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Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet
Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet
by Jonathan Schneer
Edition: Audio CD
Price: CDN$ 29.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent History Of Churchill's Cabinet and War Cabinet 1940-45. The Audio Book Version Is Well Done., Sept. 27 2015
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This is an excellent history of Winston Churchill's Cabinet and War Cabinet during the years 1940-45. It's well researched, well written and full of interesting information.

Anyone interested in Winston Churchill or WW2 history in general should find this book a worthwhile read.

I have the audio book version of this title. It's well done; the author's writing style adapts well to narration and the narrator does a good job with the material.

I have a 40 minute commute to and from work and I typically spend the commute time listening to audio books. This is one of the better audio books I have heard recently. Highly recommended.

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years
by Philip J Jenkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.19
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Book On The Divisive Christian Theological Disputes In The 5th and 6th Century, Sept. 21 2015
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This is a really good book on the history of Christian theological battles (in may cases literally, battles) in the 5th and 6th centuries between Christian Popes and Patriarchs over issues like the nature Christ, i.e. was Christ of One Nature (Divine) or was Christ of Two Natures (Divine and Human) and hw these theological issues spilled over into politics in the Eastern and Western Roman Empires.

It's a really interesting history, although it is not well known outside specialist academic circles. This author does a very good job explaining the various theological debates, the personalities involved and the political issues resulting from these doctrinal debates between theologians and Churches. He also shows how these debates still surface in modern theology.

Overall, a very interesting book.

SMITH, BESSIE - EMPRESS OF THE BLUES VOLUME 2  1926-1933
SMITH, BESSIE - EMPRESS OF THE BLUES VOLUME 2 1926-1933
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Excellent 4 CD Set of Bessie Smith's Complete Recordings From 1926 Until Her Death, Sept. 14 2015
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Bessie Smith is one of the great female vocalists in 20th century music history and this 4 CD set from JSP Records is an excellent way of getting her complete recorded work from 1926 until her death in Clarksdale, Mississippi in the 1930s.

JSP has also released a second set (Volume 1 of this series) with Bessie Smith's complete recordings up to 1926.

If you're a blues fan or you're interested in music history, Bessie Smith is a singer whose work should be in your music collection. This set and Volume 1 of this series are a very cost effective way of getting Bessie Smith's complete recordings. The re-mastered sound is very good for recordings from this time period; the liner notes are decent and the price is reasonable.

Overall, a very worthwhile 4CD set of Bessie Smith recordings.

SMITH,BESSIE - VOLUME 1
SMITH,BESSIE - VOLUME 1
Price: CDN$ 29.34
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent 4CD Set Of Bessie Smith's Complete Recordings Up To 1926, Sept. 14 2015
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This review is from: SMITH,BESSIE - VOLUME 1 (Audio CD)
Bessie Smith is one of the great female vocalists in 20th century music history and this 4 CD set from JSP Records is an excellent way of getting her recorded work up to 1926. JSP has released a second set (Volume 2 of this series) with Bessie Smith's complete recordings from 1926 until her death in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

If you're a blues fan or you're interested in music history, Bessie Smith is a singer whose work should be in your music collection. This set and Volume 2 of this series are a very cost effective way of getting Bessie Smith's complete recordings. The re-mastered sound is very good for recordings from this time period; the liner notes are decent and the price is reasonable.

Overall, a very worthwhile 4CD set of Bessie Smith recordings.

The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual
by Robert G. Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 27.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book About The Origins and Development of Present Day Masonic Ritual, Sept. 14 2015
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This is an excellent book about the development of Masonic ritual from the early 18th through the mid 19th centuries.

It's written primarily for Freemasons but anyone interested in the origins of modern Masonic ritual should find this book informative.

It also includes a chapter with suggestions on how modern communications technology and social media can be incorporated into Freemasonry without compromising its historical traditions or the historic ritual.

Overall, an excellent book that is well worth the attention of all Freemasons, particularly those in leadership roles in lodges or in Grand Lodges.

The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
by Jonathan Schneer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.71
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Researched, Well Written History of the Events Behind The Balfour Declaration, Sept. 9 2015
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This is a very well researched and well written book about the events and politics behind the Balfour Declaration in 1917, in which the British government professed its support of a Jewish homeland in what was then the Ottoman province of Palestine.

If you're interested in the historical background of events in the modern Middle East, this book should be of interest to you.

The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS
The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS
by Robert Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.66
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book On ISIS And the Threat It Presents To Western Nations, Aug. 31 2015
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This is a very informative book on ISIS (aka ISIL, Islamic State).

Robert Spencer details the history of this organization, its goals and objectives, the threat it poses to the Middle East and to Western countries, the Islamic theological basis for its actions (contrary to many Western leaders' statements that ISIS is not Islamic, Robert Spencer shows that ISIS actions are firmly rooted in Islamic theology) and what, in Spencer's view, Western countries should be doing about this threat.

There are many who consider Robert Spencer an Islamophobe, a racist, a bigot, a hate-monger or worse. He is none of those things. This a very reasonable, well researched, well written and well argued book about an organization which poses a major threat to Western nations.

Well worth reading. No problems recommending this one.

The Chief Blues Story
The Chief Blues Story
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good 2CD Sampler of A Small, Yet Influential, Chicago Blues Label, Aug. 31 2015
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Chief Records was a small Chicago label that was only in business for four years, 1957-61. But during those four years Chief Records released some great blues recordings, many of which have become standards.

This 2 CD set has many of those Chief Records recordings from well known blues artists like Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Earl Hooker and Elmore James. It also has tracks from lesser known musicians. There are some great recordings here.

But there could have been even more. The two CDs in this set are relatively short in playing time. CD1 is 18 tracks at about 46 minutes total time, CD2 is 16 tracks at about 38 minutes total playing time. IMHO a 2CD set billed "The Chief Blues Story" could/should have used the unused storage capacity on these CDs to include more of Chief Records' output.

But overall, this is a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in 1950s and early 1960s Chicago blues. During its short time in business Chief Records released some great blues recordings, many of which are included on this 2CD set.

The sound is good. The liner notes are pretty basic but still contain some good information. While this is definitely not the full "Chief Blues Story" it's still a good overview or sampler of Chief Records' output.

Songs From The Road: CD/DVD
Songs From The Road: CD/DVD
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Canned Heat Live Album, Recorded In 2015, Aug. 27 2015
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I've had Canned Heat's Greatest Hits and their Hooker n. Heat album with John Lee Hooker for years. It's great stuff but it was recorded back in the the 1960s and early 1970s and, although the band is still active, I wasn't familiar with their current material.

So I decided to check out the present day Canned Heat with this album. I have the Savoy Brown album from this Songs From The Road series and I really like it (I've given it a 5 star rating on Amazon) so I thought this would be a good way to check out the current incarnation of Canned Heat.

It turned out to be a really good album. This Songs From The Road series features bands playing live in smaller venues. In this case, Canned Heat was recorded live at a small club (the Harmonie) in Bonn, Germany in March 2015. The band plays an excellent set, the recorded sound is good and the video looks good for the most part, although the lighting is often red and blue that washes out parts of some shots and creates some weird shadows and halo effects.

But overall, a very good Canned Heat live album. These Songs From The Road albums feature a CD/DVD combo and are good value for the money. If you remember Canned Heat from the late 1960s and early 1970s and want to check out the current line up of this classic band, this CD/DVD live set is a great way to do it.

Going Back To Crawford
Going Back To Crawford
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Price: CDN$ 16.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Big Joe Williams CD, Recorded In 1971, Aug. 23 2015
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I ordered this one without knowing anything about it other than that it was on Arhoolie Records, which tends to put out good recordings.

This turned out to be a very good CD. It features recordings made in two separate sessions: tracks 1-19 were recorded by Chris Strachwitz in Crawford, Mississippi on 21 May 1971 and tracks 20-26 were recorded in Starkville, Mississippi in March 1971.

Overall the quality of the recordings and the music is very good. It features Big Joe Williams as a leader (on guitar and vocals) and also playing behind other vocalists along with other musicians.

If you like Big Joe Williams, you'll like this one. If you're not familiar with Big Joe Williams, he was one of the great Mississippi bluesmen from the generation that produced players like Robert Johnson. If you like Delta blues, Big Joe Williams is a musician you should check out and this CD would be a very good introduction.

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