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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall this drive is very good value for money, 25 Jan. 2015
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I am writing this review to counter some of the vindictively negative reviews that have been appearing. The drives are genuinely 64GB. I have had no corruption problems with any of the files I have used with the drive, that includes documents and programs. It is not mega fast, 5GB's loaded on in 15minutes. 15GB's of video took just over an hour. However, you can do other things while the uploads take place.

Overall this drive is very good value for money.
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Anglo-Saxon England: Reissue with a new cover (Oxford history of England)
Anglo-Saxon England: Reissue with a new cover (Oxford history of England)
by Frank M. Stenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.45

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a good place to start, 10 Dec. 2012
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This book was last updated in the late 1960's and so it is not as up to date as can be. Having said that, it is simply the greatest single volume exposition of the Anglo-Saxon History of England ever written. It is the traditional exposition of the post-Roman migration of continental Germans to Britain. A description of the Various Kingdoms, and their conversion to Christianity. Then the long slow process of English Unification and the Wars with various later invaders, the Danelaw and the slow inexorable build-up to the tale of 1066.
This book is a superb coathanger - a place to get a brilliant outline of the period. Once you have Stenton under your belt you are better able to assess where best to go next to update your knowledge in whichever direction you wish to go. I still highly recommend this book.

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
by V Bugliosi
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Half a Book, 7 Sept. 2009
This book is very heavy. It may be the best ever statement of the case for the prosecution of Lee Harvey Oswald for the Murder of John F Kennedy ever compiled, and, because of this, it may well, by default, be the best ever defence of the Warren Commission ever compiled. However, because it is the case for the prosecution, and only the case for the prosecution, it is, at best, only half a book, a remarkable thing to say about a book, that with accompanying CD is well over 2000 pages long.

To detail the vitriol and invective of this book would take too long and achieve nothing. To detail the ommissions would take longer, and to detail the lies would take a library. It took me ages to read this. At times I was infuriated, at times sad - by the end I wa wracked by a weird mix of boredom and resigned depression.

All I can say really is that anyone who reads the case for the prosecution outlined in this book owes it to themselves to also read the case for the defence. The defence of Oswald, Garrison, Eddie Lopez, Marke Lane etc are detailed in other, shorter and better books, "Breach of Trust" - G McKnight, "Let Justice be Done" - Bill Davy, "JFK and the Unspeakable" - James Douglass, "The Last Investigation" - Gaeton Fonzi, "Assassinations" Jim DiEugenio and Linda Pease, "Oswald and the CIA" - John Newman, "JFK and Vietnam" - John Newman. If you can get hold of the early work of Sylvia Meagher, Mark Lane, Harold Weisburg, Fletcher Prouty - then that would be helpful too. If you read all these books you will still have read less than Bugliosi wrote, but at least you wil have a better picture from which to draw your own conclusions.
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The Knights Templar and Their Myth
The Knights Templar and Their Myth
by Peter Partner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Antidote to a Lot of Modern Fantasy, 22 Jun. 2005
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Do not be misled by the title I have given to this piece - I love the tales of the Templars, I want the Templar Myth to be true. I read nothing in this book to convince me the Myth is not true.
What this book does do is help "New Agers" and "Masonic types", such as myself, to reassess our motives for being interested in the tales of a long extinct military order.
As other reviewers have stated already, it is not a good introduction to the Templars, real or imagined history, but is an extremely good follow up read for those with a wish to understand the psychological need for the Templar myth, and how it developed.
Protestantism grew out of a tendancy to see a great deal of corruption in the church, people could not have faith anymore; the scientific revolution and the enlightenment destroyed old ideas of creation and the supremacy of Man. Ever since this time there has been an ongoing quest for meaning in the lives of people, something needed to replace the old certainties that standard religious beliefs could no longer provide.
Freemasonry stepped into the breach and saw a rapid development all over the World, and became very popular among Middle Class people. It provided a comforting backdrop for personal exploration of an individuals place in an increasingly frail grand scheme of things. During the day I am a cog in the industrial machine, at night my wife nags me, but once a month, in the evening, I can act out my fantasy of being Noble by Merit.
I loved the section of this book where Peter Partner described the Mythical Templar heritage, developed by Ramsey, for the Freemasons. Why did Ramsey choose the Templars rather than the Hospitalliers - Well, the Hospitalliers, in the form of the Knights of Malta, still existed and might object to the nonsense; the Templars, however, were long since defunct, and were unable to speak for themselves.
If you suggest the Templars were not Satanists after all, then you need to develop a good theory as to why they were really supressed. GREED! The greed of Phillip of France, that is a good, and believable reason. Phillip said the Templars were Satanists because he wanted their money. WHAT MONEY? No one has ever found any money? AH, Yes, that is because people escaped with it - and it is still out there somewhere - and I'm going to find it...well, look for it... write about it... act it out in the lodge...
This book will not change your view of the Templars or their myth, but it will help you understand yourself, the true end of Masonic and New Age philosophy. We should all keep it on our bookshelf as a cold shower for when we let our imaginations overheat.

Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
by Stephan A. Hoeller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book that falls between two stools, 6 Jan. 2005
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This book was written, I believe, to be a general introduction to Gnosticism for people with no prior understanding. It is very good in that it does give a brief overview of the major concepts that Gnosticism entails as well as similarly brief overviews of the major Gnostic sects that have appeared through out history.
On the negative side, the book is brief, after all it is only an introduction, and will need to be supplemented by other reading before a modern reader can get a true idea of what Gnosticism was in history, and is today. I would reccomend supplementary readings of "The Allure of Gnosticism" Ed Robert Segal, for an overview of Gnosticism from a genererally psychoanalytic, Jungian perspective, and Elaine Pagels "The Gnostic Gospels" for a scholarly, but very readable treatment of the ancient gnostic literature. I would genuinely suggest a modern beginner should read this supplementary work before launching into a reading of the Nag Hammadi Books because they are confusing and off-putting until you can approach them with a good idea of the "Inner language" or jargon of the times.

The Allure of Gnosticism: Gnostic Experience in Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Culture
The Allure of Gnosticism: Gnostic Experience in Jungian Psychology and Contemporary Culture
by Robert A. Segal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb book for moderns approaching Gnosticism, 6 Jan. 2005
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I have read a few books on Gnosticism, and have drawn the conclusion there is no such thing as a good general introduction for the uninitiated. I would reccomend that beginners to the subject do not start by launching into the Nag Hammadi Gospels because it is likely to be confusing. Also, I have found that Stephen Hoeller's introduction, "New light on the Secret Tradition of Inner Knowing", falls between two stools, in that it does not give a wealth of detail to the initiated, but provides no true guidance to the uninitiated.
To get a good overview of modern Gnosticism the new reader could do a great deal worse than read the book mentioned by Dr Hoeller, but supplement it with this book of readings. Many of the leading lights of modern Jungian Analysis have contributed to this book of readings, and together they elucidate many of the key concepts of Gnosticism in clear, unambiguous language, in a way that can be easily understood by the modern reader. The fascination of Gnosticism to Jung is outlined, as is the general relationship between Gnosticism and modern psychoanalysis. There are chapters dedicated to sexuality, the feminine, and the new awareness of Evil in the modern age (the Holocaust)and its relationship of the ego to the Gnostic character of Yaldabaoth. Concepts such as the Sacred Marriage are also discussed, and the relationship and cross-referential developments of Gnosticism, Buddhism and modern literature.
I thouroughly reccomend this book to modern people wishing to understand Gnosticism because it approaches the subject from a modern perspective, which makes Gnosticism seem alive and relevant, rather than as an historical anachronism.

Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England (Penguin History)
Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England (Penguin History)
by Keith Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.90

35 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book that is good on what it covers, 5 Jan. 2005
This book is a classic. It should be read by all serious students of the esoteric and all with a genuine interest in the spiritual history of Western Europe.
The book provides a great deal of detail on the superstitions and quack medicine of the 16th and 17th centuries in Britain. It gives wonderful detail, and some lovely anecdotes, concerning the horrors of 16th and 17th century medicine, and the apothecaries that offered a cheaper, and no less effective service to the poor.
After a general overview of the historical trend there is an in depth study of Astrology, as practised at the time.
Where the book fails, and it fails badly, is that it gives the impression that magic was for the ignorant only. Very little space, about two pages, are devoted to the work of Frances Yates, work I do not think Thomas was keen to understand, but keen to dismiss. The overall result is that I feel Thomas wishes to dismiss magic as old-fashioned mumbo-jumbo, indulged in by the poor and the ignorant in desperate times, and so tells the story of superstition rather than magic.
It is a book that provides a great overview of the social climate of the time, but works with a deliberately narrow definition of magic, a definition that is never properly expounded or discussed, and deals very poorly with hermetic, gnostic and masonic trends, and so does not deal with what the average modern lay-thinker is interested in at all.

The Temple and the Lodge
The Temple and the Lodge
by Michael Baigent
Edition: Paperback

42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mason to Even the score, 17 Aug. 2003
This book is far more accurate than it is inaccurate. It looks hard to find the truth of the history of Freemasonry, and I think the tentative conclusion that can be drawn from reading it is that the Craft does more good than harm in the World, but at times Masons have been badly divided among themselves and very heavily politically motivated.
Essentially the authors argue that Modern Freemasonry was held in trust by the Sinclair family in Scotland for generations. That Scotland became the home of Freemasonry because the Scotland of Celtic orientated Robert the Bruce was a safe haven for Templars at the time of the dissolution of the Order. They further argue that Freemasonry played a major role in the development of a World Wide Civil rights movement and was a major force in the shaping of the political structure of the Modern USA. It is not a bad thesis, with easily as much in it to make Mason's proud than ashamed.
I am writing this article to give the book a good rating because I amm somewhat ashamed of fellow Mason's bad-mouthing the efforts of people to elucidate Masonic History while English Grand Lodge insists Freemasonry started in 1717, if not 1770. This stance, and Masonic reviewers at this site, are making the Craft a laughing stock.
Baigent and Leigh should be praised for their efforts, and if Craft members think what they have done is not good enough then they should do better themselves - and if you do - be honest!!

The Magnum Opus, or Great Work (Complete Ritual Work of Scottish Rite Freemasonry)
The Magnum Opus, or Great Work (Complete Ritual Work of Scottish Rite Freemasonry)
by Albert Pike
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the All Time Classics of Freemasonry, 3 Aug. 2003
If you are suspicious of Masons and what they get up to, if you have heard of plots and schemes and dodgy dealings in council halls and the police, then this is the book for you. This book details the philosophy of masonry as it is supposed to be practiced and not the way it is practiced by certain "brothers" who get the craft a bad name.
This is a seminal work, heavily criticised by some masons for destroying the original Scottish rite, but revered by others for preserving it and bringing the craft back to the light.
Anyone who has read the books of Baigent, Leigh, Lincoln, Knight and Lomas should get this book to search for the hidden clues etc, but prepare to be tantalised rather than enlightened.
It is not any easy read, and is a bit long winded by modern standards, but is sincere, thorough and highly laudable. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in masonry and the esoteric history of the race.

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