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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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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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An ever-warring family

Advantages: Very comprehensive, wide-ranging account of the dynasty
Disadvantages: None

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 ...

JOHNV 23.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Tudor: The Family Story - Leanda de Lisle

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How Europe went to the brink, and beyond

Advantages: Wide-ranging, detailed, incisive look at the years leading up to war
Disadvantages: The occasional omission or questionable argument, inevitable in a book of this nature

One could argue that the main title of this book is slightly questionable. Throughout the half-century or so preceding the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, Europe had rarely been a conflict-free zone, with the Franco-Prussian, Graeco-Turkish and Balkan w ...

JOHNV 04.01.2014 · Read full review
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Review of The War That Ended Peace How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War - Margaret MacMillan

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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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