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Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by David Bender
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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: £4.99

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.


Cicero
Cicero
by Kathryn Tempest
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naturally great, 16 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Cicero (Hardcover)
I enjoyed this book. The author proceeded to tell a fine tale of a man and his milieu. Given the complexity of Cicero's many stances and the power-players who operated in the Rome of that time both his triumphs and failures echo down through the ages. Overall an excellent read.


Privacy and Media Freedom
Privacy and Media Freedom
by Raymond Wacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Private data and its impact, 25 May 2014
This is an excellent treatment of the area of privacy law and the impact of such on the media.
The author writes with precision and clarity on the development of the law in this area, the impact of the Leveson inquiry
and the influence of European Human rights law. As well has giving the historical basis for privacy rights and their conceptual frameworks the author also describes the impact of modern technology within this realm. Overall, recommended reading.


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5.0 out of 5 stars As speced, 5 May 2014
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Arrived on time, fitted into the modem and was flexible enough to be fitted around the house so as to reach its destination.


What is Military History? (What is History series)
What is Military History? (What is History series)
by Stephen Morillo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An uncivil discourse, 5 May 2014
To be successful in war, as in life, one does not surrender without a fight. Rather axiomatic. Which is why this book, in theory on Military History, is not fully recommended as it both fails to give only but the briefest of nods to the actual topic at hand and instead seems to be a long apologetic for the historical focusing on Western militaries and the lack of emphasis on Feminism, Critical Studies, Marxism methodologies in that field. Whilst I'm sure it is rather difficult in modern academia to swim against the tide and provide a non-PC version of history, surely in an introductory text there is some leeway to provide a return on investment for the reader - which includes checking for obvious errors such as denoting a referenced text 'Storm of Steel' as a novel. More positively, the chapter dealing conceptual frameworks did prove a more balance approach to that aspect of the study.
For a better overview, the workds of Keegan, Hanson and Oman are instead recommended to delve into the world of Military History.


Law and Religion in the Roman Republic (Mnemosyne, Supplements / Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and)
Law and Religion in the Roman Republic (Mnemosyne, Supplements / Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and)
by Olga Tellegen-Couperus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £104.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Bona Fides, 22 April 2014
This book is a series of articles on the interaction of Roman Religion (not including outside cults) and that of Roman law in the era pre-ceding empire. I found the articles well written and present in a professional style that allowed most people with an interest in the subject to acquire a grounding on the various positions taken. While all article were of high stand, the ones of Divination and the Fetial college were especially logically presented. So while perhaps a rather esoteric subject; a fine book.


The Roman Empire: Roots of Imperialism
The Roman Empire: Roots of Imperialism
by Neville Morley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rome and collective guilt, 14 April 2014
I'd give this a second star, for whatever other flaws the author has, for he presented an excellent (albeit too brief) explanation of the how the pre-Industrial Roman economy worked. Apart from that the author makes it clear he dislikes the Roman empire. He traces by use of selective primary sources where the Empire was overly harsh and seems to extrapolate that to all phases of the empire. However the real sin seems of Rome seems to be to serve as a template for other empires. He makes full use of Marxist rhetoric to damn the achievements of an empire, that had brought the longest peace to Europe since modern times, laid the foundation of civil law and which was lamented for centuries by the countries then part of it.
His aim, as per the last page, is to break the power of imagination of Rome. This will not ever be done, if based on this book.


Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen)
Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen)
by John Gwynne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a series., 14 April 2014
I'd not be able to add much to the positive reaction that other reviewers, however I did enjoy the book and find the author's style and characterization on a par with the late and well-renowned David Gemmell.


The Bluffer's Guide to Law: Bluff Your Way In Law (Bluffer's Guides)
The Bluffer's Guide to Law: Bluff Your Way In Law (Bluffer's Guides)
by David Mitchell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Legal humour, 14 April 2014
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A short and plity book, based on the experiences of a long-serving member of the profession. Written in a world-weary and cynical tone, with wide seams of humour, this book provides a provides a brief overview of the stakeholders and types of law that can be encountered. While unlikely to be on any reading-list, it does provide an antidote to sometimes overly-critical view of the legal profession as it portraits the people (albeit flaw) as struggling to bring some measure of humanity into a bureaucratic system.


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