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About craigmaas

I do a little web design work and support a couple web sites and blogs. My primary focus is lighting and energy consulting where I use a number of computer tools to help my customer find ways of saving money and improving their work environment. See my web site for more information: www.effectiveconcepts.net

Narrative Of The Operations by Giovanni Belzoni

Narrative Of The Operations; co-written by Sarah Belzoni. My sister enjoyed Egypt on Netflix and knew I would like it. I was fascinated by the two episodes on Giovanni Belzoni. I wanted to follow up with his book. It was … Continue reading

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Spider From Mars by Woody Woodmansey

Spider From Mars: My Life with Bowie is one of the better written Rock Biographies. Michael ‘Woody’ Woodmanssey was the drummer for David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars era. As such, Woody played on the … Continue reading

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North Dakota Tough by Jeff Kolpack

North Dakota Tough: Unknown And Forgotten Stories From A Rural State is not a follow up to “Horns Up” but instead is a collection of sport stories. It’s a eclectic collection. The only thing they have in common is some … Continue reading

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Churchill by Andrew Roberts

Is there anyone, ever, who has lived such a complete life as Winston Churchill? The closest I can come up with is Theodore Roosevelt. Churchill lived 90 years, and every decade of his life would fill the biography of a … Continue reading

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Adventures In The Screen Trade by William Goldman

The stories are good, especially if you’re old enough to remember the movies Goldman worked on. In Adventures In The Screen Trade he explains why some scripts worked and some didn’t, and the behind-the-scenes politics that determine which movies get … Continue reading

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Petty by Warren Zanes

I enjoyed reading Petty: The Biography. I wish I had read this book before Tom Petty died. Every chapter was bittersweet. As a huge fan of Petty, every chapter brought back dozens of memories from my own life. The book … Continue reading

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In The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In The First Circle; translated by Harry Willets. Russ Roberts on EconTalk interviewed Kevin McKenna (University of Vermont) about this book. I couldn’t wait to read it. I was warned not to read the 1968 (self-censored) version; yet that’s the … Continue reading

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