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A Very Unimportant Officer: Life and Death on the Somme and at Passchendaele
A Very Unimportant Officer: Life and Death on the Somme and at Passchendaele
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book, terrible Kindle edition - no pictures!, 16 Dec 2013
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This is an excellent book - I have the physical paperback, and now also the Kindle edition.

However, I am very disappointed that the publishers have not bothered to copy across the many illustrations which form an integral part of this book.

For example, one part of the book reads : "We were all very cold so started a good coke fire going in an old tin: this was placed at `B'. To try and stop the draught we hung an old blanket at `C'. The dug-out sloped down from `B' to `A'. I slept on the ground at `A'."

In the paperback, you get the writer's illustrations to explain this; in the Kindle edition, they haven't bothered to give any illustrations at all. So this bit of text is meaningless.

A black mark for Hodder & Stoughton; Amazon, please suggest to H&S that they need to do a better job with their Kindle editions in future.


To Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
To Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
by Michael Pearl
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.81

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I will not shop at Amazon again while it sells books that advocate violence against children, 11 Dec 2013
This book clearly advocates violence again children - including those under one year old (to beat whom, "a willowy branch or a 1ft (30cm) ruler is recommended")

Think I exaggerate? Read the article here:
[...]

Amazon says "oh don't blame us for the content of books, we just sell them"

But how is this any better than selling child pornography? Amazon doesn't sell child porn, so why does it sell this?

Amazon should be utterly ashamed of selling such damaging material.

Much as I love Amazon, I will not buy anything more from Amazon while this appalling material remains on sale; not sure how I'm going to do my Christmas shopping, but we'll find a way.


Buyology: How Everything We Believe About Why We Buy is Wrong
Buyology: How Everything We Believe About Why We Buy is Wrong
by Martin Lindstrom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon - please check reviews of this book for astroturfing, 24 Jan 2010
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Like other bona fide readers of this book, I found it a strange mixture: it does have some interesting insights. But these are overshadowed by the vanity of the author. As well as a shocking sloppiness about facts: for example, one of the two scientific techniques used in the research that supposedly underpins this books is "S.S.T." What does SST actually stand for? Good question - in some parts of the book (e.g. the index) he says it stands for "Solid State Typography". Elsewhere is the book he says it stands for "Solid State Topography". (e.g. page 208). If he can't get even that right, it's difficult to trust him elsewhere.

Speaking of trust. I can't help notice that reviews on this site for this book fall into two camps: reviews like mine, which say the book is "okay but". There there are THIRTY reviews which give it a 5. All these reviews appear to be by reviewers who have reviewed no other book, and give this work one paragraph reviews that verge on the ecstatic: "Mind Blowing!" "Oh what a book!" "Perfectly written". I'm sorry, and I don't wish to offend anyone, but I find it difficult to believe that all these reviews are genuine.

If you're interested in the subject, worth buying -- but be prepared to skip the bits about what a genius the author is, and treat the book with caution -- as well as some of the reviews about it you can read here.
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