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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.99

3 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 2 Oct. 2015
An Islamic attack against Jesus Christ.


The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World
by Kevin Malarkey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.26

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad, 16 Jan. 2015
It i very sad and disturbing that this boy (or perhaps his father) wrote what they now admit to be total fiction. I am sure they will have hurt a lot of people through this.


Lone Survivor: The Incredible True Story of Navy SEALs Under Siege
Lone Survivor: The Incredible True Story of Navy SEALs Under Siege
by Marcus Luttrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boastful arrogance, 1 Jun. 2014
The first ĺ of the book is about how the author got into the SEALs. It is all gung-ho, rah-rah, U-S-A-Numbah-One stuff that gets VERY tedious VERY quickly. The author clearly believes he is God's gift to the world and is at great pains to claim that people like him are supermen, with the SEALs being the best-trained, toughest and hardest special forces in the entire universe - since time began. Strange then how they got busted by a 10 year-old goat herd and then wiped out by untrained hill tribesmen within a few hours of the mission! I have absolutely no doubt that the SEALs are great soldiers and elite warriors, but so are 1st SFOD-D, SAS, SBS, Australian SAS, NZ SAS, Sayeret Matkal, Spetsnaz, Kommando Spezialkräfte etc etc etc. Sadly, the author’s main message (and reason for the book) is to repeat ad nauseam just how America is Number 1 and that SEALS are big and strong and unbeatable but that only SEALS can know this because everyone else in the world are oxygen-thieving pansies. It really is that bad. He also engages in some bizarre rant arguing that the rules of war should not apply to people like him and that liberals are the root of all evil and that without them the mighty SEALs would be totally invincible. Luttrell's style is quite alienating and I think he's done the SEALs a great disservice because seriously, people with a brain will laugh at this sort of silliness. I can not imagine for one second any other SF person from any other country other than the USA writing in this style. It is terrible! For a much more humbler account of becoming a SEAL, without all the nauseating arrogance, check out Chad Williams' "SEAL of God". The last bit of Luttrell's book, ironically, shows how the SEALs are, well, normal people capable of making mistakes and are all too human – that’s why they LOST the battle! The “lone survivor” only survived because he was rescued by some Afghans, which kind of makes a mockery of the “I’m the biggest hog on the farm” Texan BS that the author makes as the central theme of the book. Disappointing.
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SENSE AND NONSENSE
SENSE AND NONSENSE
by STUART ARDEN
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Misses out some "essential facts", 16 April 2014
This review is from: SENSE AND NONSENSE (Paperback)
This is a mixed book. The author makes a very compelling case for Israel and its legitimacy and I broadly agree with most of his material. However, there are some things which he writes which are somewhat dubious and/or misleading. For example, he constantly argues that the Balfour Declaration gave the whole of Palestine (i.e. including Jordan) to the Jewish people. But when he quotes the Declaration, he misses out the very important caveat that this would happen "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine". How then could the WHOLE of the Mandated territory be given to the Jewish people?! And if it was, Israel would now not exist as the possibility of the small Jewish population taking on and defending BOTH sides of the Jordan River would have been impossible. Yet this is used by Arden to harp on about about British duplicity. Incidentally, the Balfour Declaration was not some international treaty or legal instrument - it was simply a letter from Balfour to Baron Rothschild. I have to say that the author's Anglophobia is a bit ridiculous at times. He tries to suggest that the British were anti-semitic and systematically biased against the Jewish people. If that was the case, why was Herbert Samuel appointed High Commissioner of Palestine? Samuel was Jewish (Arden completely omits this fact from his book!) Indeed, at one point he states that "the British" appointed the noted anti-semite and subsequent Nazi symapthiser Amin al-Husseini as Mufti of Jerusalem. In fact, the decision to grant al-Husseini the position was made by Samuel (this is not mentioned). No mention of Orde Wingate either. I am not defending the British actions in inter-war Palestine, but a bit of balance and also acknowledgment of some basic facts is missing from what otherwise is a good book.


Celtic Paranoia: The Laptop Loyal Diaries
Celtic Paranoia: The Laptop Loyal Diaries
by Anthony Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.78

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, 17 Jan. 2014
The mainstream media in Scotland, in particular the sports media, pander sickeningly to Celtic. They bend over backwards to give the sectarian club's supporters a free pass on their celebration of terrorism, anti-Scottish and anti-Protestant prejudice. It is thus hilarious to see a book that reverses the truth. Black is white, night is day. Celtic are victims. All referees are Rangers fans. A secret cabal of Masons and Orangemen control Scottish football. You get the picture.
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Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; Or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus
Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; Or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus
by Diane Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fact or fiction, 10 July 2012
Given that there's never been any serpent handling churches in Texas....EVER......I am somewhat skeptical of the rest of the book.


The Hot 'Cold War': The USSR in Southern Africa
The Hot 'Cold War': The USSR in Southern Africa
by Vladimir Shubin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and important historical account, 17 Jun. 2012
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This book, far from being "turgid" is well-written and a detailed "insider" account of the role the Soviet Union played in the liberation struggles in southern Africa. It is a fascinating account that really provides an insight into the way in which politics and personalities alongside geopolitics played out. The author does a great job in debunking some popular myths that have entered the historiographical popular wisdom. This book will likely be the standard text for anyone interested in how the Soviets aided in the fight against colonialism and apartheid in the region - whilst Britain, USA, Portugal etc did their best to oppose this.


Paisley: From Demagogue to Democrat?
Paisley: From Demagogue to Democrat?
by Ed Moloney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet job, 27 Dec. 2008
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If one were to take out all the adjectives, invective and unsourced/unreferenced anecdotes and rumours, one would be left with a pamphlet of a few dozen pages. Totally biased and ahistorical, the author would have it that Paisley was personally and single-handedly responsible for the Troubles! The book has no merit as a serious biography, but simply reflects Maloney's own bitterness against Paisley.

Incidentally, to the reviewer who refers to Paisley "skipping off to the front-line in er,...Wales", I think you'll find that Paisley was 16 when he went to the theological school in Wales and actually took part in Home Guard duties.
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Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today
Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today
by Polly Toynbee
Edition: Paperback

18 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short memory!, 1 Oct. 2008
Three years ago Toynbee wrote "Better or Worse: Has Labour Delivered?" This intervention gave the verdict that New Labour had delivered and that Britain was safer, better educated and better off all round thanks to Tony Blair. Forward to 2008 and suddenly Toynbee is talking about a totally different and unrecognisable country compared to her "Better or Worse" effort. Given that she is a famed New Labour luvvie, her indictment of modern Britain is an indictment of New Labour's record and by extension, is an indictment of Toynbee and her ilk.
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