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The Fourth State [DVD]
The Fourth State [DVD]
Dvd ~ Moritz Bleibtreu
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.84

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nemetskiy, 15 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Fourth State [DVD] (DVD)
An odd mixture of hunted man, Watergate journalism and a mystery. Paul Jensen, played by the rubber-faced Moritz Bleibtreu, is a celebrity journalist hired by Moscow Match. So naturally he gets mixed up in dirty doings concerning the war in Chechnya and various Russian babes (as most celebrity journos would I'm sure). Fitted up by the state he goes into Russian prison (uh-oh)but thanks to a Plot Coincidence survives to wreck merry terror. Plot-wise it got more than a little unrealistic and the end was dreadfully sentimental.


The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996-2006
The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996-2006
by Filip Reyntjens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Political History Lacking In Military Details, 15 Sep 2014
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Filip Reyntjens has written a detailed if academic history of the political element of the two Congo Wars (which he regards as one). His scholarship and knowledge of the issues is considerable, and his analysis interesting. Amidst the alphabet soup of political, proxy and military forces (one needs to remember, for example, that FAZ,FAC and FADRC are all, variously, the Congolese army)he cuts to the key issue of the genocide against the Rwandan Tutsi and their attempts to ensure it does not happen again. Reyntjens cleaves to a principled line, one that suffers beneath the roar of the Kalashnikov. He avoids military details so that the success or otherwise of various factions can come as a surprise in purely political terms. The state known as Zaire, Congo, and DRC is seen not as a Wilhelmine Germany (large and strong) but as a Holy Roman Empire where neighbours establish their own zones of control on the border "duchies".

Not for the faint of heart: there are more than enough massacres.

Those of you who want a brief description of the military side should read Tom Cooper's two books

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Holocaust-1996-1997-AFRICA-Series/dp/1909384658

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Conflagration-Second-1998-2003-AFRICA/dp/1909384666


The Michael Wood BBC Collection : In Search Of The Trojan War / In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great / In Search Of Shakespeare / In Search Of Myths And Heroes / Conquistadors (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
The Michael Wood BBC Collection : In Search Of The Trojan War / In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great / In Search Of Shakespeare / In Search Of Myths And Heroes / Conquistadors (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wood
Price: £22.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reithian, 14 Sep 2014
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A fine collection of some of the best (but tantalisingly not all) of Michael Wood's TV series.

In Search of The Trojan War is an excellent exposition not only of the history of that conflict but of the men and women who sought to discover the current locations.

In The Footsteps of Alexander The Great sees Wood in typical mode, scaling mountains and crossing deserts to follow the greatest conqueror of them all (Genghiz Khan lacking his Arrian); taking us to areas we may never visit but want to see.

Conquistadors amps this up even more with the tales of Cortes, the Pissaros, and Cabeza de Vaca as we travel around North, Central and South America.

In Search of Myths and Heroes is a hodge-podge of different eras and styles from Sheba to Camelot; involving a lot of exotic locations.

and, finally (for my viewing anyway) the BBC allow him to travel in England (and a wee bit of Scotland) for In Search Of William Shakespeare. The locations and research was wonderful, especially for someone who worked at Blackfriars. And if we had rather too many lovies we had some wonderful actors too; Sher in the Scottish Play and Glover in Lear.

Astonishing value.


Selfish Whining Monkeys: How we Ended Up Greedy, Narcissistic and Unhappy
Selfish Whining Monkeys: How we Ended Up Greedy, Narcissistic and Unhappy
by Rod Liddle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Did It All Go Wrong?, 7 Sep 2014
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This book may come over in parts as Rod Liddle being frightfully amusing at the expense of people who are, shall we say, a trifle intense. It seems to me to be rather more than just that. Firstly, it is a work of filial piety as he remembers fondly and with a variety of regrets his parents and their world. He does not hero-worship them, but it is quite clear their conduct and their qualities echo down the years for him. I was reminded of Jonathan Meades' An Encylcopaedia of Myself". Meades and Liddle neatly sandwich me in age and I recognise their potraits of their parents. Secondly, although Liddle picks some prime targets (eggshells armed with hammers) and subjects them to his Rabelaisian language and cruel tongue he often holds back at the last moment when humour might dictate a substantial rucking was in order. After dumping on sufferers of fashionable non-diseases, for example, in an unrelenting but amusing fashion he notes that these are the symptoms of modern life; a result of the movement away from his parents' values to the freer and more modern world. There is a price for everything, the Sage Of Nunthorpe tells us, and we pay in many ways. We might not be able to do much about it, but we can at least recognise it.

I would not recommend the book to the easily offended.


The Medieval Soldier: In The Wars of the Roses
The Medieval Soldier: In The Wars of the Roses
by Andrew W. Boardman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bottom Up, 7 Sep 2014
This is a useful starting place for studying the wars and the individual level, for it is clear that the author's heart and knowledge lie not in the political arena but in the more tactical and organisational levels. This is all grist to the mill however, as it balances the more operational histories (I always like John Gillingham's work here). The author's work on Towton (with its grave pits and non-chronicle evidence) is a strong part of his book.


Lambert Simnel and the Battle of Stoke (Illustrated History Paperbacks)
Lambert Simnel and the Battle of Stoke (Illustrated History Paperbacks)
by Michael Bennett
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars King to Falconer, 4 Sep 2014
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This a quick overview of the circumstances behind the Yorkist invasion in support of "Edward VI" (as Lambert Simnel/the earl of Warwick was crowned) and their course and results. There is a little too much guessing of motives and actions for my taste but there is the added bonus of the text of the relevant primary sources being included. On the whole I preferred David Baldwin's book on Stoke Field.


Stoke Field: The Last Battle of the Wars of the Roses
Stoke Field: The Last Battle of the Wars of the Roses
by David Baldwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.83

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fading Of The Roses, 3 Sep 2014
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There are not a lot of primary sources for the battle of Stoke Field. It has the usual trajectory of a Roses campaign: one side lands, the two sides move towards each other, they touch, they lock, they scrum. The author has therefore added to these by walking the terrain and by analysing documents leading to and from the battle. What can we tell from who was punished and who was rewarded? We can then look at the various affinities and see how they divided for the two sides (and for that popular English third political party "None of the Above"). Yet in deriving this evidence the author avoids the worst excesses of the "At this point Henry must have considered..." School of dramatising historians. The book walks a thin line and it walks it well.


Prisoners [DVD]
Prisoners [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: £5.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat It Out Of Them!, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Prisoners [DVD] (DVD)
Two girls have been kidnapped; but who did it? The local rozzers are on the job led by Jake Gyllenhaal in fine form. The father (well-played by Hugh Jackman) is of the know-all ranting variety who cooks off faster than Barry, Gary and Terry. Is it the daft lad in the RV (Paul Dano continuing his good work)? Then there's this mystery chap sneeking around and the paedophile priest with a body in the cellar. That barely starts to cover the clues in this long, intense and unpleasant mystery. Stick with it though, and keep watching carefully; all the clues are there. Intense.


In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]
In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wood
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaker Of Horses, 12 Aug 2014
By golly this is a good series, despite the risk of being presented by a celebrity historian (young Phoebus Apollo in this case) this is careful and judged in its views. It visits all manner of places that I will never see, and shows us the actual items that made up the story of our view of the Trojan War. We meet many academics all of whom are given time to develop their arguments; and develop them with great skill. It is Reithian television at its best. Michael Wood holds back his own view on the story until the very last moments, and ends on a splendid line.


The Butler [DVD]
The Butler [DVD]
Dvd ~ Forest Whitaker
Price: £7.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait, 12 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Butler [DVD] (DVD)
Typical exuberant American biopic based (very very loosely) on the life of Eugene Allen; you have a hard life in the cotton fields, the move north, the skills and rules of butlering, a son in the Freedom Riders and the Panthers another in Vietnam. It is a clever and effective moulding of a lot of the black experience in those years. A great opportunity for guest "presidents" and some real drama and tragedy. All lifting to the election of Obama. All the more effective for Forest Whitaker's skilful playing.


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