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How Art Made the World [DVD]
How Art Made the World [DVD]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, interesting but too much theatrics, 21 May 2011
This review is from: How Art Made the World [DVD] (DVD)
There was a good set of interesting but as the BBC must now bow to an American audience for after sales, this series goes big on silly theatrics, which are presumed to be needed to keep an American audience interested. A bit of an insult to Americans, by the way. OK, allow of the visuals and silly climaxes, there were some very interesting ideas, each had which had to told and retold three times, because you Americans are a bit slow on the uptake, as well. The episodes on art as part of politics, on the development of Greek statuary and death is portrayed were interesting but the theatrics and repetition were a bit silly.


Five Days in London, May 1940
Five Days in London, May 1940
by John Lukacs
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill holds the line, 19 Jun 2008
Churchill had been wrong so many times before on every issue that he touched, so the fact that he was made British Prime Minister, at a very dark hour in British history, was in itself amazing. The reason that he was given the role was that it was obvious that a strong leader was needed. It was his ability to turn a very sceptical Conservative party, a divided cabinet and a fearful country around to the idea that they, and they on their own, could fight on. These were the five days that shaped British history. The book is a well written account of how a very significant decision was made through the efforts of one man. He may have been wrong on everything else but he was right on the one thing that really mattered for Britain and indeed Europe, Hitler.


Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change 1970-2000
Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change 1970-2000
by R. F. Foster
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insider's guide to the Celtic Tiger, 1 Dec 2007
This is a very well written account of the "Celtic Tiger" change brought about in Ireland, in the last twenty years that has totally transformed Ireland. He has also carefully demolished the many accepted myths about this subject and created a more balanced viewpoint. It could bring any outsider well up to speed with all the issues that this change has brought about, both good and bad.
Its main failing is that it is written on the assumption that the reader already knows these myths and all the players involved. It is an insider's book, about Ireland written for a subconsciously Irish audience. In a second edition, it might be a good idea to provide a thumbnail sketch of all the politicians and other people mentioned and the part that they played in the story. A revision of the text to help a non-Irish audience would help. In summary, this is an excellent introduction to the recent and total transformation of Ireland, but let down by an insider's mindset.


The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
by Marc Levinson
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the world got smaller and "the docks" disappeared, 18 Nov 2007
This is a good book to explain how a simple obvious invention changed the world, against the massed ranks of opposition of everybody from rail companies, trade unions and politicians. It changed the geography of every port, and hence most cities, by dooming "the docks" as they had been for centuries to history and eventually turning decaying ex-working class communities into the new location for offices, shops and above all trendy flats.
It means that in Dubai you can have raspberries from California, tomatoes from Spain, beef from South Africa and almost anything else from China and all at reasonable prices.
All this took place in thirty years and nobody, until now, has explained how and why it happened. This book shows how even a great idea must have visionaries to fight for it to succeed and sometimes these people pay a high price for their ideas.
It takes a bit of effort in places to read all the tedious disputes but it well worth staying the course and understand the effects of the many changes that the container brought to all of us.


Money 2002 Financial Suite
Money 2002 Financial Suite

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Initial problems but excellent afterwards, 24 April 2002
My first attempt at installation, on my Windows XP computer ended in failure. Luckly my System Mechanic software fixed the problem and it loaded perfectly after this. I chose Money 2002 as it is compatable with my online bank account. This means I can down load all my bank transactions within seconds. If only other online companies, such as Egg, provided this service. The software gives me a clear idea of my financial position and what a good Amazon customer I am. Microsoft should provide products that install perfectly on a Microsoft operating system.


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