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Armed Gunmen, True Facts and Other Ridiculous Nonsense: A Compiled Compendium of Repetitive Redundancies by Richard Kallan

Pantheon, May, 2005
Hardcover, 160 pages
ISBN: 0758202288
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Armed Gunmen, True Facts and Other Ridiculous Nonsense
by Richard Kallan Armed Gunmen, True Facts and other Ridiculous Nonsense is an absolutely essential book that catalogs tautologies. Some of them are blatantly obvious while others are oddly peculiar. You will laugh out loud at the many ways redundant phrases such as planned conspiracy, ATM machines, famous celebrity, contributing factor, mass exodus, innocent bystander and deliberate lie insidiously make their way into our speech and words. Even Dick Cheney's undisclosed secret location is a tautology. Our final conclusion is that Richard Kallan, the author of this compiled compendium, has successfully accomplished his task of writing a book about repetitive redundancies that is vastly superior than other collections of repetitious tautologies.

The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book by Mordecai Siegal

HarperResource, October, 2004
Hardcover, 528 pages
ISBN: 0062702335
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The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book
by Mordecai Siegal The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book contains information about forty-one different breeds of cats, including the popular American Shorthair, Burmese, Egyptian Mau, Persian and Siamese breeds. Each cat breed section includes pictures and information about the cat's origin and history, personality, typical behaviors and special needs. The CFA Show Standards for each breed of cat are also provided. Other sections in the book include a helpful chapter about how to find and choose a cat. Once a kitten has been chosen the chapter about "New Kitten Basics" will come in very handy -- especially for novice kitten owners. The book also includes information about cat care, feline nutrition and cat shows. The Complete Cat Book is a well-organized book that is packed with information that no cat owner should have to go without.

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