books by Cassell
Meetings with remarkable trees
a Wonderful Tree Lovers Book
This is an amazing book from the stunning photographs to the detailed stories about each remarkable tree. It is also scattered with beautifull 18thC etching of illustrated trees that refer to the tree being discussed.I found this book quite beautiful. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about trees. Or to anyone who is looking for great photograhic reference as I ...
A Life Truly Lived
I just finished reading this epic and came here to see what regular readers have to say about it. 5 stars from me and I will blog about it soon. I loved every page of the book and am envious of those who haven't yet started reading it, for it is a most satisfying journey - the life and thoughts of Kristen Lavransdatter - as child, as maiden, as daughter, as lover, as wife, as sister, as ...
Making Doll's House Miniatures with Polymer Clay
This is the most wonderful book
I made myself a miniature drugstore since I am a pharmacist and I had trouble finding things like mortars and cylinders. Thanks to this book I managed to make the most beautiful look-alike mortars with pestles and all, also a little turn-of-the-century (last century, of course) telephone. The directions are precise and you can really get what you are looking for (and I had never touched polymer ...
The cruel sea
Cassell & co
What a find!
I finally got around to reading this familiar sounding title . . . what a wonderful, wonderful sea/war story. I've read many maritime novels over the years and this one is as good or better than any of them, standing easily in company with the Caine Mutiny, Mutiny on the Bounty, the Edward Beach submarine novels, and so on. This one is quite British, and tells its WWII story from the ...
The gathering storm (His The Second World War)
How does TGS compare with "How War Came" ?
During and after my recent reading of Cameron Watt's book, "How War Came," I thought of Churchill's "The Gathering Storm." They both deal with the same subject: causes of and events leading to World War II. Having read TGS twenty years ago my memories of it were vague. But I remembered it as eloquently written and one of the better reads of my life (I'm 62 and have probably read about 1,000 ...
Yes, all the other reviewers are correct! This really is a great story. It takes a while for the story to get going, but once it does, look out. I bought the audio CD version which was excellent.
Killing Defence at Bridge (Master Bridge Series)
Bridge defence, but not for beginners
This is a book for good defenders. If you don't defend well, you need to learn how to defend before you read this. Kelsey teaches you to practice defending well. And that means counting to 13, over and over and over again. And it helps. If you are indeed a good defender, this will help make you a very good defender. The 15 pages on opening leads helped me more than the rest of the ...
Barry Lyndon; (First novel library)
William Makepeace Thackeray
A Satirical novel about a rascal's rise and fall.
Having seen the movie "Barry Lyndon" by Stanley Kubrick years ago, I was taken aback by this book which is so markedly different than the 1975 film. In the book, Lord Bullingdon is actually the hero, where Kubrick presented him merely as a cowardly cad. Redmond Barry (later as Barry Lyndon)deserves all the evils that befall him and his first person narrative is quite humorous especially when ...
Das Boot: The Boat
Best not to think of the future
Buchheim has an illustrative style which in other writers can be very tiresome - but somehow in this book it serves to highlight the extreme psychological stress of life on a WW2 U-boat - the claustrophobia, helplessness under fire, the total reliance on the split-second judgements of one man, the 30 year old commander they call 'The Old Man'. The only recourse for an individual trapped in this ...
Making Miniature Dolls with Polymer Clay: How to Create and Dress Period Dolls in 1/12 Scale
Excellent even for beginners
I do a lot of different handwork, including very occasional polymer clay, but I bought this book because my then 5 yo daughter loved it. Everytime we went to the store that carried it, I browsed patterns and fabric, she lusted over this book. Finally, I just had to give in to her before someone else bought "her" book. :-) We haven't been disappointed. The illustrations are very clear, and ...
Popski's Private Army
Classic Adventure and War Memoir
I came upon the title character in this book, Vladimir Peniakoff, by reading Pressman's novel "Killing Rommel." Like the novel, this book is a bit deceptive; it is a war memoir but both books are more about intelligent men solving very complex problems under stress- war- rather than being blood-thirsty shoot-em-ups or war-glorifying page turners. Peniakoff -"Popski"- was a multi-lingual ...
Comrades of War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Best Book of the Best Writer Ever
I think Sven Hassel is the best WW2 writer! I don't care if he wasn't there!
Male Impersonators: Men Performing Masculinity
AN INSPIRATION TO TARANTINO?
One of the most interesting - and funniest - books I've ever read, and certainly by far the best on masculinity. I especially enjoyed the masterpiece chapter on the movie 'Top Gun' which completely convincingly interprets it as a gay movie and shows how Cruise's real interest is Val Kilmer not Kelly McGillis. Shortly after this book was published Quentin Tarantino appeared in a film called ...
History of Warfare: The Renaissance at War
The Renaissance at War
This book serves as a great singular introduction to warfare of the late 15th - early 17th Centuries, describing changes in military thought and practice in detail. The fortifications of this time period, heavily influenced by the increased usage of firearms, are described in detail, as are the pike phalanxes that dominated the Renaissance battlefield in Europe, and in the desperately fought ...
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