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All you ever wanted to know about Pompeii and its citizens

Advantages: Gripping history of the life and times of this ancient city
Disadvantages: None unless you aren't interested in history

Introduction No amount of reading can ever prepare a person for their first sight of Pompeii. It absolutely blows you away. As you enter the city through the Marine Gate then walk along the same streets once used by the original inhabitants, passin ...

ladybracknell 09.11.2010 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Pompeii: The Living City - Alex Butterworth

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Mary Queen of Scots and Her Exciting Life

Advantages: Funny, lots of information, nicely presented
Disadvantages: Best for children

* Mary Queen of Scots and Her Hopeless Husbands (Dead Famous) Review * This book is part of the quite popular Dead Famous series which I quite recently got in a box set and each book averaged out at about £2 instead of the usual £4.99 which was quit ...

mariofan123 15.10.2009 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Mary Queen of Scots and Her Hopeless Husbands - Margaret Simpson

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The Birth of An Industrial Super Power Underwritten in Blood.

Advantages: Comprehensive, meticulous, fascinating at times
Disadvantages: Factual, will be too dry for some

Iíve always been fascinated by history. In particular, Iíve always been drawn to those monsters who have managed the unspeakable; things that we can only imagine until people like me and you have actually read first-hand accounts of what went on. There ha ...

Brummie699 15.12.2010 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar - Simon Sebag Montefiore

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When William came, saw and conquered

Advantages: Penetrating, thoroughly researched account of the conquest, before, and after
Disadvantages: None - except perhaps not a light read

When did the Norman conquest of England start and end? This generous panoramic history takes a wide sweep of almost the whole of the eleventh century in England, although as the title indicates, the focal point is that pivotal date of 1066. The book ...

JOHNV 14.04.2013 ∑ Read full review
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Review of The Norman Conquest - Marc Morris

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It's Grim Up North

Advantages: Absolutely fascinating
Disadvantages: None - honestly, I can't think of anything.

1984 Imagine a land where everyone has been brainwashed into believing that there's no better place to live, no place where the leader loves his people more or looks after them better. Imagine growing up with a sense that your land is ...

koshkha 06.01.2012 ∑ Read full review
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Review of Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

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