"It's About Time: How Long History Took." Mike Flanagan,
Andrews McMeel, 2004, 179 pages.
How long was the 1938 radio
broadcast of "War of the Worlds"? What's the shortest presidential
administration in American history? How long did it take to conduct
the Salem Witch Trials in 1692? These and other fascinating events
in history are measured in time in an entertaining new book entitled
"It's About Time."
In the book author Mike Flanagan looks at key historical events
through the duration of time it took for them to occur. In the
introduction he writes, "Monumental proceedings can happen in less
than a minute, yet create a century of memories, while things that
take thousands of years to evolve are more often than not relegated
to a sentence or two in a forgotten textbook."
Each event covers one page and includes a photograph or
illustration to accompany the text. A stopwatch illustration at the
top of the page indicates the year the event occurred and the exact
amount of time it took the event to complete.
By the way, the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast took one
hour, William Henry Harrison's presidency lasted 32 days, and the
Salem Witch Trials were completed in four months, 28 days.
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"Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography." Stuart Shea,
Brassey's, 2004, 339 pages.
Long considered "the friendly confines," Chicago's Wrigley Field
is considered to be one of the most famous sports stadiums in
America. Now home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, Wrigley Field
has played host to numerous teams and acts, ranging from football to
boxing to the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.
In his new book, "Wrigley Field," author Stuart Shea documents
the colorful history of the stadium built by the Wrigley family and
the stories behind Wrigleyville, the bleacher bums, the ivy, the
rooftop fans, the billy goat curse and the addition of lighting for
nighttime events. Detailing the myths as well as the historical
facts, Shea's narrative offers a glimpse of Chicago society and
culture through the history of Wrigley Field. Peppered throughout
the informative text are humorous stories, legends and fables that
have taken on a life of their own over the years.
Cubs fans and sports enthusiasts will delight in reading this
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"Building Big Profits in Real Estate: A Guide for the New
Investor." Wade Timmerson and Suzanne Caplan, John Wiley & Sons,
2004, 256 pages.
"Buy land," Mark Twain once remarked. "They're not making it any
more." If you are looking for the perfect investment vehicle,
consider real estate.
In their new book, "Building Big Profits in Real Estate," authors
Wade Timmerson and Suzanne Caplan explain, "The good thing about
real estate is that it offers more security as well as greater
upside potential than any other investment -- mainly because the
value of property never goes to zero."
In addition to reviewing the different real estate investment
options -- retailing, landlording, rentals and buy-sell -- the
authors offer timely advice on how to locate sellers, find qualified
contractors, deal with appraisers and other professionals, and how
to "know when to hold them and know when to fold them."
Investors in real estate need to develop a sound strategy for
developing a real estate portfolio. This book eliminates the
uncertainty of analyzing your market; financing your project;
purchasing, managing and selling individual properties; and
recognizing those overlooked opportunities.
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"Listening to Fear: Helping Kids Cope, From Nightmares to the
Nightly News." Steven Marans, Ph.D., Henry Holt & Co., 2005, 257
According to Dr. Steven Marans, "Studies before and after 9/11
indicate that too many children today not only experience their
worlds as unsafe but pay the price for their uncertainty and fear in
symptoms that interfere with learning, relating and feeling."
In his new book, "Listening to Fear," Marans counsels adults on
how to recognize, understand and address a child's fears and guides
parents through a process that helps ease a child's worries.
The book contains an important introductory chapter on
understanding adult fear and the importance of exploring that fear;
in fact Dr. Marans writes, "Only by recognizing our own worries can
we turn to our children and offer them the guidance and comfort they
The book's remaining chapters concentrate on the different age
groups of children; this makes it easy for parents to access the
information most relevant to their family situation. There's also
important information on the questions children ask about disasters,
war and terrorism.
This book is recommended to parents and caregivers of children of
[Richard Sumrall, youth