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Himmler's Crusade : The Nazi Expedition to Find the Origins of the Aryan Race
Himmler's Crusade : The Nazi Expedition to Find the Origins of the Aryan Race
by Christopher Hale
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Germany and the search for the master race, 19 July 2010
we all know the evils committed by Nazi Germany in the name of Racial purity and lieberstraum this book looks at a part of the mythology behind the third Reich the belief in the Aryan ideal it's roots and searching for this "truth" were people who believed that the German race was descended from these Aryan super beings not the archetypal Nazi thugs but scientist who hitched their stars to the party and Hitler. Himmler believed in the old Norse gods and the occult He supported the psuedo sciences used by the Nazis to justify the slaughter of millions.
this book details an expedition financed by Nazi Germany to find the roots of the Aryan race in Tibet measuring bone structure looking for clues to the birth place of the Aryans
A worrying book in that you can see that these expeditions could be spun by politicians to look like adventures, a search for scientific truth and the evidence gathered and interpreted by experts to support policy without question being allowed or anyone who does question being beaten down by the so called evidence
an interesting book but not light reading and not entertaining in the sense of amusement


Ray Mears: Survival [DVD]
Ray Mears: Survival [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Mears
Price: £4.20

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Mears meets the Animals (and doesn't eat them), 19 July 2010
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This review is from: Ray Mears: Survival [DVD] (DVD)
memories of the old Colin Willock survival series where film makers filmed animals in their natural surroundings are clearly to be seen in this new series
Ray is the on screen talking head bringing his knowledge of bush craft to get close to the animals although to be honest even as a fan of Rays it's hard not to ask if he detracts from the animals and whether a camera man and voice over wouldn't be as effective
Still a great series, well worth a watch and the price of the D.V.D


Track Down Your Ancestors: How to Research Your Family History Using Archives and the Internet
Track Down Your Ancestors: How to Research Your Family History Using Archives and the Internet
by Estelle Catlett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars family history at the touch of a button, 19 July 2010
A handbook on how to research your family tree on line with tips on useful sites and contacts
the handbook also explains where to access some of the paper archives and which archives are best for each aspect of your research
I read this book in one sitting but it will be beneficial to dip in and out while conducting research to look for new avenues to research when hitting a wall or just for guidance on recording the information gained and making it available to others.
well worth the purchase price and a pocket size book that isn't to heavy to carry in your bag on the hunt.


One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
by Sam Keith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Odyssey, 17 July 2010
Not exciting but interesting one man dreamed of leaving the modern world behind and living closer to nature
from building a cabin with a few basic tools to hunting for just enough meat for his needs and salvaging carcasses abandoned by sport hunters.
he describes in a non sentimental way his animal and avian neighbours his attempts to fish for supper record success and failure this is no superman but a man of middle age who works hard to live the life he wants He doesn't deny the help he receives from his pilot friend
this book is well worth a read if you consider yourself sufficient in out look as it describes the work needed to live largely off the grid (before there was a grid)it could be used as a how to book on building a log cabin but more than that it shows a mind set that has rejected modern society and lives by his rules but without his lifestyle impinging on anyone else,


The Wakefield Name in History
The Wakefield Name in History
by Ancestry.co.uk The Generations Network
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wakefield's in history, 17 July 2010
disappointing the book seems to be statistics about the Wakefields' but the main text is so broad as to miss the point
no mention of the Wakefield tower in the tower of London no mention of the Wakefield who after eloping with a 15 year old girl (to the annoyance of her father)and after prison became prime minister of New Zealand
Basically I felt cheated by this book it just wasn't what I expected may be my expectation is too high


Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontzís Frankenstein)
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontzís Frankenstein)
by Dean R Koontz
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victor is back and not a happy bunny, 17 July 2010
well we knew it wasn't over no way was Dean Koontz going to let such a good story end easily
this book is more like the next chapter the heroes lining up against the bad guys getting into position to counter strike both sides wanting, needing to win
who lives who dies the next book will tell us more but at the moment we have to wait
get your finger out Koontz we're waiting


Ford Treasury of Station Wagon Living (Classic Reprint)
Ford Treasury of Station Wagon Living (Classic Reprint)
by Franklin Mering Reck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.58

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not dreadful, 17 July 2010
this book was written to help sell the station wagon to parents of baby boomer's people with disposable income and time to enjoy life the book helped turn a car from a tool into an aspirational objective
the main failing of this book is the printing most of the pictures are absent or illegible
then there is the out of date contact information for American parks and camp sites
the products described are long forgotten or surpassed
having said all that it does give an insight into a period of American history that has no equal in Briton at the time this book was being written and read we were still paying off lend lease and rationing continued


South Africa Walks with Julia Bradbury [DVD]
South Africa Walks with Julia Bradbury [DVD]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.11

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars South African walks, 17 July 2010
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A brief over view of 4 walks in south Africa made by the always cheerful Julia Bradbury
meeting a handful of carefully chosen South Africans the tourist board of south Africa will be proud of these short films showing the south Africa so many of us want to see and experience with no crime figures or tribalism to lower the tone
we all expect the B.B.C to be politically correct and this is no exception having said that
the series and the D.V.D set out to show walking in south Africa the scenery and some wildlife. A delight for the eyes it might have been improved by less talk and more views but still worth buying.


Smith and Keenan's Law for Business
Smith and Keenan's Law for Business
by Denis Keenan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.99

4.0 out of 5 stars business law, 6 April 2010
this book is recommended reading for business students on an undergraduate course.
it is both comprehensive and easy to follow (not something that can be said of most Law books)not a book to sit and read for fun. but a valuble resource for students of Law and business.


Home Guard Manual 1941
Home Guard Manual 1941
by Campbell McCutcheon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dads army ready willing and surprisingly able, 6 April 2010
This review is from: Home Guard Manual 1941 (Paperback)
the image of the home guard has more to do with the BBC comedy than the facts mainly because so little has been written about them in a factual sense.
this handbook was written for the New zealand home guard and adopted by the british home guard. whether it was issued or recommended isn't entirely clear.
before reading this I was of the opinion that the home guard was more of a propaganda tool than an effective force the training outlined dispels this and suggests that they could have fought the germans as an effective force.
this book is worth reading to give an idea of how hard these unpaid volunteer soldiers trained for a battle that fortunatly never came.


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