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The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government
The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government
by Richard Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1.0 out of 5 stars If you ignore history, you live its mistakes again and again and again – even worse you make other people do that, 13 Aug 2014
How can anyone reheat the utterly disastrous policies of corporatist 70s Europe and of the Soviet bloc? How can anyone be so blind to the human failings that make an absolutist state such a terrifying place to live. There is nothing courageous about state that believes it knows best as the author clearly believes he knows better than the rest of us. That's not to say were not an awful mess and that excesses of neoliberalism are not to blame, but to blame it all on Thatcher, was not a neoliberal unless anyone who believes in any freedom of individual action is, is a craven . Problems in government and society more often arise from individual moral choices and the culture that govern those moral choices, remember that the full extent of Thatcher's quote was "there is no such thing as society, only individuals, families and communities", we are all responsible for each other and the courageous state sucks away the very essence of self-actualisation not just for individuals but for families and communities as it did in the 70s England I remember and so much more in Eastern Europe. It's not just that this book is badly written it's the ultimate proof that those that forget history are doomed to live it over and over again, but in this case the author wants to make others live it over and over again and to tell them how to do it.


Iron and Rust (Throne of the Caesars, Book 1)
Iron and Rust (Throne of the Caesars, Book 1)
Price: £5.69

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex tightly drawn story of complex times, 28 Jun 2014
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The early third century became a period of iron and rust in Roman history and this is a convincing attemtp to fictionalsie the period after the fall of Alexander Severus focussing on several of those who will briefly be major players over suceeding years as emperors come and go. Some concentraion required to folow the different story lines but that's real life.


Belkin N300 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender/Wireless Signal Booster (Easy Setup, WPS Function, Ethernet Port) - Wall Plug Mounted
Belkin N300 Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender/Wireless Signal Booster (Easy Setup, WPS Function, Ethernet Port) - Wall Plug Mounted
Offered by BESTBUYIT
Price: £29.89

1.0 out of 5 stars No range, did not work, 8 Jun 2014
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The wifi range was v short - hardly out of the room. When tried to cnnect by wifi pin, pin rejected. This operation is regularly ok with other kit so the problem appears to lie with a piece of faulty equipment.


Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity
Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity
Price: £8.32

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conveying hard truths, 30 Sep 2013
Life is about more than hard work but there is only ever the chance for life to be more BY hard work, whether our own or that of others who sacrifice to give space for the broader intellectual or artistic life; the authors see this and understand the scale of challenge the UK faces - without a competitive economy everything else is endangered


Brother DCP-195C A4 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Brother DCP-195C A4 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Offered by Printerinks
Price: £93.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1990s standard, an anachronism, buy something else, 9 Jun 2011
A scanner without a document feeder, an awkward paper tray, clunky software ..... will have to replace, cannot waste time pasting documents together into PDFs - a very poor buy superseded by so many other better models years ago


Martyr (John Shakespeare)
Martyr (John Shakespeare)
by Rory Clements
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.43

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Day of the jackal in a codpiece?, 27 Aug 2010
Gave up half way through after much expectation and over inflated reviews. One star would be harsh but giving two is kind, the characterisation is poor, there are inconsistencies of plot and time that are all too obvious and the history is weaker than you'd think at first review eg in fact the nation's "chief torturer" was a subordinate and close ally of Walsingham, who supported his methods, not a half enemy. Parts of the plot seems to close to comfort to Day of the Jackal


After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory
by Alasdair MacIntyre
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to moral infantalism, 26 Aug 2010
An excellent re statement and revision of moral framework which focuses on the Aristotelean "good life" and how our growth as individuals and in communities and groups takes us towards personal worth. A life of rules and systems and of the the moral abrogation of Rawlinsian liberalism is replaced by judgement and learning. MacIntyre writes extremely compact and intense prose; it is difficult and thought provoking and challenging 10-20 pages at once is quite enough for a sitting. A rewarding and useful framework for debate for anyone whose communitarian ideal emphasises the responsibilities of citizens, families and communities.


The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's new theory of everything
The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's new theory of everything
by Christopher John Snowdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.09

27 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objective and rigorous, 28 July 2010
The spirit delusion effectively and rigourously discredits the spirit level and is a timely contribution.It is easy to prove anything by selecting statistics, which is what Wilson and Pickett do in the Spirit Level.They also choose to ignore every other context that might influence or lead to an outcome. For instance, the claim link between inequality and murder rates falls when Japan is excluded from the equation. There are a huge range of reasons why Japan has the murder rates it does as anyone who knew anything of Japanese history and culture would know. It is a pity that Wilson and Pickett's dangerous 2 dimensional work of dogma has gained so much traction. This is not to say that inequality is a good thing, rather that society deserves commentators with a much more sophisticated understanding of how Society can develop.
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Masters of the Sea - Ship of Rome
Masters of the Sea - Ship of Rome
by John Stack
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cardboard characters and historical errors, 23 Jun 2009
The characters are stereo typical and not persuasive; there is little complexity about them. The work is littered with historical inaccuracies eg legion as 10,000, not 5,000; pilum and gladius arguably both being used before adopted before the Romans adopted them and so on and so on - all of which serve to irritate. Did not finish it.


The Eastern Romans 330-1461 AD
The Eastern Romans 330-1461 AD
by Raffaele D'Amato
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative, 21 Sep 2008
Packs much expert information into a small volume, with much evidence.

I initially suspected that the interpretation of an athenatoi cavalry man was wrong; the author provided a detailed and persuasive explanation of why the particular instance involved a horseman not equipped as a standard "iron clad" kataphractos; full marks for scholarship; highly recommended


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