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Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed
Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed
by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY WRONG!, 26 Sept. 2016
So this is the book that told the 'truth' about Rangers decline. Littered with 'facts' that were excepted by just about everyone with a grudge or worse against Rangers, it helped to sour the relationship of that clubs supporters with almost all the other fans of Scottish Premier League teams, possibly forever. Its bigoted and serious accusations, now disproved by Independent Inquiries, are still shouted from the roof tops by those unwilling to accept the truth. If you really want to know the truth, read 'Follow We Will, The Fall and Rise of Rangers, which is, unlike this nonsense,a careful and considerate volume about the damage done to Scottish Football as many of those in authority and many more in the media joined in the feeding frenzy that raged across the nation as Rangers, and its fans, struggled to survive. lf Football truly is the sport that brings people together, books like Downfall, are designed simply to prevent that togetherness. It is quite simply wrong.


Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809
Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809
by David Buttery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH!, 18 July 2016
David Buttery's latest book, Wellington against Soult, The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809, is a triumph! Many times authors, even the finest ones, allow their own bias, often subconsciously to enter their writing. The result is that historical accuracy is harmed. But this book steers the reader along a path that balances both good and bad, well judged and ill judged, in both Wellington and Soults cases. It offers sound, reasoned and unbiased judgements and includes the vital roles played by a French traitor and discontented French Generals in the final outcome. The political pressure brought to bear on Wellington, even after the significant triumph of the relief of Porto, is highlighted, as is the constant undermining of Soults position by Marshal Ney, a dispute which almost resulted in a duel between them for goodness sake!
But perhaps the best part of the book for me, are the fabulously written action descriptions. For example, as the French army is forced to retreat towards Galacia, Major Dulong of the 31st Legere is chosen to lead an assault to force and secure two stubbornly defended mountain bridges, possession of which were vital to the armies survival. The reader is swept along as this brave officer attacks first one then the other with a group of hand picked men. One almost feels the bullets whistling overhead!
As I said at the beginning of this review, the book is a triumph of unbiased historical writing and a must read for students of the Peninsular War and Wellingtons Campaigning in general. Add it to your library, you will not be disappointed.


The Story
The Story
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY THE SOUL OF RUNRIG!, 13 July 2016
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This album is exactly what Runrig are all about. And the first track, which is also the title of the CD proves that fact all by itself. As soon as the track begins you are 'in' Runrig. It is quite frankly superb, superb lyrics, superb music, superb emotions. It talks of Scotland, it lifts the soul. But even better, the CD is full of other, equally masterful songs. It proves that after all the years the band have been together, and no matter who moves away and who joins, the essence of Runrigs brilliance carries on. Buy this CD and be stunned by it!
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Introduction to Battle Gaming
Introduction to Battle Gaming
by Terence Wise
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SLICE OF PURE NOSTALGIA!, 23 Jun. 2016
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This is not just a book, but a window into the past. How many wargamers owe their finding of, and love of their hobby to Terence Wise and his wonderful little book. Just flicking through the pages took me back to the small boy who first found it, enjoyed it and has lived with 'battlegaming' ever since! If you don't have a copy amongst your wargames literature, you are truly missing something very special. Of course the rules would be judged as a bit outdated given the many modern alternatives, and the figures used are good old Airfix 1/72nd scale, but there is always nostalgia and if your a newcomer to the hobby and want to experience 'early' gaming rules, you'll find the book fascinating. So there you have it, although if you haven't, I'd seriously advise you to get it!


Marshal Ney
Marshal Ney
by Raymond Horricks
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A MAGNIFICENT BIOGRAPHY., 22 Mar. 2016
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This is a magnificent biography of the life of a magnificent soldier, written with style and skill and bristling with factual information.
Rising from nowhere to become a Marshal of France and Prince, Ney's life was one of almost continuous warfare. There are over 50 battle's named on the plinth in Paris upon which stands the wonderful statue of Ney. It was erected on the spot where a French firing squad shot their armies favourite son for 'treason'! To discover just how unjust this virtual murder was, how it happened and why, and to become fully aware of how Marshal Ney deserved his last and most famous title, 'The Bravest of the Brave', l heartily suggest you buy this superb account of his life.


Long Distance - The Best Of Runrig
Long Distance - The Best Of Runrig
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Price: £14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT MUSIC., 2 July 2015
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After a family holiday to Scotland and absolutely loving the country, we watched a driving through the Highlands you tube video and Loch Lomand by Runrig was featured. I liked it so much I bought this CD. Finding Runrigs music is one of the best things to come out of the holiday. They are simply amazing. Their music finds a place, it seems to me in all hearts. It is 'rocky', country, smooth, and original all at the same time. The lyrics are meaningful, the instruments played magnificently and the vocals superb. All the tracks are excellent with the live Loch Lomand to finish the cd so special and different it demands to be replayed again and again!
I am sorry I took so long to find them, but now I have I shall always stay a fan. If you havent't listened to Runrig before, buy this album and be converted to the cause, and if your aready won over and haven't added it to your colletion I urge you to do so, quickly!!


The Worst Ordeal - Britons at Home and Abroad 1914-1918
The Worst Ordeal - Britons at Home and Abroad 1914-1918
by Peter Liddle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT PICTORIAL HISTORY., 1 Dec. 2014
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A SUPERBLY DIFFERENT PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. PACKED WITH RARELY IF EVER SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE HOME FRONT AND FRONTLINE. THIS BOOK REALY DOES ALLOW THE READER TO UNDERSTAND MUCH MORE ABOUT HOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, A WHOLE NATION WAS GALVANISED INTO A WAR EFFORT AND THUS CROSSING THE DEEPLY ROOTED CLASS SYSTEM OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
A TERRIFIC ADDITION TO ANY LIBRARY OF WORLD WAR ONE BOOKS.


1066: The Year of the Conquest
1066: The Year of the Conquest
by David Armine Howarth
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars DAVID HOWARTH AT HIS VERY BEST!, 21 Sept. 2014
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DAVID HOWARTH WAS ONE OF THE TRULY GREAT HISTORICAL AUTHORS. HIS WRITING STYLE WAS ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE AND THIS WONDERFUL, SWEEPING, ALMOST NOVEL LIKE BOOK PROVES THE POINT.
IT IS MAGNIFICENT, TAKING THE READER NOT JUST OVER THE FIELD OF THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS, BUT ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY. A JOURNEY THAT BEGINS BY EXPLAINING WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LIVE IN SAXON ENGLAND BEFORE THE NORMANS CAME, TO THE FIGHTING IN THE NORTH BY HAROLDS DETERMINED ARMY, THE MARCH SOUTH, HASTINGS ITSELF AND THEN THE AFTERMATH, CULMINATING IN THE SWEEPING CHANGES THOSE FIRST TALKED OF PEOPLE ENDURED AS THEY SAW THEIR WORLD BECOME A NORMAN ONE.
THIS IS SIMPLY, IN MY OPINION, THE FINST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ON THE YEAR 1066 AND THAT VITAL BATTLE.
I URGE ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE PERIOD, OR WHO SIMPLY WISHES TO READ A FABULOUS HISTORY BOOK TO BUY A COPY.


On Wellington: A Critique of Waterloo (Campaigns and Commanders)
On Wellington: A Critique of Waterloo (Campaigns and Commanders)
by Peter Hofschröer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRULY IMPORTANT BOOK ON WATERLOO., 8 Sept. 2014
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This a truly important work. Von Clausewitz played an important part in the Waterloo Campaign, acting with great efficiency as a member of the Prussian General Staff. Remembered in military history for his quite remarkable 'On War' studies, his Critique of Waterloo, should be required reading by anyone interested in the Waterloo Campaign.
Wellington called the manuscript lies and as a result it lay forgotten for well over a century.
However, Clausewitz was a truthful scholar, who praised and condemned whenever these two extremes were required in equal measure.
Following the victory of the Allies at Waterloo, The Duke of Wellington sat down to write his famous Despatches. These he started almost as soon as the battle was over, and even as reports came into his headquaters proving that many of his comments and descriptions of the conflict were false,he continued to write his own views, praising his British soldiers, often to the detriment of the Dutch-Belgian, Hanovarion, Brunswick and importantly, Prussian troops, and taking much of the credit for himself for outcome.
Forever afterwards, if Wellington was ever asked for his opinion on the Great Battle, his responce was always the same, "I refer you to my Despatches!".
Von Clausewitz, far from being biased, simply wrote the truth, as he saw it, about the campaign and the Generals and soldiers who fought in it.
His views were forthright, determined and fair, despite what the Dukes supporters then and now may say against them
He is no judge and jury, only a critic who through the pages of this wonderful work, speaks plainly and correctly about the Campaign and its Generals as he saw it and them.
I urge you to purchase this book and despite any 'leanings' you may have for or against any General involved, read it with an open mind, for this is how Carl Von Clausewitz wrote it.
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Longest Day: June 6th, 1944
Longest Day: June 6th, 1944
by Cornelius Ryan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!!!, 13 Aug. 2014
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THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST, MOST EXCITING, MOST FLUID BOOK I HAVE EVER READ ON THE GREATEST SEABORNE INVASION OF ALL TIME.
RYAN IS A MASTER WRITER AND THIS IS PERHAPS THE MASTERS SUPREME WORK.
BUY IT, BE ENTHRALLED BY IT, LEARN FROM IT, WONDER AT THE BRAVERY EXPRESSED WITHIN THE PAGES AND THEN BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE SELFLESS SACRIFICE OF THE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO SAVED EUROPE.


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