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Callan - The Definitive Collection [1967] [DVD]
Callan - The Definitive Collection [1967] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Price: £72.00

31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait! Don't buy it ... Wait!, 6 Jun. 2011
I entirely agree with N. Green. In fact, anyone who is not visually disabled can see from the 'voting' on his review that it's a total set up! And if the same thing happens to this review also, well . . . please make your own mind up.

What a joke! Or what an insult to those who've already invested £30, £40, £50 in a drama they have loved and waited for, only to find that they've been cheated by a recycling of already released episodes which they've already purchased, along with a few additions tacked on and with an even higher price tag, of course!

Having myself purchased many DVD sets from Network (Strange Report, Department S, Jason King, The Baron, Man in a Suitcase, return of the Saint etc), this is the first review of this kind that I've written and I jolly well hope that it will be the last!

Like Mr Iredale, I suspect there's a new management policy afoot at Network! Don't buy it.

Go on, vote against what I say and prove that even loyal customers are being stitched up by Network!


Radical Islam Rising: Muslim Extremism in the West
Radical Islam Rising: Muslim Extremism in the West
by Quintan Wiktorowicz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques, author of '1st Century Radical'., 19 Dec. 2008
This is a good book. However, we do need to place it in its immediate historical and literary context in order to appreciate its contribution to the current debate on Islam and 'the West'. A number of sociologists have striven to explain the apparent rise and rise of fundamentalist Islam through recent history. Various reasons have been cited to try to account for this surge, including hatred of 'Western' values - epitomised by the US, the discrediting and marginalisation of Marxism, the decline in the nationalism of individual Arabic states, the break-up of the Soviet Union along with the ending of the Cold War, among a considerable number (and variety) of other supposed reasons.

In 2004, the author of this work, Quintan Wiktorowicz, edited a book called 'Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach' (Indiana University Press). To make a long story short, the mode of investigation proposed and utilised by this work should, in theory at least, help to guard against common mistakes perpetrated in research on Islamism, e.g. it claims that social and monetary deprivation and the resultant frustration cannot fully explain the rise of Islamism since poverty does not lead necessarily to pro-active terrorism. This work builds upon these premises.

Apparently, unless this reviewer is very much mistaken, much of the research in this work is conducted on and around a particular radical organization (al-Muhajiroun) based in Greater London and operated by Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was actually barred from the UK in 2005! Wiktorowicz undertook no less than 30 formal and informal interviews with Omar Bakri Mohammed himself and various other group members and activists. A variety of "movement documents" were also studied. This generous quantity of what is, in effect, original source material furnishes this book with a high level of 'first hand' credibility.

The author presents his findings in in 4 chapters. The first chapter outlines the risk factors of being actively involved in any radical Islamist organization like al-Muhajiroun. The costs are high - members can regularly donate as much as a third of their income, for example. Pursuits such as television, gaming and phone chat are outlawed. The second chapter attempts to explain how and why certain individuals become attracted to this kind of radical organization. This is a truly fascinating chapter which investigates crucial matters like preconditioning and the individual's 'predisposition' towards taking the extremist's path. Chapter three goes on to stress (and to illustrate) just how vital both the perceived integrity and the religious authority of the group's leader is, in successfully evangelising 'normal' individuals to become radical activists. The final chapter addresses what has been described as 'the free rider problem'; i.e. the individual who seeks membership of a group or cause only to further his/her own aims and goals. Radical groups solve this potential dilemma by forging the wishes of the individual to the group's fundamentalist ideology; to further the group's interest is, therefore, to also further the individual member's own good. Corporate membership and selfish desires are therefore interlocked, even bonded.

This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed reading and pondering over this notable contribution to the current debate on the vital issue of the West's approach to radical Islam. Radicalisation is itself not a new process - far from it, in fact - and it can occur in just about any culture, period, or setting on Earth, given a sufficiency of 'conducive' factors. When, eventually, even the founders of the World's great religions can be viewed entirely dispassionately and equiponderately, free from the censure of sectarian and religious bigotry then, ironically enough, we may just appreciate how the right cocktail of oppression, occupation and the subsequent resentment can procure a 'radical' from just about any individual who has ever lived.

Michael Calum Jacques

Inside Terrorism
Inside Terrorism
by Bruce Hoffman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.86

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques, author of '1st Century Radical'., 3 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Inside Terrorism (Paperback)
The author's profile is impressive: Prof Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over thirty years. He is a professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, DC and has previously held the Corporate Chair in Counter-terrorism and Counter-insurgency at the RAND Corporation as well as having been the Acting Director of RAND's Centre for Middle East Public Policy.

Perhaps the most important contribution this unquestionably scholarly work makes to society in general is that it alerts us to the fragile balance under which most societies operate and the fine line betwixt an apparently 'normal' mindset and distinctly radical, extremist one. As a previous reviewer has pointed out, Hoffman, depicts terrorists as, largely, in many respects, being like 'the person in the street'. This is as worrying for many as it is unquestionably true for all.

The process of radicalisation is an altogether absorbing science in itself. Fortunately, it is something that has been around quite literally for millenia now and - for every dark cloud (and, let's face it, the clouds of terror are starker than most) has a silver lining - after each attack or terror act, we are able to improve our databases, enhance our understanding and, thus, our opportunities to profile more accurately and prevent the next attempted act.

This book is specialised but not too much so and this reviewer believes that it will be an interesting read for most. The precise causes underpinning a propensity or tendency towards radicalisation lie deep within the human psyche and its profound well of insecurities et al. This book will help to throw light on this and other related topics for many.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of 1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ)

Church Explorer's Handbook
Church Explorer's Handbook
by Clive Fewins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques, author of '1st Century Radical'., 28 Nov. 2008
This reviewer concurs entirely with the previous two reviews and seeks only to add a few observations and remarks which may help the reader to decide if this is the right Church guide for his or her own particular needs and wishes.

Firstly, this is a very well prepared, presented and planned guide which is packed with useful information and helpful informative articles. The Foreword is by one Andrew Lloyd Webber - whom we may just have heard of - and, as founder of the Open Churches Trust, he writes with passion about the usefulness of this book and its ability to aid us as we visit one or more of the 16,000 or so churches which grace our islands.

Indeed, Clive Fewins, the author of this work, himself holds nothing back regarding the aims of the book: "This handbook is an aid to people who like to go out and explore churches." And there can be little doubt that Fewins has triumphed in producing a handbook which fulfills that task admirably and many, many more tasks besides. The author also intends that the reader need not be an 'expert' of ecclesiatical architecture or the like to glean benefit from the book; right again.

The book is systematic in its approach and is designed to be 'dipped into' - again, to employ the author's own words. Each chapter essays a particular topic or approach, for example, Chapter 1 is simply entitled 'The Church from Outside', similarly Chapter 3, Inside a 'Church' et al. The handbook includes its own gazetteer and Fewins is even courageous enough to add a list of some 1000+ churches which are reckoned to be "worth making a detour to visit"; this list includes samples from every county in England, Scotland and Wales - no mean achievement by any

For anybody who enjoys visiting the wonderful churches of our land, this book comes supremely recommended, by this reviewer, quite literally from every aspect.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of 1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ)

Scarpetta: Scarpetta 16
Scarpetta: Scarpetta 16
by Patricia Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

38 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques author of '1st Century Radical'., 27 Nov. 2008
For those readers as yet uninitiated with Patricia Cornwell's writings, it is probably worth pointing out that Kay Scarpetta is the author's main protagonist in her series of crime novels, of which this is the latest, the 16th, in fact, as far as this reviewer is aware. Cornwell's 'Scarpetta' series of novels are noteworthy for her employment of 'up to the minute' forensic technology. The novels constitutes also, to some extent, a genuine, progressive series being interlinked with 'peripheral' characters (and not so peripheral ones, such as Pete Marino, Lucy Farinelli, and Benton Wesley et al) occasionally reappearing or being revisited.

Briefly, the fictional Dr. Kay Scarpetta was born in Miami, Florida and is of Italian parentage; she witnessed the death of her father from leukemia, and this has haunted her ever since and, as a pathologist, this spectre is imported into her professional life. This is a key element in Cornwell's Scarpetta novels and a key to understanding what appears to be a predominance of forensic and 'scene of crime' detail.

It is impossible to predict accurately whether or not the new reader, unacquainted with Cornwell's works, will be smitten by her hallmark features and style. Much emphasis rests upon forensic and pathological matters - with which the authoress is thoroughly at home in a professional manner. The books indulge in detail of the particular crime scene, victim etc. and Cornwell's characterization is usually detailed and often quite intricate. The reader is rarely, if indeed ever, allowed to stray far from the proximity and vulnerability of human mortality. Readers and fans, already familiar with Cornwell's works, will certainly be delighted with this one!

In this plot, as the eponymous title suggests, it is Scarpetta herself who becomes the focus of a killer's - and of a stalker's - unwelcome and unworthy attentions. She has left her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, and accepted an assignment in New York City. Therein she is asked to assess an injured house patient - the forcibly restrained and cuffed Oscar Bane - in a psychiatric clinic. Bane has specifically requested to be treated by Scarpetta. Suffice it to say, without giving anything away, that the good Dr Scarpetta gets slightly more than she'd bargained for!

This was a riveting read with many interesting social and psychological themes thrown in for good measure. This reviewer is happy to commend this book to all who are not overtly phased by the peculiarities of the darker, human psyche.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of '1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ')

The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
by Nicolas Notovitch
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques, author of '1st Century Radical'., 26 Nov. 2008
Before we look at matters pertaining to the plausibility, feasibility and rationality of this book, this reviewer thinks that it is important that the potential purchaser and reader is informed about the background to this undoubtedly interesting little volume.

Nicolas Notovitch was a Russian doctor who, in the 1890s, journeyed extensively throughout India, Afghanistan and Tibet. His journeying took him through a variety of remote places such as the passes of Bolan, across the Punjab, and eventually into the beautiful and historic Vale of Kashmir of the Himalayas. On one such voyage, whilst he was visiting Leh, the main city of Ladak, Notovitch broke his leg in an accident. 'Fate' had ordained, thus, that he ought to sojourn for a time of convalescing at the Himis convent.

It was apparently during this period of healing that Notovitch was informed that ancient writings, chronicling the life of Jesus Christ existed. Subsequently, he traced and studied a Tibetan rendition of these writings and copied down in his journal in excess of two hundred verses from the curious document referred to as "The Life of St. Issa."

Furthermore, Notovitch was shown two large yellowed volumes containing the supposed biography of St. Issa. The Russian medic then enlisted one of his travelling companions to translate these Tibetan volumes, while he copied down each verse in the rear of his journal.

Moving the story on some thirty years to 1925, Nicholas Roerich, another Russian, made the journey to the same convent at Himis. Roerich, was both a distinguished scientist and a philosopher. It would appear that he saw the precisely the same volumes as Notovitch had on his stay there (the traveller, Swami Abhedananda, also claimed to have seen these volumes on his visit to the convent). Anyway, Roerich apparently noted down the very same legend of St. Issa in his own journal.

So the story goes ... Now, this reviewer would suggest that there are two main issues which merit consideration here. Firstly, did a Russian doctor and two subsequent 'witnesses' really ever encounter some Buddhist (Tibetan) writings which claimed to have recorded or chronicled the life of Jesus Christ ('Issa')? Secondly, if so, do the 'Issa' traditions really throw any light upon, or even pertain to, the radical Galilean who became known as Jesus Christ?

Initially, this could be seen to be unlikely, until one reckons on just how 'eclectic' pure Buddhism was and is; it is not inconceivable and actually not improbable that traditions pertaining to the life of Jesus Christ found there was into Buddhist monastic libraries prior to the 1900s.

The nature of these traditions relate to an interesting 'version' of Jesus and the picture they convey is something akin to that of a nomadic, wandering miracle worker. Perhaps the nearest utterance which the Buddhist 'Issa' makes (which carries anything like an echo of authenticity of the original Jesus), to the mind of this reviewer at least, is this:

'Then Pilate, ruler of Jerusalem, gave orders to arrest the preacher Issa and to deliver him to the judges without, however, arousing the displeasure of the general populace.

But Issa taught: "Do not search for straight paths in darkness, possessed by fear. Instead, group together and support each other. Anyone who supports his neighbor (also) strengthens themselves..."'

For any serious student of Jesus the Galilean, this might well resound of the type of teaching uttered during a time of siege, possibly under the hammer of occupying forces. Otherwise, it could simply indicate that this echoes a later tradition reflecting the persecution of secret, covert, Christian mystic or gnostic groups (perhaps one generically or geographically closer to Buddhism itself) which had been either spurned by the synagogues or been persecuted at the hands of the Romans themselves.

Most writings which cause us to reappraise our own standpoint regarding the life of 'the most important person ever' is almost always a beneficial thing, and there is unquestionably a degree of both historical and christological intrigue (on a number of levels) contained within these pages. Any truly liberal view withdraws from dismissing ideas out of hand. This work, just on an interest only basis, probably deserves a closer look.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of '1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ')

Hitler, The Germans, and the Final Solution
Hitler, The Germans, and the Final Solution
by Ian Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques author of '1st Century Radical'., 25 Nov. 2008
This collection of essays by Ian Kershaw - perhaps best known as Hitler's biographer - has already received broad and deep plaudits from both historical and political scholarly camps.

Kershaw has been among the most persistent and intuitive historians writing about the subject of Nazi Germany. This work may be added to his other definitive studies on the phenomenon of and the phenomena surrounding the Third Reich as well as, of course, his aforementioned monumental biography of Hitler. This work is a vast read which pools a number of diverse articles into one volume; it remains unified, however and is, at no point, disparate.

Kershaw is a well-established historian of the socio-political history of the Third Reich, and the causes and subsequent (and much cataloged) consequences of Nazi policy. His views have attracted much attention particularly with respect to the vexed question of how much or how little the attitudes of the German populace influenced or did not influence Nazi policy. This single volume proffers the reader a thorough, well chronicled outline both of the catastrophic damage inflicted by the Nazi leadership, as well as the prevalent views and attitudes of the 'run of the mill' German folk as what started out as the basic segregation of the Jews then hurtled headlong into dire persecution, culminating in an attempt at outright, blanket genocide.

This work is, apparently, the culmination of over thirty years of in-depth historical research on Nazi Germany by one of that era's most acclaimed historians. It also has the merit of collating many characteristic and defining aspects of Ian Kershaw's previous research on the Holocaust for the first time, making it especially useful as a one-off 'drop in' resource for a private or institutional reference library.
The book is are structured in five sections, dealing with
Hitler and the Final Solution
Popular opinion and the Jews in Nazi Germany
The Final Solution in historiography
The Uniqueness of Nazism.

The can be little doubt about the quality of the research or of the 'readability of this book. Much valuable information is crammed into its 400 odd pages. This reviewer, for one, reckons that many if not all of Ian Kershaw's readers and followers will be delighted by this one!

Michael Calum Jacques (author of 1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ)

Performance: Richard Avedon (Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)
Performance: Richard Avedon (Pace Gallery, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)
by Richard Avedon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques author of '1st Century Radical'., 25 Nov. 2008
This fascinating book could be described as a collaborative effort and can best be enjoyed for what it is when we know something of the variety of characters contained within its pages.

Richard Avedon was born in to a Jewish-Russian family in New York on May 15, 1924 He commenced his career as a photographer in 1942, taking identification pictures of the seamen. In 1946, Avedon established his own studio and producing material for a list of illustrious publications which includied Vogue magazine. Soon thereafter he became the main photographer for Harper's Bazaar. A main characteristic of Avedon's style of work was that his photographs conveyed three dimensional models with vivacity; laughing, smiling, or, at other times, being `snapped' whilst involved in a particular activity.

Avedon later broadened his repertoire and even photographed patients of sanitariums, as well as more `mainstream' subjects such as protesters of the Vietnam War and the demise of the Berlin Wall. Avedon also produced a couple of distinctive - and now famous -shots of The Beatles as well as the portrait material contained within the The White Album (1968).

Sadly, Richard Avedon died while shooting an assignment for The New Yorker in San Antonio, Texas, on October 1, 2004. Even then, at this advanced stage of his career, he was still a formidable, original, creative force, undertaking and allocating time for new, challenging projects of divers sorts.

So, with such a pedigree - and we have not mentioned Avedon's fascination with other groups and `types' within society, nor details of his connection with other elements of the press or publishing industry here - it is easy to understand why any volume, collaborative or otherwise, from such a fascinating, iconic photographer (and this reviewer is not given to using such terms lightly) .

This volume can be recommended for a number of reasons. It features work produced by Avedon in the life and works of members of the performing arts; to be more precise, John Lahr is the son of actor Bert Lahr, but is well accredtited in his own right. He is now the Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker and, in 2002, became the first drama critic ever to win a Tony Award. Mike Nichols has won an American Emmy Award, an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and also a Tony Award (as stage and film director, writer, and producer). André Gregory is both an American director and actor. He appeared as the title character in My Dinner with Andre. Mitsuko Uchida is a classical pianist, perhaps best, but by no means exclusively, known for her performances of Mozart (especially the Sonata in C), Beethoven, and Schubert. Her father has been the Japanese ambassador to Austria. Twyla Tharp is an American dancer and choreographer and is the author of `Push Comes to Shove' (1999) and `The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life' (2006).

As a person who engages with images as types of sources, reflecting stages and epochs of history, this reviewer enjoyed this volume and can warmly recommend it even though the `images' are more biographical in some ways. It will not be to everyone's taste, but it undoubtedly offers a fascinating and quite compendious view on the subjects outlined and captured. Each reader and viewer will most probably take something valuable to their own `self', image and portrait.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of 1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ)
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Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War in the West
Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War in the West
by Andrew Roberts
Edition: Hardcover

57 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques, author of '1st Century Radical'., 25 Nov. 2008
This fascinating book, thick with historical data and insights, makes a riveting read. Whilst having no wish to quarrel with previous reviewers, for this reviewer, the book's strength is to be found within the all too rare combination of the elucidation of pertinent details and the subsequent compilation and marshaling of this data in order to reach coherent conclusions. The hi-lighting of detailed minutiae is only of secondary value, it would appear, if any historical advances are unable to be procured from it. Fortunately, this fastidiously researched volume abounds in both.

It is a lengthy read, at round 670 pages, and is at times dense in the chronicled information it conveys. It is an honest read, too, and this reviewer proffers that an alternative title could well have been formed along the lines of 'How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke very nearly didn't Win the War in the West'! Indeed, some readers - especially those none too conversant with the internecine bickering that went on in and around the corridors of power prior to the D-Day Landings, for example - might be quite take aback at the apparent abrasiveness and the various fractious dealings which formed part of the staple diet of 'Allied' conferences, rhetoric and debate.

This reviewer would want to take issue with one or two points in previous press reviews which have suggested that, whilst Andrew Roberts' book remains a immense achievement, it establishes and thus contributes only slight, minor historical detail to the ongoing research into the WWII fray. Surely this is both to ignore key passages and sections of the book and to miss the point. Firstly, from an historical perspective, Roberts has successfully revealed a number of new 'primary' sources (in the forms of 'oral' reports and written chronicles, diaries et al) and, secondly, this information helps us to somewhat 'recalibrate' certainly, and possibly even to reassess the methods and the roles of a number of key policymakers. Again, this would appear to illustrate the author's successful achievement in having interpreted the mass of available data and having translated this into 'applied history'.

There is plenty of historical meat within this work and it should appeal to the interested/well-informed general reader on the one hand and the historian (and possibly even the military tactician) on the other. IThis reviewer found the sections relating to the Allies' 'sweep' across Europe especially interesting and I must congratulate Andrew Roberts on handling the material (which remains a sensitive substance within certain quarters and factions) very well, with confidence and authority. Narratives pertaining to the reticence with which Brooke approached the invasion of France, the mood swings and what amounted to the basic pessimism of Churchill et al will never sit easily with some, yet to gloss over delicate topics such as these would be to gloss over history and to, ultimately misrepresent it. As Quiller-Couch put it, we sometimes have to be prepared 'to murder our darlings' ... occasionally these need to be historical or conceptual little treasures, too!

In a nutshell, this volume accomplishes a great deal, to the mind of this reviewer, at least. It is eminently readable, dense with data, and offers measurable and definite conclusions based on the material within. As ever, this work, too, will now be subject to the rigours of historic analysis itself. This reviewer suspects that it will fair pretty well.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of '1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ')

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
by Niall Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover

164 of 192 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques, author of '1st Century Radical'., 21 Nov. 2008
The title of this book makes quite a claim. Niall Ferguson is a Harvard University professor from the UK, who produced a volume on the story of the Rothschild financial dynasty in the late 1990s, The book certainly has a number of interesting features e.g. its summary of recent events both precipitating and within the housing market 'crisis' and international commercial relationships between superpowers. Nevertheless, the impression is that the work - fascinating though it is in parts - may just have been a little bit 'scraped together', somewhat hurried.

Given the lightning blitz which has rocked all corners, streets and avenues of the globe's financial institutions, this is perhaps understandable and even forgivable, almost. Recent news bulletins have featured housing crises, bank runs and a possible recession looming forbiddingly. Given that he presumably had only human resources at his disposal, the author may well have reached for a crystal ball as a source of greater predictability than the global market indicators have been able to offer any of us, himself included, of late.

Returning to our initial point, viz. the sheer scope this work claims to encompass, this reviewer particularly appreciated Ferguson's sweep through the civilisations of the past in this Financial History of the World; thus the Inca's spurning of gold and silver as money, the pre-Christian Mesopotamian/Babylonian credit notes in the form of clay tablets and many more indicators of the development of, and various civilisations' attitudes towards, money and finance in general. Yet Ferguson omits to make, as far as this reviewer can see, any reference to the light which spectral analysis technology (through its illumination of discarded domestic papyri texts) has thrown on the surprising wealth of certain women within the ancient world.

Ferguson's philosophy, which he keeps hidden up his sleeve for most of the book, proposes that finance evolves through natural selection. He uses this hypothesis to account for the appearance and denigration of new financial models which respond to new demands made by various societies. That analysis may risk a degree of oversimplification, but that will be variously assessed by the background, training, and disposition of the reader. All that being said, this is a challenging and a stimulating read.

Michael Calum Jacques
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