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The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering (We Are Still Here: Native Americans Today)
Published in Paperback by First Avenue Editions (1992)
Authors: Gordon Regguinti, Dale Kakkak, and Michael Dorris
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The Sacred Harvest
Very good and clear to know how to harvest wild rice and what wild rice means to American Indian.

Safe and Sound: How Not to Get Lost in the Woods and How to Survive If You Do
Published in Paperback by Stoddart Pub (1997)
Authors: Gordon Snow and Michael Brislain
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A Great Basic Guide to Short Term Survival
This is a very concise book and one that both I and my kids can read and understand. It doesn't go into a lot of long-term survival detail like some of the books do. I wasn't interested in trapping animals or how to dam a creek. I just wanted some good solid information for short-term emergency situations - how best to prepare for them and how to best avoid them in the first place.

Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Usual Whitechapel Suspects
Published in Paperback by McFarland & Company (2000)
Author: R. Michael Gordon
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Armchair Ripperology is not good Historical Research
I can't believe how bad this book is. It's chock full of facts (times, dates, people, places), but there is never any evidence that Severin Klosowski AKA George Chapman is the real Jack the Ripper. The author simply assumes that this is the case, and proceeds to explain his theory. There are many places where conclusions come before any explanation is given. I knew going in that this book was biased towards one suspect, but I at least expected to be presented with facts, followed by evidence that Klosowski was the culprit. Instead, I am bombarded with wild claims and speculation.

This book would have gotten at least two stars if the information had been structured well. For example, every chapter is peppered with statements about "typical" serial killers. Why not put all these statements into a chapter about serial killers instead of wasting my time with filler? Also, I got sick of sentences like, "For him, killing was a business, and business was good." That's just plain dumb. And for goodness sake! Don't just stick a newspaper excerpt in the middle of a chapter without any warning!!!

In conclusion, don't read this book. I heard there are other good ones by Sudgen and Rumbelow.

Not a Solution but still reccomended
George Chapman (Severin Klosowski) is certainly a plausibe suspect and has always been one of my favorites. Nonetheless, I have never been completely convinced that he was the Ripper and this book did not change my opinion despite the author's assertion that Chapman had to be the Killer.

The central argument is that Chapman was in the area for all the killings (including the so called American Ripper killing of 'Old Shakespeare' and the Torso murders) and that this, added to fact that he was hanged for three murders, clearly establishes his guilt. Clearly (and perhaps unfortunately), it does not...

The author does acknowledge that the evidence is insufficient to result in a conviction, but he asserts without reservation that Chapman was the Ripper all along. To my mind, although the available evidence makes a great case for the *possibility* of this, there is absolutely no direct evidence of his actual involvment.

Having said this, I still reccomend this book as an essential for a serious collector of Ripperology. It provides good food for thought and (perhaps) avenues for further research.

George Chapman has the best chance of being Jack the Ripper!
Warning: There are a lot of really bad books out there on Jack the Ripper, and there are some really good ones. I suggest a great starting place would be - The Complete History of Jack the Ripper by Philip Sugden. When I finished reading Sugden's book, I thought wow no one will be able to top this. Sugden's book tells the story perfectly, and alerts the reader to all the myth's, and made up stories that have been told in book and newspaper's form since 1888, he sticks to the facts. Now, at the end of his book, he list possible supects and goes into great detail. If you read the section on George Chapman in Sugden's book, and you come to the belief that he is by far the best suspect, then you should for sure buy "Alias Jack the Ripper" - I think you will come away from this book really thinking there is a better chance for him to be the Ripper than anyone. He was always at the right place, at the right time. The main reason people do not believe he is the Ripper is because- he was convicted of poisoning 3 wifes, and a serial killer would not change modes from a knife to poison. Don't believe me, believe the best authority - " A man who could watch his wifes being slowly tortured to death by poison, as he did. was capable of anything..." Inspector Frederick Abberline, 1903

Hope Is Not A Method
Published in Hardcover by Times Books (15 January, 1996)
Authors: Gordon R. Sullivan, Michael V. Harper, and Louis E. Lataif
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Does not meet commander's intent. Lacks concept of operation
I'm an active duty soldier and business student. I have experience in the civilian business world, and will re-enter business upon completion of my term. Mr. Sullivan apparently has little experience outside of the military, and it shows. Although much can be learned from the military in terms of structure, team development, and decision making, it must be severely tempered with a dose of good business sense. The Army does not operate for profit, and therefore will never achieve the same level of pursuit of excellence that a highly motivated businessman can. Because the Army lacks both customers and shareholders, underperforming leaders routinely get away with murder in their progress reports, since much of what they do in peacetime is subjectively interpreted. In business, profit and loss are not easily concealed, and underperformers are shown the door. Change is painfully slow in the Army's layered bureacracy, and a modern business this sloth-like soon becomes lunch. The authors obscure any possible connections to civilain business practices by conspicuous absence of examples and analogies, instead substituting "there I was" war stories and abstracts that a civilian will not easily relate to or care about. The introductions to each chapter read more like West Point commencement addresses, and are about as interesting and as long. Overall, the book could be useful if more concise and relevant. However, since it's more likely to be read by Army officers rather than business people, it will still sell. For real business generalship, study Al Dunlap.

Should be required reading in every organization.
I cannot remember a book so well written, so full of business principles, and yet so easy to understand. I am a management consultant in the housing industry, and this book is required reading for every existing client, and I do not take on a new client until this book has been read by the management team. Sullivan and Harper, with pinpoint accuracy, identify the principles which make good companies great, and great companies, untouchable.

Dark Wind
Published in Audio Cassette by Audio Renaissance (1999)
Authors: Gordon Chaplin and Paul Michael
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a brave memoir
Some reviewers may not have liked Gordon personally (a bit self-absorbed, seems to bail on his daughters, runs off with his friend's wife...), but they shouldn't hold that against his tale. The story of his ill-fated trip is more of a memoir than an adventure. I'm not sure how a critic could say the story was not convincing -- it's real and very affecting. I don't want to give away the plot, but this is a wrenching tale. How many times have we thought, "If I'd only done x, y or z..." Gordon rakes himself over the coals over and over again, but nothing can bring back the past. I thought he was brave to write of his own personal suffering, even if you don't happen to side with him. I agree that the writing wasn't as good as the very best, but it was exciting and detailed and very solid. Okay, not literary, but respectable enough for its genre. Overall, if you like a bit of the personal mixed in with adventure, you will appreciate this book although remember it is difficult in parts because of the tragedy. Overall, it was an absorbing read.

not too much love but a lot of loss
If you want modern sailing, adventures, dilemmas, botched revenges, lies, exotic settings, anxious families back home and eventual disaster in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in the world, this is your book. Dark wind tells an average tale about contemporary sailors: middle-aged couple, bouncing out of failed marriages, decides to have the big trip before it's too late: Belize, Panama, back to the US by plane, when the family needs attention, and beyond. Twilights, sunsets, the weird floating society of a port full of foreigners and their boats. Lonesome beaches, mechanical mishaps, the purchase of an EPIRB system: no classic sailing story, here, in the manner of Patrick O'Brien, but autopilots, engines and tourism. People who argue, face hard times and may look selfish. No multi-talented sailor-hero around the world on sight, either. This book is a memoir, a real story about people who suffered while chasing their dreams, and it rings true, even if it's not, which is rather out of the point as far as I'm concerned. It also provides a charming route to follow in the future, autopilot and all. And it taught me something else: if the hurricane comes close, don't ever do what they did.

Heart wrenching, true story
This was a GREAT READ! If you liked "Albatross" you will love this book. I read it in 9 hours, I could NOT PUT IT DOWN! Don't listen to those other reviewers, perhaps they have yet to find their soulmate. The author tells his true story that combines such strong, truthful emotion, love, and the powerful, mysterious ocean. Gordon's love for Susan, is so painfully apparent through his descriptions of her and how eloquently he writes about his most heart wrenching memories of that fateful voyage in the Marshall Islands. This is a beautifully written, true story about fate, how sometimes a plan is never clear, no matter what preparations you make or how carefully you try to outsmart fate, you are still human. Most importantly this book exudes one mans pure love for a woman whom he still grieves for, and when you read it you will understand why.

Data Mining Techniques : For Marketing, Sales, and Customer Support
Published in Paperback by John Wiley & Sons (27 May, 1997)
Authors: Michael J. A. Berry and Gordon Linoff
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Good Introduction book, not limited to Marketing
The authors explain in a detailed way the most popular Data Mining techniques. The topics about Neuronal Networks, Decision Trees, Market-Basket Analysis and Memory-Based Reasoning are excellent. I think the topic Genetic Algorithms could be a bit more developed, but for the beginner is a good first overview. I have missed a topic about fuzzy logic. Given that the 90% of Data Mining projects are based on Marketing (1:1), the book is absolutely suitable for starting with these concepts, although I feel the book can be used in any other field (Just-In-Time Inventory, Demand Forecasting, Supply Value Chain, etc.) In my opinion, it was very useful for my work and I considered it as a reference book.

Technically accurate and enjoyable to read
The authors discuss data mining for marketing in a business context. Their descriptions of the techniques are clear and accurate, and the case studies provide excellent models. The book is very well written and has a comprehensive index.

Undirected Knowledge Discovery
Once in a while, you run into a book that sheds new light into a subject that you thought you knew. This book redefined what data mining is for me. It also showed me how it fits into the bigger picture of enterprise business intelligence.

I come from data warehousing background. I studied statistics and familiar with the techniques described. Until now, I regarded each topic as separate with its own functional applications.

Now I realize that all these pieces come together in a single solution that maps to all business processes. Also the examples of easy to understand marketing applications got me started in identifying various processes that can benefit from it.

Now I am only left with the details of implementation that I am eager to get started on.

Emprint Method: A Guide to Reproducing Competence
Published in Paperback by Futurepace (1985)
Authors: Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Leslie Cameron Bandler, David Gordon, and Michael Lebeau
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I consider myself (as do others) to be a well read individual that understands new concepts quickly. How can you possibly get through this book without wanting to physically harm yourself or verbally abuse the authors for subjecting you to such verbose caca mess. Leslie, babe, let's model the acroynm KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and then write a book. Great gift for that special someone who has WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!

Book for (very advanced) modellers - a toughie!
A very technical book, fascinating but not for the faint hearted - this is modelling the academic way. The book leads you through the seven types of variables necessary to elicit each 'stage' of behaviour and a behaviour may have many stages. It requires a dedicated approach to learning all this new elicitation methods and really guts you out in the last few pages. Why? Because after showing you how to elicit modelling variables which, admittedly is quite exciting, it tells you that there is not enough room left to talk in depth about installation of behaviours - and suggests another book - Know How! (which by, the way doesn't explain itself that clearly either). If you know the basic TOTE method this is a good book to cannabalise elicitation questions from - otherwise it requires more dedication than I am prepared to give it.

A fascinating, one-of-a-kind book
This book is great.

I recommend it if you have the commitment already in place to learn about what other people do. "The Emprint Method" can teach you what to ask people about what they do. The book won't teach you how to read minds, but it will teach you to ask particular questions. The answers to those questions teach you how and why another person performs the activity you want to learn how to do yourself.

Even better, the method taught in "The Emprint Method" relies on ordinary communication and observation to help you learn about what another person does. If you apply the Emprint Method, you can volunteer what kinds of questions you will ask the person you want to model before you begin modeling that person. The Emprint method modeling process will still work.

I think the authors of "The Emprint Method" didn't sacrifice their knowledge to produce this book. Instead, the authors communicated what they know about modeling human behavior in a principled and thorough manner. "The Emprint Method" is worth buying.

My Brother's a World-Class Pain: A Sibling's Guide to Adhd-Hyperactivity
Published in Paperback by Gsi Pubns (1992)
Authors: Michael Gordon, Janet H. Junco, and Sandra F. Thomas
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My Brother's a World-Class Pain: A Sibling's Guide to ADHD/
This book did not quite meet my expectations. I have a daughter who is almost six and a son, who has ADHD, who is eight. Perhaps for an older child, this book would be appropriate. However, I found that I skimmed pages to try to find something that my daughter could relate to. More illustrations, in color, and less text would be more appropriate for children ages four to six. Perhaps more of a story line. Overall, I think she did get some useful insights out of it, but reading it to her was not an easy task. It is very wordy and comes across as written by an acadamician for a child. If I could, I would rate it 2.5 stars. I think the need is great for a book that addresses the siblings of children with ADHD. Perhaps one aimed at the younger child would help fill the need.

Great concept, bad title
This would be a much better book if the author would change the title. While the title may accurately reflect the feelings of some siblings, the book might get left around the house and generate some hurt feelings. Because of this, I keep it in my closet bookshelf, not in my waiting room.

Once past the title, the book has wonderful, amusing illustrations and the text keeps elementary school siblings interested. The sister eventually does come to appreciate her impulsive brother, but kids will keep coming back to that title...

This book is great!
The big sister in this book is a great story teller! She explains in kids' words the condition her brother has and how they handle it. She is candid in saying it often bothers her, which is good because siblings can often bear the brunt of ADHD family/home problems. It's important that kids know what happens if they have a brother or sister with ADHD, what to expect, and how they can even help. My seven-year-old daughter has gained a lot of wisdom from it in trying to understand her cousin who has this condition! I recommend it.

I Would If I Could: A Teenagers Guide Adhd Hyperactive
Published in Paperback by Gsi Pubns (1992)
Authors: Michael Gordon and Janet Jimco
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Content is not Worth the Cost
Although this is purportedly written by a teen-ager, it is simple-minded and much more suited for 9-10 year old ADHD children. The problems are those of pre adolescents. As a parent of a 14-year old, I can attest that we have long been over this ground. If your child was diagnosed ADHD back in the early grammer school years, this is old hat for you and your teen-ager. There are no new coping and growing skills for your teen-ager in this book.

This paper-backed book is also very overpriced for the content. Five minutes of reading - not much substance. Skip it - there are better ADHD books for your teen agers.

This book helped me see ADHD thru my childs eyes.
I am so amazed with this book that I decided to send a copy to my son's teachers and to his former elementary school. Written from the point of view of a teenager with ADHD, the book opened my eyes to how my own son feels about having and dealing with this problem. What surprises me also is the fact that, after reading part of the book to him, I have caught my son looking thru the book on his own several times. I think he is relieved that someone else knows how it feels to struggle with ADHD. The author truly understands what it is like to have ADHD and to live with or teach a child with attention problems.

Advanced Educational Technology in Technology Education (NATO Asi Series. Series F. Computer Science, Vol 109)
Published in Hardcover by Springer Verlag (1993)
Authors: Anthony Gordon, Michael Hacker, Marc De Vries, and Anthomy Gordon
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Advanced Educational Technology in Technology Education
This books focus on the fundamental principles that rules information technologies, a really good for advanced computer users

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