P. Webster

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Location: Lancashire
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,372 - Total Helpful Votes: 547 of 617
Empire and Revolution : A Socialist History of the&hellip by Dave Sherry
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The government and media have used the commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War to whip up patriotic feelings and to try to persuade us that WWI was a war that had to be fought in order to defend freedom and civilisation.

This book is a powerful antidote to such nonsense. Dave Sherry shows that the millions who died did so in a war that was brought about by imperialist rivalries between the main capitalist powers.

Capitalism is based on two key features. The first is the extraction of surplus value (profit) from the working class (both manual and white collar workers) by the capitalist class. The second is competition between rival… Read more
The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley
The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley
I have had the marvellous first edition of this book for over ten years, and I hastily bought this updated second edition as soon as it came out.

But there are two problems with this new edition. These problems are not with what the author has produced, but with the printing. Firstly, the colours on some of the bird illustrations are too dark. Secondly, the print of much of the text is a sort of faint grey colour instead of black, and also rather small, making it difficult to read.

There has been a lot of discussion about this on the American Amazon website (Amazon.com), and it seems there is the possibility of changes being made when a new print run is produced by the… Read more
The North American Bird Guide (Helm Field Guides) by David Sibley
I have had the marvellous first edition of this book for over ten years, and I hastily bought this updated second edition as soon as it came out.

But there are two problems with this new edition. These problems are not with what the author has produced, but with the printing. Firstly, the colours on some of the bird illustrations are too dark. Secondly, the print of much of the text is a sort of faint grey colour instead of black, and also rather small, making it difficult to read.

There has been a lot of discussion about this on the American Amazon website (Amazon.com), and it seems there is the possibility of changes being made when a new print run is produced by the… Read more