Clarissa Cox

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The Visibles: A Novel
The Visibles: A Novel
The Visibles: A Novel by Sara Shepard. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Les Imposteurs
Les Imposteurs
Les Imposteurs by John Grisham, Maxime Van Santfoort, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
L'Institut
L'Institut
L'Institut by Stephen King, Benjamin Jungers, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 128 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Dark Screams: Volume Six
Dark Screams: Volume Six
Dark Screams: Volume Six by Stephen King, Norman Prentiss , et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 97 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, 6th Edition
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, 6th Edition
Data Structures and Algorithms in Java, 6th Edition by Michael T. Goodrich , Roberto Tamassia, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 40 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Programming with Java: A Primer
Programming with Java: A Primer
Programming with Java: A Primer by E Balagurusamy. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 128 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Java Thread Programming
Java Thread Programming
Java Thread Programming by Paul Hyde. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Grokking Algorithms
Grokking Algorithms
Grokking Algorithms by Aditya Bhargava, Derek Lettman, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 237 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Core PHP Programming (3rd Edition)
Core PHP Programming (3rd Edition)
Core PHP Programming (3rd Edition) by Leon Atkinson and Zeev Suraski. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)
Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)
Graph Theory (Graduate Texts in Mathematics) by Adrian Bondy and U.S.R. Murty. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the R programming category.
Principles: Life and Work
Principles: Life and Work
This book was fantastic and extremely organized. The author starts the book by giving the reader a background on who he is and how he arrived at the principles that were outlined. This part of the book is good for anyone that's not familiar with the author's backstory. It was somewhat astounding to learn that Mr. Dalio was literally broke in 1982 and has come-back to build a 150 billion dollar hedge fund.

In the second part of the book, the author gets into the stuff that's incredibly important, but difficult to implement. In short, he provides a roadmap and tools (via algorithmic means) to accomplish anything you want in life. There's a ton of substance, definition, & practicality on how to action your objectives. He has a five-step process to achieve what you want out of life, and it couldn't be more understandable and reasonable. The tricky part for most people (in my humble opinion) is finding a goal or objective that they can focus and remain passionate about for an extended period. If that's not your problem, then Mr. Dalio's advice in the second part of the book is significantly profound.

In the third section of the book, the author teaches you how to build the mastermind group/organization that's going to achieve the goals/mission you outlined in the second part of the book. The knowledge and thought that went into these 300 pages of the book are quite impressive. In short, the reader needs to get the culture right, get the people right, and then build and evolve the protocols that run the organization at a fundamental level. There's so much granularity behind those core concepts that it'll keep you busy trying to absorb everything.

In my humble opinion, MBA programs should be designing management courses around the information contained in this book. It's extremely thorough, practical, and organized.

Negatives. The book is a long read. If you're looking for something that's quick and easy, you're in the wrong place. The book is so organized (which I personally liked) that some might find it too programmatic. If you're looking for surprises and adventurous stories with your learning, you won't get that in the last two parts of the book. Dalio is all business.

In general, I'm so impressed the author took the time and effort to teach the world everything he has learned. You can tell he truly wants to help others be successful. The book has taught me the importance of trying to understand the fundamental building blocks of my own life. I now have an appreciation for trying to understand how things work and how I can model success habits around those principles. I've started to list my own principles, but it's hard identifying unique ideas beyond those found in the book (because it's so thorough). But the important part is that I'm aware of developing my own list and co-opting or creating new principles. This book has had a profound impact on me - it's definitely worth more than 5 stars.
The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett's Words of Wisdom: Quotations and Interpretations to Help Guide You to Billionaire Wealth and Enlightened Business Management
The Tao of Warren Buffett: Warren Buffett's Words of Wisdom: Quotations and Interpretations to Help Guide You to Billionaire Wealth and Enlightened Business Management
I have one grouse against authors who write about Mr Buffet - "Buy great companies at reasonable prices" they all say. Until then just sit on the sidelines. If I waited to buy shares of great businesses at reasonable prices I would die of old age before I got a chance. I live in India and the share prices of great companies like Colgate, Nestle, Unilever etc etc ( the sort that Warren Buffet loves) almost never fall below 40 times earnings. But even purchased at these inflated levels they prove to be fabulous wealth creators. Mr Buffet also never invests in technology stocks because he does not understand them and their future is uncertain. Here I think that Mr Buffet is wrong. Many leading Software companies have great ROC and ROA. They are awash with cash. Infosys has six billion dollars in reserves and not one dollar of debt. How's that for wealth creation. Senior citizens will be happy to note that in his world of investing you are only taken seriously after you hit 65 years of age and have at least four decades of investing experience under your belt. Just shows what high standards the man lives by.
Disappearing Ink: The Insider, the FBI, and the Looting of the Kenyon College Library
Disappearing Ink: The Insider, the FBI, and the Looting of the Kenyon College Library
I have the utmost respect for academic librarians and aspire to be one someday. The story of David Breithaupt is unusual in that he is not a common criminal but the victim of this own relationship. McDade's crystal clear and concise narrative informs the reader that sometimes we are not dealing with a mastermind but merely a victim of circumstance. Breithaupt seems to have been unduly manipulated to engage in rare book larceny. When he is finally caught he wasn't living the high life but merely getting by while his significant other, who escaped prosecution, walked away with the lion's share of the book profits.

When everything is said and done, you cannot help but feel sorry for this poor misunderstood librarian who was the victim of his own relationship.

The book is short and sweet. If you are even remotely interested in fine art crime, I would highly recommend this title. McDade is an expert in this particular field and I would say this book is an excellent primer demonstrating his gift of true crime storytelling.
Invest Like a Guru: How to Generate Higher Returns at Reduced Risk with Value Investing
Invest Like a Guru: How to Generate Higher Returns at Reduced Risk with Value Investing
I use the research site GuruFocus almost daily. It’s my go-to source for fundamental stock research, and the screeners and graphing tools alone would be well worth the subscription cost.

So, I was thrilled to find out that GuruFocus founder Charlie Tian, PhD recently authored a book, Invest Like a Guru: How To Generate Higher Returns At Reduced Risk With Value Investing.

Tian doesn’t have a background in finance. He’s a scientist with a PhD in physics and an expert in fiber optics and lasers. Perhaps because of his unorthodox background Tian approaches the investing process in a scientific way, picking apart the strategies of successful investors to see how they work. Much of Invest Like a Guru – and GuruFocus too, for that matter – is focused on the strategies of wildly successful value investors such as Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and Donald Yacktman.

The dominant theme of the book is quality. Buffett famously said “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price,” and Tian spends most of Invest Like a Guru expanding on that core idea. Chapter 6 is particularly useful as a 20-point checklist of criteria to look for when seeking out quality companies, including consistent profitability, capital efficiency and insider ownership.

But while Invest Like a Guru is full of solid advice in what to look for in a stock, it’s far more useful in telling you what to avoid. As a case in point, Tian dedicates a chapter to deep-value investing, and I personally consider this the most important chapter in the book. I myself have gotten suckered into deep-value plays in the past, and they rarely seem to work out as planned or on the timeframe I had hoped.
Deep-value investing is what Warren Buffett called “buying dollar bills for 40 cents” earlier in his career. Later, he mostly eschewed the strategy, calling it “cigar-butt” investing.

The rationale is easy enough to understand: It’s hard to lose money buying a company that is worth more dead than alive. If a company’s net assets are worth significantly more than its current market price, management could sell off the company for spare parts and deliver a decent profit to shareholders. And generally, that would be the right move. Remember, if a stock is trading that cheaply, chances are good that it is a company with very deep problems.

The problem is that it never quite works out that way. Monetizing assets is messy and complicated, and management has a vested interest in keeping the enterprise going. And the longer they do, the more value gets eroded.

As a case in point, consider the case of Sears Holdings. Eddie Lampert and Bruce Berkowitz – both respected value investors – have effectively bet their careers on Sears in the belief that its real estate and brand portfolios represented massive untapped value. They problem is that the Sears retail business continues to deteriorate around them. They may eventually unlock the value they had hoped to, but it will have cost them dearly in money, reputational damage and – perhaps most importantly – opportunity cost. Had they focused their energies elsewhere, they might have made far better profits with far less headache.

Buffett himself learned the same lesson with Berkshire Hathaway, which was a failing textile producer when Buffett originally bought it. Berkshire eventually failed, but only after Buffett had wasted untold time and energy (not to mention money) trying to keep it afloat. Buffett called his purchase of Berkshire Hathaway a “$100 billion mistake.”

Tian finishes the chapter with the simple observation that “There are better ways to make money.”

If you’re new to value investing, I highly recommend Invest Like a Guru. But even if you’re a seasoned investor, you’ll find plenty of insightful food for thought. My compliments to Tian on a solid addition to the value investor’s library.
The War of Art
The War of Art
TLDR: This book is a written equivalent of Shia LeBeouf's "Just Do It" motivational speech - something that tries to be inspiring, but is cut with an undercurrent of crazy and unsupportable conjecture. It will resonate with some people and turn others off. Read on for a more detailed explanation.

The books is, roughly, divided into three sections: Resistance, Combating Resistance, and Beyond Resistance.

The first section was actually really good. It mostly got into what Resistance is - the counterforce to achievement - and the various ways it manifests itself. While not based on any sort of evidence or research, this section lays out an allegorical enemy worthy of an epic struggle.

The second section is mostly about how a professional behaves and how this behavior can overcome Resistance. The summary of this section is: show up, do the work, don't get distracted. This was the most prescriptive section of the book, but I'd say it leaned more towards inspiration than prescription. If someone complains that this book is "just common sense", it is probably this section they are referring to.

Emboldened by a couple solid sections, the author goes completely off the rails in the third. The book becomes very religious, espouses lousy pop psychology, and makes outlandish claims. If I were to sum this section up, I'd say the author puts forth the idea that the artist is a conduit for some sort of divine inspiration or work, made manifest through the benevolent intervention of angels. That might be slightly harsh summary, but not too far off the mark. He literally says "We were put here on earth to act as agents of the Infinite" and "The artist is the servant of that intention, those angels, that Muse." Okay, perhaps he's just being allegorical. Nope. When talking about the fruits of our labor, he says "That is to do the work and give it to Him. Do it as an offering to God."

Putting the religious aspects of section 3 aside, the rest of it is the worst kind of shoot-from-the-hip psychology. He does a deep dive into the Ego - ignoring the conventional definition and redefines it for his own purposes. He tries to draw a distinction between a hierarchical and territorial mode of thinking - unsuccessfully. He makes outlandish claims, like ignoring the authentic self may be the cause of cancer and embracing the self might be its cure. He, literally, says that becoming your authentic self could cure cancer. He goes on to explain how the colloquialisms for inebriation - stoned, smashed, hammered - are all referring to the destruction of the Ego in order to access the Self. There's no etymological basis for his statement. There isn't even any anecdotal evidence to support this. When speaking about the relationship between a mother and her child, he says "She knows it came out of her but not from her, through her but not of her." It's an interesting thought, but biologically incorrect. Lastly, he makes claims that are openly contrary. He says "Union and mutual assistance are the imperatives of life", but a few pages later says it would be incorrect to call friends for reassurance if you were feeling anxious. To me, this section felt like a mess and it ruined the book for me.

In summary, this book does not have any sort of authoritative voice on procrastination, productivity, or personal achievement. It is a snapshot of a specific artist's mental model of the creative struggle. If you are looking for some sort of cogent or practical insights, then you will be disappointed. If you would describe yourself as spiritual and, probably, believe that crystals have curative properties (no judgement), then this book will probably speak to you.
"It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done.": Motivation for Dreamers & Doers
"It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done.": Motivation for Dreamers & Doers
I love this little book. The best way to utilize it in my opinion is to simply open it up anywhere and read a few quotes. Every morning I will read a page or two to get my day motivated. I've given three away as gifts already. It's filled with great quotes. Only thing I'm not thrilled about it is there doesn't seem to be any order of the way the quotes are organized.
Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business
Compassion Inc.: Unleashing the Power of Empathy in Life and Business
I loved this book since it matches my world-view. The inclusion of apt Buddhist quotes at the beginning of each chapter; the importance of practising compassion and empathy in our daily lives and how these attributes can also make a good business strategy for companies; dry humour interspersed through a myriad of personal stories are just some of the reasons to pick up this book. If you are a sceptic of the fundamental premise of the book I would encourage you to browse through the many examples given in the book to see why embracing both compassion and empathy makes sense. The book itself is a product of an introspective, self-aware mind that has abstracted the learnings (both personal and professional) from the rags to riches story of an Indian entrepreneur living in Dubai (the author). The book is deeply personal and hence distinctly authentic. What I found of particular interest was the examples of how interleaving compassion in business practices can yield positive financial results. These theories and strategies are especially well laid out in the "Universally Sustainable Practices" chapter. In summation a thought-provoking book that gives a roadmap to both Individuals and businesses in their journey to make the world a better place while enriching (monetary and otherwise) themselves in the process
Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us
Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us
Whether you agree politically with the content of this book or not, it is impossible to look past the fact that it is very poorly written. It reads more like a rushed draft than a finished work, and it would have benefited from the input of an editor at any time during its production. I will give it two stars instead of one as it does appear to be an honest attempt at writing by the author, but the author needs to understand in future attempts that even a mediocre book needs more effort and consideration than simply putting a lot of words in order.

Something I think about often is that just because I personally agree with something doesn't mean that I need to endorse or accept bad arguments in support of it. It is possible to strongly believe in right wing politics - even to actively detest left wing politics - and recognize that there is little value to this book. Its main arguments are superficial at their deepest, the content is not very well developed, and the sum of its parts is a hastily produced autobiography much more than it is a respectable analysis of the current political climate. By the time a reader gets to the end of this book, they will have much more of an idea of who the author believes he is - and how the author feels about his father - than they will have any sort of new insight on its purported subjects.

Should the author write any more books, my suggestion would be to put more effort into their production and the depth of their content. This book as it stands attempts to rely on witty insults and attempts at humor to bridge the content together, but that content has no depth, provides no new or fresh insight, and is not presented in an organized manner. If readers want superficial content used as a vehicle to move cheap insults, they can get content of that quality for free just by reading the comments on any news article posted to Facebook. There is no real value gained by paying money to get that same caliber content out of this book.
Divas Live
Divas Live
To whom it may concern: I would like to inform you that this CD is very scratched and skips. Now this is not good and should not be. This is ridiculous and un-enjoyable. The money that I paid for this CD this should not be.
Go Girl! Soul Sisters Tellin' It Like It Is
Go Girl! Soul Sisters Tellin' It Like It Is
Want the message straight from the gut? Probably not if it's from the girls anyway! Well, whether you like it or not here it is...
Go Girl! Soul Sisters Tellin' It Like It Is collects 16 from the heart tunes by some of the hippest Soul sisters recorded
between '66 - '74. The ladies lay it right on the line with some of the greatest gems collected onto one disc. The Queen Aretha
hands 2 in "Respect" & "Do Right Woman-Do Right Man"while Ann Peebles makes it clear that she'll be just fine with her gritty
"I'll Get Along". Irma Thomas turns in a T.K.O with her pepper sauced "Your The Dog" and if thats not enough Laura Lee gets
right to the point with her low down Soulful Blues "Dirty Man". Well, you got the message? If not snatch up this now and if
your're a guy, give it to your girl before she lays it on you first. As usual with Rhino superior liner notes & pix are included and
all this music has been digitally remastered for a sonic wallop!
Undefended Love
Undefended Love
The material in this book is very good. Reading it underscored my awareness of my own personal behavior well. It also taught me many new things. It does so in a good conversational style without becoming over-the-top verbose or too chatty. I find that many books about self-help go into extensive, lengthy, and arduous detail of the story underlining the one line sentence at the end of the chapter which they are attempting to convey to you. This book does not do that.

It goes into more detail than I would prefer and that I felt would be necessary to get the jist of things, but it doesn't do so by such a wide margin as to feel unuseful.

My partner and I also took the author's course of the same title. Know that if and when you go to that course, you will not be working together with your partner. It is not a "couples course". It's a course on personal self exploration using a step-by-step procedure to open your eyes to how you personally invite the difficulties you complain about into your own life. I would recommend it, though I had to wait a couple of years for it to be offered. There was also a waiting list.

The author has incredible insight and awareness. This was clearly evidenced in the course, which I took in 2016, many years after she wrote this book. The book has all of the seeds of this awareness, though IMO not quite the depth of spiritual understanding and intuition which she exhibits today. By the way, by "the author" I mean Jett Psaris. I have not met Marlena Lyons.

So if you're looking to expand your own personal self awareness, and are not afraid to look within for the cause of the difficulties in your life, then this book can help you. I have read many books on self-help and personal awareness, and this is one of the top 15-20% of those.
Rubie's Marvel 2nd Skin Deadpool Adult Costume
Rubie's Marvel 2nd Skin Deadpool Adult Costume
The costume worked great for my little big man. My son is 8 and wearing men's clothes so this costume was perfect and he loves it. Only flaw was the zipper. Lucky for us it happened after Halloween. But the zipper is not sewn right at the ends so one of the two zipper heads came off. I managed to fix it enough for him to continue playing in it around the house. So just a heads up if this is a Halloween costume be careful zipping and unzipping. Other than that the costume was great and my kid loved it and adults did too.
Gangs: Street Tough
Gangs: Street Tough
Right off the bat the guns are called military weapons. Only one was and it is 60+ years old. Everything is sensationalized, and the only concern of the people that made this is to hype it and make more money off the poor kids and families that have to live in places like this. Funny but it is just like the gangbangers it portrays. It makes money however and wherever it can. It depicts what the kids say as true and you can tell that, although they are probably killers, none seemed to have an accurate perception of the guns they were brandishing.
And sad as it is to say, these people have made this area what it is. No one talks to the police, no one takes responsibility for their children they father, other than gang initiations. Why let your kids live this life, why let your daughters have multiple children with thugs and losers. And the parents admit they knew their kids could be killed. Sadly in this life you reap what you sow. And from this video, it looks like black on black crime will stay extremely high.
Just Add Magic - Season 101
Just Add Magic - Season 101
The power of three, links to the past, and young women who have special powers are familiar tropes, but Just Add Magic manages to bring a remarkably fresh perspective to these well-worn paths. Because the spells are engaged initially only through a cookbook found in the attic in the home of primary character Kelly Quinn, viewers can enjoy the fun of the mystery and magic without following the characters' hearts to unnecessarily dark places. Whereas many series get bogged down in long story arcs, Just Add Magic effectively weaves in an overarching plot while offering a new manifestation of the spells in each episode. Although the series starts off slowly, the adventure picks up rapidly after the characters of Ms. Silvers and Mama P. are developed. The young cast members are effective, and Abby Donnelly as Darbie is especially good, playing Kelly’s sidekick in a manner reminiscent of a less-acerbic Sam Puckett (iCarly). By necessity, the parents have to remain unaware about the goings-on in their own home, but they are not treated as ineffectual, and surprisingly, they actually contribute more than just whatever obstacle is needed to advance the plot for a given episode. Much credit should be given to Cindy Callaghan, whose books inspired the series, and to the direction, which is consistent and never distracting even though a number of different directors are involved. The series is thought-provoking without being preachy, humorous without being crude, and suspenseful without being gory. Overall, Just Add Magic never allows the central theme of the magic cookbook to overwhelm the human drama in the relationships between the friends, frenemies, and family members. It is a series that, while like Spooksville and Goosebumps, is clearly intended for young adults, it is also one that is interesting enough to entertain viewers of all ages. Amazon has been producing very good series for young adults, and these shows are a compelling reason to keep or start a Prime membership.
New Star Foodservice 26115 Squeeze Bottles, Plastic, 8 oz, Clear, Pack of 6
New Star Foodservice 26115 Squeeze Bottles, Plastic, 8 oz, Clear, Pack of 6
These bottles are stiff so they are pretty difficult to squeeze the product out of, despite my using them with a very thin sugar cookie icing. You would only want to order these if you have a very runny substance that you intend to use them with. Also, there isn't a cap, so if you aren't using it all right away, the product will not stay fresh for you. You will need to store it in a plastic bag or other container to keep it from drying out. Overall, they appear cheaply made and I used them as if they were disposable rather than reusable. Next time I'll spend a little more and get something that has better quality.
If the South Had Won the Civil War
If the South Had Won the Civil War
A friend of mine who teaches history at Baylor Academy at Chattanooga once told me (somewhat to my surprise) that he didn't care much at all for "alternate historical" stories or novels. "I have enough trouble keeping up with the details of real-life history," he said, "without muddying things up with a lot of make-believe histories as well."

Nevertheless, I have always been fond of the alternate history tale ever since reading James Thurber's "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox" (1930). Mackinlay Kantor's _If the South Had Won the Civil War_ (1961) is a slim classic of the same type. It first appeared as a one-shot novel in _Look_ in November 22, 1960, and was published in book form the following year. In 2001, it was reprinted with an introduction by Harry Turtledove, that king of the alternate history story. Turtledove has made no secret that Kantor's novel was an influence on his own novels.

There are two main "turning points" in Kantor's history. The first is a fluke equestrian accident which kills General Ulysses S. Grant and leads to a series of incompetent Union generals taking command. The second is the battle of Gettysburg, described in detail by Kantor, in which the South emerges victorious. A third event, not noted by most reviewers, but noted in the novel, is the death of William T. Sherman by an unknown sniper.

As a result, the Civil War ends after a relatively short time. Lincoln is captured and is (for a time) held prisoner in Richmond. The Southern Army captures Washington, and after a certain amount of rioting, Washington the District of Columbia becomes Washington the District of Dixie. The new capitol city in the North (after some wrangling) is Columbus, Ohio. The first two Presidents of the Confederacy (logically enough) are Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. The Davis presidency is not without a lot of ups and downs. The Lee presidency is more smooth and diplomatic.

The upshot is that North America is divided into _three_ political countries. There is the Union of Northern States, and the Confederacy of thirteen Southeastern States. But there is also the Union of Texas, formed shortly after the Civil War. The hotheaded Texans seceeded from the Confederacy. This was done with much shoutng but without firing a shot. Later states like California and Oregon joined the Union. Cuba was acquired as a territory by the Confederacy in the Spanish-American War (a much smaller affair than our own). At the outbreak of World War I, the Presidents are: Theodore Roosevelt (for the Union), Woodrow Wilson (for the Confederacy), and Roy Smith (for Texas).

Slavery is eventually abolished in the Confederacy and Texas. This comes about because of two forces-- external and internal. The external forces are a worldwide movement among other countries to ban slavery; there is outside political and economic pressure against it. The internal force is a movement called the "Jeffersonians" in the South who oppose slavery on moral grounds. Kantor gives an account of how, state by state, the South votes to repeal slavery that strikes me as completely plausible. Yes, it would happen just like that. Kantor uses a number of fictitious footnotes to document his "history". One of my favorites was an 1884 book by Leonidas Polk, the "fighting Bishop" and arguably the worst of the Confederate generals. In this historical timeline, he was not killed on a Georgia battlefield. He lived to write a book urging that the South repeal slavery.

Some alternate history novels that beg comparison with Kantor's novel are Ward Moore's eligiac _Bring the Jubilee_ (1955), Douglas Jones's militarily detailed _The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer_ (1976), and Harry Turtledove's ironic _The Guns of the South_ (1995). Books with somewhat different subject matter but written in a similar literary tradition include Jack Finney's _Time and Again_ (1970), E. L. Doctorow's _Ragtime_ (1975), and Pillip
K. Dick's _The Man in the High Castle_ (1962). All of these novels are excellent, and I intend to review more of them in detail later.

So keep up with your history books, boys and girls. For histories, as Francis Bacon noted long ago, "make men wise". But perhaps a certain amount of alternate histories make us subtle.
Spices of Liberty
Spices of Liberty
I can't believe some people can make a 'film' like this ! Very poor in quality - every aspect is crude. The acting is pathetic, and the dubbing - a joke ! I had two thoughts at the top of my head: (1) the school plays we did were WAY WAY better and more polished than this stuff; and, (2) the good star ratings here are (very misleading) most probably given by the friends and family of the cast and crew of this joke-of-a-film. This much of 'support' is not difficult to whip up in the social media era of today.

I rarely write such a negative review but, gosh, this 'film' inspired me to !
Would You Rather? Boardgame - The Twisted Sick and Wrong Version
Would You Rather? Boardgame - The Twisted Sick and Wrong Version
I was surprisingly a little disappointed. I usually can handle anything, but it was so disgusting I could hardly read some without gagging. Many were the same concept, but with different gross object i.e. pus, snot, etc. We found it more fun to just read through the cards than try to play the game. All in all, if you like the grossness, its really fun, otherwise, get the original.
Telekaribe Dominican TV Channel
Telekaribe Dominican TV Channel
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with their content and format; is just that between the title of the app and the description of the app, there’s clearly a disconnect or confusion.
I like their programming.
Just don’t expect Caribbean or Dominican focus content.
TORRAS Diamonds Series Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch 2020, Slim Fit Thin Shockproof Hard Plastic Back & Flexible Bumper Case, Navy Blue
TORRAS Diamonds Series Compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max Case 6.7 inch 2020, Slim Fit Thin Shockproof Hard Plastic Back & Flexible Bumper Case, Navy Blue
I've been using Torras cases for quite a while, which, in itself should tell you all you need to know about my rating. But to elaborate, Torras cases and screen protectors have always been my go-to's because they hold up, and are definitely a notch above the rest. I just got my iPhone 12 Pro Max yesterday but had preordered the accessories to have them available on day one. The fit is perfect. The cutouts for the ports and off-sets for the buttons line up precisely. I think as a result of the new flatter design of the iPhone, the case was considerably more rigid than for previous models - no doubt a good thing. All in all, this new, as Apple calls it, "design language", which is shared by the newer iPads, is really elegant, and the reason I use clear cases.

A detail I should mention that impressed me is the substantially extruded cutout for the cameras, giving them a greater margin of protection. I also noticed a thin ridge around the edge of the back of the case that elevates it ever so slightly and gives the lens extrusion a better balance when laid on its back.

A caveat about clear cases; if you read the text from any manufacturer, they claim to be anti-yellowing. This is a myth. However, having had other brands in the past, I know for a fact that Torras cases do not yellow nearly as fast. When my Torras case for last year's iPhone 11 Pro just recently began to yellow, the company replaced it, no questions asked!

One last thing I think makes a difference is the way in which Torras packages their products. It's top-notch in every respect, which to me is an indicator of the pride and care they take in delivering quality products and an all around positive customer experience.

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