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The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell's Bid for Empire
The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell's Bid for Empire
by Carla Gardina Pestana
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.75

4.0 out of 5 stars I bought this book because I did an MA thesis ..., 29 Aug. 2017
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I bought this book because I did an MA thesis on this subject. I was impressed by this book, and I found it very interesting.


Building Coaches: A Complete Guide for Railway Modellers
Building Coaches: A Complete Guide for Railway Modellers
by George Dent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is much better than most model railway 'how to do it' books, 2 Jan. 2017
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This is much better than most model railway 'how to do it' books. It has a lot of interesting ideas, and it covers a lot of ground. The reason why I have not given it the highest mark is because it does not deal all that much with finescale modelling. That is not really a criticism, because most modellers do not adopt finescale standards.But I do, and I would have liked more about building etched kits, and so on.


To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949
To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949
by Ian Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.20

4 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 14 Dec. 2015
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An excellent book, which is clearly written and thoughtful in its judgements.
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The Marriage Files
The Marriage Files
by Patricia Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 Oct. 2015
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This is a brave book, and one that deserves to be widely read.


Day Clock Dementia Clock
Day Clock Dementia Clock
Offered by DF Sales Ltd
Price: £89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The clock is working well, and it does what ..., 2 Oct. 2015
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The clock is working well, and it does what I expected it to do. The one problem that I have experienced is that I do not know how to alter the time, and I will have to be able to do that by the end of this month. I tried to get in contact with the manufacturers, but they have been unable to help.


After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead
by Alan S. Blinder
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Book About the Banking Crisis That You Should Read., 13 Feb. 2014
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This is a very clear account of the causes of the banking crisis in the US. The author avoids 'banker bashing', and sets out the nature of the problems very well. His general conclusion is that the measures taken by the US government and the Federal Reserve did work well, or at least as well as any likely alternative. But he is skeptical about attempts to force banks to hold more capital than they currently have, and points out the costs of this.
All in all, this is a very good book, that explains some complex, but important, issues.


Aspects of Modelling: Weathering Rolling Stock
Aspects of Modelling: Weathering Rolling Stock
by Tim Shackleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You can't do this at home, or mostly not., 17 Dec. 2013
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I was a bit disappointed. He only dealt with relatively sophisticated techniques, using expensive tools. I felt that he was a professional modelmaker, talking to other professional modelmakers.
However, there is a lot of useful information about how coaches and wagons deteriorate while in service. It was worthwhile getting the book, simply for that.


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
by Anne Applebaum
Edition: Hardcover

62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Iron Curtain' by Anne Applebaum, 5 Nov. 2012
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Anne Applebaum's last book, 'Gulag' related events that were so horrifying that you were almost glad when the book came to an end. The story here is also of cruelty and failure, but not on such a terrible scale. It shows how ordinary, decent people were made to conform, partly at least because of the threat of terror, and how the Soviet backed governments in Eastern Europe tried to divert attention from their failure to get public support or to significantly improve living standards. It ends with the doomed attempts at rebellion in East Germany and then Hungary.
A lot of research must have gone into this book, but the author manages to present her ideas clearly and simply. Partly of necessity, she has to concentrate on only three countries, Hungary, Poland and East Germany. She shows that the conventional picture of the Cold War only breaking out in 1948-9 is misleading. The communists genuinely believed, after the War, that they could win popular elections. But they were soon disabused of these ideas. Instead, they effectively seized power and crushed any opposition.
By relating the personal stories of many of the people that she was able to interview, the author is able to make the story that she is relating much more interesting. A major theme is how private institutions were not allowed to survive for very long under Communism.
This book is well worth reading. It extends our knowledge of what happened in Eastern Europe after the War, and never fails to interest the reader.
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