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An Illustrated History of Uniforms from 1775-1783: The American Revolutionary War
An Illustrated History of Uniforms from 1775-1783: The American Revolutionary War
by Kevin F. Kiley
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality, April 16, 2014
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First class illustrations coving all side of the conflict, American, French, Spanish, British, Hessian & Indian. Also has a large section on the navel ships involved. I would have like to have had a few more British regular variants that were common for example winter blue overalls but this is still a great book with lots of relevant information for the period.


A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution
A Battlefield Atlas of the American Revolution
by Craig L. Symonds
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice maps but......, April 16, 2014
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This book covers the major battles during the American Revolution, however the maps are somewhat basic and the descriptions are short, most of them down to one or two pages. Missing an order of battle for the units involved is just sloppy and lazy. In many cases you can find more information on Wikipedia. This author could have made this book a lot better by just putting in a little extra effort.


The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I
The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I
by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trilingual holes, August 29, 2011
Some of the reviews have clearly gone overboard, beautiful prose? No, this is not Shakespeare nor Twain, it is a work of non-fiction and won the Pulitzer prize for general non-fiction in 1962. It did not win the history prize and rightly so because it has glaring holes in it. Starting in 1910 and covering the first few months of WW1 it outlines the outbreak of the Great War. Its great strengths are its portrayal of many of the main characters during this period and brings them to life that few others have been able to do. It outlines the German advance to deadlock period in the West and the first Russian defeat in the East well and is referred to as a classic for the period it covers, and what it covers it covers well. However I cannot give this five stars for a number of reasons. First, Barbara Tuchman falls into the annoying trap of writing a book in English and then filling it with lines of French and German, oddly, some she then goes on to translate and others she does not- just write them in English in the first place and be done with it. Second, she does nowhere near a good enough job to explain the causes of "The Great war", assassination, alliances and time tables is more akin to a poor history teacher blitzing through the subject to get to one they are more interested in. The omission of the Balkans and the decades of power struggle both internally within its borders and externally through Imperial Russia, Austria Hungary, Ottomans and latterly France is disappointing and in my opinion removes the book from being a classic. You cannot put the war into any context by not addressing this, the German Empire will always get to wear the 'Black Hat" even before the invasion of neutral Belgium if the Balkans is ignored as Tuchman has done. Third, this applies only to the smaller paperback edition, the maps are unreadable, buy the larger paperback or hardback otherwise unless you live in the region or have a lot of background knowledge for this period you will get lost fast.
I still give the book 4 stars as Tuchman writes history in a very readable format far better then many of the dry history writers but if you are looking for prose for the period read many of the fine poets from the time, not non-fiction writers.
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Monty: The Battles of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
Monty: The Battles of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
by Nigel Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, August 29, 2011
A well written if a some what biased history of one of the allies most famous WW2 Commanders. The book does give a good in-site into the mind and world of Field Marshal Montgomery as he viewed it but does little to examine the arguments from critics of him (there are many). When you see chapters named "In Marlborough's Footsteps", you know that you are reading another pro British Conservative view of the world, never the less there are some good insights that Hamilton has dugout. I do believe it help put into context Arnham (his only defeat), Monty in his arrogance believed it was 90% successful, in reality it was a flop, a secure crossing of the Rhine was not achieved and Monty knew it. However I do not believe he should shoulder the full blame alone for this, by late 1944 allied command believed the German war machines back was broken and a bold final push was all that was required. Bottom line is Ike liked the plan and approved the plan and like Monty and others had seriously underestimated the German army. I do not believe that he would have entertained a plan like Market-Garden in 1942-43 but if it had achieved its main goal Monty would be regarded as one of the greatest generals in history and most likely ended the war in 1944 saving many thousands of lives (including Soviets). I can't blame the allied high command for trying, the potential gain of capturing the Ruhr valley before Christmas was worth it. For all his failings, which he had many off, his successes cannot be discounted. In 1940 he understood combined arms theory more then many of the officers above him, he took a defeated army and turned it into a winning army, he was the first western commander to defeat the Wehrmacht in a major land battle, he rewrote the Normandy invasion plan to help ensure its success and helped free Europe from the Nazis. May 1945 Von Friedeburg on behalf of Donitz and Keitel surrendered to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery so ending WW2 says a lot.


The Lord of the Rings: Tactics - Sony PSP
The Lord of the Rings: Tactics - Sony PSP
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game on PSP, September 8, 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Lots of people have given this game 5 stars, why? In a nut shell this is the best game on the PSP at time of writing. Great graphics, fantastic game play. I bought my PSP a year ago and have not used it much because of the many very poor games out there for it. LORT has change that. Thank you LORT team for bring me this wonderful game!


Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great for for 1/2 Day. Highly over rated., December 11, 2008
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Left 4 Dead (Video Game)
Yes it has great graphics and it runs well. We all love killing zombies & kill them you can.
The problem & it is a huge one, is, there are only four small levels, few weapons, no upgrades and little objectives then kill zombies and receive pointless badge rewards. It is more like a game expansion then the real deal. The end result is many people will get bored fast playing this.

This could have been so much more but somewhere the plot was left out! If it was sub $20 I would give it one more star.

It requires steam (which I do not like as a concept) so you have to have internet to install and play. They will no doubt release extra levels on their Steam site & you will have to pay for each one, so some people will end up paying a huge about for what the game should have contained in its release. Avoid & spend your money on a more complete game.
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Film Soundtrack)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Film Soundtrack)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweeney Todd, The CD Version., December 9, 2008
First off, this is a review if the CD not the DVD Movie, which I give five stars to. Depp is a very good actor & really suits the role well in Tim Burton's interruption of Sodheims musical. On the CD you cannot see the visual acting skills on display so it has to stand on the music. Here Depp is not so strong, he does have a good voice but just can't get around some of the higher/longer notes but still puts in a good performance. Worst by far is Helena Bonham Carter performance as Mrs Lovett. She can neither sing nor act that well.
Sacha Baron Cohen, as Pirelli produces a fine performance as does Alan Rickman (Harry Potter fame) as Judge Turpin. I still like the CD; it has more of a rock opera flair then a Broadway musical feel. One thing to note is that Burton made a darker version of the musical then Sodheims original, who's humor, has been left out.


Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas
by Roger W. Sinnott
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $16.04
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If only it was bigger or smaller, August 18, 2008
This is a good field guide at the telescope. I like the layout and the information contained within it. Spiral bound is a plus, allowing you to lay it flat and not loose pages after a few weeks. However, I know it's a pocket book but its not! It's a little to big to be a pocket book and to small for easy identification of stellar targets. The size is just wrong! Bigger and it would be awesome, smaller and it would be very handy, as it is I use an old 1970s Patrick Moore book that is pocket size.
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CCD Astrophotography: High-Quality Imaging from the Suburbs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)
CCD Astrophotography: High-Quality Imaging from the Suburbs (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series)
by Adam M. Stuart
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better, August 18, 2008
At first I did not like the book much and it sat on my shelve. I revisited it recently and have changed my mind. There is a lot of information contained within its pages. It may not be the best laid out book for beginners and the Observatory section needs to be dropped, never the less if you read through it you can learn a lot. It is with out doubt an improvement on some of the astrophotography books in the Practical Astronomy series, some of which should never have been printed but there is still room for a good intro book in this area.


A Wrinkle in the Skin
A Wrinkle in the Skin
by John Christopher
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.66
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi at is Best, December 17, 2007
This review is from: A Wrinkle in the Skin (Paperback)
This is a page turner and a classic. Written in 1965 this book is timeless. Highly Recommend!


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