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Pacific War, 1931-1945: A Critical Perspective on Japan's Role in World War II (Pantheon Asia Library)
Pacific War, 1931-1945: A Critical Perspective on Japan's Role in World War II (Pantheon Asia Library)
by Saburo Ienaga
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.50

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the Pacific War!, 13 Aug 2009
I loved this book. Detailed, readable, very interesting. Told from an objective Japanese point of view, I found the narrative flowed superbly. A good mix of political, economic, and social aspects blend together to provide a very satisfying read. Perfect for the expert and the general reader alike.


Hitler And Mussolini [DVD]
Hitler And Mussolini [DVD]

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 19 Jun 2009
This review is from: Hitler And Mussolini [DVD] (DVD)
A very good DVD providing a superb insight into the nature of the Fascist/National Socialist relationship. The footage-both modern and contemporary-is very good quality, and the narration interesting.
A good addition to the collection of anyone with an interest in the Fascist or Nazi states, and enjoyable for the general viewer too.


Thatcher's Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the Thatcher Era
Thatcher's Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the Thatcher Era
by Richard Vinen
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good insight into Thatcher's Britain, 19 Jun 2009
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and strikes a good balance between the political, social, and economic aspects of Thatcher's premiership. I was born in the early 80's so did not really appreciate the nature of politics in the UK at the time, this book has answered many of the questions I had regarding those years.


Mary Tudor: England's First Queen
Mary Tudor: England's First Queen
by Anna Whitelock
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best biography of Mary I, 27 May 2009
This book is excellent. Very readable and very objective. This book presents Mary as a real person with different character traits and emotions. The author presents a very balanced account of Mary's life, explaining her triumphs (her survival, her coming to the throne, her generous nature)and indeed her less successful moments (the burnings, the loss of Calais).

An absolute must for anyone with a passion for the Tudors.


The Story Of Fascism (3 DVD SET)
The Story Of Fascism (3 DVD SET)

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply terrible!, 11 May 2009
I have purchased many DVDs from Amazon re the Fascist era and World War 2, all of which have been very good. Not this one though. The commentary is dull and horribly incorrect in places. For example: Germany and her allies in World War 1 are referred to as the 'Axis Powers' rather than the 'Central Powers'. Various dates are wrong, the narrative is badly dubbed over pictorial images that often are completely out of sync with what is actually being said. For an idea of Fascism, there are many other DVDs on Amazon of far better quality than this one.


The Hellbound Heart
The Hellbound Heart
by Clive Barker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 6 May 2009
This review is from: The Hellbound Heart (Paperback)
I read this book in a day-no particular accomplishment as it is a very short book, but a superb one at that. I have been a fan of the Hellraiser films since my early teens but never got round to reading the original novella. The wait was well worth it. A tempestuous, interesting read.


Rain
Rain
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 April 2009
This review is from: Rain (Audio CD)
The remix of Rain is good but its the rare 'Edit One' remix of Fever that makes this single a must for any fan. This is the version Madonna performs live and the version on the music video, much more lively than the bland album version. Up down suite is completely forgetable but the Fever and Rain mixes more than make up for it.


The First Emperor of China
The First Emperor of China
by Jonathan Clements
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb book, although...., 14 April 2009
This is a very good effort by Clements. The book is easy to read and packed with interesting information. Historical facts are well laid out and convincing arguments provided for some of the more ambiguous points of the Emperor's political career. I do wonder if a more apropos title would be 'The world of the first Emperor' as at times the book reads more like a general overview of Imperial China rather than a political biography. The result is that the book lacks any real passion and the Emperor comes across as a rather bland individual.

This said, a good read.


Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich
Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich
by William L. Shirer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate chronicle of the Third Reich!, 7 April 2009
I owe a lot to this book. If my passion for political history started anywhere it started with Shirer. I was only 14 when I first read it and though I have read an entire phalanx of books on Hitlerite Germany over the last 15 years, none have been as detailed, colourful, interesting and factual as this one. The political, social, and military events of the Third Reich are superbly described (Shirer was a witness to many of the events as he was in Germany at the time)and leave the reader hungry for more. The book also provides a detailed biograpical account of Hitler and provides a good description of the political lives of the Nazi elite. (Goering, Ribbentrop, Himmler etc)

Quite simply a masterpiece!


Cleopatra
Cleopatra
by Pat Southern
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well told story., 1 April 2009
This review is from: Cleopatra (Paperback)
I am slightly surprised by the negative comments re this book. I do agree that it probably is not the ultimate biography of Egypt's most famous queen and yes there is a lot of reference to Marc Anthony and Octavian Augustus. But many 'fuller' biographies of Cleopatra (and I have read many)tend to get too bogged down with detail. This is a political biography not a grimoire of Egyptian economic and social issues. Often with bigger and more detailed books there is a tendency for the author to waffle or-worse still-make far too many comparisons with 21st century moral standards. This is a story of a woman who lived 2000 years ago and most be viewed as such. Anthony and Octavian had a massive impact on Cleopatra's life and both were iconic statesmen in their own right (Octavian went on to become the first Roman emperor). In short, I think this book provides a good starting point for all with a general interest in Cleopatra. It effectively provides the most interesting aspects of her life, both politically and personally, without ubiquitous narrative.


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