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Where To Buy The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp At The Lowest Price?

The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp

Why Buy A The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp?
A stylish, often amusing crime drama, this 1938 feature revolves around a central, improbable plot twist that consciously serves its casting against type: as the eponymous doctor, Edward G. Robinson, who had helped define the Warner Bros. style for gritty gangster sagas, jettisons his signature snarl in favor of a plummy, vaguely English accent that underlines his urbane sophistication. Dr. Clitterhouse is a creature of privilege who embarks on a criminal life not out of desperation, but rather through intellectual curiosity; instead of slouch hats and suits, he has marcelled hair and first appears in white tie and tails. He begins pulling off perfect jewel thefts as research into the criminal mind, but his gradual immersion in New Yorks shadowy demimonde of thieves and fences eventually finds the good doctor between those two worlds.

Robinsons principal foils stick closer to their studio strong suits. Humphrey Bogart is Rocks Valentine, a sturdy if familiar variation on the hoods and have-nots that were his early stock in trade at the studio. Bogarts fence and former paramour is Jo Keller, played by Claire Trevor as glamorous, streetwise, and otherwise decent, apart from her knack for larceny. When the doctor asks her to fence his glittering contraband, shes intrigued, and Clitterhouse, known to the hoods only as the Professor, becomes their strategist. Jo is clearly falling for him, while Rocks is visibly jealous of the fastidious strangers rising influence and romantic rivalry.

In keeping with its ultimately goofy premise, the story navigates some eccentric plot turns with an aplomb that can be credited to the solid cast (including other studio stalwarts such as Allen Jenkins, Ward Bond, and Donald Crisp) and the three principals, who would work off each other to much more riveting effect a decade later in Key Largo. –Sam Sutherland

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President Lincoln The Duty of a Statesman Vintage by William Lee Miller – Save 32% Today!

President Lincoln The Duty of a Statesman Vintage by William Lee Miller

Why Buy A President Lincoln The Duty of a Statesman Vintage by William Lee Miller?
In his acclaimed book Lincolns Virtues, William Lee Miller explored Abraham Lincolns intellectual and moral development. Now he completes his ethical biography, showing how the amiable and inexperienced backcountry politician was transformed by constitutional alchemy into an oath-bound head of state. Faced with a radical moral contradiction left by the nations Founders, Lincoln struggled to find a balance between the universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of human slavery.

With wit and penetrating sensitivity, Miller brings together the great themes that have become Lincolns legacy—preserving the United States of America while ending the odious institution that corrupted the nations meaning—and illuminates his remarkable presidential combination: indomitable resolve and supreme magnanimity.


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A Complex Man
Lincoln was undoubtedly a sensitive Intellectual without whose leadership did much to re-unite the Union and abolish slavery. He clearly saw the incompatibility of “Slavery” with “Democracy.” The book makes a magnificent contribution to what we know about his time and especially his development as a Human being. A nation “divided in itself cannot stand” could as well be written for today’s Capitalist society. The Division is a somewhat different one. It is between the mass of “have-nots” and the much smaller number of “extremely wealthy” with the shrinking middle class crushed between the two. Marx and his speaking about “wage-slavery” hits it in the “Bull’s Eye.” This excellent, well written and researched book should be in any library dealing with that time.

Dr. Erich H. Loewy
Prof. & Founding Chair Bioethics (emeritus)
U of CA, Davis

A Lincoln Book to Savor
Well over 400 pages long, and lacking illustrations, this title might seem one you could afford to pass by. Yet I savored this book, and dreaded finishing it.

In essence, this title reviews the moral dimensions of Lincoln’s most important decisions as president. Why did Lincoln allow a slave trader to hang, when he was known for pardoning hundreds of other condemned prisoners? Why did the overworked president go through the cases of each and every one of 303 Sioux Indians arrested during the Minnesota Indian uprising? Why did Lincoln weaken in August, 1864, and – just maybe – consider reversing the Emancipation Proclamation?

These are just some of the questions answered in this thorough study. The author, William Lee Miller, does not avoid Lincoln’s occasional mistakes and inadequacies. Nonetheless, through careful scholarship, he reveals how Lincoln’s superior mind guided him through the vital decisions which determined the fate of a nation. Yet this title also reveals how Lincoln’s exceptional intelligence was subordinate to the unrelenting moral honesty that enabled Lincoln to bear the burden of war and to carry the United States through its hour of greatest peril to a new birth of freedom.

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The Age of Alexander Nine Greek Lives Penguin Classics L286 by Plutarch – Save 32% Today!

The Age of Alexander Nine Greek Lives Penguin Classics L286 by Plutarch

Why Buy A The Age of Alexander Nine Greek Lives Penguin Classics L286 by Plutarch?
This title includes textual and historical notes that supplement a segment of Plutarchs Lives which covers the rise of Macedonia.


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Tyranny and democracy
The biographies of nine Greek statesmen in this book are perfectly representative for the eternal battle between tyranny (oligarchy) and democracy, between oppression and freedom, between the few and the many, between the haves and the have-nots. The fighting took place within the Greek city States, but also among themselves and in foreign countries, because the oligarchs (tyrants) tried to export their political system. To make things worse, the tyrants fought among themselves, for `greed is the congenital disease of dynasties’.
This relentless fighting was a disaster for Greece and its population: `Alas, for Greece, how many brave men have you killed with your own hands.’
After all those suicidal wars, at the end of the book, Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, is confronted with a new and formidable imperial power, Rome.

This book contains some astonishing historical corrections. E.g., not all Spartans were killing machines: `those who had shown cowardice in the battle … had become so numerous that it was feared they might stir up a revolution.’ (!)
It shows us Plutarch as a severe critic of the few (`kings set an example of bad faith and treachery … and believe that the man who shows the least regard for justice will always reap the greatest advantage’), on the side of the many (` (`it s wrong both in human and political terms to try to raise the standard in one section of society by demoralizing another’) and as a `dove’ (`expansion is superfluous to the well-being of a city’).
All in all, it was a period of extreme barbarism. `Dynasties are full of men who murdered their sons, their mothers and their wives, while the murder of brothers had come to be regarded as a recognized precaution to be taken by all rulers to ensure their safety.’
The mother of Alexander the Great, Olympias, took revenge on another widow of his father by roasting her and her infant son.

This book is a must read for all those interested in the history of mankind.

A Timeless Classic By One Of The Best Biographers In History
Plutarch in his “Lives Of The Noble Grecians And Romans” written around 100 C.E., sheds new light on Greek and Roman history from their Bronze Age beginnings, shrouded in myth, down through Alexander and late Republican Rome. Plutarch is the lens that we use today to view the Greco-Roman past; his work has shaped our perceptions of that world for 2,000 years. Plutarch writes of the rise of Roman Empire while Gibbon uses his scholarship to advance the story to write about its decline. He was a proud Greek that was equally effected by Roman culture, a Delphic priest, a leading Platonist, a moralist, educator and philosopher with a deep commitment as a first rate writer. Being a Roman citizen, Plutarch was afforded the opportunity to become an intimate friend to prominent Roman citizens and a member of the literary elite in the court of Emperor Trajan.

Plutarch’s influence and enormous popularity during and after the Renaissance is legendary among classicist. Plutarch’s “Lives”, served as the sourcebook for Shakespeare’s Roman Plays “Julius Caesar”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Coriolanus”. By the way Plutarch is even the only contemporary source of all the biographical information on Cleopatra, whom he writes about in his biographies of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian. Thomas Jefferson wrote to his nephew that there were three books every gentleman had to have familiarity with; Plutarch’s “Lives”, Livy’s “History of Rome” and Virgil’s Aeneid. In fact all the founding fathers of note had read Plutarch and learned much from his fifty biographies of noble men of Greece and Rome. When Hamilton, Jay and Madison write “The Federalist Papers” they use many examples of good and bad leadership traits that they read in Plutarch’s work. His biographies are a great study in human character and what motivates leaders to decide and act the way they do, this masterpiece has proven to be still prescient today.

If you are truly interested in a classical education, put this book on the top of your list! I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in political philosophy, and history.

Easy to Read Translation; Great Collection from the Great Roman Moral Philosopher and Historian
Although Plutarch saves his best energy for the Romans, as a Greek citizen of the empire he could not help but produce some very fine essays on the great men from his homeland’s glory days. In this Penguin volume some of the best are collected together. These are all “lives” from the period of the “Diadochi,” the military successors to Alexander’s legacy. There is one special feature this volume has that others in this valuable series do not: a dramatis personae of the main players in the dynastic struggles surrounding the death of Alexander. While the life of Alexander is the centerpiece to the collection, the lives of his generals who carried on after him are just as compelling reading. Filled with obsevations on character and moral philosophy, as all Plutarch’s biographical writings are, these are some of the most entertaining stories in classical Western literature. As an example, the “Life of Pyrrhus” is absolutely priceless as a portrait of the fierce but frustrated warmonger with his weird visage and his penchant for performing miracles by placing his foot on the spleen of sick people. Plutarch employs humor and a sense of irony as he describes this brilliant general’s character and career, the meandering leader who took on the early Romans for control of Italy. He provided an enduring lesson in the rise of the great republic, a lesson we all can learn from, in his all-too-hollow victories. As a matter of cultural literacy, this volume is full of information that educated people should know, and so I strongly recommend it to history students and literature students as well as philosophy students.

Some “Lively” Greek Biogs By Plutarch
Plutarch was a Greek scholar living in the Roman Empire. He was not a historian, per se, but rather a biographer who used the lives of famous Greeks and Romans to illustrate strengths and weaknesses of character, how they impacted events, and how events impacted them. He wrote his biographies in pairs, matching a Greek and Roman whose lives, in his view, exemplified common traits or themes. His pairings being generally rather superficial, Penguin has chosen to publish the individual “Lives” in chronological groupings. The nine presented in “The Age Of Alexander” include Plutarch’s biography of Alexander the Great along with those of eight famous Greeks from the same period.

Writing during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian, Plutarch was already dealing with people from hundreds of years in his past. Fortunately for us, as his writing shows, he still had a lot of evidence to draw on. Frequently mentioned are contemporary accounts and, in the case of Alexander, letters written by Alexander himself, which apparently still existed in Plututarch’s time. Sometimes he cites more than one source in cases where accounts disagree. The richness of Plutarch’s sources is valuable because so much of that ancient source material is now lost.

Plutarch is at his best in describing dramatic events and when commenting on the strengths and weaknesses of his subjects. As reading material, this book could hardly be called a “page-turner” in the contemporary sense of that term, but you don’t have to be a student of history to appreciate the dramatic, and often violent, nature of the times and of the lives of the men covered in this collection. Only one of them died in bed. Life was often violent and short, and the violence was gratuitous. A man whose deeds were out of favor might well be treated to the sight of his family being executed before being dispatched himself.

Personally, I’m more a fan of Roman history than the Greeks (although Alexander is certainly a fascinating character), and the Greeks covered in this book are generally much less familiar to me than those of the Romans contained in other volumes. Nevertheless, this is classic literature of a high order. Plutarch is a great storyteller, and his insightful and anecdotal style is never dull. Further, his work is one of those rare examples of ancient writing and scholarship that have survived, and in that sense alone his “Lives” are a treasure. “The Age Of Alexander” isn’t the easiest reading you’ll find, but it is both interesting and rewarding. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but give it a try. You may just find it as enjoyable as I do.

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Pastoralia by George Saunders

Why Buy A Pastoralia by George Saunders?
In both his acclaimed debut, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and his second collection, Pastoralia, George Saunders imagines a near future where capitalism has run amok. Consumption and the service economy rule the earth. The Haves are grotesque beings, mutilated by their crass desires and impossible wealth. The Have Nots are no less crippled, both emotionally and physically, by their inferior status. Its a kind of Westworld scenario, but instead of robots, the serving wenches, bellboys, and extras are real people, all of them mercilessly indentured by the free market.

Sounds like bleak stuff, doesnt it? Yet Saunders handles his characters with grace and humor. In the title story, for example, a couple occupies a squalid corner of a human zoo, where they act out a parody of caveman times, communicating in grunts and hand motions (speaking is instantly punishable by the Orwellian management) and conducting their lives during 15-minute smoke breaks. In Winky, a born loser (really, all of Saunderss characters are born losers) visits a self-help seminar, where hes encouraged to rid himself of all those people who are crapping in your oatmeal. Exhilarated at the prospect of dumping his simple, crazy-haired, religion-besotted sister, he returns home to the bleak discovery that he needs her as much as she needs him. The protagonist of Sea Oak works as a stripper in an aviation-themed restaurant and lives next to a crack house with his unemployed sisters, their babies, and a sweet old maid of an aunt. The aunt dies, and then returns from the grave–not so sweet, now, and still decomposing–with strange powers and a sobering message: You ever been in the grave? It sucks so bad! You regret all the things you never did. You little bitches are going to have a very bad time in the grave unless you get on the stick, believe me! The characters and situations in the rest of Pastoralia are equally wretched. But Saunders rescues them from utter despair with a loving belief in the triumph of the human spirit: yes, things can always get worse, but worse is better than the cold dirt of the grave. And in the small space between wretchedness and death there is plenty of room for laughter, and even love. –Tod Nelson

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Best writer in America!
Saunders is the funniest, most intelligent writer working today. He has a unbelievably perceptive view of contemporary American culture.

Great Tales
I will admit it: I’m a big Saunders fan after reading this collection of short stories. Is it just me or does anyone else notice that there are some excellent American short story writers at this point in time? Saunders’ tales have a tendency for the absurd, but his ability to relate their experience demonstrates the skill of someone like T.C. Boyle. You will find yourself wanting more when you’re done.

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Why Buy A Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky?
This primers tells the have-nots how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy.

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The Best insights into the world view of our current administration
This book will reveal uncanny similarities in ideology and precise buzz words and phrases such as “Hope and Change” and “Yes We Can” between the author and our current president. Knowing that President Obama was an admirer and student of the original Community Organizer, Saul Alinski, I found this book a must read to arrive at an understanding of their methods and motive. They are clear: Tear down the entire system by any means necessary.

While I regret seeing book royalty money going to nefarious people and causes, I made the sacrifice in exchange of factual information and confirmation.
You doubt? Read it…and weep.

The Presidents plan for America
I have begun to wonder if it is possible for moral peasful people to suceed against the lazy and almost criminal side of our population. So I decided to read a series of Comunist inspired books on how to win arguments. This was my first I will read up on the ACLU next. I found this book to be a good read. It details exactly how to shout down and overpower

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