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Return to Rwanda

Advantages: Personal insights, simple style, emotional
Disadvantages: None

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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Diamond review  A great insight into Caroline & pirate radio for those new to it

Advantages: Very informative/insightful, great layout (easy to dip in and out of), photos (incl. documents)
Disadvantages: Slightly dry or long winded to start off with perhaps, 'RC' credit not explained (see below)

- Introduction - I've been relatively interested in 60s-80s music over the last few years and having seen the movie 'The Boat That Rocked' recently, it made me interested to find out more about the days of pirate radio, from a business and political view ...

IzzyS 22.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Radio Caroline: The True Story of the Boat that Rocked - Ray Clark

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Not So Shangri-La

Advantages: Very readable insight into the history and currency of Nepal
Disadvantages: None

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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Anatomy of a Catastrophe - Europe Goes to War 1914 (Max Hastings)

Advantages: Broad scope, engaging narrative, fascinating military history
Disadvantages: Diplomatic history not so assured, bias in focus towards Western front

As the year 2014 begins we find ourselves approaching the centenary one of the most dramatic and terrible years in world history. The UK government has put aside funding for commemoration of the First World War (1914-18) and has insisted that this will be ...

MikeOCarroll 14.01.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914 - Max Hastings

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Putting a stamp (or several) on history

Advantages: Unusual and interesting treatment of two themes
Disadvantages: If you're interested - none

As a once enthusiastic philatelist and lover of history, I started reading this book with even more curiosity than usual. The subtitle suggested a very intriguing approach, but would it work? I’m glad to report that it did. The book The author i ...

JOHNV 31.07.2013 · Read full review
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Review of First Class A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps - Chris West

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