Daily Deals: What It Takes: The Way to the White House and Math Training for Kids (ads free)

What It Takes: The Way to the White HouseToday Amazon gives a great opportunity to add in your collection and read a wonderful book: What It Takes: The Way to the White House. The book was written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer who cracked open the heart of the American political system in this classic exploration of the 1988 presidential campaign. Cramer delves into the personal, intimate lives of the key candidates, including George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, Joe Biden, and Michael Dukakis, as he seeks to understand the drives, passions, egos, and failings that transform an individual into a president. Exhaustively researched from thousands of hours of interviews, What It Takes creates powerful portraits of the men who would be president, and how the campaign for the highest office transforms them.

This book has high rating. The average mark is 4.8 from 32 reviews. Here is on of customer review:

This is a very good book that delves into the type of personalities that “have what it takes” to climb to the top ranks of presidential contenders.

Focusing on the Democrat and GOP hopefuls in 1988, Cramer paints a devastating portrait of the personalities of the ten or so aspirants. Along the way, he provides a good snapshot of modern presidential politics.

What is revealed are hard driven men, who are willing to sacrifice all other concerns to their political ambitions. Although Bush, Gore, Dukakis, Hart, Biden, Dole and the others have very different life stories and personalities, they are very similar in their focus, drive and ego. This book provides biographical sketches of each as well as an insiders view of their 1988 campaigns. Knowing Delaware’s Biden a little, I would say that he captures at least that character fairly accurately.

The only complaint with this book is that Cramer takes great liberties with his characters in telling their stories. He can not know what they were thinking exactly during all the vignettes he paints, yet he writes as if he were the central character and he had intimate knowledge of conversations, feelings and dialogue. Cramer also draws many conclusions from the life portraits of his characters. This style is not unenjoyable, but one should be forwarned that the author writes in the “gonzo” journalism style that sounds more authoritative than it could possibly be. This is the type of writing that makes these types of books difficult to rely on as historical sources, but can present an interesting story.

What it Takes is very readable and enjoyable. — Wayne A. Smith (Newark, DE)

Math Training for Kids (ads free)


Math Training for Kids is application for Kindle Fire which help to encourage your kids to math.

Do you want to make sure math isn’t your kid’s “worst subject”? Make math fun for your child with Math Training for Kids. This app is a great way for your kids to practice their basic arithmetic and have a good time.

Customize Your Quiz

Choose from three difficulty levels, and the four signs of math: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The player can mix and match any combination of math signs they wish to play. For example, the game can focus on only addition and subtraction, or focus on all four signs.

For each question, you’re presented with five flower pots. Every time you answer a question correctly, a pretty sunflower comes to life. If you miss a question, you lose a flower. When you bring five sunflowers to life through the power of math, you’re rewarded with a round of applause and a shimmering shooting star. Lose five flowers, and it’s game over.

The player has a limited amount of time to answer each question. The higher the difficulty level, the more answers you have to choose from.

More Options

Math Training for Kids comes with a statistics screen so you keep track of your child’s progress. You have the option of turning the sound effects and music off and on, as well as setting the questions’ number range from 1 to 100.

iPad 3 Release Date Rumors Flying, What will this mean for the Kindle Fire?

If you are familiar with Apple’s PR strategy, you’ll recognize the hype that goes along with each potential new product release.  Speculations fly while Apple stays tight lipped until the product is launched.

That trend continues with the much anticipated release of the next generation iPad. March 29 seems to be the latest “magic date” for the release of the iPad 3.  This goes along with the usual spring release date of the highly sought after tablet.  So I wouldn’t be surprised if this release date was at least close to the actual one.

So, what will this mean for the Kindle Fire?  In the beginning, I don’t see it being affected too much because it seems to appeal to a different market than the iPad.  A big reason for that is the price.  The iPad is also geared more towards heavy duty computing, and includes a camera and bluetooth compatibility.  The Kindle Fire is great for browsing the internet, videos, reading and games.  It is just a matter of determining what you will use the tablet for and what you want it to do.

Apple has been known for top quality devices without too much cap on price.  Despite the $500 price tag on the iPad, consumers know they are going to get a top notch product.  Amazon designs the cheapest device they can that is still functional so that it can reach out to the biggest number of users possible.  I don’t see the price of the iPad 3 dropping a whole lot, at least not anywhere near the price of the Fire.

The Kindle Fire is the second best selling tablet after the iPad, and has been the only tablet to show a margin of success comparable to the Apple tablet, but the iPad’s sales hit record numbers in recent months.  So that just proves the point that both can exist and do extremely well.

Let’s take a look at a longer term effects. Now that so many consumers own a tablet, they will want to move up in features and quality.  Amazon will need to continue to try to integrate more features at the lowest cost for the Kindle Fire to show strong sales figures.  Another key factor is maintaining a strong Android Marketplace.  So, once Amazon achieves that, then they can release a second generation Kindle Fire.

This is all speculation base on the 10″ iPad.  If the rumored iPad Mini shows up, then Amazon will really need to get into gear to present a Kindle Fire version that can compete with it.

Until I see what the new iPad will look like and the price, it is hard to tell exactly how it will affect the status of the Kindle Fire.  So, more concrete observations to come after March 29, or whenever the official release date is.  Stay tuned.