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Old December 31st, 2015, 02:15 PM   #1

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Well this thread is a little self indulgent but what the hell.

For Christmas I was given a Kobo reader – my initial delight changed to cursing it and a descent into Ludditeism as I tried to load books on to it. Finally after days of installing new programmes, un installing, re-installing, cursing at the PC/Kobo and of course the dog I have actually managed to load and start using books.

Some books I got earlier partly because I wanted to read them others because they were interesting but above all cheap.

So if you indulge me I’ll post and review the books as I read them. Please feel free to comment, disagree or post your own book review or if you find a ‘little gem’ to recommend it. I am sticking to e-books on this thread.
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Old December 31st, 2015, 02:19 PM   #2

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I have just read over the Holidays;-

White Cargo by Don Jordon and Michael Walsh
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/White-Cargo-Forgotten-History-Britains-ebook/dp/B0051UTQB8"]Amazon.com: White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America eBook: Don Jordan, Michael Walsh: Kindle Store@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41yUp3cdrML.@@AMEPARAM@@41yUp3cdrML[/ame]
You may be familiar with this book from a review of it (first posted in 2008 and re-posted in 2015) by John Martin that is very popular across the ‘net’.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-iri...e-slaves/31076
If you have read the review then you’ll be disappointed because the book is not about Irish Slavery at all (they are part of it) but the ‘slavery’ of people from all over Britain. Below is a fair review from the telegraph that covers it quite well.
The forgotten history of Britain's white slaves - Telegraph
I enjoyed the book and found it very readable its one of my first reads on this subject so can not say how ‘sound’ the history is but the authors make a good case. It should be said that there were no ‘white slaves’ only that indentured servants were treated like slaves and were often effectively slaves until their period of service ended ---- it was often extended beyond its original limit often by ‘legal’ if unfair means.
One ironic incident is that the first African slaves to arrive in Virginia (I think) were sold as indentured labour not slaves and one by the name of Johnson went on to survive his service be freed and yes keep 'slaves' himself.
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Old December 31st, 2015, 02:27 PM   #3

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Got this one because it only cost me £0.99

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Life-Nelsons-Navy-Brian-Lavery-ebook/dp/B0078XH9IS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1451600466&sr=1-1&keywords=Nelsons+Navy+Brian+Lavery"]Amazon.com: Life in Nelson's Navy (Life Series) eBook: Brian Lavery: Kindle Store@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51mIYRyiMCL.@@AMEPARAM@@51mIYRyiMCL[/ame]

I have in hard back his excellent longer book on Nelsons Navy but this is a short 'pocket' version. I learnt little -- his longer book is more informative as you'd expect-- but its short and a good read as well as an introduction to the subject and at the price well worth it.

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Old December 31st, 2015, 02:33 PM   #4

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I am now reading

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Irish-Brigades-Abroad-Geese-Napoleonic-ebook/dp/B00DRB8JV6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1451600947&sr=1-1&keywords=Irish+Brigades+abroad"]Amazon.com: Irish Brigades Abroad: From the Wild Geese to the Napoleonic Wars eBook: Stephen McGarry: Kindle Store@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WmPupVcYL.@@AMEPARAM@@51WmPupVcYL[/ame]

seems a fair price and the book at the moment, it is a little 'biased' so far eg he writes about Irish exiles and how well they did in places such as France and Spain. How many became very successful in trade but seems to forget that one of the trades the Irish exiles dominated in France was the slave trade.

But its a minor point and at the moment seems good and value for money.
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Thanks for these reviews Kevin

I enjoyed White Cargo too. Don't forget the convicts
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Old January 2nd, 2016, 10:07 AM   #6

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Are you buying ebooks from Amazon? But you have a Kobo, not a Kindle? That will be where your tech problems came from, because you can't read Kindle books on a Kobo without stripping the DRM and converting them.

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Old January 2nd, 2016, 10:42 AM   #7

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Are you buying ebooks from Amazon? But you have a Kobo, not a Kindle? That will be where your tech problems came from, because you can't read Kindle books on a Kobo without stripping the DRM and converting them.
I had some books on my PC in Kindle and had to get a programme to convert them. Otherwise I buy at the Kobo store and e-books.com, there was some issues in getting my PC then the Kobo authorised for Adobe DRM but that was solved.

However it still wouldn't let me load or open purchases (continually telling me I wasn't authorised and ignoring my authorisation code -- frustrating). Realised an old programme was opening the books by de-fault and had to figure out how to by-pass it. Sorted now and it working fine.
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Amazon.com: Irish Brigades Abroad: From the Wild Geese to the Napoleonic Wars eBook: Stephen McGarry: Kindle Store

seems a fair price and the book at the moment, it is a little 'biased' so far eg he writes about Irish exiles and how well they did in places such as France and Spain. How many became very successful in trade but seems to forget that one of the trades the Irish exiles dominated in France was the slave trade.

But its a minor point and at the moment seems good and value for money.
Well finished reading it and found it very enjoyable and anyone interested in a 'different' chapter in Irish military history will certainly find it useful and informative. The author certainly takes a 'traditional Nationalistic ' view of Irish history but since that doesn't deal with that period it doesn't matter.

I did detect a few faults when he mentions historical events that I am aware of eg the 1797 raid on Pembrokeshire he says was a successful raid when it was an actual utter failure or that Napoleon marched on Russia after Trafalgar. Now these could simply be minor mistakes but since he writes about battles and actions I am generally unaware of I can not really say if there are other mistakes or interpretations.

He deals mainly with the Irish in France and doesn't mention much Spanish, Italian and Austrian service in any great detail.

All in all and enjoyable and informative read.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 02:32 PM   #9

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Have finished this one as well
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Horatio-Nelson-Tom-Pocock-ebook/dp/B00D92070Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr"]Amazon.com: Horatio Nelson eBook: Tom Pocock: Kindle Store@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZUxSLsAPL.@@AMEPARAM@@41ZUxSLsAPL[/ame]=

A good readable account of the Admirals life and death, very much enjoyed it.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 02:41 PM   #10

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Am now reading a great little book first published in the 1980's but is supposed to be the authoritive account on the subject and is based on interviews with 'Bantams'.

[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Bantams-Sidney-Allinson/dp/1848840306"]The Bantams: Amazon.co.uk: Sidney Allinson: 9781848840300: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-%2BYMsixBL.@@AMEPARAM@@51-%2BYMsixBL[/ame]

I got it much cheaper as an e-book.

For those who don't know the British army desperate for men found many recruits failing to reach the 5ft 3 inch requirement and accepted much smaller men into special 'Bantam' Battalions eg the 18th Battalion HLI who became known as the 'Devils Dwarfs'.

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Henry Thridgould was the shortest Corporal in the British Army, standing at 4ft 9inches tall.
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