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Border Collies (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
Border Collies (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
by Michael DeVine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but superficial, 26 Aug. 2014
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I purchased this book to get an overview of border collie ownership (having just acquired a 9 yr old speciman). It covers all the key aspects of border collie ownership without getting into detail in any specific area. It is written from an American perspective so some of the terminology and practices are a little different although this is not a major problem. It is a useful starter. However, if you want a book with lots of detailed information you will need to look elsehere.


Crew Resource Management and Operational Risk Management (Convergent Performance Vector Series Book 3)
Crew Resource Management and Operational Risk Management (Convergent Performance Vector Series Book 3)
Price: £12.19

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Crew Resource Management, 26 Aug. 2014
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This book provides a clear & easily understandable overview of both CRM and ORM. The author flies for an operator of business jets and the book is written using that context. However, the concepts are clearly explained - together with examples - and are easily transferrable to other types of operation e.g. airlines. The subject is approached in a logical manner and has a number of useful diagrams to complement the text. At the end of each chapter there are a number of useful questions to test your understanding. The book is suitable for students who are new to the concept or for experienced pilots who are looking for a refresher. It would also be useful for those who work in other safety critical industries e.g. medicine, oil & gas as the concepts can be easily transferred to those contexts.


The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army
The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army
by Gary Sheffield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objective & Well Balanced, 23 Dec. 2013
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This is a comprehensive and well researched account of Haig's performance as a general. Sheffield ensures that the context of Haig's generalship is set before attempting to critique it. He does not make the mistake of judging Haig by modern day standards. The book provides a balanced assessment of Haig's strengths and weaknesses while considering the social, political and military contexts in which he operated. This is a very readable overview of Haig's generalship which takes an objective, rather than emotional, view of his performance.

I used it as part of my research for a university course on WW1 history. I found it to be an invaluable review of Haig's performance.


The Great War: 1914-1918 (Modern Wars In Perspective)
The Great War: 1914-1918 (Modern Wars In Perspective)
by Ian F. W. Beckett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Academic but readable, 5 Dec. 2013
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This a a thorough, academic work. Comprehensive, it covers all the key aspects of the war but does not get into the detail of individual battles. Despite all this, it is quite an easy read. It is incredibly well referenced. It's ideal for serious study but not if you want a straight forward overview of the war.


The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War
The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War
by Hew Strachan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written and informative overview, 5 Dec. 2013
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This is a series of articles written by recognised academics in the field. It takes a thematic, rather than a chronological, approach to the war. Thorough and well written, it is particularly useful if you are wish to understand the broader issues and themes relating to the war. However, if you want to understand the key battles in detail then you would be better looking at the Osprey "Essential Histories" series.


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