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Capital: An Abridged Edition (Oxford World's Classics)
Capital: An Abridged Edition (Oxford World's Classics)
by Karl Marx
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting, economically worthless, 12 Jun. 2011
Interesting from a historical point of view. Also interesting to understand where the communist/socialist lines of thought get the majority of their inspiration from (although Marx of course didn't invent socialism). As a source of understanding of economics: totally worthless. Marx' followers always claim his theory is very complex and Marxist publications are specialized in the use of bombastic language, but if you thoroughly read Capital it soon becomes clear Marx' theory is actually very simple and comes down to this: commodities have intrinsic value and this value originates in labour. Therefore commodities which are exchanged can only be exchanged at their value (which is fixed by the amount of labour put into them). Therefore profit can only be made by a) selling products above their value (and therefore by cheating the customer) or by b) paying the worker (who has given the commodity value through his labour) less than what his labour is worth (and therefore by cheating the worker). This simple idea, originating out of Marx' (understandable) compassion for the exploitation of a lot of workers in his time, is buried under a mountain of "laws" and terms (different types of labour, of value, of capital, of "surplus value", "organic", "living", ...) as he tries to explain contradictions between his theory and what can be observed. His theory therefore swells like a balloon, but unfortunately contains mainly air. Since intrinsic value does not exist, Marx economic card house comes tumbling down. Fortunately Marx also has a way to counter all criticism. If one fails to accept his theory, this is because one is a "bourgeois" who only sees things "superficially" and does not grasp their inner workings. Only proletarian logic sees things as they truly are. The argument to end all arguments. For me it's Hegelian mysticism disguised as science; faith instead of reason. But then again, I'm a bourgeois.
Five stars for its historical importance, zero stars for its economic lesson: so roughly three as a final result.
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Snakes And Arrows Live [DVD] [2008]
Snakes And Arrows Live [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Rush
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £8.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the real thing, 1 Dec. 2008
I was there in Rotterdam when this DVD was filmed. I had instant goosbumps when the concert began and I now had them again when the DVD began. I experienced the whole concert anew (although the footage is of course a mix of the two nights they played). The quality of sound and image is in one word superb. Thank you Rush, and may you long continue...

Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Africa, 6 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Urbanzulu (Audio CD)
This is the sound of 21st Century (South) Africa: the hurt and the hope, third world and tremendous potential, agony and optimism. Busi Mhlongo blends traditional Maskanda with fresh influences seemingly without effort. The result is an album which you'll play over and over again, never getting tired of the rhythm and her incredible voice. A fantastic collection which will stand the test of time as a monument of just how great African music can be.

Cape to Cairo: A Family Expedition Along the Waterways of Africa
Cape to Cairo: A Family Expedition Along the Waterways of Africa
by Kingsley Holgate
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars the spirit of Africa, 4 Mar. 2003
For anyone in love with the African continent, Kingsley Holgate is a household name. In this journal he describes his epic journey from the Cape to Cairo across Africa's fabulous waterways. His story is immensely recognisable for those who have traveled part(s) of Africa - even if your own journeys were not as adventurous as Kingsley's. For those who have been there, this book conjures up fantastic memories, for those who have not it will interest you in traveling to the cradle of Mankind. And I guarantee that once you have done so, Africa will claim your soul. So, if you don't want this to happen, avoid this book at all costs. But, being an Africa addict myself, I can only recommend that you buy it now!

Vapor Trails
Vapor Trails
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £5.70

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush's last album is always the worst, 3 July 2002
This review is from: Vapor Trails (Audio CD)
In my opinion Rush's last album is always the worst. Until you've listened to it a couple of times, that is. The reason is simple: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have a habit of exploring new musical pastures every couple of albums. So, every couple of albums they divert from what you have become to see as 'standard Rush'. This shocks at first, because they deliver something else than what you expected. But listen to the new stuff a few times and gradually you realise what genius they've bestowed on their latest effort. They have done that since the very beginning: just compare 'Fly by Night', '2112', 'A Farewell to Kings', 'Moving Pictures', 'Signals' and 'Presto' to name but a few. The first time I heard most of those albums I also frowned. A few years and a few CDs (or records) onward and they've all become classic masterpieces. And so it will be with 'Vapor Trails' as well. Sounding strange and unRushlike at first, pure genius after a while.

Green Hills Of Africa (Arrow Classic)
Green Hills Of Africa (Arrow Classic)
by Ernest Hemingway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 14 Feb. 2002
...this is not an environmentally friendly, politically correct book; it is full of Hemingway's (true or perceived) self image of being a "real man". But that's the way Hemingway wrote and tried to live his life. If you don't appreciate that, if you can't place Hemingway's works into perspective, then read something else. For the others: this is a masterpiece. You live the story together with the author. His talent places you there: sweating, dusty, being excited with anticipation stalking game in the African bush. And you'll long to sit in the shade of a tree with a whisky too.

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