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Death defying

Advantages: An auto-biography of a 'real' person
Disadvantages: Quite dark.

Over the years I have read many autobiographies written by Chinese women about their lives prior to, during and since communism and the Cultural Revolution. For the most part they have been interesting, moving and informative with the odd exception. Hav ...

Essexgirl2006 23.10.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Life and Death in Shanghai - Nien Cheng

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Life after Shanghai

Advantages: Gritty emotional read
Disadvantages: Nothing that springs to mind

I wanted a book of substance, a book that could maybe give me a different look onto people’s lives and what makes us who we are. I pondered through the shelves at my local library, feeling slightly irate at pompous attempts by "celebrities" wanting us to ...

Mens 01.06.2004 · Read full review
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Maverick

Advantages: Very readable and interesting
Disadvantages: Perhaps an interest in politics would help

Isn't Blackpool loathsome?" writes Alan Clark in his diary entry for the 1973 Tory conference. "On the Promenade - vulgar, common primitives drifting about in groups or standing, loitering, prominently." And if you think he was a bit harsh on the general ...

Jake_Speed 25.03.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Diaries: Into Politics - Alan Clark

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Very Witty

Advantages: Witty, well written, Candid, good account of a turbulent time
Disadvantages: Not to every ones tastes

Alan Clark Diaries “Into Politics” are his own hand written diaries, transferred into print. They are his thoughts on the major events of the times. Alan Clark was a conservative MP, most of the time on the backbenches, throughout the Thatch ...

KingHerrod 24.01.2001 · Read full review
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The Great Terror

Advantages: A very informative, up-to-date account of the purges.
Disadvantages: Not for everyone, requires some basic knowledge.

The Great Terror is an extensive book on Stalin's purges during the years 1934 and 1939. It not only focuses on why they happened but how Stalin was able to take power and then crush his opponents. The Great Terror was originally written in 1968, at ...

salem_witch 17.03.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Great Terror: A Reassessment - Robert Conquest

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