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bill morrison "Long car journeys need a long audio book. Serious but not depressing, funny but not a joke fest. "Solar" is the benchmark." RSS Feed (geneva, switzerland)

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5.0 out of 5 stars wish I read read this before my first publishing attempt. ., September 22, 2014
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easy to understand, a good walk through the basics. I learned through the KDP help functions, but this makes life nice and easy.


1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War
1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced and very clear, August 18, 2012
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This must rank as one of the most sensitive subjects in recent history but the author certainly seems to play with a very even hand. All sides come in for open critisism and equally recognition is given to those who tried to act humanely in increadiby challenging circumstances.

His coverage of the long led up to the war gives excellent context. for someone new to the subject it is an excellent one volume history.


Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Debt: The First 5,000 Years

34 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a terrible terrible book. Avoid unless you have 12 hours to waste, February 18, 2012
Normally I never finish books that I hate but this was so hugely awful that I felt compelled to complete it with the desperate hope that there was some value in its concusions after a stunningly terrible journey.

The early comment that there has never been a society based on barter but many based on debt was a great hook until a few minutes thought made me realise that debt which is not repaid in cash but with some other form of good or service at a later date is simply asymetrical barter. Just because I repay your help in fixing my roof with a bag of corn when the crops come in does not mean that no barter takes place - just that there is a time lag in the transaction. Using debt recording devices such as tally sticks as the author mentions really just emphsises that the debt will be repaid in some form not that barter does not exist.

The author's frequent implicite praise of debt forgiveness in ancient societies does not stand up to scrutiny. These debt eliminations were an act of fiat by absolute rulers (tyrants in modern terminology)who sought to create emotional endebtedness by gift giving through the use of eliminating debts incurred to other people. A bit like a political candidate saying "vote for me and I will make VISA cancel your outstanding balance. All I demand is your eternal love and gratitude for my gift to you of someone else's money."

The end was too awful to desribe. The output of hundreds of pages of slipshod writing and monsterously twisted statement (e.g. Iraq was invaded because is moved to trading oil in Euros not Dollars) was an appallingly plaintive moan along the lines that modern capitalism is terrible and surely we can do better. Just too,too empty and silly a book and a dreadful piece of nonsense. Do not read this book unless you want a theme park quality experience of the mad vision of the world provided by loony academics.
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The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance
The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance
by Robert E. Wright
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read., August 11, 2008
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A very easy and fun book to read on a subject I had never heard of before. Lots of great material on how individuals managed to get by and to thrive during the early years of America. Recommended


1812: War with America
1812: War with America
by Jon Latimer
Edition: Hardcover
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting new history book on great subject., August 11, 2008
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Latimer's book feels like a definitive account of a conflict that is very poorly understood or studied. The book is obviously not written to be a dry recounting of troop movements or a collection of anecdotes strung together as some seem to be. The author is not shy about making some sharp comments, but his claims are very well documented with a huge volume of endnotes.

Great stuff!


If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy -From the Revolution to the War of 1812
If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy -From the Revolution to the War of 1812
by George C. Daughan
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, June 26, 2008
quite fun to read but more of a collection of anecdotes than a history. I think I need to find more books on this subject since this was a bit on the "tales of valor" side of things.


One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe
One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe
by Robert E. Wright
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy and accessable, June 26, 2008
Anyone intersted in US history will enjoy this book, it was an easy read on what I thought would be a complicated subject.

The author keeps the subject interesting by mixing the "big picture" of international finance with political skullduggery at home and shines more light on the much maligned Alexander Hamilton's role in safeguarding America's first years.


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