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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (56 of 64)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 170,528 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 64
British Armour in the Normandy Campaign (Military &hellip by John Buckley
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent revisionist perspective on the issue of why British armour apparently failed to perform in the Normandy campaign. There has been a persistent glorification of German military efficiency which often has failed to stand up to proper scrutiny, and I am delighted that in recent years it has been challenged, as it has done a great disservice to past generations of British soldiers. The author covers everything from tank production to morale via British doctrine in a comprehensive fashion, and I will not repeat what the other book reviewers have covered in much more detail. One factor which is covered but remains the elephant in the room, is the question of how good British… Read more
Deconstructing the Mafia: An Historical and Theore&hellip by Joseph L. Albini
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was Albini's last major piece before his death earlier this year. Albini is regarded as a major contributor to work on organised crime, and I was therefore disappointed in a book which promised much but ultimately delivered little. I am not clear what the target audience is; it veers between academic and populist, but risks satisfying neither. It is very much written at times like a conversation piece and covers his thoughts and work on organised crime. It is written around sets of case studies around specific themes including Globalisation, The Mafia (various chapters), and Organizing Criminals. Many of the case studies are weak, as they rely on a minimal amount of secondary or… Read more
The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New &hellip by David Critchley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an invaluable and detailed academic piece which re-evaluates early Italian organised crime in the States. It encapsulates a significant body of research at the grass-roots level (through public, media and police records) which both debunks certain mafia myths, but at the same time paints a vivid picture of the emerging patterns of organisation and personalities. It is a bit weaker in accessing more recent Italian research on the transatlantic link between Italian and Italian-American groups. Although predominantly academic, it also paints a picture of the individuals and groups concerned which will have an attraction for the more general reader and budding thriller writers; truth… Read more

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