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The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour
The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent synopsis of the Revolution, 6 April 2016
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Allowing for more pages than other one hour histories, but written at a pace that allows for it to be read in that time, this is an excellent synopsis of the revolution. It's purpose is to convey the salient facts with some analysis and it succeeds in doing it. If you have some knowledge of the events from school history lessons this is a very good refresher. If you have no previous knowledge it is a good place to start but should be followed up with something more in-depth in order to understand the reasons why events took the turn they did. All in all this is an excellent introduction and one I would recommend.


French Revolution: A History From Beginning to End (One Hour History Revolution Book 1)
French Revolution: A History From Beginning to End (One Hour History Revolution Book 1)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wikipedia is more useful, 5 April 2016
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I wanted a quick refresher of my knowledge from school, and I wanted to like this, but to be honest you are better putting "French Revolution" into Wikipedia and following the various links. Of course, there is a risk that Wikipedia is not going to be completely accurate but, honestly, this book isn't either. The arrest of the King was in August 1972 and not 'August 1793' as written in chapter 7 (he was executed in January 1793) and the abolition of the monarchy was in September 1792, soon after his arrest, and not September 1794 as set out in chapter 8. I am willing to accept these are typos but it makes the book confusing read. Also the structure of the book, with each chapter as a different theme, adds to the confusion. In such limited space only a narrative will work. That is why you are better to go to Wikipedia, which does a better job, for free, of setting out the basic facts of the revolution from 1789 to 1795.


Manchester United Ruined My Life
Manchester United Ruined My Life
by Colin Shindler
Edition: Paperback

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really like Man City at all, 30 Sept. 1999
The best part of this book is the title. It is also the worst because it promises so much which the book fails to deliver. The beautifully crafted Bobby Kennedy joke on page one promises a wry and witty obsessional memoir. But all it delivers is the obsession. Perhaps the target audience, more familiar with Fantasy Football League, Nick Hornby and Match of the Seventies, are not going to be too interested in obscure detail from games played more than thirty years ago, but there is nevertheless a bulk of it recalled from a patently obsessive mind. Although there are occasional and wonderful flashes of ironic sharpness (for example, the Titanic-wreck depths when City fans start to chant, "are you watching Macclesfield") he cannot sustain it. I chuckled out loud over his uncle Laurence, perpetually embattled with the MCC (yes, it is a book about cricket too), draping his shirt over the Lords sign forbidding them to be removed; but it was the only time I did. This is a shame because watching Manchester City over the last decade ought to have produced funnier material than we are given ...


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