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Brideshead Revisited, Collector's Edition [DVD]
Brideshead Revisited, Collector's Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Irons
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £15.77

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!, 8 Dec. 2008
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Definitely A Must See! Great script and great acting!

p.s. Jeremy was so young at the time

The Knitter's Handbook: Yarns, Needles, Stitches, Techniques (The Craft Library)
The Knitter's Handbook: Yarns, Needles, Stitches, Techniques (The Craft Library)
by Eleanor van Zandt
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for beginners, 24 Jun. 2008
got detailed and clear explanations of almost all the basic knitting techniques, and quite a few simple and more complicated patterns. a very nice choice for beginners!

Mao: The Unknown Story
Mao: The Unknown Story
by Jon Halliday
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.38

194 of 236 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Desperately biased, does not deserve to be treated as a serious biography, 20 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Mao: The Unknown Story (Paperback)
1, The reliability of the evidences and materials collected by this book is highly questionable. In fact, many of the stories are copied from pseudohistories and unreliable tales, which greatly damages the value of this book. The authors seem to use anything that could be found to serve their pre-set opinion.

2, Even if we do not question the reliability of the materials, the pure logic of many of the arguments in this book frequently fails to be correct. The authors seem to be too desperate to lead everything to their negative conclusions, by ruling out any other possible interpretation that is more critical, neutral, and reasonable.

3, A person who is of historical significance to a country and even the whole world, a person who gained huge success in a particular time and in a particular culture, has far more aspects in his personal character, his philosophy, and his system of beliefs and values than what the authors of this book put into their consideration. Such an over-simplification damages the academic value of the book as a serious biography, and even makes its readers question the very motives and qualifications of the authors.

4, When a country's people joined in a political movement collectively and, mostly, out of their own desire and belief, and based on their own basic rationality and argument, such behaviour involves too many economic, psychological, political, and cultural incentives and factors, to be treated purely as a scheme or mistake by a single person.

5, Trying to get more details and materials to give strength to an argument is absolutely right, but it is usually easier to wish, than to do it well and competently. Unfortunately, the authors disappoint me in this work.

6, I am really surprised and literally stunned by the fact that a couple of authors who are supposed to be some kind of scholars or at least serious writers, can possibly give birth to a book desperately biased and far far from critical like this.

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