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River Of Time
River Of Time
by Jon Swain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic, 9 May 2008
This review is from: River Of Time (Paperback)
Jon Swain relates the fall of Phnom Penh on first hand, the five years of silence and speculation and the stories of many survivors after the liberation. He was there when the airport was closed, he left friends and he knew well the political forces in the area
The book is written in a clear tone, without political or moral opinions, and with a controlled emotion. The narration of the events and the stories of common people give a series of images that left a strong imprint on me. The book is a classic on this period and I recommend it.


Shah of Shahs (Penguin Classics)
Shah of Shahs (Penguin Classics)
by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars light on revolutions, 27 Mar 2007
In one hundred pages and in a very smart and subtle way Kapuscinski writes about the Shah, the people of Iran and the Revolution. But this is not a book about politics, it tells small stories of a big drama, it is about the vanity of the emperor, the fanatism of religion or the life of ordinary people. I would compare this book to Orwell's Animal Farm. It is full of commne sense and making evident the real implications that absolutism of any kind has on people. This was my first book of Kapuscinski and I was impressed by his enlightment and his writing. Starting with a photograph, an article on a newspaper or a simple walk in Teheran, the history of Iran comes out. A masterpiece.


The Voyage of the Beagle (Unabridged Classics in Audio)
The Voyage of the Beagle (Unabridged Classics in Audio)
by Charles Darwin
Edition: MP3 CD

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book of a trip, a journal of people and places (and anumals and plants), 24 Feb 2007
a book of a trip, a journal of people and places (and animals and plants)

This book is great.

I bought this book because I remembered the old TV series of the eighties. I expected a book with the aventures of the journey, but it is much more. It is more than the obervations of zoology and geology, it is mainly about the people, about the cultures that Darwin finds in South America and how he, as a modern European perceived the new independent South-American and native indians, their culture, their customs. With great objectivity, more than what would have today an ordinary tourist, Darwin depicts the way people live, the political and social issues, their superstitions, their food, their missery. And little by little Darwin gives his personal thoughts on everything from social to science issues.

Darwin's writing is clear and modern, full of wisdom and very personal. This edition of the ModernLibrary is very nice, the text has a decent size, the paper is fine and the cover too. Enjoy.


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