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21. New King James Version Audio Bible,
22. Irish Fairy Tales
23. The Life of Sir James Fitzjames
24. Speeches and State Papers of James
25. The Bible: Authorized King James
26. Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop
27. Stephen James O'Meara's Observing
28. Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and
29. Robotics Technology: Theory and
30. The Life of Sir James Fitzjames
31. The Life Of Sir James Fitzjames
32. Four by Sondheim (A Little Night
33. Serendipity: Trapper (Serendipity
34. A General View Of The Criminal
35. The Handbook: The Seventh Doctor
36. Political Science in History:
37. Stephen King and Clive Barker:
38. The ACE Programmer's Guide: Practical
39. A Provisional Dictator: James
40. The Defense Of Nundakumar: A Reply

21. New King James Version Audio Bible, Voice Only
Audio CD: Pages (2008-09-30)
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Asin: 1598562770
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The elegance and simplicity of the spoken Word--Voice Only

Now you can profit from hearing God's Word wherever you are, whetherit's in the car, at the gym, around the house or simply while relaxing.Let the power of the Scriptures refresh your soul and encourage you in dailylife when you listen to the New King James Version® of the Bible. This recording,which is carefully read word-for-word by masterful narratorStephen Johnston, features the entire NKJV® without background music.

* Enjoy hearing the Bible while on the go, at home, in personal devotionsor group Bible study.
* The New King James Version® is a fresh, completely updated translationthat is faithful to the accuracy and beauty of the KJV in contemporary,understandable language.
* This edition has been been digitally mastered for enhanced listeningenjoyment.
* Sturdy CD wallet provides easy portability while protecting the discs.
* Limited lifetime warranty.

Stephen Johnston has been narrating and producing television, radio and audioBible products since 1981. In the past two decades, over 100 million cassettes, CDsand DVDs of his narrations and productions have been sold worldwide.Mr. Johnston's narrations have earned many honors, including the Emmy®, NewYork Film Critics Circle Award, the Thomas Jefferson Award from the FreedomsFoundation at Valley Forge, the National Silver Microphone Award, and the ArmyCommendation Medal. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love this!You get a DVD with MP3s at 128bit (more than enough for voice) and the DVD is interactive.I can't use the interactive part (I use Linux) but I like how all the MP3s are in file format and you can just copy them.This makes reading through your Bible so easy to do!The quality is great: it's not dramatized, just normal human speech.As for Stephen Johnston (?), his voice is great for listening to.This must be the same man that narrated the King James Version as well (I used to own it on audio cassettes).

I would definitely buy this for my friends!

5-0 out of 5 stars NKJV in audio bible cd
I purchased this for my husband who is blind and hearing impaired and gave it to him for Christmas.The narrator's speech was excellent and Charles was able to understand him.The clarity was as good as Alexander Scourby which Charles had years ago in long playing disks which are not in existence.Thank you for having this in your collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
There were few reviews regarding this product.
To help those how hesitate the purchase, I decided to write my review.
If you purchase a computer speaker, you don't need to use ear phones to listen to the MP3 player. Even as a non-native English speaker I don't think the speed of the voice is too fast.If you read the bible once, listening often to the audio biblewould help you to register some of the short bible verses to your heart.

I highly recommend the product.
The qulity of the voice is very enjoyable to me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed!
Problem Number 1:
The sound "quality" if there is any, is not very good at all. Perhaps this is due to the MP3 compression of the original source, but it's definitely not very pleasant to listen to.

Problem Number 2:
While the narrator; "Stephen Johnston" has a nice voice, although difficult to ascertain due to the aforementioned poor sound quality, he is simply reading through the text in a hurried, "lets get this over with ASAP" manor, which makes actually digesting what's being read nearly impossible.

In the end I was very disappointed with this product, and I'm returning it to Amazon for the reasons stated above. I would have rated it with "no star" if I could have.

I strongly recommend looking elsewhere for a better product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Audio Bible
This really is a good product and vocally excellent. It does not have an index that my MP3 player picks up, so I never know where it will start after I've turned it off. That's my only complaint, and that is probably the fault of my MP3 player and not the product. ... Read more

22. Irish Fairy Tales
by James Stephens
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-03-30)
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Asin: B0022NHNLC
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The World knows of leprechauns and rainbows, pots of gold and banshees. Now invite yourself to the magic and secrets of the counties Templedeery and Cork! Amy O’Donnell has walked the hills and vales of Ireland.She will hold your hand through these passages today! ... Read more

23. The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen (Dodo Press)
by Leslie Stephen
Paperback: 414 Pages (2009-11-06)
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Biography of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, 1st Baronet (3 March 1829 - 11 March 1894), English lawyer, judge and anti-libertarian writer. He was created 1st Baronet Stephen by Queen Victoria. ... Read more

24. Speeches and State Papers of James Stephen Hogg, Ex-Governor of Texas; With a Sketch of His Life
by James Stephen Hogg
Paperback: 380 Pages (2009-12-18)
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Asin: 1150031689
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General Books publication date: 2009Original publication date: 1905Original Publisher: The State printing companySubjects: TexasHistory / United States / State ... Read more

25. The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics)
Paperback: 1824 Pages (2008-05-15)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$12.05
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Asin: 0199535949
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Bible is the most important book in the history ofWestern civilization, and also the most difficult tointerpret. It has been the vehicle of continualconflict, with every interpretation reflectingpassionately held views that have affected not merelyreligion, but politics, art, and even science.

This unique edition offers an exciting new approachto the most influential of all English biblicaltexts--the Authorized King James Version, complete withthe Apocrypha. Its wide-ranging Introduction and thesubstantial notes to each book of the Bible guide thereader through the labyrinth of literary, textual, andtheological issues, using the most up-to-datescholarship to demonstrate how and why the Bible hasaffected the literature, art and general culture of the English-speaking world.

The Bible:Authorized King James Version alsoincludes the latest biblical research, evaluated and putinto context as well as discussing centuries of critical opinion. A non-sectarian, historical approach makes itsuitable for a wide range of readers. A Glossary ofterms used in the Notes and six maps of the Holy Landfurther illuminate the meaning of this most culturallyinfluential version of the Bible.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BIBLE IZ GAWDS WURD
If we camed from monkees, how come there still be monkees? bible s'plains that cause god loves everybody and animal. there is god bcause we are exist the most out of everybody.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a user friendly bible.
I wish I never bought this edition. Why? It's much thicker than any standard bible (almost an inch more) and heavier too. You'll develop muscles reading it, or you just won't pick it up. Get a second hand KJV - probably same price, slimmer and lighter, nicer binding, and the text is exactly the same anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Bible? Don't overlook this one!
This is a really great edition of the Bible: a classic religious text in a classic translation.As noted by others, it works for all sorts and varieties of Christians.

The only drawbacks are obvious: it is not bound in leather or leatherette, and there is no little ribbon to hold your place.If you can live without those features, place this edition high on your list!

1-0 out of 5 stars Low quality printing
This is a comment solely on the physical quality of the book: it is awful. The print gets smeared instantaneously when you touch it. The margins are too narrow - not enough to scribble anything in them, and definitely not enough room to keep your fingers in the margins so as to avoid putting them on the easily smudged print.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is this the 1611 version?
I was wondering because the price is so low. I need an original 1611 KJV, to mess with my KJV only friends. ... Read more

26. Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late
by Stephen T. Sinatra, James C. Roberts
Paperback: 272 Pages (2008-01-18)
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Asin: 0470228784
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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While most books focus solely on the role of cholesterol in heart disease, Reverse Heart Disease Now draws on new research that points to the surprising other causes. Two leading cardiologists draw on their collective fifty years of clinical cardiology research to show you how to combine the benefits of modern medicine, over-the-counter vitamins and supplements, and simple lifestyle changes to have a healthy heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Reverse Heart Disease book

Anyone who wants a book that is easy to read and understand should purchase this volume.It is encouraging to know that there are non-medical, non-chemical ways to overcome heart disease and poor health and to maintain good health.I highly recommend this to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and practical
I find this book practical, and a must for someone who has heart disease, and for someone to prevent heart disease. It is written in simple language that is easy to understand, although the subject is very complicated. The book subject matter shows that the author has much experience with heart disease. I would highly recommend this book to everyone with, and without heart disease.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart disease info
If you have heart disease noe or want to avoid it in the future this is must reading!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful overview for increasing your heart health!
I had a mild heart attack in 1993 and had to remain firm in not undergoing the typical invasive techniques that cardiologists at the time recommended.Too many people with mild heart attacks got bi-pass surgery or stents that almost always are limited in effectiveness and by their very nature cause problems.My father died of heart disease at 54 years of age so I did take my heart attack very seriously.I balked at first at taking medication but have been faithful to the usual drugs that are prescribed since that attack.I was also a firm adherent to the radical no meat, no fish, no oil, no seeds, no nuts diet that Dr Ornish prescribed at the time.I see that he is not as much of an enemy towards fats in general now, but only 'bad' fats. I felt very healthy with this original diet but any lowering of cholesterol was temporary.After three years, I dropped this diet, mostly because it was so difficult to follow it when going out to eat and it really limited my food choices. And it did not work in lowering my cholesterol which was my hope in following it.

I did do a lot of reading about heart disease over the years and added many supplements that had claims to be effective against heart disease.Now 17 years later, my cholesterol is usually around 160 (It used to be between 220 and 300) and I don't have any of the symptoms that indicate advancing heart disease.My doctor is great!At first he was upset with me not going the usual route, but 10 years after, said - "George, you were right."There are studies now that show non-invasive techniques are just as effective as the surgeries that happen.The non-invasive techniques all depend on medications, supplements, exercise, diet, and stress reduction.And they don't cause the problems that surgeries many times do.

Now comes this wonderful book that has all of the information in one place that I had to seek out in so many sources. I was happy to discover that I am already taking most of the supplements that are recommended in the lists on pages 208 and 209, but I now have better information on dosage and the reasons why they are effective.Since heart disease is a progressive one, my current techniques will always need changing and tweaking.This book is a great resource for me and I expect it will remain so for many years.

I do want to mention that from my point of view, there are so many books that advise us adequately about diet, exercise, relaxation techniques, and surgery but not too many out there focusing on supplements in so helpful a way.

Also, my decision to forgo invasive techniques was based on the fact that my heart attack was a mild one.Like the authors, I do feel that I would use surgery if my circumstances changed and my disease demanded a more radical approach.But believe me, I have heard so many stories of people getting surgery with symptoms that could have just as easily been handled by medication and other non-invasive techniques.I'm a big believer in traditional medications and non-traditional supplements.This has worked so well for me that I plan on reading and re-reading each chapter and seeing how I could modify my current approach to my disease with the help of this book.I feel that what I am now doing is reinforced by the information presented. Great job guys!

5-0 out of 5 stars REVERSE HEART DISEASE NOW
This is an excellent reference book for anyone who would like some suggestions for natural food and supplement alternatives to drugs, by an experienced heart surgeon, Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra.It arrived in NEW condition and was a very good price.I would deal with infinityplus and Amazon again. ... Read more

27. Stephen James O'Meara's Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars: A Simple Guide to the Heavens
by Stephen James O'Meara
Paperback: 168 Pages (2008-10-27)
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Asin: 0521721709
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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• Informal, story-telling approach
• Star charts, photos, and illustrations
• Interesting anecdotes, mythologies, and histories about the stars and constellations
• Brightest and best stars, star clusters and asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, variable stars and more!

Month by month, star by star, object by object, Stephen James O'Meara takes readers on a celestial journey to many of the most prominent stars and constellations visible from mid-northern latitudes. Filled with interesting anecdotes about the stars and constellations and their intriguing histories, this book is both a useful guide for amateur astronomers, and a great first-time reference for those just starting out. After describing a constellation's mythology, readers are guided in locating and identifying its brightest stars in the sky, as well as any other bright targets of interest - colorful stars, double or multiple stars, star clusters and asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, variable stars, and more. This book will help beginning stargazers become familiar with the stars and constellations visible from their backyards, and explore the brightest and best stars, nebulae, and clusters visible through inexpensive, handheld binoculars.

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Stephen James O'Meara, award-winning visual observer, is columnist and contributing editor for Astronomy magazine and former Eye on the Sky columnist for Sky & Telescope. He is the recipient of the prestigious Caroline Herschel Award, the Lone Stargazer Award, as well as the Omega Centauri Award for "his efforts in advancing astronomy through observation, writing, and promotion, and for sharing his love of the sky." The International Astronomical Union named asteroid 3637O'Meara in his honor. As the first to sight Halley's Comet on its return in 1985, his remarkable skills continually reset the standard of quality for other visual observers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I like this book, but I know they could of added color, more of something...cause this book kind of lags. It does have plenty of illustrations, and it pretty well informs the beginner and intermediate. I think a real pro may get bored and just use it as a reference of some kind. I did like the poetry stuck in there though.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I bought this book hoping to have a guide to see what can be seen through binoculars. The author has very few objects and there is just too much written about the history than where to find the object. The charts are really bad ( raster images ) and illustrations are from huge 10 meter telescope that you will never see in binoculars. I own 3 other fine books from O"Mera and this one is a disaster. The best part of this book is the cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars ALL MEDIA REVIEW
Hands down the best backyard star gazing book ever written!Before you buy a telescope you MUST!read Stephen James O'Meara's Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars book. O'Meara writes in hard-to-put-down fascinating prose and you will learn everything you need to knowto observe and appreciate the night sky,stars and constellations. You will not find a better beginners book anywhere.Grab this book, grab a pair of binoculars,go out tonightand begin to appreciate what the night sky has to offer.A must read!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent instruction guide to enjoying the wonders of the heavens from backyards to mountain tops
Throughout recorded time, and judging by such pre-historical sites as Stonehenge, the night sky with its wheeling starry canopy has been an enduring source of interest for ground level human observation. Even in this modern age of astronomical observatories and Hubble Space Telescopes, there is a great deal of pleasure to be taken from simply observing the ever changing night sky through the various seasons of the year with a simple pair of binoculars. That's where Stephen James O'Meara's "Observing The Night Sky With Binoculars: A Simple Guide To The Heavens" comes in. Especially appropriate and recommended for novice stargazers, "Observing The Night Sky With Binoculars" features informative anecdotes about the stars and constellations, guides the beginning stargazer in locating and identifying the brightest stars in each constellation, colorful stars, double or multiple stars, star clusters and asterisms, nebulae, galaxies, variable stars, and so much more. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white images, "Observing The Night Sky With Binoculars" is specifically recommended to amateur astronomers as an excellent instruction guide to enjoying the wonders of the heavens from backyards to mountain tops. ... Read more

28. Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time
by Stephen Baxter
Paperback: 256 Pages (2006-08-08)
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In the eighteenth century, the received wisdom, based on biblical calculations, was that the Earth was just six thousand years old. James Hutton, a gentleman with a passion for rocks, knew that could not be the case. Looking at the irregular strata of the Earth he deduced that a much longer span of time would be required for the landscape he saw to have evolved. In the turbulent world of Enlightenment Scotland, he set out to prove it. Hutton's entourage in Edinburgh comprised the leading thinkers of the age, including Erasmus Darwin, Adam Smith, James Watt, David Hume, and Joseph Black. But his geological theories would ignite decades of profound religious debate. Ultimately, Hutton's discovery of deep time changed our view of the universe forever.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time by Stephen Baxter
This book gives an accurate assessment of the contributionsof James Hutton (1726-1797) to science in general and geology in particular.Baxtergives "deep time"emphasis, but he does this, not by allowing the question of time to dominate the book. The organization of the bookserves to elucidatethe scientific concept of geologic time,a conceptwhich Hutton jump-started,and delineates how theconcept of deep time has evolved to modern day.

New ground and interesting for me is Baxter's treatment of "design arguments" (page 42) stemming all the way back to Aristotle."Fred Hoyle - the British astrophysicist who unraveled the production of carbon I stars - said in 1959, 'I do not believe that any scientist who examined the evidence would fail to draw the inference that the laws of nuclear physics have been deliberately designed with regard to the consequence they produce inside the stars."

Stephen Baxter, the author,is an award-winning science fiction writer and wasformerly educated as a physicist and engineer.I am a geologist by training and profession,and initially wondered ifBaxter could give an adequate perspective to a work on Hutton.Please let me state to my geological friends that Baxter seems to have assimilated geology very welland sharesmost or all of our sensibilities.I can only guess thatwriting science fiction must be wonderful training and preparation for understanding and explaining the history of science and geology.As an example of two areas that satisfied my geologic chauvinism, Baxter pays very close attention to the roles of "field work" andHutton's rock collection in the development of his scientific conclusions. This was new Hutton territory for me and I found Baxter's treatment fascinating - great book.

One of Baxter's final conclusions concerning Hutton is: "There have been many great geologists, but no figure before or since bequeathed a package of so many profound andintegrated insights as James Hutton. And he was the first to construct a model of Earth's history containing its most essential feature, a vast and deep abyss of time."

To reach this conclusion Baxter takes us through a real History of Science lesson, not just Hutton biography, but the biographyand contributions of his precursors,teachers, scientific peers,and successorswho were impacted, conflicted by,andwho supported and elaborated Hutton's work. Baxter is able to do this in 231 pages,and I think it would have been difficult to do it in fewer.

Baxter quotes Stephen Jay Gould:"......though Hutton was a great thinker, he was not a modern thinker.And he has been hugely misunderstood" (page 216). Baxter attempts to place the reader in the historic context in which Hutton lived: "How much harder it was for Hutton in a time when the textbooks had yet to be written!"There is a splendid review of James Ussher, the Irish bishop, that had established the earth's birthday as 22 October, 4004, BC, on a Saturday, at about six in the evening.Although this was established religious dogma at the time of Hutton's youth".......it was obvious there was something wrong.You didn't even have to look at the rocks to know that." (Baxter, page 23).And, going against the Church was dangerous. Some of Hutton's most vociferous criticsdecried him as an atheist, in print.In addition to the obvious religious conflicts,Hutton's writing was obscure.

He assumed that the reader was more knowledgeable. "In addition nobody had really understood Hutton's careful epistemology and his uniformitarianism, or his arguments about heat - partly because he hadn't sufficiently explained them in a presentation Playfair called too brief." (Baxter, page 147)"Hutton was endeavoring to produce a complete and consistent body of physical theory and epistemological methodology to support his assertions about the Earth;..."(Baxter, page 177).By separating his observations from his inferences, Hutton was trying to explain the basis on which he derived his hypotheses, and by opening up his methodology for examination he was setting out his thinking as a basis for a true science of geology inthe future-for that methodology itself could be improved (Baxter, page 132).

It was almost as if Hutton had two enormous goals: 1) explaining how the earth worked and 2) how to think and reason scientifically about the new unnamed science of geology. It is no wonder that readers had difficulty.

Playfair is well know to all geologists as the translator for Hutton. He was a warm friendand sought to make the significance of Hutton's work understood. He also wrote a biographic sketch of Hutton after his death which Baxter suggests is too idealized. Baxter attempts, I think successfully, to sleuth and flesh out the real man,Hutton,quoting some of his letters which are lively andsalty.

Hutton begins university at age fourteen (1740), and studied math under Colin Maclaurin, who had been recommended by Newton.Hutton developed an interest in chemistryin spite of the University of Edinburgh not having a chemistry curriculum.After three years at University he took a position as an apprentice to a solicitor, but this did not work out. Hutton was still interested in chemistry.He went back to the University to study medicine. He met a fellow medical student named John Clerk who was from a prominent Midlothian land and coal mine owning family. Baxter believes that this began Hutton's interest, at age eighteen, in minerals, coal, and rocks (1744). After three years studying medicine at Edinburgh he left to continue his studies abroad.At age 21 he arrived in Paris (1747)."Hutton probably attended Professor Francois Rouelle's lectures on mineralogy in Paris.Rouelle pioneered ideas, concerning the order in which rocks had been laid down....." (Baxter, Page 45). From Paris he went to Leiden to complete his medical training. He wrote a thesis in French entitled, "On the Circulation of Blood in the Microcosm".

Returning to Edinburgh through London at age 23 he struggled with what to do next (1749). Apparently being a physician was not in the cards.He and a friend James Davie began a business producing sal ammoniac which was used in dyes and in the production of tin and brass.It was being imported from Egypt but he and Davie had worked a method to produce it in Scotland from chimney soot collected in Edinburgh.

"But now his life was devastated by scandal." (Baxter, page 58)There is fragmentary evidence of a women,and a son emerges after Hutton's death. The episode was so embarrassing to Hutton that he felt a need to retreat from Edinburgh to two small farm properties of his father's southeast of Edinburgh along the coast in Berwickshire (1752)."The Land was wild and uncultivated, just open fields that backed on to sheep country.Stones had to be split and hauled away before Hutton could work the soil at all" (Baxter, page 64).

Here from age 26 to age 39 farming became his chief occupation.Initially he focused on learning what he could from other farmers that were sucessful.He traveled to and apprenticed under excellent farmers in Norfolk, Yarmouth, and Belton."He made many journeys - mostly on foot - to different parts of England. He visited Northumberland, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, and the Isle of Wight.These trips were made primarily to study agricultural techniques, butby this time Hutton had also begun to study geology and mineralogy in a more serious way" (Baxter, page 61)."Hutton would later boast that he could tell you where a piece of gravel had come from anywhere on the eastern side of Britain" (Baxter, page, 61).

"Hutton persevered with his farming, and slowly his situation improved.His Norfolk plough transformed the land.As Adam Ferguson noted, 'The joke [of his Norfolk plough] has become serious, and is now the general practice from one end of Scotland to the other.' The farm, once 'very wild and uncultivated piece of land', had a 'degree of neatness and garden-like culture, which in farming had not been seen before.Persons of every description came from every quarter to gratify their intellectual curiosity, as well as to get information' " (Baxter, page 72).With pioneering techniques, he had greatly improved the condition of his land, and his agricultural studies had become the focal point of his interlocking interests in chemistry, meteorology, geology and botany.His achievements showed the quality of his character and his mind" (Baxter, page 80).

Hutton's natural focus on soil must have led to this key intuition:...."the world did not suffer only decay: perhaps it also had the capability for repair" (Baxter, page 76).

"This was Hutton's picture, then: rocks decayed through erosion, the rubble was consolidated into new rocks, and then somehow uplifted to make new lands - erosion, deposition, consolidation, uplift.And cupped in the heart of this immense rocky machine, the priceless soil that sustained life was subtly created" (Baxter, page 78).Arguing with the support of final causes and design arguments Hutton reached this hypothesis.".....starting from first principles-that the final cause for the Earth is to sustain life - Hutton deduced that it must have some mechanism of repair from erosion, just as Harvey had once deduced the existence of capillaries in the body,then undetected, to complete his model of blood's circulation.The task now was to find that mechanism....."Baxter continues on page 77 quoting Hutton: ' This is the view in which we are now to examine the globe, to see if there be, in the constitution of this world a reproductive operation, by which a ruined constitution may be again repaired, and a duration or stability thus procured to the machine, considered as a world sustaining plants and animals.'

At the age of 41 in 1767 Hutton determined to return to Edinburgh. He build a new home facing thespectacular geology of Salisbury Crags and Arthur's seat for himself and his three sisters.Previously...."He had been elected to a committee which was to supervise the construction of the Forth and Clyde canal" (Baxter,page 79)."It was against the background of the elegant new city, and in the heads of a literate, independent-minded and newly prosperous populace, that the Scottish Enlightenment would bloom, causing Voltaire to say, 'It is to Scotland that we must look for our idea of civilization' (Baxter, page 86).

It was a relief for Hutton to move into his new house on St. John's Hill, his collection was taking up to much space.......Hutton would examine his specimens chemically and under the microscope, and then varnish them to keep them looking bright.He would prune his hoard to focus on the most intellectually valuable samples" (Baxter,page 97).

This era was know as the Scottish Enlightenment.Many of the most famous men were personal acquaintances or good friends of James Hutton. The David Hume family farm was near Hutton's farm.Joseph Black, Adam Smith, and James Watt were personal friends. Hutton visited with Erasmus Darwin, grandfather to Charles Darwin.And Hutton attracted and mentored younger talents such as Sir James Hall and John Playfair. These men met and shared their scientific theories at the Philosophical Society and at gentleman's clubs such the Poker Club.Large volumes of Claret were also imbibed.

As previously mentioned Hutton began a tradition of field work and travel with his agricultural studies.He went back to the low countries in 1754.In 1764 he traveled to the Scottish highlands with George Clerk-Maxwell where Hutton compiled notes, observations, and reflections on the geology. In 1774 made a long trip to Birmingham, Wales, Anglesey, Wiltshire, Bath, Warwickshire, and Derbyshire. "....as early as 1764 his forays into the field had become directed and specific, as he sought evidence to support his arguments" (Baxter, page 116)."In Wales he mostly had to ride on horseback, and his backside took a good deal of punishment: during this forty-day tour his riding breeches would wear out four times" (Baxter, page 111).In 1779 he went to Shropshire to climb Wrekin.In 1785 he went to Glen Tilt.In 1787 he went to Arran to search for his concept of an unconformity with, marginal results. Later in 1787 he discovered his first clear unconformity at Jedburgh, by serendipity in the "borders region" of Scotland. And finally by a directed effort from the sea to the coast he discovered at Siccar Point,a clear cut example of an unconformity.On that dayhe was accompanied in the field by John Playfair and Sir John Hall.What better way to make permanent disciples.Baxter quotes from Playfair: "The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far into the abyss of time; and while we listened with earnestness and admiration to the philosopher who was now unfolding to us the order and series of those wonderful events, we became sensible how much farther reason may sometimes gothan imagination can venture to follow."

Baxter does a masterful job of piecing together the rest of the story, and at the same time putting it into historical context. This includes the oralpresentationin 1785 and print version in 1788and book version of Hutton'sTheory of the Earthin 1795 and the blistering attacks which followed."Hutton knew he had to defend himself.Even moreso then in 1785, Britain in 1793 was not a good place to be called a heretic" (Baxter, page 174).

"By now most European geologists were divided into two camps, neither of which had been influenced much by Hutton's theories. The 'Vulcanists', including Desmarest and Faujas, were fire geologists, who believed that volcanoes must have had significant effects on the evolution of the Earth.The other school was the Neptunists, who thought volcanoes were irrelevant special effects.To them water was the key agent .All Neptunists hypothesized some kind of universal ocean, out of which the rocks had been deposited.But there was still a whole spectrum of theologically inclined thinkers, ranging from those who still held to the most literal interpretation of the Bible account, to others who interpreted its teaching in a more symbolic or allegorical way" (Baxter, page 165-166).

On a Saturday in March 1797 James Hutton died."Essential or not, Hutton's huge work was almost universally ignored by learned society, then and since.Even his closest friend, Black, wouldn't buy a word of it" (Baxter, page 168). These words by Playfair serve as a memorial: "With [Hutton's] relish for what ever is beautiful and sublime in science, we may easily conceive what pleasure he derived from his own geological speculations.The novelty and grandeur of the objects offered by them to the imagination, the simple and uniform order given to the whole natural history of the Earth, and, above all, the views opened of the wisdom that governs nature, are things to which hardly any man could be insensible, but to him they were matter, not of transient delight, but of solid and permanent happiness....No author was ever more disposed to consider the enjoyment of them, as the full and adequate reward of his labours" (Baxter, page 185).

Baxter continues with the history of the conflicts among the Vulcanists, Neptunists, Catatastrophists, and Uniformitarianists and the development of the concept of geologic time. By and large Hutton's team wins but the men he mentored, John Playfair, and Sir James Hall led the way by clarifying communication, updating, andfinishing the science. "In 1824, aged sixty-three Hall accompanied yet another keen young geologist on a repeat of Hutton's classic expedition to Siccar Point. The youngster was much impressed - and, a quarter of a century after Hutton's death, it was to him that the responsibility for the next stage of the argument would devolve. ....... His name was Charles Lyell" (Baxter, page 203).

Baxter abstracts the rest of the story, carrying on with Lyell, Darwin, Kelvin, Rutherford, and Holmes to near present day. This neat and concise volume gives us an excellent introduction to James Hutton and how he almost single-handedly turned the study of the earth into a science called geology; and gave us a way of fruitfully thinking about and making sense ofthe Earth.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent
This is a very, very good book -- its combination of Hutton's philosophy of knowledge with his theory of the Earth is a great step in the right direction -- the first in a popular book cencerning Hutton. It aslo places Hutton in his intellectual millieu really well. ... Read more

29. Robotics Technology: Theory and Industrial Applications
by Lary T. Ross, Stephen W. Fardo, James W. Masterson, Robert L. Towers
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Robotics: Theory and Industrial Applications is an introduction to the principles of industrial robotics, related systems, and applications. This text is a comprehensive tool in learning the technical aspects of robotics and includes coverage of power supply systems, degrees of freedom, programming methods, sensors, end effectors, implementation planning, and system maintenance. Each chapter begins with an outline of topics, learning objectives, and a listing of technical terms. The key concepts are discussed using a systems approach to enhance student learning.

The second edition is updated with full-color illustrations and photos that reflect changes n both the field of robotics and technology in general. The content has been revised to keep pace with robotic technology and reorganized to maximize student comprehension. Various features throughout the text address special interest topics, including pioneers in the file of robotics, careers in robotics, and exciting applications of robotic technology. ... Read more

30. The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart, K.C.S.I., a Judge of the High Court of Justice [1895]
by Sir Leslie Stephen
Paperback: 536 Pages (2010-01-06)
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Originally published in 1895.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more

31. The Life Of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, A Judge Of The High Court Of Justice (1895)
by Leslie Stephen
Hardcover: 520 Pages (2008-06-02)
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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone! ... Read more

32. Four by Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
by Hugh Wheeler, James Lapine, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart
Hardcover: 772 Pages (2000-02-01)
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The complete book and lyrics with set and costume designs, production photos, essays, cast lists and credits, awards for major productions, selected discographies, and much more! Includes the shows A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A richly illustrated Sondheim treasury! ... Read more

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If you're involved with musical theater these four titles are a must for your reference library. If you love these shows and want to revisit your favorite moments, this is a great way to do it. And at this price you sure can't beat what you get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous collection of scripts
This is a fabulous collection of scripts for four of Sondheim's musicals. I especially like the forward for each script explaining how the writers developed each script.Several shows also include songs that were dropped during the development of the show or during rehearsals or tryouts.As a Broadway fan, I tend to think of these musicals as fixed and complete, and it is enlightening to see the writers treating the material as highly modifiable, and treating songs as expendable if they don't properly advance the story or have the desired effect on the audience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete
A great book to have. Along with the already excellent scripts fro the four shows, a nice touch is the introduction to each show by someone intimiately involved with it. As an orchestrator, I particularly enjoyed reading Jonathan Tunick's introduction to 'A Little Night Music.'

5-0 out of 5 stars Sondheim: Perfect in Every Way
The scrips are just like what you would get if you cot just one. more than 600 pages of pure script. I love it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Sondheim!!!
This book is amazing. It has almost everything that you could want in a book like this. What does it include do you ask? WELL! It includes the scripts to A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Tood, and Sunday in the Park With George. In addition to that it also has Original Hirschfeld drawings, Lyrics to cut songs and where they would go in the script, Costume Designs, Production Photos, Cast Lists from Original, Touring and Revival Casts, and also the discography for each of the shows. My only question... Where is volume two??? I would like to see the following shows put into a collaborative edition like this: Into the Woods, Assassins, Company and Follies. WOOO Amazing and entertaining. Recommend this to all musical lovers everywhere! ... Read more

33. Serendipity: Trapper (Serendipity Books)
by Stephen Cosgrove
Paperback: 32 Pages (2003-10-27)
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Trapper, a sweet-natured minstrel seal, helps a scary creature named Muttsok learn that it isn't right to take things just because they are beautiful. Through the power of music everyone learns that the loveliness of nature is there for everyone to share.

Illustrated by Robin James. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for "Inner Children", too
Excellent kid's book with a lovely moral of sharing and respect for the environment/animals. I highly recommend it for those of us with active "Inner Children", as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cute with a big lesson
In this book a little Minstrel Seal who cannot sing (Happy Feet anyone?) sings every day when the sun is at it's highest, and then the other seals go away after he screeches his sourest note. However, everyday 2 seals disappear from the island until it is just him and 2 other seals. He decides to find out what happened to them and he sees a big furry creature carrying the seals under his arms. Then he is all alone. The big furry creature called Muttsok finally comes and takes Trapper away as well. Trapper teaches him that he can enjoy nature including rocks, flowers, the ocean, and songs without collecting them. Finally, the Muttsock lets the seals go free and still enjoys nature.

Overall, it's a cute book that can open a dialogue between children and adults to talk about preserving nature and wildlife without soundy preachy. I really enjoyed the book, and would place the reading level at 2nd grade, although ages 4-6 will enjoy having the book read to them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cute book with a great moral lesson.
This book is adorable and little "Trapper", the seal on the front and other drawings throughout the book adds to the charm of this little book.A great story about seals and also a wonderful lesson - to leave nature alone, to be enjoyed by all.A good book to read to young children - hopefully to learn to appreciate all of god's creatures and nature.Truly a delight!

5-0 out of 5 stars Trapper - for the younger set
I was in second grade when I fell in love with the series. My friends at school reccomended I should read it. I was (like I am now) smart then, reading eighth grade books. But since the baby seal on the cover lured me in, I had no choice. After ward, I scavenged every where for it. READ IT. IT'S EASY AND WHOLESOME! ... Read more

34. A General View Of The Criminal Law Of England (1863)
by James Fitzjames Stephen
Hardcover: 532 Pages (2010-05-23)
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35. The Handbook: The Seventh Doctor (Dr Who)
by David J. Howe, Stephen James Walker
Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (1998-11)
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In 1997, "Doctor Who" was canceled. For ten years the show would be off the air, spawning a host of tie-in products and unofficial material to satisfy the show's legions of fans. Here, the authors have applied their undisputed talent for research and documentation to one of the most fondly remembered eras of Britain's greatest science fiction show. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to a wonderful series of Dr. Who Handbooks.
Doctor Who: The Handbook - The Seventh Doctor concludes the excellent series of Dr. Who Handbooks from Virgin Publishing. This, the seventh and final volume in the Handbook series focuses on the Sylvester McCoy era of Dr. Who from 1987-1989 (seasons 24-26), the final three years of Dr. Who as a regular BBC series before cancellation.

Great behind the scenes information as well as a feature on the making of the season 24 story "Dragonfire". This volume also focuses on the seven year gap of 1989-1996, looking at the various attempts at one time or another on possible revivals of Doctor Who either as a new series or feature films before the British and American co-produced TV movie of 1996 that starred Paul McGann as the new Eighth Doctor, succeeding and finally concluding Sylvester McCoy's era as the Seventh Doctor. This handbook also includes massive coverage of the 1996 TV movie.

This volume also includes a superb index at the end of the book as well as an errata section, correcting the mistakes from the previous six Doctor Who Handbook volumes. An excellent end to a wonderful series of Handbooks that have become the most in-depth and authorized research on the history of the science fiction series Doctor Who.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent final volume to the handbook series!
I waited a long time for this book to be published and was very pleased when I finally got a chance to read it!

This volume covers the last three years of the original BBC "Doctor Who" series (1987-89) as wellas the events leading up to and including the 1996 "Doctor Who"movie.

It is organized into sections for easy reference and includes anepisode guide for the seventh Doctor's era, with two reviews for each.Italso goes on to include the information about Paul McGann's stint as theDoctor as well.

If there's any criticism, I wish the book had containedmore information about the events surrounding the end of the TV series. But, this is a small point.

Like the others in the "Doctor Who"handbook series, the Sylvester McCoy volume is another well organized andwell-researched volume. ... Read more

36. Political Science in History: Research Programs and Political Traditions
 Hardcover: 379 Pages (1995-05-26)
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In the social disciplines there is a growing movement to use disciplinary history as a means of accounting for the present status and possible futures of various modes of social and political inquiry. In this collection of essays, a number of political scientists take up the challenge of disciplinary history by exploring a range of themes and movements that have shaped academic political science today. These essays should be of interest to any student of the social disciplines who is interested in understanding both the development of modern political science and its current concerns. ... Read more

37. Stephen King and Clive Barker: The Illustrated Masters of the MacAbre
by James Van Hise
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38. The ACE Programmer's Guide: Practical Design Patterns for Network and Systems Programming
by Stephen D. Huston, James CE Johnson, Umar Syyid
Paperback: 544 Pages (2003-11-24)
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The ADAPTIVE Communication Environment (ACE) is an open-source toolkit for building high-performance networked applications and next-generation middleware. ACE's power and flexibility arise from object-oriented frameworks, used to achieve the systematic reuse of networked application software. ACE frameworks handle common network programming tasks and can be customized using C++ language features to produce complete distributed applications. This book will teach developers how they can use the ACE framework to develop their software. It will also show real-world uses of design patterns and C++. Benefits: Reduces the ACE learning curve, gain a clear understanding of how to use ACE to produce high-performance software using less time and effort; Provides a cookbook for solutions to common software engineering problems. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to ACE framework

This book provides comprehensive tutorial for networked applications. ACE was my popular framework before Boost.Asio framework. Even though ACE has little dated approach, it is still the best framework for multi platform distributed application development and this book provides very valuable contributions to people needing to develop this type of applications.

3-0 out of 5 stars Introduction, not a reference
The ACE libraries are useful for developing cross-platform code, providing functionality such as loggers, configuration handling, communications, threading etc. Where ACE itself falls down is that the documentation supplied does not provide enough information about how best to use it and what it does under the covers. You might think that you don't need to know about what happens under the covers and for a simple application that could be true, but when you go multi-threaded and discover that in parts of the ACE library the code checks which thread you are calling from and behaves differently depending on what it finds, then this is something you need to know. Unfortunately the documentation doesn't give that level of information and neither does this book. Life-times and ownership of objects are areas likely to cause issues too - this book mentions an example of that relating to the logger, but there are others too. A library that decides ownership based on whether you pass a pointer to a method or a reference to that method is one where you want/need a good reference book, not just an introductory text.

"The ACE Programmer's Guide" is a reasonable introduction to ACE, but it is certainly not a reference (despite the quote on the back cover calling it exactly that). Unfortunately, when using ACE the old adage about a little bit of knowledge is true. You can work from the documentation, this book and the books by Schmidt, and if writing reasonably complex systems you will still hit issues using certain parts of ACE resulting in you stepping through the library code to find out what is going on. I've therefore only given this book 3 stars. It's a reasonable introduction, but if you are doing anything significant with ACE, particularly if multi-threaded, you are likely to end up wishing there was a complete reference work (no, the HTML help is not thorough enough either) rather than just introductory texts and overviews.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just awful
ACE is great, no doubt.This book is not.If I had been scanning ACE code for years and needed a reference, this book might be great, but like a kid in a foreign land, this book only confused me more than it helped.Here's why:

READS LIKE AN UNABRIDGED NOVEL.In order to understand each example, you must read the book from cover to cover.There is so much detail in ACE that there are almost no "trivial examples" and a thorough understanding is required.What if I'm not writing a high-performance server application?What if I want to work with small examples and work my way up incrementally? This book makes it difficult to do that.

EXAMPLE CODE IS CHOPPY.Each example is presented in such a way that code is provided piecemeal, along with paragraphs of explanation.This is ok, but it is very difficult to piece the examples together and write code.Also, it's not listed in the book, but the examples are online, here:


This link is not in the book.

THIS BOOK JUMPS EVERYWHERE.For instance, check out section 7.5, Timers.We're given a quick intro on Timers while we're kneed deep in talking about the omniscient Reactor that ACE provides.Now, section 8.5 talks briefly about timers and to reference further documentation in reference to Reactor/Proactor, which is unhelpful and unnecessary.Finally, section 10 gives great detail into using Timers.Chapter 7 should have been called Reactor.

My biggest interest was writing a client/server application in ACE.Chapter 6 started with a terrible example of socket communication, saying that Chapter 7 is a better pattern for the client/server.By the time I got done with Chapter 7, there was so much rambling of hypothetical situations that I completely forgot what I was trying to learn.The big picture is often lost.

NO API REFERENCE.Maybe it is not appropriate to put in an ACE API reference in here.I think it should be put in as an appendix.When examples are presented, the new data types come out of nowhere.What is an ACE_Time_Value, specifically?What other parameters can it provide?ACE Doxygen documents can't provide enough detail and neither can this book.

What I would love to see in a second edition:
- More descriptions of the standard types.
- Description of ACE_TMain and other OS functions.
- A better mapping of types to GOF patterns and better UML.
- An API reference, even if it is small
- Table mapping Unix/Windows/VxWorks functions to ACE functions.
- A more readible text.The code blocks could be encapsulated in gray to take it out of the text somewhat.

Also, most of the other reviews on this book shown above talk about how great ACE is for development, and I agree.However, isn't this the section where we are supposed to be commenting on the BOOK (APG) and not the TECHNOLOGY?These reviews hardly talk about the book at all!

Huston, et al, I encourage you to come out with a second edition.I still want to learn about ACE, but I need a more organized reference and clearer examples.

4-0 out of 5 stars An issue in example code of section 7.6.3
A good book for you to get into the world of ACE.
A good book for newer of ACE.

During the first 2 month I am using ACE, this book give me great help. But later I found a little issue of the example code in section 7.6.3 which will cause spin-lock when the output socket is blocked/flow-controlled.

I post my comments to this issue below, hoping you can avoid this mistake.

You know, so many people are using this book as guide for ACE, and may copy the example code ( just as me ) in their work with ACE.

Section 7.6.3 ACE_Connector
int Client::handle_output (ACE_HANDLE)
ACE_Message_Block *mb;
ACE_Time_Value nowait (ACE_OS::gettimeofday ());
while (-1 != this->getq (mb, &nowait))
ssize_t send_cnt =
this->peer ().send (mb->rd_ptr (), mb->length ());
if (send_cnt == -1)
ACE_TEXT ("(%P|%t) %p\n"),
ACE_TEXT ("send")));
mb->rd_ptr (static_cast (send_cnt));
if (mb->length () > 0)
// Here will cause message_queue notify reactor
// And get into handle_output again immediately
// which cause spin-lock
this->ungetq (mb);
mb->release ();
if (this->msg_queue ()->is_empty ())
this->reactor ()->cancel_wakeup
(this, ACE_Event_Handler::WRITE_MASK);
this->reactor ()->schedule_wakeup
(this, ACE_Event_Handler::WRITE_MASK);
return 0;

5-0 out of 5 stars What would you do with all this power?
This book is yet another great example of how the ACE framework can save you a lifetime of development. Within this book is the knowledge and experience to excell your applications to the next level and become more productive then ever. If your code base deals with networking or even if you just need to have cross platform compatibility then this book is a must have to teach you the ways of ACE. ... Read more

39. A Provisional Dictator: James Stephens and the Fenian Movement
by Marta Ramon
Paperback: 329 Pages (2008-01-08)
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A political biography of James Stephens, the founder of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Research! Great Read!
Ms. Ramon's diligent research has shaped a highly complete biography of James Stephens, the founder of the IRB--the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Her exploration of Stephen's relationship to the American Fenian Brotherhood of America is cogent. Stephen's was a very complex man, yet Ms. Ramon dug out all facets of his personality in a lively style. Her book will not be matched in our lifetime. Some scholar must take on the task of providing us with great biographies of Michael Doheny and John O'Mahoney to close the Fenian ring.Highly Recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Provisional Dictator
The Fenian movement consisted of two linked Irish nationalist organizations, one centered in Ireland and the other in the United States. Fenianism was an outgrowth of the Young Ireland Rising of 1848. Many participants of that rising escaped from the British dragnet that followed to settle in France and America. It took ten years for these men to reassemble their forces again. In 1858 Young Irelanders, now old, under Michael Doheny and John O'Mahony living in the United States, signed up James Stephens to organize an army in Ireland to challenge the British right to rule. O'Mahony and his organization in the US promised military men to lead and to provide arms for a new Irish rising. Stephens did a masterful job of organizing Irishmen in Ireland into a secret society known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood or IRB. Unfortunately his organizing powers were much better than his ability to coordinate the hard decision to fight in 1865 and Stephens was written off as a vacillating failure by many nationalists. Desmond Ryan, an admirer of Stephens, wrote his biography (The Fenian Chief - published posthumously1967) but it is outdated and lacks research material uncovered by Ramon and others in recent years. Ramon's biography brings scholarly research up to date on Stephens and details his life and his contribution to the Fenian movement. The book is very readable, meticulously footnoted and provides, at last, a scholarly biography of the supreme organizer of physical force nationalism in Ireland. Ramon's biography examines Stephens' character and offers well-thought out discussion concerning the motives for Stephens often criticized actions as the Chief of the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood. In addition to facts not before revealed of Stephens' life, this book is written with an objective clarity that is lacking in the Desmond Ryan's account. Ramon explains in a coherent manner the complex nature of Irish physical force nationalism, from its formation out of the failure of Young Ireland through the turbulent years 1865-1878. The Fenians laid the groundwork for the eventual independence of the Irish Republic that arose out of the 1916 Easter Rising. This book should not be missed by those interested in Irish and Irish-American history. A great biography of a man who altered the historical path of Irish history.

5-0 out of 5 stars First-rate
Required reading for anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Fenian movement. This will be the authoritative Stephens biography for some time to come. It is thorough, precise, enormously detailed, and altogether entertaining at the same time. ... Read more

40. The Defense Of Nundakumar: A Reply To James Stephen's Book (1886)
by Keshub Chandra Acharya
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