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Cleopatra
Cleopatra
by Patricia Southern
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well told story., 1 April 2009
This review is from: Cleopatra (Paperback)
I am slightly surprised by the negative comments re this book. I do agree that it probably is not the ultimate biography of Egypt's most famous queen and yes there is a lot of reference to Marc Anthony and Octavian Augustus. But many 'fuller' biographies of Cleopatra (and I have read many)tend to get too bogged down with detail. This is a political biography not a grimoire of Egyptian economic and social issues. Often with bigger and more detailed books there is a tendency for the author to waffle or-worse still-make far too many comparisons with 21st century moral standards. This is a story of a woman who lived 2000 years ago and most be viewed as such. Anthony and Octavian had a massive impact on Cleopatra's life and both were iconic statesmen in their own right (Octavian went on to become the first Roman emperor). In short, I think this book provides a good starting point for all with a general interest in Cleopatra. It effectively provides the most interesting aspects of her life, both politically and personally, without ubiquitous narrative.


Mussolini and The History Of Italian Fascism [DVD]
Mussolini and The History Of Italian Fascism [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lutz Becker

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, detailed account of the Fascist era., 13 Mar. 2009
This is a very detailed account of the Fascist era. There is lots of original footage and the narration is clear yet brisk. The only thing lacking in this documentary is the period 1940-1943 ie: Italy in the Second World War. The documentary runs from 1900-1940 and then 1943-1945 but leaves Italy's war years out altogether which is a terrible shame. This aside, one could not ask for a more comprehensive on-screen account of Il Duce's Italy.


The Nazis: A Warning From History
The Nazis: A Warning From History
by Laurence Rees
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 13 Mar. 2009
I was so impressed with the DVD of this, it was only a matter of time before I picked up the book. An excellent read. Very informative, highly interesting and yet never dull. A very satisfactory effort.


Napoleon III: A Life
Napoleon III: A Life
by Fenton Bresler
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!, 13 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Napoleon III: A Life (Hardcover)
This is the best biography I have read in a long time. The narrative style is brisk but passionate and thorough. Although he ruled France longer than his famous uncle, Napoleon I, Napoleon III is a largely forgotten emperor. His reign was a benign dictatorship which saw the country prosper and modernise at a time when France was playing catch up to Britain and Prussia. Napoleon III was a womaniser and a rebel but France never had a more passionate and thoughtful head of state. After the Austro-Italian war, which France emerged from victorious, Napoleon III was quite content to plod along and eventually abdicate from a position of strength in favour of his beloved son. One gets the impression that Napoleon III had only one real desire in life and that was to become emperor. He had no plans to do anything once he achieved power, just live and die as emperor. The book is sympathetic to Napoleon III, without pampering him or failing to point out his faults.

A truly impressive insight into an interesting character.
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Italian Fascism in Color [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Italian Fascism in Color [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.67

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!, 8 Jan. 2009
This DVD provides all one needs to know about Fascist Italy. It provides the correct balance of pre-war Italy, Italy under Mussolini, and the impact of WW2. Political, economic, and social history is presented here in a manner which is always informative and never boring. Very impressive for anyone with an interest in Il Duce.


The Eyes of the Dragon
The Eyes of the Dragon
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 8 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Eyes of the Dragon (Paperback)
This book is superb. I have no interest in horror novels but I like King's writing style. I enjoyed 'Different Seasons' and this book was even better. A fantasy adventure that involves all the classic components: a wronged hero(Peter), a great villain(Flagg), a kingdom brought to turmoil (Delain)-add a reluctant usurper (Tom) and a comedy character (Dennis) and you have a great story. Easier to read than Tolkien and yet with more depth than Rowling. A must for magic/fantasy lovers.


Japanese Imperialism 1894-1945 (Clarendon Paperbacks)
Japanese Imperialism 1894-1945 (Clarendon Paperbacks)
by W. Beasley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very informative read!, 25 Sept. 2008
I have read many books on the Japanese Empire but this is by far the best. It is easy to read and rich in both fact and detail. The book explains just how the Japanese 'Co-Prosperity Sphere' functioned and how Japanese military ambition affected Tokyo's relations with other countries. At times the book is a little dry, almost too academic. Despite this, a very interesting book.


Mussolini
Mussolini
by Denis Mack Smith
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 14 April 2008
This review is from: Mussolini (Paperback)
A fabulous book on the Duce. Detailed, comprehensive, and very interesting. This is how historical biographies should be written.


Murder Most Royal: (Tudor Saga)
Murder Most Royal: (Tudor Saga)
by Jean Plaidy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book!, 30 Jan. 2008
This is a superb piece of historical fiction. Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard truly come alive in these pages. It is easy to read and yet fairly historically accurate which means it appeals to the general reader as well as those with a deep historical interest in the Tudors. Very good!


Lenin, Stalin and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe
Lenin, Stalin and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe
by Robert Gellately
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book!, 30 Dec. 2007
This book is superb. Very readable and packed full of information. It chronologically details the careers of the 3 dictators in an objective but candid way. Dealing with the political rather than the personal lives of the dictators, the book is fast paced and very interesting. Drawing on a wide range of research (including some of his own, which he has obtained from Germany and Russia) Gellately manages to present a well known topic in an original and fresh way. Very readable.
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