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The Pity of War
The Pity of War
by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

9 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Pity of Niall Ferguson, 12 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Pity of War (Paperback)
Having studied the period both at school and university, I knew some of the background well. This is a deliberately controversial history and many of its arguments are not sustained by the evidence he uses (much of it from secondary sources anyway.) It reads like an undergraduate attempt to be clever and revisionist but it flops. And the attempt to provide a counter-factual account of Germany dominating Europe in a proto-EU- is rubbish on some many levels, I don't know where to start.

There are serious scholars out there who are worth reading- Zara Steiner, Norman Stone, Huw Strachan.... Avoid Ferguson.
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Mouthful of Rocks: Through Africa and Corsica in the French Foreign Legion (Jennings)
Mouthful of Rocks: Through Africa and Corsica in the French Foreign Legion (Jennings)
by Christian Jennings
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn, in your face stories..., 7 April 2007
Excellently written account of a young English Public Schoolboy's time in the French Foreign Legion. Even if only a handful of the stories are true (and he admits to lying in some of his stories to others and the endnote says he was done for umpteen counts of deception and fraud)- who cares? They are by turns gripping, horrific and often times hilarious. Nothing spared. Particularly liked the one about the baboons and the pigs...

Read and be prepared for the worst (and the best.)

Egypt (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint Handbook)
Egypt (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint Handbook)
by Anne McLachlan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down badly..., 1 Feb. 2007
I've never used Footprint's guides before and I took this one as an experiment. After one day in Luxor (the only place I visited) I realised it was badly out of date. Ticket prices had in some cases doubled. Restaurant listings bore little resemblance to the places described; one map lacked a scale and another had an entrance misplaced. I will be feeding back more directly to Footprint. But I felt let down and disappointed by this guide.

Night Soldiers
Night Soldiers
by Alan Furst
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb and chilling thriller, 22 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Night Soldiers (Paperback)
Furst is a master story-teller and he has an excellent ability to convey time, place and the political realities of the period.. wrong to say that Furst gets his history wrong about the POUM-- Furst makes at least two references its Trostkyist direction.
And even if inaccuracies do creep in, the overall impression is gripping. I have read four of his novels in the last two months, I just can't get enough.
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