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The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson Volume 4
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson Volume 4
by Robert A. Caro
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting - but too short, 25 Jun. 2012
Like a knife through butter I devoured this book in three days. It is deeply fascinating and satisfying. Two minor quibbles. Johnson never hesitated to do what it took to win his objectives - I think the question of whether he had any involvement in kennedy's assassination deserved more than half a sentence. Lbj as far as I am aware had never used physical violence in his political career. But his allies had used violence and of course he did not hesitate to use it on a titanic scale in indochina. Were there any links with jack ruby? It would have been interesting to find out more about Caro 's explorations in this area. Secondly, the question of his decision about who his vice president is left hanging. No doubt this will get detailed examination in volume 5. Let us all pray for robert caro's health end well-being so that he can complete volume 5 (and I hope ) 6 of the greatest biography ever written.


Stick To Me
Stick To Me
Price: £8.21

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem Child, 23 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Stick To Me (Audio CD)
There is a terrific song on this album - Problem Child, certainly in Graham Parker's top 3 songs, which does not get much attention. They were a great band with all the right ingredients - great musicians, songs, Motown, soul, reggae etc. Check them out.


Sings for You
Sings for You
Price: £10.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie's first recorded album, 17 April 2009
This review is from: Sings for You (Audio CD)
This is a gorgeous record - lovely arrangements, charming songs and of course, beautiful, crystal clear and pure singing. Brings tears to the eyes. I particullarly enjoyed "Pedro, the Fisherman" and "I could have danced night" where she really reaches for the high notes and sings with wonderful energy and fun.


Blues De La Frontera
Blues De La Frontera
Price: £15.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 24 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Blues De La Frontera (Audio CD)
Very beautiful and poignant album - check out the lovely Pasa la Vida. It will change your life.


Blues De La Frontera
Blues De La Frontera

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album by the greatest Spanish band, 24 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Blues De La Frontera (Audio CD)
This album has so many moods - and is just superb. A highlight - the very beautiful, poignant and moving Pasa La Vida.


Warlord [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Warlord [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £99.95

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American classic and Charlton Heston's best, 14 April 2008
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A really fine and resonant film. Brilliant historical detail and great acting by Heston, Guy Stockwell and Richard Boone. Rosemary Forsyth is lovely and plays a rather undeveloped part well. Set design, costume and action scenes are first class, script is a bit heavy-handed but a tremendously entertaining and rewarding film.


Paul Weller - The Changing Man
Paul Weller - The Changing Man
by Paolo Hewitt
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and invaluable insight into the greatest composer of his generation, 4 Oct. 2007
I bought this book on a whim but as soon as I started reading it I could not put it down and stayed up until 6am to finish it in one gulp. It is an immensely brave and intimate portrait of Paul Weller, the greatest composer of the 1980s whose songs are thrilling, joyful, life enhancing, beautiful and affirming.

The picture that emerges is of a very tough and determined man, with many faults but an enormous integrity, strength and devotion to the art of composition. The book is packed with intimate detal and information about those who have peopled Paul Weller's life apart from the very strange omission of any discussion of his relationship with Mick Talbot. A terrific read and a must buy.


Here's Some That Got Away
Here's Some That Got Away
Offered by WORLD WIDE MEDIA MARKET (12-24 Days for Delivery from California)
Price: £23.28

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY, 4 Oct. 2007
This album is an essential purchase for anyone who loves the Style Council or indeed music. It contains some great songs which are not contained on any other TSC release and in particular My Very Good Friend which ranks with any of the group's mighty classics.


The Complete Adventures Of The Style Council
The Complete Adventures Of The Style Council

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is missing some great songs, 4 Oct. 2007
I rank Paul Weller at the same level as Lennon/McCartney and David/Bacharach as a composer. This box set captures almost all his work with The Style Council who, along with the Smiths, were the greatest band of the 1980s.

However it is not quite complete because it misses some great songs and in particular My Very Good Friend found on "Here's Some That Got Away". That album is a must buy.
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Imperium
Imperium
by Robert Harris
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling overture, 4 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Imperium (Hardcover)
Robert Harris's Imperium is an extremely enjoyable and fresh retelling of the early career of Marcus Tullius Cicero. I gulped it down in a day. It covers the trial of Verres and Cicero's election as Consul and I believe is likely to be the first of a series dealing with the fall of the Roman Republic. This is one of the great stories of human history and I cannot wait until the next book which no doubt will deal with the Cataline conspiracy.


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