Thursday, July 16, 2009

Leadership and Arms

We have three offerings on RestonFriends1, our Amazon store-front, that fit the title. The first is called Coaching and Mentoring: How to Develop Top Talent and Achieve Stronger Performance. Published by the Harvard Business School in 2004, this paperback will help you understand and implement effective mentoring in order to make your business a place where employees want to perform at their best. We offer it for $11.25 at RestonFriends1.

For the true weapon enthusiast, or for someone needing a historically accurate reference for writing, Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783, is an invaluable resource. Detailed drawings and explanations will exhaust all but the most fanatic. This is an unabridged paperback by Harold L. Peterson that appears to never have been used or read. Peterson was chief curator of the National Park Service and well-known for his expertise
on the subject of arms and armor. The book has some minor shelf-wear on the cover. We offer it for $48 at RestonFriends1.

The Road to Rivoli: Napoleon's First Campaign by Martin Boycott-Brown is a detailed account of Napoleon's 1796-97 campaign into Italy. With mostly good reviews for the detail and the maps, this book is a
prize for a Napoleon enthusiast. Understanding how his early successes and frustrations in Italy influenced later decisions and strategies will give the persevering scholar a new insight into Napoleon Bonaparte. This a hardcover with a dust-jacket which appears to never have been read. The dust-jacket has some minor shelf-wear, but no tears. It can be yours at RestonFriends1 for $20.00.

If you're new to our blog or our organization, you may wonder why we have an Amazon storefront. You may even wonder if it 'takes away' from what we have to offer during the Semi-Annual Used Book Sales. The answer to the second question is a resounding "NO." The answer to the first question is this: We often receive donations of extremely unique books. Many of them are rare enough that they can command a higher price than the $1.50 hardbacks in the main room of our book sale. And while we do have a specials room for those higher priced books, there is only so much room to display them. Some of the expensive books are so "niche" that the odds of the particular buyer meeting up with the particular book during the 5 days of our semi-annual used book sale...well, you see our dilemma. In order to get exposure for those books, and to continually generate income for the Friends group so we can help the library, we offer some of the more expensive and unique books at the Amazon storefront. One of our volunteers puts in yeoman effort to make this happen. It has been extremely successful from the beginning, and has not slowed the sales in our special room at all. So...good stewardship demands that we continue.

AND, if you are local and a current Friend and you see something that you'd like to purchase, e-mail us and we'll make it happen without postage being involved. We value our faithful local members!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Complaints? Talk to us.


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