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The Republic and The Laws (Oxford World's Classics)
The Republic and The Laws (Oxford World's Classics)
by Cicero
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book of enlightened statecraft, 27 May 2012
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This book is highly recommended to everyone that has intellectually evolved past the marxist, socialist, capitalist or classical liberal theories and has a deep understanding of not just political theory, but more importantly empirical facts regarding the consequenes of these theories when they are institutionalized.

This is not a beginners book, but is recommended to anyone having read Schumpeter, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Rousseau, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, John Stuart Mill, Platon, Aristotle, Gadamer, Kant and Machiavelli. The reason for this is because this book does not embrace radical ideas suited for young minds, but reflecting ideas suited for a sophisticated mature mind.

I will not give any examples to the arguments and philosophy of Cicero as I want other readers to experience them for themselves, as they are revelations.

The book is highly entertaining to read as it is enlightening, it is written as a screenplay of a group of friends spending the summer holiday at the great Scipio Africanus summer estate in the suburbs of Rome discussing the best form of society, and deals with themes from Justice, Traditions, Religion, Power, distribution of Capital, wellfare, trade and war. This book is for the mature mind as it is built on empirical facts of history rather than political wishfull thinking of utopias.

This book provides a blueprint for the most stable society, where imperfect human beings can coexist in prosperity and justice without the need for revolutions or depressions.
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The Thirty Years War: A Documentary History
The Thirty Years War: A Documentary History
by Tryntje Helfferich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.36

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and fascinating, 27 May 2012
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This is one the books that once you start reading you can't stop until you are finished.

It is written chronologically with good context description and insight into the various political ramifications that the princes and generals faced. It is not as detailed oriented on the tactics and numbers used in the different battles, but it makes up for it with it details about the different scenarious and events that occurred as a pretext for the wars and the events during the wars. It is also an excellent book for understanding and detailing the different actors central to the wars, who they were and what their agendas were.

I read this book through a perspective of power maximization theory for nation building which this book helped substantiate to a large degree.

Recommended to anyone interested in european history.


The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern
The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern
by Victor Davis Hanson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for a more comprehensive perspective on the present, past and future, 20 May 2012
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My review is not meant to comment/argue on the empirical facts and arguments made by the author, but more a final touch to the average conservative who is deciding on whether or not to buy this book.

This book is a great read, entertaining, informative and challenging your preconceptions in a way that leaves you smirking when hearing political commentators on television or reading the newspapers.

I read through this book in about 3 days while on holiday in Spain and it one of the more memorable aspects of my vacations(and it was a great vacation really). Victor Davis Hanson has a great mind for analogies, and it's a mindblowing delight having the realization that the human faults that plague us today are timeless. And for all the external cultural, educational and sociological stimulus we are not really more intelligent today and that the most celebrated intellects of today are more immature and naive than great public figures 3000 years ago.

If you are looking for new perspective and more mature comprehension of history and present, while relaxing in your house or reading on a plane then this is a excellent addition to your personal library.
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Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service (Publications of Russell Sage Foundation)
Street Level Bureaucracy: Dilemmas of the Individual in Public Service (Publications of Russell Sage Foundation)
by Michael Lipsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Explains everything you need to know about the Norway, 20 May 2012
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Living in a social-democratic wellfare state this book has provided me with long sought after answers to why the bureaucrats controlling every aspect of public and almost all aspects of private life act the way they do, why the unemployment rate of Norway is much higher than the current official statement, why you must wait 2 years before the governments gives you a green light to change the windows of your home, or why it takes 3 years to change the zoning of your property from residential to economical property, but more importantly it explains why things will not get better.

This book does not leave you with much hope for the future, but it does show you that there is no huge conspiracy going on that you might otherwise have thought if just studied the end result of the product that is the public bureaucracy. What there is intead is a huge network of individual and small internal conspiracies of normal decent people just seeking to safeguard their jobs and salaries to provide for their families as any person in the private sector also does.

This book is a good primer for Milton Friedman "Free to Choose" (highly recommended)


Mons Graupius AD 83 (Campaign)
Mons Graupius AD 83 (Campaign)
by Duncan B Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the average history enthusiast, 20 May 2012
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My expertise in this field is very limited having only a bachelor degree in political and military history, though my review is meant for the average reader and history enthusiast.

The first thing that strikes me when reading Mons Graupius AD 83 (Campaign) is the structure of the book is extremely boring, and forces you to skim countless sentences as the descriptions and facts are written in a fashion of a gradeschool factbook you find at your local library.

I read other reviews saying they could feel the author enthusiasm for this subject, I got no such feeling and felt I was reading a plain review of historical accounts with no interesting facts I didn't already know.

The only reason I give this book 2 stars instead of 1 is that the facts are good and illustrations give good immersion.

If you are looking to write a term paper on the subject, then its a good enough book.

But If you are looking for an fascinating book to give you more appreciation of this important historical battle, or a book to read on the plane, bus or before bed that would give you the satisfaction of a great read then don't buy this book, you will be disapointed.


Dark Messiah Of Might And Magic (PC DVD)
Dark Messiah Of Might And Magic (PC DVD)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 6 Feb 2011
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MM Dark Messiah is one of the most forgotten and unappreciated gems in the role-playing genre. The game breaks from the classic Might & Magic style from a long open world rpg to a linear action focused rpg and it does so beautifully. The game is short for a rpg lasting only 6 hours or so, but in that time you will fight epic interactive battles with everything from Orcs, Cyclops, Liches, Wyverns and much more. The gameplay of Dark Messiah is the best in the entire library of rpg's, and the game rewards creative fast paced combat with tons of ways of hilariously killing your enemies. The storyline is good scripted, good voice acting and multi choice ending. It's in many ways better than Oblivion, Dragon Age and Mass Effect. To me Dark Messiah represent the last of the great action games like Heretic, Hexen, Quake and Doom.


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