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Ms. N. C. Browne "Nicky Browne" (London)

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Hampton in the Nineteenth Century
Hampton in the Nineteenth Century
by G D Heath
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Sept. 2014
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excellent book, had the info I wanted.

The Blair Years: Extracts from The Alastair Campbell Diaries
The Blair Years: Extracts from The Alastair Campbell Diaries
by Alastair Campbell
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Office Politics, 12 Aug. 2008
Campbell has a sharp eye for personal description and these pull the reader through the book, they are funny and rude. He has no confidence in the abilities of MPs and Cabinet Ministers. Sadly neither Blair nor Campbell were able to encourage the abilities of those who could have been working with them, instead they laughed at them.The book shows the egoism and fragility of both men, who steamrolled others throughout their reign.
The book was also totally dishonest about so many political incidents. EG: the contentious Dome, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Mandelsons's resignations are all skated over. There is no development and no analysis, political or otherwise. On this level the book is a lightweight sham.
Campbell obviously needed people to see that he had got his story out there first. Campbell was Blair's Office fixer and this is the only level on which the book works.

Gordon Brown: Prime Minister
Gordon Brown: Prime Minister
by Tom Bower
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

24 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Hello-style" Biography, 8 April 2008
Tom Bower's book is disappointing from several standpoints.
The first is that most of his quotations are unattributed. This really questions whether they were true. Or, did he just make them up and embroider them a bit? This devalues the whole text - what can we believe?

Then, he occasionally tells us that "X" thought something, when I am sure that he had no way of knowing what that person was thinking at that time. Wishful thinking perhaps.

He has taken the majority of his material from newspapers and we all know how inaccurate and biased they are! He doesn't seem to read books.

This book was serious waste of paper; it jumped to conclusions without substantiating them. It wanted to prove a point but just screamed headlines instead. It was not a balanced political biography.
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