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History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression
History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression
by David Meir-Levi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book exposing just what Israel has been up against ..., 6 Aug. 2016
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This is a wonderful book exposing just what Israel has been up against since it's inception over 60 years ago. A lucid account of how no political solution other than the complete eradication of the Israeli state would satisfy her fanatical, nihilistic opponents. At a time when western Europe is suffering the kind of fundamentalist terrorism against it's citizens that Israel has been forced to build walls against, it's also highly relevant.


Thomas Kinkade 'You Are My Soul, My Strength' Figurine by The Bradford Exchange
Thomas Kinkade 'You Are My Soul, My Strength' Figurine by The Bradford Exchange
Offered by The Bradford Exchange UK
Price: £46.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful figurine, the detail is wonderful, 3 Mar. 2016
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Beautiful figurine, the detail is wonderful. The glitter on her wings is a fantastic touch that adds to the beauty.


Sons Of Anarchy - Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]
Sons Of Anarchy - Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlie Hunnam
Offered by RUGELEY GAMES
Price: £34.95

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This was a huge disappointment. After watching genuinely great drama like Breaking Bad, 13 Jan. 2016
This was a huge disappointment. After watching genuinely great drama like Breaking Bad, The Wire and Sopranos, the drop off to this is pretty steep. One dimensional, unpleasant characters abound. The lead character is played by an actor with an extremely limited acting range, who totally fails to convince that he's anything other than an averagely talented pretty boy more suited to a photo shoot somewhere. Save your money.
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Better Call Saul - Season 1 [DVD]
Better Call Saul - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Odenkirk
Price: £12.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really had better call Saul., 29 Dec. 2015
The charismatic, wonderfully witty favourite lawyer of Albuquerque's criminal element is back with a series of his own, and it's as good as fans of 'Breaking Bad' could have dared to hope.

Jimmy Mcgill is as beautifully portrayed by Bob Odenkirk as his alter-ego Saul Goodman was in 'Breaking Bad', eternally optimistic and comedic throughout his battle to be taken seriously in the legal profession by anybody other than his long term friend and fellow lawyer Kim.

Mike Ehrmantraut's transformation from Philadelphia cop to New Mexico bodyguard and underworld Mr Fix-it is also explained poignantly over the ten episodes as Mike is played as brilliantly as ever by Jonathan Banks. Some of the first scenes and dialogue between Jimmy and Mike are amongst the most well written and delivered I have seen.

Vince Gilligan has created another masterpiece here, from genuinely laugh out loud moments (Jimmy's consultation with a mega-rich maniac wanting to secede from the US) from the violent to the sad, I found myself chain-watching this just like I did 'Breaking Bad'. Treat yourself and buy it.


Scream: The Tyson Tapes
Scream: The Tyson Tapes
by Jonathan Rendall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not great. Jonathan Rendall died before completing the book, 15 July 2015
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Not great. Jonathan Rendall died before completing the book, and it shows. It's just a collection of quite random interviews interspersed with Rendall's own writing, pretty much equally proportioned throughout the book. Teddy Atlas comes across as particularly bitter and borders on the fantasy at times, especially when he makes some weird claim about Tyson physically backing down from him at a boxing show in the late 90's. Nothing to be learned here about Mike Tyson unfortunately.


The Road to Nowhere: A Journey Through Boxing's Wastelands
The Road to Nowhere: A Journey Through Boxing's Wastelands
by Tris Dixon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He travelled the width of America getting interviews with some of Boxing's all-time great fighters and characters, 25 Nov. 2014
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Absolutely outstanding work by Tris Dixon. He travelled the width of America getting interviews with some of Boxing's all-time great fighters and characters. From a prison cell with James Scott to Aaron Pryor's sofa watching him take apart Alexis Arguello, this book is sometimes surreal, sometimes upsetting, but always brilliant.
His writing on his time spent with the legendary Matthew Saad Muhammad is particularly poignant, and may bring a tear to all but the most hardened of people.
Dixon almost lived rough at times putting this book together, travelling for days at a time on American public transport. It really was worthwhile. This book is truly a wonderful one.


The Hate Game: Benn, Eubank and British Boxing's Bitterest Rivalry
The Hate Game: Benn, Eubank and British Boxing's Bitterest Rivalry
by Ben Dirs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best book on boxing i have read in years, 19 Sept. 2014
By far the best book on boxing i have read in years. This is meticulous in its research, well written and fantastic in its detail. Far better than other books on this rivalry of two of British boxing's modern icons.
Interviews with opponents of both men, journalists of the time, and the promotional men of the day all add to a splendid book. This seems like a labour of love from Ben Dirs, and his efforts have been well rewarded. If you can only afford one book on this rivalry, be wise and make it this one.


Notorious: The Immortal Legend of the Kray Twins
Notorious: The Immortal Legend of the Kray Twins
by John Pearson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 25 July 2014
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Pearson is rightly acknowledged for the excellent 'Profession of Violence', still probably the best book written on the Krays. This book is also very good, but a fair chunk of of it will be known to readers who bought Pearson's previous two publications on the twins. This one focuses more on Ronnie Kray's ''friendship'' with Lord Boothby, and particularly the pretty shocking cover up instigated by both the major political parties to prevent the full extent of it becoming public knowledge.
Pearson's theory on the reasoning for Ron Kray shooting George Cornell is very far fetched though, rebuffed by pretty much everyone else from that era. All in all a good read, but people who already have 'Profession of Violence' will already know a lot of the contents of 'Notorious'.


While Europe Slept
While Europe Slept
by Bruce Bawer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.20

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou Bruce Bawer, 10 Oct. 2013
This review is from: While Europe Slept (Paperback)
Any criticism today of violent, fundamentalist Islam is tarred as ignorant at best, far-right racism at worst by lazy, politically correct Amazon reviewers and political commentators.
Bruce Bawer doesn't fit the stereotype the PC mob would like though, an intellectual gay man who wrote this book to air his genuine fears about what is happening all over Western Europe. Islamic, race-hate murders of Jews in France unreported by the media there, Muslims walking around European countries wearing shirts emblazoned with the year Sharia law will be imposed there, the far-left becoming bedfellows with some of the most fanatical, violent, homophobic, murderous people on Earth, purely because they have Anti-Americanism in common.
Writing about things like this happening in Europe doesn't make Bruce Bower racist or bigoted, it makes him someone concerned about the future of European civilisation and culture in the face of an aggressive, fundamentalist, unchecked onslaught. This book is unfairly rated, a look at any of the single star ratings will tell you that, and Bruce Bower should be applauded for a brave book.


The Untold History of the United States
The Untold History of the United States
by Oliver Stone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.39

12 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbalanced, 28 Jun. 2013
After reading this, you will be under the impression that the USA is the most imperial, greedy, downright evil country in world history. To Stone and Kuznick, maybe it is.
The book isn't a complete ''untold history'' because it starts with World War 1, and a common theme through out the first 500 of 615 pages (excluding acknowledgements and notes) is an empathy bordering on support for anything related to the Soviet Union. Josef Stalin was let down by America after 1945 apparently, all he wanted was a long lasting post-war peace, but rabid anti-communists in the White House and American 'imperialism' prevented it. The brutal Soviet post war occupations of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland and what was to become East Germany barely warrant a mention. The Stalin ordered murder in 1940 of almost 22,000 Polish Army officers and others deemed anti-communist merits a single sentence.
The chapter on the Korean war is particularly egregious. According to Kuznick and Stone, Communist, Soviet backed North Korea invaded South Korea because the USA had provided economic aid to Japan and because Stalin thought a ''South Korean attack on the North was coming.'' Evidence for this isn't given. 38% of American prisoners in North Korea died, Stone and Kuznick quote a report putting this down to some sort of softness on the part of the POW'S.
By the time the September 2001 attacks on New York are summed up in a single paragraph as attacks on ''the premier symbols of US imperial power'' any hopes of a reasoned account of the last 90 years of American history had long since vanished.
A book endorsed by Mikhail Gorbachev raised my suspicions that this may not be the most balanced book i've ever read, the reality of it was far worse than that. Purchase with caution!
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