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Sir John Hawkwood: Chivalry and the Art of War by Stephen Cooper
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine work, 23 Oct 2009
This is a solid biography, though obviously concentrating on the military; after all Hawkwood spent most of his life in the profession of arms. Any Medieval biography has to have elements of Life and Time, because frankly the sources are not there to do the sort of detailed study and psychological analysis, which is frequently a feature of modern biographers.

It is easy to turn away from books published by predominantly military publishers. There can be an obsession with small military details such as uniform and equipment and a lack of wider perspective. There is no such risk with Mr Cooper's work on Hawkwood.

What this is is a well-written, readily comprehensible… Read more
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
With this Scalzi brings his "Old Man's War" sequence to a finish (though it appears that his latest "Zoe's War" is also set in the same sequence, just giving a different perspective on the action).

Old Man's War was a fine example of military S. F., giving a fresh perspective. However the two sequels seem to have progressively run out of invention and I think the author is right to now draw a line, at least for now, under the sequence to look elsewhere. Because it offers little new, I was disappointed by it. It is competently written and concentrates on the politics rather than the military action in this Universe.

Basically, the protagonist Perry and his wife,… Read more
The Vedic Age: A People's History of India 3 by Irfan Habib
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is an important contribution to important series. When the BSJ government was in power in India (happily for those who care for historical truth it was defeated at the last election) it imposed a new series of historical textbooks on India which contained, in large part, matters that were party political dogma rather than historical fact. The People's History of India is a response to this. Written by distinguished historians, in distinct chunks, it is an attempt to present for both the general reader and the student a brief, but impartial account of Indian history, taking account of the latest research. Each volume is brief (the volume reviewed here is a mere 96 pages,… Read more

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