A. Harden

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Greeks at War (Essential Histories Specials) by Philip De Souza
This book - part of a series primarily aimed at military history fanatacists - was thankfully written by some of the most knowledgable historians in the field, and presents a very straightforward, readable, and well-illustrated account of the subject matter. It's actually something of a compilation of three books (with a rather wimpy new preface by the eminent and ultra-Conservative American historian-upstart Victor Davis Hanson), and in the compilation process the book presents some amusing editorial infelicities.

First of all, in the 'contents' page the first section (on the Persian wars) is given the unusual dates of 449-386BC, whereas the chapter refers to events from… Read more
The Greek World 479-323 BC (The Routledge History &hellip by Simon Hornblower
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 15 Mar 2006
This is the only guide to Greek history you'll ever need. Some of the finer points of chronology are disputed, but Hornblower's account is always objective and his careful referencing enables any attentive scholar to go further on their own.
An American Prayer ~ The Doors
An American Prayer ~ The Doors
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This album has an appealingly polished veneer: the new music sounds fresh and vibrant, and Jim Morrison's wonderful voice floats slickly over the top. The new music of the Doors sounds tailor-made to fit his poetry, with familiar reworkings of old themes and recurring elements. The poetry itself is very vivid, if a little jarring at times for its more explicit content; I feel that this album is most valuable for the samples of older Doors' recordings and Jim Morrison's singing; the poetry and samples don't help to explain the older lyrics, but put them in context: they make the lyricist, who is frequently lost behind the instrumentalists, stand out as a poet.

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