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Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors
Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors
by Richard Holmes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A key text but, 29 Jun 2013
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This is the best modern book on the social history of the British Army. It is the author's at times rather rose-tinted salute to the institution of which he was a member or associated with for most of his life

It is well written, authoritative and pretty comprehensive. However, Richard Holmes died just after finishing the text and there are lots of duplication and irrelevances that he would surely have removed before it came to the press. Also it is not terribly good on the lives of the ordinary soldier. There's too much about officers and to a lesser extent NCOs.


Great Railway Maps of the World
Great Railway Maps of the World
by Mark Ovenden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.40

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but, 28 Dec 2011
A great idea but the result is a frustrating book let down by the design. Some excellent maps and interesting text, but the maps are often reproduced very small so you can't study the detail and the text is hard to read because it is written in some fancy font in a tiny point size. In addition the author has crammed into too many maps and the designer is clearly afraid of white space.
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Women's Lives: Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939
Women's Lives: Researching Women's Social History 1800-1939
by Jennifer Newby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short guide, 9 Nov 2011
Women in history are often overlooked. In part because the power generally resided with men. But as Ms Newby shows here they led full lives. Using a surprisingly wide range of sources she tells the story of a number of women from reformed prostitutes to society ladies and shows, simply, how you can research women, whether they be your ancestors or local celebrities from the past.


The Parish Chest
The Parish Chest
by William Edward Tate
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best family history book, 3 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Parish Chest (Hardcover)
Few if any other family history books have come anywhere near to Tate's book either in accuracy, completeness or sheer humanity. The many examples taken from a variety of parish registers and documents reveal a comprehensive knowledge as well as an impish sense of humour.


Lessons from the Land of Pork Scratchings: A Miserable Yank Discovers the Secret of Happiness in Britain
Lessons from the Land of Pork Scratchings: A Miserable Yank Discovers the Secret of Happiness in Britain
by Greg Gutfeld
Edition: Paperback

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this England?, 9 Feb 2008
The book seems to consist mainly of the author getting drunk with his friends in the King & Queen pub off Goodge Street and the 'amusing' things which happen to them. Funny for a few chapters it quickly wears off. His thesis being the English are great because they drink a lot (and he does dis America a lot - always a good thing). And for English read drunken (and coked up) trendy residents of Fitzrovia. During the book he leaves London only a couple of times, where surprise, surprise, he gets drunk.

It's a pity because there is quite a good lurking underneath this nonsense about his time as editor of Maxim. And if you are looking for a book which reveals the English character forget it.


Sony CPFIX001 Wireless PC Streaming Speakers
Sony CPFIX001 Wireless PC Streaming Speakers
Offered by metropolis media
Price: 114.75

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We have the technology (not), 11 July 2007
The box promised much - but after two frustrating weeks I'm not much further forward. Firstly I had difficulty linking it to wifi system; but more seriously:

1) it appears impossible to add internet radio stations (a major reason for purchase was to listen to online radio away in the kitchen)
2) the server and music library software is perverse at best. It is now proving difficult to play the tracks I have selected or any music at all apart from those tracks which mysteriously seem to have appeared in the playlists
3) the manuals are nearly useless - not answering the questions I (and I guess all purchasers) have. My experiences with the Sony website trying to find the right manual to download, does not suggest that I will have much more success contacting the helpline.

Still, when it does work the music does sound good.

In conclusion, one forgets how easy one has it these days. Most gadgets work well with the minimum of fuss. It's only when one comes across a turkey like this, one realises how lucky we are.

Reader, unless you are technically very savvy or have a lot of patience save your money.


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