B. Russell

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Bernese Alps - Switzerland: A Walker's Guide: A Wa&hellip by Kev Reynolds
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Redundant format., 20 Dec 2013
I bought this book (among other cicerone titles) to plan a summer hiking holiday. I feel a little short changed. There is little detail in the route descriptions and a separate topographic map is a must as the book has no maps worth speaking of. Furthermore many of the route descriptions were actually duplicate routes but in the reverse direction or slight extensions of earlier routes. I don't understand why Cicerone persist with this outdated map-less format. It is much more useful to contact the tourist information offices at Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald (or anywhere else in the Bernese Oberland) as they have free route descriptions and topographic maps as well as contact details for all… Read more
Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell by Peter Caddick-Adams
Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell by Peter Caddick-Adams
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Having read a few books about Cassino (including War Diaries at the National Archive and having visited the area) I was interested to see what this book offered in terms of new insight or materials. Having read it I am not entirely sure. In itself it is a well written book but it will always be compared to earlier works by Parker and Ellis (which it references). This new book is shorter than both Parker and Ellis so there will always be compromises in its coverage. For instance there is almost no mention of 28th Brigade's catastrophic crossing of the Rapido and the book states that all three battalions attacked across the river whereas in reality the Battalion from the Hampshire Regiment… Read more
Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity &hellip by Colin M. Waugh
I very much enjoyed reading this book as I know little about West Africa and wanted to expand my knowledge. I found most of the book enthralling and eye opening in terms of Liberian history and internal politics (by which I mean oppression, patronism and kleptocracy). The book does really read as a biography of Charles Taylor set to the context of Liberian politics but as a reader you develop a disturbing sympathy for the protagonist. Maybe I mis-interpreted the writing but I detected a certain admiration for Taylor's character (which you should realise is described alongside portrayals of equally vicious although less famous political players). The part of the 'Taylor story' I was most… Read more

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