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City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London
City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth Century London
by Vic Gatrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fielding, Cleland and others did a better job - and wrote better., 15 July 2013
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A guide for the prurient with prim circumspection and no literary skill. The 18th century in London was richer in thought, less inhibited in action and much more multi-faceted than this pale review.


The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction
by Nate Silver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars articulate guide to intelligent decision making, 15 July 2013
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The scepticism prompted by a guide to finding the inarticulate major premises that bedevil intelligent decision making by a guy who explores statistics - and discards most- by looking at the bases for sorting relevant data = and using it. I just wish it had been written earlier.


Il libro dei sogni
Il libro dei sogni
by Federico Fellini
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: 35.08

1.0 out of 5 stars wrong for me, 15 July 2013
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The reviews lead me to believe this book was in English and Italian. It was in Italian only. Useless for me as I can't read Italian.


The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
by Eric Schmidt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.81

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have seen the future - and it scares the hell out of me., 24 May 2013
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Shortly after reading the book, I saw two separate articles in the New York Times The first announced a joint venture with NASA in quantum computing to be used in amongst other things, facial recognition. The second was the roll-out of Google glasses, with a disclaimer about proper protection of privacy. Credible denial? No. The cruel fact is that the cyber war between China and the West is well underway. Schmidt and Cohen have with stark clarity introduced us to our present - and to our immediate future that lays out a stark vision of a world where personal rights become meaningless, privacy is a memory by old people and there is no boundary between private and public life. Any person concerned with the politics of urban life, intellectual freedom and the difference between knowledge and wisdom should read this book and ponder the implications for public policy concerning the rights of the individual, intellectual freedom and proper structure of education.


Lost Treasures Of The Ancient World: Pompeii [DVD]
Lost Treasures Of The Ancient World: Pompeii [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lost Treasures of the Ancient World
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Price: 1.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pompei revised and revisited and revisited., 26 Jun 2012
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A highly repetitive, and in consequence boring visit to Pompeii. At one third its length it would have been mildly interesting. Cannot possibly recommend this to anyone.


Gainsbourg [DVD]
Gainsbourg [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Elmosnino
Price: 8.04

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars changes not expected, 21 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Gainsbourg [DVD] (DVD)
I had previously bought a copy of Gainsbourg. I bought this copy to give to a cohort who shares my interest in in cinema. Upon watching it with her I was surprised to find it was a different edit and different translation. Meanings were changed and some of the coherence was lost. Both copies were different than the version shown in the theatre. This is certainly a deterrent on buying DVDs by mail order. There should be some way of ensuring that the DVDs offered to the public are the same as shown in theatres or a warning is given. Very disappointing.


The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective (New Approaches to Economic and Social History)
The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective (New Approaches to Economic and Social History)
by Robert C. Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.09

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough examination of a long standing question, 19 July 2009
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Robert Allan has produced a thorough analysis of a phenomenon that has engaged economists, historians and political theorists for some time Why did the Industrial Revolution take place in Britain long before the industrialization process took hold elsewhere-in Europe, let alone Asia.

The answer includes a through review of original documents, statistical analysis of existing data, comparative data from other European countries, nods to other scholars, and a series of conclusions that by and large flow from the data presented

One could quibble with his comment that the juxtaposition of coal and iron ore occurred only in northern England and take issue with his dismissal of a fairly effective legal system as a factor. Indeed, he regards patent protection as an obstacle, rather than a spur to R & D, which his data does not support.

On the whole, it is reasonably accessible to anyone with general background in English and European history and modicum of immersion in contemporary economic theory.

Readers with a background in Weber, Tawney and Marx will find their views challenged

Its not the for the faint of heart


The Man with the Lead Stomach: The Nicolas Le Floch Investigations 2 (Nicolas Le Floch 2)
The Man with the Lead Stomach: The Nicolas Le Floch Investigations 2 (Nicolas Le Floch 2)
by Jean-Francois Parot
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Le Foch mortally wounded, 13 May 2008
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For those who thoroughly enjoyed "The Chatelet Apprentice", the Man with the Lead Stomach is a pale pastiche of the first novel. The characters are two dimensional, the plot disjointed and lacking in credibility and the vivd description of life in pre-revolutionary Paris almost completely lacking.
One might be forgiven for wondering if its really the same author.
Nicholas Le Foch deserved better.


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