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Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
by John Fabian Witt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Which laws in time of war that are silent, 18 Aug 2014
This is an exceptionally well written book on the development of US laws in times of war. The author gives the background details on how the US nature of law and military matters interacted from the times of the Revolutionary Wars, 1812, the Mexican War and various Indian conflicts. He portraits in a vivid manner the personalities involved as well the international situation of a young republic insisting on the primacy of rules in law so as to protect its standing from the powerful empires of Old Europe. One such person Francis Lieber who was a key architect of code of military conduct is of special interest showing how his doctrine developed over the course of the US Civil war.
The drawbacks of this book are few, but still distract somewhat from its main premise. First the author being American tilts very much towards the US interpretation of his and thus events of say the 1812 where the US navy had launched attacks on British vessels or their Government basically attempted an territorial land grab Canada are not explored. Second, the author attempts to uphold the primacy of international law as a means to provide a rulebook in disputes. However in cases such as the Trent boarding, this seems to be stretch too far and the author is far too retrospectively forgiving of the US State for placing fast and lose with international law.
In summary an excellent book on the development of Military Law.


The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Martin Bunton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced and fair overview., 3 Aug 2014
This topic is very much in the news. The author provides a historical (from Ottoman and British eras) and balanced account of how this conflict developed and why the various parties have acted as they have; both due internal pressures and influences from neighbouring states and as after effects of the cold war. Thus the book can act as a resource to understand issues involved.


Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth
Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth
Price: £2.05

5.0 out of 5 stars A humane collection of Writing essays, 2 Aug 2014
These are a collection of edited essays based on the SciFi author John Wright's blog. Mr. Wright's fiction has a tone that is innovative but yet grounded in an almost Victorian style of expression, and this same gravitas is replicated ,with a noted exception, here. That would be his hilarious mocking review of the second Hobbit film, expressing how both overuse of CGI and a lack of knowledge of projectile weapons can reduce grown men to tears. His more serious pieces deal with the current state of the SciFi publishing industry and how the current vogue for message fiction might prove a disservice for readers. Overall an excellent read.


Berlitz: Swedish Pocket Dictionary: Swedish-English = Engelsk-Svensk (Berlitz Pocket Dictionary)
Berlitz: Swedish Pocket Dictionary: Swedish-English = Engelsk-Svensk (Berlitz Pocket Dictionary)
by Berlitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Taks, 2 Aug 2014
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Short dictionary of Swedish. Fairly up to date and handy for a tourist trip but lacking more modern words/phrases for IT terminology.


Islands of Rage and Hope (Black Tide Rising Book 3)
Islands of Rage and Hope (Black Tide Rising Book 3)
Price: £5.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rum, Zombies and a lash of good fun., 2 Aug 2014
A good continuation of the series. Zombies and how to deal with them from the view point of a naval force. While there is not as much world building as previous books or ship boarding, the personalites of the various survivors are more developed both as characters dealing with a world turned upside down and in the case of Sophia and Faith, growing up as well. Looking forward to next in the line.


Learn German with Stories: Karneval in Köln - 10 Short Stories for Beginners: 3 (Dino lernt Deutsch)
Learn German with Stories: Karneval in Köln - 10 Short Stories for Beginners: 3 (Dino lernt Deutsch)
by André Klein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Sehr Gut, 1 Aug 2014
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Initially I bought this not knowing it was part of a series. Thus it took a little while to get my bearings. However soon was attempting to read the short stories and enjoying their thematic unity. I found it a handy resource to revise my rusty German. One minor quibble would be the lack of der/das/die in the word vocabulary (to aid remembering gender), but not worth marking it down for. I'd look forward to read more in the series.


Beginning iOS Game Development
Beginning iOS Game Development
Price: £2.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Game On, 1 Aug 2014
There are two reasons for the low price of the kindle version of this book. One that the formatting is below par and second that it is a generation or two behind the latest iOS release. However, this still results in a good bargain, The author's tone and style leans itself to a good introduction to the topic and the code samples are pitched just right in a balance of fun snippets and learning the underlying concepts of the Cocoa framework. So a qualified recommendation.


Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith
Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith
by William F. Buckley
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Faith matters, 15 July 2014
This is a collection of essay topics written by the late author as they pertain to faith and specifically the Church. He mixes both his own life journey, as well as that of others who had come to the Catholic faith, in an attempt to gain deeper insight into the workings of religion. This work admirably succeeds and provides an erudite and humane guidance on these matters.
As the author points out that it is not supposed to be easy living a Catholic life, but this does provide an intellectual framework on how to approach it.
Recommended.


Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by David Bender
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Information in digestible chunks, 13 July 2014
A concise yet informative read. Packed with interesting facts on nutrition and balanced opinions on various diets, the author provides a framework for making fact-based decisions on what and how to eat so as to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Recommended.


Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Joseph M. Siracusa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars How to lie for one's country., 20 Jun 2014
This book is composed of a series of chapters where the unifying premise was how diplomacy effected world history. From the US revolution to WWI and Cold War, the author erudite and concise style illustrates how the hidden gears of diplomacy shaped how conflicts were fought and peace achieved. In spite of its short size perhaps there could have been a section on how the diplomatic service operates. However overall a good and informative read.


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