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Engineering Graphics
Published in Hardcover by Prentice Hall (09 September, 1997)
Authors: Frederick Ernest Giesecke, Alva Mitchell, Henry Cecil Spencer, Ivan Leroy Hill, Robert Olin Loving, Jhn Thomas Dygdon, James E. Novak, Shawna Lockhart, and Ava Mitchell
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Excellent book for college drafting course.
This is an excellent college level text.I particularly like the detailed "real world" drafting problems for the students. Also it has a very good apppendix. It is comprehensive enough that we use it in three different courses here at Vincennes University.

I have had this book in my drafting library for some time now. I am always using it and recommending it. The book is laid out so that you can go from beginning drafting up through advanced. It not only says what the standards are, but walks you through drafting technology so that you understand why they are like they are. I believe that anyone that is going to be doing drafting should have this in their library.

Technical Drawing (11th Edition)
Published in Hardcover by Prentice Hall (26 August, 1999)
Authors: Frederick Ernest Giesecke, Alva Mitchell, Henry Cecil Spencer, Ivan Leroy Hill, John Thomas Dygdon, and James E. Novak
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One of the best sources available
This book is loaded with technical information for the dratsman and designer. A must have for anyone who is in the mechanical technology field.

One of the best text books ever written...
This text was the basic drafting manual that I used during my technical education; its use did not end with school, however, since I refer to it frequently in my occupation. It tells everything that needs to be explained and described in the general drawing problems that might be encountered in industrial practice. It contains excellent descriptions and illustrations for: Drawing Threads, Fasteners & Springs Geometric Constructions Clear, Concise instructions in using Drafting Instruments, (before the time of Computer Aided Drafting & Desing, in any case). An Excellent overview of the Industrial Design & Development Process, (which I wish my supervisors would read). Sectional Drawing. This book is to drafting what Machinery's Handbook, of the Industrial Press, is to the metal working industries. There are a variety of Drafting Textbooks available, but none are incrementally better, let alone drasticaly better.

Anatomy: Pretest Self-Assessment and Review
Published in Paperback by McGraw Hill Text (1995)
Authors: Ernest W. April and McGraw-Hill Publishing
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Excellent book to quiz yourself with. Filled with great clinical questions to keep you on your toes. Perfect to study up for tests, quizzes and even for the boards themselves.

Cry Me a River
Published in Hardcover by Kensington Pub Corp (2003)
Author: Ernest Hill
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A Father's Determination
Ernest Hill takes a reader on an emotional ride in his newest novel Cry Me A River. In this story, a grown man cries and if you get caught up in this story you will cry with him for the injustices faced by the characters in this novel. The novel is set in a rural town in Louisiana that still has an old southern atmosphere. The black people are still not respected and white reigns supreme.

Upon his release from a ten-year stint in the state prison, Tyrone returns home only to find out his son Marcus has been charged with murder and scheduled to be put to death in a matter of days. Tyrone knows his son could not have committed the crime of which he was charged; he is too soft for that kind of violence. Tyrone seeks out the attorney who represented Marcus and has the audacity to question his handling of Marcus's case. Tyrone takes it upon himself to re-investigate the case and finds evidence that were overlooked during the initial trial and investigation. While conducting his investigation, Tyrone also has to contend with his sisters, mother, probation officer, in-laws and an emotionally fragile wife. Some of them are supportive of him and his actions; but others are waiting for him to slip up and return to old habits and eventually prison.

I am glad I gave this book a chance as it is one I probably would not have picked up on my own, but read it because it was a book club selection. The book starts off slow, like a hot lazy day in Louisiana, and as the sun goes down and cools things off, the action of the people speeds up just as the action of the book gradually gains momentum. The dialogue was crisp and as a reader I felt as if I was eavesdropping on intimate conversations between the characters. Hill does a wonderful job of building up to and maintaining the suspense to a climax ending.

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One of a Kind! Buy A Copy For A Friend!
Mr. Hill yields an adept pen in writing Cry Me A River, a breathtaking novel. It is a maelstrom of excellent literary writing. The author has the ability to create such believable characters and the foresight to weave a story that integrates love, redemption and forgiveness. This novel is an epicenter of creative thinking and writing. Kudos, Mr. Hill.

We are all too familiar with crime, absentee fathers, inadequate representation in the justice system, etc. but this novel goes a step further. It illustrates the power of unconditional love for family and its impact on circumstances and situations,needless to say, it tests one's ability to stay steadfast in difficult situations. If you are looking for love, intrigue, suspense and prose that is written eloquently, I suggest you grab some tea and get read for an excellent read.

Ernest Hill is simply wonderful. Again, Mr. Hill has raised the bar for all contemporary writers.

Cry Me a River is the best book I've ever read. Mr. Hill is an excellent story teller with the unique ability to create characters that are unbelievably familiar to his audience.

I have read his other books,Satisfied With Nothin'& A Life For a Life,and like Cry Me a River, they both are well written, entertaining novels with powerful messages about the importantance of education, the power of love, the need for strong families and the value of friendship, to name a few.

I can't wait to read his next book.

Published in Paperback by Scribner (1997)
Author: Ernest Hill
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Good but could've been better...
I read "Cry me a River" and made the decision that I would read all of Ernest Hill's books because I enjoyed that one so much. This one was cool, but that one was better. It basically went into the life of a young black man from the south and the prejudice he endured with teachers, students, and later The book started off as a page-turner but when it got to sports techniques, I was a little bored. Then again, to be fair, I don't like sports. But when the dialogue played in, I was into the book again. Chapter 15 was VERY slow for me and that was frustrating because you usually look forward to the end. But, the dialogue was believeable, the actions were realistic, and the plot was crisp. So, I'm still going to read his other books!

Good, but sad
When Jamie goes to highschool with white students, for the first time, he's not use to all the hositily that the white student's give to the black students. When Jamie joins the football team, and becomes a star he is treated a whole lot better by his white peers. When Jamie's cousin is killed for dating a white girl, Jamie's wonders why whites get a chance to treat blacks so bad. Jamie sees football as his escape, so he goes on to college to play, and hope to have a career in the NFl. I throught this book was really good, especially since i don't stay to far from where most of the action took place, and also I love football. The only thing, i didn't like about this book, is that I throught Jamie was dealt a bad hand. The ending was sad.

One Not Soon To Forget
I read this book several years back. I am a 32 year old white man who grew up in the same community as Ernest Hill. I still live here, too. I am very proud of our community. Sure there are advances to be made socially, economically and spititually-but is there a perfect place? No. But, I believe we are much farther down the road than most communities. I can certainly identify with the racism that Ernest refers to. I saw much of it. And still see some of it. Also the plight of the young black man in our town is still uphill but this is one of the most economically depressed areas of the country. Ernest's book is a very honest account of the life and times in our community in the '70's. Hopefully, we have made progress. I recommend this book very highly. Thanks Ernest, you have made us all proud! Keep up the good work.

Published in Hardcover by Simon & Schuster (1998)
Author: Ernest Hill
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Needs work
In "A LIfe" there are some parts of the novel you can skip over without losing the essence of a good story. Although this book gives an example of a real-life situation with consequences and resolutions there are too many tangents. I believe it dosen't take that many pages to tell the story of D'Ray Reid. Mr. Hill writes good beginnings and great endings but loses objectivity in the middle. Even in the "despair" part of the book, D'Ray is having fun. After reading Ernest Hill's "Satisfied With Nothin'" and "A Life" I am now a little skeptical about buying hs next work.

Truly Thinking Outside of the Box!
A Life for a Life by Ernest Hill is a poignant and touching fictional novel which reads like a true story. The storyline evolves around an unlikely bond between an African American father and the young African American teenager who killed his son.

Henry Earl is a very special and unusual man. After his son and only child is murdered while working at a convenience store by D'Ray Reid, Earl decides to befriend the young D'Ray and become his mentor. While D'Ray is imprisoned it is Henry Earl who becomes his only visitor and his biggest champion. When young man D'Ray is released from prison it is Earl who gives him a place to stay and Somethings that D'Ray needs...a home, forgiveness, understanding and love. As another reviewer stated, the relationship that developed between D'Ray Reid and Henry Earl was nothing short of miraculous.

A Life for a Life by Ernest Hill is a well-written book but one that's hard to fathom. As a parent, who loves her children dearly, I find it hard to believe that anyone would be able to form a bond, a friendship, a kinship with someone who killed their child especially their only child. Therefore, the more I read this story the more implausible it became for me. Unfortunately, in real life, I wouldn't have as much empathy, love or forgiveness. Maybe that's the lesson that Hill was trying to teach us. This aside, A Life For a Life is a universal read with a social message. I recommend this book to parents and children, students and teachers as well as anyone who likes a provocative and controversial storyline.

I am an avid reader who reads at least 100 books per year, most of them pretty mediocre. This book was a delightful exception. This book was so good, it has the makings of a modern day classic. The characters, the story were all very good. Mr. Hill is a great storyteller, I read his previous book and also enjoyed it. He does not pander to foolishness to get his books on the best-seller list. He just tells a great story. I would hope that he would be recognize by the mainstream because this work was a peice of art. You make all readers of African American ficition proud that there are a few good writers left.

Working in Wood : An Introduction
Published in Paperback by The Lyons Press (2001)
Authors: Jack Hill and Ernest Scott
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Good in general but room for improvement
The book is targeted to newbies, which is the reason why I bought it, and found it really interesting and containing lots of elements I never thought about regarding woodworking.

It also contains plenty of illustrations with explanations, although they sometimes don't appear to be in sync.

It has a project section but, since it was not written by the author, it does not match very well with the content of the book.

Anyway, if you just want to have a general understanding of working with wood, this book will be of help.

Published in Paperback by Touchstone Books (08 February, 1996)
Author: Ernest Hemingway
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No Capstick or Taylor
Much credit is given 'Papa' for his writings on Africa. I can only attribute this to the fact that he is a famous author and more people have read his Africa books/two short stories more than any others. Much like Roosevelts game trails this book is a chronicle of Hemingways two month safari. And like Teddys book comes across as just that. After all they only both went on one safari. If you are really interested in reading about African big game hunting there are two books that communicate the vibrancy and feel of hunting dangerous game in Africa better than Hemingway or Roosevelt. Death in the long grass by Peter Hathaway Capstick and Pondoro by John Taylor are my two favorites. Both are men who spent their lives living and hunting in Africa. Capstick as a Proffesional hunter and game warden in the latter half of this century until 1975, and Taylor as an Ivory poacher from the 1920-30's(?) to the late 40's. If you are anti-hunting forget it but if you are in-between and looking for something more on Africa then Please take a look. I am not saying that Hemingway is bad, it's just that in my opinion Taylor and Capstick bring African hunting alive in a way Hemingway can't touch in the best parts of Green Hills. Hemingway may be the master when it comes to other types of literature, but when it comes to describing hunting dangerous game in Africa Taylor and Capstick reign supreme.

Big game and great literature in Hemingway Style
"Green Hills of Africa" was Hemingway's first non-fiction book, written after a 1933 trip to Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania). It went a long way in establishing Hemingway's reputation as a hunter and adventurer. Though non-fiction it has the organization of a Hemingway novel and reads much like his other works. His descriptions of the landscape, local people, other hunters, and especially animals, hunting, and killing are superb. Hemingway also shares, mostly as dialogue, his thoughts on life, war, fate, and notably literature and the literary life. His often-quoted idea of all American literature being descended from one book by Mark Twain is presented here, as are his thoughts on how America destroys its writers. Some knowledge of Eastern Africa (such as a basic history, a guidebook, an encyclopedia article) might be useful as Hemingway often does provide much introductory material. With "Green Hills of Africa" Hemingway follows in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt's "African Game Trails"; both did much to popularize among Americans the idea of recreational travel in Africa. Hemingway went on to write two fictional stories set in Africa: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". A good book, moreso for fans of Papa and those with an interest in Africa.

Hunting big game and big literature
Hem is hunting both big game and big literature in "Green Hills." On this 1933-34 African safari, his jovial, Socratic drinking pal "Pop" is actually Phillip Percival the famous white hunter who conducted Theodore Roosevelt on his first African safari. As a young man, Hemingway owned a copy of TR's book "African Game Trails," and it is undoubtedly one of the reasons he went on this safari, which was financed to the tune of $25,000 Depression dollars by his wife Pauline's uncle Gus, part owner of Richard Hudnut cosmetics. Further evidence of Hem's fascination with Africa can be seen in the way Jake Barnes teases Robert Cohn in "The Sun Also Rises." In chapter two, Jake says, " Did you ever think about going to British East Africa to shoot?" Cohn's lack of enthusiasm for an immediate trek to Mombassa seals his fate as a jerk. "Green Hills" vindicates Hem's real aficion for hunting--filled with long descriptions of the arduous and sometimes futile tracking of game, not just celebratory "kills." Finally, the best preparation for reading "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" is to hike and sweat through these 300 pages of African "country." The long, crescent-horned sable which Hem was painstakingly stalking at the end of "Green Hills" never turned up. But instead, the experience of his African safari, was distilled into those two incredible stories--one about a coward who gets a chance to redeem himself and the other about a washed-up writer whose approaching death stimulates him to dream about--and the reader to enjoy--the fiction he never got to actually write. Unless you've got a rich uncle or wife, this is as close as you'll get to an East African safari, and it is very, very fine.

Measurement Systems: Application and Design (McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
Published in Hardcover by McGraw Hill College Div (1903)
Author: Ernest O. Doebelin
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Maybe good only for sophmor level.
This book was one of the references in an undergrad measurement system class. I think this is a good introduction to someone who does not know what "sensor" means. But in a graduate level research and then in industry research, this book was not very useful. Entirely this book is oversimplified and omits many of widely used sensors in inductry. It also fails to cover the significant nonlinear effects in some sensors that engineers cannot ignore in implementation. For those who need a guide of how to select and use sensors in research, this is not the one you want to buy. -one star

excellent reference
I wouldn't have submitted a review had I not read that written by 'Georgia Tech', whom I can only assume has some hidden agenda. Contrary to his/her suggestion, the physics in this text is sound and the prose is good. Those who recorded having found that review helpful have been misled.
This is well-known respected text which is an excellent book for both students and practioners in the field of instrumentation. It is a well-established reference which has been refined over a number of editions. Scope of the text is wide and the balance between theoretical principles and practical applications is well-judged. If you can only afford one book on instrumentation then this is definitely one to get -it has served me well both at college and in industry. At nearly 1000 pages of good quality content it is worth its hardback price - the paperback version is excellent value if still available.

This is not so much a review of Doebelin as it is a review of Mr Georgia Tech who is making unsubstatiated criticisms of perfectly fine technical books without a shred of explanation or peer support of his views . The give away is that all his reviews use the EXACT same language no matter what the subject of the book he is criticising , down to the warning of "disasterous" lab results . He is probably a snotty 13 year old hacker just trying to cause trouble . Even the 20 of 24 people who found his 'review' helpful are probably Mr Snotty himself endorsing his own reviews form various grade school computers . BEWARE .

Java: Your visual blueprint for building portable Java programs
Published in Paperback by Visual (15 February, 2001)
Author: Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Never buy this book !
Being useless for the deleloper and teachless for the beginner, it is terrible to read and your eyes are gonna be in real danger if you insist to try. They call it 'handcrafted illustrations' - absolutely unreadable - try to read the sample page 14 to see what you are going to get. And, of course, you will learn nothing about Java - you will just type their samples one by one.
I am in software industry for about 12 years and I have never read anything worse than this.

Great learning while debugging code in the book
This is not for the uninitiated. Just fixing the code in the book, (what could be deciphered around the graphic boxes) was an education in itself. Hungry Minds has been bought by Wiley, and guess what... Not one mention of this book was found, nor was there any contact info for updated working stuff. This book has a label that should read "avoid".

A logical, well-developed presentation
I have learned more about Java in this book's concise, crisp presentation than in the several verbose Java tomes that I have worked through over the years. Admittedly, I brought some background to the effort, but I think a motivated beginner could learn from this book.

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