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Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?
Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?
by Ian Dunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Nov. 2016
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Well-written, clear, informative.


Brains and Bullets
Brains and Bullets
by Leo Murray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is very short ..., 21 May 2013
This review is from: Brains and Bullets (Hardcover)
... and there's no time for fussing or fighting my friend. So said Lennon & McCartney in "We Can Work It Out". But basically that's what this book is about -- fussing and fighting, and from it we can work out what makes some soldiers fuss or fight more than others. I've got no military experience and have never bashed a square in my life (perish the thought) but having picked up this book I'm finding it very hard to put down. The reason? It's just so well written! In a straightforward, no-nonsense style, the author has taught me a lot about what makes armies tick -- from the foot soldiers at the sharp-end to the brass-hats at the blunt end. Covering such concepts as "weapon pull", "social loafing" and the "Is It Worth It? Calculation" the reader gets a privileged insight into the world of the combat psychologist. War movies and video wargames will never seem the same again but then, that's probably a good thing. I'm recommending this to anyone with even a passing interest in combat or military history. It's one of the clearest, best-written books I've seen in ages.


David Hockney: Double Portrait
David Hockney: Double Portrait
Dvd ~ David Hockney
Offered by Coluga Pictures
Price: £12.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Film, 3 April 2012
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An excellent film that works well on both PC and DVD/TV. Hockney is a joy and the film creates a sensitive, insightful, respectful window on the artist. Recommended to anyone interested in Art, Hockney, or portraiture in general. Bruno Wolheim's other Hockney film, "A Bigger Picture", is also highly recommended. I found both these films fascinating and have watched them several times.


David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (PAL with Subtitles)
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture (PAL with Subtitles)
Dvd ~ David Hockney
Offered by Coluga Pictures
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, 29 Mar. 2012
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An excellent film. The DVD runs fine on both PC and DVD/TV and the quality is great. The film itself is beautiful, giving Hockney the space to shine as an artist and an individual. The film is very positive and uplifting. I'm not an art expert but I enjoyed watching and listening to Hockney. By the end of the film I had a new understanding and appreciation of Hockney's work. I definitely want to watch the film again.


Pegasus Bridge and Horsa Bridge (Battleground Europe)
Pegasus Bridge and Horsa Bridge (Battleground Europe)
by Carl Shilleto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 8 Aug. 2011
Informative, well illustrated, and with clear maps. An ideal companion for battlefield visitors and those wanting a comprehensive overview of 6th Airborne's Normandy campaign. Thoroughly recommended.


Red Road from Stalingrad: Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman
Red Road from Stalingrad: Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman
by Mansur Abdulin
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal memoirs by war veterans shouldn't be dismissed!, 28 May 2011
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I do not think this book is 'garbage' as one reviewer called it. The book is a personal recollection by a Soviet infantryman: hardly surprising then that the author views the Germans as brutes, while following the patriotic Communist Party line. In essence, the book is a series of anecdotes/reminiscences of front-line life on the Eastern Front. The book is not an unbiased overview or an academic study, it is a personal account by a Soviet-era veteran. The value of the book lies in its graphic depiction of the savagery of war, and its heart-rending scenes of human suffering. If the book is read in context, then I think it is not bad at all. Finally, one should remember that the German war against Russia was racially motivated: the Russians, when defeated, were to be consigned to the Nazi museum of 'vanished peoples' - no wonder the author of this book was a bit miffed with the Germans!


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