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In the Wee Small Hours (Bonus Track Version)
In the Wee Small Hours (Bonus Track Version)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sinatra, 3 Jan 2013
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This is Sinatra at the top of his form for Capitol Records. As the title track suggests the mood in the main songs here is subdued but on acquaintance this is ,in my view , his best album. I do not think he sings any better than this.


Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis
Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis
by David Faber
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to war, 3 Jan 2013
This is a good account of the 1938 Munich crisis. After 70 years one would have hoped that we can have some perspective on the events of 1938. Certainly this book gives a valuable insight into the chronology and the character of the main players and how they thought. It is good on detail such as the weather etc which helps give context to the crisis.

Chamberlain was not weak but his main concern was the British Empire, the economy and winning the next election. He did not care about Germany, save that he did not want German domination of Europe and recognised that Germany had suffered from the First World but so had everyone else. The key failure was with Italy. The diplomacy with that country was fatally undermined, as the book reveals , by the interventions of Chamberlain's sister then resident in Rome. Nor was British diplomatic represention in Berlin terribly good.It cannot have helped that Halifax on his visit to Germany initially mistook Hitler for a servant and was about to give him his coat.

The passion that Munich has provoked has much to do with misunderstanding the problems under which the statesmen laboured. War was expected and the joy that greeted Munich was for the possibility that war could be avoided. Within six months the chances for peace were effectively gone with the occupation of Prague and the guarantee to Poland. Chamberlain was a broken man and would be dead by the end of 1940. Whatever Chamberlain had done there would have been war as that was Hitler's destiny and I think it hard to misjudge Chamberlain for seeking peace. On the other hand he did make many mistakes in his mission.

In summary a good book to learn about the facts around Munich And to make one own mind. One quibble is that it does go on a bit.


Angels Flight
Angels Flight
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Bosch works it out, 1 Jan 2013
This review is from: Angels Flight (Paperback)
This is a good police procedural with enough local colour to make it realistic. It was well written without going into excessive detail but without shortcuts either. I enjoyed this with my only concerns being about timing and how the events of the novel could be reduced to such a short time. The ending left some loose ends but I will definitely read another of his books.


Cross Country: (Alex Cross 14)
Cross Country: (Alex Cross 14)
by James Patterson
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jumping the shark, 26 Dec 2012
Alex Cross must be the dullest and yet the luckiest detective ever. He gets himself rather naively into scrapes but then is released by some deus ex machina. Quite readable with short chapters and sentences. However, Cross is out of his enviroment in Africa and this leads to some longeurs as the political situation is explained. In the end only the facility of the book got me to the end.


John Rutter: Music for Christmas
John Rutter: Music for Christmas
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd, 21 Dec 2012
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This is a wonderful cd of
John Rutter's Christmas carols and songs. They are very well performed and recorded. The arrangement of the songs on the album is such that there is sufficient variety to keep you interested. We have had this cd for over 10 years and it continues to delight.


Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars The book of the IT age, 3 Dec 2012
This is one of the key books of the1990's in which he gets characters to act and tell stories about their life and so reveal their attitudes. These Americans are a post Vietnam /Reagan generation on the edge of the digital age. From the viewpoint of the 2010s this looks rather dated but the book has its charms and I enjoyed it. The characters are fairly amiable and their problems are not life threatening. It reminded me of Scott Fitzgerald who gave a similar type of portrait to the Jazz Age. It is also thankfully a short book.


Einstein's Dreams
Einstein's Dreams
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An oddity, 21 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Einstein's Dreams (Kindle Edition)
This is a strange book. It imagines Bern but with different conceptions of time. It is odd but gets one thinking about time and what we do if time came to a stop and other variations. Although I read it a fortnight ago I still think of the situations which are described. Worth trying.


Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet
Brahms: String Quartets & Piano Quintet
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, 21 Nov 2012
I must say that this is one of my favourite cd sets. Brahms chamber music can be difficult to approach, and these pieces do need more than one listening. After a time one begins to marvel. These musicians play the music well and have captured me.for this repertory. Some other versions leave me disinterested. Highly recommended.


The Diaries of Sir Alexander Cadogan, OM, 1938-1945
The Diaries of Sir Alexander Cadogan, OM, 1938-1945
by David Dilks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Diaries, 13 Nov 2012
Cadogan was the senior civil servant in charge of the British Foreign Office from 1938 until 1945. He dealt with Chamberlain , Churchill , Eden, Roosevelt Stalin and countless other figures. A typical entry would be of say 200 and 300 words in which Cadogan write about his frustrations with the events of the day.
The highlight is 1940 where he is good on the change of government. He sees that Halifax is not PM material
even though he fears Churchill as PM.
Cadogan dislikes politicians and this shows through.
The diaries are invaluable and are often quoted in biographies and studies of the diplomacy of the era. Very highly recommended.


D-Day: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy
D-Day: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars D Day and beyond, 28 Oct 2012
D Day was the start of a series of complex battles in Northern France. Even a book of over 500 pages, such as this, can only give an outline of the various battles and tragedies that occurred in this short space of time between June and August 1944. Beevor does very well at bringing out the human tragedies that occur. He has great sympathy for the Normans.

He contrasts the intensity of fighting with that in the Easter Front and finds it as intense and desparate as there.
He also finds that the British fought well against stronger formations than the Americans but that Montgomery was a good leader but vainglorious and self seeking when he only had to point to his real achievments.He is right to point out the inaccuracy of the bombers and artillary and the help the Navy gave the inland forces.He is also right to point out that this was a victory for the Allies, however much they argued.

This is very readable, but I feel, not the whole story. For instance I would have expected more reflection on the destruction of the German troops in the Falaise pocket. I felt the author was running out of steam by this stage. The chapter on the liberation of Paris seems to come from another book. So worth reading but not the last word.

It also occurs that we have become more sqeamish and would never stand for this level of casualties again. This is probably not a bad thing.

I would recommend Keegan's Six Armies in Normandy as a more concise guide to the battles themselves and on strategy.


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