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Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers who Turned the Tide in the Second World War
Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers who Turned the Tide in the Second World War
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating review of how problems got solved, expertly told., 9 Mar. 2013
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This is a superb book that covers the broad sweep of strategy and describes how vital technological and organisational problems were solved. It is a most interesting way of describing how the allies achieved victory over Germany and Japan.


Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well argued and researched - most stimulating., 22 Feb. 2013
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A very well argued and researched explanation of the importance of pluralistic political institutions to economic development. In particular I appreciated the link between pluralistic political institutions and innovation, innovation being the driver of increasing productivity, because the pain of creative destruction, a consequence of innovation, is counter balanced by its benefits. I also appreciated the stress placed on property rights and the rule of law. I thought a consideration of India was a notable omission.


Doro Handle Easy 326 GSM SIM Free Big Button Mobile Phone - White & Grey
Doro Handle Easy 326 GSM SIM Free Big Button Mobile Phone - White & Grey

1.0 out of 5 stars It did not work., 22 Feb. 2013
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I bought this phone for my disabled wife and she could not handle it. It is too complex and too easy to press the wrong button with consequent chaos. It has been binned.


Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics
by N. Gregory Mankiw
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Geriatric Revision, 22 Feb. 2013
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As an economics graduate of some 50 years I wanted to revisit the basics and this book is far better than the texts i studied. I await with interest an edition that addresses why economists totally failed to predict the crisis of 2008 and seem to have no coherent remedies to the problems it exposed.
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On the Wealth of Nations: A Book That Shook the World
On the Wealth of Nations: A Book That Shook the World
by P. J. O'Rourke
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Facile, 22 Feb. 2013
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Very disappointing and I have binned this book. If you want to know about Adam Smith read his books as he wrote them.


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