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Chronicle of Britain and Ireland (Chronicles)
Chronicle of Britain and Ireland (Chronicles)
by Henrietta Heald
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life..., 5 Jan. 2014
This is a brilliant idea - a complete, year-by-year historical record of Britain written in tabloid style and with colour and monochrome illustrations. A really attractive book, easy to consult and read - and with over 1200 pages an absolute goldmine of information!

Behind the Myths: The Foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Behind the Myths: The Foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
by John Pickard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars food for thought, 26 Aug. 2013
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This book turns conventional religious teaching on its head; instead of the God-driven narratives of conventional Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Pickard gives us a narrative driven by real people living in the real and very turbulent world of the ancient Middle East. This is a story of imperial conquests of massive social disruption and upheaval - and of the messianic cults and literature that spread as a result. The book's basic premise is that it is social and economic conditions that determine consciousness {including religion] - an insight that will be familiar to those, like me, of a marxist persuasion.
I'm only halfway through the book but I've learned a huge amount and it's enormously interesting and persuasive. Highly recommended.

Blood Never Dried, The
Blood Never Dried, The
by John Newsinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SAVAGE INDICTMENT, 22 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Blood Never Dried, The (Paperback)
This is an important and wholly convincing reminder of the horrors of imperialism - specifically the British Empire as it has existed over 300 or so, and still continues on the coat-tails of the USA.
There are detailed chapters on Jamaica and slavery, the Irish Famine, the Chinese Opium Wars, India, Egypt, Palestine, the Kenyan Mau-Mau - and a lot more, up to the present day slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan.
John Newsinger has produced a timely rebuttal to the right-wing defenders of empire such as Niall Ferguson, and for anyone wanting to know the truth of Britain's sordid involvement in overseas colonial exploitation and warfare they will find this book indispensable.
A useful follow-up would be David Harveys' "The New Imperialism" [2003]which analyzes American imperial policy of the last ten years.
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The Meaning of Marxism
The Meaning of Marxism
by Paul D'Amato
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More on Marxism, 5 May 2013
This review is from: The Meaning of Marxism (Paperback)
If you enjoy this book - as hopefully you will, it's a splendid introduction to Marx's most important ideas - here are a couple of other books which I have also found very useful:
"The Point is to Change It" [John Molyneux] a clear, accessible intro to Marxist philosophy.
"Why Marx was Right" [Terry Eagleton] answers most of the commonly-held criticisms of Marxism in a clear and often caustic way.
And finally, before you take on the full weight of Marx's "Capital" you might find "Das Kapital for Beginners" [M Wayne] a handy guide.

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