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Second Opinion
Second Opinion
by Theodore Dalrymple
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A desk companion, 14 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Second Opinion (Hardcover)
As usual from Dalrymple a well written book, but this time in the form of a collection of short anecdotes (1-2 pages).
Sat on my desk for around a week for dipping in to during quiet moments, certainly brightened the day up with his critical but realistic style of writing.


The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
by Peter Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 14 Sept. 2010
This is the first work by Hitchens I have read, but far from the first on the subject. The book is well laid out and the first chapter, his analysis in the differences between Churchill and Lady Dianas funerals is fantastic, it almost makes you ashamed to live in modern Britain and to not have stood up and said something at the time!
Possibly slightly in need of updating, despite being the new version, hence the four stars; but then how often can you realistically update a book on a society that is experiencing such a rapidly accelerating downward spiral?
It demonstrates well why the things that people generally dismiss as small, irrelevant and picky are so crucially important to the overall degradation of our society and way of life. A recommended read, to be taken heed of before we end up as a state of Europe without a say in our matters and viewed by the world as a corrupt banana republic.


Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
by Stephen J. Dubner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Another angle, 22 July 2010
A fascinating way of looking at what we would normally consider to be emotional decisions.
Whilst fascinating, you do slowly realise these are the factual underpinnings of the decisions we make, alone and as a society, on a daily basis and it is only 'education' and the mass media that has persuaded us otherwise.
I would have gone for four stars if it wasn't for the American biased centralism, such claims as America being on top of the world after winning two world wars - do they not realise they only joined in the last couple of years and didn't really do much?!? Doesn't do much for their credibility as purveyors of cold hard fact.


Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass
Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass
by Theodore Dalrymple
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the horses mouth, 8 July 2010
A wise tome, written by a wise man!

This is not theory, suspicion or notion - these are real life experiences recorded by an outstanding thinker, reflector and complier of fact. This book lays out what the majority of the heirachy of this land seeks to deny in plain simple, black and white text. What is written here cannot be denied.

Unfortunately the majority of people that have experienced this kind of behaviour do not have the inclination or intelligence to record it. Dalrymple seems to be the exception to the rule and appears to achieve great satisfaction from recording his misgivings with all that is wrong with society (or at least the lower echelons of it) for all to see.

The heroin stories are fascinating - the self victimisation of 'addicts' always appeared blatantly obvious to me, but for it to be laid out in this way should be celebrated.

Well worth a read, also here:
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The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed, 8 July 2010
This review is from: The God Delusion (Paperback)
To make a brief and simple point - if I had the resources I would buy a copy of this 'bible' for every adult in this country. I honestly believe it would make that much of a difference to our broken society and prevent the muddled poison of religion being peddled any further.


Bad Science
Bad Science
by Ben Goldacre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, 8 July 2010
This review is from: Bad Science (Paperback)
Quite simply - a refreshing dose of well needed common sense and logic!

Science aside, this book contains what any self respecting and intelligent individual should be thinking anyway. The advantage here is that its laid out in a form that can be repeated to silence the ever increasing number of common sense challenged individuals now plaguing our society with their pseudo-science babble and nonsense. Well worth a read.


Art of Deception C: Controlling the Human Element of Security (Computer Science)
Art of Deception C: Controlling the Human Element of Security (Computer Science)
by Mitnick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 July 2010
Useful information for both sides of the fence!
When used with common sense and not as a script the information in this book works wonders for getting the information you desire! Obviously a grounding in the 'confidence trickster' mentality is helpful but this really does make it all appear frighteningly simple.

On the other side, this book makes the loop holes blatantly visible to corporations and makes clear that the real weakness is their personal and their lack of training, not really the technology they invest so heavily in and rely so dearly upon.


Advanced Selling Strategies: The Proven System of Sales Ideas, Methods and Techniques Used by Top Salespeople Everywhere
Advanced Selling Strategies: The Proven System of Sales Ideas, Methods and Techniques Used by Top Salespeople Everywhere
by Brian Tracy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect, 8 July 2010
Excellent read. Empowering.

I would have given five stars, but, as seems to be the case with many books of this genre, the author seems the get pseudo-science mixed up with fact. Just as you're getting into a point and feeling encouraged by it they'll throw in some nonsense which is either scientifically impossible or simple babble. Whilst I appreciate the time this book was written at I also feel salesmen should stick to selling things and leave the science and fact to people who have a true understanding for it!


How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 8 July 2010
A timeless classic.
Well written, containing good points. A bit of babble in places, but for a work of this age to still be equally valid today speaks volumes.


Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality
Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality
by Theodore Dalrymple
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 8 July 2010
Having read one other of the authors previous offerings (life at the bottom) I was mostly aware of what to expect, I was certainly not disappointed.
This book, as with other works by the same, is fantastic and a severe outburst of the common sense so desperately needed to be spoken in today's broken Britain - if only more people would read and repeat instead of agreeing because it simply seems easier!

If I could give it ten stars I would, highly recommended.


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