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Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression, and the Bankers who Broke the World
Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression, and the Bankers who Broke the World
by Liaquat Ahamed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different angle on THE economic event of the 20th century, 27 Sept. 2010
Mr Ahamed takes a different route to studying the economic catastrophe of the GD in Europe and the US. As mentioned in the quote at the start of the book, the book is more biography than a more traditional summary of events. It works well, choosing 2 dominant characters in shaping their country's policies (Norman and Schacht), while 2 seemed slightly less important (Moreau at the BoF and Strong at the newly-created Fed) in terms of their overall influence of their respective country's economic decision-making.

This book would satisfy finance/economists more than the general reader, given its perspective from the eyes of the various central bankers. Wider issues are discussed or mentioned, but often are cut off abruptly. Certainly, as an informative view on the start of the importance of central bankers in modern economies, it is very interesting. As the book starts, the Fed has yet to be created, while the BoE is the only one of the four institutions that already has gravitas and weight in international markets.

A great read for a more specialised view, but clearly not a "classic" in terms of the histories of the GD. Galbraith's work and others should be preferred for a more sweeping panaroma.


Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
by Peter H. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Complete, but dry, 27 Sept. 2010
Peter Wilson certainly tackles his subject with exceptional focus, never shirking from reeling off names and places as the action of the TYW stretches across tracts of the Holy Roman Empire. While the build-up certainly helps to set the scene, it also assumes a rather in-depth prior knowledge of places, rulers and contemporary issues. Once the main section starts, it's full immersion into the campaigns and troop movments. Every now and then, he comes up for air, to provide a wider context, usually in terms of belligerants about to enter the fray.

The concluding chapters were perhaps most disappointing, in that they were an attempt to put the war in historical perspective, but were too light in my opinion. Disucssions of the significance of the peace treaties of Westphalia were detailed in terms of the geopolitical importance, but his other "conclusions" were too brief.

Shortening the endless battles and campaigs, while spending more time on the context and bigger picture, as well as expanding the conclusions, would have made this book much more suitable to a wider audience. As a result, it is destined to retain the attention of only battle-hardened specialist historians.


The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.96

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Grimm, 23 Mar. 2006
This review is from: The Brothers Grimm [DVD] (DVD)
It has been a while since I have been subjected to such a terrible film. The film is full of non sequiturs, nonsense dialogue, arcane national stereotypes and a ridiculous melange of accents. I am not sure what the initial point of this film was, but it seems to lose its objective soon after the initial credits have rolled. Attempts to bring the film together and to actually have a viewable plot fail miserably, spectacularly and completely. Beneath the basic minimum of quality by such a measure that it makes a mockery of its one star rating.


The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.96

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Grim, 22 Mar. 2006
This review is from: The Brothers Grimm [DVD] (DVD)
It has been a while since I have been subjected to such a terrible film. The film is full of non sequiturs, nonsense dialogue, arcane national stereotypes and a ridiculous melange of accents. I am not sure what the initial point of this film was, but it seems to lose its objective soon after the initial credits have rolled. Attempts to bring the film together and to actually have a viewable plot fail miserably, spectacularly and completely. Beneath the basic minimum of quality by such a measure that it makes a mockery of its one star rating.


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