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Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion
Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.29

56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic De Botton, 26 Jan 2012
The good thing about Kiljoy's review is that no one is going to take it seriously. The bad news is that it immediately tars with a one-star average rating a book that deserves four or five. Unlike Kiljoy, I have actually read the book in question and am happy to report it does all the things we have come to know and love in de Botton's work: the way he makes complex ideas friendly and accessible, the way he enables you to see things you've always taken for granted in a completely new, exciting and enlightening way. You may disagree with his views on religion - I don't think I'm in any rush to sign up to his new one - but with de Botton it's not the destination that matters, so much as the delightfully meandering journey in such matchlessly charming company.


Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle, 17-26 September (Penguin history)
Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle, 17-26 September (Penguin history)
by Martin Middlebrook
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, definitely, 28 Jun 2007
Of all the books about Arnhem from the Airborne perspective this is the best. It's the clearest, the most thorough, and it's stuffed with the most brilliant eyewitness anecdotes. If you want the German perspective read It Never Snows In September; if you want the grit and the gore read Zeno's The Cauldron or Geoffrey Powell's Men At Arnhem. But for your basic groundwork, Middlebrook's your man. It was a very complicated battle and he makes it comprehensible.


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