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Streetwise Munich Map - Laminated City Street Map of Munich, Germany: Folding Pocket Size Travel Map (Streetwise (Streetwise Maps))
Streetwise Munich Map - Laminated City Street Map of Munich, Germany: Folding Pocket Size Travel Map (Streetwise (Streetwise Maps))
by Streetwise Maps
Edition: Map
Price: £5.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Just about all you need, 14 Sept. 2010
Does what it is supposed to do. Perhaps would be better if it folded down smaller. Recommended if you just need a map of the central areas.


Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there yet, 14 Sept. 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
First things first. Ordered 24 August, delivered 20 September, if that is of interest to anyone.
The device does "what it says on the tin", well mostly. Downloading from the book store is painless.
The device works well.

Only three stars? Well yes, this is a device whose time has still not come. The Kindle is up against some stiff competition and it falls down in a couple of places. Firstly the page turning experience is very poor. No doubt I will get used to it but that just about sums it up, I will get used to it. Clearly this is still a problem for e-ink devices, but the next model Kindle really needs to major on this issue as it is already behind the Apple devices (which are a dream by comparison with instant page turns). In addition there is clearly a problem with photographs in a book. Not sure if the Kindle just cannot display them or they are just not incorporated by the publisher but it is pretty frustrating when you have just paid £11 for a book with lots of photographs in it and you cannot see them. This is another aspect which needs to be addressed - Amazon please address / speak to the publishers!

Finally, I would recommend the Kindle book store above any other. It has a better selection and better prices than any other I have tried, so well done Amazon.

Alas! If your tastes are even just a little bit specialist it will be a case of looking to see what is available and trying to choose something you would like to read. You simply cannot just look for books you "want to read", you will be wasting your time.

To sum up. Nearly there but some annoying issues remain and the book store (as well as every other book store)is still far to thin and, in many cases, expensive. At the current price I would recommend the Kindle. However, if price is not the main consideration I have to suggest that you try the Kindle App on an iphone/ipod/ipad as you may prefer the way it works (note: all these devices are much more expensive and either much smaller or bigger!).


Left for Dead: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race
Left for Dead: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race
by Nick Ward
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to be a sailor, 8 Oct. 2009
You don't have to be a sailor to be moved by this book. It is a well written account of a truely terrifying storm.
The author manages to convey the helplessness of the situation. Whilst left for dead, the author manages to cover this issue with some sensitivity and does not dwell on that aspect too much which does him much credit. The terror, distress and confusion on the boat must have been extreme and made judgements as to which comatos crew member was alive and which was dead very difficult. So a good, well written book that even those with only a passing interest in sailing will find interesting.


Tank Men
Tank Men
by Robert Kershaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that deserves to be read!, 8 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Tank Men (Paperback)
Whilst this book has some failings I recommend it whole heartedly to anyone, no everyone, interested in the Second World War.
I do this because it constantly brings home, almost on every page, the horror, noise and bloodshed of what was a horrific, noisy and very bloody war. The bravery of the men who took to the tanks is undoubted and the author's collection of first hand accounts is very sobering. Of course the book suffers a little from not having a full and equal split between the combatant nations but it is about the men, not the nations they served. I was actually quite pleased that the stories were not just about the Brits and Yanks, they show that the tank and the war affected all, mostly in a very similar way.
Read this book for what it is, a graphic account of these men and not as the best history book on the shelf.


Apache Dawn: Always outnumbered, never outgunned.
Apache Dawn: Always outnumbered, never outgunned.
by Damien Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Force?, 16 May 2009
I find it hard to recommend this book as I am not sure at whom it is aimed. I have not read any other books by the author and so did not know what to expect.
What I got was, in my opinion, neither a convincing account of helicopter operations in Afghanistan nor a wholly successful action/adventure story.
Whilst on one level it does cover the "human" element of the helicopter operations it does so in a style which, put simply, made me cringe on occasion. Perhaps a mix of war time propaganda and "Where Eagles Dare". To be honest if ground ops cannot be successfully conducted without these guys then why are we not buying hundreds of these helicopters?
Possibly the reliance upon telling the story of four men only, provides too narrow a viewpoint. When the squad set off we are told there are 15 men and one woman. This in itself is an interesting issue and one that would deserve a book of its own. However, the lady in question is only referred to once towards the end and then only so that we can be told that the troops on the ground stopped answering her calls so they could listen to her voice!?!?
In summary I think the reader needs to look elsewhere for a more instructional account of these operations.
The book should appeal to fans of Ross Kemp's TV show "Ultimate Force".
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It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944
It Never Snows in September: The German View of Market-Garden and the Battle of Arnhem September 1944
by Robert J. Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account of Market Garden, 30 April 2009
I recommend this book. It will probably appeal to those who have read quite a lot about this subject already and therefore, know much of the story, though perhaps from the other side of the fence. By concentrating on the German side this book provides a slightly different slant to the facts already known. Before jotting down my thoughts here I read some of the other reviews. There have been a few negative thoughts but I do not believe these are bourne out when reading the book and I would suggest that anyone interested in this subject will find this a very interesting read providing much insight into the methods adopted by the Germans. The book goes a long way to explaining the reasons for the allies "failure", outlining the strength of the German staff and the "diehard" performance of the troops, as much as the terrain difficulties faced by the allies. Definitly deserves to be read in conjunction with other histories of the battle.


The Devil's Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader
The Devil's Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader
by Michael Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Peiper, 29 April 2009
A well researched and very interesting book. However, I felt there was too little about the nominal subject. I guess this information is hard to come by.
This is however, a truly detailed account of 1st SS operations during the Battle of the Bulge and will appeal to anyone interested in this aspect. Very well reasoned account of the incident at the Baugnez crossroads. All in all a good book which I recommend but don't expect J Ps life story.


First Blitz
First Blitz
by Neil Hanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Blitz, 16 April 2009
This review is from: First Blitz (Paperback)
Excellent well researched and well written book. A fascinating study of German bombing operations and their affect on the people of London. Recommended.


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