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Dien Ben Phu
Dien Ben Phu
by David Stone
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitively informed and informative, July 17 2004
This review is from: Dien Ben Phu (Paperback)
The latest title in Brassey's outstanding "Battles in Focus" series, Dein Bien Phu 1954 focuses upon one of the most significant post-World War II defeats that the French military experienced. An epic conflict between the French and the nationalist forces of the Viet Minh, the conflict began in November 1953 and ended in May 1954 with the collapse and capture of the last garrison outpost held by French forces, setting the stage for their expulsion and directly paving the way for the Americas who intervene in the Vietnamese civil war on the side of the South Vietnamese government. Definitively informed and informative, Dein Bien Phu 1954 is a seminal addition the growing library of 20th Century Military History in general, and the Vietnam conflict in particular.

Fisherman's Guide to Maine, A
Fisherman's Guide to Maine, A
by Kevin Tracewski
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plan a successful and challenging itinerary, July 17 2004
With each individual chapter including a profile of a local angling personality who is an expert on that particular region, A Fisherman's Guide To Maine covers eight distinct fishing regions including: Southern Maine; Rangeley Lakes Regions; Kennebec River; Moosehead Lake Region; Down East; Penobscot River; North Woods; and Aroostook County. A lifelong fisherman and biologist/entomologist, Kevin Tracewski reveals not only the best places to fish, but how to get to them, as well as what techniques and tackle to use. If you have an opportunity to fish the waters of Maine, then pack along a copy of A Fisherman's Guide To Maine to help you plan a successful and challenging itinerary.

Saving Social Security
Saving Social Security
by Peter A. Diamond
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended ray of hope, July 17 2004
This review is from: Saving Social Security (Hardcover)
Written by the chair of the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a former special assistant to the president for economic policy during the Clinton administration, Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach Proposes a reform plan for America's social security system that would save it from both its financial problems and those who would do away with it. Focusing on means that promote long-term balance and sustainable solvency, while protecting the program's benefits for the disabled, low earners, widows, and young survivors. Exhaustively researched and deeply entrenched in practical issues and mathematical calculations, Saving Social Security is a highly recommended ray of hope against a looming national crisis.

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by CDATA[Raymond L.]]>
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive work of meticulous scholarship, July 17 2004
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An impressive work of meticulous scholarship, Employment Relations In The United States: Law, Policy, And Practice provides students with an historical background and context leading to an understanding of how the American system of the organized labor movement developed and just how it differs from system in other industrialized nations. Author Raymond Hogler presents an informed discussion on individual employment rights (including protection from discrimination), and covers current labor policy issues ranging from the minimum wage and the growth of a contingent workforce, to privatizing retirement. Of special interest is Hogler's unique historical and evolutionary oriented explanation of the developmental history and nature of employment relations. Highly recommended reading -- especially for students of American employment relations and labor history.

The American Indian Warrior Today: Native Americans in Modern U.S. Warfare
The American Indian Warrior Today: Native Americans in Modern U.S. Warfare
by Boyd J. Morningstorm
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Written by a Native American veteran, July 17 2004
Written by a Native American veteran, The American Indian Warrior Today: Native Americans In Modern U.S. Warfare tells the storires of individual Native Americans who have taken up arms in the modern day, in service to the military. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the sober, real-life accounts, framed in context with brief essays that view aspects of the long history of the Native American warrior tradition and how such traditions reflect upon what it means to be a soldier today. An involving, serious look at military life as a Native American and connections to past roots stretching back untold thousands of years.

Hunted Like a Wolf: The Story of the Seminole War
Hunted Like a Wolf: The Story of the Seminole War
by Milton Meltzer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 13.83
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells of a desperate struggle by a vastly outnumbered people, July 17 2004
Drawing its title from a Seminole's leader words in 1842, "I have been hunted like a wolf and now I am about to be sent away like a dog", Hunted Like A Wolf: The Story Of The Seminole War is the riveting true account of the costliest of America's Indian Wars, in terms of both money and human life. Award-winning author Milton Meltzer tells of a desperate struggle by a vastly outnumbered people attempting to retain the land they lived upon. The Second Seminole War was also as much of war over slavery as it was over territory, for living among the Seminole were black men and women - some runaway slaves, some free - ready to lay their lives on the line for those they considered to be brothers. Thoroughly researched, and written in plain terms directly accessible to the lay reader, Hunted Like A Wolf examines not only the events of the war, but its legacy, and the motives of those who pushed so hard for it. Hunted Like A Wolf maintains as much impartiality as it can when describing lynchings, the raw greed for land, the desire to enslave black people, and the funneling of national wealth into the coffers of a state's private militia. In the end, Hunted Like A Wolf proclaims that the Seminole wars - which ultimately removed the vast majority of Seminoles from their ancestral lands, and instilled a pattern of ruthlessness that would poison American government for an era to come - stemmed directly from, in the words of American senators, "A continuous desire to exploit and expropriate Indian land and physical resources and a self-righteous intolerance of tribal communities and cultural differences." Highly recommended.

The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict
The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict
by John Missall
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Draws upon diaries, military reports, & archival newspapers, July 17 2004
There were actually three wars between armed forces of the United States government and the Seminole Indian tribes of Florida. The first was led by General Andrew Jackson in 1817 and was a facet of the attempt by Americans to acquire Florida from Spain by force of arms. The second of the Seminole Wars raged over seven years and resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 soldiers and the forced removal of more than 3,000 Seminole Indians from Florida -- along the deaths of hundreds (perhaps thousands - the true number is unknown) of others. The third and last of the Seminole Indian Wars took place in 1858 when the country was on the eve of the Civil War and was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to remove the final remnants of the Seminole Nations from their homes and hunting grounds within in the Florida Everglades. In The Seminole Wars: America's Longest Indian Conflict, historians John and May Lou (they serve on the board of directors of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation) draw upon diaries, military reports, and archival newspapers to reveal new aspects and impacts of the Seminole Wars upon the relationships between the three conflicts, the pre-Civil War issues of slavery, as well as the then prevalent attitudes toward Native Americans, and the political/military attempts to establish national security. The Seminole Wars is an impressively informative contribution and a welcome addition to 19th Century American History Studies and Native American Studies reading lists and library reference collections.

Ethnology of the Yuchi Indians
Ethnology of the Yuchi Indians
by Frank G. Speck
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speck documented numerous facets of Yuchi culture, July 17 2004
The Yuchis, a Native American people originating in the southeastern United States, were forcibly relocated to the Indian Territory (along with their neighboring Native American tribes) in the 1830s. More than seventy years later, much of their traditional way of life still survived into the early 1900s and was observed and recorded by anthropologist Frank G. Speck (1881-1950) during the years 1904 to 1908. Speck documented numerous facets of Yuchi culture, including language, subsistence practices, decorative arts, domestic architecture, clothing, religious beliefs and rituals, healing practices, mythology, music, social and political organizations, warfare, games, and life transition rituals and customs from birth to burial. Ethnology Of The Yuchi Indians remains as a seminal introduction to the history and the culture of this Native American peoples and is a welcome and renewed addition to the library of Native American Studies.

Hear Me My Chiefs: Nez Perce Legend and History
Hear Me My Chiefs: Nez Perce Legend and History
by Lucullus Virgil McWhorter
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Native American history, July 17 2004
L. V. McWhorter's work first came to the notice of those interested in Native American Studies with the 1940 publication of Yellow Wolf: His Own Story, an outstanding first-person account of a warrior named who fought in the 1877 Nez Perce War. This compelled McWhorter to go deeper into his researches on the history and legends of the Nez Perce people. He died in 1944 before completing his manuscript for Hear Me, My Chiefs!: Nez Perce Legend & History. It was left to his son, V. O. McWhorter to organize his father's voluminous materials with the staff invaluable assistance of the State College of Washington at Pullman (which subsequently became Washington State University). That posthumous collaboration was published in 1952. Long out of print, the Caxton Press has now brought out Hear Me, My Chiefs! in a new addition for a new generation of readers. Simply put, no personal or academic Native American Studies library collection can be considered complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of a copy of L. V. McWhorter's masterpiece of Native American history, Hear Me, My Chiefs!: Nez Perce Legends & History.

The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart
The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart
by Alan B. Wallace
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applying the wisdom found in Buddhist faith, July 17 2004
Knowledgeably written by an instructor in Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice who trained for many years in monasteries in India and Switzerland, The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating A Boundless Heart is an inspirational collection of guided meditations, and reflections upon the "Four Immeasurables" (cultivation of loving kind-ness, compassion, equanimity, and empathic joy) that touch upon the lives of readers of all faiths. A deeply spiritual discussion offering a gateway to applying the wisdom found in Buddhist faith and practice to dilemmas of daily reality.

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