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1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, wretched book, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Passing Time in the Loo: Volume 2 (Paperback)
The idea behind this book is excellent, but I was very disappointed with the result. It has a heavy bias towards American literature and culture which is not apparent from the cover. Its choice of 'great books' is decidedly eccentric and tainted with political correctness - Toni Morrison but no Dickens. Similarly there's a partisan feel to the selection of supposedly great people, for example in the gushing tribute to Mandela that makes no mention of his less-than-saintly early years. But worst of all are the numerous, glaring, laughable errors of fact. Here are a few, all taken from the same short article: Margaret Thatcher won Finchley "at age 32"; in the 1964 election Macmillan was "deposed" and Ted Heath "came into power"; Heath was "re-elected" in 1970 and "sailed through the 1974 election"; and Thatcher "won the nomination for Prime Minister of the newly formed National Coalition Government". All utter nonsense. This book ought to be a valuable storehouse of information, but how can you possibly assume any of it's accurate when you know it contains rubbish like this? Worthless.
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