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The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
by Rick Perlstein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 6 Oct 2014
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I very much enjoyed the author's previous two books, Before The Storm and Nixonland, and I would readily recommend them particularly the first but I cannot say the same for this book. I gave up on it because I found the sneering tone of the writer increasingly unpleasant. A great pity.


You Can't Stop Me (Bonus DVD)
You Can't Stop Me (Bonus DVD)
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A metal must have, 1 Sep 2014
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A tour de force from a killer band


ASHES TO ASHES
ASHES TO ASHES
Price: £10.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album, 1 Sep 2014
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This review is from: ASHES TO ASHES (Audio CD)
Stunning album


As The Palaces Burn (10th Anniversary)
As The Palaces Burn (10th Anniversary)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £17.06

5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, 19 Dec 2013
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Some classic fundamental metal. Anyone serious about this music should have this album. Without these guys laying a solid foundation we wouldn't be enjoying some first rate new metal bands.


Seiko 5 Men's Automatic Watch with Green Dial Analogue Display and Green Fabric Strap SNK805K2
Seiko 5 Men's Automatic Watch with Green Dial Analogue Display and Green Fabric Strap SNK805K2
Offered by WatchWave
Price: £59.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Price query, 7 Aug 2013
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The item appears to be exactly as described with one exception; the original price. The Amazon blurb claims the item is £295 while the price tag on the one I received clearly states the cost is $185, roughly £120 to £125. It still represents fairly good value just not an 85% saving. One other criticism the instructions for setting the date are a wee bit useless, i downloaded a better version from Seiko's website.


Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
by Fredrik Logevall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Book, 1 Dec 2012
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I have a large collection of books on the war in Southeast Asia, almost 700 as a matter of fact, and I am immodest enough to consider myself a fairly serious and knowledgable student of the conflict; yet Professor Logevall's books exposed gaps in my knowledge. This book is a first class study of the collapse of the French Indo-Chinese empire and the inexorable slide towards US commitment to military involvement in Southeast Asia. As with many of the books I have read on the subject Logevall exposes the French disconnection from reality, clinging to an outmoded Imperial past and in one breath excorating America yet in the next making extravagant demands for US support. Professor Logevall also places the conflict within the larger panorama of the growing Cold War; essential to any understanding of the Vietnam War. The accounts of the political machinations in great places among the great men of the age, judging how the final disposition of Vietnam would be of benefit or not to their position, is both fascinating and disturbing.

This is not a dry impenetrable tome rather an immensely readable account of the opening shots in a tragedy that engulfed America and Vietnam; and the echoes of which resonate still. Once you have read this book you should turn your attention to the excellent 'Choosing War' also written by Professor Logevall.


Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam
Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam
by Bob Drury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.53

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book with qualifications, 31 Aug 2011
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This is a good account of the fall of Saigon in April 1975 however there are a couple of annoying errors. The authors make repeated reference to the "Royal Vietnamese Air Force"; by '75 it was known as the VNAF and had not been Royal for almost twenty years. The authors also refer to VNAF F15s when they mean F5 Freedom Fighters; the only jet used by the VNAF I believe. Another minor error is to refer to MAACV when the correct title was MACV. I think the authors were confusing MACV with MAAGV. The roles of MAAGV were assumed by MACV in 1964 and MAAGV was disestablished.

I did find the constant criticism of the CIA and its proprietary airline Air America a little trying. It is generally accepted today that the pilots of Air America performed with great courage during OPERATION FREQUENT WIND; often carrying out extractions under very hazardous conditions. The `Customer' as the Agency was sometimes known was faced with a huge challenge to evacuate the countless number of individuals with whom they had worked during the war.

I have many books covering the fall of Saigon yet this book did to my sum of knowledge of this historic event.


50 Years of Vulcan XH558: A Unique British Aviation Icon
50 Years of Vulcan XH558: A Unique British Aviation Icon
by Dr Robert Pleming
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Vulcan fans, 4 Mar 2011
This is a superb collection of photographs of Avro Vulcan XH558 and some of her sisters. The book traces the development of the Vulcan and service in the RAF. It covers in detail XH558's service with the Vulcan Display Flight before moving onto recount the magnificant restoration of the aircraft to flight status. The photographs are fantastic; the historical pictures are put into context by a timeline of significant events of the 20th Century. As a fan of the mighty Vulcan I cannot recommend this book too highly. And there is a bonus buying the book will help keep that stunning aircraft in the sky.


All The Devils Are Here: Unmasking the Men Who Bankrupted the World
All The Devils Are Here: Unmasking the Men Who Bankrupted the World
by Bethany McLean
Edition: Paperback

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, 14 Jan 2011
I've read a few books about the origins of the current financial crisis and this is undoubtedly one of the best. Not unlike a rollercoaster creeping slowly uphill the writers build the account meticulously until the reader reaches the peak and hurtles down into the chaos of the banking collapse. I'll be honest I had to read one or two passages more than once to grasp some of the financial detail but that is not meant as a criticism of the book; probably says more about me.

Some of the details and accounts are eye-watering, some actually amusing. I can highly recommend this book as explanation of the absolute financial cataclysm that has befallen us all. If you enjoy reading this book and I am sure you will you might want to also consider `Too Big to Fail'; it's another first class read.

I can also recommend Bethany MacLean's book `The Smartest Guys in The Room'; the story of the downfall of Enron. It's a superb read.


Search and Destroy: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1/1 Cav, 1967-1968
Search and Destroy: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1/1 Cav, 1967-1968
by Keith William Nolan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.37

5.0 out of 5 stars A terrifc swansong, 29 July 2010
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I've just finished reading Nolan's last book `Search and Destroy' and once again and sadly for final time he has written another excellent book. His untimely death has robbed us of a significant historian of the Vietnam War.

He recounts the difficult year of a US armoured unit in Vietnam in graphic detail. He details the unit's descent into brutality from morality. More than anything else he shows the reader the absolute futility of the fighting in Vietnam; fighting an enemy that would never relent over the same territory again and again. He also lets the reader know that nothing is new in warfare as a preponderance of the casualties were caused by IEDs. One might have thought the US Army having fought one insurgency that exploited roadside bombs that it might just happen again in the current counter insurgency effort. The suddenness and randomness of death in combat is one striking facet of the story.

This book marks the culmination of Nolan's transition from a `gung ho' chronicler of the US ground forces in Vietnam to a jaundiced cynic charting the collapse of discipline and the casual brutality of the `grunt' in the field.

I would respectfully suggest that this book may not be a popular one amongst the veteran community as the picture Nolan paints is not always flattering. Again nothing changes. An interesting sidebar in the book is the brief introduction to the staggering difficulties faced by US PWs detained in the South by the NLF.

As with every other book by Nolan I can heartily recommend it.


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