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Cambodia: Report From a Stricken Land
Cambodia: Report From a Stricken Land
by Henry Kamm
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction for anyone beginning to study Cambodia, Feb. 3 2004
There are endless questions that the war in southeast Asia will forever raise about the players involved, their motivations, alliances, and culpability. Although Kamm doesn't attempt to delve very far into all these questions, he does give a fairly even-handed and objective overview. His chronology is easy to follow, as well as the pace of his writing.
Throughout the book Kamm also does a fine job of explaining some of the intricacies of Cambodian's feelings for their neighbors, especially Thailand and Vietnam, and the history of political struggles and turmoil between the nations.
Few people would be more qualified to write on this subject. The author spent years traveling in Cambodia and other peripheral nations that were involved in the war. He not only had access to the highest authorities in Cambodia's government, he also had their friendship. Among them, King Norodom Sihanouk and Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary.
For anyone who is curious about Cambodia and wants a good introduction to it's history - where it once stood and how it descended to where it is today - this book is a good first step. The only reason I fail to give this book five stars is because it really skimps on some pertinent details, especially in the later chapters, that I feel could have and should have merited a little more fleshing out.

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
by Jon Lee Anderson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A landmark biography, June 26 2003
Even as I'm not a fan of Che Guevara's politics, the work that Jon Lee Anderson has put together about his life and career is truly commendable. He sorts out an incomprehensible amount of detailed information in a very linear, comprehensive, yet simple fashion.
The information he gained, some recorded for the first time ever, by gaining access to friends, relatives, and associates, as well as letters and diaries of Che Guevara, makes this work the definitive reference on the subject.
Like many on the political left, the author is obviously enamoured with Guevara and tends to portray his actions as noble, admirable and heroic. This is quite an interpretive presentation of Guevara, one with which many would disagree. Anderson does give glimpses of Guevara's personality that show the side of him that could be maniacal, dilatory, and restless, but even these are downplayed as the innocuous by products of a passionate man.
Because of this subjective portrayal in an otherwise very objective book, I cannot give it 5 stars. Still it's a remarkable, fascinating read and an amazingly authoritative and accomplished work.

That's Not Fair!: A Teacher's Guide to Activism with Young Children
That's Not Fair!: A Teacher's Guide to Activism with Young Children
by Fran Davidson
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely outrageous!, April 16 2003
You've got to be kidding me! Could this be any more Orwellian??? "Fostering a dispositon for activism" is one of the topics in this book. The classroom is a wholly inappropriate place to be indoctrinating young children in questionable leftist rhetoric and activism. Many parents would be agahst if they knew their children were being recruited as the next generation of protesting myrmidons.

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs
Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs
by Bryan Peterson
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good, but flawed book, Sept. 12 2002
Peterson does a good job of explaining exposure basics to the beginner and answering the questions that most beginners have (i.e. when to use a fast shutter speed or large aperture), but does not get much deeper than that.
I also have a major gripe with this book because of an error that is sure to confuse some beginners. Peterson consistently writes about "increasing" shutter speed from (for example) 1/15th to 1/8th to 1/4th. When you go from a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second to 1/4th of a second, you may be increasing your exposure, but you're decreasing your shutter speed. No doubt someone has read this and been a bit confused by it.
That gripe aside, this is still a pretty good book that covers the basics and should put beginning photographers at ease. Probably a good book for all beginners to look at.

Traveler's Handbook, 8th: The Insider's Guide to World Travel
Traveler's Handbook, 8th: The Insider's Guide to World Travel
by Wexas Ltd.
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource and inspiration, March 29 2002
This book is everything it's cracked up to be. One thing anyone considering buying this should note, though is that it's a UK based publication. In discussions about visas and work permits, it assumes EU citizenship. A lot of the advice wouldn't pertain to a U.S. citizen. Most of the directory information only lists U.K. based organizations.
That said, this is a great resource and very inspirational. It's made me think about going to places that I would have never even considered before. That's mostly because it combines engaging narratives by obviously well-travelled writers along with nuts and bolts practical information on the "how to" planning stages, and insightful advice.
It prepares you for the cultural differences you're likely to encounter, and prompts you to think about contingencies due to weather, medical, or political trouble. There are warnings about the hazards and adversity of some travel without trying to scare you away from it. The book manages to be a general purpose travel guide without being generic. It would be an equally good read for adventure travellers as it would for cruise ship enthusiasts.
The reference section alone is well worth the price, giving you fascinating and comprehensive information about every country on the planet. This book approaches you like a good friend who happens to be an experienced travel agent, hoping to help you plan a trip of a lifetime. It is remarkably well written and organized. I can't imagine planning a trip overseas without it.

Practical Nomad: How To Travel Around The World
Practical Nomad: How To Travel Around The World
by Edward Hasbrouck
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, March 26 2002
I bought this book expecting to find something other than what it is. Instead of the subtitle "How to travel around the world" maybe it should have been subtitled "What you need to know before you travel around the world." The author is very knowledgable and the book offers a lot of valuable insight. It's been helpful for me planning my own global crossing. But not helpful in a pragmatic "here's what you need to do" kind of way. It was helpful in educating me about travel industry practices, paperwork preparation, and conditions in certain areas of the world.
However, I'm a bit dismayed by two aspects of the book. Hasbrouck seems to tout train travel on almost every page. He has a real love of trains I guess. He even said on one page that given the same distance (up to about 600 miles) he'd take the train over flying because, he says, they're more comfortable, the food is better, and you meet interesting people. Maybe my travel experience is vastly different than his, but I don't hold the same romantic fondness of trains. My experience has been they're a crowded, hot, time-consuming confinement with people that looked a bit sketchy. And I consider myself an adventurous traveler. I'm not one to watch the world from the bay window of a luxury cruise liner.
It also becomes annoying how the author seems to inject his political opinion into every page, almost every paragraph. He seems to editorialize on everything - capitalism, socialism, class bias, feminism, health and disease, food distribution, etc. I happen to agree with a lot of his opinion but to have it be so ubiquitous is droning.
Overall, this is a helpful book, probably one of the better ones out there for general around-the-world information. But if you're looking for the nuts and bolts "how to" information, find something else.

Spanish I - 1st Ed. Rev.
Spanish I - 1st Ed. Rev.
by Pimsleur
Edition: Audio CD
14 used & new from CDN$ 132.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down the most effective way to learn a language, June 14 2001
For various reasons, I decided a couple of years ago to start learning Spanish. I'd heard of the Pimsleur method and decided to buy the whole thing, all three comprehensive courses. I can say I was not disappointed. This has to be the easiest and most effective way to learn a language ever devised. Dr. Pimsleur really knew what he was doing. After about 45 days I was comfortable enough in Spanish to be conversant and to understand the Spanish news broadcast. It was worth every penny (all 82,500 of them actually).

That said, I don't think the Pimsleur course is for everyone. For one, many people will balk at the price. And secondly, it takes discipline. It's absolutely essential that you devote 30 minutes a day without fail to learn the language or you'll be disappointed. It also may not be the best method of learning for some people. If you're more visual oriented than audio oriented, you may get frustrated.
I also think it would help if the course included a supplemental book to show things like spelling, sentence structure and conjugation of verbs. But overall, I found this course extremely effective and after 90 days feel that my Spanish is just a step under complete fluency. I'm very satisfied and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a second language.
In fact, I was so satisfied with the Spanish course that I bought the beginner Italian course for my vacation this summer and it was immensely helpful.

SAAB 900 16 Valve Official Service Manual: 1985-1993
SAAB 900 16 Valve Official Service Manual: 1985-1993
by Bentley Publishers
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best there is... but not perfect, June 13 2001
Anyone who works on their own Saab should know that the Bentley manual is King. There's just not a better manual out there. However, even this book is lacking in a lot of ways. For one, it's not for the beginner or for someone who's afraid of messing up their car. This book assumes you have a fairly well-established knowledge of the car and skips a lot of details it assumes you'd know. A total novice would be lost with this book.
On the other hand, if you do know these cars pretty well, the Bentley manual can help fill in the blanks of a project you'd otherwise not want to do if you didn't have a little guidance. Not for the faint of heart though.

Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country
by Peter McWilliams
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An important contribution to the drug debate, June 30 2000
There are no easy answers in the debate about the war on drugs, but McWilliams' book does help present a side of the argument that is too easily marginalized and dismissed. However, McWilliams is equally quilty as the prohibitionists in presenting a very one-sided argument while ignoring legitimate concerns of the opposing viewpoint.
I completely agree with his premise that behavior cannot be mandated by laws and that draconian punishment, against those who commit what are basically victimless crimes, has no place in a civilized society. I'm bothered that the author seems to only look at the pros and cons of the drug war in a net-benefit basis. I wish, instead, he had acknowledged that even though there are relatively few people who cause deep societal problems as a result of using drugs (i.e. robbery, murder, child neglect), those are legitimate concerns and can't be dismissed just because, on the whole, repealing drug prohibition would be of greater benefit to society than prohibition.
He's absolutely correct though in his analysis of how the drug war has corrupted politicians, incarcerated the innocent, undermined due process, and voided Constitutional rights. He makes a powerful and well stated, albeit unbalanced, argument. Everyone who has a hand in making drug policy should be required to read this book. It is very enlightening.

Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.25
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most profound works ever, Dec 14 1999
What a thought-provoking and eye-opening book. This is one of those books that makes you forever look at the world in a whole new way. At the completion of this novel, I felt like someone handed me the answer key to the great SAT test of human life. The way in which this book reveals the nature of man, both good and bad, is so subtle that it caught me by surprise. In reading this novel, you are slowly led into a clear and illuminating revelation about cosmic forces that never seemed apparent before.
It is to Rand's credit that she wrote such a compelling pitch of her philosophy in narrative form. Clearly her championing the spirit and rights of the individual would have been met with undue criticism in a quantitative, fact-based study.
Although the length of the book, 1100 pages of small print, was a bit daunting, the story is so driven and full of suspense, I found myself going through it quicker than I expected.
Quite a life changing read and highly recommended for anyone.

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