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Nationwide Annual 2012-13: Soccer's pocket encyclopedia
Nationwide Annual 2012-13: Soccer's pocket encyclopedia
by Stuart Barnes
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars football buff's bible, 31 Aug 2012
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How do they do it? Year after year the publishers, whether under the guise of "News of the World" or "Nationwide" or otherwise produce this pocket size bonanza.I am not quite sure what further information could reasonably be requested to that already included.
This year I have purchased a total of four copies, three of which have been passed to felllow fans with the warning that tests will be held at regular intervals on such popular aspects as England's results for the period 1920 to 1923/ how many times a particular team has been relegated/ and the highest transfer fee received by a British club in 1955.Needless to say, all the answers are within.
If you really love football then prove it by buying this wonderful production and , like me, humbly accept how little you actually know about the game.


RFO Football Guide 2012-2013
RFO Football Guide 2012-2013
by Paul Charlton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars gambling guide, 31 Aug 2012
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The usual excellent production by The Racing and Football Outlook.The lay out is very neat and easy to follow and includes details of the previous 5 years' results of English and Scottish clubs. One innovation this year is the inclusion of such details for premier division clubs in France, Italy Germany and Spain
If, like me, you wish to keep your own record of weekly English/Scottish results there is plenty of room to do this in the fixtures section which occupies a little under 80 pages of the book.
A definite requirement for the average football fan whether you enjoy a flutter or not.


The Plan: How Fletcher and Flower Transformed English Cricket
The Plan: How Fletcher and Flower Transformed English Cricket
by Steve James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cricket lovely cricket, 21 Jun 2012
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Well, for starters, who am I to challenge the very complementary review of this book by the distinguished writer, Gideon Haigh, in the current issue of " The Cricketer"? This is indeed an always interesting, and at times facinating review of the upper echelons of English cricket over the past 10 years or so. In particular, although both men seem very private individuals you do conclude the book with, at least, the feeling you know Messrs. Fletcher and Flower a little better. There ae also some interesting pages upon the demise of Messrs.Moores and Pietersen as coach and captain respectively.
Whilst acknowledging that I am a founder member of the "born again Pessimists brigade" I do harbour some doubts upon whether this team is quite as good as some members of the media would have us believe.Am I alone in wondering whether,next year, after the conclusion of series against South Africa/India/Australia our present somewhat precarious lead among Test nations will be a fond memory?


FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944
FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944
by David M. Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tricky business, 17 April 2012
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David Jordan's book is an interesting look back at the U.S. presidential election of 1944.One aspect, stressed by the author may come as something of a surprise.The general view has been that Roosevelt was always going to win but Mr. Jordan shows that this was far from inevitable and that Thomas Dewey and John Bricker gave FDR plenty to think about.
The story of the eventual choice of Harry Truman as FDR's number 2 has been told many times though it remains fascinating enough in the retelling by Mr.Jordan.
Most students of US politics agree that FDR was an outtanding President.Whilst I largely go along with this judgement it has to be said that dealing with the great man could at times be a tricky business.FDR clearly hated to disappoint people so that everyone left the Oval Office satisfied he or she had got what they wanted.Only later did it become apparent that this was not necessarily the case.
A worthwhile read of largely familiar events.The cover with a wonderful illustration by Norman Rockwell is quite superb.


1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America
1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year That Transformed America
by David Pietrusza
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry beats Tommy in the final round, 6 Feb 2012
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Those who have already enjoyed Mr. Pietrusza's books on the US presidential elections of 1920 and 1960 will need little encouragement to acquire his latest offering on Harry Truman's wholly unexpected victory in 1948 over his Republican challenger Thomas Dewey.
In the autumn of 1948 you would have been hard pressed to find a Democrat, let alone anyone else, who was confident of Mr. Truman's election. Designated as the Democratic contender almost by default Truman appeared to have little or no chance of succeeding and therefore becoming president in his own right as opposed to the position in 1945 when, as vice president Truman became president on the death of FD Roosevelt.
Buoyed by opinion polls which invariably showed him well in the lead Dewey considered the election as already won and as nothing more than a somewhat tiresome exercise to be undergone before he moved into the White House.All this plus of course Truman's remarkable train odyssey around the United States is told by Mr.Pietrusza in his usual stylish manner plus liberal doses of humour.
From a personal point of view I have to say that the most amazing thing about this election is not Truman's eventual triumph.It is the fact that Thomas Dewey was chosren not once but twice as the Republican presidential candidate.This in spite of the fact that all who came into contact with him,whatever their political leaning, found him arrogant,unapproachable and totally humourless.
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Charles Dickens: A Life
Charles Dickens: A Life
by Claire Tomalin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars expectations fulfilled, 1 Dec 2011
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Ms.Tomalin makes no secret of the fact that she loves Dickens as a writer and it is I think, her sheer enthusiasm that greatly assists the reader in deriving pleasure from this book.I was fortunate enough to begin my acquaintance with the Dickensian world by reading " Great Expectations" which is fairly widely considered to be his finest work.Certainly it remains my favourite.
The author makes it clear that Dickens was a complete workaholic combining writing, often to weekly deadlines, with acting, at which he excelled,giving readings of his own work,travelling etc. Indeed, when one considers how much Dickens crammed into his life it is perhaps surprising that he survived as long as he did.He was probably not the easiest person to get along with but then outstanding artists rarely are.
I found the book easy to read and the publisher has done Ms.Tomalin proud with its production.All in all a worthy addition to the existing literature on this very gifted writer.


Anfield Iron
Anfield Iron
by Tommy Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommys tale, 7 Sep 2011
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Quite simply, this is the best autobiography of a footy player that I have encountered.Tommy Smith has many stories to tell of his Anfield years and he tells them well and with considerable humour. By way of example try his story of his very first appearance for the Reds.This took place in the Anfield car park and the opposition was provided by the local refuse collectors.
There are in addition numerous Bill Shankly stories that I have not come across previously.The one near the end of the book concerning an American visitor being shown the City of Liverpool is an absolute hoot.
You do not need to be a Liverpool fan to enjoy this book but you do need a good sense of humour.
I've now read the book 3 times and I'm sure I will be turning to it again in the not too distant future.


Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family's Untold Story
Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family's Untold Story
by Rebecca Boehling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars love and loss, 1 Aug 2011
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This book is, most emphatically, not " yet another book on the holocaust".The authors take you inside a Jewish family living in Germany in the 1930s, and describe in detail what happens to the various members of that family under the 3rd Reich.
The book brought home to me just how difficult it was to leave Germany towards the end of the decade.The three children featured in the book all managed to escape and, ironically, the child least interested in Zionism ended up in Palestine as it then was.
Tragically, the childrens' mother and a beloved aunt were unable to leave despite the frantic efforts of the children.Both ladies were subsequently murdered by the nazis.
It is, therefore, a book of hope,of relief,of endeavour, and ultimately of tragedy.It is well written and always absorbing and I thoroughly recommend it.


Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism
by William A. Link
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars a polite nuisance, 30 Jun 2011
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I suppose in the long and sometimes tawdry history of US politics there have been more difficult individuals than Jesse Helms but I'm hard pressed to think of one.Always polite and in full control Helms must have been an absolute nightmare when he opposed you.
A staunch far right Republican he opposed any civil rights legislation and indeed any other bill that did not accord with his limited agenda.As a man and as a politician I find him thoroughly unlikeable and without even the vestige of a sense of humour.
All of this and more is faithfully recorded by Mr.Link who also, quite properly, draws attention to the fact that Helms,despite his contrary ways, was ahead of his time e.g. recognising the voter potential of the religious right.
If I have a criticism to make of the book it is that at times one could wish Mr.Link were somewhat rather more critical of his subject.Having said this the book is interesting if at times infuriating.This is not the fault of the author.


The Boy
The Boy
by Dan A. Porat
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars a frightened child, 27 May 2011
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Dan Porat has an interesting story to tell and he does full justice to that story.The main photograph on the front cover is one of the most famous to emerge from the terrible years during which the nazis and their allies slaughtered the Jewish population of Europe.
Interestingly, Porat notes that a myth took hold after the war to the effect that the boy had survived and had emigrated to Israel. In fact, the author is satisfied the boy did not survive.
Remarkably,Porat has been able to identify the soldier holding the gun and it is his story and that of two other members of the SS that forms the basis of the book, together with the amazing story of a young Jewish woman who survived and did ,indeed, emigrate to Israel.
The prospective buyer should be advised that a few of the many photos in the book do not make for pleasant viewing.
The book is a welcome addition to the literature on the Holocaust and will,I hope, be widely read.


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