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Stalin's Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky
Stalin's Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky
by Bertrand Patenaude
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging account of Trotsky's last exile, 14 Jun 2009
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Excellent book that provides valuable insights into the intimate details of Trotsky's day to day existence in Mexico. He had affairs and letters to his wife are quoted revealing details of their sex life. It also gives brief glimpses of his past like when he was a Menshevik & at odds with Lenin and later in supreme command of the soviet armed forces fighting white Russians, probably his finest hour.
Trotsky was an exceptionally capable intellectual who forged his place in history, but the book does not shirk from highlighting his many flaws & errors in judgement.
It raises many questions about his legacy, for me the biggest question is, would the Soviet Union have been a better place, had Trotsky taken taken over from Lenin?


When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies
by Andy Beckett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling account of the 70s, 8 Jun 2009
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Absolutely loved every second reading this well written, accessible history. I had totally forgotten about Foulness, the proposed 3rd London airport on Maplin Sands, the 3 day week (think things are bad now?), unions being consulted on government policy, Heath, Wilson, Callaghan, Thatcher & moneyterism, a miners strike, flying pickets at Saltley depot, North Sea Oil, Scottish Nationalism, the IMF loan & much, much more.
The author visits a lot of the places & survivors of this period & adds new light on the era. Highly recommeneded.


Webroot Internet Security Essentials - 3 User (PC DVD)
Webroot Internet Security Essentials - 3 User (PC DVD)

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use web protection, 20 April 2009
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I have used the usual antivirus/anti hacking software that comes with a new computer, so installing Webroot was new to me. Have to say it was very easy to install. Nice simple menus and brightly coloured. When it was up & running I viewed a few dodgy websites to see what reaction I would get. Each time I received a highly visible warning, some fairly innocuous viruses were quarantined, successfully. All well & good. Switched off computer & restarted and system burst in to life. Updates were installed without any interruptions or lack of performance. If you want a good quality but simple to use product I would highly recommend this one.


Carry Me Down
Carry Me Down
by Maria Hyland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.58

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding, 1 Jan 2007
This review is from: Carry Me Down (Paperback)
Being a male & remembering my own childhood in the 50s & 60's I could relate to the experiences of the young lad in this wonderful book. Some kids being more sensitive than others, can pick up on parental behaviour & it can exacerbate their insecurities, triggering an embryonic & over active imagination. What baffles me, is how did the author being a female know the feelings & emotions of a young male, so damn well?

The writing is of the highest standard & I loved every page of this tour de force.


Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth
Jimi Hendrix: The Man, the Magic, the Truth
by Sharon Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on little wing, 15 Dec 2006
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Found this book to be revealing, formed from the perspective of a female who was not romatically attached to Jimi. In many ways it is sad, the way Jimi was managed and used by so many parasites who just saw him as a meal ticket. But it also shows Hendrix humanity, giving money to so called friends without a cat in hells chance of ever getting it back. It was surprising that when Jimi died he had only £20,000 in his bank accounts, OK twenty grand was worth a lot more then, but he was far from being rich.

All the law suits over his estate are revealed & how his father betrayed his boy & his superstar dreams are revealed. Sharon was someone he could open up to & reveal his innermost thoughts like setting up Skychurch a huge pad in the States where he could invite other rock legends and play his music. It came to nothing as Mike Jeffries his manager had sunk all Hendrix money into building Electric Ladyland studio. Jimi's magic number was nine, he took nine very strong sleeping tablets, when half of one was enough to make you sleep well. The woman he spent his last night on earth with, poured wine down his throat when he was choking on his own vomit, because it was so messy, she committed suicide in later years. Jimi could never escape the poverty of his upbringing and was a troubled young man, his music helped him transcend this mortal life. An honourable book about an extraordinary young man. Much love,RIP Jimi.


The Barracks (FF Classics)
The Barracks (FF Classics)
by John McGahern
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of understated genius, 3 Nov 2006
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Brilliant review below says it all. However, I could not believe this book held my attention, it is all about the trivialites of everyday life & all the little rituals that give it structure. It also highlights the inner life that is within us all & about making sense of the boredom we suffer daily in striving to make sense of our existence. Found the book very moving & as in all good literature there are fundamental human truths that hit home and I could relate to Elizabeth slowly dying & Reegan trapped by his occuaption. Both equally desparate & ultimately alone facing a seemingly futile struggle.


Brits Speak Out: British Soldier's Impressions of the Northern Ireland Conflict
Brits Speak Out: British Soldier's Impressions of the Northern Ireland Conflict
by John Lindsay
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worms eye view of sqauddies in North of Ireland Conflict, 6 Oct 2006
The book is the first of it's kind, each contribution is from soldiers that served in the conflict, from 1969 to 1990's written in their own words.

It tells of their experiences without the usual spin. What was it like living in old factories, the constant cycle of guard duty, patrolling, getting crashed out for riots and killings. How did young soldiers cope with the hostility and brutality that surrounded them? The book comes out with some very surprising conclusions, one soldier tells of his return to Ireland after leaving the army & his experiences with republicans.

Very enlightening and a good alternative to everything else you may have read about the troubles.


Internal Health: The Key to Eternal Youth and Vitality
Internal Health: The Key to Eternal Youth and Vitality
by Ron Gellatley
Edition: Paperback

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable secrets to internal health, 6 Oct 2006
Personally had a pretty bad condition & bought this book on the off chance of educating myself about the digestive system. Written in a quaint, down home country boy style, as if the guy is talking to you and boy does he dumb down.

His writing style grates after a while. Some of his views are very controversial, but found most of it common sense and some real gems of information. I have used many of his recommendations and found them very helpful, so I can personally recommend it. But best approached with an open mind.


Bill Wyman: Stone Alone
Bill Wyman: Stone Alone
by Bill Wyman
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor old Bill, 26 July 2006
Disappointing book. Bill is physically a small bloke & seems to have an inferiority complex so he keeps a record of all the girls he has screwed. How sad is that. He admits the Stones only picked him because of his huge speaker encased in concrete, which gave a good reasonance. He aligns himself with Charlie & Brian and seems to resent Mick & Keith, he makes no meaningful comment on his own musical contribution to the band. Yet he is always moaning about not having any money & how the band got ripped off, but nothing about how they coped with their enormous wealth. Bill describes an incident with a female fan where he has trouble removing her underwear, this to me sums up the poverty of this book. Think of all the incidents both humourous, musical, tragedies, pathos, satire etc that could have been told about his life with the Stones. Yet we get an almost bitter, miserish, ungrateful, third rate story of mediocrity. Not a blockbusting, stonker of a book about the greatest rock band of all time!


The Riders
The Riders
by Tim Winton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.76

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deeply irritating, ephemeral twaddle, 17 July 2006
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We have a begining, a middle & an end, thank God an ending. However, the end is every bit as frustrating & unsatisfying as the rest of the story. The novel is not helped in anyway by the silly dream sequence at the begining & end. The book could be described as a travelog because it is big on describing places, silly pretentious sentences that are supposed to evoke a feeling of the places the characters travel. The characters are shallow & the dialogue trite. The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1985, which says a lot about the state of modern fiction. It seems to me the author is far from the finished article in terms of writing style it could be described as immature, the work an an A level student. If you are looking for a meaningful, challenging read, give this one a wide berth.


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