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The History of Israel
Published in Paperback by Greenwood Publishing Group (January, 1999)
Author: Arnold Blumberg
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I have read only a portion of "The History of Israel," not for lack of interest but for lack of time. I cannot judge the con-tents as to their accuracy. But I will say that I am put off by the title. Every historian knows that there is no such thing as "The History," there is only "A History," reflecting the author's point of view. The "historian" that wrote this book is guilty of hubris. Nothing more needs be said.

short but well-done
THE GOOD: well written, primarily focused on 1800's to the present, short enough to prevent brain-freeze, but in depth enough to satisfy.

THE BAD: there was no mention of the 1972 Munich Olypics terrorist massacre.

THE UGLY: Blumberg gives not only numerous cases of Arab terroristr activity, but Jewish violence against Arabs and the British, as well, which of course opened up the floodgates of Brit retaliation, with great amounts of flogging and hanging. I'm glad to see the human race is so well on the way to getting along with one another...

The Official Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide
Published in Paperback by House of Collectibles (14 January, 2003)
Authors: Robert M. Overstreet and Arnold T. Blumberg
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Helpful info, difficult subject matter, don't expect miracle
Bottom line: Comic book grading is THE most difficult component of the comics collecting business side of the equation. Subjective interpretation lends disparity between any 2 people's grades, but the more experience that you have, the better equiped that you are to make qualified decisions about a book's grade. This book was much-updated from its previous version, so is an improvement. Bashing the book for not giving a "Cliff-notes" version of how to wave a magic wand, and "poof!" get a grade is a poor position to take. Yes, the book needs work in terms of pictures of defects and corresponding adjustments. One should also keep in mind that there is a functional aspect of grading that allows for a given defect to be (somewhat) offset by a strong characteristic in another are (e.g. stress marks bring book to FN, but stunning colors and/or supple white pages might boost it back to VF-, as a potential example). Given that there is NOT a lot of documented information on this subject, this book is helpful as a reference ONLY, and should be used in conjunction with other references (ComicBase, Wizard, Overstreet Guide), to make a good determination of a grade. Certainly times are better now than they were, say, 10 years ago, when only pros in the business for years could make an accurate estimate. Be thankful for that. CGC info, by design, is not going to be released - it's a Trade Secret for their business model, and if they gave it all away, they would not be in business. Does Proctor and Gamble give away its recipe for its products, or DuPont? - of course not. The discerning investigative researcher uses multiple sources. One such source (if you had bothered to read the Overstreet 33rd Edition) is that Metropolis Comics helped CGC develop the standards that they use. Also, many of the MAJOR comic dealers contribute heavily to the Advisory Board for CGC, so if you look at the sources, you could glean more information as well. Stop whining, and start learning ! This book is a valuable tool to be used with the other resources available to comics collectors, but it is not the de facto "guide" for grading. There will never be such a guide, so get over it.

Invaluable tool for collectors and vendors!
This 2nd edition is an improvement over the 1992 edition and bolsters the viewpoint that Overstreet standards must be recognized as the primary source for grading decisions. While this guide does not provide specific CGC guidelines - which CGC refuses to publish - there is an overview of CGC by CGC Primary Grader Steve Borock and there are several examples of CGC-graded comics in various grades pictured. This, of course, merely provides examples of CGC grading and does not address the issue of CGC's well-documented inconsistencies.

In this guide, you will find advertising by some of the largest retailers in the nation, several interesting articles with topics ranging from comics history to restoration to shipping comics. Each grade has a fairly comprehensive one-page description of necessary qualities inherent to the grade, along with a full checklist of 21 grading considerations like spine roll, cover creases and staples. The pages following are filled with clear and illustrative examples of covers of books fitting the grade, with appropriate annotation of defects.

While there is still room for improvement in future editions, such as addressing the topic of grade "qualifiers" - a defect impacting the grade of an otherwise NM comic, it is the premier guide to comic book grading and is a must-have for any serious collector or dealer.

Invaluable Comicbook Tool!!
If you sell on EBAY or just want to track the condition/current value of your personal collection, this is the quintisential book to have.Every major player in the world of comics bases their grading on this book.A wonderful guide with picture representation to ensure accurate grading of individual comics.From the beginners to the experts,a true comic collectors "Must Have!"

Carefully Planned Accident: The Italian War of 1859
Published in Hardcover by Susquehanna Univ Pr (January, 1990)
Author: Arnold Blumberg
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Diplomacy of the Mexican Empire
Published in Paperback by Krieger Publishing Company (June, 1987)
Author: Arnold Blumberg
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Great Leaders, Great Tyrants: Contemporary Views of World Rulers Who Made History
Published in Unknown Binding by Greenwood Pub Group (E) (February, 1995)
Authors: Arnold Blumberg and Alan S. Gutterman
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Great Leaders, Great Tyrants?
Published in Hardcover by Greenwood Publishing Group (February, 1995)
Author: Arnold Blumberg
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Howe's Transcendental Toybox: The Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who Collectibles
Published in Paperback by Telos Publishing Ltd (23 November, 1900)
Authors: David J. Howe and Arnold T. Blumberg
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Zion Before Zionism, 1838-1880
Published in Hardcover by Syracuse Univ Pr (Trade) (November, 1985)
Author: Arnold Blumberg
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