John W. (jwestonw) - Reviews

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American Heritage (r) : Great Minds of History
American Heritage (r) : Great Minds of History
Author: John Wiley Sons, Roger Mudd
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/19/2012


A good read. You can learn some lesser known facts in this book. The authors/interviewees enthusiasm for their subjects comes through more vividly than it does in their books where they have to be more balanced and restrained. If you're a high school US History teacher, you can pick up some interesting anecdotes to use in the classroom from this book.


Bible, the Old Testament According to Spike Milligan
Bible, the Old Testament According to Spike Milligan
Author: Spike Milligan
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/22/2014


Funny stuff. If you're not already a Milligan fan, it may not be your cup of tea. May want to try one of his other books first rather than starting with this.


Falling Off the Map : Some Lonely Places of The World
Falling Off the Map : Some Lonely Places of The World
Author: Pico Iyer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/8/2012


Enjoyable reading. Some of the pieces are dated, but are like old letters sent years ago that you find stashed away in your attic. Reminds you of how these places were at that time, and that they're never coming back. The chapter on Paraguay is probably the funniest, and the one on Bhutan probably the most informative as Bhutan doesn't get as many tourists as the other places visited here.


Limbo Of The Lost
Limbo Of The Lost
Author: John Wallace Spencer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/12/2011


A good trip down memory lane to the 1970s when stuff such as the Bermuda Triangle, "Chariots of the Gods", Bigfoot, Pyramid Power, and UFOs were taken much more seriously than they are today. An easy read, I first read this when I was in fourth grade, and found the authors conclusions much more plausible than I do now.


London: The Autobiography
London: The Autobiography
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/3/2013


Good book for grazing through London history.


Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike
Review Date: 4/2/2014


This is an interesting book, but a little dated. I'm sure the turnpike has changed a bit since this was written, but it's a good intriduction to the history of this unique roadway. Makes me want to take a roadtrip up and down the turnpike soon.


Monty Python Speaks
Monty Python Speaks
Author: David Morgan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/20/2012


A great book for fans of the show, but don't expect a lot of details or breakdowns of your favorite skits. Concentrates on the history of the troupe and the show and movies but getting the members to tell what they think about it all. Could do without some of the comments by the lesser known hangers-on, and you'll miss Graham Chapman even more.


Panzer Battles : A Study of the Employment of Armor in the Second World War
Review Date: 10/16/2012
Helpful Score: 1


Valuable just for the reason von Mellenthin was in both North Africa and Russia where the tanks had the most impact on strategy and the outcome of the campaigns. Very readable, moves at a good pace and informative. Keep in mind this is a general's point of view, and there's not as much of the "ground level" view of battles you get with a lower ranking soldier's memoir.


You Gotta Have Wa
You Gotta Have Wa
Author: Robert Whiting
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/21/2012


Very interesting, especially for a baseball fan. I now think the US and Japan are two nations separated by a common national pastime. While the narrative goes up only to the 1980s, it does a good job detailing how baseball grew into a national sport in Japan and how it differs from how it's played here in the US. As a Red Sox fan, I have a better understanding why Bobby Valentine could succeed so much as a manager in Japan, but has so much trouble in Boston!


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