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The assassination that unleashed a world war

Advantages: Fascinating biography of the Archduke and his family, and history of the assasination
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...Possibly no assassination can have had such momentous consequences for the history of the world as that of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, in June 1914. It was their killing which led directly t ...

JOHNV 27.11.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Murder that Changed the World - Greg King, Sue Woolmans

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She became an MP - even with that hair, Lady Astor

Advantages: Well-written, extremely interesting, and the author comes across as genuinely likeable
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Who could resist a title like that? And is this a former librarian or someone like that? The answer is no. The book So why the title? Shirley Catlin, as she was born in 1930, tells us in the early pages of this memoir that during her childhood her ...

JOHNV 25.11.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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A woman who likes a challenge

Advantages: Brilliant title, a very interesting memoir of a life in politics
Disadvantages: She's a Liberal Democrat!; there are places I would have liked to know more

Now in her 80s, a British politician looks back over her long political career. Shirley Williams is perhaps most famous for being one of the Gang of Four, a group of MPs who broke away from the Labour Party in 1981 to found the Social Democratic Party ...

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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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Quality Queens Book

Advantages: Interesting subject, easy to read but still gives lots of information
Disadvantages: Frequent second-guessing about thoughts and feelings of those involved

As part of research for my eBook series, and because I enjoy reading about other areas of history, I buy and read quite a lot of history books. One of the best ones I’ve read this year is “Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe” by Nancy Gold ...

MentalSarcasm 20.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Four Queens The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe - Nancy Goldstone

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The story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants

Advantages: A fantastic read! Very interesting and engaging.
Disadvantages: The language is difficult to understand at times.

"Roots" is one of those novels that you hear about but never really have the time to read. I've always wanted to read it but the length of it has always deterred me. It must be said that I'm not an avid reader and I mainly read chic lit and the odd crime ...

Sandra24 30.01.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Roots - Alex Haley

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