. Although the story is interesting, I found the author's writing skills sorely lacking.

2-0 out of 5 stars What's being transgender got to do with it??
Hi haven't read this book, I admit. In fact, I hadn't even heard of it in this case..it was just today that I read in the news that this doctor had hung himself, and then died, that i even knew about this... so I searched for what I could about the background online.

What this doctor did, regardless of how bad his relationship with his wife may have been, was of course terrible. Nobody has the right to take somebody else's life. What I don't get is why (as I think one other reviewer mentioned on here in passing)it is even mentioned about him being a crossdresser/transgender! Although someone is technically considered "transgender" for being outside of typical gender norms, including of course crossdressing, Dr. Sharpe sounded like he was on the other extreme of the spectrum....that of someone who either is, or at least believes themself to be a transsexual, according to what their brain is telling them. I mean, I freely express both genders and consider myself transgender, being a crossdresser myself, and have been likewise for as long as I can remember...but I sure as heck don't take hormone pills or anything like that! That is even more rare. I am definitely, DEFINITELY not excusing what he did, and I am definitely not a doctor or therapist..but it sounds like he had lived in denial for years about his self-identified gender identity and was maybe even jealous of his daughter and/or wife? Hard to say since I have not read the book, at least yet.

I suppose the point I am getting at is...if the doctor was gay or bisexual, would it be talked about as a major point like being a crossdresser is? Maybe...or maybe not...but in my eyes, I see sensationalism (or trying to be, anyway) at the expense of possible bigotry against people that think the way Dr. Sharpe did to dress like that sometimes and express himself. After all, he was feeling like he had to hide it all, by the sound of things, and likely because of society's ignorance and the risk his own wife might leave him? I of course do not condone him stealing things from his daughter or wife, though, and again, obviously no endorsement of killing anybody, regardless of the background of the person or relationship...and no woman, of course, should be abused!

5-0 out of 5 stars Twisted doesn't even begin to describe Dr. Robert Sharpe!
I enjoy John Glatt's style of writing.He grabs the reader on the first page of his true crime stories and doesn't let go until the last word is read.That's the sign of a great writer.
Twisted is the tale of a millionaire doctor who is controlling, paranoid, abusive, and TWISTED.He is also into crossing dressing, drugs and alcohol, stalking, etc.All these characteristics lead him to murdering his wife after she leaves him and files for divorce.
The book moves at a rapid pace, leaving the reader anxious to find out what is going to happen next in this comlex account of spousal abuse and murder.

1-0 out of 5 stars Twisted
The author whowrote this book had no idea what they were writing.I never thought I would believe that someone would attempt to change the story to make it better but this is one of them.You should be ashamed writing all these lies just to make it more "fascinating".This is a sad story that had a very bad ending.This should not have been written as a horror story.Get your information correct before writing anymore rubbish.

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BOTHER
Of all the crimes that have been in the news lately,the author
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15. Work and Organizational Behaviour: Understanding the Workplace
by John Bratton, Carolyn Forshaw, Militza Callinan, Peter Sawchuk, Martin Corbett
Paperback: 608 Pages (2010-04-15)
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Ever wondered what really motivates people, why bad decisions get made or what the latest blockbuster movie can tell you about leadership? Discover for yourself in this fascinating introduction to organizational behaviour.
Written by leading experts, Work and Organizational Behaviour offers great value for money and has already helped thousands of students to develop the skills they need to succeed in their exams, not to mention preparing them for the world of work. The only book to offer a truly balanced and international approach, it …
- Brings the subject to life through case studies, vignettes and links to popular films
- Sharpens your critical thinking skills and encourages you to debate
- Uses superb illustrations to help you understand important ideas
- Gives you a global perspective by including examples from across the world
- Gives you FREE access to online learning resources to help you pass your exams, including self-test multiple choice questions, web links, chapter summaries, extra case studies, and lots of advice on essay writing and presentations
New features of this fully updated 2nd edition include:
- New chapter on organizational culture, plus extra coverage on key areas like work–life balance, identity, emotion, innovation and corporate social responsibility
- Over 40 new case studies and vignettes, including 'OB and globalization' features focusing international aspects of OB, and 'Work and society' feature focusing on how organizations interact with their environment
- Over 50 new chapter research questions to help you find out more about the subject
- New chapter structure to fit better with module structures
- Extra help for second-language students including vocab checklists and online advice

This fully updated core intro text for undergraduate and MBA students presents psychological and sociological perspectives on organizational behaviour in a critical yet accessible way.

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16. My Way: Essays on Moral Responsibility
by John Martin Fischer
Kindle Edition: 272 Pages (2006-03-02)
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This is a selection of essays on moral responsibility that represent the major components of John Martin Fischer's overall approach to freedom of the will and moral responsibility. The collection exhibits the overall structure of Fischer's view and shows how the various elements fit together to form a comprehensive framework for analyzing free will and moral responsibility.
The topics include deliberation and practical reasoning, freedom of the will, freedom of action, various notions of control, and moral accountability. The essays seek to provide a foundation for our practices of holding each other (and ourselves) morally and legally accountable for our behavior. A crucial move is the distinction between two kinds of control. According to Fischer, "regulative control" involves freedom to choose and do otherwise ("alternative possibilities"), whereas "guidance control" does not. Fischer contends that guidance control is all the freedom we need to be morally responsible agents. Further, he contends that such control is fully compatible with causal determinism. Additionally, Fischer argues that we do not need genuine access to alternative possibilities in order for there to be a legitimate point to practical reasoning.
Fischer's overall framework contains an argument for the contention that guidance control, and not regulative control, is associated with moral responsibility, a sketch of a comprehensive theory of moral responsibility (that ties together responsibility for actions, omissions, consequences, and character), and an account of the value of moral responsibility. On this account, the value of exhibiting freedom (of the relevant sort) and thus being morally responsible for one's behavior is a species of the value of artistic self-expression. ... Read more

17. Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State, 1297--1797
Paperback: 560 Pages (2002-12-31)
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Venice Reconsidered offers a dynamic portrait of Venice from theestablishment of the Republic at the end of the thirteenth century to its fall to Napoleon in 1797.In contrast to earlier efforts to categorize Venice's politics as strictly republican and its society asrigidly tripartite and hierarchical, the scholars in this volume present a more fluid and complexinterpretation of Venetian culture.Drawing on a variety of disciplines--history, art history, andmusicology--these essays present innovative variants of the myth of Venice--that nearlyinexhaustible repertoire of stories Venetians told about themselves. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written.Even though it is highly specialized, the various authors manage to make each essay very engrossing.If you want to understand Venice beyond just the traditional histories, this is the book. ... Read more

18. Sermons On The Gospel Of John - Dr. Martin Luther
by Dr. Martin Luther
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HESE WORDS SPAKE JESUS, AND LIFTED UP HIS EYES TO HEAVEN, AND SAID. 1. Relative to all that Christ did, we would have particular interest in knowing how he conducted himself when he prayed and spoke to his dear Father. Much has been written about his preaching and his miracles but very little about his prayer-life. His prayer is long, and it was recorded for us here just as he spoke it in the presence of his disciples and as a final farewell. And yet no one pays attention to it. Had the prayer not been recorded, posterity would have been without it forever. 2. And, truly, the words themselves constitute an extraordinarily fervent and heartfelt prayer, in which he pours out his very heart to us and to his Father. However, if not properly understood, they are words which sound very childish and wishy-washy, indeed, not even worth speaking. For reason and human wisdom place no value on speech which is not couched in words that show talent and taste, inviting one to open eyes and ears. 3. Could we but see and be affected by the One who is praying and by the One who is being prayed to, in order to realize how weighty the matter is for which he is praying, we would not consider it to be so worthless and insignificant but grow aware and feel the superabundance of power and comfort contained and offered in these simple words. For here he himself asserts the principle he so often laid down and taught us (Matt. 6,5.7), that if we wish to pray properly we ought not babble on and on but use words which are simple and come from the heart. Therefore, we should not regard this prayer as having no telling significance and skim over it, as though the words were the shallow words of a person who is fancying how he would like to make conditions better. However, were anyone to give it a try, skill, words, and diction would soon fail him. 4. However, the summary and purpose of this chapter are these. A good sermon should be followed by a good prayer, meaning: once a person has expounded the Word, he should petition that what he has said will be efficacious and bear fruit. For while Christ had proclaimed all his doctrines and fulfilled his office and had blessed his disciples by that beautiful, lengthy sermon of comfort, he finally also had to offer up a prayer for them and for all Christians, so that he might carry out his office as our only High Priest and leave nothing undone that might serve to strengthen and sustain them since he was going to leave them behind in the world. 5. For this reason I have always stressed the necessity of prayer, that without it faith cannot subsist. For those who preach, hear, and know the Word of God, but do not pray, intimate that they are still arrogant and secure, as though they were not continually in need of God's grace. They do not recognize their need and peril. They fancy themselves to be secure and already possessing what they desire. Thus in back of them is the devil, who is beguiling and hopelessly entrapping them, without their ever being aware of it. For this reason Christ teaches us by his own example, along with preaching, not to neglect prayer so that the Word will not be wanting in fruit. 6. However, my concern is that I am unable to emphasize what power, resource, and virtue there are in prayer. For though it sounds plain and simple, it is so deep, rich, and far-reaching that no one is able to fathom it. 7. In the first place, when the evangelist says: "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven", etc., Jesus has extolled prayer so highly that it also affects his outward behavior, when he confronts those wildly religious in his effort to shut the mouths of those who assert that such externals so not carry weight. For you see here that he is not merely praying aloud, so that his disciples hear what he is saying, but also is using such mannerisms as people are wont to use.

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19. Martin Luther : Selections From His Writings
by Martin Luther
Paperback: 526 Pages (1958-03-01)
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The development of Martin Luther's thought was both a symptom and moving force in the transformation of the Middle Ages into the modern world. Geographical discovery, an emerging scientific tradition, and a climate of social change had splintered the unity of medieval Christian culture, and these changes provided the background for Luther's theological challenge. His new apprehension of Scripture and fresh understanding of man's relation to God demanded a break with the Church as then constituted and released the powerful impulses that carried the Reformation. Luther's vigorous, colorful language still retains the excitement it had for thousands of his contemporaries. In this volume, Dr. Dillenberger has made a representative selection from Luther's extensive writings, and has also provided the reader with a lucid introduction to his thought. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Luther
I think this is just about the best introduction to Luther's writing around.It covers a pretty broad range of his writing, and seems to give a pretty good introduction to his theology and thought.Incidentally, "Freedom of a Christian" is worth the purchase price alone.It is simply the best discussion of faith and works that I have ever read.It is immenseley clarifying.I would recommend this highly, particularly since it is so inexpensive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Denying Papal Bull
Dillenberger presents a selections of treatises, Biblical commentaries, and sermonssensibly arranged with a good introduction. Two missing works were the Small Catechism and his speech at the Diet of Worms ("Here I stand ... I cannot do otherwise").In three key works from 1520 "An appeal to the ruling class of German Nationality", "The Pagan Servitude of the Church" and "The Freedom of a Christian", Luther develops (re-discovers?) the doctrine of justification by faith and emphasis on Scripture.Luther steers from a legalistic life of a Christian ("Beware lest you make Christ into a Moses").He vigorously attacks the practice of indulgences, Papal Supremacy and the papal court: "At present there is a crawling mass of reptiles, all claiming to pay allegiance to the Pope, but Babylon never saw the life of these miscreants". At times he practices his own demagoguery; of St. James he does "not hold it to be of apostolic authorship".

Luther attempts to remove the differences between cleric and public classes by opening the Eucharist to everyone and his German Bible made Scripture available to German peasantry. Luther grants spiritual rights to the individual, and states importance of the Christian community, but he did not extend this politically, and should not be viewed as advocating political democracy. The "Appeal to the ruling class" was popular among the nobility because it provided justification for not sending money to Rome.

After reading St. Augustine's Confessions, it is interesting to see how this Augustinian monk extends the idea of grace.The works on free will were the most paradoxical for me.He seems to argue both that without grace man is incapable of free will, but also that"God has taken my salvation out of the control of my own will".

5-0 out of 5 stars Luther intro
If you've never read any of Luthers works before, you should read this book. There has never been a stronger writer on the subject of faith, than Martin Luther -excepting maybe for moses or St.Paul.Try this book or"The basic theological writings of ML" -I am not lutherine.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Lutheran books I've ever run across!
What a wonderful introduction to Martin Luther!If you're thirsty for his writings, this is the book you should start with.Searching for books by him usually turns up many expensive volumes, meant for preachers, notlaymen.That's why I'm so glad I found this book.It's laid outperfectly, to give you a wonderful idea of who Luther was, the Reformation,and, most importantly, his theology.Every Lutheran should be firmlyintroduced to Luther (no matter how obvious it seems, it doesn't happenenough), especially those fundamentalists of the Missouri Synod andLutheran Brethren who have drifted so far from him and the Gospel ofChrist.This is a wonderful book.Take it from an ELCA pastor.This bookwill show you.I'm seriously considering giving a copy to each of myconfirmation students every year.Let Grace reign, not legalism andjudgement. ... Read more

20. Introduction to Audiology (with CD-ROM) (10th Edition)
by Frederick N. Martin, John Greer Clark
Paperback: 528 Pages (2008-02-09)
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The leading text for the introduction to hearing and hearing disorders course required of all Speech Language Pathology and Audiology majors.


Introduction to Audiology, Tenth Edition, provides in-depth coverage of the physics of sound, anatomy, and physiology of the auditory system; causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders; and relevant diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. It emphasizes the proper evaluation of hearing disorders and the treatment avenues available for these disorders. The accompanying CD-ROM features a variety of video vignettes depicting clinical topics, a series of clinical case studies to examine students' abilities to synthesize diagnostic findings and develop cogent management recommendations, multiple format interactive exercises for students to evaluate their comprehension of information, printable clinical forms, and much more.



  • NEW "Evolving Case Studies" feature follows select disorders through diagnosis and recommended treatment paralleling students' mastery of key concepts.  This new addition to the pedagogy will enhance students' understanding of comprehensive patient management from case history through discharge.
  • NEW updated discussions in the important areas of amplification and infant hearing.
  • NEW expansion and clarification of clinical masking procedures.
  • NEW discussion of recent developments in the management of auditory processing disorders.
  • NEW section on the role of the audiologist in vestibular management, as well as more on audiologic counseling.
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1-0 out of 5 stars introduction to audiology

We ordered this book from Metismedia and have not received it. I have contacted Metismedia and have not received a reply.I will not order from Amazon again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hardly used textbook at all
I was required to buy this text for a class, but I hardly used it.The text is not written well - it's hard to follow and extremely boring.The only times I've found the text useful is for looking up a couple of definitions in the glossary.Other than that, all of the information I've needed for my class has come directly from the lectures.My computer does not have speakers so I haven't even opened the cd, but again, I haven't needed that information either.This text may be more interesting to someone in the field of audiology; I am in the field of speech language pathology and just can't get interested in the audiology classes at all.I would say if you're taking a class online see if you can get by with just the lectures and don't waste your money on this text (I'm taking SST 456 through Northern Arizona University online).

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst text in my 7 plus years of college
I am returning to school for my third degree.This text is by far the worst book I have ever cracked.I am giving it a single star since I can't rate it with none.Paragraph after paragraph the text contradicts itself.My professor is scrambling to help a class of post bachelor students pass.How sad is this? Our online blackboard is flooded with text based confusion and examples of contradictions within the text.Upon completion of each chapter you are left with a sense of resounding confusion and the thought "am I really this stupid" then you talk to your peers and professor and find that noone has made sense of it and we are all in the audiology program!What else is there to say!

2-0 out of 5 stars poorly organized
This book is a bit too dry and recondite for beginners. The organization is terrible and explanation is not clear at all.

If you are a rookie about to entering the field of audiology. this book would only push you away~

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have a profesor who doesn't know the first thing about teaching. The only way I am surviving is by keeping up with this book. It is so clear. The only issue I have with it is that it doesn't always define the bolded key terms until a couple pages later. ... Read more

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