Mr. L. Mackinlay

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (113 of 117)
Location: Edinburgh Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,204,533 - Total Helpful Votes: 113 of 117
Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eas&hellip by Prit Buttar
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Narrative!, 20 April 2011
I bought this book as I have been trying for years to find a good history covering the battles around East Prussia towards the end of the war. I was not disappointed by this book! The author has put in a lot of groundwork to detail the movements of divisions, corps and armies at this time (I suspect this may not have been too easy given the chaos that reigned over that period). The excellent use of first hand stories interspersed with the more technical side of battles made this book very difficult to put down. This, for me, is the strength of this book..the ability to bring the human stories behind battles into the narrative. The human stories quite rightly include the fate of civilians… Read more
A Stranger to Myself by Michael Hofmann
A Stranger to Myself by Michael Hofmann
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book tells the story of the fighting on the eastern front from a very personal angle, going deep into the human pysche of what it is like to leave life's familiar things behind you as you turn into a soldier. The book is very poetic and reveals the passions of a typical (romantic) young man who sees himself as an adventurer; a theme he often returns to in the book. In this, it is very easy to relate to as we have all had such thoughts. I found his descriptions of the landscape and even the trees he clearly enjoyed seeing very moving as he brought the whole horror of the war to life by writing observations anyone would see during a woodland walk on a Sunday afternoon never mind a walk… Read more
A Guide to the Flowering Plants and Ferns of Icela&hellip by Hordur G. Kristinsson
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just back from Iceland where I used the book (with Icelandic text (& Latin names)..I can't read icelandic!). The photos are superb and really help your id of flowers whilst now that I own an english version, the descriptions seem very helpful too. Whilst I use plant id books a lot, I would say that you don't need to be a botanist-type to find your flowers in this book. It appeared to have most of the main flower species that we saw on the island (and it will help your id of Scottish mountain plants too). It also includes the sedges, grasses, horsetails and ferns but it probably helps to have some experience of these groups before using the book to id them. The layout of the book is very… Read more