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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars consciousness of the history of the native American tribes is much better known, publicised, 10 Nov. 2015
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When this book was first published, it had a profound effect on a world that had previously only heard one very biased side of the story. Nowadays, consciousness of the history of the native American tribes is much better known, publicised, and understood. To a considerable extent this is due to this groundbreaking book, and to the many other writers and campaigners who have followed on and taken further Dee Brown's work. This book provided the benchmark from which all other studies of native American history are judged. It remains a classic.


Business in Great Waters
Business in Great Waters
by John Terraine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A justly acclaimed account of the two Battles of the ..., 10 Nov. 2015
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A justly acclaimed account of the two Battles of the Atlantic. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject.


Captain Hornblower R.N.: Hornblower and the 'Atropos', The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line (A Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea)
Captain Hornblower R.N.: Hornblower and the 'Atropos', The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line (A Horatio Hornblower Tale of the Sea)
by C.S. Forester
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars O'Brian's books are better works of literature, 10 Nov. 2015
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The Hornblower series of novels are justifiably famous as the precursor of many inferior imitations. Only with the appearance of Patrick O'Brians' Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin has there emerged a pair of characters to rival Hornblower and Bush in the genre. O'Brian's books are better works of literature, his many characters more rounded and humourful, and his detailed knowledge of the minutiae of naval life unequaled, but he is unlikely to appeal to those who would not voluntarily read Jane Austen. Forester's stories are more succinct and straightforward whilst being a thoroughly good read, and he has created a leading man whose complexities still engage the reader. Ideally, anyone buying this compilation of the middle years of Hornblower's career, should have first read 'The Young Hornblower'. As with all the best series, its advisable to start at the beginning and be able to watch the character grow in tandem with the reader's connection to him.


Gallipoli
Gallipoli
by Alan Moorehead
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best account of the campaign, 10 Nov. 2015
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Even after half a century Alan Moorehead's account remains the best account of the campaign. An Anglophile Australian, and a renowned war correspondent, he is scrupulously fair in his judgements and wonderfully easy to read. It is one of those books that deserves to be rated a classic of its genre.


The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work (Strategy Classics Series Book 3)
The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work (Strategy Classics Series Book 3)
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like its authors Grand Fleet Battle Orders it is a ..., 9 Dec. 2014
This is an absolute essential for anyone interested in the subject. Like its authors Grand Fleet Battle Orders it is a fairly turgid read at times but comprehensive and the story of the Grand Fleet in its pomp, told by the most self effacing of Commanders, but with sharp comments if you read between the lines. After this, read Arthur Marder for the unsaid bits.


Chemistry Lab by Science Mad Trends UK  - A lab that any young scientist will adore
Chemistry Lab by Science Mad Trends UK - A lab that any young scientist will adore
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good feedback from its recipient, 9 Dec. 2014
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Very good feedback from its recipient, and a very successful present. He had one qualification which I didn't understand, but then he is very young and I am extremely old.


British Battleships of World War One
British Battleships of World War One
by R. A. Burt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 9 Dec. 2014
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Everyone who has read R.A.Burt has already said it all. Great Book


German Battleships 1914-18 (2): Kaiser, König and Bayern classes (New Vanguard)
German Battleships 1914-18 (2): Kaiser, König and Bayern classes (New Vanguard)
by Gary Staff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ... Staff tends to assume that everything Germany built was better than anything Britain ever did, 9 Dec. 2014
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I should be giving this four stars but Gary Staff tends to assume that everything Germany built was better than anything Britain ever did. In that sense , he is sometimes right - but certainly not so in the earlier German dreadnoughts and as regards the Badens compared to the Queen Elizabeths and marginally the Royal Sovereigns. He completely fails to make the vital point that German armour was made to resist far heavier shells than their own ships could throw at their enemy. British armour was designed to protect against the smaller German shells. Greater beam and underwater protection is another matter and indisputable. The tragedy from the British side was that their heavier shells, for which so much else had been sacrificed were largely duds - at least until 1917. There was also the failure of the British to accept that, whilst in theory, the bigger gun has a longer range, this advantage only applies in conditions of visibility that permit it. North Sea. Been there ;done it. 24,000 yards vis not more than one day in 15. Fisher, who famously said that the fleet's drill ground should be the area it intended to fight in, never listened to his own advice.


From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume I: The Road to War 1904-1914
From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume I: The Road to War 1904-1914
by Arthur J. Marder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Datum by which other naval writers measure themselves, 8 Mar. 2014
Marder's works represent the standard to which all the rest of us naval historians try to aspire. His conclusions and opinions are entirely his own, and some of them are open to argument, but the five volumes of this work represent one of the finest pieces of historical writing that have ever graced the genre.


British Cruisers: of the Victorian Era
British Cruisers: of the Victorian Era
by Norman Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Norman, 22 Feb. 2014
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Another wonderfully researched study. It has joined my shelves in happy consort with its predessessors. Where next? Inflatable dinghies of the Royal Navy 'From Suez to the Thatcher Era'? 'The Inflatable retreat from Empire?' I tremble in anticipation.


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