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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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The assassination that unleashed a world war

Advantages: Fascinating biography of the Archduke and his family, and history of the assasination
Disadvantages: None

...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
Disadvantages: None

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 ...

elkiedee 24.06.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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A quest for the beginning and the end.

Advantages: a wealth of information, a real eye-opener
Disadvantages: a long read and a lot of information.

Graham Hancocks work has always been bordering on the controversial, as far as the main stream academic world is concerned, but that has always been the price paid for pushing the boundaries. Academic frontiers tend to travel at the same rate as the world ...

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Review of Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock

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