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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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The world is not as you thought it was

Advantages: an important theory regarding mans early history
Disadvantages: quite a technical in its presentation

In my everlasting quest to find the true roots of rise to power I read many books that cover the same territory, once you push back into the darkest shadows of our earliest times, there is only so much you can find to discuss. Urbanization, global politic ...

steerpyke 15.04.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Civilization One - Alan Butler, Christopher Knight

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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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Union Jack

Advantages: A talented author, compelling read
Disadvantages: Structure of the book - seemed last minute dot com

Author: Ian Jack writes for the ‘Guardian.’ Duration: 325 pages - - Publishing House Vintage claim that the journals date from: 1989-2000, but in real terms articles go up to 2009. The essays are not in chronological order - the timescale is disjo ...

1st2thebar 15.05.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain - Ian Jack

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