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R. P. Firriolo (Hudson Valley, NY)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Form ruins substance, March 29 2004
While the term "classic" is thoroughly overused to describe movies, "Invaders from Mars" is definitely a sci-fi classic in the truest sense. Sadly, this version of the movie is simply atrocious. As another reviewer here correctly stated, "What you get is a scratchy, jumpy film with more interference lines than you used to get on TV before cable. Stay away from this version." I found the poor picture quality so distracting that it ruined the experience of watching the film.

The Snubby Revolver: The ECQ, Backup, and Concealed Carry Standard
The Snubby Revolver: The ECQ, Backup, and Concealed Carry Standard
by Ed Lovette
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars An inferior collection of magazine articles, May 9 2003
This book provides little useful information for any reader of firearms magazines or internet gun forums. Much of the information is dated, and there are many glaring omissions of current, relevant information on the subject. Issues such as currently available models, ammunition selection and performance, variant comparisons, materials of construction, durability, and carry options are inadequately covered -- if at all.
Much of the book has nothing to do with snubby revolvers. Topics like defensive tactics are not covered particularly well, and were apparently inserted in the book to lengthen the page count. They certainly don't add much to the purported subject matter. There are several other books that cover tactics, combat mindset, and related topics far better than Lovette does here.
While it may be an easy way to write a book -- republishing a series of old magazine articles -- it hardly makes for a satisfying read in this case. Unless one seeks the most superficial introduction to the subject, pass on this book.

Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
by Anthony Swofford
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails on multiple levels, May 9 2003
This is not a particularly good literary work, nor is it of much historical value. It is also not a particularly interesting personal memoir.
Swofford comes off more than anything as having been an immature jerk who wallowed in self-pity while in the Marines. And one has to wonder how accurate are his recollections from Gulf War I and earlier, considering the number years that elapsed between the events described and his committing his thoughts to paper. Many of his recollections smack of embellishment for literary effect.
Swofford also has the annoying tendency to equate his perspective with that of all Marines who served throughout history. While there have no doubt been similar Marines, it does a disservice to the Corps to imply that all have been like Swofford - drunken, undisciplined malcontents who regretted their service.

Three Stooges - 75th Anniversary Collection [Import]
Three Stooges - 75th Anniversary Collection [Import]
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 82.46
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1.0 out of 5 stars Somebody deserves a good eye-poke for this one., Jan. 25 2003
Not only are the bonus materials poorly produced, the disk containing the Stooges' shorts are defective. Twice I had to return the set because the first disk would not play two of the shorts, and another short had defects that made it unwatchable.
Look for other sources of Stooges material.
I wish Moe were still around to give the guys who put this out a real working-over.

Nation of Cowards
Nation of Cowards
by Jeff Snyder
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! This book could force you to think., Dec 11 2001
This review is from: Nation of Cowards (Paperback)
Jeff Snyder's "Nation of Cowards" breaks new ground in the gun control debate. While there have been several fine works exploring aspects such as the historical origins of the Second Amendment, or on the ineffectiveness of gun control laws, "Nation of Cowards" makes the case against gun control from an entirely fresh perspective - ethics.
Snyder makes a persuasive argument that self-defense is a personal responsibility, and that those who rely on the state (or its paid agents) for protection are shirking their ethical duty. Gun control laws are therefore impediments to ethical action by preventing people from utilizing the most effective means of self-defense.
"Nation of Cowards" is a must read for those who have an interest in the gun control debate. But be warned: Reading "Nation of Cowards" may force you to think, and to reconsider the way you look at yourself, government, the law, and their interrelationships.

Principles of Personal Defense
Principles of Personal Defense
by Jeff Cooper
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for those interested in self-defense, April 12 2000
Cooper's book is the starting point for anybody interested in protecting himself or herself from violent attack. While Cooper is best known as a founder of The Modern Technique of the Pistol, this is not a book about guns or gunfights. It is about the mental conditioning, notably including situational awareness, which one needs to avoid (if possible) or survive an unavoidable violent encounter.
As has been said by Cooper and others, having a gun no more means you are armed than owning a piano makes you a musician. This book is a solid foundation for arming yourself against a violent criminal attack, whether or not you choose to protect yourself with a firearm.

Military Small Arms of the 20th Century
Military Small Arms of the 20th Century
by Ian Hogg
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better, April 12 2000
This book contains some very useful and interesting information. However, it falls far short of being comprehensive. Although the title is "Miltary Small Arms..." the work contains entries for firearms never adopted by any military, and omits significant military-issue firearms (e.g., the Canadian and British Inglis High Power, the US M4 and M4A1 Carbines, the Colt Model M General Officer's Pistols in .32 & .380, etc.).
The book is still a worthwhile purchase, though one is left wondering why certain obscure firearms were included while too many standard issue firearms were omitted.

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