Sean

 
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Live & Let Die ~ Guns N' Roses
Live & Let Die ~ Guns N' Roses
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of Your Love, 24 Nov 2012
Currently this is the easiest and cheapest way to obtain lost Guns N' Roses b-side Shadow of Your Love. This once Hollywood Rose staple - W. Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin's former band - was recorded by Guns N' Roses at Pasha studios (1986) during the same sessions that produced the faux live EP, Live Like A Suicide (now, a part of G N' R Lies). Shadow of Your Love didn't make the final track selection of Live Like A Suicide. It didn't make GN'R's seminal debut album, Appetite For Destruction (1987) either. A faux live version was however released as b-side to the UK single,… Read more
Rome: Empire of the Eagles, 753 BC - AD 476 by Neil Faulkner
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the narrative., 8 April 2011
Upon reading that Dr Faulkner was a Marxist, I half expected a mind-numbingly boring socio-economic history of Rome in which all human-agency has been removed. The type of history book churned out since the 1960s replete with tedious graphs and obscure Marxist jargon. In his defense, the author does say that he does not agree with concurrent Marxist orthodoxy on Rome, i.e. a 'slave mode of production' sustaining Roman ascendancy. It was however a delight to find out that Empires of Eagles is narrative driven history and fairly traditional 'story-book' narrative history at that, by which battles, politics and interesting characters all take centre stage. Even Faulkner's overall condemnation… Read more
A History of the Roman World 753-146 BC by H. H. Scullard
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Scullard's History of the Roman World narrates Rome's assent to Mediterranean predominance, from Neolithic Italy (the title, is somewhat of a misnomer then) to the sack of Carthage. First published 1935 but then continuously revised until 1982 (fourth edition), the book is no doubt slightly out of date due to subsequent archeological discoveries, on for example the Palatine Hill. It still however should be treated as a first port-of-call on the subject as should its sequel, From the Gracchi to Nero: History of Rome from 133 B.C.to A.D.68.

Scullard is a gloriously old-fashioned classicist. Although fair on other cultures,… Read more