Mr. T. Philipson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (63 of 92)
Location: Oxford, Oxon United Kingdom


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The Dead Hand: Reagan, Gorbachev and the Untold St&hellip by David E. Hoffman
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This is a truly depressing book. Not so much due to the subject matter – though nuclear, chemical and biological warfare is pretty nightmarish – but rather in the way it constructs a narrative of a particular historical period which is unashamedly subjective yet shielded behind a thin veneer of objectivity. From the off we are primed for the ‘excellence’ within – the Pulitzer Prize reference and adulatory reviews which adorn the jacket – and from this overture we move into a 500 page odyssey which retells the cold war as essentially a 1950’s B-Movie Western, in which the noble and honourable Americans prevail over the ruthless and deceitful Soviets. The metaphor is rather apt, as the… Read more
Fisher by David Wragg
Fisher by David Wragg
From the outset I will acknowledge that I am no expert on the history of the Royal Navy, and that the reading I have done has been mainly concerned with the period leading up to and during the Second World War. Given this, I thought it would be instructive to read a biography of Fisher - whose tenure of office spanned a period of marked change in the history of the service. This said, I have to say that this biography was a little disappointing. I am not really qualified to comment on the specifics of the narrative, but it has to be said that the narrative is a little pedestrian throughout. What is curious is the uneven tone, and the sometimes jarring preoccupations of the author… Read more
The Commissar's Report by Martyn Burke
The Commissar's Report by Martyn Burke
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish, 21 July 2012
I picked this up from second hand bookshop when seeking respite from the monsoonlike British weather when attending a wedding. I know one should never believe the hyperbole on bookjackets, but I thought that it may pass some time whilst I was drying off. Comparisons with Catch 22 did not sway me particularly however, as I have always thought that this was overated in the extreme - a sort of 'knowing' middle-class smugness encapsulated in a book. However, not disuaded, I read the book, and it is indeed a fine example of the lame anti-soviet 'literature' that was produced during the period of the cold war. Anyone who questions unbridled capitalism (which is portrayed as spectaculary benign at… Read more

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