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Disraeli: or, The Two Lives
Disraeli: or, The Two Lives
by Douglas Hurd
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as Blake, 4 Sept. 2013
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This is a pretty good summary of Disraeli's life but it suffers from leaping between a thematic and chronological approach. So for instance, the authors mention his close relationship and flattery of Queen Victoria in the middle of relating his younger years (when he had no contact with Victoria). The major issue though is that its clear that the author's are not quite sure they like Disraeli and that often shows through in the text. They make stern efforts to explain why he was a great man and politician but it doesn't feel as though their heart is really in it. A biography of a Cavalier by two puritan Roundheads. One area they are good on though is explaining Disraeli's appeal and his oratory and they advance a interesting theory on political "imagination" which I found convincing. They also do a an impressive job of placing Disraeli in a wider historical political landscape: again useful and interesting. All in all, this is a book worth reading but order a copy of the Blake biography which is the classic treatment and complements this well: Disraeli


The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers
The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written dissection of the death of the great newspapers, 26 Sept. 2011
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Read this if you have any interest in why newspapers are dying and standards of reporting are dropping through the floor. Great read


From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France
From Lance to Landis: Inside the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France
by David Walsh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Every Fan Should Read, 1 Jan. 2008
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Read "Its not about the Bike" and then read this for the most terrific counterpoint to the Armstrong fandom we all, including me, swallowed for so long. Walsh has dedicated his life to uncovering the facts and sometimes his links and evidence are necessarily a little tenuous and repetitive. However, overall in my eyes he dramatically proves his case. One's opinion of Armstrong emerges battered but even more complex and fascinating in some ways. Its clear that Walsh does sympathise with him and that Armstrong really had no alternative to doping if he wanted to win as he did.

Read Armstrong's denials and some of the reviews on this page and you do realise how unwilling we have become, as a society, to accept that our heroes can be less than perfect. This book shows that LA was far from saintly but an amazing and fascinating human and athlete all the same. Its clear from this book though that modern cycling and sport as a whole are a serious mess and we need to have a serious rethink about the celeb money-culture that dominates them.


The Cyclist's Training Manual: Fitness and Skills for Every Rider
The Cyclist's Training Manual: Fitness and Skills for Every Rider
by Guy Andrews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cycling Training Manual I've Found, 26 Dec. 2007
This really is a step up from authors like Friel or Carmichael for two reasons. Firstly its far better produced with a lot of full colour pictures and diagrams that really add to the message and also because its stuffed with good information on everything about the sport not just the physical training. So you'll find good pages on hand signals, group riding, tactics, time trialling etc. Overall its a far more inspiring and comprehensive look at the subject. Recommended.


Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life (Quick Reads)
Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life (Quick Reads)
by Sir Richard Branson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.69

38 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite the worst book I've read in years..., 16 Nov. 2006
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This book really is drivel. I've no idea whether Branson had any hand in writing it or whether his secretary helped knock it up on a Friday afternoon. Its thin and full of trite and cliched ideas that seem to boil down to mindless enthusiasm in a woolly jumper. I have set up and sold several businesses and I can seriously recommend that you do not read this book under any circumstances let alone imagine it will help you become an entrepreneur! For the first time in ages I was inspired to rip a book up and actually throw it away. Painfully bad.
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The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Page turning sensational tosh.., 26 April 2004
This book is immensely readable - almost compellingly so. The storygradually gathers pace with all the requisite ingredients of mystery,horror, sex-appeal and cod history gelling together.
The sub-plot and history / theology seem equally fascinating until theyare fully revealed whereupon it becomes clear that this is a distortedrehash of a bunch of feminist theologians and some gnostic hereticalrantings. It worries me that many people will take this stuff as 'gospel'and believe it to be true. To be clear - some people believe stuff likethis but few do.
If you're the sort of person that gets upset that God is referred to as'he' in the bible then and you love barmy conspiracy theories then by allmeans buy this book. Otherwise there are many more entertaining andproductive ways to spend your time.


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