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Danger in the skies over London

Advantages: Atmospheric detailed portrait of London during the war years
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It seems that only recently, with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War upon us, that historians have really looked thoroughly at the social history aspect and the effect it had on the population at home. Jerry White, who has already made ...

JOHNV 07.03.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War - Jerry White

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Return to Rwanda

Advantages: Personal insights, simple style, emotional
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During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, David Belton was working as a producer and director for the BBCs Newsnight programme, for which he covered the genocide along with a reporter and small crew. He also co-wrote and produced the feature film Shooting Dogs ...

eilidhcatriona 06.08.2014 · Read full review
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Review of When the Hills Ask for Your Blood - David Belton

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So what exactly is money?

Advantages: Interesting, thought-provoking read
Disadvantages: On the whole, rather heavy-going

Occasionally books are not exactly what they seem. When I picked this up, read the blurb and began reading, I was expecting a kind of biography or history of money through the ages. The opening chapter, which consisted of a brief sketch of the economy o ...

JOHNV 12.08.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Money: The Unauthorised Biography - Felix Martin

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An ever-warring family

Advantages: Very comprehensive, wide-ranging account of the dynasty
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So many books have been published recently on various aspects of Tudor history that it becomes ever harder to find a new angle or approach to the subject. Leanda de Lisle has thus pulled off the almost-impossible. Her starting point is not the battle of ...

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Review of Tudor: The Family Story - Leanda de Lisle

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Not So Shangri-La

Advantages: Very readable insight into the history and currency of Nepal
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Visiting Nepal at the turn of the century (February 2000) clearly gave me no insight into the country's history at all. We were unashamedly sold the Shangri-la hippy dream of the country of Never Ending Peace And Love. And yes, we bought it. Goin ...

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Review of Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy - Manjushree Thapa

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