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Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War
Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, both in the big picture as in the detail, 6 Aug. 2013
A pageturner, which gives a clear and complete account of what led up to one of the last colonial conflicts of Great Britain. A balanced account, mostly about the politics, because there wasn't much of a war.
As an aside: my thoughts kept returning to Dennis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar [DVD]. Highly advisable to watch this after reading the book!


Borgen - Season 1 Complete (DVD) (Region 2) (Import)
Borgen - Season 1 Complete (DVD) (Region 2) (Import)
Dvd ~ Sidse Babett Knudsen
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £28.99

52 of 86 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not of the same quality as The Killing, 9 Dec. 2011
Most people not from Denmark probably have their attention drawn to Borgen by way of The Killing. "Made by the makers of...!" I'm sorry to say Borgen is not up to par. The greatest quality of The Killing was its singlemindedness. All 20 episodes of The Killing I were pointing in one direction, the finding of the killer. We got to know several different worlds: the police, local politics, the victim's family and how they intertwined. Each episode ended with a cliffhanger and left me yearning for more; there wasn't a neat wrapping-up which betrays the hand of the writer.
Not so in Borgen. Although it starts out promisingly, from the third episode onward each episode is self-contained, setting out the problem, the development and the resolution. Much like the format of loads of television series. Of course there are the elements of continuity spread out over the episodes, but they're mostly on a personal level and not really relevant to the main proposition of the series, which is about politics. In this way Borgen becomes very much a run-of-the-mill series. Good acting, interesting characters, but hard to believe and quite boring when it comes to the depiction of politics.
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In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz:  Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo
In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo
by Michela Wrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written (and interesting), 7 Mar. 2007
An interesting and well treated story, but what makes me write a review here is the beauty of the sentences which Wrong produces. It's highly unusual in a non-fiction book to see such well crafted language, which simply adds to the enjoyment of a well told history.


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