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After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen, 1945
After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen, 1945
by Ben Shephard
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of Humanity, Read this Book, 5 Jan. 2006
Oh, My Dearest Reader, Prepare to have cruel reality bite your senses!
Current mass media allows the horrors of war, famine and disease to be brought to us as never before - and sometimes we are upset and sickened by what we see. Now, imagine the cameras going into Belsen and flashing their story into our homes! The truth is, no news agency would be allowed to because what was found there showed how low humanity can sink. Then, stop for breath; there is even worse - the camp guards, the local population, all in denial it was anything to do with them - all seeing it as hardly a problem, some, even laughing!! This book is the definitive account of the evil of Nazism, and why no sacrifice is too great to make sure it never happens anywhere in the world again - ever! The accounts are not from sensationalist reporters, academic historians or bored soldiers out to make a name for themselves, they are from medics and ordinary people thrown in to a place that not even Dante himself could have visualised, and told to liberate and safe (where possible) these tortured innocents. When you have read this book, ask yourself one question - Why did fellow humans allow this to happen? I am still trying to find the answer. It isn't easy.

Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, Father of Chemical Warfare
Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, Father of Chemical Warfare
by Dan Charles
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambition, Bigotry and Downfall of a Master, 5 Jan. 2006
Fritz Haber was a scientific genius, but his love for the German Fatherland proved to be his humiliating downfall. Fighting anti-semitism, bigotry and his Father in pursuit of scientific ambition, Haber was determined to put himself up there with the 'Greats' of the German scientific fraternity. From ammonia to poison gas and ultimately the compound used by the Nazi's in the Death Camps, all had Haber's name on it. Yet unlike his physicist colleague, Albert Einstein, he refused to leave Nazi Germany until bad health and family worries overburdened him. Was Haber a war criminal? Could he have been tried for his work with Chlorine and Phosgene in The Great War? These are matters for the individual reader to decide. The reason for the 4 stars is that the book dwells too much on Haber's failed marriages and family life. Otherwise, this is an important book for readers of scientific history and even more so for readers of Jewish History.

Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life
by Nick Lane
Edition: Hardcover

44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mitochondria Revisited, 11 Dec. 2005
Cellular biology is a subject, which falls between the interesting and complicated. It is for this reason I warn the reader that unless you have an unquenchable thirst for this subject, think twice about reading this book. For the biologically-orientated individual however, this is an excellent book, which takes account of recent developments and discoveries. It is very readable and the author has made a complex subject a somewhat absorbing field. The reason for the 4 stars is the price. Given the lack of illustrations, the price is a bit on the high side.
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Lisztomania [VHS]
Lisztomania [VHS]
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £19.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars .Yet Another Excuse to Vilefy Wagner, but still a great film, 17 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: Lisztomania [VHS] (VHS Tape)
As a film, this is totally brilliant. But why did Rick Wakeman, a professional musician and composer, choose to drag the beautiful music of Wagner and Liszt into a teenybopper cesspit?
Ken Russell has captured well the relationship between the two composers but has reinforced the negative attitudes of Wagner's music against Liszt's almost-saintly masterpieces. If you are a fan of Liszt and/or Wagner, the film is worth watching for Russell's incredible talent and interpretation of 19th century show-biz ethos.

Wyrd Sisters From Terry Pratchett's Discworld [DVD]
Wyrd Sisters From Terry Pratchett's Discworld [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean Flynn

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much More Than Just an Animation - A Pratchett Masterpiece!, 21 Nov. 2004
Having enjoyed the book, and given the reputation for films etc., to miss out on many of the details I had my reservations about Wyrd Sisters. I need not have worried. The script is faithful to the book, and the characters are brough to life by the talets of June Whitfield, Christopher Lee etc.
Only one thing baffles me; Why do all the characters appear to have West Country accents? Could it be that Discworld actually exists somewhere deep in the South-West of England?
Over to you Terry!
Anyway, for Pratchett fans, this will be a welcome addition to the collection. Perhaps we can look forward to animations of Mort, Equal Rites and Lords and Ladies?

Microbes and Men
Microbes and Men
by Robert William Reid
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars .....A Detailed History of Scientists who Never Gave Up...., 18 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Microbes and Men (Hardcover)
Although this book is based on a 1970's television series, it has to be said that this is a book not for the lay reader.
Excellent, detailed and in many respects very techinical, Robert Reid's attempt to put into print what was on the screen has got lost in the scientific detail, which is not a bad thing if you are scientifically read, but can be daunting and tedious for the lay person.
It is a shame that this book cannot be republished, as I have every confidence it would become an instant best seller among the scientific community, especially those with a strong interest in the historical aspects of infectious disease and the search for a cure.

The Magdalene Sisters [DVD] [2003]
The Magdalene Sisters [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Eileen Walsh
Price: £4.00

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..An Example of 20th Century Inquisition......., 18 Jan. 2004
I had to keep pinching myself repeatedly throughout this film to remind me that it was a TRUE story about events that only recently ceased. The powerful performances from Geraldine McEwan et al, bring home the dehumanisation of women who have done no wrong, save for "offending" the catholic belief system. This is not a film to be enjoyed, but one to watch and think about, because although these institutions no longer exist in Ireland, who says they don't exist elsewhere run by the same "saviours"?
For anyone involved in human rights, this film is a must because it shows that no matter how squeaky clean an organisation professes to be, there is always a much darker side.
Given the subject and the way the truth hits the viewer, it is little wonder that this was filmed in Scotland - not Ireland.
May God forgive these evil women for what they did to those poor girls, because I cannot.
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Christmas Music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Christmas Music from Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Price: £13.25

52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..Not Just for Christmas........., 6 Jan. 2004
If its 100% relaxation classics you are after then look no further!
Harry Christophers and the Sixteen have not just captured the yuletide moment with this album, but have developed these great themes to be enjoyed at any time.
A truly magnificent masterpiece delivered in the most professional manner by this extraordinarily talented group of singers, producing a CD that is more than a purchase, it's an investment in excellent vocal presentation.

New World Symphonies
New World Symphonies
Price: £13.25

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..The Baroque Music Album of 2003................, 2 Jan. 2004
This review is from: New World Symphonies (Audio CD)
Mention baroque to many classical music lovers,and the names Handel, Bach, Pachelbel et al come to mind. Thus, it was so refreshing to enjoy this new collection, which has taken baroque music to new heights.
Very rarely is it that you hear an album and take an instant like to it, so much so that you don't stop listening to it in case you miss something quite spectacular.
Such is the quality and beauty of this collection, I believe it is a matter of time before it is adopted for soundtrack use. If you are considering buying this, do not hesitate - YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

The Magic Of The Mandoline
The Magic Of The Mandoline

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best, By the Very Best, 27 Dec. 2003
The mandolin has up to now been neglected as a serious instrument of classical music. I Solisti have turned this around and created a masterwork. The pieces themselves have been performed at the speed and in the style the composers intended, and every effort has been made to preserve the splendour of the baroque mandolin. So if you are only aware of Vivaldi's mandolin concerto, then extend your listening to the greatest possible pleasure, which this album represents.

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