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Autobiography
Autobiography
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ajn Autobiography with a difference, 10 Dec 2013
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I am not a fan of popular music. I never listen to it except by chance.I never read biographies or autobiographies of celebrities. I would not recognise a Morrissey song if I heard one. I bought this book because I was surprised that it was published as a Penguin Classic and because I READ THE 'LOOK INSIDE' ON AMAZON. I have read practically every word of it and have been judging it less for its story of a life and more for its remarkable features. Its major fault is in a way one of its strengths. It is a rambling collection of reminiscences, some of which resemble diary entries, long paragraphs that follow each other with no other reason than the overall general chronology of his recollections and it is packed with detail that sometimes bored me because I knew nothing of his music. His long description of the different audiences he encountered on World tours is unique in its sensitive judgements and clear recall of events.Yet, unlike nearly every celeb biography, it is passionate, intelligent, thought-provoking and hard to put down. The reader never knows what to expect. Examples are a stream of consciousness recalling places, people and events; his descriptions of boyhood Manchester, his school and the teachers make a good start for the journey. Another is his near libellous descriptions of people with whom he was in conflict; the long exposition of the civil action to seize a huge quantity of his earnings with the Smiths is a prominent example. His portrait of Judge Weeks and his summary of the case followed by his commentary on his failed appeal are not only unusually long but characteristically 'Morrisseyan' - from the heart, mouth uncensored and utterly revealing about the seamy world he inhabits and of the section of the legal and agent professions who are only concerned about their huge fees and quite detached from their clients. I could go on. I might then become like Morrissey. THE IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT IS THAT THIS IS A BOOK THAT DWARFS THE USUAL CELEBRITY TOSH. It is more like Benvenuto Cellini than the hacks usually employed to 'ghost' the autobiographies of the good and famous! If you have the stamina to read it - or the courage to dip into it with an open mind, buy it now.


1913: The Eve of War
1913: The Eve of War
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for 2014!, 20 Nov 2013
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Next year marks the centenary of the Great War 1914 to 1918. The millions who died or were scarred physically or mentally will be commemorated to a point where some will be irritated.This factual account shows why the war need never have taken place.
It is an excellent, short, easily read summary. The misfortune for us all is that 'the war to end wars' did nothing but lead to more wars. As usual, those in power learned nothing.


An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo
An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scandal of the Century, 20 Nov 2013
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The notorious 'Profumo Affair' continuously crops up in many contexts. I remember it well as a contemporary. I found this book quite astonishing since it is really 'all about nothing', 'nothing of real importance', 'nothing that ever really threatened the country's security' and 'nothing that affected the lives of anyone beyond those directly involved'. The story was, however, the journalists' dream and the politicians' nightmare. It led to a suicide and a destroyed career, a revelation of greed that led to the establishment of the word 'rachhmanism' in the language to describe the behaviour of dishonest landlords and it seriously dented the image of poor Harold Macmillan who showed his weakness in a 'crisis'. It also altered the lives of two common prostitutes for whom the consequences were markedly different. There is much more than that in this story. It is about a sleazy world that disturbed a nation, revealed the misdemeanours of those who expect us to look up to them and left behind a story that were it fiction we might find it hard to believe. However, it makes a really good read and challenges us to consider the morality of our civilisation still revealed almost everyday in one press story or another.


Titans of the Middle East
Titans of the Middle East
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building Historical Knowledge, 20 Nov 2013
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Anyone who reads lots of history books will know many of the names that are found in this book. Probably, like me, they associate them with some vaguely remembered periods of time or distant places. This book provides a few dozen short portraits, each making clear why they are remembered. Put this on your tablet, read a portrait when you are waiting for an appointment, wasting time between journeys or waiting for school to come out. You will find reading these short biographies fascinating stuff. Also great for quiz buffs! Serious historians will also enjoy dipping into it.


Oxford Atlas of the United States
Oxford Atlas of the United States
by Harm J De Blij
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Easy Introduction to the USA, 16 Nov 2013
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An excellent Atlas as you would expect. It seems to cover USA and US states thoroughly. I particularly find the page perv state section an introduction to the America I really don't know very well. More detail , I guess, than anyone would ever need.

One strange point. The book seems once to have belonged to a local library. I take it the seller checked its provenance


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a patriot student in Scotland., 11 Nov 2013
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The clear answer to the secessionists. We cannot stop them being foolish and throwing their economic stability, often propped up by the other countries in the Union. But there are advantages! New UK parliament would be without all those labour seats! Nice quality for a nice price. Everyone should have one!


Universal Li-Ion Battery Charger with USB Output for Mobile Phones: Nokia, LG, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry
Universal Li-Ion Battery Charger with USB Output for Mobile Phones: Nokia, LG, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful gadget, 11 Nov 2013
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Perfect for what I required. There is nothing unusual about it and it works well. Good buy for a good price.


Bang!: A History of Britain in the 1980s
Bang!: A History of Britain in the 1980s
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Politics of Confusion, 31 Oct 2013
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At 81, I look back on the eighties with clear memories. I was busy in those days and, like most people around me. kept up with the news. I knew most of what was 'going on' but this book has set me back on my heels to realise what a struggle for POWER existed and what kind of people were fighting it out. We have everything here, in brief within a lengthy book that is needed to cover it all- turmoil in the Labour party, trade unionists with an arrogance hard to believe, Militant Tendency and the Gang of Four, Thatcher and Howe, Wets and Dries, the Irish sore, Protest and 'Rent a Mob' and so on and so on. It is all here and a very good read. I found some sections rather dense when I was out of my comfort zone - in my case on economics and financial complexities like Monetarism but the book could not be more comprehensive within its size. It's a good few hours read but it's time well spent.


Titans of History
Titans of History
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you get bored hanging around?, 31 Oct 2013
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You go to the doctor's, miss the bus, wait for a colleague to arrive, wait for the rain to stop. These and a multitude of similar situations plague our lives. When you have a book, it is some relief but not very much use if the content is complex or the story full of suspense. All you do is lose track if you read in bite-size chunks and need to re-read it or miss out some important facts. The Titans books are ideal. Each snippet is, on my tablet, about 7 minutes reading time. You know the names of these people - Nebuchadnezzar, Sun Tsu, Hannibal, Caligula, Jesus (an interesting Jewish slant), Attila the Hun,Haroun al Raschid, Saladin , Ghengis Khan, Richard the Lion Heart, Eleanore of Aquitaine, Catherine the Great, Jane Austen and many many more. It's all very simple and obviously short but can stimulate you to find out more, become a master quiz player or simply feel just a little more 'educated' (the person who has forgotten more than most people ever learn). Go on; it's cheap, very good value for money and you won't feel so bored or tense waiting for the dentist.


Supergets Top Flip Case For Apple Iphone 4 4S Case, Screen Protector, Stylus And Polishing Cloth
Supergets Top Flip Case For Apple Iphone 4 4S Case, Screen Protector, Stylus And Polishing Cloth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buy, 17 Sep 2013
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An outstanding bargain! Bearing in mind the extortionate cost of a new screen, it is the chjeapest thing I can remember buying for years. But it is not tat. It is well-designed, very strong and perfect for mixing in your pocket with money, keys etc.. It is also easy charge up batteries without taking it from the case. First class. Highly recommended. Every Apple user should have one!


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