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Body Language: How to Know What's REALLY Being Said
Body Language: How to Know What's REALLY Being Said
by James Borg
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and easy reading guide to body language, 9 Jun 2014
This is a reasonably good review of body language. Borg writes clearly and he seems to know his stuff. (It is not exactly clear how he knows his stuff, or what his qualifications are, but I let this pass as it all sounds credible). He has a chatty, interactive style as if he is talking to you which generally works - although occasionally feels artificial. Overall, I enjoyed the read and ploughed through the book in a few days.

A few criticisms. The first is that the formatting is cluttered and overaly busy. This sounds trivial, but it irritated me and spoilt the read. The book uses the publishers old favourite of pulling odd sentences out from the text and highlighting them in bold. This is fine, but the sentences chosen seem to be at random and sometimes fairly meaningless phrases from sentences. Secondly, there is simply so much stuff in this book it is hard to know what to do with it. Borg seems to write at two levels - at a high level which is fine, but not much more than basic common sense, or at a low level details, which can be interesting, but there is so much that I doubt you will remember much when you have stopped reading. Something intermediate might mean you took something new away from the book.


How to be Happy: How Developing Your Confidence, Resilience, Appreciation and Communication Can Lead to a Happier, Healthier You
How to be Happy: How Developing Your Confidence, Resilience, Appreciation and Communication Can Lead to a Happier, Healthier You
by Liggy Webb
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and well meaning guide to happiness. Combines useful tips with banalities, 3 Jun 2014
This is a nice and well intentioned book on happiness. If you want a relatively easy read, that will not challenge you much beyond common sense, but which provides some useful tips then buy it.

The contents are variable in quality - some chapters are deeper than others, some are fluff. For example chapter 7 on lifelong learning seemed to be filler to me, whilst chapter 10 on appreciating life has some interesting contents. For me this book is more a compendium of bits and pieces that contribute to making the good life rather than a real structured approach to being happy. At times there are hints that Webb has deeper knowledge and more interesting experiences than this book provides. If you are after that deeper insight, then this book is probably not the one for you, but I suspect Webb could write it if she chose to.


Strategy: A History
Strategy: A History
by Sir Lawrence Freedman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Clever weaving of a huge range of concepts into an easy to read book on Strategy, 30 May 2014
This review is from: Strategy: A History (Hardcover)
This is a well written, lengthy book on the concept of strategy - from a military, political and business viewpoint. You have to be interested in strategy as a subject, and enjoy the history of ideas, but if you do, you will find a surprisingly easy read. Given its size there are one or two bits which drag, but overall Freedman has done a masterful job of weaving a huge range of material into a coherent book.

A couple of small criticisms and hence 4 rather than 5 stars. The introductory section of the origins of strategy is not as strong and I think the biblical link is not convincing. In the sections on political and business strategy there is a strong bias towards America. I have no doubt American thinkers have played a significant and possibly dominant role in these domains, but the very limited examples from other cultures made me wonder if this book was really targeted specifically at the US market. Nothing wrong with that of course, but then it should make that clearer to buyers!


Letters to a Young Poet (Penguin Classics)
Letters to a Young Poet (Penguin Classics)
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars If you write, read this, 18 May 2014
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I bought and read this book after discussing Rilke with a Rilke fan and having to admit I'd never read anything by him. I doubt this is particularly unusual, which based on these letters is a shame. She suggested reading this set of letters as a good place to start. (This edition contains what seems to me to be a slightly odd combination of actual letters from Rilke to another younger poet (hence the title), and a fictional piece by Rilke titled "The Letter from a Young Worker". I assume this is because both are very short and may not justify a book on their own).

If you write and you read nothing else by Rilke read the first letter - but better still read them all.


Chimney Pillow Mouth Inflation Tube
Chimney Pillow Mouth Inflation Tube
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Price: 3.45

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, 14 April 2014
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Nice idea. Quality low, did not last very long. Proved more challenging to use in practice than you might imagine!


Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings
Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings
by David J. Chalmers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent selection papers, 14 April 2014
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I used this book extensively on the Philosophy of Mind module on my philosophy degree. It has a wide range of papers you could spend an age trying to find individually, including many of the classic and often referenced examples from Nagel, Jackson, Putnam, Burge, Lewis, Fodor and Kim - not to forget Chalmers himself. This is not a light read and some of the papers are fairly technical, but not all, and when they are they mostly reward the careful reader with new insights. Chalmers is famous for his own views, but he takes an unbiased view in the selection of papers representing all the main camps in philosophy of mind. Given volume and quality of contents, I think this book is great value. If you are looking for the right papers to support you in studying philosophy of mind then this is a great selection. Combine it with an introductory text such as one of the ones from Kim, Heil or Churchland and you could have all you need for a philosophy of mind at an undergraduate level.

Are there any criticisms? A few minor niggles. There is little in the way of introductory text for each section - and it would have been better to have had a few pages of positioning for each section in the book. Secondly, after a few weeks of intense reading my copy is looking pretty battered. It is a large book, which is always problematic in paperback format, but even so the physical quality is a little lower than I might ideally of liked. But these really are niggles.


The Go-to Expert: How to Grow Your Reputation, Differentiate Yourself from the Competition and Win New Business
The Go-to Expert: How to Grow Your Reputation, Differentiate Yourself from the Competition and Win New Business
by Heather Townsend
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.69

5.0 out of 5 stars The guide for moving ahead in professional services, 4 Mar 2014
An excellent practical guide for everyone in professional services. If you want to move you career on, shifting from just be another professional advisor to being truly recognised as a go-to expert, this book will show you the way.


Matter and Consciousness
Matter and Consciousness
by Paul M. Churchland
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally clear discussion of materialism and mind, 16 Feb 2014
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Churchland has written an exceptionally clear discussion of various theories of the mind - weaving together philosophy and science. He takes a clearly materialist line, but even if you do not agree with his views there is much to learn here. If clarity is a sign that someone knows there subject well, then Churchland obviously does. In this relatively compact book he covers a lot of ground - given its size and the areas he covers these in a reasonable depth, but obviously there are limits.

I find his writing clearer, than for example Dennett, who also argues for completely materialist views of the mind and cuts across philosophy and science. My one criticism is that his style is completely deadpan - but if you can live with that you will find much to enjoy in this book.


The Heart Of A Dog (Vintage Classics)
The Heart Of A Dog (Vintage Classics)
by Mikhail Bulgakov
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant black comedy, 2 Jan 2014
If you like black humour, satirical wit and great writing, then you will enjoy Bulgarkov's little masterpiece. Whilst it's not as profound as the Master and Margarita, it is still absolutely brilliant.


Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)
Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)
by John Heil
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good in parts, 2 Jan 2014
This book is a very good introduction to philosophy of mind, in parts. As a general introduction it is very good. There are parts which explain things more clearly than any other similar textbook I have read (e.g. Kim's philosophy of mind). But it is not a deep as Kim's book and the coverage is not as thorough - for example I found nothing on anomalous monism, which I would have thought was a fairly central part of contemporary philosophy of mind. Additionally, the last two chapters, which whilst being interesting, seemed out of place. Whilst chapters 1-11 are a general unbiased introduction, chapters 12-13 are Heil's own views on philosophy of mind. I suspect this is just a personal view, but I prefer philosophy books to either contain a specific argument from the writer or to be a reference source of both sides of the main arguments in any specific area - combining the two in one book does not work for me. But you could do far worse than this book if you want a reasonably deep, yet relatively easy to get into introduction to philosophy of mind.


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