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reviewed Seagate Slim 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable .... August 13, 2012
At the risk of plagiarizing someone much better known than me, this drive "just works." My lovely bride has been using it as a backup drive for her business Mac laptop, and while we haven't asked anything …
reviewed The Book of Public School Old Boys, U.... August 04, 2012
Produced in 1968 and introduced (though not written) by British costume historian James Laver, this is a remarkably thorough look at the title topic. As the first paragraph of the preface says, "As far …
I admit that when I first saw this book, I thought it was about social media -- perhaps an analysis of the phenomenon of social networking through the lens of the life of our third president, akin to …
reviewed The Year of the Gadfly. July 22, 2012
Perhaps appropriately for all the layers and subtexts present in this story, I can see two ways to review "The Year of the Gadfly."    On the one hand, this book was overwritten and …
reviewed Sentry GB20L Guardian Storage Box. July 22, 2012
Sentry GB20L Guardian Storage Box
Other reviewers seem to have hit many of the key things that might not be obvious about this storage box: No locking mechanism; hanging folders don't fit. This seems like a good storage mechanism for …
reviewed Peace. July 12, 2012
It was reading Bill Kauffman's great Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map a couple of years ago that …
reviewed American Riff. July 03, 2012
American Riff
Brian Fletcher is in Washington, DC, to bury his mother and -- to his own surprise -- collect from a Georgetown lawyer a sheaf of papers his mother stashed away for him years ago. Returning to the law …
reviewed American Riff. July 03, 2012
American Riff
Brian Fletcher is in Washington, DC, to bury his mother and -- to his own surprise -- collect from a Georgetown lawyer a sheaf of papers his mother stashed away for him years ago. Returning to the law …
The Many Not The Few: The Stolen History of the
The traditional short-form narrative of the Battle of Britain is relatively well-known: In the summer and fall of 1940, the German Luftwaffe attempted to destroy Britain's Royal Air Force as the prelude …
reviewed Wine.com Simply Indulgent Gift Basket. June 12, 2012
Wine.com Simply Indulgent Gift Basket
I do have to say that this basket -- the actual, literal basket -- is doing a fine job on one of our bookshelves now, holding an assortment of batteries, calculators, and other assorted office supplies. …
Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston
Given the title, you could be forgiven for thinking, as I did, that this book might be a thin-ish collection of photos like G. Bruce Boyer's Fred Astaire Style (Memoire) (an excellent book for what it …
Spyder i4 Power Shadow 2000mAh Battery Case and
Battery cases for iPhones assume, of course, that you spend a good part of your time on the move or, at any rate, away from convenient charging points. Since that's not an issue for me right now, the …
Belkin Pro Color Duo Tri-Fold Folio Case with
I have been using Case Logic IFOL-202 iPAD2 Folio (Black) for my iPad 2, and while it is handy, flexible, and gives solid protection to the device inside it, it's also bulky and, frankly, not that attractive. …
reviewed Dreams of Gold. May 10, 2012
Dreams of Gold
Someone convinces Lord Coe, chief of the 2012 London Olympics, that what the Games really need is a poet laureate. Unfortunately, the chosen poet creates a major incident at his first public appearance …
reviewed avitae 90 Mg Caffeinated Water, 16.91.... April 26, 2012
avitae 90 Mg Caffeinated Water, 16.91-Ounce (Pack
I tend to function with fairly elevated levels of caffeine in me on most days anyway, so I have to admit I can't comment much on the impact of the caffeine in this bottle of water. The label says it's …
reviewed Transatlantique. April 20, 2012
Transatlantique
I came across Graham Dalby and the Grahamophones some time ago when looking for the soundtrack theme of the great Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series show starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Frankly, …
reviewed SentrySafe SFW123DSB 1.23 Cubic Feet .... April 16, 2012
SentrySafe SFW123DSB 1.23 Cubic Feet Combination
Heft and solidity are virtues in safes, of course, so we weren't surprised that this wasn't something we were going to want to try to carry upstairs. Instead, we disassembled the shipping box where it …
reviewed Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste: .... April 16, 2012
Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste: Barack Obama
"Socialist," like "fascist," has become a political smear-word for labeling (or libeling) ideological opponents. It's critical to recognize, therefore, that Bart DePalma's excellent "Never Allow a Crisis …
reviewed Belkin Universal 4 Port HDTV Wireless.... March 15, 2012
Belkin Universal 4 Port HDTV Wireless Link
I know there are other ways to connect your television to the Internet if it is so equipped, but I can't think of many that would be easier than plugging it into this universal tool. After a quick visit …
The Mission Myth: Building Nonprofit Momentum Through Better Business
In the specific world of political nonprofits, I first heard it described as the Sir Galahad mistake: the belief that "our side shall win for we are pure of heart." In this excellent book, Deirdre Maloney …
reviewed The Starboard Sea: A Novel. February 29, 2012
The Starboard Sea: A Novel
I picked up this book mostly because of my interest in Northeastern boarding schools and what could broadly and imprecisely be called the preppy lifestyle. But what kept me reading was author Amber Dermont's …
reviewed Ultimate Ears 985-000345 Logitech 200.... February 28, 2012
Ultimate Ears 985-000345 Logitech 200vm Noise Isolating Headset - Grey
I moved from Connecticut to Houston a few weeks ago, and along the way seem to have misplaced the headset I use with my iPhone, a V-MODA Vibe II In-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone with Universal One-Button …
Pacific Gibraltar: U.S.-Japanese Rivalry over the
Loath as I am to disagree with previous reviewer Thomas J. Osborne, whose great "Empire Can Wait": American Opposition to Hawaiian Annexation, 1893-1898 sits on my desk as I write this, there were a few …
reviewed Just Air Case for Ipad - Black (8271). November 29, 2011
Just Air Case for Ipad - Black (8271)
The best thing I discovered about this iPad case is that I don't have to take my iPad out of its Case Logic IFOL-202 iPAD2 Folio (Black) for it to fit in here. That thing is already rather bulky, but …
reviewed Ipevo Perch Sofa/Side Stand for iPad .... November 28, 2011
Ipevo Perch Sofa/Side Stand for iPad 2 - Black (M)
Frankly, I'd prefer if this stand were either adjustable or three or four inches taller, but apart from that, it's a really nice iPad accessory to keep next to your sofa or reading chair. The (relatively) …
reviewed Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, th.... November 10, 2011
Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings
Julia Flynn Siler's fine "Lost Kingdom" focuses on Lili'uokalani and other key players in the "revolution" that overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy, and allows their motives and motivations be revealed through …
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That
A few years ago, I read and reviewed Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto, a magnificent book that made the defiant case that introversion was not a condition to be "cured," a shell that one needs to "come …
reviewed Nyrius NiC709 Media Fusion TV Dock fo.... October 30, 2011
Nyrius NiC709 Media Fusion TV Dock for iPod/iPhone
I can see the point of a tool like this, and I suppose if I didn't have access to my AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable (6.5 Feet/2.0 Meters) and a couple of adapters for my various Apple devices, I'd …
reviewed Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750.... October 24, 2011
My usual keyboard and mouse came together as the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Set, which is a few years old and so maybe due for an upgrade. This new keyboard is not a bad improvement, but still has …
The Ivy Look: Classic American Clothing - An
Maybe it's in part because I was so disappointed by Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style that "The Ivy Look," which arrived in the same box, seemed so rewarding. "The Ivy Style" is an entertainingly written …
Khaki: Cut from the Original Cloth
I probably should start by saying I mean no disparagement when I describe this as "just" a collection of photos, but that is what this is. It's not a history of khaki shirts and pants, a men's or women's …
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style
In a blog interview posted not long before the publication of True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World, Lisa Birnbach explained how, all those decades ago, her publishers wanted the book that became The …
State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America's
It's a little hard to describe all the many threads author Stephen Glain weaves together in "State vs. Defense," but the tapestry he creates with them deserves a place among the very best portraits of …
reviewed Puroast Low Acid Coffee Low Acid Coff.... September 02, 2011
Puroast Low Acid Coffee Low Acid Coffee French
This wasn't perhaps the finest cuppa joe I've ever tasted, but there was certainly nothing wrong with it and it'd be perfectly fine as a day-to-day morning coffee. The low acidity that is Puroast's selling …
reviewed Creative D80 Wireless Bluetooth Speak.... August 18, 2011
There's nothing intrinsically special about this little set, but it's more than adequate for my purposes and a definite improvement over the native speakers that come with any Bluetooth-equipped device …
Pete Ellis: An Amphibious Warfare Prohpet,
Earl "Pete" Ellis was an officer in the Marine Corps in the early decades of the last century. Shortly after distinguishing himself in world war one, Ellis became convinced of the likelihood of conflict …
Chips Ahoy! Chewy Gooey Chocofudge, 10-Ounce (Pack
Chips Ahoy! is a mass-production outfit, so there's always going to be something a bit industrial about the cookies they turn out. These are definitely very edible and, if not exactly addictive, I could …
TomTom VIA 1505T 5-Inch GPS Navigator with
We were using a fairly entry-level Garmin GPS system in our car when the opportunity came to move up to this TomTom unit, and a move up it definitely is. The most obvious differences are in the littler …
Mr. Chartwell: A Novel
I'm usually inclined to be relatively forgiving toward first novels. But "Mr. Chartwell" was such an uninspired, unhistorical, and disappointing read that as early as page 90, when 53-year-old Randolph …
REAGAN: What Was He Really Like?
Drivers, campaign advance men, research assistants, police bodyguards, and receptionists are not the sorts of people likely to be interviewed for big policy-focused biographies of major American politicians. …
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