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On Hunting: A Short Polemic (Yellow Jersey Shorts)
On Hunting: A Short Polemic (Yellow Jersey Shorts)
by Roger Scruton
Edition: Paperback

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable insight into the hunting world, 31 Mar 2003
Beginning as a short autobiography, Scruton explains his love of old England, which is sadly disappearing. In his search for this lost land, he discovers the wonders of both the countryside and hunting. Here he finds, much to his pleasure, that in nature, these virtues which he thought had been lost can in fact be found. Hunting can set us free from the urban restraints and regulations that infringe upon our liberty. Of course, as is usually the case, Scruton also manages to squeeze in some political and philosophical points on; animal rights, the theory of evolution, the importance of the nation. But the book's main purpose, is to inform people why it is that hunting is attractive, and a fabulous one it is too!


Psycho: The Autobiography
Psycho: The Autobiography
by Stuart Pearce
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A footballer's dream read, 14 Feb 2003
This is certainly not just another football autobiography. The reason that this one in particular is so interesting is that the best bits (most of the book) are about when Pearce played for Wealdstone, meaning every amateur footballer can easily relate to it. Pearce must be one of the most charismatic players to have played for England and he writes with humour, wit and lucidity, making it un-put-downable. Long but well worth sticking to.


The West and the Rest: Globalisation and the Terrorist Threat
The West and the Rest: Globalisation and the Terrorist Threat
by Roger Scruton
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking analysis of the West and Islam, 11 Feb 2003
The title - 'Globalisation and the Terrorist Threat' does not give an accurate impression as to the content of this book. Actually such issues are only explored in depth in the final third. The first three chapters instead focus on the disctinct cultural differences that exist in the West and in the Islamic world. The author explains why the differences between these quite dissimilar societies arise from both religious thought and the individual's attitudes toward the state. The book presents to the reader a plausible explaination why Muslims find it difficult to respect secular governance, that which is apparent in the West.
In a defense of the nation state, Scruton questions our attitudes toward immigration, Europe etc and then shows how the West is in fact responsible, in part, for the rise of terrorism.
This eloquently written book is valuable, not only to political and sociological scholars, but indeed to anyone who wishes to inquire about the 'West-Rest' relationship.


The Smoke and the Fire: Myths and Anti-myths of War, 1861-1945
The Smoke and the Fire: Myths and Anti-myths of War, 1861-1945
by John Terraine
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and informative, 23 Jan 2003
Those who think they already posess an in-depth knowledge of the wars in the period concerned will find parts of Terraine's book a little shocking. But it is in any case essential for those who seek the truth. Mainly focussing on the first world war, it is well backed with evidence and argued persuasively. This book plays an important part in challenging some of the myths that have inevitably arisen from war books over the years. It ocassionally seems monotonous but is well worth sticking with!


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