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Waterloo 1815 (2) (Campaign 277)
Waterloo 1815 (2) (Campaign 277)
by John Franklin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

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1.0 out of 5 stars ... all 3 of his Waterloo titles) is the most boring English naguage account of the 100 Day's I've ever ..., 19 May 2016
John Franklin's text (for all 3 of his Waterloo titles) is the most boring English naguage account of the 100 Day's I've ever read. It's a turgid chronicle of dates, commander's names, objectives, units, times, dates, etc. The drama, verve, excitement, panache - the "feel" for the times is totally absent. I'm certain he worked very hard in the archives in at least 5 languages. That has led to him performing a "Marshal Grouchy" - doing the right thing and going nowhere!

A Journey
A Journey
by Tony Blair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

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1.0 out of 5 stars The banality of an evil journeyman - fully educated in the trade but far from being a master., 27 Oct. 2015
This review is from: A Journey (Paperback)
I read through this tripe at a bookshop years ago in a 2 week series of missed lunch breaks and postponed trains coming home from work. I wasn't willing to even borrow it from the library as that contributes to it's popularity. It's what you can expect from a "hero" for our age. It's a banal, turgid read only enlivened for me by having the misfortune to have lived through the events he has had so a baleful effect on. Here endeth the review of the book - now for the "man".

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair = reprehensible, risible, lying, mendacious, myopic, hypocritical, fanatical, self-righteous, avarichious, effeminate, sad sub strata of everything that's worst about the metropolitan elite. There is no contrition. No decency. The Gladstonian messianic fervour is there (it always was and will be). Unfortunately it was that fervour that got intelligent, perceptive people to vote for him. I was deeply unimpressed / hostile to the fanaticism in his eyes and the painfully false toothpaste smile. The only good thing about this is that I saw through him from the start. I never voted for this grandstanding, lazy silver spoon toe rag - unlike too many of my fellow countrymen. They overwhelmingly rue the day and have been taken advantage of. I don't have that level of victimisation inflicted on me but tens of millions know he laughs at them for being taken in by his his sickeningly superficial nature. The book's cover, tellingly, shows him with a neutral expression. It's an uncharacteristic picture as he consistently looks incredibly tense and terribly uncomfortable. That comes from having practically nothing in common with most people. He's had a very privileged, protected, pampered, poofy upbringing - all too typical of the English upper middle class.

Anthony Blair, (he says he's one of us, so he calls himself Tony), is the worst leader Britain has had in its entire history - Aethelred the Unready included. Not content with rapidly squandering the greatest amount of wealth Britain has ever had (acquired through the ice cold shower of Thatchernomics), this "straight talking kinda guy" simultaneously poured vast numbers of immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, etc to turn Ungreat Britain into a deeply Disunited Kingdom. He's undoubtedly the laziest PM we've had. He never paid attention because he had such a gigantic majority he could act just like a dictator. It's inbuilt in the structure of the U.K. - a testament to our lack of a writtern constitution. Until Blair appeared this fatal weakness was not evident because no one else had shattered this country in anything like the way he did.

Proof of this is the fracturing of Great Britain into its constituent parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. All have their own parliaments overwhelmingly paid for, at vast expense, by the English taxpayer (an awful lot coming from the City of London). The quaint tax havens of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have also had their own parliaments for ages, but pay for theirs precisely by being tax havens. Scotland's independence demands only gained momentum after HE became PM. Wales and Northern Ireland are almost totally dependant on state (i.e. English) money to exist. Needless to say, such Celtic fringes are pseudo Soviet republics in all but name, i.e. fervently anti-Conservative / proto-socialist, provincial and narrowly self-interested (these are the bench marks of the SNP and Plaid Cymru). They are fiercely nationalistic / tribal. They are all for liberal tolerance as long as they get the benefits at minimal cost - ever noticed how few ethnic minorities live in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow compared to English cities? They give the English a hard time, but the English (being atomised / tolerant) are incredibly non-judgemental about it. The English are noted for their lack of interest in most things, except trying to be decent, low key, under-stated, ironic, irreligious and increasingly and vacuously materialistic. This is just what Blair and Brown counted on (and were proved right). A very old policy of Divide and Rule triumphed.

The broad picture of what went on between 1997 - 2010 was purposely masked by devolution, hyper-materialism, bulls*** wars and, best of all, the idealogical silver bullet of political correctness. Any criticism of Labour policies, that was visibly changing Britain into an unrecognisible country, (particularly in regard to the legal and sociological sphere), was flattened by screams of racism, sexism, Nazism, Fascism. Everything indeed apart from the truth - it was a load of old jism (meaning evil minded, outright lies)!

Never let it be forgotten that when the Conservatives came back in 2010, a disgustingly shameless, hateful note was left on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's desk by Labour apparatchiks that stated "No money left in the kitty. Ha, Ha, Ha!" Gordon Brown and Blair knew precisely what they were doing - spend, spend, spend , and the Conservatives can clear up the mess, thus becoming unpopular and Labour comes back in to save us from the "evil nasty Conservatives" (who are only ever referred to as Tories - who ceased to exist in 1834 [much the same as calling the Labour party Communists]). This is no different from any other British Labour government in history. What made this Labour administration different is that they were Olympian in their irresponsibility.

The open door policy on immigration, (an essential buttresing of which is the social welfare benefits system and the National Health Service) has been revealed years ago from unguarded comments by Labour Party spin doctors, (i.e. "we're going to rub the Right's nose in diversity") as a very obvious ploy to acquire a new working class all too willing to vote Labour. Politicising a very good police force, Civil Service and the BBC is the least of his ideological nuclear bombs that he's dropped on Britain.

His empty exhortation of "Education, Education, Education" has seen the near extinction of the one chance bright, hard working British children had of making the most of themselves - the grammar schools. Blair sent his children to ordinary comprehensive schools. That is, of course, a lie as he sent them to schools which are impossible to get your children into without huge influence and /or pots of money to live in the right postal code to register the child at the desired school. Eg: his eldest son, Euan Blair, went to the London Oratory, West Brompton - as hard to get into as Eton but paid for by, you guessed it, the taxpayer. How undemocratic from this "man of the people". How bloody disgustingly hypocritical. Euan, by the way, is so right wing that he left being an intern for a U.S. Democrat politician and went to intern for a U.S. Republican. His father must be so (genuinely) proud. The mass of British schoolchildren are, after America, the worst educated in the developed world - Britain is on record (as of February 2016), as having the second lowest literacy level in the developing world.

Long before Blair, the NHS had effortlessly morphed into the IHS (International Health Service). It has meant that for decades any foreigner in Britain can get treatment irrespective of what it costs the British taxpayer. No other country in the world does this. Blair used (and the Labour party still use) the NHS as an essential lynch pin in politics.When a health service of a small country like Britain grows into the second biggest employer in the world (first place goes to the Chinese Army) you've got an entity that's totally out of control. It's a deeply insulting phrase that's gained currency in the Blair years of "our NHS". It's actually the world's health service paid for by the worst educated and most unaware people in Western Europe - the mass of the British population, i.e. post modern coolies working in service based employment. There will never be enough staff or money for such an all consuming giant as the NHS; and as time goes by, the cost of ever more sophisticated medical treatment will mean (sooner, rather than later), the abandonment of free at the point of delivery health care. It's already largely happened to dentist and optician treatment. God help the old and poor because the Blairs of this country certainly won't.

Thanks to Blair, Britain has recently lost 3 consecutive wars (unprecented in our military history) :- Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland. The last named has this distinction because Britain surrendered to the IRA . Proof of that is the ludicrous excuse of "mistakenly" letting all IRA killers off any further public prosecution whilst allowing any British soldier and policeman who is accused of war crimes by ex-IRA types (or indeed anyone with a gripe against uniforms) open to the full wrath of British law (which is utterly merciless to soldiers and police). Yes, peace finally came to Northern Ireland after Blair left, but he set it up and there was no reversing it unless Britain was willing for the war to drag on.

An equally outrageous lie was stated by his office, when only hours before Blair's expenses were to be submitted before a Parliamentary enquiry, that they were "accidently" shredded. The Parliamentary expenses scandal, which is the reason for the MP's revenge in the Hacked Off campaign to muzzle the Press, became a dearly beloved cash cow to be royally milked under Blair's tutelage. All of this has only muted expression in the media. Most journalists are now far too career conscious in liberal democracies to be committed seekers of the truth if it damages their future. This goes for the vast majority of public sector workers. They care far more for their salaries, pensions, taking their employers to court for spurious / non-existent claims of discrimination, etc; and privileges than service to the state. It's a climate 100% led by the example of our vast numbers of pig politicians - no other country in the world has so many hordes of politicians, (useless, self indulgent, arrogant ones at that) - actually it has far MORE proprtionately than China (the world's most populous state).

Blair patented empty, post modern, faux, guilt ridden apologies about Britain's past. The first "apology" was for stealing the Stone of Scone. He had the Scots Guards take it back to Edinburgh, marching over the River Coldstream - it had been taken away by Edward I in the late 13'th century. Next up was apologising for the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840's (I am Anglo-Indian-Irish and British). Then the Slave Trade got the Blair blur. The Piece de Resistance was him in the Senate House on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., apologising and being embarrased about the British Army burning the White House (and the public buildings in Washington D.C. during the War of 1812). No mention, of course, that the U.S. started the war by trying to conquer Canada while Britain was involved in a life and death struggle with the Napoleonic French First Empire (which was much of Europe), and burned ALL of Montreal to the ground for no reason except hatred. Does Blair care or is he aware of this? Only that which upsets America, as that is where the big bucks are. As for his own country, it can just get down on all fours and do a poodle impression. Why not? He led by example like all "great" leaders do.

The dodgy dossier needs no further expansion. Certainly not from the Chilcott enquiry. Blair's obviously been given a heads up on it and went on CNN the other night lying through his teeth with a confirmed Blair supporter interviewing him. Saying "I believed I was right" is as weak, childish, arrogant and banal as Rumsfeld saying "Well, stuff happens". He also had the supreme self righteousness and arrogance to blame MI6 for giving him the wrong intelligence. They were told by Blair (not directly of course) to come up with whatever would serve as an excuse for war. They came up with unbelievably weak intel that Blair rapidly presented in the House of Commons as visions of ballistic missiles full of chemical and/or biological agents dropping on Britain from Iraq.It was patently absolutely ludicrous - prompting the biggest demonstrations on London's streets in its entire history (Labour even lied about that, by the way). Well, the bigger the lie, the easier it is to tell. Don't we all know it?

His social connections are legion. Prominent mentions are
- serial home wrecker Wendy Deng nee Murdoch. Did he and she? I don't care. Rupert Murdoch most certainly does, as he quickly divorced her (her second divorce (by much older, richer, well connected, men) and abruptly curtailed his friendship with Blair. He's still godfather to one of Deng's children (she, of course has custody and a vast pile of money and assets).
- corrupt lech Silvio Berlusconi. How shameless to use that equally shameless, sex addled filth bucket's villas as free holiday homes.
- debit head George Bush junior. Not exacly a friend, but absolutely crucial to getting the ultimate entree into the home of the brave, even if you have to plunge your beknighted country into endless, meaningless, pointless, counter-productive war.
- disgustingly perverted (and now, dead) Colonel Gaddafi. Bringing him back into the fold with the trademark toothpaste smile = opening up Libya's oil and a very big thank you from the U.S.A.

This creature is the most heavily protected ex-Prime Minister in British history. The reason is because the hate and chaos he has generated in Britain and in huge chunks of the world has been assessed by professional security as incredibly high. He rarely stays in Britain as this is the country where he's most at risk.

Being a Mick Jagger wannabe he basks in the empty excitement of bodyguards, PA's, journos (he's always going to be news for the wrong reasons), servants and cops. Many would find his empty, greedy lifestyle waring at his age. Not him (or his revoltingly ugly Wicked Witch of the North, South, East and West wife). There will never be enough money, influence or publicity (i.e. notoriety) for the Blairs.

He certainly reflects all the shallowness and insecerity of contemporary times. Witness his eulogising about David Bowie (who died the other day). He doesn't even mention him in the 700+ pages of this book. Yet now he says Bowie was such a huge influence on him. What a pure charlatan Blair is.

Even his well publicised religious conviction is open to question. Why did he wait until 23 June 2007 (a mere 4 days before stepping down as PM) to announce that he would convert to Roman Catholicism? The answer is simple. Alastair Campbell's "We don't do God" quip" showed (in a very rare slip of honesty) that deep religious conviction didn't sit well with the irreligious, post-modern, post-industrial, Western, liberal, democratic, non-judgemental, atomised society of Ungreat Britain (a very Uncool Brittania). In other words, Blair is insencere about religion - political power and monetary greed are his true holy grails. Incidently, he left his premiership in exactly the same way as he left his very exclusive and expensive school - he was HEARTILY disliked, an absolute pain and the vast majority were glad to see the back of him.

Actually living within the British society he has permanently ruined is a definite no for him. The proof is there on his passport - he's always jetting around, usually somewhere to top up his wierd orange skin.

After he's dead, (which can't be soon enough) his epitaph will be "He entered death as he went through life - none the bloody wiser, but a whole lot richer. History lesson in the afterlife required here for an evil, arrogant, corrupt, parasitical scum track who certainly has made history for all the WRONG reasons."
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War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated General
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by Smedley D. Butler
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keach at the top of his game, 6 May 2015
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A first rate script, easily some of the best British actors in the world at the time to bring that script to life and Stacy Keach in nothing less than a tour de force performance. Told in flashback, the key event of early modern Europe (arguably up until the French Revolution) is given its only real voice on film by John Updike's play. This was a very complex time when medieavalism and dawning nationalism were vying for their stake in Europe.

You are brought into the theatre (in the comfort of your home) to be pummelled with verbal sledghammers from Luther's genuine or false protestations against abusive power in the form of religion, monarchy and (as always, unthinking herd mentality). Watch out for Robert Stephens's set to with Keach at the Diet of Worms - dynamic confrontation!

Production qualities wouldn't pass muster for today's standards (the sets are clearly sets, but that doesn't matter, as it's the script and performances that eclipse this), but then contemporary scripts and performances wouldn't be acceptable for Seventies TV either.

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Patton [DVD]
Patton [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars DTS PATTON, 27 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Patton [DVD] (DVD)
Contrary to what state in the product information, this is a 2 disc, DTS sound option presentation. This makes all the difference, as this film roars out of DTS and the accompanying documentaries are fascinating, eg: Oliver Stone makes a plausible case for this film having a devastating effect on U.S. foreign policy at precisely the wrong moment. I'll elaborate no further than stating it involves Nixon, multiple viewings of the film by him in a very short period of time an Cambodia.

Medieval Warfare
Medieval Warfare
by H.W. Koch
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC & COMPREHENSIVE, 1 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Medieval Warfare (Hardcover)
This is an outstanding, in-depth examination of Medieval European warfare going from AD9 (the shocking Battle of the Teutoberger Wald, seeing the extermination of commander Varus's 3 Roman legions by the Cherusci tribesmen of Arminius) and the permanent division of Europe between the Roman Empire and the barbarian Germanic tribes to 1632 with the dawn of recognisably Modern times via the Battle of Lutzen and the the defeat of the Generalisimo Wallenstein's Holy Roman Empire's (semi-Germanic) army by the Semi-Germanic Swedish led army of King Gustavus Adolphus.

In between is everything from the barbarian obliteration of the Western Roman Empire, the imposition of feudalism (esp' the military rationale behind it), the predeiliction for sophisticated castle building, the relatively brief dominance of the armoured knight throughouy this very long period of history, the rise of the mercenary, the many differnet types of Crusades, artillery, sieges, revolutions (yes, the were around then)and heraldry.

It's packed with full colour paintings, portraits, maps and photos - there's not a page of disinterest here. The text is learned, succinct, academic but totally comprehensible to novices. It's no surprise tht a German has writen this - it's very conscious of what and why events in all directions from the centre of Europe occured in the way they did.

If there's any criticism, it's that the Mongols don't make an appearance. It's understandable, as the sheer timescale doesn't warrant the very brief 1 year Mongol reconnaisance in-depth campaign in Europe (albeit, its shocking impression). Russia also only appears as the progenitor of tribes that went west - the state/area that would grow from the Vikings (the Rus) is not covered. Again this is understandable as Russia is a distinct entity from Europe - neither East nor West.

This was only part 1 in a trilogy, all published by Bison Books (part 2 is the Rise of Modern Warfare, part 3 is Total War). There's an annotated omnibus of the trilogy, that's well worth buying.

To sum up, reading Medieval Warfare will leave you enlightened and appreciative that warfare's influence on Europe has been a crucial development of this continent and to a much deeper extent than many realise.

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