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The Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea
by Mike Lewin-Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 36.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Needs updating, 15 July 2014
This review is from: The Baltic Sea (Hardcover)
Am sailing the Baltic at the moment and have just arrived in St Petersburg in Russia. Have used this book since passing through the Kiel Canal. Generally the book is either out of date or lacks information and where it really counts approaching Russia from Finland is quite useless. It lacks basic marina information in the sense of what sort of repairs or support is available . The pilot needs updating or rewriting


The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death in the Sixteenth Century
The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death in the Sixteenth Century
Price: 5.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Not easy being an executioner, 12 Feb 2014
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An interesting book dealing with a family of executioners in 16th century Germany and the difficult realities of being at the bottom of the social pile. It was difficult to put down.


Branson: Behind the Mask
Branson: Behind the Mask
Price: 5.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deflating the Branson hype, 12 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed Bower's first book on Branson and often wondered where things would go after Branson seemed to panic when it looked like he had lost the West Coast rail franchise. The book answers or at least speculates on many of the answers including Branson's failed entry into Formula 1 and the ever-running saga of Branson's long awaited, and seemingly unlikely attempts to get a craft into sub orbit for a few minutes whilst still taking bookings and huge sums of money from aspiring spacemen ....Bowrer's legal team were undoubtedly busy checking this book over . Would highly reccomend as it makes a fascinating read.


Branson
Branson
by Tom Bower
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depressing reading for Rail Travellers, 30 Sep 2000
This review is from: Branson (Hardcover)
There seem to be a lot of parallels with Bower's Maxwell epic. The book is written in an easy to understand, middle-tabloid style. If you are an admirer of Branson, this is not the book for you. Bower effectively exposes and destroys Branson's persona,and private life. He then details the precarious state of the Virgin finances and it's numerous brushes with obliteration. Branson exists according to Bower, in a world where profits are non-existent, cash flow is managed in a secretive Arthur Daley type manner, in this case via ofshore Trusts,and business risks are always taken where possible,at the expense of others. If Bower is correct, it certainly answers my wonderment as to how anybody can make such an awful job of running a Railway! In my opinion, Bower's biographies on Fayed and Maxwell are much better reads, but this one is well worth the time and effort.


The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the explotation of Jewish Suffering
The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the explotation of Jewish Suffering
by Norman G. Finkelstein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly direct, 23 July 2000
The book is a direct attack on the industries that have arisen around the Holocaust. Finkelstein is arguing that the Holocaust has been used for political reasons to justify Israeli actions. In other words, within Israel, torture, imprisonment and persecution of Palestinians as well as massacres in Lebanon are justifiable when viewed through the experience of the Holocaust. His primary theme though is that an industry has arisen on the back of what originally was a very private matter for the survivors. Huge sums are paid to Jewish organisations, which are never distributed to the increasingly fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors. Instead, heads of these organisations draw fantastic salaries to run self perpetuating organisations that have far more to do with American politics than helping the remaining individuals. As Finkelstein puts it, we have arrived at a Dachau meets Disneyland situation. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Finkelstein's arguments, this is a cutting, direct no-nonsense book which will undoubtedly create a lot of controversy.


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