Shaun Harvey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (15 of 19)
Location: Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 433,518 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 19
Kipling and the Sea: Voyages and Discoveries from &hellip by Rudyard Kipling
Andrew Lycett has done an excellent job in collecting a wide range of Kipling's works from throughout his long career. The collection has a wonderful variety, with examples of Kipling's poetry, travel writing, short stories for children and short stories aimed at military and working men. Highlights include 'the White Seal', a short story taken from the Jungle Book and 'McAndrew's hymn' a long ballad written from the perspective of a Scottish engineer. The order is loosely chronological, and almost every work is given a short introduction from the author, which is always useful in offering the reader some perspective on when or why a piece was written.

Kipling's biggest… Read more
Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet by Jesse Norman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a very enjoyable book, but certainly one for people that are more interested in Burke's ideas than a comprehensive look at his life. Only the first part of the book takes the form of a traditional biography with the second part of the book used by Norman to analyse Burkean principles. There are better biographies of Burke, if you want an in depth look at 18th century politics, but Burke, like Enoch Powell, is more remarkable for his ideas and principles than he is for his impact on contemporary politics. Norman gives a very interesting analysis in the second part of the book and if you are a conservative or are interested in the history of conservatism then this is a must read.
The Seven Years War in Europe: 1756-1763 (Modern W&hellip by Franz A.J. Szabo
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes Too Far, 18 Aug 2012
This is a very good book and is well worth a read, but it is most certainly not objective. The sad thing is that with just a few minor changes this book could really have been excellent. The crux of the problem lies with the treatment of Frederick II of Prussia. Whilst it is well worth pointing out that he was not the infallible genius that he is often made out to be, this book goes to the opposite extreme and portrays him as a rash fool who fought all his great victories against armies that were simultaneously woeful and superb whenever it suits the narrative. All the other commanders are treated in a fair and even handed manner, but when Frederick appears his mistakes are grossly… Read more

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