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Brilliant

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Reviewed: 20-02-2020

This is a brilliant analysis of the failure of Appeasement and Chamberlain’s miscalculation of dealing with the devil. If Chamberlain and his colleagues had read Mein Kampf he would have understood the nature of the Beast he was dealing with. Chamberlain may have been well intentioned but lacked the insight of a true political leader. Leadership is about analysis and showing direction which he lacked. The British Upper Classes were in a sense to blame lacking true insight and intelligence. If you give a bully free rein then what is written in the famous novel Lord of the Flies becomes true. If Chamberlain had stood up to Mussolini in the first case, and then Hitler occupying the Rhineland then indeed history may indeed been different. Essential reading for all those lambs who wish to lie down with the wolves.

A hypocrite and a liar

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Reviewed: 27-01-2020

Firstly this is an excellent book made probably better by the narration. Blake was a spy, a pious Marxist fanatic who denies the true that he caused the death of many people. Like people of his ilk he justifies his actions for the better good which has proven communism and authoritarian rule as mere twaddle. I started to feel some sympathy for Blake half way through the book, however, I have nothing but revulsion for what he did as the end came in sight. Predestination? Rubbish talk. Sooner he dies the better.

Absolutely excellent.

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Reviewed: 04-01-2020

One of the best Le Caree novels ever, and the audio performance was brilliant. Highly recommended.

The best one yet!

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Reviewed: 01-01-2020

Remarkable story, very ingenious plot and excellent narration by Jonathan Keeble. Can Castas make a comeback, or is the end of the series? I do look forward to more from Ian Ross!

Absolutely brilliant

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Reviewed: 21-12-2019

Ian Mortimer is a brilliant social historian. He writes with flair and humour. The book indeed takes you back to Restoration Britain. The narrator is excellent and keeps the listener interested from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

Absolutely excellent

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Reviewed: 12-12-2019

Listening to the actual voice of Clive James read this excellent book is indeed wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyable. I have learned a lot from this great Australian intellectual who was not afraid to admit his own mistakes. It is a pity that more contemporary writers do not have the depth of understanding or knowledge that James had. A great loss to Western Civilisation.

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More about the US financial crash of 2008

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Reviewed: 09-12-2019

Excellent, however, I worry that the insatiable greed of a few in the US will stop. Only one person is in prison because of what happened, and yet huge bonuses and performance payments were paid out. Capitalism has to be reformed. I just hope that Basel 2 goes far enough.

Interest but drawn out

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Reviewed: 02-12-2019

Dickie Mountbatten was a flawed cuckold. His wife strange, moody and mercurial. I made myself finish the but wouldn't recommend it.

Typical Isaacson over done piece of writing

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Reviewed: 26-11-2019

I have the hard copy of this and Isaacson 's biography of Benjamin Franklin's as well which is beautifully presented.

Frankly Isaacson is a boring writer; typically guilds the lily in the American way. It can be compared to biographies of Hamilton amd Grant by other American writers. Long is not necessarily good. Wouldn't recommend this.

How to make something interesting really boring.

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Reviewed: 20-11-2019

An extreme boring narrator. The subject matter is married by PC terms such as BCE and CE rather than BC and AD. Beard is one of those historians who can turn off those interested in the past tedious and drab. I wouldn't recommend reading any of this dull quasi historian to anyone. Leave Beard in her cupboard in Oxford to gather dust. There are much better Roman historians around such as Goldsworthy who make ancient history interesting.