Ludek Miklosko

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (21 of 31)
Location: Uk
 

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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, 2 Mar 2012
1) Contains many 'unknown sources'. Yes, many of them are completely unknown and thus impossible to verify- I notice many people on Amazon have said "the bibliography is massive, so impressive!", but when it has many like "interview with a family member", "interview with a Russian insider", and, my personal favourite "interviews with people who had been told"(!), how is anybody supposed to research this? MoBo Gao, in his book, also chronicles quite a few instances of devious attribution.

2) The writers' pathological hate for Mao- if you're looking for a balanced biography, don't get this. It's fairly obvious that Chung and Halliday have set out to write a negative book- it's… Read more
Impossible Country: Journey Through the Last Days &hellip by Brian  Hall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 25 Feb 2012
Acting more as a traveler than a journalist, Brian Hall travelled through all of the republics (and Kosovo) of the former Yugoslavia. As a fluent Serbo-Croat speaker, he manages to delve in very deep to these societies, spending time with rural families across the countries, and seeing their hopes, fears and thoughts at a time when their country, as they knew it, was about to dissolve into utter chaos. These first-hand experiences are fascinating- from staying with the families in Kosovo who almost fight to have the honour of having him for dinner despite having no money at all, to the areas making a living out of an apparition in the mountains, to the fantasist soldiers.

He… Read more
Lonely Planet China (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Handy, but not great, 25 Feb 2012
It's always going to be hard to make a guide book for the kindle- it's quite hard to just flick through the book, and maps aren't going to be good. That's not really LP's fault. But many of the characters don't show up on the kindle version (they just come out as squares, which is fairly annoying when trying to find out a restaurant name)- unless that's my kindle's issue?

I do have my doubts, however, as to the research of the less-travelled areas. As someone who is currently living in Changsha, Hunan, and has lived there for 4 years, I find the attractions and restaurants listed as utterly bizarre due to their omission of completely obvious and the most interesting places in… Read more

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