J. Baerselman

"Jim Baerselman"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (25 of 27)
Location: Southampton, Hants United Kingdom

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,753,691 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 27
Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybod&hellip by Jared M. Diamond
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you've developed a recent interest in history, but you're finding some difficulty fitting together all the pieces you're discovering, this book is for you. Jared Diamond quite simply, and with easily remembered logic, explains how the world was populated. This, of course, is the background to history.

This 'big picture' is something sadly missing in much teaching. Going straight into the detail of some era or event seems to me a bit like studying the pixels on a jigsaw piece in the wild hope you'll, in time, discover the picture. Read Jared Diamond instead. Once you've seen the big picture, the jigsaw puzzle of history is much easier to understand.

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Book Of Silk ~ Tin Hat Trio
Book Of Silk ~ Tin Hat Trio
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An extraordinary range of tracks touching so many genres you can't classify them. I suppose jazzy at heart, but without percussion (except on track 3) since the rythms are strong. Maybe country as well, since Dobro, accordion, marxaphone all feature from time to time. The musical lines are clear, often with unusual harmonies and key changes. Great variety and some superb musicianship together provide an enlightening experience, showing that approachable and interesting sounds can be created from lively imaginations which aren't constrained by cleaving to one or another style of music.

There's humour here too. I mean, who else would have thought of leading a strong rythm track… Read more
The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This thriller is astonishing. Published in 1999, the book describes (as background) a terrorist organisation and a sequence of events that are so so close to 9/11 that they could almost be described as Osama bin Laden's handbook. We're only just catching up with what this author foretold before the event. His analysis of terrorist training and motivation could have been written yesterday. It's a good thriller too, with characters much better drawn than usual in the genre, and a fine display of the differences between love and lust. I look forward to reading the rest of Mark Burnell's four books. If they're all researched like this one, I have a lot to learn.

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