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Admirals
Admirals
by Andrew Lambert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short biographies of famous and not so famous admirals, 21 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Admirals (Paperback)
I enjoyed reading this book, it is filled with the lives of about ten British admirals who served from the time of the Spanish Armada to the Second World War. I certainly learnt much that I did not know previously about the admirals, some of who I had not heard of before, but who nevertheless have made important contributions to British naval power though the ages.

The biography is all the better because it does not paint the admirals as infallible but instead the author sets out each one's strengths but also their weaknesses too. One thing that surprised me particularly was the fact that several were not natural seamen and did not particularly enjoy being at sea. Despite this they had other strengths such as being great leaders, administrators or strategists. It is quite thought provoking for your own career, whatever field that may be in.

The only thing that could be improved is that I think there could be an explanation of some of the terms used - evolution, ships being 'paid off', ratings, and the various Sea Lords and their relationship with the Navy - all these were often used but not explained which was disappointing. But overall a great book.


The Rite: The Making of a Modern Day Exorcist
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Day Exorcist
by Matt Baglio
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insight into a mysterious world, 6 Dec. 2009
This book follows the 'training' of an exorcist in Rome.

The book is well written and gives a view into the world of exorcism. It even considers the interplay of exorcism and psychiatric disorders. Some of the events described here are inexplicable. Unlike sensationalist films such as The Exorcist or The Omen, this book is far more down to earth.

The only negative point about the book is that I felt something was missing. It is hard to describe what the problem is but I finished the book with the impression that the author had only scratched the surface of his subject matter. Nevertheless still a worthwhile read.


The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
by Ian Mortimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life of Edward III, 6 Dec. 2009
This is a great biography of this king, who helped shape England's very identity.

The author dispassionatley assess Edward III's character and shows how he, like everyone, was neither perfect nor good. He strove to bring order to his kingdom after the chaos of his father's reign.

The book is well written and very informative. I feel it starts fairly slowly but the author cleverly brings the reader deeper into the book and by the end the reader has had a detailed and interesting read concerning this great English king.


The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Sloan Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post World War II experiences, 6 Dec. 2009
This book explains a veteran's experiences at home after the war.

It is an excellent story of the challenges facing a veteran, Tom Rath. The author develop the character of Tom Rath is such a way that one feels a great deal of sympathy for him and his dilemmas.

There is something here for most people and it shows the way a man previously subject to daily mortal danger, faces the challenges of peace.

I thoroughly recommend this book, one of the best I have read recently.


The Age of Athelstan: Britain's Forgotten History (Revealing History (Paperback))
The Age of Athelstan: Britain's Forgotten History (Revealing History (Paperback))
by Paul Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little known king, 21 Nov. 2009
Athelstan was one of the first English kings, but nobody seems to have heard of him today in contrast to other kings of around his time such as Alfred The Great and Athelred the Unready. He achieved a big victory in 937 at an, as yet unconfirmed, location which secured the current kingdom of England for future generations.

Not much is actually know of him apart from what can be derived from the remaining fragmentary sources. Novertheless the book is quite infomrative and gives good background information on this period. Readers expecting a biography of Athelstan should note that this is note such a book; rather it gives an overview of events from roughly the time of Alfred the Great to the early 11th century, albeit that there is a focus on Athelstand's time (he died in AD939).


It's a PC World: What it means to live in a land gone politically correct: What It Means to Live in a World Gone Politically Correct
It's a PC World: What it means to live in a land gone politically correct: What It Means to Live in a World Gone Politically Correct
by Edward Stourton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High-level review of political correctness, 21 Nov. 2009
Am glad i read this however i did find some of the arguments slightly unclear. I certainly think it would have helped if I had been more familiary with some of the writers thinkers and commentators etc that the author refers to. Maybe it is just that I hate pc-ness so much that I could not bear to follow this!


The Day of the Barbarians: The First Battle in the Fall of the Roman Empire
The Day of the Barbarians: The First Battle in the Fall of the Roman Empire
by Alessandro Barbero
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way, 21 Nov. 2009
The book describes the lead up to, aftermath of, and battle that took place at Adrianople in AD378. This little known battle was one of the most important events in history, marking as it does the beginning of the end of the Western Roman Empire. The book is concise, interesting and informative. I will certainly read more by this author.


God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem
God's Gold: The Quest for the Lost Temple Treasure of Jerusalem
by Sean Kingsley
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Mediterranean treasure hunt, 21 Nov. 2009
This book tells the interesting story of the author's expedition to find out what happened to the priceless treasure and religious symbols taken from Jerusalem by the Romans after the sack of the Temple of Jerusalem by them in AD70.

Another theory put forward in a different but related book is that Alaric, chief of the Goths, who sacked Rome in AD410 took the gold. This possibility receives scant attention here and I think that the book would be improved if this possibility was considered.

Also at points I felt the book went off on a slight tangent into details that were not necessary for the story (eg the Jewish monastries in the hills and the economy surrounding them).

Overall though it's well worth reading this book.


The Last Legion
The Last Legion
by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Great villans, 19 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The Last Legion (Paperback)
This book is thoroughly enjoyable. What a great story and so much better than the film which cuts most of the book out. Only downside is amybe the pace is too fast, with too much happening!

For similar books read the excellent Bernard Cornwell Warlord trilogy, also about King Arthur.


Sword Song (The Alfred Series, Book 4) (The Last Kingdom Series)
Sword Song (The Alfred Series, Book 4) (The Last Kingdom Series)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More please!, 19 Oct. 2009
Great book, good storyline and brilliantly researched!

I agree maybe it isn;t as good as the earlier books in this series but it is still excellent!


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