JK

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (65 of 70)
Location: Lake Jackson, Texas USA
In My Own Words:
I am a liberal baby-boomer, shaped in the sixties. I work as a health care manager. Major hobbies: photography (Leica), reading (much nonfiction, American and English mystery, philosphy), music (several thousand CD's, mostly classical), collecting. Passions? Free thinking, open exchange of ideas. Peeves? Closed minds, people unable to disagree without being nasty (see some of my re-reviewers… Read more
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 399,998 - Total Helpful Votes: 65 of 70
Mrs. Ike: Portrait of a Marriage by Susan Eisenhower
Mrs. Ike: Portrait of a Marriage by Susan Eisenhower
I thought Margaret Truman cornered the market on good writing about parents. However, Susan Eisenhower has written a book of the same caliber. Being born in 1955, I only vaguely remember when DDE was President, though I certainly remember when Ike died in 1969. I had read so many unflattering things about Mamie, with the main exception being J.B. West's book of memoirs about being Chief Usher in the White House. Mamie is largely forgotten nowadays, particularly in light of the Kennedy administration that followed. What greater contrast than between the sixty-something Mamie and the thirty-something Jackie! After reading this book in all its details, one can better understand that… Read more
Coolidge: An American Enigma by Robert Sobel
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only a Beginning. . ., July 19 2004
How interesting that as we look at the last century, President Coolidge has become a polarizing figure. After smears from William Allan White, Arthur Schlesinger and others, Coolidge has finally merited re-evaluation. While not an activist President in the vein of, say, Franklin Roosevelt, Coolidge was far from indolent or passive. He gave more press conferences than any other, inaugurated the use of radio, and sponsored airplanes in the military. However, it was indeed his belief that government should exist for the people, not the other way 'round. Interestingly, he was the last President to refuse to have a telephone in the Oval Office--he considered it undignified. He supported… Read more
The Thomas Crown Affair (Widescreen/Full Screen) <b>DVD</b> ~ Pierce Brosnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Russo At Her Best!, June 5 2004
I won't go into the plot of this movie, most buyers will already know it anyway. The DVD transfer is superb. This is the only movie I've ever seen where I liked Pierce Brosnan and thought he was cast properly. What makes this movie for me, though, is the performance of Ms. Russo. She is the perfect combination of sex and brains. Her wardrobe is amazing and she knows how to wear it! There are some slow parts to this movie, particularly the tropical part, but overall it's a keeper.