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The Naval War of 1812 (Caxton pictorial histories)
The Naval War of 1812 (Caxton pictorial histories)
by R Strachan Gardiner
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Completes the set, 4 Feb 2012
Having purchased the rest of this mangificent set of five on the Senior Service during the Napoleonic period, it was wonderful that the final volume was just as informative as the rest. Not only full of factual and illustrated gems for the enthusiast, but a book that will be just as attrative to the casual reader.


Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953
Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953
by Brigadier Brian Parritt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.32

5.0 out of 5 stars The Mistakes of War, 30 Jan 2012
This is really three books for the price of one.

Firstly a very clearly defined, passionate, gripping and personal account of the conflict.

Secondly - and somewhat depressingly - an analysis of the mistakes taken by all 'the powers that be' on both sides and the horrors these mistakes caused to tens of thousands amongst both the local populace and the military. All doubly depressing as anyone who has read military history in any depth will confirm, this has been the standard story line for virtually all conflicts throughout history. In this instance the result was one of no real gain for anyone and a stalemate that continues with us today.

Thirdly a great and unexpected revelation of Brigadier Parritt's learning of his enemie's tongue and his consequent life involvement in the complexities and nuances of military intelligence.

An unexpectedly different and enthralling read.


50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists
by Udo Schüklenk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.92

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Voices of Disbelief, 3 Oct 2010
Interesting and with a few good arguments, but generally the book gives the impresson that it is a compilation of articles written for a vareity of different publications. They do confirm that, universally, we are influenced by the propaganda handed to us by our peers in our early years. The less gullible go off and investigatre whilst the gullible just comply. More pieces, all of shorter length, might have produced a more informative result.


Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £23.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth watering, 21 Feb 2010
Looking for a new recording I scanned the Recorded Classical Music guide 2009 - and this was the recording that shone. Difficult to come by (it finally arrived after a months wait - and then from the USA), but worth the wait. Just so fresh and crisp. I cannot but repeat the Guides comment that the Largo from the New World was just ravishing. An unbelievably fine pair of recordings with tension and passion spread across the whole dsic to give an astounding performance.


Toccata & Fuge Bwv 565
Toccata & Fuge Bwv 565
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond hair tingling, 21 Feb 2010
This review is from: Toccata & Fuge Bwv 565 (Audio CD)
Nowhere near enough stars available.

This, is an unrivalled masterpiece. A recording of an amazing instrument in surroundings you can hear, played by the master of his art. The quality of the recording is just mind-blowing - you can really hear the presence of the Kreuzberg church. Just that small amount of echo that enhances the instrument within the surroundings for which it was intended. The venue is brilliantly utilised by both player and recording technicians to make you feel that you are witnessing a private performance created solely for you. Lock yourself away, on your own, and revel in the splendour of it all. Crisp, precise, yet - dare one say it of Bach - unbelievably passionate.


The Missing of the Somme
The Missing of the Somme
by Geoff Dyer
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More sobering fcts from WWI, 8 Feb 2010
The book is best read if you already have some previous knowledge of this disaterous campaign.

A personal journey around the battlefields and cemeteries by Geoff Dyer, which re kindles the realisation of a war that recklessly evolved from political ineptness and desire for confrontation. Where the combatting forces (from private to field marshall)had no idea how to cope with an enemy who possessed the same powerful weapons. These had only been used to date in wars of imperial conquest against enemies with greatly inferior capabilities. The result, a stalemate creating a ribbon of death and putrification across Europe, most passionately described in this journey of sadness and refelection.


RHS Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations
RHS Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations
by Tony Lord
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your combinations sorted, 30 Oct 2009
Not a surprise to find an RHS publication that 'does what is says on the cover'. A pleasure to use, for both novice and professional.

What appears initially to be just another book of beautiful photographs, turns out to be a comprehensive tome bursting with ideas. All right, by the very nature of things not all those ideas are new, but, having read the 'How to use the Book' section you can hardly go wrong. The impressive amount of detail ensures whatever idea takes you fancy, you will be given exact instructions on its suitabilty for your site. Not just for your climate zone, but water and light requirements, suitability of soil type, colour combinations , time year for flowering of each item in the combination, plant heights, plus variations on the basic planting combinations.

I am thinking of buying a second copy as one is bound to be soiled by constantly being outside working with(for) me.

Just Great.


Natural World - The BBC Collection [DVD]
Natural World - The BBC Collection [DVD]

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Natural World Collection, 7 Feb 2008
Six really fascinating episodes from the series, but the two that really shine are On The Trail of Tarka and Wye - Voices from the Valley, both filmed by Charlie Hamilton James with Phiippa Forrester. Just the most stunning and atmospheric photography - every shot constructed with enormous planning, thought and creativity. Something that can be repeatedly watched with new revelations on every viewing. I know there are more subjects that have been filmed by this team, a wonderful programme on Kingfishers for example. Please please BBC give us more from this imaginative yet sensitive genius.

Ian Wolverson Kent


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