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Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh
Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh
by Toby Harnden
Edition: Paperback

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The only 'bandits' we ever saw in South Armagh wore British uniforms"....., 31 May 2007
I often make a mental note to write reviews for numerous items I've purchased from Amazon, but lazyness usually get the better of me, but, alas, for Toby Harnden's 'Bandit Country' I've got my arse in gear and decided to contribute to the many other positive reviews, for one simple reason; because this book deserves all the recognition and praise that one can heap upon it. Simple as that.

I had the good fortune of having a mate of mine who owned this book insist on me taking a loan of it, and, somewhat against my will, I did......and as it turned out, I didn't (and couldn't) put it down until I had it finished. Since then, I have purchased my own copy, bought it as a gift for people, loaned it out, and constantly recommended it; that's how much it grabbed me.

As has been mentioned earlier, the author remains highly, and appropriately, impartial; something other British journalists could learn from. As a proud Irish person, admittedly with nationalistic sensitivities, this book has moments that made me feel very proud of the brave, fortright, and outright, resistance demonstrated by the South Armagh Brigade, but as a person against the killing of innocent individuals, it also details incidents that nobody but the most hardened of republicans could attempt to condone or justify.

That's what you get in this book.......an honest account of the bloody, armed struggle that has engulfed a small part of our country for years, and that's what's so very likeable about Harnden's tale; it doesn't try to glorify or condemn, justify or judge.

Instead, it fascinates the reader with the inside workings of a P.I.R.A. Active Service Unit, how the South Armagh Brigade reached notoriety as the most efficient, ruthless, disciplined and feared killing machine in the North and how the British Army struggled to contain them. Outsiders, I'm sure, will marvel at how a so-called 'guerilla army' took on the perceived might of the British Army and, on numerous occasions, outwitted and out-manouvered them, successfully making South Armagh a no-go area for outsiders and, statistically, for a time at least, the most dangerous area in the world for British Soldiers to serve.

Readers may also raise an eyebrow when they read of certain British Military personnel's grudging admiration for the IRA's 'success' and proficiency in the battle-field.

I can't say much more that hasn't already been said I think......this book is a stunning, informative and addictive work from start to finish, and whatever your politics are, it would be more than well worth your while to invest in this seminal work on Northern Ireland.

(Just one extra nugget of information; recently a British helicopter crashed in a rural area in South Armagh. No 'foul-play' was involved, but as British Soldiers stood guard over the damaged craft, waiting for it's removal, they came under attack from stones and petrol bombs on two consecutive nights.........although peace in Northern Ireland seems possible, maybe even immiment, it seems that as long as the Imperial forces are on their patch, the 'fighting men of Crossmaglen' are not going to take their presence lying down!)
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Death Certificate (Explicit)
Death Certificate (Explicit)
Offered by onepeecd
Price: £14.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The broomstick fit yo ass all perfect'....., 14 Sept. 2006
[...] 'No Vaseline'.....probably the best diss-tune ever.
Other than accusing his former fiends of being 'gang-banged' by their manager, he also has a go at the Koreans, white males, cops, the American government, 'bitches n hoes' and generally anyone who gets on his nerves. Therefore you'd be right in thinking that the lyrics on this album are not only violent, but also homophobic, anti-Korean, anti-Semetic, misognystic, anti-AmeriKKKan and anti-authority in general.....However, thay are also poignant, informed, accurate, prophetic, clever and witty. This is an album from an artist at the top of his game. It's like the life of poor, Black Americans in the early nineties chewed up by Cube and spat back out on to this album. It is a monumental hip-hop album from a monumental hip-hop voice. Buy it immediately, if not sooner.


Reggae Explosion: The Story of Jamaican Music
Reggae Explosion: The Story of Jamaican Music
by Chris Salewicz
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential................., 8 Sept. 2006
And 'essential' indeed it is. Worth it alone for the exquisite photography of Adrian Boot, not to mind Salewicz's writing and the numerous contributions from Jamaican artists.....everybody's included, from the enigmatic (Lee Perry), to the controversial (Buju Banton). While there's probably more detailed guides to Reggae, this is still a fantastically informative read which covers everything from Mento to Rocksteady, and Roots to Dancehall. And there's plenty on a certain man from Nine Mile, St Anne's, too!

Overall it'a a brilliant, entertaining, informative and worthwhile read, and the photos are totally captavating. If you're into Reggae, Bob Marley or just looking for a decent read, then this is for you. Very highly recommended.


Cocky: The Rise and Fall of Curtis Warren, Britain's Biggest Drugs Baron
Cocky: The Rise and Fall of Curtis Warren, Britain's Biggest Drugs Baron
by Tony Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling, must-read., 7 Sept. 2006
Like I've said, a comeplling read about a fascinating character. I'd never even heard of the man before I read some excerpts form this book and I rushed out to find it right away. If you're into this type of book you'll love it, but I'd advise anyone to read it. Whether you agree with his chosen profession or not, you have to bow to the criminal genius that is/was Curtis Warren and this well written tale illustrates just how good at his 'job' Warren was, until he slipped up, that is! But I won't ruin it for you. Just buy this book, simple as. It's a must have, I can't recommend it highly enough. Hopefully, when Mr.Warren gets out of prison in a few years he might bless us with his own version of his astonishing life-story, but until then this will set the scene for you, about the man known as the 'Cocky Watchman', possibly the biggest drug dealer Europe has ever seen. Buy it. Now.


Under The Influence: Ian Brown
Under The Influence: Ian Brown
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Brown, rough selector!, 19 Aug. 2006
Probably not of interest for all Brown/Stone Roses fans but if you've a penchant for hip-hop and reggae, as Brown does, then this is certainly for you. Worth the entrance fee for the tracks by the Gza, Burning Spear and Sizzla alone. Buy it, simple as that.

P.S. Any hopes of a Vol.2????


The Alphabet of Manliness
The Alphabet of Manliness
by Maddox
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Norris.....what a legend!!!, 3 Aug. 2006
I had been unfamiliar with Maddox before this book, but I'll certainly be checking out his website and other titles of his.

If you're already acquainted with his work then you'll know what to expaect. If not, then for the 'Chuck Norris' chapter alone, I strongly suggest you read this book.......that chapter literaly made me laugh out loud....real hilarious stuff IMO and worth purchasing.


Prodigy Presents: Dirtchamber Sessions Vol.1
Prodigy Presents: Dirtchamber Sessions Vol.1
Offered by Hatherley's
Price: £49.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phat, Dope, Hectic, Eclectic!, 7 Feb. 2006
If you're into hip-hop,or breakbeat in general,then you need a copy of this. If you're into cut n paste mixes and eclectic mash-ups, then you also need this. Whatever you may think of Mr. Howlett, he certainly has very good taste in music and displays that to the fullest here. There are some tracks that I've come to love that I never even heard 'til I purchased this mix. The mixing is tight, but stays quick, rough and raw as the dope beats come thick and fast. Highlights for me are; KRS-One and Tim Dog, Sex Pistols, Bomb the Bass, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Hijack and The Charlatans to name just a few. If you like the tracklist but don't own the cd then what the f*** are you waiting for?? If you've never heard of any of the featured artists but are open-minded then get on this.....you won't regrtet it!!


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