Alan Bowie

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (58 of 63)
Location: Cornwall


Top Reviewer Ranking: 194,461 - Total Helpful Votes: 58 of 63
Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and th&hellip by Steven Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Damning, 22 Jun 2014
I recently read "The Men Who Stare at Goats" and found the conclusions of both books difficult to dispute. In trying to fight "The War on Terror" (whatever that means) Western governments have allowed ourselves to become exactly the monsters that the jihadists try to paint us. For me, the most significant comment in this meticulously researched and well written book is the reminder that the torture of Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib prison came to public attention in November 2003, months before the barbaric murder of Nick Berg. Many of us try to intellectualise the behaviour of our countrymen and allies by saying "It is no surprise they went off the rails when you see… Read more
I have to admit I don't have this particular product, but it appears identical to ones that I have had, and the review comments suggest that it shares the same build problems.
Someone needs to make one of these with more rigid side walls and with comfortable hand grips. The combination of a couple of large "C - clamps" to strengthen the sides and a thick pair of gardening gloves makes these useful and economical items if you generate a lot of paper waste. An appropriately rigid unit with rounded hand grips would look less "Heath Robinson" than my current efforts!
The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silenc&hellip by Naoki Higashida
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost too good?, 17 Nov 2013
First things first. This is a wonderful book and has caused me to re-evaluate the way that I treat my autistic son. I am more tolerant, less likely to show my frustration and sadness when his behaviour gets too out of hand, and quicker to praise and to hug him than I was before. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who either works with autistic people or has someone with autism in their family.
However, I frequently found myself wondering just who had written the book. I have never been autistic, but I have (admittedly a long time ago) been a 13 year old boy. Some of the insights into human behaviour and into the psychological concept of "Theory of Mind" just seem too wise to… Read more

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