Edward R. - Reviews

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All Around the Town
All Around the Town
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2006


Cooed student kills her professor....or did she? Who dunnit and why in a college town.


Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival
Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival
Author: Norman Ollestad
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/6/2012
Helpful Score: 1


This is one of my favorite survival stories of all time. It covers several of the major important survival genres: Survival in the mountain wilderness, survival in a plane crash, survival in a storm, survival in the ocean, surviving as an American in Mexico, surviving a sordid childhood, mix in some daddy issues and this this is really fascinating read.


Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
Author: Laurence Gonzales
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/29/2009
Helpful Score: 3


This book explores the psychology of survival. It is not a scientific study of survival, it's not a how-to manual, but an analysis of specific true survival stories. Most of the book is in narrative form, reflections on the author's first hand accounts of survival and retellings of other first hand accounts. The goal of this book is not so much to outline a survival method, but to explore and cultivate the survivor mind.


The Doomsday Conspiracy
The Doomsday Conspiracy
Author: Sidney Sheldon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2006


Conspiracy thriller about an international caper involving a cover up of a "weather baloon" crash, covert ops, and government agencies.


Eight Men Out : The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series (The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series)
Review Date: 6/21/2006


A MUST READ for every baseball fan. The fix is on! The 1919 world series fix influenced the history of baseball today in very important ways including the establishment of the office of commissioner. More than that though, this book is a window into the past of Baseball as it was played in its early mythological period. It is also a great scandal story. Fortunes were won and lost, lives destroyed, and America's pass-time on the brink of destruction. How exciting! Alot better than the lame move version.


GOD is my Co-Pilot
GOD is my Co-Pilot
Author: Col. Robert L. Scott
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/17/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This is a very interesting account of a WWII pilot in one of the lesser known theatres of the war - the Chinese theatre. The author writes with a very enthusiastic style, discussing both his experiences as a fighter pilot and his every day life on the ground, and even a little bit of his philosophical outlook. I found it to be a very good memoir. If you are a pilot or like stories about WWII you will love this book.


Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners : 12 Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success
Review Date: 6/21/2006


Written during the dynasty years, Torre talks about successful management strategies he used to bring the Yankees to successive world series wins. Lessons in motivation, team building, and dealing with difficult people transcend baseball and can be applied to work and personal relationnships as well.


Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'N' Roll Music
Review Date: 6/21/2006


The subject is the history of Rock and Roll. The style is a swashbuckling yet scholarly tribute to the Authors idols from early R&B artists to Elvis and the Beatles. Thoroughly notated with Discography.


The Quick and Easy Way to Getting Strong and Fit
The Quick and Easy Way to Getting Strong and Fit
Author: Carole Bodger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2006


This book is a basic, breif primer in choosing a workout for those who have never worked out before. It will help you identify your fitness goals, introduce you to types of fitness programs, identify types of exercise that are appropriate to your lifestyle, and whether or not you want to participate in a gymn, yoga or exercise programs. If you already workout, this book is probably not technical enough for you.


Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA
Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA
Author: Reebee Garofalo
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/21/2006


Historical account of the early formation of rock and roll in USA. It reads pretty easily and is not too pedantic or long winded.


The Secret Agent
The Secret Agent
Author: Joseph Conrad
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2006


Do you think terrorism began in the 20th century? You'd be wrong! As revolutions and counterrevolutions washed over Europe in the 19th Century, anarchists gnawed at the fringes of the fabric of society. Think something like this could never happen to you? Read how a mediocre man gets sucked into whirlpool of politcal intrigue at tragic lost to his friends, family and himself.


The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert
Review Date: 5/6/2010
Helpful Score: 1


Craig Childs is emerging as one of the great authors of wilderness literature in the 21st century. In this book he explores the American desert, combing through the scant evidence left behind by early settlers and vanished Native American civilizations. I was astounded by the care and effort ancient peoples undertook to identify, protect, and transmit information about water in their culture. Using this knowledge, which has nearly been forgotten in modern times, native peoples flourished in the desert. While many of the native peoples are no longer here, the plants, animals, and the land itself continue to tell a story about water. The author vividly illustrates how he developed his perception of these signs to find water even in the driest and harshest environments. This book is a primer in how to learn the secrets of any wilderness by being a patient and committed student of that wilderness.
This book reads at times like a detective story, a survival epic, an ethnographic or geographic survey. This book changed the way I think about deserts, and about water. Often putting himself at great personal risk in his explorations, Childs is able to present his readers with an intensely personal experience of just how important, powerful, and fragile water is. As the population increases in the wetter parts of the world the importance of clean water and responsible management of our natural resources becomes more and more paramount. After reading this book you will know this in your bones.


Winter Trails Vermont and New Hampshire: The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails
Review Date: 12/6/2009


This book gives great advice and information on snowshoe trails. Many trails are quite different in the winter than they are in the summer, and trails that may be great hikes in the warmer months may bee too difficult when covered with ice or snow. Likewise some long or unpleasant routes become easier when obstructing water barriers become iced over, and pesky flying insects are all dead! Snowshoes can also go many places cross country skis cannot. This book is chock full of answers to all these issues making it very easy to choose a trail, and het out on it quickly. The one thing this book lacks is really good topos. I never go anywhere without one!


The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-1913 (Explorers Club Classic)
Review Date: 11/21/2009


This is one of the best adventure stories of all time, ever, period. This book will be much more entertaining if you read Scott's journal's first. Then you will get a formal boss perspective in Scott's journals, and then a more swashbuckling style crew perspective in this book. You simply cannot kick the bucket without having read this book. St. Peter will hand you this book, send you back and tell you, read this book and we'll talk in a few days.


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