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Singles 45's and Under
Singles 45's and Under
Price: CDN$ 13.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and maturity, June 29 2004
This review is from: Singles 45's and Under (Audio CD)
To me, Squeeze represented all that was right about the British New Wave/No Wave movement of the late 70s and early 80s. (Note, I say early 80s--this cd doesn't contain any of the songs from Sqeeze's reunion albums of the late 80s, most of which can be safely dismissed.) Singles "45's and Under" doesn't omit anything that any Squeeze fan would miss.
Each of these songs showcase the amazing songwriting talents of Difford and Tilbrook, and the tremendous talent of the musicians. Squeeze could always be relied upon for perfect polish, mature and above-average intelligence lyrics, FUN, and a lack self-importance and pompousness that others of the era smacked of. Each song is a hit. Nothing is a miss.

Vermont
Vermont
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Library Binding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Mountains majesty, June 29 2004
This review is from: Vermont (Library Binding)
Vermont is more than cheese, maple syrup and ski slopes. It is filled with enormous history and rich New England culture. This book will explain all that to you and your students, if you're a teacher.
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 "Vermont" 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 "History" section is especially good and is very inclusive, and details many of the Revolutionary War events.
This book, as well as the entire "Portrait of America" series, will prove to be a valuable teaching tool to all primary school educators.

Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
by Phillip Lopate
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big and small distances around Manhattan, June 29 2004
One of New York's premiere writers, Phillip Lopate, has written this wonderful book, WATERFRONT: A JOURNEY AROUND MANHATTAN, about his trek up the Hudson, through the harbor, and up the East River. This is not a long journey in length, but it evokes decades upon decades upon centuries of the history of New York.
What Lopate has evoked, at the same time, is an awareness that somewhere in our development, we have lost touch with the fact that Manhattan is an island, and that our formidable legacy was derived from the fact that, for centuries, we were a powerful port city. Goods and immigrants arrived to our shores by ship well into the 20th century. And then, for several reasons and not all of them good ones, we began to shun the river, the tidal strait (East River), and our harbor.
For the most part though, Lopate delights in seeing the city the way our forebears saw it. And then, sometimes, the effect is enormously sad: specifically, his journey to North Brother Island, the site where the General Slocum burned and partially sank, where so many bodies washed ashore as others died in the island's hospital. This section is eerily poignant and, to me, the best written. Lopate and his companions did not escape North Brother unscathed, physically and emotionally. And I doubt most readers will put down WATERFRONT without feeling unchanged. This is a wonderful book for New Yorkers and/or history fans.

Montana
Montana
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Majestic Montana, June 29 2004
This review is from: Montana (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 "Montana" 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 "History" 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.

Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History of Greenwich Village
Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History of Greenwich Village
by Luther S. Harris
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greenwich Village's Complex History, June 29 2004
Created by the rich and merchant class as an escape from the recurring ravages of yellow fever and cholera, Greenwich Village was, essentially, never really mapped out; never really settled in accordance to any public plan. Perhaps this haphazard beginning is what gave the area its combined refined yet anarchic flavor that exists until this day.
Luther Harris' book, "Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History of Greenwich Village" is an excellent introduction to the history, myths, lies, and unknown truths about this magnet for the students, the homeless, the artists, and the real estate agents who each value Greenwich Village for their own reasons. The text is very informative, and the illustrations are lush and generous. Broken down into easy-to-handle sections, Harris nonetheless is comprehensive. (He apologies to his readers if any particular individual, group, or building was omitted but he needn't have: just about all the bases were covered.) This is an exhaustive and wonderful book.

Rails Under the Mighty Hudson: The Story of the Hudson Tubes, the Pennsylvania Tunnels, and Manhattan Transfer
Rails Under the Mighty Hudson: The Story of the Hudson Tubes, the Pennsylvania Tunnels, and Manhattan Transfer
by Brian J. Cudahy
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 28.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars New York and the mainland joined underground, June 29 2004
I have always enjoyed Brian J. Cudahy's books. "The Malbone Street Wreck" was a sobering look at the disaster that befell the subway line in 1918. And last year's "A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways" was just the opposite: it was a joyful, admiring look at the making of the subway system in New York, and tracked its progress through the 20th century.
I eagerly picked up this reprint of his 1975 book "Rails Under the Mighty Hudson: The Story of the Hudson Tubes, the Pennsy Tunnels and Manhattan Transfer" and was not disappointed. Briefly, this book describes the historical need for these tubes, the technological requirements, the difficulties in construction, and the dramatic effects they had upon completion. Villains and heroes abound, as they will in any tale of expensive public works, but they are relegated to a second-tier, as Cudahy's obvious admiration for this effort takes precedence. Comparisons to the Erie Canal are not far-fetched when describing the success of these tubes, and it is not far-fetched to say that only Brian Cudahy's passion for his subject makes this book one of the greatest about railroads, in general. The smattering of gorgeous photographs are gravy!

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
DVD ~ Clu Gulager
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perversely funny and haunting, June 29 2004
Taking the old zombie/living dead legends and movie treatments, and then standing them on their ears, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is a perversely funny and, yet, fiercely frightening movie. A combination of "The Night of the Living Dead," "Thriller", and a little bit of "Sid and Nancy", RETURN OF THE LIVING Dead is a great punk horror film. The tag-lines are hysterical. (My favorite: "Hey, guys, how can you kill something that's already dead?" "You know, Frank, the kid's got a good point there")
Some gruesome special effects, especially the make-up, are effective, but they do not overwhelm the film. The cast, playing it up between tongue-in-cheek camp and true terror, is made up mostly of no ones but they are quite up to the task. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD is a great horror comedy.

Mississippi
Mississippi
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than riverboat gamblers!, June 29 2004
This review is from: Mississippi (Paperback)
Mississippi is more than just riverboat gamblers. And this little volume will tell you and your students all about it.
The "Portrait of America" series is a terrific introduction for pre-teens to the 50 states and to the places and events that shaped the history of the United States. This "Mississippi" 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.

Maine
Maine
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the cold Atlanitic, a paradise, June 29 2004
This review is from: Maine (Paperback)
Maine is one of my favorite vacation spots. Bar Harbor, Acadia State Park, etc. But Maine is more than just its beautiful resorts and delicious lobster. And this little volume will tell you and your students all about it.
The "Portrait of America" series is a terrific introduction for pre-teens to the 50 states and to the places and events that shaped the history of the United States. This "Maine" 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.

Maryland
Maryland
by Kathleen Thompson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little state, lots of history, June 29 2004
This review is from: Maryland (Paperback)
Maryland's colonial history is well-known by history students, but what happened in that tiny state afterward is just as important. And this slim volume will tell you 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 "Maryland" 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 "History" 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.

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