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2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly misleading title, 10 Feb 2011
This review is from: FORBIDDEN PLACES - Exploring our abandoned heritage: 1 (Hardcover)
The titel of this book leads some people to presume that it means exploring the abandoned heritage of Britain, whereas it covers several countries, both in Europe and America, which made the book far less interesting, seeing as to how the link was through both WWI and up into the Cold War period.
This isn't made clear in the space available to describe this book, so beware if your interest is purely in the hidden and forbidden places that were built in Britain, many of which are unavailable for the public to access still, though there are a few places that have been opened up to the public to visit, so as to see where had a nuclear war started only a small number of people would have lived, either until it became safe to go outside, or until the food, water, and fuel ran out and they too would perish inside some forbiding and mainly buried concrete tomb.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2011 16:43:49 GMT
are you sure you have reviewed the correct book? there is nothing in the title that indicates that it is focussed specifically on britain.

in fact, the product description specifically states: "Head off to explore the filming location of 12 Monkeys, Michael Jackson's hometown turned ghost town, Berlin's 1936 Olympic Village..." etc etc. in other words, very little to do with britain.

further the fact that many of the sites are "unavailable for the public to access still" is not the fault of the author, and the lack of access should perhaps be expected by the very nature of the subject.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2011 17:34:58 GMT
With the book included in others concerning the Cold War, and also about Britains military, it was expected that the majority of the subject would include details of sites that had association with the hidden (meaning UNDERGROUND) sites that were there for purposes other than hiding Michael Jackson away from people.
One of the other books that was included in this suggested list that I had given to me via the Amazon knowing as to what sort of material that I normally read (Military Reference type books), has just arrived, and this book 'Second World War Secret Bunkers' is one that after having only a very brief look through, is one that is very interesting and I can already recommend

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2011 21:14:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2011 21:28:45 GMT
why did you just not (a) read the full product description before ordering or (b) return it when you realised it wasn't on cold war history? your review is misleading to those actually interested in the subject of the book, rather than the efficacy of amazon's recommendation system.

here's the full product description. It make absolutely NO claim as to being a military guide. I don't see how it could be clearer?
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Head off to explore the filming location of 12 Monkeys, Michael Jackson's hometown turned ghost town, Berlin's 1936 Olympic Village, deconsecrated churches, forgotten castles, deserted train stations, prisons and mental asylums, a cemetery of rusted locomotives, abandoned steel factories, phantom metro stations, and more.
For 10 years, Sylvain Margaine has travelled the world in search of these forbidden and forgotten places.
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