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Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (31 of 38)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 155,594 - Total Helpful Votes: 31 of 38
The Boy Who Biked the World: On the Road to Africa by Alastair Humphreys
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My 8 year old loved this book. An adventure story, geography lesson and education about different cultures, lives and foods. really good. A great change from Harry Potter and Tintin!
Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Chang&hellip by Ben Macintyre
Really enjoyed this. Lots of fun shenanigans in WWII written well and enthusiastically. The best thing about this is the potted biographies of all the key players in this story. While the tale itself is fascinating, the author's diligence in ferreting out the true lives behind each of the individuals reflects a clear fascination with people and what drives them. It is this interest in humanity that makes the book so compelling and a narration that is properly three-dimensional; yes a tale of derring do but he shows just how potentially flawed it was, precisely because everyone involved had flaws just like the rest of us - it was their perseverance and commitment based on an underlying… Read more
The Sugar Barons by Matthew Parker
The Sugar Barons by Matthew Parker
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a tremendous book, 24 Sep 2013
Incredibly detailed, thoroughly researched history of the sugar trade in the Caribbean. Astonishing breadth and attention to detail at the same time.

He uses these skills of overarching analysis and fine detail to deliver a forensic attack on the sugar trade and Britain's role in it. Above all the complete dependence of this trade on slaves. Millions of lives lost just so Anglos could add some empty calories to their diet and rot their teeth.

A brilliant book. Well written and engaging.