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41. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious,
42. Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered
43. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
44. Creative Whack Pack
45. Greetings from E Street: The Story
46. Scrum Bums: A Get Fuzzy Collection
47. Doyle Brunson's Super System II
48. Enchantment: The Life of Audrey
49. No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and
50. The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of
51. The Layguide: How to Seduce Women
52. Yiddish with George and Laura
53. The Republican Playbook
54. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth
55. My Tank Is Fight!
56. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
57. The Alphabet Of Manliness
58. Wall and Piece
59. The New Grove Dictionary of Music
60. This Is Your Brain on Music: The

41. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
by Villard
Hardcover (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ken is one funny nerd!
As with millions of others, I watched each night as Ken Jennings extended his record setting run on Jeopardy! to 74 games.He came across as a funny, down-to-earth, slightly nerdy guy on the show.And that personality really comes out in his book Brainiac, which is half Jeopardy memoir and half trivia history - and 100% entertaining.Ken recounts his days on the college bowl circuit, his tryout and subsequent preparation, and his run on the show, all the while giving the reader a history or trivia and its place in modern society.
5-0 out of 5 stars This is an entertaining book about the world of trivia
Brainiac is a book about Ken's experiences as a contestant on Jeopardy.I love reading about he prepared for the Jeopardy by studying flashcards and watching countless hours of show on tape. Jennings discusses the excitement and pressure of being a contestant.He also discusses the fame he earned, because of the success he had on the show.Brainiac is also a book about the popularity and history of trivia.Jennings traces the beginnings of trivia to small newspapers and books as far back as 1856.He discusses the popularity of quiz shows on the radio in the 1930's.He also discusses the beginning of the popularity and scandals of quiz shows on television in the 1950's and 1960's.I love the chapter in the book about the largest trivia contest held in Stevens Point Wisconsin everyApril.Over 12,000 people in 400 teams listen to trivia questions of any subject asked on the radio and call in their answers. Brainiac is also filledwith interesting trivia questions.I learned that Papua New Guinea is the only country besides Australia that has kangaroos.I also learned that Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.I also learned that Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky.Brainiac is a well researched, entertaining and informative book about the world of trivia.

5-0 out of 5 stars What's the Opposite of "Trivial", Alex?
In this wonderful, very cleverly put-together book, Ken Jennings talks about his Jeopardy! experience, his nationwide travels to meet some big names in the trivia world (including the long-elusive Fred Worth, author of the 1970s cult classic Trivia Encyclopedia). But, most importantly for his writer, he articulates why trivia is "not so trivial" (and deserves a much more "significant" name) better than anything I have ever read on the subject--and I've read plenty in the past 30 years. Ken does just as lucid a job in describing the different kinds of trivia, what makes good trivia, and other stuff like that, that will make you appreciate the well-written question all the more.
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42. Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach (6th Edition)
by Allyn & Bacon
Paperback (23 March, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Multi Media Public Speaking Training
'Audience Centered' seems to be an obvious off-shoot of the teaching styles, that have become hyper-popular over the last decade or two, that claim to be 'Student Centered'. Is it just a buzz word, or is there something in it? As another reviewer points out, Audience Centered public speaking dates back at least as far back as Aristotle.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Sixth and Ever Better Edition
You can't say that the audience-centered concept used in this book was pioneered by them. After all, in the first paragraph the authors give credit to Aristotle for defining the elements of speechmaking as 'of speaker, subject and person addresed - it is the last one, the herer, that determines the speaker's end and object.'
4-0 out of 5 stars Good copy
I know that this is a teacher's edition but I presumed that because it was, it would have come with the DVD which is included in the student's addition. Other wise the book is exactly the same as the student's edition and was sealed as stated. Overall, I am pleased with the transaction. ... Read more

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43. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
Hardcover (September, 2004)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Teachers United
As a high school teacher I was surprised and pleasantly amused to hear that Jon Stewart had decided to make a Teacher's Edition of anything.When I found out that a colleague of mine had decided to buy the book and reference it in a History class I thought that I should look it over and see if it was worth its weight in satire.It is definitely worth its weight in something.I find that The Daily Show's viewpoint is refreshing and that Jon Stewart's attempts at unraveling the political veil is essential to what we consider Democracy.The Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction is a good reference and cocktail party conversation starter.I think that most of the book is interesting but I wouldn't want my child to come home and quote verbatim some of the blather that is inside.As a book for the masses sure.As a book intended for teachers no.I suppose that is the joke of it all.No teacher should use this text as a real reference or they would probably end up on 60 Minutes or The Daily Show explaining why their students were arrested for harrassing Supreme Court justices with naked pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!!!!!!
If you are a will like it.If you are a will probably not like it quite as much.Either way, you cannot deny that this book is HILLARIOUS!

5-0 out of 5 stars Warning! Hysterical Content!
Wow, this book was so refreshing and funny!Jon Stewart's wit and wisecracks always leaves me in hysterics and this book didn't disappoint.This is book is a farce on US history - but isn't done in a demeaning way..more of a poke fun type of way which is typical of Jon's sense of humor. Really enjoyable! ... Read more

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44. Creative Whack Pack
by U.S. Games Systems
Cards (November, 1989)
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's the I Ching -- only better!
I love this set of 64 cards.Based on the ancient wisdom of the I Ching this card set is simply the most creative, brilliant way to problem solve ever invented.By using 4 archetypes, Explorer, Artist, Judge and Warrior, author Roger von Oech shows us how to use our creativity to to its fullest potential... in a really simple way with lots of examples.And sharing the Whack Pack with friends has led to many memorable discussions and projects!There's a reason this product has been around for such a long time.It's fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have book in your Creativity & Innovation Library, & must-have card desk on your desktop!
I am a raving fan of Roger von Oech's creative work as embodied in his books & card decks, namely: 4-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Wild
I'm hesitant to say that it's going to change your life; you would certainly be better off meeting a wonderful teacher who can show you wonderful things about the world (and if you haven't emt one yet then you need to get cracking), but Roger Von Oech's Whack Packs are so very fun to play around with ;)Read more

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45. Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
by Chronicle Books
Hardcover (28 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars What AGreat Trip down E Street !
This book is so much fun! It's sort of a "pop up" book for grown ups. The clever pull-outs, the repros of tickets & ephemera, the old newspaper clippings that show a YOUNG, YOUNG's all good!This is not only a very novel approach, but also an easy to read, informative scrapbook of Springsteen history.The wonderful, plentiful photos and out-takes include some superb shots (including the covers) by Frank Stefanko.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very unique book that i highly recommend if you're a Bruce fan
i concur with the first reviewer - i too thought i had just about every book i could want on Bruce, but this one surpassed my expectations.Don't let the low page count deter you - this one is definitely worth the money.There are a ton of pictures i had never seen before (ones that very likely came from the band members themselves or members of their inner circle) and there are a lot of reproductions of interesting chachkies, clippings, documents, itineraries, setlists, etc. that are in little pockets throughout the book (akin to the inserts you got in the LP of The Who - Live at Leeds).The book begins with Bruce's first bands and goes all the way up to the latest reunion tours.The presentation is excellent - quality printing, binding, and beautiful thick stock slipcase.I paid around $24 for it and i'm extremely pleased - while not a narrative-heavy book like some others that run much longer, i'd rate this as one you'll want to add to your Bruce collection.Hats off to the author.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Stroll Down The Boardwalk in Asbury Park and E Street
I'm going to try to make this as helpful as I can without going on excessively. I don't know about you, but I sometimes become belabored by long reviews.
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46. Scrum Bums: A Get Fuzzy Collection
by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Paperback (19 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Get Fuzzy crew at its best
I just bought this book a couple of days ago and have already read most of it. It is another great collection of hilarious cartoons featuring Bucky, Satchel and Rob and their efforts to maintain a happy household. Of course Bucky does his best to keep that from happening. I'm glad it was finally released. It was well worth the wait.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet
This is by far the best Get Fuzzy collection to date. It has some of the newer strips, some I've seen in the papers and more than a few that I haven't. Perhaps the funniest is when Bucky takes Smacky to get appraised at one of those traveling antique tv shows. I laughed until I cried. A definite classic Bucky moment. This is Conley at his best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Renevatio
Sweetness is upon us my friends. life long get fuzzy fan and i tell ya, thar aint no comic out there is better than get fuzzy. es[ecially the new stuff. the new stuff isHILARIOUS.
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47. Doyle Brunson's Super System II
by Cardoza
Paperback (01 February, 2005)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Better left unpublished
Doyles section is basically the same and is why it got 2 stars in the first place. I feel the poker pros were not used properly for this book. Daniel negranu is a coward fordoing three card draw that has no merit on real card tables and he should of just declined it in the first place,he is a no limit and omaha 8 or better expert and should of wrote on that instead. Bobby baldwin was the most sound poker player during his time, kind of like alan cunningham of today. So I dont know why he didnt write the limit chapter again,I think modern day limit players would have really been in for a treat. I have nothing against jeniffer harmen writing it but I think it was better served for baldwin. Please save your money and dont buy this book. If need be they should have it at your local library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to different poker games.
I haven't read the original Super System so I can't compare the two and tell you if this one is worth buying if you already have that one, so I'll just stick to reviewing "Super System 2".
4-0 out of 5 stars Not really "essential" like the first , but still a good idea to get it
This belongs in any poker library, just not on the top shelf. It's a hyped-up "good" book, but not a "great" book like the first Super System.
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48. Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn
by Harmony
Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Graceful and Often Affecting
Donald Spoto's new biography of Audrey Hepburn will please those who wish to gain a fuller understanding of Ms. Hepburn's private life and rise to stardom.
5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!!!
I am very impressed with Donald Spoto's review of Audrey Hepburn. Reading Mr. Spoto's biography of Audrey Hepburn shows a huministic side of the actress and woman the world loved and adored. This book is a wonderful addition to Sean Ferrer's book and Barry Paris's book. I am sure anyone that buys this book will enjoy it as much as I do.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hepburn's Life and Career Skillfully Examined With Sympathy and Offers Some Surprises
There are already a number of posthumous biographies of the fabled star on the market, the most notable being her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer's loving 2003 memoir, "Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers". Author Donald Spoto adds another one, a respectful portrait that may lack the personal detail Ferrer provides but at the same time, allows enough distance from the subject to be a bit more objective. In 1983, Spoto wrote a fascinating profile of Alfred Hitchcock where the legendary filmmaker came across as a repressed, twisted individual whose outlet was the terror he could instill in his films. This time, he etches an in-depth portrait of a woman whose vulnerability, personal insecurity, and innate love of family endeared her to all those exposed to her - Hepburn's inner circle, friends, colleagues, lovers and ultimately the world.
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49. No Limit Hold 'em: Theory and Practice
by Two Plus Two Publishing LLC
Paperback (30 May, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best..
Will probably be heavy going for the beginner but for someone who has been playing a year or two and wants to take their game to the next level it is a must read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I guess I expected more from this book. It covers a lot of material others have covered, as well. The few items I found useful were reinforcements of my own experience. Lots of expected value calculations based on useless assumptions, particularly if you primarily play tournaments. Harrington's books were MUCH more useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for the no-limit player
This book is excellent. I should note that it is highly conceptual. Rather than offering "starting hand charts" or a detailed analysis of how to play different hands, it discusses the things a player should think about at a no-limit table. That being said, I do think the "Concepts" portion of the book offer an excellent bridge from the theory to the practical. As another reviewer wrote, some people may want to start with the Concepts portion and then later read the more theoretical portions of the book. It depends upon your own learning style. Of particular interest... the book again and again highlights the differences between limit vs. no-limit play. As an example, blind stealing is very important in limit play, but not as important in no limit when there are deep stacks still uncommitted. For anyone making a transistion from limit to no-limit, you absolutely must read this book to understand the subtle differences between the two games. ... Read more

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50. The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of Lists from The Smoking Gun
by Little, Brown and Company
Paperback (09 October, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and eye-opening
The lists provided in this book act as a testament to the idiocy of some people. Even those that hold top positions in our society did not get there based upon their intelligence.
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51. The Layguide: How to Seduce Women More Beautiful Than You Ever Dreamed Possible No Matter What You Look Like or How Much You Make
by C Trade Paper
Paperback (01 July, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book pretty much sums up all a man needs to know about picking up women. My only problem was the approach; Clink helped me practically step-by-step on how to get better at the initial approach. He also helps with keeping a conversation and when to stop it. Its just a fantastic book.
3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best but decent for the price
I've read everything on the subject of seduction.SO its hard for me to view books as someone who is reading it for the first time.I've also read hundreds of articles on seduction and posted the best of them on my website The Seduction Bible.So lets just say, im educated.THat being said:
... and although there's some inspiring ideas to be found here, there's also some pretty crazy schemes that could get you into serious trouble (lying in wait along bike paths and jumping in the way of attractive females at the last moment in order to meet them???... that's the kind of thing that'll scare the bejeezus out of women, create a creepy first impression and possibly even get you arrested)... his 3-second rule is also highly questionable: immediately approaching every attractive woman you see within 3 seconds of spotting her - first of all, fussy types with discriminating tastes need a little more time to decide who's worth pursuing and, secondly, in a nightclub scenario, this approach will only make you appear to be a desperately impulsive horndog - and no woman likes being hit on by a horndog (and neither do their jealous boyfriends, a critical "X" factor you have to ascertain before zooming yourself into an awkward situation)... instead, think like one of the big cats on the African plains hunting its prey - be patient, play it cool, scope the room, zero in on your chosen targets, assess their situation and figure out what your approach will be before making your move - after all, what's the big hurry? But if you happen to lock eyes with one of your targets, NOW would be the time to implement the 3-second theory (be cool about it - don't cause drinks to spill on your way over - just casually move in beside her).
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52. Yiddish with George and Laura
by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Yiddish with the WASP Family
This follow up to Yiddish with Dick and Jane takes another step in doing something different - putting Yiddish words into the mouths of George Bush and family, a well-known WASP crew. In Yiddish with George and Laura, the Bush clan gathers to celebrate Bar (Barbara Bush) and Poppy's (George) birthdays with a few adventures on the way.
5-0 out of 5 stars a fabulous gift
What a wonderful, warm laugh I got when I received this book as a gift. I recommend it to anyone and everyone that is interested in the nuances of Yiddish as used to describe our embarrassing White House leadership! The artwork is fantastic, and I must say we are still laughing about it. Great gift!
4-0 out of 5 stars If you have a sense of humor!
The authors of Yiddish with Dick and Jane have written another equally humorous book, Yiddish with George and Laura.
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53. The Republican Playbook
by Hyperion
Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!! It might save your life.
This is a slightly edited copy of mail I sent to Andy Borowitz. I seriously needed and loved this book. Please take a chance and buy it. As I said, above, it might save your life. Or at least your mental health!
5-0 out of 5 stars It's not really a play ...
but it is a tragicomedy. The manipulation and betrayal of American voters may not seem hilarious, but Borowitz shows us humor galore there.
5-0 out of 5 stars Sharp Satire Shocker!
Andy Borowitz is a genius of political satire! I ordered "The Republican Playbook" and Frank Rich's "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" at the same time. One is fiction, one is non-fiction. One makes me laugh, one makes me cry.
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54. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Da Capo Press
Hardcover (13 April, 2004)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Tons of Fun
I really enjoyed this book.Jenny McCarthy is very up-front and detailed about her pregnancy experience.Which is a good thing - she has an excellent, irreverent sense of humor.Reading this book feels like a conversation with a close friend.McCarthy has been through all the good and bad sides of pregnancy.When you read this book, you know that she understands what it's all like, and that makes you feel a little less scared about the whole thing.
5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
I absolutely adore this book.I picked it up when I was about 6 months pregnant and read through it right away.As I was reading it I noticed that I didn't experiance any of the things that Jenny had experiance (most of the things in her book aren't in normal baby books so I thought that i was normal).Wouldn't ya know it.. I couple weeks later I got ALL of those experiance.At least I wasn't to suprised!!! She tells you what doctors and your mother wont warn you about!I recommend Baby Laughs as well

5-0 out of 5 stars Fell In Love With Jenny...
She is JUST like my best friend!!! My best friend and I are both going to start trying in January to have a baby... Not together... haha.. but I am sending her the two books Belly and Baby Laughs.. I love how honest Jenny is.. and I think that they will make my friend laugh, cry and scream.. I also feel honored and blessed that there is a book out there that talks like my best friend and I do.. Our excuse is we are both marrie to the blunt Navy boys.. hehehe.. Jenny just is!! ... Read more

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55. My Tank Is Fight!
by C Trade Paper
Paperback (03 October, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars When's the next book?
This is material I normally would only be half interested in, but I was completely engaged and couldn't put the book down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Old rememberances
I always liked those comics that took place around the turn of the century or even earlier, and inevitably always ended up showing machines like the one in this book. Wacky guns, ungodly huge everything; completely unresonable in the real world, especially thirty years before their supposed invention, but fantastic on the page. Now I have a book full of these and a stack of comics that I'm suddenly interested in again. Zack might be a regular 'ol crazy fiction writer, but he sure supplied some great material to the artist types out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Zack Book Good!
Zack Parsons has done a great job with this book.As a mechanical engineer, I've always been fascinated with WWII era "wonder weapons" and have read a number of books on the subject.Of all of those books, this on is perhaps the only one I would recommend to someone who had only a passing interest in the subject.Zack keeps it light and entertaining throughout - this isn't just good WWII geekery, it's good reading, too.
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56. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell
by Citadel Press
Paperback (01 January, 2006)
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Isbn: 0806527285
Sales Rank: 401
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars grand ole' time
Hilarious encounters and stories involving ample idiots and alcohol.A great read, but definitely not for the sensitive types.My female friends and I all loved it!Word for the wise, you need a cynical outlook and sick sense of humor to enjoy.But if you're a slightly twisted individual as myself who has no problem laughing at other's unfortune/stupidity, you will have a field day with this quick and easy read. I may even inspire you to take down some of your own unbelievable stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I didn't know how funny a book can be until I was reading this book. I didn't think reading it in public would be that bad, but apparently, bursting out in hysterical laughter on the eliptical machine in the gym is a little frowned upon, especially if I accidentally mension the fact that he shat all over himself during my laugh. I believe I fell in love with Tucker just a little, but too bad he doesn't look as good as he does on the cover, the little chubster. Hopefully, I hear of more encounters with women that aren't blonde haired and blue eyed. He should visit hawaii where he can get more variety.
5-0 out of 5 stars A hilarious walk down memory lane....
I couldn't put this book down.This was an absolutely hilarious, and sometimes wincingly so, over-the-top account of random "hook-ups" with women that are glimpses of an earlier time in most college aged males lives that, for Mr. Max, seem to continue long past when the majority of us have sold out to marriage, kids, the white picket fence, stable pay check....etc.I found myself thinking during every chapter..."Holy cr**, what if his mother reads this?" Unforturnately fate has a sense of humor and I have three daughters now...maybe I'll have them read this book before they go off to college as a "heads-up" to what is out there.Mr. Max, I'll see you in hell and the first round is on me! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. American Satire And Humor    2. Conduct of life    3. Humor    4. Men    5. Topic - Adult    6. Tucker, Max    7. Biography: general    8. English    9. Fiction / Humorous    10. Humour    11. USA   

57. The Alphabet Of Manliness
by Citadel Press
Hardcover (30 May, 2006)
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Isbn: 080652720X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Lumberjacks, pirates, and Chuck Norris all agree that there is but one arbiter of manliness, and he has but one name: Maddox. The longtime proprietor of the absurdly popular website, The Best Page in the Universe, Maddox has thoughtfully collected his vast masculine wisdom for the first time in a useful reference work, The Alphabet of Manliness. Since men of course communicate with others only under duress, this book may be the sole resource for those starved for answers about basic manly subjects such as urinal etiquette, road rage, and beef jerky.Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, bro, I hope the new Maxim is out
Yeah, this isn't funny - at all.
5-0 out of 5 stars Bow-down, you supplicant pussies
Holy beaver biscuits... I've been in a Jim Beam-soaked kidney buster of a dream for the last 5 months, ever since Maddox sent me his book and I celebrated by bagging the entire PAC 10 cheerleading collective... the smelly skanks deserved it.
5-0 out of 5 stars Get ready to laugh out loud!
My Goodness, he is an incredible guy and this book is one of the funniest I have ever read. I was wondering why he has so many fans but now I know. He really delivers great, original and very funny content that I read and reread wherever I am not in good mood. I have to agree that the author knows how to entertain and keep you turning the pages. If you missed your Manliness 101 and 202 then you will want to get a copy and even pair it with scientfically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex for even greater score with the ladies. Some of the guys here claim that due to the humor in this outstanding book you will grow extra hair. Well I didn't observe such "side effects" but at a few times I could hardly stop laughing. This book is incredible and I highly recommend getting a copy. Cheers. ... Read more

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58. Wall and Piece
by Random House UK
Hardcover (27 December, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 1238
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Comming from an art school dropout
Most graffiti artists are of the same school of thought, that being; advertisements are everywhere - Shepard Fairey the OBEY guy, everywhere you look there’s someone visually shoving something down your throat and usually they want money for it.So why is it illegal to put some of your own art up just as much as they do?This is true and valid opinion for someone to have, but not when its coming from a guy who just sprayed his tag name on the side of the highway in 8 foot indiscernible lettering - that is what gives graffiti a bad name.In my opinion it should be against the law to sign your name on a train or a building - no matter how big it is or how many colors you used or how fast you had to run when the watchmen saw.It just misses the point of having a public exchange of ideas.
5-0 out of 5 stars Art Crime Extraordinaire!
No artist comes close to the emotional impact he makes in this work. Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant.
5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite artists
Banksy is an amazing artist, a lot of conceptual as well as visually appealing works. I knew that he is like a god father of stencil graffiti, but i never thought good he is with installations.
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59. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (20 Volume Set
by Oxford University Press, USA
Paperback (2000)
list price: $2,300.00
Isbn: 1561591742
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is the big one -- 20 thick volumes packed full of information on musical history, composers, artists and more.It carries a big price tag, but it's an invaluable aid for the serious student or writer. Grove has several other dictionaries, opera and jazz among them, but if you can only handle one, this is the one to get. This text refers to the 20 Volume edition of this title. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing better...period
Despite the fact many have tried to "pretend" there are other dictionarys/encyclopedias that are better than The Groves, there simply are not.Sure, The Groves is not cheap, however, if you are looking for a quality work, it will never be cheap.So, whether you are a person with degrees in Music History, or someone who just wants to have information readily available on music/musicians, this is the only way to go.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't believe that you are getting 20 books.
Although the announcement makes you think that maybe yo will be getting 20 books for a song, you will be singing a different tune when it arrives.You will get one (yes, 1) volume selected apparently at random.I got volume 13.

2-0 out of 5 stars dumbed down
Four stars for what has been carried over from the 1980 version, zero stars for what has been appended to it. We can't entirely blame the dictionary for the poor quality of most of these additions. The dictionary depends on a large pool of contributors, most of whom hold academic positions, and our academies are beset with insufficiently acknowledged problems.Read more

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60. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
by Dutton Adult
Hardcover (03 August, 2006)
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Isbn: 0525949690
Sales Rank: 1153
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Provides many links between these functions and composer effectiveness and strategy.
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC could have been featured in our Health Shelf section, but is reviewed here for its importance to musicians and any interested in music. It's the first to provide a comprehensive scientific analysis of how people experience music: chapters blend psychology, neuroscience, and musical examples from classical to rap to explain different facets of music and how they are perceived by the brain. Lest you think this overly scientific, it also provides many links between these functions and composer effectiveness and strategy.
5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating: Music listening as a personal tour through labs, studios and living rooms
Dan Levitin's "This is Your Brain on Music" is a rather unique book. I don't know any other book that bring together personal anecdotes from the music recording world, a wealth of current insights into how our brain allows us to even listen and enjoy music to the more arcane problems of how we structure our ideas into categories.
1-0 out of 5 stars Not good
This book is carelessly written and edited, with a surprisingly large number of factual errors and misstatements of various kinds.I had high hopes for it, but I came away disappointed, even angry.Although there is some valuable material (p. 187 is great), too much is unacceptably sloppy.The music-theoretical explanations tend to be simplistic and misleading.Some are wrong.Trouble starts early, with a definition of "the A minor scale" as "the one minor scale that uses only the white notes of the piano keyboard."But this "natural" minor scale is not analogous to C major in the way Levitin is implying.The observation that Beethoven's Fifth "restates a melody using different instruments" trivializes a sophisticated musical language."Shave and a haircut" and "Gee Officer Krupke" are not the same rhythm, though Levitin says they are. (They're related, but not identical; it would have been illuminating to discuss the difference.) Mozart did not write "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" at age 6 (or any other age) though he did composevariations on it.(Levitin's claim that the stress pattern in this tune is TWINkle twinkle LITtle star is peculiar, or at least highly debatable.) The definition of a "whole note" as a note that "lasts four beats" is unhelpful.The claim that 6/8 is a "somewhat common meter in which we count six beats to a measure and each eighth note gets one beat" will be news to most practicing musicians, for whom this meter normally has two beats.Schoenberg is lazily called a "contemporary" composer though he died in 1951.The note C is defined as the "dominant" note of a piece in the key of C, which is bound to confuse anyone who is subsequently taught what a "dominant" is.Another problematic sentence:"Musicians refer to the pleasing-sound chords and intervals as consonant and the unpleasing ones as dissonant."But this is not what musicians understand by consonance and dissonance.Levitin's analysis of the slow movement of the Haydn Surprise Symphony doesn't jibe with the music; he says that "the main melodic idea spans barely more than half an octave, a perfect fifth" -- and so what? -- but the first 4 bars cover an octave, and the first 8 bars an eleventh.Another puzzling sentence: "There is nothing intrinsically catlike about the word cat or even any of its syllables [sic]"And what about the author's dismissal of "attempts to please the audience through musical obsequies [sic] rather than through soul." I cannot imagine a classical musician who would not wince at "Many of the greatest musicians of our era lacked formal training.... in classical music, George Gershwin, Mussorgsky, and David Helfgott are among those who lacked formal training..." Leaving aside the "unmusicality" of the repetitive writing, it is time to stop exploiting poor David Helfgott, who, however much he suffered personally, is not considered "one of the greatest classical musicians of this era" by any serious practitioner.Levitin must be a more responsible researcher and sincere music-lover than this book suggests, and I'm sure his intentions were good.Perhaps Levitin's editor is more to blame than he himself is. The objections I've listed may seem niggling. I've listed them for two reasons: 1) it would take too much space to discuss larger issues, and 2) I think such mistakes are evidence of the book's overall carelessness.Some books I would recommend instead of this one are more technical but also more stimulating and informative, notably Music and Memory by Bob Snyder and the recent Sweet Anticipation by David Huron.
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