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1913: The World before the Great War by Charles Emmerson
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Another reviewer mentions the death of Ned Kelly. It is extaordinary for someone born in Australia to be wrong about the manner of his death and the inaccuracy calls into question the precision of the rest of the book.

Also, I do not know whether Random House has an agenda based on bringing the English language into line with American but a book published by The Bodley Head in Great Britain could avoid spelling 'Labour' as 'Labor', and I do not think it was a direct quotation in at least one instance. Nor is it necessary to write 'The Times, of London', to refer to 'London, England' or explain the meaning of 'Baronet' - imprecisely. Any intelligent English speaking reader would… Read more
Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the Briti&hellip by John Lewis-Stempel
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It has been fashionable for some time to misuse the quotation 'Lions led by Donkeys' (possibly from the Crimean War and used by the late Alan Clark for the title of his book 'Donkeys'). It was originally a criticism of the High Command, especially in the Great War. It was never intended to apply to the junior officer in the trenches but is all too frequently so used nowadays.

This book is a marvellous, and desperately tragic, account of the spirit, gallantry and also the depth of the thousands of officers who fought, and so often perished, in that most terrible of wars. It is a most timely reminder of the truth about a generation of men whose loss left the country bereft of its… Read more
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 10 Oct 2009
After enjoying the pace and intriguing puzzles of the other books I was profoundly disappointed. In this book the pace is almost always slow and, although I believe the idea could perhaps have been worked up into an exciting story, the effect for me was that it was simply turgid. With the others, especially Angels and Demons, I was reluctant to put them down: in this case I had to tell myself that I really must finish the book in order to be able to put it away. I have to say, "Do not buy it"!

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