Ron Smith

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Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold &hellip by Calder Walton
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cloak of Secrecy, 13 April 2013
I had hoped to learn more about the personal stories of the agents rather than the broad brush governmental policies of the time. The book is a useful archive of events from the start of the rule of Empire two cenuries ago until its demize in the twentieth century, but it makes no explanation about why the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, Intelligence Services et al, totally mismanaged the business they were supposed run, with many wobbly results and few credible successes. Cracking Enigma was brilliant - responding to Macmillan's "Wind of Change" was an intellectual farce. I liked the hand-grenade being thrown with the pin still in place, as a greeting to an ambushed British… Read more
The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth
The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great read for the tired mind - QI style. Pick it up put it down where you like, you'll never be bored with a well organised trapes through the wonderful world of words. We all know people we would like to deter from "ultracrepidarianism" (giving opinions on subjects that you know nothing about" On that note I will shut up. It's a good boook and a splendid read. QED.
The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Editi&hellip by Oliver P÷tzsch
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Gothic pot boiler, 27 Feb 2013
I have to say I learned to quickly scan read this book on several pages/chapters due to imagination stretch. Not bad but a wee bit far fetched in places. Umberto Eco had a better handle on medieval plots. Something lost in translation?

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