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The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
3.84
I was recently referred to this book by Goodreads friend Roz, who didn't know that I'd already read it. For those who don't know Ferguson he's a proli ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
The Benn Diaries: 1940-1990
4.19
That's more like it. Real Labour rather than New Labour. What must Tony (who once tried to talk me into becoming a politician) and Ralph Milliband thi ...more
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Oct 22, 2008
 
The Fall of Public Man
4.10
The most important contribution to the dialogue with the unfinished project of Karl Marx since Guy DeBord comes from the canon of former London School ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 16, 2008
 
Resolution 786: A Novel in Three Acts Telling Cuneiform Tales of Love and War and God and Lust and Loss
4.80
For narrative power, this novel blows the socks off of Salman Rushdie any day. It's mixture of realist diegesis with the surreal invokes Vonneghut. It ...more
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Jan 04, 2009
 
A Prayer for the Dying
3.75
In the 1970s, when Higgins still taught adult education in Leeds and was clearly styling himself on Ted Lewis, he wrote some brilliant books. This was ...more
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Oct 22, 2008
 
Three Plays: Juno and the Paycock / The Shadow of a Gunman / The Plow and the Stars
3.92
A Marxist, a classicist and 20th Century Ireland's greatest playwright. Because of his scrupulous criticism of Republicanism, his revolutionary social ...more
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Oct 26, 2008
 
Empire of the Atom
3.62
A corker of a book in the best traditions of 1950s pulp science fiction. Much better than The Voyage of the Space Beagle, which is all over the place ...more
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Jan 03, 2009
 
The Koran
4.38
A lot of what I said in my review of The Bible applies here, also. After all, Islam is the second main religion of the UK, right? A fantastic read but ...more
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Oct 22, 2008
 
Deadly Secrets
3.88
This wonderful book reveals that great minds DO think alike, but in different ways. A book I'm sort of working on involves a woman whose policeman hus ...more
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Dec 28, 2008
 
One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society
3.98
This book remains as important and flawed as ever and is probably MORE significant now than when it was published in 1964. A couple of weeks back, Nic ...more
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Oct 21, 2008
 
Seduced By Magic (Magical Seduction, #1)
3.71
I never could write fantasy fiction myself. Too much gritty realism in all those crime thrillers, I guess, and even my (cyberpunk) science fiction has ...more
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Dec 29, 2008
 
Spies, Lies and the War on Terror
4.50
A superb and thought provoking selection on how the war on terror has been subverted to service the agendas of a declining Imperialism. My father (who ...more
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Dec 14, 2008
 
Confidential Communications
3.83
Aha, a writer whose stuff I've actually read!
Always great to meet another crime writer. I've a couple coming out over the next few months myself and I
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Dec 20, 2008
 
The Murder of Rachel Nickell - SOLVED
4.60
True crime books cane be purely sensationalist or tell us something worthwhile. This book inclines towards the latter and is well worth the "read." I ...more
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Dec 20, 2008
 
Sleep Before Evening
4.81
I havn't read this book yet but it looks intriguing - especially as my latest (graphic) novel is about a young, female graphic artist who is spirallin ...more
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Jan 25, 2009
 
The Wretched of the Earth
4.15
Lousy non-Marxist apology for Third World dictatorship that completely writes off the working class and comforts every dictatorship from ASlgiers to H ...more
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Oct 19, 2008
 
The Other Face of Terror
3.83
I first read this book many years ago and shortly after I first started getting active in anti-fascist politics. Basically, it's a memoir of how Ray H ...more
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Jun 11, 2010
 
Black President. Rick Schmidt
5.00
A timely piece that looks at the whole era since Iran Contra. A must read for anyone interested in the dark underside of US politics
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Oct 20, 2008
 
Tour:Smart: And Break the Band
4.23
If "free is the new black" - and I believe it is - then this is the Talmud, Bible and Koran for ALL creatives hoping to exploit the free media to get ...more
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Dec 20, 2009
 
Sergio Leone: Something to Do With Death
4.28
I recently re-read this book because I've added it to the reading list on the film studies course where I am course leader. It's brilliant - quite the ...more
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Nov 07, 2008
 
Kingdom Come
3.36
Ballard's last book was also his best. His vision of a near future in which fascist nationalism has become a consumerist brand with loyalty cards atta ...more
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Sep 24, 2010
 
National Question
3.83
When I wrote my symapthetic 5 part TV documentary on Northern Ireland Loyalism this was my point of departure. Luxembourg KNEW that the Polish Left (a ...more
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Oct 19, 2008
 
UVF
3.53
This book has problems but it is probably the best work on the UVF (and one of the best on Loyalist paramilitaries) since David Boulton of World in Ac ...more
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Oct 21, 2008
 
Absolute Friends
3.55
There's a funny thing about John Le Carre (aka David Cornwall). While his Smiley series of coldwar novels were good he really came into his own when t ...more
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Oct 20, 2008
 
Burmese Days
3.81
George Orwell once derided Graham Greene for writing novels set in Africa that had hardly any black characters at all. In this, Greene revealed his de ...more
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Oct 22, 2008
 
Black Skin, White Masks
4.22
Flawed attempt to explain colonialism and the struggle against it in psychoanalytical terms. bereft of class analysis. In contrast to CLR James (a muc ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Watchmen
4.32
Before you see the film (which Moore has denounced) check out the greatest graphic novel EVER by one of Britain's greatest graphic novel producers. I ...more
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Dec 14, 2008
 
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
3.80
Sadly, this is a book that should have been published when Bush was still in office, had just stole the election in Florida and was cynically exploiti ...more
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Jan 05, 2009
 
Tokyo Year Zero (Tokyo Trilogy, #1)
3.24
David Peace is my favourite writer and I was most flattered when my retrospective crime thriller ENEMY WITHIN (set during the miners strike) was compa ...more
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Oct 17, 2008
 
Holy Bible: King James Version
4.39
Seriously, as a work of literature it really rocks - particularly the Old Testament. The Book of Job is a must read for movie script writers because i ...more
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Oct 22, 2008
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