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The Gun by CJ Chivers: a short review

Thorough, exceptionally well-researched, reasonably well-written, and convincing. Covers the development of automatic weapons from the Civil War to World War II, the Soviet project to develop what became the Kalishnikov weapon system, the belated and dangerously flawed American response with the M-16, and the subsequent loss of control as the weapons moved from stockpiles to markets when the Soviet governments collapsed.

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The Partisan Leader by Nathaniel Beverly Tucker: a review

The story’s interesting on several levels. One is the prophecy aspect; the tale gets the details badly wrong but clearly understands the forces which led to the American Civil War. There’s also a Negro slave undercurrent; Tucker is clearly aware of tensions between slaves and masters, but just as clearly does not believe them important. And there’s the unsettling change of perspective; rarely, nowadays, do we find well-written and sympathetic portraits of slave-holding southerners. As i said at the beginning, a fascinating read.

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Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome: a short review

Evidence that “modern” isn’t so modern as we think. Among other things. Funny in the same way Bill Bryson’s funny. Of course, not everyone likes Bryson, either.

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Windows Home Server Users Guide by Andrew Edney: a review

Written well enough, and fairly well organized; perhaps useful to a total novice. I really didn’t find anything useful in here. Not worth the money.

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Both the Kindle and Sony eBook stores have serious deficiencies. The selection is just plain unsatisfactory if you’re serious about books. But Sony seems to be completely missing the point. Good thing I didn’t expect to make much use of their store. I’ll mostly be finding my reading material elsewhere.

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