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Collins Pocket Arabic Dictionary (Collins Pocket)
Collins Pocket Arabic Dictionary (Collins Pocket)
by Collins Dictionaries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty useless given a fundamental oversight, 1 Jun. 2011
Do not buy this dictionary. In Arabic you learn early on that many nouns have irregular plurals. For some reason the compilers and editors of this dictionary decided not to include them, giving them only the singular in both the English-Arabic and Arabic-English sections. Why they would make such a fundamental oversight is beyond me, but if they can make such a fundamental error I really have no confidence in the other parts of this deeply flawed work.

In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made (Central Asian Studies)
In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made (Central Asian Studies)
by Norman F. Cantor
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Undisciplined and sloppy, 12 Mar. 2003
I feel this title lacked the academic and literary discipline which you would expect of a scholarly work of this kind. The most negative striking feature I feel is the sloppy prose; indeed in one instance Cantor describes Eleanor of Acquitaine's second husband as a "young stud" (not even in my A level days would I have describes Henry II as so). And this example shows how the author meanders chronologically (he gives us a potted, and might I say slanted history of Britain from roughly the twelfth century, which frankly is not needed).
Never before have I stopped reading a book because it was bad, but I would sincerely recommend the reader stear clear of this title. There are many other fine titles out presently such as Ziegler's 'The Black Death' and Cohen's new book 'The Black Death Transformed' which will more than adequately satiate any intellectual interest you have in the subject.

The Story of Art
The Story of Art
by E. H. Gombrich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.89

87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent grounding, 6 Sept. 2002
This review is from: The Story of Art (Paperback)
I'll have to echo some of the opinions of the previous reviewers. This is an excellent introduction to the history of art. While other books usually begin with Giotto, Ernst Gombrich ensures that everything from prehistoric cave paintings to the International Gothic style of the fourteenth century is included in this surprisingly easy to read book.
However, for anyone wishing to obtain a total grounding in art history, this book should be supplemented with other works, particularly on twentieth century art (especially post-1945) and photography.

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