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1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:
 
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2. Black Portrait of an African Journey
 
3. Such is Life
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4. Tow Trucks: A Photographic History
 
5. Tom Brown's Schooldays. Collins
 
6. Tom Collins and his house,
7. Big Tom (Collins Red Storybooks)
 
8. Tom Collins of Kenya:Son of Valour
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9. The Great Marketing Turnaround:
 
10. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
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11. Such is Life: Being Certain Extracts
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12. Collins' Backroom Cooking Secrets:
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13. The Legendary Model-T Ford: The
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14. Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer
 
15. Governor Leroy Collins of Florida:
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16. Mark Rollins' New Career and the
 
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17. Maxi-marketing: The New Direction
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18. School and Sport; Recollections
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19. Such is Life (Webster's Spanish
 
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20. Keeper of Absalom's Island

1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: LitPlan Teacher Pack (CD) (Litplans on CD)
by Mary B. Collins
CD-ROM: 134 Pages (2000-08-01)
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Complete lesson plans for teaching Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Includes introduction to the unit, unit objectives, reading assignments, unit outline, study questions (short answer), study/quiz questions (multiple choice), vocabulary worksheets, daily lessons planned, related nonfiction reading assignment, oral reading evaluation, biographical info about the author, three detailed writing assignments (inform, persuade, personal opinion), vocabulary review games & activities, unit review games & activities, at least one group activity assignment, discussion questions on all levels (factual, critical, interpretive, personal response), 2 short answer unit tests, 2 multiple choice unit tests, 1 advanced short answer unit test, unit and vocabulary crossword puzzles, unit and vocabulary extra worksheets & games, bulletin board ideas, ready-to-copy student materials, answer keys, and more! ... Read more


2. Black Portrait of an African Journey
by Tom Lee
 Hardcover: 126 Pages (1971)
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3. Such is Life
by Tom Collins
 Paperback: 384 Pages (1986)

Isbn: 0701206942
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A simple bush yarn or a complex masterpiece?
Tom Collins' is the pen name of Joseph Furphy, and it's no coincidence that 'furphy' is an Australianism for a story of dubious accuracy. This book, written in the early years of the century, is funny, moving and fullof 'the real Australia', but unlike many such yarns, it's also a genuinepiece of literature, with a complex plotline and surpisingly modernconstruction. After The Magic Pudding, it's the best book to read if youwant a glimpse of Anglo-Celtic Australian heritage. ... Read more


4. Tow Trucks: A Photographic History
by John Gunnell, Tom Collins
Paperback: 208 Pages (2004-01)
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With millions of cars and trucks on the road, America's vehicle recovery industry is kept busy 24 hours a day. This new photographic celebration pays tribute to the hardworking men, women, and machines that rescue stranded motorists. More than 500 photos display the best tow trucks of all makes and models. More than 50 essays feature historical information on the equipment, industry, and auto recovery professionals. Enthusiasts will learn how to find and fix old tow trucks, as well as receive listings of industry publications and vintage clubs. Also provides additional information on toy tow trucks, military tow trucks, and histories of famous towing businesses. -- Tune-up charts for each make from the first V-8 to 1965 models ... Read more


5. Tom Brown's Schooldays. Collins edition
by Thomas Hughes
 Hardcover: Pages (1953)

Asin: B003Y9GDAK
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6. Tom Collins and his house,
by Justina Williams
 Pamphlet: 64 Pages (1973)

Isbn: 0909497087
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7. Big Tom (Collins Red Storybooks)
by Jean Ure
Paperback: 96 Pages (2000-04-03)

Isbn: 0006751539
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Life in London during the second world war, as seen through the eyes of a lively nine-year-old boy.Neville Chamberlain has just made the announcement: Great Britain and Germany are at war. Mum worries about Derek in the army; Dad's thinking about the Andersen shelter he's just built in the garden; Elaine is thinking about boys and stockings and her job at the factory. Jenny, aged eleven is worrying about the animals. But Bobbie -- aged nine, has never been so excited in his life. He thinks the war is the most fantastic game. His only worry is that it will end before he is old enough to join up -- he wants to see the planes -- He knows the names of all of them; he wants to catch a German spy; he wants to be kept in the Andersen shelter over night. It's only when his beloved Big Tom, a cat, is missing believed dead, that Bobbie realises the truth about war.A wonderful picture of childhood and a sensitive portrayal of family loyalties in times of crisis. Excitement, terror, misery and humour -- the poignancy of Goodnight Mr Tom plus the humour of Hope and Glory in this beautifully crafted young novel. ... Read more


8. Tom Collins of Kenya:Son of Valour
by Kenneth Phillips, Retold by Malcolm B. Collins
 Paperback: Pages (2003)

Asin: B000E1AIZ2
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9. The Great Marketing Turnaround: The Age of the Individual--and How To Profit From It (Plume)
by Stan Rapp, Tom Collins
Paperback: 352 Pages (1992-01-01)
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The authors of MaxiMarketing offer the first comprehensive look at the concepts, tools, and techniques that today's most innovative companies are using to tap new markets with high-tech, highly individualized targeting. Includes dozens of practical examples. ... Read more


10. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Collins classics)
by Henry Fielding
 Hardcover: 798 Pages (1974-01)

Isbn: 0004245296
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A novel in which a wealthy widower's humdrum existence is shattered when he discovers a baby boy abandoned in his bed, whom he adopts and names Tom Jones, a decision he may later come to regret.Amazon.com Review
Tom Jones isn't a bad guy, but boys just want to havefun. Nearly two and a half centuries after its publication, theadventures of the rambunctious and randy Tom Jones still makes forgreat reading. I'm not in the habit of using words like bawdy orrollicking, but if you look them up in the dictionary, you should seea picture of this book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Modern Literature from the 18th Century
My question is, how is one to encounter an early novel like "Tom Jones"?When Fielding wrote it, there wasn't much in the way of standards for prose fiction of its kind; in fact, one of the fun things about this piece is watching Fielding make up the rules as he goes along.But does this mean that when you're reading "Tom Jones" and you come across an authorial interruption or a scene that doesn't add anything to the plot, or anything else that would be a flaw in a modern piece, you scold Fielding for it?Back then, no one ever said that novels shouldn't include such things - no one had had time to say much about novels in English at all, since people hadn't been writing them for very long.On the other hand, such things do trouble the modern reader, so you have to say something, don't you?

All right, then, here's one of the problems with "Tom Jones" - although the narrator keeps referring to it as a "history" and declares repeatedly that he's simply reporting the facts, he makes it plain at the same time that it's a work of fiction.Each "book" starts off with a chapter of introductory philosophy of some type, on subjects like what a critic should say about a book like this and what he should not say, and even the purpose of prefaces like the one you're reading, all of which takes you right out of the story of Tom and his adventures.If a student turned in something like this in a creative writing class, it would come back with red ink all over it.

Which only goes to show how ridiculous it is to impose rules on fiction, or on anything creative.They usually work, but they're there to make things readable, not to be obeyed.As it turns out, there are dozens or maybe hundreds of novels published in the last forty years that do exactly what "Tom Jones" does.Critics call this technique "metafiction" and praise to the skies.The only thing Henry Fielding did wrong was to produce metafiction, along with some of his contemporaries, about two hundred years early.

In all fairness, part of the reason "Tom Jones" has survived for this long is that most critics and most readers are not so foolish as to blame the novel for premature metafictionality.On the contrary, as I said, that's part of what makes the book so much fun.It's also a pretty good story even without all the authorial side-comments.The title character first comes on the scene as an illegitimate infant in the bed of a country squire named Allworthy.He grows up into a splendid, though often headstrong and hasty, young man, but a fair number of his neighbors spurn him because of the circumstances of his birth.Various enemies conspire to place him in a bad light with his adoptive father, Squire Allworthy, and although he's head-over-heels in love with his neighbor's daughter Sophie, he must leave his home and seek his destiny in the wide world.Sophie, too, who is head-over-heels in love with young Mr. Jones, also leaves home in haste to avoid a disastrous match that her father insists upon.How many people think Tom and Sophie will meet up on the road?Okay, put your hands down.

Now, part of the reason "Tom Jones" remains popular is that the author himself emerges from his fiction as a very likeable man, whether he was that likeable in real life or not - I don't know, myself.Regardless of Fielding's personal manner, he set up a story in which a group of characters of genuine virtue find themselves in deep and profound conflict with a group of characters who pretend to genuine virtue.Squire Allworthy himself, late in the story, labels these two sorts of character flaws "imprudence" and "villainy", and it's pretty clear which side Fielding supports.And we all like to think of our flaws as being sort of accidental to our basic good nature, like Tom's, so it's nice that our narrator here can see beyond polished surfaces to the genuine virtue or evil underneath.

That's especially nice when you see how frequently Tom and his allies run afoul of people who lie, or at any rate distort the truth, to make themselves look good by comparison.Indeed, Tom never gets into trouble except for one of two reasons - either someone reveals something about Tom to someone who shouldn't know it, or someone misrepresents Tom's actions to someone who should know better.At one point, for instance, Squire Allworthy recovers from a serious illness, and Tom is so delighted he gets terrifically drunk and has a big fight with a prudish member of the household, but when this is reported to the squire, said prude only mentions the drunkenness, not the reason.Unlike Tom, who always gives everyone else's sins the benefit of the doubt, this prude always twists everything to his own advantage while maintaining the appearance of sober piety.He's so good at this that for quite a while, everyone thinks he's the hero.Grumble grumble.It's enough to make you keep reading just to see if this jerk gets what's coming to him.

In short, as Fielding himself says in a few different places, "Tom Jones" is a far more effective sermon than the author's contemporaries might have heard in a month of Sundays, partly because the narrator sees into the hearts of his characters without regard for the surface, and partly because he preaches to you while telling a good story.That's a pretty good description of the sort of God we'd all like to believe in, actually.And Fielding isn't God, but it sounds like he learned some good lessons from divine nature.

Benshlomo says, Literary games have been around a lot longer than you thought, thank goodness.

2-0 out of 5 stars It may be satiric, but it sure was a snoozer ...
I did not enjoy reading this book. I love books. I love literature. I love to read. Tom Jones, I did not enjoy. There was simply too much. I am quite certain Fielding was smart. I am sure he wasa good writer. However, no one should have to wade through almost 800 pages of a person's life. Before reading this book, please prepare yourself for a long, sometimes dull, journey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get the Wesleyan edition!
Tom Jones is a great book by one of the greatest of English prose stylists, but to enjoy it to the max you should read the Wesleyan University Press edition of this as well as of Fielding's other novels. The Wesleyan Press edition has a well edited text along with extensive notes to explain Fielding's sometimes cryptic allusions.The Wesleyan edition is definitely the best.

4-0 out of 5 stars see the movie; read the book
I recently saw the lively 1960s movie "Tom Jones" and was moved to read an imposing book.I was not disappointed.I took my sweet time reading this delicious novel.I agree with nearly all the good comments that have already been made here, and will add just a few more.I most enjoyed getting a flavor of life in mid-eighteenth century England not warped through the lens of a historian or historical fiction.These were interesting times!I've been attending a few contemporary Handel operas; this book was a nice complement.The classics (language, history, etc.) were over-arching during this baroque era, and moderation and rationality are the virtues to nurture.Fielding appreciates this, and weaves a fine comic story into a novel at a time when few novels existed.He was working without a net, and pulled it off with panache.

4-0 out of 5 stars A desert for the mind, but not a main course
To read or not to read; that is the question.Whenever I want to buy something I try to get some objective opinions about the product beforehand. Thus when I decided to write reviews of the books I read and post them on the Amazon website, I chose to write in such a fashion so that I would help potential buyers of the book make up their minds--rather than writing a review based solely on my perception of the merits of the book.

There is a delightful scene in the movie version of Tom Jones where food is eaten and abused in abundance. With food as a metaphor, I would describe Henry Fielding's classical comic novel by that name as desert. It is very tasty and enjoyable, but hardly proper nutrition for the intellect.By this I mean that the novel does not provide the kind of intellectual stimulation and growth that one finds in the greatest works--Don Quixote, Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Crime and Punishment, the list is quite long. These are the truly great works of literature that everyone should read. By contrast, Tom Jones is a fun book, but lacking in the kind of insights that make for a great (5 star) book. Forced to choose, I give it 4 stars, but could just as easily give it 3.

Certainly there are insights into human nature in the novel, but do you really need to be told that human beings can be crude, selfish, money hungry, rapacious and sometimes even kind and generous??And do you need to read 700 plus pages to find this out? The plot is simple and obvious. A kindly country squire, Thomas Allworthy, finds a baby in his bed and decides to raise it himself. The boy, named Tom Jones, is a handsome devil but a decent person. Predictably, he falls in love with the highborn daughter of a neighboring squire, Mr. Western. Sophia returns his love, but circumstances, mainly related to the differing status of the two young people, prevent their marriage. Tom is run off for a seemingly transgression and has a series of comical and tragic adventures involving a host of characters ensues and everything works out in the end.

One difficulty in reading the book is the numerous obscure literary references. Granted there are footnotes in the back of the book (400 plus!), but it is irritating to have to keep flipping pages to understand what is being said or happening. Some of this, such as having Mr. Partridge spout Latin every few pages, is unnecessary. Fielding divides the novel into 18 "books" and begins each one with a chapter in which he discourses on something or other unrelated to the story. One is tempted to say, "Shut up Henry and just tell the story!"Fielding also intrudes into the story itself quite often to speak directly to the reader, a style I find to be more irritating than helpful. There is also a lot of British history thrown in that does not really contribute much to the main story, as well as a lot of short interludes (Tom and the gypsies, Tom and the highwayman, Tom and the Man of the Hill, etc.) that do not really add much to the story although they do reveal something about English life at that time. The latter part of the book descends into a kind of Desperate Housewives mentality with Lady Balaston, Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Miss Western, and even another love interest for Jones, Anabella Hunt, vying for attention with a similar contingent of males. Also much of the humor is visual (the bluster of Squire Western, the antics of Partridge), rather than a result of the interplay among the characters, thus making the film far funnier than the book.In the end the book is just too long.

Still, Tom Jones is enjoyable reading if you have the time for it, but it is not, in my view, a must read great work of literature.




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11. Such is Life: Being Certain Extracts From the Diary of Tom Collins
by Joseph Furphy
Hardcover: 402 Pages (2010-05-23)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Good. If either of the two first hypotheses be correct, my enforced furlough tacitly conveys the responsibility of extending a ray of information, however narrow and feeble, across the path of such fellow-pilgrims as have led lives more sedentary than my own--particularly as I have enough money to frank myself in a frugal way for some weeks, as well as to purchase the few requisites of authorship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Novel
I came upon the one review to date of this book by accident and am bemused.I first read this book about 50 years ago and was amazed by it.I think it one of the great novels in English.It is certainly the finest product of Australian literature prior to Les Murray.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreadable and total crap
I've read a lot of books, and I think I have high level of tolerance for even a piece of rubbish.

However, this novel is written very very badly.Sentences are extremely convoluted.The sentences of Lord of the Rings are complex, but they are with a lot of grace and enjoyable to read.For this novel, however, the sentences are convoluted without any aim other than merely trying to postpone the placing of the period.I read 5 pages and I gave up.

Try it if you want to test your tolerance. ... Read more


12. Collins' Backroom Cooking Secrets: Wild Game, Fish, and Other Savories
by Tom Collins
Paperback: 253 Pages (1980-06)
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***We Take Care of Our Customers*** ... Read more


13. The Legendary Model-T Ford: The Ultimate History of America's First Great Automobile
by Tom Collins
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2007-12-19)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Beautifully packaged book celebrating the Model T's 100-year anniversary in 2008.

Explores the historic revolution Ford's Model T sparked with a low priced, mass produced car that was lightweight and tough.

"Henry's Lady" may have put America on wheels nearly 100 years ago, but this claim to Ford's fame remains as exciting to Ford fans as the day the first one rolled off the line. This passion for performance is celebrated in the 300 superb color photos and historic black-and-white images, production data and technical specifications, and collector pricing contained in this beautiful new book. The classic design, and rich photography of this reference offers you a unique and useful commemorative of the 100-year anniversary of the car that changed the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Model T Ford: The Ultimate History....
Extremely thorough with a lot of very nice photographs.A nice addition to the library of ANY Model T owner.Well researched and documented as well.My father-in-law simply loved it!He and his Model T are both a 1920's model!!

2-0 out of 5 stars A good effort with serious flaws
Tom Collins has undertaken the ambitious task of creating the ultimate book about the Model T Ford. His effort has resulted in the first book to be offered coinciding with the centennial of the introduction of the car. One suspects the timing of the book is no accident, though the haste to completion is likely the reason for the undoing of a good, albeit seriously flawed effort.

The book is a large coffee table sized volume. It is beautifully illustrated throughout, using a mixture of period and contemporary photographs. The quality of the photography and the reproduction of those photos tended to be quite good, although some of the pictures chosen were of only fair composition. The captions of the photographs were very often incomplete, omitting the names of the owners of all of the cars in contemporary pictures, and in numerous cases, incorrectly identifying car years, body-style names and colors. This was true of several images of one car in particular that were identified as being from different years. In another case, a beautiful photograph of a Ford assembly line was used. Unfortunately, the cars being assembled were 1929 Ford Model A's instead of Model T's. Major errors such as these served to discredit the historical accuracy of the entire volume.

Collins used numerous quotes to illustrate his ideas. While the quotations were usually well referenced, there were some statements attributed to Henry Ford, such as telling Edsel to "shut up" during a board meeting, sounded suspect and were not referenced. The reference list utilized by Collins is beyond reproach, but if the book is to be considered a reliable source, better care when attributing controversial statements to the highest profile individual in the book would have been prudent.

Throughout the book, Collins used a friendly, conversational style of writing. The prose is easy to digest, though he was repetitive at times. It seemed as if he felt he had space to fill and often did so by circling around his point instead of stating it outright. This was particularly true as Collins attempted to underscore the impact the Model T had on society, a theme he returned to time and again.While Collin's point was well taken, there was no need to repeat it so many times.

Collins was at his best when writing about the Model T Ford and racing. An entire chapter was devoted to the topic and it was space well utilized. The text was interspersed with quotes from drivers, mechanics and press of the Model T era, greatly adding to the richness and feeling of authenticity of the chapter. The illustrations in this chapter were among the best in the book and will likely inspire more than a few recreations of the racing cars shown.

Chapter 10 focused on stories of the impact Model T's have had on people's lives. Most of the chapter was written by contributors and was edited for length by Collins. It read well with stories that were a delight. This chapter was able to better illustrate the impact the Model T had on people than Collins attempts without the human element. Likely, an entire book could have been devoted to this topic

The last chapter is likely the most controversial aspect of the book and certainly the most inaccurate. It deals with current prices of Ford Model T's and appears to be based on data that is seriously outdated. The highest prices were, predictably, for the earliest and rarest brass cars, but even those are woefully out of touch with reality. According to the book a 1909 Touring car in number 1 condition can be purchased for well under $30,000. To whom do I make out the check? Another example (illustrated with a nice photo of this author's 1926 Touring car) indicates that such a car (1926 Touring) is worth roughly $20,000. While that may be an accurate reflection of the price guides, one can be sure that a car restored to number 1 condition cannot be purchased for that kind of money. The bottom end of the scale is similarly out of reality, with prices of restorable cars significantly below what has been seen in well over a decade. A chapter such as this is ripe for dispute and would likely be better off removed if a revision of the book were printed.

Overall, the book is a beautifully illustrated volume that is highly entertaining to read. Collins served as his own editor and illustrated the peril one faces when correcting one's own work. Many of the shortcomings in the book could have been rectified had the job been placed in the hands of another. Much of the erroneous information likely would have been caught by a technical editor of one of the major Model T clubs or by an outside source referenced in the bibliography. In its' present form the reader should enjoy the book's engaging writing and beautiful illustrations while ignoring the historical inaccuracies and numerous mislabeled photographs. Purchasing the book is recommended to all readers, keeping in mind not to use it as a final reference source. For a true reference, the book by Bruce McCaulley continues to be the standard by which other books on the Ford Model T should be judged.

Reviewed by Eric W. Macleod

5-0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Model T Ford by Tom Collins
This is a great book, well done and well illustrated. It is more than just another book on the Model T. It is a great book that provides an entertaining history of the vehicle that put America on wheels. WELL DONE THANKS.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Car that put America on Wheels
I am fascinated by antique automobiles, and while Ford wasn't the first person to manufacture a car, he was the first to make one that most people could afford. No longer was the automobile a plaything for the rich. But more than that, Ford made a flivver that was just right for the times- rugged, easy to fix, and made for the road conditions of the day (today's drivers would have a hard time trying to drive one of these. For example, the throttle mechanism is a post on the steering column, not via a floor pedal).

Tom Collins has made an interesting book, one that is not too technical like some I have read on the T. There are two big drawbacks though- ones that make me rate this book more as 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4. One is that there are a fair number of spelling errors, and in this day of spellcheck, that is unacceptable. The second, and bigger problem, is that some of the photos in this book are out of focus. Especially ones by Robin Heil-Kern. On a level plane, one half of the photo is in-focus, but the other is fuzzy. In some cases the whole photo is out of focus, like the depth of field was way off. I found it very distracting, and of course if you're looking for a nice picture book, you want clear photos.

The Amazon price is very discounted, and would make this book a good one for your automoblile library. ... Read more


14. Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer
by Tom Collins
Paperback: 282 Pages (2009-12-15)
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A really good man died Sunday night in Nashville's notorious Printers Alley.According to the newspaper account, it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.A drunken reveler with a gun had fired his weapon indiscriminately, ending the life of Tennessee's likely next governor and perhaps a future President of the United States.Mark Rollins wasn't ready to buy it.The dead man, Harold T. Lansden, Esq., was more than just a prominent lawyer and rising political figure.He was a friend, and he had called Rollins the night before his death to ask for Mark's help with a problem of some kind.Lansden was killed before the two could meet to discuss the details.Was Lansden's death as it seemed on the surface or was it premeditated murder and, if so, by whom and why?Rollins' search for answers yields a plethora of avenues that could have led someone to commit murder.As for who did it, there is no shortage of candidates. ... Read more


15. Governor Leroy Collins of Florida: Spokesman of the New South
by Tom Wagy
 Hardcover: 280 Pages (1985-04)
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Isbn: 0817302220
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars This book and Martin Dyckman's book are two excellent biographies regarding former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins.
This book and Martin Dyckman's book are two excellent biographies regarding former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins.

Both are well worth reading, however Martin Dyckman's book is the better of the two.Also available at Amazon.

Dyckman's book has a 2006 copyright.Dyckman's book is titled:"Floridian of His Century:The Courage of Governor LeRoy Collins."

Martin Dyckman has been associated with the St. Petersburg Times for decades.He is one of Florida's greatest journalists and columnists. ... Read more


16. Mark Rollins' New Career and the Women's Health Club
by Tom Collins
Paperback: 212 Pages (2008-07-18)
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Asin: 1419696998
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Mark Rollins has sold the technology company he founded to a large multinational corporation. The transaction left him with more money than he can ever spend, a large empty office building, and far too much time on his hands. He repurposed the building into an exclusive fitness club for socially elite, wealthy women of Nashville, Tennessee. Against the backdrop of daily life in the fitness club, sixty-six year old Rollins becomes a father figure to club members who turn to him when they have a problem.When a club member's husband is reported missing from his upscale Nashville home in the old-moneyed community of Belle Meade, Rollins sets out to solve the mystery exposing himself and his family to unexpected danger from organized criminal enterprises. Rollins, with the aid of his loyal team ofcomputer experts, uses his money and friends in high places to unravel the mystery and protect those close to him. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read for the beach or airplane
Tom Collins is the next John Grisham or Kathy Reichs for writing fiction/fact thrillers.Tom has a unique insight into the software business as well as human nature.Mark Rollins is the hero everyone loves and the story moves along at a good pace.A few twists and turns along the way and of course, a little over the top fiction.The only disappointment was that Mark Rollins didn't have an affection for a Châteauneuf du Pape from the Cote Du Rhone region of France.This is a fun read that will be hard to put down.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nashville's dirty little secrets?
Mark Rollins' New Career & the Women's Health Club is a good story made even more interesting if you know anything about the wealthy little city of Belle Meade in Nashville.
Full disclosure here, I know the author Tom Collins and Tom Collins is a lot like Mark Rollins.
Mark Rollins is old school, against the grain, ornery, and a little pissed off.
I bought this book at Amazon and read it from start to finish in a few hours.
It is a great fun read. The writing is visual, fast and furious.
I wish Tom had named names because I think I know some of the Nashville characters in the book. Pamela Wilson is a good example and she is introduced this way, "As I descended the stairs, I was looking down on Pamela Wilson's Body Sculpting class. ... Pam is 5' 10" and always tanned without any tan lines. She has the looks and body of a cheerleader--blonde, augmented breasts, and muscular body. Pam is smart. She graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee but put her degree aside after graduation to do a stint on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad. Now she is back in Tennessee and, like a number of our instructors, she is hoping to break into the music business." Hoping to break into the music business?
Half the people in Nashville want to break into the music business.
The book is a look at the cutthroat side of the Nashville underground.
The introduction of the Diamond Knights and Russian mafia is not as far fetched as it seems. But I tell too much. 4 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Rollins!
This novel begins with the introduction of Mark Rollins as a man who knows how to get down to business and play hardball.Luckily, Rollins is playing for the good guys - or gals as the case may be - as he heroically slides into the role as `the fixer' for his clientele at the Women's Health Club. After the dramatic introduction, the storyline continues by outlining how a man like Rollins would end up in this unlikely role and then progresses into an absorbing, fast-paced storyline that leads Rollins and his associates into dangerous territory. As the threat to his family and loved ones builds, Rollins acts quickly and decisively to keep them out of harm's way, even though it means placing himself in the eye of the storm.

The setting is in Nashville, and as a former Nashville resident, I enjoyed the familiar setting where much of the story takes place. The story is also full of memorable characters.Rollins in particular stands out as a likeable and confident businessman who treats his clients like family and tackles problems with courage and conviction. I hope to see another Rollins story soon!
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17. Maxi-marketing: The New Direction in Advertising, Promotion, and Marketing Strategy
by Stan Rapp, Tom Collins
 Paperback: 304 Pages (1989-03-01)
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Asin: 0452262380
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Rapp and Collins, founders of one of the largest direct marketing agency networks, reveal the new direction that is revolutionizing the business world. The development of computer technology allows for a more reliable, cost-efficient mode of selling. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Editorial Reviews of the book
Stan Rapp and Thomas L Collins are the co-founders of Rapp & Collins, one of the top three direct-response advertising agency networks in the world, with total revenues in excess of $150 million and offices around the globe.

"Brilliant. Reads almost like a novel. Should become a classic in marketing." - Clay S Timon, VP and Director Advertising Worldwide, Colgate-Palmolive

"The cornerstone for...successful marketing through the year 2000." - William H Williams, Senior VP Marketing, Neiman-Marcus

"One of the best business books of the year." - Library Journal

"A Major Contribution...Takes Up Where 'In Search Of Excellence' Left Off" - Peter Spengler, VP, Advertising Services, Bristol-Myers Company

"An informative, wise, authoritative book packed with dozens of examples. Powerful enough to get general, 'image' and 'creative' advertisers to think about making their marketing efforts more accountable, more measurable, and more productive." - Business Marketing

"What a visionary book! Will soon be a subject of boardroom discussions." - Bob Stone, Chairman Emeritus, Stone & Miller, a Young & Rubican Company

"Stan Rapp and Tom Collins have given the marketing community the closest thing to a sure-fire recipe for success in their book. The 'smart' marketers will read and use it to guide them into the 90's and beyond." - R Jay Uhlmansiek, Director of Advertising Services, The Drackett Company

"A no-nonsense guide for the CEO. Fresh thinking and advice that can make a real difference in the way you run your business." - Inc. Magazine

Some companies have prospered by adapting to the new environment in marketing. Others have run into disaster by sticking with the tried-but-no-longer-true methods. MaxiMarketing, already acclaimed as the essential guide to the new age of enterprise, shows innovative companies how to:

* reach the contemporary consumer with the most punch at the least cost

* utilize the full power of the computer

* maximize the selling potential of different forms of media

* merge mass appeal with accurate targeting

* build customer loyalty and cross-sell products

* learn from the outstanding successes and devastating failures of leading companies

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18. School and Sport; Recollections of a Busy Life
by Tom Collins
Paperback: 126 Pages (2009-12-28)
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General Books publication date: 2009Original publication date: 1905Original Publisher: E. StockSubjects: Education / HistoryNotes: This is an OCR reprint of the original rare book. There may be typos or missing text and there are no illustrations.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more


19. Such is Life (Webster's Spanish Thesaurus Edition)
by Tom Collins
Paperback: 540 Pages (2008-06-04)
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Webster's edition of this classic is organized to expose the reader to a maximum number of synonyms and antonyms for difficult and often ambiguous English words that are encountered in other works of literature, conversation, or academic examinations. Extremely rare or idiosyncratic words and expressions are given lower priority in the notes compared to words which are ¿difficult, and often encountered¿ in examinations. Rather than supply a single synonym, many areprovided for a variety of meanings, allowing readers to better grasp the ambiguity of the English language, and avoid using the notes as a pure crutch. Having the reader decipher a word's meaning within context serves to improve vocabulary retention and understanding. Each page covers words not already highlighted on previous pages. If a difficult word is not noted on a page, chances are that it has been highlighted on a previous page. A more complete thesaurus is supplied at the end of the book; synonyms and antonyms are extracted from Webster's Online Dictionary.

PSAT¿ is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation neither of which sponsors or endorses this book; SAT¿ is a registered trademark of the College Board which neither sponsors nor endorses this book; GRE¿, AP¿ and Advanced Placement¿ are registered trademarks of the Educational Testing Service which neither sponsors nor endorses this book, GMAT¿ is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admissions Council which is neither affiliated with this book nor endorses this book, LSAT¿ is a registered trademark of the Law School Admissions Council which neither sponsors nor endorses this product. All rights reserved. ... Read more


20. Keeper of Absalom's Island
by Tom Nestor, Nestor Tom
 Paperback: 238 Pages (2000-01-31)
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Asin: 1898256829
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This account of rural Ireland in the 1940s describes a way of life that has now disappeared. It deals with a young boy's limited horizons, emerging conflicts with religion and convention, the futile endeavour to reach his father and the many colourful characters that are an integral part of his childhood. ... Read more


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