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Basic Training (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method)
Basic Training (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method)
von Bruce Lee
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen I wanted more substance, 12. April 2000
There's really not a lot here. We learn a thing or two about Bruce Lee's fighting stance and workout methods, but I had higher hopes for this book. He writes about his vertical fist punch, delivered like a fencer. But this thin book left me pretty unsatisfied.


The First Circle (European Classics)
The First Circle (European Classics)
von Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Injustice in Stalin's Soviet Union, 7. Februar 2000
The book's title refers to the first circle of Hell in Dante's Inferno. This is the least oppressive level of Hell. The prison camp described in this book offers plenty of food to the prisoners, no backbreaking physical labor, and a warm bed. Most of Stalin's prison camps are located in Siberia where the prisoners freeze and starve. What accounts for Stalin's leniency? The prisoners are scientists working on top secret projects like a telephone for Stalin's use that can't be tapped, and a system of identifying anonymous voices on public telephones by the voice prints, similar to finger prints. In Stalin's evil country, you are not innocent until proven guilty. You are guilty as soon as you are arrested. One prisoner was put in jail because his neighbors wanted his family's apartment and made up an unsupported lie about him. They got the apartment and destroyed his life and family. Most of the prisoners were WW2 vets, POWs returning from Germany. They weren't welcomed home with appreciation and honor. They were lured home by lies, and immediately imprisoned.
There are many great characters. You'll remember Nerzhin and his wife, and wonder how things will work out for them. You'll remember Rubin, the sincere communist caught in the web of the system he believes in. You'll remember Innokenty Volodin, in trouble for doing a good deed, as innocent as his first name. When you read a mediocre book there are no characters to remember, just a predictable formulaic storyline and a group of people and events you find hard to believe. This is a rare opportunity for you to be a fly on the wall, halfway around the world, observing life in a Russian prison camp. The reason I give it only 4 stars is because I like happy endings and resolved problems. This book would make a good movie. There's plenty of room for a sequel (which hasn't been written) where we can find a satisfactory ending for some of the characters. Stalin the insane sewer rat died eventually and was denounced by Khrushchev, so maybe in time these people were allowed to live out the rest of their lives in freedom.


Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide to Personality Types
Understanding the Enneagram: The Practical Guide to Personality Types
von Don Richard Riso
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Valuable backup to Personality Types by Riso, 3. Februar 2000
What I like best about this book is that it helps you to differentiate between types that are often confused, like Two and Nine. It explains how these types, in some ways similar, are in other ways very different. Another thing I like about the book is that the many charts show how the author approached his nine levels for each type. It's a very intricate system with a set of laws devised by the author.


Discovering Your Personality Type: The New Enneagram Questionnnaire
Discovering Your Personality Type: The New Enneagram Questionnnaire
von Don Richard Riso
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very helpful at determining personality type, 3. Februar 2000
This test will either tell you what your type is, or help you narrow it down to a choice of two. You can also take the test answering as you think an acquaintance would answer, giving a strong clue to that person's type. I only came across one case where the test wasn't helpful, where an individual scored evenly for almost every type. In my case, a different enneagram test pointed to an incorrect type, but this test pointed correctly at my type. And that's the purpose of the book.


The Brothers Karamazov (Bantam Classics)
The Brothers Karamazov (Bantam Classics)
von Fyodor Dostoevsky
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books in the store, 3. Februar 2000
One of the traits that many top writers share is the ability to give you a lot of great characters in one story, whether they are heroes, villains, or in between. In this wonderful book you get to meet a number of unforgettable people. There's the father, Mr Karamazov, a sort of likeable villain, a self centered rake who fondly recalls the ex-wife who used to smack him around, justifiably. His oldest son Dmitri, hothead and romantic hero of the book, accused of murder. His youngest son, the saintly Alyosha, beloved and trusted by all. His middle son Ivan the intellect. His butler Smerdyakov the schemer. Then there's Dmitri's two women - the rich one who loves him because he saved her father, and the heartbreaker you start out hating and end up liking. How can you not read Brothers Karamazov? I liked Brothers Karamazov a lot more than Crime and Punishment, so if you read Crime and Punishment and didn't enjoy it you still may like Karamazov. This is one of the finest books in the store.


Foundation
Foundation
von Isaac Asimov
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen Perhaps the finest sci fi series of all time, 2. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Foundation (Taschenbuch)
In reviewing the book Foundation I am recommending that you read all of the Foundation books by Asimov. Just get started and read them all. Even though each book can be read individually, do yourself a favor and read them in order. I won't be reviewing any other books in the series. I want you to do the whole series.
One of the most interesting ideas that Asimov gives us is the ultimate form of self defense. No, it isn't karate or jiu jitsu, boxing or wrestling. It's touching the other person's mind.
There are enough circles within circles, things that aren't what they seem to be, surprises that put the theories into a cocked hat, to keep you on your toes.
Don't deprive yourself of the best sci fi series ever written.


Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball (Total Baseball, 6th ed)
Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball (Total Baseball, 6th ed)
von John Thorn
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Great raw statistics and creative new statistics, 24. Januar 2000
I'd like to thank the writers for giving me stats like homeruns allowed by pitcher, and a few others that are not included in the Baseball Encyclopedia, which also has its strong points. I like Total Baseball's new stats like Batting Runs and Total Player Rating. Interestingly, they make a case that Mickey Mantle should have won the MVP far more often than he did. I also like the attention this book gives to the original pro league, the National Association.
I make a statistically-based game, played with dice, that reflects all of the available stats on all players from the past. This book, along with the Baseball Encyclopedia and the new book from Stats Inc., are terrific together.


Life After Life
Life After Life
von Raymond Moody
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely convincing, 12. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Life After Life (Taschenbuch)
Before reading this book, I didn't believe in life after death. After reading it, I did. I'm not the gullible type. This is a sincere book, not a fraud, and its conclusions are reasonable. While many other books in the New Age section seem questionable to me, this one doesn't.


Astrology for the Millions (Llewellyn's Classics of Astrology Library)
Astrology for the Millions (Llewellyn's Classics of Astrology Library)
von Grant Lewi
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Unique interpretations of planets in signs, 12. Januar 2000
I'm a big fan of Grant Lewi. I consider him the best author of astrology books all-time. Alan Leo is good but a bit out-dated. Evangeline Adams the same. Lewi doesn't miss a beat through the decades. His interpretations of planets in signs is very unique and informative. His short sun sign descriptions are the best I've ever seen, but too short. I wish he wrote a nice long chapter on each, but instead all he did was a page and a few relevant quotes.


Embraced by the Light
Embraced by the Light
von Betty J. Eadie
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,80

1.0 von 5 Sternen Reads like a novel, 12. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Embraced by the Light (Taschenbuch)
I had high hopes for this book, being a fan of Raymond Moody's works. But as I read this book I couldn't avoid the belief that I was being sold a pile of goods. I don't believe it.


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