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The Aachen Memorandum
The Aachen Memorandum
by Andrew Roberts
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like reading twenty copies of the Daily Mail at one sitting, 7 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Aachen Memorandum (Hardcover)
This books gets one star for unintentional humour.

If you distilled Daily Mail paranoia about the European Union into a highly concentrated form, then used that as the sole premise for a thriller, this is what you'd get. In a dystopian future run by moustache-twirling villains, a pudgy but honest Englishman (who might just be a stand-in for the author) bravely foils the dastardly designs of Foreigns who falsified referendum results to destroy thousands of years of glorious British history.

Not well written, and almost offensive in its grandstanding about the evils of everyone across the Channel.

Hotel Babylon
Hotel Babylon
by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short but fast-moving and entertaining, 12 May 2005
This review is from: Hotel Babylon (Hardcover)
Hotel Babylon is an entertaining book - it takes you through a fictional day in a fictional hotel, but is a vehicle for real stories and anecdotes about life working in a luxury London hotel. It feels like a snack rather than a full meal - the type is large, and the margins wide - but it's written in a punchy, cynical style that keeps the pace going. In its darkness, it reminded me slightly of the Mike Leigh film Croupier. Not as disgusting as Kitchen Confidential, and unlikely to be as controversial, but a good read.

SimCity 3000 (Mac)
SimCity 3000 (Mac)

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 24 Aug. 2001
This review is from: SimCity 3000 (Mac) (Video Game)
I loved Sim City, and particularly Sim City 2000, but 3000 was a sad let-down. The Mac version, in particular, ran so slowly on my machine that it was virtually unplayable. The gameplay itself was adequate, but not really as much of an advance as one would expect for so much investment of time. The graphics were good - but gameplay's more important.
Let's hope that if there's ever a Sim City 4000, they think hard about the underpinning engine.

Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present
Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present
by Norman Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and highly readable history of Poland, 24 Aug. 2001
Norman Davies's great skill is writing detailed history that keeps general readers interested, while not skimping on academic detail. In this book, he has condensed his two-volume masterpiece "God's Playground" into a form more suitable for generalists.
The result is a triumph - a brief but highly enjoyable history, enlivened by Davies's dry wit and a treasury of pertinent anecdotes. Poland's magnificent and tragic history is portrayed here in its full range and scope, neither glorifying the Poles as eternal martyrs for freedom, nor slandering them as backward xenophobes.
Given the widespread public ignorance of Polish history, and the sensitivity of Poles to external comment on it, the greatest accolade for Davies must surely be that the Polish translation of God's Playground has been selected as the official history textbook for use in Polish schools.
This new edition of Heart of Europe includes new material on the changes in Poland since 1989.

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