M. J. Duggan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (76 of 96)
Location: uk


Top Reviewer Ranking: 646,635 - Total Helpful Votes: 76 of 96
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was born in 1958, so I guess I'm a Cold War baby. I can't say I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, but as a teenager, and a young adult I was aware that nuclear oblivion was no more than the push of a button away. I took a history degree, and grew into adulthood as a supporter of nuclear deterrence, I liked the idea that war was so terrible that nobody dared risk starting one, even if peace came at the price of fear and paranoia I thought this was better than the mass slaughter of two world wars. I considered individuals and groups who called for nuclear disarmament to be idealistic, and na´ve. Furthermore I never gave a thought to the safety, security, and reliability of the bombs which… Read more
Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient an&hellip by Simon Winder
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I have a good friend whose hobby is amateur dramatics, he and his mates spend two nights a week for six months in the upstairs room of a local working mens' club happily practicing for their one week performance of some play or other. Sometimes its a great like Macbeth, and sometimes it involves singing,like South Pacific. Occasionally there is a farce which usually means people running on or off stage in their underpants. But whatever the play you can be guranteed one thing:plenty of enthusiasm.Skill, talent, experience; well, finding these qualities within the cast is a bit like looking in the Christmas tin of Quality Street for the big blue chocolate with the nut in it. You might get… Read more
Passage To Juneau: A Sea and Its Meaning by Jonathan Raban
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a beautiful, and sombre story, told by one the finest writers of English prose. If you have no interest in travel writing, could not care less for fulsome travel brochure descriptions of scenery or city, find patronising anecdotes of quaint and quirky locals and their customs annoying then this is the type of travel writing that you may want to read.
Mr Raban sets off from Seattle with the intention of sailing his yatch single handed to Juneau in Alkaska by a route known as the Inside Passage. A serpentine journey round islands,and reefs. There are tricky, dangerous tidal races, half submerged logs,and sudden violent squalls to be avoided. It is a daunting journey for a middle… Read more