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Atlas Shrugged (Penguin Modern Classics)
Atlas Shrugged (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ayn Rand
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars About 300 pages too long., 2 April 2017
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Over 1100 pages of smallish print in this book. So if you're not prepared for a long haul, give this a miss. The story is mildly intersesting but infantile in parts - a sprawling tale on which the author pushes her philosophy on the reader.The characters though are very well drawn and make you want to continue reading just to see how things end for them.
What lets this book down are the dreadfully long preachy passages where some of the characters drone on about the nobleness of their creed. The author's philosophy may well be meritorious (a kind of early Thatcherism, espousing capitalism and entrepeneurship as the vehicles of social progress rather than socialism) but there's just too much of it in the tale.The reader will get the message early on and doesn't need the point hammering home so often, making the characters sound like right smug smart-arses. The worst episode comes after about 1000 pages when one of the central characters - John Galt - hijacks a national broadcast and proceeds to bore the pants off the reader with nearly sixty pages of dense, pretentious twaddle. It's impossible to believe an audience would listen to such a lecture and still be tuned in for its full length. It's the most boring passage I've ever read in a novel. Logarithm books are easier reads than these 50+ pages. Such a shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Sept. 2016
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Tommy Robinson Enemy of the State
Tommy Robinson Enemy of the State
by Tommy Robinson
Edition: Paperback

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think justice in UK is fair? Think you've got freedom of speech? Read this and have your eyes opened., 22 Aug. 2016
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This book certainly opened my eyes not just to the motives behind the author in starting the EDL but to the disgraceful behaviour of the police, prison service, security services, probation service, Home Office etc.. The author just seems a decent working-class bloke who wanted to show support to British troops parading through his home town of Luton. Support for his cause snowballed which the powers-that-be became frightened of and they did their utmost to destroy him and his family. I have never felt so ashamed of our Police Force, judiciary, BBC, media than I did when reading this. If I had the money I'd help bankroll a case for him in the relevant European Human Rights court to expose the scandalous way he was treated.
Well written in a blokey style that makes it like having a chat with the author down at the pub. This guy is a hero with more nuts than most.


Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars easily understood book about something that might seem a difficult ..., 1 Aug. 2015
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A well written, easily understood book about something that might seem a difficult thing to write about. A fascinating insight into the life of a brain surgeon and the decisions he has to make. The author tells a good story with just the right mix of wisdom and self-deprecation. His opinions on the EU's working-time directive and the mind-set of NHS management should be compulsory reading for all politicians. I heartily recommend this book.


Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West
Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West
by Edward Lucas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The author really knows his stuff, 17 Oct. 2013
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This was a fascinating read by an author who clearly knows his stuff. I found it one of those books that I couldn't wait to carry-on reading. Not long after finishing it, I noticed a couple of seemingly unlinked news items that made me realise just how naive we in the West (well, the UK anway)are. One concerned a move by the EU to introduce very restrictive rules hat would hamper shale-gas extraction within the EU. Nothing to do with Russia you might think? Read this and think again. If you're interested in this kind of international politico-journalism, then this will be a rewarding book.


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