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Britain Begins
Britain Begins
by Barry Cunliffe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 30.00

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Cunliffe Masterpiece, 4 Nov 2012
This review is from: Britain Begins (Hardcover)
Barry Cunliffe is surely one of Britain's finest ever historians and he doesn't disapoint here. As with his previous books 'Europe Between the Oceans' and 'Facing the Ocean' he has produced a fantastic review of the archaeology and history, this time of early Britain.

It's scholarly yet simple and full of illustrations, diagrams and maps. It works on all levels for history readers, whether you are a beginner or an expert. You will find this book addictive and thoroughly absorbing.


Sabate: Guerilla Extraordinary
Sabate: Guerilla Extraordinary
by Antonio Tellez
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Example, 30 Sep 2012
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One can only hope that the example of those like Sabate, Facerias and those that went before them are still being followed by today's activists. Like most anarchists, Sabate's life was not extraordiary in anything other than his determination not to live on his knees and every society needs a Sabate to give hope to the oppressed. This is a good read and an inspiring example.


Atlas of Medieval Jewish History
Atlas of Medieval Jewish History
by Haim Beinart
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A terrifc but flawed book, 30 Sep 2012
What a brilliant book this is, it's full of all the wee bits of medieval history that general books leave out. The one problem is that a large part of the history concentrates on the negative aspects of the west's relations with the jews with not enough balance on the achievements of medieval Judaism. Apart from this it's a great introduction to the period and is full of surprising facts.


Gifted
Gifted
by Anonymous
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 17 Aug 2012
This review is from: Gifted (Hardcover)
The absolutely wonderful short story of the peculiar, artistic and literary mystery of the Edinburgh book sculptures. You go on the journey of discovery with Edinburgh's librarians and curators as book sculptures appear as gifts 'in suppport of libraries, books, words and ideas...' in a brilliantly creative manner. You may end up loving the wee book as much as you love the idea itself.


Toolzone 13Pc Precision Hobby Knife Set
Toolzone 13Pc Precision Hobby Knife Set
Offered by vazza p
Price: 2.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spend a little more, get a little more, 8 July 2012
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You get what you pay for i'm afraid. The box won't close, the hinges easily break and one of the knife holders snapped with a wee bit too much pressure. I can imagine someone needing a very light touch might be able to cut things with them but that's about all. Spend a little bit more.


Taylor's Gold: Life and time of a golfing superstar
Taylor's Gold: Life and time of a golfing superstar

5.0 out of 5 stars JH Taylor and the Great Triumvirate, 17 Jun 2012
Produced by the Royal North Devon Golf Club this absolutely superb book on the life of John Henry Taylor is as fine a piece of biographical writing as you can get. Full of previously useen photographs it's a beautiful read from Taylor's impoverished youth through to his post-playing years with some wonderful insights from his family and from his oen writings.

He was as important to the development of golf in this country as Tom Morris and I couldn't put the book down.


Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization
Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization
by Colin McEvedy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.75

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bit of classical history, 11 Feb 2012
This is a brilliant and slightly addictive book from that foremost producer of historical atlases Colin McEvedy. Naturally it is well researched, with the author having visited most of the sites personally, and it's alphabetical presentation prevents you from taking just an interest in the one time period. The entries reflect this with full discussions, where needed, of the cities entire history, from the archaic period right up until the Islamic capture of much of the classical world. This coupled with a discussion over the population estimates, for estimates they must be, and the topography of the city give you a perfectly rounded picture of each site.

I just couldn't put it down.


The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier
The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier
by Alistair Moffat
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb history for everyone, 10 Feb 2012
Alistair Moffat has the knack of personalising history so you can get down to the nitty gritty of life as it was lived. This book doesn't disappoint in any way whatsoever. More than just a story about Hadrian's wall it also tells the story of the gradual creep of the Roman Empire northwards in Britain. The Antonine wall may be rather less known but you'd be surprised how few people know about the fanatastic archaeology to be found in the Gask Ridge defenses of the 1st century CE.

All told it's a great story told by a hugely efficient storyteller who really knows his stuff.


City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
by Roger Crowley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than Venice, 10 Feb 2012
This superb read is far more than just the story of the Venetian Empire. While the main thread of the book is about Venice we get the story of the Eastern Mediterranean, the fall of the Byzantine Empire, the Crusader states and the clash between Christianity and Islam. The wars with Genoa caused such damage and Crowley is probably the first historian to state their infamy quite so boldly.

It's a really good read on a hugely important subject.


After The Fall
After The Fall
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 98 Mute Sign Off With A Kick In The Mouth, 2 Jan 2012
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An absolutely brilliant tour de force from 98 Mute. Heavy, driving punk rock that displays it's disgust at the world. As their last album it signs off with the brilliant 'Same Old Song And Dance' railing against those of the punk rock community who are now in it for the money.

98 Mute may not feel like they belong to that community anymore but i'd like to disagree. There are still plenty of punks looking for a lead from uncompromising bands like 98 Mute, Pennywise, Bad Religion et al. I do wish they'd come back to give those tired old money-making philosophically redundant bands a kick in their teeth.

From the brilliant 'Something In The Water', 'They Say' and 'Small Minds' 98 Mute are as relevant today as they've ever been.


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