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July 1914: Countdown to War
July 1914: Countdown to War
by Sean McMeekin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Aug 2014
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This is a quite brilliant book. Rather than looking at the wider causes of the war which had been unfolding for years, it begins with the assassination in Sarajevo and then looks in detail at the events over the following five weeks. In many cases a chapter will concentrate on what happened on a single day, and sometimes you get the feel of having an hour-by-hour commentary.


Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65
Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945-65
by Michael Burleigh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What I found annoying though, was the author's right-wing bias, 2 July 2014
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I thought this book was well written and covered a broad range of subjects; admiitedly some of them in not too much depth, but enough to encourage the reader to seek out more detailed tomes.

What I found annoying though, was the author's right-wing bias, exemplified by the following quote on page 346:

"...they became the targets of the universal left's Manichean demonology that divides peoples according to its own definition of history".

I'm sure that all historians view their subjects through the prism of their own political philosophy, but I find myself turned off when they display that philosophy so blatantly.


Heart of a Lion: The Life and Times of Lisbon Lion William Wallace
Heart of a Lion: The Life and Times of Lisbon Lion William Wallace
by William Wallace
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, 30 Jun 2013
I found this a deeply frustrating book - half of the book is written by Willie Wallace himself, whilst the second half is written by Jim McGinlay, an excellent wordsmith who writes under the nom de plume of Brogan Rogan Trevino & Hogan. The half written by WW is uninteresting and staid - here was a golden opportunity for him to give the inside story of why Celtic lost the 1970 European Cup Final - yet when he describes the preparation he says "I won't go into details about certain incidents... But let's just say they did little to maintain a good relationship between the players and the Boss." Bloody hell Willie -" I wont go into detail" - what's the point in writing the book then?
There are two unforgivable errors in the book - the attendance at the 1967 Scottish Cup Final was not a record ( page 30), and Celtic were not in a European Cup Final in 1966 (page 133).
The second half of the book is much more enjoyable, written by a natural storyteller.
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Dial Freezer Thermometer - easy to hang and check the temperatures of your freezer
Dial Freezer Thermometer - easy to hang and check the temperatures of your freezer
Offered by Rinkit Ltd
Price: £3.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin., 4 Jun 2013
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We bought a chest freezer but it did not have a temperature display. This little beauty does the trick though, easy to hang from one of the baskets, and is very reasonably priced.


Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
by Keith Lowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and Thought Provoking, 4 Jun 2013
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I don't consider myself an expert on the immediate post-war history of Europe, but neither did I realise how much I didn't know. If, like me, you believe that a fairly neat line was drawn across Europe in 1945 and we moved from WW2 to the Cold War, then this book is for you. The civil wars, ethnic cleansing and acts of vengeance that were unleashed are all described here.

My only minor criticism is that there is no mention of Spain in this book, which I would have thought would merit a chapter. I highly recommend this book though.


The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children
The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb: Founder of Save the Children
by Clare Mulley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 20 Sep 2012
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A wonderful book about a remarkable woman who lived in interesting times. It could have been so easy for this educated Edwardian lady to have lived a comfortable life; instead she chose to make a difference, a decision which has benefitted countless children across multiple generations. The book has one substandard chapter, where it explores Eglantyne's spiritual experiences, but maybe that's there to showcase how good the rest of this book is.


Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed
Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed
by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain
Edition: Paperback

30 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fascinating, 15 Sep 2012
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Unlike most of the reviewers I have actually read this book. And uniquely I choose to give it neither a 5-star hagiography nor a 1-star diatribe.
The book gives an accurate analysis of the deplorable state of Scottish sports journalism, a good chronology of the events that led to Rangers' liquidation and on the whole an impressive back catalogue of prescient blogs by the author.
On the downside, the majority of the book consists of a collection of the author's blog posts, giving the book a feel of a diary rather than a narrative. My biggest problem though is that this story is still developing - it's just too early to write a history when you're in the middle of it.
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