Mr. Richard Brooks

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The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 179&hellip by Christopher Duggan
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a review, 18 May 2010
It's a good book. It all feels a little rushed though. I guess that's going to happen with a book that covers 200 years of history. I was really surprised to find out that I only had 50 pages or so to go and I was still reading about the Republic of Salo. I can;t give a really good review because I don't know enough about Italy to say if the Author is making stuff up.

It has left me amazed that Italy even became and is still a country. Only the middle class seemed to have a feeling of national identity but then that can probably be said of most populations.

It was a fascinating book, one that has left me with a feeling that it could have gone into much more detail in… Read more
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wow, that was absolutely fantastic. I've read the Three Musketeers a couple of times the most recent time a new translation from Penguin and it was this that prompted me to give the Count of Monte Cristo a go.

Now I've seen a couple of film versions of this in the past and so thought that I had some understanding of what the book was about, I couldn't of been further from the truth. Just the first thirty chapters or so dealing with Edmond Dantes' imprisonment and escape was a fantastic story. I was a little worried that the tale had petered out when the story began again in Rome but everything came together as you'd expect but with much better style.

Don't go into it… Read more
The Sweat of the Gods: Myths and Legends of Bicycl&hellip by Benjo Maso
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slim but deep, 18 May 2010
I never expected this to be a very in depth history of cycling, it isn't a very large book and there is a lot of history to cover. The book does give a good overview of the history of professional road racing, starting with a very interesting chapter on the earliest races in Paris and covering thoughtfully the commercial motives of the organisers.

In fact the main strength of this book is that it gives a good overview of how and why changes happened in the sport, these are mostly for financial reasons but the interested parties change with time. Starting with newspapers, then manufacturers and finally outside sponsors. Without this wider view the development of cycling makes… Read more

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