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Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet
Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet
by Iain Ballantyne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing the Bismarck -My opinion, 25 Oct 2010
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Excellent, well written and very informative. I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. Well worth the money....


HMS Victory (Warships of the Royal Navy)
HMS Victory (Warships of the Royal Navy)
by Iain Ballantyne
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HMS Victor My opinion, 25 Oct 2010
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As with all Iain Ballantyne's books this one was very interesting, informative and well written.


Call the Hands
Call the Hands
by Roger Paine
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Call the Hands"-My opinion, 25 Oct 2010
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Very disappointing. I was expecting some funny naval anecdotes but found the book boring and weak so I returned it.


Breaking into Freelance Illustration: A Guide for Artists, Designers and Illustrators
Breaking into Freelance Illustration: A Guide for Artists, Designers and Illustrators
by Holly DeWolf
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.66

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Breaking into freelance illustration Review, 15 Aug 2010
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Don't buy this one. Buy "How to be an illustrator" instead. This is American written with useless facts were as "How to be an illustrator" is for the British illustration scene with usefull information on copyright, fees and agents..


How to be an Illustrator
How to be an Illustrator
by Darrel Rees
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.49

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be an illustrator Review, 15 Aug 2010
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Excellent book..... Full of useful information about the British illustration scene. Well worth buying if you're interested in becoming a freelance illustrator as it covers things like copyright, agents and fees, subjects that aren't usually covered in art schools...


Celebration of Sail
Celebration of Sail
by Roy Cross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration of Sail by Roy Cross, a review, 31 May 2010
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Having bought marine art books by artists like Robert Taylor, Montague Dawson and Geoff Hunt, I can honestly say that Roy Cross's work is far superior. His rendering of the sea is unsurpassed, looking photographic. His subjects are mainly 18th and 19th century American ships and harbours as he's done a lot of American commissions. The book also explains how he went about carrying out the commissions, reseaching extensively on American ports and working off ship models and plans. In my opinion he is the best maritime artist I'v come across and the book itself is spectacular with big full colour prints of his work in oils, gouache, acrylics and mixed media. I thoroughly recommend this book to ship enthusiasts and lovers of the sea and marine art.


Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss
Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss
by Philip Carlo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Gaspipe, a review, 31 May 2010
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I have read Philip Carlo's other books about the American Mafia and their associates. He has first hand knowledge of them, having been brought up in the Bensonhurst neighbourhood of Brooklyn amongst them. Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso was a next door neighbour, and his parents knew him well and are mentioned in the book. The book itself tells the story of Casso, his crimes and his eventual incarceration after dealing with corupt NYPD detectives. Having read, "The Butcher" about another of "Bensonhurst's Finest", Tommy Pitera and "The Ice Man" about Richard Kuklinskey, a psychopathic Mafia hit man from New Jersey, this book does'nt quite come up to their standards. For the best book in the genre, and a book you can't put down, I recommend "The Ice Man".......


Mad Dogs and Englishmen: An Expedition Round My Family
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: An Expedition Round My Family
by Ranulph Fiennes
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A history lover's review, 16 April 2010
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This book is about Sir Ranulph Fiennes's ancestors who can be traced back to Charlemaigne. For history lovers its a great education in the history of firstly England, then Great Britain as throughout the country's long story the Fiennes family have played prominent roles. The book is fascinating and very well written. Sir Ranulph does not seek to embelish his family, but recounts his encyclopaedic knowledge of his ancestors, with some negative characters, warts and all. Its well worth the read.......Trajan, A history lover.


Young Nelsons: Boy Sailors During the Napoleonic Wars (General Military)
Young Nelsons: Boy Sailors During the Napoleonic Wars (General Military)
by D.A.B Ronald
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Young Nelsons" Review, 11 Dec 2009
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The book covers the period of the late 18th century and the Napoleonic Wars. It differentiates between the classes of boy seamen "Boys", being from the lower decks, and "Young Gentlemen" the Midshipmen, often from the landed gentry. I , personaly did not like the author's writing style. The book mentions specific personalities during the period but I found it tedious in parts.


The Broken Compass: How British Politics lost its way
The Broken Compass: How British Politics lost its way
by Peter Hitchens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.34

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Broken Compass, 9 July 2009
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I have to agree with Peter Hitchens on some of his points, and he does make a good argument for the deterioration in the British Education System as a result of the demise of the grammar schools, arguing that they were the main means of social mobility for the working class. The book is Peter,s usual rant about the decline of Britain, socialy and morally. I found it an interesting read though.


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