Dr Barry Clayton

Top Reviewer Ranking: 570
Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (2,675 of 3,499)
Location: United Kingdom

Military Affairs ( retired senior army officer), History, Economics, Maths,
International Relations, Politics and Education ( university teacher). Wide reading, mainly non fiction or classics.Very fond of all kinds of 'good music'. All Sport espec… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 570 - Total Helpful Votes: 2675 of 3499
Bouts of Mania: Ali Foreman Frazier and an America&hellip by Hoffer Richard
Muhammad Ali in his prime was one of the greatest athletes of all time. He brought grace, intelligence and beauty to a brutal sport. Today, heavyweight boxing in particular is in a sorry state riddled with corruption and encompassing the mediocre. Ali made it all look so easy from the moment he won Gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He demolished opponents as easily as he made mincemeat of Michael Parkinson on television. On this occasion high intelligence was on display, and it was not Parkinson's!

As Hoffer shows in this very entertaining book it was so different in the 1960's and 70's. This was an era when giants of the ring like Ali, Frazier and Foreman demonstrated in fight… Read more
Waterloo: A New History of the Battle and its Armi&hellip by Gordon Corrigan
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The battle of Waterloo continues to attract more and more books despite the fact there has been nothing new to say for at least 40 years.
Among the many accounts of Waterloo this is, nevertheless, a useful addition for the general reader, particularly for those with little or no prior knowledge of the battle.

It is based almost entirely on secondary sources and is written in mainly narrative form. It reveals, therefore, nothing new about a very controversial battle, one that changed the destiny of Europe. A major weakness, shared by many accounts of battles, is it gives the impression that events were clear cut, x did this then y did that. The truth is that no battle can… Read more
In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sordid Celebrity, 19 July 2014
This book is about a revolting man. Savile's sexual exploits demonstrate once more how easily people are taken in. You can fool most of the people most of the time, particularly if the joker is a so- called celebrity.
This reviewer can say with complete honesty that I could never understand the adulation showered on this awful freak. My views drew the expected comments from those taken in. The author spent some 25 years researching this creature's sordid behaviour, it was time well spent for this depraved individual's activities demand a wide audience.

Those taken in included members of the royal family such as Prince Charles who was upset when Savile died, Margaret Thatcher… Read more