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The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive World History
The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive World History
von Robert Royal
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An important book for historians of all faiths, 29. Juli 2000
Are you willing to die for your faith? Most of us in the western industrialized world don't really think about this much, but throughout the world in the past century tens of millions of christians, both Catholic and Protestants, were faced with the choice of renouncing thier belife in Jesus as their personal savior or death, often by brutal and very painful means. In this book Robert Royal looks at primarialy those of the Catholic faith who chose to heroicaly to die rather then renounce thier belifes. In essentialy a chronologigal order Mr Royal introduces us to these very brave and faithful people starting with the 1920's Mexican civil war and the Turkish attempt at genocide (See "Not even My Name" by Thea Halo") to the recent civil wars in Africa and the brutal communist chinnese gulags.My Royal's writing is at it's best in chapters that are narrowly focused such as his chapters detailing the stories of Saint Maximillian Kolbe, who gave his life in a Nazi concentraton camp so that another may live , and Edith Stien's story who also died at the hands of the nazi's. In a few other chapters however, we are given so much information and so many names that the gory detais blend together to the point that they detract from the overall individual suffering involved.This book should be required reading for all Christians and historians that care about the plight of thier fellow man. It also is quite an insperational book for those who occaisionaly feel a little weak in thier fath.Definitly recomended.


Not Even My Name: From a Death March in Turkey to a New Home in America, a Young Girl's True Story of Genocide and Survival
Not Even My Name: From a Death March in Turkey to a New Home in America, a Young Girl's True Story of Genocide and Survival
von Thea Halo
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An incredible story , brilliantly written, 17. Juli 2000
The Jacket cover of this book discribes Thea Halo as a "writer and painter who has won awards for her poetry and essays". Indeed Thea writes with great poetic prose, my favortie example of this is this paragraph early in the book,
"A roster crowed and then another and another rooster answered thier call. A donkey brayed. Another cow mooed the distant hills, the myaid birds chirped and sang and sprang from twig to twig to praise the dawning until the whole valley and surrounding hills were alive with the music of donkeys and cows and birds and red-plumed roosters staking their claims. Like a hunting party thrashing the ridges to scare the sun from it's hiding, their riotous vioces reached a crescendo worthy of a sunrise." The first few chapters of this book are deceptively tame. It is only in later chapters that the reader discovers that details in the first few chapters are really emotional land minds laid deep in the readers mind and Thea explodes them with devestating impact, as she and her family are forced on a long death march that in terms of brutality rival the Batton Death march or the Khmer Rouge evacuation of Phnom penh.
Aside from the great writting, and the story it's self, One of the things I liked about this book is that unlike "First they killed my Father" A great book by Loung Ung, and "When Broken Glass Floats" by Chanthy Him (See my other reviews). This book does not end with Thea Halo's escape from the genocide or even with her arrival in the United States. In "Not Even My Name" we follow Thea through out her adult life and can see how she adjusted to her new life and how her experiences effected her even into old age.
Another important aspect of this book is the history involed, must people (myself included until I read this book) have never heard of the Pontic Greeks, and are at best only vaguely familiar with the Armenian and assyrians and the genocide they experienced.
This book is a great read and would make a great movie.


Unintended Consequences
Unintended Consequences
von John Ross
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4.0 von 5 Sternen John Roos has a lot in common with Ayn Rand, 13. Juli 2000
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Ayn Rand fans (of wich I am one) will love this book. Most people will say this book is about guns or the "gun culture", that is really only half true. In this book which mixes historical fact with fictional Characters, guns are the vechicle with which John Ross details the loss of our freedoms and constitional rights. This book while engaging and thought, provoking like any Ayn Rand novel, suffers from the some of the same weakness' as an any Ayn Rand novel. It is a massive tome at over 800 pages (large pages at that) Like many Ayn Rand novels it at times falls into overly formulaic dialog. such as when Henry Bowman, the main Chareter, is discussing polotics and current events with a fried who had been in Africa for twenty years and his friend is clueless as to the changes in America during that time. Apparently the friend hadn't read a good newspaper, wacthed TV news or phoned home in that twenty years. Must of all it suffers from one of the biggest Any Rand flaws of all and that is it has, like most Ayn Rand novels, an overly simple and happy but not very beliveable ending. Definitly not a George Orwell type ending. Despite these flaws, "Unintended Consequences" is an exciting, thoughtful and mostly well written book that should be read by any freedom loving individual who has the time to read it's 800 pages. This book is well worth the invstment in time and money spent to purchase the book.


When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge
von Chanrithy Him
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5.0 von 5 Sternen When broken Glass floats, 5. Juli 2000
Most of the previous reviews compare this book to "First They Killed My Father." This is understandable in that both books detail, in the first person account, the life of a young girl growing up under the khemer rouge and both books detail an incredible love and heartfelt loss for thier respective fathers. (Should make interesting reading for anyone who thinks that a young child doesn't need a fathers love.) The similarities really end there however. Loung's memior, "First They Killed My Father" hits you below the belt with its gut wrenching detail and emotion. "When Broken Glass Floats" takes a more literary and somewhat more forgiving tone. This is both a plus and a negative for the reader. The plus side is that we get a memior that reads a bit more like a novel in the first person account. "When Broken Glass Floats" Gives us a lot of back round historical information on the Cambodian civil war as it begins in 1969 were as Loung's Memior starts a month before the Khmer victory in 1975. Another nice plus in "When Brken Glass floats" is the little snipets from the New York Times at the beginnig of the early chapters that tell how they were covering the Cambodian story. Chanrithy Him's more forgiving Style allows us some heartwarming moments, among the horor, where we can see that not all of the Khmer Rouge were brutal monsters for instance she writes of a Khemer nurse who administered modern medicine with tender loving care, and a Khmer offical who risked his own life to secretly feed her and her sister. It is indeed a testament to Him's character that she can write about her experince with at least a small sense of forgiveness, had I lived through what she and Loung did I would likely have written a much more unforgiving book such as "First They Killed My Father." The down side to Him's style is that while the reader will undoubtably choke back tears it doesn't quite have the same knock out body blow that "First They Killed My father" does however it is every bit its equal or better in many other ways, including the bitter sweet chapters on life in the refuge camps. Like a previous reviewer however, I would like to know more about Ra and her husband, Chanrithy did kind of leave that hanging in the air. All in all an excellent book though.


The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea
The Antichrist and a Cup of Tea
von Tim Cohen
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Garbage, 5. Juli 2000
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This book was so bad I hardly know where to begin. I guess the worst thing about this book is the way the author slanders anyone who doesn't agree with his interpitation of the bible. with words like cultist, apostate, or pagan. A short list would include, The Pope: A cultist, a false prophet, and pagan (throught out the book) Herbet W Armstrong: a Cultist (p. 74) Bishop of Winchester: apostate (p 133) Dean of Windsor: apostate (p133) Charles Colson "Misguided" (p225) Paul and Jon crouch "compromised" (p225) Trinity Broadcasting: pagan (p225) And yes, Mother Teresa: A pagan who never lead anyone to Christ (through out) In addition to the slander we are treated to some of the dumbest writing I have ever seen in a Phrophecy book. For instance: in the Introduction he states he "is not a conspiracy theorist by nature" Then spends the next 400 pages detailing one conspiracy after another, from secrect societies to the UN to the CIA and M-15 and M-16 plus the death (Murder) of princess Diana and claims all of it is controled by the British Monachy. Now I can belive some of this but please don't tell me your not a conspiracy theorist and then say you belive all this. In addition to that we have these Gems: "Due to having Interviewed ONE of the decendants (Genhis Khan) from this family, I KNOW that most of the family is working for the new world order." Who is this One decendant? How many decendants of Gengis Khan are there? How does this one decendant Know the other decendants are working for the new world order? All of this is left for the reader to take at face value or Guess. Yet another Gem: (p 186) "New agers often uphold unicorns as 'spirit guides' telling children that they should have their own special unicorn to imagine, to love and to call apon. It is interesting to note that in 'christian' symbolism, the unicorn is sometimes taken to represent the virgin Mary. One wonders then to whom it is that tens of millions of Roman Catholics are really praying to when they call apon the 'virgin Mary'" Gee I never relized all the Catholic school girls and boys were praying to a unicorn I'm glad he cleared that up for me. Want more? On page 256 he claims the Queen is not really worth the reported 10 billion dollars they claim. Nope according to Tim Cohen she is worth NiNE TRILLION yes nine trillion with a "T" Where did he get this figure? (about 200 times the net worth of Bill Gates) From Lydon H Larouche. Where did he get this figure from? Who knows, but I can tell you from expirence with his organization the guy is nuttier than a 50lb bag of trail mix, and a convicted felon. (Okay so maybe he didn't get a fair trail). If I hadn't marked this book and thrown away the box it was shipped in it would have been the first book I ever sent back to amazon for a refund.


Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
von Ted Conover
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Life in prison, 28. Juni 2000
"Newjack!" every new correction officer will hear that cry from inmates more times then they could possible want to count in their first few years on the job. In years long past correction officers would carry a small pan shaped piece of heavy lead covered with leather, this was called a "jack" and was used for self defence and occassionaly retibution. When inmates saw a "Jack" that was shiny and new they would scream "here comes the the new officer with the new Jack." The term stuck even after "Jacks" were classified a deadly weapon and made illeagal. Hence the term and title of this book. The title by the way is not explained in the book.Ted Conover brillantly portrays what it is like to be a correction Officer in Sing Sing (New York's Maximum security prision) or any other large correctional facility.So much of what Conover wrote made me laugh out loud, not only becuase of his wry sense of humor but also, because it so vividly brought back many memories of my first year on the job on Rikers Island (I'm sure I have worked with many of the same inmates as Mr. Conover) Mr Conover details all the indignities, oxymoron's and mental games within the correctional facilty with clarity and just the right amount humor, so that someone who has never set foot in a prison can almost understand what it is like to work as a correction officer. Prison of course also has it's serious side as well and Conover is equaly well up to the challange in discribing that part of prison as well. Except for a few minor differeces in political opinion that I had with Ted Conover, I most defenitly enjoyed this book.


Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
von Ted Conover
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5.0 von 5 Sternen brought back memories of my rookie year, 23. Juni 2000
Ted Connver in "New Jack" presents us with a unique view of prison life, that of the Correction officer's. We too often hear of prision life only from the inmate side (Such as in "Monster"). Ted connevers accout of his year in Sing Sing is well written and funny on many levels, his wry sense of humor will make you laugh out loud even if you have never set foot in a jail or prision, but even more so if you have. So much of this book made me laugh because it very accurately potrays what any officer in New York will experience in thier first year on the Job wheter it is in Sing Sing or Rikers Island (I'm sure I have worked with many of the same inmates as Conover did) Conover clearly and accuratley discribes the many "mind games" inmates play on "New Jacks" and how officers begin to learn how to deal with them. Aside from a few minor differences in polotics I throughly enjoyed this book. one last not for those interested in the term "New Jack" officers at one time, a long time ago, used to carry a "Jack" wich was a soid piece of lead covered by Shinny leather when new which was used for self defence (and on occasion retribution) when an imate saw a shiny new Jack they would say "Here comes the new officer with the new Jack" eventual the term stuck even after Jacks were classified a deadly weapon and made illeagal. (the book doesn't explain this term)


A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting
A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting
von Deborah Addington
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Preis: EUR 10,10

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4.0 von 5 Sternen reminds me of a joke I heard, 4. Juni 2000
Woman "ooh that feels good but take off your ring"
Man "It's not a ring it's my wacth"


Earth Rising: The Revolution: Toward a Thousand Years of Peace
Earth Rising: The Revolution: Toward a Thousand Years of Peace
von Nick Begich
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,00

3.0 von 5 Sternen A brave new world in our future?, 4. Mai 2000
Earth Rising is an important book about military technology and it's effects on our culture and freedom.
Do top secrect, high tech goverment projects such as weather control, biometrics, electronic survalance and mind contol threaten our freedom and way of life?
Earth rising by Dr. Nick Begich and James Roderick is a well researched book that explores the frighting possobilities in modern technology.
Earth Rising raises many important issues that must be openly and honestly debated if we are to remain a free and democratic society. Earth Rising , however is at times overly technical and boring to read dimishing the impact of this important subject matter. Hopefully in the near furture we will see more clearly writen books on this important issue.


Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism
Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism
von James Perloff
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Darwin is dead get over it, 28. April 2000
Sir Fred Hoyle, noted astronometer once said "The probabilty of higher life forms emerging by chance are comparable to the odds that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a fully funtional Boeing 747 from the materials therein." Hence the title of this book.
Unlike many books on the subject of Creationism VS Darwinism, Most notably the excellent yet very technical "Dawins black Box" by Micheal Behe, this book is an easy to read and understand book without dumbing down the content.
Darwinism has more holes in it then a finely aged swiss chesse and James Perloff shines a 500 watt spot light on each and every one off them, from the fossil record to irreducible complexity to the DNA evidence. MR Perloff tackles the complex subject matter in terms any reasonably intellgent layman can understand.
whether your interested in creationism for religous reason, academic research or you simply want both sides in the Darwin/creationism debate, "Tornado in a Junkyard" is an excellent book.


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