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Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives)
Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives)
by Michael Korda
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very readable, 1 Oct. 2011
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This is a short book, but is in my opinion a brilliant expose of a great American who exemplifies that nation's love of the self made man...and President Grant had to do that more than once. No wonder we Europeans queued to see him. That this man could summon the courage to write his memoirs while in the last painful months of his life is so very admirable. Anyone on this side of the Atlantic with an interest in the American Civil War should read this book, all Americans must read it.


Armies of the Balkan Wars 1912-13: The Priming Charge for the Great War (Men at Arms Series)
Armies of the Balkan Wars 1912-13: The Priming Charge for the Great War (Men at Arms Series)
by Philip Jowett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far too small, 1 Sept. 2011
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It is far too thin a book on a conflict only known to a few which however had such a long term resonance, consequently, use this book as a primer. I have however still given it 4 stars as there is not that much out there for such little cost.


The Death of Glory: The Western Front, 1915
The Death of Glory: The Western Front, 1915
by Robin Neillands
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the author's best, 1 Sept. 2011
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In my opinion this is a better book than the one he wrote on the Normandy campaign. It is a well written overview of the disappointments sufferd by Britain's Imperial Armies and Allies in 1915 and is a must for the libraries of those who study, research or have an interest in WW1. The author was an ex-Royal Marine and he brings to the book a 'feel' for the ordinary man caught up in such horrendous events. I was fortunate to have studied with him and his death to cancer is deeply regretted.


Aircraft of the Aces: Legends of the Skies (General Aviation)
Aircraft of the Aces: Legends of the Skies (General Aviation)
by Tony Holmes
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great art work, 1 Sept. 2011
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A real delight for those interested in aviation art; a standard to which those of us who try and draw and paint aircraft aspire.


Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919 (Battleground Europe)
Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919 (Battleground Europe)
by Francis MacKay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for those really interested, 1 Sept. 2011
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This book is really only for those who are researching the Italian Front of the Great War or someone visiting the area with an intention of going to a specific battlefield. Good on several small actions and a general history of Allied involvement - BUT, only for the intiated.


The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I: 1916-18 v. 2 (Men-at-Arms)
The Austro-Hungarian Forces in World War I: 1916-18 v. 2 (Men-at-Arms)
by Peter Jung
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction, 1 Sept. 2011
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As there is little in English concerning the subject this is a must for anyone intersted in this very specialised area. Both Osprey's concerning the A-H forces of WW1 are good purchases.


Great Harry's Navy: How Henry VIII Gave England Sea Power
Great Harry's Navy: How Henry VIII Gave England Sea Power
by Geoffrey Moorhouse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history, 1 Sept. 2011
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This book is a must for those interested in the creation of Britain's Royal Navy. We are used to stories of 'daring do' by his daughter Elizabeth's 'Sea Dogs' but without Henry the basis for the ships they manned and the organisation that supported them would not have existed. However, of course this must be taken in context with the enormous debt he owed to the parsimoney of his father Henry V11 allowing him to spend prodigious amounts on all of the military, leaving his country upon his death in a dire financial situation. Henry played for big stakes but it was for others to reap the rewards.


Fisherman Against the Kaiser: Shockwaves of War 1914-1915 v. 1
Fisherman Against the Kaiser: Shockwaves of War 1914-1915 v. 1
by Douglas D'Enno
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung experiences, 20 July 2011
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The author has brought a required light onto a previously hardly known subject. A first class history of some very brave, very ingenious and very human men; I must add my bias however I am proud to claim one as my grandfather.


French Tanks of World War I (New Vanguard)
French Tanks of World War I (New Vanguard)
by Steven J Zaloga
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 20 July 2011
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For it's size this is an excellent account of the time and not only for those who create models as the text is very informative. One of Osprey's best.


The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero
The Tomb of Agamemnon: Mycenae and the Search for a Hero
by Cathy Gere
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written ...BUT..., 3 Mar. 2011
Cathy Gere has produced an important, facinating and very readable book on the way that generations of imperialists have used Homer, Agamemnon and Mycenae to project their own pet racial theories. From the Romans, Victorians to the Nazis all tried to 'own' the site and the Iliad. I would have given it 5 stars except for the entry on page 130 where the author touches on the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign. This was fought mainly against the Turks who were supported by a few Germans and not vice versa as indicated; worse is that the book claims the campaign was fought 'on the ancient Trojan Plain'. It wasn't. Minor raids and a small diversionary attack were carried out on the Asian (Trojan) side of the Dardanelles but never went far inland, the main fighting occuring on the Gallipoli Peninsula in European Turkey.
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