S P Surpless

Helpful votes received on reviews: 56% (20 of 36)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,417,852 - Total Helpful Votes: 20 of 36
Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression, and &hellip by Liaquat Ahamed
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mr Ahamed takes a different route to studying the economic catastrophe of the GD in Europe and the US. As mentioned in the quote at the start of the book, the book is more biography than a more traditional summary of events. It works well, choosing 2 dominant characters in shaping their country's policies (Norman and Schacht), while 2 seemed slightly less important (Moreau at the BoF and Strong at the newly-created Fed) in terms of their overall influence of their respective country's economic decision-making.

This book would satisfy finance/economists more than the general reader, given its perspective from the eyes of the various central bankers. Wider issues are discussed… Read more
Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Year&hellip by Peter H. Wilson
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Complete, but dry, 27 Sep 2010
Peter Wilson certainly tackles his subject with exceptional focus, never shirking from reeling off names and places as the action of the TYW stretches across tracts of the Holy Roman Empire. While the build-up certainly helps to set the scene, it also assumes a rather in-depth prior knowledge of places, rulers and contemporary issues. Once the main section starts, it's full immersion into the campaigns and troop movments. Every now and then, he comes up for air, to provide a wider context, usually in terms of belligerants about to enter the fray.

The concluding chapters were perhaps most disappointing, in that they were an attempt to put the war in historical perspective, but… Read more
The Brothers Grimm [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Matt Damon
The Brothers Grimm [DVD] DVD ~ Matt Damon
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Grimm, 23 Mar 2006
It has been a while since I have been subjected to such a terrible film. The film is full of non sequiturs, nonsense dialogue, arcane national stereotypes and a ridiculous melange of accents. I am not sure what the initial point of this film was, but it seems to lose its objective soon after the initial credits have rolled. Attempts to bring the film together and to actually have a viewable plot fail miserably, spectacularly and completely. Beneath the basic minimum of quality by such a measure that it makes a mockery of its one star rating.