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    Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE Washington, DC, 4e (THE GREEN GUIDE)
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars From a Native's Perspective
    Anything with the name Michelin tells me that it is well thought out and offers practical advice and information. This book is no exception to that rule. The Washington DC Green Guide is up-to-date for life in post-9-11 Washington. Helpful contact information, hours of operation and maps are included among neighborhood histories and in-depth museum information that will make you think you've already visited the places! My favorite feature of the book is the address and contact information. The embassies, museums, theatres, major shopping locales and other businesses are listed in an organized manner making it most helpful to make reservations or equipe you to handle any other inquiry you might have. Though its descriptions are ample and helpful as a native, I must admit, I noticed the absence of some insider tidbits with which I have become familiar in my decades living in the Capital City. There are a few historical establishments & restaurants (Old Ebbitts, for instance) which are not included. Overall though, I must give this book a high ranking because it is hard to wrap up our grand city in one book without having to be choosy about what is to be included and what should be left out. Though I live in DC and have all my life, I enjoy this book because it allows me to become aware of some features of our grand town which I may have previously overlooked. It is a great resource for visiting tourists as well and great for Washingtonians to keep on hand when they forsee out-of-town guests. The only thing that would make this book more useful were if it came with a Metro card! ... Read more

    Isbn: 2061577040
    Sales Rank: 1105027
    Subjects:  1. Travel    2. United States - South - South Atlantic (General)    3. District of Columbia (Washington, DC)    4. Travel & holiday guides   

    Bethesda : A Social History
    by William M. Offutt
    Paperback (07 January, 1996)
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    Isbn: 0964381990
    Sales Rank: 1640141

    City Slickers Washington Dc Laminated Folding Map
    by Adc, The Map People
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (November, 1995)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars How else can you fold the Nation's Capital?!
    Though not all the small details and streets are noted on this laminated folding map, I find it very useful to keep in my glove compartment or purse. You never know when you might need to find a different route or find your destination so the size and durability of this map makes it ideal for keeping on-hand. The National Mall is present which makes it ideal for tourists and residents alike. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0875301088
    Sales Rank: 1310052
    Subjects:  1. Atlases - General    2. Maps    3. Reference    4. Travel - United States    5. United States - General   


    Art & History of Washington DC
    by Bruce R Smith
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated overview of DC
    This book contains wonderful photographs and brief descriptions of many of Washington's well known and lesser known sites.However, it is already out of date since the WWII Memorial is not included.The book also lacks photos of some of the sites it discusses.However, this doesn't detract from the book's impact.I look forward to it being updated and expanded. ... Read more

    Isbn: 8880297627
    Sales Rank: 842526

    Washington, DC Hard-to-Believe (But True!) History, Mystery,
    by Carole Marsh
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1999)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Interesting mysteries about the city but low reading level.
    This book contains some interesting stories about Washington, DC and Presidents, but it is written at about the 4th or 5th grade level. Very disappointing. It has print only on the right side of the page and resembles bound pages from a home computer and printer. Does not warrantit's price. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0793302765
    Sales Rank: 2027191


    Hardball on the Hill: Baseball Stories from Our Nation's Capital
    by James C. Roberts
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The National Pastime With A Washington Focus
    Jim Roberts has produced a highly readable book dealing with the game in our cruelly deprived city from before the Civil War through his T-ball and Little League adventures in Great Falls, VA in the 1990s... Along the way, the author shows us a winning sense of humor...Mr. Roberts escorts the reader through the "mostly dismal" history of Washington's primary team, noting that the first Nationals (later known as the Senators) took the field in 1859, rather than when the American League was founded in 1901... There is a gentle chapter on one-time basball broadcaster Ronald Reagan that tells how he wrote Cleveland Indians start Bob Feller requesting an autographed ball for a boy who had been shot by his father, a mentally unstable World War II Hero Mr. Feller sent the ball. More than 30 years later, meeting with President Reagan at the White House, the Hall of Fame pitcher found that the Gipper rememembered the incident... Mr. Roberts interviews and writes movingly about two late area residents who played outside the major leagues, Lacy Ellerbe in the Negro Leagues and Claire Schillace Donahoe in the wartime All-American Girls Professional League. He relates how Mrs. Donahoe, irritated by a called strike, once hiked up her skirt and told the male umpire, "Would you please look at my knees." Said the cooperative ump: "I am - believe me I am."...Other topics include the annual Congressional baseball game (featuring suc former star athletes at Jim Bunning, Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell, Steve Largent...Mr Roberts also gives us a look at the Shenandoah Valley summer league and writes sensitively about Jimmy Trimble, who was a star pitcher at St. Albans School in the District and considered a likely major leaguer until he was killed on Iwo Jima near the end of World War II...In his introduction, Mr. Roberts describes watching the Montreal Expos play an exhibition game last spring in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, and noting a team press release in which pitcher where described as "lanceurs," catchers as "receveurs," outfielders as "voltigeurs" and coaches as "instruceurs." He adds, "What a disgrace. The capital of the United States - where baseball is the national pastime - doesn't."... Someday "this outrage" will be rectified. Until then, Mr. Roberts has given us a wonderful book that should at least partially assuage our pangs. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1892049260
    Sales Rank: 162800
    Subjects:  1. Baseball    2. Baseball - Essays & Writings    3. Baseball - History    4. Baseball - Specific Teams    5. History    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Washington (D.C.)   


    Above Washington
    by Robert W. Cameron
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (August, 1979)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dazzling D.C.
    I have always had a major appreciation of Robert Carmeron's work and this is one of his best.Granted it's hard to make Washington look bad, it's is so wonderfully laid out, but in this book she never looked better.Though the pictures are from the early 80's, most of the momuments are present and the city is timeless anyway.Mr. Carmeron is such a talent and the angles he gets are just amazing.If you love Washington, or just like great photography quite frankly, you will love this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ordinary Joes Opinion
    I sell books on Amamzon and I was listing this book and double checking it's conditon when I became drawn into the book.

    This is an excellent book for the history buff,school library,or for anyone who has never been to Washingtton CD.

    The before and after pictures are especially interesting.

    If you are planing a trip tothe capitol this would be a good book to readand reread first. Then you could compare the views when you return .

    This would give you an excellent "feel" for the changing "life" of the capitol.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A nice pictorial - with dated pictures
    Robert Cameron is undoubtedly one of the best urban aerial photographers in the country. However, the landscape of Washington has changed so dramatically in the twenty years since this book was released that anyone with a lot of knowledge about the area will be disappointed by what's missing.
    It does contain a wide breadth of pictures, some which are definitely extraordinary. However, the book needs to be updated in order to capture the modernization in architecture and planning that has proliferated in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area since its initial publication. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0918684080
    Sales Rank: 33737
    Subjects:  1. Aerial photographs    2. Description    3. Photo Essays    4. Photoessays & Documentaries    5. Photography    6. Pictorial works    7. Subjects & Themes - Travel - U.S./Mid-Atlantic    8. Washington (D.C.)    9. Washington Region   


    From the Wood
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 May, 1997)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Sound vs. Lyrics
    Pat Mcgee has a great "acoustic songwriter" sound. However, I was pretty disappointed with the sappy love song lyrics with no depth (which every song on this CD was a love song). I thought with such a soothing sound and so much talent on the guitar that the words would have a little more stregnth behind them. If you are a music fan that prefers sound over lyrics or are a "sucker" for sappy love songs, than I definately reccomend this CD. But if you are a fan that needs both aspects of the song, like I do, than I'm telling you to keep your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The wholesome feel of a local band
    The Pat McGee Band has released an awesome CD that I never tire of listening to. Even though they aren't from Athens, Ga, every time I hear the song, Girl From Athens, I feel as though it is about me. The music has that feel of local flair to it that is quite common around the college town of Athens. I love this band and the entire CD. Each song varies from the other with enough of the same feel to make it that predictable comfort that comes with a favorite band. Why are they not more popular is my question.Check out this CD and pass it on to friends. That way you can tell them that you were the first to love them. This is a CD that you can roll down the windows to, turn the volume up on and not worry that about being embarressed at the stoplight when the light is red. Buy From The Wood today and be happy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Everyone's CD Collection!
    I started listening to this CD back in 1996 in college.It is simply the best Pat McGee CD's of the three.I remember my buddies and I would play the hell outta this CD.I figured Pat McGee would be a household name by now, but still continues to be a local favorite in the Northern Virginia area.

    The best song of all time is "Haven't Seen for Awhile", it brought tears to my eyes plenty of times since the song fitted my wife (girlfriend at the time) and our long distance relationship.The song was so instrumental that we played it as our theme song at our wedding in 1998.

    Gotta love Pat McGee music!Please support this bands music...you will not regret it! ... Read more

    Asin: B00000JBGS
    Sales Rank: 63230
    Subjects:  1. American Trad Rock    2. Jam Bands    3. Pop    4. Rock   


    Washington Album: A Pictorial History of the Nation's Capital
    by Jane Freundel Levey, Bob Levey
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (23 March, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Get your basics, and then some
    Regardless of whether you were a fan of Bob Levey's Washington Post column, you will find this book to be an excellent overview of the history of the nation's capital. Washington was sometimes a backwater or sometimes a laboratory where Congress tested out ideas of how to organize a city or a society. The icing on the cake is the pictures, unusual and interesting photos, paintings, drawings, and more that reveal daily life in a very American place.

    1-0 out of 5 stars As Cliche-Ridden As His Vapid Daily Column
    Bob Levey claims to care deeply about good writing. But he ignores Strunk and White's admonition that the writer should always keep himself in the background. Indeed, Flaubert once said that the writer "must be like God on the page, present everywhere yet visible nowhere." Unfortunately, Levey inserts himself into nearly every one of the chapters (as he does in his insipid Washington Post columns), when it is clear the book would have been decent if he had stayed out of it.

    This book does have some scarce nuggets. The history of Washington is indeed riveting, but not because of any pedestrian rendering by Levey. Unfortunately, Levey is not qualified to handle the material, and the reader is left only to speculate about how good this book could have been in the hands of a more talented writer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    The great thing about this book is the community background Bob Levey brings to it.So often Washington DC is thought of as "The Nation's Capital".But we're also a city - with our own interests, our ownsources of pride, our own traditions, our own history.That fact comesthrough in this book!I definitely recommend it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1930691009
    Sales Rank: 754557
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History: American    3. United States - General    4. Washington, DC   


    Washington, Dc and Vicinity: City Map (Travelvision City Maps)
    by American Map Corporation
    Paperback (01 June, 1997)
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    Isbn: 0841650810
    Sales Rank: 2743498
    Subjects:  1. General    2. Maps    3. Reference    4. Reference - General    5. Travel   


    Real Life at the White House: Two Hundred Years of Daily Life at America's Most Famous Residence
    by John Whitcomb, Claire Whitcomb
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 2000)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time and Money
    This book is a waste of time and money.It presents nothing that two other more significant works do not already present in more accurate, better edited ways.These two other works are:1)Inside the White House: America's Most Famous House, The First 200 Years by Better Boyd Caroli, published by Canopy Books; and 2)The White House: Its Historic Furnishings and First Families by Betty C. Monkman, published by Abbeville Press.Caroli has much more research experience with the White House and the nation's first ladies, and Momkman actually worked in the White House Curator's Office.

    If it were not for sloppy editing and factually incorrect information, the Whitcomb and Whitcomb book would be a nice addition to these two more accurate, and frankly more interesting works.Grammatical and punctuation errors pepper the entire book and really take away from its readability.Worse are the blatantly wrong facts presented in this book.For example, on page 371 in the chapter on Lyndon Johnson, Clark Clifford's wife is erroneously called "Mary."Her name was actually "Marny," which was a nickname for Margery (Margery Peperell Kimball).The authors interestingly cite Clark Clifford's memoir, Counsel To The President published by Random House, as a source of infomration for the chapters on Presidents Truman and Johnson.

    On page 395, in the chapter about Richard Nixon, the authors state that Daniel Ellsburg was a psychiatrist.Had the two authors consulted Ellsberg's memoir, Secrets: A Memoir Of Vietnam And The Pentagon Papers, published by Viking Penguin, they would have seen that Ellsberg is indeed NOT a psychiatrist, but that he earned a doctoral degree in economics from Harvard and later worked in the Pentagon under Secretary McNamara.The authors are undoubtedly confused;there was a break-in at the office of Ellberg's psychiatrist (a Dr. Lewis Fielding...the real pshychiatrist), which was a scheme carried out by G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt.

    Another misconception put forth by Whitcomb and Whitcomb on page 395 is that the so-called "White House Plumbers" were the infamous Watergate burglars.The team known as the Plumbers consisted of four men:Liddy, Hunt, Bud Krogh, and David Young.Only Liddy and Hunt were present at the June 17th break-int.However, they were not members of the break-and-enter team.Hunt had recruited five cuban nationals and two Americans, one of whom (James McCord) worked for the CIA and was director of security for the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) to go into the Watergate.The authors negelected to consult the most accurate account of Watergate and events leading up to the infamous burglary, Watergate: The Corruption Of American Politics And The Fall Of Richard Nixon, published by Simon and Schuster.This book is the accompaniment to a documentary on Watergate developed by the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

    These mistakes make me wonder what else the authors got wrong....and such factually inaccurate information really takes away from a historical work.I encourage readers to consult the Caroli and Monkman books for all things White House, as well as the independent biographies and memoirs of the presidents, first ladies, and their staff members (e.g., the memoir by Clark Clifford) instead of wasting their time and money on this sloppy attempt at historical writing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Account of Our Presidents
    I found this book full of information about the different Presidents and their families and how they adjusted to living in the White House.

    There is a lot of information about earlier, less known Presidents, and I enjoyed reading those chapters.

    I was also interested to read about all the pets over the years.
    Every family seemed to have all sorts of animals.

    It was interesting to read about the First Ladies and their "quirks".Mary Todd Lincoln ran up clothing bills that she tried to hide---just like Jackie.

    Other stories that I found amusing were that Nixon would not allow guards or policemen to speak to him or Mrs. Nixon.Betty Ford couldn't understand why they ignored her greetings until this was explained to her.

    Ronald Reagan served tea to Prince Charles who did not touch it because, as he explained later, he didn't know what to do with the little bag!

    Many such amusing stories made this a truly enjoyable book.I recommend to anyone wanting to know about living in the White House.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly done
    I was so excited when I got this book. I love stories about Presidents. However, everything in this book I had read somehwere else. Same old boring stuff. No new pictures. Basically, I thought it was awful. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0415923204
    Sales Rank: 344545
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Buildings, structures, etc    3. Government - U.S. Government    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: American    7. Political History    8. Presidents    9. Reference    10. Social life and customs    11. U.S. President    12. United States    13. United States - State & Local - General    14. Washington (D.C.)    15. White House (Washington, D.C.)    16. American history    17. District of Columbia (Washington, DC)    18. Political leaders & leadership    19. Residential buildings, domestic buildings    20. USA   


    The National Mall (Cornerstones of Freedom. Second Series)
    by Brendan January
    Library Binding (01 September, 2000)
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    Isbn: 0516216163
    Sales Rank: 2484679
    Subjects:  1. Buildings    2. Buildings, structures, etc    3. Children's 9-12 - History - General    4. Children: Grades 4-6    5. History    6. History - United States/General    7. Juvenile Nonfiction    8. Juvenile literature    9. Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)    10. National parks and reserves    11. United States    12. Washington (D.C.)   


    Official Guide to the Smithsonian
    by Smithsonian Institution, Ellen Cochran Hirzy
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What You Would Expect
    This book is just what you would expect from the Smithsonian, 224 pages of glossy pictures that leave you wanting more. The _Guide_ starts with about 35 pages of useful information such as how to get around DC and some of the history of the Smithsonian Institution. Then comes a quick survey of the different museums starting with that favorite, the Air and Space Museum, which is the home of the Wright Brothers first flying aircraft. And don't forget the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport or you will miss a proto-type space shuttle. After surveying the rest of the Smithsonian museums near the National Mall, the _Guide_ includes a few other attractions in DC such as the National Zoological Park. A few noteworthy mentions in NYC round out the _Guide_.

    Of course, you could spend your entire two week vacation at the Smithsonian and never see it all. (Do an online search to see how big it is.) If you use the _Guide_ to plan a trip to DC, one thing I might suggest is that you learn to use the Metro (subway) system. The _Guide_ mentions it, but it is too bad that a map of the Metro system was not included. (Get one online.) If you buy the _Guide_ in order to remember a trip to DC, one thing that will quickly catch your attention is that the National Museum for the American Indian mentioned is the one in NYC. Either way, the _Guide_ is well worth it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1560986670
    Sales Rank: 49360
    Subjects:  1. General    2. Travel    3. Travel - General    4. United States - General   


    A Kids' Guide to the Smithsonian
    by Ann Phillips Bay, Barbara Hehner, Steven Rotblatt
    Paperback (01 July, 1996)
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    Isbn: 156098693X
    Sales Rank: 221617
    Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12    2. General    3. Guidebooks    4. Guides    5. Juvenile literature    6. Smithsonian Institution    7. Travel   


    Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation's Capital
    by Elizabeth Jo Lampl, Kimberly Prothro Williams
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (December, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding portrait of a neighborhood! Five stars reading
    Whether you live in the nation's capital, Chevy Chase self or have an interest in architecture and history, this book is sure to please you.Beautifully written and illustrated, this is ***** reading. Sure to featureprominently on my coffee table for a long time too! ... Read more

    Isbn: 1878399756
    Sales Rank: 1895154
    Subjects:  1. Architecture, Domestic    2. Buildings, structures, etc    3. Chevy Chase    4. Chevy Chase (Md.)    5. City planning    6. History    7. History - General History    8. History: American    9. Maryland    10. United States - State & Local - General   

    Echo Echo
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 March, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Some different thoughts.....
    I stumbled across Carbon Leaf after XPN in Philly had their most recent album as one of 2004's 50 best.Rather than repeat what others have said, let me note a few other things I really like about them (and this CD specifically)

    1. Having available 2 complete albums for free and legal download.I downloaded both Echo Echo and Electrified Ether Porch music and was able to get a really good sense of the music without purchasing them (which I now plan to do just to fulfill my end of the bargain)

    2.Slightly different song structures.Rather than just plain vanilla verse and chorus, many of the songs build, adding additional lines to subsequent choruses, and contrasting less assesible verses with catchy chorsuses. Reminds me a bit of XTC in this last regard.

    3.Great rhythmn section.After repeated listenings, I realized that the drummer reminds me of an old high school friend (who was a fantastic drummer) in that he really drives the songs forward and adds a lot of texture to the songs.Not bombastic or really flashy, but if you notice what he's doing you really appreciate it.Same things for the bass player.

    Excellent throughout.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A unique and addictive sound
    Despite not being their most recent release, this CD remains my favorite Carbon Leaf CD. For those not familiar with their sound, I'd have to call it a mix of mellow to moderate rock and folk music with a significant Irish influence.

    Songs such as "The Boxer" and "Mary Mac" will draw you to the CD initially, while the lyrics in songs such as "Maybe Today" and "Toy Soldiers" will keep you coming back.

    If after your purchase of this CD you want to expand your Carbon Leaf collection, I would then ask you this: Do you find yourself more attracted to the irish element or the lyrics? If it is the irish element then I would tell you to pick up Ether-Electrified Porch Music next. If its the lyrics, I would recommend Indian Summer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super blend of folk-rock/celtic pubpagan americana
    What can I say? The music of CARBON LEAF is hard to catagorize. All the tracks have a "backwoods" ramble to them. Wether the lyrics hint at everyday troubles (despertation song), future wars and the coming of age (toy soldiers), the music is always thoughtful and mature.
    The mesh of styles is seamless. I find the celtic flow especially dominant in the wild tongue twister 'Mary Mac'...and even while tackling more current themes (to never give up hope) as in 'The Boxer'.
    The music never falters from it's sublime "roots".Chuck full of interesting guitar and vocal florishes, the music of CARBON LEAF stays true to its Celtic/Appalachian beginings.
    CD is over 70 minutes...and there's a hidden track to boot!
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    Asin: B00005B5IO
    Sales Rank: 23321
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    5 Alive!
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 August, 2003)
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    • Live
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Bands around..
    I first heard this band when the opened for Jump Little Children...Phenomenal! This CD helps capture their sound when you hear them live. (Which I think everyone should do...) The melodies, guitar riffs, Celtic influence, strong bass talent, and mesmerizing drums make this CD an "experience" to listen too.

    Amazon should offer a money back guarantee for this album because nobody will dislike it.

    This album is best served with a few pints of Guinness.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Band, Great CD
    I fortunately was given this CD by a band member of Carbon Leaf, and it literally didn't leave my CD player for weeks! I saw the guys play and they completely blew me away. The energy and quality of their live show is just awesome. This CD really captures the Carbon Leaf live experience. This CD is a really good introduction of Carbon Leaf. Some of my personal favorite of this disc are Home, Blue Ridge Laughing, Torn to Tattered, Wanderin' Around, American Tale, Desperation Song, and Toy Soldiers. However, all the songs are fantastic. This is just an all around great CD from an all around great band. Everyone do yourself a favor: start listening to Carbon Leaf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Completely unique band with familiar influences
    These guys sound like they grew up on 80's Athens rock, bluegrass & celtic traditions, and spent some formative time grooving to Phish.

    But they are completely their own.With incredible guitar riffs to great vocals, they create their own sound. They understand the power of traditional roots to move their audiences, and are fabulous live. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AGWS4
    Sales Rank: 14230
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Celtic Pop    3. Folk-Rock    4. Jam Bands    5. Pop    6. Rock   


    Personal History
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (24 February, 1998)
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    Editorial Review

    In lieu of an unrevealing Famous-People-I-Have-Known autobiography, the owner of the Washington Post has chosen to be remarkably candid about the insecurities prompted by remote parents and a difficult marriage to the charismatic, manic-depressive Phil Graham, who ran the newspaper her father acquired. Katharine's account of her years as subservient daughter and wife is so painful that by the time she finally asserts herself at the Post following Phil's suicide in 1963 (more than halfway through the book), readers will want to cheer. After that, Watergate is practically an anticlimax. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Engaging and Effective in its Detail
    What can one say? The freedom with which the author grants the reader not just a glimpse but a fully engrossing view of her world, is justifiably prize-winning. Madam Graham's troubles and triumphs give the student of the publishing world, of motherhood, wifehood, of power or of politics endless lessons.

    I would recommend reading this book along with Janet Langhart Cohen's Book "From Rage to Reason".These two women were both friends and are powerful examples of republican women who rock (to use the venacular popular with youth these days!).

    Both of these women give a wondrous example of how to balance a commitment to family and traditional values with leadership and power.

    I do hope whomever reads both books gets much out of the experience and finds this review of use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Katharine The Great
    "The thing women must do to rise to power is to redefine their femininity. Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact power has no sex. ", so stated Katharine Graham and who would know better?In 1998, Katharine Graham won the Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography "Personal History". She writes a riveting account of her life, and in particular her life with The Washington Post.

    Katharine Graham was born to a wealthy family. Her father H Meyer was a publisher and in 1933 bought The Washington Post. Katharine or Kay as her many friends called her, was brought up to believe that she could do anything. And, as her life shows us, she became one of the most powerful women in the United States. In 1938 after college, Katharine went to work for her father at the Washington Post. She learned the ropes, and completed many jobs and found the way of the newspaper. She met a man who soon became her husband, Philip Graham. Once her children arrived, Katharine stopped working to raise her family, and Philip became the publisher and CEO of the Post.They led a fairly happy life with a family focus but still entertianed a lot with dinner parties and social events. Katharine made sure however her children were brought upwith love and discipline. During this time the Post bought the Washington Times and Newsweek. In 1963, Katharine's beloved husband committed suicide; she found he had hanged himself. Bereft she and the children tried to put their lives together.Someone had to run the paper and Katharine went back to work. She learned the ways of the Washington post by observation and quick study and became it publisher, Chairman of the Board and finally CEO. Katharine Graham ran The Post.

    Thus began the days of liberation. The time of the Pentagon Papers and The Watergate. Hard biting, investigative journalism was the theme of The Post. And, it was during this time that "The Post" became one of the most important papers in the United States. Kay became a well known doyenne of the city, she was a very popular figure in Washington and well liked. She was erudite and intelligent, well spoken. She ran the paper as she did her life with dedication and love.Katharine Graham's autobiography is well written and relays many truths and secrets - all is open for everyone to read.Mention the name Katharine Graham today, and she is almost as well known as she was in 2001 when she died after falling and striking her head.Katharine left a legacy for her family and for history. She left nothing to chance. She is a role model and this is a book that all women, actuallly everyone, should read. Highly recommended. prisrob

    5-0 out of 5 stars Katharine Graham's illuminating & candid autobiography
    What a story!This is a revealing personal account of Katharine Graham's life.She tells about her childhood as a rich girl without much self-confidence; her marriage to the depressed but brilliant Phil Graham, who ran the Washington Post (her father's newspaper) and later committed suicide; and ultimately her leadership of the Washington Post through Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, Vietnam and an incredibly interesting time in American history.This book intertwines the history of the nation with Graham's own history, and the result is a delight.It is an honest, funny and interesting story, and her spirit and heart shine through in her writing.I learned a lot about an amazing woman while gaining a new perspective on a turbulent time in history. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0375701044
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    The Best of Washington: The Washingtonian Magazine's Guide to Life in the Nation's Capital
    by Joan Mooney
    Hardcover (January, 1977)
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