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Believe and Destroy: The Intellectuals in the SS War Machine by Ingrao, Christian (2013) Hardcover
Believe and Destroy: The Intellectuals in the SS War Machine by Ingrao, Christian (2013) Hardcover
by Christian Ingrao
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adolf Hitler's "Chosen Men", 27 Mar. 2015
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Our author Mr Ingrao uses primary sources such accounts, letters, interviews and résumé of former SS officers who were university educated and, for the many who were academics in order to try and comprehend the mind-set that turned them into mass murderers.

His work suggests that there demeanour as unfeeling killers were moulded in their childhood informative years during the First World War, in which their fathers fought and died. He shows them as children, and thus were innocent victims of the harrowing consequences of that war. There is the added bitter after taste that the Austro- German forces had been stabbed in the' back', that was a prevailing sentiment after the Great War.
We see the `language' used at the time of WWI by their parents and teachers; there is insight into the `Prussian-style' of rearing their lives through something akin to indoctrination.
They were programmed with a strong sense of discipline, manly behaviour and an almost religious zeal towards the concept of "fatherland" and the role of war as a way forward.
There were continual updates of various battles and almost daily bulletins in schools and town centres and the boys read them as if there were the latest sporting results.

While the author provides some interesting and relatively new material evidence for the development of their mentality and behaviour, as well as their attempts after the war to either contextualise or flatly deny the atrocities they committed. Mr Ingrao does seem to ignore other social, cultural and economic environments which played such key roles in created a generation of Nazis.
The undertaking that the author has done seems to be more in line as an academic paper and designed for other academics to read and understand and at times, the lay reader may find themselves bogged down in academic `jargon'.
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Store Wars: The Worldwide Battle for Mindspace and Shelfspace, Online and In-store 2nd (second) Edition by Thain, Greg, Bradley, John published by Wiley (2012)
Store Wars: The Worldwide Battle for Mindspace and Shelfspace, Online and In-store 2nd (second) Edition by Thain, Greg, Bradley, John published by Wiley (2012)
by Greg, Bradley, John Thain
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Branded Products & the Consumer, 27 Mar. 2015
Store-wars benefits the reader from understanding business from another standpoint - through information presented in a manageable way.
This is a highly detailed piece of academia; the research is thorough and encompasses branded labels such as super market value ranges, to their so called premium brands. The way in which it appears that these brands are changing the demographic and how the consumer has taken these emerging brands to heart and how they are gaining market share. Then of course there are the established manufactured brands such those delivered by Kellogg's, Birds Eye etc., and how these brands are losing ground to the store brands, in essence we are looking at the way in which the consumer, dare we say loyalty is being influenced. The scope of work also covers on-line retailing. There are the obligatory examples and interesting narratives behind these factual examples all delivered by the contributing authors. This is not convoluted book and you are not bogged down pointless jargon.

There is good here, and useful information for those in retailing, manufacturing or academia, that said the layout at times was taxing and I am sure it could have presented in a better format.


Dark Days (Apocalypse Z) by Loureiro. Manel ( 2013 ) Paperback
Dark Days (Apocalypse Z) by Loureiro. Manel ( 2013 ) Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 is a shorter offering, 27 Mar. 2015
Unless I am mistaken this is part two of, what I gather is going to be a three part series of books. While I enjoyed book one immensely I agree with `R.K. Price' review that this narrative just seems to abruptly end - I can understand the need for `cliff hangers' and similar plot devices, but this book seems to be half the length of the first with a somewhat confusing start that centres on the human enclave in the Canaries. The narrative feels `less fleshed out' - no pun intended. I am not going to say I didn't enjoy the book, but on the other hand it was not a good sequel. This is all rather disappointing in my opinion. I will look out for book three and really hope the narrative, pace and details are closer to the first book.


Tefal By Jamie Oliver Hard Enamel Frying Pan - Non Stick - 30 cm
Tefal By Jamie Oliver Hard Enamel Frying Pan - Non Stick - 30 cm
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £24.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Frying Pan, 27 Mar. 2015
This is a pretty good pan. It has substantial feel to it - but without feeling too heavy. Just add very little oil for frying. The non-stick works really well. It is very easy to keep clean.
This is the best non-stick surfaced pan I have ever come across in ten plus years.

As frying pans go, this is one of my best choice frying pans, because even the more expensive frying pans are simply not as good as this one - and the bonus calendar is not bad either.


By Mark Tufo Zombie Fallout 4: The End Has Come and Gone
By Mark Tufo Zombie Fallout 4: The End Has Come and Gone
by Mark Tufo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike, family and Co are what the Zombies really like - Free Range food, 27 Mar. 2015
An excellent job of telling the tale, with some characterisations that are very well done you really get a feel for the post-apocalyptic world. The rag-tag group of survivors are pushed to the limit, again and again. What sets this tale apart from the plethora of Zombie books out there are the clear use of funny anecdotes and sprinkling of great humour. Without giving away spoilers this is a great series of books and the narrative is really well told. The stories surrounding our group, of misfit survivors, are not predictable. I forget to mention that while they are alive the characters are really well rounded. If you have any interest in this type of horror genre you'll love these audio books.


By Mark Tufo Zombie Fallout 5: Alive In A Dead World
By Mark Tufo Zombie Fallout 5: Alive In A Dead World
by Mark Tufo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Former Human Resources executive trying to survive a Zombie pandemic, 27 Mar. 2015
This is book five of the Zombie Fallout series, and the narrative pretty much picks up the action where book four left off. So what you get is nice even spacing in the story. This is a tale apart from the plethora of Zombie books out there ; there is the clear use of funny anecdotes and sprinkling of great humour/sarcasm, some reviewers have not liked the light side to these books, but I for one think that is what makes these books work. Book 5 does not disappoint. You get memorable characters and a narrative that delivers 95% of the time, and you get a road trip from hell. The whole series is highly recommended.


Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Price: £135.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has one-size-fits-all temperature and steam-level combination for any fabric, 26 Mar. 2015
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This Philips' unit has premium SteamGlide non-stick soleplate and a one-size-fits-all setting, which Philips explains is the impeccable temperature and steam-level combination for any fabric. It suggests that the user need not have to adjust the temperature setting according to the item that they are ironing. Its other features relate to its permanent “scale filter” to keep lime scale accumulation to a least amount possible. It also has handy warning light that reminds you when the “collector” needs to be removed and cleaned. This devise also has auto shut off, if the steam trigger is not pressed for a while.

On use, the steam generator helps to take the hard work out of ironing. It produces plenty of steam that permeates deep into material, making it swift and stress-free to iron surface creases in light garments and thick fabric, such as linen. The soleplate slides smoothly across clothes, and you will not have to press down hard to remove wrinkles. The steam generator is easy to use: the handle has a nice ergonomic grip, which helps when you are ironing large volumes of laundry, and it is easy to clean. The filler hole is easy to access, and it is easy to see the water level, so you can keep an eye on how much water is left in the tank.

To sum up;

The Pros:

Produces sufficient amounts of steam, creases are a doddle with minimal effort, soleplate glides effortlessly, quick to smooth creases from a cotton-blend skirt, comfortable handle, easy to see the water level in the tank, simple to clean.

The Cons:

Not quick at ironing a cotton shirt as some other models, we have had access to. Not being able to lock the iron to the base (somewhat of concern!), water tank is not removable.


Giant's Star by Hogan, James P. (1981) Mass Market Paperback
Giant's Star by Hogan, James P. (1981) Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book continues the unraveling of the story of the human development, 26 Mar. 2015
This book is quite a different story from the previous two. The original focus on mystery and research is more or less gone and replaced by a more traditional adventure/thriller story. The alien technology is so engrossing and believable. I liked the contrast he (the author) makes between the human nature and that of the Ganymeans. Hogan spends a lot of time developing the causes of each civilization's unique nature and how it steers their present course of action. A great third book with all the loose ends tied up nicely from the first two.


Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Chang, Jung New Edition (2012)
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Chang, Jung New Edition (2012)
by Jung Chang
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that delivers a strong emotional punch of events as they transpired, 26 Mar. 2015
For those interested in China's troubled 20th century, Then `Wild Swans' maybe a useful primer, as it is principally an account- of three generation's women's lives from the same lineage, and their history. In parallel the reader gets a vivid insight into the social and political upheavals of twentieth century Chinese history, all compiled into one narrative.

It starts in 1924 with the life of the author's grandmother, and ends when the author leaving China in 1978. This is a book, which arrived at about the right time to satiate a western audience hungry for information about this relatively unfamiliar nation. As the Tiananmen Square massacre had just occurred. For many in the west,' Wild Swans' was a real insight into life under the Chinese Communist party. There have been detractors who claim there inaccuracies of one type or another. However, the author describes nothing of an historical nature, in this book, that can't be widely cross-checked with other sources. This is a tome that delivers a strong emotional punch - of the events as they transpired. In spite of the horror and cruelty described there is courage and resilience shown by the writer's family and it shines through. The very size of this volume is daunting - but the story is reasonably well-written and Jung Chang is expressive and the narrative flows well, a book worthy of good five stars.


Damage by Hart, Josephine (2011) Paperback
Damage by Hart, Josephine (2011) Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive", 26 Mar. 2015
A shocking novel about passion and betrayal, about a British politician who, in the prime of life and seems to have everything causes his own downfall through an inappropriate relationship. A relationship that many would consider taboo. The narrative is told in the first by medical doctor, former politician (MP) Dr Stephen Fleming. I saw the film version nearly 20 plus years ago now in small art house theatre in Chicago IL. The movie still haunts me, as no doubt will the heartbreak of the narrative in the written form. As I read the book I found myself certainly at the start, increasingly uncomfortable as I read on. That was the power the narrative that the author produced – a truly magnificent piece of writing. The title for review comes from the novel, and seems the most quoted whenever the book is discussed.


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