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1. Traditional Foods Are Your Best
2. The Traditional Bowyer's Bible,
3. The New Traditional: Reinvent-Balance-Define
4. TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight
5. Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced
6. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide
7. Effective Project Management:
8. How to Run a Traditional Jewish
9. Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis
10. An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of
11. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide
12. How to Build a Traditional Ford
13. Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part
14. Traditional American Rooms: Celebrating
15. Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part
16. Navigating the Channels of Traditional
17. Building Traditional Kitchen Cabinets
18. The Complete Book of Traditional
19. Traditional Box Projects
20. Everyday Life in Traditional Japan

1. Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine: Improving Health and Longevity with Native Nutrition
by Ronald F. Schmid N.D.
Paperback: 288 Pages (1997-04-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.79
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Asin: 0892817356
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book traces the cause of many chronic health problems to our modern diet and shows how a return to traditional foods can improve one's well-being.

Modern medicine now recognizes that the present-day Western diet is responsible for many of today's chronic illnesses. Nutritionists and anthropologists have noted the decline in health that accompanies indigenous peoples' transition from traditional to modern diets. In Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine, Ron Schmid explains how a return to a traditional diet can help you reduce your risk of heart attack by 50 percent; fight allergies, chronic fatigue, arthritis, skin problems, and headaches; recover from colds and flu in a day or two; and increase your life-expectancy. Chapters focusing on the major food groups, common diets, and health goals enable you to tailor a diet to your special needs.

New edition, previously titled Native Nutrition.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Traditional Foods are your Best Medicine
Excellent reading with all the modern science information to support the whys and hows of traditonal eating. I especially like the chapter on creating a native diet that assists the reader to develop a balance in diet according to personal needs as those needs fluctuate. While this book has no recipes and no diets...if you're looking for a complete, sound nutritional guide to healing and health - buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tradional Foods Really *Are* Your Best Medicine!
Dr. Schmid's book on healing, nurturing traditional foods is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to understand what *real* nutrition is all about.It shows the problems with our US Government-approved dietary recommendations and why following such dogma is making us all sick (while profiting pharmaceutical companies and the whole medical system)!Get past all the vegetarina/low fat/vegan/cholesterol-is-bad doctrine and learn how to *really* be healthy, just as countless people through the millennia have done!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I am a Registered Dietitian that uses a holistic approach to nutrition and I feel this book is a valuable addition to any nutritionists library. Lacks a bit of detail in research areas, but is a good branch of the Weston Price tree.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Compliment to Nourishing Traditions!!
Awesome book on the principles of traditional healing foods. This is a great addition for anyone who wants to learn true nutrition and about the great discoveries by Weston. A Price. I highly recommend it!

4-0 out of 5 stars good introduction to Traditional nutrition
Schmid's book was the first one I read on the work of Weston A. Price and Francis Pottenger. It is a very good overview of the subject of Tradtional diets. If you are wondering what "Traditional diets" are, they are simply the way people ate before big business took over food production, and made shelf life and profit margin more important than the nutritional quality of food.

Price was a dentist who embarked on a decade long research project in the late 1930s to find the healthiest people on Earth and study what they ate and how they ate it. His studies ranged all over the world, covering all different races. Schmid has done a good job of giving an overview of Price's findings.

The only issues I have with this book are that Schmid falls for the cholesterol scam in discussing heart disease, and that he also falls for the idea that the term "life expectancy" as used in statistics means the average age of death. (page 66) It doesn't. Life Expectancy as an arithmetic average would be reasonably close to the median age of death in a perfect Bell curve population sample, but such perfect samples only exist on paper, not in reality. The median age of death, that is the age by which half of the population died, was 57 in 1900. This means that half the population lived to be 57 or older. Kind of different than saying the average age of death was 45-50. In 2000, the median age of death was only 78, so there hasn't been as much gain as we are led to believe. Neither figure addresses the health or quality of life of people at those ages, either. A minor point in the grand scheme of this book. His discussion of life expectancy differences for those 40 and over on the rest of the page is still very much true and sets the record straight on the PR hype we are given about our current state of health.

For more in-depth information on fats and cholesterol, I recommend Mary Enig's book, Know Your Fats.

This is a great book, and will open your eyes to a better way to eat and improve your health. I heartily recommend it. ... Read more

2. The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 4
by Jim Hamm
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-04-01)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$12.80
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Asin: 1599214539
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The fourth volume in the immensely successful Traditional Bowyer's Bible series, this is a compendium of expert articles on traditional techniques of making wooden bows and arrows.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended - Entire Series
I looked forward to reading these books each evening after work.They are technical yet informative and down to earth.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Traditional Bowyers's Bible, Vol 1,2,3 & 4
Bought for my husband for his Birthday.He likes the books.I wish they were hardbacked

5-0 out of 5 stars The Traditional Bowyer's Bible 1-4
The entire series of the Bowyer's Bible is exactly that, the bible for bowyers.They are fantastic books for any traditional archer.The archer will read them 4 or 5 times at least.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent product and response time by amazon, as usual!! This series of books I would highly recommend to anyone interested in archery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not the best of the series...
But it's still a great addition. The techniques in this volume are for the very advanced bowyers, but are still useful for beginner/intermediate bowyers to know. ... Read more

3. The New Traditional: Reinvent-Balance-Define Your Home
by Darryl Carter
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2008-08-26)
list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$23.95
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Asin: 0307408655
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Darryl Carter is a leader in the design world, recognized for his restrained, distinguished, and livable environments. Known for seamlessly mixing the modern with the classical, Carter presents a comprehensive guide to creating a home that balances individual comfort with a timeless aesthetic.

Comfort is the essential element of a successful interior, but also the most elusive. Too often our design decisions are driven by others. In The New Traditional, Darryl Carter encourages you to be true to your own lifestyle. More than a stunning book, this is an accessible resource for making an elegant, inviting home, responsive to the people who live in it every day.

A fresh take on American design, Carter’s work has been lauded as the New Traditional for effortlessly blending classic and modern elements to create personal environments. Patinated furniture, subtle textiles and lighting, and chalky washes of color are among the details that transform a house into a home. Carter explains how you can translate these details into inspired and always calming surroundings. Ignore the obvious. Redefine a dining room so that it doubles as a library by lining the walls with bookshelves and using wing chairs in lieu of dining chairs. Stain wood floors white to create a greater sense of space. Build rooms around art. Carter shows that designing your home is a process to be enjoyed. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Natural Beauty
[A brilliant example of natural, elegant and perfectly blended elements that create a peaceful interior.]

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fusion of the American Minimalist Approach
For too long, minimalism has been fused to modernism.Following Bauhaus dictates that "form must follow function" and that "ornament is a crime", modernists have embraced the mimimalist call.At its best, modernist minimalism can be stunning (Mies' Barcelona Pavillion) and at its worst it can be brutal and cold.Although the modernists have been the leading proponents of this design philosophy, we need to acknowledge that America has a rich minimalist tradition that pre-dates the modernists. Clean, simple and honest design goes back to our nation's colonial roots.Darryl Carter in "The New Traditional" emcraces both minimalist traditions.He is not afraid to mix high art modernism with warm antiques. It is this measured mix of both cool and warm that makes Carter's approach so appealing.This is one of the best interior design books that I have seen in a long time.Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars shapes and forms and the space between
My preference is for a good bit more color than Darryl Carter uses, but, nonetheless, I found this book to be very good value.His emphasis on shape and form and the space between objects to create a visual language is simply stellar.His interiors, while curated and probably way more expensive than most readers -- including me -- can afford, are personal and stir the imagination.This is not just a "decorator"book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh, true individual style
I think this is a keeper for your style files.Lots and lots of photos to Carter's unique style.While a lot of designers are mixing old+new and antique+modern, I can't think of anyone who is doing so in such a distinctive way.I'm not saying Carter's style is my favorite, but it is beautifully executed, tasteful, memorable, daring, and modern.It's Gustavian, Belgium, traditional, rustic, modern, regency, french, neo-classical all rolled into one amazing book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite Design Book
I adore this book!In fact after reading this book I tossed out my enormous collection of country and antique design books because I realized that they would never again do.I live in a 200 year old home filled with antiques.I am a relatively young mother of three and, while I love my antiques, I have been craving a more updated, fresh look.This book made me realize that to achieve this I didnt have to "start over" and get rid of most of my stuff (or sell my home!).This book really inspires me to use my old things in a fresh new way."The New Traditional" is a perfect name for this book.Carter uses imperfect antiques in old homes and gives it all new life in a way that no other designer seems to have captured. Thank you Darryl Carter!! ... Read more

4. TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight Loss That Lasts (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
by Nan Lu
Paperback: 368 Pages (2000-06-01)
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Asin: 0380809052
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Dragon's WayTo Natural, Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

Here at last is the secret to taking off pounds and inches and keeping them off for life. Unlike popular "miracle" diet programs and products, The Dragon's Way addresses the root cause of your weight problems and offers a remarkable six-week program that shows you how to reach your optimum weight and stay there. The Dragon's Way is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories that have been practiced for thousands of years. Today billions of people worldwide benefit from this medical system. The Dragon's Way is not about food restrictions, apetite suppression, or vigorous exercising. It's about treating the whole person instead of focusing on weight; about how to use ancient energy movements to awaken your healing ability; about showing you how to use food as a healing tool; and about helping you achieve the harmony and balance in your own body that can result in natural, healthy, permanent weight loss.


  • How the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach differs from diet programs
  • How this TCM program makes you feel better physically and emotionally
  • How stress causes weight problems
  • How food cravings signal body needs
  • Why depriving your body of food leads to further weight gain
  • Healing foods and recipes that help you eliminate excess water and body fat
  • Herbal supplements and energy movements that encourage body harmony and help you avoid excess wieght
  • Additional health benefits beyond wieght loss
  • And Much More!
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate programfor take charge of your health
    I'm very glad for the Dragons' Way appears in my life. I'm following strictly the guidance of Master Nan Lu and in my 4th week I gave up 10lb and some inches as well. The Wu Ming Therapy movements are very easy to do and sometimes I have it 3 times per day. I think after my week 6 (last) I'll give up meat too because I'm feeling very well without it, I have more energy, I had a rash in my elbow before started it and it's gone now and much more for come.
    I really do recommend this book and thank so much for amazing changes in my health/life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not another diet book....
    I am three weeks into this book and I regret that I didn't know about this years ago.My life would have been so different.This is well written, easy to understand, interesting and just makes sense! I have already lost a few pounds with just a few minor changes in my diet.I don't feel deprived or hungry the way diets usually make me feel.One little tidbit I like to think about is the way the author refuses to concentrate on what you can't eat.He also doesn't like to say "losing weight" rather he refers to it as "giving the weight up, or letting it go....that sort of puts a different mind set to the whole process, at least it does for me.A great book to read, definitely not another boring diet book.This is really a book to live by, it will change your whole life, making you healthier, happier and much wiser...Buy it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    This book offers knowledgeable information on how food and stress affect your health and ways you can help your body balance itself and heal itself as it is meant to do.I have found some interesting information as to how the Chinese view the body and how to keep it working the way it is suppose to.I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is frustrated with their current situation and are feeling hopeless.Also, some great recipes using foods that help heal the body!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Natural Guide to Weight Loss that Lasts
    The book is about ancient Chinese medicine and ten simple Qigong energy movements.It is an excellent program and was recommended to me by my medical doctor (a general practioner).I have been practiciing the diet and exercise with outstanding results.I'm off of two medications and feel so much better.

    The service from Amazon was excellent - the book arrived when promised.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Basically a very low calorie, low glycemic diet with exercise
    I found this book interesting because I'm interested in TCM, but I don't think it contains too many real secrets to weight loss that you won't find in lot of other books. The basic diet is for six weeks to eat several pieces of fruit, several servings of vegetables and some walnuts, pine nuts of cashews each day and do qigong for exercise each day.

    Well, qigong burns up extra calories no matter what the specific exercises in this book are, and foodwise you would probably be taking in well under 1,000 calories a day, so yeah most people are going to lose weight following this diet and exercise program. But I think most people already know that if you exercise more each day and eat under 1,000 calories of high fiber foods with few carbohydrates and very little fat then you are probably going to lose at least 1 - 2 pounds a week.

    I don't think I would actually go on this 6 week diet because it doesn't seem healthy to me.I can't see how you would get enough vitamins, minerals and protein on it to improve your health, especially any vitamin B12, zincor enough iron. This diet probably seemed like a great idea years ago before people knew about RDAs for vitamins and minerals, but if we add in knowledge gleaned in this last century about nutrition then this diet seems unwise. I'm not sure that running a deficit in some macro and micro nutrients for 6 weeks is the key to long term weight loss or improved health.

    However, I did find many of the little TCM tidbits in the book extremely interesting, such as eat only cooked foods, avoid raw salads and don't drink cold water.Also there are lists of foods that are especially good to eat for weight loss such as eggplant, watermelon and mushrooms.So I'm going to try the various TCM weight loss tips and try to eat more of the specific foods presented in the book, but pass on the overall 6 week plan.
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    5. Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present
    by Virgil Elliott
    Hardcover: 224 Pages (2007-08-07)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$21.90
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    Asin: 0823030660
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically--in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces. How did the Old Masters create their masterpieces? What kind of education allowed these great artists to create such beautiful work, and how can an artist learn these lessons today? Traditional Oil Painting answers those questions and many more. This comprehensive sourcebook explores the most advanced levels of oil painting, with full information on the latest scientific discoveries. Author and distinguished artist Virgil Elliott examines the many elements that let artists take the next step in their work: mental attitude, aesthetic considerations, the importance of drawing, principles of visual reality, materials, techniques, portraiture, photographic images versus visual reality, and color. Traditional Oil Painting helps artists master the secrets of realistic painting to create work that will rival that of the masters.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book but could have left out the present part!
    Great book with good info. It's called Traditional Oil Painting: Adv. Techniques and concepts from the Renaissance to the Present, there is nothing traditional about the present... which he could have left those sections and parts out of the book and make the title be correct or just change the name to: Oil painting techniques and it might have been a less misleading title for us who like studying the real traditional style of painting.But nothing to stop you from checking this good book out. I like ol' Virgil's books!

    5-0 out of 5 stars nicee
    it is very useful book for painters to understand well all about traditional painting,tells all the tecniques.i recommend to the all painters who is beginner till professional...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review of Traditional Painting Methods
    As an artist, I am always eager to extend my knowledge of traditional painting methods. This book is like an art education between two covers. Due to the limits of space, there are many details that could not be included, obviously, but the book does an admirable job in describing the various techniques of Rembrandt, Bougereau, etc., as well as supplies. Virgil uses his own work to illustrate some of the classic painting methods, which is very helpful. I have had the privilege of seeing some of his work up close (some included in the book) at one of Virgil's workshops. At an incredibly low price, this is a great reference book for any artist or individual who appreciates traditional art.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Paint-By-Number
    If your looking for a step-by-step how to book, this is not for you. But if you want to increase your technical knowledge and build a strong understanding of art theory than this book is a must have. I would recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in pursuing the visual arts, not just oil painters.

    Mr. Elliot does a good job covering the all the basics you would expect to find in a serious technical reference book without being overly verbose or pedantic. I particularly appreciated his chapter on color theory and reflected light. He covers the information in depth with easy to understand explanations and well chosen examples.

    If the book is lacking anything I would have to say I wish Mr. Elliot had included a side by side comparison of pigments within the same color family and how to choose and exploit them to their best advantage. Still all in all this is the best book I have found to date on this topic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely well-written and excellent content
    What I liked most about this book is the author's ability to inspire the reader to strive for a higher level in their quality of painting.As I read the book, I felt like the author was encouraging me to increase my own abilities and put forth the effort required to produce the best work I can do.

    For a long time I have deceived myself into believing that I would be best served to stick with what comes easiest for me (landscape painting) instead of challenging myself to become good at other styles of painting such as portraiture and figure painting.The author advocates against falling into this trap, arguing that the best artist should become as good at painting the human form as he is at painting the environment that surrounds the human subject.Conversely, that painting people only, without learning to paint their surroundings is a mistaken practice and will not allow the artist to develop the full range of possibilities.

    Not only does the author encourage us to learn techniques that have been developed over centuries by the true masters, he then teaches us how.I found his explanations of the different techniques to be very well-researched and informative, especially the sections on Rembrandt and Bouguereau and the explanations of correct glazing and scumbling.From composition to pigments, to brushes, to mediums, to canvases, there are detailed explanations of what to use and what to avoid - of how to apply the pigments correctly, and in what order.Different methods and options are also compared giving pros and cons of each.

    I also felt like the author's usage of his own art work was very helpful.Along withexplanations of technique are very helpful step-by-step photographs showing the complete process.Some of the author's works shown in the book are quick studies, sketches and demonstrations, while others are finished, high-quality, beautiful paintings.

    This book is not for the artist who is satisfied with mediocre technique or the artist looking for lazy shortcuts.It is not a book for the artist who is hoping to hide their lack of technical ability by pursuing a lower quality of work.The author is very clear in his assertion that great artwork can only be achieved over time through sacrifice, dedication, and intense mental effort.

    In summary, there is a paragraph at the end of the 8th Chapter that I feel describes the tone of this book:

    "Art is intimately tied to culture.Its special standing depends on its association with the concept of quality.Let every artist strive to uphold that standard forever, with no compromises, out of an overriding and abiding love of art."

    This book is full of helpful information and I plan on using it as a resource I will go back to again and again for inspiration, motivation, and problem solving in my paintings.
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    6. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
    Hardcover: 464 Pages (2008-04-17)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.24
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    Asin: 1602392331
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Over 100,000 sold! Now newly revised and up to date, with over 2,000 color photographs and illustrations.Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

    Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available. 2,000 color photos and 200 black-and-white illustrationsAmazon.com Review
    "Voluntary simplicity" has become a catch phrase forwhat seems to be a yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient andeconomical way of living in the late 20th century. This book, firstpublished in 1981 and recently updated, was probably many folks' firstin-depth exposure to the idea of a simpler life, making things byhand, and enjoying a stronger sense of control over personal budgets,home projects, and lifestyles. Hundreds of projects are listed,illustrated in step-by-step diagrams and instructions: growing andpreserving your own food, converting trees to lumber and building ahome from it, traditional crafts and homesteading skills, and havingfun with recreational activities like camping, fishing, and folkdancing without spending a lot of money. This book will have youdreaming and planning from the first page! -- Mark A. Hetts ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics by Abigail R. Gehring
    I love this book very informative, touches on many subjects with enough information on each topic to be useful. I'm glad I bought it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best book ever!!!
    I lost this book to a divorce and had to replace it!I have a large library of helpful books. This is written so anyone can understand... If its not in your library it should be!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves this book
    My daughter was very grateful to receive this book.It was a gift. She has a farm and this is very basic information and lots of facts and very helpful to her.She loves this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars best book i've seen in a while
    I really enjoyed this book. It was packed full of information and illustrations of how to do things for yourself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "what if" .....
    this book is an addition to my "what if" library....
    An excellent informational, resource and how to book.Along with my other books it will be a very valuable and handy book to have "if....." ... Read more

    7. Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme
    by Robert K. Wysocki
    Paperback: 792 Pages (2009-04-27)
    list price: US$50.00 -- used & new: US$19.19
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    Asin: 0470423676
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    With 200 pages of new content, the fifth edition of this popular guide gives new or veteran project managers a comprehensive overview of all of the best-of-breed project management approaches and tools today, including Traditional(Linear and Incremental), Agile (Iterative and Adaptive), and Extreme. Step-by-step instruction and practical case studies show you how to use these tools effectively to achieve better outcomes of projects at hand. Plus, the book provides full coverage on managing continuous process improvement, procurement management, managing distressed projects, and managing multiple team projects. The companion Web site includes exercises and solutions that accompany the project management instruction in the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well written and clear Explanation of all concepts
    This is a clear and realistic description of the project management discipline. More for those who want to be or are project managers and project teams than senior management and leadership. Wysocki takes the combined knowledge of the Project Management Institute, layers in modifications/enhancements based on his own decades of experience in the field, and lays out a process to follow regardless of where one is on the project management spectrum.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed
    The book needed case-examples within the chapters and more of an alignment to the PMI terminology and standards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent First Book on Project Management
    I just completed my Project Management class in college, and it is the first time they have used the expanded version of the book (so far as I know). Robert Wysocki knows how to explain concepts deeply and thoroughly...not only will this help you prepare for your eventual PMP exam (you need 3 years Project Management experience to take that exam), but it will help you avoid the common pitfalls related to not choosing the correct management approach.

    Right after our finals, I spoke to a student who took this course earlier (with the older version of the book), and he was lucky enough to actually listen to Robert as visiting lecturer for one class. The man is nothing short of brilliant!

    This book is fantastic -- one of the true gems of my collge experience. I do have 2 minor quibbles, however:

    1) Robert sometimes goes into an explanation that's far too wordy. He does not confuse, but at times he tends to repeat himself -- over and over, for several pages. Not the whole book, just now and then.

    2) There are no review questions of any kind. (Not even a quibble for me, but it may be for you.) At the end of each chapter are scenarios to discuss as a group, if you are so inclined. If you are using this for self-study for certification, this will very likely be a real pitfall. However, you could supplement the vast wealth of Mr. Wysocki's real-world experience with one of the exam study/cram books out there.

    This is not the book to "cram" for an exam. It discusses terminology and concepts, but goes into great detail about the hows/whys pros/cons of various project management approaches and processes. You must actually read! This book is in no way designed to skim or cram, and you will not be able to do that with this book (unless you already read *this* book and are just reviewing it).

    However, if you want to become a good project manager, or improve your practice, this is the best book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Project Management Rethought
    I used Wysocki's 4th edition to teach my MBA courses.But the newest edition 5 is so well-written that I have expanded my use to include both undergraduate and MBA project management courses.The new edition has updated material, more useful examples and cases, plus a series of slides for the instructor.The book takes a complicated subject and breaks in down into so much detail that anyone can absorb the concepts.Nice work on the latest edition Bob!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Knowledge mobilization meets project manaagement
    Wysocki has worked very hard to update his new edition of this landmark text with new scenarios, ideas, and concepts. Sometimes my learners in the MBA courses I teach ask me, "What is an example of 'knowledge management.' " I suggest to them that they look at what Wysocki has done to make explicit what is almost always implicit knowledge within a project manager or director.

    Wysocki has provided an exemplary text that provides an incredibly thorough illustration of the elements, processes, and learning objects comprising project management. Moreover, this reference should be prescribed as the overarching framework that every CIO and CKO requires as part of their teams' methods to success.


    Michael JD Sutton, PhD, Asst. Professor
    Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
    MBA and BBA Programs
    Westminster College
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    Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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    8. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household
    by Blu Greenberg
    Hardcover: 526 Pages (1988-12-01)
    list price: US$51.95 -- used & new: US$34.99
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    Asin: 0876688822
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Filled with practical advice as well as history, Blu Greenberg's book is a comprehensive guide to the joys and complexities of running a modern Jewish home. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household is a modern, comprehensive guide covering virtually every aspect of Jewish home life. It provides practical advice on how to manage a Jewish home in the traditional way and offers fascinating accounts of the history behind the tradition. In a warm, personal style, Blu Greenberg shows that, contrary to popular belief, the home, and not the synagogue, is the most important institution in Jewish life.Divided into three large sectionsD_The Jewish Way,_ _Special Stages of Life,_ and _Celebration and Remembering_Dthis book educates the uninitiated and reminds the already observant Jew of how Judaism approaches daily life. Topics include prayer, dress, holidays, food preparation, marriage, birth, death, parenthood, and many others.This description of the modern-yet-traditional Jewish household will earn special regard among the many American Jews who are reexploring their ties to Jewish tradition. Such Jews will find this book a flexible guide that provides a knowledge of the requirements of traditional Judaism without advocating immediate and complete compliance.How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household will also appeal to observant Jews, providing them with helpful tips on how to manage their homes and special insights into the most minute details and procedures in a traditional household.Herself a traditional Jew, Blu Greenberg is nevertheless quite sympathetic to feminist views on the role of women in Jewish observance. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household therefore speaks intimately to women who are struggling to reconcile their identities as modern women with their commitments to traditional Judaism. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Authentic, detailed account of a modern Orthodox Jewish household
    What I appreciated most about this book was its authenticity and delightful tone.There seems to be a spate of "Jewish" books out there written by people with PhDs who had a sudden desire to return to their Jewish roots.This means that they do "research" on Judaism, so that of course the book comes out sounding trite and fake.Two books that come to mind are "Living the Jewish life" by Anita Diamant and "Blessings of a Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel.

    This book, on the other hand, is written by an Orthodox Jew who lives and breathes Judaism.She was born into it and raised her five children into it.She knows what she's talking about and doesn't need to interview rabbis to lend her book more authenticity.She gives detailed and highly entertaining accounts of what it's like to live and run a traditional household.Plain and simple.There's no pretense or drama.Her writing style is engaging and her tone amicable.Reading this book is like sitting on a bench and talking to an Orthodox Jew about his lifestyle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Cookbook on How to be Jewish!
    If there is an aspect of Jewish life, in the household or out, that you would like to know about, this book has it.

    It is clear that this was a labor of love, and Ms. Greenburg clearly tackled her task with love, good humour, and an accurate eye for details that would have escaped many writers.

    The text is interesting, well-written, flows well, gives you what you want to know or need to know, whether your are new to Judaism, coming back to your Jewish roots, a practicing Jew who wants to know more about living a more "kosher" life, or just for the gentile who wants to know all about Judaism.

    It is humourous where it's appropriate, serious where it's not, but the one thing it never is is boring.A most informative, enlightening and entertaining book.I can only say thanks, Blu, for writing such a great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
    I love this book and would recommend it to any woman who intends to keep her family and household traditionally Jewish... I wasn't completely satisfied with the condition the book arrived in because I've ordered this book in the past a few times (only to lend it out & never see it again) and it usually arrives in better condition, but the information is what counts... This book should be in every traditional Jewish home.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How to run a traditional Jewish home
    It is very informative and it is written in such a way that is a pleasant read as well as informative.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good reference book but sometimes very biased
    I own a copy of this book and have read it and sometimes use it as reference, however I am from a sephardic family. By "traditional" she means ashkenazi/Eastern European traditional, which is very different than Sephardic Judaism (which she totally ignores). One great thing about this book is that she explains Jewish rituals in a very easy-to-understand manner which is great for beginners. She also has an entire chapter devoted to Jewish prayer, which includes different prayers for different situations (such as for wearing new clothes, as one reviewer pointed out), which I really enjoyed. She has transliterated a lot of Hebrew prayers, so that people who can't read Hebrew can still learn the prayers. I believe that somewhere in there she says that this book is written from the *modern orthodox* perspective, but I think the major emphasis of this book is on orthodox, not *modern.* Overall this was a good solid book and will be a good reference for those who are raised in a non-practicing family and want to become more observant or those who are interested in learning more about orthodox Judaism in general. ... Read more

    9. Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Study Guide
    by Qiao Yi, Al Stone
    Paperback: 437 Pages (2008-10-26)
    list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$35.94
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    Asin: 0939616645
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the process of examining the body to diagnose disease and differentiate patterns under the guidance of the fundamental theories of TCM. It is a bridge that connects the basics of TCM with all branches of clinical medicine and includes inspecting the symptoms or manifestations, analyzing the changes, understanding the pathomechanisms, and predicting the transformation of diseases. TCM diagnosis consists of two major areas of study, examination and testing (zhên) and decision and judgment (duàn). Examination and testing techniques are used to collect information from the patient. Decision and judgment uses this information, which is sorted, analyzed, synthe¬sized, and reasoned on the basis of TCM theory. This book is organized around the four pillars of TCM diagnosis: inspection, inquiry, listening and smelling, and palpation. In this text, each aspect is explained in a clear and systematic manner, with generous use of tables and illustrations. This is followed by a series of review questions for deeper understanding. A comprehensive self-examination consisting of 200 multiple choice questions, with a separate key to the answers, tests the reader s understanding of the important points of each aspect of diagnosis. These questions, many of which are presented in case study format, will help students prepare for the board exams. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A superb text on diagnosis
    The TCM Diagnosis Study Guide is definetly one for your bookshelf.This book makes a wonderful companion to other books on diagnosis, as it is an excellent resource for further study.The diagrams, summaries and charts make it an absolute necessity if you are more of a visual learner.

    The inclusion of "questions and answers for deeper insight" at the end of each section provide just that, deeper understanding of the concepts presented.The 200 question multiple choice test at the end of the book (answer key provided) will definetly help you to see how well you understand the material.

    I have done a lot of research into books on TCM, and I have found these 3 are the best to use in conjunction:

    1- Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Study Guide
    2- Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Volume I Diagnosis and Treatment
    3- Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Vol.II Materia Medica & Herbal Ref

    These 3 books make a wonderful "home study" course.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Complete
    This book is complete and full of explanations. Ideal for identifing the patterns of TCM. Only one miss : meridian diagnosis and eight extra meridians diagnosis... But this manual is more herb oriented. ... Read more

    10. An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols
    by J. C. Cooper
     Paperback: 208 Pages (1987-03-17)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$9.14
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    Asin: 0500271259
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    People all over the world have always used symbols to express and communicate the things that mean most to them. From a country's flag, which can signify more than patriotism, to a charm bracelet, with its "portable memories," symbolism takes various forms. Familiarity with symbolism opens up levels of understanding most of us have probably never been aware of. Why, for instance, do we share a secret with the words "a little bird told me?" What is it about a horseshoe that, in the right circumstances, brings luck? Why a horse's shoe? How old is the swastika, and where has it been used as a symbol (and what was Jung getting at when he said the Nazis used it "backwards")?

    In nearly 1500 entries, many of them strikingly and often surprisingly illustrated, J.C. Cooper has documented the history and evolution of symbols from pre-history to our own day. Lively, informative and often ironic, she discusses and explains an enormous variety of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceania, and coming from systems as diverse as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Tantra, the ancient cult of Cybele and the Great Goddess, the Pre-Columbian religions of the Western Hemisphere and the Voodoo cults of Brazil and West Africa. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Illustrated Encyclopdiea of Traditional Symbols
    This is the only book I have ever read and used extensively. It combines all religions, symbols and interpretations in one book. The alphabetical form used by Cooper provides quick access to the subject. I have used this book for years in my work and private life. Whether it was for assistance in my profession or in dreamwork, I have not seen another book alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the BOMB!
    I got this book to help me with making an iconic tattoo and I couldn't be more satisfied.Every page offers great new information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference
    Reasonably priced, comprehensive, well illustrated, well organized. As an artist, I bought this for reference in designing meaningful tattoos for clients, and couldn't be more pleased. Not only does it list just about any symbolic image you'd think to put on your body (or your art in general), it's also a convenient size for dropping into your messenger bag or backpack without adding too much weight or bulk.

    3-0 out of 5 stars more encyclopedia then illustrations
    Being since it is a book of symbols I was hoping for there to be pictures of the symbols, but there is only a few on the pages. Lots of information in the book, just not what I expected.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource
    I found this book to be an indispensable companion while reading the works of Campbell and Jung.Extremely interesting and very thorough. ... Read more

    11. Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting
    by Al Gury
    Hardcover: 160 Pages (2009-01-06)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$21.44
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    Asin: 0823098346
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This comprehensive guide explores one of the great traditions of Western painting: alla prima, or direct, painting. Bold brushwork and a painterly surface are the hallmarks of this renowned technique, and one of the great masters of alla prima was Arthur DeCosta, the legendary Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts teacher. In Alla Prima, author Al Gury reveals the step-by-step lessons he learned in his years of study with DeCosta. From start to finish, with clear explanations of color mixing, palettes, drawing and layering, structure, brushwork, and more, Gury guides readers through the full alla prima process. Portraiture, still life, figure, and landscapes are explored, all illustrated with the work of the greats, from Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velazquez, through Degas, Manet, and Cezanne, to Sargent and Whistler. Today alla prima is the ideal choice for artists who want to return to skill-based training yet retain a contemporary style—and Alla Prima is the perfect guide to the technique.
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this book !
    I had high hopes from this book considering all the glowing reviews it's been getting here. I feel I've wasted my money. I usually hate writing negative reviews, since an author puts in a lot of hard work into his/her book. But I guess people have a right to know what they are buying.
    I bought it as some reviews mentioned it's very good for beginners..... I am a beginner and this book has not helped me at all. Very,very basic information that can be found elsewhere. There are much better books out there. Some that I have liked for painting Alla Prima are
    "All books by Emile Gruppe" - Out of print and sometimes expensive,be patient and you might get them at a good price
    "Alla Prima by Richard Schmid"- more advanced ,cheaper to buy from his web site
    "Timeless techniques for Better Oil Painting by Tom Browning"- Excellent book for Beginners and Advanced levels, in league with Richard Schmid's book

    3-0 out of 5 stars Alla Pima
    Great book for the price, but not the real Alla Prima. (Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting by Richard Schmidt)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alla Prima Review
    This book is written by a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.He represents a strong tradition traced back to before Eakins, Daniel Garber, Lou Sloan and Mr. DeCosta.Reading this book has gotten me back on track with my painting career.Contains chapters on everything from the beginning of direct painting on through the colors you use, mediums, brushes, etc. Contains many fabulous illustrations by different arts.A must have book for the serious painter.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    I agree with evrything the other 2 star reviewers said. The cover art was misleading as this painting quality was not repeated inside the book, the paintings (with a small number of exceptions) there were very uninteresting and uninspiring.

    I relied on all the good reviews here and bought this book and feel really misled and ripped off.

    The information in the book is useless as it is so so basic. The book is suitable for absolute beginners only, in my opinion.

    For those who want to see a truly amazing and inspiring and breathtaking and immensely useful book on alla prima painting see instead 'Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting' by Richard Schmid. It is more than twice the price, but wow, it's more than 20 times as good too. Now THAT is a 5 star book! This book just doesn't even begin to compare.

    For general painting books that are also excellent, see: Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice by Juliette Aristides, and Oil Painting Secrets from a Master: 25th Anniversary Edition by Linda Cateura.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
    This is a wonderful book!! Really clarifies the technique.I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Alla Prima painting.
    A true 'must have'. ... Read more

    12. How to Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod, Revised Ed.
    by Mike Bishop, Vern Tardel, Steve Amos
    Paperback: 167 Pages (2000-10-01)
    list price: US$25.95 -- used & new: US$15.71
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    Asin: 0760309000
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Build your own flathead roadster just as it would have been built in the 1950s! Using a 1929 Ford Model A, this guide follows its construction from start to fantastic finish.Bishop begins with a wealth of expert advice on planning your project, finding traditional parts, and acquiring the tools, time, space, and services needed.From frame, front suspension and steering, to brakes, engine and transmission, Bishop's expert approach is fully illustrated with specially commissioned photos and line drawings.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Build a Traditional Ford Hot Rod
    Overall, I like the book but I have two complaints:

    1) The book glosses over some of the most technical items.Information on adapting steering and rear suspension are minimal. More pictures and diagrams for these would have helped.

    2) The editing or print job is terrible, at least in my copy.Pictures are missing or misplaced, irrelevant to the chapter, or have been chopped in half.I wish I had a few pictures referenced but not found.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    Very good, detailed illustration of building a traditional Ford hot rod using period parts.Interesting just for the historical view.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Tool Beside Your Tools
    I am using this book to teach me terms and skills that I otherwise wouldn't know. I do have experience working on cars. This is my first year working on a hot rods at a shop. I am part of a group of guys working to build hot rods for a future club(hopefully soon). Now that I am building my own I needed to be well versed before I start to build. This is great for someone with some knowledge about cars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Information by the bucket loads!
    Very good book for the beginner or professional. full of great ideas while leaving room for your own personal touches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the real deal for Hot Rod roadster building
    If you guys and girl really want to build a traditional Hot Rod this is the book for you. Lots of how to good Ideas, esp. if you like the old school look and feel. Vern Tardel is the man when it comes to flatheads and Hot Rods. This is a must have for all you traditional Gear Heads/ ... Read more

    13. Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part 2 (Traditional Character) Textbook (Chinese Edition)
    by Tao-Chung Yao
    Hardcover: 403 Pages (2008-12-24)
    list price: US$64.99 -- used & new: US$50.00
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    Asin: 0887276733
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    14. Traditional American Rooms: Celebrating Style, Craftsmanship, and Historic Woodwork (Winterthur Style Sourcebook)
    by Brent Hull
    Paperback: 184 Pages (2009-03-01)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$21.94
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    Asin: 1565233220
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The imitable style, elegance, and character of historic American architecture are beautifully presented in this guided tour to the magnificent millwork of the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate. The former residence of Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur features more than 175 period rooms spanning in time from 1640 to 1840. Each room showcases not only the finest American antique furniture, but also the extensive range of historic millwork from this particularly stunning era. Moving chronologically through the Georgian and Federal periods, the various millwork styles featured in 20 of the Winterthur’s most representative rooms are explored through a unique blend of photographs, history, and technical drawings. Each room’s discussion features a color photograph, breakdown of the architectural details, commentary on each element, and glossary of pertinent architectural terms.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars an Amazing Resource for the Designer/Finish Carpenter
    I just purchase 5 books on Colonial Revival for a major room design project. Brents Book was by far the MAIN source for ideas and details for me to get the design just right! Take a look here [...]
    The Pictures in this book are amazing and with proportions and measurements of the rooms featured really make this book perfect for designing traditional details. The Intro give are great overview of this syle and period as well as insight into the classical origins, as well as the language of this style of interior.

    This is a MUST HAVE book for the finish carpenter or designer who cares about the details of the Traditional Style. I hope that Brent Hull compliles more books like this with more details. You can really see that he is a real Expert on details and millwork. Someone who I'm inspired to be like.

    Thank you Brent and Christine! a truly Beautiful book! ... Read more

    15. Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part 2 (Traditional & Simplified Character) Character Workbook (Chinese Edition)
    by Tao-Chung Yao
    Paperback: 135 Pages (2008-11-30)
    list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$18.50
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    Asin: 0887276768
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Character Workbooks are designed to help the student learn Chinese characters in their correct stroke order. In the Level 1 workbooks, stroke order for each new character is displayed, along with its pinyin pronunciation and English translation. Character boxes allow students to practice writing the characters. The Level 2 Character workbook, in addition to stroke order, presents example sentences to illustrate word usage in context. The Level 2 Character workbook includes both simplified and traditional character forms. Four useful appendices are included in the Level 2 Character workbook: A list of proper nouns and measure words; an English-Chinese glossary that includes all vocabulary in Levels 1 and 2; a Chinese character index that lists all characters appearing in Levels 1 and 2; and the simplified-form example sentences that appear in traditional characters throughout the bookÂ’s text. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbooks
    This series is very comprehensive and very well written.If the complementary materials are also used, then this series will teach and solidify your understanding of Chinese.The materials emphasize practical Chinese skills, taught for use in an everyday context, combined with the rigor necessary to memorize Chinese characters (if character workbook is also used)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not your typical studio quality
    If you are self-studying like me, you will need the CDs since you'll have to rely on the CDs for pronounciation.
    However, the quality of the CDs are not great.
    It's just enough to get the job done but nothing fancy.
    There are times when you can hear something else while the speaker is doing the narrative or pronounciation exercise.It is annoying and disruptive but what can you do...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Customer Service
    It's the first time that I've had no replies to inquiries about a book order.Usually, other Amazon Merchants send an email acknowledging the order and giving a followup on when it was shipped.Nothing from this merchant.Had to cancel this one after 3 weeks of waiting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Integrated Chinese
    Good book.It was suggested for use in a basic Chinese class I was taking.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A complex way to learn
    I ordered the wrong book, but that's okay.The Integrated Chinese learning system is too complex.What I mean is it takes three books, Text, work, and character; just to learn Lesson 1 part 1, which is a very shallow entrance into Mandarian Chinese.I would suggest other methods that cover more info for the price. ... Read more

    16. Navigating the Channels of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    by Yitian Ni
    Paperback: 180 Pages (2004-05)
    list price: US$40.00 -- used & new: US$40.00
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    Asin: 0967303435
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A favorite for first year acupuncture and TCM students because it covers the essential knowledge of the channels and collaterals and the characteristics of the channel system, providing descriptives that include the key points, pathway, associated organs and points, physiology, pathology, clinical applications, and divergent, teninomuscular, and collateral channels. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Navigating the Chaneels of TCM
    Why by this book through Amazon for $65 dollars or more when you can get it from Redwing Books for $40 dollars?Usually Amazon has the best deals but not this time.It seems a bit absurd!

    Larry Welsh M.Ac.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Set of Class Notes
    I am an avid amateur student of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Because I do only independent study, I find this book a little bit terse for my needs.The material of this book is very complete, and it is presented in the most useful possible form for reference and review.Almost all the information is put into self-explanatory tables that essentially anyone could follow.The organization is so perfect that nothing could possibly be any better.It is like the ultimate set of class notes from a very good course on diagnosis.However, if you don't HAVE a course to go to and if you don't HAVE a teacher to enlarge a little bit on the content, you will probably need a bigger, wordier text (like Tie-Tao Deng's text) to go with this one.Still, the organization is so exceptional that this book has to be of considerable value to any student of TCM.(If you are already a master, you don't need any book, do you?)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must need reference book
    This simplifies the understanding of the meridian channels like no other book has. Used it daily with my studies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars textbook review
    Easy to read, no hard to understand terminology. Exactly what the instructor/school requires. ... Read more

    17. Building Traditional Kitchen Cabinets
    by Jim Tolpin
    Paperback: 215 Pages (2006-04-01)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$9.84
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    Asin: 1561587974
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    First published in 1994, this book quickly established itself as the standard shop reference on building kitchen cabinets. It covers all aspects of building a complete set of cabinets, from choosing a style for doors, to laying out the cabinets, to finishing and installing convenience hardware in the interiors.
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    1-0 out of 5 stars unhappy buyer
    I placed an order well over a month ago and have not recieved anything. I will not order anything else from amazon.com thank you unhappy customer.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This is definitely not for amateurs.
    This book covers alot of information from finishes to selecting your materials, how ever when it come to the step by step do it yourself, if you don't have a clue about woodwork then this is not the book for you, if you are a professional, it may be of great value. Guess what! i am a amateur! laterz folks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    Great book, If you wanna learn how to do a kitchen right buy it.....Great information on the use of story poles to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well illustrated, well written.
    I been building custom furniture for years and wanted to learn more about building kitchen cabinets. This book was very well illustrated and well written. Every detail and aspect of building kitchen cabinets was well documented. I learned a great deal and gained the confidence to build kitchen cabinets on my own without the use of expensive 3rd part software programs. Enjoyed the book very much. It's one of the first books I've read cover to cover in years. I would highly recommend it for anyone that is interested in building kitchen cabinets.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a must for beginners
    This book will give you a lot of information so you can design and build your kitchen cabinets.It is great. ... Read more

    18. The Complete Book of Traditional Knitting
    by Rae Compton
    Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-07-21)
    list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$9.32
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    Asin: 0486476472
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    Knitters of all skill levels will find this volume an excellent source of inspiration as well as a guide that ranges from familiar Shetland and Fair Isle patterns to charming, lesser-known styles of Norway, Greece, Turkey, and other countries. Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and charts, it also provides instructions for 13 traditional garments.
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    19. Traditional Box Projects
    by Strother Purdy
    Paperback: 160 Pages (2010-01-19)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$15.64
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    Asin: 160085110X
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Box making has always been one of the perennial favorites of all wood projects. And because wooden boxes make such meaningful gifts, this collection of beautiful, durable, and functional box projects is sure to please. All of the designs are based on traditional boxes, historically inspired by Shaker, Arts & Crafts, and other popular styles. But this is not a book of exacting reproductions for master craftsmen only. These are attainable interpretations of some of the most enduring box designs, all presented in a step-by-step format, with photos and detailed instructions. The author, a fine-furniture maker, offers tried-and-true tips for avoiding pitfalls as well as alternative design and construction options. Most of the boxes are easy to build, though a few offer challenges. A wide array of design styles and the consistent high level of detail in the projects will appeal to a range of woodworkers.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars More than boxes
    Full disclosure - I know the author. And he's an outstanding woodworker.

    To the book. Strother brings a deep understanding of tools, materials, and methods to this book. He walks the reader through the building of a variety of boxes using readily available hand tools and a minimum of expensive stationary power tools. That's good stuff, but if that were all the book did, I'd be yawning instead of writing this review.

    What sets this book apart is how Strother explains why he does things. This is crucial information, particularly for beginning woodworkers who wish to expand what they learn here into other projects. For example, while other books might have you saw and joint the stock for box sides, then get right to work cutting dovetails, Strother suggests you set the newly milled pieces aside over night to allow whatever internal stresses whose balance the milling changed to work their warps. Then in the morning, check the stock and re-mill as needed. As an experienced woodworker myself, I can't express how much I wish I had known that early on. That's the sort of knowledge that minimizes the frustration of learning a skill.

    Each project not only creates a beautiful box, it develops a more skilled woodworker. I have too much respect for the craft to suggest anyone could go from beginner to master with one book. That takes a lifetime. But this little box book is an excellent starting point - in fact, one of the best I've seen. ... Read more

    20. Everyday Life in Traditional Japan (Tuttle Classics)
    by Charles J. Dunn, Laurence Broderick
    Paperback: 208 Pages (2008-08-15)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.86
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    Asin: 4805310057
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Everyday Life in Traditional Japan paints a vivid portrait of Tokugawa Japan, a time when contact with the outside world was deliberately avoided and the daily life of the different classes consolidated the traditions that shaped modern Japan. Authentic samurai, farmers, craftsmen, merchants, courtiers, priests, entertainers and outcasts come to life in this magnificently illustrated portrait of a colorful society.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Samurai film primer
    "Everyday Life in Traditional Japan" is basically a beginner's guide to the Edo period.It gives a short history of the era, of the isolationist policy that allowed traditional Japanese culture to flourish untouched, and the power shift between the Emperor and the Shogun.It then breaks down the four classes, the samurai, the farmers, the craftsmen and the merchants, and shows the daily life, traditions and laws that bound each class.Also included are the fringe element, the doctors, priests, courtiers, actors, artists and outcasts who lived outside the class system but were still ruled by it.

    Aside from being a nice little history lesson, I found this book to be the perfect primer to anyone interested in samurai flicks or historical anime.The easy-to-understand outline of the four classes, and what they were and were not allowed to do, own, eat, etc...gave me more than one "Ah-ha!" moment as something suddenly became clear to me in a movie that I had seen before.This is all the detail work, the background stuff going on, like why a big metal fish hangs over the stoves of peasant houses and why warriors wear those big basket helmets.

    A short book at only 171 pages, it is still packed with info and easy to read.A bit on the older side, some of the translations and wording is outdated, but that doesn't have any effect on the book on the whole.I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the period, be it in film, anime, books or even woodblock prints.I have read quite a few Japanese history books before, but not one that laid out the class system so clearly and easily.

    3-0 out of 5 stars If rice farming is your thing...
    This had some decent information, but it was mostly about rice farming. And while that's neat, I didn't feel that my life was missing a book about rice farming. It would taunt you with the occasional bone of interesting info and then snatch it away cruelly and laugh in your face.
    Seriously, this book has useful bits of information, but there are better books out there. Everyday Things in Premodern Japan: The Hidden Legacy of Material Culture
    I don't think that I would recommend this book, but I don't feel that my time was wasted in reading it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction
    This book covers the everyday life of the Edo period which is from the 1600's to the 1800's.During this period, Japan was shut off from the outside world and developed a unique culture.When people think of old Japan, this is usually the period they think of thanks to the great number of period dramas that depict this era.

    The book examines the social divisions of this period.The four main groups are the samurai, the farmers, the craftsmen, and the merchants.Each group has an entire section devoted to it which details the lifestyle of each group.After this, several outsider groups are considered.The book ends with a general overview of life in the old capital Edo which is now called Tokyo.For those who are looking for a resource for information on the world of the samurai, this book gives a good overview of their world.

    My only complaint about this book is that it was published in 1969, so the writing style feels a little dated and it seems it was written for a Western audience which was unfamiliar with Japanese culture.Basically, it's style is dated, but the information is accurate and useful.Anyone who is interested in Japan and doesn't know well about the history of Japan will find this to be a great introduction

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful Book!
    I've just started to read this book for research of a novel in the planning, and it has been very useful, even within the first few pages! It goes thru all the classes from the samuraiclass to the outcasts. I wouldhighly reccommend this book to anyone that needs to know how the Japaneselived during the reign of the Tokugawa shoguns!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very informative book
    Charles Dunn gives a very detailed book on the traditional way of life of Tokugawa Japan. From the lowly peasant to the nobles Mr. Dunn extensively explains what they did, why they did, & how they did everything.Forthe casual reader this book might be a little too detailed; but for thehistorical interested - it is a must.I have yet to find the kind ofinformation that Charles Dunn presents in this book anywhere else. ... Read more

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