Latest reviews in Political Books »

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
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Life and Death in Shanghai - Nien Cheng

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

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
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Life and Death in Shanghai - Nien Cheng

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

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
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of The Great Terror: A Reassessment - Robert Conquest

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

WHERE DID IT GO WRONG?

Advantages: Well argued and easy to read
Disadvantages: An interest in politics essential

'What's Left?' is a personal critique of the state of the political Left in the west by left wing journalist and author Nick Cohen. For the purposes of the book and of this review The Left is interchangeable with liberals and roughly means those that bel ...

Mauri 12.03.2007 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way - Nick Cohen

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Politics isn't just Democracy

Advantages: Clear concise overview of the development of the concept
Disadvantages: Obviously can't go into much depth, but neglects contemporary debate in favour of historical overview

**Please note, this category is wrong. Bernard Crick didn't write the Very Short Introduction to Politics (that was by Kennth Minogue, no relation to the other K. Minogue as far as I'm aware). This opinion is on Crick's Very Short Introduction to Democrac ...

a-true-ben 26.01.2003 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of A Very Short Introduction to Politics - Bernard Crick

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money