R. D. Freeman

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Richard Freeman
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (11 of 12)

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Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying, 22 Jan 2014
This is a very remarkable book. How successive US governments have allowed so much damning information to get into the public domain is a mystery since the book utterly damns their record in handling nuclear weapons.

Schlosser demonstrates beyond any possible doubt that nuclear weapons systems are too complex for human beings to control even when not at war. Equally terrifying is his clear demonstration that, when senior military men and politicians are given clear evidence of unsafe weapons, they just refuse to take action.

The book details accident after accident and gives precise information of design flaws that render weapons unsafe and Schlosser demonstrates the… Read more
A Chinese Childhood by Chiang Yee
A Chinese Childhood by Chiang Yee
Chiang Yee was born into a land-owning Chinese family in 1903 and lived in China until 1933. In this book he recalls both his childhood and a good deal of the history of the extended family of which he was a part. Around 40 members of the family lived in a single compound. Once established in England he wrote `The Silent Traveller' series of books.
`A Chinese Childhood' is a charming and gentle evocation of a way of living that had lasted thousands of years but was dying out even when Yee was a child. Everything that went on in the compound and in the small town was based on rituals developed over centuries. There seems to have been no aspect of life - whether recipes, meal etiquette,… Read more
Stet by Diana Athill
Stet by Diana Athill
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Since the other reviewers to date have concentrated on Athill's writing and on her portraits of some of the authors she worked with, I will say something about an aspect of the book that I think deserves more notice.
The publishing firm that Athill joined was an unbelievably amateur affair. André Deutsch was an intuitive and opportunistic publisher who just followed his enthusiasms. The result was an endless stream of excellent but often near to unsellable books, created in an office which verged on the dysfunctional. Deutsch had little or no idea of how to run a business and absolutely no concept of how to select, employ and manage staff. Athill was a co-director but she… Read more

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