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How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
by Slavenka Drakulic
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid day-to-day life behind the 'Iron Curtain'., 12 Oct. 2010
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Very vivid descriptions and recollections of how day-to-day life in communist Yugoslavia, and other central European cities, actually was for people - and women in particular. Felt very sorry to come to the end as I felt that, thanks to Drakulic's sound writing and intimate style, I'd come to know just a little of a place and a time that now suddenly seems so far off. Will definately seek out other more recent works of hers as i'd like to know more of this impressive writer's take on what has been happening in her life and her part of the world in the years since this was published in the early-1990s.


Fate is the Hunter
Fate is the Hunter
by Ernest K. Gann
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, evocative, and very affecting., 12 Oct. 2010
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Breathtaking and very affecting. Ernest K Gann was a great writer. I never expected this subject to be so adventurous or such compelling reading. He evokes wonderfully the early era of commercial aviation and the supply lines kept open during the Second World War. I read the final pages of the epilogue - as he describes his veteran co-pilot as some kind of future realisation of himself to come. The book's title says it all.


The Other Side of Eden: Hunter-gatherers, Farmers and the Shaping of the World
The Other Side of Eden: Hunter-gatherers, Farmers and the Shaping of the World
by Hugh Brody
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely valuable for those interested., 12 Oct. 2010
Some great passages in here on the different hunter-gatherer communities Brody has spent time living and working with. Unfortunately, for me, too often it gets rather bogged down in the intricacies of linguistic origins or the various belief systems. As interesting as these subjects are it felt much more disjointed and less satisfactory reading than his other work Maps And Dreams which I'd recently read and enjoyed far more. For a student of this particular field of anthropology it will doubtless prove extremely valuable.


The English Patient (Picador thirty)
The English Patient (Picador thirty)
by Michael Ondaatje
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Very diverting..., 12 Oct. 2010
I remember reading this circa '95 by the red dimmer light of a tank interior inbetween manoeuvres in the desert. Very diverting reading. I think I left my copy under the seat....


Clough The Autobiography
Clough The Autobiography
by Brian Clough
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, young man., 12 Oct. 2010
One of the better sporting autobiographies, young man. Not necessarily a classic but well worth the read for any football fan.


Why ME?: The Sammy Davis Jr Story
Why ME?: The Sammy Davis Jr Story
by Sammy, Jr Davis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a good read!, 11 Oct. 2010
Sammy didn't win any literary prizes to my knowledge but this is a hell of a good read. His sheer force of personality really comes across well in this book. What a man! To say he had a tough life would be an understatement - the childhood on the road with his dad and uncle performing where they'd have them, his experiences of blatant racism through an American upbringing and into the armed forces, and into his breakthrough into Hollywood success - his suffering at the racial prejudices of others is a tragic constant. The bigoted forces of the Columbia studio bosses and the mob even interfered in his own private life to keep him apart from the actress Kim Novak, and his marriage to May Britt lead to his exclusion from the Democrats' inner circle of star-backers surrounding the success of JFK's election.

Obviously his days as one of the infamous Rat Pack are thoroughly recounted. Sammy pulls no punches when it comes to his own failings either - as he retells the excesses of his drink and drug addictions, and his physical self-destruction. He was an amazing performer though right through it all, and truly one of a kind. This book is a very entertaining and revealing read.
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The Sky: Order and Chaos (New Horizons)
The Sky: Order and Chaos (New Horizons)
by Jean-Pierre Verdet
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little book., 11 Oct. 2010
This is a fantastic little book If you're lucky enough to come across a copy. Full of eclectic and varied subjects relating to the sky above and peoples' perception of it through the ages, it is really well illustrated and makes great reading in short bursts.


Yours Sincerely
Yours Sincerely
by Ron Greenwood
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter, but well worth it if you can find a copy., 11 Oct. 2010
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This is a slow starter, but when Greenwood's playing and coaching career gets underway it really takes off! Which is strange considering the book's unusual format of commencing at Greenwood's career's end as England manager and then returning to the beginning. The man was truly a pioneer in football thinking and really should get more recognition as one of the game's greats.

The writing style is warm and personal and makes for quick reading. The glory days in his career as West Ham manager are of course covered, and as a lifelong Hammer it makes for very satisfying reading! His realisation that the Hungarian football of the '50s was the future, while still a player, leads him to set about learning all he can as a modern coach and always being prepared to incorporate new methods and to learn from as many different experiences as possible.

Getting the manager's job at Upton Park gives Greenwood the opportunity to put it all into practice. The results were impressive as he turned a cosy east-end 'family club' into - with the possible addition of Tottenham Hotspur - the first football team in England playing truly modern football. It was no coincedence that England won the World Cup in '66 with 3 Hammers in the heart of the side..


The Brigade
The Brigade
by Howard Blum
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True story artfully told - a real page turner., 11 Oct. 2010
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Artfully written account of the Jewish Brigade's history during the Second World War fighting as part of the British Eighth Army in the Italian campaign against the Germans towards the war's end. I found this to be a real page turner as the book's exciting episodes unfolded.

Blum's skill lies with his merging of both the Brigade's own history and the individual stories of three of its members. All of which is based on extensive and painstaking research of published and unpublished histories as well as interviews with the surviving protagonists. There are really 3 or 4 book's worth contained within the one volume as the Brigade's story only really gets going once the war comes to an end in May '45.

The central figures of Carmi and Peltz become deeply involved with the underground campaign to smuggle out Jewish war refugees and camp survivors against the wishes of the British authorities. The other main figure of Pinchuk meanwhile, sets off towards finding his lost sister Leah who he hasn't seen since leaving pre-war Poland for Palestine. Over the course of the book they all become involved in the people-smuggling as well as a fair share of gun running and acts of vengeance on those they hold responsible for the crimes of the Reich. Altogether a very exciting read, and very well written book of modern history.


A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed., 11 Oct. 2010
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Not as good as I'd hoped for, or what the many strong reviews had suggested. I really wanted to love it but I honestly found many of the tangents and digressions were of little interest to me and sometimes even downright boring.

Undoubtedly, Fermor writes well and I did enjoy many passages as he slowly progressed across 1930s Europe. When he discussed local history or the many quirky anecdotes I enjoyed it - just too many dry passages on classical poetry, churches or architecture which didn't excite. Ashamed to admit that I couldn't avoid skipping a few of the duller pages - it was the only way I could see myself finishing it as I genuinly wanted to follow his journey to Budapest without giving up on him. I did find it oddly repetitive too, which is strange considering he was constantly on the move.

The section in Vienna was one of the better ones, and I found it more of interest than the many sojourns in the various castles and big piles his connected friends had set him up with. A very privileged version of 'tramping' - and not exactly WH Davies' 'Autobiography Of a Supertramp' . Doubt I'll read the second installment of the journey onward to Constantinople.
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