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Phantom Nation: Inventing the "Palestinians" as the Obstacle to Peace, Volume I
Phantom Nation: Inventing the "Palestinians" as the Obstacle to Peace, Volume I
by Sha'i Ben-Tekoa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.25

1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inventive zionist propaganda, 19 Feb. 2014
One does not have to be an anti-zionist to detect, within seconds of opening this book, that it has only one purpose: To create a claim for the state of Israel on the territories occupied by them since 1948 and 1967. This is done by very clumsy attempts to create "proof" that there is no Palestinian people or nation. However, the intentional misrepresentation and interpretation of the facts is so transparent and easy to detect, that the lasting impression is that of ridicule only. Had Josef Goebbels been asked to write an essay on the history of the Jewish people, one would probably have seen something similar and equally trustworthy.
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The Pursuit of Laughter
The Pursuit of Laughter
by Diana Mosley (Mitford)
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughters with a twist of sadness, 14 Feb. 2014
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Diana Mosley deserves to be credited with humour on level with her more famous sister Nancy. She also commands the English language perfectly, making it pure pleasure to read her texts: In spite of the lightly flowing language, every word appears to have been very carefully selected, which is perhaps more than can be said about all of Nancy's works. Of course, the rather unfair treatment she received during and after the war, a slightly bitter tinge can be detected in some chapters, but still much less than could have been expected. Highly recommended!


Cheap Detective [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cheap Detective [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sequel to "Murder by Death", 14 Feb. 2014
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Announced as a sequel to the truly hilarious "Murder by Death", this movie was really quite disappointing: Really not at all entertaining! Buy something else!


The Raj at Table: A Culinary History of the British in India
The Raj at Table: A Culinary History of the British in India
by David Burton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly of theoretical interest, 14 Feb. 2014
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This book describes rather in detail some aspects of the (obviously rather repetitive) diet of the Raj era, together with a quite good analysis of the origins of the Indian cuisine which has since been incorporated into the British. There are several period descriptions of house keeping routines of that era as well as numerous "authentic" recipies, most of them for a wide variation of almost identical curries: What I miss is some reporting (and advice) on how these recipies would turn out if attempted with modern day ingredients in modern kitchens: "Pounding in a mortar for 15 minutes" would probably be replaced by a short run in a food processor today, as would "slow fire" probably be equivalent to 175 C. in an oven. Without knowing which modern equipment works best to replace the old methods, trying to cook these dishes would probably include a long series of trial-and-error experimenting.
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The lovely land: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The lovely land: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
by Ethel Mannin
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly of historical interest, 14 Feb. 2014
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Written/published in 1965, this guide book to Jordan is, of course very dated today, both due to the political and military events since and to the general development in the region: However, as a time capsule from the pre-1967 era it is quite interesting and as most of the sites described are either natural history monuments or historical buildings, which remain the same, at least in the basic. If used in connection with a present-day guide book, it can actually be very useful as well as entertaining.


Hitler's War Poets: Literature and Politics in the Third Reich
Hitler's War Poets: Literature and Politics in the Third Reich
by Jay W. Baird
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £64.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather ambitious attempt, but not entirely succesful., 8 May 2012
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The author has obviously spent much time on research, which does him credit. It is, however, like almost all biographic works on concerning IIIrd Reich persons, seriously hampered by the author's personal dislike of them and the regime they served. I understand that it is a difficult task to describe someone you don't sympathize with, but after nearly 70 years it is amazing that even qualified scholars cannot demonstrate a neutral position. I also understand the reluctance of some witnesses to give information, when they (in most cases rightly) suspect that it will be used to blacken the memory of persons whom they may have held in great esteem. Future research will most probably regret that this attitude of political correctness prevented the gathering of information from eye witnesses before these were too old to remember.


The Diary of T.E.Lawrence While Travelling in Arabia During 1911 (Folios Archive Library)
The Diary of T.E.Lawrence While Travelling in Arabia During 1911 (Folios Archive Library)
by T. E. Lawrence
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For really dedicated T.E.Lawrence fans only., 8 May 2012
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This diary by T.E.Lawrence covers only a very short portion of his travels in the Middle East before WWI. The events covered by it are by no means particularly interesting or exciting, so I can actually see no reason for buying it, except if you already own everything ever written by and about T.E.Lawrence and want to own everything ever published about him.


Gun and Its Development
Gun and Its Development
by W. W. Greener
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Said often but really valid about Greener: A true classic!, 23 Nov. 2010
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This re-print of the 9th edition of Greener's work is well reproduced and a very affordable alternative to finding the original, which is almost impossible to find without paying an arm and a leg. Of course, much of the information is slightly dated, but for a book originally published well over a century ago, it still contains an amazing hoard of valuable information on all types of firearms invented until it was published in 1909, as well as munitions etc. in connection with this. Illustrations are very clear and informative, too and also entertaining, being very typical of their era.


The Battle for Palestine 1917 (Warfare in History)
The Battle for Palestine 1917 (Warfare in History)
by John D. Grainger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very thorough work but very disappointing maps., 31 May 2010
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Mr. Grainger has obviously done thorough research when compiling this text and is very detailed when describing the actions and movements of the different British / ANZAC units, probably due to the direct availability of official records. The description of the Turkish / German side is less detailed, probably because of the difficulties of finding their official records and (at least when the Turkish texts are concerned) lingual difficulties. This means that when describing the advance of the E.E.F., the opinions expressed by Mr. Grainger are probably mainly his own, but when describing the retreat of the other side, he more tends to follow the views already expressed by the authors, whose texts he refers to. However, his compilation gives a quite honest and unbiased description of this campaign.

There are a few obvious flaws: The worst one is, by far, the extremely poor quality of the maps, which are both too small and too lacking in detail: Many places mentioned and described in great detail in the text are simply not there, making it very difficult, not to say impossible, to follow the exact events, even if you are already quite well read on the subject and even have direct personal experience from the actual area. I pity them who must try and find out what happened and where only from these maps.

Transcription of place names are also rather inconsistent, which is often a problem when reference is made to places named in a non-European language. So if you want to follow the events and understand where they took place, get a good and detailed map of the area somewhere else and keep it ready when reading this book. (There are excellent maps in e.g. the official record of this campaign: "A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force", London 1919. This publication has long been unavailable, but has recently been re-issued by General Books: I haven't seen the new edition, but hope that they have copied the maps from the first edition!)

The reference system, with all notes collected in an appendix at the end of the book is also far from reader-friendly; it may be correct for an academic text, but for a reading text almost all notes which simply refer to the source could be abolished without anyone missing them, while those containing an explanation or some other reference is much more easily accessed if made as footnotes, by the Oxford system.

The bibliography appendix is very long, but spelling of titles is sometimes different from that in the text, which is quite confusing.


The National Army Museum Book of the Turkish Front 1914-18: The Campaigns at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and in Palestine (Pan Grand Strategy Series)
The National Army Museum Book of the Turkish Front 1914-18: The Campaigns at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and in Palestine (Pan Grand Strategy Series)
by Michael Carver
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summarizing some of the Empires worst mistakes in WWI, 5 April 2010
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Field Marshal Lord Carver has combined the three major Middle Eastern campaigns during the Great War very adequately. They had no direct connection between them, but still had much in common: They were conceived far from the battle field; they were planned in elaborate detail and they all failed miserably, at least at the first attempt. (There was no second attempt at Gallipoli, so this campaign still stands out as one of modern history's worst disasters and a terrible waste of human lives and other scarce resources, while both in Mesopotamia and in Palestine/Syria the first bitter lessons were learnt and the tasks left to better commanders in order to revenge the first defeats.) Lord Carver's narrative is fast, eventful and -as far as I have been able to check- accurate, with much detailed information both regarding the events themselves and the people and units involved. He makes much use of diaries and other eye-witness material, demonstrating very well how the men who fought these battles actually experienced them. What is missing is some insight in the situation and planning of the opposing side, as well as some detailed maps: Those supplied are very sketchy and many important sites mentioned in the text are not marked in them, which is the only serious flaw in this otherwise excellent text.


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