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One man's tale, one man's considerable impact

Advantages: Fascinating, easy to read
Disadvantages: A little too much post-War material for me

(A little galling to propose this product and have a "Lifted" review bag the "First review" - but there you go!!) This book tells a gripping story, and its fascination derives from several factors. Firstly, it is essentially one man’s wartime story. ...

2mennycds 19.03.2017 · Read full review
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Review of Behind Enemy Lines - Sir Tommy MacPherson, Richard Bath

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A superb account of a remarkable hero's life.

Advantages: So touched
Disadvantages: Let me cry

...wish the author had taken more time and expanded on what he did with the resistance instead of all the athletic and business story. I am sure there were many many things that did not make it into the book. Why call it behind the lines when a more correc ...

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Review of Behind Enemy Lines - Sir Tommy MacPherson, Richard Bath

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"We couldn't wait to get back to the desert..."

Advantages: Interesting, easy to read, individual focus, little-known subject
Disadvantages: None - apart from the genre for some

1980. The Iranian Embassy, London. Terrorists seeking autonomy for the Khuzestan province in Iran have taken twenty six people hostage. Almost an hour ago they have killed their first hostage and thrown the body onto the street. They hope that now their ...

2mennycds 24.08.2016 · Read full review
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Review of The Men Who Made the SAS - Gavin Mortimer

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A unique take on the "codebreakers"

Advantages: Fabulous illustrations, facsimile documents, thorough written account
Disadvantages: Tempting to browse rather than read

At the outset of this review I think I should say that, unlike the subject of most my book reviews, I DIDN’T buy this book from my local “The Works”. It’s only fair to add, though, that Mrs M DID buy it there, as a present for me! Feel free to skip the ...

2mennycds 05.01.2017 · Read full review
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Review of Bletchley Park The Secret Archives - Sinclair McKay

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Plague, disease . . . and Elizabeth I stealing the silver?

Advantages: incredibly detailed, builds up a great picture of Tudor life, accessible
Disadvantages: you'll need to like history to like this

...If you wanted a book that would tell you how people in general lived during the Elizabethan period, you could do far worse than read this one. I think I had vaguely heard of it before I spotted it on sale in Waterstones for £8.99 and decided it was worth ...

KateHurst 16.11.2015 · Read full review
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Review of The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England - Ian Mortimer

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