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Gadfly, Bon Vivant, Raconteur and Man-About-Town. Hmmm, I guess that just about sums it up! ;)


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A Dirty Distant War by E. M. Nathanson
A Dirty Distant War by E. M. Nathanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Dirty Book!, May 25 2004
This is a great book! I enjoyed it even more than 'The Dirty Dozen'.
After 'The Dirty Dozen' mission is completed, Reisman drops into Southeast Asia on an assignment to stop another OSS officer from taking his Kachin guerillas - a force with which he has been successfully fighting the Japanese in Burma - into China. However, Reisman learns that the Kuomintang in China, who are aligned with the Americans against the Japanese, have conducted brutal raids into Kachin villages and he is reluctantly swept up in the righteousness of their revenge. Things then turn on his fellow OSS officer in an unexpected way and Reisman is thus quickly introduced to the twisted alliances in this part of… Read more
Shell Game: A Novel by Douglas Terman
Shell Game: A Novel by Douglas Terman
5.0 out of 5 stars The TERMANator!, April 24 2004
Terman wrote from a POV (and time) that saw the big, bad Soviet Union edging toward global domination. He could not have known that the Soviet Union was destined to simply rot and crumble. In any case, the fact that it did in no way diminishes any of his works. They are just ripping good yarns!
'Shell Game' is set in Cuba pre/post the Castro revolution, leading up to the Cuban missile crisis. Two brothers wind up on opposite sides of the post-revolutionary struggle, with a woman they both love caught in the middle. The story is very well developed and it beats Tom Clancy, et al, hands down. Brocassie, the main character, is not some cardboard-cutout Jack Ryan-type. He is fully three… Read more
Out Of Africa (Collector's Edition)
Reading some of the criticism of this film, I wonder if they saw the same movie that I did. This is an absolute masterpiece in every sense of the word! The photography is stunning, with virtually every scene presenting a sumptuous feast for the eyes. The soundtrack is heartfelt and magnificently blended into the story. The actors are superb, with notable performances by Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Michael Kitchen. One of the deepest performances is turned in by Malick Bowens as Farah - so wonderfully sensitive. Those who knock Robert Redford playing a Brit would have also undoubtedly knocked him should he have affected a British accent. His performance, to me, was magnificently… Read more