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The Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of Style
by Chicago Editorial Staff
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs revision, March 3 2003
This work has such a reputation, and so much praise has been (rightly) given to it in the reviews, that it certainly does not need an endorsement; what could I say that hasn't been said?
That having been said, the Chicago Manual of Style is in need of a revision. Specifically, it does not cover issues that arise when self-typesetting books or journal articles, a common practice among mathematicians and scientists in the age of LaTeX.

Blood Sweat And Tears
Blood Sweat And Tears
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition, Jan. 7 2002
This review is from: Blood Sweat And Tears (Audio CD)
Audio quality on this remastered release tops that of the CD and the original LP. The horns are now as crisp and clear as in a concert hall. The difference is also noticable in the organ solo in "Blues Part II"--the limits of the electronic organ and the intricacy of the solo (these guys were musicians of the first order!) can both be heard for the first time.
The addition of live versions of "More and More" and "Smiling Phases" is itself a blessing to the listener. All accounts say that Blood Sweat and Tears (all incarnations) could really jam. The dearth of live recordings--this is the band left off of most if not all Woodstock recordings, mainly for political reasons--means that we youngsters have had to take this statement on faith. It couldn't be more true--we hear rock musicians jamming together as tightly as jazz artists here.
The liner notes have also been improved for this version, giving us a bit of the post-Kooper history of BS&T.
Persons to whom I recommend against buying this record are those who expect this to be a jam-band record a la Blind Faith or Ten Years After, or those seeking the conventional. It did win a Grammy, but there are people out there who will not just dislike this record; they'll hate it to the point of disgust. "What's up with the carnival music?" "This is sooo kitschy." "Who writes this stuff?" etc. Chachun a son gout.

The Art of War
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars War, not business., Feb. 25 2001
This review is from: The Art of War (Paperback)
This is a well-edited edition of Sun Tzu; the only aspect that left something to be desired was the inclusion of illustrative anecdotes; I would have preferred if they were left to the end of the chapter.
I can understand why this book was a fad in the business world but object to claims that the tactics described in this book are easily applied to business. This is a book about conflict, specifically, war, and there is much wisdom lost if it is taken out of its context. There is much excellent advice for analogous situations; political persuasion and debate, games of Go, Shogi or Chess, or even sporting events.
When taken from the world of conflict to the business, the realm of cooperation (in the sense that competing businesses compete to cooperate the best with their customers), The Art of War becomes yet another tome of "Eastern" sayings which sound pretty and can be "applied to any situation" only because they come to mean very little.
Those who will be in a conflict situation or wish to prepare for one, even if it is a simple game of Go, should study this book. Read the text and the anecdotes, and come back later to read it again gaining fresh insight.

LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (2nd Edition)
LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (2nd Edition)
by Leslie Lamport
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 51.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole Document Preparation System, Feb. 9 2001
One would expect a lot more for the price of this book. Instead of being a comprehensive guide or even complete introduction to LaTeX, this book is a nearly cursory introduction.
Commands and options are not described in detail, leaving a lot of guesswork in doing simple tasks like laying out equations, including an abstract, or including graphics. How to program your own environments is left for the Latex Companion. The reference section in the back is poorly laid out and missing quite a bit of information.
The book is a good introduction for those who have never used LaTeX but gives very little for one's money; books on other computer-related topics, from C to HTML tend to be more comprehensive. I'd recommend this book only because there aren't many basic introductions to LaTeX in existence.

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