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The Choice
The Choice
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2813 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Passage Toward Home
A Passage Toward Home
A Passage Toward Home by Daniel Kelley. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 17 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Varsleren
Varsleren
Varsleren by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Shack
The Shack
The Shack by William P. Young. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 18754 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Kellie's Diary #1
Kellie's Diary #1
Kellie's Diary #1 by Thomas Jenner and Angeline Perkins. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 605 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside.
python programming for beginners: The simplified beginner’s guide to learn basics Python computer language, coding project, data science, data analytics and learn machine learning. Exercises inside. by Matthew Python. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 25 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python: 2 Books in 1: Data Science and Programming: The Ultimate 7 Days Crash Course for Beginners to Learn Coding, Machine Learning and Data Analysis with Step-by-Step Guide and Hands-On Exercises
Python: 2 Books in 1: Data Science and Programming: The Ultimate 7 Days Crash Course for Beginners to Learn Coding, Machine Learning and Data Analysis with Step-by-Step Guide and Hands-On Exercises
Python: 2 Books in 1: Data Science and Programming: The Ultimate 7 Days Crash Course for Beginners to Learn Coding, Machine Learning and Data Analysis with Step-by-Step Guide and Hands-On Exercises by Tony Hacking, George Johnson, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python 2.1 Bible
Python 2.1 Bible
Python 2.1 Bible by Dave Brueck and Stephen Tanner. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Beginning the Linux Command Line
Beginning the Linux Command Line
Beginning the Linux Command Line by Sander van Vugt. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Shell programming category.
node .js Guidebook
node .js Guidebook
node .js Guidebook by Dhruti Shah. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nodejs programming category.
The Intelligent Investor Rev Ed.
The Intelligent Investor Rev Ed.
*Edition: I found commentary very useful (though often distracting). If you are not a professional - you'll appreciate the commentaries and epilogue - read it first? It's very inspiring.

*Book: "You either get the idea in the first five minutes, or you don't get it at all", said Warren Buffet in the epilogue.
- I would add - you don't necessarily need to read all 550 pages, but you must read through the idea of value investing - and it will change your way of looking at the world.
- I always felt confused and amazed by listening to all the ridiculous fuzz that comes from the Wall Street through TV and the internet. The book explains why.

🔴Several rules I noted into my keep:
፨ - Investor buys the business [based on its price/value], speculator buys the stock [based on an absurd believe that he can foresee where the stock price will go].
፨ - The best way to earn adequate return without any trouble whatsoever is to invest into cheap (low maintenance cost) indexes; use dollar averaging (buy every month instead of once at a random point of time) for smoothing the luck involved.
፨ - For enterprising investor (willing to spend much more time), look for a diversified list of bargain issues (at least 30 issues, business values (i.e. net current asset and other related metrics) is below market cap)
፨ - During the bubble, hot industries and companies are getting overpriced. That could only be financed from somewhere. Partially that money are coming from well established old economy companies that lose the appeal. Thus, invest in such old economy companies while bubble grows, as soon as the bubble burst - undervalued companies would rise back.
፨ - Don't ever buy IPOs! (See chapter for compelling arguments)
፨ - Don't consider companies that do not pay dividends. Dividends - money firm pays you for providing capital, they belong to you. They cut a piece for reinvestment - payout ratio. If firm doesn't pay dividends - invest all into growth so you could profit later - that's a speculation. Moreover stock price would be more volatile because it should now rely on future rather than current prospects.

The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham, is probably the most important and influential value investing book ever written even Warren Buffet described it as “by far the best book ever written on investing”.

፨ If you could only buy one investment book in your lifetime, this would probably be the one.
፨ It had been 6 months since I last read The Intelligent Investor. I have enjoyed my personal “refresher course” in value investing.

🔴Objective of The Intelligent Investor Book
፨ Benjamin Graham’s objective was to provide an investment policy book for the ordinary investor.
፨ He succeeded in putting seemingly hard concepts into terms that could be understood and, more importantly, implemented by the average investor.
፨ The typical investor has a tendency to “follow the market” when they should be employing portfolio risk management strategies. Instead, Graham gives us an alternative based on fundamental stock analysis.

፨ The goal is to learn how to avoid the pitfalls of allowing our emotions to control our investment decisions. Rather, Graham provides the foundation for making businesslike decisions.

🔴The Intelligent Investor puts special emphasis on teaching:
1. Risk management through asset allocation and diversification.
2. Maximizing probabilities through valuations analysis and margin of safety.
3. A disciplined approach that will prevent consequential errors to a portfolio.

🔴If you have any Doubt regarding this Review or this Product, then Feel Free to Contact me or Just ask me by commenting below.I Hope this Review was Helpful.Write reviews, help others, happy shopping.
Thank You for Reading this Review.
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Visionaries: Top 10 Billionaire's Greatest Secrets to Success. (Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezo,The Walton Family,Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates,Elon Musk,Warren Buffet,Michael Bloomberg)
Visionaries: Top 10 Billionaire's Greatest Secrets to Success. (Steve Jobs,Richard Branson,Jeff Bezo,The Walton Family,Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates,Elon Musk,Warren Buffet,Michael Bloomberg)
Learning what make these people successful and how they continue to maintain that success left me awed. These 10 billionaires not only climbed to the top of their industries but also became some of the richest people in the world. I feel so inspired on how this book covers about how these people earned the money that they have right now. Some ideas I’ve learned that through determination, grit, and a bit of luck anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc.
Focus On: 30 Most Popular American Mass Media Owners: Walt Disney, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Hughes, Sean Combs, Rupert Murdoch, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen, Master P, etc. by Wikipedia contributors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Oprah Winfrey" category.
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford
Drawing Conclusions on Henry Ford by Rudolph Alvarado and Sonya Alvarado. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
George Washington: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of US Presidents)
George Washington: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of US Presidents)
In this short biography of George Washington, the emphasis is on his middle class life, where he worked for a living, and honed his leadership abilities through military service, first in the French and Indian War for the British, and ultimately as the commander that freed the American colonies. I was surprised that no mention was made of Washington's Masonic ties. Over the past few decades, much has been made of this connection.

The way history is taught in US schools, it is not surprising that we know more about the myths, such as the chopping down the cherry tree incident than what the father of our country actually did. I am reading more and more history these days because of the current political and governmental climate in which we find ourselves. Although GEORGE WASHINGTON, by Hourly History, is a very short read, I learned much that I had never before known.

George Washington did not run for president; he was more or less conscripted by The Constitutional Convention, held in Philadelphia. "On February 4, 1789, in a unanimous vote, the 69 members of the Electoral College chose George Washington to serve. Creating a new government was on his shoulders and Washington was aware that this was a monumental task." It was only the Electoral College that voted. It is unfortunate, at least to my way of thinking, that what was born of necessity in getting a new government created became the norm that exists to this day. During this time was born the rivalry between Hamilton and Jefferson that actually led to the development of political parties.

I read a lot, and I do so appreciate these narratives from Hourly History that take about an hour to read and impart new information about the history which I thought I knew.
Together Through Life
Together Through Life
The "Deluxe" Together Through Life has the standard album plus a sticker, poster, and two bonus CDs. The sticker and poster are worthless; the former merely shows the album title, and the latter the lame cover photo. One CD is the "Friends and Neighbors" episode of Dylan's popular XM radio show. A typically enjoyable example of the program, it has an astonishing variety of music mixed with Dylan's lively, informative, and often amusing commentary and quotes. It is a good introduction to the show for anyone unfamiliar with it but of little value to those who are. The other CD is also virtually worthless -- an outtake from landmark film No Direction Home lasting only a few minutes. It has an interview with Dylan's little-known first manager, Roy Silver, and a slightly different audio take of "Blowin' in the Wind." The segment has no revelations, and it is easy to see why it was excluded, but hard-cores may find it somewhat interesting. All must decide if this makes the "Deluxe" edition worth purchasing over the standard; in most cases, it certainly does not.

As for the album itself, though not on par with his three prior later career masterpieces, Together Through Life is another worthy Bob Dylan album. Fans should certainly get his major albums first, but anyone interested in him should eventually check it out, while significant differences from his other albums mean it may possibly appeal to those not usually keen on him.

It is immediately clear that Together is far more modest than other recent Dylan albums; it lacks their epic feel and is indeed only about two thirds of their length. One might almost see it as Dylan kicking against his Grand Old Man of Meaningful Songs title. Songs are short and to the point; there is no attempt at epic or panoramic music. More notably, there are few words by Dylan's standard, and what we get is unusually simple and straightforward, stripped of imagery and grand themes. They generally focus on love and lust in familiar terms and are doubtless highly influenced by co-writer and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Those who value Dylan's profundity may be disappointed and perhaps even curse Hunter; it is surely no surprise that the only song written by Dylan alone ("This Dream of You") is easily the best.

All this suggests that Together has little merit, but this is not so, though it is undeniably minor. The concision and punchiness of the words are quite intriguing, if limited, and Dylan's vocals retain their latter-day strength. One would have to look very hard indeed for another singer of his age with such emotional vitality and diversity. "Life Is Hard" has a surprisingly nimble falsetto, but his gifts, as ever, have nothing to do with hitting and holding notes or having range. Instead, his phrasing remains impeccable, and he puts the songs forth with verve and vigor few can even approach; this is particularly important, given the lyrics' unusual nature.

Music is probably the biggest point of contention. Aside from "Life Is Hard," an acoustic take on Dylan's recent Rat Pack balladry fixation, it is essentially split between accordion-dominated Tex Mex and Chicago blues. The former is a great surprise; Dylan has hardly ever used accordion, and never for an extended time, and had dabbled in Tex-Mex only on 1976's Desire. Accordion - courtesy of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, who also plays guitar - is practically the lead instrument on several cuts. This takes some getting used to, as does the musical genre generally, but grew on me significantly, as it likely will on most. The blues entries are far easier for fans of latter-day Dylan to appreciate. If less than revolutionary, they feature some fiery playing from Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and three members of Dylan's crack touring band. A few cuts mix the two styles to interesting, if somewhat jarring, effect.

"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" is a good example. Essentially a take on the classic Otis Rush blues "All Your Love" with accordion instead of harmonica, it is a high energy opener with several notable short guitar solos, blazing trumpet, blaring organ, and powerful drums. It is also a good introduction to the lyrical style, beginning as simply as possible with "Oh well, I love you pretty baby."

"Life Is Hard" will not convince those turned off by Dylan's recent ballads but is excellent for those who like them. With beautiful music and a supremely touching vocal, it is highly affecting despite words that are occasionally too clichéd.

"My Wife's Home Town" is another harmonica-cum-accordion blues update, this time of the classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You," and even credits Willie Dixon. Well-done if hardly world-shattering, it epitomizes Together's lyrical modesty but at least has some amusing lines. The fiery vocal improves it substantially.

"If You Ever Go to Houston" may be the most accordion-dominated track - probably too much so for many, especially as the riff is very simplistic. A Wild West ballad and Texas ode, it is one of the slightest cuts but still enjoyable.

Further proof that no one does torch songs like Dylan, "Forgetful Heart" mixes things up somewhat with dramatic, Neil Young-esque electric guitar and other musical nuances.

"Jolene" is the most uptempo song, with a killer riff and some short, incendiary guitar solos. It is nice to hear Dylan and company rip it up, though the asinine words will disappoint many.

"This Dream of You" is Together's closest thing to a masterpiece - and it is tantalizingly close. Flat out mariachi, it shows that Dylan can quickly master nearly every genre; whatever one thinks of the accordion elsewhere, here it approaches sublime, while the bittersweet lyrics and mournful croon match it. This is a piece of emotional vitality only Dylan could create and has the album's best lyrics by a considerable margin.

"Shake Shake Mama" may be the most minor cut but is an enjoyable, rollicking blues.

"I Feel a Change Coming On" is probably the second best entry. A weeper with fine lyrics and excellent, highly creative drums, it may be Together's best vocal and is a worthy canon addition.

"It's All Good" is another accordion-laced classic blues send-up, reminiscent of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" among others. The words are very good, some of Dylan's best satire in years, and possibly contain veiled political references. It is a zany, freewheelin', and effective close to an unusual album.

All told, anyone expecting another masterpiece will be disappointed, and Dylan easily has at least a dozen albums that are much better, but this is very respectable, especially considering Dylan's age and how much great music he has already made.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again
The result of the highly successful Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe? A follow up of course. Not half as interesting as the original however. This time DP is being manipulated to wipe out all the Marvel heroes, and then he decides to go after the villains. The art is poor to average. More importantly the story just isn’t that interesting. What do you expect when Marvel attempts such a shameless cash in?
Macaroni
Macaroni
In this sadly overlooked romantic comedy, Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastroianni team up in a wonderful combination of foreign film charm and Hollywood star power. Jack Lemmon plays an American business mogul visiting Naples, Italy on business for the first time since his tour of duty in World War II. He is greeted by an old friend, played by Mastroianni, who has spent the years since the war re-inventing Lemmon as a super hero, thanks to a series of letters faithfully arriving from around the world. Lemmon shines as the jaded American against Mastroianni's hopeless romantic. Both actors work so well together it is a shame they didn't do more during their lifetimes. I highly recommend this movie for those who want a romantic comedy with a European twist. An added bonus for those allergic to foreign films is that Macaroni is in English. -Enjoy
One Piece Vol 4 (One Piece (4)) (Japanese Edition)
One Piece Vol 4 (One Piece (4)) (Japanese Edition)
嘘つきなウソップですが、年下の子の面倒見が良く、病気の女の子に優しく心の清らかなキャラクターと感じました。そんなウソップがメインの話で、オオカミ少年とは違い自分では無く皆の為に海賊が来ることを伝えたことや、皆の為に真実を嘘にして平和を取り戻そうとした事嘘つきから、戦士になったウソップの話では一番良かったです。
Midnight Bayou
Midnight Bayou
Declan Fitzgerald may have been drunk and reckless when he broke into Manet Hall with his best friend Remy Payne during a trip to New Orleans when he was in college eleven years ago, but he was sober enough to know he wanted that broken down and aging old plantation home as soon as he saw it. He was serious enough about that want - that need - to leave his profession of law and his town of Boston and his family and his ex-fiance to head down to the bayou after buying the house sight unseen in the ensuing eleven years. Compelled in a way he doesn't understand but satisfied to his soul about it, he buys it and intends to fix it, to renovate, modernize a little, but mostly restore it to its once statuesque and stately self. With his own two hands and a lot of sweat. He knows the rumors that Manet Hall is haunted, but he can live with a few ghosts. They're his ghosts now. As Manet Hall is his.

One hundred years ago, however, a vicious, unspeakable crime was committed in that house. A life ended. A love and a family torn asunder. A young woman destroyed. Betrayal compounded by jealousy and callous elitism stirred the sultry, steaming heat of evil and stripped the life from a gentle soul.

Manet Hall remembers.

Declan is left wondering if he's got ghosts or memories or both as he slowly restores the old plantation house. All he knows is he has no intention of giving up his home...even if that means avoiding a room or two that give him a major case of the willies. He expects it'll all work out eventually. What he didn't expect was to stumble across an utterly delightful female creature one night when he ambled into a bar in the Quarter to meet up with Remy. He also didn't expect the unwavering, instantaneous certainty that he had been waiting for that very woman - and had been looking for her for a very, very long time. That woman, Lena Simone, bar owner and feisty spirit, is just as much his as is Manet Hall.

Convincing her of that, however, may be harder than dealing with petulant ghosts and a centuries-old mystery. No...wait...no 'maybe' about it.

Roberts has dipped deep into the south and flavored Midnight Bayou with the decadent, weighty atmosphere of the sultry Crescent City, doing a particularly excellent job on the cadence in the dialogue of the characters who were raised there. The entire book had such a tremendous depth of culture with a pinch of Cajun spice that it added a gilded patina to a dark, tragic mystery and slightly creepy haunting, elevating the tension and adding desperate hope to the burgeoning relationship between Declan and Lena.

I admit, I'm a total sucker for haunted house stories, so that aspect of the plot in no way disappointed, but I was a little uncertain about the large dichotomy in the tone of the narrative between the century-old atrocity and the lighter, more humorous discourse of the romantic development between the steady and stalwart Declan and his love-hardened Lena. That dichotomy seemed to lessen in some way the significance of the crime and dulled a little of its impact. I thought that was a shame, and by the end of the book I was hoping for a bit more closure and a heck of a lot more justice than I feel was offered.

The characters, though, truly spotlight the book. I loved Declan. I thought he was very well written and fully developed, and even though my personal preference tends towards male leads who have at least one or two flaws to round them out, I found Declan's lack of same to be charming and refreshing. There was just something very solid, dependable, and true about him that I enjoyed...and some dry humor and his ability to laugh at himself sealed the deal for me. I wasn't quite as enamored with Lena, and thought she was a bit too self contained with matters of the heart, too jaded throughout, and a bit too interested in maneuvering Declan and her relationship with him because of it. I wish Roberts had given her more room for the mother/daughter issues that were so vital to her definition. I thoroughly admired her strength, however, and her independence and poise in the face of the paranormal activities. She was a woman who knew her own mind and acted true to it, regardless of the consequences, and that gave her a steel edge wrapped in magnolia-scented appeal.

Roberts' writing style is so fluid and she's got a superb ability to bend the narratives in her books to reflect the locale and the culture of the characters inhabiting them. It lends a feeling of authenticity to each book, and none more so than here in Midnight Bayou. I can't say it was my absolute favorite of her books, but the combination of the horror of the past tragedy and the creepy haunting, along with the strength of the lead character and the mastery of the tone and pace of the bayou country really appealed to me. I was pleased with this very solid read and reminded yet again of why Nora Roberts' career continues to thrive.

Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.
La Bruja de Portobello: Novela (Spanish Edition)
La Bruja de Portobello: Novela (Spanish Edition)
El autor expresa una visión interesante de lo que realmente es el amor sencillamente el "amor es". También nos demuestra que como seres humanos pertenecientes a una sociedad simplemente nos dedicamos a vivir la vida según dictan las pautas aún cuando en nuestro interior sabemos que no las compartimos. La sociedad debería de autoanalizarse y madurar
The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece
The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece
I have long been a fan of Perry Mason, both the books and the TV series. I remember the TV series fondly when I saw it in reruns as a young adult, and the books were my introduction to the mystery genre.

This is the eighth Perry Mason, novel, from 1936. Typical of the early books, Mason here is a fighter willing to skirt around the edge of the law to protect his clients.

The case opens when a young woman comes to see Mason about her rich uncle Peter Kent, who is a sleep walker. Her uncle is a nervous anxious man whose divorce from his wife is about to become final. The wife says that a while ago Peter Kent tried to stab her while he was sleep-walking. The niece wants Perry to get medical treatment for her uncle, and to protect him from the scheming wife Doris, who has already defrauded and ruined one ex-husband. Perry is intrigued by the question, if a sleep walker kills someone can he be prosecuted for murder? After all, he presumably does it unconsciously. The niece has been studying sleep-walking with the book "Sleep Walking and Moon Walking", by I. I. Sadger. There actually is such a book, and it can be downloaded today from some free websites.

Soon Perry meets Kent, and learns that he has other problems. His ex-partner, Frank Maddox, is suing him. Kent wants to get his affairs and the divorce finalized so he can marry a nurse he has fallen in love with. Suddenly Doris Kent wants to stop the divorce from going forward. Is she colluding with Maddox? A showdown is arranged, and Perry spends the night in Kent's house after meeting there a large cast of characters:

Peter Kent, the sleepwalker.
Edna Hammer, the niece of Peter Kent.
Jerry Harris, boyfriend of Edna.
Lucille Mays, the new fiancé of Kent.
Frank B. Maddox - partner of Kent; Chicago inventor.
Duncan, lawyer of Maddox.
Philip Rease, half brother of Kent.
Arthur Coulter, butler.
Helen Warrington, secretary of Kent.
Bob Peasley, boy friend of Helen.
Dr. Kelton, acquaintance of Mason, who says Kent is faking some symptoms.

Around 10:00pm, Jerry Harris and Helen Warrington drive off to spy on Doris Sully Kent, the wife (or ex-wife?) of Peter Kent, in Santa Barbara. They are to watch her house until some of Paul Drake's operatives can take over for them. Early the next morning, Perry and Edna discover that in spite of their precautions someone has indeed been stabbed to death -- Philip Rease, the half brother. Ah, but wait, the night before at the last minute, he and Maddox had traded bedrooms. Was Maddox the intended victim? Kent is soon arrested.

There are very good courtroom scenes with Hamilton Burger. There is a very good "gotcha" plot twist at the end.

Positive: lots of potential suspects. Good use of Sgt. Holcomb and Hamilton Burger. Good courtroom scenes. Interesting subplot about an unrelated case that gives Perry an idea. Some romance between Perry and Della.

Negatives: defendant not particularly sympathetic. Not much use of Paul Drake. No emotional kick at the end.

The Half-wakened Wife also involves a group of people, including adversaries, spending the night at a secluded location when a murder occurs. The Howling Dog also involves a nervous unbalanced rich man.

Definitely recommended.
Life plus 99 Years
Life plus 99 Years
This is a fascinating read. If you've picked up this book because you're infinitely curious about what life was like for "Leopold and Loeb" after the hoopla of the sentencing trial was over, by virtue of Leopold walking you through many day-to-day phases of his incarceration, you'll definitely get lots of details about cell-block life, prison restrictions, visits Leopold received, what their prison jobs and activities were, and how they spent their days. What you don't get nearly as much of as you may want is how this life affected either of them. It's strange because, on the one hand, Leopold regularly states that he committed a terrible crime and that his life was wasted. He explains multiple times that he, by the 10-year mark, daily lived with deep and heavy remorse. He says out loud that his life is not one to be envied by really anybody.

But...he manages to never really talk about how the before and after affected him. For the first 22 years of his incarceration, he gave zero interviews to the press. Somehow, that (legitimate) desire to not be such a spectacle spills over to the book. He tells you about events and even explains feelings and emotions, but they're sort of generic. Not once does he say anything like, "On that night, I lay there and thought about how if I had just done something different on May 21, 1924, I wouldn't be in this jam." He'll call the crime horrendous, but he won't say, "If only I had used my head and stopped the train of crime events!" He talks about how one of his "bitterest" moments was emptying the bucket used for a bathroom first thing every morning, but he doesn't say, "I can't believe I got myself in this ridiculous jam." Bitter how? He clearly regrets his earlier choices, but, ironically, he doesn't express it very well. He never says, "Here, again, I realized if I had just not been immature and impulsive, I wouldn't be here."

There seems to be a bit of denial, too. He gives theories as to what causes people to commit crimes. He hits on the one that is so obviously his, but he just says, "Interesting theory." After a few pages of the various analyses as to why a person would commit a crime, he never says, "And I think I fall into this or that category." Or, "I think I committed my crime because..." It's not unreasonable to expect an autobiography to explain the author. But he goes out of his way to talk around his own plight. It's an odd approach. And, if you've done any outside research, you know that he had a personality type that was very immature and arrogant when he committed the crime. He does admit he was an obnoxious teen, but his inability to talk about the character flaws that led to his crime and his plight are, you can kind of see, precisely how he got there in the first place. In essence, he never outgrew that need to "appear bigger/better off/in a finer place" than he was. He's writing the book at about the 32-year mark, but he's still sort of "fronting". He presents his existence as "not all that bad" even though he laments being incarcerated. And, subtly, that somewhat indicates a disdain for the reader. The masses, from age 20, had never done anything but judge him harshly and publicly. He never thought they were qualified to weigh in. It almost seems like he doesn't care whether the reader is getting what they "tuned in" for. We're just the lowly masses, ill-equipped to understand a mind like his and hoping for lured details, anyway.

You can also sense a dislike of African-Americans that he tries to hide but that his random remarks reveal. The through-line of the book includes a definite absence of his associating with black people and his only references to black people being to disregard or marginalize them. By the end of the book, with his hundreds of references to people he revered and whose company he sought, it's clear none of those people were black. He also goes out of his way to indicate that many of his fellow inmates were black. So, he's telling you (a) more of them commit crime, while (b) he somehow still, with so many there, never had black friends. He clearly went out of his way to avoid them. A passage in Hal Higdon's book indicates that a fellow inmate who was close to Leopold and who later wrote his own accounts on Leopold said Leopold disliked black people. I mention this because he tries very hard to sell the "I'm no longer that immature youth who worshipped supermen and Nietzsche" but he's sitting there in prison for murder judging himself to be "better" than other kinds of prisoners. It slips through the lines. If you read between them, you see it, not solely in his approach to black inmates, but in his approach to everyone else. He tries very hard to elevate everything he did, not just to demonstrate rehabilitation (a positive), but, you get the sense, to show that he's a special kind of inmate, one who's smarter than the rest. Since that trait is what caused him to commit the crime, it's harder to see the rehabilitation.

On various anniversaries, he never references the crime, again, as though he's trying not to highlight the bad stuff and make himself appear not as bad or bad off as he is. At one point, he's discussing something that is at the 10-year mark for the crime, almost to the day, but he doesn't even mention it. That happens on several occasions: 15-year-mark of crime, 15 years incarcerated, anniversaries of Loeb's death. Often, events overlapped these crucial dates, but you can't even tell whether he noticed. It makes him appear insensitive and cold and kind of undermines his attempts to seem as though he's a far different person than the one who committed the crime.

It spills into infomercial land quite a bit. I don't fault him for that AT ALL. He's trying to make a particular impression for society and the parole board. ANYBODY would do that. It's actually smart. But, in highlighting so many great moments that he truly did experience through various job assignments, he hides so many other things: How limiting prison was, what he could have done with his life if he hadn't committed the crime, all of what he lost. He's RIGHT not to appear to be whining about his plight. But there's a way to explain your regret without appearing like you believe you're the victim.

Finally, if you've read the sentencing trial transcripts (I have), you know that Leopold and Loeb had been a romantic and sexual couple for a few years before the crime. In a 1960 interview, he admitted he still loved Loeb. It's tragic that he had to be closeted for the autobiography. He talks about a female he was crazy about, but it comes across as very false and forced. Every time he refers to Loeb, you can hear the glow, the love, the admiration. He thinks he's hiding it, but you can't disguise love. It's the most bittersweet part of the read because you know it's not his fault that he doesn't feel comfortable talking about it. And...it hides so much of who he really was. You're just not going to get much out of someone's autobiography if one of the most essential parts of his life must be completely ignored.

I gave this four stars because it's very well written, and it really does give you a sense of what prison life was like (if not as much how it affected him). And by the end (no spoilers), you sense a deeper, more realistic and "buyable" desire for rehabilitation and to live a rehabilitated existence, despite my earlier remarks about his notions of "being better" than other inmates, dislike of black people, etc. He comes across as more genuine about his desire for rehabilitation than in his earlier claims. Maybe he just got better at working his game, but he tells the story of incarceration in a compelling, four-star way.

I couldn't give it five stars because he masked too much. He hid details, was glib about his loss, and tried to present the picture of someone almost "unbothered" by prison, and, even if that was entirely true, he didn't write it in a way that I believed it was true. It read like a cover.
Kill Me If You Can
Kill Me If You Can
Lately, a lot of Patterson's books that are co-authored do not measure up to those earlier books that Patterson wrote. However, "Kill me if you can" might even be better than his earlier works. Readers are introduced to the world of assassins and the Russian Mob who deal in diamonds. One of them was skimming off the top and was trying to leave the country and begin a new life. Only he is found out by the boss and a contract issued to the "Ghost" who is considered the world's top killer. The Ghost was at the train station and saw the bag of diamonds...how did he lose them to a young up and coming artist?

This artist meets a girl who turns out to be his professor at a prestigious university in New York. They begin a secret relationship - hidden from the other students. At the end of the semester, the artist whisked his girfriend to Paris for an "artsy" lavished vacation. The mob boss hedges his bets and hires another assassin to kill the artist, retrieve the diamonds and then also kill the Ghost for a bonus. The chase begins through Europe with the young couple only a few moments ahead of the two killers. He has $12mm in diamonds and needs to find a buyer before returning to the US.

There is an earth-shattering discovery about halfway through the story and the storyline makes an abrupt left turn. The action is non-stop and full of surprises. Highly recommend this story as it is one of the best of Patterson's library. Don't miss out on this one.
C. S. Lewis on Grief
C. S. Lewis on Grief
The central problem I have with these four little volumes, although I must confess to having only seen (and bought) one, rests in the fact they are very short, they do injustice to Lewis's thoughts on the subjects simply because the selection is not wide enough, and, especially on Grief, A GRIEF OBESERVED works so much better as a healing and theraputic book than this little tome ever could. If you're going to get into C. S. Lewis's thought, even if only a sampler, get something like THE BUSINESS OF HEAVEN or THE ESSENTIAL C. S. LEWIS or THE QUOTABLE LEWIS? Items like these characterize the industy that has grown up around C. S. Lewis: all sorts of merchandise is being published cashing in on Lewis and his life -- with Hooper largely at the back of it. If you want a novelty item (which is all this will ever be) or just a little gift I guess you could buy these, but why not spend a little more and buy a real C. S. Lewis book? They're so much richer!
Mike London
The Rag Maid
The Rag Maid
I bought this book as a present for my sister who is a huge Catherine Cookson fan. Imagine her disappointment when she realised this is the same book that she had already read under the title "The Rag Nymph". Why on earth has the title been changed? Given that it has, why is this not made clear in the description?
Eclipse (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 3) (Italian Edition)
Eclipse (Twilight - edizione italiana Vol. 3) (Italian Edition)
I love love love Twilight, and right now I'm reading all the books. When this came in, I was soo excited to open it! First smile, but it quickly turned into a frown as I saw it. There wasn't a cover on the book. That was one of the things I really really wanted in this. 2nd there was HANDWRITING in it, and little DOODLES, and even on the front of the hardcover was some writing, and smiley faces. -__________- I was soo upset that night, I couldn't just ugh. And then when you open it up, the sides of the hard cover wall is almost broken apart.. I'm really disappointed in this....but all the pages are in there *Shrugs*

If you want to buy this JUST KNOW that it will NOT be what you expected...yes you'll get the book, but you'll also get a mini written doodled diary mixtured in between.
I rated this a 2 out 5.

PRO- It shipped really early....
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Drinking Glass Tumbler, 400ml
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Drinking Glass Tumbler, 400ml
Ich habe ein glas gekauft und es in die Spülmaschine. Dann war direkt die Folierung kaputt und ich habe in der Artikelbeschreibung gesehen dass man es nicht in die Spülmaschine tun darf (Da hätte man mehr davor warnen sollen!!!) . Also habe ich das Glas noch einmal neu bestellt. Diesmal wurde es nur schonend von Hand gewaschen und ist trotzdem beim dritten mal Waschen kaputt gegangen. Das ist nicht mal 1 Stern wert!!!
Harry Potter Diagon Alley Wallet Harry Potter 9 3/4 Wallet - Harry Potter Gift for Girls Harry Potter Wallet
Harry Potter Diagon Alley Wallet Harry Potter 9 3/4 Wallet - Harry Potter Gift for Girls Harry Potter Wallet
I was very angry at first because my Amazon delivery driver literally dropped off an empty envelope, took a pic of it as if the item was delivered, and I picked it up and it was obviously empty with the top not even sealed. I held it up as he got in his truck and I yelled it was empty only to have him ignore me and leave. Luckily, they sent another one right away. The wallet is really cute with nice details. It is a little thicker than I anticipated but not a big deal. It makes a great gift for Harry Potter fans.
Sense of Obligation
Sense of Obligation
Harry Harrison has created a Universe where humans have settled on untold numbers of planets and adapted to the planets rather than the planets being adapted to humans. This makes for a great read were you have an agency that finds people capable and willing to risk all to save different planet cultures from themselves. The kicker is having humans of different types both mentally and physically that can use their abilities to encourage a moral survival. The action moves fast. It's nice reading a story that support life forms that can live with or co-operate with other life forms vs. life forms that depends on survival by destroying all other life forms. It's good science fiction and its fast action kept my interest. AND I wasn't disappointed with the ending.
Halloween Black Cauldron Set Plastic | 12 Mini Cauldrons & 1 Large 8 inch | Plastic Candy Kettle, Cast Iron Look - For Halloween, Trick or Treat, Party Favors, Harry Potter, Witch Cauldron By 4E's Novelty
Halloween Black Cauldron Set Plastic | 12 Mini Cauldrons & 1 Large 8 inch | Plastic Candy Kettle, Cast Iron Look - For Halloween, Trick or Treat, Party Favors, Harry Potter, Witch Cauldron By 4E's Novelty
These were PERFECT for a spooky bridal shower I threw recently. I used the small cauldrons for the party favors, which had Reese’s miniatures and a hand sanitizer in each. The large cauldron I used to display the cake pops and that worked wonderfully as well. I got a lot of compliments and these didn’t feel cheap at all. Highly recommend!
Fascinations Metal Earth Harry Potter Metal Earth Hagrid's Hut 3D Metal Model Kit
Fascinations Metal Earth Harry Potter Metal Earth Hagrid's Hut 3D Metal Model Kit
I liked this model a lot! I'd say it was one my favorite to put together out of the 25 or so I've done. I think it's a true moderate difficulty; the only parts that gave me trouble were attaching the roofs to the main buildings (I had to bend in the roof sectioning near the female side of the connection to get it to work) and attaching the smaller structure to the base, but that's par for the course, really. It took me just under 3 hours to complete.

I would advise breaking from their instructions in only one way: when making the bottommost part of the bigger structure, instead of making a big hexagon and attaching it to itself and then attaching everything that goes on the outside of it (like the front and back doors and the window bits), just attach all the little things first and then bend it into shape. I'm not sure why they have it the other way around, it would be way too difficult to get any tool in there following their way.

I'm a massive Harry Potter fan, and I'd recommend this to any fellow nerds out there!! I'll submit pictures when Amazon allows it!
Red Lentils Whole, 8 Ounces - Kosher, Raw, Vegan, Sproutable, Bulk
Red Lentils Whole, 8 Ounces - Kosher, Raw, Vegan, Sproutable, Bulk
I buy this product regularly. I make start two jars of sprouts every week or two and use them in salads, plus use the sprouts every day in a smoothie I make out of avocado, peeled cucumber, sprouts, frozen blueberries, coconut flakes, a protein powder mixed in water, and more. I love this product. They are very easy to sprout. Just put about 1/2 cup in a quart jar since they expand as they sprout and grow. I store the sprouts in the refrigerator in their jar when they reach the length I want.
Azpen Dockall D100 - Qi Wireless Charger, Bluetooth Premium Speakers, Docking Station with Built in Mic Handsfree call, 3 in 1 Station for iPhone and Samsung phone
Azpen Dockall D100 - Qi Wireless Charger, Bluetooth Premium Speakers, Docking Station with Built in Mic Handsfree call, 3 in 1 Station for iPhone and Samsung phone
From its description this item seemed like the right inexpensive solution for us to take on our cruising boat to enjoy our personal music without installing an expensive marine audio system. In that regard it actually works well, has good volume and decent sound. The quality of the manufacturing seems mostly good but I had to return the first one and ordered a second because I couldn't find anything else small and with some of the features like playing music from a disk. The problem with the first one is the micro SD slot is not tight to the case so when I tried to put the disk in it went into a space above the actual disk holder. I hadn't looked extremely close before trying to insert the disk so just pointed it at the hole and started to insert it. The disk disappeared into the case and was irretrievable. Amazon authorized me to disassemble the device to retrieve my disk. The second one is about the same but at least I now know to be extremely careful where the disk is going.
Merry Christmas, I Love You
Merry Christmas, I Love You
Robert Finley is an amazing singer and performer. Whether he is singing Blues, R&B/Soul, or Rock 'n Roll, he rocks you to the core. He's the real deal!
Vordas Welecoco 40pcs Flexible Foam Sponge Hair Curlers, Foam Hair Rollers No Heat Hair Curlers Magic Pillow Soft Rollers Hair Rollers to Sleep in - Hair Care DIY Styling Tools(Pink/Red/Purple/Green)
Vordas Welecoco 40pcs Flexible Foam Sponge Hair Curlers, Foam Hair Rollers No Heat Hair Curlers Magic Pillow Soft Rollers Hair Rollers to Sleep in - Hair Care DIY Styling Tools(Pink/Red/Purple/Green)
I was left looking like a rag doll! The curls are very tight and too Intence! I have dried with damper hair iv tried with dry hair leave over night for a softer look but end up looking like a sheep the hair looks so curly! I will keep trying until I master it but so far results have left me having to straighten my hair before work it doesn't look natural and soft
T-Shirt Alignment Tool, Acrylic Tshirt Ruler Guide Tool with Clothing Size Chart for T-Shirt Alignment HTV Tool and Vinyl T Shirt Placement Graphic Guide, 10" and 18" Heat Press Guide (S)
T-Shirt Alignment Tool, Acrylic Tshirt Ruler Guide Tool with Clothing Size Chart for T-Shirt Alignment HTV Tool and Vinyl T Shirt Placement Graphic Guide, 10" and 18" Heat Press Guide (S)
T-Shirt Alignment Tool, Acrylic Tshirt Ruler Guide Tool with Clothing Size Chart for T-Shirt Alignment HTV Tool and Vinyl T Shirt Placement Graphic Guide, 10" and 18" Heat Press Guide (S) by undefined. Rated 99 out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the T-Shirt Ruler Guide category.
Soontrans Pink Recliner Computer Chair Lovely Deak Chair for Granddaughter,Girlfriend,Sister,Wife and Love with Headrest Lumbar Support Footrest Office Chair,Ergonomic Gaming Chair Gift (Pink)
Soontrans Pink Recliner Computer Chair Lovely Deak Chair for Granddaughter,Girlfriend,Sister,Wife and Love with Headrest Lumbar Support Footrest Office Chair,Ergonomic Gaming Chair Gift (Pink)
The chair had issues keeping the seat up. The included gas strut seemed to have an issue keeping the chair up. It would over time start dropping own in spurts till it was all the way to the lowest it could go. I am only 180 pounds, and I recall this having a 300-pound limit. I don't think it can handle that. The armrests are rather flimsy. A small push to readjust and they are moving. Not good. The sides of the seat look accommodating, but they are not. I drive a Camaro, and the seat is similar to that. however, this one is a bit narrower. So if you don't have your legs squished together, the outside of your legs will be hurting in no time. Overall, not a very well built or designed chair. Definitely not worth the price I paid, about $150 at the time. This is a $50-$70 chair in production value. After a very long and drawn-out process of getting it returned, I have returned it and have been refunded bu Amazon. I encourage you NOT to buy this chair.
Actiontec CenturyLink C1900A Wireless VDSL2 IPTV Router (Renewed)
Actiontec CenturyLink C1900A Wireless VDSL2 IPTV Router (Renewed)
Received modem today it does work. After approximately 45 minutes on the phone with CenturyLink glad they were very patient. "Renewed item" in pretty beat-up up condition! Plenty of scratches and gouges on front and top.
One of the four very short and sturdy legs was completely broke off and missing was not in the box. But on day one it is working.
Diamond Aluminum Pressure Cooker (Silver, STEEL) 12L
Diamond Aluminum Pressure Cooker (Silver, STEEL) 12L
Dont Buy this product..I was using a small diamond cooker since 2016 onwards. Based on that I was ordered a 12L cooker but it's not good as I received. Very tight to open and unfit for the vessel. Really I was surprised how this has been passed at the time quality check. Now I feel it's doubtful on the product received.
Very worst product, not responding to take the return also, Poor customer support ....

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