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Spiders and Their Kin (Golden Guide) by Herbert Walter Levi
Spiders and Their Kin (Golden Guide)

equivalence, October 28, 2014

Still going in his 90s Herbert Levi & I helped each other in the 60s, he mainly helping me to study spiders. This handy little book is still by far the best U.S. & Canadian [plus European & other species] guide to spiders, plus the other arachnids[scorpions etc],centipedes & millipedes. For example, 12 species of wolf spiders are lovingly depicted in color by the artist Nicholas Strekalovsky. In addition to the full body view,diagrams of faces & eyes[usually 8] are neatly displayed;& webs also. Both children & adults can,with this book,safely admire 17 of the world's several hundred species of scorpions,one species{Africa] reaching 7 inches in length.
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Crossroads of War: Washington County, Maryland in the Civil War

equivalence, October 26, 2014

Rather "homespun" stories of the rather simple,unsophisticated residents of this western Maryland county during the Civil War. Deeply divided in sentiments towards North or South these people lived in great anxiety, especially when Lee's forces entered and fought Union armies,eventually on the bloodiest single day in American history: Antietam Creek at Sharpsburg. A sample from a dinner conversation[a pro-slavery man speaks}: "...the law says the Negro has no right a white man has to respect,they're property,just like a wagon or a might as well speak of freeing a farm animal!"--Fired,soon this particular hired hand was looking for a new job.
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Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition by Websters
Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition

equivalence, October 25, 2014

I have been relying on the largest/best,version of "Webster's New World Dictionary"[WNWD]from its second to its current fifth edition. In 1980 I took a course in Proto-Indo-European linguistics, for which this was one of two dictionaries that we could use. The other, optional, book was "The American Heritage Dictionary"{AHD].
I bought both then and buy each new edition of both; the fifth,2014 WNWD is the latest,while the newest AHD is 2011/also fifth edition. Both have great etymological[word origins & histories]information. The largest/best AHD is nearly twice as big & heavy as the WNWD, but has a [great] appendix of Indo-European & Semitic root words.
I often consult both books because linguists do not always agree. If you are curious or care about original origins and changes in word definitions, then these are the only two dictionaries worth buying--Get the biggest formats[AHD 8 pounds]!
Did you know that the Germanic word "love" is closely related to "belief";or that the Latin-derived word "nice",not so long ago was a negative word[meaning foolish or ignorant]-- or that "silly" 500 years ago meant "blessedly happy"?
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The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion by Stephen B Oates
The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion

equivalence, October 24, 2014

Narrative[story style]reads smoothly,like an historical novel. Begins at around or just before Nat Turner's birth in 1800 in tidewater southeast Virginia,and goes on to his rebellion and execution in 1831; plus continues story up to the Civil War. Not always a "fun" story but helped flesh out my general education.
There are many "mysteries" here such as:"Was Nat Turner merely insane or was he provoked?".
Also, did the insurrection runamuck or was this the only way these slaves even had the slightest chance to become free?
And: Was the Civil War inevitable due to the "poison pill" of slavery firmly embedded in the constitution?
---If so was it better to bring on the Civil War sooner rather than later so that the 600,000 lives lost in that war was not even higher?
OR: Since slavery was obviously dying out rapidly almost everywhere[e.g. Mexico in 1829],did lack of vision and patience cause 600,000 unnecessary deaths?
After all,even Jefferson Davis lived long enough to see slavery abolished in many Muslim countries as well as the last Western country,Brazil in 1888--Only 23 years after the end of our horribly bloody Civil War!
Finally, there is always the question, due to the failure of Reconstruction, as to whether abolishing slavery, as it was done at the end of the Civil War, was better, worse, or no major change for the formerly enslaved Americans.
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Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel, and Quran by Brian Arthur Brown
Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel, and Quran

equivalence, October 23, 2014

The beauty of this book is not its translations of the Torah,New Testament,or Quran[Koran],but, rather, its masterful essays preceding each of the three sections, especially the essays[37,8,&12 pages respectively] on the Zoroastrian influence on the three scriptures:Not just "Eden", or "paradise"[from an Avestan Persian word] but, to some extent, "angels", and many other concepts. The influence of the Judaic Torah on the New Testament and the Quran is also outlined, as is the influence of the New Testament on the Quran.
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