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An Empire of Wealth
John Steele Gordon
0060505125
Nov 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The word "epic" in the subtitle is a tip-off that instead of a critical history of the American economy, this book is a celebration of it. Nothing wrong with that, especially when the tale's told breezily and accurately. In fact, Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street) notes the many stumbles and the frequent foolishness and corruption that attended the nation's rise as an economic powerhouse. The larger story of success is, in fact, an extraordinary one. The trouble is that the American economy, like every other, bends much out of shape. It has always provided opportunity but always with too much inequality. A full history of the American economy would take this into consideration—in the past as well as the present, and Gordon's doesn't. Also, his book sometimes wanders off into irrelevant subjects, like...


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....


South Carolina and the American Revolution
John W. Gordon
157003480X
Nov 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
An estimated one third of all combat actions in the American Revolution took place in South Carolina. From the partisan clashes in the backcountry's war for the hearts and minds of settlers to bloody encounters with Native Americans on the frontier, more battles were fought in South Carolina than any other of the original thirteen states. The state also had more than its share of pitched battles between Continental troops and British regulars. In South Carolina and the American Revolution: A Battlefield History, John W. Gordon illustrates how all of these encounters, fought between 1775 and 1783, were critical to winning the struggle that secured America's independence from Great Britain. According to Gordon, when the war reached stalemate in other zones, and the South became its final theater, South Carolina became...


The Kids Book of Golf
John Gordon
1550746170
Feb 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Youngsters will find this title helpful for understanding the game or learning to play it. The well-organized, oversized book provides a quick history of the sport, followed by short chapters on equipment, swings, rules, and golf courses. The visually attractive presentation gives advice on warm-ups, professional tips, information about tournaments, and great and funny moments of golf. The clear, interesting, and engaging text includes "amazing" and "strange but true" facts. The attractive, full-color photographs of children and famous golfers executing the skills add to the book's utility as do the strategically placed diagrams. This title is far simpler than Bruce Curtis and Jay Morelli's Beginning Golf (Sterling, 2000) or Mike Adams and T. J. Tomasi's Play Golf for Juniors (Firefly,...


Passion: A Novel of the Romantic Poets
Jude Morgan
031234368X
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The attempted suicide of Mary Wollstonecraft opens this carefully researched, deeply imagined and gorgeously written novel about the Romantic poets, as seen by the women who loved them: Mary Wollstonecraft's daughter, Mary Shelley, who fell scandalously in love with then-married Percy Bysshe Shelley and wrote Frankenstein at age 19; the passionate but untethered Lady Caroline Lamb, who never got over her love for Lord Byron; charming Fanny Brawne, devoted to her consumptive fiancé, Keats; and Augusta Leigh, half-sister to Byron, notorious for her incestuous affair with him. Dense, empathetic, detailed portraits of each woman lift them above their iconography; even Byron, in all his famous charm, is convincingly rendered. The poets, of course, are doomed—Byron, fighting in the...


Paradise Lost (Norton Critical Edition Series)
John Milton
0393924289
November 2004
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
This Norton Critical Edition is designed to make Paradise Lost accessible for student readers, providing invaluable contextual and biographical information and the tools students need to think critically about this landmark epic. Gordon Teskey's freshly edited text of Milton's masterpiece is accompanied by a new introduction and substantial explanatory annotations. Spelling and punctuation have been modernized, the latter, importantly, within the limits imposed by Milton's syntax. "Sources and Backgrounds" collects relevant passages from the Bible and Milton's prose writings, including selections from The Reason of Church Government and the full text of Areopagitica. "Criticism" brings together classic interpretations by Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, Victor Hugo, and T. S. Eliot, among others, and the most important...


College Physics
John R. Gordon
0030348110
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Poker: The Real Deal
Phil Gordon
0689875908
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Seizing on poker's explosion in popular culture, Gordon (cohost of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and two-time World Poker Tour champion) and Grotenstein offer an instructive overview of the game, lifestyle and culture that reaches beyond dry technicalities. A rigorous defense of poker as a game of skill—not chicanery—the book frames it as an all-American exercise in individual shrewdness. In jaunty prose broken up with diagrams of sample hands, the authors explain terminology, strategy and etiquette, weaving in quotes from poker movies and books, pearls of poker history and tales of colorful poker characters (like Phil Laak, whose habit of wearing hooded sweatshirts and dark glasses in order to conceal his features from scrutiny has earned him the nickname "Unabomber"). Statistics and probability...


An Empire of Wealth
John Steele Gordon
0060093625
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The word "epic" in the subtitle is a tip-off that instead of a critical history of the American economy, this book is a celebration of it. Nothing wrong with that, especially when the tale's told breezily and accurately. In fact, Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street) notes the many stumbles and the frequent foolishness and corruption that attended the nation's rise as an economic powerhouse. The larger story of success is, in fact, an extraordinary one. The trouble is that the American economy, like every other, bends much out of shape. It has always provided opportunity but always with too much inequality. A full history of the American economy would take this into consideration—in the past as well as the present, and Gordon's doesn't. Also, his book sometimes wanders off into irrelevant subjects, like...


A Thread Across the Ocean
John Steele Gordon
0060524464
July 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Most of us don't think twice about picking up the phone and reaching someone in Germany in a matter of seconds. We often forget that less than 150 years ago, if one wanted to do business in Europe, one got on a boat for two weeks because the only way to do business was in person. Perhaps the biggest force in making worldwide commerce relatively simple was the laying of the transatlantic cable in 1866, which made communication first via telegraph, then by phone possible. American Heritage writer Gordon (The Business of America) chronicles the quest to lay the cable, offering a fascinating account that will appeal to history buffs and businesspersons alike. On one level, it's a purely historical account of the battle to navigate the ocean's floor and to figure out not only what should be inside the cable but also...


Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility: Handbook for Clinicians - Resident Survival Guide
John David Gordon
0964546760
September 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
George Washington Univ., Washington DC. Pocket outline and reference includes more than 200 tables, flowcharts, and figures. New sections are: breast cancer treatment, menopause management, management of hypercholesterolemia, HIV in pregnancy, and GYN oncology guidelines. Previous edition: c1995. For students and residents.

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George Washington Univ., Washington DC. Pocket outline and reference includes more than 200 tables, flowcharts, and figures. New sections are: breast cancer treatment, menopause management, management of hypercholesterolemia, HIV in pregnancy, and GYN oncology guidelines. Previous edition: c1995. For students and residents.

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Hamilton's Blessing
John Steele Gordon
0140270159
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Over the past couple of decades, our national debt has become a favorite political football for Democrats and Republicans alike. Yet few Americans seem aware that the debt has a long and (mostly) honorable history. Alexander Hamilton considered it a kind of political Krazy Glue, which would also spur American industry by keeping taxes high. This borrowing power enabled the North to win the Civil War without wrecking its economy and rescued us from the Great Depression. John Steele Gordon doesn't deny the dangers of an entire nation living on credit; indeed, he believes that our fiscal affairs are a mess. But he puts this mess in fascinating perspective. And he's quick to see the human side of economic behavior: "One problem," he writes, "is that human nature predisposes us to recognize depression easily and...


The Paschal Liturgy and the Apocalypse
Massey H. Shepherd
0227170059
Sept 2002
Paperback
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The 10-Minute Energy Solution
Jon Gordon
039915311X
December 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A simple, effective, 30-day program designed for anyone who has ever said,"I wish I had more energy."

Are you tired? Exhausted? Burned out? Millions of us are searching for more energy-that's why there's a Starbucks on every corner and quick-fix energy bars are a multimillion-dollar business. But despite this, we're more fatigued and less energized than ever.

Jon Gordon, America's #1 energy coach, knows there's a better way. Based on his work with people all over the world, he's developed a 30-day plan to increase physical, mental, and spiritual energy-in just 10 minutes a day. Gordon starts with a few simple activities (a morning "Thank You" walk) and substitutions (green tea instead of coffee). But by the end of the 30 days, these small changes translate into big results-as the thousands of people...


A Select Liturgical Lexicon
John Gordon Davies
0227170091
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Short description: A work of ready-reference intended for use by anyone interested in the subject of worship. It contains over 800 entries, some of them simple definitions but with many full-length articles tracing the history of the object or practice described.


Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins
Bruce Jenkins
1583941266
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"Frank Sinatra once told me that he and my father were the two saddest men," writes Jenkins in his biography of his father, Gordon "Gor" Jenkins. As a top-notch composer, arranger, conductor and performer, "Gor" worked with many of the great singers of the 1940s through the 1960s, and is probably best known for the suites Seven Dreams and Manhattan Tower, as well as Frank Sinatra's hit, "It Was a Very Good Year," which earned Gor a Grammy in 1965. The book reads like a Who's Who of the period, with vignettes spotlighting Gor's work with Nat Cole, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and many others. Perhaps most surprising is the author's account of his father's obsession with The Weavers, and Jenkins's interview with Pete Seeger provides first-hand information on the folk group's 1950 recording sessions, Decca...


Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan Parshall
1574889230
November 2005
Hardcover
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John B. Lundstrom, author of "The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway"
"To really know about the Battle of Midway, you must read this book."

Robert J. Cressman, editor and principal author of "A Glorious Page in Our History: The Battle of Midway"
"Extensively researched, soundly reasoned, and engagingly and colorfully written..."

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A Select Liturgical Lexicon
John Gordon Davies
0227170105
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Short description: A work of ready-reference intended for use by anyone interested in the subject of worship. It contains over 800 entries, some of them simple definitions but with many full-length articles tracing the history of the object or practice described.

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