Graeme J. W. Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (116 of 132)
Location: Newport, RI United States
Birthday: 19 Mar
In My Own Words:
Ex-Pat Scot living in the USA. Interests include - Sailing, fishing and horseback riding. Read Biographies and History.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,149,804 - Total Helpful Votes: 116 of 132
The Taking of the Stone of Destiny: The Exciting T&hellip by Ian R. Hamilton Q.C.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
History is full of thousands of reasons why the Scot's (generally) dislike the English but this 1992 edition of Ian Hamilton's story - revised by an older and wiser author 40 years after its original publication goes a long way to explaining the modern continued dislike.

Imagine a UK in 1950 with no Motorways (US-Freeway) Dual Carriage Ways (US - Two lane roads) or cars that even had heaters and a few students from Glasgow University who set out to demonstrate that Scotland could still "be a nation again" on Christmas Eve 1950. Driving south to London in a severe blizzard - this was no "student prank" as so often portrayed - but a carefully considered and deliberate political… Read more
The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battl&hellip by Richard Woodman
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Billed as the Battle of the Atlantic from the seamans' viewpoint this book offers a concise summary of the prevailing political, infrastructure and human factors that in 1939 led to the concept that the UK had a "Merchant" navy - as distinct from the warship Royal Navy.
Key tactical moments are identified from well researched sources (the biblography and index is 25% of the page count!) and the merchantman's experience is related through extracts of survivors' reports after sinking.
Though the descriptions of convoy attacks, sinkings, cargo losses and survivor accounts are painstakingly presented on page after page - the volume of reports (and I recognise thay are but a fraction… Read more
The Battle Of Britain (2 Disc Special Edition) [DV&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Caine
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Simply stated:
- Crisp colour
- The widescreen lets you see the shots as intended and gives even more sweep and scale to the flying shots
- the detail is good enough to see the 1969 film grain - in otherwords it is as good as you are going to get.
- This DVD with the second disk with REAL extra features is a TERRIFIC improvement over the VHS tape and the US single disc edition.
The real Battle was the messy and drawn out affair depicted here and as the film does struggle to pull this together in a truly cohesive manner. For the new viewer you will get far more out of the movie if you read a little of the history first.
The Plummer/York personal relationship… Read more

Wish List

Appointment In London [1952] <b>DVD</b> ~ Dirk Bogarde
Appointment In London [1952] DVD ~ Dirk Bogarde
Gift Horse [DVD] [1952] <b>DVD</b> ~ Trevor Howard
Gift Horse [DVD] [1952] DVD ~ Trevor Howard
Yangtse Incident [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Richard Todd
Yangtse Incident [DVD] DVD ~ Richard Todd
The Night My Number Came Up [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Redgrave
The Night My Number Came Up [DVD] DVD ~ Michael Redgrave
San Demetrio, London [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Arthur Young
San Demetrio, London [DVD] DVD ~ Arthur Young

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