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All you ever wanted to know about Pompeii and its citizens

Advantages: Gripping history of the life and times of this ancient city
Disadvantages: None unless you aren't interested in history

Introduction No amount of reading can ever prepare a person for their first sight of Pompeii. It absolutely blows you away. As you enter the city through the Marine Gate then walk along the same streets once used by the original inhabitants, passin ...

ladybracknell 09.11.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Pompeii: The Living City - Alex Butterworth

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If ancient Rome had tabloids...

Advantages: A look into the personal lives of the early Caesars
Disadvantages: Overlooks some important events in favour of personal tales

'Not much is known about the life of Gaius Suetonius Tranquillis. He was probably born in A.D. 69--the famous 'year of four Emperors'--when his father, a Roman knight, served as a colonel in a regular legion and took part in the Battle of Baetricum.' ...

frkurt 10.11.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Twelve Caesars - Michael Grant Suetonius (Editor)

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From Scotland to the South Seas

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"The King of the Cannibals" is the biography of the often-forgotten missionary to the New Hebrides, John Paton. It is too easy to imagine that when 'Britannia ruled the waves', that natives were bombed into a submission and adopting a new religion. "The ...

Jeremiah 22.06.2000 · Read full review
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Review of King of the Cannibals - Jim Cromarty

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Jeremy's starter for ten on who are the English

Advantages: Well-researched, factual, gently irrerevent, thoroughly readable
Disadvantages: None

...As someone who considers himself English but a quarter Scottish, 'and who knows what else further back', Michael Howard’s favourite interviewer is well placed to produce what is basically a new millennium look at the state of the nation (if you're S ...

JOHNV 19.10.2001 · Read full review
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Review of The English - Jeremy Paxman

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Stiff upper lip

Advantages: Interesting and well-written - a different look at all things English
Disadvantages: The maps aren't pink any more ;-)

...How would you define being English? What is the essence of ‘Englishness’? Seems an easy question to tackle, but the more you think about it, the clearer it becomes that England is no longer a nation of tea drinking, cucumber sandwich-eating sh ...

JVL 07.07.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The English - Jeremy Paxman

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