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Tour de France: The Official 100th Race Anniversary Edition
Tour de France: The Official 100th Race Anniversary Edition
by Françoise Laget
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice brief history, 3 May 2013
The book is laid out with a brief introduction on the birth of the tour followed by a brief history with top 10 standings of every year that it has been going as well as a preview to the 2013 tour. At the back is the tour classifications with all the winners of the tour, the points race, King of the mountains and the Young Rider race. There are also tour records like smallest gap between winners. There are also a quick reference Roll of Honour which giveving the top 3's with the distance and average Speed.
It's a very good quick reference book with all the up to date standings.

The Complete Book of the Olympics
The Complete Book of the Olympics
by David Wallechinsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A briiliant reference book, 16 May 2012
In sort it's a who won what at the nodern olympics since it started in 1896. It shows you all the medal winners and usually all the finalists / top 4 finishers and if it can the finishing time or score. It doesn't just do the main events or even just the ones at the current olympics it gives every single sport and disipline in that sport including the discontuned sports and events. The book gives a bit of information on the history of the sport in the olympics and tries to comment on every medal event (but doesn't always happen).
Also included in the book is a Table off which country has won most medals overall and at each games. As well as a rundown on each games including the 1906 games thats not an official games.
It's a well put together and is very complete. So if you are into your sports refernce books then this a must buy. If you want to know what happened at any of the olympic gamed then this is well worth getting.

The Rough Guide Map Rome (Edition 2)
The Rough Guide Map Rome (Edition 2)
by Rough Guides
Edition: Map

5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide Map of Rome, 8 Feb 2012
It's a well marked and laid out map and shows all the main sites of the city centre and has two main scales which works well. It lasted very well and is still intact which is unlike my istnbul paper map which I used on the same tour and for less days. Well worth getting for anyone who is on holiday in rome.

Under the Eagle
Under the Eagle
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and exciting read, 24 Mar 2011
This review is from: Under the Eagle (Paperback)
This a well researched book with a lot off action through out the book. It involves 2 main characters, 1 is centurian who has been in the army for a while and the other is young lad who has just been made optio (his assistant) to the annoance of his fellow soliders and is a bit wet behind the ears. The book is based around the build up to and roman invasion off britain itself. It involves fictional characters like the 2 main characters as well as some real life characters which are mainly the leaders. Simon Scarrow brings the characters to life and makes them relistic as well as making the book a very enjoyable and exciting read. I found this a good bed time read, as in the chapters are a nice length to just pick up and put down at anytime. Not that I really wanted to put it down because I really enjoyed it and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brings an ancient city to life, 24 Mar 2011
This review is from: Pompeii (Paperback)
The book is based over 4 days leading up to the roman town pompeii and other surrounding towns get covered by the volcano, vesuvius. The Lead character has been sent from rome to deal with the aquaduct which has dried up and to replace the previous engineer who was looking after it goes missing. The story follows the aquaduct engineer who tries to fix it and try to find out why his predecessor goes missing. It also follows 3 other character who the engineer comes across, which are a freeman who owns a lot off the town and is corrupt, as well as a young lady who is his daughter and a elderly scientist (for the people into roman history is Pliny the Elder). The book is very well written and keeps intrested all the way through. It brings the ancient city of pompeii and surrounding area alive and puts a real touch to it. It involves real people, places and other information found in pompeii into the story. It is a brilliant read for people into history and not into history alike.

Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town (Unabridged)
Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town (Unabridged)
Offered by Audible Ltd
Price: £17.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book about a brilliant site, 8 Mar 2011
This was a very enjoyable book, and brought the town to life even for someone who hasn't been there (yet). It was well written and went into everything you can imagine and more, about what went on in the town, the buildings, the objects and monuments, to who lived there and what they did as well as who ruled and how the town was run. The narrater who read it was very good and didn't let the book down. If you are into any history and especally how people lived in the past this a very good book. As you probably guessed I had the audiobook, but don't let that put you off because this is well worth your money in any format.
I think this would be a brilliant guide/pre read for anyone who is planning on going to pompeii as well, which is one reason why I bought because I am going there and think is well worth listerning to before.

Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (6 DVD Gift Pack)
Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (6 DVD Gift Pack)
Price: £14.75

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value and a good introduction into the roman empire, but...., 6 Feb 2011
This boxset gives a good insite into some off the major events in the roman empire, but If you got a good knowledge of the roman empire you probably won't get anything new out off this.
But there are some parts off this boxset that do put me off. For starters they seemed to do everything on the cheap and using the same places for most scenes, where ever it was in the empire. Also they had reviews off what went on every 7ish minutes which was very annoying and not needed at all, even in the world off US TV where you have adverts that often. That bit did put me off a lot. It would have also been nice if the characters talked, but we can't have it all.
There where some good parts but even for the cheap price I wouldn't buy it again. But as I said it does give a nice insite to the empire for beginners.

Whitaker's Almanack 2011
Whitaker's Almanack 2011
by A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.75

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to it's normal high standards, 26 Oct 2010
This is well presented and full of information. If you've bought any of the previous almanacks you know what your getting, but for those who don't here goes. This is not your typical trivia book, full of ALL the winners of the FA Cup and ALL the presidents of the United States which you will need for a typical pub quiz. But it's still full of facts and information. There is still pub quiz type things in there, like the kings and queens of England, Scotland and Great Britain/UK. As well as giving you information on the countries of the world (Leader and flags as well as such things as climate and terrain, for example).
But the things that this book has that most AtoZ's don't have, is information on organanisations, sports bodies and charties and societies for example. This book comes out with information on the royal family (finacial details, military titles as well as selected family tree's), the peerage, parliment (including all the 2010 general election results, the european parliment results and the all the regional goverment results), law and order, education, health, social welfare, religion, the enviorment, heritage, banking and finance, and the media, as well as much more.
There's also a section called 'the world' with gerneral information and figures. They have a similar thing on time and space. A section on The Year 2009-10, which tells you about the year in different area's, from archaelology to opera. The book finishes off with a general reference section with weight and measures, the periodic table, nobel prize winners and abbreviations.
That sums up roughly what's in the book. It is well written, researched and put together. It is a brilliant reference book and I'm glad I spent my money on it.
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Postcards from a Young Man
Postcards from a Young Man
Price: £6.83

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album, 7 Oct 2010
I keep it short and sweet. This album starts off well, with a brilliant song. And keeps up with some well written and played songs. It's hard to pick out one individual song from this album, because they are all hust as good. This is a must buy

Automatic for the People
Automatic for the People
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant, 4 Sep 2010
This is another short and sweet reviews and straight to the point. This is a magnificent album. There are lots of well written and they sound brilliant. It is one of those albums that should be on a list of must listen's before you die. Just brilliant.

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