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The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard
The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

brett.labes, July 30, 2013

Wow, talk about a dream collection! Elmore Leonard wrote some of the best western stories of the 1950's and 1960's and here they are in one collection. He's the kind of writer who can describe someone with just a few keys words and they spring to life. These are stories of tough men (and a not a few women) in tough times. Don't expect stories to end the way you think they might, this is Elmore Leonard after all, but it's always worth the ride to find out. A great book to read on the train or bus on your commute. The stories really take you away.
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To Be or Not to Be Intimidated?: That Is the Question by Robert J Ringer
To Be or Not to Be Intimidated?: That Is the Question

brett.labes, July 23, 2013

This book is not some macho sales guy ranting on about how beat the other guy through some forceful presence or scheme. It's a book for anyone who feels a loss of sense of control in their careers, art, whatever, really, and thinks "if only I could be like the other person." This is a pretty much commonsense book about how to prepare yourself not to be taken in by the macho sales guy, the boss, whomever and be true to yourself, and succeed legitimately. This guy can really tell a story, and you learn through the lumps he took in the real estate world (which he refers to as his alma mater, "Screw U") that it pays to prepare and always strive to improve. You can read it in two days.
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September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far by John C Mcmanus
September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far

brett.labes, July 18, 2013

I have read many books on the airborne invasion and subsequent battles in Holland going all the way back to A Bridge Too Far in the 1970's, but I was very excited to find this book in the Burnside store for two reasons: first the author is an excellent historian and secondly the aspect of the battle is usually given very little attention when compared to the British or German side of the battle. This book did not disappoint. Covering not only the actions of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, this also includes accounts of the 104th Infantry division that fought later in the campaign.

McManus writes in a clear style, succinctly giving the reader the big picture interjected with many first hand accounts. It reads like a good novel. He is excellent at providing source material and while the book mainly centers on the Americans, he gives a fair perspective on the British, notably Montgomery, who (while he had his faults) became something of a whipping boy in American histories in the late 60's and it has stuck. Other nice points are that he breaks down some of the specific nomenclature specific to that war or the forces fighting in it (such as describing what a "stick" of paratroopers is)so the reader does not have to go look it up or figure out what it means within the context of the story.
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