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1. Supernatural Healing
2. Six-Dinner Sid
3. The Whipping Boy
4. They Thought for Themselves: Ten
5. Sid the Squid: and the Search
6. Sid and Sam (My First I Can Read)
7. Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of
8. Beyond the Limit
9. You're Wrong and You're Ugly:
10. Wake Up Sid
13. The Journey of One Buddhist Nun:
14. Caesar's Hours: My Life In Comedy,
15. Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House
16. Pufnstuf & Other Stuff: The
17. Escape!: The Story of the Great
18. Sid Vicious: No One is Innocent
19. They Call Me Sid Rock: Rodeo's
20. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

1. Supernatural Healing
by Sid Roth and Linda Josef
Paperback: 211 Pages (2009-05-01)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$6.50
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Asin: 0768428319
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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After over thirty-five years of investigating miracles, I do not have all the answers only God does. But of this I am sure. God is good. God is love. God wants to develop intimacy with you. God wants you to be healed more than you want your healing. God is not confined to formulas. Yeshua (Jesus) healed people in many different ways. I believe that God will use one or more ideas in this book to build your faith for healing and that the healing anointing will splash off the pages as you read these testimonies."" --Sid Roth ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and an enjoyable read!I recommed this book.
I love Sid Roth's show and thought this book was going tell the story of some of the incredible miracles he has seen in his past 30 years.Instead he explains that supernatural miracles and healings are two different things.Miracles happen in an instant (most of what is on his show) and supernatural healings happen over time and take faith.At first I was a bit disappointed because I'm one that wants things to happen in an instant and at the time I wanted a miracle.I was taught that God does things in HIS TIME and HIS WAY for HIS GLORY.The end result is the same and in the process God is able to teach you and others something in the process -- TRUST is a big one.The stories are inspirational and enjoyable and each person's story differed greatly. The healing testimonies are supernatural because just like miracles they are unexplainable in the natural realm.A great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Sid Roth touches on things that are important to the Christian. This is a good read! Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what the 'Body of Christ needs
I have just read this book; having had a multitude of books on the subject of 'Divine Healing' my first thought was, "Do I really need another one"?However, because I have a keen interest in the subject I went and ordered it.Not just because of the subject matter but because it was partly authored/collated by Sid Roth.Anyone who knows anything about this awesome servant of the Most High knows full well that whatever Sid is involved with has to be quality and to be taken seriously- and they will be blessed by it.This book is no exception.It had me riveted from start to finish; and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to get to know God or deepen their relationship with him.The points in the book are written so clearly and I rate it one of the best books I have on the subject of Divine Healing.People looking for answers to how to get healed should aquire a copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny - one you'll want to read again
After reading this book, I was struck with the thought that God miracles need to be publicized. Howmany people are going to read this book on healing? Not enough. Stories like this should be part of a television series where each week a different miracles is featured in a dramatized presentation. I will never look at communion again after reading a chapter about it in this book. Psalms 91 will always stick out in my mind. This is one book that the hype does not exceed the contents. Ironically I read it while I was mildly sick so I appreciated it even more. When we are not at optimum health, our work for the kingdom is impeded.
Donald James Parker
Author of Reforming the Potter's Clay

5-0 out of 5 stars Supernatural healing
Wow!Well worth owning and reading and rereading!Every Christian should read this book. ... Read more

2. Six-Dinner Sid
by Inga Moore
Paperback: 32 Pages (1993-04-01)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.50
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Asin: 0671796135
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Six-Dinner Sid is a Smarties Prize Winner and a NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Selection. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent children's story with a unusual ending - I bought this for my mother for christmas, and she plans to use it in her classroom. Though subtle, it also represents an different ethical perspective, particularly in regards to honesty and openness in our social lives and relationships.

1-0 out of 5 stars Six-Dinner Sid
The book, Six-Dinner Sid (Aladdin Paperbacks, purchased in 2008) included an advertisement for Cheerios printed on the inside back cover of the book.So every time you read the last page of the book, your child will see an advertisement from a cereal company.No, thank you.We prefer not to have advertisements in our children's literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story!
Sid is a favorite at our house! Even when my daughter is in a foul mood, by the end of Sid we're all laughing again. The pictures are extraordinarily expressive and the story is endearing. We've even taken to call one of our cats who likes to overeat Sid!

5-0 out of 5 stars The benefits of openess and flexibility
My kids and I both love this book. The art is pretty without being distracting. Sid is drawn very expressively, and as a real character, without being a talking animal. The message of sharing, openess, and flexibility are important and come in handy in our lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Cat Story
This is a delightful story of a friendly cat!My students like to listen to this book over and over again! ... Read more

3. The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman
Paperback: 112 Pages (2003-04-01)
list price: US$5.99 -- used & new: US$1.71
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Asin: 0060521228
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A Prince
and a Pauper

Jemmy, once a poor boy living on the streets, now lives in a castle. As the whipping boy, he bears the punishment when Prince Brat misbehaves, for it is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like one another. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.

Amazon.com Review
For kids to get their dose of action and thrills, they need notalways go to the local multiplex for the latest bang 'em up film. They couldtry such books as The Whipping Boy, which relies not on explodingspaceships and demonic robots but mythic story, humorous characters and,ready or not, a moral. The plot involves the orphan Jemmy, who must take thewhippings for the royal heir, Prince Brat. Jemmy plans to flee thisarrangement until Prince Brat beats him to it, and takes Jemmy along. Jemmythen hears he's charged with the Prince's abduction as this Newbery Medalwinning book turns toward a surprising close. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for kids
I am 9 yrs old. I iked this book very much because there was a lot of excitement and it was a quick read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction and adventure at its best!
This is a shorter chapter book that captures the imagination from chapter one.Two boys (one a bratty prince and the other a humble, street savvy whipping boy) learn to rely and trust one another even though they are oh so different.This is a great coming-of-age story that most boys can relate to even though the setting is of long ago. The audio CD is also very good because the narrator uses different voices which keep children on the edge of their seats.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cassette tape Vs. CD
I love this story and the audio version is great to use in the classroom since children can hear the story as they read.In retrospect, I had rather buy the CD version becasue it is easier to locate place stopped and also they last longer.I hope to get a lot of service from this item but will stick with CDs from now on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Third grader review
I recommend that you read The whipping boy by Sid Flischman.Thebook is about an orphan named Jemmy and a spoiled prince.Jemmy was forced to be a whipping boy and to live downstairs in the castle.Jemmy hated the prince more than the prince hated him.Prince Brat and Jemmy decide to run away from the castle and get caught by two cutthroats.Read the book to find out how they escape and become friends.I like this book because it's filled with friendship, excitement, and adventure.You'll love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars third grader review
I recommend you read The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. The genre type is realistic fiction. This book is about a boy named Jemmy, and a prince named Prince Brat.Jemmy is the whipping boy. He gets whipped because hitting Prince Brat is disobeying the law.One night Prince Brat asked Jemmy if he wanted to run away with him. As they headed off, they met two men. One was named Billy, and one was named Cutwater. They grabbed Prince Brat, and Jemmy.Read to find out what happens to them. I like this book because it's adventurous. You will like this book if you like humor and adventures. ... Read more

4. They Thought for Themselves: Ten Amazing Jews
by Sid Roth
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-04-01)
list price: US$11.99 -- used & new: US$5.50
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Asin: 0768432103
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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What is the connection among these people? How did they end up in the same book? Athiest, Holocaust survivor, multi-millionaire, Media Executive, PhD. They all defied the status quo and thought for themselves. They dared to explore and confront the forbidden. The result? Everything in their lives changes for the better! Author Sid Roth was instructed in a dream to find and interview people who had broken through the mold of their previous experiences to achieve their destiny. These are the people he interviewed. These are their stories and this is your time for your breakthrough! Everyone has a supernatural destiny, but few reach it. Too many want the safe and comfortable life of following the same old roads or fitting in with the same old crowd. How boring! Have you ever wondered if there is something more to life? Have you dared to reach beyond your comfort zone? Only when you dare to think for yourself, will you reach your supernatural destiny. Start today! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Those crazy Jews for Jesus!
Well, one thing Sid Roth forgot is that most of us Jews are intelligent and educated.Before I even opened a page of the book, I started to research it.I never believe you get something for nothing.Ha!What a hoot!My goy husband just threw the book in recycle...the least I can do is make sure the paper is reused, right?Ha!Of course, if you are a Jew for Jesus, you'll just love this book...

1-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
Are you kidding me? This came to me in the mail (as I've seen others say), with a letter from the author. I thought, 'Hey, great, a book about faith - I've been questioning mine lately. Let's see what this is all about.' I opened it up to a random page and counted 'Jesus' no fewer than seven times. Immediately I understood that it was a Jews for Jesus book. This is complete bull. Any self-respecting Jew understands the basic principle that we don't believe Jesus is the messiah. If you start to believe that, then guess what: you're CHRISTIAN. There are no two ways about it. It's even in the name: Christianity is a direct derivative of Christ! Wake up, people! And to anyone reading this review, let me just point out that the people giving it low scores are Jewish, and the people giving it five stars are exclusively Christian (or Jews for Jesus... so basically Christian). Doesn't that tell you something? It is impossible to both be a Jew and believe in Christ as the messiah. Sorry, Sid Roth, your conversion propaganda isn't going to work on people with strong Jewish backgrounds and any inkling of Judaic faith!

5-0 out of 5 stars Super
Quick, powerful read of real people who show the 'before and after' effects of learning truth.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it
I, too, received one of these in the mail for free.Thought it might be an interesting read, given my Jewish ancestry.

Couldn't make it through the first chapter, as soon I realized the audacity this guy has.Trying to convert Jews?


1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Paper and Postage!
This book and its author are worse than door to door proselytizers, because they entered my home without my consent.

I also wonder how this author found my name. I've already decided it's not going to be recycled. It's already outside in the trash can among the other garbage. ... Read more

5. Sid the Squid: and the Search for the Perfect Job
by David Derrick
Hardcover: 36 Pages (2010-09-28)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$9.29
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Asin: 1597020214
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"…It's no longer just a time to look for a new job, but is also a time to prepare yourself for a better job."—President Barack Obama

What is the perfect job for a giant squid with ten arms? Sid swims ashore and a girl named Alice helps him on his quest. Their humorous journey will resonate with children, who are encouraged to follow their dreams, and parents, who yearn for personal fulfillment.

With his skills, could Sid be a good policeman, fireman, or cook? Ultimately, Sid realizes the "right fit" is important: he must find a job he can put his heart into. Everyone will identify with Sid’s trials, errors…and, finally, success!

Illustrated with colorful verve by a professional DreamWorks animator, Sid's expressiveness hearkens to the silent comedy of Charlie Chaplin and WALL-E. This squid is an inspirational hero for our times.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Clever, beautifully illustrated children's story!
This is the perfect read-out-loud book for children of all ages.The story is clever and engaging, with the type of subtle repetitive pattern that kids seem to love, followed by surprising and delightful outcomes.The story is humorous and the lesson taught is encouraging as children anticipate what Sid's (and their) place in the world might be.

The illustrations are charming with depth and unexpected detail perfect for kids (and delightful for their adult reading companions!).The witty feel of the book comes from the sense of humor evident in the paintings.

Overall, a fabulous new addition to my collection of treasured children's books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I recently purchased this book and my family has LOVED it!Even my 3 year old was searching the illustrations and giggling at the squid. I thought it was fabulous!I would recommend it for all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars My girls love this book!
Sid the Squid is a great read for kids of all ages.My 3 and 5 year old daughters just love Sid, and laugh every time they hear about his adventures.The pictures are fantastic and my girls like pretending they're actually in the book! The story also helps them imagine what they would want to be when they grow up.We love this book and hope there are more of Sid's adventures in the future!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sid the Squid
This book is charming and inviting in many dimensions.My grandchildren and I loved reading the book together.The zany notion of a Giant Squid trying to be what he was not provides a superb platform for exploring each individual's intrinsic value.It also allows us to understand that acknowledging and honoring our inbornstrengths can bring great success.Dealing honestly with our inherent limitations can be understood as a strength as well.We had fun discussing how the spectrum of physical and intellectual gifts gives great variety and even beauty to our community.
The excellent illustrations reflect the observational powers of a lover/careful observer of wildlife - and the array of creatures (and people) illustrated gave us great venues for additional explorations. We were able to conclude that just being the best we can be was the most perfect job of all, and that we could rejoice in the strengths and successes of others without detracting from our own self-worth.
Besides, it is a romp of a read -just for the fun of it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story for Lesson About Career Choices
I LOVED "Sid, the Squid".It is an excellent book about career choices.I am an elementary school counselor, and I am always looking for great books to share with my students.This will be an excellent story for my career lesson.This is a great tale for anyone thinking about what to do with the rest of their life.I loved the story, and the pictures are adorable.It is very well done.This is an important lesson to teach.I am grateful for this book as a resource for me. ... Read more

6. Sid and Sam (My First I Can Read)
by Nola Buck
Paperback: 32 Pages (1997-09-30)
list price: US$3.99 -- used & new: US$0.78
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Asin: 006444211X
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Sid and Sam start to sing. But Sid doesn't stop. What can Sam do when Sid's song is too long?

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3-0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
On the good side, the words in this book are actually pretty simple, so it makes a good first reader. On the bad side, almost every word in the book starts with S, which made my ears hurt after just a few pages. For me, I found it annoying...really, really annoying. Again though, my young son could actually suss out the words, so it gets points for that.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sid and Sam make children smile
This book is written with short sentences and easy-to-read vocabulary for the youngest of readers.Sid and Sam make children smile when they are able to read on their own like the "big kids."This cute bookwill surprise readers with its unexpected ending. ... Read more

7. Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime
by Matthew Biberman
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2009-04-30)
list price: US$25.95 -- used & new: US$4.98
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Asin: B002VPE9NQ
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A father and son build a legendary motorcycle and, along the way, reconstruct their relationship in this moving memoir

When his father had a near-fatal heart attack and gave up the will to live, Matthew Biberman panicked. Impulsively, Matthew promised his father, an expert motorcycle mechanic, that they would build a Vincati motorcycle together. The Loch Ness monster of motorcycles, a Vincati-half Vincent, half Ducati- had never been completed in North America. Building a Vincati was considered, at best, a fool's errand; at worst, an expensive waste of motorcycle parts.

But for nearly sixty years, "Big Sid" Biberman was the mechanic to see to refurbish and repair motorcycles, especially British-made Vincents. If anyone could build a Vincati, it was Big Sid. Despite sharing his father's passion for motorcycles, his son Matthew lacked Big Sid's mechanical gift, gave up on tools, and became a Shakespearean scholar. As adults, father and son barely spoke. But after his father's brush with death, Matthew vowed to learn the techniques that had made Big Sid a legend among bikers. Reminiscent of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Big Sid's Vincati is an irresistible combination of step-by-step motorcycle construction mixed with a powerful story of fathers and sons, and shows not only how the Bibermans built their Vincati (which was featured in Cycle World and Classic Bike) but also how the two men reconstructed their relationship, one motorcycle part at a time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on Big Sid's Vincati
Big Sid's Vincati: The Story of a Father, a Son, and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime swerves through the compelling emotional landscape of a particular father and son whose relationship is altered by a motorcycle. That machine is a Vincati, half British Vincent and half Italian Ducati.

The narrative tells how the father, Big Sid, one of the best motorcycle tuners in the world, and his son Matthew, a university literature professor, close the distance between them over a project designedto help Sid regain interest in life after a heart attack." It all feels unreal, as if I am talking to a dead man about a dream," the author writes about his campaign, but he convinces his father to build the motorcycle with him.

Biberman paints realistic portraits of his family, and portrays its complexities -a strained marriage, a sick baby, a legacy of crushed dreams and poor substitutions--unflinchingly. In precise, full- bodied language, he renders the slow lurch of bonding. We wonder if the motorcycle will start, and if the men will ever overcome their differences. One of the most poignant passages records the son's realization that his father's questions about his work as a scholar have more to do with the old man's own thwarted dreams and dashed intellectual potential than an evaluation of his son's standing in the world.

Dualities -- father against son, a life of the mind against a talent for machines, speed and freedom against the moment the helmet comes off and the rider is once again human - all these give the narrative texture, as does the portrait of redemption born out of obsession.Matthew Biberman has accomplished the impossible with this book, in my opinion. Big Sid's Vincati speaks to all kinds of readers, and condescends to none. The author's craftsmanship is impeccable but he wears his learning lightly, never straining for the big metaphor or moral conclusion. In that, I believe, he stands alone. Pirsig and Crawford, eat your hearts out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Big Sid's Vincati: A Rider's Review
I have over a half million miles on motorcycles in my 71 years. My health does not allow me to tour like I used to so I do a lot of mental touring reading motorcycle books. This is a very good book. Much better written than a lot of motorcycle books. Lots of technical details for the bench jockey, but mostly a great psychological study of a boy, turned man, chafing at, yet not understanding, a hard nosed old school father. The sins of both, particularly toward one another, are carefully laid out. To his credit, the son, who wrote the book, is as hard on himself in the look back as he was and is on the father. The growth of the two in respect for one another is the key uplifting part of the book, achieved by fits and starts, with some wonderfully surprising confessions and mea culpa moments at unlikely times. Very little time in the book is spent with them together on bikes. A lot of time is spent together in the work shop, not much of it pleasant until they share the common goal of building the Vincati. But it is through that effort that resolution and closure is achieved. You can do a lot worse than read this book. It rises above other remembrances and far above most family road trip books which are far too often banal and bland. That the author teaches creative writing probably doesn't hurt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book was as described and it arrived quickly
This transaction went as smoothly as possible.The book arrived quickly and it was as described.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not just a motorcycle book!
Yes, this a story of building a hybrid motorcycle, but is so much more.It' s the story of Big Sid.A son of immigrants, who worked hard, and had a tough childhood.Life wasn't always easy for Sid, but he managed to share time with his son, who became enamored with motorcycles.This is a story of a father and son relationship with the ups and downs of 2 strong minded men.The book is a great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Story, Well Written
This is a superb story for anyone interested in bikes and/or father-son relationships. The writer is very open about the challenges of creating the fabled Vincati and the stresses and strains on his relationships with father and wife. He is very humble about his and his fathers skills and accomplishments which endears you to the him and the story. It is a great read. ... Read more

8. Beyond the Limit
by Sid Watkins
Paperback: 226 Pages (2002-06)
list price: US$16.95
Isbn: 0330481967
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In the years since Sid Watkins' first bestselling book of "Formula One" memoirs, "Life at the Limit", was published the sport has seen enormous changes. The FIA's President, Max Mosley, has launched a zero option policy with the goal of zero mortality and much research and development has gone into technical changes to the cars, circuit design, safety barrier development and personal protection in the cockpit. The Prof has been intimately involved with this work, and discusses it in detail here, but as he knows only too well, uncertainty and unpredictability provide the thrills both the fans and the drivers crave. In "Beyond the Limit", Watkins also looks at some of the extraordinary Grands Prix the sport has seen in the last four years, including Schumacher's epic crash at Silverstone in 1999. He also looks back over his twenty or more years in the sport and discusses some of the great drivers he has known. Here, too, is a race-by-race account of the Millenium season offering a completely up-to-date picture of Formula One at the beginning of the 21st century. 'Makes fascinating reading' - "Planet F1". 'Lively and entertaining...will make the reader laugh out loud' - "F1 Magazine" [Sid Watkin's] anecdotes are littered with humour and show us that one of the most respected men in F1 is also one of the funniest' - "Motorsport News". ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nice Book
This is a nice book which you can find Sid Watkins' life at Formula 1 World. He described some interesting events. I recommend this book for people who love Formula 1. ... Read more

9. You're Wrong and You're Ugly: Radio's Bad Boy Tells It Like It Is (And It Ain't Always Pretty)
by Sid Rosenberg, Paul Schwartz With Foreword by Artie Lange
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-04-15)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$6.34
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Asin: 160078321X
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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You're Wrong and You're Ugly takes readers on an incredible journey whether or not they're a huge sports fan. Rosenberg is an equal-opportunity offender-Starlets, Hollywood hunks, and the next big thing in entertainment have all felt the heat of Rosenberg's sharp barbs. Rosenberg shares all the stories listeners never got to hear when the microphones were turned off, and when he starts talking about the reasons he got fired from some of his jobs, Rosenberg leaves nobody unscathed.

He calls out athletes and other self-important people in every profession. He's loud. He's crude. He may be tasteless at time, but through it all you'll find yourself agreeing with his opinionated takes more than you thought. He's got a rough (and funny) way of getting his points across, and once you read what he has to say, you'll agree with the millions of fans who have found themselves laughing hysterically at Rosenberg's insights. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars If you like Sid, you`ll enjoy this book.
Sid is a very polarizing figure, but he does have the most entertaining and informative sports talk show in South Florida. I enjoyed this book. It`s an easy read and well worth your money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written
It was so bad it doesn't deserve me to waste anymore time on it than I already have. ... Read more

10. Wake Up Sid
DVD: Pages
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Asin: B0030EY6CG
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This is the story of Sidharth Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor), a lazy, unmotivated slacker from Mumbai whose life undergoes a series of changes after taking his final year college exams. Sid's world is breezy, carefree, and without any true responsibilities. The most important elements in his life are his friends, his camera, his car, and his X-box 360.Sid thrives around his two best friends, Rishi (Namit Das) and Laxmi (Shikha Talsania), very rarely communicates with his mother Sarita (Supriya Pathak) and takes his father Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher), and all his hard earned wealth for granted. Despite all these traits, Sid is an honest boy; sweet, funny, and above all, a good friend. Aisha Bannerjee (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Calcutta, learns this soon enough when her path crosses with Sid's on her first day in Bombay, Ambitious, well-read, and driven, Aisha has come to Bombay to realize her dreams as a writer. Despite their contrasting personalities. Sid becomes Aisha's first friend in the city. As Aisha sets up her life in Bombay, with the help of Sid and his gang, Sid allows for time to fly by over long drives, parties that stretch well into dawn, and endless hours doing absolutely nothing. But summers vary rarely dull these days and Sid's summer is no different. A series of circumstances and events compel him to take stock of his life and take a hard look at himself. Will he, at some point figure out what he's supposed to be doing with his life? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A pleasing coming of age movie
Wake up Sid is about the youth that is often spent idling around and having fun without any responsibilities. Sid is Sidharth Mehra played by Ranbir Kapoor who is irresponsible and takes nothing seriously and everything for granted. After failing his final year exams Sid gets in to an altercation with his parents and walks out of his home. He finds Konkona Sen Sharma's home to crash in to. She is new to Mumbai and is the polar opposite of Sid. The first half is about Sid and his life. The second half is about Sid Waking up. Konkona Sen supports brilliantly, much was made prior to the film's release about Ranbir and her age difference but that is the plus point of the film. Her scenes when she is frustrated with Ranbir and her interaction with her boss are some of the highlights. Supriya Pathak and Anupam Kher are superb in the role of Ranbirs mom and dad.
Some scenes stand out, the scene when Ranbir comes to vist his mother and they reminisce his childhood through photographs, the long shot scene of Ranbir staying up for Konkona after they have their first fight and the scene with Anupam Kher when Ranbir visits him at his office and talks about his aspirations.
The songs are good- especially Ektaara, although it bears an uncanny resemblance to Chandni Raatein by Partners in Rhyme.
The direction is flawless...Ayan Mukherji has done a great job because simple scenes have been shot interstingly. He is a director to watch out for.
Ranbir Kapoor proves that acting is in his genes and delivers a superb performance.
Rahul Khanna is wasted.
The city of Mumbai looks beautiful.
This may not be Dil Chahta Hai but it is a fine coming of age movie. I gave it four stars 1/18/10

5-0 out of 5 stars Must See
Debutant director Ayan Mukerji uses an adept light touch on this sweet and subtle coming-of-age story, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma, who endearingly portray two 20-somethings with a lot of growing up to do.

Although Sharma has gotten some prominent roles such as this one, she's underutilized by the industry given her talent--perhaps because many potential male leads don't want their co-star to outperform them. And Sharma does indeed upstage Kapoor, but the imbalance compliments their characters, who are at different stages in life. That's not to say Kapoor doesn't do a commendable job. 'Wake Up Sid' is only his third film and he's well on his way to becoming one of the best in Bollywood.

Sid (Kapoor) is a rich brat, but he's affable enough of the time. After he flunks out of college, his dad gets him a job at the family company and Sid screws that up, too. He behaves more like a preteen than a post-adolescent, which makes his need to change all the more pressing. Aisha (Sharma) is a driven woman, a few years older than Sid, who moves to Mumbai to become a writer. She and Sid meet and immediately click, but instead of falling into bed together--which crosses both their minds--they ease into a comfortable friendship. Aisha gets her own apartment and lands a job at a hip magazine. Sid is impressed by her willingness to face her fears in order to make something of herself, but she isn't yet mature enough to admit that she needs other people--especially someone as shiftless as Sid. Like a kid, he only lives for the moment, which makes him a risky emotional proposition. But his biggest problem is he's never cared about anything enough to work for it. A raison d'être is something daddy can't buy him--Sid's got to find it on his own, and Aisha provides him with the inspiration to do it.

Sid's interaction with his exceedingly loving and involved parents (Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak), who spoil him out of tenderness and are genuinely worried about his future, could have easily come off as sappy and cliché, but instead it's quite affecting. After Sid has a huge blowup with his father, he moves out in a huff and crashes at Aisha's place. Living together isn't easy since Sid has no idea how to take of himself and Aisha won't tolerate his helplessness.

As their friendship deepens, they both learn that everyone doesn't have to follow the same path--to find love or success--and that happiness comes from being true to oneself.

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13. The Journey of One Buddhist Nun: Even Against the Wind
by Sid Brown
Paperback: 194 Pages (2001-09-20)
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Recounts the struggles of a young Thai woman to become a Buddhist nun and the challenges and rewards of that life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
This is truly a wonderful and insightful book. There is simply not enough written about Buddhist nuns and the nun's or woman's point of view.
Another great book that I highly recommend is "Women Living Zen" by Paul Kane Robinson Arai.

5-0 out of 5 stars A compelling narrative
I love this book. Its core is a riveting spiritual biography of a single modern Thai nun, but the focus of the book gradually widens to include other nuns and then the situation of nuns in Thailand generally. Thematically, it is strikingly similar toSallie King's Journey in Search of the Way, despite the obvious difference that the latter is a translation of and commentary on a spiritual autobiography.The sameness is that they are both vivid accounts of modern Asian women undergoing profound spiritual experience that take them into the territorial preserves of patriarchal Buddhist institutions.I don't know Sid Brown, but she can count me as a fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars A response to Dandelion's review
This is not an autobiography...simply a biography. Sid is very insightful and quite the inspiring woman herself.I can't wait for another book. ... Read more

14. Caesar's Hours: My Life In Comedy, With Love and Laughter
by Sid Caesar, Eddy W. Friedfeld
Paperback: 288 Pages (2005-01-03)
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It is no exaggeration to say that without Sid Caesar, comedy in America would have been a lot less funny. He was the star and guiding force behind Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, two of the most innovative programs in the Golden Age of Television, and the writers and stars of those shows went on to create the plays, movies, and sitcoms that we now think of as classic American comedy. So many of our greatest comedy writers--Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Woody Allen--were part of Sid Caesar's creative troupe. Sid was a master not only of comedic performance, but also of developing characters that the audience could relate to, finding the humor in ordinary situations rather than through vaudeville-type gags. His was a comedy truly drawn from the human condition.

Caesar's Hours is Sid Caesar 's artistic autobiography, his account of how these great routines were fashioned and performed, and the interactions that gave birth to them. He takes us inside the famed writers' room, the rehearsal studios, and onto the stage itself, where some of the funniest moments in television history came to life. To read his book is to learn why his intelligent and sensitive brand of humor resonates so much with us, even half a century later.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Pioneer
Here is a man that not only made the world laugh, he could poke fun at himself.Sid Caesar set an example for countless comedians to follow.He makes the history of early television come alive. This is a wonderful way to spend a few hours.

5-0 out of 5 stars HAIL, CAESAR!...
This is a wonderful memoir that takes the reader down memory lane. As anyone one reading this biography knows, Sid Caesar was one of the foremost comedians of his time. In fact, he was actually ranked the third all time greatcomedian (after Jackie Gleason and Lucille Ball) by a documentary about the greatest comedians of all time, which documentary was featured on the A & E cable television channel.

I know that my parents used to watch Cid Caesar's ground breaking television program, "YourShow of Shows".I myself was too young to have any recollection of it. I do, however, recall that as a young child, together with my family, I watched his subsequent show in the latter half of the nineteen fifties, "Caesar's Hour". Sid Caesar was the then king ofcomedy, and he broke trail for many of the comedians that were to follow him.Many of the greatest comedic writers to ever write for television started out writing for his shows. Greats such as Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Woody Allen were among some of his writers. No wonder that era was heralded as the Golden Age of Television!

In his memoir, Sid Caesar talks only a little about himself on a very personal level. Still, he comes across as an intelligent man who dearly loves his wife of over sixty years. He acknowledges his personal foibles, such as a drinking problem that, at times,threatened to overwhelm him, as well as a never ending quest for creative perfection. This book is not so much about Caesar, the man, but rather about Caesar, the performing artist. Consequently, Sid Caesar the man remains a bit of a mystery. On the other hand, Sid Caesar, the performer, comes vividly to life. This is more of an artistic autobiography rather than a personal one.

He lovingly reminisces about how he got his start on the road to fame and fortune. Born in 1922 in Yonkers, New York, to Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia, Sid was an accomplished musician who could play the saxophone with the best of them.Having started out asa musician,Sid Caesar would cut hiscomedic teeth in the borscht belt of the Catskill Mountains. It was there that he would also meet Florence, the love of his life. At the onset of World War II, Sid would play with a number of orchestras in Manhattan, before signing up with the Coast Guard in 1942, and in 1943 he married his beloved Florence.

While in the Coast Guard, Sid became part of a successful revue for the troops, which raised his profile. This propelled him to Hollywood after his discharge from the Coast Guard, where he would become involved in the movie industry, starring in a number of comedies. From there, he would go on to perform for the nightclub circuit on the East Coast.Sid was not a stand-up comedian, but rather, a comedic sketch artist. From there it would be a short trip to Broadway, where Sid would achieve tremendous success in a revue called "Make Mine Manhattan", in which he would turn in an award-winning performance. This would lead him right to television, which was still in its nascent stage, and into the homes and hearts of millions of Americans.

This book is chock full of information on the early days of television, which had more in common with theatre and stage work than with film, as it was live television. Undoubtedly, this factor was responsible for much of the frenetic pace and spontaneity which existed. Today, television is more like film rather than stage work, as very little is shot live. Sid Caesar lovingly lays out for the reader many of his comedic sketches that were his special shtick. He meticulously explains how his comedic routines were fashioned and performed.

He speaks glowingly abouthis wonderful professional partnership with the late Imogene Coca, the googly-eyed comedienne, with whom he would be in perfect comedic harmony. They would make beautiful music together with their hilarious sketches that parodied slices of life and the human condition. Together, these two would touch a chord among audiences that would forever enshrine them in television history, making them the golden couple of the Golden Age of Television.

This is an engaging artistic biography that will appeal to fans of Sid Caesar and to those with an interest in the early years of television. Those readers who enjoy memoirs and biographies will likewise find this to be a worthwhile and interesting book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tells how his routines were fashioned and performed
Sid Caesar was the star of Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, two of the most innovative and popular programs in the Age of Television and a creator of some of the greatest comedy writers of his times. This informative autobiography tells how his routines were fashioned and performed, and examines the methods and creations of the writers who made him famous.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
I wholeheartedly recommend Caesar's Hours. Not only is this book an autobiography, but also an encyclopedia of sorts. Sid eloquently writes of his early years growing up in New York, his numerous tries at breaking into show business, his service to the country during WWII, and finally, his years on 'Your Show of Shows' and 'Caesar's Hour'. Along the way, Sid shares some of his favorite jokes and sketches that he has used during his reign as TV legend.

What makes Sid even more commendable and the book even more facinating, is how Sid gives credit to all those who helped him along the way. While most entertainers take all the credit, Sid carefully notes his comedy writers and fellow actors who, together, are the reason for his and the shows' great success.

I recommend this book to anyone wishing to read about Sid's life, and all those who want to know just how difficult it was to produce a show a week, in an entertainment medium that was in its infancy.

A magnificant work from the last of the Televion Legends! ... Read more

15. Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography
by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón
Paperback: 160 Pages (2010-09-14)
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Drawing on the unique historical sites, archives, expertise, and unquestioned authority of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling authors Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón have created the first authorized and exhaustive graphic biography of Anne Frank. Their account is complete, covering the lives of Anne’s parents, Edith and Otto; Anne's first years in Frankfurt; the rise of Nazism; the Franks' immigration to Amsterdam; war and occupation; Anne's years in the Secret Annex; betrayal and arrest; her deportation and tragic death in Bergen-Belsen; the survival of Anne's father; and his recovery and publication of her astounding diary.

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The Nazi party rises to power Hitler becomes Chancellor
Hope in the Annex Anne Frank’s first kiss
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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful history book perfect for all ages
Nearly seven decades after her death, Anne Frank continues to teach the world about the ways of humanity. Ironically, in the midst of having every basic human dignity slowly stripped away, Frank shone a light on the small things that define a young life: becoming a woman, fighting with her mother, getting her first kiss, and dreaming of what her future would hold. She dreamed of a life as writer. Sadly, she would die before ever reaching womanhood. But her legacy would last permanently.

Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, the masterful team behind the graphic adaptation of The 9/11 Report and Vlad the Impaler, have now crafted Anne Frank, a remarkably thorough and tender biography written in conjunction with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. This is not an adaptation of Frank's famous diary; instead, it's her life story told through diligent research and incorporating quotes from the diary. We get a full description of Frank's background, beginning with a family tree of both her parents and continuing on over the years as the winds of war begin to sweep through Europe.

Anne Frank is a wonderful history book perfect for all ages. It would be a great accompaniment to a reading of Frank's diary, or it stands on its own and tells the complete story of Frank's life.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A faithful depiction of Anne Frank's story in graphic novel format
As an ardent fan of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Mass Market Paperback) and a keen reader of books on the Holocaust, this non-fiction graphic novel by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon is an excellent depiction of Anne's life story, and was produced under the auspices of the Anne Frank House. There is so much detailed information provided that it addresses almost all questions one would have on the subject of Anne Frank and the Secret Annexe (except that million-dollar question as to who actually betrayed the occupants of the Annexe).

It begins with background information on both Otto and Edith Frank, Anne's parents. It was interesting to read how Otto and his brothers were involved in the banking industry, and how Edith's family name, Hollander, was taken because they originally made their home in the Netherlands. Readers get to read about how Otto and Edith met, married, and had both Margot (Anne's older sister), and Anne of course. Together with the more salient historical information, readers are also given insights as to the distinct personalities of both Margot and Anne, who apparently showed their different personalities since they were babies (Margot hardly cried and was a quiet baby, Anne was constantly crying and demanding attention)! Anne's maturing into a self-possessed young woman (after a phase of adolescence angst) is also well-illustrated here.

The chapters of the book are well-organized in chronological order, and lots of detailed information provided for each period and event being narrated. The chapter titles are:
A Hopeful Beginning
Annelies Marie Frank
The Growth of Nazism
Under German Rule
The Diary
The Eight Hiders
The New Year
The Story Lives On

The illustrations are rich and amazingly detailed, many painstakingly copied from actual archival photographs that lend authenticity and credibility to the story unfolding within these pages. It is a very real and very human story, of a time that was so enveloped in darkness, where human beings committed unimaginable atrocities against other human beings because of bigotry and hatred. Anne Frank's story is one that will always hold universal appeal, and even now, decades after her death and the publication of her diary, her story bears repeating and remembering, especially for the younger generation. As Anne herself mentioned in her diary, "I don't believe war is simply the work of politicians and capitalists. Oh, no, the common man is every bit as guilty. The time will come when we'll be people again and not just Jews!" The graphic novel format also makes Anne's story and the Holocaust more accessible to the present generation.

The book ends with a chronology of events and suggestions for further reading. To that list I would like to add a couple of films and a documentary that will enhance one's understanding of Anne Frank and the times she lived in:
Anne Frank Remembered
Anne Frank - The Whole Story
The Diary of Anne Frank

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent graphic book.
I ordered "Anne Frank" after reading that the author/illustrator team Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon were the same duo who had produced "The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation", which I felt was very well done.

I read the original Anne Frank Diary many years ago and have kept up with the various controversies over its publishing; mainly the "white-washing" the publishers had done - supposedly with the consent of Otto Frank - of its contents. Did Otto rewrite Anne's diary to take out the personal parts? Did the publishers attempt to "universalise" Anne's diary in hopes of making it less "Jewish" and more "commercial" to the wider world? Did Hackett and Goodrich do the same with their Broadway play and subsequent movie? We're talking about the 1950's; the book's message and contents were judged much differently than they are today.

Jacobson and Colon have "updated" the Anne Frank diary and biography to today's sensibilities. Along with parts of the diary, they have written and drawn the life of the Otto Frank family, from its origins in Frankfurt, to their lives in Amsterdam, and, finally, to their fate in the German concentration camps. Only Otto emerged alive. The authors also record the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party and their subsequent take over of the German government in the early 1930's. Jacobson and Colon do not neglect, either, the friends and family and helpers who were the supporting players in the Frank family story. Their book makes harrowing reading, particularly the part about life in Auchwitz and Bergen-Belson. This book could not have been written much earlier than it was. Today's reader is ready for the truth about Anne Frank and her fate and the truth of the world around her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Graphic Biography
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon is an outstanding example of the power of graphic nonfiction. Beginning with the story of Anne's parents and ending with Anne's legacy, the book provides essential background information about both world history and Anne's family that provide the context for Anne's famous story. Readers of all ages will be immersed in Anne's touching and tragic story.

Middle school teachers and school librarians will be thrilled to find a new way to approach the study of Anne Frank. Pair this graphic biography with the original diary transcriptions and the museum website for a powerful learning experience.

The authors had remarkable access to photo references and other background information not found in other accounts of Frank's life making this book a unique addition to the collection of materials available. Simply outstanding! ... Read more

16. Pufnstuf & Other Stuff: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sid & Marty Krofft
by David Martindale
 Paperback: 288 Pages (1998-03-15)
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Pufnstuf, Witchiepoo, Bugaloo, Hoo Doo--nonsense words to allbut the initiated. And who are the initiated? Let's just say they'readults of a certain age who may harbor a secret nostalgia fora... land of living hats. Lidsville, that is, a "groove,groove, grooviest" place where everyone has flipped their lid and hatshave come alive. Such was the wacky world that television impresariosSid and Marty Krofft unleashed on a generation of schoolchildren inthe early to mid 1970s. Likely there is many a corporate executivetoday who, under times of stress, may be heard to hum a little jingleto themselves: "H.R. Pufnstuff / Who's your friend when things getrough? / H.R. Pufnstuff / Can't do a little 'cuz he can't doenough!"

H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, The Bugaloos, Land of the Lost, Far OutSpace Nuts, and several others were Saturday morning televisionshows for children. All were colorfully populated by recognizablehumans as well as actors in elaborate makeup, costumed fantasycharacters, and outlandish puppets. Pufnstuf & Other Stufftakes a fond look back at these shows and evening programs, such asthe Donny & Marie show, that also emerged from the prolificKrofft studios. Author David Martindale, who fits squarely into theage-group demographic for Krofft devotees, answers such potentquestions as "Was Pufnstuf filled with double-entendre andpunning drug references, even in the show's title,H.R. Pufnstuf?"(You'll have to read the book to find out.)Nostalgic grownups are the obvious audience for this book, buttelevision and social historians will enjoy it, too. --BrendaPittsley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a blast from the past
For nostalgia's sake alone, this book is worth it.I loved looking at the pictures and reading the names from my favorite shows as I was growing up.These shows were great (at least in my memory).They were not the super-high tech shows of today, but they were fairly advanced in their own way.
As usual, I would have liked a bit more of the stuff behind the scenes, but maybe it is better this way.The shows were simple.Certainly the sets and costumes were simple.Perhaps it is better that the book be simple, too.Why ruin a great thing?

5-0 out of 5 stars A trippy trip down memory lane
I loved this book! I was amazed at how many Krofft stars and guest stars the author tracked down.Filled with fun facts, song lyrics, episode descriptions, and tons of backstage anecdotes, it helped me relive many great childhood memories.Highly recommended for anyone who came of age in the 1970s.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great little insights, author sounds like a jerk
I haven't finished reading it yet, but so far it's a good little coffee table book.Why I think the author sounds like a jerk: when he describes the Bugaloos, he says she's pretty and the blonde and brunette ones are handsome.What does he say about the the only Bugaloo you can tell what he is supposed to BEE?That he was black and that it's obvious by his brown and yellow stripes, he must be a bee.It was very disappointing for he deserved to be described as handsome too.So, if you can get by Martindale's biased descriptions, then you'll enjoy the non-descriminating facts.

2-0 out of 5 stars Tough sledding
Missed opportunity. Filled with restatements, self-serving quotes, warm and fuzzy verbiage, etc. Could have been condensed down to a 75 page book by a sharp editor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Trippy television ... a trippy book
What I enjoyed most about this book: It was a fun and breezy -- yet informative -- read about a genre of television I had kind of forgotten about, yet the book vividly brought the shows all back to me. Then there were some great behind-the-scenes things, like the Kroffts' positions todayon whether the apparent drug-culture references in the shows (even in puntitles like "H.R. Pufnstuf" and "Lidsville") werereally intended to be interpreted that way. I recommend it to any Saturdaymorning/Krofft fan. ... Read more

17. Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini
by Sid Fleischman
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2006-08-01)
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Who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants? In these pages you will meet the astonishing Houdini—magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him! He shucked off handcuffs as easily as gloves.

In this fresh, witty biography of the most famous bamboozler since Merlin, Sid Fleischman, a former professional magician, enriches his warm homage with insider information and unmaskings. Did Houdini really pick the jailhouse lock to let a fellow circus performer escape? Were his secrets really buried with him? Was he a bum magician, as some rivals claimed? How did he manage to be born in two cities, in two countries, on two continents at the same instant?

Here are the stories of how a knockabout kid named Ehrich Weiss, the son of an impoverished rabbi, presto-changoed himself into the legendary Harry Houdini. Here, too, are rare photographs never before seen by the general reader!

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2-0 out of 5 stars Geared toward 10 year olds
This book is nothing more than a compilation of several other books, as noted in the book itself. It is an extremely easy read with good pictures, but lacks deatil on Houdini's life and is not very satisfying unless your a ten year old.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the Great Escape Artist
I have never been disappointed by a Sid Fleischman book and this one is no exception.The work is well-researched and the photos are phenomenal.My only heads up is that I did get this book for my almost 9 year old who is a great reader, but this was way over his head.I would say that as an independent read it is for tweens and up, however it made a great read-a-loud and vocabulary/history builder for him.Thank you Sid for another stellar piece of literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
This is a great young adult research book.The book is well written with a lot of interesting details.

4-0 out of 5 stars Drew Says Magical!!!
Can you believe it.Another Biography about the Great Houdini.Everyone hasn't heard of this man but if you read this book you will be amazed at what a great magician Mr. Harry Houdini was, and how people use his tricks to defy the sense of the human mind.This is a great book by the famous nonfiction author Sid Fleischman.Fleischmans use of word choice and detail is most appearing in this novel as it expresses the once great life of Harry Houdini.Houdini was the greatest magician of his times and is probably one of the most famous of our present time as well.With Harry's great tricks and enthusiasm and illumination of ones mind.There is an unsolved mystery of how his death defying stunts work like his ability of walking through walls, escape drowning, and his ability as well to escape and shatter iron chains that have been rapped around him.

Sid Fleischman also has a unique way of writing in this biography.It is a story that is basically told like a research paper without any sources. Sid Doesn't use first person but uses second and third person point of view to show and make you feel as f you were in the story and in the year of 1873 till his death in the early 1900's.SidFleischman has written a great biography while using the original biography that was written in 1928 by Herold Kellock.Sid Fleischman hasjust moderately took this model and made it his own and put it into his own.It is a great book about a great man that did great things.You won't know real magic until you read this book, and you defiantly will see what a great author Sid Fleischman is.

Harry Houdini is a amazing not only did he do things that couldn't be done but you won't believe how great he has mad e the world of magic become.This is a short read that is at an age level of nine-to twelve years old.It is a perfect book that allows readers to relate and figure out about history.I can't wait to see your comment on amazon because I know you want to read this book and I can't wait to see you opinion of this book as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars A difficult read
I bought this book for my son (age 9) who needed to read a biography for school.It is a very hard read for a 9 year old - I would recommend it for 12 and above.For example, it compares Houdini to "a modern day Pygmalion" - what 9 year old ( or even adult) knows what that means.It goes on to define it but it is still very hard for kids to understand.Again, good book but not for 3rd/4th or even 5th graders in my opinion. ... Read more

18. Sid Vicious: No One is Innocent
by Alan Parker
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-11-04)
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Never mind the other biographies: Sid Vicious is the definitive guide to the life and times of the Sex Pistols front man. As a veteran punk-rocker who lived briefly with Sid’s mother, author Alan Parker is intimately acquainted with the musical and cultural scene that Sid Vicious dominated during his short life. This account fills in the gaps of John Simon Ritchie’s life, from his art-school days to the death of girlfriend Nancy Spungeon to his drug overdose at 21. New and previously-unheard voices—including the headmistress of his parish school and his mother—help paint a fuller picture of this punk luminary. Those interviews, along with in-depth research in the New York City Police Department’s archives, lead to dramatic conclusions about who killed Nancy Spungeon and how Sid himself died.
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19. They Call Me Sid Rock: Rodeo's Extreme Cowboy
by Sid Steiner, Jim Pomerantz
Hardcover: 230 Pages (2004-06)
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Sid Steiner is a fourth-generation legend rodeo star in one of the fastest growing sports in the country; his autobiography covers his family history as well as his life from popular son of a star to becoming the 2002 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Champion. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
My son, who is a bull rider, requested this book.He couldn't put it down.His only complaint...that he finished it too quickly! ... Read more

20. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón
Paperback: 144 Pages (2006-08-22)
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The 9/11 Report for Every American

On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government's fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn.

Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobson's text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission's final report card. Colón's stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century.
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The 9/11 Report for Every American

On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government’s fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn.

Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobson’s text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission's final report card. Colón's stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century.

"Never before have I seen a nonfiction book as beautifully and compellingly written and illustrated as The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation.I cannot recommend it too highly.It will surely set the standard for all future works of contemporary history, graphic or otherwise, and should be required reading in every home, school and library." --Stan Lee

A Statement on The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón
The cave paintings in Altamira, Spain, tell stories. Mostly they tell tales of the hunt. Drawn during the Paleolithic Stone Age, they still amaze us with their lucidity and directness. As an artist, and as an editor and writer in the graphic medium, we each pay homage to those delineators and interpreters of experience. They offered accounts of what happened and provided a way of remembering, honoring, and learning. When retold by the fire's flickering light, these stories must have lent the drawings a compelling, virtual movement. There is something eerie, but deeply gratifying, in knowing that a direct line runs from our contemporary comic art to these earliest efforts to record and convey what happened. Storyteller, audience, drawings depicting continuity of event: it all sounds familiar. In a culture that has become the most visually oriented in the history of humankind, comics retain the original concept of storytelling and remain a potent force of information. Read more

Excerpts from The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

Timeline of Terror

American Airline Flight 11 (AA 11)
Boston to Los Angeles
• 7:59: Takeoff
• 8:14: Last routine radio communication; likely takeover
• 8:19: Flight attendant notifies AA of hijacking
• 8:21: Transponder is turned off
• 8:23: AA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 8:25: Boston Center aware of hijacking
• 8:38: Boston Center notifies NEADS of hikacking
• 8:46: NEADS scrambles Otis fighter jets in search of AA 11
• 8:46:40: AA 11 crashes into 1 WTC (North Tower)
• 8:53: Otis fighter jets airborne
• 9:16: AA headquarters aware that Flight 11 has crashed into WTC
• 9:21: Boston Center advises NEADS that AA 11 is airborne heading for Washington
• 9:24: NEADS scrambles Langley fighter jets in search of AA 11

United Airline Flight 175 (UA 11)
Boston to Los Angeles
• 8:14: Takeoff
• 8:42: Last routine radio communication
• 8:42-8:46: Likely takeover
• 8:47: Transponder code changes
• 8:52: Flight attendant notifies UA of hijacking
• 8:54: UA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 8:55: New York Center suspects hijacking
• 9:03:11: Flight 175 crashes into 2 WTC (South Tower)
• 9:15: New York Center advises NEADS that UA 175 was the second aircraft crashed into WTC
• 9:20: UA Headquarters aware that Flight 175 had crashed into WTC

American Airline Flight 7 (AA 77)
Washington, DC to Los Angeles
• 8:20: Takeoff
• 8:51: Last routine radio communication
• 8:51-8:54: Likely takeover
• 8:54: Flight 77 makes unauthorized turn to south
• 8:56: Transponder is turned off
• 9:05: AA headquarters aware that Flight 77 is hijacked
• 9:25: Herndon Command Center orders nationwide ground stop
• 9:32: Dulles tower observes radar of fast-moving aircraft (later identified as AA 77)
• 9:34: FAA advises NEADS that AA 77 is missing
• 9:37:46: AA 77 crashes into the Pentagon
• 10:30: AA headquarters confirms Flight AA crash into Pentagon

United Airline Flight 93 (UA 93)
Newark to San Francisco
• 8:42: Takeoff
• 9:24: Flight 93 receives warning from UA about possible cockpit intrusion
• 9:27: Last routine radio communication
• 9:28: Likely takeover
• 9:34: Herndon Command Center advises FAA headquarters that UA 93 is hijacked
• 9:36: Flight attendant notifies UA of hijacking; UA attempts to contact the cockpit
• 9:41: Transponder is turned off
• 9:57: Passenger revolt begins
• 10:03:11: Flight 93 crashes in field in Shanksville, PA
• 10:07: Cleveland Center advises NEADS of UA 93 hijacking
• 10:15: UA headquarters aware that Flight 93 has crashed in PA; Washington Center advises NEADS that Flight 93 has crashed in PA

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Customer Reviews (64)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great adaption
This is a great book for understanding communication issues in organizations, and how they can lead to disastrous results. A great read for any business student, made much more interesting through the graphic novel format. This has inspired a number of business relevant graphic novel works such as Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed

1-0 out of 5 stars In the houses of shadow.
AS ALL of the books in all of the histories of the world weigh in the minds of human, this awful 'graphic novel' will hold as example of the indoctrinative process in operation.Perception management at comic level .
That the 911 commission report has been found fabricated and inept is now understood by academic studies of the 911 event. It has been found so, and called so by members of the commission itself.
A comic book made to shadow the ridiculous commission report is itself, by definition, ridiculous.No matter who finances it, writes it, draws it or sanctions it.
As a graphic work, it is moribund. traced in memory only by a thread of outrage toward its insidious political design. A true collectors piece.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Creative Take on Famous Material
This is an interesting take in an already published and very famous material. The 9/11 report sumarizes the findings of the Presidential Comission on the awful events of September 11th and in this book, those findings are shown in a comic-form. Ernie Colon is at his best illustrating the book, which is both informative and entertaining. In the downside, no at all data is suitable for this exercise, specially the epilogue and the comission's conclusions.
I'm no 9/11 specialist so I don't know if any of all the conspiracy theories that had been posted here are true or not, but if anything, the report clearly shows a lack of integrated communication in the responte to 9/11 events.
Overall, and interesting read and an original way to present it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Read This Every Sept. 11
It's hard to describe how I feel about this graphic novel except it's very special to me. It's on a shelf in my office at work and I re-read it every Sept. 11. While there's a lot of after-the-fact analysis covered by the report, the graphic novel also does a superior job of capturing the emotion that 9/11 evoked in much of the nation the day of the attack.

I would recommend The 9/11 Report for anyone who wants a concise, easy-to-understand way to remember what happened on Sept. 11 and how to best prevent such a massive failure in federal response. The 9/11 Report is a very serious book done in a contemporary style - but the art in no way diminishes the message contained here.

1-0 out of 5 stars Revolting
Colon is a fine comics artist, has been for years. But you open the book and, sure enough, the name of the game is Blame it on the Arabs/Muslims. The writer of this adaptation is of the very community who should not be involved in the 9/11 investigation. Sorry, they don't get "to document the event" any longer, as their dancing van boys did. I'm not endorsing Charlie Sheen but most of his questions for Obama are appropriate. The families of the victims DO want the investigation to be reopened, and did you also know that 6 of the 10 original commission members now express huge doubts about the whole endeavor? ... Read more

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