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Sun Dec 23 00:00:00 MST 2012atticusfinch139 Rating:5.0
I grew up with the iconic Twenty Mule Team Borax (and its competitor, Boraxo) but never knew the story behind this industry. Watching Death Valley Days did not disclose the fascinating history behind the use of borax, nor the struggles involved in the mining and transportation of this very valuable product. This is one of the latest entries in the Images of America series, which preserve local history. The tales told in this book, however, have an impact far greater than the local region which supplied the arresting photographic history which is compellingly assembled. Far from being a collection of parochial anecdotes, the history recounted in this book has universal appeal and helps to enlighten the reader as to the course of the western reaches of the United States following quickly upon the gold rush. It clarifies the motivations of people involved and sets forth the difficulties there are, and have always been, in establishing a profitable business which serves the public's needs. The growth of business, the trials it faces, and the changes it goes through are cogently set forth. We are treated to the "reenactments" of advertising, and how it may reflect the challenge and the spirit, even when that advertising it may not be completely accurate in historical detail. This is an extremely worthwhile read for anyone who wishes to understand the history of both the region, as well as the borax industry. It is well-written and pleasing to the eye. It is a highly welcome addition to the Images of America series.
Wed Sep 10 00:00:00 MDT 2008belgie Rating:5.0
very happy with books and service of overstock. plan to read the entire series of the sackett family. stories have everything exciting, sword fighting, seafaring, early american discovery and pioneering. indians,etc. he keeps you on the edge of your seat. books very hard to put down once you start a story.
Tue Jan 11 00:00:00 MST 2011colbymorgan Rating:4.0
Cloverdale, Nevada is a town divided into thirds--the Americans, the Mexicans and the Chinese--each as rough and tough as the next. Its here that Bobby Lee Cabot, wrongly accused by a jury for a crime he didnt commit (the murder of August Fletcher), is to be hung on Friday by his neck until dead. However, Thursday sees the arrival of Kirby Smoke Jensen into Cloverdale after receiving a telegram informing him of Bobbys predicament. Bobby Lee and Smoke were like family once before and Smoke would never let his former brother-in-law swing from the gallows. Smoke meets up with Minnie Smith, the girl who sent the telegram, and two others (Doc Baker and Nate Nabors). After scoping out the town and getting a lay of it, Smoke comes up with a plan to free Bobby Lee. At 11:05 Thursday night, Smoke succeeds in a daring rescue and escape, and both men head off. But what happens when they decide to hunt down the notorious train robber and murderer Frank Dodd, the man who really killed August Fletcher? Shootout of the Mountain Man (thirty-eighth in the highly popular and long-running The Last Mountain Man series) is a fast-paced, solid, action packed pulp throwback to the Old West of John Waynes day. It does a great job of catching you up on the goings-on in the other books in the series without spoiling those who havent read the previous novels, but will surely please both loyal Johnstone fans and newcomers alike.
Wed Dec 16 00:00:00 MST 2009amydz Rating:5.0
I can¿t quite believe it, but I think I have a new favorite! Postscript from Pemberley, Book 7 in the Pemberley Chronicles series, takes a departure from its predecessors ¿- delving less frequently and less deeply into the socio-political and economic realities of late 19th century England. Instead, Postscript moves at a very fast pace, from attraction to affection to love and then marriage, with a bit of tension and a hint of mystery, just for good measure.The story focuses mainly on two young couples. Julian Darcy is the tragic youngest son of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Having grown up in the shadow of his elder brother¿s memory, Julian¿s first marriage ended with the death of his unhappy wife Josie. His guilt and his grief over her demise led him to renounce his claim to Pemberley in favor of his very young son Anthony. But Julian does come to Pemberley to heal his aching soul. And there he meets his younger cousin Jessica Courtney, daughter of Rev. James Courtney and Emily Gardiner Courtney (and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gardiner of Gracechurch Street and later Lambton). The two develop a close friendship which gradually turns to love, and eventually leads to a very happy marriage. Supported by all of their family and loved ones, the perfectly suited Julian and Jessica set-off together for Africa ¿ he in pursuit of his professional dreams and she with the desire to support her husband and experience new adventures of her own.Meanwhile, Darcy Gardiner, son of Cassandra Darcy Gardiner and Dr. Richard Gardiner, and grandson of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, is looking for a love interest of his own. Darcy Gardiner has left London and politics behind to help manage Pemberley while young Anthony grows to adulthood. Loved by all in the neighborhood, Darcy is still recovering from his disappointment at failing to secure the hand of Jessica Courtney, when he meets a newcomer ¿ Kathryn O¿Hare, a charming and accomplished young lady from the neighborhood who becomes a close friend of Jessica¿s. But, it turns out that Kathryn has a bit of a ¿past.¿While serving in the household of a powerful titled family, Kathryn is swept up in the illicit affairs of the Lady of the house. Kathryn¿s own reputation is on the verge of ruin, because she¿s decided that she will not be a party to the aberrant activities taking place in the household. She leaves and returns to her family, but trouble follows her ¿- even to Derbyshire. Her knight in shining armor takes the form of Darcy Gardiner, who uses his fierce loyalty, clever mind, and rolodex of powerful allies to ensure Kathryn¿s well-being. Who would not be swept away by this dashing hero?The book brings back many favorites including the Bingleys and Darcys and their wonderful children, and Mr. Michael Carr, the charming Irish-American husband of Darcy Gardiner¿s sister Lizzie. It also brings back a few not-so-favorites like Robert and Rose Gardiner who continue to suffer from a chronic case of supercilious sour grapes; and Lydia Wickham, who hasn¿t changed a bit. At one point, a very clever and humorous scheme is devised to keep Lydia from attending (and ruining) a family wedding.I am happy to report that with the exception of Mrs. Gardiner¿s passing, the story ends on a happy note, but with a bit of a ¿cliff hanger¿ in the form of a mysterious letter from an unknown sender delivered to Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. The reader cannot mistake the importance of this letter, but to what??? I sincerely hope that our esteemed authoress will resolve this mystery in Book 8. Hurry Ms. Collins! This reader is longing to know¿ What¿s in that letter!
Thu Jul 19 00:00:00 MDT 2007cf23 Rating:5.0
It's unfortunate that the title had to be changed for the American audience. 'The Modern World' was better as the original, and fit with the opening quote and subsequent mentioning. to fans of the series, I think it picked up quite well. we saw another side to the insects, gained a glimpse into the emperor, and surprisingly, saw the shift again. i read through it at a furious pace, and i suggest taking your time with it. i look forward to the next, and hope we'll learn more of the emperor's past.
Wed Nov 02 00:00:00 MDT 2011downtownjim Rating:4.0
Another enjoyable installment in the series. The novel continues the saga about the colorful folks on fictional Barbary Lane as the tale heads into the sucess-crazed 1980s.
Sun Feb 28 00:00:00 MST 2010pixilated Rating:5.0
Looking for a book that will challenge you and make you feel uncomfortable? I wasn’t but it turned out to be exactly what I needed. A few months ago, I won a contest on Anne Jackson’s blog to be one of several people to receive a copy of “Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World” by Tom Davis. I hadn’t heard of Mr. Davis but I thought I’d give his novel a chance. Scared is a story about a photojournalist named Stuart Daniels. His life has hit rock bottom after witnessing and photographing the brutality in the African Congo. Stuart is sent on one last mission to redeem his career to a small African country that is in the middle of the AIDS crisis. He visits a village of young orphans and widows. In particular, he meets a little girl named Adanna. She has been forced to grow up quickly after her father left and her mother died. She is the sole caregiver for her younger siblings, Precious and Abu. Stuart is challenged to bring real hope and restoration to Africa through Adanna’s story. “Now, in a dark place that’s a world away from home, Stuart will once again confront the harsh reality of a suffering people in a forgotten land. And as a chance encounter becomes divine providence, two very different people will find their lives forever changed.” I was in tears over this book. It is such an emotional read as the author describes the harsh reality of a community that is “ravaged by tragedy and disease”. My eyes were opened to a part of our world I’d never even considered. Because of it being such a tragic yet redemptive story, I’d recommend not reading this book in public unless you have tissues near by! I cannot wait until Mr. Davis releases his next book in this series: “Priceless: A Novel On The Edge Of The World” in June of 2010.
Sun Sep 03 00:00:00 MDT 2006David H. Rating:5.0
This is the first book that I have read on the Cuban Missile Crisis. The authors outline the crisis and explain: why Russia shipped missiles and troops to Cuba, why the U.S. reacted the way that it did, both the political and military maneuverings that occurred, the aftermath of the crisis and how it affected both the U.S. and Russia, and some of the lessons that we should have learned from this crisis. There are many period photographs and maps that enhance the text. Overall, this is a good book to read on the crisis.
Fri Nov 18 00:00:00 MST 2011treseb41056 Rating:5.0
Wonderful series! Characters are well defined and interesting. Since Oklahoma isn't that far away and I love Tulsa, it's really great to have the main setting in our "neighborhood." But the books are not limiting and the mythologies of multiple cultures come into play, including Native American culture.
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