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London. Portrait of a City by Reuel Golden
London. Portrait of a City by Reuel Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful photos, 26 Mar 2013
Beautiful photos of bygone London, with text in English , French and German- a perfect gift for that polyglot European friend or relative!

The size of the book does justice to the photos.

Not sure I would class this in the same historical league as "Lost London/Panoramas of LL" as its scope is more general, but the selection of photos is excellently judged and connects us to those who walked our streets before us..

And the price on amazon makes it a bargain (I will make amends at my local bookshop in an attempt to assuage the guilt..)
Double Cross: The True Story of The D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
Thoroughly enjoyable yarn, which skilfully weaves the military details around the fascinating human interest stories of the various agents and their handlers (on both sides).
The author keeps it pacy.
I had read a book about Agent Tricycle before (highly recommended) but was not familiar with the work of the other XX agents.
It might feel more of an introductory work for those already familiar with the subject matter, but for a newbie, it was gripping stuff.
1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow by Adam Zamoyski
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding history, 31 Aug 2012
Brilliantly researched and written,a gripping read. The focus on the human stories behind this epic conflict is particularly fascinating and avoids miring the story in purely political/strategic matters.

If I had to niggle, the maps could be a little clearer and perhaps the photos colour but that is not to detract from what is one of the best written and paced history books you will ever read.