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An Improvised War: Abyssinian Campaign of 1940-41
An Improvised War: Abyssinian Campaign of 1940-41
by Michael Glover
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, 18 Dec 2003
This book is the best work on the subject of the Commonwealth campaign in the Horn of Africa in 1940, largely fought by colonial troops from both sides. This book dispels the myth of the cowardly Italian soldier. Both sides struggled against a third an unforgiving enemy, the harsh weather and terrain of this part of Africa. A good read, which is rather different to the perfunctory Western Desert histories.


Normandy, 1944: Allied Landings and Breakout (Osprey Military Campaign)
Normandy, 1944: Allied Landings and Breakout (Osprey Military Campaign)
by Stephen Badsey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro that works in this format, 17 Dec 2003
This was one of the early Osprey Campaign works that covers the very well trodden ground of the D-Day and D-Day Plus campaign in Normandy. I think the format is a success. Most other books on the subject have been too heavy on text or taken a very restricted focus on one aspect or personality. This quite nicely ties in all the different strands. I have never been able to make sense of the abortive attempts by Montgomery to capture Caen through, Bluecoat, Epsom, Goodwood etc. This book helped me understand these very well. The wargaming section, which unfortunately Osprey seems to be ditching in newer books is good and full of ideas. I think this is a very good and painless look at the whole Normandy campaign.


Rome's Enemies: Desert Frontier No.5 (Men-at-Arms)
Rome's Enemies: Desert Frontier No.5 (Men-at-Arms)
by David Nicolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.26

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual subject explored well albeit too briefly, 17 Dec 2003
This is a very unusual subject, covered exceptionally well. Dr David Nicholle lives up to his reputation by exploring Rome's neighbours from the Berbers, through the African kingdoms south of Egypt to those of Arabia and Syria. He touches on the the very neglected topic of Pre-Islamic Arabia. May only regret is not big enough to do each of these areas the justice they deserve.


Glass: Powaqqatsi
Glass: Powaqqatsi
Price: £11.70

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The anthem for the developing world, 1 Oct 2003
This review is from: Glass: Powaqqatsi (Audio CD)
I saw the film by chance one Christmas and then embarked on a quest to find the haunting music. I am no great music critic but each element echoes the struggle of people in the southern hemisphere aka the developing world to survive. The central theme/anthem evokes a ponderous collective heartbeat of millions and is interspaced by musical tableaux paying homage to one aspect of the struggle. We are led to one of the most beuatiful calls to prayer I have ever heard. Finally the central theme ends with vocals evoking hope.


Tony Copperfield's Primary Care Scream, 1e
Tony Copperfield's Primary Care Scream, 1e
by Tony Copperfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He dares say what most of us GPs think!, 1 Oct 2003
The noble profession, blessed with infinite saintly patience off whom bullets bounce and whose mental and physical constitution is of super human proportions.....sadly this is not the impression that most GPs have of their profession. Tony Copperfield's writings are well known to the GP fraternity/sorority from his column in Doctor magazine. Tony explores the dark side of the average GPs feelings one where the you don't always empathise or even vaguely like the patients you see, where anger is just waiting to explode and where all of this sits uncomfortably with the Dr Findlay stuff that took us into General Practice.
Every GP should have this book and anyone who uses or works for the NHS should read through it. Essential


Ustinov at Eighty (BBC Radio Collection)
Ustinov at Eighty (BBC Radio Collection)
by Peter Ustinov
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: £7.62

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare, warm spark of humanity melting the coldness of world, 23 Aug 2003
Peter Ustinov's energy always impresses me. In this interview with John Bird,he uses the vehicle of experience and comedy to relate his work over the years both in the performed arts, his (he is very modest about this) work for Unicef and international relations and also his positive and humanistic view of the world. Burnt out and at the end of a hard week I fet the cares lifted from me. Touchingly modest he says when described by John Bird as a a Raconteur..."..that's someone who is too lazy to write it down."


Palestine
Palestine
by Edward W. Said
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.12

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory Read! Comedy: ultimate weapon of the weaponless., 3 Jun 2003
This review is from: Palestine (Paperback)
I flicked through this at a bookshop and was impressed enough to order it from Amazon. Joe Sacco spent time with the Palestinians and in his unique style documented their everyday day to day struggle for, existence under extraordinary circumstances. The Palestinians maintain a strange sense of humour with a strong sense of tragedy. Above all the author portrays the Palestinians as people, not demonised expendable monsters of Western Media infamy. Sacco laughs at his own inabiliy to cope with the same situations as the people he is interviewing. If you had to read one book about the plight of Palestinians read this, especially American readers, sadly most won't I suspect. Journalism, history and art what more can ou want. I am definitely geting Safe Area Gorazde


Super-State: A Novel of a Future Europe
Super-State: A Novel of a Future Europe
by Brian Wilson Aldiss
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Humour about the whole Europe Debate, 3 Jun 2003
I don't know whether this meant to be pro-Superstate or Anti-Superstate, but certainly all the recognisable contemporary elements are there: Xenophobia, Racist Mobs, Daahling Sybaritic Rich Folk, Warmongering Generals, Dodgy Politicians, Liberal Academics, Hordes of Would Be Asylum Seeking Immigrants, Well Intentioned Brussels Master Plans gone horribly wrong, WMDs, Anti-Establishment rebels, and finally lots of sly references to Britain's debate on the Euro. Each element is as hilaious of the next. Aldiss may have billed this as a novel of a future Europe, but all the big questions on the issue are here. Even if your not a fan of Sci-Fi and are just interested in how the world works READ THIS. Whether you are Pro or Anti Europe you'll still laugh!


Rommel's North Africa Campaign (Great campaigns)
Rommel's North Africa Campaign (Great campaigns)
by Jack Greene
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb information from a unique perspective, 25 Jan 2003
This book despite its title discusses the AXIS forces in North Africa and more interestingly the significantly underrated Italian contribution. It has a very readable prose style and concentrates on little known side actions that were infantry based. Interstingly it debunks a lot of the myths regarding the so-called clean nature of the campaign but there are also rare bits of humorous anecdote. I particularly liked Rommels objection to the white South Africans' request to be seperated from their black fellow soldiers.
Personally most people will when thinking of this campaign buy or seek out the British Official histories, Moorhead's African Trilogy, the rather Teutonic biased German biographies (where the Italians at best are ignored) or even Corelli Barnet's The Desert Generals. I suggest get one of these more popular ones but under any circumstances get this one as well.


The Indian Army 1914-1947 (Elite)
The Indian Army 1914-1947 (Elite)
by Ian Sumner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.68

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing Let Down, 25 Jan 2003
I really was excited about this book, and really was willing to payvthe premium of buying an Elite series copy. Sadly I was quite upset by the superficiality with which this book treated the Indian Army's role in both the First and Second World Wars. I think that it tried to give far too broad a brushstroke treatment of the this vast subject. There is nothing really that adds to the most cursory glance at the subject. most of the Uniform info is from the notes to the plates and covers what is meant to be "typical" and turns out to be so general as to be rather sketchy. The battle accounts again seem to be rather more a campaign history. If you want to read a better account of Meiktila read Tank Tracks To Rangoon by Bryan Perrett and probably spend the money you would have spect on this Elite text on either this book or the Osprey Megiddo series. As far as organisational info was concerned this book added NOTHING.
I was bitterly disappointed by this book, which to be honest I rate as the worst Elite series Osprey yet. I had ordered the companion MAA series British Army in the Far East. I hope to God that is better.


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