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    1. In the Line of Fire: A Memoir
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    2. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission
    $17.82
    3. Flags of Our Fathers
    $11.20
    4. The Places In Between
    $7.99
    5. Flags of Our Fathers
    $16.98
    6. Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan,
    $25.08
    7. The King Never Smiles: A Biography
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    8. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
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    9. From Beirut to Jerusalem (Updated
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    10. Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account
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    11. The Treatment of Modern Western
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    12. Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam
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    13. The Cold War: An International
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    14. The Machine That Changed the World
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    15. Healing with Ki-Kou: The Secrets
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    16. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story
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    17. Mao's Last Revolution
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    18. Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates
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    19. The Punishment of Virtue: Inside
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    20. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between

    1. In the Line of Fire: A Memoir
    by Free Press
    Hardcover (25 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0743283449
    Sales Rank: 273
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Kavita Nair
    I am Indian, I read this book out of sheer curiosity.It made for interesting reading overall.Really, I'm not in a position to comment on what is true or what is not, given that I am a generation removed and was not even born several decades after the partition.It was indeed a very unfortunate event.I have some very good friends that happen to be Pakistani and I cannot see them even remotely as "enemies" at any angle, unlike Musharraff, who categorically refers to India and Indians as "the enemy".My Pakistani friends are just as nice and humane as any of my Indian friends.I thought he is candid at times when referring to memories of his childhood and his family, but often comes across in most of his writing and dealings, as unsophisticated and lacking polish.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Pervez Musharraf vs. George Orwell
    In the Line of Fire: A Memoir by Pervez Musharraf
    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and Absorbing
    First, let me say that most of the negative reviews posted here are by the Indians who don't have the courage to face the truth and couldn't accept that their government told them nothing but lies during the Kargill war.
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    Subjects:  1. 1988-    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Government - General    7. Musharraf, Pervez    8. Pakistan    9. Personal Memoirs    10. Political    11. Politics and government    12. Presidents    13. South Asia - History    14. Political Science / General   


    2. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time
    by Viking Adult
    Hardcover (02 March, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0670034827
    Sales Rank: 686
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst writing I've read in a long time
    You decide for yourself what you think about Mortenson.I think the subtitle of the book should be "How One Man Became a Dhimmi."
    5-0 out of 5 stars Put so simply...
    No doubt this story seemed like an inspiring one. The question for me was, could the writer do a good job conveying it? The answer is- yes!! There are no words to describe how this story made me feel. I was moved to tears more than once. It's about time that we had something to read or listen to that speaks to the humanity of the majority of Muslims. Until now it seemed like we were given no option but to lump them all into the "fanatic" category. There was no one to speak up for the rest of the population. The story of the poor village women of Pakistan giving eggs to Greg to honor 9/11 widows was heart-wrenching. The speech by a supreme Shia ruler to a local village after 9/11 was equally gut-wrenching. Thank you to Greg Mortenson for shining a light on the region. His work building schools by working WITH tribal people of Afghanistan and Pakistan is incredibly brave. The effort taken to learn the local languages and customs is phenomenal. Thank you David Oliver Relin for bringing the story to us and for providing so much background information to help round out the story! This book helped fill so many holes in my understanding of the region. What the heck are the Taliban? Why can't Islamabad just take control of its northern region? What drives many people to choose death via "jihad" over life? I am inspired to read and understand even more about the fascinating people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Is America more secure than on 9/11?
    Besides being an exciting and courageous mission story, Three Cups of Tea is an effective alternative to Bush's so-called "compassionate conservatism" and "war on terror".
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    Subjects:  1. Afghanistan    2. Education    3. Education Of Specific Cultural Groups    4. General    5. Girls' schools    6. History - General History    7. Humanitarian assistance, American    8. Middle East - General    9. Pakistan    10. Philanthropy & Charity    11. Students & Student Life    12. U.S. - Middle East Relations    13. History / Middle East   


    3. Flags of Our Fathers
    by Bantam
    Hardcover (02 May, 2000)
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    Isbn: 0553111337
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Battle of Iwo Jima, fought in the winter of 1945 on a rocky island south of Japan, brought a ferocious slice of hell to earth: in a month's time, more than 22,000 Japanese soldiers would die defending a patch of ground a third the size of Manhattan, while nearly 26,000 Americans fell taking it from them. The battle was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, and it produced one of World War II's enduring images: a photograph of six soldiers raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point.Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Flags of Our Fathers" - A Timely Look at a Bloody Battle in Our History
    Quite a while ago, Nick Olmsted, a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, recommended that I read "Flags of Our Fathers." I am glad that I finally got around to taking his advice. This story struck me on many levels at once, and this seems to be an opportune time to share some of my thoughts about this remarkable book, written by James Bradley, the son of one of the six Marines whose iconic picture of the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima riveted a war-weary nation.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A hard book to read.
    World War II seems such a long time ago for so many of us. Most Americans today weren't yet born when it took place. For this reason, I believe everyone old enough to comprehend its stories should read this book. James Bradley and Ron Powers have written a heart-pounding record of the thirty-five bloody days it took to wrest Iwo Jima (Sulfur Island) from the Japanese. The photograph of the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi (1/400th of a second's space in time) is recognized around the world. The men who raised it: John "Doc" Bradley (the author's father);Harlon Block; Rene Gagnon; Ira Hayes; Franklin Sousley; and Mike Strank became instant heroes (though Block, Sousley and Strank died not long after). Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon lived to tell the tale, though both Hayes and Gagnon would die with the pain of their experiences on Iwo Jima seared into their psyches to the point they could not live with it successfully.
    4-0 out of 5 stars 1/400th of a second in time
    "It's funny what a picture can do":1/400th of a second in time.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Biography    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. History: World    6. Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 19    7. Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945    8. Marines    9. Military    10. Military - Pictorial    11. Military - United States    12. Military - World War II    13. Military History - World War II    14. Photographs    15. Pictorial works    16. United States    17. World War II    18. History / Military / World War II    19. Photographs: collections    20. Second World War, 1939-1945    21. World history: Second World War   


    4. The Places In Between
    by Harvest Books
    Paperback (08 May, 2006)
    list price: $14.00 -- our price: $11.20
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    Isbn: 0156031566
    Sales Rank: 455
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars a genuine journey of discovery
    This is a fascinating book, a well told tale, and a genuine journey of discovery. Stewart combines a physically demanding expedition with cultural exploration and, in the process, achieves genuine insight into lives most of us will never have the faintest conception of. Some reviews of the book (e.g. Washington Post) miss the critical element of the journey that sets it apart from books that are entirely expeditionary in nature (like mountains climbed and rivers rafted) - and that is the Muslim cultural proclivity to welcome / shelter / feed travelers no matter how desperately poor they may be (and most in rural Afghanistan are very poor indeed).A critical talent that allowed Stewart to achieve this (besides his keen wit and prodigous writing skills) is his linguistic diversity, which allowed him to do what he did without getting killed or dying in the process. When the British Special Forces declare him a f'g nutter I found myself smiling along with Stewart at his formidable achievement.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A little shy of cultural insights
    I would actually give this book a 3.5, but that's not an option.I think I was expecting a broader range of cultural insights from this book.The first half got a bit tedious and sometimes read more like an itinerary than an elucidating journal.The second half perked up for me; I admit this could be because the actual terrain improved and people themselves were more colorful and friendly.In the end, I did take away something from this book and do have a better idea of what Afghanistan's mountain region is about.I passed the book on to a friend this weekend as a suggested read.But the fact that I did this is a testament to my reaction to the book, for I never give away books that I love.Perhaps one day I'll come to regret it!And I can say, I don't regret having read this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Five-star rating for Stewart's experience; three stars for his writing of it
    Try as I might, I couldn't quite enjoy "The Places In Between," Rory Stewart's travelogue from his walk across post-Taliban Afghanistan.Stewart is an amazing young man, brilliant and courageous, and his trek is an ambitious, noble effort.But his writing was so dispassionate, so resolutely matter-of-fact, that I quickly stopped caring.
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    Subjects:  1. Afghanistan    2. Asia - Central    3. Description And Travel    4. Essays & Travelogues    5. History    6. History: World    7. Middle East - General    8. Middle East - History - 20th Century    9. Modern - 20th Century    10. Social life and customs    11. Stewart, Rory    12. Travel    13. Travel - General    14. Travel / Middle East / General   


    5. Flags of Our Fathers
    by Bantam
    Mass Market Paperback (30 May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0553589083
    Sales Rank: 176
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Flags of Our Fathers" - A Timely Look at a Bloody Battle in Our History
    Quite a while ago, Nick Olmsted, a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, recommended that I read "Flags of Our Fathers." I am glad that I finally got around to taking his advice. This story struck me on many levels at once, and this seems to be an opportune time to share some of my thoughts about this remarkable book, written by James Bradley, the son of one of the six Marines whose iconic picture of the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima riveted a war-weary nation.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A hard book to read.
    World War II seems such a long time ago for so many of us. Most Americans today weren't yet born when it took place. For this reason, I believe everyone old enough to comprehend its stories should read this book. James Bradley and Ron Powers have written a heart-pounding record of the thirty-five bloody days it took to wrest Iwo Jima (Sulfur Island) from the Japanese. The photograph of the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi (1/400th of a second's space in time) is recognized around the world. The men who raised it: John "Doc" Bradley (the author's father);Harlon Block; Rene Gagnon; Ira Hayes; Franklin Sousley; and Mike Strank became instant heroes (though Block, Sousley and Strank died not long after). Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon lived to tell the tale, though both Hayes and Gagnon would die with the pain of their experiences on Iwo Jima seared into their psyches to the point they could not live with it successfully.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A full 5 stars !!
    It is kind of funny how I came up with this book. I was looking to buy some books on WWII and after deciding on 2 books, I was short 25 cents to recieve the free shipping. So, I looked for another book that was cheep in price and picked this one. Out of the three books I purchased, Flags Of Our Fathers was the first one I read thinking I will get through this before I get to the good ones. Boy was I wrong. This book was just so good! I could not put it down! I would find myself up and still reading at 1am in the morning. I would strongly reccomend this book to anyone! Now I am going to purchase the newest version (bigger with nice cover) to have as a keepsake. Take my word for it, buy the book and you will not regret it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945    5. Military    6. Military - United States    7. Military - World War II    8. Photographs    9. Photography    10. Pictorial works    11. World War II - East Asia    12. World War, 1939-1945    13. History / Military / World War II   


    6. Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families
    by Random House
    Hardcover (12 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400065623
    Sales Rank: 1121
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars JIm Sosnicky
    I recently had the chance to hear one of the contributors to this anthology read his stories at an event.Jim Sosnicky was born in 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland.He grew up in Virginia, California, and Colorado.Upon graduation from West Point in 1993, Jim Served as a tank platoon leader in the 1st Infantry Division. His stories are beautiful creations of insight,warmth and brutal honesty.Pick this book up if only for his stories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Author's Opinion
    Although a biased author, having met, worked with the editor, Andrew Carroll (who accepted no compensation for his efforts), and after having met the Director and others from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as with some of the accomplished authors who assisted in the project, and with fellow military and civilian authors, I can unequivically say this is a work of passion, not profit (all proceeds will go to programs for military families).If you are looking for a reason to buy this book, that should be enough, but the stories herein are a true taste of all aspects of war, from the beginnings, to the battles to the loneliness to the humor to the heartbreak to the comfort of coming home alive.It is a "you are there" book unequalled in it's raw courage and uncensored intimate approach to storytelling, which includes for the first time in this type of book stories from loved ones of those who fight.We don't tell our stories to just anyone.We don't share our emotional privacy freely.But here, for some reason, perhaps simply the catharsis of writing about our experiences, we have shared ourselves for public consumption.These are important stories for every American to read.It presents for the first time with an all volunteer Army in a major war, what we go through.We are you, and you are us.We fight and die freely for us all, and we want you to understand we are just like you in many ways, yet, for reasons as diverse as our personalities, we have chosen to participate directly in defending our nation.Know us; love us or hate us for our choices, but know us who would be your champions.Although I have only read a half dozen of the stories, as they are raw and perhaps too soon drag up dangerous memories, I have also attended a reading of some of the stories in Manhattan with the dramatic expertise of Stephen Lang, Joan Allen, and Matthew Modine, bringing to life the poetry, grace, humor and poigniancy between the covers of this amazing piece of literature.Don't miss it.Share it freely.Read it again and again.Ask questions.Seek true answers, and get to know your soldier/citizens.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Bringing us closer to the experience of the troops
    I want to thank Amazon for the opportunity to share my thoughts after finishing this book at 4 am this morning. I have been reading 5-10 entries in this book each night for the last week. I purchased it in an effort to draw closer to and to better understand the experience of my youngest brother, SGT Jason Boesen, Army combat medic currently deployed to Iraq until July 2007, and my brother-in-law, Major Chris Hanna, recently returned from his deployment to Iraq in May 2006. During the course of reading this book, I laughed, I cried, I clenched my fingers around the pages at intervals, afraid to turn the pages for fear of what I might read next. I was enveloped in waves of pride, fear, dismay, grief, love, longing, frustration, and at times, guilt.
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    Subjects:  1. Afghan War, 2001-    2. Families of military personnel    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. Iraq War, 2003-    6. Middle East - General    7. Military    8. Military - Iraq War    9. Military - United States    10. Military - Veterans    11. Military History - 1990-    12. Military Personal Narratives    13. Personal narratives, American    14. United States    15. History / Military / United States   


    7. The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej
    by Yale University Press
    Hardcover (28 July, 2006)
    list price: $38.00 -- our price: $25.08
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    Isbn: 0300106823
    Sales Rank: 2688
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars How does Handley look now?
    One measure of a good book is that it assists us to understand events after it is published. By this measure, Handley looks very good now. Even the self-censoring Thai press has reported that the palace was intimately involved in the Sept 19 military coup.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Taksin Shinawatra paid the author to fabricate the story
    The author who wrote "The King Never Smiles" should be discredited because it is generally believed that he was hired by Taksin to write the book to provide the international world a biased view of the Thai monarchy. It may be very difficult for foreigners to understand the Thai people's deep love, respect, and reverence for the King, but our King is a good, pious King --- the "King of Hearts," and Taksin's insults to the King is the greatest insult to all Thai people. It may also be very difficult for foreigners to understand the Thai style of democracy, which has the constitutional monarchy. Our King is not only our supreme spiritual and moral leader, but also the living symbol of our nation's peace and harmony who unites the people and helped us sail through many political turmoil and turbulences in the past thirty plus years.
    5-0 out of 5 stars If only it could be sold in Thailand . . .
    I live in Thailand and when attempting to find out about this book, every website that mentioned it was censored by the Royal Thai Police as being a threat to national security. So much for 'Thailand' being translated as the 'Land of the Free.'
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    Subjects:  1. 1927-    2. Bhumibol Adulyadej,    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. General    8. King of Thailand,    9. Kings and rulers    10. Personal Memoirs    11. Thailand    12. Asian / Middle Eastern history: postwar, from c 1945 -    13. Biography & Autobiography / General    14. Biography: historical   


    8. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
    by Little, Brown and Company
    Hardcover (30 September, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0316105848
    Sales Rank: 2331
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Biased
    I read Flags of Our Fathers and enjoyed it more than Flyboys.Bradley has a writing style that is difficult at times as has personal biases come through very clearly.As one other reviewer has written, I found it very odd that he often referred to MG Curtis LeMay as "Curtis."As someone writing about military history, Bradley should have more respect for the uniform and should not call a two star general by his first name like he is talking about one of his golfing buddies.This was very distracting.I also found the first couple of chapters of his history lesson very tedious and unfocused - so much so that I nearly quit reading the book.The latter chapters pick up the pace and are insightful.Bradley also devotes too much time attempting to demonize the American firebombing tactics.Thankfully Bradley's bias and negativity toward the Navy and Army is not as pronounced in Flyboys as in FOOF.This bias is especially odd considering his father was a Navy Corpsman.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Desire to moralize reaches too far
    I assume that the author is attempting to show that war creates an environment in which morally degenerate acts become much more likely, if not all but inevitable, on all sides of the conflict.In doing so, however, the author very frequently stretches the blanket of history too far, as when he suggests that the Japanese would have remained forever content to be isolated on their home islands if the American fleet had not paid an uninvited visit to Tokyo Bay in 1853-54 and taught the Japanese the foreign policy advantages of a strong navy.While most historians would agree that the U.S. Navy's visit served the royal court with a wake-up call regarding the existence of a world beyond Japan, that is not the same thing as assuming that without this visit no other internal or external events over the next 70 years would have spurred the Japanese to look beyond their shores and trade an isolationist philosophy for an imperial one.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
    I found this to be a fascinating account of the war in the Pacific, and I was impressed with the fact that the author imparts a deep appreciation for America and the sacrifices our soldiers made but can still step back and look objectively at the mistakes on both sides.Does examining our own faults release the other side from responsibility for their crimes, as some other reviewers seem to feel?I don't believe so; I think it's healthy for us to examine our history so we don't make the same mistakes again.It's too bad that some people lump any critique of our own actions into the "pop-revisionist history" category.
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    Subjects:  1. Atrocities    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Chichi Island    6. History - Military / War    7. Japan    8. Military    9. Military - Aviation    10. Military - United States    11. Military - World War II    12. Military History - World War II    13. Prisoners Of War    14. Prisoners and prisons, Japanes    15. Prisoners and prisons, Japanese    16. World War, 1939-1945    17. Biography & Autobiography / Military   


    9. From Beirut to Jerusalem (Updated with a New Chapter)
    by Anchor
    Paperback (15 July, 1990)
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    Isbn: 0385413726
    Sales Rank: 2313
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and timely
    I've been staring at a copy of Thomas Friedman's 'From Beirut to Jerusalem' on my shelf for nearly a year now, meaning to read it but always drawn to something else.Finally, recent events demanded that I learn more and I finally pulled it down, dusted it off, and read it.I'm so glad I did, especially now.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Pertinent Then and Pertinent Now
    Not in the "must read " class, but a good informative personal account of Thomas Freidman, the New York Times middle east journalist.The book contains his observances of the factional fighting that took place in Beirut and the larger Lebanon, Israel conflict in the 1980s.Thebook has interesting observances of these complicated situations.This is a good book for the 21st century where it appears Lebanon is again descending into chaos, and Israel has once again tried the tactic of invading southern Lebanon.Freidman does a good job making a chaotic situation interesting while providing new insights.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for Citizens of the World at the Beginning of the 21st Century
    I have not yet completed From Beirut to Jerusalem, but I have been fascinated by every word.Mr. Friedman's intellectual approach to the every-day life, religions and politics of the Middle East is written in an easily understandable, conversational manner.He asks questions, finds a range of answers from varied sources, and shares his conclusions in a non-judgmental way.Mr. Friedman's in-depth study of the interplay of religions and politics in the Middle East has clarified many questions I had and has validated some of my thoughts. I better understand what is happening in the Middle East and am rethinking my own political views on today's events. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 1973-1993    2. 1993-    3. Arab-Israeli conflict    4. Ethnic Studies - General    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: World    8. International Relations - General    9. Jewish-Arab relations    10. Middle East    11. Middle East - General    12. Politics and government    13. Friedman, Thomas L    14. History / Middle East    15. Journeys   


    10. Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
    by Anchor
    Paperback (07 May, 2002)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $9.72
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    Isbn: 038549565X
    Sales Rank: 1193
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This will have you in awe.
    Hampton Sides has written a very readable classic.Ghost Soldiers gives a blow by blow account of the rescue of the remaining Allied (mostly US) prisoners from the Japanese POW camp at Cabanatuan, Philippines.The smallest details are noted, many of which are harrowing.What the POWs went through during their three years of captivity after the fall of Bataan will shock you although readers who are familiar with WWII will know what I mean.The highs and lows of man's character are laid out for all to see in this book and you can't help but be moved.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Movie
    Hampton Sides' telling of the rescue of 500 POWS, survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March, by U.S. Army Rangers in the Philippines during the waning days of World War II is an outstanding job of reportage. Sides tells the story from the eyes of the rescued and their rescuers, building suspense that wasn't always present in the The Great Raid, the film adaptation of his story. As a working journalist for more than 30 years, I know I good story when I read one, and this one falls into that category.

    5-0 out of 5 stars another story that needs telling
    When I was a kid, my father and uncles spoke with reverence of those who were on the Bataan Death March.These men who were heroes in my eyes regarded the Bataan guys as REAL heroes.They described the march as the most horrible treatment ever received by US military personel.Only recently have I really begun reading books about the Pacific war, and I stumbled over this one after seeing the trailer for the movie.I'm really glad I found it
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    Subjects:  1. Cabanatuan    2. Campaigns    3. Concentration camps    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. Military    7. Military - Strategy    8. Military - United States    9. Military - World War II    10. Philippines    11. Regimental histories    12. United States    13. World War, 1939-1945    14. History / Military / World War II   


    11. The Treatment of Modern Western Diseases With Chinese Medicine: A Textbook & Clinical Manual
    by Blue Poppy Press
    Hardcover (01 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant text from Blue Poppy
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Gem of Clarity
    There have been other books in English elaborating the Chinese medical pattern identification and treatment of biomedically-defined diseases, but none so meticulously researched and presented as this one. The writing is organized, logical, and exceptionally clear.Read more

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    12. Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965
    by Cambridge University Press
    Hardcover (28 August, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Revisionist, Questionable, Valuable, and a Starting Point

    2-0 out of 5 stars The ifs accumulate.
    As if Lewis Sorley's paen to Abrams wasn't enough, now we have this doorstop of a tome. As if Vietnam was not bad enough as it was, now we have to wade through more "what might have been." Neither of these works are history, in that sense. The only thing new here is which demons to chastize this time around. The communist buhddists/bhuddist dupes (who had absolutely no reason to oppose Diem). The nefarious reporters, who twisted the truth to what end (as if the Americans who read the articles believed them). And of course lets elevate Diem, a political nonentity raised by the US through blatant electoral fraud, to sainthood right up there with Samoza, Pinochet, the Greek Generals, etc.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Contribution to the Study of American Military History
    It is certainly about time that a scholar trained in historical research takes a new look at the Vietnam War era and evaluates it on the basis of the wealth of new evidence which has become available. This new book by Dr. Mark Moyar, "Triumph Forsaken," offers a serious challenge to those of the so-called "orthodox school" of historians and commentators regarding the War itself, its justification, and its consequences. Self-described as a "revisionist" historian, Moyar provides a reassessment of the events from America's first intrusion into the Vietnam arena (mainly in the form of "advisors"), through the fateful assassination of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, to the placement of U.S. ground forces into Vietnam by President Lyndon Johnson.
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    13. The Cold War: An International History, 1947-1991(Contemporary History Series)
    by A Hodder Arnold Publication
    Paperback (01 October, 1997)
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    14. The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production
    by Harper Perennial
    Paperback (November, 1991)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lean Production for everyone
    Japan manufacturing revolutionized the automobile industry.Japan transformed the automobile industry by applying ideal perfection conditions of zero defect products, reduced inventories, and the generation of endless product inventories.How did Japan accomplish this breakaway?Lean production is the answer.Lean production allowed the Japanese to reduce human labor by ½, manufacturing production space by ½, capital investment by ½, required engineering hours by ½, and reduced production time by ½. US automobile companies were on the defensive and rather than compete head to head in quality and competitiveness with their Japanese counterparts they sought refuge in the political system.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Misleading and dated
    This is a fairly poorly researched book, despite the authors' credentials; their history of American automobiles is grossly inaccurate and only serves to reinforce incorrect stereotypes. They spend very little time actually describing lean production, preferring to talk about how every other company will go bankrupt because they don't have it. The misreading of the Volvo story is also rather galling, though to be fair, Volvo's team-based approach was already being dismantled (for non-
    5-0 out of 5 stars Takes a licking - keeps on ticking
    For those of you long in the tooth you may recall John Cameron Swayze's love-in with Timex watches where in a 60 second commercial he would submit the watch to behemoth like torture, rodeo riding, outboard motors, and then hold the watch up and say, 'it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.'
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    Subjects:  1. Automobile industry    2. Automobile industry and trade    3. Automotive - Industry    4. Business & Economics    5. Business / Economics / Finance    6. Business/Economics    7. Corporate & Business History - General    8. Entrepreneurship    9. Industries - Automobile Industry    10. Japan    11. Road vehicle manufacturing industry    12. Technology / General    13. USA    14. Corporate History    15. Engineering - Civil    16. Transportation   


    15. Healing with Ki-Kou: The Secrets of Ancient Chinese Breathing Techniques, Second Edition
    by Agora Health Books
    Paperback (September, 2003)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars It actually works.
    So often Books which claim that by reading them you will be able to achieve this or that, fall far,far short of their claims. "Healing with Ki-Kou:" does what it say's and Dr. Li Xiuling is to be congratulated on her book. I have recently been told I have angina, so I bought the book. I practised the breathing exercises and angina pains I get shortly after getting up in the morning, no longer occur. Thats after 4 days practice. Similarly, the angiogram I had recently went so much better because as the procedure was carried out I practiced the breathing exercise and was totally relaxed. The book is easy to follow and the diagrammes are quite adequate for the purpose.I can only say that by breathing as she recommends your health will be improved and that must be a bonus to anyone. I recommend the book whole heartily, no pun intended.Old Bill

    5-0 out of 5 stars Actually works.
    Was somewhat leary at first, decided to give it a go.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Healing Secrets
    Healing with Ki-Kou is another piece in the puzzle for me. Breathing techniques work wonders and this book is chock full. Highly recomended for the health concious. ... Read more


    16. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
    by Potomac Books
    Hardcover (15 December, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars New insights to an old story
    This book destroys several myths about the battle of Midway. It was refreshing to have a new perspective but I didn't expect to see such obvious evidence against so many so called facts of the battle. From misperceptions like: the numerical superiority of the Japanese forces, decoy of the Aleutian Islands, the reasons for the delay of the stike against the American carriers, to even the importance of the radio trouble of Japan's scout #4, this author employ's simple logic with japanese logbook data from the sunken carriers to debunk many of these myths. Its surprising to see so much of what I thought to be true to be so easily dismissed.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Big Book and a Fascinating Read
    I usually avoid lengthy books but the subject matter is intriguing and the authors have extensive knowledge of the Imperial Japanese Navy of WWII. Their work is so engrossing and detailed that I was actually left wanting more after completing the book, but they've covered it all and then some. A wonderful read for those interested in this fascinating and critical encounter between the USN anf the IJN. The backstory and the countless details add such a richness and meaning to the well known history that I sincerely hope that the authors are planning additional works on related subjects in the future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best read in a long time.
    As an avid reader of history, specifically military history, I purchased this book based on a review in Air and Space. The reviewer's only complaint was that the book was too Japanese in its outlook. Valid complaint on the surface, however, I found that the authors' detailed examination of the battle from the Japanese perspective using voluminous original documents and other resources opened up new avenues and made me understand the Battle of Midway and its importance even more. The book is a complex read with many footnotes, but the overwhelming reason for this is that the author's are explaining to lay readers complex under-reported facts and new discoveries about military operations conducted by a foreign country in a completely different language. I found the footnotes and appendices helpful and a good read also. This will stay in my permanent library.Purchase and savor this text.
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    17. Mao's Last Revolution
    by Belknap Press
    Hardcover (18 August, 2006)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Hows & Whys of a Historical Tragedy
    A lot of experts say that there are four periods in modern times that helped shape present-day China:World War II, the Civil War & rise of the Chinese Communist Party, the Great Leap Forward & resulting famine, and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.I'm not an expert, merely someone who's interested in History, but I tend to agree.This theory explains many things, including why true republicanism is coming so slowly to the People's Republic.But there is one further question everyone asks - How can something like the Cultural Revolution happen?
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    18. Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China
    by Henry Holt and Co.
    Hardcover (08 August, 2006)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - Helps One Appreciate What We Have in the U.S.!
    Pomfret provides insight into China's Cultural Revolution through the eyes of his classmates at a Chinese university who participated.The result of youths gone wild, even abusing their own parents for trivial issues, is bone-chilling, almost otherwise unimaginable.We also learn of serious discrimination against females during that same time period.Everyone is encouraged/required to report on each other for any form of non-conformist behavior.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Class Struggles
    Not a bad book, but unworthy of the rave reviews given by many.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a period piece only, and already dated
    There's been something of a buzz going around the China blog world concerning this book, so I picked it up to see what the fuss was about. John Pomfret is one of the better China journalists, certainly light years beyond Nicholas Kristof, although his coverage never grabbed my attention like that of Patrick Tyler or Seth Faison. He definitely has the bona fides, however, having spent a couple of years as a student in the PRC almost immediately after it opened up to the West, and as a reporter in the country during the events of spring and summer in 1989.
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    19. The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban
    by Penguin Press HC, The
    Hardcover (17 August, 2006)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful blend of insights.
    THE PUNISHMENT OF VIRTUE: INSIDE AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE TALIBAN comes from an NPR reporter who arrived in Afghanistan in 2001, leaving reporting as the Taliban left to help rebuild the nation by heading a non-profit founded by the brother of President Hamid Karzai. Her reporting background, access to top players in the post-war government, and personal participation in the rebuilding of the nation makes for a powerful blend of insights.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah Cheyes is a Hopeless Romantic
    Sarah address the problem of corruption in Kandahar, and her first hand account is a must read for anyone interested in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A sip of cool water in the desert
    There is a handful of books in which the paper, the words, the very physical medium dissolves in my hands, and I experience something quite other than reading.Chayes' "Punishment of Virtue" is one of them.Every evening, after work, I give myself over to a voice weaving together insight, keen intelligence, experience, courage, wit, and above all, an insatiable curiosity about the people around her and their history and culture.Whether confronting Afghan warlords to wrest stone from their grasp for the rebuilding of villagers' houses, or hunting for the treasure of obscure historical references toconnections between Kandahar and the Mongols, Chayes gives herself to the moment and to the task with joy.
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    20. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
    by HarperCollins
    Hardcover (25 April, 2006)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Choppy, Hard to Follow, and Random - No Connection
    I am a big fan of modern day China and literature that delves into the people, places, and turmoil of current circumstances in the country.I think Hessler may betrying to give us a taste of the everyday people in China today, but he fails to engage the reader and keep our interest with this book. It is too choppy - with random incidents, rather than stories about real people - that were difficult to connect and often bored me, instead of drawing me into their lives. I couldn't connect with the characters and relate to them because there wasn't time in the short blurbs Hessler recorded, and reported in such a random style.I prefer more depth, as in his previous, River Town, or other books on current Chinese experiences, like Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui, that get the the heart of one or two people's lives in modern day China, than just a smattering here and there.The book is not put together clearly and is confusing.I am a fanatic of Asian Modern Lit, but I didn't even finish this one!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Series of Chinese New Yorker Profiles
    Oracle bones, the scapulas of oxen and plastrons of turtles were the crystal balls of the late Shang, the first Chinese dynasty, ruling three to four thousand years ago.They span a period of less than two centuries, ending in about 1045 B.C.Hessler uses their discovery, recognition and exposition along with the people involved to tie China's ancient history to the recent past and the conditions that persist in China today. He originally went to China ten years ago in the Peace Corps to teach English.He stayed to work as a press clipper for the Wall Street Journal. He is now the New Yorker's correspondent in China, and is a facile writer who captures the color and mood of human interest stories.They are what we have come to expect in the New Yorker.But he is no better at this than Lovell, whose description of Wang Yirong's, discovery of the oracle bones and his subsequent purchase of the pharmacists entire supply in The Great Wall is superb prose.And Hessler's constant interspersion of the Wall Street Journal newspaper clipping categories, devised during his earlier job is disconcerting.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A Random Though Insightful Glimpse of China Through Its People
    Understanding China through its people rather than its politics is the agenda author Peter Hessler, the New Yorker's correspondent in China, has in mind as the thesis of his fascinating though somewhat meandering new book. The title refers not to some economic indicator from the renowned multinational corporation but rather to actual bones made of cattle shoulder blades and turtle undershells. In ancient times, they were heated until they cracked, the sound of which apparently bespoke of long-departed ancestors. Hessler uses them as metaphorical touchstones for the stories he tells and the characters he so meticulously introduces to us. Read more

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