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Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way Between West and East
Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way Between West and East
by Nathan Gardels
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis of the chaos of Western democracy to-day and ..., 24 Oct. 2015
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Excellent analysis of the chaos of Western democracy to-day and the weaknesses also of present Chinese meritocracy. Interesting ideas for what would make the ideal form of governance which would be, roughly, a combination of the two retaining power ultimate power of the people who would be guided by informed management. All written in a very readable manner and without being too long.


The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy
The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy
by Daniel A. Bell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" not only for those interested in China ..., 5 Sept. 2015
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A "must read" not only for those interested in China but for those who care about the workings of Western democracy.


Jerusalem: The Biography
Jerusalem: The Biography
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ETERNAL CONFLICT, 7 Mar. 2012
Superb book, Montefiore at his very best. He shows how from the very beginning Jerusalem has been the centre of conflict and occupied by different peoples/countries. At the same time it became a centre of sensual pleasure for the rich. Fascinating combination!


Young Stalin
Young Stalin
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 15 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Young Stalin (Paperback)
One of the most brilliant books I have read. Montefiore has uncovered a mass of hitherto unknown details on Stalin's youth. Did you know that in his youth Stalin was a choirboy with a superb voice? From being a student training for the priesthood he turned into a hardened criminal? The book, full of detail, is nevertheless an entertaining read.


Schreker-Orchestral Works
Schreker-Orchestral Works
Price: £13.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC TO DISCOVER, 21 Nov. 2011
Beautiful music well worth having, even if a little sad (understandably so!). Disgraceful that it is not better known. The orchestral playing and interpretation is also excellent.


Liszt - My Piano Hero
Liszt - My Piano Hero
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Price: £15.17

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional playing, 13 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Liszt - My Piano Hero (Audio CD)
Lang Lang has the ability to play expressively without trying to gild the lily as so many young pianists do. I look forward to the day when he attempts the Liszt Sonata, Not yet though!


Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
Price: £17.91

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC TO DANCE TO, 5 July 2011
Splendid surprise to hear a symphony orchestra really perform this music as dance music, as it should be. Especially No.6 is most impressive. Bravo Chailly!


Bach:Coffee/Peasant Cantatas
Bach:Coffee/Peasant Cantatas
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £14.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUMOR, 2 Mar. 2011
Whoever said that Bach didn't have a sense of humor? These excellent performances make you laugh out loud. A "must" for any music collection.


Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: Revealing the Secret Lives of Animals
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: Revealing the Secret Lives of Animals
by Karen Shanor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUMAN & ANIMAL, 11 Dec. 2010
Superb book and a must read for all who are fond of animals. It also shows where our own characteristics come from and how close we are to the "animal kingdom".


Janácek: The Diary of One who Disappeared
Janácek: The Diary of One who Disappeared
Price: £11.64

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTMENT, 2 Nov. 2010
This is a great shame. It is the most wonderful expressive work, but performed in a far too operatic manner instead of bringing out the intimacy and inner conflict of the music.
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