Mr. M. Watkins

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (88 of 111)
Location: Kent, England
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,064,933 - Total Helpful Votes: 88 of 111
German Battleships 1914-18: No. 2: Kaiser, Konig a&hellip by Gary Staff
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much spin, 16 Jun 2010
Mr Staff evidently has a deep knowledge and admiration for the German Imperial Navy. Unfortunately he has let that get in the way in his writing of this book.

The book is generally standard New Vanguard fare, nice pictures (although the opposing fleets were probably never as close as suggested in Plate B) and some solid detail on the ships. The flaw in the book is that the author has a purely German-centric view. This colours his writing and appears to have prevented proper consideration of the merits of the ships and what, if any, flaws they had.

A minor example is the instance on referring the the "Skagerrak Battle", a phrase almost always followed by "(Jutland)"… Read more
The Defeat of Rome: Crassus, Carrhae and the Invas&hellip by Gareth C. Sampson
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg, 9 Aug 2009
The Defeat of Rome has several good parts. Sampson's coverage of the rise and history of the Parthian Empire on its on would provide a sound reason to recommend this book. The addition of the overview of the Roman Republic, and the useful reminder that when the First Triumvirate was formed Julius Caesar was the junior partner, together with a clear summary of events in the East up until 53BC makes the first 5 chapters a good, solid, read. And the Appendices are very useful.

Unfortunately, from chapter 6 on, Sampson dissolves into hero worship for the Parthian commander, Surenas. This then leads to mistakes, distortions and wild guesses and assumptions presented as fact… Read more
The Myth Of The Blitz by Angus Calder
The Myth Of The Blitz by Angus Calder
60 of 76 people found the following review helpful
There may be an interesting theory to be investigated about the creation of the myths by which we recall history, but this book isn't it. It is undermined by at least three huge flaws.

Firstly, it makes several false and mendacious claims about the French campaign in 1940. For example, that the BEF had orders to take no prisoners or that it collapsed into a rabble at the first appearance of the Germans, deserting their French allies who were still full of fight. There is even a claim that the massacre of about 170 British soldiers by the 1st SS and 3rd SS was in revenge for the murder of 400 SS troops, a massacre I can find no description of anywhere else.

Secondly,… Read more

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