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Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age
Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age
by Manuel Castells
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE-STAR READING, 21 July 2014
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This is an outstanding work in the field of media, examining Internet empowerment of public protest. It carries an optimistic vision of how collectives such as Occupy can not only exemplify people power in the short-term but organise their protests over time. A must-read for students of media and communication.
James Watson, author of 'Media Communication: An Introduction to Theory and Process' (Palgrave/Macmillan) and co-author with Anne Hill of 'The Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies' (Bloomsbury).


As The Crow Flies (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 1)
As The Crow Flies (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 1)

4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid read, 15 Jun. 2014
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Damien Boyd tells a clear, well-plotted tale of a traditional cop, Inspector Nick Dixon, whose specialist knowledge and experience of rock climbing provide the clues to a murder. Nick lives a simple life, solving crime is his purpose; and he is pleasurably free of psychological hang-ups and skeletons in cupboards. The reader experiences glimpses of the west country and Cheddar Gorge on the way to DI Dixon successfully tracing events 'as the crow flies'.
James Watson, Author of Talking in Whispers, Fair Game: the Steps of Odessa, The Freedom Tree (available on Kindle).


Trees Of Britain
Trees Of Britain
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4.0 out of 5 stars They're all there!, 21 May 2014
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This is an impressively comprehensive picture catalogue of British trees, backed with brief details. The price of the app is a give-away. It will prove a welcome companion on country walks.


National Gallery, London HD
National Gallery, London HD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as visiting the Gallery, 21 May 2014
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The picture selection is excellent and comprehensive; but I'd have liked some background notes. The price of the app is amazing and deserves to be a best-seller.


Butterfly Species Trivia Quiz
Butterfly Species Trivia Quiz
Price: £0.92

1.0 out of 5 stars Bad investment, 21 May 2014
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Downloading this I expected something similar to the app of bird types or pictures in the National Gallery. Instead I got four images of butterflies and some daft invitation to take part in quizzes. Perhaps I pressed the wrong button, but either way I deleted the app from my Kindle Fire.


Digital Disconnect : How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
Digital Disconnect : How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
by Robert W. McChesney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP OF THE TREE, BUT A DEPRESSING VISION, 9 May 2014
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McChesney is one of the best-informed writers on media, and this is a book of enormous interest and authority. He is among the Net sceptics and fears the corporate takeover of the Internet, what has been celebrated as a force for public empowerment, and an agency of democracy. Rare among American academics, he is an advocate of public ownership but sees 'corporate political power' having 'basically eliminated public ownership as well as credible regulation in the public interest'. Readers are advised to pour themselves a stiff drink as they approach chapter 6 of 'Digital Disconnect' - Journalism is dead! Long Live Journalism! This offers a bleak vision of the state of the profession in the States. Journalism introduced the public over the centuries to democracy, yet democracy in its present form in America (ie. dysfunctional!) appears to have let one of its best servants down.
A must for academics, students of media and for members of the public who have doubts about the direction of contemporary media.
James Watson
Author of 'Media Communication: An Introduction to Theory and Process' (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author with Anne Hill of 'The Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies (Bloomsbury Academic).


The The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I
The The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I
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4.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING BOOK ABOUT A FASCINATING CHARACTER, 1 Oct. 2013
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As a writer of stories, some of them set in history, I rank well-written, well-researched history books like this by John Cooper a vital part of my stable reading. Kindle should publish more of them as excellent, as intriguing, as this one. Warmly recommended.
James Watson, author of Spanish Civil War novel, The Freedom Tree (now a Kindle e-reader).


The Official ESPNcricinfo App
The Official ESPNcricinfo App
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5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT CRICKET, 1 Oct. 2013
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An old friend who sadly has passed on to a greensward in the sky never tired of advising me to check out cricinfo. Eventually, desperate to learn whether Sussex had been beaten by, drawn with or in the unlikely event triumphed over the new champions, Durham, I keyed in to some amazingly detailed coverage. It's on my Kindle Fire, with the England tour of Oz eagerly awaited.
Thanks, Dennis, I'm a convert!


Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov

4.0 out of 5 stars AN ACCOUNT WIDER THAN BIOGRAPHY, 11 Aug. 2013
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This is an immensely detailed account of the premier 2nd World War Russian general Georgy Zhukov; but it is also about the period in Russian history from 1905 to the 1960s, providing a fascinating account. There's more information than perhaps the average reader might want, but the book copes excellently with the challenge of describing some of the most monumental battles in history.
Comment by James Watson, author of Spanish Civil War thriller, 'The Freedom Tree' and Angolan civil war story, 'No Surrender', the former now being available on Kindle.


Prem-I-Air 2.5kW C3011T Oil Filled Radiator with Adjustable Thermostat 3 heat settings
Prem-I-Air 2.5kW C3011T Oil Filled Radiator with Adjustable Thermostat 3 heat settings

5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD DESIGN, 18 July 2013
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I'm writing this during the heatwave. All I can say for the moment is that the heater is of good design, comprehensive in its use, easy to handle and operaqte.


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