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The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
by Brian Ladd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlin Absorbed, 1 Oct 2012
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I read and absorbed this book by Brian Ladd and which I found fascinating with its revelations of the polorised views on the buildings, monuments and even street names of this much politicised city. I expected it to be a dry read but in fact with great expertise in portraying the facts and opinions about the changing urban fabric of Berlin through the ages, and particularly the 20th Century, he makes a future visit inevitable to see finally how the Germans and especially the Berliners have reconciled their past and built for the future. It seems clear that no other European city could be quite like Berlin in demonstrating the angst of its past through its buildings.


Annotated Architecture (Annotated Guides)
Annotated Architecture (Annotated Guides)
by Neil Stevenson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars architecture simply explained, 23 Sep 2010
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I bought this book for my grandson who is considering a career in architecture as I believe it is a good introduction into the fantastic world of great buildings presented in a very clear way with beautiful illustrations. The author is well travelled and knowledgable about the buildings he has experienced, and his own enthusiasm for the subject in all its richness is clearly communicated. I would have expected nothing less - I had the pleasure to teach him!


John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art
John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art
by Frances Spalding
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination, 20 Jan 2010
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This is a very scholarly account of the lives of two extraordinary people. Whilst much of the text refers to John and his amazingly varied and voluminous output across a very wide range of creative endeavours tne intellectual as well as the domestic support which Myfanwy supplies thoughout their long and productive lives is made very clear. The ambience, joy and richness of their life at Fawley Bottom, witnessed and enjoyed by so many people who were welcomed into this idyll is brought wonderfully to life, despite the early vicissitudes of a spartan existence. I admit that John Piper is my favourite artist and I have been quite moved by his/their dedication to his chosen life.


True North: In Praise of England's Better Half
True North: In Praise of England's Better Half
by Martin Wainwright
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.38

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 20 Jan 2010
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Whilst the author has a vast and varied knowledge of the people, their customs and habits and achievements he has approached the text like a scatter gun so that you jump from one side of the region to another in such a way as to become mentally dizzy. He obviously does not want to exclude anyone but a more thematic control of each chapter eg. music, painting, engineering etc. might have made it more digestible and more onjoyable. Whilst it has much of interest I didn't think it supported the case for the strenght of The North as well as I expected. However there are facts revealed that surprised me, particularly about my own area in what was the West Riding.


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