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Born Gangster
Born Gangster
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Lacking, 4 Aug 2014
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Promised more than it delivered. It became a sequence of squalid, mindless, violent episodes, interspersed with bragging that did not contain even a hint of irony. This at least would have suggested a personality behind the story. Disappointing.


This Boy
This Boy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Read, 4 Aug 2014
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A terrific read, hugely enjoyable. It's honest and uncompromising, everything an autobiography should be. The affection and respect Alan has for his sister comes over strong and clear. I am looking forward to the next installment.


Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
by Booker T. Washington
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Remarkable Man, 4 Aug 2014
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A terrific account of a quite outstanding human being. I found this book by happy accident and am dumbfounded that I have not heard of this man before. His achievements are almost super-human and surely his name should be better known.
The book begins by outlining the very great difficulties he overcame by getting himself educated after slavery was abolished in the USA. From a very young age, he understood that freed slaves needed educating in all facets of life. Intellectual learning was just as important as knowing about personal hygiene, learning a trade and moral correctness. When he later became an educator and governor of his own college, these were the principles he promoted.
He also tried to engender a greater understanding and tolerance between the southern whites and the recently freed, southern Negroes. Because of this stance, he gained widespread respect among many of the southern whites and former slave owners.
Tireless in his efforts to raise funds for his college, he also became an accomplished and popular orator. One of his famous speeches is within this book and although not 'Churchillian,' it is an extremely strong and emotive work.
This is a book I heartily recommend and will remember for a long time.


True Detective Stories From the archives of the Pinkertons
True Detective Stories From the archives of the Pinkertons
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Detective Work, 17 July 2014
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What a quirky little read but hugely enjoyable. The book outlines in detail, several cases solved by the Pinkerton Agency and one marvels at their thoroughness. It also hi-lights how investigation techniques have changed within the last century or so.


Journal of a First Fleet Surgeon
Journal of a First Fleet Surgeon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Glimpse of the Past, 17 July 2014
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A wonderful read and a real treat to read the first hand observations of an Englishman in Australia in 1788.


Police: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 8) (Harry Hole 10)
Police: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 8) (Harry Hole 10)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's Final Case. Or is it?, 17 July 2014
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A great fan of the earlier books in the Oslo octet, I felt the ending of number eight and final book in the sequence, was just a bit too tidy and a little far fetched. Having said that, it's still a damn good read with all the normal dark twists and red herrings you expect from Nesbo's writing. Will we see Harry resurrected in the future? So many bits of him are damaged or missing, I don't think he would last for many more investigations!


Marware Vassen Kindle Cover, Black  [will only fit Kindle Paperwhite (5th and 6th Generation), Kindle (5th Generation), Kindle Touch (4th Generation) and Kindle (7th Generation)]
Marware Vassen Kindle Cover, Black [will only fit Kindle Paperwhite (5th and 6th Generation), Kindle (5th Generation), Kindle Touch (4th Generation) and Kindle (7th Generation)]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Product, 17 July 2014
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I'm very pleased with my purchase and consider it good value for money. It is of robust manufacture and should give me good service.


The Customs and Traditions of the Aboriginal Natives of North Western Australia
The Customs and Traditions of the Aboriginal Natives of North Western Australia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aboriginal Lifestyle., 1 July 2014
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A very short but thoroughly absorbing glimpse into the aboriginal lifestyle.


Travels in England in 1782
Travels in England in 1782
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time Traveller, 1 July 2014
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A fascinating glimpse of England over 200 years ago. The, sometimes, extended descriptions of buildings of interest I found hard going but the narrative passages are terrific.


Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie (commanding 1st Battn. Royal Irish Rifles) Dated November 4th, 1914-March 11th, 1915
Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie (commanding 1st Battn. Royal Irish Rifles) Dated November 4th, 1914-March 11th, 1915
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem, 28 Jun 2014
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A delightful read and an interesting insight into day-to-day trench warfare from an officer's perspective. Here was a man who truly cared for the men in his command. Near the end of his story are two tender letters written to his children, giving us a glimpse of the loving father he must have been. The book consists almost entirely of his letters written home and they end abruptly when he is killed in battle. A relatively short but hugely satisfying read.


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