Hi Cindy, It was me who scanned it, and I've been meaning to get back to this book and clean it up -- I don't remember 15 pages missing, though -- zoinks! What a bummer. I loved this book, too, so I will give it some attention in the very near future. Another bookshare volume you might like is, The Sex Lives of Cannibals, about a couple who move to Tarawa (Kiribas) in the Pacific, with similar eye-openning results. Another book I have that I plan to submit is "The Edge of Paradise" about a a guy who servedin the Peace Corp in Micronesia, and then went back to work there for many years. It's a fabulous book. In my day job I work with the Pacific island territories all the time, and I've traveled to many of these locations. It's fascinating and sad, as you described. Brian Miller ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:34 PM Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Transit of Venus uploaded to admin queue > More than a travel memoir, Transit of Venus is an > interesting and readable history of the South Seas > nations, written with humor. > Toward the end of the book, the author visits the > Marshall Islands and Bikini atoll and describes the > messy and unsanitary conditions the natives live > under, having been moved from their homes by the > American military. Of course, the book was written in > 1992. Hopefully our government has improved the living > conditions since then. > > After reading this book, I've lost all desire ever to > go to the South Pacific. New Caledonia, Fiji,Vanuau, > etc. don't sound the least bit beautiful or romantic, > although when you see the tourist-beckoning sites > online the beaches, etc. look beautiful. Maybe the > islands' towns and beaches have been cleaned up and > there are more things to do than the author found. > > If you're anything like me, your vocabulary will > increase by reading this book. There were a lot of > words I didn't know, some deriving from a history I > didn't know enough about, some being English or > Australian words. Fortunately, it's quick and easy to > look them up in google while reading the book. smile I > love volunteering for bookshare--I have learned so > much from different books, and about the existence and > genre and quality of different authors, and about the > various capabilities of Word.--and I thought I was > well-educated before. smile > > This was a good scan except for the end-of-line breaks > (and missing 15 pages in the middle, by which time it > was too late to reject. smile) I don't know who > scanned it and I don't know if anything can be done > about that except to pre-validate and get rid of them. > I know my scans used to have the same thing, but I > always pre-validated before submitting. I think it > may be the OCR. Now, because I have Fine Reader 5, I'm > not getting those end-of-line breaks. > > Cindy > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around > http://mail.yahoo.com > To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to > bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the Subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.