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1. Lecture Notes Medical Genetics
2. It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium
3. Inside Egypt: The Land of the
4. The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia
5. Smoke
6. A Sense of Where You Are: Bill
7. The Second World War: Asia and
8. Illuminated Manuscripts
9. Restoration
10. Czech nationalism in the nineteenth
11. Modern Trotting Sire Lines
12. Modern Pacing Sire Lines
13. The Killer Within: Inside the
14. Saudi Arabia Exposed : Inside
15. The plane : watch it work by operating
16. John Storrs: Rhythm of line
17. Tupelo Nights (Contemporary American
18. John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty
19. Lonely Planet Pakistan
20. New Perspectives on Historical

1. Lecture Notes Medical Genetics
by John R. Bradley, David Johnson, Barbara Pober
Paperback: 160 Pages (2006-12-11)
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Lecture Notes: Medical Genetics provides a concise and straightforward introduction to medical genetics. The text aims to give students a fundamental understanding of the science of genetics and molecular medicine and a knowledge of the core clinical conditions caused by genetic abnormalities.

Previously titled Lecture Notes on Molecular Medicine, this new edition has a greater focus on clinical genetics while continuing to provide core information on the scientific background and advances in genetics and molecular medicine.

Thoroughly revised and updated, Lecture Notes: Medical Genetics is an invaluable primer for any science student new to molecular biology and genetics, and an excellent resource for medical students, junior doctors and practicing clinicians requiring an understanding of scientific advances in the field and their impact on clinical medicine. ... Read more

2. It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium
by John Ed Bradley
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-10-07)
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Asin: 1933060670
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"The best sports book of the year."
- Sports Illustrated

"John Ed Bradley says that all he ever wanted to do was to leave behind a pretty piece of writing. Here it is-a wonderful blend of honest introspection, passionate reporting, and superb storytelling. One of the best books I have read in years."
- Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Season of Life

Inspired by a classic essay about a visit to a dying coach, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium explores in gorgeous detail the inescapable pull of college football-the cocky smiles behind the face masks, the two-a-day drills, the emotionally charged bus rides to the stadium, the curfew checks, the film-study sessions, the locker room antics, and the yawning void left in one’s soul the moment the final whistle sounds. To understand why it’s so painful to give up the game, you must first understand the intimacy of the huddle. "It ends for everybody," writes John Ed Bradley, "and then it starts all over again, in ways you never anticipated. Marty Dufresne sits in his wheelchair listening to the Tiger fight song...Ramsey Darder endures prison by playing the games over in his head...Big Ed Stanton never took up the game of golf, and yet he rides the streets of Bayou Vista in a cart nearly identical to Coach Mac’s, recalling the one time the old man invited him for a ride." Far more than a memoir, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium is a brutally honest, profoundly moving look at what it means to surrender something you love.

An Amazon Editors’ Best Book of 2007

"John Ed Bradley is a rare gem, a gifted writer trapped in the body of a football player. It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium will send chills down the back of anyone who loves the game and will echo in the minds of former players long after they’ve put it down."
- Tim Green, best-selling author and member of the College Football Hall of Fame

"A mesmerizing read...achingly sentimental in some parts, brutally truthful in others..."
- Chicago Tribune

"The best memoir I have ever read on how a particular game, win or lose, can linger with us."
- Josh Levin, Slate

"An unsparing and often beautiful chronicle of [Bradley’s] attempt to join polite society."
- Play Magazine

"A lyrical memoir...about his teammates, his coaches, his parents and the magnetic power of football in Louisiana."- National Public Radio

"Heart-wrenching, honest, insightful and hard to put down."- The Franklin Sun
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4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Compelling Story
John Ed Bradley played football at Louisiana State University for 4 years, and, after his final game on December 22, 1979, with a 34-10 victory over Wake Forest, he left, never looking back until 23 years later. He had become a successful writer and journalist, and was leading the good life. But, after the death of Charles McClendon, memories of when he played for LSU creped into Bradley's head, and he was forced to go back and seek closure and forgiveness from teammates who still remembered him. This novel follows that path to forgiveness, and truly shows the reader how powerful the game of football is and the draw it will have on anyone who had once played, no matter what their position in life was.

This book isn't so much about football, but more of a life lesson, like losing a best friend and years later remembering about that friendship. This is a powerful and compelling story that anyone could relate too.

Reviewed by James Rojek

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Piece
John Ed Bradley leaves a lasting impression with the reader from the moment you begin reading.The first chapter hooks you and you will not be able to put the book down until your finished.I finished the book in less than 3 days and proved to be a fast and fun read.

Bradley, a former LSU center takes you on an adventure you would never expect a Division I football player not to take.He reflects on all the great times he had and talks about the hardships that brought him closer to his teammates, coaches, and family.The entire book is Bradley's attempt to answer the question 'Why can't he put the LSU days in the past?'By the end of the book he finds he is not alone in missing all the great times he had on the field and with his teammates.He, like many of his teammates constantly think about their days at LSU.

Funny at times and sad at others. Really helps in understanding why so many men never give up the old days they used to play and Bradley takes this crisis to the max.One of the few autobiographies that has made me think about how I want my future to go.

This is the autobiography of a young man named John Ed Bradley who lettered in football for four years at Louisiana State University. (LSU) Despite the fact that the only position more impressive in Louisiana than playing football for LSU would be Governor, this is oh so much more than a sports story!

John Ed's football career at LSU culminated on December 22, 1979 with a 34-10 victory over Wake Forest in the Tangerine Bowl. At that point John Ed decided to put his entire lifetime football experience behind him, including any contact with any of his teammates or coaches. Though at first blush, the reader might feel, like John Ed did, that this was just a step in the maturation of a child putting aside childhood toys, but twenty-seven years later, John Ed agonizingly realized with excruciating sadness, that his choice reverberated with echoing emptiness in the deepest chambers of his heart and soul.

The writing style of John Ed is akin to romantic poetry, instead of the "click-click-click" staccato you would expect from your everyday sports section in your local newspaper. The reader, with just a little imagination can become ensconced, as if you're involved in a youthful breakup with a lover, that you walked away from a quarter of a century ago, and though you've refused to look back on whether you did the right thing or not so many years ago, an alignment of your life's planets has forced you to re-examine with fresh eyes and heart, the scene you left frozen in another time.

John Ed was asked by teachers, "What was it like?".... He was asked by bankers, "What was it like?"... He was asked by women, "What was it like?" He was asked by students, "What was it like?" "TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT LSU!?"


And then twenty-seven years later, it hit John Ed like a million tons of raindrops, and he poetically wrote: "I miss football so much. I miss it like you can't believe. I miss the things I didn't value or pay much attention to when I had them. I don't miss the games so much, the people in the stadium. I miss being a part of something. I only have myself to worry about now, and it's about worn me out. The weird thing is I've even started to miss the guys I didn't much care for when I was playing. And I miss August and the way the grass used to smell when we went out to start two-a-days." "I guess I never saw my time running out. I thought I'd have it forever. And now if I could have anything back, it would be that-the feeling that came around every August when everything was new and anything could happen because the season was about to start."

As I said; this exquisitely written book, isn't really about sports. It's about the parent you stopped talking to years ago, and now it's too late. It's about the lover you walked away from and never looked back. It's about the best friend whose friendship ended so long ago, and only now in hindsight do you look back. The author uses words like Picasso used colors!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written love letter to college football.
John Ed Bradley's book, out in paperback, is just a heartrendingly pretty and loving glimpse into a former college football player's life after the cheering stops.Mr. Bradley wrote an article for Sports Illustrated back a few years ago that the book is based on, detailing the death of his beloved LSU head coach and Bradley's conflicting emotions concerning his playing days and the aftermath of what was a solid playing career that ended in 1979.

This book is simply wonderful.I read it in a matter of hours, and enjoyed every page, every word.I have not read any of Mr. Bradley's fiction, having only grown familiar with him through his contributions to SI, bit can't recommend this book highly enough for any reader, no matter their age of devotion to college football. ... Read more

3. Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
by John R. Bradley
Kindle Edition: 256 Pages (2008-04-29)
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Asin: B001AW2PJQ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Five decades after Nasser and the Free Officers overthrew the British-backed monarchy in a dramatic coup d'état, the future of Egypt grows more uncertain by the day. John Bradley examines the junctions of Egyptian politics and society as they slowly disintegrate under the twin pressures of a ruthless military dictatorship at home and a flawed Middle East policy in Washington. Inside Egypt is a tour-de-force of the most brutal Arab state where torture and corruption are endemic--but one that is also a key U.S. all and a historic regional trendsetter. This uniquely insightful book brings to vivid life Egypt's competing identities and political trends, as the Mubarak dynasty struggles to resolve a succession crisis and the disciplined Islamists wait patiently in the wings for a chance to seize power.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good journalistic (not scientific) contemporary account
The book has some extremely interesting anecdotes that give you a good perspective on Egypt and it dwells on some really interesting topics. My only problem with the book is, that Bradley thinks that he knows the solution to all Egypt's problems, and that the only problem is that the American and the Egyptian governments are ignorant (unlike him), and therefor don't get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inside Egypt
The book described in detail the history of Egypt under the military junta that seized power since 1954, after the removal of democracy advocate Muhammad Naguib, the first president of Egypt. Nasser regime crushed all the Egyptian oppositions, and forces many of them to leave Egypt. Even after the 1967 war he continue his policies including the dismissal of over a hundred sitting judges referred to as the massacre of the judiciary because of their opposition to the regime. The current situation in Egypt can be compared to that of Spain during the last period of Franco rule. The author discusses in details the current Egyptian political scene and the main players. The mystery about Mubarak successor and the army reaction to this selection is a major factor that will shape the future of Egypt. This is one of best books about Egypt current political scene and I highly recommend.Regarding the comments that Egyptians are anti-Western or anti-America is not true, the main thing that Egyptians wish to have is a functional democratic system and their hate is directed at their government that failed to deliver.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradley does it again
I am a college student studying the Middle East and I was in Model UN group and was Saudi Arabia when I firs discovered Bradley. That book gave great insight that helped my debating at the conference. Now he has come back with an even better book about a more important country, I would argue at least, with "Inside Egypt." He discusses many topics that are prevalent in Egypt and are rarely discussed in Egypt on any public forum. This gives you great insight to a country that in due time will become one of many forms, depending on how much deeper the problems get, which from the likes of it is very far.

3-0 out of 5 stars Egypt:Just What You'd Expect
John R. Bradley's 'Inside Egypt' is a journalistic account of contemporary Egypt.It is interesting but hardly surprising.At great length, using multiple examples, it tells us what we already knew about Egypt.Egypt is a poor nation, becoming more radically Islamist each passing day, governed by a corrupt, incompetent and selfish regime which strangles reform and resists change.

For the most part, Bradley eschews analysis for reporting, but what he reports about is depressingly self evident given the general outline.Many of the chapters come with self explanatory titles - "Torture" and "Corruption", for example.Minorities, whether the Bedouin (in Sinai) or the Copts (in Egypt proper), are abysmally treated.

There is an interesting chapter, euphemistically titled "Lost Dignity", about the Egyptiam sex industry in its various forms, particularly in that of the "marriage" of Old Western ladies to younger Egyptians, and of male prostitution.It is possibly the most penetrating part of Bradley's book, because it shows that even sex work is shaped by the cultural and religious beliefs of the Egyptians.Even as they make their livelihood from sex, Egyptians maintain a semblance, no matter how twisted, of traditional gender roles and sexual mores.

But for Westerners, most interesting is the political agenda.And Bradley is in a catch 22:his instinct, as summarized by a blurb contribution from the managing editor of Foreign Affair, is to "love [the] country but hate [the] regime".Bradley's sympathies are clearly with the Egyptian people, and against Hosni Mubarak and his government.But as Bradley acknowledges, the Egyptian people are considerably more anti-Western than the regime.The most popular Middle East leaders are Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, and Mahmood Ahmadinejad, the radical president of Iran (p. 89).As Bradley puts it, "The sickness... runs not just through the system but through the whole of society" (p.145).

The Egyptian people are against America, and who can blame them?Their dictatorial government is an American dependency.Being subordinate to the United State is an affront to the Egyptian's pride; Being repressed by America's agent is a legitimate grievance.

And of course, the Mubarak regime encourages the antagonism.It allows the fundamentalist Muslim Brothers opposition some freedom, while suppressing the secular democratic opposition.This has several advantages - it creates the illusion of openness, gives the Islamists a reason to cooperate with the state, and most importantly, offers leverage against the United States.

Because, as Bradley acknowledges, in the Middle East, the United States' foreign policy is aimed at attaining two mutually exclusive goals:democracy and stability.But these can not be achieved simultaneously.If America were to pressure Egypt to democratize, it would undermine Egypt, and thus the entire Middle East.

(The fact that Bradley identifies the trade off is significant in and of itself.Some Middle East expert think you can have you cake and eat it too.See for example Amitai Etzioni's Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy)

Between stability and democracy, Bradley is firmly on the side of the latter."Washington must think long term" (p. 227).

But as John Maynard Keynes reminded us, in the long run, we're all dead.What Bradley does not stress is that Egypt is a spectacular case of successful American diplomacy.For a relatively cheap 2 billion U$ annually, America has got the traditional Arab powerhouse as a staunch allay.For over thirty years, Egypt has been in peace with Israel;It is a moderate force in Arab politics and an ally in the so-called "War on Terror".

This comes at the expense of the Egyptian people, who live under a brutal dictatorship.But America's foreign policy is aimed at promoting the welfare of Americans, not Egyptians.And even if America wanted to do something to democratize Egypt, it can't.Pressure on the regime would only make Egypt uncooperative; Egypt would give a freer hand to its local al-Qaeda supporters and diminish cooperation in the struggle against terrorism.Egypt's president would make anti American statements and increase his popularity.And if America were to gamble with its national security interests in pursuit of Egyptian democracy, it would risk an Iranian style Islamist revolution in Egypt, which would make Egypt's liberal forces nostalgic to Mubarak's autocracy.

The only reason America should change course in its Egyptian policy is if changed circumstances require rethinking that policy.Bradley's most bizarre notion is that Egypt is nearing the end of a 30 years cycle of relative unrest, and is facing a period of tribulations like the ones it faced in the 1920s, 1950s and 1970s.This is mistaking a coincidence for a pattern.

A more likely source of instability in the regime is the possibility of a succession crisis when Hosni Mubarak (aged eighty), departs the scene, and his son Gamal takes over.But recent generational changes in Morocco and in Syria went smoothly enough, and the presidency moved between Egypt three post revolution presidents (Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak) without incident.

History tells us that dictatorships, no matter how strong they look, are brittle things.They may collapse without warning.Yet in a region full of extreme and dangerous enemies, Egypt's dictatorship, against the wishes of Egypt's people, remains an American ally.Supporting a pro-American autocracy in Egypt is a necessary evil.

5-0 out of 5 stars Egypt today
A great read for Anyone who wants to know the state of Egypt today. Banned in Egypt for that reason?? ... Read more

4. The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia 1914-1920
by John Bradley
 Hardcover: 156 Pages (1992-10-15)
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Asin: 0880332182
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia reviewed by J. Huddleston
John F.N. Bradley's book, The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia, 1914-1920, was published by East European Monographs in 1992.Bradley argues that the actions of the Czechoslovak Legion `sparked' the Russian revolution.The book describes the evolution of the Czechoslovak Legion from a political movement to create a Slavic state to a military force within Russia during the Russian Revolution.John F.N.Bradley originally wrote this book as his doctorial dissertation in 1963.The book was published in 1965 with the title of Le Légion Tchécoslovaqueen Russie, 1914-1920, and was revised and translated into English in 1991. John F.N. Bradley is a Professor at the University of Manchester and has written several books on the subject of Slavic history. Bradley intends to revisit this book, once the archives of the Czechoslovak Legion in Prague are opened.
The book begins by describing the social and political attitude that existed in Europe towards the Panslav ethnic group before the start of World War I.The Czechs were a vocal segment of that group.When the war started, the Czechs in Russia faced internment and property loss.The formation of the Czechoslovak Legion (originally the Družina) was an act of desperation of the part of the Czechs to reassure the Tsar of their loyalty. Bradley continues by describing the political infighting that occurs within the Družina and the military actions of the ethnic Czechoslovakian units on the eastern front.
Bradley does not offer a great deal of background concerning the reasons Tsar Nicholas was compelled to abdicate his crown, but he does describe how this new political environment effected the Czechoslovak Legion.
In the last four chapters of Bradley's book, he describes the actions of the Czechoslovak Legion within Russia after the formation of the Bolshevik government. Bradley explains the motivations for the uprising of the Legion as its chain of command became unclear and argues that the Legions actions sparked the Russian Revolution. Bradley also describes how the European Intervention affected the actions of the Czechoslovak Legion after this uprising,The Legion became significant to all sides in the revolution because it held the Trans-Siberian Railroad which was essential to any side that wished to exercise control over Russia and Siberia.Bradley tells of the events in this segment of the book primarily from the point of view of the Legion.The objective of the Legions leadership at this time was to withdrawal as best that they could from Russia and retire in Eastern Europe, preferably in Prague.Bradley concludes his story with the Legion's arrival in Prague.
John F.N. Bradley's book, The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia, 1914-1920, offers an abundance of information on the history and actions of the Czechoslovak Legion but, the book lacks an index, bibliography, or footnotes.Although he mentions that his documentation is offered in his 1965 edition.Aside from that, the book provides an excellent synopsis of the contributions made by the Czechoslovak Legion both in World War I and in the Russian Revolution.
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5. Smoke
by John Ed Bradley
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1994-01-01)

Asin: B003L1QHDE
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not what the movie Smoke (w/H. Keitel) is based on
I thought this was going to be the story from which the movie Smoke is based.If you have not seen the movie, I highly reccommend it.

Needless to say, since it was not what I thought it was going to be, I was dissapointed at first.However, this is a very easy and funny book to read.This book is not complicated, unpredictable or that deep, but if you are looking for a light, humorous book about small towns and misperceptions about the greedy capitalist, check it out.

1-0 out of 5 stars Departure, diversion, totally undelightful
Bradley is as talented as his biggest promoters suggest.His talent is totally non-apparent in this book.He has gotten away with some 'fantasy' in prior books, so he just takes that and whimsy to the unforgivable extreme here.If you hate Wal-Mart, you can say how and why in a much more efficient and effective way than this disappointing farce.Bradley should have had more pride than to let this one loose.

4-0 out of 5 stars Smoke an entertaining look at small town life in USA
After reading Smoke, I found myself trying to get a copy of everything else he has written.I enjoyed the laid back style and the optimistic if not naive outlook of the main characters.It is great to have a read thatdoes not require one to explore all the ironies and look for the demons andangels in all of us.This was a tremendously funny and heartwarmingly reallook at how people wish they could be , when at their best or at theirworst.

Smoke may be on its way down and out, but John Ed Bradley's entertaining writing style isn't in this book on a struggling small American town. Bradley controls the narrative well in this, his fourth novel. He deftly gives substance to the main character, Pace Burnette, by letting the readers know his innermost thoughts and desires, and in such a way that you root for the character to succeed. Anybody who has lived in a small town will enjoy this book. So will anybody who every wanted to become a writer. So will anybody who enjoys a comic tale of small town vs. big business. Bradley's strength is in his development of characters. In his best book, Tupelo Nights, he does the job very well. He does so here, too. Read Smoke. I promise you won't cough.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great novel about a very important subject
John Ed Bradley has a great feel for character.His books are peopled with memorable and likeable, yet quirky, folks.This book is a great read. And timely, as it addresses the homogenization of our society with the proliferation of the super-store and how they are changing the face of our cities and small towns.Lots of humor mixed with serious concerns. I loved it. ... Read more

6. A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton
by John McPhee
Paperback: 224 Pages (1978-10-01)
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Asin: 0374514852
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee’s first book, is about Bradley when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradley’s magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself—his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility. Here is a portrait of Bradley as he was in college, before his time with the New York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senate—a story that suggests the abundant beginnings of his professional careers in sport and politics.
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First published in 1965, A Sense of Where You Are isthe literary equivalent of a harmonic convergence, a remarkableconfluence of two talents--John McPhee and Bill Bradley--at thebeginning of what would prove to be long and distinguishedcareers. While McPhee would blossom into one of the best nonfictionwriters of the last 35 years, Bradley segued from an all-Americanbasketball player at Princeton, to Rhodes Scholar, to NBA star, tothree terms in the U.S. Senate. McPhee noticed greatness in Bradleyfrom the start; the book is an extension of a lengthy magazine profileMcPhee wrote early in Bradley's senior year; the title comes fromBradley always knowing his position in relation to the basket. What'sso noteworthy about the book is the greatness it promised--both forwriter and for subject, a greatness both have delivered through theyears again and again. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A very good journalistic work
Bill Bradley was born in a small Missouri town, the son of the town's banker, who taught him discipline, hard work, and a love of learning, and his wife, a fiercely competitive but loving former athlete. Their son was one of the most celebrated schoolboy athletes in Missouri history, and was offered scholarships to over 70 colleges to play basketball. However, he chose to attend Princeton University, which did not provide athletic scholarships and was not known for its basketball team, as he had higher aspirations beyond sports.

He began to play with the varsity team as a sophomore, as freshmen were not allowed to participate in varsity athletics at that time, and immediately became the star player of the team. Princeton quickly became an Eastern basketball powerhouse, culminated by the 1964-65 team in Bradley's senior year, which reached the NCAA Final Four before losing in the national semifinal to Michigan. Bradley's last collegiate game was against Wichita State in the third place game, and Bradley, normally a pass first, shoot second player despite his immense talent, was given free rein by his coach to shoot and score at will. He finished the game with 58 points, which is still the record for the most points scored by an individual player in a Final Four game.

After his collegiate career he attended Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, and then became an NBA star with the New York Knicks, helping them win two championships, in 1970 and 1973. After his retirement he entered politics, and served as the junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey for three terms. He retired from the Senate in 1997, and ran an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2000, losing to Al Gore. After that defeat he left politics, but he maintains an active public life, as he has written six nonfiction books and hosts a weekly radio program.

John McPhee grew up in Princeton, as his father served as the physician for the university's athletic department. He attended Princeton, and while working as a writer in New York his father called him to come see a kid on the freshman basketball team, who his father described as possibly the best basketball player, bar none. McPhee attended a game with his father, followed Bradley over his career at Princeton, and wrote his first book about him, in 1965.

"A Sense of Where You Are" describes Bradley's upbringing in Missouri, and his basketball career at Princeton, including his work ethic and approach to the game, which was far beyond even the best players at his level and allowed him to surpass his modest physical abilities. McPhee also portrays Bradley as a well rounded student athlete who participated fully in campus life and maintained a sense of modesty and humbleness that seems archaic, yet refreshing. The latest edition of the book contains numerous photos of Bradley in action, along with addenda written in 1978 and 1999.

I would highly recommend "A Sense of Where You Are" for any sports fan, but this would be of interest for anyone who appreciates good journalism or wants to learn about an inspiring and influential man, who has been one of my heroes since I was a child.

5-0 out of 5 stars What I Liked, What I Didn't Like
What I Liked:

-Felt inspiring.
-Bill Bradley.

What I Didn't Like:

-The chapters after the "Profile" chapter seemed to 'lose steam'/didn't seem as good as the "Profile" chapter.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reading! Felt Like I was With Frazier & Debusschere on a fast break!
Dollar Bill never really lived up to the hype of his pro career.
But he did have success on the court. His life at Princeton was interesting.
This is a fine book that keeps your interest. No doubt old Knick fans like myself
enjoy this more than other basketball fans. Thinking about how much Bradley has accomplished
in his life is quite a feat!

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic McPhee: exploring the minds of men at work
This was John McPhee's first book, so it obviously holds a lot of interest as a glimpse at the man's later style. I'm happy to say that while this is obviously McPhee -- you can tell it's him within a page or so -- it's one of the weaker McPhees. Which is praising by faint damns: McPhee's style seems to have emerged fully-formed from his forehead at The New Yorker, and moved continuously upward in small, methodical steps. By the time we get to Uncommon Carriers, which I'll review soon, the McPhee style has been honed to a keen edge.

A Sense Of Where You Are is also notable as a first glimpse at Bill Bradley: future Rhodes Scholar, future New York Knicks basketball player, future senator, future presidential candidate. One wants to say "All of the future Bradleys were there when McPhee wrote A Sense of Where You Are," and that may be true: not only a great athlete, Bradley was the most admired man on the Princeton campus. And this isn't just retrospective I-knew-him-whenism: A Sense of Where You Are came out in 1965, before anyone could know what Bradley would become.

If I tell you that this is a McPhee book, and if you've read McPhee, I can basically stop there. A McPhee book is characterized by a gentle forward motion propelled atop sentences that have no right to work as they do. The sentences are largely staccato, and in books other than this one they tend to feel like a sequence of random observations. In The Curve of Binding Energy, for instance, you feel like you're reading a mere litany of facts about nuclear fusion which seemed interesting to John McPhee, yet by the end you really have learned a lot about the construction of a nuclear weapon, and the sentences more than merely hang together; they flow. It's the strangest thing; McPheee routinely pulls off a nonfiction magic trick.

McPhee studies men at work. He quickly falls into their lingo, which is both one of the greatest irritants of his books and one of their key charms. It's irritating because McPhee will often use a long string of disciplinary buzzwords before defining them; this reaches its nauseating pinnacle in Annals of the Former World, where we've absorbed a couple hundred pages of dense geological concepts before McPhee gets around to telling you what those concepts mean. It's charming because you feel like you're right in the thick of the action with citrus pickers in McPhee's Oranges; with truckers, ship captains, and UPS employees in Uncommon Carriers; and with basketball players in A Sense of Where You Are.

McPhee follows Bradley on and off the court; when not watching Bradley -- the greatest basketball player, apparently, at the time McPhee wrote, and by some measure the fourth-best athlete on earth -- he's asking Bradley to walk, step by step, through how he negotiates difficult problems on the court. Standing in McPhee's kitchen, one imagines, Bradley pivots, feints, dodges and leaps to show McPhee exactly how his mind works. It's absolutely captivating.

It's also a lot of hero-worship. It's a beautiful work, but a bit adulatory for my tastes. Orangemen, truckers, pilots, and nuclear engineers surely fascinate McPhee, and he respects them for the difficult tasks that they get done, and moreover he writes about them from the thick of the action, but somehow he manages in those later works to stay above the fray. By contrast, John McPhee is godfather to Bill Bradley's daughter.

Don't let that dissuade you, though. If you love McPhee -- and if you don't, you must not have read him -- dive into A Sense of Where You Are and observe two great men at work.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Journalism Classic
Whether you like sports or not, McPhee's book is so well written that it carries you along. Bradley at Princeton seems so ancient compared with the sports scene today, but the story reveals unknowingly how much we have lost in the culture when it comes to heroes. ... Read more

7. The Second World War: Asia and the Pacific (West Point Military History Series)
by John H. Bradley, Jack W. Dice, Thomas B. Buell
Paperback: 344 Pages (2002-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on WWII
My father in law is a WWII vet and really enjoyed this book.I recommend this and the companion maps highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Second World War: Asia and the Pacific (Textband)
Schnelle und gute Lieferung. Jeder Zeit wieder. Es gibt nicht besseres als diese "West Point Serie"!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding History
The West Point Word War II series is one of the best sources of history on the Second World War. The Atlases associated with each volume are a must because the text refers to them frequently. The writing style is not overly technical and explains the foundations of military doctrine followed by the respective combatants in prosecuting the conflict.

The authors are able to point out the fundamental errors made by each side, the results of those miscalculations and what adjustments (if any) were made.The correct deductions are also put on display for the reader.And the authors manage to make the conflict dramatic in a professional way.For example, at the battle of Midway the Americans had put all their critical assets at risk.If all the US carriers were lost the situation in the Pacific would have been ruinous.The authors clearly point out that the Japanese fleet was overwhelming, and properly used could not have lost that battle.The American command was counting on Japanese mistakes, and the Japanese made them.

Thus, the West Point historians have injected the true drama of the situation in June of 1942.A lot was on the line and the history of WWII would have been far different if the US admirals had made the mistakes instead of the Japanese.

The entire series is filled with this kind of drama.

The background sections which cover the road to WWII is thought provoking and shows how the outcome of the war, in many respects, was determined prior to the start of hostilities. The books cover the mental attitudes that contributed to the start of the war and the course of the conflict.

The series isn't perfect.The US Army writers find a little time to subtly criticize some actions of the US Navy and US Marines.They seem to like implying the Marines were getting a lot of publicity for doing the same thing the Army was doing.This is a very minor criticism and such minor diversions do not detract at all from the superlative standards set by this very complete history.

Anyone interested in WWII, its causes, conduct and outcomes, must read this set (one book covers the Pacific war and the other the European war - and there is an atlas for each of these volumes for a total of 4 books). ... Read more

8. Illuminated Manuscripts
by John William Bradley
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Illumination of books and manuscripts; Art / General; Art / Techniques / Calligraphy; Art / History / General; Art / European; Art / History / Medieval; Art / History / Renaissance; Art / Design / Book; History / General; ... Read more

9. Restoration
by John Ed Bradley
Paperback: 320 Pages (2004-04-13)
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When journalist Jack Charbonnet meets Rhys Goudeau, a beautiful art restorer, he is soon caught up in intrigue more fascinating than any news story.She is determined to find a lost painting by the great, controversial Southern artist Levette Asmore, who killed himself soon after being forced to whitewash a scandalous masterpiece.As they try to keep ahead of unscrupulous collectors who are on the same trail, Jack and Rhys are drawn ever more deeply into the racially troubled history of pre-WWII New Orleans, and into the secret histories of friends and family.

A piquantly atmospheric story of race, romance and art, Restoration is provocative, suspenseful and altogether entertaining. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bewitching and mysterious...
I had never heard of John ed Bradley when I picked up this book but I was absolutely delighted with every page. It is a haunting and lushly romantic story about an artist whose abundant talents and extraordinary charm couldn't compensate for the fact that he lived in an era with a dichotomous attitude about people of other races. Bradley writes with a deft hand about art and his story is rich with the scents and sounds of New Orleans, a city I love, but there is a haunting mournfulness in this tale that is both sad and seductive.

I especially appreciated his passages about the WPA murals, a particular interest of my own.

Bradley's characters are likeable and fully human and his prose is rich. The scene toward the end of the book where the paintings are found reminded me of the scene in A.S. Byatt's "Possession" when Christobel's letters are discovered in the doll's cradle. This is a very rich book and Bradley is a writer of considerable skill.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, now what shall I do?
Although there were bits & pieces of this excellently entertaining novel about which one could possibly say, "Well, that was kinda predictable",there were many more bits with neatly surprising twists.*Restoration* is cleverly written,as if the author respects his potential readers.New Orleans lends a swell backdrop.I intended to save this book for an upcoming trip, but was going to let myself just read the first few paragraphs, for a little preview.One thing led to another & now I've finished it & what can I take to read?Maybe I'll just take Restoration anyway, & try to pretend like it's my first time!

1-0 out of 5 stars Am I reading a different book to everyone else?
I feel I must be because I think Restoration is one of the disapointing books I have ever read. I am a big fan of Louisiana Lit and of Mr Bradley but this book stinks. The plot plays out like an airport novel, the characters are left as mere sketches - Rhys Goudeau in particular - and the central image, that of a multicultural embrace on a lost mural, is plain corny and obvious from the get-go. The sentences jar on the page they are so badly written and Jack's monologues on painting don't read as people as would actually speak. The representation of New Orleans is highly touristy and sounds like it was written by an outsider consultng maps and travel guides. Mr Bradley has taken the subjects of New Orleans and the South's racial past and condensed them to a set of trite cliches worthy of a made-for-tv movie. Nothing new or remotely interesting was said about either area. I can't believe that the same author who moved me to my very soul in the elegant, mysterious, totally astounding Tupelo Nights, wrote this book. I won't give up though. I have ordered another of his books and hope Mr Bradley will make me smile again soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Restoration by John Ed Bradley
This was my first book by this Author but I am sure it WON"T be my last. This was a GREAT BOOK! It's the type of book you do not want to put down but then are very sorry when you finish it. New Orleans is where my heart is even though I don't live there. I visit twice a year and always buy all the New Orleans Fiction I can find when I am there. This book was my luckest find on my last trip. Now I can go to Amazon to search out other books by this Author. Other readers may want to try O'Neil DeNoux & Julie Smith.

4-0 out of 5 stars A TASTY TIME IN NEW ORLEANS
In John Ed Bradley's novel RESTORATION, Jack Charbonnet and Rhys Goudeau window-shop for antiques along Magazine, then stop in for a bite to eat at Casamento's just off Napoleon Ave.You can, too.Like this ex-Times-Picayunecolumnist and his art-restorer crush, you can also get a Ferdi Special, covered in "debris," at Mother's Restaurant at the foot of Poydras Street.While cruising around in the French Quarter, you could also come across a painting by artist Noel Rockmore hanging in some bar.However, no matter how hard you look, even in the gem-like New Orleans Collection of Art on Royal, or the venerable New Orleans Museum of Art ensconced in City Park, you will not find a picture by bohemian artist Levette Asmore, famous for his female portraits and an infamous WPA mural.You see, just like Jack and Rhys, Levette is fictional.

Some time ago, Bradley got involved with the attempt to salvage a WPA mural in New Orleans.Now, he has combined that experience and some research into a novel that sheds light on the intricate skein of race relations in New Orleans.So, out of the bubbling roux of many colors that compose the Crescent City's population, and the deep, rich tradition of Big Easy art, Bradley fashioned the figure of Levette Asmore.In a way, Bradley has come up with mystery "lite" here: the only death is Asmore's untimely demise some sixty years ago, and the only danger is the potential death of someone living on that rich N'Awlins diet.However, the author entertains us with colorful characters and dialogue, and enlightens us with his research into art auctions, art restoration, and art history.Asmore's bohemian life and magical work serve as the touchstone which sets off a series of questions that compel Jack and Rhys:Who is that woman in the photo behind Levette?How is she related to Rhys?Will they get the mural out of the post office?Will they get away with the crime?Will that boor of an art collector come away with the canvas of his dreams?Where was Jack's crippled landlord the night Levette took that dive off the Huey P. Long Bridge? And, will Rhys ever accept Jack's bids for her affections?We don't get to know until they come to the end of their queue of questions. Nevertheless, you'll enjoy taking a tour through the streets and society of the city, past and present.By the way, anyone going to New Orleans, write down whatever restaurant Bradley mentions; he knows what he's talking about.Laizzer les bon temps rouler! ... Read more

10. Czech nationalism in the nineteenth century.
by John F. N Bradley
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11. Modern Trotting Sire Lines
by John Bradley, Stanley F. Bergstein
Hardcover: 351 Pages (1997-02-01)
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Author John Bradley looks at the pedigrees, records and studperformance of the top 50 trotting sires of the modern era. These arecurrent sires or sires that are close up in the pedigrees of today'shorses. Bradley analyzes each horse sire by sire, dam by dam, cross bycross and nick by nick. He suggests links in the pedigree of eachhorse leading to its success; reviews the bloodlines that seem to workbest with each stallion and mare line; and discusses strategies totake advantage of the strength of each horse. The book's handsome,simulated-leather binding makes it an ideal gift for fans of theStandardbred. It's the perfect companion to Bradley's Modern PacingSire Lines. ... Read more

12. Modern Pacing Sire Lines
by John Bradley
Hardcover: 416 Pages (1998-11-01)
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Author John Bradley looks at the pedigrees, records and stud performance of the top 50 pacing sires of the modern era. These are current sires or sires that are close up in the pedigrees of today's horses. Bradley analyzes each horse sire by sire, dam by dam, cross by cross and nick by nick. He suggests links in the pedigree of each horse leading to its success; reviews the bloodlines that seem to work best with each stallion and mare line; and discusses strategies to take advantage of the strength of each horse. The book's handsome, simulated-leather binding makes it an ideal gift for fans of the Standardbred. It's the perfect companion to Bradley's Modern Trotting Sire Lines. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Thorough Review...
An execellent reference both for those interested in the history of harness racing and those dealing everyday with the geneology of present day trotters and pacers. The introductory material is well-organized, cogent and "reads" well. The documentation is complete andwell-presented. Layout works well for research purposes. ... Read more

13. The Killer Within: Inside the World of Bradley John Murdoch
by Paul Toohey
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Heat, red dirt, crocodiles, lonely roads, guns, drugs, madmen, murder . . . and the shocking true story of the dead heart of Australia and its most notorious denizen, Bradley John Murdoch. ... Read more

14. Saudi Arabia Exposed : Inside a Kingdom in Crisis, Updated Edition
by John R. Bradley
Paperback: 256 Pages (2006-05-28)
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Saudi Arabia: land of oil, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, and a crucial American ally. John R. Bradley uniquely exposes the turmoil that is shaking the House of Saud to its foundations, including the problems within the new leadership. From the heart of the secretive Islamic kingdom's urban centers to its most remote mountainous terrain, he provides intimate details and reveals regional, religious, and tribal rivalries.
Bradley highlights tensions generated by social change, the increasing restlessness of Saudi youth with limited cultural and political outlets, and the predicament of Saudi women seeking opportunities but facing constraints.
What are the implications for the Sauds and the West? This book offers a startling look at the present predicament and a troubling view of the future.
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3-0 out of 5 stars needs to be read critically
this could be a good, well written and enjoyable book about saudi arabia... had it not been for the following two issues:

(1) mr bradley had developed the 'expert newbie' syndrome. after a few years in saudi arabia, which is probably one of the least (ideologically) accessible countries to foreigners, he puts himself in and writes from a position of authority on the country, which title, by his writing, he had most probably not deserved yet. this is very typical of western expats in the ksa who like to think they are smart enough to be 'in the know' after very limited exposure

(2) mr bradley's writing is a self fulfilling prophecy - he sees the country for what he would like to see it for, instead of what it is. his treatise of the subject is truthful but extremely one-sided. it is not the truth about saudi arabia, but only part of the truth. the problem is, mr bradley, for whatever reason, tries to masquerade it as if it were the whole truth

bearing these two points in mind, i think it is an interesting piece, reads well and also very informative, but needs to be read very critically

4-0 out of 5 stars Saudi Arabia : A Confusing Place
Saudi Arabia, a place of half hearted loyalties and a struggle for power John R. Bradley tells several intriguing stories of the power struggle between the Al Said royal family and the Wahabi clerics who have the willing ears of the masses. Particularly touching is the story of one of his students who on one hand befriends Bradley, than speaks of hating and wanting to kill Americans and only using Bradley to gain insights into the infidel American. This is the confusing and constrictive rope that men like Bradley walk, in one moment a friend, but in another moment an enemy crucified by a propaganda war that has consumed much of the Saudi lower class youth.

2-0 out of 5 stars Through a Glass Darkly
Perhaps on a sunny day I might have given it a 3-star rating.Unlike much of the Saudi-bashing literature available, John Bradley not only actually visited Saudi Arabia, he lived there for 2-3 years.Furthermore, he did travel around the country, giving the reader a feeling that there is much more than just a monolithic "Saudi" culture and attitude.There are the "flower men" of the Asir; there is the region of the far north, the Al Jawf basin; the Shiites of the Eastern province; and, of course, the "liberal' Hijaz, where he lived, as opposed to the conservative, "Wahhabi" heartland, the Nedj. When he focuses on a problem or a deficiency of Saudi society, occasionally, but only occasionally, he does make the point that the same problem exists in the West, for example when he is discussing the exploitation of foreign workers (p.122), he does say that it is a universal problem, and specifically singles out the United States as an offender. I also thought that if I had worked at the "Arab News," with the exigencies imposed on its numerous workers from the Indian sub-continent, perhaps I'd be in a foul mood also. But he does make some illuminating points regarding his journalist work, when he amusingly states that Thomas Friedman and Daniel Pipes see a "change in the Arab mindset" in reading the Arab News, yet it is actually Bradley who is writing the article. (p188)

The tone of the book, and certainly the attitude of the author, is established by the book's black cover, and the titillation of the title, "Saudi Arabia Exposed," another "ripping the veil asunder." He plays to that angle with statements like, in reference to foreigners:"....and were limited, (as were all foreigners, until recently) to traveling in only approved areas." (xii of the Introduction).Yet thousands and thousands of expatriates traveled freely throughout the country, going anywhere (save for Makkah and Medina for non-Muslims) since the `70's. Did he not ask one?He claims to be an Arabic speaker, yet translates the popular TV show, "Tash ma Tash" as "No big deal"!He had the opportunity to explain the title's antecedents, but apparently did not understand them. He describes the backwater that was Jeddah of the `30's (p10) as the "most cosmopolitan city of the Muslim world."What of Istanbul, Baghdad, Cairo and Tehran? He makes blanket assertions describing the Kingdom as: "it is a second-rate totalitarian regime incorporating some primitive feudal traditions. (p 157).He speaks much of the corruption and incompetence in the Kingdom, but never asks the question, is there more corruption and more incompetence in Washington, DC.

So I'd give Bradley some points for at least occasionally raising the comparative issues between Saudi and Western cultures, and not always assuming that the Western ones are superior, though his biases are clear. Overall though, he suffers from that smug journalist occupational hazard of visiting one place once, conducting an interview with someone who may or may not be telling him what he wants to hear, and then thinking that he understands the situation, because, well, if he did not, then he would not be a good journalist.

2-0 out of 5 stars Important Subject Matter Poorly Handled
With the amount of attention the country gets in the western press, you'd think that there would be a metric ton of decent books out there on the modern history of Saudi Arabia. You'd be wrong.

This one by journalist John Bradley was recommended as a good one, since he was one of the few western journalists inside Saudi at the time of the 9/11 attacks he did have unqiue access. Too bad he can't write to save his life. The chronology of the book is confused. The sentence stucture is often awful, and what is often meant to be a telling detail instead comes off as contrived. I am shocked that he has written for publications like the Economist.

Though the writing is poor, in Bradley's defense, this book is at least somewhat balanced, and he clearly has a real affection for the culture and some of the people he met there. This isn't jingositic western propoganda (like much of what is written about Saudi) but it also isn't a very good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars InsightfulPortrayal Of The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
Bradley is a journalist who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for more than 2 years. This book describes what he observed, obviously from a Western perspective, while living there. Some of what he discusses has been covered in other books. For example, the strict segregation of men and women, the brutal public executions and the extreme corruption and hypocrisy of the Saudi royal family. He also mentions the poor education and professional training received by most Saudi citizens which requires the country to be dependent on foreign workers. Many of these workers are people from poor countries such as India, Pakistan and the Philippines who do the "dirty jobs" that, supposedly, Saudis don't want to do themselves. But I find this questionable since Bradley also describes the high rate of unemployment among Saudi citizens and the fact that many of them live in poverty while the Saudi royals bask in the enormous wealth generated by the oil business.

Bradley also talks about the good qualities of the typical Saudi person, such as kindness, hospitality and generosity. There are certain Western right-wingers and Christian zealots who have an anti-Muslim agenda and are clearly biased in their writings. But Bradley doesn't strike me as that sort of person. I think he is simply trying to explain his experiences in Saudi Arabia with as much honesty and truth as possible. Of course, he is seeing the country from the point of view of a non-Muslim Westerner. But that doesn't mean he is necessarily wrong in what he is saying.

However, what really takes this book to the "5 stars" level for me is that he elaborates on the regionally based political and cultural differences in the kingdom. He talks about the Hijaz area, including Jeddah, as having a long history as an international center of trade which makes it somewhat more liberal and sophisticated than the rest of the country. The southern region is called Asir and includes people who, in many ways, have more in common with the neighboring country of Yemen than with their fellow Saudis. Finally, there is the Eastern province which is largely made up of Shiite Muslims who, like the people from Hijaz and Asir, often finds themselves at odds with the Wahhabi dominated central region which includes the royal family and the Wahhabi religious establishment that controls the country politically. In other words, Saudi Arabia is a complex and diverse society with people from a variety of religious and cultural perspectives who are seeking to challenge the hold on power by the Wahhabis and the royal family. This is not the picture provided to the broader American public, who tend to recognize that the royals are corrupt but still see them as the lesser of two evils when compared to the Osama allied extremists. Obviously, the situation there is more complicated than most people think.

I actually came away feeling at least a little more optimistic about the future, or at least the potential, of the country. But, of course, Saudi Arabia still faces a tremendous amount of problems and what happens there will continue to be of vital importance to the rest of us, especially considering that the Saudis have 1/4 of the world's known supply of petroleum. ... Read more

15. The plane : watch it work by operating the moving diagrams! / Ray Marshall and John Bradley
by Ray. John Bradley Marshall
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16. John Storrs: Rhythm of line
by John Henry Bradley Storrs
 Paperback: 47 Pages (1993)

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17. Tupelo Nights (Contemporary American Fiction)
 Paperback: 256 Pages (1989-06-06)
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In Tupelo Nights, John Ed Bradley has transformed the archetypal coming-of-age story into a tale of savage beauty that readers will find impossible to forget. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tupelo Nights
This book is great. John Ed does another great job. It is hard for me to pick a favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it NOW
This book is incredible.As if Pat Conroy finally let us inside his psyche instead of simply relating his tormented history.It will make you uncomfortable, make you wish that the movie will never be made, but this is chewy chewy fiction, not to be missed, or dismissed.Absorb it now.Wow.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS GREAT
What a great book this is. Bradley's best, I think. I would put this book in the same league with some of Pat Conroy's best, but with a darker edge to it. A sad, lyrically prosed story that will stay in your mind long afteryou read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Underrated classic
I believe this is right up there with the best modern American fiction of the last 20 years.The prose is as poetic as Fitzgerald's and the plot is as tragic as any I have read. Was this his only novel and if so, why ? ... Read more

18. John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty
by C. Bradley Thompson
Hardcover: 340 Pages (1998-11)
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America's finest eighteenth-century student of political science, John Adams is also the least studied of the Revolution's key figures. By the time he became our second president, no American had written more about our government and not even Jefferson or Madison had read as widely about questions of human nature, natural right, political organization, and constitutional construction. Yet this staunch constitutionalist is perceived by many as having become reactionary in his later years and his ideas have been largely disregarded.

In the first major work on Adams's political thought in over thirty years, C. Bradley Thompson takes issue with the notion that Adams's thought is irrelevant to the development of American ideas. Focusing on Adams's major writings, Thompson elucidates and reevaluates his political and constitutional thought by interpreting it within the tradition of political philosophy stretching from Plato to Montesquieu.

This major revisionist study shows that the distinction Adams drew between "principles of liberty" and "principles of political architecture" is central to his entire political philosophy. Thompson first chronicles Adams's conceptualization of moral and political liberty during his confrontation with American Loyalists and British imperial officers over the true nature of justice and the British Constitution, illuminating Adams's two most important pre-Revolutionary essays, "A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law" and "The Letters of Novanglus." He then presents Adams's debate with French philosophers over the best form of government and provides an extended analysis of his Defence of the Constitutions of Government and Discourses on Davila to demonstrate his theory of political architecture.

From these pages emerges a new John Adams. In reexamining his political thought, Thompson reconstructs the contours and influences of Adams's mental universe, the ideas he challenged, the problems he considered central to constitution-making, and the methods of his reasoning. Skillfully blending history and political science, Thompson's work shows how the spirit of liberty animated Adams's life and reestablishes this forgotten Revolutionary as an independent and important thinker.

This book is part of the American Political Thought series. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars You're in for a treat.. this is good stuff
I've been trying to learn more about the founding fathers of our great nation and most books are quite negative about John Adams. This book is not only fair and balanced about Mr. Adams, it also opened my eyes to John Adams' book that most people have never studied or heard about. I have put that book, "A defence of the Constitutions of Government of the USA", on my amazon wishlist and I am looking forward to diving into it next. I think that is the true sign of a great book and author, one who makes you want to study deeper into the subject matter. In summary, a great book, not easy to read, but an entertaining look into a misunderstood president.

5-0 out of 5 stars John Adams - American Hero
The most critical period of American history actually occurred after the revolution. The instability of anarchy threatened to make the ideas expressed in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and the heroic successes of Washington nothing more than a forgotten dream. Another hero, one who would be willing to chronicle all previous forms of government and guide the architects of the constitution in creating something entirely new was what was needed. He was more than just another name on the list of American presidents. That hero was John Adams.
Thank you, C. Bradley Thompson, for this inspirational account of an often overlooked and undervalued intellectual giant among the American John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty by C. Bradley Thompson

5-0 out of 5 stars The Mind of Adams
Enjoy one of the biographies of John Adams, then read this superb book to complete the story of this great man.Mr. Thompson is a fine writer and can be seen on an old CSPAN segment giving a lecture on Adams.His grasp of President Adams's work and his ability to explain it are unmatched.

5-0 out of 5 stars Knowing the Ideas of the Founders

To return America to its original foundation of freedom and individual rights, it is vital that we know the ideas of the men who created that system. This important task will be easier thanks to this book by C. Bradley Thompson. Readers interested in the Founding period and its legacy for our own time will not want to miss this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars John Adams: Second American President; First American Psycho
I am floored! I started reading biographies of John Adams after the musical "1776" piqued my interest in him and have absorbed at least 20 of them since then. I don't know how this 1998 title flew underneath my radar until 2004 but it did ... and I think NOW, after the 2004 election, is the time when every American needs to know what he did for us ... or TRIED to ... including: pointing the way for those of us who CAN to start doing something about the mess we're in now. His insistence on basing our government structure on actual human nature instead of a fantasized ideal of how human nature ought to be may be the only reason we've lasted even this long. Communism went down because it flew in the face of this wisdom. We could be next. Thompson shows that Adams was not only a political theorist, he was a scientifically oriented psychologist. So am I. And I know that he had a handle on psychological reality that exceeds what most modern psychological theorists can lay claim to. He was an Adlerian more than a century before Adler was a gleam in his father's eye. May ALL the Gods bless C. B. Thompson for what he has done ... and may his publisher start doing a better job of getting this book before the public. ... Read more

19. Lonely Planet Pakistan
by John King, Bradley Mayhew
Paperback: 416 Pages (1998-08)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$81.55
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Asin: 086442535X
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The essential explorer's companion, this guide reveals a country of extraordinary beauty, legendary hospitality and landscapes that range from the ancient cities of the Indus Valley to the mighty peaks and glaciers of the Hindukush and Karakoram ranges.

  • 90 maps, including 16 topographically detailed maps for trekkers
  • special section on Pakistan's ethnically diverse peoples
  • separate chapter covering seven languages
  • the lowdown on staying out of trouble and staying healthy
  • tips on shopping and bargaining, and a full-colour guide to regional handicrafts
  • critical listings of all the best places to stay
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Customer Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide To Pakistan
It gives you an insight into the history and the people of Pakistan, as well as everything a tourist should know, i.e. cheap places too stay, what to eat, how to travel, the local customs, etc. And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the map, though perceptions may differ as to which part(s) of Kashmir are free & democratic and which are not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Text, Wrong Map
The book is written very well. Gives all the information a traveller could possibly use. The only thing wrong with is the map of Pakistan and Kashmir. Kashmir is shown to be a part of India which is totally wrong. One part of Kashmir - Azad Kashmir is independant whereas the other half is occupied by India. The map of Kashmir should be corrected to earn the fifth star.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet: Informative & Thorough (As Always)
Without bringing my political affiliations and leanings into this review (...), I can safely vouch for this travel guide to Pakistan. Informative, thorough, honest and highly enjoyable, Lonely Planet has come through again! I utilized their travel books throughout my recent trip to India and Pakistan and was never led wrong (infact they have saved my behind a few times, especially in Pak), but overall enhanced my experience as they encouraged me to try new and different things while there and also gave me some pointers on how to interact with the locals. One negative point to mention: Lonely Planet Pakistan doesn't stress and/or inform about the heckling, whistling, and unwanted male attention foreign girls (even those who are of Indian origin) have to suffer through, enough.

1-0 out of 5 stars Confused
...Primarily, the Map is wrong. Azad Kashmir is such a beautiful part of Pakistan, and they cokmpletely miss it. They go on to show that Entire Kashmir is a part of india.
The book is also missing insiders scoop. Perhaps just using this book aas a reference, and Using other guide would be better. The authors also give a fake image of Pakistans politics, and its intolerance, as a matter of fact its very tolerant...As long as you aren't calling for trouble, you're all right!

1-0 out of 5 stars Mistakes!!!!
Well, I have not read this book yet. I was thinking of buying it but I saw two crucial mistakes on this site alone. The map of Pakistan shown on the back cover is wrong, Kashmir is shown as part of India which is absolutely wrong. Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed area according to UN. one-third of Kashmir is under Pakistani control and even it is shown under Indian map. Second, the historic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is called the Lahore fort. To me, these two mistakes in only a few pages shown on this site is a big turn-off, so I'm skeptical of the research and knowledge of the authors. ... Read more

20. New Perspectives on Historical Theology: Essays in Memory of John Meyendorff
 Paperback: 379 Pages (1996-02)
list price: US$25.00 -- used & new: US$69.95
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Asin: 0802807046
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful Selected Essays
One of the greatest ecclesiastical historians of the twentieth century, John Meyendorff held the underlying conviction throughout his career that "there was and is an uninterrupted, consistent, and continuous holy tradition of faith held by the church throughout the centuries." Identifying that core of apostolic tradition, however, is seldom easy.Written shortly after his death, these essays in memory of Fr. John present the attempt to further our understanding and interaction with the great tradition as expressed in both east and west. Some of the best scholars from east and west contribute to the 18 sections dealing with ecumenism, history, theology, ecclesiology and biblical studies. Very well done!

Essays include a touching remembrance of Fr. Meyendorff by his friend close Jaroslav Pelikan, Taft's look at the role of the epiclesis in light of Lex Orandi, Norris revisits the meaning of Chalcedon, Dulles exams the Church as communion, and Wilken looks at grace and the knowledge of God. This is a book not to be missed.

Requiescat in pace, memory eternal! ... Read more

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