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21. The Bone Lady: Life As a Forensic
22. Arrhenius: From Ionic Theory to
23. Zone of Tolerance:The Guaymas
24. Faces of Science: Portraits
25. The Roth Family, Anthropology,
26. The Letters of Sir Joseph Banks:
27. The Unbroken Chain (Apogee Books
28. Travelling to Infinity: My Life
29. Creators of Mathematics: The Irish
30. Recollecting Freud
31. Lightner Witmer: His Life and
32. History Man: The Life of R. G.
33. A Prophet from Amongst You: The
34. Interesting Times: An Encounter
35. The Strangest Man: The Hidden
36. A Working Stiff's Manifesto: Confessions
37. Terms of Enforcement: Making Men
38. Herbert Croly of the New Republic:
39. Their Day in the Sun: Women of
40. A Dame Full of Vim and Vigour

21. The Bone Lady: Life As a Forensic Anthropologist
by Mary H. Manhein
Hardcover: 137 Pages (1999-04)
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Asin: 0807124044
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The first non-fictional account by a female expert in the field of forensicanthropology, this book is a collection of short stories about forensic and bioarchaeology cases inLouisiana. Raised in a family of storytellers, the author weaves the history of her family into theaccounts ofher cases which include those that are both solved and unsolved. This account alsoillustrates how determination on one woman's part made it possible for her to rise to the top in anoften male dominated field. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought that the pictures were good but that the content itself was a huge disppointment. Descriptions were lacking and none of her cases seem to be "fleshed out".

1-0 out of 5 stars Throw us a Bone
I just received The Bone Lady by Mary Manhein from a friend who knows how interested I am in forensics.Kirkus Reviews called this book "A rare, effective blend of entertainment and education." I can't agree.Well, it's educational, I'll give it that.But it's not in the least eerie, as the back cover claims.Dr. Manhein may be a riveting oral storyteller but it does not come across in her writing, which, apart from the requisite touch at the beginning of each chapter meant to hook you ("It was a cold March day")rapidly devolves into descriptive narrative I sometimes wondered what the point of was, especially as in many cases the examination didn't even reveal the cause of death.Much of it was simply filler.

Style wasn't bad, but readability varied and I suspect her editor worked very hard with her.Even so, a few unedifying sentences slipped through ("Corresponding inferior facets of the atlas articulate with the superior facets of the second vertebrae, ...").

The format, each "case" presented in a two- or three-page chapter that usually ends rather flat, was the wrong way to go, in my opinion.It tended to highlight just how insignificant her contribution often was, and fostered the suspicion that this was hyped up for an easy sell just because there is so much interest in CSI-type stuff lately.In Under the Porch, the gunshot victim's identity was in the billfold on the body; the Coroner just needed her to confirm the age.There was no mystery as to the killer.The crime scene investigators solved that when they found his gun next to him. Or the body of the young male in the high-end coffin in Duralde's Return:She spent 2 pages of text on the vault and coffin (plus scale drawings) and a couple of lines about the body itself; but it must have been a public records archivist who figured out who was in the coffin. The chapters do this:They highlight how much of a team effort is involved in solving these cases.But in a thirty-year career didn't she, with her expertise, solve some mysteries?Not in this book.Have I been completely spoiled by Cold Case Files?

I see she has written another, so this one must have sold well enough to satisfy her publisher.I'm not going to buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars More Personal
I got hooked on forensic anthropology when I read "Dead Men Do Tell Tales" when I was 13 and I bought this book as a recomendation by Amazon.It was a good book, written about Mary Manhein's personal experiance in the field, but lacking technical perspective.I enjoyed the book as a look from a Anthropologist's perspective, but I was disapointed by the way the book presented the field, as if only written more as a short record of cases rather than an informative record. It wasnt very well written and rather dry reading. Over all I wouldnt recomend this because there are way to many good books out there that contain informative material that is well written. Dont get me wrong, I did like the book, to a degree, but I love to read and it was a short book that didnt take long to finish, so I am not regreting the perchase, but it is not the ideal book for someone that has not read anything else from the field... it may sour you from buying another book on the topic.I would start with "Dead Men Do Tell Tales" and then read this if you're still interested...

2-0 out of 5 stars a lot of very short stories
The subject is fascinating and the writing is fine.My issue with this book is that all of the stories are too short to really engage. Just as one begins to get interested, the story ends.Also, a lot of the stories don't have much content (hence, the shortness), and some don't have a resolution.The diagrams, also, could have been better and better labeled; for example, in comparing a male and female pelvis, it would be helpful if the parts mentioned in the caption were labelled on the drawing.Great subject, not great execution.

4-0 out of 5 stars the bone lady
The Bone Lady written by Mary H. Manhein, who is also the main character of the story. The Bone Lady is mostly about Mrs. Manhein doing her life work, a forensic anthropologists, and the many and creepy stories of the bones she found. This book also has amazing pictures of the bones she found and the people who died! This novel is really educational and creepy, because it tells you about each bone and where it is found. The novel has stories of some murders that you, the reader, would think these stories are fake.
What I really disliked about the book is that each chapter is a new mystery. The novel didn't entertain me because of the mysteries being short, there's no big conflict.
What I really liked about the novel it related to the television's program named Bones, because the novel, The Bone Lady, has a lady who knows about bones, and in the TV program, Bones, has a lady who knows about bones. The other reason I liked The Bone Lady was that it had great facts about every bone and where it goes in your body. Another reason I liked the novel was that each conflict wasn't that similar the other stories.
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22. Arrhenius: From Ionic Theory to the Greenhouse Effect (Uppsala Studies in History of Science, 23)
by Elisabeth T. Crawford
Hardcover: 320 Pages (1996-08)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Importance of Carbonic Acid/Temperature of the Ground
The Nobel-winning Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius had predicted and accurately calculated GLOBAL WARMING from fossil fuel combustion.

Arrhenius' greenhouse law reads: "if the quantity of carbonic acid increases in geometric progression, the augmentation of the temperature
will increase in arithmetic progression."

This simplified expression is still used.

This is a book for a better understanding of what we face.

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23. Zone of Tolerance:The Guaymas Chronicles
by David E. Stuart
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2005-09-15)
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David Stuart's critically acclaimed first volume, The Guaymas Chronicles: La Mandadera (Southwest Books of the Year 2003, Albuquerque Alibi best book of 2003), told a little girl's story and a very personal tale of love set in Guaymas, Mexico, a fishing port and vacation destination located on Mexico's Sea of Cortez, about four hundred miles south of Tucson. Zone of Tolerance, is about the "big girls" of the 1970s Guaymas night club district and the conflicting needs, wants, realities, and illusions at the core of the viejas' ("working" girls') lives.

Stuart focuses on the exotic fallen angels of the once fabled Club Río Rita in Guaymas's Zona de Tolerancia (red-light district). Moving, funny, and at times tragic, the layered dimensions of their world are mesmerizing. He also continues the stories of his working class friends and compadres in Guaymas, some closer to him than his stateside family. Their struggles with life on the streets provide a rich and uplifting counterpoint to daily life in the Zona.

Zone of Tolerance is important, not only for its human and historical context, but precisely because it is a snapshot of a long-gone, little known slice of Mexican life. In this volume, as in the first, Stuart brings his unique perspective to bear on people seldom written about and a world rarely revealed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book - 9 stars - 2nd half of the Guaymas Chronicles
This is the 2nd half of the 2 book story. "Guaymas Chronicles - La Mandadera" was the 1st. That is a great 10 star book - see my review of it. This book could be read by itself but makes much more sense and impact if the 1st book is read first (makes sense doesn't it) as the characters and situation continue from one to the other. Highly recommended ... Read more

24. Faces of Science: Portraits
by Mariana Cook
Hardcover: 176 Pages (2005-09-12)
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An intimate look at the people behind some of the great discoveries of our time.Here a renowned photographer turns her camera on some of the greatest men and women of the scientific community. The seventy-seven extraordinary portraits included in Faces of Science make their subjects accessible to us and less formidable than they may have seemed in the past. Each image is paired with a short autobiographical essay explaining how the scientist became interested in his or her chosen field. The combination of word and image illuminates the individual character of each scientist, from Francis Crick and Richard Leakey to Miriam Rothschild and Mary Eubanks. It also reveals some of what they have in common: intellectual curiosity, a desire to help mankind, and an ability to work with others to accomplish their tasks. Faces of Science is both an inspiration and a confirmation of the human spirit. 85 duotone photographs ... Read more

25. The Roth Family, Anthropology, and Colonial Administration (UNIV COL LONDON INST ARCH PUB)
 Paperback: 304 Pages (2009-04-30)
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No family better represents the overlapping roles of administrator and scientist in the British empire than the Roths. Descended from a Hungarian emigrant to Australia, two generations of Roths served the empire on four continents and, at the same time, produced ethnographic, archaeological, and linguistic studies that form the basis for much modern research. This volume assesses the often-conflicting roles and contributions of the Roths as government servants and anthropologists. Most of the volume deals with Walter E. Roth, who developed foundational studies of both the Australian Aborigines—considered to be among the first systematic ethnographies anywhere—and South American tribes while serving as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Queensland and later medical officer, magistrate, museum curator and indigenous relations officer in British Guyana. Henry Ling Roth’s contributions to the anthropology of Tasmania, Benin, Sarawak, and New Zealand are also enumerated, as are the publications and administrative activities of the succeeding generation of Roths. This volume is at once offers a family biography, a slice of English colonial history, and an important introduction to the history of anthropology. ... Read more

26. The Letters of Sir Joseph Banks: A Selection, 1768-1820
by Neil Chambers
Hardcover: 468 Pages (2000-11)
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Sir Joseph Banks was man of science, of affairs, and ofletters. He circumnavigated the globe with Lieutenant James Cook onH.M.S. Endeavour, 1768-1771, taking with him a team of naturalists,illustrators and assistants at a personal cost of £10,000. Togetherthey made unprecedented collections of flora and fauna in many of theplaces H.M.S. Endeavour visited. Banks also led the first Britishscientific expedition to Iceland in 1772. Later, he settled in London,and assembled an enormous library and herbarium at 32 Soho Square. Hiscollections were remarkable both for their size and for the uniquematerial from the Pacific they contained. In 1778, Banks was electedPresident of the Royal Society, a position he held for over 41 years -the longest anyone has served in that capacity. As President hefostered enlightened relations between scientists across Europethroughout a period of conflict and turbulent change. He was alsoSpecial Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, whichflourished under his control, becoming greater than any other. Voyagesof discovery were mounted with his help to explore new lands, toobtain and move plants from one part of the world to another, and tofurther British interests abroad. He was also an influential privycouncillor, and an advisor to George III and successive governments.

Banks was at the scientific and social centre of Georgian life for more than five decades. As such he developed a global network of correspondence, using letters to further knowledge, and ultimately to shape events in the cause of empire. He suggested the possibility of establishing colonies on the east coast of Australia, and then he actively supported them for the remainder of his life. He has therefore been regarded by some as the 'Father of Australia'. Furthermore, in the Napoleonic Wars he acted to save the population of Iceland when its trade was seized by the British. His views could hardly be avoided on matters of botany or horticulture, drainage or agriculture, on coinage, exploration or science in general. Yet he was a warm, authoritative writer with a direct, flowing prose style. His letters make fascinating reading for their variety, as well as the insight into his public and private life they provide.

This selection is made from the remaining 6,000 letters Banks wrote, and will introduce many readers to a deeply impressive figure, who is rapidly being recognized as one of the great men of his age. ... Read more

27. The Unbroken Chain (Apogee Books Space)
by Guenter Wendt, Russell Still
Paperback: 200 Pages (2009-05-01)
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Asin: 1926592018
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A ground-shaking document of the glory days of manned space flight, this autobiography, told from the perspective of the launch pad, captures the birth and blossoming of NASA. Filled with colorful stories and anecdotes, many of which have never been published, this insider's account comes from the one man who worked side-by-side with—and was the last person seen by—the astronauts. From the altitude chamber and various simulators to the environmentally controlled white room, this life story is an unprecedented look into the early days and inner workings of man's space exploration.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of US Space Program book The Unbroken Chain
This is an excellent book on the US manned Space program from its beginning. Excellent insite on programs, hardware, personnel combined in a very interesting story. Very enjoyable reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent behind the scenes insight to KSC launch and astronaut processes
Wonderful book, have had it for several years and it is inscribed and signed by Guenter.With his passing this weekI pulled the book off the shelf and read some of my favorite parts of it again. Wonderful presentation of Guenter's experiences as "Pad Leader" for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, ASTP, and early STS launches. Also reference his early life as a night fighter pilot for the German Luftwaffe during WWII. Guenter was a treasure trove of information and history of our early space programs.It is obvious the he was also very skilled and competent at his job which included managing all launch pad activities and being the last person the astronauts saw and talked with prior to being sealed into their spacecraft.It is a great read if you want a better understanding of the behind the scenes activities at KSC and some knowledge of funny incidents with the astronauts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Guenter Wendt was there, knows all
Mr. Wendt was the man who was on the spot, stuffing the guys with the right stuff into those tiny capsules.His recolections are informative, witty, and just a good read.All this would be enough but the DVD that comes in the back of the book is Priceless! Guenter tells old launch stories and shows the places (what's left of them) they happened.

A great holiday gift idea for anyone who is interested in NASA's Early/Glory Days. ... Read more

28. Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen
by Jane Hawking
Paperback: 496 Pages (2008-09-30)
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Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and author of the scientific bestseller A Brief History of Time, which sold more than 25 million copies. In this compelling memoir, his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen’s academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease. Jane’s candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family reveals the inner-strength of the author, while the self-evident character and achievements of her husband make for an incredible tale presented with unflinching honesty. Jane's candor is no less evident when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses and Jane marrying an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving, and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the relationship's faultlines exposed by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love, and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A good woman stands by her man!!

"While everyone else was praising his [Dr. Stephen Hawking's] courage [since S. Hawking is seriously disabled by a motor neuron disease called ALS, commonly labeled Lou Gehrig's disease] and brilliance [in theoretical physics]...she [the organizer of this event honoring S. Hawking] had said to herself that there must be someone equally courageous behind him or he simply would not be here."

The above is found in this interesting, extremely well written and sometimes humorous book authored by Dr. Jane Hawking who was Stephen Hawking's wife for more than twenty-five years.

Be aware that this book "is a heavily revised version (with new material) of[J. Hawking's 1999 book or memoir called] `Music to the Stars.'"Hawking herself calls this book "the abridged version of the original memoir."

I chose the quotation that begins this review because it's absolutely true!She saw S. Hawking progress from a person that could walk with a cane and talk to a person that became wheelchair bound and eventually could not talk.(He now uses a speech synthesizer.)Through this period of time, she had to oversee and arrange for his 24/7, 365 days a year care that, as chronicled in this book, was an enormous task fraught with hardship and economic difficulty.This was made even more difficult when the Hawking children eventually came along since she was stretched to the limit.At one point, she even had to make a life and death decision!Despite the hardships, she was no slouch.She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish medieval linguistics!

She also saw his meteoric rise to fame after the publication of his 1988 book "A Brief History of Time."Even though there was no financial difficulty now, she still had to be concerned with his care.

This book, to be sure, eloquently describes the hardships and details J. Hawking's impressions.But the book also delves into such things as the following:

British life in general and academic life in particular, history, politics, disability issues, music, the Hawking travels to other countries, personalities of others especially scientists, and science.

This book (excluding the epilogue or "postlude") covers the period before the Hawkings were married in July 1965 to July 1993.The very informative but brief postlude was written in February 2007 where we are told that the author is presented with another "demanding challenge."This postlude includes a May 2007 Post Script.

I should say that at no point in this book is Jane Hawking vindictive toward her former husband.

Finally, roughly in the book's center are almost 30 black and white photographs.My favorite is the very last one showing the author and two of her grown children with Stephen after the presentation of yet another award in November 2006.

In conclusion, in Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time" he tells us, "I was...fortunate in that I chose theoretical physics, because that is all in the mind.So my disability has not been a serious handicap."This inspiring book by Jane Hawking shows how Stephen Hawking was fortunate enough to have had a good and dedicated wife to help his genius bloom!!

(first published 2007;4 parts or 57 chapters;postlude;main narrative 405 pages;acknowledgements)


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29. Creators of Mathematics: The Irish Connection
by Ken Houston
Paperback: 160 Pages (2001-04-27)
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This reference on Irish mathematicians includes biographies on: Thomas Harriot (1560-1621); William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865); Robert Murphy (1806-1843); George Boole (1815-1864); George Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903); George Salmon (1819-1904); John Casey (1820-1891); William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907); Henry John Stephen Smith (1826-83); Osborne Reynolds (1842-1912); Francis Ysidro Edgeworth (1845-1912); George Francis Fitzgerald (1851-1901); Edmund Taylor Whittaker (1873-1956); William Sealy Gosset, "student" (1876-1937); Walter Heitler (1904-81); David Robert Bates (1916-94); Andrew Young (1919-92); and Patrick Brendan Kennedy (1926-66). ... Read more

30. Recollecting Freud
by Isidor Sadger
Hardcover: 196 Pages (2005-03-29)
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Available here for the first time in English, this eyewitness account by one of Freud’s earliest students has been rediscovered for twenty-first century readers. Isidor Sadger’s recollections provide a unique window into the early days of the psychoanalytic movement—the internecine and ideological conflicts of Freud’s disciples. They also illuminate Freud’s own struggles: his delight in wit, his attitudes toward Judaism, and his strong opinions concerning lay, non-medical analysts.

As a student, Sadger attended Freud’s lectures from 1895 through 1904. Two years later Freud nominated Sadger to his Wednesday Psychological Society (later called the Viennese Psychoanalytic Society).Sadger, however, was not part of Freud’s inner circle, but more a participant observer of the early years of the psychoanalytic movement and of Freud as teacher, therapist, and clinician.

Sadger was considered one of the most devoted followers of Freud and hoped to become one of Freud’s "favorite sons."At the First Psychoanalytic Congress held in Salzburg in 1908, Sadger was chosen to be one of the principal speakers along with Freud, Jones, Adler, Jung, Prince, Riklin, Abraham, and Stekel, an honor that bespeaks Sadger’s early role in the movement.But Freud and many of his disciples were also openly critical of Sadger’s work, calling it at various times overly simplistic, unimaginative, reductionist, orthodox, and rigid.

In 1930 Sadger published his memoir, Sigmund Freud: Persönliche Erinnerungen.With the rise of Nazism and World War II, the book became lost to the world of psychoanalytic history.Recently, Alan Dundes learned of its existence and mounted a search that led him around the world to one of the few extant copies—in a research library in Japan. The result of his fascinating quest is Recollecting Freud, a long-lost personal account that provides invaluable insights into Freud and his social, cultural, and intellectual context. ... Read more

31. Lightner Witmer: His Life and Times
by Paul McReynolds
Hardcover: 353 Pages (1997-10)
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This book chronicles the life of a major figure in American psychology. Lightner Witmer, widely recognized as the founder of clinical psychology, is perhaps best known for establishing the world's first psychological clinic at the University of Pennsylvania in 1896. Witmer was also a primary pioneer of school psychology and special education, but his most enduring contribution may be his insistence that the fruits of scientific psychology could have practical benefits--that is, that psychology could be mobilized to help people having personal difficulties in living. Author Paul McReynolds, the preeminent authority on Witmer, presents Witmer's life in a largely chronological, narrative fashion, in which personal events and circumstances provide an enriching backdrop to Witmer's scientific, academic, and clinical accomplishments. ... Read more

32. History Man: The Life of R. G. Collingwood
by Fred Inglis
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2009-07-06)
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This is the first biography of the last and greatest British idealist philosopher, R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943), a man who both thought and lived at full pitch. Best known today for his philosophies of history and art, Collingwood was also a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician. A figure of enormous energy and ambition, he took as his subject nothing less than the whole of human endeavor, and he lived in the same way, seeking to experience the complete range of human passion. In this vivid and swiftly paced narrative, Fred Inglis tells the dramatic story of a remarkable life, from Collingwood's happy Lakeland childhood to his successes at Oxford, his archaeological digs as a renowned authority on Roman Britain, his solo sailing adventures in the English Channel, his long struggle with illness, and his sometimes turbulent romantic life.

In a manner unheard of today, Collingwood attempted to gather all aspects of human thought into a single theory of practical experience, and he wrote sweeping accounts of history, art, science, politics, metaphysics, and archaeology, as well as a highly regarded autobiography. Above all, he dedicated his life to arguing that history--not science--is the only source of moral and political wisdom and self-knowledge.

Linking the intellectual and personal sides of Collingwood's life, and providing a rich history of his milieu, History Man also assesses Collingwood's influence on generations of scholars after his death and the renewed recognition of his importance and interest today.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Inglis' Autobiography
A good biography is one which illuminates the subject, the biographer himself assuming a respectful distance.The author is incidental; we are not drawn to him but to the subject.Thus the author must write with a delicate and deft hand.Fred Inglis is neither delicate, nor deft, nor (God help the reader) at a respectful distance.At nearly every turn: there he is.We learn much about Inglis and relatively nothing about R.G. Collingwood.I pass over Inglis' puerile treatment of Collingwood's philosophy; instead, I direct the reader to Collingwood's own Autobiography.For those who wish to know the man behind the attempted rapprochement between history and philosophy, let us hope a second biographer will be equal to the task. ... Read more

33. A Prophet from Amongst You: The Life of Yigael Yadin : Soldier, Scholar, and Mythmaker of Modern Israel
by Neil Asher Silberman
 Hardcover: 423 Pages (1994-01)
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34. Interesting Times: An Encounter With the 20th Century 1924-
by George Mandler
Hardcover: 312 Pages (2001-09-01)
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This book is an autobiographical account of George Mandler--born in 1924--who grew up in a middle class Jewish family in Vienna. It details the fears and attempts to find a safe haven when Austria was invaded and absorbed into Nazi Germany in 1938, followed by Mandler's escape to England and residence in a small boarding school. The threat of the holocaust and reaction to anti-semitism are explored and the author describes the life of an emigre youth group run by a branch of the Austrian communist party. Drafted in 1943, Mandler is trained in military intelligence and ends up as a front line interrogator with the 7th army in Germany. The training and function of military intelligence and the role of German and Austrian refugees in it are described for the first time in detail. Military intelligence and counter-intelligence work in post-war Germany follows, including the evacuation of a scientific establishment before the arrival of the Soviets.

Returning to New York in 1946, Mandler begins his college training at New York University and the University of Basel, Switzerland. This is followed by graduate training in psychology at Yale and a first position at Harvard for seven years. Highlights of the period include a short episode of peripheral involvement in a Soviet spy scandal. After five years at the University of Toronto, Mandler is given the opportunity of a lifetime--to start a department at the prestigious new San Diego branch of the University of California. He describes the process of building a department and a university in the context of the 1960s, as well as academic life and actions during the turbulent 60s and 70s. Mandler's successful career as a writer and researcher in psychology is described in lay language, as is the professional/scientific bifurcation of the field. The final chapter comments on and describes current academic life and problems.
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35. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
by Graham Farmelo
Hardcover: 560 Pages (2009-08-25)
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Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics. One of Einstein’s most admired colleagues, Dirac was in 1933 the youngest theoretician ever to win the Nobel Prize in physics.

Dirac’s personality is legendary. He was an extraordinarily reserved loner, relentlessly literal-minded and appeared to have no empathy with most people. Yet he was a family man and was intensely loyal to his friends. His tastes in the arts ranged from Beethoven to Cher, from Rembrandt to Mickey Mouse.

Based on previously undiscovered archives, The Strangest Man reveals the many facets of Dirac’s brilliantly original mind. A compelling human story, The Strangest Man also depicts a spectacularly exciting era in scientific history.

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5-0 out of 5 stars In a Series of Scientific Biographies
I learned of this book after reading "Quantum" about the Einstein-Bohr debate.And after reading the Dirac biography, I pulled "Genius" off the shelf and re-read Feynman's biography.

"The Strangest Man" fits well with other scientific biographies.While reading these books, you encounter the same names (Heisenberg, Pauli, Bethe et al.) over and over, but always with a slightly different twist.

Dirac was Feynman's hero, and according to someone, Dirac is in the top tier of physicists along with Einstein, Bohr, Maxwell, and Newton.As I became familiar with the history of 20th century physics, Dirac always seemed to be in the shadows.This book shines light on him.

4-0 out of 5 stars On "The Strangest Man"
Well written, fascinating stories form the life of one of the most remarkable physicists of recent times.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very Strange Man Indeed
A good read but only if one like Physics and Mathematics, knows what electrons and photons aree all about otherwise stay away for it will bore you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Graham Farmelo has written a very entertaining book detailing the life of Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac who was considered odd by his colleagues in physics who are a somewhat eccentric group in their own right.By taking poetic license, he tells the story of Dirac's life in such a way that the story comes alive.My only criticism which would only apply to other physicists reading the book is that there are no equations.Farmelo describes the physics well but he could have delineated the actual equations.Nonetheless, I give this a five star rating since it is well written, entertaining, and accessible to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars good
In honor of Dirac, man of (virtually) no words, I present the following review:

Did you like this book?


What did you like about it?

Many things.

What is your impression of Dirac?


Would you recommend this book?


Could you explain to the readers why Dirac is considered such an important figure in the history of physics?


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36. A Working Stiff's Manifesto: Confessions of a Wage Slave
by Iain Levison
Hardcover: 150 Pages (2002-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Iain Levison can find work but not fulfillment. The frustration of dead-end, deadhead labor induces a kind of pink-slip payback syndrome as the realization sets in that his college degree will gain him little by way of psychic wages on the job. He is adrift in a workaday world where one human is as good as the next and all are expendable. Meaningless promises abound, "like when they were telling us [at commencement that] we were the future of the world, the bright shining blah blah blah."

In ten years, Iain Levison has lived in six states and worked at forty-two jobs, from fish cutter in Alaska to furniture mover in North Carolina, film-set gopher, oil deliveryman, truck driver, crab fisherman . . . He quit thirty of them, got fired from nine, and has difficulty remembering the other three. Whatever could go wrong often did, hilariously.

A Working Stiff's Manifesto makes Nickel and Dimed look like chump change. It is a funny book about the not-so-funny American workplace. The real thing, written not by a high-priced journalist disguised as a counter clerk, or a tenured professor passing as a vagrant, but by a genuine wage-dependent, red-blooded working stiff too "rich" for welfare and too broke to fit a consumer demographic. He works to keep his car running to get back and forth from work. He works to get by and get back to square one for the next day's labors.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Unputdownable
I just got hooked on the first page. You know some authors can do that. They write very simple sentences, but they draw you right in. Its the clarity and simplicity coupled with the overlap of personal interests that will hold you captive. Most of us need to flee from our own thoughts and a self-made life drives us crazy. We sometimes cannot deal with the voice in our head when we are left to our own means, and the eight hour servitude is often the compromise. And then you need money. Who you are and where you work is really the crux of your life. Think about it. Eight hours plus the hours to speed up and the hours to wind down, and then the stress remainders. It adds up to a life. This book brings us face to face with those choices - the choices made when choices are few. The work environments that kill. Not everyone is happy when he is at work and sometimes that speaks volumes about the human condition. Ants work in groups without a hierarchy, with chemical cues and a hard wired brain. We on the other hand have not evolved to fit the social hierarchy that we build at organizations and even after years of ordeals we have miles to go before we can have a happy employee and employer.

I am very picky so just take my word and read the book. If you are wondering about your work life, you are not alone, and you may in fact feel better by reading about people worse of.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reality Bites * Hysterical = A Great Book
I haven't laughed so hard or felt so sympathetic reading a book before.A perfect mix of irony and sarcasm to get the point accross about how tough it is out there without getting sanctimonious.Buy the book - you will not be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tony Robbins he is not...
If you're looking for a self-help guide or something bright & shiny to help you feel better about your ambitious climb up the corporate ladder- this isn't it. If you have no sense of humor or you're easily offended by one with a sarcastic bite and a questionable work-ethic, well... look elsewhere. A little like Bukowski minus the degrading sex and alcoholic debauchery, but... hey it's still worth reading.

Like listening to a guy in a bar crack you up about the ironies of his miserable work life, Levison "tells it like it is" and it isn't pretty out there. Although he's probably stretching the truth about the details of some of his experiences (what writer doesn't), he seems to be honest about his attitude and actions toward the working world, if not his own near burnt-out psyche. Along the way he encounters people worse off and more negative than he is, and he humourously illustrates how the will to treat others with basic dignity and fairness can get sucked from anybody in the daily grind of low-wage survival. But, he doesn't just blame "The Man" for a life stuck on the hamster wheel of crap jobs, and at times he almost seems to come to terms with his own character flaws which continually contribute to his self-fullfilling prophecy of just scraping by.

All in all, this book is a quick, funny read and a dose of harsh reality in a culture that often sugar-coats the many twisted variations of the so-called "American Dream"...

And by the way, although he sure doesn't espouse an "education for education's sake" mentality, now that he is a published author with a few books out, it seems his much lamented English degree has amounted for something. Good for you, Levison.

3-0 out of 5 stars Is your life easy?
I knew the author, having somewhat grown up with him.I found similarities in his life, and my own.I think that his storytelling is fascinating, and I wished for more, but I guess book editors can have their way with first time authors.I think that until you have experienced this kind of life, you will never know or have much understanding of it.How ironic it is that a college graduate would have to endure these kind of day to day hardships, that many would think would only be for the "uneducated".Yes, it doesn't leave you inspired.How often are we told that a book must have a happy ending to it.I think for those who have never known hardship, it is required reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and True
If you've ever been caught in that nether world of "temporary employment" then Iain Levison speaks for you.This book is relatively short (164 pages).It was just right, but I would love to see a sequel. ... Read more

37. Terms of Enforcement: Making Men Pay for What They've Done
by Steven S. Richmond
Paperback: 226 Pages (2002-02-25)
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Terms of Enforcement: Making Men Pay for What They've Done is the story of failed courts, mental health, and social service systems. Ordinarily such an observation is not remarkable and that in itself is unfortunate. But in the case of the author's story, these failures are deliberate. Worse, as widespread as this problem is, these failures are unreported in the press and the professional literature. How could this be?

In an effort to protect women from domestic abuse, human service professionals and judges institute policies that make them appear to be the champions of abused women everywhere. Zero tolerance/ pro-arrest policies appear to be just what we need to combat the epidemic of domestic violence. We are convinced that a rigid policy is a force for good. It sends a message, we believe. It says to abused women that we care about them.

But what happens when there is posturing behind this policy? What happens when an apparently noble policy is window dressing meant to give the illusion of caring about citizens? What happens when the appearance of caring extends to the point that courts and social service agencies become willing to sacrifice innocent men to satisfy a political agenda? What happens when judges and human service professionals lack the courage to institute standards for screening and substantiating reports of abuse? The courts become the repositories of a noble hypocrisy. One might expect judges to be troubled by this. But judges appear to be unperturbed. They feel confident their hypocrisy will be safeguarded. The tragedy isn't there. The consequences to falsely accused men are catastrophic. Their lives will be ruined. But maybe worse than that, the injustices done to them will be tolerated, even applauded.

Since the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995, we have entered into a period of nationwide anxiety about men. As a result, men have become easy targets of false accusations of abuse. Once accused, they are afforded no legal remedies to challenge the allegations made against them. In fact, women are advised by their lawyers to allege abuse for the sake of winning legal tugs of war in matters of child custody and divorce. Why? Because lawyers now realize that judges will rubber-stamp their requests for protection without question. In many states the standard for evidence has descended to the level of take-my-word-for-it. This gives their clients an obvious and extraordinary advantage.

The author is a human service professional with 30 years' experience. In the course of his divorce proceedings his wife obtains a restraining order after explaining to the judge that he might be a danger to her because he has carpentry tools in his car. Terms of Enforcement: Making Men Pay for What They've Done is the author's unescorted passage through Hell and a story for everyone to consider who cares about justice and the search for responsible ways to protect women who are at genuine risk of domestic violence. ... Read more

38. Herbert Croly of the New Republic: The Life and Thought of an American Progressive
by David W. Levy
 Hardcover: 360 Pages (1985-02)
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39. Their Day in the Sun: Women of the Manhattan Project (Labor and Social Change)
by Ruth H. Howes, Caroline C. Herzenberg
Paperback: 264 Pages (2003-04)
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Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The public perception of the making of the atomic bomb is yet an image of the dramatic efforts of a few brilliant male scientists. However, the Manhattan Project was not just the work of a few and it was not just in Los Alamos. It was, in fact, a sprawling research and industrial enterprise that spanned the country from Hanford in Washington State to Oak Ridge in Tennessee, and the Met labs in Illinois.

The Manhattan Project also included women in every capacity. During World War II the manpower shortages opened the laboratory doors to women and they embraced the opportunity to demonstrate that they, too, could do "creative science." Although women participated in all aspects of the Manhattan Project, their contributions are either omitted or only mentioned briefly in most histories of the project. It is this hidden story that is presented in Their Day in the Sun through interviews, written records, and photographs of the women who were physicists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists, and technicians in the labs.

Authors Ruth H. Howes and Caroline L. Herzenberg have uncovered accounts of the scientific problems the women helped solve as well as the opportunities and discrimination they faced. Their Day in the Sun describes their abrupt recruitment for the war effort and includes anecdotes about everyday life in these clandestine improvised communities. A chapter about what happened to the women after the war and about their attitudes now, so many years later, toward the work they did on the bomb is included. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, badly flawed execution
Although attempts to profile female contributions to great undertakings are appreciated, �Their day in the sun,� is fundamentally flawed by the authors� bias toward academic, primarily physicist, researchers and by the authors� failure to understand the mechanisms and downstream effects of Manhattan Project technologies.This has lead to a poorly organized document that spends pages on the contributions of a truck driver, secretary, or clerk whose husband was a Los Alamos or Chicago Met Lab physicist while ignoring the contributions of the tens of thousands of women who worked at other facilities, often in professional scientific or engineering capabilities.This is partially due to the uniqueness and historic significance of the atom bomb.However, other successes growing out of the Manhattan Project touch our lives every day:the medical isotopes that delineate a blocked heart artery, the separations that make good vaccines and new plastics possible, and the nuclear power reactors that remain our cleanest electric energy generators.

The authors indicate that the limitations on their research imposed by the availability of published documents or potential interviewees were responsible for their omissions.However, in preparing reviews of the technology developed at a variety of Manhattan Project sites, my working group found reasonable access to both people and written records.Also, epidemiological researchers who have evaluated clinical effects, mortality, and morbidity of Manhattan project staff have been able to contact significant portions of former workers.Recent epidemiological studies of �female� illnesses (e. g., breast cancer) make the omission of the bulk of the Manhattan Project�s female staff for reasons other than bias or intellectual laxness difficult to understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Woman and the Atomic Bomb
This work chronicles the role that women played in the Manhatten project during World War II in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, physics, health biology, etc.It also provides an interesting account of the roleof women in the physics discoveries during the early twentieth centurywhich made the development of nuclear weapons possible.

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40. A Dame Full of Vim and Vigour (Women in Science)
by Ogilvie
Hardcover: 246 Pages (1999-06-01)
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Alice Middleton Boring was a feisty, head-strong biologist who spent much of her adult life teaching in China during some of the most tumultuous times in the country's history. She found herself continually distracted from teaching her students and pursuing her own research by civil war, revolution, the Japanese occupation, World War II, including her internment and repatriation, and the subsequent upheaval which resulted in the creation of a socialist society. Throughout the turmoil, she continued to publish scientific papers, pragmatically changing her research emphasis from cytology and genetics to the taxonomy of Chinese reptiles and amphibians. In spite of her traumatic experiences, she remained deeply influenced by her time in China long after her return to America. Loyalty to the Chinese people and an almost evangelical appreciation of her adopted culture permeated the rest of her personal and professional life. ... Read more

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