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Cruise: Identity, Design and Culture (Identity Design & Culture)
Cruise: Identity, Design and Culture (Identity Design & Culture)
by Peter Quartermaine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An evocative overview about cruise ships history, 29 Jun. 2009
This is a relly nice product on cruise ship history, design and management.
Being not a bulky book, the issues are dealt with in a very short way, but the info provided are the very important ones, the ones which are simply "nice to know".
A very pleasant photo collection is inserted among history pages, to make the points clearer: i love such oldtime pictures of past years fashion, ship furnishing and partying, therefore I loved the book.


Autodrome: The Lost Race Circuits of Europe
Autodrome: The Lost Race Circuits of Europe
by S.S. Collins
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully fascinating, 16 Jun. 2009
It is a really fascinating book, but sometimes in the painful way.
Seeing those wonderful racing premises left to rot in the middle of nowhere is both exchiting and very sad.
The pages contain many pictures of the days when the circuits were used for real racing, and the pictures taken in the places nowaday, as well as some story hints about the races held in the tracks.
We can observe how old building are still there, few meters away from countryroads, parking lots, apartmente buildings or downtown cities, like for the Avusring in Berlin or the Crystal Palace in London.
Many of modern pictures will perfectly give the sense of places forgotten by all but few fortunate who still keep the memory of the places.
For example, I live few kilometers away from the Circuito d'alta velocità in Monza, but I didn't visit the place yet, I just saw it in this book.

It is both a racing history text and a proper photographic book, because the pictures contained in it are ones of a real quality.

To make a long story short, it is an absolute "must have" for the nostalgic petrolhead. Or for the nostalgic - full stop.


Combat Techniques: An Elite Forces Guide to Modern Infantry Tactics
Combat Techniques: An Elite Forces Guide to Modern Infantry Tactics
by Martin J. Dougherty
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful techniques, and useful pics, 16 Jun. 2009
I'm not a private, I just bourht this book to improve my airsoft playing technique.
It is very useful in its explanation of basic combat movements and camouflaging tips.
It contains an extensive picture overview of soldiers of many regular (and outlaw) armies accross the globe, so it is also useful to observe soldier actual setups.


The Official Guide to the New TOEFL IBT (2007)
The Official Guide to the New TOEFL IBT (2007)
by Educational Testing Service
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good exercise, a bit short on grammar, 16 Jun. 2009
I used this book for TOEFL preparation, and in my opinion it's almost all you will need to prepare your own test too.
It is written by the same Organization that manages the TOEFL test, therefore the exercises are really close to the real ones.
The enclosed CD is useful because it will show on your PC the real test interface and procedure. It can be listened on CD Players too, although it will not run on older devices.
A couple of cons:
-The CD contains just 1 sample test, therefore exercising cannot be too much extensive
-It is a bit old (probably 2005 or 2004) so it doesn't use all the potentials of latest technology. For example in writing essays and speech exercises the suggestion is to try and write or talk without any feedback from TOEFL. Maybe enclosing the password to get 1 free scoring for a sample test from TOEFL real scorers, would be much more effective.
-It falls very short on grammar. Having dropped my English grammar books more than ten years ago, I wanted go through "oxford grammar" again, and to do so I had to borrow an old school-book.


What Not to Drive
What Not to Drive
by Richard Hammond
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish Hamster never wrote that, 16 Jun. 2009
This review is from: What Not to Drive (Hardcover)
In my opinion it's basically a collection of drafts from older Top Gear shows, cut & pasted together with some press releases pics and Hammond's face on the cover.
I paid few coins for this pile of paper, and basically that's what it's worth.


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