Michael D. Peevey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (19 of 20)
Location: Singapore


Top Reviewer Ranking: 728,369 - Total Helpful Votes: 19 of 20
Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian S&hellip by John Sutherland
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a most entertaining (but curious) book.

It tells the story of the first celebrity elephant -- the eponymous Jumbo. Abruptly, then, about half way through it stops his story with Jumbo's death and then goes on to provide a miscellany of elephant related stories and information. The chapter relating the various executions of criminal elements amongst the elephant world is morbidly interesting. Throughout the author intersperses the narrative with curious and seemingly more or less random facts about himself (I once lived in California; I was an alcoholic, etc.) and opinions about such things as the general opinions of Americans. Throughout he remains engaging and friendly… Read more
Rootless: An Autobiography by Bruce Oldfield
Rootless: An Autobiography by Bruce Oldfield
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read, 30 July 2009
I disagree entirely with the previous reviewer. Oldfield provides plenty of space in his story to his upbringing and for me this was the main reason that I was interested in reading the book. I have no interest in fashion but I was interested in the hows, whys and wherefores of rising from his start in life to the position he obtained. I didn't feel that the book disappointed in anyway on this score.

As for name dropping -- well if you are buying a book on someone who's main business is in dressing famous people you should not be surprised when he mentions a few of those names.

This is not a brilliant book by any means but it is absorbing and interesting. Oldfield goes… Read more
Who Runs Britain? How Britain's new elite are chan&hellip by Robert Peston
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a curate's egg of a book -- good in parts. What ultimately makes it weak is that it is difficult to discern a theme. It asks the question: who runs Britain? but never actually, in say the way Anthony Sampson does, answers it.

From time to time it provides some analysis and commentary but by and large it is weak and doesn't really arrive at any sensible or compelling conclusions -- mostly, it provides an argument that the 'rich' are too rich that this is not good (though never really says why) and suggests that the nations of the world should unite to tax them more highly after conceding that unilateral higher taxation in the UK would lead to an exodus of these… Read more