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Dervish: The Rise and Fall of an African Empire by Philip Warner
A very readable account with lots of anecdotes. Written originally in the 1970's, it lacks a decent list of sources and suggestions for further reading - it would also have benefited by including far more maps, so the progress of the campaigns could be followed more easily. I suspect that the politics and personalities involved can be reassessed in very different ways. For all that, I found this an informative and enjoyable read.
Extreme Close-Up Photography and Focus Stacking by Julian Cremona
Excellent text, describes equipment, how to use it, what can be made, and what can be achieved, for those with both limited means to those with very deep pockets. Superb illustrations that encourage one to go out and take pictures. If I have a criticism - perhaps a single chapter on what can be done with USB microscopes. Available at almost give away prices and certainly an excellent introduction to microscopy for youngsters and photographers who wouldn't otherwise be tempted to invest in more specialised equipment.
The Amoeba in the Room: Lives of the Microbes by Nicholas P. Money
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lots of information, but lacks a coherent style, and to be honest, badly written. I found the book very hard going, but in the end interesting and worth persevering with. It certainly made me aware of the rapid advances that had been made in our understanding of the relationships between living organisms. At the very least a decent Glossary would have made for easier reading.