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Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq
Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq
by Michael Scheuer
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He's Lost My Vote, Sept. 30 2012
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Prior to reading this book, I was a fan of Michael Scheuer's work, and I own all of his books, including books he authored the introductions to.

However, I am inclined to agree with the other two reviews, because while I think his theories on the Cold War mentality and the current Islamist threat are interesting, the book is far too provocative with too much invective and war-mongering language for my liking.

He repeatedly praises Ronald Reagan; blames the "national security threat" of an over-dependence on foreign oil to environmentalists, which he uses such invective language to attack; he talks about his desire to kill Soviets; attacks other authors of books unfairly; and too often uses pro-war terms, like "annihilating" the enemy and disregarding the deaths of innocents for American goals.
He continues on to make the case that everyone else is wrong but him and he and only he sees the truth because of his credentials. However, I find this ironic, because he criticizes others that have the same or better credentials than himself, such as Richard Clarke, for what they have written about and how stupid they are, implicitly calling them sissies for not taking a more aggressive action against Islamists despite the consequences of those actions.

The book could have made for an interesting read if he focused more on a theory than attacking those that disagree with him or whom he feels are cowards. Instead, he comes off more like a male Ann Coulter, using such distasteful language and alienating his otherwise loyal readers.

His other books were fantastic but this one really blows: "The only convincing case then for anything going to hell in this book concerns the author's credibility as a serious political analyst," and that's the truth.

The Secret History of al Qaeda
The Secret History of al Qaeda
by Abdel Bari Atwan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 38.05
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, Sept. 26 2012
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Abdel Bari Atwan examines al-Qaeda with unparalleled experience and first-hand knowledge of the organization, bin Laden, and of the Middle East. Being editor in chief of an Arab newspaper in London and having been born in Palestine, he was on a first-name basis with many top figures in al-Qaeda, including bin Laden, Mohammed Atef, and others. Although he doesn't argue anything new, his first-hand knowledge of the individuals behind 9/11 make this a must read, but it is not a book for a critical analysis on the War on Terror, as he speaks mostly from his own personal experiences.

Harperland: The Politics of Control
Harperland: The Politics of Control
by Lawrence Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.94
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for all Canadians, July 28 2012
The book depicts Stephen Harper as being a sociopathic control freak hell bent on destroying the Liberal Party and the Canadian liberal tradition. Canadians need to wake up and see him for who he really is.

Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden
by Pat Perrin
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Descent but Too Short, Feb. 21 2012
This review is from: Osama Bin Laden (Hardcover)
I read this book a few years ago. It was a descent account of bin Laden's background but was a little too short in my opinion. Steve Coll's Bin Ladens is much better and far more in depth.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders
by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.26
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Greatest, Jan. 19 2012
The most significant flaw with this guide is how badly organized it is and hard to navigate all its pages quickly while outside. Definitely better guides than this one.

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America
by Arthur V. Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bug Guide, Jan. 19 2012
Indeed this is an excellent field guide on North American invertebrates. For many years I have been studying insects and I raise some arthropods in captivity. The guide has excellent information, great photos, and is well organized to allow you to quickly find information you need.

The Sword of Medina: A Novel
The Sword of Medina: A Novel
by Sherry Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.19
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Novel!, Oct. 24 2011
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The Sword of Medina is the second novel in The Jewel of Medina series by Sherry Jones. It was an excellent conclusion to the series and Aisha's life. It was a powerfully written novel that was easy to get absorbed into and be transported back to seventh century Arabia. Great!!!

Those In Peril
Those In Peril
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, Sept. 28 2011
This review is from: Those In Peril (Hardcover)
Notwithstanding the novel's relatively low rating by other reads, I found this novel to be a very thrilling story and it was a pleasure to read it.

United 93 (Full Screen Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
United 93 (Full Screen Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Paul Greengrass
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Total Fail - Fiction Completely, Sept. 10 2011
This movie was a completely inaccurate representation of Flight 93 hijacking by Ziad Jarrah.
- Only the pilot knew English. The pilots in 9/11 were all chosen because of their education and knowledge of the West.
- They didn't have bombs; kind of hard to fly a plane into a building, the Capitol, when you blow it up on the way there. (Stupid!)
- Ziad Jarrah looked nothing like he did in the movie.
- The muscle hijackers were mostly Saudi (they look Pakistani in the movie) and spoke Arabic. They were trained in hand-to-hand combat and throat cutting.
etc.

Fail. If you want a real understanding of 9/11, watch National Geographic: Inside 9/11 (Two DVD documentary).

Bloodsport (Widescreen)
Bloodsport (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Price: CDN$ 9.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chong Li is Amazing!, Sept. 8 2011
This review is from: Bloodsport (Widescreen) (DVD)
Van Damme may be the "star" of the film, but it is Bolo Yeung (Chong Li) that really makes the movie great! He is by far the best martial artist I have ever seen on film! Paulo Tocha is amazing as well!

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