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Thrust: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Quest for Speed
Thrust: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Quest for Speed
by Richard Noble
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and thrilling, 7 Jun. 2015
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One of the best things of Amazon's Marketplace is the possibility of finding amazing books at near-to-new condition and virtually given away (this was 0.01+pp = around 5 euros; I would never think of buying it at RRP).
I have been aware of the land speed record saga, although never paid too much attention to it in spite of having seen the Thurst SSC live in the Conventry Transport Museum a few years ago.
In any case, the book by Richard Noble is one of the most thrilling accounts of how a micro-project can achieve what nobody else has achieved before (and has yet to be overcome). The story unfolds as told by Richard Noble speaking in the first person, mixing personal story and anecdotes with technical details and the development of the adventure, in a truly delightful reading.
I'll keep an attentive eye on the Bloodhound SSC.


Chequered Conflict: The Inside Story on Two Explosive F1 World Championships
Chequered Conflict: The Inside Story on Two Explosive F1 World Championships
by Maurice Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting recall but that's about it, 11 April 2015
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Somewhat bisased tale of the 2007 championship but providing interesting and well organised information of what went behind curtains, although with little more than was already known. For instance, I would like to have more details about the Alonso "treason" in Hungary, as this issue had profund impact on several fronts; unfortunatey, it is described too lightly for its importance. In what concerns the 1986 championship it is much better and it is a pity that it takes less than 25% of the space.
A good buy if you find it at almost new at 0.01 + pp as I did.


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5.0 out of 5 stars PSB at their best, 7 July 2014
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This is, most probably, one of the least known PSB albums but, IMO, their best.
You will recognize just a handful of tracks and, even these, in a transformed outfit. Many of the others are virtually unknown to most and translate the care for melody that is a trademark for PSB music, joined by exquisite refinement and originality usually submerged under the requirements for their top-chart themes.
A 20 out of 10, no question!


World War II: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
World War II: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
by Viscount Montgomery Of Alamein
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Not to miss, 3 July 2014
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It would be unmissable even if just for being a 50th anniversary edition and with introductions from Montgomery and Rommel and Eisenhower sons. The contents are within one could expect from such an edition.
Good pictures, with quite a few I had never seen before, also good text. A book to go over a few pages at a time, finding some new details and different perspectives here and there.
Also the price (15 euros including delivery for a large format 2.5 kg book in almost new condition) was astonishing; if you still can find a similar copy buy it.


LIFE D-Day
LIFE D-Day
by of
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 5 star pictures,3 star writing, 3 July 2014
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Good book as one could expect from Life, filled with fine pictures, many of which rarely seen before.
On the other side, the tone used in the written sections is a bit arrogant and translates mostly the american view about D-Day and its context.
Many other books from american authors (Stephen Ambrose comes to mind, same as the fantastic WWII 30+ book collection from Time-Life Books I bought in the 80's) are much more balanced and fair in their analysis and description of the facts..
Anyway, as a 70th aniversary edition it is worthwhile to join your WWII book collection if you can find it at a bargain price as I did.


Colossus: The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers
Colossus: The secrets of Bletchley Park's code-breaking computers
by B. Jack Copeland and others
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.69

5.0 out of 5 stars A different way to tell history, 25 Jun. 2014
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Anyone beginning to own quite a few books concerning WWII has already found some of them a bit tiring to read, irrespective of the quality of the writing and the deepness of the sources and analysis.
History is that way. A lot of information has been collected along the years and to put it into perspective is long and has to include many inputs, names, acronyms, etc.
One example is the seminal work about deception in WWII - Bodyguard of Lies by Anthony Cave Brown. Almost 1000 pages of amazing facts, dissected to the bone, but that must be read in a slow pace, perhaps drawing some diagrams so that all the intricacies and connections are understood and can be used as reference a couple of weeks or a month later when something surfaces again. I took almost a year to read it all.
Bletchley's code-breaking history is as deep and mysterious as any. But Colossus presents it in a different way: relatively short chapters, from different authors, taking the reader through the succession of facts, people and technological revolutions.
Due to the change of writing style, the care of each author to try to get his part of the story with beginning, middle and end in 15-20 pages, makes it much more easy to read, almost like a novel, sacrificing nothing to truthfulness.
One of the best WWII books I came across for a long time.

PS: on the side, a note for foreign buyers. After Amazon ceased its Free Delivery option for orders over 25 GBP, it is much cheaper to buy from Marketplace sellers. P&P can be less than half of what Amazon charges, delivery time is the same and for 90%+ ratings, wrapping and service is excellent. Think about it.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and identifiable, 30 Oct. 2013
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Besides protection to scratches, the main reason for this purchase was to make my daughter's MacBook stand out in the sea of MacBooks in her Faculty. In the PC environment it is not very usual to have two equal laptops on the same desk but MacBooks look all the same and picking up the wrong one can happen (not talking about theft...). A good product, very agreeable to the touch, and fits perfectly (prospective buyers: confirm the date of release of the laptop and check it in the specifications of the shell because the dimensions change marginally from a batch to another).


Schlegelmilch Sportscar Racing 1962-1973
Schlegelmilch Sportscar Racing 1962-1973
by David Tremayne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.66

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but..., 9 July 2013
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Fine book, excellent photography. Nevertheless, I found that the 1969-1971 era is a bit underrepresented, in special the amazing 917's of Gulf Porsche and (this one totally missing!) the fantastic Ferrai 512M in the Penske-Sunoco blue/yellow livery.


Sony Ericsson Arc S Sim Free Smart Phone - Midnight Blue
Sony Ericsson Arc S Sim Free Smart Phone - Midnight Blue

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5.0 out of 5 stars No need for a tablet now, 13 Jan. 2012
I bought the Xperia Arc S because of a limited promotion my carrier has offered (in Portugal). For under 100 euros it was a steal, even if the result might prove to be just average.
Surprise, surprise. All the pros and cons of the other reviews are true and no need to repeat them here. But I must stress again the picture quality. Completely awesome in that 4.2" screen. Sony is top at making TVs and I hope it stays in the market.
I was thinking of getting a tablet for browsing, watching videos and checking email while on the sofa or in bed. My laptop is with me wherever I work, so it would be just for fun and I didn't want to spend a lot.
The Arc S is the perfect match. Light, efficient, big enough to be an hand-held TV and small enough to be in the pocket and to use as a phone.
And Sony says it will upgrade all Xperia line from Android 2.3.4. (the current OS) to 4.0 in some weeks. Can't wait!
Brilliant.

Update: battery life is really long but you must remember two things: (i) disable wifi when off range or you do not need it (while at work, for instance); (ii) put it on energy saving mode at night or during a long meeting. Two days on a single charge guaranteed.
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Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Changing tracks, 25 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Playing for Pizza (Paperback)
This is not a Grisham legal thriller, so you must prepare yourself and not read it with preconceived ideas. This is a book about an American learning to love the european - Italian, to be more precise - way of life; first by obligation, afterwards by sheer pleasure. And Grisham does a very good job. Although the parts concerning the football game itself are quite difficult for non-USA readers, all the rest blends into a fine reading. Europeans will find an interesting view of their own environment and foreigners will be encouraged to live it on the first person. Not 5 but definitely 4-star.


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