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117 Days Adrift
117 Days Adrift
by Maurice Bailey
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only could have been better if it was longer!!!!!, Nov. 22 2013
This review is from: 117 Days Adrift (Hardcover)
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 9 1/2 X 6 1/2 having 192 pages and LOTS of photos and maps.
The binding and paper quality of this book are excellent as befitting the INCREDIBLE story within.
2 people ....117 days on a 4 foot rubber raft towing an inflatable dingy containing ALL they were able to scrounge from their fast-sinking sailboat.
Food and water quickly ran out and only the unbelievable survival instincts kept this couple alive.
Catching and eating....RAW...turtles as large as 3 feet or more across....improvising fishing hooks from cut and appropriately bent safety pins found in the meager survival kit supplied with the raft and thus being able to eat fish and sea birds.
8 times the endured the elation and painful letdown of ships passing by so close they often wondered HOW they were NOT seen.
The reviewer who felt that this was not a classic must have been raised on the fiction like Robinson Crusoe and the like.
My ONLY TINY wish for this book to be EVEN better would be if it had been 'guided' along by a professional writer and fleshed out to perhaps twice the existing length. There is just TOO much story to be captured within these short 192 pages.
FAR AND AWAY one of the FINEST survival stories afloat.
I have absolutely NO HESITATION in recommending this book HIGHLY.
Wait not...if true adventure is your love then go read it.....there are not many better than this one.

Garmin nuvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US and Canada) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Garmin nuvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US and Canada) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
2 used & new from CDN$ 249.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO BETTER VALUE OUT THERE., Nov. 15 2013
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I've owned 3 GPS' in my life so far and BY far this is the one with the most useful features.
My wife and I recently drove 3500 km and found this device to be way and beyond the most useful thing in the car.
As we collect AirMiles we would prefer a certain fuel station and this GPS can identify WHICH gas station is close by or how far the nearest one is...how far off the road..IF it has a store attached and so on.
The controls are easy but I must confess several of the features are not explained in the ridiculous 4 page manual so I had to resort to phoning the company for help.
BUT.....HELP WAS AVAILABLE....both quickly and courteously....I was AMAZED!
If you go past your turn or find a detour the machine AUTOMATICALLY.....without needing to ask....calculates the newest best route to your destination.
My brother in law has the deluxe version with all the bells and whistles but when we looked at what this one didn't have that his did we discovered there was a practical and easy way to get around them.
All in all an incredible value that I expect, like my other Garmin, a Legend, will still be working 10 years from now.

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TRUE CRIME
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TRUE CRIME
by HALL
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's 3 pound weight makes it perfect as a doorstop or a single-use anchor., Nov. 15 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 11 1/4 X 8 1/2 having 400 pages and numerous photos scattered throughout the book.
This is a fairly cheaply made book but at least with hard white paper.
It is divided into 5 sections...Partners in Crime.......Evil Women......Mad Murderers......War Crimes......Assassination.
Each of those categories are further divided into 8 cases each except Assassination which has only 5.
My main complaint is the cases selected for each category are DECIDEDLY not what I would have called the best exemplars for those categories.
For example....in Partners the author has selected Gotti and Sammy the Bull Gravano...not exactly 'partners' and also Juan and Evita Peron as well as Karl and Ilsa Koch.
Each of the 5 categories have as well some completely bizarre choices to fill them and it almost seems as if the author threw a dart at the board and selected names that way.
Normally I would say of a book like this that it is not for the seasoned true crime buff but fit only for the novice but even the novice is bound to see how poorly the choices are.
I do not recommend this book to any group.

Steel Boat Iron Hearts: A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505
Steel Boat Iron Hearts: A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505
by Hans Goebeler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 35.60
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely honest....but quite naive politically., Nov. 15 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 9 1/2 X 6 1/4 having perhaps a dozen photos scattered throughout it's 258 pages.
The author, a member of the crew and not an officer as most submarine accounts were written by has promised us to be completely truthful...even at the expense of being seen in a less than perfect light...and he did write that way.
Nonetheless the German 'attitude' comes across clearly as the Allies are referred to as 'gangsters' and he speaks wryly about the post-war genocide as millions die of starvation, more or less blaming the victors.
As a document about the wartime exploits of a member of the German U-boat service it is a very enjoyable piece of writing.....both honest and largely truthful...within the capacity of a German military man to see the picture.
Sadly however, many...even MOST of the problems he complains about regarding the quality of labour while the sub crews were stationed at Lorient, in France, were precisely BECAUSE it was FORCED labour....not simply local labour.
This shortsightedness on the part of the German command was to lead to much sabotage as the years went on and even the author realizes that many of the sub sinkings MAY have been due to sabotage by dock workers, his own sub nearly sinking several times because of sabotage work in the docks.
Years ago I had a Belgian gentleman working for me who told me MANY stories of his PERSONAL sabotage incidents as forced labour for the Germans....as they say...you get what you pay for.
Despite the politically naive awareness of the author the book itself is a marvelous snapshot of life aboard a working U-boat during the Second World War.
HIGHLY recommended.

Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children
Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children
by David Sheff
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information but VERY revealing as well!, Nov. 9 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 9 1/2 X 6 1/4 having 445 pages and sadly, no photos.
This is a clearly written and lurid account of the rise of Nintendo written by someone who has clearly done his homework.
I don't find, as one reviewer did, that the author was anti-Nintendo but rather that in the first portion of the book....the development and distribution of their system in Japan and it's initial introduction to America they behaved with incredible bravery and confidence...led by their founder and his 'family'.
Despite the nay-sayers and the industry know-it-alls they persisted with their programme and with a forward looking philosophy ( not present in the Western business philosophy at the time ) present in MANY Japanese corporations they forged on.
Making up their own rules and guidelines they created a real-world 'virtual world' that stunned the west and caught most of the industry off-guard.
The latter part of the book shows us however, the ruthless and parochial nature of the Company and how it was capable of playing hardball with it's Western counterparts...even cowing the Great Maxwell.
Some might find it a little heavy on the legal machinations they went through in the pursuit of dominance in the gaming market and, indeed their controlling style of marketeering.....certainly bordering on the illegal and decidedly immoral but this long battle was to define the future of gaming and Nintendo felt...with at least some justification...that THEY had created the concept and might therefore have MORE rights than the late-comers who, in many cases TRULY did just want to capitalize on someone else's hard work.
Agree or not this is to date at least, the most comprehensive and unbiased account of the rise of Nintendo and the fall of Atari.

The Great Hedge of India
The Great Hedge of India
by Roy Moxham
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point BUT...COULD have been so much better., Nov. 9 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 8 1/4 X 5 3/4 having 234 pages and NO PHOTOS AT ALL!
Just to be up front my custom, with contemporary non-fiction books is to deduct 1 star for the failure to include SOME photos when they obviously COULD HAVE BEEN.
Scandalous....considering the author made at least 3 separate trips to India expressly for the purpose of the hedge investigation.
One must suspect the cheap intervention of the publisher so be forewarned....despite the name of the book we see NO PHOTOS AT ALL of either India or the hedge he is searching for.
We hear page after page of information about the Raj and the British influence on India...much of it incredibly repressive.
The purpose of the hedge in fact was SOLELY to prevent smugglers from bypassing the tax on salt imposed by the Brits during this long period.
Even through disease and drought....famine and flood the salt tax was collected and non-payment was strictly and VIGOROUSLY enforced with severe punishments.....including long periods in jail.
For those not wanting to read a spoiler skip to the bottom but for the rest of you here's a BIG downside in this book....he doesn't find the hedge until the last few pages in the book and really tells us nothing more about it nor does he spend any further time looking for it as by then he seems to have concluded that it had disappeared for good and was nevermore to be found.
If you want to read a good, but brief and very SPECIFIC history of the British Raj then this is at least a TASTE of the times then however if the title intrigued you and like many of us you want resolution to the mystery I fear you might be disappointed with the shallow follow-up when he does finally locate bits of the hedge.
That plus the lack of photos made it nothing more than a somewhat quirky piece of the already quirky history of the Raj.
Could have been much more.

The History of Organized Crime
The History of Organized Crime
by David Southwell
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly brief but accurate coverage of worldwide criminal groups., Nov. 9 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 11 1/4 X 9 1/4 having 224 pages and chock full of photos.
This is a well made and well designed book of the smaller coffee table variety.
Covering all the major countries that have a variety of organized crime it deals briefly with the names and major personnel of each crime group.
Naturally the coverage is quite brief but in most cases it is at least concise and accurate for the year the book was written.
The only 'downside' of the book is that it is somewhat 'clinical' in it's coverage of the criminal groups and not much detail is written of specific episodes they have been involved in.
Nonetheless it would make a good jumping-off point for the beginner crime buff.
One thing lacking however is any sort of bibliography....it would have been most usefull for any of us.
Recommended as a general starting point for organized crime families worldwide.

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue
by Michael J. Tougias
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW....one of the most exciting books i've read in a long time!!, Oct. 31 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 9 1/2 X 6 1/4 having 204 pages and 8 photo pages.
O.K. I might as well confess that usually I'm not a fan of American written accounts of American events on account of the constant flag-waving and hero worship.
This book, however is a SOLID no-holds-barred true account of a Coast Guard rescue operation n the winter of 1952.
2 oil tankers...the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer BOTH found themselves foundering in a massive storm off Cape Cod.
Built from what was, even then, called 'dirty steel' these quickly thrown together tankers had been hastily built for the wartime effort where numbers of craft were more relevant than the lasting quality well known to shipyards on the Atlantic coast.
Well recognized as weak and liable to break in two it was the misfortune of these two ships....these two captains and these two crews to suffer that fate early in the morning of February 18, 1952.
Several men were lost IMMEDIATELY as the ship opened up and with a massive crash...split into 2 pieces....both floating and both containing crew members.
Before the coast Guard knew about it reports began to float in and it was a long while before they knew that a ship had split in two......AND EVEN LONGER before the incredible realization that not 1 but 2 ships had suffered the same fate.
Brave men in wooden boats ventured out onto the storm-tossed seas to try and find and then rescue the men aboard.
This book is without a doubt a true PAGE-TURNER and the authors are to be commended on the skilful way they permit the story to unfold.
One of the best books I have read in years I look forward to more work by these 2 authors.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Ship That Torpedoed Herself: H. M. S. "Trinidad"
Ship That Torpedoed Herself: H. M. S. "Trinidad"
by Frank Pearce
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the north Atlantic convoy action., Oct. 31 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 having 181 pages and about 6 or so photos scattered throughout.
This is an exciting account of the author's time aboard the ship Trinidad.
From her first bath to her final death throes the author was aboard the Trinidad.
Ending up as an escort on the important cargo runs of Allied ships to Murmansk in Russia, the Trinidad was attacked many times and always seemed to come away....at least still floating but finally, in May 1942 she was attacked and sunk by dive bombers.
The title comes from an earlier event during which the Trinidad, while attempting to torpedo a trio of German destroyers had a torpedo malfunction.
The torpedo circled around and despite her full speed at the time and the captain's best efforts to avoid it, the torpedo struck and severely damaged the Trinidad.
Luckily she was repaired after limping to a dry-dock and repaired and refitted for further action in the north Atlantic.
A stirring account of convoy action while escorting Russia-bound convoys.

What a Bloody Arrival: A Wartime Story of Survival
What a Bloody Arrival: A Wartime Story of Survival
by Martin Cruz Smith
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but I wish the story were 'expanded' to double this length, Oct. 31 2013
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 8 3/4 X 5 1/2 having 175 pages and 4 photo pages.
This is an excellent although unfortunately, too short account of the author's wartime experiences as a pilot shooting down 3 enemy planes before being shot down himself off the Norwegian coast.
After a grueling 3 days in a leaking rubber raft with his navigator he landed on the coast where he befriended some locals in order to survive.
Unfortunately it was itself an island and knowing that a plane had been shot down a German patrol boat came by and in a short time they were taken prisoner.
For the rest of the war he was in Stalag Luft 111, where the famous wooden horse escape took place.
I would have much preferred if the story had been fleshed out more and his time in the prison camp was extended.
As it is, he speaks only briefly about it and we next hear of his liberation.
Nonetheless a splendid account of one man's war.

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