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1. John Wayne's Wild West: An Illustrated
2. The Case for Astrology (Arkana)
3. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials
4. Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom
5. The History of Tasmania, Volume
6. The Traveler's Key to Ancient
7. The History of Tasmania , Volume
8. Roll Out the Carpet: 101 Seasons
9. A River Running West: The Life
10. John Ford and the American West
11. Avengers West Coast Visionaries
12. Bravos of the West
13. How the West Was Sung: Music in
14. The Last Goodnights: Assisting
15. Pulmonary Physiology and Pathophysiology:
16. Explorers of the American West:
17. The Last Gunfighter: John Wesley
19. Celtic from the West: Alternative
20. Life Among the Apaches (Classics

1. John Wayne's Wild West: An Illustrated History of Cowboys, Gunfights, Weapons, and Equipment
by Bruce Wexler
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2010-10-01)
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The first book to reveal what was the real West and what was Hollywoodin John Wayne’s movies.John Wayne is the most iconic cowboy actor of all time. His style brought to lifea whole troupe of western characters, from rancher to cowboy to sheriff to scout.During his long career—in which he starred in over 175 films—Wayne’s workbecame fundamental to our understanding of the Old West. But how much ofwhat we saw in his movies was “real?” In John Wayne’s Wild West, you will learnabout the equipment, weapons, clothes, tack, boots, and other paraphernalia featuredin Wayne’s westerns, including his personal favorite gun, the Winchestercarbine. John Wayne’s Wild West is the book for fans of John Wayne movies andfor history buffs alike. 100 color and 100 black-and-white illustrations ... Read more

2. The Case for Astrology (Arkana)
by John Anthony West
 Paperback: 544 Pages (1992-03-26)

Isbn: 0140192808
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This defence of astrology is written by a self-confessed believer of astrology. It discusses the history and principles of astrology by refuting the numerous objections against it, surveying the evidence of astrology, chronicling how this evidence has provoked lies and double standards from the scientific community and concludes that the case for astrology is irrefutable. The book argues that astrology has two central premises - that correlations exist between celestial and terrestrial events and that correspondences exist between the positions of the planets at birth and the human personality. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good at Points,
At its very best, this is a very good read, at its worst, its almost unreadable. John is at his best when demolishing the arguments of those who would have you believe the world is spiritually flat. Repeatedly demonstrating how science is anything but unbiased when used to address Astrology or any other esoteric subject. Unfortunately his often scathing tone can get right annoying after a while.

I also wish he had shown more discipline when presenting the postive case for his subject, but John simply has never been a really disciplined writer, and the text tends to wander rather than hold to a logical thread. This book is IMHO a very good introduction to the esoteric for anyone who has come to ponder, if how it is that science has become our ultimate arbitrator of reality, while it produced so many anomalies. It certainly gives anyone willing to question the premises of the church of progress a lot to think about. I only wish the tone had been a bit less scathing and thus more readable.
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3. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins))
by John B. West
Paperback: 192 Pages (2008-01-03)
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Asin: 0781772060
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Widely considered the "gold standard" textbook for respiratory physiology, this compact, concise, and easy-to-read text is now in its fully updated Eighth Edition. New student-friendly features include Key Points boxes at the end of each chapter and review questions and answers.

A companion Website will offer the fully searchable text, plus animations that illustrate difficult physiologic concepts.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Concise, but not for the faint of heart
Invariably, if you are studying pulmonary physiology or respiratory systems or anesthesia or anything involving the lung, you have heard of "West's zones of the lung."Take it from the source.And while at first glance you might think you can get through this text in an hour, be prepared, it reads like Finnegan's Wake.....well, maybe more like Ullyses.
You should expect to read this book cover to cover at least twice.Some sections will require the same amount of time you would engaging a much longer, more belaboured text and your brain might feel like scrambled eggs.But once you've read and understood West, you understand lung and respiratory physiology.
Full of useful diagrams and explanations, the only thing i felt this book lacked was a good flow from one subject to another. But from PFT's, to alveolar function and cellular physiology, this book will cover everything you need to know.

1-0 out of 5 stars poorly written
This book does not explain concepts very clearly. There are other more lucid texts available for this subject. Most of the figures in the book are graphs (2D cartesian plots) which are poorly explained in either the captions or the main text. My reading of this book was largely supplemented by accessing other resources because the book's poorly written style is not conducive to learning the material.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for physiology course and boards!
Don't think twice.Buy it.You need it.It's a tiny book and can be read in a day.

3-0 out of 5 stars Half of book was upside down
Part of the book was bound in reverse. I just would have like to have known ahead of time. Other wise the book is good condition and it came promptly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for learning respiratory physiology
My teacher did not provide the best lectures for the respiratory section of my medical physiology.However, I discovered that this is a text that he used for most of his figures!This book really breaks down all the respiratory physiology topics and I would recommend it to anyone taking a medical physiology course! ... Read more

4. Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt
by John Anthony West
Paperback: 286 Pages (1993-05-01)
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Asin: 0835606910
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This revised edition of West's revolutionary reinterpretation of the civilization of Egypt challenges all that has been accpeted as dogma concerning this ancient and enigmatic land. It features a new introduction linking Egyptian science with the perennial wisdom tradition and an appendix updating the author's work in redating the Sphinx. Illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Schwaller de Lubicz Legacy Extended +++
This book is fun to read and learn from. I see "Serpent in the Sky" as a great introduction to "The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt" -- especially as re-founded by Schwaller de Lubicz in his various deep works, including "The Temple of Man". I have many of those works and "Serpent in the Sky" helps greatly to make more sense of such "Alchemy" [Art-of-Chem/Egypt]. John Anthony West not only writes in a fluid, clear and sharp way -- but presents major exoteric aspects of Egypt -- such as structures, patterns, images, scripts, laws and arts -- pretty much introducing main topics of Egyptology. So, this work is a great introduction to Egyptian studies in general.

This author will gladly use science, records and hard data to ground his presentation -- and I learned many interesting ideas and facts via even such sidetopics -- that apply to life now. John Anthony West is notable for using science to back his points -- such as concerning the actual construction era of the Great Sphinx -- as detailed in "Appendix II: Sphinx update" of this book. Schwaller de Lubicz started this re-dating by noting the water-weathering of the Great Sphinx -- which is situated in what is a very dry area nowadays . So much was founded in, or influenced by, Egypt -- such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greek Philosophy, Medicine, Geometry and Construction. Pythagorous and Plato claim to have learned much from Egypt. I look around me and see Egyptian-like furniture -- doors, tables and chairs +++

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
This book is amazing.I am not an Egyptologist by any means, but the level of depth and clarity with which West explains basically every facet of ancient Egyptian culture is great.I feel like I now understand their religious system much more, and have much greater respect for it.I think that what is in this book needs to be taught in school. At least, if I had a school, any classes that concerned ancient Egypt would be based on this book. Just buy this book!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent work!
Not only did this book make me want to go to Egypt more, it made me so glad to see that there is someone who can make more sense of Egypt's ancient mysteries than most Egyptologists, who claim to have all the right information regarding it's origins. There is alot we don't know, but this book definatley provides vast and detailed insight, which to me shows that this wonderous civilization was definately not primative!Well done John.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another nail in the coffin of orthodoxy
If, like myself, you find conventional Egyptology/archeology, Darwinian evolution, and church doctrine, entirely unconvincing in their explanations of human origins....then you will enjoy this book. It is not a New Age harangue by any means, and though the author does drift into diatribes against orthodoxy, he is clearly justified in doing so. Uncovering the truth of our past is, to my mind, the most important task of any researcher. West is a pioneer in this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Open Your Minds and Hearts
I just finished reading this book and found it fascinating, informative, and intriguing.I feel that any lay person, as well as a seasoned scientist, can learn something very profound from this book.I did not find it difficult to read at all, but that may be because I already have an interest in learning more about Egypt and other paths of esotericism, higher knowledge, and higher consciousness.I don't think anyone can dispute that Egypt, as well as other ancient cultures, possessed a knowledge that far surpasses our own on so many different levels.For one thing they were able to finance huge projects (try to get any one society/civilizaton today to fund a pyramid; even a small one like Menkaure's). For the second thing, they were able to organize themselves in such a way that devotion to higher thought was the primary motivating factor in their expression of monumental building and encoding secret/sacred knowledge into symbols.These are the salient, yet subtle points made by Mr. West.Wouldn't it be nice if more of us 'moderns' could be like that?Anyone who has seen hieroglyphics has to know that it cannot be interpreted into our language (how we communicate thought) verbatum, nor into our current thought patterns.You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that it takes a symbolist view to be able to make sense of them, and that may require breaking away from established patterns of thought; civilization started in Greece; modern science is the be-all-end-all marvel; the Sphinx looks like the statue they call Cheperen, etc., to enable the messages to pour into your heart.This is one of the things that comes through in this book.

This book, Serpent in the Sky, is a great introduction into, not only Schwaller deLubicz' work, but is in its own right a step toward helping one recognize that there might be something to be gained by reforming our thought patterns and exploring other subject matter such as harmonics, proportions & volume; and incorporating these concepts into our everyday living experience.I don't know anything about these things at this time, but I am inspired by this book to want to learn more.I barely got through geometry in school (decades ago-smile), but I may now be able to absorb more of it now that I see that it has a real/spiritual purpose.How about you?Would you challenge yourself by first trying to investigate the concepts outlined in this book and then have the heart to move onto Schwaller's The Temple in Man?Do you think you can be taken to a higher level of consciousness?

If you think you are a layperson, don't be discouraged from your quest for higher knowledge by listening to the comments of those who assume that laypeople cannot learn from this book and Schwaller's.You can learn anything you want to and Serpent in the Sky might be just the thing to help you step onto the road to higher spiritual development.If you have already stepped onto that road, then you know that it is not easy or quick to get to where you'd like to be.Mr. West has an impeccable style of writing, a flare for clarity and humor (because he's not in denial), and anyone with a reasonable amount of education can enjoy this book and be inspired by it.If you don't know a word used in the book, pull out your dictionary.Not well versed in geometry?Get your hands on a self-study book or a tutor.That's part of how spirit works through us and our guides to give us more illumination.We have to do the work ourselves and you'll know if someone is a guide sent from The Most High or from somewhere else.

Open your mind and your heart! (smile)See for yourself.See you in Egypt in late 2008. ... Read more

5. The History of Tasmania, Volume I
by John West
Paperback: 286 Pages (2010-07-06)
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The History of Tasmania, Volume I is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by John West is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of John West then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection. ... Read more

6. The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to Sacred Places
by John Anthony West
 Paperback: 512 Pages (1996-01-01)
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Asin: 0835607240
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Revised edition. A travel guide that explores the spiritual significance of the sights of Egypt. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating....a whole new perspective of ancient egypt
I ordered this book with some skepticism as i did not want to be drawm into another dreary account of the significance of the temples.I was pleasantly surprised to find this book very readable and throught provoking.Granted that throughout the book you are subject to the author's bias in interpretation (which he is forthright about) but it is an excellent way to add depth to a visit to the temples and as a starting point for further research if one so desires.Personally for me being a hindu, it was fascinating to discover the similarities between ancient egypt and our own vedic past which I am ashamed to admit I was rather clueless about!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ontrack for Ancient Egypt
I used this guide when I travelled to Egypt in '87 and it served me well. I would have missed so many interesting sites if I had to relie on most travel books and tour guides for information on what I could and should see. I continue to use the book for info in my continuing studies on Ancient Egypt. Thank you Anthony West for your tireless efforts to bring to new light the manywonders of this astonishing place.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book if you want something a little deeper.
If you want a guide book with more than the basic superficial run of the mill tourist info this book is for you.

Lots of maps, tips and explanations of the deeper meaning behind the sites you're visiting.

I'm bringing this book with me on my trip!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enhanced with maps, diagrams, and photos
Now in a updated and expanded new edition, John West's The Traveler's Key To Ancient Egypt continues to be the definitive guide to all of the sacred places of ancient Egypt. The ideal traveler's guidebook is enhanced with maps, diagrams, and photos to accompany the history and spiritual significance of Egypt's art, architecture, mythology, religion, and ritual practices. From the Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings, this traveler's guide reveals the hidden meaning of monuments, ancient city sites, as well as new research on the dating of the Sphinx. Travel tips include tour information, Nile cruises, what to bring and what to wear, shopping advice, as well as information on money, hotels, and restaurants. If you are planning a trip to the Land of the Pharaohs, beginning with a thorough perusal of John West's The Traveler's Key To Ancient Egypt!

5-0 out of 5 stars For any mind that is even slightly ajar, let alone open...
This book is essential for any traveller to Egypt with a mind that is even slightly ajar, let alone open.

West gives an alternative account of the meaning of the monuments and antiquities to be seen in Egypt, more esoteric (though certainly not more difficult to understand) than that which is usually presented in guide books.He points out the details which brought him to the conclusion that the Giza Sphinx is in fact closer to 13,000 years old than the 4,500 years old that has been traditionally believed, and has a different viewpoint to the orthodox school in many cases.He presents both sides of the argument, and gives the information necessary to make up one's own mind based on observation of what is actually there to be seen.

On my first visit to Egypt, my companions and I felt rather sorry for tourists in groups with official guides, because they seemed to be missing out on at least half of the story, and in many cases the whole point.

I was particularly impressed with West's analysis of the architecture of the Temple of Luxor, based on the work of Schwaller de Lubicz, and once it was pointed out how the whole building maps onto a plan of the human skeleton, I found it very difficult to refute.

Whilst I did not always agree with his conclusions on every occasion, it cannot be disputed that West has raised thoroughly pertinent questions which conventional Egyptology has either glibly brushed under the carpet or failed to address at all. ... Read more

7. The History of Tasmania , Volume II
by John West
Paperback: 298 Pages (2010-07-12)
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The History of Tasmania , Volume II is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by John West is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of John West then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection. ... Read more

8. Roll Out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball
by John Antonik
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2010-09-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent description of how the game evolved at WVU
This book is a real gem and a must-read for any WVU basketball fan. The pictures are excellent, and are littered throughout the book, which help the reader get more of a visual understanding of the players. It's fun to see how the WVU uniforms changed over time. The writing is good, and it's a pretty exhaustive description of past WVU coaches and players, as well as some funny anecdotes about what was going on at the games. It's a great learning tool for any WVU sports nut who wants to learn more about men's hoops at the university. ... Read more

9. A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell
by Donald Worster
Paperback: 688 Pages (2002-11-28)
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If the word "hero" still belonged in the historian's lexicon, it would certainly be applied to John Wesley Powell. Intrepid explorer, careful scientist, talented writer, and dedicated conservationist, Powell led the expedition that put the Colorado River on American maps and revealed the Grand Canyon to the world. Now comes the first biography of this towering figure in almost fifty years--a book that captures his life in all its heroism, idealism, and ambivalent, ambiguous humanity.In A River Running West, Donald Worster, one of our leading Western historians, tells the story of Powell's great adventures and describes his historical significance with compelling clarity and skill. Worster paints a vivid portrait of how this man emerged from the early nineteenth-century world of immigrants, fervent religion, and rough-and-tumble rural culture, and barely survived the Civil War battle at Shiloh. The heart of Worster's biography is Powell's epic journey down the Colorado in 1869, a tale of harrowing experiences, lethal accidents, and breathtaking discoveries. After years in the region collecting rocks and fossils and learning to speak the local Native American languages, Powell returned to Washington as an eloquent advocate for the West, one of America's first and most influential conservationists. But in the end, he fell victim to a clique of Western politicians who pushed for unfettered economic development, relegating the aging explorer to a quiet life of anthropological contemplation. John Wesley Powell embodied the energy, optimism, and westward impulse of the young United States. A River Running West is a gorgeously written, magisterial account of this great American explorer and environmental pioneer, a true story of undaunted courage in the American West. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Thorough Look at One of America's Distinguished Explorers
Donald Worster provides a comprehensive treatment of JWP's life, beginning with the reasons for his parent's religious views that precipitated their coming to America well before JWP was born and ending with JWP's death in Maine in 1902. The book is relentless. The proof is found in the 35 pages of endnotes and 34-page bibliography. In short, Worster covers every aspect of JWP's life, sometimes almost too thoroughly. Worster is an able writer and historian. His writing is professional and well edited, and for comparison, seems to easily eclipse Stephen Ambrose (author of "Undaunted Courage," etc.). I recommend the book to serious readers because of its length (573 pages) and scope. Lovers of American historical biography, exploration, and science will enjoy this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars John Wesley Powell--a man for dry seasons
John Wesley Powell, a man for dry seasons

After many diversions, I finally finished reading A River Running West, Donald Worster's full-scale biography of John Wesley Powell. This was my follow-up to several reads of Wallace Stegner's classic account of Powell's career--Beyond the Hundredth Meridian. Undoubtedly it was brave of Worster to attempt to follow in Stegner's footsteps, and his book is far from bad, though not nearly as readable or compelling as Stegner's.

If one were to read only one account of Powell's famous expedition down the Colorado river--which made him a national hero--Stegner's would be the one to select for its thrilling narrative. Stegner doesn't take all of Powell's journals at face value. Nevertheless, he casts the break-up of Powell's party, and its differential consequences, in lines of high drama, to etch one of the great legends of the exploration of the West. Worster, as a careful professional historian, is constrained to acknowledge the uncertainties about why Powell's party broke up, and what became of those who left Powell's command. The result is a somewhat mushy story, though likely more accurately reflective of what is really known about the first Powell expedition.

Worster's careful historiography pays dividends in his description of the battles between Powell and his nemesis, Senator Stewart of Nevada. Stegner portrays Powell as a tower of enlightenment in regard to the appropriate policies for settlement of the arid West, and his downfall at the hands of Stewart as the triumph of benighted boosterism in a flawed political arena. No less than Stegner, Worster acknowledges Powell's ground-breaking work as a senior Washington bureaucrat. He also rightly praises Powell's unmatched appreciation of the challenges raised by lack of water in the plans for development of the West. But Worster's account also provides the insight that Powell's policy prescription--collective planned settlement on a watershed-by-watershed basis--was hopelessly quixotic, and out of touch with the social, economic and political realities of the late 19th century in the U.S. In my mind the key question was, where would the capital have come from to finance the water management infrastructure that would have permitted Powell's plan to come about? To put the question another way, why would the political forces provide a subsidy from the federal government for the collectives of small holders that Powell proposed?

Without having read up on the long aftermath of the boosters' triumph, I infer that what actually happened was that moneyed interests in the West influenced more-or-less corrupt Congressional representatives to provide the federal subsidy for water projects, but to the benefit of the large-holders, and not for settlement by collectives. The result was the proliferation of monopolies that Powell feared. A great many disputes over water rights also developed, and remain acute.

In other words, the West was bound to be exploited, even as the Indians were bound to be pushed out and marginalized. Since exploitation of the West would require government capital, and since the vested interests had the power to control the application of government capital, the exploitation came about to the advantage of the vested interests. Not a pretty picture, but what else could possibly have happened, given the way Washington works?

5-0 out of 5 stars Powell in context of his whole life, no haloes, but three dimension
My comment at the end of my title refers to Wallace Stegner's "Beyond the 100th Meridian." While that is a very good book, it comes close to perpetuating a myth of Saint John Wesley Powell.

Compared to Stegner, who may be a point of reference for many readers curious about this book, Worster paints a far more complete picture of Powell, delving much deeper into journals and letters kept by colleagues, underlings, and exploratory co-travlers of his.

We see a Powell who was NOT totally Stegner's beknighted prophet of a kinder, gentler Western development. Powell did favor independent farmers over corporate conglomerates, but just as much as Nevada's Sen. Stewart, he wanted to drain every last drop from the Colorado. And, Worster also shows how he ran afoul of the most ardent forest conservation advocates late in his Washington career.

In short, Worster indicates the semi-mythical Powell, not just of Stegner but some other writers, should be taken with a grain of salt.

Worster puts Powell's evangelical -- yes, evangelical -- fervor for irrigation in the backdrop of his childhood Methodism. While there's no way of proving this, it is certainly a reasonable interpretation.

He also paints a broader picture of Powell the bureaucrat. Here again, he differs somewhat from Stegner, suggesting that Powell bears a bit of the blame, at least, for his own wing-clipping by Stewart et al late in his career.

At the same time, Worster gives a detailed portrait of just how hard-working Powell was, both as a Washingtonian and the explorer of the Colorado River and Plateau.

In essence, this is "revisionist history" at its best and most proper.

3-0 out of 5 stars In a word?Mediocre.
The title a River Running West is something of a misnomer. One could infer from this title that the bulk of this work centers upon Powell's Colorado River excursions (the front cover might lead one to believe so as well), yet barely 1/5th of it actually does.The beginning, as to be expected, recounts the early years of John Wesley Powell,but the entire second half of this weighty tome is dedicated to his time in Washington DC as head of the USGS.Indeed, to be fully accurate, if matching title to content, a more appropriate appellation might be A Bureaucrat in the East, but bureaucracy just doesn't sell well.

Worster's underlying thread in this effort is Powell's transition from son of devout Methodists to enlightened, agnostic scientist.All well and good, if this is the Powell story.But, Worster bangs this drum so incessantly that it leaves one wondering if he was more concerned with Powell's religious upbringing than Powell himself.There's a whiff here of an agenda.

To be fair, the Colorado River excursions are suspensefully told, but as with most books of the genre, the maps are sparse and dreadful.I can't believe I am in the minority for desiring detailed maps with which I might closely trace the route of intrepid explorers.This becomes especially desirous when I have personally visited sites along their journey for then I may more accurately transform the text into mental imagery.But with sub-par maps containing spotty detail and far too many blank spaces, this becomes a mere exercise in frustration.

Despite this, Worster's biography of Powell is no less than mediocre. It follows the standard format of the genre leaving the reader educated if not exactly enthralled.It is not a book I leapt towards at every opportunity, though there was no need to coerce myself into continuing.A River Running West is but an average account of an indomitable man synonymous with western expansion. 3 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Growing With the Country
Reading this book was like being present at the creation of America. It will appeal especially to U.S. history buffs and to anyone interested in the American West.Worster's telling of the feat that won Powell fame, leading the first expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, has definitely renewed my passion for exploring the West.Powell was a man of ideas, as well as action.For a quarter century he was at the forefront of debates over reserving land for American Indians, how to foster family farming in the arid West, and the thorny issue of water rights.For many years, Powell was a prominent official in Washington, as head of the U.S. Geological Survey, which he helped create, and in other positions.From what I gather in this book, Powell may have been as important as any single individual in making support of scientific research a normal function of the Federal Government.From the perspective of one man's career, Worster touches on a multitude of topics: railroads, telegraph, photography, landscape painting of the West, Mormon settlements, and many more. For the comprehension one gains of American life in those times, this biography is the equal of a first rate novel. Although a work of scholarship, it is written to be enjoyed by the general reader. ... Read more

10. John Ford and the American West
by Peter Cowie
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2004-11-01)
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Legendary filmmaker John Ford made some 50 Westerns in a career that spanned more than half a century. From the silent classic Straight Shooting in 1917 to 1964's Cheyenne Autumn-and including such cinematic gems as Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, and The Searchers-Ford's Westerns have entered movie history as imperishable examples of the human spirit. This groundbreaking book is the first to take a visual approach to these films, relating them to the paintings and sculptures of Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and other artists.

Ford also drew inspiration from the primal beauty of the American landscape; so many of his films, such as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Wagon Master, are set against the untamed wilderness of the Southwest's Monument Valley that the area came to be known as "Ford country." Author Peter Cowie shows how this master filmmaker used a variety of visual sources to create his idealized view of frontier life, crafting films that capture the enduring essence of the national character and epitomize the mythology of the American West.AUTHOR BIO: Peter Cowie has written more than 20 books on the cinema, among them The Cinema of Orson Welles and biographies of Ingmar Bergman and Francis Ford Coppola. He is the founder of the International Film Guide, which he edited for 40 years. Cowie is sometime Regents Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Nicely illustrated
Peter Cowie's book on John Ford stresses the attempt by Ford to bring the beauty of 19th century painters (e.g., Frederick Remington, Charles Russel) to the big screen. He provides a few striking examples of how stills from Ford films can be seen in these great works of art, showing, for example, Henry Fonda astride a horse from "My Darling Clementine" juxtaposed against Remington's "The Alert", or John Wayne huddled against the wind and cold in "The Searchers" contrasted with Remington's "The Luckless Hunter," or a long shot from "The Wagon Master" compared with Albert Bierstadt's "A Surveyor's Wagon." It's truly instructiuve, and I only wish Cowie had more of these examples.

Apart from this, the rest of the book is pretty ordinary, and you won't learn much about the films or about Ford that isn't readily available elsewhere. I was especially disappointed with the chapter concerning Ford's players. Cowie spends a lot of space writing about Wayne, Fonda, and Stewart, but he spends precious little on the people he calls "The Regulars". Outstanding actors like Ward Bond and Ben Johnson get a mere paragraph. People like Ken Curtis, Thomas Mitchell, John Carradine, Andy Devine, Mae Marsh, and Hoot Gibson get even less. Some of his most faithful players get no mention at all (e.g., Jack Pennick, Willis Bouchey, Harry Tenbrook). There is almost no mention of his brother Francis and the relationship between the brothers which certainly helps explain some of the character studies we see in Ford's westerns.

John Ford fans should look elsewhere for a better discussion of the director and his films. But as far as the visual aspects of his films, this is certainly a good book to examine.

4-0 out of 5 stars Exploring John Ford's Vision of the American Frontier!
During a distinguished movie career, 'Pappy' Ford directed some 50 western films, several of them classics. Films like 'Fort Apache,' 'My Darling Clementine' and 'Stagecoach' all share a consistent cinematic and thematic vision of Ford's making. Noted film author Peter Cowie examines that Fordian vision in this colorful and insightful 2004 book from Harry Abrams.

In trying to characterize major themes in Ford's westerns, there is a temptation to lump it all together under the classic 'Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' line: "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Ford's Old West wasn't the West of fact but rather an imagined West where decent, God-fearing, sentimental yet hard-nosed men and women struggled onward and usually perserved over nature and native Americans. It was a West where saddle-sore cavalrymen and poorly paid but principled lawmen were the only protectors of life and property. At once beautiful and pitiless, Ford's West was a smythic land of thundering action and hardscrabble living where progress came at a cost for all involved.

In large part Ford's vision, as demonstrated in Cowie's book, was based on the books and artwork of a raft of American authors and artists such as Fennimore Cooper, George Bingham, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, George Catlin, Charles Schreyvogel, Matthew Brady and others filtered through Ford's inventive mind. Cowie's examination of those writings and artowrk and the influence they had on Ford's Cavalry trilogy, for instance, made for fascinating reading. Then too Cowie's summary of all those wonderful Ford Westerns featuring the Duke, Ward Bond, Henry Fonda, Victor McLaglen, 'Dobe' Carey, et al are sure to please cinema fans.

Visually JOHN FORD AND THE AMERICAN WEST is a treat since it features over 125 black & white or color photographs of actors, action scenes, scenic vistas, etc. To be honest, I thought the book deserved even more images, which is why I rated it four stars not five. Thinking back through 'Stagecoach,' '3 Godfathers,' 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' and 'Rio Grande,' for instance, brought back mental images as evocative as those found in the book.

In any case, Cowie's book is a marvelous, insightful and well-illustrated exploration of and tribute to one of our greatest directors. Western fans will want to pick this one up.


Western movie fans, here's the book for you. And, it's a beauty with some 125 illustrations from John Ford's greatest films. Characteristically modest, the legendary film director once introduced himself by saying, "My name is John Ford. I make Westerns." What an understatement. He is arguably the best and most prolific director of Western films in the history of Hollywood.

Who can forget "Stagecoach," "Drums Along the Mohawk," "Fort Apache," "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" to mention only a few? He was and is the quintessential director in this genre, working with such film greats as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Henry Fonda. He drew inspiration from a variety of sources, the pulp fiction of the 19th century as well as the stunning paintings by Remington and Russell. As is noted regarding the jacket front, "Ford's use of pale sunshine yellow and sunset red in "The Searchers" (1956) recalls the paintings of Frederic Remington."

Generations of us were enthralled by his films at Saturday matinees; today legions discover him on DVDs. Whatever the case, his legacy is unquestionable.

Chapter headings include:
The Myth of the West
History Transfigured
The U.S. Cavalry and the Scars of War
Ford and the Native American
Monument Valley and Ford's Expansive Vision of the West
The Telltale Signature

Author Peter Cowie is the former international publishing director of Variety, and has penned over 20 cinema focused books, including "The Cinema of Orson Welles" plus bios of Ingmar Bergman and Francis Ford Coppola.

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11. Avengers West Coast Visionaries - John Byrne, Vol. 2: Darker than Scarlet (Prelude to House of M)
by John Byrne, Roy Thomas
Paperback: 232 Pages (2008-01-16)
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The Witch is back!The shocking truth about her children revealed, the Scarlet Witch suffers a nervous breakdown and descends into madness. Manipulated by her father, the mutant terrorist Magneto, Wanda faces her teammates - and her brother, Quicksilver. Can they rescue her from the clutches of Immortus - and save her very sanity? Plus: the return of Iron Man, and reunion of wartime allies Captain America and the Human Torch. Also featuring the villainy of the Mole Man, Loki, the U-Foes, Master Pandemonium and Hydro-Man! Collecting Avengers West Coast #51-57 and #60-62. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ended Too Soon...
This final set of John Byrne's stint on AWC collects issues #51-57 by Byrne himself and issues #60-62 by Roy & Dann Thomas.His sudden departure from the series left Roy and Dann to loosely finish up what he started, and according to Byrne, wasn't at all how he intended to finish the story.
Storywise, we get the return of Iron Man to the team and a battle against the U-Foes (who surprisingly STILL have not gone against their inspiration, the Fantastic Four, in their illustrious 29 year career!) and the reunion of Magneto, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
Not a bad read, but a letdown knowing that Byrne's absence affected the ending.

3-0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Witch gone wild...
The very first time the Scarlet Witch turns evil and is manipulated by his father. It comes in handy to understand what happens in House of M.

5-0 out of 5 stars Byrne's west coast Avengers, vol. 2
This 2nd part of Byrne's Avengers West Coast issues begins with the return of Iron Man! And right when Scarlet Witch is about to break. Byrne's storyline here sets up future Marvel events, showing the quality of everything he does.

Highlights here for me...
*Issues 51 & 52- Iron Man returns. And Master Pandemonium strikes! Features U.S. Agent, Wonderman, Hank Pym, Wasp, Vision, Scarlet Witch, the original Human Torch & more. Throw in Immortus & Mephisto for an especially crazy time.
*Issue 53- Enter the U-Foes. And Magneto makes an appearance.
*Issue 54- Mole Man attacks Los Angeles! My favorite issue here, it features that big creature from FF #1. This is yet another issue where Byrne imitates the cover to that 1st Fantastic issue.
*Issue 55- Bi-Coastal Avengers vs. Loki. After this issue, the focus is mainly on Scarlet Witch, Magneto & Immortus.

I love Byrne's artistic vision, the Avengers in general, and especially the Avengers west coast team in the '80s. Here we get all three! This isn't usually considered his best work, but it *is* among my favorites. The clarity & consistency in his artistic vision never ceases to amaze me. In this paperback he touches on story points he previously visited in titles like Avengers & Fantastic Four. He especially, continually references the Invaders all throughout his career, and I actually appreciate these brief flashbacks.

Included in this volume:
*Issues #51 & #52- John Byrne writes & pencils; Mike Machlan inks
*Issue #53- John Byrne writes & pencils; Keith Williams inks
*Issues #54 to #57- John Byrne writes & pencils; Paul Ryan inks
*Issues #60 to #62- Roy & Dann Thomas write; Paul Ryan pencils; Danny Bulanadi inks

P.S. And check out this definitive career interview with Byrne: Modern Masters, Vol. 7: John Byrne. With great art & information, it's highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars The history behind the breakdown of the Scarlet Witch
If you can suffer thru the 80's and 90's dialogue and artwork you end up getting a good history of Wanda Maximoff that can explain the events of Avengers: Disassembled and The House of M. I felt like it took forever to get thru it but history class can be tidious sometimes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good albeit disjointed collection
I largely agree with the previous reviewer. This is a solid run of stories with the only problem being that there are gaps in the story that make it feel disjointed at times. Many events relevant to these stories occurred in other comics, including the flagship Avengers title, that are neither collected here or even given recaps. This is particularly true of things that refer to "Atlantis Attacks" storyline and not as bad with the "Acts of Vengeance" thread.

To be fair most longtime Marvel readers probably know enough to fill in many of the blanks, and they are certainly a large part of the target audience for this collection, so this is a relatively minor complaint because what's here is really good. In fact, I'd say it's up there with the relatively recent Kurt Busiek run on the title and is in some ways better because it did more to shake up the status quo. Much as I enjoyed Busiek's run he frequently seemed intent on keeping a certain "classic Avengers" mood to the book that meant that (a few wise retcons aside) it was as if almost everything from 1987-1997 never happened.

Byrne (and then Roy/Dann Thomas) were not working in that comfort zone. At the time, what they did really felt like a significant change, and at the time it kind of put me off. In hindsight I appreciate it much more.

In any case, the bottom line is that this is a good example of Marvel as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, before things like Heroes Reborn, variant covers and a lot of the other nonsense from which the comics world is still recovering. In the best marvel tradition, the heroes are heroic, albeit conflicted at times, and they feel like they inhabit a larger world where small events can have great consequences. If more of today's Marvel stories were remotely this good, I'd probably read a lot more of what they publish. Excelsior! ... Read more

12. Bravos of the West
by John Myers Myers
Paperback: 467 Pages (1995-08-01)
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Bravos of the West is a panoramic history of the development of the West after the Lewis and Clark expedition. Appearing, exiting, and reappearing in this history are trappers, traders, prospectors, gunslingers, missionaries, soldiers, and scientists. Here they are shown trapping beaver, confronting bears, trading, and discovering natural wonders as they advance ever farther into the wilds.
John Myers Myers begins with the struggle for Texas and follows the men and women who came West: the mountain men beyond the mouth of the Yellowstone, the emigrants to Oregon, the fortune hunters to California, the Mormons to Salt Lake, the stagecoaches, express ponies, and steam-engine trains through mountain passes and open country, and the outlaws to all of it. Playing their roles on this huge historical stage are Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, Hugh Glass, Jim Bowie, William Ashley, Mike Fink, Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Thomas Hart Benton, Stephen Austin, Sam Houston, Peg-leg Smith, Mountain Lamb, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Jack Swilling, Henry Plummer, Jack Coffee Hays, Deaf Smith, John Charles Frémont, Brigham Young, John Sutter, Sitting Bull, Cynthia Ann Parker, Joaquin Murrieta, and Wild Bill Hickok.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Between History and Legend
Bravos of the West, (originally titled Death of the Bravos) is an informal history of the old West, from 1812 to 1878, largely mined from oral tradition. "By and large, what went on in the early days of the American West transpired while historians were looking the other way...", writes Myers, and rather than attempting a scholarly treatment of the subject, he has drawn on the oral tradition to create a rollicking tale of the mountain men, scouts, Indians, bandits, filibusters, and shootist who lived and died there during that wide open and wild time.
Following a rough chronological order, each chapter sketches the story of one of these Western bravos, some well known characters, others more obscure. A substantial portion of the book is about the various mountain men and the fur trade, covering such legends as Jed Smith, Hugh Glass, Jim Bridger, Old Bill Williams, Joe Meeks, and many others. Sam Houston and the rest of the men who made Texas are covered well, as are those who blazed the Santa Fe Trail, and those who opened up and settled the Oregon Country. There is hardly a significant event or person in the time period that he covers that Myers does not bring to life through his lively prose. Myers skillfully weaves all of these separate stories into a great tapestry of the claiming of the West for the American nation.
Myers knows his subject well, as most of his life was devoted to researching and writing about the American West. Yet he is primarily a storyteller, not a dry academic. His writing is playful and idiomatic, and if you let yourself fall under his spell, you may find you are searching out his other books regardless of subject.
Bravos of the West falls somewhere between history and legend, and hence must at times be taken with a grain of salt if pure historical accuracy (is there any such beast?) is what you are looking for. But to learn of the many amazing people whose stories combined to win the West and create an American mythology, John Myers Myers' fascinating book is just the thing.

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13. How the West Was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford
by Kathryn Kalinak
Paperback: 271 Pages (2007-09-17)
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James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for dialogue. The music said it all." This lively, accessible study is the first comprehensive analysis of Ford's use of music in his iconic westerns. Encompassing a variety of critical approaches and incorporating original archival research, Kathryn Kalinak explores the director's oft-noted predilection for American folk song, hymnody, and period music. What she finds is that Ford used music as more than a stylistic gesture. In fascinating discussions of Ford's westerns--from silent-era features such as Straight Shooting and The Iron Horse to classics of the sound era such as My Darling Clementine and The Searchers --Kalinak describes how the director exploited music, and especially song, in defining the geographical and ideological space of the American West. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for John Ford fans!
This work is dense and scholarly, and reveals a great deal of information about Ford's usage of music in his many films.It is very enlightening regarding the role of music in pre- and post-production.The author obviously spent a great deal of time poring over archival material and interviewing the few still surviving who participated in the creation of Ford's many classic works.I would only improve this work by adding more photos, perhaps captioned to describe the music associated with the scene depicted. ... Read more

14. The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides
by John West
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A husband and wife, both medical professionals, are gravely ill. Rather than living in pain, they choose to end their lives, and they turn to their son for help. Despite the legal risks and certain emotional turmoil, he agrees—and ultimately performs an act of love more difficult than any other.
The Last Goodnights provides a unique, powerful, and unflinching look inside the reality of one of the most galvanizing issues of our time: assisted suicide. Told with intensity and bare honesty, John West’s account of the deaths of two brave people is gritty and loving, frightening and illuminating, nerve-wracking and even, at times, darkly humorous. As West’s story places him in one of the most difficult experiences anyone can endure, it also offers a powerful testament to the act of death by choice, and reveals the reasons why end-of-life issues are far too personal for government intrusion.
Intimately told, The Last Goodnights points out the unnecessary pain and suffering that is often forced upon dying people and their families, and honors the choice to die with purpose and dignity. In the end, this story is not just about death—it is also about love, courage, and autonomy.
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3-0 out of 5 stars How I Helped my Parents to Die

John West
The Last Goodnights:
Assisting My Parents with their Suicides:
A Memoir

(Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2009) 254 pages
(ISBN: 978-1-58243-488-3; hardcover)
(Library of Congress call number: R726.W47 2009)

Lawyer John West provided pills to help both of his parents die in 1999.
Both were in their 70s and had been health-care professionals.
His father was dying of fast-advancing bone cancer.
His mother suffered from the early stages of Alzheimer's.
They did not die at the same time, which would have raised suspicions.

Even tho this book was published 10 years after the events,
it must have been based on careful diary notes,
since it gives specific dates for most of the events
and quotes conversations with all the family members involved.

In part because these events took place in the last century,
complete secrecy had to surround the planning for these deaths.
The father had two hips replaced just before his (secretly) planned death.
The mother was trying to carry on as normal,
so that no one would question her death either.

The plans were completely successful in both cases.
The family doctor had no suspicions about either death
and he agreed to sign the death-certificates without even seeing the bodies.
These deaths were reported as due to natural causes.
But the actual cause of death was massive amounts of pills
voluntarily taken by the two parents
with the planning and help of the son who wrote the book.

The father's death was more clearly a voluntary death
because he was not expected to survive the rapidly-spreading cancer
for many more weeks.
And he was clearly in charge of his own death
because his mental capacities were not compromised in any ways.
In modern terms, it might be said he was a member of the One-Month-Less Club,
since he knew that his life held nothing further than more days in bed.
Because of the clear medical facts,
there was probably no need for any further safeguards.
He had been head of the department of psychiatry at UCLA.

The mother's death might be more difficult to categorize
since she did not have such a definite downward pathway in front of her.
She might have lived a few more months,
even tho she did not want to tolerate the mental decline she knew she was experiencing.
She had been a clinical psychologist.
If voluntary death had been a more viable option in California at the time,
she might have decided to continue living a bit longer.
But she feared that she might lose the power to take the pills herself.
And her son was not willing to cause her death by himself.

Even tho the expression "assisted suicide" appears in the title
and a few times in the text, it is by no means essential to the concept of this book.
(The author does refer once to his father "committing suicide".)
This reviewer would have preferred another term, such as "voluntary death".
Such a non-offensive term could easily replace "suicide" wherever it appears in this book.
The right-to-die movement has definitely moved away from using the word "suicide".
But the author shows little sign of being in contact with this movement.
And perhaps this misleading term appears because the writing began a decade earlier.

It is also possible that the publisher thought that "assisted suicide"
should appear in the title because that would sell more books.
And the Library of Congress classifies this book as "Assisted suicide--biography".
This is the older term.And it is the one preferred by opponents of the right-to-die.
But this reviewer recommends that it be replaced by "voluntary death",
which separates it from the thousands of irrational suicides that take place each year.

Another option for choosing a timely death,
which was legal at the time, would have been voluntary death by dehydration.
John West hopes for a time when lethal injections by doctors will be permitted,
as it now possible in Holland and a few other European countries.
Other members of the family (and even close friends)
could have been included in the last days of these two well-loved people
if they had chosen an open way of ending their lives.
And the author would not have traumatized himself by the months of secret planning
if they had decided to use a legal method of choosing voluntary deaths.

The Last Goodnights is well described as a memoir,
since it is the detailed account of everything that happened
from the point of view of the author.
The writing is so good that my partner and I decided to read it aloud,
over a period of several days.
Only a few books deserve to be read aloud.
We both found it a compelling personal story.
And it was an occasion for discussing the issues raised
by the inevitability of death for all of us.

The author did worry about being questioned by the police at the time.
He did not want either parent to be subjected to autopsy,
which would have disclosed the drugs used to ease their passing.
And, since he is a lawyer, he probably knows that there is little chance
of any legal sanctions coming down on him now
because of his role in the voluntary deaths of his two parents in 1999.
Perhaps there is a statue of limitations
with respect to helping other people to die.

This book will provide lots of food for thought
for anyone thinking of choosing a voluntary death
or considering helping others to choose voluntary deaths.

If you would like to see reviews of other books on this subject,
search the Internet for the following precise expression:
"Books on Helping People to Die".

James Leonard Park, advocate of the right-to-die with careful safeguards

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome story.
Very interesting read. The authors brutal, honest account ofassisting his gravely ill parents suicide. His raw emotions are intense !At first I didn't know if I could read it but as I started I couldn't stop. It was interesting to read Mr. West's thoughts and his detailed emotions of how he would carry out The Plan.It was very well written and thought provoking. A huge controversial subject and I know there are people out there that think its horribly wrong but to those that are terminal and suffering, can you argue that with them? Highly recommend this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very enlightening look at a very difficult subject.
I really thought this one would be a tear-jerker, but it surprisingly wasn't. It wasn't that I didn't become emotionally attached, but West gives the story so matter-of-factly and the humor that exudes from his family makes it easier to read. Not to say that he's making light of this very serious topic, but the stories are marked with humor because that's how they happened.

Whether you agree with assisted suicide or not I think this is a great book to read. The turmoil West goes through, while helping his parents relieve themselves of their turmoil, is horrible but to be expected when placed in this situation.

I felt like I got to know K, Jolly, and John while reading this. And while I know they are real people books about real events always seem to have something missing that links the people to the real world. I didn't feel that way at all with this one. I think the portrayal of who these people really are came through very well. It was very well written.

I don't know that I could have done what John did, I don't know that I would ever be placed in that situation, but what I do know is that I could not have relived it over and over by writing a book about it. I think it is courageous of West to have even attempted it. And while he states that it was therapeutic for him I think it still must have been a very difficult and emotionally draining task (given what he had already gone through).

Even with the very difficult subject matter this was a very readable book. I didn't get to drained to finish it, and it didn't take me very long to get into it, and then finish it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting, inspirational, and tragic
A suicide is usually regarded as a tragedy, but John West has had differing experiences. "The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with their Suicides" is a truly unique story of John West and his parents. His parents, both gravely ill and doctors in their own right, decide than rather linger in the agony of their own deaths, they turn to their son to help them end their lives in dignity. A tale of a tough time that few will ever face, "The Last Goodnights" is a riveting, inspirational, and tragic at the same time read of familial love and the extent it goes.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Last Goodnights
John West has written a thoughtful, heart wrenching book in "The Last Goodnights". Jolly, his father and K his mother were respected doctors, and they were both dying. Jolly from cancer and K, his wife from Alzheimer's. John, their son, an attorney, helped them to have a dignified ending.

Bones riddled with cancer, Jolly goes through hip replacement surgery and goes home to end his life. Problems arise from the get go. Even getting Jolly into the house was a project. The pills needed are not available easily, but finally everything falls into place and Jolly gets his wish.

K is a different story. Although ill with Alzheimer's, she is still functional which makes John's choices even harder. As K declines, West is drinking too much and worrying about "The Plan". His sisters are no help, each with their own issues, so he is left to carry out their plan alone.

"The Plan" is simple, but always afraid of something going wrong or making the wrong choice, West does the only thing he can do, at a toll on his own physical and mental health.

Would I have had his courage? Luckily, that is not a choice I will have to make. (at least for a parent) Under the same circumstances, I hope I would.

So here's the thing--Is it okay to do what is right even if it is illegal?

Although this sounds like a downer, it is not. I really enjoyed and admired John Wests writing. It is a clear look at what happens when you love your parents dearly, and will go to any lengths to do as they wish. We should all have the freedom to choose dignity over convention.

I received this book from the author's publicist. Thank you! ... Read more

15. Pulmonary Physiology and Pathophysiology: An Integrated, Case-Based Approach (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins))
by John B. West
Paperback: 150 Pages (2007-01-03)
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The Second Edition of Pulmonary Physiology and Pathophysiology presents normal and abnormal pulmonary function in the same case-based format that has made the first edition a favorite among students. Each chapter begins with a clinical case study of diseases typically seen by practitioners. The cases are followed by a discussion and breakdown of the physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy, pharmacology, and pathology for each disease, and a question-and-answer section. This edition has an infectious diseases chapter, updates on asthma pathogenesis and bronchodilators, and user-friendly features such as chapter openers, chapter outlines, "key points" summary boxes, and board-formatted questions and answers.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pulmonary Physiology and Pathophysiology: An Integrated, Case-Based Approach
This book is readable and concise. Physiology and pathophysiology are applied to each case study. However, the chest X-ray findings are not reproduced well in the figures.

4-0 out of 5 stars Concise and Easy
This is really a lovely book for clearing up concepts in pulmonary physiology. Dr West, one of the globally famous physiology author, integrated pulmonary pathology with the underlining physiology in this thin book. He tried to help students understand what goes wrong in numerous common lung and airway problems with the interesting cases he presented. As he pointed out in the preface, he intended to make this book as concise as possible in order to fit the modern cirriculum by sparing more time for students to deal with the expanding syllabus in molecular science!! ... Read more

16. Explorers of the American West: The Story of the Men Who Explored and Surveyed the West, from John C. Fremont to John Wesley Powell, Clarence King, George ... and F. V. Hayden (Exploration & Discovery)
by Kelly Wittmann
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Discusses the nineteenth-century exploration of the western United States, including the adventures of George Wheeler, Clarence King, W. V. Hayden, and John C. Fremont. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend this book for grownups, as well as children!
Although I'm grown, I read the book, and must say I enjoyed it very much.I had never thought about days when the country had not yet been mapped.I never realized that people really risked their lives to do the mapping.It just seemed like maps always should have been there! This book really fired my imagination, seeing in my mind what all those people had to go through.I had thought before of people going west as pioneers, but never really going as explorers and mapmakers.That would have been so much more difficult!I wish this book had been around when I was growing up; I would have enjoyed learning about these things when I was young, and would have studied them more when I was older.This book made me see things and wonder about things, and is a very real eye opener!Wonderful pictures in the book!!! ... Read more

17. The Last Gunfighter: John Wesley Hardin (The Early West)
by Richard C. Marohn
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by John A. Williams
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John Alexander Williams's West Virginia: A History is widely considered one of the finest books ever written about the state.In his clear, eminently readable style, Williams organizes the tangled strands of West Virginia's past around a few dramatic events—the battle of Point Pleasant, John Brown's insurrection in Harper's Ferry, the Paint Creek labor movement, the Hawk's Nest and Buffalo Creek disasters, and more. Williams uses these pivotal events as introductions to the larger issues of statehood, Civil War, unionism, and industrialization. Along the way, Williams conveys a true feel for the lives of common West Virginians, the personalities of the state's memorable characters, and the powerful influence of the land itself on its own history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best history of the Mountain State available.
239 pages long and written by John A. Williams, "West Virginia: a history" was originally published in 1976 by W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. as "West Virginia: A Bicentennial History". It is remarkable in that it is not slow moving or boring even for those who find its subject matter interesting. This book reads more like a novel, and I found it quite compelling all the way through. "West Virginia: a history" tells as thorough a story of the Mountain State as any book does. It tells a story of joyous triumph but more often than not one of bitterness and hardship. West Virginia has many dark aspects to its history, and this book does not shy away from them. It is ironic that West Virginia was allowed to secede from the already seceding Commonwealth of Virginia in order to remain in the United States. If secession truly were illegal and wrong, West Virginia would not have been allowed to exist, regardless of who won the Civil War. It is also ironic that as the book points out, many of West Virginia's constituent counties were not interested in leaving Virginia but got dragged along anyway. Beginning in the colonial days of the Commonwealth, continuing into the Civil War and statehood years, and ending just after the final end of the Vietnam War, "West Virginia: a history" is an excellent and fascinating book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in West Virginia and how it came to be.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good overview, great read.
I feel like I'm cheating the writer by giving it only four stars, because this book's great strength is its biggest flaw: It's a very good read. This is a broad outline of West Virginia history with some of the more important events colored in a bit. It's a bit over 200 pages and reads a like a novel.

I wish this had been the text we used in West Virginia history class back in junior high in the instead of that dreadful, trivia-laden textbook.

It's divided into chapters named after some of West Virginia places where major events in state history took place, (Point Pleasant, Harpers Ferry, Droop Mountain, Tug Fork, Paint Creek, Hawks Nest, Buffalo Creek) but the chapters cover far more in geography and time than the events that made the places famous. The Droop Mountain chapter, for instance covers not only that battle, but most of the Civil War and statehood period.

So it's not all-inclusive (Jim Comstock tried to do that with his West Virginia encyclopedia), but that's what makes it a pleasure to read and not a chore. One night when I couldn't sleep I picked up Williams' book and started in the middle, in the Paint Creek chapter. I was more than 30 pages into the book and into the next chapter before I could sleep.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Story of the Mountain State
"West Virginia" is a fast reading introduction to the history of the Mountain State.Beginning with a brief section on the region from Revolutionary times, the book quickly moves on to the Civil War era which gave birth to West Virginia statehood.

The Unionist sentiment in the Western part of Virginia resulted, in 1863, in the only case of succession of a portion of one state from another in American history.The Civil War in West Virginia is portrayed both in its military and political aspects.

Williams tells the story of the evolution of West Virginia from the political, economic and social perspectives.The fabled Hatfield-MCcoy feud is given ample attention, as is the Hatfield who served his state as governor and United States Senator.

In a state with an undistinguished political history, Williams introduces the reader to a series of governors, senators and political bosses who struggled with absentee landowners, rail and coal concerns and labor leaders to lead West Virginia through the 19th and 20th centuries.

The story of West Virginia is a story of hope and despair, promise and danger, fulfillment and disappointment.Through it all Williams presents its story as a drama, partly heroic and partly tragic.Not a partisan Mountaineer booster, Williams tells the good with the bad.For anyone wishing to know the history of our country, state by state, this book fills in one piece of the American mosaic in a most pleasant fashion. ... Read more

19. Celtic from the West: Alternative Perspectives from Archaeology, Genetics, Language and Literature (Celtic Studies Publications)
by Barry Cunliffe, John T. Koch
Hardcover: 384 Pages (2010-06-03)
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This book is an exploration of the new idea that the Celtic languages originated in the Atlantic Zone during the Bronze Age, approached from various perspectives: pro and con, archaeology, genetics, and philology. This 'Celtic Atlantic Bronze Age' theory represents a major departure from the long-established, but increasingly problematic scenario in which the story of the Ancient Celtic languages and that of peoples called Keltoi 'Celts' are closely bound up with the archaeology of the Hallstatt and La Tene cultures of Iron Age west-central Europe. The 'Celtic from the West' proposal was first presented in Barry Cunliffe's Facing the Ocean (2001) and has subsequently found resonance amongst geneticists. It provoked controversy on the part of some linguists, though is significantly in accord with John Koch's findings in Tartessian (2009). The present collection is intended to pursue the question further in order to determine whether this earlier and more westerly starting point might now be developed as a more robust foundation for Celtic studies. As well as having this specific aim, a more general purpose of Celtic from the West is to bring to an English-language readership some of the rapidly unfolding and too often neglected evidence of the pre-Roman peoples and languages of the western Iberian Peninsula. Celtic from the West is an outgrowth of a multidisciplinary conference held at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth in December 2008. In addition to 11 chapters, the book includes 45 distribution maps and a further 80 illustrations. The conference and collaborative volume mark the launch of a multi-year research initiative undertaken by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies [CAWCS]: Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone [ABrAZo]. Contributors: (Archaeology) Barry Cunliffe; Raimund Karl; Amilcar Guerra; (Genetics) Brian McEvoy & Daniel Bradley; Stephen Oppenheimer; Ellen Rrvik; (Language & Literature) Graham Isaac; David Parsons; John T. Koch; Philip Freeman; Dagmar S. Wodtko. ... Read more

20. Life Among the Apaches (Classics of Old West)
by John C Cremony
 Leather Bound: 322 Pages (1981-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Borrowed One, Like it So Much I Bought My Own!
I borrowed a copy of this Time-Life book from my sister and I liked it so much that I decided to buy my own copy! This volumn has great first hand knowledge presented about the author's experience with the Apache Indians in the 1860's - a MUST READ for any fan of the history of the Old West! I will get more of this series as I can find/afford them! ... Read more

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