That said, it was slightly disappointing because it didn't approach the topic objectively and completel...moreI liked this book and would give it 3.5 stars.
That said, it was slightly disappointing because it didn't approach the topic objectively and completely. The title of the book really should be "The rise of the American Police State: How our government ignores the hidden third amendment and ignores common law warrant requirements".
This book is a very comprehensive overview of the third, fourth and fifth amendment. It's also crash course in the history of search and seizure law and the history of SWAT, the drug war, and botched raids. From the book: "In short, police today embody all of the threats the Founders feared were posed by a standing armies, plus a few additional ones that they couldn't have anticipated."
I would have liked to have seen more in depth coverage of SWAT equipment and tactics. An in depth discussion of police culture. Essentially, a little more balance in the presentation. And perhaps some pictures. (less)
This book would have been better if Clancy had a better understanding of Conservative politics. Some of the political parts sound like something strai...moreThis book would have been better if Clancy had a better understanding of Conservative politics. Some of the political parts sound like something straight from the tea party, rather than, lets say William F. Buckley. Boring.
Otherwise a solid Clancy book. He always seems to know where the next hot spot is or what is next up in the CIA Op world in real life (writes book about killing bin laden, bin laden dies...writes about mexican drug war...)(less)
I thought that this book was entertaining and very well written. It was a bit boring in parts, but I thought that most of the book proceeded along at...moreI thought that this book was entertaining and very well written. It was a bit boring in parts, but I thought that most of the book proceeded along at a nice pace. I thought that the internal dynamics of the company, including the crazy assassination bit, was pretty interesting and dramatic.(less)
This is a fantastic repository of recipes for any home chef. The recipes are pretty simple, yet incredibly delicious. I've made about 3 of the soups s...moreThis is a fantastic repository of recipes for any home chef. The recipes are pretty simple, yet incredibly delicious. I've made about 3 of the soups so far, and they have been terrific. A must for any serious home chef.(less)
This is a nice colorful book about bass and panfish angling. When I say colorful, I mean that there are a lot of nice pictures, that nicely illustrate...moreThis is a nice colorful book about bass and panfish angling. When I say colorful, I mean that there are a lot of nice pictures, that nicely illustrate the succinct points that Bill tries to make. Bill Dance is not the kind of guy to talk on and on about fishing, and his simple, yet detailed advice is time tested and easy to remember. However, the one paragraph for every two pages is a bit of a rip-off, IMHO, yet strangely effective at communicating the advice. The book reads very well, but the short and concise style makes continuity and flow an issue...but I don't think most angler's would mind. Even though the advice is simple, he throws in nice tidbits of scientific information that the average angler might not know.
I would recommend this book to beginning anglers and anglers who might not like to read or are intimidated by thick, heavy fishing books. I also think this book is worth a read by experienced anglers, although I think they might be disappointed in the content and writing style. Overall, its a nice addition to any fishing library.(less)
I've read the other books...not sure why I couldn't get through the first few chapters...it read like a meteorological forecast...it was just boring t...moreI've read the other books...not sure why I couldn't get through the first few chapters...it read like a meteorological forecast...it was just boring to me...oh well. Maybe I'll read it again if I start the entire series again some day...but for now...its getting returned to the library. (less)
I liked this book a lot. It was a tough read for the first 50 pages or so...lots of detail and background and character building...but then it became...moreI liked this book a lot. It was a tough read for the first 50 pages or so...lots of detail and background and character building...but then it became action packed and started pacing well. The end of the book felt rushed and there were a few loose ends that were never answered...but oh well.(less)
This is probably the most comprehensive book on mathematics for the well-educated lay person that I have ever read. In fact, I would recommend this bo...moreThis is probably the most comprehensive book on mathematics for the well-educated lay person that I have ever read. In fact, I would recommend this book as a way to refresh one's recollection of basic mathematics, geometry, algebra, trig, and calculus. It isn't a substitute for solving problems, but it is the only book that I know that explains number theory and calculus and advanced topics in a manner accessible to a layperson. For example, the author discusses matrices, manifolds and group theory simply enough for a reader to understand the concept that space-time is a lie group.
The book is an absolutely fascinating read. It delves into obscure topics like iterated powers (2 to the second power raised to the second power raised to the second power) and very large numbers like TREE 3.
Although you can skip around topics, I found it beneficial to read the book cover to cover, since he explains and then builds upon concepts.
For easier topics like algebra and calculus, he develops and explains the mathematical logic using very well explained proofs using symbols, graphs and plain english. For more advanced topics, he does informal proofs without too many confusing mathematical symbols. Sometimes very advanced and cutting edge topics are only described, and the math is left out, which is frustrating...
Even though this is a five star book, there are some flaws. The book has a very nice synopsis of physics based math, but does short shrift to other sciences, like biology and chemistry. And topics in the humanities and economics are almost completely ignored, except for a brief explanation of game theory. If these practical math chapters were better fleshed out, the book would be even more amazing. It would be nice if there would have been a CD with some extra content...if ever a book could use a pocket part, it would be this one!(less)
I am torn between loving and hating this book. Judge Napolitano clearly explains important premises of constitutional law and makes very good points a...moreI am torn between loving and hating this book. Judge Napolitano clearly explains important premises of constitutional law and makes very good points about the hypocrisy of our constitutional system, but then makes bizarre leaps of logic to justify his conservative libertarian agenda.
I give major props to Judge Napolitano for criticizing severe governmental abuses of power, like the trampling of the 5th Amendment by destroying the meaning of "public use" when the government takes your property and his clear denunciation of the use of torture by the government against terrorists.
However, Judge Napolitano strange and bizarre beliefs about State's Rights border on treasonous.
Firstly, his bizarre attack against the 17th Amendment is disturbing. He argues that allowing the direct election of Senators is unconstitutional because it strikes at two of the core values of the Constitution: representation of state legislatures in a bicameral legislature and the States' check and balance against Federal power.
However, his argument that "The 17th Amendment disenfranchises States" is a deeply flawed argument that can be refuted with just a bit of historical knowledge.
First, his logic fails because the constitution allows amendments, and the 17th Amendment was passed by 36 States (out of 48) and only Utah voted against it. The constitution is a social contract, and the social contract can be changed by the procedure agreed upon when it was originally adopted. The only time a change of this nature would be repugnant to the constitution would be a complete change from a representative and democratic form of government - ie. electing a king for life, dissolving Congress, and permanently suspending habeaus corpus. Tweaking the system to move closer towards direct democracy is a move in a positive direction.
Second, the old system of electing Senators was profoundly broken. Politically bound state legislatures failed to elect Senators; for example, Delaware failed to elect Senators from September 1839 to January 1841.
It is also important to note that 29 states were already electing Senators directly by procedural means when the 17th Amendment passed. Only fringe leftists and rightists seriously believes that direct election of either the President or the Senate has undermined our constitution.
Lastly, his screed against Abraham Lincoln on page 246 as a tyrant is so unbalanced from a historical point of view that it would be laughable if it didn't echo letters to the editor from the 1860s.
In conclusion, I liked this book, even with its serious flaws. Because of the logical, philosophical and historical errors, I would only recommend this book to close minded die hard Republicans who think that everything the USA does is right, or to savvy lawyers/historians/politicians who need to know how modern libertarians and republicans think.(less)
I really liked this book. It was easy and fun to read, mostly due to the author's good sense of humor and sarcasm. While the book is aimed at absolute...moreI really liked this book. It was easy and fun to read, mostly due to the author's good sense of humor and sarcasm. While the book is aimed at absolute beginners to fishing, it has enough clearly written material that even an intermediate or advanced angler would gain knowledge from reading the book. The book breaks down the mechanics of fishing very well, from tying knots, to casting, to how to know that you have a nibble on your line.
The book summarizes very nicely: Find a tackle store that will answer your questions and help you with the basics of fishing. They will tell you where the best places to fish are and help you select a balanced spinning rod and reel. Use only monofilament. Fill your first tackle box with snap swivels, leaders, hooks, bait, sinkers, bobbers, fillet knife, pliers and hook removers. Scout the water first, and then go fishing.
The book has many gems of advice throughout.
However, the book has some serious flaws that would make me recommend this book in tandem with another more complete book it to a beginner fisherman. Saltwater techniques aren't kept clear from freshwater techniques. Discussion of how to work simple lures, like jigs and in-line spinners is kept so simple that the advice is almost meaningless. No discussion of finesse fishing. No information on cleaning or cooking fish. Very little information on how to target common species of fish, like bass or panfish. Very little discussion of fish biology. A simple chapter on fish behavior and anatomy would have been useful. Boat selection, fishfinders, waders aren't discussed.
That said, this book is worthy of a read and a place on your bookshelf. It is one of the better beginner books on fishing out there.(less)
Keep this book in your apron pocket! This is a perfect companion for anyone who likes to grill. The illustrations are instructional, easy to see, and...moreKeep this book in your apron pocket! This is a perfect companion for anyone who likes to grill. The illustrations are instructional, easy to see, and clear. The writing is suburb. The advice is simple, yet detailed and practical. For example, they don't spend 10 pages talking about types of grills. They recommend cooking with a kettle type grill using lump charcoal for the best flavor.
Unlike other bbq and grilling books, you won't find complex or bizarre recipes, only tried and true favorites. No chipmunks stuffed with african quinoa flavored truffle butter recipes here. Only the stuff that 99% of Americans will grill: Grilled steak. Grilled lamb chops. Hamburgers. Sausage.
Currently my favorite grilling book. It keeps things simple, yet sophisticated.(less)
This book could have been so much better. The book chronicles the history of bear/human interactions. The book only briefly covers the natural history...moreThis book could have been so much better. The book chronicles the history of bear/human interactions. The book only briefly covers the natural history of the bear, sadly. But the history itself was pretty interesting and well documented.
The reason why I gave this book only two stars was because of the value judgments that the author (or perhaps the german language translator) added to the book. The sections on bear hunting ignored vast bodies of lore and scientific literature, and strongly took the side of anti-hunting activists in the NJ hunting controversy. Circuses and zoos were categorically slandered as unhealthy for bears. And advice for avoiding harm during human/bear encounters was declared "beyond the scope" of the book.
Bah. This book could have been so much better.(less)
"Complete Krav Maga" is a very interesting guidebook to over 230 self-defense and combat techniques. [Why does Amazon and goodreads have the title wro...more"Complete Krav Maga" is a very interesting guidebook to over 230 self-defense and combat techniques. [Why does Amazon and goodreads have the title wrong?:] I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Krav Maga, since it is fairly comprehensive. This is nice, especially for me, because I am naturally curious, and I don't want to have trained for 5 years before learning how to disarm an attacker wielding a machine gun. (Ack!)
After some brief introductory material, the book is divided up into 5 sections, progressing in difficulty according to belt levels. Each section contains a multitude of techniques which are clearly and carefully described in words and black and white pictures. The pictures clearly illustrate how to perform the techniques, buttressing the text, which is exactly how illustrations should be used.
The book is encyclopedic in nature. Want to learn how to defend against a choke from behind? How to defend against a bear hug from a multitude of positions? Each has its own entry.
The book comes pretty close to being an "ultimate guide", but doesn't get 5 stars, because it falls short in a few ways:
1) The book fails to bring it all together. Part of this failure is not including a training plan. It would be nice to have had a page or two for each belt setting out training drills, tests and other exercises.
2) The book doesn't have enough instruction and advice on how to perform some of the techniques. Most of the techniques have follow-ups and retsev that should be executed, which I think the authors purposefully left out, because they "go without saying". At least if you have had formal training or read other books.
3) The other part of the failure to bring it together is not consistently incorporating Krav Maga philosophy in the text explaining the techniques and why certain decisions and defenses were made. The book needs more commentary!
4) No mention of appropriate use of force. No mention of legal strategies or that there are such things as laws regarding self defense. Little discussion on awareness and avoidance of attacks.
5) Some of the more advanced techniques have been criticized by Amazon commenters as dangerous or flawed, especially the knife and gun disarms, which may be outdated.
6) The Black Belt techniques are "outside the scope of this book." So much for an ultimate guide. Wait, "Black Belt Krav Maga" is in the works! A ha! Can't wait to read it when it gets published.
Beginners should read this book in tandem with Kahn's "Krav Maga" book since it fills in the lack of philosophy and explains techniques better for a beginner.(less)