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Mr. Christopher Harris "Chris in Brum" (Birmingham UK)
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1615 Gabrieli in Venice (1 Hybrid SACD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray disc)
1615 Gabrieli in Venice (1 Hybrid SACD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray disc)
Price: £13.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Feb. 2016
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Just beautiful music, wonderfully sung in a perfect recording


Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography (Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States)
Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography (Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States)
by Marie Ellen Kelsey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £86.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant resource, 5 Jan. 2016
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This is an academic resource and invaluable to a serious student of the American Civil War. If you want to find all the source documents for a particular aspect of USG's life and career this is the place to start.


The Warrior's Life (Penguin Classics)
The Warrior's Life (Penguin Classics)
by Alfred de Vigny
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic primary source, 5 Jan. 2016
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This is a classic primary source for those wishing to understand was in the Napoleonic era. It can be seen as "anti-war" and he is certainly sceptical about the glory of war. Here is a typical quote:

'The army is blind and mute. It strikes down whatever is put in front of it. It has no desires and acts by rote. It is a great machine which is set in motion, and kills.'

Well worth reading!


Diary from Dixie
Diary from Dixie
by Mary Chestnut
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Her diaries give great insight into the American Civil War, 10 Dec. 2015
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Mary Chestnut was a leading society figure in the Confederacy and met and mixed with all the leading characters. Her diaries give great insight into the American Civil War. She is also wickedly funny at times so the book is very easy to read.

Essential reading for the ACW enthusiast.


The Hero in History
The Hero in History
by Sidney Hook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hook has a Marxist background but that doesn't intrude too much and he has some wonderful insights to share such as his take on, 10 Dec. 2015
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If you are interested in the role of "great men" in history then this is essential reading. Hook has a Marxist background but that doesn't intrude too much and he has some wonderful insights to share such as his take on greatness and goodness: 'Finally, we must rule out as irrelevant the concept of the hero as a morally worthy man, not because ethical judgements are illegitimate in history, but because so much of it has been made by the wicked.'


Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10
Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphony No. 10
Price: £12.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful version of an admittedly dark piece, 10 Dec. 2015
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I don't understand the first review here. I'm hearing something very different and I'm not alone. Edward Seckerson in Gramophone says it "sweeps away competition" and that it is "Brooding , tense, febrile, thrilling." He is right! This is a wonderful version of an admittedly dark piece. The orchestral playing is top notch and Nelsons' interpretation is outstanding. The recording is brilliant too. If you like this repertoire don't hesitate to get this.


Infantry Attacks
Infantry Attacks
by Erwin Rommel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the military enthusiast, 14 Aug. 2015
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Rommel's classic book about infantry tactics is essential reading for the military enthusiast. It's also an excellent primary source for the historian.


Russia's War
Russia's War
by R. J. Overy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.72

5.0 out of 5 stars A clear recommendation, 14 Aug. 2015
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As always with Richard Overy this is very well written and very well researched. It's an excellent account of WW2 from the Russian perspective and a clear recommendation.


Inside Hitler's High Command (Modern War Studies)
Inside Hitler's High Command (Modern War Studies)
by Geoffrey P. Megargee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and educational, 14 Aug. 2015
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This is an excellent and important book that gives a deep insight into higher command in Germany in WW2. It gives an understanding of the extent to which Germany's failure was down to a faulty command structure. It's an academic book but it is well written so it's suitable for the historian and the enthusiast.


Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War
Germany's High Sea Fleet in the World War
by Adm. Reinhard Scheer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important source, 14 Aug. 2015
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This is an important primary source for the historian and an interesting read for the enthusiast. It's not an easy read not least because it is full of Prussian bombast but this gives an important insight into how many Germans felt after WW1, that they had been betrayed by the "home front", i.e. that didn't accept the reality of their defeat on the Western Front. Scheer doesn't accept some of what we now see as facts, for example he claims to have sunk a Queen Elizabeth class at Jutland, so the book needs to be read in parallel with other sources to get a balanced view.


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