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Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory and t&hellip by Haruo Shirane
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Buyer beware, indeed. This book is not as described by Amazon. This version is actually published by the University of Chicago Books, and is a short-run digital printing/print on demand book; not the "original" Stanford University Press publication. The print quality of cover and contents is dismal, rendering images all but useless. It is a rather nasty object.
Yes, the contents are probably as indicated in the Amazon/Book Depository description, though even this is in doubt as this version has 382 pages not the 397 in the product details.
Shoddy, Amazon...
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art &hellip by Malcolm Gladwell
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Initially it is the short attention span, wow, awesome revelation format that annoyed me - so emblematic of the American hegemony in communication. Then, when I arrived at the chapter, "Rosemary Lawlor", and I was told that Catholics and Protestants had "lived uneasily alongside each other throughout the country's history" - I actually shouted at the book. Yes, technically speaking the statement has some truth, but even this early in the chapter it was obvious its simplification was going to ignore centuries of history. And it did, replete with wow and awesome generalisation callously illustrated with tragic scenes of government discrimination from the early 70s.
Employing The Troubles… Read more
Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People by Linda Civitello
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a dreadful sham, 8 Mar 2013
"Cuisine & Culture - a History of Food and People" is a dreadful sham. It superficially skims a surface of food and people, and scatters gobbets of history so briefly as to appeal only to those with the smallest attention span. Worst, it has nothing to do with the "culture" indicated in the book's title. It is very US-centric.

One US reviewer noted that the author erroneously informs us that Alaska became a US State in 1960 (the actual date was 1959). This is tantamount to giving the creation of Magna Carta a date of 1216, the Battle of Waterloo as 1816, or, as the author actually states in her discussion of Isabella Beeton, "at the end of the C19th, desperate peasant farmers… Read more

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