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Original Zippo Vintage 1941 Black Ice - Diamond engraving on backside: Text/picture/logo and postion via E-mail
Original Zippo Vintage 1941 Black Ice - Diamond engraving on backside: Text/picture/logo and postion via E-mail

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job!, 12 Feb. 2015
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Has the problem of all zippos concerning lighter fluid and how quickly it evaporates, but it's a great lighter and I think better than the modern design. I'm a particular fan of the 4-barrel hinge, which ironically seems more stable than the modern 5-barrel


The Age of Revolution : Europe 1789-1848
The Age of Revolution : Europe 1789-1848
by Eric Hobsbawm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 2 Jan. 2015
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If I had to summarise Hobsbawm's 'Age Of...' series in one word it would be 'magisterial'. I've developed an interest in history that I never had at school almost purely as a result of this book - it's beautifully written; Hobsbawm has an ability to blend small historical facts within the context of the big historical picture, the metaforces of industrial and ideological revolution that marks the period. If you have any interest in history, or just any interest in books in general, give this a go.


The autobiography of Malcolm X
The autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 2 Jan. 2015
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Malcolm X's autobiography reads like a modern version of St. Augustine's 'confessions' - a brilliant, vivid account of a life of crime and debauchery turned into a dedication to a cause. I found the first half of Malcolm X's life particularly incredible, but the whole account, culminating in his trip to Mecca, is fascinating whether or not you agree with his politics.


What is History?: The George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures Delivered In The University of Cambridge (Penguin History)
What is History?: The George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures Delivered In The University of Cambridge (Penguin History)
by E. H. Carr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 12 Nov. 2014
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E. H. Carr wrote a really eye-opening guide to finding your way around the philosophy of history. I think many of his arguments are flawed, but it doesn't matter - I've read few books that are so good at provoking my own streams of thought, which is surely the point of such a work. Easy to read and worthwhile.


Against Austerity: How we Can Fix the Crisis they Made
Against Austerity: How we Can Fix the Crisis they Made
by Richard Seymour
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Applied Gramsci, 12 Nov. 2014
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Richard Seymour's written a very interesting (and entertaining) account of the group psychology and power structures maintaining the austerity agenda.

My only beef with the book is Seymour makes a questionable economic statement here and there (e.g. asserting that there's nothing the State needs to provide per se, although an elementary understanding of the concept of 'public goods' shows that this isn't so), and overall the book provides little by way of 'how we can fix the crisis they made' in terms of economic agenda - but don't buy the book expecting it to address that set of questions. It's primarily about tackling the rationale for austerity from a Gramscian, hegemonic point of view.


The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science
The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science
by Mike Silver
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply informative, but many flawed arguments, 31 Jan. 2013
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I received Mike Silver's book with a great sense of anticipation (at a cost of approximately £50, the reader certainly has some entitlement to that) - however, it was only partially justified.

Mike Silver has done a commendable job of organising a vast body of knowledge in the form of statistics and interviews with notable boxing coaches of yesteryear, to present a generally forceful argument that the old-school boxers of the sport's 'golden age' (which he defines as the 1920s-'50s) where simply much more capable than the crude combatants of today.

Whilst I broadly agree with him, it is unfortunate that many of his arguments are somewhat circular and contradictory. For example, he derides Bernard Hopkins' status as an all-time great middleweight by alleging that the fact that he was a 40 year-old middleweight champion proves that his era was weak. Most knowledgeable boxing fans will clearly recognise that this is disproven by the fact that Archie Moore (who Silver rightly acknowledges in the book as a boxing legend) was a 40-something lightheavyweight champion during the period that Silver himself defines as the 'golden age'.

This is just one example. At numerous junctures, Silver uses distortions of statistics and opinions to deride modern fighters to an irrational degree. In particular, he places an undue amount of emphasis upon the opinions of old-time coaches, as if they were gospel. For example, one coach alleges that Rocky Graziano was a much better fighter than Marvin Hagler, which is a remark that is clearly preposterous, but one that Silver takes as eminently sensible.

In short, this is an excellent repository of past knowledge for all the die-hard boxing fans out there. However, the price-tag should certainly make you think twice about what you're getting.


American Power And The New Mandarins: Historical and Political Essays
American Power And The New Mandarins: Historical and Political Essays
by Noam Chomsky
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Chomsky: Erudite, but stylistically questionable, 31 Jan. 2013
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'American Power and the New Mandarins', Chomsky's first political book, is an excellent forerunner for the eye-opening works that were to come. His intellect is piercing, and his knowledge seemingly knows no bounds.

At least two things where slightly disappointing, however. Like most of Chomsky's books, this is not a 'book', so much as it is a collection of essays upon similar themes, and thus his points about the role of the intellectual in the governmental regime is subject to a degree of repetition that may potentially irk the more discerning reader.

Secondly, I was mildly disappointed in the fact that Chomsky at no point in this book elucidates the full range of reasons for his fundamental opposition to the Vietnam War - he takes his opposition to the war to be self-explanatory, and then proceeds to carve out his niche subject (the role of the aforementioned 'New Mandarins').

In summary, minor qualms aside, this is a book that is just as relevant - perhaps even more relevant - to the 21st century than it was to the 1960s, given the growing power of the 'technocrat' in Western politics, especially within the field of economics and political 'science'. Thoroughly recommendable to anyone with an interest in this subject.


The Theory of Moral Sentiments; To Which Is Added a Dissertation on the Origin of Languages
The Theory of Moral Sentiments; To Which Is Added a Dissertation on the Origin of Languages
by Adam Smith
Edition: Paperback

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad edition, 31 Jan. 2013
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I've no doubt that 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments' is a seminal text, but for the love of the almighty, get a different edition to this one. Herein lies numerous spelling and grammatical errors, as it seems to have been based upon a third-rate scanning of another edition of the text.
You have been warned.


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