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Power and Greed: A Short History of the World
Power and Greed: A Short History of the World
by Philippe Gigantes
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent brief overview of why it is not greed for ..., 11 Aug. 2014
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An Excellent brief overview of why it is not greed for money that makes the world go round but the lust for power.


Prym Sew-On Nappa Real Leather Elbow/Knee Patches Brown (2pk)
Prym Sew-On Nappa Real Leather Elbow/Knee Patches Brown (2pk)

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have rated it and do not see why I should waste any more time on superfluous verbiage, 8 Mar. 2014
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I have rated it and do not see why I should waste any more time on superfluous verbiage. Go away.


Churchill: The Greatest Briton Unmasked
Churchill: The Greatest Briton Unmasked
by Nigel Knight
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A shoddy piece of work, 23 Nov. 2013
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This book sets out to debunk Churchill and fails miserably in its intent. For all Winston Churchill's faults columnist Cassandra's (Joseph Connor) valedictory piece about the great man in January 1963 remains true today. "Had he not been there in 1940 this nation of ours would most surely have lost the war and the Nazi hegemony would have ruled Europe to this day. When all was logically lost, he won. Europe was at Hitler’s feet, the United States would never have come in had the flame died in England, and Japan would have taken care of all Asia."
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Churchill's Bomb
Churchill's Bomb
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Churchill's Bomb, 23 Nov. 2013
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A most impressive piece of work which is only marred by its opening chapters touching on the period Churchill dubbed as the Gathering Storm in his history of WWII. It is a pity the author saw fit to dismiss Churchill's immediate predecessors in such a casual way referring to Chamberlain as 'drab'. The man who gave us so much that we benefit from today from Social Services, rearmament and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra does not deserve this casual adjective. As for Baldwin without the actions he took as Lord President and Prime Minister we could not have won the Battle of Britain. To quote Fed Hoyle "The fighter planes and radar screen that saved Britain in 1940 did not come out of nowhere. They were planned, designed, and manufactured by the Chamberlain and earlier governments."
But when the author comes to the events of 1940 onwards his research is exhaustive and compelling, nor does he shrink from drawing attention to Churchill's many errors in relation to nuclear weapons and power while not detracting from the credit the great man deserves for keeping up our national morale and maintaining our resolution and unity through the crucial period after the collapse of our Norwegian invasion, the Nazi's invasion of Belgium France and Holland and the Battles of Britain and the Atlantic, prior to America's by no means certain entry into the war. On a topical note JFK's 1940 book 'Why England Slept" (written as his Rhodes Scholar's Master's Thesis) has much illuminating and pertinent comment on this subject.
The only major criticism I have is that the title seems to imply Churchill was responsible for creating the bomb. which is manifestly not the case the author makes. Perhaps a better title would have been "Churchill & The Bomb". But the title may well not have been the Author's choice.
Despite these negative comments this is an excellent book that should be required reading for anyone interested in this period and the subject of the birth of nuclear weapons which still continue to threaten our world today.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost completely lives up to its name, 23 Nov. 2013
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excellent. Not only squirrel proof but almost magpie proof as well. They can only just hold on but the adults fall off before they can take anything. They juveniles can just get their heads in but they can only get small amounts.


The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)
The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)
by Zara Steiner
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading compendium of facts under a misnomer, 1 Aug. 2011
Like so many historians whose opinions rest mainly on recorded facts and prejudice, the title chosen by the author of this work takes little or no account of the upshot of the decisions and events prior to 1939 that lead up to the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the creation of the UN, an event whose significance can be better appreciated by a detailed reading of Winston Churchill's 'Sinews of Peace' speech at Fulton Missiouri, usually and misleadingly referred to as his Iron Curtain Speech.

Nevertheless it is a useful compendium of facts about Europe in the period covered gathered into one convenient if slightly unwieldy 1222 pages.

The author's aim stated in her preface is that she has tried to write 'International History' and in this she has to some consdierable extent succeeded. In this reviewer's view that is a regrettably restricted aim since it does not take into account supranational considerations, an essential requirement for long term human survival on this small and shrinking planet.
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Calling All Arms. The story of how a loyal company of British men and women lived through six historic years. On the work of the Nuffield Organization from 1939 to 1945. With illustrations
Calling All Arms. The story of how a loyal company of British men and women lived through six historic years. On the work of the Nuffield Organization from 1939 to 1945. With illustrations
by Ernest Fairfax
Edition: Unknown Binding

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Truths Will Out, 20 July 2010
Edward Fiarfax was the pseudonym under which Sir Miles Thomas the post war Chairman of BOAC, British Airways predecessor. During the first world war in the Royal Flying Corps he won the DFC and in the second world became Nuffield's Director of Tank Production. This book gives the inside story of many of the heroic aspects of war time production and the people that were responsible, from the huge Spitfire factory at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham to the Cruiser Tanks, also made at the Birmingham Washwood Heath factory. The role of these tanks in the Dunkirk retreat and North Africa has never been fully explained and this account has many useful pointers to anyone wishing to undertake further research into this forgotten aspect of the story. These tanks also formed the basis for later models - the Crusaders and Centaur Bulldozers that saw service in Normandy and Germany after D Day.

But perhaps the most interestng passages in the book are those relating to the creation by Lord Nuffield of the secret Civilian Repair Organisation whose twofold task was to repair damaged Hurricame and Spitfire fighters and recover downed fighter planes British & Enemy then if possible repair them or if not to break them down for scrap. In the case of downed enemy planes, much valuable information was also obtained of their fighting capabilities. In the case of an Me.110 enabling the RAF to pinpoint the most vulnerable parts of that aircraft.

On March 3rd 1945 the Director of the CRO received a telegram from the then Minister of Aircraft Production which contained this statement "I NOTE THAT DURING THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 1940 UNTIL MARCH 1945 YOUR ORGANISIATION HAS BEEN REPSONSIBLE FOR THE REPAIR OF NO LESS THAN 75,000 AIRCRAFT. PLEASE CONVEY MY THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO TO ALL CONTRACTORS WHOSE WORKPEOLPE AND MANAGEMENTS HAVE MADE POSSOIBLE THIS STRIKING ACHIEVEMENT."


Stanley Baldwin and the Search for Consensus
Stanley Baldwin and the Search for Consensus
by Duncan Watts
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons to be learned from Baldwin, 14 Feb. 2010
This book is a handy, brief and timely reminder of some of the contributions made by an outstanding statesman to the stability, mental health and future unity of our nation at a perilous time of threat and dissension. It also serves to counterbalance the usual and uninformed criticisms of his positive role in the development of our national life that customarily emanate from both left and right wing commentators.

However it is a pity that Baldwin's (almost always) ignored contributions towards rearmament and planning for our survival during WWII - when for eighteen months we were able to stand alone and thwart Hitler's determined efforts towards world domination - are not given sufficient prominance.

Maynard Tweed


Five Days in London, May 1940
Five Days in London, May 1940
by John Lukacs
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trans Atlantic view of May 1940, 7 Aug. 2009
John Lukacs valuable and thoroughly researched book focuses narrowly on the salient events of the war from Friday the 24th May to Tuesday 28th May 1940 inclusive. This is both the book's strength and its weakness. It is a bit like having an partial though accurate, close and intimate picture of what adjacent tribes of ants are up to without setting their actions within the context of their nests or the influences that motivate individual ants or indeed their mistakes. Nevertheless its overall thesis, that these five days were to quote the author "The Hinge of Fate" on which hung the eventual outcome of the conflict is extremely persuasive. Some of his judgments - for example that Joseph Kennedy the US Ambassador hated Churchill seem superficial.

However, like Martin Gilbert (Churchill's major biographer) Lukacs is in awe of our second wartime Prime Minister and this tendency toward hero worship is a weakness in their books. Nevertheless "Five Days in May" should be considered essential reading for anyone interested in the period, one consequence of which is that some of us Europeans stayed British, instead of becoming - as we well might have done for a time - German, not to mention that the "hinge" was one vital factor that made possible America's contributions towards eventual victory.


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