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John McGraw
Published in Paperback by Univ of Nebraska Pr (1995)
Author: Charles C. Alexander
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OK, but not wonderful
The first half of this is a pretty good read, as the author provides some decent context about the development of baseball around the turn of the last century.

The second half has a tendency to degenerate into repetitive and awfully superficial chronicle, and doesn't bring the 20's and 30's to life in the same way as the earlier sections--even though there were colorful characters galore available.

(I noticed the same flatness in large sections of Alexander's history of baseball, Our Game. There too he often retreats to mere narrative, and away from insight.)

If you've read the 50 or so better baseball books available, or if you enjoy hearing oft-told tales told once more, this is a pleasant enough way to kill two or three afternoons.

A good book on McGraw
This is the first book I have read from the many that Charles Alexander has written about turn of the century baseball players and I have to say that Mr. Alexander is a voracious researcher as he has facts and events of McGraw's life down to every little detail. For this, he is to be commended as he has certainly put to paper, atleast to this point, the definitive book on John McGraw.
However, this is not a short or an entertaining read by any stretch of the imagination as Alexander's book is decidedly bland in its detailed accounts of seasons past. After detailing McGraw's many outbursts on and off the field, Alexander chronicles McGraw's gambling misdeeds and even possible corruption (to the degree of the 1919 Black Sox). But Alexander does not write with a lot of imagination. His work reads exactly like you might expect a chronological account might: vanilla.
Although I enjoyed reading this book and appreciated all of the facts and research Alexander did on McGraw, I cannot say that this is one of the better baseball books I have read. Still, it remains the only book of any substance on McGraw, so if you want to learn about one of the most important men in the history of baseball, this is your book.

To understand John McGraw is to understand baseball
John McGraw dominated the landscape of baseball from 1890 until 1933. He came to demolish the enemy in score and spirit- and often succeded. He was the Master of an age where sportsmanship was considered a negative. From his days as a star and ringleader of the dirty & scrappy (NL)Baltimore Orioles until his death soon after managing the first NL all-star team, McGraw played key roles in nearly every major event in baseball's most formative years.

In 1901 he helped formed the American League, then tried to kill the AL in 1902. Why no World Series in 1904? McGraw. Inventor of the Hit-and-run? McGraw. Originator of collarless uniforms? McGraw. First to use Relief specialist in the bullpen? McGraw. First in 3 World Series in a row? McGraw. 4 in a row? McGraw. Only his pupil Casey Stengel has matched McGraw for total pennants. His career placed him in a pennant race NEARLY EVERY YEAR in 5 DECADES! (As Manager 10-1st, 10-2nd, 4-3ed place finishes in 32 years.)

Alexander presents the events of McGraw's life in chronological order- enabling the reader to use 'John McGraw' as a reference book for what happened in baseball in any given year due to the detail provided by Alexander. Charles C. Alexander writes history books about baseball; not mere collections of tales and legends set to prose. His facts are throughly researched and documented. However, even well written history books sometimes become tedious in detail. This book is no exception. Personally, I prefer an overkill of facts to haphazard story telling. Not quite as well written as the masterful 'Ty Cobb' and compelling 'Rogers Hornsby' by Alexander, but still the cream of baseball biographies.

Cecil Essentials of Medicine
Published in Paperback by W B Saunders Co (2001)
Authors: Thomas E. Andreoli, Charles C.J. Carpenter, Robert C., MD Griggs, Joseph, MD Loscalzo, and Russell L. Cecil
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Accessible and highly useful, the format of "Cecil Essentials of Medicine" is unique. This is one of the few broad-scope medical texts, which used simple language to present advanced information. The book is dynamic; and very easy to understand. Its strengths lie in the methodological manner with which it tackled clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and therapeutics. It gives detailed information in each case, without dabbling into anything that is unnecessary.
Anybody who reads this book will appreciate the depth of its coverage. It is a quality designed: a valuable compilation with both doctors and students in mind.

the right focus
I am a 4th year medical student and have referred to this book contantly on my rotations. i find that the chapters were lucid and covered just the right amount of depth for each topic. Best of all, the authors focused on all the clinically relevant points of each disease which is a must for the busy clinician. Get it now!

Broadcast and Cable Selling
Published in Hardcover by Wadsworth Publishing (1993)
Authors: Charles H. Warner and Joseph Buchman
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A great book on the basics of broadcasting sales.
I would recommend this text book to anyone who is interested in selling advertising time for Radio, Television, or Cable broadcasters. It is mandatory reading for all new Account Executives on my Sales Staff.

C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Full Harvest 1860-1892
Published in Library Binding by Banner of Truth (1981)
Authors: Susannah and Harrald, Joseph Spurgeon and Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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An Animated Autobiography
Second volume of Spurgeon's massive biography is actually an edition edited by Banner of Truth (the full unedited original is published by Pilgrim Press). It is excellent. Full of numerous anecdotes, sermon extracts, letters, and data written by Spurgeon, Susannah Spurgeon (his wife), and Joseph Harrald (his secretary), this book was a real treasure to me.

It commences where volume one left off, near the building of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, where for thirty years Spurgeon heralded the gospel of Christ to thousands. Many aspects of his life are broadly covered, including his literary efforts, the pastors college and other institutions, information regarding his home, his trips to Mentone, France, his numerous afflictions, and the Down-grade controversy. Much of this book is fun and delightful, all of it interesting - at least, to a Spurgeon fan.

Lincoln's Commando: The Biography of Commander William B. Crushing, U.S. Navy (Bluejacket Books)
Published in Paperback by United States Naval Inst. (1995)
Authors: Ralph Joseph Roske, Charles Van Doren, and W. B. Cushing
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Whoever said history is boring?
William Barker Cushing was one of the true heroes of the naval Civil War. He consistently defied the enemy and the odds, and came back alive. He almost singlehandedly blew up a Southern ironclad (the CSS Albemarle). Coupled with a section on Cushing's brother, Alonzo, who was at the heart of the third day of Gettysburg, this book will excite, entertain, and educate all fans of the Union and the Navy.

Lives of the Saints You Should Know
Published in Paperback by Our Sunday Visitor (1996)
Authors: Charles Joseph McFadden, Margaret R. Bunson, and Matthew E. Bunson
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Recommended for children and teenagers
I bought this book because I was looking for something to tell me how some Saints lived their lives - something inspirational. This it did, in it's way. It provides a brief, but personal, summary of the lives of 21 famous and not-so-famous saints. However, it appears to have been written with a children to teenage audience in mind, and so was a bit simplistic for me, as an adult, in places. By the same token, for me, as a non-Catholic, the book was easy to understand and provided useful and thought-provoking insights into sainthood and Catholic beliefs. I would recommend this book mainly to an early-teen audience, but it can also provide a good introduction to sainthood and Catholic beliefs to people of all ages and religious persuasions.

St. Joseph's Children: A True Story of Terror and Justice
Published in Hardcover by Lyle Stuart (1989)
Authors: Terry Ganey and Hillel Black
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A little local insight
The book itself is a fascinating piece of local history, as well as a captivating true crime story. It illustrates all too well the failures of the American Justice System in this case. I found the story especially intriguing because it took place in my hometown, not far from where I live. The story is an amazingly detailed timeline tracking Hatcher through his many run-ins with Law Enforcement all over the West and Midwest. His sheer luck and the unabashed recklessness of the authorities he encountered are beyond comprehension. For anyone interested in Law Enforcement and/or its blunders this book is a must, and even if Law Enforcement does not pique your interest I think this book might.

Transforming Scrooge: Dicken's Blueprint for a Spiritual Awakening
Published in Paperback by Llewellyn Publications (01 October, 1996)
Author: Joseph D. Cusumano
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From the Heart of A Christmas Carol
Joe Cusumano. Transforming Scrooge: Dickens' Blueprint for a Spiritual Awakening. Minneapolis: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

A distinction should be made between the actual story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and the interpretation of the story, the Carol "canon" (from the word measurement). The story is there for us, unchanged, to be read year after year, but the fit, the measurement of the Carol's meaning is constantly changing. Joe Cusumano provides a creative and inspiring measurement for Dickens' famous tale, as well as placing the original story in the appendix.

While acknowledging the traditional meanings of the story and providing an excellent historical background, Cusumano filters A Christmas Carol through the novel lens of spiritual experiences and Clinical Psychology. Disconcerting as his suggestions are to the standard literary approach, Cusumano in Transforming Scrooge opens the story up to fresh and vital interpretation. It is difficult to envision the 19th Century Father of Christmas, Charles Dickens, as having nightly visitations by the greys and blacks of sci-fi fame, but the parallels between his ghosts and modern accounts of close encounters are startlingly similar. The bright light and chaotic effect of the Ghost of Christmas Past mirrors the kind of psychological experience as recorded in movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Fire in the Sky.

Ebenezer undoubtedly needed a psycho-spiritual jolt to rock him from his heartless materialism. The use of fantasy literary technique allowed Charles Dickens to condense a complex, long process into a single evening. Alien abduction and Near Death experiences have the same intensive effect. Leaving aside the literal proof or validation of such experiences, Cusumano focuses on their transformative effects, showing how human hearts can be softened when open to the healing imagery of life review, in depth perception of reality and prophetic warning.

Scrooge is revolutionized both from within and without in A Christmas Carol. Transforming Scrooge compares Scrooge's experience to that of one undergoing counselling. Releasing repression, built up pockets of energetic resistance located in the chakra points, according to Kundalini yoga, allowed Scrooge to change from being "as solitary as an oyster" into being "the Father of Tiny Tim." Cusumano, using a variety of therapeutic metaphors, shows how the release might take place in us modern Scrooges.

Released from the bondage of blockage, Scrooge discovered the roots of his own miserliness in the abuse that he suffered as a child at the hands of his perfectionistic father. Uncovering his own pain, he was prepared for the prophetic statement of the Ghost of the Future who predicted the social effects of child hatred on society. "Beware of Want and Ignorance!" is a mantra for the new millennium, as much as for the Industrial Revolution. The way we treat the child is the litmus test of our society; the havoc we inherit through street gangs, thugs and dictators is the price we pay for our treatment of the innocent.

The Goodnews of A Christmas Carol is that doom is not inevitable but that an openness to the spiritual and psychological experiences of healing can sponge away the death knell of our insensitivity. As Cusumano says, "Dickens was letting us know that this is not really just a Christmas Story. More importantly, it is an Easter Story, one of resurrection." The measure of A Christmas Carol for our lives is the extent to which we participate in this heart opening resurrection. Transforming Scrooge by Joe Cusumano speaks to the heart from the heart of that message.

The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer's Perception of Time, and Predictions for the New Millennium
Published in Paperback by Hampton Roads Pub Co (1998)
Authors: Joseph McMoneagle and Charles T. Tart
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A Qualified Recommendation
Before you read this book, read David Morehouse's Psychic Warrior or McMoneagle's Mind Trek to familiarize yourself with the concepts behind Remote Viewing. The Ultimate Time Machine presents a tempered view of the future, teasing the reader with too-brief glimpses into future technology, changes in society, wars and the nature of time and space. The power and promise of Remote Viewing has never been more evident than in this book. The Ultimate Time Machine titilates with the possibility of Remote Viewing being used to pull cures for major diseases and details of new technologies from the future, as well as preventing future tragedies such as biological warfare. It is interesting to note that Remote Viewing holds the promise of changing the very future that Mr. McMoneagle predicts.

I'll be honest. I really like Joe's MIND TREK (the personal and RV parts are fascinating, though occasional RV-brainy parts are a bit thick). I feel Joe's REMOTE VIEWING SECRETS is hands-down the best how-to work on psychic function likely to be written in the next decade or two -- a classic standard from day 1. But for THE ULTIMATE TIME MACHINE my feelings are mixed. Prophecy is my least-favorite aspect of psi. I do admit the book is very interesting, despite this topic not really being my bag.

McMoneagle (a long-time soldier and then science-researcher) in his second book has improved on his writing of complex material without sounding like a military report. So it's more readable even in the more densely-informative areas, and extremely readable in certain others that are darn-interesting. The outline of topic-date-prediction is more organized/logical than anything I've seen done in the psi arena, but I actually found this less pleasing. I think had the book been done in a more narrative fashion it might have made it less practical, and less referenceable, but more fun... easier reading for the general public. I suppose it is up to readers to decide what they prefer. McMoneagle is, as anybody who knows him or has even met him would vouch for, one of the most practical, logical (not to mention brilliant) human beings around. So, it's his book, he did it his way.

Some of his predictions have proven out; others have not. Some predictions seem vague, while others are very specific. Some others, even at the point where they might happen, are likely to require historical perspective to get the real facts. Most of his personal interest seems to be about humanity. In other words, I think he was a lot less interested in the sound-bite "volcano erupts by Tuesday!" approach to predictions than he was the questions "What is our world going to be like? What will we be like?" Sometimes that includes quite specific descriptions, and sometimes it's a general commentary on changes or tendencies.

The author does a nice job in talking about psi, time, some related difficulties and more. If I were going to read a book by anybody about psychic predictions, it'd be McMoneagle, since he's so far the only person who's demonstrated accurate, under-controls, in-public/gov't/military/science-lab remote viewing -- including of future events. Since he's one of the only people with actual credentials in the Anomalous Cognition field, his work deserves being approached with respect, whether or not this particular book is as exciting for most as his other two.

For those into cultural anthropology the book is fascinating. He talks a lot about life in the future; a different manner of living (from how we'll eat to the kind of physical structures our culture will favor), and many other things. Even if you take the psychic equation out of it, the book is good food-for-thought and discussion-group-inspiring. Which as even Joe would say, until one gets feedback on the facts is all it can be.

One thing -- Joe covers from now out until a certain point in time, and then jumps to much farther in the future. There is a large gap there. Given the changes from one part to the other, what he does NOT say but I got the impression of, was that at some point the planet is going to lose an awful lot of people and have some massive changes in culture and perhaps even physicality. Like I said, he doesn't really spell this out, but thinking about what he does say would kind of lead to this conclusion. I wasn't sure why he did that. Maybe it was just limited space.

I think if you are interested in psychic work and/or psychic predictions/prophecy, this is a good book to have. The author's a real-world expert, and there is tons of material here. If you are more interested in personal psychic development, I recommend Remote Viewing Secrets instead. If you would just like an interesting book that contains both narrative autobiographical story and intriguing psychic sessions and some hands-on advice, Mind Trek is a very good introduction.

Like all Joe's books, you might believe in psychic ability or not, you might like the book or not, but there is no disputing his intelligence, his down to earth, no-nonsense approach, and his intriguing ability to conceptualize a lot about aspects of reality most people just never consider. In the end, other than being an thought-provoking read (which is enough on its own merits), I suppose the primary value of this book will have to be proven the same way its contents will -- from considerably into the future, looking back.

I'm awestruck! Fantastic!!
Yes, Joe McMoneagle has a work here that blows away "Mind Trek", and hey, that's a phenomenal book. But it's in "Time Machine" that he gives the reader true insight into the nature and power of remote viewing, and shows us that collectively we still know so very very little about it. A sense of awe is present throughout the entire reading. This one will be looked at as a genuine masterpiece for years to come. Read it!

Fun With String; A Collection of String Games, Useful Braiding and Weaving, Knot Work and Magic With String and Rope.
Published in Paperback by Dover Pubns (1985)
Authors: Joseph Leeming and Charles E. Pont
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Je l'ai acheté pour les jeux de ficelle. Il consacre deux chapitres aux jeux de ficelle Pas si intéressant, il a un air de déja vu.

Fun project ideas & basic knots; Found it in the library
This small-format book is loaded with information & project ideas: belts, lanyards, mats, plus games & tricks. It also includes fingerweaving, spool knitting, lanyard, flat & round braiding-- string figures, too. Plenty of illustrations. First saw it at the public library but want my own copy!

I love this book!
I first saw this book in the public library. The book was so old and well used I was afraid it was out of print. I'm so glad to have found it here. It is such a great book, it's the kind you want to keep on hand. I didn't want to have to run to the library, and hope it was there, every time I wanted to use it. It's not just for kids, it's just kid sized. This book shares the history of and useful information of some of the knots. It's well illustrated and has clearly written instructions so I can learn to make the knots. My 10 yr. old son loves this book too. This book has a wide variety to choose from: -Magic with String and Rope, -Knots, Splices, Fancy Knot Work, -Useful Things Made From Rope and String, -Braiding, -String Games and Figures.

My son & I ARE having lots of fun with Fun With String.

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