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Crash Bank Wallop The Memoirs of the HBOS Whistleblower
Crash Bank Wallop The Memoirs of the HBOS Whistleblower
by Paul Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to a point, but poorly written, 23 Aug. 2016
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Having read numerous books describing this erase in British banking history, this unfortunately does not rank among the best, especially with constant website links and poor formatting (e.g. chapter 3 heading at bottom of page, spelling mistakes, etc)

Paul Moore comes across as someone who delights in being different, contrary and difficult but is then surprised that people don't take to him. After problems at KPMG, HBOS and then released (but can't say why) from Marsh, the impression is of man that is a right pain the butt. Whilst that might not stop him being good at risk, it does make you wonder how much of that influenced others opinions of his advice.

As noted by other reviewers, the book strays into unnecessary descriptions of things (the exact specifications of car for example) and his penchant for taking a holiday what seemed like every 3 months.

He concludes with a promise to write Part 2 of his memoire and a plea to join his 'crusade' ... a bit much I felt.


Blaupunkt 23-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LED TV with DVD and Freeview - Black
Blaupunkt 23-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LED TV with DVD and Freeview - Black

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 22 Nov. 2015
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A relatively cheap tv/dvd combo and feel a bit plasticky. Picture quality is ok, although it only has a 50Mhz refresh rate which makes it somewhat jerky if you are used to a larger, faster screen tv. As others have commented, sound isn't great but ok for use in smaller spaces, such as a bedroom. It's been used for about 6 months now and the DVD player unit has now started rejecting some DVDs (can't work out why, but it is consistently certain DVDs rather than randomly doing it) and has also developed a grinding/crunching noise whilst playing. Would return if this had occurred earlier, but too late now.


Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain
Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain
by Ian Fraser
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally interesting and well researched ... shame about the proof reading, 1 April 2015
The book itself is thorough and details the downfall of RBS in clear terms, although it does rely upon an understanding of some banking to get the most from it. The interviews are wide ranging and diverse, and it gives the impression of an author who thoroughly understands the subject, not a glossy "drive-by" pop at an easy target.

However, the proof-reading of this book is frustratingly poor ... for example, billions seem to be mixed up with millions on a number of occasions, even when the correct figure is quoted a sentence or two previously. Given the subject matter, this is very sloppy. Some are obvious mistakes - well, unless an incoming banker was truly paid a £2 Billion signing on bonus? (Then again, it's RBS, so who knows!)


Madoff: The Man Who Stole $65 Billion
Madoff: The Man Who Stole $65 Billion
by Erin Arvedlund
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A few facts stretched into a book, 15 July 2010
This book feels like it has been cobbled together from a number of sources and then not read afterwards. There are several sections where a fact is mentioned (such as an associate being in prison and then working as a consultant) which piques the interest, but no more info. Five paragraphs later, there is a commentary on an associate who went to prison for certain acts and then came back as a consultant. It is as if the two sections were written individually and bolted together without thought.

Overall, the book does not live up to the promise of a the "why, when, how" that the publisher claims and is, at times, annoyingly repetitive to read.


Boo Hoo: a Dot-com Story
Boo Hoo: a Dot-com Story
by Ernst Malmsten
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Started as a sceptic, now a convert!, 23 Nov. 2001
My knowledge of boo.com was limited to their awful adverts (sorry Ernst!) and their very public demise, along with all the associated bad press.
When I bought this book I expected it to be a "don't blame me!" tale of how Mr Malmsten was the poor victim in all of this. Instead, I found a book that showed how he accepted some mistakes and showed how others were, by the standards of the time, considered perfectly reasonable. By the end of it, I was willing them to succeed (yes, yes, I know they didn't!!).
I had just finished Dot.Bomb when I read this book and the two go very well together, one showing the overall context, the other a specific example. I would certaily recommend either book alone or better still, as a pair.


Branson
Branson
by Tom Bower
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 2 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Branson (Hardcover)
There is part of me that is upset at the details revealed in this book (like finding out that Father Christmas isn't real!) but there is also a part that finally understands why the daily commute into London with Virgin trains is such a pain!
Having read "Losing my viginity", "The Virgin King" and "Dirty Tricks", it was nice to see some balance added to the Richard Branson myth! The authorised books obviously record the story from Richard's perspective and Tom Bower delves behind the hyperbole to uncover an fascinating view of the Virgin empire.
I was already a fan of Tom Bower's work - once again he has produced a highly readable, interesting book. Superb!


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