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1. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking
2. How Thunder and Lightning Came
3. Thunder and Lightnings (Puffin
4. I Can Read About Thunder and Lightning
5. Thunder Over The Ochoco: Lightning
6. Lightning From The Sky Thunder
7. Red Thunder Tropic Lightning:
8. Delaware & Hudson: Thunder
9. Shaoey and Dot: A Thunder and
10. Thunder And Lightning: A No-B.S.
11. Red Lightning (Red Thunder)
12. Thunder and Lightning (Scholastic
13. The Story of Lightning and Thunder
14. Rolling Thunder Stock Car Racing:
16. Thunder and Lightning (Pictureback)
17. Lightning Bug Thunder
18. Why Does It Thunder and Lightning?
19. More Lightning, Less Thunder:
20. Thunder and Lightning

1. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
by Natalie Goldberg
Paperback: 240 Pages (2001-10-30)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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In this long-awaited sequel to her bestselling books Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg, one of the most sought-after writing teachers of our time, takes us to the next step in the writing process.

You’ve filled your notebooks, done your writing practice, discovered your original voice. Now what? How do you turn this raw material into finished stories, essays, poems, novels, memoirs?

Drawing on her own experience as a writer and a student of Zen, Natalie shows you how to create a field big enough to allow your “wild mind” to wander — and then gently direct its tremendous energy into whatever you want to write.

Here, too, is invaluable advice on how to overcome writer’s block, how to deal with the fear of criticism and rejection, how to get the most from working with an editor, and how to learn from reading accomplished authors.

With humor and compassion, Goldberg recounts her own mistakes on the way to publication — and how you can avoid the most common pitfalls of the beginning writer. Through it all there is a deep celebration of writing itself — not just as the means to an end, but as a path to living a deeper, more fully alive life.
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More musings from Natalie Goldberg on writing as a spiritualpath, as "an authentic Zen way." Goldberg has some nice things to sayabout the importance of the process of writing. She recommends herstudents spend two years at writing "practice" before undertaking aspecific project, so that they can "get in touch with their wildminds." The most inspired writing, she says, comes when one'sconscious mind gets out of the way. Still, we are puzzled byThunder and Lightning: is it really meant to show us how toturn "our flashes of inspiration ... into a polished piece of work," asthe book jacket touts? It comes off more as a collection of Goldberg'sruminations on writing and reading. Goldberg tells us about her friendJulie's writing process. Another pal, Kate, talks about plot. We studyStyron with Goldberg's workshop students and take a road trip throughthe South to try to figure out just how some of the poorest states inthe union managed to produce so many great writers. There are somegood stories here, and it's vaguely interesting to know what Nat likesto order when she does her café writing or lunches with hereditors, but we end up desiring a little less wandering and a littlemore focus. --Jane Steinberg ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Natalie Goldberg's teachin genius shines through once again. She gets right to the meat of things, breaks through our fears of writing and supports us at the same time. This book demystifies the writing craft and helps the writer become accountable and ready to step up and put it all down, all those rich and juicy moments in one's history in ways that break through from whining into solid plot and character. This book is especially valuable when paired with Writing Down the Bones (for beginning writers) or Old Friend From Far Away (for those who want to write memoir).

4-0 out of 5 stars Thunder and Lightning from a sometimes annoying but gifted teacher
As always, an engaging work of nonfiction because she includes so many personal anecdotes and sensory details from her own life.Because her writing is so beautiful and clear, it makes for a fast, effortless read.No question that she is an immensely gifted writer.Its midlife perspective made the book intriguing:she's about 56 years old now and seems simultaneously more relaxed with, and less inclined to romanticize, the writing life.She does push her reading audience (and her students) to publish with no real attempt to address how hard that is these days.The beginning really caught my attention with her informal poll of all her writer friends:none of them could truly call themselves happy.They were writers but it never brought them happiness. Her point seemed to be that it won't bring you happiness, but it's still a worthy practice.A part near the end grabbed my attention:about earth-shattering events in a writer's life that can make them find their "voice."For her, it was discovering Zen Buddhism.For Paul Monette, it was losing his true love to AIDs and knowing he was next.At times she seems a little too enamored of playing annoying Zen master to her worshipful writing-workshop students, but I guess that's a small price for the reader to pay for some good insights.

2-0 out of 5 stars Try It Before You Buy It!
For someone who spends so much time meditating -- and writing about that experience -- Goldberg is the most neurotic nonfiction writer I've ever tried to read. I'll definitely give her earlier books a read, but there was really nothing new or unique in this work that I could really use. Her "voice" was so irritating that I just had to put it down a third of the way though.

5-0 out of 5 stars goldberg: a bridge from wanna be to writer
natalie goldberg, famous for writing down the bones, is a sister, an encourager, a deep artist-maker-writer-soulstress who lays open her insight, her striving, her struggle, her bannana rose triumph and despair, her writing rules, her friendships, her jewish origin and zen discoveries, her brilliance to serve as a bridge from wanna be to writer.she does it effortlessly--or so it seems, exuding the leadership, the know-how, the willingness, the courage, to stand at the front of the room in the workshop in your mind.

i think i bought and started reading this book back in june of last year--when james was home last.it inspired me to start some writing activities at artescape.it inspired me to recommit to the daily act of my own writing.it inspired me to keep going, keep putting the words down, keep my hand moving, keep getting to the end of the page, keep practicing, keep keeping on.and, as with all spiritual practices, along the way, i started and stopped, i seized on ideas, i took detours, i had insights, i learned, i grew, i glimpsed a new shadow in the the big mystery.... and i continue, through what she calls writing practice and what julia cameron calls morning pages to get the benefits of the exercise: to grow.

here's what goldberg has to say about writing practice:

"we wrote for half an hour, read to each other, wrote another half hour, read aloud. by the end we were both beaming. writing practice had done it again--digested our sorrow, dissolved and integrated our inner rigidity, and let us move on.i don't even remember what we wrote about.it didn't matter.the effort of forming words, physically connecting hand with mind and heart, and then having the freedom to read aloud transformed us. yes, writing practice is good."

and so, throughout this book and all her others, i am encouraged.i love the words of artists and others who encourage me--who keep me moving, keep me fueled, keep me creating and trying and growing as an artist, as a writer.she is in the sacred sisterhood of my bookshelf.she is a regular healer i visit often--with her wise insight and bravery.she is ahead of me on the path--and, knowing i (and others) are following, is kind enough to leave her bread crumbs in such an appetizing book.she is a map maker--my map maker--having charted the course to the new world and encountered the sea monsters and natives and she has left word of the journey, so that i might make my own way.

5-0 out of 5 stars If Natalie Goldberg can't crack your muse, nobody will!!!
I love this book!I love Natalie Goldberg!I have listened to "Thunder and Lightening" two times already while taking my afternoon walks (what luxury), and I can't wait to get that headset on.
Natalie writing in the coffee shops- eating chocolate, hanging out at the library and bookstores--Natalie's valuable insights into the writing life is electifying and invigorating and inspiring; she actually makesus believe we can all write--

Natalie thought writing would give her everything--but she admits it did not.One needs to incorporate something more, and for Natalie, that something more was the teaching of Zen.I have yet to know a writer who does not have "that something more."Because after all, the writing flows from something other than the mind--doesn't it?

Writing Practice---Writing Practice---Writing Practice

Will this make us essayists, poets, novelists?Natalie Goldberg says it will. If you don't believe it, stop writing.If you do believe it, write until you crack open, and the words flow into the world like a gift.

NOW GO ON YOUR WALK and become inspired. Forget walking with a friend and walk with Natalie! You will not be disappointed!!!!

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2. How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be: A Choctaw Tale
by Beatrice Harrell
 Hardcover: 32 Pages (1995-05-01)
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This funny Choctaw tale tells of the time when the Great Sun Father wanted to find a way to warn his people of coming storms. He gave the job to Heloha and Melatha, who were not the smartest of birds. Their ideas led to one silly mishap after another--until they created thunder and lightning completely by accident. Full-color collage illustrations. ... Read more

3. Thunder and Lightnings (Puffin Modern Classics)
by Jan Mark
Paperback: 192 Pages (1995-02-23)

Isbn: 0140366172
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4. I Can Read About Thunder and Lightning
by David Cutts
Paperback: 48 Pages (1998-03-01)
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"I Can Read About" Books explore the world around us, from the mysteries of space to the wonders of undersea life, and everything in between.With colorful illustrations and clear text, "I Can Read About" books makes reading an eye-opening adventure. ... Read more

5. Thunder Over The Ochoco: Lightning Strikes!
by Gale Ontko
Paperback: 495 Pages (2008-02)
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Thunder Over the Ochoco is literally the work of alifetime. Its author spent 40 years combing historical records andinterviewing dozens of descendants of pioneer settlers and NativeAmericans who shared oral traditions that have been passed downthrough generations.

What emerges is history as it has never been told before. Ahistory of conquistadors and fur trappers, of merchants andmissionaries. The history of an Indian war that was one of the longestand bloodiest conflicts ever fought on American soil, but which forpolitical and economic reasons was covered up for decades. Above all,the history of “those first settlers of the Ochoco—men, woman,and children—who were left to wander and starve in a land theythought belonged to them through eternity, a people who in their finalagony cried out: `Nimma ne-umpu!'—`We too are human!’

Gale Ontko tells this story with compassion and grace, in a stylethat combines the precision of the scholar with the vigor and drama ofthe novelist. The five volumes comprise nearly 2500 printed book pagesand have been described by some as the most factual writing by anyauthor on the history of the Shoshoni People.

Volume III covers the period between 1860 and 1869 when richdeposits of gold were discovered in eastern Oregon, and the citizensof the Willamette Valley were out to claim their share at anycost. Shoshoni dog soldiers were equally determined that they keep totheir side of the Cascade barrier. War was officially declared. Theopposing forces went for each other’s throats locked in a deathstruggle that seemed endless. The crashing crescendo of thunder wasaccompanied by lightning strikes of destruction which ricocheted intofour western states—and the military campaign they thought wouldlast but a few weeks stretched into years. In flashing raids, Shoshonidog soldiers humiliated the Oregon Cavalry, taking a deadly toll onmining settlements, homesteads, stagecoaches and wagon trains. Itwould take a battle-hardened army baptized in the carnage of the CivilWar four years to bring the Shoshoni to their knees: an aggressor withunlimited resources pitted against a foe that was undermanned,undernourished and outgunned—but desperately fighting forsurvival. Volume III is the story of the first violent Shoshonioutbreak, which would again erupt in the 1870s. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars fact or fiction?
I became interested in this period of conflict between the Indians and Oregon emigrants after reading other references and perked up when I discovered this book.Unfortunately, though, I'm not sure how much of this book is based on historical fact versus folklore and storytelling. Facts are left out and details of historical events are seriously altered in this book.I offer two separate events as examples:

In one of Ontko's chapters is the story of rancher Andy Hall.According to Mr. Ontko's version, in 1866 Mr. Hall returns one night to his ranch after hunting a deer when he discovers his cabin to be a '...crimson glow in the northern sky..'Concealed, Hall watches helplessy as a half dozen Snake warriors run off his stock.Following the theft, Hall hears a war whoop and comes to the decision that he needs to alert Fort Lyon of this event and speeds through the night on horseback toward the fort.Through the process of elimination, the Indians decide which one of them will pursue Hall for the purpose eliminating him before he can alert the soldiers.Come dawn, and after a lengthy chase, an almost supernatural death battle takes place where Hall shoots his pursuer and at the same instant, gets his own head "...smashed in like a porcelain bowl..." by a war axe. Scout Archie McIntosh happens to be at this remote location and witnesses the dying Indian climb onto a rock ledge to die and "...travel the Sun Down Trail into eternity..."Meanwhile, Andy Hall is still groaning so McIntosh removes him to a cave to warm and shelter him in his final agonies.After Hall expires, he however, "...travels unknown horizons of forever..." To this end, McIntosh judges this not to be worthy of notifying the army and deposits Hall's body on a faro table in a Ruby City saloon, where the whites exclaim "by gawd!" This version of the story was a yarn spun in one of the local papers and has no basis in fact.According to other reference, Hall did not receive a fatal head wound but was shot, recovered and died much later in California in 1891.

Having read other material on this conflict, Ontko's version puzzles me.In other historical text I have read that there were several other men with Hall at his cabin because neighbors forted up together at night for safety against Indian raids.Hall hears gunfire outside his home that night finds an Indian leading his horse away.He chases the Indian but gets shot in the abdomen by a hiding warrior.One of the men at the cabin shoots and kills the warrior whilst a couple dozen other Indians tried to burn the men out into the open. The fight lasts until the early morning hours when the Indians then steal the stock and along the way, shoot another white man in the arm and steal his mules.The next day Camp Lyon is notified and Hall was later taken to Booneville for attention.A party chases down the Indians, who abandon the stolen stock when they see riders approaching.Throughout the day and night the men who gave pursuit had battle with the Indians, driving them for miles.People on both sides of the battle were injured - it was not a runaway escape and there was no battle in the wilderness between Hall and his pursuer as in Ontko's version. Ontko says that the pursuers of the Indians got more than they bargained for when they caught up to them.Maybe so, but the Indians probably got more than they bargained for in return.According to the testimony of Pvt. John McCourt, Indians were killed and "about three in the morning...the squaws came down and had a ---- of a time over the dead Indian..." (Webb, List of Engagements 24); (This pargraph is my summary of parts of other reference materials: p. 144-46 in The Deadliest Indian War in the West, The Snake Conflict 1864-68.)

Other events in Thunder Over the Ochoco/Lightening Strikes are also equally embellished or altered:

In a separate conflict known as the fight at Infernal Caverns, Mr. Ontko's Thunder Over the Ochoco/Lightening Strikes offers this version of a particular battle scene where soldiers charge an Indian fortress: "...At the same moment (Sgt. John) Russler came up,and jamming his rifle through a gun port, fired.He was also shot.The next man to reach the top and live was Joe Wasson..."

Compare this to an account of the same fight as detailed in The Battle of Infernal Caverns by Lietenant Richard I. Eskridge, who was actually present at the battle:"...Meantime, Sgt. Russler of Company D, who with great gallantry and alacrity in the face of such fire was the first to reach the breastworks on our side, thrust his piece into one of the loopholes and fired, killing and wounding several of the fifteen or twenty Indians inside and stampeding the rest..."

Yet a third account of this battle comes from Joe Wasson, the Owyhee Avalanche reporter who is referenced in Mr. Ontko's version.Mr. Wasson was present at the fight and gave this testimony in his article titled 'Col. Crook's Campaign': "...At the same moment, on the left, Bassler (Russler) (same man, his name appears with a spelling variation)..got his gun through a porthole, fired, and looking over, said 'Get out of that, you SOBs!'I went round the parapet to the north side of the fort to get a shot as they (the Indians) came out, but they dropped their empty guns and slid over the west side and disappeared in an instant like so many lizards..."

Mr.Wasson's account supports Lt. Eskridge's, because both of these men were present as witnesses to this action.

And contrary to Mr. Ontko's version, Sgt. Russler was not shot.

Mr. Ontko's Thunder Over the Ochoco series makes it difficult to separate historical truth from folkore, especially when he offers on408, "...Almost no one speaks for the American Indian, although the trend is beginning to become more popular and gaining momentum with each passing year..." I think thats a telling statement of Mr. Ontko's opinions and you need to consider how that influenced his account of these events if you decide to read this series.Some non-battle related parts of this book provide entertaining reading, thereare some fun diddies about the Pony, the first locomotive, the Shoshone river vessel, along with musings on the poet Joaquim Miller.

However, I would absolutely NOT consider this book historically accurate.If you want a true and accurate picture of this conflict, you need to test this material against other historical sources written about the same period.Unfortunately, this was an often overlooked war but there other books are out there. The Wars for the Pacific Northwest by Peter Cozzens and Deadliest Indian War:The Snake Conflict by Gregory Michno are some good references.

2-0 out of 5 stars POOR PRINTING

6. Lightning From The Sky Thunder From The Sea
by Thomas Petri
Paperback: 424 Pages (2009-05-21)
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ANGLICO: "Super Grunts" of 1st ANGLICO were deployed to all fourtactical zones of Vietnam in small mobile fire control teams, providing support to U.S. Army and allied elements. This organization was the last tactical unit to stand down from the war and gained distinction as the only Marines in-country reporting directly to MACV. Working closely with Korean Marines, recounting several actions involving these legendary warriors from the Land of the Morning Calm, this little known but highly effective unit had an impact on the war far greater than their small numbers. Field radio operators and naval gunfire spotters composed the tactical membership of this unit. Both professions were crosstrained in each competence, and each in turn was further qualified as tactical air controllers. An airborne capable platoon was established, mandating many ANGLICOs attend jump school and undertake other specialty training in the event they are called on to enter combat by unconventional means. Not being able to predict who they may be called on to support, training was pushed to the level of the most elite forces in the free world. BLUE DRAGONS: Most men of the Blue Dragon Brigade came of age during a war that raged fierce on their own homeland little more than a decade earlier. During a short lived occupation by North Korea, the people of the south endured extremely harsh treatment by would be conquerors. Events of recent historystill burned in their hearts and haunted their dreams. They were mostly all childrenat the time leaving scarcely a man untouched by personal tragedy that could only be forged in a crucible of terror. Many were orphaned and all shared athirst to settle a score that only those who drink deep from the same cup ofdread can truly understand. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Lightening From The Sky Thunder From The Sea
Took me a while to get up the nerve to read this book.I served with Sub 1 1st ANGLICO and knew many of the principals in this book.I learned quite a bit more about ANGLICO's history than I knew before.It is a good book and informative.It was a bit hard in places simply because I was there for some of the events that happened during 1967.It is a very interesting history / documentary about a very little known but widely used Marine unit.I enjoyed it very much aside from my personal involvement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great account of Vietman war from someone who was there
Anyone who is interested in military special forces and reading about actual accounts of the Vietnam war will find this good reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Book
I served in Sub Unit 1, !st Anglico. Petri does an outstanding job describing the job we did. He does so with accuracy and pinache. This is a must-read for the military historian or for those interested in operations in Vietnam. Warning: There is not a shred of political correctness to be found in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Many books have been written about the various battles that make up the Vietnam War.However, this book details the exploits of small-teams of US Marines tasked to operate with allies such as the ROK Marines and Vietnamese Marines among others.Specially trained at small-unit tactics, foreign forces liaison, communications and most importantly spotting and directing American firepower power, these devil-dogs operated independently of conventional marine forces.The author provides a diverse assortment of combat stories of our allies and the ANGLICO marines that guided and assisted them in the fight against the NVA and VC.1st ANGLICO, Sub Unit 1 was the last US combat unit to depart Vietnam.While most grunts and SF units were back in the states, these men were fighting for their lives and the lives of the South Vietnamese in places like Alpha 2, just south of the DMZ.This is a must read. ... Read more

7. Red Thunder Tropic Lightning: The World of a Combat Division in Vietnam
by Eric M. Bergerud
Paperback: 328 Pages (1994-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This honest, unflinching narrative presents the personal stories of the 25th Infantry--the division that inspired Oliver Stone's film, Platoon. Bergerud contends that the Vietnam War was lost in the field, where divisions like the 25th Infantry were obliged to fight in massive, expensive, and seemingly pointless campaigns against a stubborn, resilient enemy. Photos. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars hagiography, worth reading in combination with other works
Reading Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning brought me back to the feeling I had in High School upon reading a book simply titled "Nam."I suppose that my fascinations to buy and read that book stemmed from the fact that my friends' fathers and friends of my parents' sons had gone to Vietnam and yet none of them really talked about it when they returned... even when asked.

One of my friends' fathers told only one story, that of patrolling in the forest and the `Three Step Snake.'If it bit you, you would be dead in three steps.His telling only of the flora and fauna of Vietnam left me wondering what had happened in Vietnam.I had become interested in history as a child through military history.But Vietnam was almost so close to me that I could touch it.I saw it on the nightly news, as well as the local SF Bay Area protests.I had watched the last helicopter leave from the US embassy on the news.So what about three step snakes.What about the people I wondered... I also wondered how `we lost' and bought a book describing various sequences of battle but the men I met or knew never talked about it.

Eric Bergerud's book tells that story from the position of the 25th Infantry Men's perspective.The use of both officers and enlisted is appreciated.Though Sheehan's book is well written, I grew annoyed at his failure to give the names of the NCOs that supported Vann and his intel and ops officers.That neglect seems to perpetuates the thinking that somehow they are less qualified to comment... OK for fodder, not worth remembering their names and their sacrifices. Bergerud not only counters such a notion, but embraces the enlisted man's view.

The way in which the book structures similar experiences gives one a deep sense of appreciation for these Soldiers (hopefully regardless of one's personal position on the Vietnam War.)These are not men telling triumphalist embellishments, or `there I was' stories.Though Platoon was based on a real attack, there are some things a film of Platoon's sweep cannot convey.Some of the things that film can't always do even with a narration are like the feeling a soldier has.The GI's telling of the lack of comprehension of what was going on didn't mean they didn't sense that they were being used.But his recollection of the Colonel's speech about being rewarded and decorated only becomes clear after the fact.They had been the bait.(Bergerud, 154.)The Soldier does not go on to mention however, that the awards and decorations for many that stood in that formation listening to the colonel's speech would only be awarded and decorated posthumously.

In light of this speech by the colonel, the scene of vets at anti-war rallies in Washington DC throwing their medals back with looks of anger, anguish, bitterness, and despair resonates at an even deeper level.However, as strategy goes, the tethered goat tactic was successful.In many ways, the crucified Elias character in Platoon was the only way the film could represent the potential sacrificial victims.

I also appreciated the highlighting of the petty parochialism of the units that made up the 25th Division.The artillery units' shooing of the infantrymen from their water buffalo (The water tank truck) is completely real.It is also understandable that the infantry are somewhat dismissive of the comparatively easy life led by the Air Force units (see 173.)Of course at least within the 25th Division these units' parochial tendencies evaporate immediately after the attack on `Burt' establishes the bond of brotherhood. (This attack is at the end of the movie "Platton".)

One preference I would have had would have been that Mr. Bergerud designated the rank of the Soldiers at the time that their stories pertain to.He does usually do the formal citing of retired officer ranks, but there seem to be many of the enlisted whose ranks are never mentioned other than a Sergeant here and there. I also believe there was room for some analysis.

The portions speaking to the lack of career NCOs and the decline of discipline is also worth highlighting.As the Soldier who observed the phenomenon noted, many of the instantly promoted men were fine leaders in combat, but the absolute breakdown in military discipline and an increase in unacceptable behavior rose sharply until the final pull out of US forces.

Bergerud's perspective on Tet was also worth reading as it challenged my notion of what had happened.In retrospect, though I believe American war planners in the Pentagon were mad with blood lust, and like their presidential aministrations, they couldn't conceive of the possibility of defeat.Yet it seems that the Tet truly had sapped the fighting strength of the Popular Front forces.In that light, it seems that the idea of a weakened VC as turning into a victory could be understood.One hears Colonel Mathieu's voice (Battle of Algiers) coming through the soldier discussing the `no-fire zone.' Mathieu tells about how he had requested a `free hand' in Algeria but was denied.Oliver Stone served in the 25th Infantry Division.Stone's character, SSGT Barnes, also complained of those in Washington "trying to win this war with one hand tied to their balls" as soldiers of the 25th sustained fire but had to wait for permission to return fire into that `no-fire zone' around Saigon. (Bergerud, 172.)These voices are those of soldiers.They couldn't know that even if the VC's war fighting ability had been greatly reduced, the people were still not inclined to support the corrupt Saigon government, just as the Algerian people no longer wanted the French even though the NLF cells had been crushed. (See the movie Battle of Algiers.)

If Marilyn Young's book "The Vietnam Wars" provides an overview of historical factors and policies and politics, we see America's involvement in Vietnam through her work at 30,000 feet.Neil Sheehan's book "Bright Shining Lie" with its histories and examination though the life of John Paul Vann gives us a Helicopter view at 2,000 feet.Bergerud's work is on the ground where the American Soldiers fought and died (and for some it was worse, to survive, with all its horror.)

3-0 out of 5 stars If you like childish assumptions...
If you read lots of military history, read this:
If you read this book, only read if for the EDITED and not ORIGINAL quotes of veterans. Bergerud made an attempt to simplify the book for the casual reader, which was probably not the best idea. The average reader does not read history, and the odds are that everyone who bought this book knew quite well what an APC is. Also, Bergerud makes ... comments like "THE TROPIC LIGHTNING DIVISION WAS THE BEST DIVISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!!". Not quite that extreme, but, it verges on that level. I mean no offense to the Tropic Lightning Division, as I regard them with the utmost respect, as I do for every veteran. My intention is to illustrate the author's seemingly sophmoric writing style.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written accurate and moving
I was there too (June 68 to Junre 69), so let me add my voice to that chorus.In addition, this book is very well-written and a pleasure to read.There has been more nonsense written about Vietnam than the next 10 subjects combined; this book is a good start toward an antidote to all those years of lies.Vietnam veterans will love it.Non-veterans looking for the truth will find it fascinating and enlightening.Strong recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Piece of Research
Although I never served in Vietnam, I was an 11B in the 25th from 12/72-9/74.I served in the Army six years, so I have a good sense of what sounds right and what does not. It is clear to me that Mr. Bergerud put together a well researched product that does a fine job in explaining to me the reader what life in the 25th must have been like in Vietnam.It is the only book I have come across that is Tropic Lightning specific.This book gave me a connection to those guys who served before me.

5-0 out of 5 stars From one who was there
I served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam--the unit which is the subject of Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning. I have read over a hundred books about Vietnam, but was really impressed with this work. Dr. Bergerud andhis oral contributors, one of whom was in my squad, tell it the way it was.I've read other books by Eric Bergerud and consider him a meticulousresearcher and brilliant historian.I believe the 25th Infantry DivisionAssociation, who recently honored Dr. Bergerud with their Stanley R. LarsenAward for his efforts on this book and his portrayal of the "TropicLightning" (25th) division, speaks louder than the "reader fromVA". I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in what itwas really like to be an infantryman in Vietnam. ... Read more

8. Delaware & Hudson: Thunder & Lightning Stripes
by Jaime F. M. Serensits
Paperback: 48 Pages (2003-01-10)
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This beautiful all-color book "Delaware & Hudson: Thunder & Lightning Stripes" was published by The Railroad Press. It covers the D&H from the 1970's to the 80's. Spectacular color photography in the Northeast includes places like Binghamton, Oneonta, Starrucca Viaduct, Mechanicville, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown and more!

Classic motive power includes Delaware & Hudson Century 420's, C424's, RS3's, RS11's, RS36's, rare PA1's and Baldwin

Sharks, U23B's, U30B's, U33C's, GP38-2's, GP39-2's, and more! This 48-page book is ALL COLOR, and includes index. ... Read more

9. Shaoey and Dot: A Thunder and Lightning Bug Story (Shaoey & Dot)
by Mary Beth Chapman, Steven Curtis Chapman
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2006-04-04)
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Asin: 1400307430
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Shaoey and Dot help children conquer their fear of the dark.

When the lights go out one stormy night, Shaoey becomes frightened. Dot, her little ladybug friend, humorously explains that there are some things to be scared of-like if there's an elephant in the bunk bed above you or if you're with a bunch of monkeys and only have one banana. But, as Dot tells Shaoey, dark is just a place with the lights off, and God is in the dark just like everywhere else.

A Thunder and Lightning Bug Story, with adorable characters illustrated by Jim Chapman, was written from the experience of Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman and is sure to comfort any little one who is hesitant to turn out the lights.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cute story
Adorable book.If you like the first Shaoey & Dot book, you'll like this too.ado

5-0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves this book!
My daughter loves this book. It is by far one of her favorites. The illustration is great and really brings the story to life.

4-0 out of 5 stars God sees even in the dark!
This book shows children they have no need to fear in the dark because God is everywhere. Shaoey is an adorable little Chinese girl, and Dot is her ladybug friend. One night the lights go out during a thunderstorm. Shaoey is very frightened. Dot reminds her there are worse things to fear -- like sharing your bunk bed with a whale or having to help an alligator brush his teeth. Dot tells a few fun things to do in the dark, too. She concludes with "But the one thing to always remember is that God's there, wherever you are. He's always watching and taking care of you, and His eyes even see in the dark!"

Written by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, this is the third book in the Shaoey and Dot series. Steven Curtis Chapman is well-known throughout the Christian community for his music. He and his wife have six children, three of which have been adopted from China. The Shaoey and Dot series grew from their experiences as adoptive parents. All the books in the series are illustrated by Mary Beth's brother, Jim Chapman. He and his wife have also adopted from China. The illustrations are cute and imaginative. Done almost entirely in line drawings, they are sketchy, but quite detailed.

What I Like: This book is perfect for all kids who fear the dark, be they adopted or not! It reminds kids God is their Protector and He's always there. I love the line about God seeing even the dark. The book has helped my daughter not be frightened. She loves it!

An added bonus: the main character is obviously Asian. My sister was adopted from Korea, so I love this series. While this book makes no mention of adoption, the series together does. It makes adoption understandable for children and features a little girl who looks similar to my kids' cousins. Every child, whether touched by adoption or not, will benefit from understanding the concept for all believers are adopted by God. The details of this truth are key to the Christian faith.

What I Dislike: It's short! There are only four lines of poetry on every other page. I expected the book to be longer -- especially considering the age recommendation. Also, the colors were a little too pastel for my taste.

Overall Rating: Good.

Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review

5-0 out of 5 stars Teacher approved
My sister teaches little kids and loves to read this book to her class. It is excellent for little kids to read or listen to.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up!
You remember when you were about three or four years old, a fear of dark places started to set in. You wouldn't go to bathroom by yourself unless Mom or Dad came with you. You couldn't sleep unless your night-light was turned on. You didn't want to open up your closet fearing that the "Boogeyman" might take you away. Now, as a grown-up, you know a little better than to be scared for those reasons, but it's your children's turn now! Guess what though! This book written by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman will help put your children to ease as they go through their stage of "fear-of-the-dark." "Shaoey and Dot: A Thunder And Lightning Bug Story" is a great book that teaches children not to be afraid when the lights aren't turned on. It lets them know that God is there with them too, just like He is when the lights are on. It will help your kids to be brave and courageous - even in the most scariest dark places! ... Read more

10. Thunder And Lightning: A No-B.S. Hockey Memoir
by Phil Esposito, Peter Golenbock
Paperback: 294 Pages (2003-11-30)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.24
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Asin: 1572437693
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Phil Esposito has never been reluctant to speak his mind. At the end of his third season with the Blackhawks, Espo told coach Billy Reay and GM Tommy Ivan that they had a great team, maybe even a dynasty, but that the two would screw it up. Perfectly Espo. He pulls no punches on those Chicago days, his record-setting time with the Bruins, his abrupt trade to the Rangers and all the hard work and heartache behind founding the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nobody is spared Espo's directness and recollections. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Jesus Saves and Espo Scores on the Rebound !
Worth a look.. at the library. Phil is one of my all-time favorite Boston Bruins but, he exaggerates a little too much on some of his far fetched stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars Espo Speaks
Books from former hockey players bring the reader into a special sanctum.The culture of NHL, especially spanning the years of the Original 6, reads like a secret society of incredible fun, comeraderie and male bonding.

Phil Esposito broke in with the Blackhawks, and skated alongside Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilotte and Glenn Hall, all future Hall of Famers.In what was the hockey equivalent of the Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio trade, Espo was traded to the Boston Bruins to join Bobby Orr and form the nucleus of a two time Stanley Cup winning team.

Phil Esposito is by no means a writer.He is a hockey man, through and through.He has a great story to tell, and many great hockey stories to tell.Do not read this book looking for any great prose, ala Ken Dryden.
But if you want to peek into the hockey establishment, and find out what it was like to play against and with some of the greatest skaters ever to lace up the blades, it is a worthwhile read.

Phil Esposito is a colorful personality, and one of the NHL trailblazers.His playing style helped usher in the league as we now know it in the form of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

It is one of the true insider looks at hockey superstardom.

I am a big hockey fan and have read many of the best books out there.I picked this one up because the Espositos are a famous hockey family, the way Phil played was a precursor to how the game was to be played in the coming decades, and what Phil has done for the game since he stopped playing.Phil's life is a great story, but he should have gotten a better ghost writer for this one.It is not written well, it rambles and lacks any real string that guides you through the story nor leaves you with any real life lessons.It is effectively a chronological listing of select events in his life, and is written using prose, etc. seemingly targeted for high school kids.

Phil was and is one of the biggest players to have influenced the game and I was expecting a book that was of the same caliber as his play and his approach to life during the game and after the game.This book did not deliver on those expectations.

(Sorry Phil.)

5-0 out of 5 stars What's not to like!
I read this book a little over a year ago and quite honestly, I truly enjoyed it! I had bought the book for my boyfriend and then read it after him. The book is a quick read and for a true hockey fan, I think it's a must read. I found his story absolutely fascinating, I mean how could you not respect someone that "had" to work in the off season until he was 30 just to support his family! In the current day of overpaid athletes, it's refreshing to read a story of a man that played for the genuine passion of the sport. He does seem a bit bitter about certain occurrences in his career, I guess that's why I found the book so entertaining- he's certainly not vanilla!

5-0 out of 5 stars ESPO SCORES

11. Red Lightning (Red Thunder)
by John Varley
Paperback: 368 Pages (2007-04-24)
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Asin: 0441014887
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The son of one of the first men to fly to Mars and back, Ray Garcia-Strickland is now a disgruntled Martian, tired of the Red Planet's overdevelopment and the gravity-dependent tourist Earthies. But that doesn't stop him from fearing the worst when Earth is struck by an unknown object, causing a massive tsunami. Living high on his father's glory was okay, but now Ray must literally come down to Earth-and solve one of its greatest mysteries. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars One of his worst
Tied for first place with "Mammoth" as the worst John Varley book I've read.

I usually love his stuff and have read Titan, Wizard, Demon each about five times and recommend them to everyone.

This novel could have been a very, very short story. Way too much explanation on just about everything. How to move in low gee gravity, showering in low gee, the state of Florida and dead bodies, life on Mars, how "earthies" suck at moving on Mars. How to get from Mars to one of it's moons. Pretty much a lot of filler, very little plot, nothing extraordinary or unique or interesting about the book. One new, boring invention from Jubal, no new uses for the squeezer.

Just not a lot of work went into this one.

LOVED Red Thunder. Have read it twice. This was a very disappointing sequel.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll be buying more Varley books
Well-paced, believable characters and dialog, and a compelling -- albeit occasionally improbable -- story, reminiscent of Robert Heinlein's early "juvenile" (now called young adult) science fiction, yet updated to the modern day and featuring a more culturally diverse cast of characters.*

In fact, the three books in Varley's series contain many obvious nods to Heinlein, so it's clear he was influenced by those stories too.

I liked Red Thunder and Red Lightning a lot. I'll be buying more John Varley books.

[* Heinlein's books were very culturally diverse, actually, but his stories for teens less obviously so, and for some readers his books suffer from having been written in the context of the 1950s, '60s, etc.]

5-0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned sci-fi
With a career that spans over thirty years, John Varley is only moderately prolific, with just over a dozen novels to his name.Fortunately, he is an author who is well worth the wait between books.Red Lightning once again shows why he continues to be one of the greats in science fiction.

Red Lightning is the sequel to Red Thunder.The earlier novel dealt with a group of young adults who build their own spaceship despite government intervention (similar to The Astronaut Farmer (which came later), but also plotted rather differently).Red Lightning takes place a couple decades later and is narrated by Ray Garcia-Strickland, son of one of the Red Thunder heroes.In the intervening years between the two books, humanity has successfully colonized Mars and established based throughout the solar system.Earth, however, remains the center of the human universe.

A mysterious object hits the Atlantic at near-light velocity, creating a massive tsunami that devastates the Caribbean and the east coast of the U.S., leading to economic and political crises.The first part of the book deals with Ray and his family going from Mars to Earth to explore the damage and rescue some relatives; the second portion, taking place on Mars, has Earth invading the colony and inadvertently sparking calls for independence.

When reading this book, you'd think that the Katrina disaster would have been an influence, but a look at the copyright shows it was published too soon after that hurricane to really have an impact on the novel (though Varley does refer to it in an afterword); it was the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 that had more influence.Literarily, there is an obvious Heinlein effect, especially Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Though dealing with heavy issues, Varley writes with a light touch (though not so light as to trivialize what's going on).This helps make Red Lightning another fun Varley novel.If you want to read good (or great) old-fashioned style science fiction, Varley delivers the goods with Red Lightning.

3-0 out of 5 stars Red Flag for Red Lightning
This is John Varley's latest novel and a sequel to "Blue Thunder."It is unfortunately not up to Varley's usually high mind blowing standard.It is not necessary to read "Blue Thunder" to enjoy this work.It is a satisfying story narrated by the son of the narrator of the earlier work.As I read it (I won't deny it's very interesting) I kept wanting something exciting to happen.Travis and Jubal Broussard are back with Jubal's interdimensional squeezed bubbles and a new Jubal creation he dubs "Stoppers" that bring time to a halt much like Larry Niven's "Stasis box."The excitement doesn't happen until the end, but it's a let-down.Varley used to write mind blowing science fiction in a literary package.Now we still have the package but the mind blowing parts are gone.I hope this is not a permanent trend and we can expect Varley's future work to deliver the science fiction wonders we've grown to expect from this first rate author.

3-0 out of 5 stars An Average Space Opera
This is my first book by John Varley and I was not impressed. In this book an unidentified object crashes into Earth causing a devastating tsunami. The main character is a seventeen-year-old Mars resident named Ray Garcia-Strickland surveys the damage, unaware the disaster may have been caused by his uncle's dangerous time-altering invention. A couple of things of note, this book is part of a sequel, it contains some descriptions of sex and has some strong language. ... Read more

12. Thunder and Lightning (Scholastic Science Readers)
by Wendy Pfeffer
Paperback: 32 Pages (2002-01)
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Kids are fascinated with storms. Clouds roll in, the wind blusters, suddenly there are flashes of lightning, and claps of thunder.

Young meteorologists will learn what causes lightning and thunder, how rain falls from the clouds, the different types of lightning, why they see lightning before they hear thunder, and much more.

Children will also find out ways in which to prevent themselves from being harmed during thunderstorms.

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13. The Story of Lightning and Thunder
by Ashley Bryan
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1999-01-01)
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Isbn: 0689824505
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A long time ago -- a very long time ago -- thunder and lightning didn't live in the sky. Uh-uh! They lived right in a village on the west coast of Alkebulan -- called Africa today. Thunder was a mother sheep and Lightning was her son.

But Thunder and Lightning no longer live on the west coast of Africa -- or in any village, for that matter. Where they live now and how that came to be is what this story is all about, told in Ashley Bryan's rhythmic prose and vibrant, colorful illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A lesson in rhythm and morals
The vividly colored illustrations add to the enchantment of this tale adapted from Southern Nigeria about Ma Sheep Thunder and her Son Ram Lightning.The words loll along in a rhythm that will remind the reader of a storytelling festival held beneath the stars around a tribal fire.Not only does the folk tale explain why thunder and lightning occurs, the moral of the story will remind children of the importance of listening to and obeying their parents. ... Read more

14. Rolling Thunder Stock Car Racing: White Lightning (Rolling Thunder Number 1)
by Kent Wright, Don Keith
Mass Market Paperback: 288 Pages (1999-03-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"You know how it feels...the power of the motors vibrating in your chest, stunning your ears, your heart pumping in your throat, the grit of spent tire rubber in your mouth. You know how it feels from the grandstand? Just imagine how it feels to the ole boy behind the wheel of one of those monsters. Just imagine!"

It's the mid-1950s, and Elvis is King. Jodell Bob Lee has been raised up in his grandfather's moonshine business. But the boy dreams of something much bigger than clawing out a living on a dirt farm and outrunning federal revenuers. He dreams of racing stock cars. It only takes a few races before Jodell is hooked, and before long he and his mechanic cousin, Joe Baker, and best friend, Bubba Baxter, are facing the like of Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, and Lee Petty. His motto: always finish first, no matter what.

The explosion of stock car racing as the number one spectator sport in America roars to life in this pedal-to-the-metal story of Jodell Lee's triumphant rise to fame and fortune.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Story, Good History
I have read the entire series thus far (#7) and have enjoyed the story line and the realism of NASCAR racing.These books won't win any prizes, but they do a good job of relaying the excitement of NASCAR.The story is somewhat predictable at times, but it is still good and moves along nicely.I think what I enjoyed the most is the history that has been added to the stories.The history is basically all factual (with the exception of the fictional characters), from the roots of stock car racing to the Young Guns of today.I only wish the history would have continued through the 70's and 80's instead of skipping from '69 to the late 90's.Overall though I kept waiting for the next one to arrive to find out what was next.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book helped make me a racing fan!
As a relative newcomer to stock car racing, I picked up this book because I thought I might better be able to enjoy watching races if I had a sense of the history of the sport, and if I could get some idea of what it islike for the racers.This book did a fantastic job of both.I don't knowwhat it's really like, driving in a stock car race, but I can't imagine itfeels much different from the way these authors describe it.

When I readthe Rolling Thunder books, I find myself getting really caught up in theemotions of the race.I root for Jodell to win, and find myself gettingupset when he loses the lead or it looks like he might get in an accident. I also can't wait to see what happens next in the characters' personallives.That wouldn't happen if the authors didn't do such a great job ofcreating likeable, three-dimensional characters.

The Rolling Thunderseries might not ever be remembered in the annals of great literature, butthey provide a good, solid couple of hours of entertainment.As I canattest, you don't have to be a racing fan to enjoy the books, though afterreading one you just might find yourself wanting to watch a real race.Forme, these books are like potato chips: they're quick and easy to devour,and as soon as you're finished, you want another one.


4-0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Found this to be a good lunch time read. Light and enjoyable for anyone who has ever been around a southern or midwest dirt track.Have just ordered number 2 and anticipate another good time.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, but still fun to read if you are a real fan
No surprises here.Everything is rather predictable.This is NASCAR's answer to Harlequin Romance novels.Just as women like Harlequin Romance novels despite poor writing, stock car fans will like thisbook.

Characters are rather one dimensional and very very predictable(gee, is Bubba going for food again?).The dialog is extremely stilted. Names of real race car drivers are thrown in for fun (wonder if royaltiesare paid?) but you will know the outcome before you reach that page. Considering the early days of the sport, it would have been interesting ifthe promoter screwed Jodell Lee out of his winnings.At least that wouldhave been a plot twist (albeit the first and only plot twist).

Still afun read for at the beach or when your mind is in neutral (or perhapsreverse). ... Read more

by Edward C. Mann
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Asin: B000IX02OI
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thunder and Lightning: Desert Storm and the Airpower Debates
...A small team of military analysts, working at Air University's College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education (CADRE), under the initial oversight of Lt Gen Chuck Boyd and - later - Lt Gen Jay Kelly, spent over three years piecing together the conceptual development of the Desert Storm air campaign. Their interest was not specifically historical; rather, their motivation stemmed from the inherent curiosity of airmen who aspire to understand their profession.

This book is the second of two works produced by the CADRE team - the first being Col Rich Reynolds's Heart of the Storm: The Genesis of the Air Campaign Against Iraq, Volume 1. In Heart of the Storm, Colonel Reynolds explores "a hot and often bitter debate" that developed in the early days of August 1990 between "tactical" and "strategic" schools of thought. In Thunder and Lightning, however, Colonel Mann explains that debate in terms of an almost "theological" division within the Air Force over the proper use of airpower. Judiciously incorporating a historical perspective, he asserts that this debate is not new but is rooted in the earliest conceptualizations of airpower's utility. We are still engaged, he argues, in a 75-year-old debate (beginning in World War I) over issues that our doctrine answered 50 years ago (during World War II). The debate itself often hinders us from moving on to more current - and, possibly, more important - issues. Colonel Mann believes that the brilliant performance of aerospace power in Desert Shield/Storm resulted from an internal compromise which reflected, to a remarkable degree, airpower doctrine of 1943 (specifically, FM 100-20, Command and Deployment of Air Power, July 1943). While much has changed, especially in our technical ability to execute this doctrine, the internal divisions and resultant debate proved inefficient as we strove to apply some of the most basic tenets of aerospace doctrine. In Thunder and Lightning, Colonel Mann challenges airmen as well as other strategic thinkers to consider how aerospace power works best so as to preclude, or at least minimize, these 75-year-old debates when we face the next challenge.
--- escerpt from book's Foreword by Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF Chief of Staff ... Read more

16. Thunder and Lightning (Pictureback) (Cars movie tie in)
by Katherine Emmons, Walt Disney Company
Paperback: 24 Pages (2006-04-25)
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Asin: 0736423214
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Disney/Pixar puts the pedal to the metal in their latest theatrical release presented by Disney, Cars! Lightning McQueen, the hot-shot rookie race car, is on his way to the race of a lifetime to claim the coveted Piston Cup. But McQueen hits a bump in the road along his journey. Find out if his dream of becoming a champion will come true in this action-filled storybook! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written tie-in...
We've really enjoyed this book, and other Disney books by the same author (Emmons). Sometimes tie-in books can be poorly cut-together, but this book pulls in the feeling of the movie characters with active text that is fun to act out (and little kids love that!). Plus the illustrations here are fun without being still shots from the film.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun book for the character loving kids.
My son is a huge "character" fan.
We LOVED the movie cars.
We really enjoy reading character books and this was not a disappointment.Well daddy was a bit diappointed it completely follows the movie, guess we wanted something "extra".
It is a good length for bedtime reading, and they packaged it into a decent story in the short book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good early reader, disappoints kids having seen the movie due to its early cut-off
My almost 6yo loves to read this book to his 3yo sister, so its a fairly easy read (his reading level is at 7y0m). He loves to add animated voices to the words (ka-chow!).
This can be a disappointing book at first to the kids, however. It ends at the end of the first race in the movie--about 15 min. in. Its probably a nice taste of the film to a kid who hasn't seen it yet--I'd liken it more to a commercial than the meaty story. Also, parents wanting to get to the moral of the story won't get it here--that's what the rest of the story is about which is not included in this book. It definitely leaves a hanging issue--Lightning McQueen is not yet humbled by his experiences and still hasn't learned that arrogance alone doesn't work. I suppose though, that might lead the reader and family to get to the movie to clear that up--or to buy another book that takes the story to the finish line--and therefore open up a good family discussion. ... Read more

17. Lightning Bug Thunder
by Katie Burke
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1998-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love the way this book uses the appeal of coincidence.
It's magical to children because they like to see relationships in things that adults don't see, because adults are too reasonable and logical.Children understand serendipity and take it for what it is.Adults justtry to figure it out.(I realize this is a generalization.)I like thebook because it's about something cool that kids did. ... Read more

18. Why Does It Thunder and Lightning? (A Just Ask Book)
by Chris Arvetis, Carole Palmer
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Explains in simple terms the reasons for thunder and lightning. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Thunder & Lightning
I bought this book for my son because he was afraid of thunder.I thought if he understood it, it would ease his fears.This book was good for him because he is a very bright boy and likes the "real" meaning of things.This book explains lightning due to electricity.It explains thunder as a noise made from the wave of molecules.I would recommend this book for older kids (3 1/2yrs+).It's a little too technical for little kids.

4-0 out of 5 stars why does it thunder and lightning
this book is a good book for the little kids to learn about thunder and lighning because it puts into perspective that the younger kids can understand like using the animals to explain the positive and negitive charge of thunder and lighning. ... Read more

19. More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams
by Bob Eckert, Jonathan Vehar
Hardcover: 163 Pages (2007-07-12)
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More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams

Introduces the fundamental behaviors and specific attitudes necessary to function in a team environment. It's designed to help you work more effectively with others to create innovative results and bottom-line improvements.

Mere tools and techniques are not enough to change the way people and organizations work together. Innovation demands that individuals adopt specific behaviors and attitudes in order to flourish within teams.

This book shares how to spark your brain and your teams to generate more creative results. So read on and find out how to wire your brain to work with other brains to achieve success! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book worth buying
If you are interested in how to get teams to embrace creativity and perform more productively, this book is for you. Eckert and Vehar have packed in the equivalent of a two-year MBA program on team building and creative problem solving. And they've done it in an entertaining, accessible way. My business is working with Fortune 500 companies on innovation strategies, and I can say without reservation that this is one of the most useful books around. Buy it, keep it handy, benefit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have This!
This little book is BIG on content. An excellent tool to keep me on track with my working relationships AND my personal relationships. A corporate, culture changing must-have, especially for those on the path for advancement. Far superior to those 'cheesy' books on the market today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, Amusing, Inspiring Read
I LOVED this book and recommend it highly! Bob Eckert andJonathan Vehar have created an illuminating gem in this amusing, well constructed handbook, designed to energize innovation teams where creativity and productivity are paramount. But you don't have to be a member of an innovation teamto reap copious benefits from"More Lightning Less Thunder."Anyone with co workers, staff meetings or the occasional community bake sale will learn valuable lessons on how to be an effective team member and lead a more fulfilling life.If you liked"Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway"or"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" this book is for you.The title refers to a Mark Twain quote,"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is the lighting that does the work." It's appropriate that Eckert and Vehar quote Twain because they evoke the irreverent charm of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer as they lead the reader through seven enriching chapters: 1. Surrender to Humanity2. Understand Responsibility3. Conscious Listening, Clear Speaking, 4. Cultivate Risk Taking 5. Expect Win-Win6. Strive for Constant Improvement. 7. Start, Finish, Start Again.It come as no surprise that Eckert was formerly an"Outward Bound" instructor for incarcerated juveniles. Reading"More Lightning Less Thunder" islike hanging out with that cool8th grade teacher who chose to believe the dog really ate your homework because he understood you were having a bad day.In their introduction,Eckert and Vehar set out "to help you establish behaviors that lead to people working together productively to create innovative and successful results."With great humor and humanity, they deliver this in spades, giving the reader the confidence and practical tools to implement positive, lasting changes in one's life. ... Read more

20. Thunder and Lightning
by John Ferguson
 Hardcover: Pages (1989)
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Color photo covers front&back about Montreal Canadians ... Read more

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