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The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
by Ron Suskind
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading, 29 Mar. 2004
A really interesting account of 2 years in the George W cabinet. One can easily visualise how it must be extremely difficult to work with a maverick like Paul O'Neil, but it makes me wonder how W and Cheney ever decided to choose him for the post in the first place.
Many of the revelations on the working of the White House are spine-chilling. I won't spoil it by commenting on them. Just go ahead and read the book.
I only wish I could have come out of it with a higher opinion of GB than I started. Brace yourselves. Let's hope Kerry wins and is different/better for all our sakes.


Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness
Trusted Mole: A Soldier's Journey into Bosnia's Heart of Darkness
by Martin, M.P. Bell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very personal but incomplete momoir, 29 Mar. 2004
In so far as it goes, the book is a personal memoir of a terrible yet spellbinding time in the life of Milos Stankovic. His style is an easy going one of a soldier rather than a lterary man, lightening this lengthy horror story for the reader.
There is so much more I would like to hear from him - greater detail of meetings he attended; his views of events in retrospect; and the final resolution of his personal situation following the spying charges, to name but a few. Perhaps a sequel is called for, Mr. Stankovic??


Sanctuary [1997] [DVD]
Sanctuary [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Dacascos
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.18

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!, 19 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Sanctuary [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
Sorry for anyone who has rated this film so highly, but apart from the superficial plot, weak stunts, wooden acting and godawful script I could not find much to commend the film.
Should surely be a candidate for the worst film list.


Reefer Madness: ...and Other Tales from the American Underground
Reefer Madness: ...and Other Tales from the American Underground
by Eric Schlosser
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low key and thought provoking, 9 July 2003
The author seems to have gone out of his way to make this a discourse on the past and current state of play on just 3 topics of interest (marihuana, illegal immigrants and the porn trade). Fortunately he avoids getting sucked into the razzle dazzle typically associated with books of this type.
The book is highly informative and thought provoking.


The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group (Business)
The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group (Business)
by Christopher Byron
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A low key devastating expose, 9 July 2003
This book is not about hype or catchy one-liners. It briefly runs through, often skimming the surface, a series of "deals" the Carlyle Group has been involved in, and more important, their business practice.
The book still leaves many questions unanswered, which only whets the apetite for more. Is this the work of the legal departmen in abridging the extent of the discourse, is it for a genuine lack of evidence/information, or is it simply insinuation and malice from the author.
Despite these limitations, it is a really worthy read for anyone with the slightest interest in the Carlyle Group, or more important, an interest in the threat of the military-industrial-government axis Eisenhower warned about some 40 odd years ago.


To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia
To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia
by Michael Parenti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.16

19 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise summary of the Balkan quagmire, 9 Sept. 2002
A brief yet excellent outline of the multitude of factors and players who have directly or indirectly contributed to the latest "Balkanisation." Mr Parenti writes in a clear style, principally using (US) media records to confirm and verify his comments.
Whatever the book may lack in in-depth analysis it makes up for in clarity. Seems a perfect medium for anyone interested in reading of an alternative version of what they have been presented in the Western press previously.


Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5
Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5
by Stella Rimington
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can the controversy really have been all spin and hype?, 2 Sept. 2002
...I too found this book rather inane. So much of it deals with sexism within MI5, babysitter problems, housing troubles etc, that one neither gets to know the author particularly well, nor, most importantly, her views of the modern security services. One of Ms Rimingtons departures was to write of her tutorial to the Russian secret service post Communism. Unfortunately, even here, rather than compare and contrast, and heaven forbid, draw anything good or advantageous from the other side, she spends most of her effort on rather less signifiacnt matters.
No one in their right minds will buy this book to learn state secrets nor of operatives, but surely we are entitled to a much more mature and intelligent view of the secret services than presented.
No hesitation in failing to recommend! Sorry. It may just be that the editing has been through so many hands that the inevitable result is a sterile publication as if written by a committee.


War of Words: Washington Tackles the Yugoslav Conflict
War of Words: Washington Tackles the Yugoslav Conflict
by Danielle S. Sremac
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £52.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect expose of how the press can distort and drive policy, 4 July 2002
This is indeed an excellent expose of the distorted nature of the reporting of the events in the Balkans during the 1990's. The 250 odd page book documents the way in which the US news media distorted and selectively repoorted the true events in Croatia, Bosnia and (briefly) Kosovo. Information which did not fit neatly into the "good guy / bad guy" melodrama was either hidden away in places unlikely to be noticed by most readers, or it was not reported at all.
This is not the only book on the specific subject matter, but it is certainly a worthy one.


John Major: The Autobiography
John Major: The Autobiography
by John Major
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to make you feel Nostalgic for honesty and integrity, 24 May 2002
Whatever the drawbacks of the book may be, and there are pleanty, it is a breath of fresh air.
Some will criticise it for the lack of full disclosure (by which they mean dirt) regarding Thatcher, Hague, Portillo and others. Yet, we should all applaud the man for having the integrity not to speak ill of those he was once an ally, servant, colleague of. This defines the difference between Major and Blair (as well as some of the aforementioned). It seems like a totally different world, yet it was only a short while ago.
You should read this book, if for no other reason, then to get a perspective of the modern day political cynicism, and how it does not have to be that way. We are all at fault for letting it become like this. This book can serve as a reminder of what we should expect and demand, rather than the spoon fed spin that today's politicians of all parties seek to weave, and the obliging media regurgitates without much consideration. The Blair theme music "Things can only get better", at least from the political perspective, could not have been more wrong!


When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management
by Roger Lowenstein
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complexity made simple, 16 Mar. 2001
Other than reveal a much greater part of the picture than has been generally published, Lowenstein's greatest success must be the way he has simplified a very complex affair into something comprehensible.
Some will read this as the ultimate expression of greed by the participants. Sure, there was a lot of that. Myself, I put the book down on completion, feeling a great deal of sympathy for many of the key players. If they and we should learn anything form the entire episode, it is never to forget to apply our instincts and common sense to issues which may have been "perfectly" explained by science or mathematics - even by Nobel prize winners.


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