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{AMERICA'S GREAT GAME: THE CIA'S SECRET ARABISTS AND THE SHAPING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST } BY WILFORD, HUGH ( AUTHOR ) DEC - 03 - 2013[ HARDCOVER ]
{AMERICA'S GREAT GAME: THE CIA'S SECRET ARABISTS AND THE SHAPING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST } BY WILFORD, HUGH ( AUTHOR ) DEC - 03 - 2013[ HARDCOVER ]
by Hugh Wilford
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars For geopolitical analysts and enthusiasts who want to know more about American policy towards Middle East, 21 Dec 2014
"America's Great Game" written by Hugh Wilford is book of an unusual theme that speaks about a little known history of the CIA's pro-Arab operations happened in the 40s and 50s of last century.

Wilford conducted an exhaustive research of historical documents that were meantime declassified by government but also used many private collections and made numerous interviews to learn about influential CIA agents which significantly influenced American foreign policy towards the Arab countries and Israel, and with their activities repeatedly directed not only American activities in region, but also the global policy towards these countries.

The author tells his story through the lives of CIA's three most influential American Arabs who performed a variety of tasks related to Middle East countries.
The first one was Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt who was the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and lead CIA covert actions in the region, while his cousin Archie Roosevelt was leading the Beirut station. The third member of presented trio is Miles Copeland, who was covert operations specialist that entered the CIA service during the 40s.
They three, led by Kim, advocated moderate path to Arab countries in same time supporting Israel, but not giving them level of support that this country surrounded by the Arab world wanted and expected.

The reader will learn about numerous conflicts that have been led these years inside the CIA in terms of such moderate policy, in the world that during those years began to fully share in the two blocks, almost without allowing nonalignment to one of the sides.
The author also well described the background of the Iranian regime overthrow and the Shah inauguration as the leader of the Iranian government.

Overall, this is a well-made book that explains many of the events that occurred during and immediately after the Second World War on the Middle East, and whose consequences can be even felt in recent decades in this part of the world that is a steady epicenter of global uncertainty.
For this reason its reading can certainly be recommended to geopolitical analysts and enthusiasts who want to know more information that will help them better understanding about the causes of today events in this part of the world.


The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christmas masterpiece for children, 21 Dec 2014
“The Night Before Christmas: The Anniversary Edition” is another edition of classic Christmas masterpiece for children written by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Christian Birmingham.

This poem about Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve was written almost 200 hundreds years ago and since then have been issued numerous editions and translations all over the world.
The Anniversary Edition release includes a number of original artwork making it a wonderful release that is just as enjoyable to watch and read.

Precisely due to this author we can thank that numerous children believe in Santa Claus who carries gifts for good children on Christmas as a reward for the past and encouragement for the next year.
And as much as any child over the years will realize that her/his parents pretend that Santa Claus exists, this tradition is something that makes Christmas night most anticipated night of the year when (at least some) dreams of children will come true.

Therefore, this edition is a delightful gift for your children or some other dear ones for which you want to brighten up Christmas days, a book that would be enjoyed every year, until they also become parents just like numerous generations which greeted Christmas with this beautiful book in their lap.


By Henry Fong Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans: Over 100 Nomtastic Recipes!
By Henry Fong Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans: Over 100 Nomtastic Recipes!
by Henry Fong
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually fun and different book about cooking that rightly bears the name food for humans, 21 Dec 2014
“Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans” prepared by Michelle Tam by Henry Fong is unusually fun and different book about cooking, that in a humorous way using different techniques, among other comic drawings, offers numerous recipes for cooking whole, unprocessed ingredients absolutely free of added sugar, grains and legumes.

Our hosts are four cartoon characters – Michelle, Henry, Owen and Ollie which will lead us through more than 100 recipes in this book divided in 9 chapters plus introduction that gives the background of how and why this book was released.

The recipes are divided into chapters bearing the following titles: building blocks, nibbles, salads and soups, eggs, plants, seafood, poultry, meat and treats.
From the book contents it can be seen that the authors truly covered a wide and varied circle of dishes and foods, thereby becoming interesting to many people that seek information about healthy eating.

The author in one place beautifully said that her love for food started with the tastes, sights, and aromas of her mother’s kitchen, her being an excellent cook, and as a child she was her little shadow while mother prepared supper each night.

And it’s exactly this love for food that can be visible in the pages of this innovative and beautifully designed cookbook that offers many photographs for each of the included recipes covering step-by-step preparation process with personality add-on author’s touch.
As the authors themselves said, this book doesn’t have a specific audience; at the same time it’s a collection of dishes whose preparation is quick, while the food and health quality is high, and these are characteristics that are these days important to all of us.
Therefore, “Nom Nom Paleo” book rightly bears the name food for humans and due to that can be recommended.


Code Name( Johnny Walker( The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs)[CODE NAME JOHNNY WALKER][Hardcover]
Code Name( Johnny Walker( The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs)[CODE NAME JOHNNY WALKER][Hardcover]
by JohnnyWalker
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing faction story that in many occasions seems like a good war thriller, 20 Dec 2014
‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’ written by Jim DeFelice and a man himself who is the subject of this exciting book hiding under the pseudonym of Johnny Walker, is amazing faction story that in many occasions seems like a good war thriller, a template that will almost certainly soon be transformed into an exciting movie.

Behind the well-known name of Johnny Walker hidden is a man from Iraq who worked as translator for US Army and other US citizens; during eight years Johnny risked his life countless times exposing himself to all the dangers through which he passed together with the people he worked for, but he also saved many lives and due to that earned opportunity to get out of Iraq, receive new life chance and experience the American dream in a place far away from the brutal war environment.

‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’ are his memoirs which tell about his adventures with Navy SEALs in their quest to exterminate the terrorists hidden in the local neighborhoods which were terrorizing civilians and carried out retaliatory actions, also recalling his days spent with Chris Kyle, the author of bestseller ‘American Sniper’. The book manages to give a slightly different, or perhaps better said a deeper picture of everything that was happening in Iraq these years to what Johnny was a witness.

Johnny Walker was the name that guaranteed his safety because regardless of how Americans tried to show their role as liberating, from many Iraqis they were considered as enemies, and all the local people who have worked for US Army were viewed even worse, becoming first targets for all those which thought differently.

‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’ is a remarkable and true story that offers a lot of excitement on its three hundred pages that reader will easily read in one reading - but apart from offering a lot of thrill, far more important is the story that takes place all around main character that allows reader to experience all the happenings in Iraq in different, not usually shown way.
And although being the work of faction and regardless reader knows how it ends, I can fully recommend DeFelice’ book also to all the lovers of war fiction because its writing style and story will certainly provide a lot of enjoyment to them as well.


Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank) by Winkler, Henry, Oliver, Lin (2014) Paperback
Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank) by Winkler, Henry, Oliver, Lin (2014) Paperback
by Henry, Oliver, Lin Winkler
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book made for a new generation of kids, 20 Dec 2014
“Bookmarks Are People Too” is the first title in the ‘Here's Hank’ series, an imaginative work made by co-authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver decorated with black-and-white illustrations made by Scott Garrett.

The readers have already met the main character of this series – Hank - from the known Hank Zipzer series, though Hank is now a bit older and in the second grade. Hank is the kind of kid you surely had in your class, and your kids have it as well - although he does not even try to be funny, everything he does, and even what he does not, is causing hoots of laughter, and the school is certainly not the place where he likes to be the most.

The story of the book revolves around a play in which Hank wants to be the main actor, though during the audition because of stage fright all he planned before will fail. However, the teacher will give him a second chance creating especially for him a silent bookmark role; the circumstances will dictate that Hank will receive an opportunity of which he could only dream of, and the title role of which he dreamed would never be closer…

“Bookmarks Are People Too” is funny beginning of a new series for elementary school children that for the main character has a boy with whom can be easily identified, who is not perfect, though causing sympathy from all around. This is also the story of how opportunities are waiting all around us, even when it does not look so, so we cannot give up on our dreams.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver’s book is made for a new generation of kids because the ones who enjoyed the Hank Zipzer when originally it was written, in the meantime has grown up. So if your kids are not familiar with Hank’s earlier adventures after reading this one they certainly will be interested to find out what happened earlier in Hank's life.

And if they already know everything, a better announcement this book doesn’t need.


Cross Stitch (Outlander, US) by Gabaldon, Diana New Edition (1994)
Cross Stitch (Outlander, US) by Gabaldon, Diana New Edition (1994)
by Diana Gabaldon
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars If you love history and romance, and the concept of time travel and science fiction is not too repulsive, definitely recommended, 20 Dec 2014
‘Cross Stitch’ written by Diana Gabaldon is the first part of her worldwide known Outlander series, often referred to as the romantic novel in which exclusively women will enjoy, although it is actually a novel that mixes a lot of genres - adventure, drama, mystery, history, fantasy and romance - delivering a book that despite its grandiosity can be read quickly and easily.

Diana Gabaldon so far issued a dozen books in Outlander series, and still works on few new ones demonstrating how great her formula is given the great success of her books in the market.

The main character of her books is a nurse named Claire Randall who is coming back home after World War II and once again starts to live with her husband. Thanks to a strange set of circumstances and interesting fantastical premise Claire will be returned in time 200 years ago, back in the 18th-century Scotland where she will experience countless adventures and experience romantic love…

What will be of concern to a certain number of readers at first glance is the thickness of the book, which is exceptional, although the novel actually is read with ease due to the accessible style in which it was written. And though the book is primarily advertised by word-of-mouth as a romance, the fact that the author obviously knows the historical events and circumstances makes pages of the novel abundant with historical references; therefore Gabaldon’s novel can primarily still be considered historical, though through all its pages interwoven is romantic note that has definitely made the book so recognizable and successful.

It’s particularly interesting how many sex scenes can be found on the novel pages, and although the malicious could say it was a trend that began with ‘50 Shades of Gray’, which is obviously something that goes well with the audience, ‘Cross Stitch’ is a novel that has been written more than 20 years ago hence such a claim is certainly not true. And on the other hand, precisely sex is something that makes this novel more realistic - as opposed to the mystification or beautifying how typically different authors depict sex, in this case it is truthful, sometimes brutal, but certainly real.

‘Cross Stitch’ is an entertaining novel with which you will not be bored, regardless of its length, the novel that is easy to read, full of details that make the story interesting and characters more believable; so if you love history and romance, and the concept of time travel and science fiction is not too repulsive for you, this is definitely a book in which you will fully enjoy. Taking into account this is only the first in a series of author installments that will lead her heroine all around the world, if you enjoy this Diana Gabaldon first novel for a long time you will have plenty of pages to read.


The Rhevireon: [Collector's Edition]
The Rhevireon: [Collector's Edition]
Price: £1.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a novel for the masses, 19 Dec 2014
‘The Rhevireon’ written by Maxvell FitzJesiden is certainly book different to most others you will find on shelves of your bookstore – therefore its story, as author said, “like a dancing ball where Nietzsche meets Freud somewhere between anachronistic present and alternate history” will have appeal on more demanding readers.

It’s almost impossible to say in short about the book synopsis at the same time risking to sound incomprehensible or revealing too much, so I can only say that if you are ready for somewhat different reading experience give a chance to this debut title that announces a possible new literary star.

Though, it’s not a novel for the masses - that it is important to stress.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


One Brave Dog: Journey Beyond the Forbidden River
One Brave Dog: Journey Beyond the Forbidden River
Price: £3.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Metaphorically speaks about human qualities, 19 Dec 2014
‘One Brave Dog’ written by John Guarino and illustrated by Shaun Crum is a charming book for younger school children that through the story about dogs actually metaphorically speaks about human qualities and challenges through which we pass.

The author introduces to reader a puppy dog named PD who will need to find his missing Grandpa overcoming numerous challenges and difficulties on his way. And though Diablo, Witchy Woman, a three-headed fire-breathing monster, a gator and coyote sound scary, our hero will be able to conquer both them and his fears and save the day…

With ‘One Brave Dog’ the debut author John Guarino has delivered well-done work which with its lessons will certainly have appeal to young preschool children. Taking into account nicely done digital illustrations made by Shaun Crum, ‘One Brave Dog’ as package is book that can certainly be recommended both for its style and content.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


The Bible Is Not Great: The Truth About The Bible, Religion And God
The Bible Is Not Great: The Truth About The Bible, Religion And God
Price: £0.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will make reader interested for further research, 19 Dec 2014
‘The Bible Is Not Great’ written by Soren Sagan is a kind of book that usually divides the audience in two parties - those for and those strongly against. Written from the position of atheist Sagan tries to prove there are some alternatives to religion – he is not saying everything related with religion is not good, but shows that there is the right alternative - science.

For the most part of book author is explaining the reasoning why the Bible was written also trying to convince reader that stories found within were usually copied from other sources and mythology.

Though I share author belief in science still there are some weak spots in his work which prevent me from giving highest grade – mostly connected to some general statements (religion to be blamed for everything bad on world) or some factual errors (appearance of Neanderthals relates a bit more in the past than 100.000 years ago mentioned within) – but overall this is still book that manages to provide some information for readers not so much into the scientific interpretation of religion.

Overall, it’s not easy to write book about religion from the objective point of view, usually writers tend to move closer to one or the other side, but Soren Sagan managed to write book that for sure will make reader interested for further research which can certainly be considered as compliment.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop Them
Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop Them
Price: £5.07

4.0 out of 5 stars An important work that discusses human liberty, 18 Dec 2014
‘Feardom’ written by Connor Boyack in easy to understand way speaks about the loss of liberty – issue known from the turbulent human history but equally present these days perhaps somewhat better and more cunningly hidden than previously.

But though with his book Boyack explains how and when US citizens have lost freedom, the author also don’t forget advices he is giving how to get it back.

I plan to update this review in following 24 hours though already now I can recommended Connor Boyack’s Freedom as important work that discusses human liberty – the most precious thing in our life, though often ignored until we lose it, but then it is usually too late…

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


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