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My Promised Land: the triumph and tragedy of Israel
My Promised Land: the triumph and tragedy of Israel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced yet passionate perspective on Israeli history and sociey, 24 Feb 2014
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Shavit's book has that rare quality of being passionate about his country yet able to empathise with a range of perspectives that differ from those of the author.It is a far cry from the polemics that are often written about this subject in both its style and content.Highly recommended


Jewish Life in Twenty-First-Century Turkey: The Other Side of Tolerance (New Anthropologies of Europe)
Jewish Life in Twenty-First-Century Turkey: The Other Side of Tolerance (New Anthropologies of Europe)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather long winded and pretentious, 2 April 2013
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This has the feel of a PhD thesis in which the author is trying to impress. A disappointing work on waht should be an interesting and important subject


Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film & TV
Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film & TV
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Overview, 2 April 2013
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For the increasing number of aficionados of Nordid Noir, this provides a good overview and includes some interesting interviews with authors.It also provides some pointers to some lesser known authors and films.


Then They Came for Me
Then They Came for Me
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and ultimately inspiring, 27 Mar 2012
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Terry Waite was quoted as saying that the real prisoners were those who held him captive.The same applies to this compelling account of a journalist being held without trial and facing interrogation on trumped up charges.He calls his interrogator Rosewater, and his description of this man, who is locked in a world of paranoid conspiracy theories recalls Terry Waite's words.The writing is superb and one heart goes out to Bahari in a way that recalls Solzehnitzin and Primo Levi.Highly recommended.


Siege: (Scope 1)
Siege: (Scope 1)
by Simon Kernick
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed and far fetched, 2 Mar 2012
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I was expecting this to be like the early works of Gerald Seymour. Unfortunately it turned out to be a far fetched yarn with unlikely characters.Also, the plot had several flaws, including the contradictions in the motives of the various members of the terror gang and their ultimate objective.Hugley disappointing


Until Thy Wrath be Past: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation
Until Thy Wrath be Past: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book at so many levels, 30 Dec 2011
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It would be an injustice to call this book a murder mystery.Whilst the mysterious death of two young people is its initial focus, it deals with so many diverse and interesting issues; the psychology of individuals,family dynamics, ? life after death ,vivid descriptions of the North Swedish landscape and the thorny question of the extent of Swedish neutrality in the Second World War. The writing and translation is of a high quality. It was one of those books that I did not want to end


London: A Brief History (Enhanced Version)
London: A Brief History (Enhanced Version)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Having a laugh!, 29 Nov 2011
I know that Cockneys are renowned for their sense of humour, so I can only assume that this was written by one. It is so replete with inaccuracies,not to mention the Americanism of confusing London, England and Britain that I laughed out loud!


Guernica
Guernica
by Dave Boling
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Compelling, 9 Jun 2009
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This is a remarkable first novel.Boling creates a convincing portrayal of Basque life and some credible characters whose life is destroyed by the infamous bombing of Guernica.Deapite a slight tendency to over-romantacise the Pays-Basque, it is a powerful and moving story that enables us to empathise with the innocent victims of war in an humane but unsentimemtal way.Highly recommended.
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The Shack
The Shack
by Wm Paul Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

41 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shacking!, 25 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Shack (Paperback)
This book and its accompanying hype only serves to illustrate the huge cultural gulf between the United States and Europe.Its hard for us to take seriously its cheesey, sentimental and simplistic theology.More importantly,unlike the recent TV play, God On trial, it does n't attempt to deal with the issue of evil and free will.
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Celsius 7/7
Celsius 7/7
by Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning the lesons of appeasement, 23 Oct 2006
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Like similar voices in the wilderness in the 1930s, Gove warns against the dangers of appeasement.He also makes interesting parallels between 20th century ideologies of nazism, fascism and communism and the new threat of islamism.

He marshalls his evidence well but whilst this reader accepts his views on UK domestic failures, he could not agree with Gove's view that the war in Iraq is part of the struggle to protect liberal democracies from the threat we face from within.


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