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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
by Noam Chomsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The moral vacuum of the upper classes., 29 May 2014
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The ancient Greeks (and many since) said that if you gave a man the finest education, which included Art, Poetry, Philosophy and Music, the result would be a man of supreme moral character. If true, then everything in this book is rubbish... you choose.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This book will give some guidance as to what ‘absolutely’ means.
Anyone wishing to understand the effect of political power on the human mind, should read this book. It shows that the human mind is incapable of being trained to cope with political power.
Like all the other Chomsky books I’ve read, it’s written for academic intellectuals. The academic language used, makes reading by the general public, like wading knee deep though treacle. It’s worth the effort to catch the bits you can understand. You just don’t come across this info anywhere else.
Great book... when is this author going to write for the general public?


The Bubble and Beyond
The Bubble and Beyond
by Michael Hudson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book reaches the parts other books try to avoid., 17 May 2014
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As a non-university-educated, non-intellectual, non-philosopher, member of the general public, I approached this book with low expectation of understanding the technical mumbo jumbo intellectual language generally used in this type of book. Much to my surprise I understood a surprising amount of it. The subject theme is DEBT. It sounds boring... not the way this book explains it. The title implies it’s about the credit crunch etc. In reality it’s a history of economics. Sounds boring... not the way this book explains it. I have read a number of books about the credit crunch... they are rubbish compared with this one. The others left me confused... this one didn’t. Want to understand the reasons behind WW1 and WW2, read this book. Want to understand why America got involved in WW1and WW2, read this book. Want to understand why the economy hasn’t recovered after the credit crunch... yes... read this book. Want to understand why it will never recover... ever... read this book. Even if you’re as thick as two short planks... read this book... it’s brilliant... you will never believe a word that comes out of a politician’s mouth... ever again.


Deterring Democracy
Deterring Democracy
by Noam Chomsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars shocking hypocracy, 13 April 2014
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DETERRING DEMOCRACY - NOAM CHOMSKY
Illuminating – informative – punchy – shocking – disgusting – takes you into political arguments you didn’t know existed – reaches subjects other writers wouldn’t touch with a bargepole.
The book explores the activities of the American government to protect the class privileges of the rich. What is surprising is that very little of the book actually deals with America. Most of the book is devoted to Central and South America.
On every page the author sneers at the anti-moral attitude of the ruling-classes in all counties of the world. On every page he sneers at the way the business-classes control the media to keep the public in ignorance. On every page he sneers at the intellectual elite who sit back and approve or say nothing at government atrocities in the world. When you consider the passion expended on the plight of the unwashed, uneducated masses, this book is written by an intellectual for intellectuals, which the author has spent the whole book sneering at. If this book had been written with the general public in mind, it would be written in ‘plain English’... it’s not... it’s written in intellectual-ese. Chomsky is a linguist professor, so he knows better than most, the appropriate language to use to communicate with a particular group of people.
Although the book is quite old now, it is still relevant, since it deals with ‘what politicians say and what they actually do’. There is a large section of the world population who detest America. This book will give you the real reasons why... not the waffle you get in the media. ‘Truth Justice and the American Way’ is a myth... read this and see why.
Great book... great message... for those who have the motivation to plough through it.


STRANGER THAN FICTION: AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF THE TRUE CULPRITS BEHID 9-11: An Independent Investigation of the True Culprits Behind 9-11
STRANGER THAN FICTION: AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF THE TRUE CULPRITS BEHID 9-11: An Independent Investigation of the True Culprits Behind 9-11
by Albert D. Pastore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.77

4.0 out of 5 stars unusual point of view, 16 Jan 2014
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STRANGER THAN FICTION - PASTORE 911
I stumbled onto this controversy in a public library book and was initially sceptical. I bought Griffin's `911 TEN YEARS LATER'. This showed conclusively that the official version is rubbish. When I saw this book I assumed it was another version of the same old info. It isn't; it uses the `911 controversy' to expose the bizarre relationship between the US government, Israel's secret service , MOSSAD and Zionism.
This sounds like an `eye-roller', but it's not. The author provides a completely different facet of 911 which nobody else seems to want to talk about.
The author clearly displays a considerable dislike of MOSSAD and Zionism. There are occasions where this clearly affects his intellectual logic. Although he provides references to a great deal of info that ordinary citizens would never find by themselves, he also makes accusations and deduction which he doesn't provide proof.
If you are interested in the 911 controversy and have read the conventional books like Griffin's 911 TEN YEARS ON, then I would strongly recommend this book. The author displays a lot of bias, but it also displays a well thought out viewpoint the general public wouldn't normally find unaided.


Capitalism and Its Economics: A Critical History
Capitalism and Its Economics: A Critical History
by Douglas Dowd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars educates parts that other books fail to reach, 29 Nov 2013
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I drifted into choosing this book as a means of adding some technical understanding to the anti-capitalist comments of Chomsky and the anti-globalisation comments of John Ralston Saul. What I did not want to do was to become an economist, philosopher, intellectual or historian in order to grasp the basics.
If you look at the cover of this book you are likely to assume that it is some kind of boring history book about capitalism and economics. The first couple of chapters are not really about capitalism and economics... it's about its effect on people. The anti-capitalist comments are scathing.
Until I read this book I never really understood the true causes of WW1 and WW2. I knew it was something to do with capitalistic greed, but this is the first time I have seen a plausible explanation of why these events happened.
In my opinion, history is boring because the historians leave out the bits that allow you to understand what happened and why.
The bulk of the book is a kind of economics philosophy history book, but the author is constantly pointing out the social impact of each stage of the historical events. This is the bit that is missing from traditional history books.
Although this book is essentially about America, I found that it allowed me to superficially understand the enormous benefits of capitalism and also its destructive capabilities. There was a lot of information I had never come across before.
You will find that you do not need to have a background-knowledge of economics to understand most of this book. Unfortunately it is written in the university academic language which makes it heavy going for the general public. This is an excellent book for anyone who is trying to understand how the world works and why some bits of it don't work.


Forensic Psychology For Dummies
Forensic Psychology For Dummies
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not very stimulating, 7 Nov 2013
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Having read a number of pop-psychology books, I was curious as to what this one was about. I call this pop-psychology because it is within the price range affordable by the public. It's not often that the public can see what goes on within the highly secretive world of the criminal justice system. Forensic psychology is the interface between the `Tower of Babel' legal industry and the `Tower of Babel' psychology industry. The book tells you a bit about the legal system and the courts. It then tries to convince the reader that psychology is a well defined science; it's not. The main problem with the psychology parts of the book is that it mainly consists of the author's opinion. If this book is meant to be an entry point into the world of psychology, where's the reading list? The book gives an insight into the immense range of activities carried out under the psychology banner in support of the legal system. It has to cover a lot of ground but the author struggles to make it interesting reading. It's a very laid-back American buddy-buddy relaxed style of presentation. Gives a good selection of technical buzz-words and a superficial explanation, but it is up to the reader to find `further reading' on any part of it.


Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
by Stephanie Coontz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot better than you'd expect, 7 Nov 2013
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This is a book which shows how history was affected by the rules governing marriage and how the rules governing marriage were affected by history. It consists of a collection of history stories, quotations and opinions which shows the changing relationship between marriage and the social/economic structure of society. In other words, if you don't want the rules of marriage to change, don't change the economic structure of society. What is very clear from ploughing through all this information is the way the middle/upper classes use the law/church/media to brainwash/bully the working-classes as to how they should lead their lives. Marriage is a legal system of rules which govern inheritance. What is surprising about the book is that so much information was needed to prove that the modern view of marrying for love is a modern invention and has no historical basis. The problem with the book is that it makes its point about the `nuclear family' myth in the first chapter and them spends the rest of the book making the same point over and over again. What is noticeably missing from this book is the psychology of people. Can divorce be explained away simply by economic/job security; the book never nails this particularly well. What is not discussed is whether people are psychologically suite to lifelong marriage to one person; this is probably too controversial for academics to discuss. More and more people live alone and this book merely attributes this behaviour to the fact that humans are living longer and are now capable of surviving without a lifetime mate. Is this an adequate explanation? I think it's too simplistic; you read it and form your own conclusions.


Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency
by Michael Klare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars history without the media spin, 7 Nov 2013
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This is a highly detailed account of the American involvement in Middle-East oil. It is an excellent history which helps put much of what you read about globe-trotting American Presidents in focus. The most important point the book makes is that no matter what you read in the media, American gluttony for oil is rampant.

The problem with the book is that it presents America as the `innocent victim of circumstances'. Anyone familiar with Noam Chomsky, will take that with a pinch of salt.

One reviewer described this book as boring; in some ways it is. The first time I read this book I thought it was good. Before reading this book a second time, I read Chomsky's `How the World Works'. I found that reading Chomsky, put a completely different emphasis on the facts in this book and made the events a lot more revealing. Read Chomsky and you won't find this book boring.

Although this book is essentially about America, as we all know, America doesn't keep it's problems to itself.


SIP 5 Speed Worktop Bench Pillar Drill 230v
SIP 5 Speed Worktop Bench Pillar Drill 230v
Offered by Cooks of Bedford ltd
Price: £93.94

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good, 7 Nov 2013
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I started out looking for a drill-stand for my hand-drill. After reading the terrible reviews, I changed my mind. When I looked at bench-drills, I was shocked at the number of people who received broken kit. This one had good reviews and I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. What I got was a lot of surprises. The drill is about half the size of the impression given by the photograph. But frankly for home use, that's a plus. The assembly instructions are a joke. You can get a few clues from the instructions, but you just have to figure it out yourself. Anyone buying something like this is bound to have enough brain-cells to work it out. Once bolted to the bench, it's as solid as a rock. It's surprisingly well made and sturdy for the price. It's a scaled-down version of the drill-stands you use at school and college. And the transit packing is very good.


A Few Little Lies
A Few Little Lies
by Sue Welfare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.76

1.0 out of 5 stars dreary, 25 April 2013
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This is a charming little story about a middle-aged woman who writes erotic books and is too embarrassed to do the book-signing session in the shops. She spends most of the book wandering around Norfolk as she lusts after the local chief inspector. The front of the book says it’s a ‘wild concoction of scandal sex and skulduggery’. I don’t know what book they were describing, but it wasn’t this one. The described plot is included in the story, but it’s used as a background to tie together all the little subplots. I found the book was too long and dreary and by the time anything happened, I was too bored to appreciate the drama.


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