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The Philosophy of Freedom: The Basis for a Modern World Conception
The Philosophy of Freedom: The Basis for a Modern World Conception
by Rudolf Steiner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beware sub-standard editions, 6 Mar. 2014
There are a number of other editions of this book available on Amazon. They are facsimiles of ancient editions, or OCR scans of very old translations. This edition is authorized by Rudolf Steiner's estate in Switzerland, and is a decent translation. It is published by a house devoted to high-quality editions of Steiner's work. Beware of sub-standard imitations.


Occult Science: An Outline
Occult Science: An Outline
by Rudolf Steiner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beware substandard editions, 6 Mar. 2014
There are a number of other editions of this book available on Amazon. They are facsimiles of ancient editions, or OCR scans of very old translations. This edition is authorized by Rudolf Steiner's estate in Switzerland, and is a decent translation. It is published by a house devoted to high-quality editions of Steiner's work. Beware of sub-standard imitations.


Watch The Throne
Watch The Throne
Price: £23.89

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate hip hop from the leading heavy-weights, 26 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Watch The Throne (Audio CD)
Right now Kanye West is in a similar place to where Dr Dre was in the late 80s and early 90s, when Dre was churning out great albums by NWA, Above the Law and the D.O.C. In the time that Dre has been seeking elusive perfection in forever polishing Detox (will it ever see the light of day?), Kanye has built a whole career, from his early moments of genius on Jay's Blueprint to their current Watch the Throne project. I don't know if the two have ever met, but master-producer Dre could learn something from Kanye's easier, more collaborative approach. Kanye's production fingerprints are all over Watch the Throne, but he happily works with a whole host of other producers, including the unsung hero Mike Dean, who did so much of the underlying work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

As Chuck D said many years ago: 'All the critics you can hang 'em, I'll hold the rope'. And the critics have been out in their hordes for this one, waiting for the masters of the game to slip. Well, much of what has been written about this is nonsense. This is by no means a perfect record, but which is? (Nothing is perfect in this world Dre, so just drop that Detox and be done with it bro.) Whether it will survive as a hip-hop classic remains to be seen, but for now let's just enjoy some of the great moments on Watch the Throne. Of the 12 tracks on the album proper, most are very good, and a handful brilliant. The weaker moments come with the stabs at commerciality (the Beyonce featuring Life Off and the silly That's My Bitch, and even Otis wears on repeated listening). Some of the strongest tracks are bunched together in the album's great climax, beginning with the astonishing Who Gon Stop Me, where Jay chases the crazy heavy-synth beats; the brilliant 'nah, nah, nah' Swizz Beats hook of Murder to Excellence and its segue into an equally intriguing beat by No ID; the Frank Ocean beautifully crooned Made in America, and the full-blooded roar of Why I Love You. Elsewhere, the Neptunes produced Gotta Have It is a standout, as is the moving RZA-handled New Day, and the enigmatic No Church in the Wild, with its great performance from Frank Ocean.

Kanye's talents have always been in the production department and - although he raised his lyrical game in his last solo album - his rapping here is often disappointing, sounding over-confident and sometimes lazy (success can have its downsides, as 'Ye well knows). Jay, though, kllls it throughout. Kanye is at the top of the production game, and Jay is at the top of his lyrical game, with keen and urgent delivery on every track.

So, forget the haters, the cheap commerciality (dull r'n'b choruses etc.) of much of today's rap output, and enjoy a pioneering real hip hop album, 'cos these boys ain't vacating the throne for some time to come...


Shakespeare's Secret Booke: Deciphering Magical and Rosicrucian Codes
Shakespeare's Secret Booke: Deciphering Magical and Rosicrucian Codes
by David Ovason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing reading of literature and esoteric history, 17 Jun. 2011
It's a relief to read Ovason for anyone who takes esoteric ideas seriously. Modern culture tends to dismiss any thinking that conflicts with its own atheistic prejudices. But the ancients were not fools, and neither were Shakespeare, the Rosicrucians and their ilk. Here, Ovason shows how numerous writers, including Shakespeare, 'encoded' their work with esoteric and spiritual truths, 'secrets' even, that should not be explicitly shared with the uninitiated.

It's a joy to read a writer with this sort of knowledge who also is literate and so hugely knowledgable.


What is Money?: A Discussion Featuring Joseph Beuys
What is Money?: A Discussion Featuring Joseph Beuys
by Joseph Beuys
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beuys at his mind-blowing best..., 17 Jun. 2011
You don't read Beuys to reconfirm your beliefs, prejudices, conventional thinking... on any subject! He is the true artist: creating in the moment, thinking radically, avoiding cliches... He is the archetypal 'modern artist' as he challenges most of our artistic conventions and traditional thinking. Here, he does the same on the subject of money. 'Hearing' his voice in the midst of a debate, i.e. among more traditional thinkers on economics, is a joy, as it only allows the freshness of his own ideas to become more apparent. Vive le thought original!


Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father's Conflict
Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father's Conflict
by Stephen Wynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare book that deserves to be read..., 17 Jun. 2011
This is a courageous book: honest, open and emotionally raw. How many serving police officers - how many fathers, for that matter - would have the guts to write openly about the heartache of having a son serving overseas in the military? Although in this case it's TWO sons.

We all need to be aware of the personal sacrifices families make in raising children then watching them go to war in distant countries. Reading about their experiences is a good first step in understanding the reality of this. So thanks, Stephen Wynn, for this timely offering.


Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler: The Astonishing True Story of the American Financiers Who Bankrolled the Nazis
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler: The Astonishing True Story of the American Financiers Who Bankrolled the Nazis
by Antony C. Sutton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond conventional political thinking..., 17 Jun. 2011
Traditional political thinkers have trouble 'getting' Sutton. He's certainly no Nazi apologist, but neither is he Marxist, or even 'left leaning'. Neither, by the way, would Sarah Palin like him (if she indeed reads books, that is, which somehow I doubt). No, Sutton is that rare thing: someone who sees beyond traditional 'left' and 'right' politics; someone who recognises that there are interests that see political conflicts working for their benefit. In his work on The Order, Sutton describes this in some detail: the Hegelian idea of conflict. You encourage and fund both sides (in this case both the Nazis and Communists) to conflict: i.e. your 'thesis' and 'antithesis'. Those in control of this process also seek a certain outcome: the synthesis. In this case, that was centralised international governing bodies, such as the United Nations.

So, ignore the traditional theorists, open your mind, and explore some truly challenging thinking. Yes, read Antony Sutton, because he was one of those rare things: an independent mind who based his work on exhaustive research.
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Allies in Auschwitz: The Untold Story of British POWs Held Captive in the Nazis' Most Infamous Death Camp
Allies in Auschwitz: The Untold Story of British POWs Held Captive in the Nazis' Most Infamous Death Camp
by Duncan Little
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An incisive study, 14 Feb. 2010
A succinct and incisive study of British POWs in Auschwitz that packs a lot of punch in its 96 pages. What makes the history feel immediate is the fact that it is based on first-hand interviews conducted recently with three of the actual POWs. It is not sensationalist and it feels completely authentic. Yes, it is a short read and could have been padded out. But to what purpose? If you want a genuine slice of history that gives you an insight into what British POWs experienced at Auschwitz, this is for you.


Chill, A Reassessment of Global Warming Theory: Does Climate Change Mean the World is Cooling, and If So What Should We Do About It?
Chill, A Reassessment of Global Warming Theory: Does Climate Change Mean the World is Cooling, and If So What Should We Do About It?
by Peter Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best expose of global warming dogma, 13 Aug. 2009
There are now quite a number of books that challenge accepted global warming theories. This one is unique as it is written by a genuine environmentalist and long-time campaigner. The author is a hard scientist with solid credentials, having advised everyone from the United Nations to Greenpeace. The evidence he presents against the accepted theory is overwhelming, and his analysis of the present situation is profound. This is the book to read if you want to be truly informed on this critical subject. And, unlike the usual naysayers, Peter Taylor gives many ideas for what we should be doing to protect ourselves from the 'chilling' effects of climate change that ARE likely to happen over the coming years...


Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How is it Achieved?
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How is it Achieved?
by Rudolf Steiner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best translation, 13 Aug. 2009
There are a number of other editions of this book available on Amazon. They are all facsimiles of ancient editions, or OCR scans of very old translations. This edition is authorized by Rudolf Steiner's estate in Switzerland, and is a decent translation. Beware of sub-standard imitations.
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