The book focuses on a number of crucial trends in the development of Russian culture, including Peter the Great and his Europeanisation of Russia, the impact of victory over Napoleon in 1812, the fortunes of Moscow, the Orthodox church and Asian influences on Russian culture. It also provides rich anecdotal details of a number of leading individuals and movements in Russian cultural life, including Tolstoy, Chekov, Diagliev, the Slavophiles, the Old Believiers and the Decembrists. Well written, enjoyable and engaging.
I would recommend this book very highly to any law student or junior lawyer. It covers international finance law in all the main global legal systems from a very high level perspective, with more commentary given to the positions in the common law systems of England and the US, but also with commentary on typical requirements under the Napoleonic legal systems and the Roman-Germanic legal systems. The author concisely explains the policy behind many of the differences between the finance laws of different jurisdictions, which makes the book very readable. It is not, however, a practitioner's guide to English finance law, but a rather a broad overview from an international perspective. As… Read more
I was tempted to give this book five stars. It really is a blockbuster piece of work. Set in the US then Ireland around the time of the Great Depression, it tells the tale of a struggling family living a subsistance lifestyle of begging and alcohol abuse, young urchin japes and a sad familiarity with death. Sometimes it is a little too cute to be believable, but even allowing for this it is a great read.