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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
by Peter Biskind
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, confusing and biased, 8 Feb. 2006
A very interesting book, especially if you're into film gossip. But the best thing about it is the "Cast of Characters" at the end of the book - a vital edition as the amount of names mentioned in the book is staggering. I was so confused about who was being talked about as about three thousand different people were mentioned each chapter. Although the content is very amusing and the stories told are great bits of background knowledge to the films mentioned, it is extremely biased towards certain characters. Biskind absolutely hates Lucas and Spielberg it seems, and he pretty much blames them solely for the state of Hollywood after the golden age of the 70s. Still as long as you are taking drugs and experimenting with your mind and films you are fine in this book, despite the fact that many of the 'great' films reminisced about are actually crap.
Despite my criticisms it's an enjoyable read, especially for film fans (and gossips). But beware the author's biase.


Hillsborough: The Truth
Hillsborough: The Truth
by Phil Scraton
Edition: Paperback

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastating but a must read, 8 Feb. 2006
There is not much else I can say apart from this whole sorry saga is absolutely devastating and is something that should never have happened. This is the theme running throughout this excellent read - and a read that will leave you saddened and disgusted.
Scraton does not mince his words and is happy to get involved in all the legal mumbo jumbo that can get quiet tedious at times. But this still ranks as a five starrer just because it is such an emotional piece of writing which made me angry that nobody has ever been prosecuted for the disaster.


The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
by Philip Sugden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic historical account of the Ripper murders, 8 Feb. 2006
I actually bought this book because of the reviews of fellow customers and those reviews were indeed proved right. A fantastic read that I couldn't put down, even on a sunny holiday in Florida. It tells of the murders attributed to the Ripper as well as those disputed of.
The great thing about the book is that it never presumes to name a suspect as the Ripper, instead weighing up the evidence of all the suspects and doing its best to pronounce them unlikely or likely candidates. It never veers from the facts either and fully investigates other authors' theories of the murders.
The book's greatest asset is the actual series of crimes itself - this stuff could never be made up, especially the stories of the possible sightings of the Ripper. And in conclusion the book left me very frustrated. Not because of its content - it is excellently written - but because the simple fact is, there has never been any definitive evidence that one person was actually the Ripper and we are unlikely to ever be able to pronounce somebody as that man.


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