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Moscow, 1937
Moscow, 1937
by Karl Schlögel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A Baedeker Guide to Hell, 20 Mar. 2015
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This is fantastic. Translated from the German, the prose can be a bit clunky, but I really enjoyed the episodic way it described the Moscow of 1937 and the gangster regime that controlled Russia and the other peoples imprisoned in that Gulag of nations. There are sections on the use of culture to shore up the regime - eg Pushkin, sections on the building of Moscow, on the shooting range, on the census, the workforce in the Stalin Car Factories, architecture and destruction, in a multidimensional physically situated book. There is a map of Moscow, so the physical reality of the locus of Soviet power and its actions seems more concrete and horrible.

Fully deserving of the awards and accolades. I was reading it when on a business trip to Luxembourg. I discovered that one night it was 2am and I was still engrossed, that's how good it is.


The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History
The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History
by Colin J. Hermer
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Acts is an an historical work, not fiction, 20 Mar. 2015
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A convincing vindication of the historicity and reliability of the Acts of the Apostles.
This book sets out in detail the corroborative data that supports the likelihood that the author of Acts was present or had access to witnesses of the events and characters in Acts. This is as simple as getting the nomenclature of titles correct, the geography and not falling into anachronisms. As Sherwin-White has shown in his Roman Law series of lectures, Roman Law and administrative arrangements changed in the period between the Julio-Claudians and the Flavians. I studied the period as part of my degree, so was familiar with the period. If you like data (ahem, there is nothing wrong with OCD) you'll love this. I bought the book as a birthday present to me. I agree with the conclusions, but if you're used to late dating of Luke-Acts you might find this a shock. Not a light read. This is an academic work, but I really recommend it.


It Was a Long Time Ago, and it Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past
It Was a Long Time Ago, and it Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past
by David Satter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Facing up to the past is necessary to move on., 18 Mar. 2015
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Makes chilling reading in the light of the current regime in Russia.


Operation Sealion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine's Dreams of Invasion in 1940
Operation Sealion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine's Dreams of Invasion in 1940
Price: £8.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read., 18 Mar. 2015
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Very good guide to the story behind Britain's defiance of the Nazis in 1940. Obviously not an academic work, but none the worse for that.


Wesley: A Heart Transformed Can Change The World [DVD] [2010] [Region 0] [NTSC]
Wesley: A Heart Transformed Can Change The World [DVD] [2010] [Region 0] [NTSC]
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2.0 out of 5 stars The story is much better than the film., 18 Mar. 2015
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I'm Christian. I like Christian themes. But the acting was terrible. It's such a good story and uplifting, but even our house group struggled to find good things to say about it.


1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
by Eric H. Cline
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.57

2.0 out of 5 stars Or maybe not, I don't really know, but my editor suggested a snappy title might lure some gullible buyers., 18 Mar. 2015
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I was very disappointed in this.
It was quite short. He didn't really say whether or not civilisation had collapsed, or give any metrics (population loss, etc) or any real reasons why. Was it the sea Peoples? Who were they (I'm guessing that the Ahhiwaya were Achaians. Were they the Ekwesh? Where did they come from?) Some descriptions of the civilisations that were destroyed would have been useful. So would some discussion about dating problems. Basically, in the Near East everything is tied back from Shoshenq (= Biblical Shishak) and dated. There are eclipses to provide dates, but apart from that and radiocarbon dating (which is not precise, and there are problems associated with the technique) dating is a guess. But you wouldn't know from this.
It also suffers from the current archaeologist preference for cultural change rather than migrations/invasions. Lots of arrow heads, fallen buildings, everything set on fire and new buildings - might have been internal rebellion against elites, or earthquakes, etc. So very infuriating and disappointing. I found out very little new, and was very disappointed.


Stalin, Vol. I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
Stalin, Vol. I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best biography of Stalin yet., 25 Jan. 2015
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Kotkin shows that there was nothing pre-determined about the success of the Bolshevik Revolution. The pre revolutionary situation in Russia and the incompetence, self delusion and oppression of the right elite in Russia, leading to the success of the Bolsheviks in an overwhelmingly peasant society is explained more clearly by Kotkin, than in previous studies of the Revolution.juju
The description of regime politics and why Stalin was successful was very interesting. I agree with the assessment that Stalin was at heart a ruthless Leninist Leftist. He was at heart an enemy of the peasant.
There's more depth on Stalin and on the personalities of the Soviet leadership than most biographies. I can't wait for the next volume.
A few niggles. The Kindle version has irritating spelling mistakes. Guomindang is spelt differently in the space of one paragraph. There is no excuse for misspelling Bukharin as Bukahrin.


[( It Was a Long Time Ago, and it Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past )] [by: David Satter] [Jan-2012]
[( It Was a Long Time Ago, and it Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past )] [by: David Satter] [Jan-2012]
by David Satter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Russian State can't deal with its past because it doesn't want to, 16 May 2014
The Soviet Union collapsed because the internal contradictions of the system pulled it apart. But the leaders of the old state, associated with the purges or refusing to tackle the past, became the leaders of the new state. The nomenklatura looted and pillaged the assets of the state and ended up as oligarchs, beholden to the leadership of the new state. Because of this, the horrors and crimes of the Soviet era, the mass murders, the famines, with tens of millions of corpses slaughtered, have not been confronted and dealt with. If confronted, the legitimacy of the current rulers would be undermined. And with a former KGB officer in charge, that would not do. David Satter shows that this failure leaves a black cloud of fear and death over modern Russia. This is highly topical in light of Russia's imperialist march into Ukraine and the threats against its neighbours.

I highly recommend it. In fact I lent a copy to a minister in the current (UK) government - he read it over the weekend.


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