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M. Alexander Shipley

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M. Alexander Shipley is a high school history teacher in Maryland. He obtained his Masters from Johns Hopkins and his Bachelors from Towson State University after serving in the Marines in Desert Storm.

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Crucibles of Chance

4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2009
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The Network

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The Network (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: What will life be like far into the future? How will the human race evolve, or more accurately, technovolve? Humans will communicate using the Network. Virtual reality will be reality. The Network is the story of George, an outsider, who is confronted with the chilling, yet fantastic experiences of a fully technovolved society.
Crucibles of Chance (History)
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Description: How can a man sink to the depths of evil necessary to become a Nazi? What events in life could lead one to become capable of supporting one of the most nightmarish regimes in history? 'Crucibles of Chance' is a philosophical analysis of one man's personal journey through the First World War and the German Depression. It follows his life as he becomes exposed to the ultra-nationalism of the Nazi Party and the horrors of the Second World War.
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You'll Be Sor-ree by Sid Phillips
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This was a fantastic book not because of its magical writing or it’s excellent prose. It’s an excellent book because it’s from the heart of a true pacific World War II marine. It’s a great look at the human who wore the uniform. As a former Marine my ...more
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
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A phenomenal look into one of the worst examples of what humans can become. Rarely has a purely historical book been such a page turner. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about the Nazi regime. As a history teacher, thi ...more
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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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Walter Isaacson has done it again. This is a phenomenal book that brings highly esoteric ideas like relativity and quantum mechanics and make them understandable, somewhat, to the layman. He also gives an incredible account of a complex individual. I ...more
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Legacy by James A. Michener
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Hunting Ducks and Geese by Steve Smith
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This was an excellent guide to hunting ducks and geese. It focused specifically on Ducks, but everything that was said is applicable to both. It is an easy read with funny lines in it endearing self deprecating sense of humor. It is a must read for a ...more
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Caribbean by James A. Michener
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Pretty good history but some of the plot lines were overly romantic. Still I have a good picture of the history of a beautiful place.
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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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Extremely enjoyable as well as very thought provoking. At times funny but it is not a comedy- just a great read to help the average person make sense of who we are as a species and what we know.
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The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes
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King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
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I read it a long time ago and I remember being confused most of the time...
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H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
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“I aspire to be of the leisure class, therefore, I go to class. Because I am of the working class, needs must, I teach class, where it is to be learned, I have no class.”
M. Alexander Shipley, Crucibles of Chance

“Oliver Cromwell can kiss my singing emerald scrotum!”
Stephen Colbert

“I aspire to be of the leisure class, therefore, I go to class. Because I am of the working class, needs must, I teach class, where it is to be learned, I have no class.”
M. Alexander Shipley, Crucibles of Chance

“...not positive about the definition of existentialism but it seems like the opposite of nihilism in which case I suppose I may be.”
Autumn

“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.”
Edgar Allen Poe




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