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Stalingrad
Stalingrad
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book, 1 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Stalingrad (Paperback)
Beevor has succeeded in weaving a compelling, thoroughly researched piece of work documenting one of the darkest periods in modern history. The enormity of catastrophe that befalls first the Soviet citizen and Red Army following Germany's invasion, right through to the encirclement and starvation of the German Sixth Army, are described in a riveting (and sobering) detail. The earlier chapters of the book deal with the events that lead to the battle of Stalingrad, although obviously in much less detail than the battle itself (or else the book would span volumes). Where the book really shines, is it's readability - Beevor has the rare qualities of being both an expert historian and a storyteller at the height of his powers. He skilfully interweaves political events, battles, enormous acts of cruelty, military incompetence and personal suffering with staggering acts of heroism and self sacrifice. One of the best books I have ever read - and one that highlights why worlds should be moved to prevent war.


The Art of Diving and Adventure in the Underwater World
The Art of Diving and Adventure in the Underwater World
by Nick Hanna
Edition: Paperback

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with great images, 28 July 2006
This book simply won't disappoint. Well written, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in the underwater world. The print quality is high and the vividness of the colours does full justice to Alex Mustard's inspiring photography.


The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
by Scott Kelby
Edition: Paperback

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last ....., 26 Jan. 2006
I have owned several Photoshop books including some described as "the bible", and I find the biggest problem with them is this: they go into great depths conveying how much the author knows about the subject, but when it comes to telling you a good place to start for yourself - "well that's something you will learn from experience - now go ahead and get 15 years under your belt, like I had to".
In this book Scott Kelby actually gives you the benefit of his experience - take the unsharp mask for instance, after a simple explanation of what the controls do he then gives you a range of settings that he personally prefers - some for interior shots, some for portraits, some for graphics etc. This is invaluable - I buy books to learn how the application will affect my images, not have a theory lesson as an author congratulates himself on how much he knows about Photoshop.
Great book


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