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Napoleon: On War
Napoleon: On War
by Bruno Colson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.02

3.0 out of 5 stars Military thinking from the master, 17 July 2015
This review is from: Napoleon: On War (Hardcover)
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If you want a distillation of what Napoleon wrote and thought about war and how that fits into the thinking and actions of others, this book must be indispensible. The presentation is very clear, with a huge number of sources referenced. A timely production for the 200th anniversary of many of Napoleon's great battles - the BBC series from Andrew Roberts has aroused my interest.

As the book takes a wider historical perspective than the battles themselves, Colson includes Napoleon's reflections on his failures, writing from his exile on St Helena. The confession of a great man shows his insight into his mistaken enthusiasm for battle taking over from his military operations brain:

"At Borodino, I mistakenly attacked the Russians' entrenched position; it was because I was thirsting for a major battle. For an army with a sizeable, good cavalry, which can manoeuvre behind a system of good redoubts, supported by an army, should not be attacked. It must be made to abandon its position by manoeuvres."

This is easy to dip into and has excellent discursive summaries at the end of every section. It's a good catalogue of part of Napoleon's legacy.


AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Box Grater, Black
AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Box Grater, Black
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Grate, 17 July 2015
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I've been using a large IKEA grater, with a built-in plastic container underneath. That's fine for a big job, but this fills a niche. Very sharp, goor ergonomics and easy to clean. Probably the only grater you would need if you're coooking for one or two. Only downside is that it makes it too convenient to add a bit of grated cheese.


AnySharp ABS Plastic Multi-Tool and Knife Sharpener, Blue
AnySharp ABS Plastic Multi-Tool and Knife Sharpener, Blue
Price: £12.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp design = sharp knives, 17 July 2015
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I've been searching for a replacement for the ancient Prestige wall-mounted knife sharpener that I've relied on for over 30 years. That was quite a precarious operation when it was no longer screwed to the wall. This works just as well, but is designed to be handheld. A simple idea, with a quality execution - just hope I remember how to use when I have discarded the packaging.


Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tone-deaf version only available, 21 Jun. 2015
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Even better second time round. This is a very fine production which I will enjoy many more times. The lighting is great but the interiors are dull. The only criticisms are that it is impossible to believe that Henry is in love with Ann. She is charmless and, according to my wife, has the wrong colour eyes. There seems to be no magnetism between them at all. Finally, to the biggest problem. If only the English had written some music in Tudor times! We could all have been spared the chugging "dramatic" music and the faltering tune which cannot complete. Please provide a version without the music and I'll watch it with George Formby on the ukulele playing on the gramophone - far more suitable I'd say.


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It'll be over by Christmas?, 22 May 2015
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Clearly written by a journalist anxious to demonstrate that the sources are sound. A compelling narrative with strong conclusions. If you've worked with addicts there will be characters you recognise and you might see them in a new light as they fit into an historical narrative that isn't often told. Well worth the time even if you don't agree with decriminalization or legalisation of any drugs.


The Road to Character
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Build your own, 21 May 2015
This review is from: The Road to Character (Hardcover)
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Brooks has something very worthwhile to say here. "Character-building" is not a popular concept, conjuring up visions of cruel treatment and compulsory discomfort. A training programme in concentrating on character rather than achievement would benefit society as a whole. It would also help people cope with unemployment, both during and after their working life. As a way of judging people, wouldn't a focus on character rather than status or achievement, be more positive. I kept thinking of links to the importance that people of the Book assign to the character of God as represented there. Plenty to take away from this book - not the typical one-hit wonder which so many books in this area are.


The Lure of Technocracy
The Lure of Technocracy
by Jürgen Habermas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And technology?, 21 May 2015
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Covers many issues about the EU as an institution and the kind of society we could have. I was disappointed that there is little about technology, as I expected something from that perspective, looking at questions such as, how will the small number of consumer IT platforms pull Europeans and their institutions closer together? Very well presented book with plenty of interest, but more for the politics than the technology reader.


Boxfresh Stern, Men's Low-Top Sneakers, Blue 9 UK (43 EU)
Boxfresh Stern, Men's Low-Top Sneakers, Blue 9 UK (43 EU)
Price: £35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the Quality, 21 May 2015
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Excellent quality, great styling, with plenty of detail. These look as good as they feel to wear. They have the quality of a proper shoe with the modern styling, which is a cross between a plimsole and a normal shoe. The sole is like a fine-ribbed tennis shoe, which provides plenty of grip, even in the wet conditions. The finish of the material upper is quite stain and water resistant, so should wear well and look good throughout its life. Very neat connection of the sole to the upper, with the white band curving on the upper and lower edges. Quality all round.


Simply Good News
Simply Good News
by Tom Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wright, 21 May 2015
This review is from: Simply Good News (Paperback)
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Classic Tom Wright. The title and sub-title of the book may mislead you into thinking that you're in for something simple and evangelical. There is plenty of weight here, not just spiritual milk. Wright always finds new ways of expressing and applying the familiar. As always, this a deceptively easy read - significant points can slip past, almost without notice, the flow of the writing is so strong. I'm looking forward to re-reading this, or even sharing it with a searcher who has come across the Gospels for the first time and needs an expert, friendly guide.


God is Beautiful: The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran
God is Beautiful: The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran
by Navid Kermani
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes, 21 May 2015
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I'm not a Muslim but have a growing interest in this world faith, as its adherents influence grows in the West. There is much to enjoy here which I have not found elsewhere. It's very strong on locating the Qu'ran in Islamic culture and society. I found it provoking much reflection on the comparison with the way the Bible is considered in different parts of Christianity and Judaism. Well presented, but with quite condensed text, the only failing of this wonderful book is that there are no illustrations of the text of the Qu'ran itself. Not a problem, but this would have enriched the experience of reading.


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