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The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World: America's Legendary Spy ... of Intelligence Gathering in the Free World
The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World: America's Legendary Spy ... of Intelligence Gathering in the Free World
by Allen W. Dulles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence in government, 3 July 2013
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This is not a dry academic primer about methods of analysis; it is a set of stories about some of the significant events that happened during the fifty fraught years during and following WW2.

The accounts have a birds-eye view - Allen Dulles was senior staff in the OSS and its child, the CIA - with some delving into the ins and outs of what went on with the benefit of hindsight to try and learn from them.

The events described are several decades old, and the context of a large super-power cold war has faded next to widespread low-level global armed conflict, but on the other hand the events are distant enough that they can be thoroughly understood and are not coloured by modern assumptions.

He takes a surprisingly practical approach: tourists would stop at the `secret' location of the CIA headquarters when it was an anonymous building, and so since everyone knew where it was anyway he put a sign up and suddenly it was no longer so popular. The visitor numbers fell away.

He mentions too how the Russians would pass a particular piece of misinformation on to their various embassies across the world to `let slip', so that when the various reports of this `slip' made it back to the CIA it would look as if the information was being confirmed from different sources.

Highly recommended as an easy-to-read beginner's introduction to the intelligence communities, where intelligence fits in government, how it works in a broad sense, and some of the `gotchas' to watch out for.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Clean thoroughly and in a good light!, 26 Oct. 2011
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The matt surface on this almost entirely removes background reflection which is excellent under office lights and means I can look at the screen rather than a reflection of me. As previous reviewer said, cleaning is vital; I wiped down with a slightly soapy dish washing cloth, and dried with a dry version of the same, and all was nearly pristine. Unfortunately I then used the included cloth which seems to have picked up some fluff and I didn't check the screen thoroughly afterwards, so now my cover has little bubbles over each bit of fluff.

Am going to order a new one and do it properly, as it's well worth it at this price for the matt surface and the protection (my old phone is badly scarred from a year or so of satchel life).


Inglorious Bastards [DVD]
Inglorious Bastards [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bo Svenson
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Price: £2.79

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pale homage, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Inglorious Bastards [DVD] (DVD)
So first, like an idiot, I bought this thinking it was the Quentin Tarantino film of similar name.

The production - the colouring, effects, and slightly off dubbing - is a homage to Kelly's Heroes and other war films of the time. Unfortunately it brings nothing new and, worse, doesn't even live up to them.

The plot is fine, but the dialogue and characters are barely passable and not really interesting, so there's no real tension in their fate to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With a better script, this could have been a classic. As it is, I'd rather watch Bridge At Remagan, Kelly's Heroes, A Bridge Too Far, The Dam Busters or a dozen other more directly novel films - even Saving Private Ryan - rather than this again.


Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009)
Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
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Price: £3.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A pale homage, 30 May 2010
The production - the colouring, effects, and slightly off dubbing - is a homage to Kelly's Heroes and other war films of the time. Unfortunately it brings nothing new and, worse, doesn't even live up to them.

The plot is fine, but the dialogue and characters are barely passable and not really interesting, so there's no real tension in their fate to keep you on the edge of your seat.

A QT-characteristic film set in this style could have been a classic. As it is, I'd rather watch Bridge At Remagan, Kelly's Heroes, A Bridge Too Far, The Dam Busters or a dozen other more directly novel films - even Saving Private Ryan - rather than this again.


The Adventures of Sexton Blake (BBC Audio)
The Adventures of Sexton Blake (BBC Audio)
by Dirk Maggs
Edition: Audio CD

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top tribute, 25 Mar. 2010
The original Sexton Blake - like Bulldog Drummond, Peter Wimsey and Biggles - was good boys fare: simple plots, nigh-perfect upstanding heroes and their loyal sidekicks. This recording takes the characters a bit too over the top for some, but I enjoy the caricatures as much as the originals.
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Sony NWZB142R 2GB USB Walkman - Red
Sony NWZB142R 2GB USB Walkman - Red

2.0 out of 5 stars Not LOUD enough!, 17 Mar. 2010
Bought one of these when I drowned a previous model which I was very pleased with. Even with the volume limiting off, it just doesn't seem to be nearly as loud, which is annoying when I'm jogging along a track puffing like an asthmatic elephant and against a howling headwind.


Reaper's Gale (Book 7 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Reaper's Gale (Book 7 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
by Steven Erikson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too naively philosophical, 20 Feb. 2010
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This series has been ossum, but occasionally comes to bits when Erikson strays from storytelling into more abstract philosophy. In this case here it drags and drags as the immortals reflect endlessly on the accumulated misery and frustration and boredom and unrequited love - so much so that it brought the first three to this reader.

Even when first introduced the meanderings didn't feel like they matched the characters, and as they became repetitive I ended up skipping pages and pages at a time.

Still readable though, if only to place significant events for the next one, which I'm looking forward to. Hopefully this is just a hiccup in the series.


The Accidental Sorcerer: Book 1 of the Rogue Agent Novels
The Accidental Sorcerer: Book 1 of the Rogue Agent Novels
by K. E. Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable, suffers from too much whining, 20 Feb. 2010
Frustrating in places rather than funny, nearly interesting plotline, and poor dialogue with far too much whining apologies, bland rants and insistent demands along the lines of "Don't do that! You just mustn't!"

As a 'light romp' though it's quite readable, and I intend to give a book later in the series a read to see if the writing matures with the characters.


Java 1.5 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook
Java 1.5 Tiger: A Developer's Notebook
by Brett McLaughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-focused, chatty style, not a 'developers notebook', 13 April 2005
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Not at all a notebook; I was expecting concise outlines of the new features, some appropriate examples and some hints and tips and gotchas and workarounds, as you would expect in a developers notebook.
Instead this is more a "Chatty Introduction to 1.5 for 1.4 users". Everything is "one of the coolest features" and examples "will look wierd to you but don't worry, it's cool". I found these unnecessary asides distracting and annoying, but it's better than the overblown technicalise used in many books. There is no doubt that reading it was easy - it took me a few hours to go through the whole thing and still get a grasp on the new features.
Not suitable as a reference book (which my 'developers notebook' is!) but a well presented introduction.


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