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Engaging Leadership: Three Agendas for Sustaining Achievement
Engaging Leadership: Three Agendas for Sustaining Achievement
by Didier Marlier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A timely tonic, 24 April 2009
This book is a useful addition to the crowded market of literature on leadership, striking a balance between formal, evidence-based assertion and a digestible, engaging style. This can be hard to achieve in a work that synthesises the work of several authors; yet here the voice is consistent, clear and persuasive without the hollow hectoring or brash certainties than can be the hallmark of the "leadership handbook". Importantly it lends itself not only to the quick-dip reader, but also to the browser and the reflective reader: the chapters are concise, and intelligently sub-divided to provide units of interest that retain their value both as stand-alone elements and as parts of a coherent tapestry. While many of the examples are taken from popular culture - a strength or a weakness according to taste - there are some resonant concepts that stand out with that particular glow of the self-evident emerging from the shadows over our shoulder.

English Passengers
English Passengers
by Matthew Kneale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-class writing; excellent entertainment, 29 Aug. 2001
This review is from: English Passengers (Paperback)
This is refreshing and compelling writing, unashamedly drawing on a much neglected tradition of multiple first person narratives and melding tragedy and burlesque with great skill. The imperfections and bigotry of each narrator are deliciously transparent in their accounts, without this device ever becoming tired or clumsy. Indeed, as one of these other reviews brilliantly illustrates, how silly people can appear when they utter opinionated statements, particularly on the place of other people in the world. Buy, read, enjoy: Matthew Kneale's writing exudes maturity and class - the kind that has nothing to with his origins, parentage or travel habits.

Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Great Britain and Europe (A Pan original)
Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Great Britain and Europe (A Pan original)
by Roger Phillips
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, thorough and brilliantly illustrated guide, 9 Aug. 2001
This was the first substantial book on the subject that I acquired, nearly twenty years ago, and it remains unsurpassed as an accessible yet thorough work with outstanding illustrations. Having searched primarily in Europe, I would choose to review some of the assessments of frequency, and location, but this book remains a first class achievement, and an excellent choice for a collector who wants to upgrade from a worthy but superficial pocket guide. My favourite mushroom book.

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