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Don McCullin
Don McCullin
by Donald McCullin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.80

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning images, 19 July 2005
This review is from: Don McCullin (Hardcover)
I had been aware of McCullin's renown Vietnam images and would have bought a book only for those images, themselves worthy of a dedicated publication. The key for this book is the many varied subject areas that demonstrate what a fantastic artist he is.
The images are simple, powerful, captivating and thought provoking. Taking every day subjects and people and capturing them in this way should serve as an inspiration to any budding reportage photographer.
You are left with more questions than answers in many cases and with a stark represntation of reality in others that can leave you somewhat uncomfortable.
A compelling set of inmages.

The American Civil War [DVD]
The American Civil War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ken Burns

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark, 10 Jan 2005
This review is from: The American Civil War [DVD] (DVD)
I was pleased to see this out on DVD, having managed to find only one of the VHS volumes. I remember watching this on television a few years a go and was glued to each episode of 2 hours or so. As such I have yet to watch a documentary programme that is so captivating in all aspects of production, presentation and content. A wonderfully constructed piece.
To use an over worked term - it defines the benchmark (for me anyway), and gave a new lease of live for historical documentaries.
This is a DVD I am sure I will return to time and time again over the years.

World in Union 2003
World in Union 2003
Offered by QUOSA
Price: 9.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection, 3 May 2004
This review is from: World in Union 2003 (Audio CD)
A good collection of songs - some real rugby classics, fields of Athenry, Jeruselem, etc. And if the hairs on the back of your neck do not stand up with the fantastic recording of Land of My Fathers - then there must be something wrong with you.
Some interesting new ones (to me anyway), Pokarekare Ana, is a particularly nice song, and it was to nice hear some Max Boyce again... :-)
Sadly the only thing to let it down is an unusual version of the normally powerful Flower of Scotland - mmmmn not to my taste, sorry.
My view is, record them as you would hear them sung at the ground and not stylised for studio recording.
Nonetheless certainly worth the money.

Information Warfare and Security (ACM Press)
Information Warfare and Security (ACM Press)
by Dorothy E. Denning
Edition: Paperback
Price: 30.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Information Warfare - An Excellent reference., 29 May 2003
Another classic from Dorothy Denning.
This book is informative, interesting, relevant, concise and packed full of goodies. Excellent book to read an ideal introduction to this subject, or a detailed source and reference for security professionals. Everyone will learn something from this book.
It balances the theories with some excellent real world examples whilst avoiding the temptation to be too technical, it is very readable. The reference material quoted in the book is detailed and provides a fantastic source for further reading.
Highly recommended for professionals and academics - I have used it in both context. A must for anyone involved in Information Security.

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
by William L. Simon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.59

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, lacking in detail - One for the management,, 12 Feb 2003
Easy to read, lacking in detail - One for the management.
This statement is not meant to be critical of either the book or of IT\business managers. It is a potential strength of this book. It should have a wide appeal as it is not filled with too much technical detail, and as such could potentially be the catalyst for gaining\increasing management "buy-in" to raising security awareness in an interesting way.
Mitnik's book outlines the key concepts of the most common forms of social engineering attacks and makes the point (several times in fact) that the weakest security link is people and process and not technology. A common theme communicated by many IT security writers and professionals alike.
This is the strength of the book, not as a technical resource or a detailed review of historic attacks and countermeasures, but as an easy to read eye-opener. It is fun to read and leaves the reader with a slightly uncomfortable view of the world, but it does make you think the next time someone asks you one of those seemingly innocent questions.
The most valuable sections are the closing chapters, these contain some good guidelines and ideas for policies, training and awareness raising.
Definitely worth a read, I enjoyed it.

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