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2. Galapagos: Discovery on Darwin's
3. Chiropractic Handbook for Patients
4. Disorders of the Foot
5. Disorders of the Lumbar Spine
6. Running a Perfect Web Site With
7. Liability in Construction Management
8. Watch Officer's Guide
9. Disorders of the Hip
10. Disorders of the Knee
11. Rural Development and the State:
12. Hapkido: The Korean Art of Self-Defense
13. Introduction to Management Science,
14. Native American painting; selections
15. Sexual Energy Ecstasy: A Guide
16. Watch Officer's Guide, Twelfth
17. Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive
18. The Longest Night : A Military
19. Fundamentals of Drafting Technology

 Loose Leaf: Pages (2010-09)
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Asin: 0757558933
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Weather Information
This was recommended reading for a certificate course that I was taking through the University of Pennsylvania.This book covers the fundamentals of Weather in plain English and even with some humor thrown in.Easy to follow it makes a great resource for anyone learning weather or folks trying to increase their breadth of knowledge.

3-0 out of 5 stars A World of Weather: Fundatmentals of Meterology
Boring chapters. Labs are to long and very repetitive, but it makes for an easy class.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Learning
I am having fun with my Oregon Scientific weather station, but I wanted to be more informed about the data my weather station provides and be able to apply what I see on my weather station to what I see out my window.This book has helped a lot.I find the lessons I learn in the text are very practical.And, several times while reading and learning, I express out loud, "This is awesome." (Usually, no one is around when I burst out in this glee :)).I find one major disconnect though.I am a middle aged person who just enjoys learning new things, keeping my mind active and find weather watching a valuable diversion from my regular occupation.I bought the book to learn.I am interested in the story problems to solidify and confirm my understanding of the material.But, there is no answer key in the book to the problems.I checked some of the web based locations in an attempt to find an answer key, but to no avail.I will keep looking. There is an obvious attempt to make the text light and interesting using dry humor geared to people under about 25 years old. It is easily glossed over by the older, objective thinking reader however, and the science is substantive. I would recommend the book, but I sure want to find the answer key. ... Read more

2. Galapagos: Discovery on Darwin's Island
by David W. Steadman, Steven Zousmer
 Paperback: 208 Pages (1989-10)
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Asin: 0874748917
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic and well illustrated book on Galapagos wildlife
David W. Steadman, Steven Zousmer, and Lee M. Steadman have done an outstanding job on this book on Galapagos wildlife. The book is basically divided into two parts. The first part, amply illustrated by highly quality full color photographs, describes the overall geology, topography, climate, flora, and especially fauna of this important group of islands. Much of this stems from the fieldwork of David Steadman and his brother Lee. Truly fascinating, everything from paleonotological research in the islands, speciation of the island's famous finches, Charles Darwin's explorations and work in the islands, to conservation and more are addressed. Also found in part one are maps, both modern day and some early maps from when the island's were first being explored, as well some early scientific illustrations of the island's plants and animals.

Part two though to me is the main reason to buy this fine book, which contains the color plates by artist and scientist Lee M. Steadman. These excellent illustrations depict every resident species of bird from the islands as well as least one species of each major group of native reptiles and mammals. Even a few extinct species are illustrated. Accompanying each full page illustration of an animal in its native habitat is a full page description of the species, noting physical description in detail, ecological role, natural history notes, life habits, how the group got to the islands, possible relations to other species not only on other islands in the Galapagos but also on the mainland, and notes relating to conservation. The color plates are excellent, very true to life and quite beautiful, illustrating such species as the Galapagos Tortoise (of course!), the Marine Iguana, Red Bat, Galapagos Fur Seal, Galapagos Penguin, Dark-rumped Petrel, Flightless Cormorant, Lava Heron, and the San Cristobal Mockingbird. The famous finches of course are given several great pages of illustrations with several pages of text devoted to them.

This is a great buy, and it is a true shame that this book is out of print! I'll never understand why some books go out of print, this book is in my opinion a classic not only on the Galapagos but in the field of natural history in general, and should be reprinted again and again. I highly urged all of those interested in these wondrous isles to get Amazon to search for this book for you. ... Read more

3. Chiropractic Handbook for Patients
by Dirk Tousley, David M. Lees
 Paperback: 112 Pages (1985-06)
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4. Disorders of the Foot
by Arthur J. Helfet, David M.Gruebel Lee
 Hardcover: 256 Pages (1980-06)
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5. Disorders of the Lumbar Spine
by Arthur J. Helfet, David M.Gruebel Lee
 Hardcover: 278 Pages (1978-03)
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6. Running a Perfect Web Site With Apache
by Brian Behlendorf, David M. Chandler, Lee Brintle, Rich Casselberry, Tobin Anthony, Rick Darnell, Noel Estabrook, Jeffrey Graber, Chris Hubbard, Eric Ladd, Robert Parker, Crispen A. Scott
Paperback: 525 Pages (1996-05)
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It focuses on use and maintenance of UNIX based Web servers. The CD includes all tools necessary for setting up WWW site. ... Read more

7. Liability in Construction Management
 Paperback: 83 Pages (1983-12)
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The concept of professional construction management has emerged and developed over the past decade in response to pressures for faster and more economical project completions. This has been accompanied by increasing liability for professional construction management practitioners as well. These liability aspects of construction management have become a troublesome issue which has recently attracted considerable attention. In addition, various construction management techniques such as network-based scheduling, cost engineering, and documentation procedures have been extensively utilized to pursue or deny construction claims within our legal system. The forensic application of these construction management tools has resulted from the avalanche of litigation engulfing the construction industry. The papers presented in this publication discuss these issues. Specific areas covered include a legal profile of the construction manager, the construction manager"s liability to the client and other parties, and professional liability coverage for the construction manager. ... Read more

8. Watch Officer's Guide
by K.C. Jacobson
 Hardcover: 256 Pages (1987-02)
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9. Disorders of the Hip
by David M.Gruebel Lee
 Hardcover: 282 Pages (1983-07-07)

Isbn: 0397504659
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10. Disorders of the Knee
by Arthur J. Helfet, David M.Gruebel Lee
 Hardcover: 528 Pages (1982-06-01)

Isbn: 0397504845
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11. Rural Development and the State: Contradictions and Dilemmas in Developing Countries
 Paperback: 388 Pages (1984-03)
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12. Hapkido: The Korean Art of Self-Defense
by Jae M. Lee, David H. Wayt
Hardcover: 123 Pages (1976-08)
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Isbn: 0668038055
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hapkido The Korean Art of Self-Defense
Dr.Lee was my instructor in Tae Kwon Do from 1980-2001. I met him at Nicholls State University where he taught from 1974-2002. He taught judo,Tae Kwon Do,and self defense for many years.The university bookstore had this book available in the 1970's and early 1980's for use with his self defense class. The price on my book is $3.95. It was much used and we learned techniques by the numbers in his self defense classes which I took several times. It is a great book for its time. It blends karate style blows, judo throws and falls, and the wrist locks that made Hapkido famous. His introduction indicates it is a streamlined version of what he actually taught utilizing the basic techniques of locks,throws,and kicks. He shows ki breath control exercises, wrist limbering exercises, and stretching routines. There are many joint manipulation escapes throughout the book. He also shows basic blows using various parts of the body.I like it for its simplicity. It was written to be a basic self defense book and that is what it is.You don't see 10 different responses to the same attack.He has a section on simple single action responses as well as joint twisting and striking combinations.The book ends with the usual section on self defense for women. The only problem with the book besides its rarity is that there are several pictures in the wrong order or reversed but they are minor flaws.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellant book on self-defence
This book gives a complete overview of hapkido basics as well as a total self-defense course that can be used with ANY martial art system. I bought my copy in 1979 and at the time it was the best book on the market. It's agood resource for self-defence skills for men and women. Applications coverpunches, grabs, clubs and dis-advantaged positions. Plenty of pictures toshow each technique. Well worth getting for your collection, if you canfind a copy. ... Read more

13. Introduction to Management Science, 3e
by Sang M. Lee, David L. Olson
 Paperback: 828 Pages (2005-07-11)
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The purpose of this text is to provide the student with a comprehensive coverage of how management science concepts and approaches can be applied to improve management decision-making. The emphasis is on the translation of mathematical modeling concepts into a presentation that is palatable to the undergraduate student of business with limited mathematical background. Manage?ment science topics are introduced by presenting realistic, practical examples in the form of small case studies. Difficult techniques are presented within the framework of working examples, stressing an intuitive understanding of concepts in the decision support perspective rather than focusing on mathematical techniques for their own sake. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginner
This book is so good. I really recommend this book for a person who wants to understand management science. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Learning tool
Introduction to Management Science is a very well written text book that explains in detail the mathematical formulas that are used for determining the different solutions in each chapter. It uses step by step procedures that will walk you through the equations and can be easliy understood.It is a great book for home study or for accelerated courses that are taken at Adult colleges.I received an A in the Management Science class and found that this book really helped me to be able to understand the subject on my own as well as in class.If you are looking to gain a better understanding of Management Science, buy this book!! ... Read more

14. Native American painting; selections from the Museum of the American Indian. Photography by Carmelo Guadagno.
by David M. and Lee A. Callander Fawcett
 Paperback: Pages (1982)

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15. Sexual Energy Ecstasy: A Guide to the Ultimate, Intimate Sexual Experience
by David Alan Ramsdale, Ellen Jo Dorfman
Paperback: 284 Pages (1985-12)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sexual Energy Ecstasy
Sexual Energy Ecstasy reveals the complete secret of how to have your ultimate, intimate sexual experience.

After reading Sexual Energy Ecstasy, you will understand how to:
* Prolong, intensify and deepen orgasm
* Achieve or delay orgasm easily
* Experience the ecstasy of Total Relaxation Orgasm (TRO) - the total fusion of climax mentioned in The Joy of Sex
* Make love in the secret soft styles
* Locate and stimulate your Love spot and Love gland (thymus)
* Trigger the prostrate point that enables a man to last and last
* Climax without genital orgasm
* Develop Non-Ejaculatory Male Orgasm (NEMO)
* Multiply mutual pleasure with pompoir (vaginal muscle power)
* Draw out the ultimate lover in each of you with ease
* Stimulate aculoving points for more energy and pleasure
* Inexpensively create your own erotic environment
* Reduce stress with special peaceful positions
* Achieve positive personal change through making love
* Enjoy peace and love together with pair bonding and tuning exercises
* Take charge of your love life with powerful sexercises
* Use sexual energy for healing and rejuvenation
* Recognize the signs of sexual and emotional compatibility
* Share ultra-intimacy and Endless Orgasm
* And much, much more ... Read more

16. Watch Officer's Guide, Twelfth Edition. a Handbook for all Deck Watch Officers
by David M, John M. Brown, Robert Morabito, H. Scott Colenda, et al. Lee
 Hardcover: Pages (1987)

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17. Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History
by David J. Eicher, James M. McPherson, Lee Vande Visse
Hardcover: 296 Pages (2003-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Gettysburg Battlefield is the definitive illustrated history of the largest and deadliest military campaign ever waged in the Western Hemisphere. It was fought 140 years ago this July, in the farmlands of Pennsylvania. Years in the making, it draws together the most complete collection of Gettysburg imagery ever published in a single volume along with a robust narrative. The author takes the reader on a day-by-day journey through the battle, illustrated throughout with more than 480 photographs, many of them rare, including shots of Robert E. Lee and George Meade. Two visual features of this book are particularly compelling: Period photographs of key battlefield sites—taken just as the guns stilled—are juxtaposed with images of those same sites today. Three-dimensional maps were created especially for this book and offer a distinctive perspective on military strategy. Essays by civil war experts and a foreword by historian James M. McPherson complete this handsome and authoritative history. An essential addition to the Civil War library, Gettysburg Battlefield is a compelling chronicle of a legendary conflict and the ultimate pictorial record. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitie Illustrated History
First saw this book at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg and knew I had to have it. Very interesting.

4-0 out of 5 stars A visual remembrance...
I first visited Gettysburg in November 2005 and I've been fascinated by this historic battlefield ever since.Some of it may be due to the fact that my great-great-grandfather fought there and was wounded on the second day of fighting in the Wheatfield.In touring Gettysburg today, it's often difficult to get a feel for just how bad the carnage was.Gettysburg Battlefield:The Definitive Illustrated History by David J. Eicher is probably the best means to see Gettysburg through the eyes of Civil War soldiers.

Eicher includes hundreds of photographs that show scenes from Gettysburg, both before the battle and immediately afterward.But then he also includes modern day photos taken of the same locations from the same angles.These before and after pictures are haunting. It is hard to look at the peaceful Devil's Den of today and imagine the violence that occurred there.Eicher also includes dozens of maps as well as portraits of key figures.

What makes Gettysburg Battlefield more than just a picture book is the commentary.In addition to Eicher's own narrative, he includes 15 different essays from 14 guest Gettysburg experts.Eicher was looking for little known stories about this famous battle.There were two that I found interesting.One involved the NY 45th Infantry.Many of these German-Americans were captured and then transported to Southern prisons.Their monument is off the beaten path next to a soccer field.Another recounts the saga of The God Tree--one of a dozen witness trees that still survive from 1863.

One thing kept me from giving Gettysburg Battlefield five stars, and that is that fact that there are a number of errors.But overall, the photographs are the main reason I purchased this book and they alone are well worth the expense.This truly is a "visual remembrance."

1-0 out of 5 stars FORTY-NINE Errors and Problems with this Poor Book
This book is full of errors. Here are some, but not all:

P.12 Buford commanded a division not a brigade
P.17 A.A. Humphreys is neither a major general in this image nor at Gettysburg. He was a brigadier.
P.21 Meade took command three, not four days before the battle.
P.22 There were eight Union Corps commanders at Gettysburg, not seven.
P.30 Sykes did not command all the regular army infantry units at Gettysburg. There were US sharpshooters in the 3rd Corps.
P.32 Buford commanded a division, not a brigade, at Gettysburg.
P.34 and 141 The same image is used twice in the book with slightly different captions.
P.41 Image was recorded in 1867, not 1865.
P.47 The photo of the railroad cut at Gettysburg is in fact a photo of Fredericksburg.
The author even provides a modern view of the site at Gettysburg!
P.50 Buford's monument was erected in 1892 not 1895
P.60 Early's Division did not have nearly 6,300 men at Gettysburg, it's closer to 5,500.
P.63 The light bulb atop the Peace Light memorial was replaced in the 1980s not the 1990s.
P.68 Robert E. Rodes was killed outright at Third Winchester, not mortally wounded.
P.77 John Burns and Abraham Lincoln did not attend services in Gettysburg. It was a political rally.
P.78 The view from the square to the Courthouse, is south, not west.
P.82 This image was recorded in July 1886 not c. 1861-1865. More than TWENTY YEARS off.
P.83 The photo was taken in 1886, not "ca. 1861-1865."
P.84 View was taken in 1867 not 1865.
P.85 View was taken in 1867 not 1865.
P.101 The Confederate attack did not swing past the Sherfy house "on the way toward" Devil's Den.
P.112 Confederate movements against the Round Tops did not occur to the north of Devil's Den.
P.112 The other branch of Plum Run fronts Cemetery, not Seminary Ridge.
P.113 Van Horne Ellis was not a fireman before the war; he was a Sea Captain, amongst other things.
P.117 The map key places the fighting at Devil's Den at least a mile away from where it took place.
P.117 On p. 126, Eicher calls it "unfortunate" when Samuel Crawford's middle name is misspelled, yet he spells Vannoy Manning's first name as "Vanney." Unfortunate, indeed.
P.121 The John T. Weikert House is not a wartime structure.
P.122 The photo was taken from Houck's Ridge not from "the area of the Stony Hill." It was recorded in the 1880s, not "ca. 1860s." Any Gettysburg author should know that there were no monuments on the field outside the cemetery until 1878. As to location, to not know that Rose Woods would be in the photographer's way from the Stony Hill to the Round Tops demonstrates a significant lack of understanding about Gettysburg.
P.123 This image is referred to as a variant of that on page 121, yet author is uncertain whether it was Mathew Brady's crew. Of course it is--it's a variant.
P.123 Ellis Spear was a Captain, not a Lt. Col. at Gettysburg. Off by two ranks.
P.124 The 93rd Pennsylvania Monument pictured was erected in 1884, not 1888.
P.128 The 1st Texas fought with the 15th Georgia in Rose Woods, not the 15th Alabama, which was on Little Round Top. Even the most popular regiments at Gettysburg are subject to inaccuracies in this book.
P.131 The white buildings in the distance, clearly on Seminary Ridge, are not those of George W. Weikert which were near Rose Woods.
P.132 The view looks east-southeast, not northeast.
P.135 The map key places the fighting at Devil's Den at least a mile away from where it took place.
P.135 Dan Sickles did not visit his leg at the Army Medical Museum every year.
P.138 and 166 There are two of the EXACT same historic photos of Little Round Top in two different places labeled as different photos. There are TWO DIFFERENT MODERN views roughly 150 feet apart for the SAME PHOTO! Finally, he labels one of the views as July 6, 1863, and the other as July 6 or 7, 1863. How could someone writing a book of this sort not know that he had two of the exact same photo? How can there be two different moderns?
P.139 The map key places the fighting at Devil's Den and Little Round Top at least a mile away from where it took place.
P.142 In speculating that this image is among the last recorded by Gardner's crew at Gettysburg, the date given is July 6, 1863. Yet, elsewhere in the book, Gardner views are dated as late as July 9 (p.78).
P.143 The two images were not recorded from different angles. They are the same angle but with different cameras.
P.145 Photographer (Gardner), location of the image (crest of LRT) and month (July) of both images are all known. All are listed as questionable or "unknown" in the book.Incredibly the famous "Warren Rock" and the distinctive tree next to it appear in the image on the right.
P.146 The photo labeled as Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is in fact it is a photo of General Edwin Stoughton. Of all of the people to not recognize at GettysburgJoshua Chamberlain!
P.158 While so many modern images are poorly recorded in this book, this one is among the weakest. See pp. 157, 161, 167, 172, 179 and others for more flawed examples.
P.169 This book claims to be definitive yet is missing many, many, known images of wartime Gettysburg. On this page, this series is represented by but three of five different, known images.
P.195 Top view was taken in 1867 not 1865.
P.195 Bottom view was taken in 1867 not 1865.
P.201 Top left view was taken in 1867 not 1865.
P.202 All four historic Tyson views on this page were taken in 1867 not 1865.
P.212 The Copse of Trees is in the wrong place. It almost seems a deliberate effort to make mistakes on Gettysburg's most well-known features.

3-0 out of 5 stars The photo angles are poor.
I have visited the Gettysburg battlefield on numerous occaisions.Everytime that I'm there I bring with me many, many photographs from Brady, Gardner etc.As a result, after hours and hours of exploration, I've been able to recreate 'then and now' photos that are far more accurate than what this book offers.The 'now' photos in this book are not lined up accurately with the 'then' photos.Sure, it is the same area, but with a little extra effort they certainly could have recreated the angles that Brady, Gardner, etc. had shot from.Yet, while the photos are definatley disappointing, this book still provides a wealth of information about the Battlefield.I'm sure that any novice will enjoy this book.If you really want to see what it looks like now, however, you will need to go there for yourself, or explore more specific works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great "then and now" book
This book is much better than most of the before and after pictorials.These people giving this a one star are obviously friends of another author, or just have a personal grudge.Mistakes are always made in books, that is why people have second additions, etc.Who cares if there is one picture of Fredericksburg in the book.One picture out of 500 makes the book a total failure.I think the only failure here is the idiot who wrote the bad review.Excellent book and you know it!!!!!!!! ... Read more

18. The Longest Night : A Military History of the Civil War
by David J Eicher, James M. McPherson, Lee Vande Visse
Hardcover: 992 Pages (2001-09-13)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Like no other conflict in our history, the Civil War casts a long shadow onto modern America," writes David Eicher. In his compelling new account of that war, Eicher gives us an authoritative modern single-volume battle history that spans the war from the opening engagement at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox (and even beyond, to the less well-known but conclusive surrender of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in Galveston, Texas, on June 2, 1865).

Although there are other one-volume histories of the Civil War -- most notably James M. McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, which puts the war in its political, economic, and social context -- The Longest Night is strictly a military history. It covers hundreds of engagements on land and sea, and along rivers. The Western theater, often neglected in accounts of the Civil War, and the naval actions along the coasts and major rivers are at last given their due. Such major battles as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville are, of course, described in detail, but Eicher also examines lesser-known actions such as Sabine Pass, Texas, and Fort Clinch, Florida. The result is a gripping popular history that will fascinate anyone just learning about the Civil War while at the same time offering more than a few surprises for longtime students of the War Between the States.

The Longest Night draws on hundreds of sources and includes numerous excerpts from letters, diaries, and reports by the soldiers who fought the war, giving readers a real sense of life -- and death -- on the battlefield. In addition to the main battle narrative, Eicher analyzes each side's evolving strategy and examines the tactics of Lee, Grant, Johnston, Sherman, and other leading figures of the war. He also discusses such militarily significant topics as prisons, railroads, shipbuilding, clandestine operations, and the expanding role of African Americans in the war.

The Longest Night is a riveting, indispensable history of the war that James McPherson in the Foreword to this book calls "the most dramatic, violent, and fateful experience in American history."Amazon.com Review
The Longest Night by David J. Eicher aspires to become the standard reference in its field, and it very nearly succeeds. It is strictly amilitary history of the Civil War, which means it eschews all the politicaland social context setting that takes up so much space in James M.McPherson's heralded BattleCry of Freedom (still the best single volume on the war) andfocuses almost exclusively on the actual campaigns and combat. Eicher challenges a line of historians that includes Bruce Catton and Shelby Foote, whose own books on the war are classics. He is not quite as good a writer as either of these two, but he does bring something to the subject that Catton and Foote do not: An entire generation's worth of new scholarship. As Eicher himself points out, a big chunk of his sources only became available in the 1990s. This is not to suggest that he offers a dramatic reinterpretation. On certain fundamental topics he has familiar opinions: "I am convinced that the Confederate States of America could not have emerged victorious in the Civil War." Eicher can write with occasional verve, too. Of an obscure operation in New Mexico, he deadpans,"Though [Major General Harry Hopkins] Sibley's strategic goals were fuzzy,his military successes on the surface seemed pleasing, particularly to acommander who experienced much of his campaign under the influence ofliquor."

Yet the real strength of The Longest Night is its intricate detail.Although few readers probably want to know how many different types ofbronze smoothbore mortars were used in battle (11, according toEicher), other facts and figures are fresh and fascinating: "Of the 246,712wounded treated in Federal hospitals during the war, 922 causes werereported as traceable to wounds from edged weapons of any kind [i.e.,swords, knives, and bayonets]. Most of those resulted from personalarguments or use by camp guards rather than by fighting on the field." Thebulk of the book is chronological retelling of the war, starting with FortSumter and ending with the death of President Lincoln and the variousConfederate surrenders. It is a strong entry on a subject that continues tofascinate readers everywhere. --John Miller ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Information, Poor Organization
David Eicher's book has significant plusses and minuses. On the plus side, it gives possibly the broadest and most extensive information on Civil War military operations found in one volume. It is a good source for short, but fairly detailed, descriptions of virtually every Civil War battle. Even seasoned Civil War buffs can sometimes learn something new from Eicher.

However, minor errors aside, its chapters were poorly organized. Throughout the book, Eicher lumped 2 or 3 campaigns in a single chapter with a title which covered only one. For example, the chapter entitled "A Bloodbath at Shiloh" also covers the Fall of Ft. Pulaski, the Great Locomotive Chase, and the fall of New Orleans. The chapter "Lee's Master Stroke", a reference to Chancellorsville, has many pages devoted to other campaigns like Vicksburg, Tullahoma and operations in other theaters. Want to read about the surrender of Vicksburg or Morgan's Ohio Raid? See the long chapter entitled "Three Days at Gettysburg". And so it goes.

This could have been a more useful research tool with better organization. Each major action should have been given its own chapter with a chapter heading containing a clue as to the contents. While this would have greatly increased the number of chapters, it would have considerably increased the reference value of the book. Hopefully a subsequent edition will fix this problem.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lost Me in the Introduction
I was very interested in reading this book.As an avid student of the Civil War since I was young, these days I try to find books that look at issues and individuals that have not been discussed much before.However, Mr. Eicher lost me on Page 16 of the introduction in his ridiculous critique of Bruce Catton and Shelby Foote.The criticism leveled at Foote is especially disconcerting.
I do not fault Mr. Eicher for presenting a thesis that Foote wrote with a pro-southern bias.I've read his volumes many times over and disagree, but I find no fault in having that opinion.However, the "evidence" Mr. Eicher presents to point out this bias is absolutely ludicrous.
First, he points to some criticisms of Lincoln's expanding war powers but does not cover those of Jefferson Davis.I did not have the time or inclination to dissect the volumes in detail but if you have ever read an interview with Mr. Foote and he discusses Lincoln, almost every word is praise for his performance and genius.
Second, he cites a passage of Grant being a "seedy-looking, round-shouldered slouch with whiskey lines around the eyes showing an overfondness for the bottle".I took the time to look in Volume I of Mr. Foote's books, and this is not a direct quote.Its actually a combination of three quotes spread out over more than a hundred pages, all essentially describing how others viewed Grant from his prewar drinking days, failure as a private citizen, and somewhat shabby appearance in the first year of the war.The problem is its not bias of any sort for Mr. Foote to present this, because they are FACTS.Its common knowledge Grant had a prewar drinking problem, his peers knew this, and Grant did not really strike an imposing figure with his physical appearance or his choice of dress.
Thirdly, Mr. Eicher cites more bias in Mr. Foote by including the quote "The battle of [Wilson's Creek] was taken as a further proof, if such was needed, of the obvious superiority of the Southern fighting man".This is even more ridiculous than the previous examples given by Mr. Eicher.Anyone with a common understanding of the English language can see that clearly Mr. Foote was simply saying that other people, especially Southerners, took this battle again (as at Bull Run) as proof that Southern troops were better than Northerners.Mr. Eicher wants the reader to think Mr. Foote is actually saying this himself, when obviously he is not.The degree Mr. Eicher takes the quote completely out of context is further evidenced by the rest of the sentence, which Mr. Eicher conveniently omits: "and in Missouri as in Virginia there was the feeling that, now that the Yankees have been shown what they were up against, there was no real need for giving chase".
Again, if Mr. Eicher wants to present Mr. Foote as having biases, so be it.But relying on quotes taken out of context and presenting them as Mr. Foote's personal thoughts rather than the feelings of the people of the period shows incredibly shoddy research and an inexcusable disregard for Mr. Foote's work and character.It may seem petty to complain about such things, but this is a book, distributed nationally, that people who have not read Catton or Foote may read first, and will taint their perceptions.
I'm just glad I didn't pay for it and can take it back to the library.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Civil War Classic
This has to be one of the few and best one volume military histories out there on the Civil War.Considering all the crap that has been written about this conflict over the years it is surprising so few go into the nuts and bolts of it like this work does.

Most histories on the Civil War are more about story telling than actual details about the conflict.This is one of the main reasons why I have given up reading about it as how many times does one want to hear the same eulogies about Lee, Jackson, etc.Americans seem never to grow tired of the myths and legends of this conlict, with no real desire to learn the actual facts and deatils of the fighting.T

This is one book that attempts to do that.The author provides plenty of maps which is essential to understanding the action.What is great about this work is that if you just want to read a chapter about a particular battle you can look it up and go there.It acts like a reference book in that regard. Also, you will find out what was occuring on other fronts of the war as well.The only thing lacking might have been more detailed chapter headings so that the reader might have a better idea of the breakdown of events occuring in each section.A day to day listing of the evenets on top of each page as older works use to do would work fine.

I find myself agreeing 100% with the authors critiques of the older, dusty works on the Civil War which provide loads of minute, and often highly biased information.This book is a work of modern scholarship and succeeds admirably in being a balanced account.If you want a concise, yet detailed reference work on the Civil War, this is it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Flawed but useful one volume military history of the Civil War
Eicher's work is impressive for the sheer volume of information he presents. This book is an overview of every major military action in the Civil War, and Eicher's command of the material is extraordinary. The writer's greatest strength is this broad reach: this work overturns the "Virginia-centric" view of the civil war as an extended battle between the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia. We are treated to the whole breadth of the war -- guerrilla cavalry raids, far flung naval actions, detailed descriptions of Western theater aspects of the conflict, implications of occupation in far reaches of the South. Union strategy in the war would be almost indecipherable outside of such a broad context.

On the negative side, this work desperately needs a competent editor. Some other reviews have complained about the book's style, and it's length -- these things are true and they are amplified by the flat, repetitive style of the battle descriptions. But this is more than a stylistic question. One gets the sense, by the end of the book, that Eicher lacks the ability to prioritize, discriminate importance of, and properly frame such a large amount of information. To pick on one example there are frankly worthlessfacts (in a narrative sense) that the author insists on adding, even many times: he has an odd habit of quibbling about whether many Confederate generals were "brigadier" or not. He brings up the question for perhaps six different generals, the effect reminds you of a schoolkid showing off his knowledge of some quirky but pointless fact in class. And you're thinking, someone needs to beat this kid up.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but the Adobe version contains no maps
Any serious military historian requires maps in his studies; the more detailed, the better.The published version of _The_Longest_Night_ has maps, the list goes for nearly three pages.The Acrobat version has blank pages in lieu of maps.This was a bitter disappointment.It isn't that Acrobat can't handle illustrations, they just weren't there!The most annoying element was that there was no warning that the book contained no maps.As much as I use Amazon, this feature nearly put me off (in fact, I had to come back and order the published version so I could get the maps!) ... Read more

19. Fundamentals of Drafting Technology
by David A. Madsen, Terence M. Shumaker, J. Lee Turpin
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A spin-off of the best-selling Engineering Drawing and Design by Madsen, this book covers the basics of equipment, media, reproduction, lettering and lines, geometric constructions, multi and auxiliary view descriptive geometry, manufacturing processes, dimensioning, fasteners, sections, and working drawings. ALSO AVAILABLEINSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORTTO ORDER Instructor's Guide, ISBN: 0-8273-5239-5 ... Read more

20. NATURAL HISTORY OF THE WHITE-INYO RANGE, EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA AND HIGH ALTITUDE PHYSIOLOGY: University of California, White Mountain Research Station Symposium. Volume 1, August, 23-25, 1985 (#1)
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