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    Have a Nice Day : A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks
    by Mick Foley, Mankind
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1999)
    list price: $26.00
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    Frankly, this literary critic didn't expect Mick Foley's memoir of his life as Mankind (and his other wrestling personas, Cactus Jack and Dude Love) to hit No. 1 on Amazon.com's hardcover nonfiction bestseller list in its first literary bout. The cover is cluttered and confusing, and do we really need 500-plus pages of Foley's boasts? Yes. Foley gives his all for his calling, and he burns to tell his adventures. Take the famous tale of how he lost most of his ear (the bloody result is depicted in the 16-page color-photo section). It was in his 1994 bouts with Vader (Leon White): after getting a broken nose, a dislocated jaw, and 21 stitches in the first match, Foley did his "hangman" routine, wherein he catches his neck between the second and third ropes and spins them into a twist. "The end result is the illusion of a man being hanged by his neck while his body kicks and writhes in an attempt to get out... the man actually is hanging by his neck and the body really does kick and writhe in an attempt to get out." Unfortunately, in the prior match, Too Cold Scorpio had had the officials tighten the ropes, so Foley tore off his ear to avoid death by strangulation, like "a fox that chews off its paw to escape a trap." Foley also wrestles on 10,000-thumbtack mats with barbwire ropes and C-4 explosives, and earns the ultimate compliment: "The fans really like the way you bleed." Many fans also like the way his gory story reads. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Literary Classic
    I have to say I wasn't expecting much when I first bought Mick Foley's autobiography in 2000.I was a huge Foley fan, even liking his weaker alterego (Dude Love), but I didn't think his exuberance for life as he performed on TV promos could accurately be brought into the literary world.I couldn't have been more wrong.

    This book is more than a plain wrestling autobiography. It is the tale of a man who goes from rags to riches then dumps the riches for happiness before finding both with WWE. He goes over his problems with women, his travel to MSG to see the Morocco/Snuka cage match, his first match in Clarksburg, WV, the adventures of ECW/WCW/Japan/WWE, and the injuries and personal heartaches he had to endure along the way.

    After reading this book, I'm not so much a fan of Mick Foley the wrestler than a fan of Mick Foley, the man. If you want to know the whole Mick Foley story, read this book and Foley Is Good, both describing Mick Foley's journey from childhood to superstar to father to retirement.I also recommend the Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses DVD as Mick gives an in-depth look into his favorite moments and matches as well as his most imfamous ones. (Pay special attention to the Cane Dewey Promo, one of the best wrestling promos ever.) So have mercy on the man who bang banged his way to the promise land, and I promise you'll have a nice day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Insight behind the Wrestler
    For anyone who is a sports fan this is the book for you. Actually, it's hard to decide who this book is for. Although it does has a soft side of a family man it also has detailed matches that are filled with grueome images.
    But that's what I think Mick Foley was trying to do in his book. Show a soft and personal side to the tough job of a professional wrestler.
    What makes the book even more special is the fact that Mick Foley personally wrote the book himself. Writing the book from his actual point of view helped the book be more informative, not having his memories being edited and leaving out big gaps of his life.
    Mick Foley has proved that even after his long carrer as Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love that professional wrestlers can haave intelligence as a writer. With his original perspective on his career he leaves wise cracks that will be having you laughing all night.
    With the in depth view on his gory matches and his sense of humor on every page I gurantee if your not a wrestling fan, you'll still have a good time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still the BEST wrestling career book
    When Mick Foley released his autobiography "Have A Nice Day" back in 2000, I think I was one of the few not surprised by the books #1 bestselling success. If you're a diehard wrestling fan, than Mick has to be near the top of your list of favorite performers. When you put aside his high risk bumps and willigness to be as physical and real as possible in the ring, your left with a man who is simply a talented and gifted performer. Mick has cust some of the best (many say the best) promos and interviews in the history of wrestling. He can make the audience feel a wide range of emotions with his skill behind the mic, everything from elated to horrified. He can scare and move an audience, as well as make them laugh.So, when I heard Mick was going to write about his entire career in wrestling, without the aide of another writer, I was anxious to read it. I figured if Mick was half as talented a writer as he is a performer that the book would be one entertaining read...and he ended up exceeding all my expectations!

    Mick's entire life is chronicled here, not just his wrestling career. You'll find out about his childhood, which includes the origin of the Cactus Jack name. You'll learn how he won the heart of a model and her hand in marriage, and a lot more details that have nothing to do with wrestling.
    One of the book's strong points, is Mick's writing style. He doesn't come off as pretentious or full of himself, instead he writes with a very personalwriting style. This allows the reader to get comfortable and feel like they're listening to stories being told by an old friend.
    It helps to be a wrestling fan to understand everything that Mick discusses in regards to the wrestling business, but if you're not, you'll still be able to follow and enjoy the book. You may even be surprised to learn just how real, physical and frustrating the wrestling business really is. Thus, you may gain a new respect for the most dissrespected form of entertainment on earth.

    The success of "Have A Nice Day!" has spawned a plethora of wrestling career books by the likes of The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, the Hardy Boyz, Chyna, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Bobby Heenan, Jerry Lawler, Edge, Ric Flair and others, but all of them used other writers to get the job done and none have been as entertaining as Mick's.
    You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy "Have A Nice Day!", all you need to do is be willing to listen to a man tell his side of what it was like working in a business that mixes 5% fantasy with 95% reality and all the blood, sweat, tears, and passion he's put into it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060392991
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities    6. Foley, Mick    7. General    8. Sports - General    9. United States    10. Wrestlers    11. Wrestling   

    University Squared: The Angry Years
    by Frank Cho
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1996)
    list price: $11.95
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Liberty Meadows in College
    I was at the University of Maryland when Frank Cho's comic strip was running in The Diamondback.It was the only thing worth reading in the paper.This is a very, very funny comic strip.The characters, who are animals are hilarious.Dean, the pig, is a great send up on Frats and male chauvinism.You also get a lima bean, a gerbil, and the main character, Frank, is a duck.The best character, of course, is the very human Brandy.

    If you've ever seen Liberty Meadows and enjoyed it in your newspaper, The Angry Years is even better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Funny animals aren't just for kids anymore!
    I've been a fan of Liberty Meadows, the comic book that collects Frank Cho's syndicated comic strip of the same name, for years now, so when University Squared became available again, I pounced on it. It's kind of a weird companion piece to Liberty Meadows; not quite a prequel (these stories were from Cho's College newspaper), and although the characters have the same names in both books, there are weird differences: one character is a duck in this book, and a man in Liberty Meadows; another a lima Bean (!) here, a frog in Liberty Meadows. (It's really weird...)

    There isn't a story, per se. The book follows the characters (Animals, attending school with Humans....)as they drink and carouse their way through campus life. The cartoons are much raunchier than the later Liberty Meadows strips; without the anal retentive syndicate to hamstring him, Cho can go all out with the gags. (Even the raunchiest of the strips never gets beyond a PG-13 level, though. So it is safe for older kids.) Cho manages to deliver some really good belly-laughs, and slips in a touching ending as well. Comic strip fans who find the daily funnies too whitebread are well advised to enroll in this University.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Frank Cho is brilliant
    With "Liberty Meadows" making a permament transition from comic strip to comic book at the end of 2001, folks who want to aquaint themselves with the new version could do worse than to pick up this collection of the strip that spawned it. "University Squared," Cho's first strip, is "Liberty Meadows" in a raw, unrefined and uncensored state -- a state the comic book may take a few steps towards once freed from the rigours of newspaper censors.

    Even in its young form, though, Cho's strip shows again and again why he is held in such high regard. His characters are funny, his situations are original and he doesn't blanch from tackling weighty topics or rauncy issues whenever he wants. Get this, get "Liberty Meadows: The Big Book of Love" and then start getting the comic book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1889317020
    Sales Rank: 662081
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. General    3. Graphic Novels - General    4. Humor    5. Comic Strip    6. Fiction, Graphic Novels, General   

    The White Man Dancing: Clifford Lawrence Meth
    by Clifford Lawrence Meth, Al Feldstein
    Paperback (01 March, 1996)
    list price: $9.95
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    Isbn: 1888669004
    Sales Rank: 3002685
    Subjects:  1. Science Fiction   

    Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs
    by Peter Golenbock
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (19 June, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Wrigelyville Plus
    This book is about the Chicago Cubs. But it is not about purely the Chicago Cubs of the Wrigleyville era. So the subtitle A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs is a more accurate title of this book. Some reviews complain that there is not enough coverage of the more recent past.Well I have read Cub histories and other team histories that seem to elaborate on the more recent- what is more familiar. This book contains 498 pages of text. It starts the Cubs History from 1876 through the early 1990's. This book is anthology. Not skimping on the premodern era of 1876 -1899, but includes it. I found each era covered about the same amount of time. the author had a clear goal about writing balance history about the Chicago Cubs. Balance in the sense of covering the whole historically. Yes this book is a promotion for baseball, critical analysis of baseball and socity problems need look elsewhere, but I enjoy getting losed in a good read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Baseball Book!
    Being a baseball fan but not necessarily a Cubs fan, I was a little worried that I might not enjoy this book.But you soon find yourself captured in the history of the Cubs organization.Much of the "corporate" attitude that the Cubs front office holds today was started well before many of us were born. The book is a great historical record of not only the Cubs, but of Major League Baseball itself.Every baseball purist would love this book and it's a must read for any die-hard Cub fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for any fan
    As a life-long Cub fan, I always wanted this book.I finally got it for Christmas a couple years ago and had it finished in 3 days.I was lost in this book, from the early days of the White Stockings, right up to the Ryne Sandberg era.I saw the updated version at a bookstore and had to have it.I've read it countless times, but I always anticipate what's up ahead.Peter Golenbock did a tremendous job! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0312156995
    Sales Rank: 237657
    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - History    3. Baseball - Specific Teams    4. Chicago    5. Chicago Cubs (Baseball team)    6. History    7. Illinois    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History   


    Kingdom Come (Graphic Novel)
    by Mark Waid, Alex Ross
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1997)
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    Writer Mark Waid, coming from his popular work on Flash and Impulse, and artist Alex Ross, who broke new ground with the beautifully painted Marvels, join together for this explosive book that takes place in a dark alternate future of the DC Superhero Universe. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and almost every other character from DC Comics must choose sides in what could be the final battle of them all. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Adaptation!Only wish it was longer!!!
    Having grown up largely on the Marvel comics, I wasn't too familiar with the DC heroes.I read Kingdom Come (the graphic novel) and was blown away.Not only is Alex Ross's artwork amazing, but Waid's characterization brings the characters to life.But enough about the Graphic Novel, let's talk about the audiobook...

    Kingdom Come consists of two 90 minute audio cassettes, and although the box is beautiful, it's hardly durable.The adaptation is quite true to the original, and the narratives required by the medium are well placed and are not heavy handed at all.The book is read by a full audio cast, and they do a great job!Rich, enthusiastic readings--any one of them would be a great narrator, but having so many different and distinct voices really adds to the story.

    Even though I was familiar with the story, I found myself leaving the tape-deck on after I'd parked just so I could finish a scene.One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long time, and DEFINITELY the best of the superhero genre (not that it's flooded with audiobooks).

    I had a tough time finding this on tape, and I really wish it was more popular so we could encourage more of the great tales like Marvels and Watchmen to make their way to the audiobook world.

    Try it, you'll love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Return of the Original Supers.
    KINGDOM COME is a graphic novel set against the backdrop of a world in which the supers aren't all that super anymore.Superman when into self-exile years ago after the murder of his beloved Lois at the hands of the Joker. The Joker was later killed by the superhero, Magog, who leads a new band of superheroes. Magog and his crew act not only as both judge and jury, but in some cases as executioner as well; something in which Superman and his gang did everything they possibly could to stay away from.In a scene reminiscent of how WWI began, Magog and company continually become more and more aggressive in their campaign against evil doers until one day Magog wipes out almost the entire state of Kansas. After that, Wonder Woman comes knocking on Superman's door at the Fotress of Solitude and convinces him to return. He does and gathers together most of the members of the Justice League of America. The group declares an ultimatum to the new, younger superheroes (or metahumans as they are now called) that it's time the either shape up or be shipped out.A new prison is built to hold those who won't obey and soon order seems to be established upon the chaos.

    Meanwhile, an elderly pastor, named Norman McCay, is having a crisis of faith when he is visited by Spectre. Spectre warns McCay of a coming crisis that will destroy not only the world, but the universe. Spectre guides McCay through the events to come, but a twist of action causes McCay to not only witness what is to occur, but actually become a crucial part of it as well.

    Back with Superman. Previous to the all-out war that breaks loose after the metahuman prison is cracked open, Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor make an agreement and become partners in what appears to be the formation of a New World Order. Meanwhile, Superman is busy trying to keep things under control while struggling with the growing love and passion he feels towards Wonder Woman. You know something big has to happen.

    KINGDOME COME is one of the most beautiful graphic comics I have seen. The story and illustrations truly go together and though one could exist without the other, neither is whole unless they are together. There are tons of allusions made to D.C. history, not too mention all the cultural, religious, and mythological references. Plus the book ends on a very promising proposition and one that deserves to be explored more thoroughly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!
    Where do I start?....This is the best thing I have read since Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis AND THAT WAS ALL A TRUE STORY!! This is the best thing that has happened to Comics since the Dark knight Returns just every page is incredible from the amazing art to the awesome story-line I have been a huge DC fan for awhile now but I never really thought much for superman untill I read this masterpiece. if you like comic books and you dont have this graphic novel you are a liar you dont like comics at all I would give this book a 5 if it didnt have any words just the art is soooo good but they added an awesome story to it so a 5 just isnt saying enough the only thing I was dissapointed in just a little bit was not enough Batman but Its not really his story so cant say much ... Read more

    Isbn: 1563893304
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Graphic Novels - General    4. Graphic Novels - Science Fiction    5. Science Fiction    6. Science Fiction - General    7. Fiction / Graphic Novels   


    State by State With the State: An Uninformed, Poorly Researched Guide to the United States
    by Members of the State, State (Comedy Group)
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 1997)
    list price: $10.95
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
    Being a huge fan of the TV show, I greatly anticipated reading this book.Amazingly, the book exceeded all my expectations.It is without a doubt the funniest book I've ever read.I've found that opening to a random pageand reading for a minute always leaves me laughing out loud.If you'reinto humor that is a little offbeat and subtle, this book is definitely foryou.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I never saw the state but this book rules
    This is one of the funniest books ever written.I never even saw the show.I frequently quote the book.This is a great book for anyone who has ever left his home state.You can really relate to the depictions of each city and state.Even if you've never left your home town, you shouldbuy this book.I haven't read Harry Potter yet, but I assure you that thisis better reading.I would recommend buying a copy for every one of yourfriends, or two copies for yourself.It's that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you can't hang, don't buy it.
    This book is crucial to every aspect of my life.Most importantly, it determines those with whom I "hang."When I meet someone new, I let them flip through my copy for a few minutes.If they aren't on thefloor laughing and begging me to borrow the book for a day within just afew moments, they are automatically excluded from receiving the benifits ofmy friendship.(They don't know yet, but there aren't really any.)Insevere cases, I will have offenders arrested.This book is my life. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0786882131
    Sales Rank: 60034
    Subjects:  1. Description and travel    2. Form - Parodies    3. Humor    4. Politics/International Relations    5. Travel    6. United States    7. United States - General   

    Calvin and Hobbes
    by Bill Watterson
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1987)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sentimental value up the wa-zoo
    These books mean so much to me, because they remind me of my childhood more than anything. Every panel is familiar to me because I used to spend hours looking at these books, I brought them on the bus to school until like 8th grade. The characters of Calvin and Hobbes are so unique, no other characters like them exist in any other literature. Some of my family already owns all the books, but personally I can't wait for the "Complete Calvin and Hobbes" set coming out Fall '05, which will be at the top of my Christmas list this year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars hilarious
    DANG I wish Watterson would have never retired. But that is just because of the appeal to be found in his comics.
    Doing a few chores for mom/spouse just to get permission to read Calvin is completely understandable. In other words, this is not a waste of time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Nostalgia
    I picked this one up after far too long an intermission. Calvin's adventures remain timeless, his antics winsome, his spirit soaring. The book that started it all, with all its poignant observations, philosophical ruminations, and side-splitting hilarity. I really hope Bill Watterson spends his much deserved free time egging the houses of the guys who write "Boondocks" and "Family Circus."

    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0836220889
    Sales Rank: 21401
    Subjects:  1. Cartoons and comics    2. Comic books, strips, etc    3. Comics & Cartoons    4. Comics & Graphic Novels    5. Fiction    6. General    7. Humor    8. Tigers    9. Toys    10. Humor / General   


    Batman: The Long Halloween
    by Jeph Loeb
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Just the ending is worth it...
    I've been frustrated by the predictability of some of even my favorite detective stories and TV shows.For instance, I love "Monk."However I generally figured out what was happening halfway through the episode.
    If you are tired of the same old predictable plotlines, read this story if, for no other reason, for the unbelievable ending.I was not expecting it!Dark Victory, the next in this series, is also good; while the art is better, the plot is still pretty good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Plot Shows the Dark Knight as he is..A Detective
    The Long Halloween is a fantastic graphic novel which follows Batman, Harvey Dent, and Comissioner Gordon as they pursue the serial killer known as Holiday. It features all of the Dark Knight's villains (Joker, Riddler, etc.) in some way shape or form. But what I really liked about Long Halloween was that it showed Batman doing his detective thing. My impression of Batman has been that the citizens of Gotham regard him as like an urban legend, so it makes sense he takes the role of an investigator working in the shadows over a hard-knocking vigilante (although there are plenty of good beat downs throughout the novel...he IS Batman after all!). Excellent artwork, intriguing story, very satisfying repersentation of the Dark Knight.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A New Batman Classic
    THE LONG HALLOWEEN is probably the fourth finest Batman story ever (after THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, YEAR ONE, and THE KILLING JOKE).In fact, this may be considered a kind of extended homage to YEAR ONE.

    THE LONG HALLOWEEN was serialized as a 13-issue mini-series written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale -- the team responsible for much above-above-average or slightly-less-than-classic works for both Marvel and DC.THE LONG HALLOWEEN is by far the best of their famous collaborations, however.

    The story begins on Halloween during BATMAN:YEAR ONE, even featuring the same otherwise disposable gangsters.Gotham at the time is a city of corrupt cops and powerful gangsters.By the end of the series, on Halloween a year later, Gotham has become a city of zany and crazy villians along the lines of Dick Tracy.The narrative is strung together by a series of murders attributed to Holiday, with each chapter occurring on a holiday and featuring another murder or attempted murder.Along the way, Batman encounters a series of villains and District Attorney Harvey Dent becomes the villain Two-Face.The tension with Catwoman from BATMAN:YEAR ONEis here too, but the story is simultaneously a gangster tale heavily influenced by The Godfather.

    The story's final issue / chapter seems to reveal the identity of Holiday, only to quickly undermine that by revealing that multiple people committed the crimes, copying each other -- including, we find out in a moving and mind-boggling scene, Harvey Dent's loving and sympathetic wife.The beginning and the ending are tied by the phrase "I believe in," which succinctly expresses characters and their motivations, turned in the final chapter towards devastating implications.Beginning and ending are also tied by a secret meeting atop Gotham's police headquarters -- at the first a sacred pledge to clean up the gangster-run town, at the last a recognition that this quest has been won at the cost of Harvey Dent, poignantly absent, and not without new threats in the form of costumed villains.The paradigm has changed for Gotham.

    Truly an epic, no chapter more powerful than the ending, THE LONG HALLOWEEN shows nothing less than personal tragedies (none more subtle than that of Dent's wife) and the transition from one era into another.

    For the record, THE LONG HALLOWEEN was preceded by three worthy but less poignant prestige format Halloween specials (for the series BATMAN:THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS) by the same team; these have been collected in BATMAN:HAUNTED KNIGHTS.THE LONG HALLOWEEN was in turn followed by BATMAN:DARK VICTORY, by the same team in the same format, which attempted to resolve the ambiguity around the Holiday murders but which was less artistically successful.

    -- Julian Darius, Sequart.com (for the sophisticated study of comic books and graphic novels) ... Read more

    Isbn: 1563894696
    Sales Rank: 2244
    Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    3. Comics & Graphic Novels - General    4. Fiction - Fantasy    5. Graphic Novels - Superheroes    6. Juvenile Fiction    7. Fiction / Graphic Novels   


    Don't Know Much About the Civil War : Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About...(Paperback))
    by Kenneth C. Davis
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (07 September, 1999)
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    By the vastly amusing author of Don't Know Much About History and Don't Know Much About Geography, this fresh look at America's greatest conflict will dispel all those misconceptions you acquired by watching "Gone With the Wind".Davis has a genius for bringing history to life, sorting out the players, the politics and the key events -- Harpers Ferry, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Emancipation, Reconstruction -- in a way that will enlighten even the most dedicated back-of-the-class napper.A brilliant crash course, this book vividly brings to life the people -- from Dred Scott to Abraham Lincoln -- and the everyday details that make up History with a capital H. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Anecdotes
    To judge any new book, look into the index to find a topic that you are familiar with, then decide from that. Your results may vary. The 'Introduction' asks about the interest in the Civil War. Aside from a trend of fashion, it marked a turning point in America. Before, most Americans lived not too differently from past centuries. After, the railroads, canals, and electricity created modern life (as in other countries during the Victorian Age). It is also politically safe, unlike the Revolutionary Wars. The concerns of that time are still with us, although the question of secession was settled. Perhaps the major change was the creation of large corporations, and the lessening power of the middle class. Davis doesn't grasp that Official History, as a collection of battles and dates, is a way to avoid the still important political events of that era. Income tax, greenback dollars, Federal control to aid corporations, corporate control of politics, are all controversial topics. No one can create controversy by sticking to the simple facts, however dull and dreary they are (p. xvi). The fashionable theory about the cause of the Civil War (p.xxx) is another way to avoid reality and mislead students.

    This collection of anecdotes will educate and entertain the reader, and is the purpose for this book. Mike Wright's "What They Didn't Teach You ..." books cover events left out of the academic histories. The original intent of history is for popular entertainment: the Iliad, the Odyssey, Beowulf, the Song of Roland. Or the dramatizations on TV and film ("rewriting history" was George Orwell's description.

    Every book reflects the author's outlook and bias. Page 78 fails to note that the state of Zacatecas also revolted against Santa Anna's dictatorship, and were crushed. Davis oversimplified the Mexican War (p.79). Other military dictatorships have proved incompetent against foreign troops (Greece, Argentina). The discussion about earlier political parties fails to mention the Anti-Masonic party (p.115). Page 119 does not explain "Beecher's Bibles". Davis should read the book on the US Camel Corps (p.153). A few hundred "wealthy and upper-middle-class men" still decide the destiny of millions (p.154). The paragraph on blockade running didn't mention the British Bahamas (p.171). The page on Southern cotton didn't mention the greater importance of Northern wheat (p.199).

    Davis correctly complains that American history ignores events elsewhere (p.196). In describing the battle of the ironclads (p.216), he does not mention whether Great Britain or France had built one earlier. Do you think politicians have to compromise? Page 251 explains why. Those who wanted a negotiated settlement with the Confederacy wore a copper penny that then had a Liberty head on it (p.296). After wards Congress ordered the use of Lincoln's profile on the penny. The St. Albans bank robbery does not mention this area as a supply center for horses (p.380). Davis says the military commission that investigated the conspiracy "should have been a civilian" (p.415), but ignores the fact that Washington was under martial law. I once read that "kuklux" imitated the sound of a musket hammer being cocked (p.432). Davis doesn't know much about George Armstrong Custer "eccentric cavalry commander" (p.438). Davis fails to mention Lew Wallace's term as Governor of New Mexico Territory (p.448). The notes about John Singleton Mosby was informative (p.444). Appendix II lists the many Presidents who had no Vice-President.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Know Much About the Civil War
    Easy read and just enough details not to bore you to death.I thought this was an excellent book!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Sniveling condescending Left wing diatribe
    If you are looking for a book that does a cover to cover job of bashing western civilization with complete and obvious bias, this is it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0380719088
    Subjects:  1. Civil War, 1861-1865    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: American    5. Military - General    6. Reference    7. Slavery    8. United States    9. United States - Civil War    10. History / General   


    The Thurber Carnival (Perennial Classics)
    by James Thurber
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1999)
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    After the chuckles and amidst the chortles, the first-time reader ofThe Thurber Carnival is bound to utter a discreetly voiced "Huh?"Like Cracker Jacks, there are surprises inside James Thurber's delicious 1945 smorgasbord of essays, stories, and sketches. This festival is, surprises and all, a collection of earlier collections (mostly), including, among others, gems from My World--and Welcome to It, Let Your Mind Alone!, and The Middle Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze. Needless to say, there are also numerous cartoons that, by themselves, are worth the price of admission. While redoubling Thurber's deserved reputation as a laugh-out-loud humorist and teller-of-gentle-tales, it reintroduces him as a thinker-of-thoughts. To wit: his 1933 "Preface to a Life," in which he observes himself while discussing "writers of light pieces running from a thousand to two thousand words":

    To call such persons "humorists," a loose-fitting and ugly word, is to miss the nature of their dilemma and the dilemma of their nature.The little wheels of their invention are set in motion by the damp hand of melancholy.
    Enjoy the surprises, certainly, but revel in the candy-coated popcorn and peanuts.As in "More Alarms at Night," in which a teenaged Thurber intrudes upon his sleeping father, a skittish man named Charles, because he can't recall the name Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Coincidentally, his father has just been frightened half to death by Thurber's brother, who had earlier stalked into his room saying coldly, "Buck, your time has come."
    "Listen," I said. "Name some towns in New Jersey quick!" It must have been around three in the morning.Father got up, keeping the bed between him and me, and started to pull his trousers on. "Don't bother about dressing," I said. "Just name some towns in New Jersey." While he hastily pulled on his clothes--I remember he left his socks off and put his shoes on his bare feet--father began to name, in a shaky voice, various New Jersey cities. I can still see him reaching for his coat without taking his eyes off me. "Newark," he said, "Jersey City, Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Paterson, Passaic, Trenton, Jersey City, Trenton, Paterson--" "It has two names," I snapped. "Elizabeth and Paterson," he said.
    Of course, things turn out fine, as well they should.And why not?The best of Thurber, which The Thurber Carnival arguably is, is sublime; surprising insight and wry observations tossed lightly and served constantly with effortless good humor and an obvious love for all things gently eccentric. --Michael Hudson ... Read more
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Artistic Humorist
    THE THURBER CARNIVAL is an excellent collection if only because it contains the complete MY LIFE AND HARD TIMES. In the early seventies, when my grandmother gave me a respectful and wonderfully brief biography called THE CLOCKS OF COLUMBUS, I became a THURBER fan. I was in Junior High and Thurber, dead more than ten years already, was enjoying something of a vogue. Most of his books were back in print. Today, we're down to about a third or less of what he wrote. The Library of America's collection looks fairly complete, but THE THURBER CARNIVAL was his own selection of greatest hits, if you will. In both cases I miss the separate volumes from which these stories and cartoons are culled. If there are concept albums, Thurber had concept collections. You don't get the sense of a Beatles album listening to bits from different albums. This is true with Thurber. You need all of LET YOUR MIND ALONE, which you can only get used now. You need all of THE MIDDLE-AGED MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE; his most representative collection.
    He tried writing a novel once or twice, but found he could only write short stories. This bothered him. The chief thing to remember as you read him is that he was deeply ashamed of being a humorist. His literary hero was Henry James. During Thurber's time at the New Yorker (and he arrived there about a year after its founding, staying until his death more than three decades later) the magazine was a showcase for humorists. Think of the original cast of Saturday Night Live and you'll have something of an idea of the atmosphere at the magazine in its first ten years or so. Competitive humorists travelled from all over the United States to work for THE NEW YORKER. The Algonquin Roundtable was largely a haven for NEW YORKER staffers. James Thurber learned from E. B. White and a few others and then outstripped them. If you read E. B. White's forays into humor, you'll see his clean prose shining, but you won't feel you know him. Thurber, on the other hand, leaves you with the impression that he wishes to God he never left Ohio. There is a sense of loss in Thurber's rhythms.
    He is as dated as a Studebaker. If you're not willing to put yourself back in time, Thurber's not for you. But, if you notice his pain, you might notice how mightily he strove against it. Thomas Wolfe once met him at a party. Someone said, "This is James Thurber, the New Yorker writer."
    Wolfe shook his hand and said, "You call those little, tiny things writing?"
    All Thurber had was his writing. He was a mess otherwise. Even when his writing practically barks its bitter sentiment, Thurber turns a phrase as if he owns it. The actual content of the stories is immaterial. He should be read outloud, because he was essentially a poet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THURBER!!!!
    The works and cartoons of James Thurber have had quite an influence on me over the years.At a very young age I was drawn to his cartoons (pardon the pun), and as I grew older developed a great appreciation of his writings.Decades after their inception, his works ring true.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thurber's humour belongs in a category of its own
    This compendium will give a thoroughly entertaining taste of one of the twentieth century's greatest humourists. Thurber's imagination and wit have an appeal all their own.

    This anthology brings together a number of his short stories as well as selections from amongst his modern fables and cartoons. 'What Do You Mean, It Was Brillig?' and 'The Night the Bed Fell' are two excellent and hilarious tales that serve well as an introduction to Thurber's surreal world. Don't read these in public unless you are prepared to draw attention to yourself - they will have you laughing out loud. In his fables, modelled after Aesop, but with a twentieth-century bent, Thurber delights in catching the reader unaware with his own particular brand of irony.

    The cartoons are ingenious. Sometimes you will read a cartoon in a newspaper and it will make you laugh. Go back to it again and it no longer has the same effect. Thurber's cartoons, on the other hand, are so utterly inspired (I do not exaggerate), that they will improve upon a second and third look. You will discover subtle nuances you didn't perceive before. His funniest offerings draw on the theme of marriage, and frequently involve the chasm between a husband and wife trapped in a marriage out of which the love and romance has long since disappeared. You will be left baffled as to where exactly Thurber came across such a natural talent for finding (and exploiting) the absurd in everything. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060932872
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Fables, American    3. Form - Essays    4. General    5. Humor    6. Humorous stories, American    7. Social life and customs    8. Thurber, James, 1894-1961    9. United States    10. Humor / General   


    PEOPLE: Entertainment Almanac 2001
    by People Magazine, Cader Books, Editors of People Magazine
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Intresting and Entertaining
    This is a great book.I provides imformation on every celebrity in the world,Where they were born,when,occupation,and unusual facts.It could be read for hours at a time and still be intresting by the time you arefinished.It also goves contact imformation if you want to write acelebrity. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1929049072
    Sales Rank: 825871
    Subjects:  1. Arts In General (Multi-Subject)    2. Celebrities    3. Current Affairs    4. Mass Media    5. Mass Media - Magazines    6. Media Studies - Print Media    7. Miscellanea    8. Performing Arts (General)    9. Performing arts    10. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    11. Reference    12. Entertainment   

    Brain Droppings
    by George Carlin
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (12 May, 1997)
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    George Carlin's been working the crowd since "the counterculture" became "the over-the-counter culture" around 1967 or so; his new book, Brain Droppings, surfs on three decades of touring-in-support. It's the purest version of book-as-candy that one could imagine, serving up humor in convenient, bite-sized packages. Snack on chewy one-liners like "A meltdown sounds like fun. Like some kind of cheese sandwich." Or: "If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." Brain Droppings also contains highlights from Carlin's concert repertoire, and that more than makes up for the occasional spray of pointless nihilism. Tell us, George, what exactly were you going for with "Kill your pet" and "Satan is cool"? Quick--hide the paper before Daddy sees it! Still, if you're a fan of this sarcastic semanticist who's given Bad Attitude not necessarily a good name, but at least a comfy bank account, by all means rush out and snag Brain Droppings. Carlin's book melts in your mind, not in your hand. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A very funny book except for one thing
    I've loved George Carlin's humor since the 60s. No one sees through society's and the media's garbage better than Carlin. His observations are always both funny and intelligent. Even when he comes off as being angry with everyone and everything, he still mangages to make you laugh and think at the same time. My main problem with him is the guilty white man nonsense. He would have you think that the caucasian race is the sole source of evil in the world today, yesterday and tomorrow. He needs to drop the 1960s American hippy attitude. Also, he uses the word "we" an awful lot and assumes that he speaks for everyone of a particular race. He speaks of how "we" killed the Indians, how "we" poisoned the earth with chemical spills...how "we" did this and how "we" did that. For a guy who makes a living by making fun of "victims" in society and other various misfits and phonies, it's surprising that Carlin risks sounding just as stupid and ignorant as the various people he ridicules. Somehow the one person in American society he neglects in poking fun at is the aging, liberal, guilt-ridden, lily-white, 1960s hippy who seems compelled to blame himself, and apologize for everything bad in the world. I don't know who he's talking about when he says "we", but I sure never killed any Indians or did any of the things he says "we" did. George Carlin is definitely a funny guy and is second to none in observing this stupid world we live in, but he needs to give the *guilty white man routine* some time off, and stop assumming to speak for other people. Every race in history has had a hand in turning the world into what it is now. Someone as intelligent as Carlin should be able to see that, but he doesn't.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pure Carlin
    I first read this book while on my honeymoon. It somehow found its way onto the bookshelf in my room at the bed & breakfast we were staying at. I have never laughed so hard while in a whirlpool tub.

    Carlins' mastery of the english language is on full display here. His ability to think outside the box will make you scratch your head and bust a gut with laughter. The random grouping of thoughts in the book works very well.

    Great read overall and works very well when you need a book to read in brief clips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Georgie Porgie
    This book is great.I got it for Christmas last year and I just couldn't stop reading it.Even after I've read his material over and over, I laugh every time I read it.
    I think this book is great because most of the material in it is new.In "Napalm & Silly Putty" and "When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops" it seemed like a lot of that material had already been done in some of his HBO specials.
    This whole book will keep you reading all afternoon.This book may even help you're child become a better reader (except for the raunchy stuff). ... Read more

    Isbn: 0786863137
    Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. American wit and humor    3. General    4. Humor    5. Humor / General   


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