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Hugo Chávez presents Simon Bolivar: The Bolivarian Revolution (Revolutions Series)
Hugo Chávez presents Simon Bolivar: The Bolivarian Revolution (Revolutions Series)
by Hugo Chávez (introduction)
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb by the abuser of Bolívar..., 26 Oct 2011
For anyone who wishes to read, verbatim, the declarations and writings of Simón Bolívar this book is a great source.

It is not worth reading this, however, without knowing something of the impact of this revolutionary upon the world stage.

I would recommend reading first: "Man of Glory" by thomas Rourke, first published in 1939. When reading Man of Glory beware of the mistakes and errors, and a few exaggerations and some incorrect dating, but it is a very good starter to learn something of Bolívar.)

I enjoyed reading the texts of the liberator in this particular volume as it gives meat to what I have read elsewhere, as most books about the revolutionary just quote his work in part (for obvious reasons of space), rather than in full, and it is good to read the vast tomes of Bolívar.

My only quibble is the author. Hugo Chavez (in my view), is misrepresenting the life of the liberator by continually claiming to be the new Bolívar and as President of his nation, he appears with a picture of the liberator behind him whenever he appears whether this be on TV, or at a rally. This is an abuse of the memory and life of the true Bolívar and I resent funding the coffers of Chavez, even in a small manner.

Overall, if you wish to learn more of Simón Bolívar and his vast writings, then this is a really good book to read, and it is easy to get through.

Simon Bolivar: A Life
Simon Bolivar: A Life
by John Lynch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giving all the facts..., 26 Oct 2011
This review is from: Simon Bolivar: A Life (Paperback)
As an aficionado of this hero of the war of independence in America (South America), I was anxious to read a book that simply gave the facts.

This book is probably the most definitive volume on the life of the Polvorin that is Bolívar.

It is quite dry, in places, but, that is what the book sets out to be, a book heavy on factual references and detail, rather than being, like other volumes, a romantic take on the matters of the short and explosive life that is Simón Bolívar.

If you want to read a softer and more favourable account, then try: "Man of Glory" by Thomas Rourke. (I am lucky enough to own a 1939 first edition of this book -which started me on the journey of learning more about Bolívar. This more romantic account, is softer and very favourable to the revolutionary, but it has quite a few inaccuracies.

This book is harsher and more realistic, and full of facts, but it is very readable, and I would disagree with other reviewers whom found it to be too dry, and one said it was boring. It is not very heavy going, just reasonably heavy n parts, but I found it, overall, to be enjoyable, but I enjoy learning more and more about this man, of whom little is known outside of America (South America).

The only thing to bear in mind is that the author of this work, in my view, does not give a great deal of credence of amazement to the marches and achievements of Bolívar in military terms. What was achieved by this revolutionary, in many of his long marches (900 miles in a month; or marching over the Andes and throughout he desolate llanos; up the great torrents of the Magdalena; up the mighty River Orinoco; through thick jungles; etc... all of this compares to any of the great military manoeuvres of history and in my view Bolívar is up there with Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Bonaparte etc...).

You will read in this volume, however, of many of the flaws of this great man, flaws that you will not find in the more romantic accounts of his life, and you will also find the discounting of other "myths" and legends that surround the liberator.

Overall, if you want to learn well researched facts about the life of this amazing man, then this is a very good book to read, but it is not for the feint of heart, it is more for the studious than the romantic. I have used it to research my own novel: Candelaro, which intertwines around the life of Bolívar, and as such it has been invaluable.

STM Bags Scout Small Shoulderbag 13 inch - Olive
STM Bags Scout Small Shoulderbag 13 inch - Olive
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superior in every regard..., 26 Oct 2011
I have owned many different laptops and bags as well, and all have had lots of accessory compartments, or wheels etc...

This time I deeded that I required a bag that held my laptop (macbook), a few wires, and I was not really bothered about having btw for pens, business cards etc... I just required something that holds an external drive, a few leads, and other essentials and a few papers.

I spent a lot of time researching reviews on many sites, and after about an hour and a half I decided upon this bag.

I am so glad that I did.

The build quality is simply superb. The stitching and strength of the bag as a whole simply cannot be faulted. The protective padding is fantastic, and more than adequately protects your valuable machine from the inevitable knocks that come with carrying a laptop around.

The design for carrying accessories is also brilliant. The pouches on the front are generous for carrying the long cable and transformer that comes with any laptop. There are two pockets for paperwork, a thinner one on the outside, and a wider one on the inside.

There is even a really cool and useful key tag that keeps your keys secure.

This is a really well made, and well thought out bag.

The only thing to bear in mind is that as a businessman you can look at this bag in two ways. It is recapturing your youth, as it is that wicked innit blad! Or, you can view it as being not at all professional to be carrying this bag into client meetings. I take the former position, if you are in the latter camp, then choose the black version, or something else entirely.

I cannot recommend this bag on practicality, build, protection etc... enough.

IPHONE 3G, 3GS SOFT BLACK PU LEATHER FLIP CASE Part Of The Qubits Accessories Range
IPHONE 3G, 3GS SOFT BLACK PU LEATHER FLIP CASE Part Of The Qubits Accessories Range

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A guardian brings difficulty..., 26 Oct 2011
This case protects the phone very well, and there you cannot fault it.

However, when using the phone as a phone, the flap when folded back feels a bit cumbersome, and probably a case without a flap is better, as this case takes away the thin design of the phone, and makes it quite bulky when carrying on an inside jacket pocket

When using the phone to type, the edges of the case get in the way of the keyboard, especially in the portrait mode; if using in landscape it is slightly better, but the numbers and letters at the side of the phone still cannot be accessed quickly and easily as you are hitting the edge of the inner case when typing.

Overall an adequate protective case, but it is awkward for typing.

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