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R. M. D. Bennett "Rodney M Bennett" (Lonodn, England)
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The Virgin's Baby: The Battle of the Ampthill Succession
The Virgin's Baby: The Battle of the Ampthill Succession
by Bevis Hillier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars WELL TOLD, 24 Jun 2014
A totally fascinating tale well-told. What a pity DNA has not been able to resolve the question once and for all.


Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars CINEMA MEMORY, 24 Jun 2014
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In the the 1950s I ws working in Singapore. Being on shift work I sometimes had weekdays free and sometimes in those afternoons I would go to a local flea-pit cinema that usualy showed just Hollywood second-rank movies. However one day it offered Chaplin's The Kid. At the end I relaised that the cinema was much much fuller than usual for that time - mostly by young Chinese such was Chaplin's appeal.

I found the book a good run though his life though he does not mention that Chaplin apparently thought Mary Pickford 'an undersized bitch.'


Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War
Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War
by Jerry White
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars INTRIGUIN, 24 Jun 2014
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Contains a lot of interesting information not usually talked much about. Perhaps omitted was the introduction of Entertainment Tax...a tax on all Theatre, Cinema tickets and the like. Furious protests from the industry led to a promise that it would end with the end of the war. It lasted until 1957!


Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War
Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers and Propagandists of the Great War
by Taylor Downing
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.60

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4.0 out of 5 stars MATA HARI MEETING, 24 Jun 2014
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An enthralling account - though I have my reservations about his claim that 'Blinker' Hall was present at Basil Thomson's meeting with Mata Hari. I once found the full transcript of this in the National Archives and it makes it clear that only Thomson questioned her.


Peacemakers Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War
Peacemakers Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War
by Margaret Macmillan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.04

4.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF SEMINAL EVENT, 2 April 2014
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This deep exploration of the creation of the Versailles Treaty and how it re-shaped much of Europe and parts of Asia shows how many of the prob;lems facing these continents today originated.
Margaret McMilllan has obvioulsy done a lot of deep research and covers evrything thoroughly.


The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath
The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath
by Jane Robins
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING CASE, 11 Oct 2013
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A valuable account of one of the best remembered murders of the twentieth century. It suggests that Spilsbury was not the inaccuarte villian sometiems claimed. Perhaps at places the author goes into too much detail on matters not strictly relevant to her story.


Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
by Thomas Harding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars A VIEW OF A HORROR, 11 Oct 2013
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Gives clear detail to one of the geretst hporrors of modren times. Although it does not fully explain how the Nazis developed their meglamonia towards jews and others they did not like it helps greatly. Detils of Hoess's arrest and trial are particulrarly interesting


Fatal Remedies: (Brunetti 8)
Fatal Remedies: (Brunetti 8)
by Donna Leon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

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3.0 out of 5 stars A FAIR READ, 27 Aug 2013
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A fair read but not I feel one of Ruth Leon's best. Still it captures the Venetian atmosphere very well.


The Musical Milkman Murder
The Musical Milkman Murder
by Quentin Falk
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING ACCOUNT, 27 Aug 2013
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An interestign account of this lesser remembered case but does contain rathre a lot of padding. I don't think the suicides of both teh judge and the hangman ten years or more later have much bearing.


William Pitt the Younger: A Biography
William Pitt the Younger: A Biography
by William Hague
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 27 Aug 2013
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What a good wirter William Hague is. A totally fascinating biography which explains how a man of 24 got to the top


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