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The Campaigns of Alexander (Classics)
The Campaigns of Alexander (Classics)
by Arrian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent translation, decent book, 26 Jan. 2006
This book is excellently structured with an introduction on the author, Arrian, excellent footnotes and a couple of appendices at the end.
I found the actual text had way too many names. I just got the impression that Alexander was constantly taking part in minor skirmishes, but I think that is the point.
More and better maps would definitely have helped this book out, as well as some diagrams of battle formations for Alexander's major battles.
Finally, I found the author tended to note various inconsistencies or exaggerations only once whereas I would have preferred he mention them everytime. For example, Arrian frequently understates the number of Macedonian dead (figures as low as 100 against 10 000 in the Persian forces i believe) and I would have liked the translator/publisher to give a more conservative estimate, although maybe this simply isn't possible due to lack of data.
Overall this book is a good introduction to Alexander.

The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict 431-404 BC
The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict 431-404 BC
by Donald Kagan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on classical times, 26 Jan. 2006
This is quite simply the best all-round book for learning about the peloponnesian wars. Kagan manages to combine factual information with a very easy-to-read style.
Maps are numerous and even include maps of the various battlegrounds including ship formations.
Kagan not only narrates the events very well, but also provides his own insights into why some decisions were made, and some of these decisions would appear very bizarre without them.
In all, I can't recommend this book enough. I have a huge interest in ancient times and this is easily the best book i've read.

Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars undoubtedly the best book, 8 Jan. 2004
i managed to borrow this book from a friend and after reading the first few pages i was hooked. the story is told masterfully, with the narrator weaving back and forth intricately throuhout his life.
i have read several other books about spartans and the sacrifice at thermopylae, and none of them come close to the brilliance of this book. not even the author's other books (which are good) come close to this.
it is hard to describe what makes this book so good, but i'll put it this way: after reading Gates of Fire, i went and bought it off amazon so i could read it whenever i wanted.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new blink still rocks, 8 Jan. 2004
This review is from: blink-182 (Audio CD)
i don't care what other people say, blink still has it. sure it sounds different, but then again, blink has been constantly changing their style in the past (eg. dude ranch to enema of the state was punk rock to more pop rock). as everyone else has mentioned it is much more serious as well as relaxed. i could hear certain similarities to box car. however, that said, i can still hear a lot of the old blink in the music, it's just with a new twist. all 16 songs r great, and the 4 xtra videos r cool as well except they are more like home movies.
this album is excellent, and definitely ranks up there with the other blink cds.
i just want to clear something up having read a previous review. this is still the same blink. all the members are the same as the ones since enema of the state.
one last thing: BUY THIS CD.

GCSE Chemistry 2001/2002
GCSE Chemistry 2001/2002

1.0 out of 5 stars Worst revision software i've ever used, 16 Jan. 2003
This review is from: GCSE Chemistry 2001/2002 (CD-ROM)
this is the worst revision software that i have ever used. it does not teach you, but rather lets you choose the topics for a multiple choice test and explains the answers as you go. the questions even have errors in them making it confusing. most frustrating when trying to figure out complex calculations only to get it wrong because they gave you the wrong info (eg. atomic mass of oxygen= 24?).
as revision software this is most disappointing. it's only use is as testing software.
rather go for the LETT's programs. they are much better structured, with full courses to teach you, a revision planner telling you what to study each week and when to take the tests. TRUST me on this. It will affect your exam grades.

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