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Missouri Sb-Poa Rev
Missouri Sb-Poa Rev
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It shows you the Show Me State., July 7 2004
This review is from: Missouri Sb-Poa Rev (Paperback)
Home to Mark Twain, Harry Truman, and riverboat gamblers, Missouri, the "Show Me State" (known for its cynics) is rich in cultural history. This book will show you how rich.
The "Portrait of America" series is a sensational and easy to understand introduction for pre-teens to the 50 states and to the places and events that shaped the history of the United States. This "Missouri" installment is very good. The book is broken down into sections like "History", "Culture", "Economy" etc., and each section is thoughtfully written and edited.
This book, as well as the entire "Portrait of America" series, will prove to be a valuable teaching tool to all primary school educators.

Naming New York: Manhattan Places and How They Got Their Names
Naming New York: Manhattan Places and How They Got Their Names
by Sanna Feirstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and informative, July 6 2004
I'm hoping that by the time you read this review, you will be able to take a look inside (right now, you can't). If you could, you would be able to see the exquisite layout and illustrations of Sanna Feirstein's "Naming New York: Manhattan Places and How They Got Their Names". It's a gloriously good-looking book.
But more important, Sanna Feirstein has gotten her facts right. When people think of the place names of Manhattan, they probably think of the grid and its numbered roads. Or that Manhattan is so modern, that all its place names begin with the Rockefeller era. WRONG! The island of Manhattan reaches further back in the history of American cities than any other one: the Wall Street area itself existed while Shakespeare's plays were first being produces. Manhattan, especially the older neighborhoods from Houston Street south to the Battery, are filled with twisting little streets whose names resonate with Manhattan's history. This book is where you'll find out why Houston Street is pronounced "HOW-ston". Where did Maiden Lane get its name from? Who was Barclay? This book will tell all.
This is a very informative book. If only it can tell me why New Yorkers pronounce Avenue of the Americas as "Sixth Avenue".

The Good Old Days--They Were Terrible!
The Good Old Days--They Were Terrible!
by Otto Bettmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and much-needed reality check, July 6 2004
Dr. Otto Bettmann assorted this collection of anecdotes, statistics, graphics and illustrations to remind us of just how hard life was for the every day guy in 19th century. This is a much-needed reality check in these days when everyone has this misconception that our times are the most difficult ever. Remember, today will be the good old days in a not-too-distant future. While other history books have tried to make this very point, I think Dr. Bettmann's achievement, and what makes this book more effective in a way, is that he presents his thesis in a style that is enjoyable and humorous. It's a great little book for everyone's history shelves.
Note:
Dr. Bettmann wrote about America in American English for Americans: he knows which side his bread is buttered on. Would anyone buy a book about how terrible living conditions were in 19th Century Turkistan? Let's not take ourselves too seriously, people. This book is NOT America-bashing.

Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
VHS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem., July 6 2004
It's hard to explain the lack of public response to this charming comedy in 1976. Perhaps because it was released when all cities, especially New York City, were having such hard times. Or maybe it was the casting of mostly unknowns that sank it.
For whatever reason, Paul Mazursky's NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE is a classic movie about youthful ambition, betrayal, tragedy, and never-ending surplus of hope. While most directors ultimately wind up knee-deep in schlock when making a movie about their youths, Mazursky keeps his focus on honesty. There's an integrity in his examination of these young characters, as they support and/or abuse each other in pursuit of their aspirations.
The performances are sparklers. The late Lenny Baker contributes just the right amounts of comedy, self-doubt and, ultimately, self-confidence the role demands. And, as others have mentioned, Shelley Winters is totally priceless! NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE should be your next purchase.
PS--When will the dvd version come out?

Independence Day (Widescreen)
Independence Day (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Will Smith
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aliens Ate Our Brains!, July 6 2004
What else would explain the hit this banal tripe was?

Speed (Widescreen Five Star Collection) [2 Discs]
Speed (Widescreen Five Star Collection) [2 Discs]
DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
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Price: CDN$ 44.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars I keep coming back, July 6 2004
SPEED has been one of the handful of movies made in the last ten years that I keep coming back to again and again when I need an action fix. I think it's partly because its premise is so impossibly simple: there's a bomb on a bus that will go boom if the bus goes below 50 miles per hour. That's it. I also think it's also because for all the noise and action, it really doesn't take itself too seriously. Everyone, even the usually sulking Jeff Daniels, appears to be having a good time. And, of course, it doesn't hurt to have the maniacal Dennis Hopper performing opposite Keanu Reeves who is properly underplaying his role as HERO.
SPEED, I admit, is a no-brainer. But if I wanted to watch something cerebral and intellectual, there are plenty of others to choose from. I mean, from which to choose.

Michigan
Michigan
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michigan study, July 6 2004
This review is from: Michigan (Paperback)
There is a misconception that Michigan is noted only for its industrial cities like Flint and, especially, Detroit. Fortunately, this little volume explains that there is a great deal more to this geographically divided state than meets the eye.
The "Portrait of America" series is a wonderful introduction for pre-teens to the 50 states and to the places and events that shaped the history of the United States. This "Michigan" installment is particularly good. The book is broken down into sections like "History", "Culture", "Economy" etc., and each section is thoughtfully written and edited. The "Economy" section is especially good and is very inclusive.
This book, as well as the entire "Portrait of America" series, will prove to be a valuable teaching tool to all primary school educators.

North Dakota
North Dakota
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A microstudy of North Dakota, July 6 2004
This review is from: North Dakota (Paperback)
The "Portrait of America" series is a wonderful introduction for pre-teens to the 50 states and to the places and events that shaped the history of the United States. This "North Dakota" installment is particularly good. The book is broken down into sections like "History", "Culture", "Economy" etc., and each section is thoughtfully written and edited. The "Culture" section is especially good and is very inclusive.
This book, as well as the entire "Portrait of America" series, will prove to be a valuable teaching tool to all primary school educators.

Nevada
Nevada
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Oasis, July 6 2004
This review is from: Nevada (Paperback)
Known primarily for its resort city of Las Vegas, Nevada is really a wealth of other cultural and geological resources. Its varied climates--from snow-peaked mountains to beautiful deserts--are almost unparalleled on the continent. This book will tell you and your students all about it.
The "Portrait of America" series is a wonderful introduction for pre-teens to the 50 states and to the places and events that shaped the history of the United States. This "Nevada" installment is particularly good. The book is broken down into sections like "History", "Culture", "Economy" etc., and each section is thoughtfully written and edited. The "Culture" section is especially good and is very inclusive.
This book, as well as the entire "Portrait of America" series, will prove to be a valuable teaching tool to all primary school educators.

Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960
Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960
by Ross Wetzsteon
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years of the Village's dynasty., July 2 2004
Way back when America was still a conglomeration of British colonies, Greenwich Village was settled by the rich and merchant class of lower Manhattan as an escape from the recurring ravages of yellow fever and cholera. For this reason Greenwich Village was, essentially, never really mapped out; never really settled in accordance to any public plan. Of course, there was no grid plan either. Perhaps this haphazard beginning is what gave the area its combined flavor of anarchy and refinement. Where else would you find a Washington Square Park whose north end was the home to upper or, at least, bourgiose families, and whose south end was a magnet for immigrants not so rich?
Focusing on what was arguably the Village's heydays, the 50 years from 1910 to 1950, the late Ross Wetzsteon reveals to us a neighborhood as provincial and insular as any New England town in one way, and as forward-looking and worldly in another. REPUBLIC OF DREAMS is a look at the artists and writers, activists and thinkers, who populated this amazing world (e.g. Gould, Pollack, O'Neill, Reed, Sinclair). And, as Wetzsteon demonstrates, the Village sort of became an image for the entire world on the verge of modernism.
Prof. Wetzsteon's style is learned and academic, but far from stuffy or dull. And he peppers the book with anecdotes that are witty and tragic. It is a shame that Prof. Wetzsteon has been taken from us, but at least his REPUBLIC OF DREAMS will be with us for a long while.

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