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We Saw Spain Die by Paul Preston
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Never knew anything about the Spanish Civil War before reading this except for the name of the eventual dictator. For me it was very informative garnering the knowledge of how it paved the way for World War II and the rise of Fascism in Europe. Guern...more
Interesting Times by Stephen Briggs
Interesting Times: The Play
by Stephen Briggs
read in November, 2012
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Always a fan of the Rincewind character. So far as the discworld novels go this one's a fairly well written acid journey, all easy to understand, fun to follow and very much making fun of revolution, a culture here or there in a good natured tone, an...more
1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke
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easy reading history lesson & extras. well worth a read if you dont fancy trawling through a gruelling 6000 page study on the battle of such & such a place. i think i've captured it quite nicely.
Night Passage by Robert B. Parker
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My first Jesse Stone novel. The characters are very well developed but it ended really quickly. I havent been this disappointed with a brief ending since reading bram stokers dracula
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil
by Friedrich Nietzsche
read in April, 2012
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Nietzsche strives to seperate science & truth, christianity being the mixing bowl with the morals that branch from it. He engenders his "will to power" vehemently. The renunciation of the modus operandi of current society, mostly crying out for t...more
Human, All Too Human by Friedrich Nietzsche
Human, All Too Human
by Friedrich Nietzsche
read in April, 2012
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Nietzsche strives to seperate science & truth, christianity being the mixing bowl with the morals that branch from it. He engenders his "will to power" vehemently. The renunciation of the modus operandi of current society, mostly crying out for t...more
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas by Robin Harvie
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i really dont care who's an atheist, a fundamentalist or an agnostic, so judging this book purely on it's entertainment merit it was funny at first but the further you delve into the depths of the pages the duller it gets. out of the many chapters i'...more
1453 by Roger Crowley
1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
by Roger Crowley
recommended for: history enthusiasts
read in March, 2011
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like a book i recently read about the illusive figure in history known as tamerlane this portrayal of the siege of constantinople by mehmet (fatih to his own) relies heavily on few accounts and lacks conclusive detail. however the author roger crowle...more
Tamerlane by Justin Marozzi
Tamerlane: Sword Of Islam, Conqueror Of The World
by Justin Marozzi
recommended for: those who enjoy reading about such historical figures as genghis khan or attila
read in December, 2010
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i enjoyed it as it illuminated some middle eastern history (an area i've not read alot about) and most importantly brought a historical figure to my attention that i'd never heard of. problem is like so many historical figures (and i know it's not th...more
Millennium by Tom Holland
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as informative as rubicon but ultimately more interesting due to the general lack of knowledge of the period
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