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Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Michael R. Gordon
0375422625
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
On one level, narrator Wasson's mostly neutral delivery is apt. The authors' dispassionate prose imparts their impeccably researched story of the 2003 Iraq invasion—from concept to insurgency. Sourced at the highest levels, Cobra II captures the fog of war and war planning. But Wasson's read too often feels routine, as if recounting a local board meeting. Because he renders the numerous players and backdrops with equal tones, differentiating between them can be a challenge. This style of narration creates an anti-tension when juxtaposed with the book's revelations that an invasion plan was being formed not long after September 11, despite administration denials. Strictly supervising the plan was defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was intent on transforming the military into a lighter, leaner force....


Four Artists of the Stieglitz Circle
R. Scott Harnsberger
0313314888
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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Review
“Essential for research on American modernism and recommended for all undergraduate and graduate libraries. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.”–Choice

Book Description
Providing a detailed annotated bibliography and research guide to the Stieglitz Circle and four of its leading members--Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Max Weber--this new sourcebook offers a chapter on each of the four artists. Complete with biographical essay and guides to writings, statements, correspondence, books, articles, reviews, reference sources, and archival sources, each artist's chapter gives the researcher an exhaustive catalogue of relevant material.

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Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Journey about Love and The United States Marine Corps
Frank Schaeffer
0641689357

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John Marin in New Mexico
Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall
0826330207
Dec 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Considered by many to be America’s supreme watercolorist, John Marin painted more than one hundred watercolors while in New Mexico during the summers of 1929 and 1930 as a guest of Mabel Dodge Luhan. This volume brings together forty-seven of those important Marin works. "Marin’s New Mexico watercolors retain a freshness and urgency of execution. Everywhere in them are traces of the artist’s own exuberant energies, the vital ingredient that completed the structure of the visual world he invented."—Sharyn Udall, from the essay.

From the Publisher
Contains forty-seven of Marin’s New Mexico watercolors and an essay by Sharyn Udall.


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
E. B. Sledge
0195067142
October 1990
Paperback
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Book Description
In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed "one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war." John Keegan referred to it in The Second World War as "one of the most arresting documents in war literature." And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he
interviewed its author for his book, "The Good War." What has made E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion.
Now including a new introduction by Paul Fussell, With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1923 and raised on riding, hunting, fishing, and a respect for history...


Letters of John Marin
John Marin
0837142709
Mar 1971
Hardcover
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Review
“Even in his informal letters Marin has managed to communicate a sense of that personal solidity, that love of medium, that ceaseless dissatisfaction which have produced a body of work that has led some critics to declare that the art of water color has been revolutionized by him”–Books


Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq
John Crawford
157322314X
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Having joined the National Guard for the tuition benefits, Crawford, like many of his contemporaries, never expected to do any heavy lifting. Early on, he admits his is "the story of a group of college students... who wanted nothing to do with someone else's war." But when his Florida National Guard unit was activated, he was shipped to Kuwait shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Armed with shoddy equipment, led by incompetent officers and finding release in the occasional indulgence in pharmaceuticals, Crawford cared little for the mission and less for the Iraqis. "Mostly we were guarding gas stations and running patrols," he explains. As for Iraqi civilians, "I didn't give a shit what happened to any of them," he confesses after inadvertently saving an Iraqi boy from a mob beating. Crawford's disdain grows with...


The John Marin Collection at the Colby College Museum of Art
John Marin
0972848401
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Second only to that of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Colby College Museum of Art's John Marin Collection contains paintings, watercolors, drawings, etchings and photographs by one of the most important modern American artists. The works span the years 1888 to 1953 and, at a time when interest in Alfred Stieglitz and his colleagues is growing, prove extremely timely and academically valuable. Essay by Ruth E. Fine.~Introduction by Hugh J. Gourley. Clothbound, 8.5 x 9.5 in./160 pgs / 65 color 0 BW0 duotone 0 ~ Item D20293


I'm a Manatee (Book and CD)
John Lithgow
0689854277
August 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Not blessed with the adorable good looks of a koala, the mythic mystery of a dinosaur, or even the useful familiarity of a dog, the manatee is an infrequent hero in the world of children's literature. It doesn't help matters that the poor thing has a name that's so difficult to rhyme. But the unnamed hero of John Lithgow and Ard Hoyt's I'm a Manatee (really, a boy dreaming he is a manatee) sees plenty of upside to the life of the animal that's been indelicately nicknamed the "cow of the sea." And when rhymes are unavailable to state his case, he simply makes some up: "Encumbered by my lumbering gigan-atee,/ I'm thought to be an ocean-going brute!/ The least appealing creature on the planet-ee,/ But to a manatee, I'm cute!" The words in the book are the same as the lyrics in the song version of I'm a Manatee, which is...


Cannery Row
John Steinbeck
0140177388
January 1993
Mass Market Paperback
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The Dallas Morning News
John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Don DeLillo
A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star
Rich Merritt
0758209681
June 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
During the height of Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Merritt led two secret lives. Marines serving under him didn't realize their captain was a closeted gay man, and his small group of gay friends didn't know he made gay porn films while enlisted. In this hefty if meandering tell-all, Merritt charts his struggle to repress his sexuality while living amongst the members of his ultra-conservative family and attending "the Fortress of Fundamentalism": Bob Jones University. He'd never even masturbated prior to his first sexual experience in his mid-20s. That first encounter-with another man-ends with a knife being held to the throat of a woman who saw the two together. Being a Marine seems to appeal both to Merritt's narcissism and to his extreme low self-esteem. A self-avowed "adrenaline junkie" and drama...


Executive Orders
Tom Clancy
0425158632
August 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Tom Clancy goes to the White House in this thriller of political terror and global disaster. The American political situation takes a disturbing turn as the President, Congress, and Supreme Court are obliterated when a Japanese terrorist lands a 747 on the Capitol. Meanwhile the Iranians are unleashing an Ebola virus threat on the country. Jack Ryan, CIA agent, is cast in the middle of this maelstrom. Because of a recent sex scandal, Ryan was appointed vice president, a slot he doesn't hold for long when he lands in the Chief Executive's chair. He goes after the Iranians and then tries to piece together the country and his life the only way he knows how--with a fury that we've grown accustomed to in Clancy's intricate, detailed, and accurate stories of warfare and intrigue. --This text refers to an out of print or...


The Log from the Sea of Cortez
John Steinbeck
0140187448
March 1905
Paperback
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Book Description
Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art. Penguin Classics is proud to present these seminal works to a new generation of readers—and to the many who revisit them again and again.

About the Author
JOHN STEINBECK (1902–1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
Robert DeMott is the Edwin and Ruth...


Mccoy's Marines: Darkside to Baghdad
John Koopman
0760320888
February 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty (literally, when a sandstorm blew up) details of ground combat in Iraq and how the modern American marine relates to his buddies, his enemies, and his family back home. The conclusion of the book offers equally rare material on the nation-building efforts that continue, with sympathy for both the U.S. military and...

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