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Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Andrew Clapham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary human-rights considerations, 30 Aug 2012
The review by ZK is very perceptive. It is also significant that the edition is now nearly six years old, and hence the many human-rights issues that have hit the headlines in recent years are not directly discussed. A revised edition that takes into account ZK's criticisms, that explores very contemporary cases, and that is couched in language that is more precise and sensitive, would be invaluable.

Brian Gale.


D2 Quadra Professional Hard Disk - 1TB - Quadruple Interface - eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 - 7200RPM - Windows, Mac OS
D2 Quadra Professional Hard Disk - 1TB - Quadruple Interface - eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 - 7200RPM - Windows, Mac OS

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent external hard-drive, 11 Jan 2011
Lacie external drives generally appear to be well-made and very reliable. I bought this one because my previous one has given several years of impeccable service and is now full; and this particular model combines well with Apple's Time Machine. It has performed well in the three months that I have been using it. My son has four - and they, too, have worked faultlessly for several years. The only adverse criticism lies in the instruction manual - which is adequate, but lacks the incisive clarity that would be preferred.


Flora Helvetica : Flore illustrée de Suisse
Flora Helvetica : Flore illustrée de Suisse
by Konrad Lauber
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The flora of The Alps and The Pre-Alps, 13 Jan 2010
Flora Helvetica [ASIN:325807206X Flora Helvetica], and the Key to Flora Helvetica [ASIN:3258072558 Flora Helvetica, Clef de determination], constitute one of the finest field-floras that is available for any part of the world. Flora Helvetica describes - with excellent macro colour illustrations in every case - 3000 species and sub-species of flowering-plants, ferns, and fern-allies, that occur in The Swiss Alps and the surrounding Pre-Alps area. The Clef is a standard dichotomous key that enables an unidentified plant to be named via a logical examination of its characteristics - as an alternative (and, potentially, more-accurate) approach to that of flicking through the 3000 pictures!

Good features are:
a) The taxon coverage includes every significantly-described species that occurs in the region.
b) The geographical coverage effectively includes virtually every 'higher' plant that occurs in The Alps or in The Pre-Alps - and hence the book is invaluable, outside Switzerland, for use in such French National Parks as Chartreuse and Vercors.
c) The pictures and summary-descriptions of each species are of very high quality - and include flowering-time and distribution-map.
d) There is a fine colour-illustrated introduction to the region and its plants.

Disadvantages are:
a) The text is only available in French or German (so you have to buy either a French or a German edition). However, the text is well-organised, and the key points are highlighted - and those who are not fluent in French or German should not have much difficulty in grasping the salient features.
b) The book is hard-back, and weighs 2.0 kilo [The Clef is a paper-back].


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