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Messi
Messi
by Guillem Balague
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant exposé of someone we knew little about - until now, 4 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Messi (Hardcover)
Balague has scored again with this insightful and gripping book about a footballer known the world over, but about whom very little was known. We learn about the trials and sacrifices, the relentless pursuit of excellence and the continuing desire to always achieve more. Balague's research and source material is remarkable. This book isn't just about Leo Messi, it's about what it takes to become a legend. It left me awed and more than a little conscious of my own limitations! Masterful writing that transcends the genre. This will become a classic.Messi


Guillem Balague's Euro 2012 Diary
Guillem Balague's Euro 2012 Diary
Price: £2.45

5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY review of the Games, 9 July 2012
Brilliant account of the Euro 2012 Championship which brings to life all the excitement and tension of those few weeks in Eastern Europe. If you were there read it and relive the experience. If you weren't, weep for what you missed! Well done Guillem! On top form as ever.


The Arabs: A History
The Arabs: A History
by Eugene Rogan
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 6 April 2011
This review is from: The Arabs: A History (Paperback)
In the light of David Cameron's recent statement that Britain "caused" many of the problems in the Arab world, and as that world descends into chaos, this book outlines the historical context of the "Arab Spring." Not only Britain but all the old colonial powers carved up the Middle East between them from the remnant of the decaying Ottoman Empire. Fired by greed and the desire to expand their own strategic and commercial interests they encouraged nationalist uprisings only to step in and take control when inter-tribal and religious conflict ensued. Plus ca change! The book is highly readable and explains in clear detail the creation of the Arab states, the formation of the Arab Brotherhood, the PLO, the creation of the State of Israel,etc; in such a way that we gain clear insight into the perfidy not only of the colonial powers but of the Arab leaders who consistently misled their people in order to build up dynastic power-bases.
For anyone seeking to understand the turmoil in the Arab world and its wider implications for global peace, this is a timely and essential read.


The Afghan
The Afghan
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 12 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Afghan (Hardcover)
Such bad reviews from various anoraks who clearly spend their time memorising the details of previous books. It's a good read with some great vintage Forsyth moments. There's a credible story, a lot of tension and plenty of juicy espionage detail. This is Frederick Forsyth, for goodness sake. Even on an off day he's worth reading. It's a good thriller. Read it and enjoy.


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