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The Fifth Estate [DVD]
The Fifth Estate [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
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Price: £4.70

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blonde Ambition, 26 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Fifth Estate [DVD] (DVD)
This is an account of the Wikileaks orgnanisation and its founder, based on viewpoint by a former spokesman Daniel Berg.
Julian Assange's personality is done no favours in this, coming across as driven personality who is more comfortable with followers rather than co-equal collaborators. However the film does show the valuable work Assange's WikiLeaks has done in uncovering State secrets, although some of the film's visual methods to conceptualise the workings of the site do not translate well to the visual media. Cumberbatch delivers an excellent performance. Overall, worth viewing especially in light of the continuing NSA Scandals.


MOFRED® Blue Luxury Multi Function Standby Case with Built-in Magnet for Sleep / Wake feature for the Google Nexus 7 Tablet 8GB,16GB,32GB or 32GB 3G HSPA+ - Second Updated Version w/Sleep Sensor + Screen Protector + Stylus Pen (Available in Mutiple Colors)
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Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Covered - 12 months on, 26 Oct. 2013
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This is a review 12 months from buying this product. Part of the delay is that one does not notice the cover - in that it is hard wearing, durable and performs its task exactly as specced.


The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
by Jonah Goldberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.15

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Bites, 26 Oct. 2013
Overall an excellent and engaging read by the author. The topic is from the Conservative point of view, with an unapologetic defence of this material, on the ongoing culture wars that is present in Western society. He covers this in witty and well researched erudite style, giving the historical origins, social context on the various key topics that are subject to debate on the newspaper leaders and online chatrooms.
He traces the continuing influence of Marx on the post-Berlin Wall secular opinions, the positive historical role of the Catholic Church, and injects a sense of counter-realism to the implicit assumptions of his opposition.
One cavaet, in that this is geared more towards US audiences, so a familiarity with that political system is assumed. In summary, recommended


Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Charles Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine basic examination, 26 Oct. 2013
Overall a good read and introduction to Medical law by the author. He covers in a clear and simple style the historical origins, social context and the various evolving aspects of the interaction between law and medicine. On sensitive topics such as abortion or end of life he presents the material in an even-handed manner, though he does not seem to explain the Catholic favoured Inviolability of Life principle of Prof Keown in this regard. One criticism would be the author's sometimes stylistic use of strawman argument, for instance where in the chapter on consent he seems to class all doctors as paternalistic. In summary, recommended.


The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Eric H. Cline
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Troy, Troy again., 11 Sept. 2013
I'd bought this book to provide background to a course on the Trojan war and Homer's work. On the one hand, the book has put that period into contextual history (ancient Greece and interaction with Hittites) and provided a scholarly text that outlines the Trojan War. On the other, the importance of this period revolves around the epic and human nature of the conflict. The anger of Achilles and all that wroth. So while the text is academic in tone, it fails to grasp the essence of what makes Trojan war so tragic and its continuing impact on European cultural history. Also, it does rather adopt an intellectual's tone when discussing the discovery of Troy by Heinrich Schliemann.


Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power
Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power
by Bill Bowring
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £80.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legal double-headed eagle, 5 Sept. 2013
Churchill famously stated that Russia was in essence an enigma. Add law to the mix to compound it further. What the author has achieved is to at least de-mystify the riddle somewhat. He approaches the topic of Law and Russia in a historically fashion : from the time of the foundation of the concept of Russia, Mongol invasion, Tsars, Soviets and Putin. There are divergent strands of jurisprudence, native Russian and Western which are traced by their impact on the Russian system and how these combine to give the current dynamic equilibrium. The one major take-away seems to be not to view Russian law by the lens of solely Western legal theory, but to understand the historical seismic trials this great Power underwent which shaped its legal landscape.


Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion Pack (PC DVD)
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion Pack (PC DVD)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tourist invasion, 5 Sept. 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Overall pleased with the upgrade.
The positives are that the new diplomatic options and the choices of ideology, along with the pre-existing enhancements from earlier add-ons, breath fresh insight and playability into this excellent game.
The negative, is that I've noticed since installation that Civ-5 is running much slower and so have had to cut down on the graphics options.


Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby
Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby
by Sau Sheong Chang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem, 4 Sept. 2013
This book utilises the programming tools R & Ruby. These share more than the initial letter, as well a means to explore everyday phenomenon in daily life in a fairly fun manner. The author, in a crisp, relaxed engaging tone, provides both the starting steps to begin learning the tools, but as well provides the building blocks to investigate such diverse topics as bathroom breaks, the premier league and how to graph Gmail usage. Overall, recommended as a starting off point.


The Rook (The Checquy Files)
The Rook (The Checquy Files)
by Daniel O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great opening move, 3 Sept. 2013
This book is an enjoyable urban fantasy, mostly set in present day London. It has both shades of the Simon Green's Secret Histories ( a supernatural spy agency) and Ben Aaronovitch's situational humour of the Rivers. However it has a distinct style build on an excellent world building, a very engaging main protagonist in Myfanwy Thomas and excellent plotting that makes the 450 plus pages fly by. More than that, one of the main villains is Belgian - a feat no doubt near unique in the annals of literature. Highly recommended and imaginative read.


Cyberthreats: The Emerging Fault Lines of the Nation State
Cyberthreats: The Emerging Fault Lines of the Nation State
Price: £38.95

5.0 out of 5 stars What tomorrow brings?, 3 Sept. 2013
Written in an engaging and clear manner, this book provides an concise interaction of history, law and IT to show the emerging issues of cyber-security and its impact on the post-Westphalian nation state. The author details attacks on a Estonia's and US infrastructure and evolves the actual and possible responses to these and what type of scenarios could develop in future incidents.

My one criticism, is perhaps rather ironically given this is a book on what could conceivably happen to nation states, the author takes a very much US-centric view of that nation's history : eg not taking into account the growth spurts of the US was deemed threatening in itself by its American/Native neighbours.

Apart from that, an excellent resource.


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