Micah M. (rote) - Reviews

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An Excess of Love
An Excess of Love
Author: Cathy Cash Spellman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/1/2005


Washington Post
"A lushly written saga of love and rebellion and civil war."


Aquarium Fishes of the World
Aquarium Fishes of the World
Author: John H. Prescott
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 11/14/2005


If you or your kid like fish, this is the book for you! It's printed on sturdy, high quality paper and every fish is shown in a colorful, high-quality photo.

Small book, but quite heavy.


Berlitz Essential German (Berlitz Essentials)
Berlitz Essential German (Berlitz Essentials)
Author: Berlitz Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/5/2007


A good introduction to German.


Capitalism and Freedom
Capitalism and Freedom
Author: Milton Friedman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 12/1/2005


"[T]he real utopians are those people who imagine it is possible today to achieve a greater satisfaction of human needs through the reform of capitalism, and not its complete overthrow." - International Communist Current, Part One of The Perspective of Communism


A Concise History of Germany (Cambridge Concise Histories)
A Concise History of Germany (Cambridge Concise Histories)
Author: Mary Fulbrook
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/4/2006


It's a BAD book! She mentions important things in passing without giving any kind of background or introduction. The writing is extremely inflated. However, I haven't read the second half of the book (from Bismarck on), so the possibility remains that she did a better job with that period, since it seems to be her speciality.

At any rate, it's a well regarded book.


Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Author: Lynne Truss
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/24/2006


Get a simple book on grammar and punctuation and save yourself about 200 pages of megalomaniacal rambling.


Fighting in Hell: The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front
Fighting in Hell: The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front
Author: Peter G. Tsouras
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 11/23/2005


From the back:

On 22 June 1941, the German army invaded the Soviet Union, one hundred fifty divisions advancing on three axes in a surprise attack that overwhelmed and destroyed whatever opposition the Russians were able to muster. The German High Command was under the impression that the Red Army could be destroyed west of the Dnepr River and that there would be no need for conducting operations in cold, snow, and mud. They were wrong.

In reality, the extreme conditions of the German war in Russia were so brutal that past experiences simply paled before them. Everything in Russia--the land, the weather, the distances, and above all the people--was harder, harsher, more unforgiving, and more deadly than anything the German soldier had ever faced before.

Based on the recollections of four veteran German commanders of those battles, FIGHTING IN HELL describes in detail what happened when the world's best-publicized "supermen" met the world's most brutal fighting. It is not a tale for the squeamish.


The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors
The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors
Author: Ann Gibbons
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/23/2009


I should've read the reviews more carefully. This has less to do with our earliest ancestors and more to do with "the race to discover" them. That's not a bad thing if you're interested in the scientific process (and it's quite interesting, as paleoanthropology seems rife with internecine feuding). If you're into the history of science, check it out.


For the New Intellectual
For the New Intellectual
Author: Ayn Rand
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 8/10/2006


PBS wouldn't let me supply 'wankery' in the subject field. Rubbish - stay away from this!


For the New Intellectual
For the New Intellectual
Author: Ayn Rand
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 4/23/2007


Philosophy for angsty, awkward, unconfident junior high students.


Futureways (Ways Books)
Futureways (Ways Books)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/3/2006


Wonderful sci-fi collection. Handsome printing.


The Haunting of Grade Three
The Haunting of Grade Three
Author: Kelly Oechsli (Illustrator), Grace Maccarone
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/22/2005


Kids love ghost stories. So do I!

From the back:

We never believed in Ghosts before!

There it was. The old Blackwell mansion! One big monster of a building. It had dark towers, pointed gables, and shadowy arches. And it was haunted! Or at least that's what mots people thought.

The third grade of Elmwood elementary was spending the year there because the school's main building was overcrowded. And very strange things were happening...


Herland (Dover Thrift Editions)
Herland (Dover Thrift Editions)
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/14/2005


Gives insight into early 20th century feminism; not always a pretty picture. Gilman advocates eugenics alongside socialism and gender equality


History as Mystery
History as Mystery
Author: Michael Parenti
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/4/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Parenti is kind of a hack, to be honest, but this is better than most of his books.


A History of Western Society: From Antiquity to 1500
Review Date: 12/11/2005


It atually looks like a decent text book. Nicely illustrated.


Lives of the Monster Dogs
Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author: Kirsten Bakis
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/9/2005
Helpful Score: 3


A disappointment. Barkis had a good idea but it's not nearly as interesting as it should be. Three stars.


Magic Carpets (Harlequin Romance, No 3178)
Magic Carpets (Harlequin Romance, No 3178)
Author: Lucy Keane
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 11/27/2005


Zelda didn't trust Aram an inch! His piratical eye patch, combined with the mysterious crates in his car, suggested he was involved in more sinister dealings than the buying and selling of carpets. But Zelda had to accept his help after all, they were both stranded in the middle of the Syrian desert. She'd just have to keep her wits about her, even if it meant ignoring the growing physical attraction between them. Because Zelda was sure of only one thing-Aram wanted more from her than her precious carpet.


The Mall from Outer Space
The Mall from Outer Space
Author: Todd Strasser
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 11/24/2005


Oh, man, this is a CLASSIC!


Me? Obey Him?: The Obedient Wife and God's Way of Happiness and Blessing in the Home
Review Date: 11/20/2008
Helpful Score: 2


Insane. There is a long chapter about how women, if so ordered by their husbands, must have an abortion, even though that's regarded by the authors as a sin (though obviously a lesser one than women thinking for themselves).


My Life as a Newfoundland Union Organizer
Review Date: 12/15/2005


Born in 1912, Cyril Strong went to work at the Hotel Newfoundland in 1928. When the hotel workers organized in 1942, he began his career as a trade unionist. After serving on the executives of his local union, of the St. John's Trades and Labor COuncil, and of the Newfoundland Federation of Labour, he became the Newfoundland organizer for the Anerican Federation of Labor in 1948. As Federation organizer, he travelled the province from coast to coast helping Newfoundland workers form unions. After the creation of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1956, Strong became a CLC representative. Thus, he was the dramatic events of the 1959-1960 IWA organizing drive and loggers strike from the inside, a story which he recounts here.


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