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Kissinger's Year: 1973
Kissinger's Year: 1973
by Sir Alistair Horne CBE
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 16 July 2012
This review is from: Kissinger's Year: 1973 (Hardcover)
Kissinger's Year by Alistair Horne is I am afraid to say an average work on what should have been an interesting and fascinating topic. As a book it is chronologically all over the place with the author going off on numerous tangents. Added to this there are numerous examples of the repetition of the same quotes and passages, and there is no real over-arching narrative structure to help hold it together. These flaws are partially off-set by some real sections of quality, namely on Chile and the Yom Kippur War, but they can not by themselves raise the rating of this book above the ordinary. Overall, a book that promised much but unfortunately underwhelmed.


Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
by Dominic Sandbrook
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book Dealing with the Last Half of a Turbulent Decade, 16 July 2012
Seasons in the Sun by Dominic Sandbrook is an excellent book about five of the most dramatic years in Britain's post-war history when it really did seem at times that the country was on the verge of tearing itself apart, economically and/or politically . It is a well-written, detailed, opinionated and informative book filled with fascinating facts and anecdotes. Like the author's previous three works (covering the period from the mid-1950s onwards) this book challenges the pre-conceptions and assumed knowledge about the late Seventies and offers an incisive and interesting analysis of this handful of years which helped to shape modern Britain. All in all an excellent book.


Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis
Munich: The 1938 Appeasement Crisis
by David Faber
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book About a Disgraceful and humiliating Episode in British History, 29 Jun. 2012
Munich by David Faber is a very good book about the 1938 dimemberment of Czechoslovkia and the events leading up to it. It is a well-written, detailed, opinionated and informative book which brings to life some thoroughly unpleasant characters and shows how the government of Neville Chamberlain and the British Establishment cravenly surrendered to the ourageous demands of Hitler. Overall, a very good book about a dark event in British and European history.
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Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest
Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest
by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book but not up to the Level of Some of the Author's Previous Works, 29 Jun. 2012
Civilization by Niall Ferguson is a good book trying to explain how and why the 'West' has dominated the world for the last 500 years and whether this is about to end. It is undoubtedly detailed, informative and opinionated but the narrative does not hold together structurally. This seems to be because the author is attempting to fit a multitude of topics and subjects into a rather gimicky scheme of six so-called 'killer-apps' and it just does not work. All in all a good book on an interesting topic let down by structural problems and therefore not up to the standard of some of his previous works.


David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider
David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider
by Roy Hattersley
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Biography of the Welsh Wizard, 29 Jun. 2012
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David Lloyd George by Roy Hattersley is a very good biography about one of the great political figures of the twentieth century as well as being the last Liberal politician to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It is well-written, detailed, informative and opinionated, with its only real weakness being in the chapters covering Lloyd George's early life and career. Overall, this is a very good book about one of the greats of British political history whose far-reaching reforms as Chancellor set the basis for the modern welfare state, and who embraced the need for radical solutions to Britain's problems in the late 1920s long before any of his rivals, but also was partly responsible for the displacement of the Liberal Party by Labour and led to say the least an unorthodox personal life


Death Of The Scharnhorst :
Death Of The Scharnhorst :
by John Winton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book, 17 April 2012
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Death of the Scharnhorst by John Winton is a very good book about the sinking of the German warship by the Royal Navy in December 1943. The book is well-written and relatively detailed however, at times the narrative is a little confusing. All in all though this is a very good book about one of the last great naval battles between big gun capital ships.


Senna Versus Prost
Senna Versus Prost
by Malcolm Folley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book, 17 April 2012
This review is from: Senna Versus Prost (Paperback)
Senna versus Prost by Malcolm Folley is a very good book about the intense rivalry between the Brazillian and the Frenchman. It is a well-written and informative book although the author does have a tendency to go off at tangents and it could perhaps be argued that he could have been more sparing in his use of quotations from interviews. While it is certainly true that Prost does seem to come out of this work better than Senna it is not a hatchet job on the career of the great Brazillian. All in all, a very good book about the bitter feud between the two greatest Formula One drivers of their generation.


State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974
State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974
by Dominic Sandbrook
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 17 April 2012
State of Emergency by Dominic Sandbrook is an excellent book about the early years of the 1970s. It is well-written, informative, detailed and opinionated and like the previous books in this series the author is willing to challenge the preconceptions surrounding this period. The work itself covers a wide range of topics from television and sport to architecture and feminism held together by the narrative of the political events of the time, and the story of the much maligned and rather odd Edward Heath and his government. All in all an excellent book although the usual caveats about overview works apply.


White Heat: A  History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties 1964-1970
White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties 1964-1970
by Dominic Sandbrook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Book Which Challenges the Conventional Wisdom About the 1960s, 17 April 2012
White Heat by Dominic Sandbrook is a very good book about the Sixties which reassesses the events, trends and influences of that decade. The book is well-written, fast-paced and opinionated with lots of detail and amusing anecdotes. The author to his credit also challenges very convincingly the numerous preconceptions and myths about the era which have stuck in the public conciousness. The work itself covers a wide range of topics and issues but the essential narrative of the book is held together by the author's chapters on the political history of the period based around the story of the increasingly disfunctional government of Harold Wilson. Overall, this is an excellent book and well-worth reading although it does suffer from the usual problems associated with overview works.


LBJ: Archiect of American Ambition: Architect of American Ambition
LBJ: Archiect of American Ambition: Architect of American Ambition
by Randall B Woods
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book About One of the Greatest Twentieth-Century Presidents, 17 April 2012
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LBJ- Architect of American Ambition by Randall B. Woods is a very good book about the influential and controversial thirty-sixth President of the United States. The book is well-written and fast-paced with a lot of detail and paints a vivid picture of an ambitious, brilliant and ultimately very powerful politician, but also shows a throughly unlikeable individual. The book however, does marginally suffer from the author occassionally jumping back and forwards chronologically which does at times become a little confusing. Nevertheless, it is a well-written, informative and increadibly interesting biography.


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