Dr Barry Clayton

Top Reviewer Ranking: 570
Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (2,636 of 3,451)
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: 2636 of 3451
In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies
9 of 11 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
The Transformation of the World: A Global History &hellip by Jürgen Osterhammel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Global Panorama., 18 July 2014
A Waterfall Of Knowledge; that describes this book which has been translated from the German edition first published in 2009. The book is NOT a conventional history of a particular century. It is best described as a work of historical sociology. The format and style is not schematic. The strategy is narrative.

The book is extremely long-his other books have been quite short- and it demands a reasonable knowledge of the history of the 19th century and sociology. It is in many ways a book for dipping into in order to find answers or to discover a new nugget of knowledge. Be in no doubt this is a goldmine of nuggerts, some huge ones at that.

German scholars are seldom… Read more
Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy Fra&hellip by Caroline Moorehead
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
At a time when 12 more ex Nazi thugs who helped to murder thousands of men, women, children and babies are about to be tried for their unspeakable crimes, this excellent book by Caroline Moorehead is very weicome.

The author tells the remarkable story of the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon a village in south central France. It is, as she explains, located in mountainous and very inhospitable terrain. Her story is about the inhabitants of this village who sheltered thousands of people from the evil Gestapo who were willingly aided and abetted by the Vichy government and its many supporters. Other villages in the area also sheltered those escaping from the Gestapo but to a… Read more