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    The Image of the World: 20 Centuries of World Maps
    by Peter Whitfield
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars modern maps aren't always better
    What a fetish we have made of accuracy and precision in maps! These maps--even the mediaevil ones showing the location of the Garden of Eden--are coherent world views. Many of the maps have been restored to their original look.
    Hard to know where to draw the line between art, science, religion and history. Excellent text. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764903640
    Sales Rank: 798461
    Subjects:  1. Cartography    2. Maps    3. Reference    4. World - General   

    Principles of Cartography (McGraw-Hill Series in Geography)
    by Erwin J. Raisz
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 February, 1962)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Contents:
    Old schoolbook aimed to guide the student to understand the language of maps, to enable him to illustrate his own papers, and to give him a foundation if he chooses to become a cartographer. This book is written for high school students but easy enough to read for high school students or the general public.
    Tools and Equipment
    Air-Photo Reading
    The Principles of map making
    Field Methods
    The Principles of Lettering
    Relief Methods
    Land Forms and Land Slopes
    Government Maps

    Private Maps
    Map Collections and Compilation
    Map Design and Layout
    Lines, Shades, and Colors
    Map Reproduction
    The Earth
    Map Projections
    Azimuthal Projections, Grid Systems
    Thematic (Statistical) Maps
    Science Maps
    Land-use and Economic Maps
    Photography for Cartographers
    Modern Techniques (remember up to year 1962)
    Tables, glossary, bibliography, sample examination questions, laboratory syllabus, index.
    315 pages.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Art and Science of Cartography, by a master practitioner
    I have this book and have perused it and keep it as a reference, but,I am acquainted with Raisz, and must say that if you don't have his landforms map of north america then you are missing the single best map I have ever seen.
    My landforms course at Penn State was taught entirely from this map, it was the text!
    With a scientist's understanding and an artist's hand, his mapsare pen and ink illustrations of landscape, mindfull of the forces operating beneath the surface. Those forces that 'constructed' them and the eroding forces above that have 'destructed' them.

    Find this map and,

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't know, but his previous book was very good.
    I haven't read this book, but since you don't have any reviews on the page, I thought you might be interested in what this author did previously. He wrote "General Cartography" in the 1940's, apparently a text book (as I guess this one is, from its title), but very readable, very well illustrated, and entertaining if you have any interest at all in the subject. It covered just about anything you would want to know about maps, including the history of mapmaking (such as maps by the South Sea islanders made of shells on a reed mesh), map projections (accurately defined with no mathematics), how surveys are done, map lettering, all sorts of special maps, cartograms, and even the tools you need to draw maps (I can't tell you everything it covered because I lent it to my nephew). I only hope this book is nearly as good. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0070511519
    Sales Rank: 1296831
    Subjects:  1. Earth Sciences - Geography    2. Science   

    The City of Trembling Leaves (Western Literature Series)
    by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars To be young, gifted, and growing up in the American West
    The author, born in 1909, was in his mid-30s when this novel was published in 1945, and he writes about being young with remarkable maturity. There is a melancholy and nostalgia, as if the story were told by someone twice his age. In its leisurely and intense unfolding of time, place, mood and character, it brings to mind Thomas Wolfe's "Look Homeward, Angel" and Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie."

    Modern-day readers will find themselves making a big adjustment to the pace of this long novel. Its central story could be told in 250 pages: a sensitive boy grows up in a modest family in Reno, Nevada, befriends a girl who lives near him and a boy and girl whose parents are wealthy and live across town, falls deeply in love with one of the girls while in high school, and begins a career as a composer and musician, eventually marrying and finding himself as an artist. But Clark has much more to tell, immersing the reader in richly detailed incidents that can expand into 20 and 30 pages - a horse race, a high school party, a tennis match, a climb up a mountain, a gathering of locals at a bar.

    While the story takes place in the 1920s and 30s, there are only passing references to historical events and period detail. Much of the story is internal, psychological, emotional. And much of the story has to do with the timelessness of place and the cycle of seasons. There is a celebration of the city of Reno (as a hometown, not a destination for gambling and easy divorce), its trees, the surrounding mountains, and nearby Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe. Emotions and landscape are intricately interwoven. Clark's descriptions of places are infused with moods that shift and change like passing cloud shadows.

    And finally, it's a story of the difficulties of becoming an artist, finding one's own voice and vision, developing one's talent, the personal costs and the struggle against discouragement and compromise, the social isolation and the impact on personal relationships. Part of Clark's achievement in this novel is the ability to take the reader with only words into the mind of a musician and composer. I recommend reading this book with an open map of Reno and western Nevada, and look online for pictures of Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe. Both will enrich the experience of this fine novel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AReno, NevadaResident's Review
    While a resident of Reno, NV (1971-1980), I read the "City of Trembling Leaves" The book is a wonderfully nostalgic record of Reno, Nevada and the surrounding mountain and desert environs during the period of time that Clark lived there (i.e. 1920-1940's).

    The author paints a colorful and accurate description of the "Biggest Little City in the World" when it actually fit that definition.Today, Reno is a rapidly expanding, land-gobbling monster of massive traffic jams, casinos, commercial strips, malls and ticky-tacky,cluttered housing developments much like Las Vegas (which is nothing more than another Los Angeles with slot machines).

    I have lost my original copy, but am buying the new edition so that I can once again enjoy the life of a young, callow fellow and his friends growing up in a beautiful,small, friendly westerntown during simpler times.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel
    Having grown up around Reno, Nevada, I have a built-in bias toward this book, despite the fact that it is an example of a treacly genre (the obligatory semi-autobiographical novel) that most authors wisely leave inmanuscript in their desk drawers.However, Clark is a powerful writer (see"The Track of the Cat" and "The Ox-Bow Incident") andhe does a very good job of evoking time and place, especially the 20's and30's, which are written as Fitzgerald might have done if Gatsby had grownup in Reno.The latter part of the book contains descriptions of artistictroubled souls loose in the American West that will be familiar to readersof the novels of the Beat Generation (Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums"comes to mind).There is also a Steinbeckian flavor to the book,especially the relationships, possibly because they are etched against thatlarger-than-life Western sky. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0874171806
    Sales Rank: 341910
    Subjects:  1. 20th Century American Novel And Short Story    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. General    5. Western stories   


    The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Herman Melville, Tony Tanner
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What is he really saying?
    The book was fascinating, but not nearly so much as the different opinions about the book and its meaning.

    And so here is my theory: The Confidence Man is not a shape-shifter. In fact, there is no character in the book we could call the Confidence Man. The con is within ourselves, an intrinsic part of our natures. We are not conned we con ourselves. Perhaps best illustrated in the part where Melville talks about writing.

    In the end, how do you choose the outcome? You will take a walk in the dark, whether it be with faith or fear.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never more true than in 2002
    No other Melville novel reminds me more of William Gaddis than The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade. In other words, Melville's corrosive yet understated, quintessentially American apocalypse is not an easy read but it rewards the attentive reader.Since I first read it I've never heard the word "confidence" spoken without re-experiencing something of Melville's irony.(And I've been reminded of that irony more frequently recently because the word has seems to have become a great favorite of our own president!)Melville's ironic sense, sharper here than in any of his other novels, shines in wonderfully wrought sentences. Such as:

    "[H]e seemed to have courted oblivion, a boon not often withheld from so humble an applicant as he."(Chapter 2)

    And, "Gradually overtaken by slumber, his flaxen head drooped, his whole lamb-like figure relaxed, and half reclining against the ladder's foot, lay motionless, as some sugar-snow in March, which, softly stealing down over night, with its white placidity startles the brown farmer peering out from his threshold at daybreak."(Chapter 1)

    And, "[O]ne of those who, at three-score-and-ten, are fresh-hearted as at fifteen; to whom seclusion gives a boon more blessed than knowledge, and at last sends them to heaven untainted by the world, because ignorant of it; just as a countryman putting up at a London inn, and never stirring out of it as a sight-seer, will leave London at last without once being lost in its fog or soiled by its mud."(Chapter 45)

    5-0 out of 5 stars story about story-telling
    His contemporaries just did not get it, but then Melville's great works were all written on the eve of the Civil War. Race, region and property were tearing the country apart, and this coming storm is the setting for this April Fool's Day ride on the Mississippi.
    The works of Mark Twain are dogged with controversy. In Innocents Abroad, for example, a simple discussion of Lake Como leads to a discussion of Lake Tahoe, leading to a racist tirade against the Washoe tribe of Nevada. (This would be a tame example.) Perhaps we cannot understand the times apart from Twain's Indian-hating.
    In The Confidence Man, Melville gives us a whole chapter on Indian-hating. It is a story about story-telling above all else; yet, it also takes us into the minds of Melville's contemporaries.
    Samuel Clemens was a great comic writer, and his greatest works remain important historical documents as well as entertaining fictions. Race dogs them, but Melville transcended this problem. In Black Guinea we sense the rich language of American blacks, and we are given a glance at the many levels on which it operates.
    When Black Guinea tries to defend himself, he says "dis poor ole darkie is werry well wordy of all you kind ge'mmen's kind confidence." Worthy or wordy, or maybe both? Herman Melville is in control of just about every word in this book.
    Moby Dick is adventure; The Confidence Man is entertainment. It puts you into a place that only story-telling knows. Liking puns helps. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0192837621
    Sales Rank: 85187
    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Classics    3. Literary Criticism    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism    5. Literature: Classics    6. 19th century fiction    7. USA   


    Maps are Territories : Science is an Atlas
    by David Turnbull
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (16 March, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars all over the map
    This book is all over the map, but what exactly does that mean?

    Turnbull begins with a quote, "...all theory may be regarded as a kind of map extended over space and time." (Michael Polanyi) How tempting to describe difficult concepts as "like a map." By page two we're dealing with Borges, and a page later Lewis Carroll. Maps are more complex than we ever imagined.

    The discussion of Aboriginal-Australian Maps (Exhibit 5) takes us deeper still, as we learn that their dream time and painting contain elements of geographical knowledge which these people equate with magic.

    Originally published in 1989, it remains way ahead of its time. Multicultural, lacking any cant, beautifully illustrated, intellectually exciting ... Read more

    Isbn: 0226817059
    Sales Rank: 380996
    Subjects:  1. Atlases - General    2. Australia    3. Cartography    4. Earth Sciences - Geography    5. Maps    6. Philosophy    7. Reference    8. Science / Geography   


    Famous Airliners: From Biplane to Jetliner, the Story of Travel by Air
    by William F. Mellberg
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
    This is a fascinating book full of wonderful photos as well as interesting text that chronicles the development and evolution of most of the modern airliners in our skies today, as well as also covering many of the older planes no longer flown.

    In addition to covering many of the well known planes, it also has sections on fascinating planes that never made it to commercial release (such as the Bristol Brabazon).

    The only complaint I have, and the reason for four rather than five stars, is that while Mellberg's book is excellent, it is far from complete, and its slim 220 or so pages (almost one half being photos) could easily double or triple in size by adding more complete coverage and of more planes.

    Let's hope that the author is working on a second volume!:)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on history of airliner's I've seen!
    Bill Mellberg has once again written a book that makes a sometimes complicated topic accesible to everyone. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1882663136
    Sales Rank: 1166048
    Subjects:  1. Airlines    2. Aviation - Commercial    3. Aviation - History    4. History    5. Juvenile Nonfiction    6. Transport planes    7. Transportation    8. Transportation - Aviation   


    Another America: Native American Maps and the History of Our Land
    by Mark Warhus
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 April, 1997)
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    The Europeans who conquered the Americas and their descendants were not the first to map the hemisphere, museum curator Mark Warhus writes in this fascinating, richly illustrated study of Native American cartography. Indian maps--made on buffalo skins, rocks, bark, and, later, paper--claimed territorial rights, explained treaties among nations, delineated trade routes, and showed the locations of resources. Many of those maps wound up in dusty attics and the back shelves of museums, where Warhus has hunted them out; his stories of finding these lost treasures are as illuminating as his interpretations of what might be called pre-scientific ways of graphically describing the land. These maps, he writes, are of importance today not only for their own sake, but also as evidence of historic holdings in current claims over lost territories. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars can't seize the land before it's been described
    This is a story of dispossession and of cultural memory. Mark Warhus reveals an astonishing legacy of native American cartography. Most of the maps are snapshots of important moments in the collision of two cultures. Some of these maps are the absolute last artifacts of tribes who have disappeared, such as the maps of Shanawdithit (Nancy) the last surviving member of the Beothucks (or Red Indians of Newfoundland).

    Other maps demonstrate the deep ties to tribal lands once lost but more recently regained.

    Native American mapmaking is intertwined with oral history. Therefore, these maps are also historical treasures.

    5-0 out of 5 stars can't seize the land before it's been described
    This is a story of dispossession and of cultural memory. Mark Warhus reveals an astonishing legacy of native American cartography. Most of the maps are snapshots of important moments in the collision of two cultures. Some of these maps are the absolute last artifacts of tribes who have disappeared, such as the maps of Shanawdithit (Nancy) the last surviving member of the Beothucks (or Red Indians of Newfoundland).

    Other maps demonstrate the deep ties to tribal lands once lost but more recently regained.

    Native American mapmaking is almost indistinguishable from oral history. Therefore, these maps are also historical treasures. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0312150547
    Subjects:  1. Geographical perception    2. Historical Atlases    3. History    4. Indian cartography    5. Indians of North America    6. Maps    7. Native American    8. Native Americans - History    9. North America    10. Sociology   

    The Nevada Desert
    by Sessions S. Wheeler
    Paperback (01 July, 1970)
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    Isbn: 087004205X
    Sales Rank: 1230587
    Subjects:  1. Description and travel    2. Deserts    3. Nevada    4. Travel    5. Travel - United States    6. United States - Pacific - Nevada    7. United States - West - Pacific (General)   


    Atlas of World History
    by Patrick K. O'Brien
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best World History Atlas Book Anywhere
    The Oxford Atlas is the best of all competitors. It is full-size, high quality ink and paper, 368 pages and covers most areas of history from the caveman to the present time. I am not speaking of the concise edition but of the full-size edition. The ISBN number is #0195215672.

    This book covers about 2,000,000 years of history from the origins of humanity to the year 2000. The Atlas is the result of over three years' work by internationally renowned cartographers, an expert editorial team and specialist academic consultants.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Rate and Compare World History Atlas Books
    As a reader I like to have quick reference books at my finger tips including a new version of the Oxford English Dictionary about 3500 pages long - that I use almost daily. So I decided to add a "history atlas". In the process of doing my research I read the other amazon.com reviewers and then made three trips to two large book stores to actually look at the books and get a better feel for which was the best. I ended up buying the Oxford Atlas of World History. Here are my picks and rankings.

    Listed by My ranking, #1 is the best, #2 is a creative alternative but no substitute.

    1.Atlas of World History, Oxford University Press 2002, 368 pages, $57.80, 13.5" x 10.3" x 1.62" ranked 46,632 on Amazon.com. Hands down winner - professional - good text descriptions, outstanding maps and drawings, covers most things from the cave man forward. Negatives: Big and heavy. If you want to save a few dollars buy the "concise" version.

    2.Creative alternative: The Penguin Atlas of World History, Penguin Books 2004, $11.20, just a paperback sized, just published, 304 pages. Surprisingly impressive, lots of text and pictures mixed together and it is easy to carry around. A nice quick alternative but it will be printed in two volumes.
    3.Timelines of World History, DK Publishing 2002, 666 pages, $27.20. 10.0" x 1.6" ranked 25,800 on Amazon.com. Second with lots of value but in some ways not as comprehensive.

    4. National Geographic Almanac of World History, National Geographic 2003, 384 pages, $28.00, 9.6" x 7.8" x 1.17" ranked 24,426 on Amazon.com. Similar to but less impressive than Oxford books. More text, narrower coverage, fewer maps and drawings.

    5.DK Atlas of World History, DK Publishing, 352 pages, $35.00, 10.96" x 14.66" x 1.28" ranked 10,716 on Amazon.com. My last place book seems like a giant comic book. I love the DK travel books but this seems like one step beyond DK's area of expertise. Superficially it is similar to the Oxford book and it is cheap, and some might like it but it tries to be politically correct and fails.

    6.Oxford Dictionary of World History, Oxford University Press, 704 pages, $7,66, pocketbook sized, sales rank 330,000. Mainly terms, people, and dates but has a few maps also. Limited use but an alternative. I prefer the new Penguin book but this is the best history dictionary to buy.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars The story of humanity from a cartographic perspective
    The affordable price tag of this set of maps paired with its applications to both home and school library patrons will earn it a place on many a home bookshelf as well as libraries: Atlas Of World History, Concise Edition is the result of over three years of intensive effort by a team of academics and editors, and presents the story of humanity from a physical, cartographic perspective. Five parts correspond with the five eras studied by world historians today, making for a particularly accessible set of maps. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0195215672
    Sales Rank: 22286
    Subjects:  1. Atlases - General    2. Atlases - Historical    3. Earth Sciences - Geography    4. Historical Atlases    5. Historical geography    6. Maps    7. Reference   


    Hammond New Century World Atlas
    by Hammond World Atlas Corporation
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1999)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars This one's going back
    The atlas is incomplete. It is missing maps of many areas. The design is haphazard, the index lacks many of the places in the atlas, and I can't see many cities and features becasue they are down inside the binding.

    4-0 out of 5 stars can never have enough atlasses
    This is not my favorite atlas, but it is recent, reasonably priced and complete. I bought it because none of my other atlasses had useful maps of east-central Africa, Rwanda and Burundi, especially.
    Hammond has some proprietary projections in the Atlas. Unfortunately, there is no map of Eurasia. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0843713569
    Sales Rank: 1156867
    Subjects:  1. Atlases    2. Atlases - General    3. Atlases - World    4. Earth Sciences - Geography    5. Reference   


    Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2)
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (06 March, 1991)
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    The second installment in a projected four-volume biography ofLBJ that opened with The Path to Power, Means ofAscent shines a harsh light on the early political years of one ofAmerica's most paradoxical presidents. The man who would later ram civil rights legislation through a reluctant Congress, and then be brought down by Vietnam, came out ofa political swamp--Caro gives a graphic picture of the Texas democratic political machine at its most corrupt. The climax ofthe book is LBJ's election to the Senate in 1948, an election he won by 87 dubious votes out of almost a million. That vote arguably changed history. This book won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and revealing
    I loved "The Path to Power" but I held off on reading this volume because I could not understand why Caro would devote an entire volume to seven years in LBJ's life.After I read this book, I have no doubt that this decision was a good one.These years--particularly the 1948 Democratic Senatorial Primary--were some of the most historically significant events on the last hundred years.It was this election that perhaps more than any other lay the foundation for politics as we know it.Without the eventual win in this election, Caro argues that LBJ's political career would have been finished.If that were true, he never would have gone on to be president.And if that did not happen, one most ask would Vietnam or "The Great Society" ever have happened quite the way they did.Caro is very convincing in arguing that this dramatic election is one of the most important in U.S. History.

    Aside from the significance of the year, I would like to emphasize what a truly exciting read this volume is.I was utterly enthralled to read about what unfolded next in the battle for the democratic candidacy for Texas' senatorial seat.This in spite of the fact that everyone reading the book already knows the outcome.Many have said that this is a hatchet job on LBJ.While this is not a positive portrait of LBJ as a moral figure, it praises him highly as a calculating politician--possibly one of the greatest of all times.The other thing to remember is that Caro is highlighting an election in 1940s Texas, which has always been notorious for corruption in politics (witness the cartoonish and stranger-than-fiction Pappy O'Daniel).The difference in this case was that Coke Stevenson was not as willing to accept that corruption as LBJ was.It is also a lament for the loss of politicians like Stevenson, who one feels Caro holds in much higher regard than LBJ, as will most readers--despite political leanings--once they complete this volume.

    This volume is--hands down--one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time.I found it fascinating and could not put it down.I look forward to moving on to the third volume (The Master of the Senate) but I fear how long I will have to wait for the next volume after that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting and instructive
    Volume I (Path to Power) was, as they say, "a great read", and this one is too.
    It is a little chilling, I must say: the truth about politics in America (or is it politics everywhere) is decidedly grimmer and colder than I'd have known but for Mr. Caro's brilliant research.It's a little like reading a creepy horror story and then finding out the bogeyman was actually REAL...

    As with his first volume, "The Path to Power," Mr. Caro contues this wonderful work on Lyndon B. Johnson.Unlike some of the other reviewers, I feel that this volume, and this part of Johnson's life were quite important...it defines Johnson in his future years. We must take a close look at a man who is down and out, a non-winner, in order to understand the complete man.My reservations with this work come in, in that I feel Caro possible had some sort of axe to grind here and perhaps went a bit over the top is his assessment of Johnson during those years.I grant you, Johnson was probably not the nicest of men, not someone I probably would have liked in person, but Caro almost becomes manic with his digs.On the other hand, the work, Caro's, is brilliant and continues to be the best of the LBJ Biographies.His research is wonderful, and I found, once started, the books was difficult to lay down. I highly recommend this one. ... Read more

    Isbn: 067973371X
    Subjects:  1. (Lyndon Baines),    2. 1908-1973    3. 1933-1953    4. Biography    5. Biography & Autobiography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Biography/Autobiography    8. General    9. Historical - U.S.    10. Johnson, Lyndon B    11. Johnson, Lyndon B.    12. Political    13. Politics and government    14. Presidents    15. Presidents & Heads of State    16. United States    17. Biography & Autobiography / Presidents   


    World of Herb Caen: San Francisco 1938-1997
    by Herb Caen, Barnaby Conrad
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A little light but has the Herb/San Francisco feel.
    I agree with the previous reviewer, it is a little light on content and a little expensive.But, it is a good coffee table book that does capture the feel of The City from the wonderful perspective of Mr. Caen.I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the city and might want to show it off to others who are not familiar with Herb or the atmosphere of San Francisco.It is not a good travel book or book for tourists.It does have some items of historical interest in the photos and text.The price on Amazon is good.I saw it for $35.00 at the B&N near me.END

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK photos of Herb and relevant people not enough "Herbisms".
    A nice but slightly over priced nostalgia piece on San Francisco History via the life and times of Herb during the late 30's to the 90's.What many fans of Herb Caen are waiting for is a collection of all the Caen columns written from 1938-97. It will become the most relevant history and literature piece available on San Francisco ever published since the gigantic Bancroft efforts on California history of the last century. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811825752
    Sales Rank: 438720
    Subjects:  1. Biography / Autobiography    2. History: American    3. Literary   


    Masons, Tricksters and Cartographers: Comparative Studies in the Sociology of Scientific and Indigenous Knowledge
    by David Turnbull
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars the shape of twentyfirst century thinking
    Professor Turnbull's particular speciality is the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. This is a controversial field, since some argue that science (Western techno-Science) is objective truth itself and therefore can not be a subject for sociology whose subject is people.

    Turnbull shows that knowledge systems are always local human constructs. Masons building cathedrals without blueprints, Australian aborigines navigating across a trackless land through the dream-time, and western scientists engaged in turbulence research are a few of the examples of what he calls "knowledge spaces."

    While this is a textbook-and a very radical and bold one at that-Turnbull is a very clear writer. This isn't jargon wars, and the material presented is truly fascinating.

    David Turnbull evidently hails from down under. His excellent 1993 work "Maps are Territories: Science Is an Atlas" is available to us on amazon.com thanks to the University of Chicago Press. (This book, with its beautiful "Fool's Cap" world map, is from Holland).

    Turnbull argues for the validity and worth of all knowledge systems. We need science to deal with the problems science itself has created (nuclear waste, for example), but we need diversity of approach to deal with local problems and to understand what approaches other knowledge systems employ. Turnbull's examination of malaria vaccine research best demonstrates these issues.

    It's hard to stay calm while writing this review 'cause the book was just so exciting. Reading "Maps Are Territories..." might prepare the cartographically inclined for this witty and way deep book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 9058230015
    Sales Rank: 666000
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - General    2. History    3. Social Science    4. Sociology    5. Cultural studies    6. Impact of science & technology on society   


    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
    by Jared Diamond
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (April, 1999)
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    Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A convincing explanation of human progress
    This book dropped into my lap at exactly the right time and place, and it inspired in me a fascination for global history that has remained with me ever since.

    Prior to reading this brilliant book, I knew that I was supposed to believe that the hugely varying positions of different peoples in the world was nothing to do with race and genetics. But for all I knew, this was just the result of modern PC ideology, and I had yet to encounter convincing arguments supporting this view.

    Diamond's book was epic, and I will never forget it. Certainly, I can now see why a continent such as Australia - where to this day only the cashew nut has been successfully cultivated or domesticated of all its flora and fauna - provided little opportunity for Australian aborigines to embark on an era of dramatic population increase, technological achievement, and advanced civilisation. The point is fairly simple and obvious at heart: Give one group of people little and another group plenty, and - unless there is some way for those with little to take from those with plenty (as has happened frequently) - you can fairly much expect that those with plenty will move ahead.

    In 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' this logical truth is explained so thoroughly and convincingly that upon finishing this compulsive read I felt myself to be quite comfortable on the subject. It is one of those reads from which you learn an incredible amount and yet retain an incredible amount also. I cannot say enough for this book. I have known it to satisfy both laymen and academics alike and I recommend it to all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars There is no master race
    The western colonising pioneers have left a legacy of racial bias to their descendants. Wherever white folk have taken civilisation to the savage native populations the indigenous peoples have suffered destruction of their own cultures (which were invisible to the colonizers or regarded as proof of the natives' savagery)and racial vilification. The superiority of western culture, as perceived by Europeans, has been taken as proof of the superiority of Europeans themselves and the inferiority of the colonised peoples. Surely, the arguement goes, if they had been as intelligent, hard-working, creative or favored by God as the Europeans, they would have developed advanced cultures as the Europeans have done.
    Diamond's book is a brilliant riposte to that racist arguement. He shows how domesticatible plants and animals were the key factor in the development of farming allowing the abandonment of a hunter and gatherer existence. He shows that the so-called inferior cultures lacked those resources. He shows that the development of farming allowed specialisation in production, the development of an army and resistence to disease through close contact with farm animals which are the ultimate source of most human infections. He shows that colonising forces were able to subdue indigenous populations by infecting them and carving them up with their superior weapons.
    Once again science demonstrates the folly of racial supremacy theory. Good on you, Jared!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Guns, Germs and Steel
    An interesting book, which tries to explain the emergence of western civilization as the dominant culture in our times. Revealing though it is; it failed to explain a lot that defied the views postulated. A great read though. Collapse, Disciples of Fortune, The Third Chimpanzee are other interesting books to read. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0393317552
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - General    2. Archaeology / Anthropology    3. Civilization    4. Ethnology    5. History    6. Human Geography    7. Life Sciences - Evolution    8. Social Science    9. Social evolution    10. Sociology    11. Evolution    12. Sociology, Social Studies    13. World history    14. Reading Group Guide   


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