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Perception - Season 1
Perception - Season 1
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Sep 2014
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The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
Price: 4.35

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4.0 out of 5 stars research systems, 8 Nov 2012
Having read gavin menzies other books, i was quite eager to read this one.
I have found his work interesting because, he dared come up with new paths to history.

I would like to note that his first book was clear and brave, his next 1434 seemed weighed down with
the weight of having disturbed the view of scholars, so there is i would say too much justification rather than
clear research, were evidence is used too much, and the theory seems to lack.

in this book he is somewhat back to himself, back to looking at ancient naval history, and coming up
with bold and clear theories.

What is interesting in this kind of work, is that it is rare for history to be written by anyone who has a clear
view, it gets written by the archaeologist at the site, or some one with his nose up to the detail.

So in fact what I think is remarkable in this book, is that in fact research is thorough enough but never too detailed,
to allow one's vision to be clouded, again some of Gavin's ideas are not new, so like with his 1421 book the ideas
were there before, you could look at "maps of the ancient sea kings".
what Gavin is good at is writing history, and through his work and opening up his research to the public through his
web site, he has in fact created a new model for us to research history.

As the book itself goes, there is something left to be desired in the way Gavin writes, the search for truth and knowledge is
too da vinci code at time for my liking, it turns into too much of a cheap thriller which is now becoming dated I would say.

Also again Gavin uses theories which are in the field and have been written by others but does not give them enough credit,
it seems that he does not recognise them, or is not aware that others covered similar ground, which is strange in someone who devotes
so much time into such a passion, this is of course not the case if he needs to use someone else's work directly.

I guess Gavin needs to sell his books, and I have enjoyed his ideas again, I would rather he wold keep writing history
boldly, and I am happy to see he recovered from the attacks he suffered with 1421.

So I say Gavin is a pioneer of a different more modern approach to research, one that includes the public and is not
a close society, for that effort I would think his work is unrivalled, for the work itself, some of his ideas especially
in the naval department bring angles that have never been looked at before to my knowledge, and thus help put another
piece in the ancient puzzle, helping us understand stone circles, and ancient trade, some of his theories are
more than just piecing together there is a stroke of genius in them, and that is I think his best feature, he should be a history
re-writer he has a special touch for it.

So thank you Gavin for daring to go where others shy, and creating a self made system and entry into the club
of history writers, many a scholar's view of history leaves us with very dry and unclear pasts, and it paints our ancestors in
a boring grey way.


Josiah the Great: The True Story of The Man Who Would Be King
Josiah the Great: The True Story of The Man Who Would Be King
Price: 2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars were the personal and the impersonal meet, 8 Nov 2012
It is an amazing story of a self made man that has gone into afghanistan and learned their ways,
having started with almost nothing, it is interesting how he had to play himself to be more.

What is interesting about the story, is his timing he got into afghanistan just before the great game really took over,
it is noteworthy to see that if the british in india were a bit more open minded, this man could have helped afghanistan
come to a different path, but History went another way, and in a way since than it is fighting with other foreign conquerors,
and seems to never find the way to become its own, and to govern itself, it seems that the truth that no external force can
manage to rule over the afghans has been dictated back there, so the fate story of the country was being written with this man
not that he wrote it, but he was an envoy, maybe if his own success with the afghans would have been noted, and turned into a policy
by all that came after, a different afghanistan could have emerged, but none did note it, not even up to today!

This story thus is that rare meeting point between history the fates of countries and a few men's personal stories,
in a time where one man could change the fate of the world.

the book is well written.


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