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20. The Way It Was in the U.S.A.:

1. The American Way of Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life
by Michael Lind
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-07-30)
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In The American Way of Strategy, Lind argues that the goal of U.S. foreign policy has always been the preservation of the American way of life--embodied in civilian government, checks and balances, a commercial economy, and individual freedom. Lind describes how successive American statesmen--from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton to Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan--have pursued an American way of strategy that minimizes the dangers of empire and anarchy by two means: liberal internationalism and realism. At its best, the American way of strategy is a well-thought-out and practical guide designed to preserve a peaceful and demilitarized world by preventing an international system dominated by imperial and militarist states and its disruption by anarchy. When American leaders have followed this path, they have led our nation from success to success, and when they have deviated from it, the results have been disastrous. Framed in an engaging historical narrative, the book makes an important contribution to contemporary debates. The American Way of Strategy is certain to change the way that Americans understand U.S. foreign policy. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, quickly readable history of American security policy
I recommend Michael Lind's book for anyone, short on time, who wants to understand the general consistency of American security policy at least up through the end of the cold war.Beyond the cold war, this book describes history in the making which will certainly be subject to multiple interpretations as it solidifies over time.For anyone asking the question "Where is America going?" and Where should America be going?" The American Way of Strategy will give you much to think about.These questions are not suitable for sound bites and partisan politics should have no role here.These are serious, deep, but also practical issues.Mr. Lind's excellent history and creative analyses has provided me with an excellent framework with which to deal with them. You will enjoy his book!

2-0 out of 5 stars Promising start, but falls apart.
I've been a fan of Lind's appearances on Bloggingheads.tv, so I really wish I could recommend this more wholeheartedly, but I was disappointed. The first section was straight gangbusters, with the explanation of American strategy as being calculated to avoid the very real possibilities of a "garrison state", "tributary state" or "castle society." "The purpose of the American way of strategy is to defend the American way of life by means that do not endanger the American way of life." Right on.

Lind's summary of early US foreign policy is very good, his WWI, interwar & WWII is pretty good, and his Cold War is excellent, but after that the book falls apart in a hurry. The closer he gets to the present day, the more antique it all seems. All about unitary states, not a non-state actor to be found, and all the concern is with forging anti-hegemonic networks of power to prevent rising great states from dominating the globe (really, if there is a Russia-China-US alliance, who are we balancing?). The book seems to take place on a Risk board; It just didn't seem to grapple with the really sticky issues of today. And the chapter on economic globalisation was exceedingly weak. Seriously, skip that part.

Lind is very very fluent at Realism, but much shakier at holding up the Liberal Internationalism side of his thesis, I feel. Now, Liberal Internationalism often gets smeared as inherently wobbly, so Lind's added handicap doesn't help the case. But some of his prescriptions are just flagrantly DOA. A world where the US will forge separate alliances with all major powers in all areas, elevate Russia and China to the relative detriment of Japanese and German security-clients, shrug at Taiwan and So Korea being retaken, nationalize & protect the bejeesus out of all defense-related industry and act as the materiel supplier while other nations somehow eagerly provide all the boots on the ground? ...Really? There's surely something to be said for thinking outside the box, but in terms of real political plausibility, I'm not sure Lind really knows where the box is.

All in all I liked the first third and the last chapter, everything else was not so great. You can do much better for a Realism / Liberal Internationalism hybrid by reading Steve Walt and Anne-Marie Slaughter back-to-back & calling it a day.

3-0 out of 5 stars Primer on Liberal Internationalism, Nothing More
This work reflects the liberal internationalist perspective of the author, a fairly comprehensive reading of first-person and related materials from past presidents, along with Op-Ed types of materials, and a somewhat stunningly naive and delusiional view that the American way of strategy exists to "protect the American way of life."

The author is clearly lacking in military experience or understanding, in strategic understanding, in contextual understanding such as can be found in books such as Derek Leebaert's The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World; Chalmers Johnson's The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project); Jonathan Schell's The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People; or any of the hundreds of non-fiction books I have reviewed here at Amazon pertinent to devising and executing holistic national security and national competitiveness strategies.

Among other things, he naively assumes that most national security decisions have actually been intended to serve the public interest; he does not calculate in full measure the costs of unnecessary wars or unnecessarily oppressive wars; and he accepts at face value--for lack of broader reading--the conventional wisdom on why America entered specific wars.The author is, for example, sharply at odds with Gore Vidal, author of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace among many other works, and Vidal's documentation of the many undeclared wars that America has undertaken in the pursuit of empire.General Smedley Butler, USMC (Ret) agrees that War Is a Racket: The Anti-War Classic by America's Most Decorated General, Two Other Anti=Interventionist Tracts, and Photographs from the Horror of It.For a really comprehensive understanding of the varied reasons Why We Fight see the DVD by that name, and first read the many many reviews of its content and meaning.

Among many subtle but telling errors, the author confuses the cost, size, and weight of the U.S. military with strength.The reality is that today we have a hollow military, and our heavy-metal military is relevant to only ten percent of the high-level threats to our security, and completely irrelevant to our more profound vulnerabilities with respect to national competitiveness and sustainability.

He makes a pass at including trade with security, and cites one book by my fellow moderate Republican, Clyde Prestowitz Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth And Power to the East but neglects the more important work, Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions.This book ("The American Way of Strategy") is a review of history desperate to find good intentions and leverage them for the future, but so lacking in coherent detail about the substance of reality and strategy as to fail to be truly useful--and it is most certainly not even close actual reality, at least at the strategic level.

There are some gems and I certainly recommend the book for purchase and reading, but on balance I put it down as too replete with idealistic platitudes.

The four jacket blurbs (Nye, Hart, Kupchan, and Walt) would certainly carry weight with me if I were buying the book in a bookstore, but after actually reading it, I find that each praises the book for the one or two sentences that stand out (e.g. nurture democracy by example, not force).These are platitudes.Saying that we consistently fight for "the American way of life" is about as moronic as young Bush's saying that billions around the world hate us for our ideals and our morality and our "way of life."Get real.This may be used to mobilize our youth and it may be why THEY fight, but it most certainly is NOT why our political and financial elites PICK fights.

Grand strategy, which Colin Gray discusses so ably in Modern Strategy requires a realistic appraisal of both domestic and foreign factors; it requires a balanced and transpartisan establishment of a national agenda, national goals, ways and means, and an explicit identification of desired outcomes.Its implementation requires a coherent inter-agency policy that is heard by both the public and the White House; endorsed by an activist Congress with the power of both the purse and the law, and executed by inter-agency leaders skilled at dealing with coalition leaders and at keeping the public informed, educated, and engaged.

This book is, in short, an appetizer, not the main course.The main course would require a full appraisal of the ten high-level threats identified by the High-Level Threat Panel of the United Nations (LtGen Dr. Brent Scowcroft as the US member); a coherent and reality-based budget plan for the next ten years across the twelve policies; and a deeply insightful understanding of the eight challengers (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, India, Russia, Venezuela, Wild Cards) such that our national security & competitiveness policies, budgets, and behaviors can both protect America in isolation, and also help those challengers avoid our grotesque mistakes that today consume one third of the world's energy and create one third of the world's waste.That level of strategic thinking is not to be found in this book.

I would endorse this book as a starting point, but urge the interested reader to consider using my lists (which Amazon does allow us to organize) and my reviews (which sadly can only be viewed chronologically) as a map to the thoughts of others.The next President does not need and will not benefit from a single advisor full of platitudes--the next President not only needs a robust team light on egos and armed with global rolodexes, but they need a team that can brief tradeoff decisions among the .

The American way of strategy is yet to be defined at the strategic level (at the operational level it has tended to be about mass, at the tactical level hey diddle diddle up the middle).When it is defined, at a proper strategic plane, it will combine access to all information in all languages all the time; serious games for change that can project alternative scenarios based on real-budgets in relation to one another; and coherent inter-agency and coalition campaign plans that wage peace rather than war, with war being the exception.Intelligence & Information Operations (I2O) will be the foundation for that strategy, which will have three objectives:

1)The restoration of the middle class and unionized blue-collar labor;
2)The revitalization of civic duty, infrastructure, and English; and
3)The provision of free universal access to education in all languages, as the fastest means to elevate and harness both our own working poor (see the book by that title), and to elevate and energize the five billion poor at the bottom of the pyramid--each of whom we could have given a free cell phone to, for the cost of the Iraq war to date.

The war metaphor DOES NOT WORK.We must wage peace, coherently, affordably, morally, and constantly.

On creating stabilizing wealth:
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits (Wharton School Publishing Paperbacks)
Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential In Understanding American Security Policy
The first chapter alone justifies buying the book.Michael Lind's American Way of Strategy is essential to an understanding of long-term (200+ years) American security policy.The first chapter applies directly to America's true objectives in prosecuting the war on terror, particularly in regards to nuclear proliferation.I haven't been more enthralled with a book on this subject since Walter Russell Mead's Special Providence. ... Read more


2. New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 (Wise Woman Herbal Series, Book 5) (Wise Woman Ways)
by Susun S. Weed
Paperback: 304 Pages (2001-11-01)
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The menopause "bible" for 350,000 women who've chosen strong bones and healthy hearts without recourse to hormones. A treasure trove of accessible, reliable, non-drug remedies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New Menopausal Years; The Wise Woman Way
Susan Weed has put together a wonderful reference book for women going through peri-menopause and menopause. Rather than being too technical, it explains, simply, many of the changes women go through, physically, mentally and emotionally. Rather than dwelling too much on scientific explanations, this text presents easy to understand suggestions for health and vitality through many of the later changes in life. As a healer and counselor, I recommend this book whenever appropriate. Spirit Journeys: Freeing the Soul in this Life and Beyond, Healing Thoughts: Applying Therapeutic Shamanism in Your Daily Life

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to "The Changes"!
I've had this book for several years and love it.It's my favorite reference book whenever peri/menopause rears its ugly head!It's a real eye opener to see how many changes occur in the body during the menopausal years.This book's natural and herbal suggestions help make those sometimes difficult changes less aggravating and challenging.I'm buying 3 more copies to give to some "almost 40" friends who think they're too young for perimenopause. Sorry ladies, the 30's are not too young!!

5-0 out of 5 stars HERBALIST BOOKS
Susan's books are excellent.She dares to go the extra step and doesn't get frightened by an inflexible pharmaceutical society.You can learn much from any of her books.Just start somewhere!Her books are keepers.You can always reference them for something.

5-0 out of 5 stars So Glad I bought this book!
If you get hot flashes like I do you will begin to wonder how normal is this? Just vaccumming sends me into sweating and dripping down the middle of my back. This book will leave you feeling like you just had a visit from your great great grandmother who has been waiting to talk to you for many years. Great information and understanding of the woman's design.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wise and organized
Amazingly open and honest description of all phases of perimenopause and the different levels of "cure".I had borrowed this book from the library, but found I wanted to own a copy of my own to refer to when needed.I also bought a copy for my friend who is joining me on this next journey!I have found it quite helpful already, and am just beginning to need it!Organized by symptom which is a real time-saver! ... Read more


3. Laces: 100s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks
by Ian Fieggen
Spiral-bound: 192 Pages (2007-10-25)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"The art of deft shoelace presentation" --Entertainment Weekly
Transform your dogs from same-old to super-fly with Laces, the ultimate shoe-makeover handbook. Whether you want to completely customize your kicks or just learn how to tie a knot that won't come undone, Laces shows you how to lace up with style and put Velcro lovers to shame.
 
* 50 fresh lacing styles, including Zipper, Checkerboard, Spider Web, Ladder, and Star
* 16 hot knots, including the world's fastest, the Ian Knot
* 4 color-coded practice laces you can use right on the front cover
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5-0 out of 5 stars FUN!!
My kids love this book.
In many cases the book is being sold at a price that is lower than the production cost.
The book is no longer being made because of this. Now that's not a reason to price gouge because the Co let these go at a lose to them not the sellers on Amazon. If these are remade the newer editions will be less quality than the older version (current version).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I loved this book so much for my 7 year old grandson ..I had to buy another for a 8 year old girl..
he likes to see how we can lace up his shoe next!
easy to understand directions..well written so the kids can lace up their shoes

4-0 out of 5 stars Shoe lace styles for sneakers
This book is a lot of fun & makes a great gift for those who are into sneakers and like to personlize their look. IO've gotten a lot of compliments on my lace styles so I've got to give a thumbs up to this book. You'll find that this book works especially well with Nike's, Puma's, k-swiss, and classic Adidas sneakers. You'll will also find lacing styles for boots.

5-0 out of 5 stars My people call it, "Yay!"
I was on the mailing list for the announcement of the publication of this book, but like a number of things on my ToDo list, it got shoved aside and forgotten for a while. Finally having it in my sweaty little hands, I've got to say that this book is just way too cool for words. I wish I'd had this decades ago. Oh yeah, and my kids love it, too. This book could be crappy, but instead it's decidedly sturdy. My imagination conjures images of the author arguing with the publisher to get it done properly. He definitely won, too. It's designed in such a way that you can open it to a page, fold the flap with the laces over and learn by doing. The best way to learn, if you believe neuroscience. It comes with extra laces and a resealable plastic pouch (also sturdy) to keep them in. Altogether brilliant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lace it up
Ian Fieggen describes and illustrates so many lacing options. He suggests horizontal, vertical, twisted, and even stars.A couple of options relieve toe pressure, a bonus for aching toes! His sketches provide easily understood lace paths. There are plenty of colorful flat and round laces included with the book to encourage practice. The ends of those laces don't go unattended; a whole section on ways to tie them off gets away from the usual bow.Best yet, there is a cure for how to succeed in lacing: get the right length. As an example, for Lug Bar Lacing, compute the following formula:
((H+W)x(P+1)+Vx(P-1)+L)x2
where P is eyelet pairs, H is horizontal distance between eyelets, W is width of lugs, and L is the amount desired to tie the knot. As other formulas include square root and power of two, it's a great time for calculator practice. In case you still have a cord undersized, several lacing options are available for short laces. There are other opportunities for Ian Feiggen's designs, such as new cut T's, side-cut jeans, scrap booking (lots of eyelets there), and maybe even storage tarps (your outdoor grill would look so good).
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4. 7 Ways to Be a S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Mom
by Kasey Johnson
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-09-01)
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Being a mom in the twenty-first century is tough. The demands and requests made of moms makes balancing their responsibilities a challenging task.

Through 7 Ways to Be a S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Mom, mothers will learn how to work smarter, rather than harder, as they streamline the situations they encounter each day. With this practical resource, author Kasey Johnson teaches mothers how to set and reach their goals and embrace a new approach to the daily demands of being a mother and wife.

A text about returning to the basics of mothering, this inspirational text will challenge women to redefine who they are in the eyes of their children and the world, and bring glory to God for His faithfulness and strength in being a smarter mom. ... Read more


5. A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling (Vintage International)
by V.S. Naipaul
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-05-05)
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V. S. Naipaul has always faced the challenges of "fitting one civilization to another." In A Writer's People, he takes us into this process of creative and intellectual assimilation, which has shaped both his writing and his life.

Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was exposed early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert, and his father, among them—and his first encounters with literary culture. He illuminates the ways in which the writings of Gandhi, Nehru, and other Indian writers both reveal and conceal the authors themselves and their nation. And he brings the same scrutiny to bear on his own life: his early years in Trinidad; the empty spaces in his family history; his ever-evolving reactions to the more complicated India he would encounter for the first time at age thirty. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Writing is a product of a specific historical and cultural vision
This small book contains some information about the struggling beginnings of the author as a BBC part-timer and a book reviewer, and also about the writers - as a writer or as a person (A. Powell) - who had a certain influence on his writing career.
V.S. Naipaul wants to show us the real vision (the feeling and seeing) of an author in his work. However, his book says more about the treatments of (historical) events (like his comparison between Polybius and Flaubert's Salammbô or Julius Caesar's biased view), of simply daily life acts (Virgil's Moretum), of moods (D. Walcott's St. Lucia, his own on Trinidad) and of Indian history (the autobiographies of Gandhi, Nehru or N. Chaudhuri).
Writing is indeed a product of a specific historical and cultural vision, but it should in the first place reflect the author's vision on general human problems.

This is a minor book by a great writer. Only for V.S. Naipaul fans.

N.B. This book has no index.

4-0 out of 5 stars Everyone's favorite literary scoundrel
Certainly it is no secret that V.S. Naipaul has unsavory aspects to his personality.In this work, "A Writer's People," some of those traits are on display: the snobbishness, the egotism, the general myopia of things, events, moods, which are outside of Naipaul's purview, and therefore, to him, unimportant.But in the cavalcade of harsh judgments, it is easy to the pass over the essential fairness he attempts to exercise in his assessment of other writers. He is critical and dismissive of Walcott, but does not leave out the excitement this poet's work generated both for himself and for other Trinidadians in the 40's.He has nothing particularly good to say about Anthony Powell's work "A Dance to the Music of Time," but he is generous to the man, his easy stance as a writer, and his semi-admiration for his "collection" of people so much like a literary endeavor in its meticulousness.

This collection of essays, although a bit disorganized in the flow of ideas, show how strong a writer Naipaul continues to be: witty, incisive, stern, humorous, Naipaul is still a writer of great subtly and dexterity. Here, writing about writing, he still has new things to say.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than simply a writer
I was not going to write the review but the passion of a fellow reviewer compels me to say a few words. The reviewer had expected humility and dignity from the writer. If the reviwer wishes to see those attributes, why not pick up other books or watch politicians. I thought Mr.Naipaul's most recent book is one of the most amazing book I have ever came across. The book contains a theme: "what is history, what is disaster and what is civilization." This has been the writer Naipaul's preoccupation. He does not write to belittle others or settle some score. Anyone could do it. A reader expects more from a writer of great imagination. He see so much and feel so much. In fact the writer teaches the reader how to be aware of the world around. Reading all his books has been one of my best experience so far.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling
I found this book very disappointing and would not recommend it.
V.S. Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, indicates that this book is not meant as a literary criticism or biography. In fact, I found the opposite. He is very critical of authors' works, and often sickeningly condescending. In places, he seems to be apologizing for having favored authors' works in his past, but having seen the obvious shortcomings of these works, he takes us on a laborious, rather self-serving, journey into how he grew to see the light.
I found him so utterly annoying that I tore the book up after reading it on the plane, just in case someone else had the misfortune to pick it up and read it.
He is a Nobel Prize winner, and I (perhaps naively) expected a little more humility and dignity from V.S. Naipaul.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exhibits a high culture that is both erudite and realistic
Born in Trinidad of Indian descent and educated in England, V. S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. In A Writer's People, he is concerned with the process of cultural assimilation--of fitting one civilization to another--and the nature of good writing.

"My purpose in this book," he writes, "is not literary criticism or biography. . . . I wish only, and in a personal way, to set out the writing to which I was exposed during my career. I say writing, but I mean more specifically vision, a way of seeing and feeling." Nevertheless, there is much literary criticismand biography in this work.

Juxtaposing various authors, Naipaul shows how some are burdened with prejudicial "fixed ideas," and how others have broken free of such constraints to face honestly, with open eyes, our place in a changing world.

Naipaul's far-ranging interests include critiques of Derek Walcott, Francis Wyndham, Anthony Powell, Gustave Flaubert, Juulius Caesar, Virgil, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharhal Nehru, and many others.

The elegant prose and thoughtful content ofA Writer's People reveals Naipaul to be a champion of a high culture that is both erudite and realistic, exalted yet down to earth.

About the author: V. S. Naipaul was born in 1932 in Trinidad, an island seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. In 1990 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and in 2001 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1971, Naipaul became the first person of Indian origin to win a Booker Prize for his book In a Free State. In awarding Naipaul the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. The Swedish Academy praised his work "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories." The Committee added, "Naipaul is a modern philosophe carrying on the tradition that started originally with Lettres persanes and Candide. In a vigilant style, which has been deservedly admired, he transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony." The Committee also noted Naipaul's affinity with the Polish author of Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad: "Naipaul is Conrad's heir as the annalist of the destinies of empires in the moral sense: what they do to human beings. His authority as a narrator is grounded in the memory of what others have forgotten, the history of the vanquished." Naipaul has published more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, Magic Seeds and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. ... Read more


6. Sadika S Way: A NOVEL OF PAKISTAN AND AMERICA
by Hina Haq HAQ
Hardcover: 300 Pages (2005-08-30)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The clock had started ticking for Sadika from the day shewas born into her traditional Pakistani village family. She must bemarried off to somebody while she is still a teenager or she will beconsidered a hopeless failure.

Carefully planned marriages are a long tradition in Pakistan, as theyare throughout the Middle East, where women have little social statusand fewer individual rights and much of their value is measured by howgood a marriage can be arranged for them.

Sadika must be married off first because she is the eldest of threedaughters. It would be a disgrace--an indelible stigma--if a youngerdaughter was married first. The enormous tension that accompanies thisancient ritual makes Sadika's Way at once a very funny and instructivework of fiction: we watch as mothers vie with each other on theirdaughters' behalf for the affections of the most eligible males.

We see them in their homes and listen to their conversations as theyboast to each other about their daughters' qualities--real andimagined.The infighting gets intense, even downright nasty, all fedby the desperation that grows quite naturally out of a system thatliterally holds the fate of women in its hands.

Sadika's coming of age and final journey to a new life involve cultureclashes and family characters worthy of a modern Middle Eastern JaneAusten.This is a social comedy with serious undertones and a rarenovel of manners which spans the world in both time and space. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars As close as it gets
As an immigrant from Pakistan this book brought back many memories of times past.
The story is a tapestry woven as a fairly realistic depiction of the values and perceptions of families in some segments of Pakistan.
It portrays the effect of education in the liberation of the main femalecharacter (Sajida) within the confining constraints of the social milieu.
The treatment and the double standards for male and female offspring is depicted well except for a few exaggerated instances.
The American immigrant experience is both hilarious and endearing to readers whose experiences mirror those of the aunts family.
Great job Ms. Haq!
I hope there will be more socio-cultural novels.

1-0 out of 5 stars Selling a stereotype
This novel is an earnest one, revisiting familiar themes of the backward west and the progressive American dream.It is also mediocre in terms of literary quality and stereotypically simplistic about complicated lives in both Pakistan and the U.S.

5-0 out of 5 stars great read
This book was the best I've read in a really long time.The author is excellent- can't wait till she publishes something else for me to read!She expertly weaves a story intricate with quirky, meddlesome characters, that Sadika has to combat to rise above her misfortunes.And her success is the reader's success.The romance with Michael sweetens the book.All in all, you should definitely get this book.I loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Rocky" for paki girl immigrants; "Cinderella" for the rest
The straightforward language and sheer unpretentiousness of the book makes Sadika's Way a buttery-smooth read. There is something intensely satisfying in following Sadika's slow triumph and rise above the cruel family intrigue. With crusty old aunties scheme against her in the manner that old war generals orchestrate battle, the Cinderella story comparison is fairly apt.

Something of Hina Haq's writing is Ibsen-esque, as if Nora from "A Doll's House" was fragmented into many different individual psyches and interacting with each other in a curried dish spiked with humor.Politics is not a term relegated to only the government anymore-the illumination cast by this read on the political landscape and entangling vines of extended families is worth the read alone, among a multitude of others.

4-0 out of 5 stars Heroic journey
This book offers a wonderful insight into travails of a woman from an oppressive, dogmatic culture into the permissive west with little support or acknowledgement of what it takes. There are many women like her who do it but it seldom occurs both to people in this country and in our home countries on the emotional adjustments and just plain ordinary courage that goes into stepping outside the bounds of one's own culture - there are many who do it for other reasons, money being the top of the list but very few who do it for personal freedom and this book serves as a great example of highlighting what it is. That said, i wish there were few more 'Michaels' or white guys who propose to a courageous and yet confused, honest and modest asian woman! Sorry but there aren't, most people stay a safe distance even with being friends and modesty is often branded as prudery or something that is not cool. Only shows that even progressive societies have a long way to go in terms of acceptance and understanding of many different ways to live. ... Read more


7. The Write Way: The S.P.E.L.L. Guide to Real-Life Writing (Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature)
by Richard Lederer
Paperback: 256 Pages (1995-10-01)
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Anyone who's tackled tricky grammar, slippery syntax, pesky punctuation, or sneaky jargon knows that good writing is never easy. In this ingenious guide, enjoy the wit of two English language mavens as they entertain while answering all our perplexing questions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you find Elements of Style a bit dry, try the Write Way
Word-master Richard Lederer combines his jolly sense of humor, common sense and experience as a top English instructor in a very enjoyable book about grammar, punctuation, spelling and style.

While Strunk and White's classic is a must on the shelf, reading the Write Way is a lot more fun, and a lot easier to remember. ... Read more


8. The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Last African American Renaissance
by R J Smith
Paperback: 400 Pages (2007-08-07)
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This revelatory social history--a Los Angeles Times bestseller and Book of the Year--resurrects a hugely influential but long-forgotten African American scene.

In the 1940s, when FDR opened up the defense industry to black workers, it inspired a massive wave of black migration to a small area of Los Angeles along Central Avenue--and cultural ferment in the arts, culture, and politics. Harlem's Renaissance had been driven by the intellectual elite. In L.A., a new sense of black identity arose from street level. But when the moment was over, many hopes and lives were swept away with it. Based on original research and interviews, told through an engaging narrative, this book shows convincingly that much that we take for granted today--from hip hop and slang to modern-day street fashion--all flowed from the 1940s scene along the Great Black Way. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars School Yourself
What a page turner! In a prose style that bops along like riffs floating out of a Central Avenue nightclub, RJ Smith's book The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance shedslong overdue light on the history Black Los Angeles. I was prepared to learn more about the fabled music scene on Central Avenue during the 1940's, but there is so much more to this story. The unsubtle ways in which racehas shaped life in Los Angeles are fleshed out with sketches of Central Avenue's leading cultural, religious and political leaders; some familiar, others undeservedly obscure. Although the focus is on African-Americans, racist events like the forced internment of Japanese Americans and the Zoot Suit Riots intersected life on Central Avenue and readers will gain a nuanced vision of what this fabled multicultural city looked like sixty years ago (not a pretty picture at all.) The standard narrative of the civil rights movement tends to locate all the action in the south, but LA's home grown struggles to end segregation in thewartime defense industry and post war housing boomdeserve a place in schools' curriculums and popular culture. And for anyone interested in the survival strategy known as "passing", or for anyone with more than a "passing" interest in the musical/cultural genre known as "exotica", the chapter on Korla Pandit is a must! Thanks RJ,for one of the best books I've ever read on the city we call home. As a postscript I'd like to add that a great book to fill out the "overlooked history" niche of your library isWhitewashed Adobe: The Rise and Los Angeles and the Remaking of its Mexican Past by William Deverell.

5-0 out of 5 stars A deliteful read...
The ghosts and shadows, spirits and voices long since quieted are awakened, resurrected and put on display for all to see.This is quite simply an excellent book.What the author captures is the pride and determination, intelligence and ignorance, the creative genius and social failures of a street which became an area and an area which became a neighborhood and a neighborhood and its cultures.Cultures and counter-cultures, the civic minded hustlers, businnessmen, club owners, jazz musicians, lawyers, spiritualists, con-men, pimps and whores, atheletes and common folk.Those who endured racial taunts only to serve up taunts of their own, thumbing their nose at society while making plans to kick down the door of barriers constructed to keep them in their place.The sights and sounds of black Los Angeles, the birth place of attitudes which prevail to this day.Rarely has the spirit of urban Los Angeles been captured so completely.

The recollections gathered from old newspapers, cards, letters and the fading memories of those still around leave the reader enraptured.Every page is a treat.The fantastic stories coupled with the brilliant personalities make this an enjoyable historic voyage.To understand the roots is to understand the fruit and the subject of this book is definately a root to be studied and enjoyed by all with an interest in urban Los Angeles.

5-0 out of 5 stars At Last!
The history of our Los Angeles African-American roots have finally been given long overdue mention. With all the attention paid to Harlem, you'd think L.A.'s contributions to black American culture, civil rights, and religion pales in comparision. Hardly true!

Azusa Street, was literally the birthplace of the modern Pentocostal movement. And with certain recent documentaries on Jazz, it seemed no one had ever heard of Central Avenue's Club Alabam, or the hot and swingin' Bronzeville district of Downtown.

There was the still standing Dunbar Hotel, a black oasis for many of the well known, and not so famous, to find shelter while visiting the "City of Angels." Not to mention black L.A.'s major contributions to standup comedy, and as much as anyplace else, the jumpstart for R&B music.

Checkout the early civil rights movement here that foreshadowed such major figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, or the black literary community of Los Angeles. A powerful reminder of the huge and highly forgotten contributions of the black Los Angeles community, to the African-American struggles in America. R.J. Smith should receive an honorary medal of human brotherhood.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Journey into L.A.'s Past
If you love Los Angeles and L.A. history, this book is a fantastic read. It both honors the African-American community's struggles for justice and respect in the city and introduces the reader to an extraordinary range of people-artists, journalists, civil rights leaders- who were indispendable to the development of black life and culture in Los Angeles.

Mr. Smith also does a superb job in communicating a sense of place and time, namely the sights and sounds of L.A.'s African-American neighborhoods in the 1940s.

No matter what your color or background, if you live in L.A.'s city's limits, readingthis book wil make you proud to be an Angelino. ... Read more


9. Starting Your Subchapter s Corporation: How to Build a Business the Right Way
by Arnold S. Goldstein, Robert L., III Davidson
Paperback: 256 Pages (1992-09)
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10. Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War
by Laura A. Belmonte
Paperback: 272 Pages (2010-08-03)
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In 1955, the United States Information Agency published a lavishly illustrated booklet called My America. Assembled ostensibly to document "the basic elements of a free dynamic society," the booklet emphasized cultural diversity, political freedom, and social mobility and made no mention of McCarthyism or the Cold War. Though hyperbolic, My America was, as Laura A. Belmonte shows, merely one of hundreds of pamphlets from this era written and distributed in an organized attempt to forge a collective defense of the "American way of life."

Selling the American Way examines the context, content, and reception of U.S. propaganda during the early Cold War. Determined to protect democratic capitalism and undercut communism, U.S. information experts defined the national interest not only in geopolitical, economic, and military terms. Through radio shows, films, and publications, they also propagated a carefully constructed cultural narrative of freedom, progress, and abundance as a means of protecting national security. Not simply a one-way look at propaganda as it is produced, the book is a subtle investigation of how U.S. propaganda was received abroad and at home and how criticism of it by Congress and successive presidential administrations contributed to its modification.

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5-0 out of 5 stars What role international perceptions of democratic capitalism had in the collapse of communism
"Selling the American Way" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Belmonte's book interview ran here as cover feature on April 14, 2009. ... Read more


11. Warrior's Way: A 20th Century Odyssey (Consciousness Classics)
by Robert S. de Ropp
Paperback: 304 Pages (1992-12-01)
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The memoir of the first scientist to collect and publish information on mind altering drugs, longevity, meditation techniques, and ecological living.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great synopsis of a life well lived.
I first read "The Master Game" when I was 23 years old in college.It opened the door for me.First to the realization that I was playing "Top Cock on Dung Hill", and then opened my eyes to Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Bennett, Orage, and all of the other printed material related to the "Way" including my introduction to the "enneagram".This auto-biography by De Ropp about how he got to where he went was enlightening and helped me with my own sense of frustration from having not moved fast enough to obtain my own personal "clarity".It is refreshing and a blessing along another "Warrior's" way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great companion...
along with "The Master Game". His primary work is a must read, and this book fills out the influences and some information of the people that shaped his thought. This book serves as a good example of one "walking the walk", and from one that has much worth listening to. For anyone needing a "guide", his works make the journey so much more comprehensible and understandable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for those interested in "The Work"
These memoirs are a one of a kind collection of first person accounts of one man's life and experiences in The Work. De Ropp gives a unique perspective in a very human yet objective and scientific fashion on the Gurdjieff work, the Ouspensky 4th way, and meetings with many of the key players and major authors in the field. I was surprised that he spent an entire chapter discussing the Castaneda material. There was no mention at all of E.J. Gold even though IDHHB is the publisher. I wish that De Ropp would have included a bit more discussion of the Enneagram and how it was used by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. Overall, I think this book is essential reading for those interested in "The Work".

5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book by de Ropp, highly readeable
Written before his masterpiece "Self-Completion", this book is about his own search, his own pitfalls, and sheds a very interesting light onto his view of Gurdjieff, Bennett etc.
Very interesting his comments about when he sent some of his pupils to England, and the very intesting "transformation" most of them went through. De Ropp is so down to earth, and his warnings are of a positive kind, and his humor is wonderful. ... Read more


12. The HCS12/9S12: An Introduction to Hardware and Software Interfacing
by Han-Way Huang
Hardcover: 760 Pages (2005-07-26)
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This new book provides a total solution for learning and teaching embedded system design based on the Motorola HCS12/9S12 microcontroller. Readers will learn step-by-step how to program the HCS12 using both assembly and C languages, as well as how to use such development tools as asmIDE, MiniIDE, GNU C, and EGNU IDE.Supportive examples clearly illustrate all applications of the HCS12 peripheral functions, including parallel port, timer functions, PWM, UART port, SPI, I2C, CAN, on-chip flash and EEPROM programming, external memory expansion, and more.A back-of-book CD contains the source code for all examples in the book, several groups of reusable utility functions, and complimentary freeware development tools for improved learning. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Review of Hardware and Software Interfacing
To be honest got overwhelmed with the assembly code bases for the HCS12.I harldy used this book for my class as if I recall correctly the book went more in C approach on hardware programing, and we used assembly.In time I'll go back and relearn what I applied in class, but using C.So hopefully this book will be more handy then.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review for HCS12/9s12 Book
I always seem to find the right book at the at the right price at amazon.This time was no exception. I went with amazon because of the free shipping and it arrived in a timely manner.I was not disappointed.The book arrived in described condition, and I hope to get my moneys worth out of it. Thanks Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book freescale should have wrote
Fantastic reference.
Great examples in asm and "C".
Good explanations.
A must have if you are using this family of MCU's.
Covers tools as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a rank novice
Let me state that I'm a rank novice to microcontroller programming and embedded systems.This book seemed quite comprehensive, going as far as recommending demo boards and compilers to run the examples in.There were a few errors (i.e. Chapter 14, table 1 and figure 1 are the same) but the code all seemed to compile and run ok and the CD provided all of the source code for both assembly and C.All in all this book covered pretty much everything I wanted it to and would recommend it for any student looking to use the new HC9S12 family of microprocessors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the market for the HCS12
I'm an Electrical Enigineering student and do a lot of work with the Freescale MC9S12 family of 16-bit microcontrollers.After using just about every other book on the market for the HC(S)12 family, I can honestly say that this one is the best - by far.It's definitely the only one you will need on your desk if you work with these chips.The thing that makes it so useful is the wealth of code included in the text - both in assembly and C.Most books on the topic just include assembly, which is a fine place to start, but most of my work is done in C.So having the addition of the extra language is a huge selling point for me.And this book is for JUST the S12 family; it doesn't try to confuse things by adding the older HC12 family.The author includes code for everything that he goes over; and not just one or two snippets, there are many full examples for each of the topics covered.The author thoroughly discusses all of the hardware aboard the S12.It's like he takes the Freescale User Guides, interprets them into a form that's very easy to understand, and then gives you the code, both in assembly and C, to perform the task that was just explained.The author chose to use AsmIDE, MiniIDE, and GNU C for the code in the book.These software tools are freeware which makes the book more appealing to students or those without high-dollar development tools.In addition, they're included in the CD that comes with the book, and since they are freeware IDE's, they have no memory size restriction like the tools included with many other book CD's.Also, a plethora of practical applications are presented such as interfacing the S12 with stepper and DC motors, Servos, keypads, LCD's, external memory and much more.It also explains how to program the onboard Flash memory using both the resident booloader and a BDM.No other book that I have found even comes close to presenting just these two topics as well as Dr. Huang does.Before I had this book, I spent weeks trying to figure out Flash programming and Interrupts.This book makes it simple.Also, if you're just starting out and not familiar with a programming language, this book begins at the ground level introducing assembly and C.Basically, this is THE textbook on how to make the HCS12 microcontroller work.I use mine constantly and all of my other books just sit on the shelf - honestly.Come to think of it, the copy I have isn't even mine but my professor's :) To sum it up, I love this book because it's completely up-to-date, easy to use, and applicable to actual applications that one is likely use with the HCS12.You can tell that Dr. Huang actually uses the S12 and knows what he's talking about; not just a professor writing a text for an academic audience.This book is completely thorough and made to be used in the field.Money well invested!Thank-you Dr. Huang for such a great book! ... Read more


13. The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
by Anita Thompson
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2007-08-15)
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The writer Tom Wolfe once described Hunter S. Thompson as the finest comic writer of the 20th century. Thompson was this and more, an apt observer of the American scene for almost four decades, the founding father of "Gonzo Journalism," and an inspiration to many. Through his writings, he examined the loss of American innocence in the latter part of the 20th century and, as a "bull who carried his own china shop around with him," was never afraid to confront the truth head-on.
In The Gonzo Way, Anita Thompson pays tribute to her late husband as a writer and as a citizen, through her own words and through interviews with those who knew him best, including Tom Wolfe, George McGovern, and Douglas Brinkley. With elegant prose and entertaining anecdotes, she reveals a Hunter Thompson who was much more than a mere embodiment of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Philosophy of Hunter S. Thompson
If I had to find fault with The Gonzo Way it would be that Anita Thompson occasionally repeats hereslf in the text.I found myself reading one description of a person or place and seeing it again paragraphs later.
That being said the book, at about 110 pages, is not long.A good primer for people wanting to learn the distinction between Hunter S. Thompson and the myriad personas he created over the decades.

I hope there is more to come.

3-0 out of 5 stars Banal but endearing
Look, The book is ok.But the problem is Anita is a light-weight who has taken much too heavy a load for her subject.I have corresponded with her on several occasions and while at first she seemed able to hang in, during the final e-mails she so badly misinterpreted by motives and actual statements that she claimed to have called the "authorities" on me!She went on to call me a "Republican" when my statements were clearly as left-leaning and anarchic as her late husband (which was kinda my point-- a point she missed. lol)

Anyway, the point of this little rechauffe of our personal issues is to meant as prologue to this: she is just too shallow and obtuse a person to handle HST as a subject for a book.Thus, the work is a bit banal and leaves one sighing a bit after each Hallmarkism.But her sweetness (when her stupidity isn't tangling her feet) is genuine and overall I'm glad I read the book.

Although, I bet she would have called the FBI on HST himself if he had written her a letter... ha ha.Hunter deserves a better chronicler-- but if you can get a copy of this one for under 5 bucks go for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought
The book was very short,but at the sametime very good.Im looking forward to Anita's next book, Ancient Gonzo Wisdom.

3-0 out of 5 stars GONZO: Short and Sweet
A refreshing & touching look at the good Doctor from the person who was closest to him, his widow. A VERY quick read, it offers the reader an insight into what made Dr. Thompson OUR Dr. Thompson. It describes what drove the man that drove a generation. Written as a list of code of ethics{yes,I here you laughing},it shows the humane side of H.S.T.
I was skeptical at first after reading some of the reviews. Most of the negatives are not deserved. If your looking for same old Hunter madness,this is not for you.
If your open to see another side of the good Doctor, as he said best, "buy the ticket, take the ride"....

5-0 out of 5 stars The Gonzo Way : A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
I bought this as a gift for my son and he was very pleased with it. He loves anything to do with Hunter S. Thompson. He did not even know this book was out there so he was very pleased with it and it was written by his wife so it gave a totally different look at his life. It is also a shorter story and that really appealed to my son. For those of you out there that don't like to read a lot this is the perfect book for you. It gives a lot of detail but is not over written, ... Read more


14. FIT FOR ANYTHING: EXERCISES FOR ALL NEEDS AND ALL AGES (NATURE'S WAY S.)
by KEKI R. SIDHWA
 Paperback: 96 Pages (1974)

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15. The Tiger's Way: A U.S. Private's Best Chance for Survival
by H. John Poole
Paperback: 462 Pages (2003-10)
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The Tiger's Way: A U.S. Private’s Best Chance for Survival is not just fun reading for novice riflemen; it is mission-essential information for all ranks and job descriptions.The U.S. military lost on the ground to Eastern guerrillas 30 years ago, and its tactics haven’t significantly changed.The Tiger’s Way shows how to reverse this trend at a most opportune time.Without better tactical technique at the individual and small-unit level, U.S. forces cannot project minimal force.Without minimal force, they cannot win the hearts and minds of the people.Without winning the hearts and minds of the people, they cannot win a guerrilla war.The Tiger’s Way reveals—for the first time—the state of the art in technique for every category of short-range combat.It does so through 100 illustrations, 1600 endnotes, and 31 battledrills.

But the book will also help U.S. forces to suffer fewer casualties in a total war.As Western weapons systems have become more lethal, Eastern armies have turned to tiny, surprise-oriented maneuver elements.Most now give their lowest ranks both conventional and unconventional abilities. Until the U.S. military follows suit, its nonrates will have less field skill, initiative, and tactical-decision-making experience than their Eastern counterparts.That means they will be at a decided disadvantage in any one-on-one encounter and die unnecessarily every time their firepower fails. It also means that their commanders will have trouble winning a "4th generation" war. The Tiger’s Way will have a profound effect on how foreign war and homeland security are conducted in the future. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Not particularly valuable if you are looking for training material but very entertaining none the less.

5-0 out of 5 stars Out G the G
To win the war in Afghanistan we can no longer rely on the battle drills of World War 2. The fight there is different. We can no longer rely of supporting fires, close air support and massing of indirect fire to win both the fight and the population there.

We must learn to fight differently, we must allow our young soldiers to try something different in training and then bring successful techniques to combat.Failure to do so will result in the same defeat the Russians had in the same place, merely 30 years before us.

The Tigers Way contains a new way of thinking for US Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors.It does not deal with basic weapons maintenance or drill and ceremony, nor should it; these tasks should be taught and enforced long before training for combat.The concepts of ninjutsu may seem esoteric to many NCO's and Officers, but they are not without merit.The concept of thinking yourself invisible should be familiar to any hunter, sniper or anyone who played hide and seek as a child.

This book is a must for any Soldier or Marine operating in the war on terror, I would also recommend The Last Hundred Yards: The Nco's Contribution to Warfare for leaders seeking training techniques for their battalion, company or platoon

1-0 out of 5 stars Not terribly impressive
Like the other one star review for this book, I found the author's "research" to embarassingly amateurish, with "sources" footnoted in the text that would be considered marginal to unacceptable in a senior history class at an average quality American high school.His advocacy of fieldcraft and proficiency in small unit tactics seems common-sensical (and anyone with much time at all in a combat arms unit won't need this book to show them areas to work on), but he simply does an incredibly poor job of producing actual research to support his thesis that Asian militaries possess some mystical (or just mythical) superiority to their Western counterparts.Intellectually shallow readers may be able to connect dots of conventional wisdom concerning the wars in Korea in Vietnam and find his assertions sensical . . . but with any real familiarity with military history beyond what Hollywood spoonfeeds viewers, larger and larger holes start to appear in his ideas.

There are much better books out there concerning the art and science of soldiering for servicemembers of all educational levels.

Simply, and ultimately, not recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars great meterial, book condition was shabby.
Best book I have read on the subject.
Book condition was a little ruff.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great material once you get past the editorializing
Normally, I'd drop more points for the heavy handed editorializing, but the content was good enough to rise above that.

The book was published in 2003 and paints an unfair picture of U.S. ground forces as city kids who never get out of their vehicles.The wasn't true then and less so now.Equally misleading is the depiction of all Eastern soldiers as elite shadow warriors who can sneak under your table and steal your breakfast without you being any the wiser.And I'm very confident that Germans and Russians would not be amused when lumped with Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans under the rubric "Eastern".And the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans probably wouldn't appreciate it either.I'll give the author the benefit of a doubt and allow as how it could have been a rhetorical device to emphasize the need to think outside the box and look at how other nations' ground forces do things.

The book has four sections; "A Growing Threat at 75 Yards", "The New Basics", "What the Eastern Soldier Does", and "The Winning Edge".In these sections, he addresses the need for better training for dismounted infantry and their leaders, and for raising the expectations of soldiers and marines.He lays down clear recommendations on how to train soldiers to use their senses more effectively, train to move more quietly, and in less direct but often more effective tactics.

The underlying thought throughout the book is that technology doesn't address every issue, that their are no magic pills for problems, and that you can't buy your way out of a conflict.It is consistent with my personal priciple that tools are things to extend human ability, but a greater benefit comes from improving the human's abilities.

Poole emphasizes human ability over technology, which I fundamentally agree with, but historically the side that masters emerging technology dominates the battle field, and a balance must be struck.In 2003, when this was published, the scales were weighted heavily on the side of gadgets, but since then the military has come back into a better balance.

An excellent resource for anyone in a ground force or serving with ground forces (as some sailors that I used to work with had).

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16. That-s the Way I Think: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD Explained, Second Edition
by David Grant, Hannah Evelyn French
Kindle Edition: 176 Pages (2010-03-03)
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This fully revised edition of this insightful book now also develops our understanding of ADHD as well as dyspraxia and dyslexia, helping the reader to understand how people with Special Learning Difficulties feel and develop coping strategies. ... Read more


17. Presbyterians - People of the Middle Way : For Adult Inquirers & New Members, Teacher's Guide
by Harry S. Hassall
Paperback: 64 Pages (1996-06)
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Presbyterians: People of the Middle Way addresses the essential beliefs and practices of this reunited faith. The Student Text and Teachers Guide are superb resources for all aspects of church development and redevelopment for congregations of all sizes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent intro to distinctives of presbyterian churches
Does a very good job of breaking down what Presbyterianism is for a modern audience. Avoids reformation theological terms and puts the Pres. theology in World perspective. ... Read more


18. S. B. Heath's Ways with Words (Ways with Words: Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms (Cambridge Paperback Library) [Paperback])(2006)
by S. B. Heath
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19. The Way to U. S. Citizenship (Dominie ESL Titles)
by Margret W. Hirschy
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20. The Way It Was in the U.S.A.: A Pictorial Panorama of America, 1850-1890
by Clarence P. Horning
Hardcover: 520 Pages (1994-02)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$10.76
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Asin: 0896590011
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