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Man, the State and War: Theoretical Analysis
Man, the State and War: Theoretical Analysis
by K Waltz
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Bible of neo-Realism, 18 May 2015
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The most important book I read while studying International Relations at university. International Politics, according to Waltz, is a distinct entitity and a major problem in itself - offensive to utopians everywhere.


The Prince (Penguin Classics)
The Prince (Penguin Classics)
by Niccolo Machiavelli
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A realist work by a die-hard realist, 18 May 2015
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A Masterpiece. The bible of realism. Represented a return to the logic of the Classical Age as well as the downfall of the domination of religion. Sadly misunderstood, by admirers and detractors of Machiavelli alike.


Guerrilla Movements in Latin America
Guerrilla Movements in Latin America
by Richard Gott
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important to History, 18 May 2015
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A most important work. Not enough in English has been written about the many revolutionary movements in Latin America. Instead, we are too commonly encouraged to hear the speculations of journalists in London and Washington. Beautifully written, well researched, and an exception to the rule.


Machiavelli's Ethics
Machiavelli's Ethics
by Erica Benner
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A romantic portrait, 18 May 2015
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Emphasises context too much. The idea that Machiavelli wrote The Prince as a satire makes a die-hard realist appear to be a prophet and moral guardian of humanity. Nevertheless, it's a good book, representing strongly the view that Machiavelli was very much a Republican through and through. Well-written, analytical, and sometimes bloody bland.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 May 2015
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The greatest book I have ever read.


Mao: The Unknown Story
Mao: The Unknown Story
by Jon Halliday
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars I felt like the author wanted to spend every page trying to ..., 18 May 2015
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I felt like the author wanted to spend every page trying to convince me that Mao Tse-Tung was evil. Popular History on steroids.


How to get into the best British Universities: Proven Methods to Crack the Ucas Application! (Oxford University, Cambridge University, Universy of Nottingham)
How to get into the best British Universities: Proven Methods to Crack the Ucas Application! (Oxford University, Cambridge University, Universy of Nottingham)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid start, 8 April 2015
This helped me a great deal. I feel a lot more confident about breaking into some excellent universities following reading this short book. I would also be interested in reading one concerned with progress while at university. I thought the book deserved five stars because it puts the question at hand into easily understandable language without the intentional complexity of an utter toff.


Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx, The
Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx, The
by Alex Callinicos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Marxist theory, 6 Nov. 2013
To be rather impolite and keep it short; this book offered an excellent introduction to Marxist theory. It is one of the best I have read.


Why Marx Was Right
Why Marx Was Right
by Terry Eagleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A service to political reflection, 15 Jan. 2013
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This book was much needed. The well-read Marxist will probably gain little additional knowledge from it. However, it is a fantastic and enjoyable read, funny, ironic and launching a devastating attack against many of Marx's critics. The book answers to ten of the most common critiques of Marxism. Those who unleash these critiques I am sure will be challenged if they read this book with an open mind. Ultimately, this could be a book for the general reader, the one who would be first helped by an introduction to Marxism and anybody who desires to read to further their limited knowledge of Marxism. I would still recommend reading The Communist Manifesto beforehand. Overall, pick it up.


War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare
War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare
by Robert Taber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic and still relavent as ever, 25 Jun. 2012
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Some of the predictions Taber makes have been proven wrong by history. Power-hierarchies everywhere can be rest assured that they need not resort to indiscriminate extermination in order to win an irregular war from when it has passed its first stage. Nevertheless, this book is an absolute classic that offers many interesting insights into the method of the seemingly weak in a world where the powerful would otherwise appear to be unbeatable.


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