By David Bird, Ron Klinger
Two famous authors, David Bird of England and Ron Klinger of Australia, have joined forces to present a feast of bridge with a Jewish flavour. The main character, the Rabbi, kindly and considerate and the star performer, has a gentle sense of fun that pervades the book. This is counter-pointed, as one might expect in a book from David Bird, by the uproarious and often caustic exchanges between the Rabbi's companions as some remarkable sequences unfold at the bridge table.The bridge is excellent and the stories, spiced with the inimitable Jewish sense of humour, are a delectable mix of the sweet and the acidulous.
By Michael Smith
The first book about SEAL Team Six and Bin LadenAmerica's most secret Special Forces unit does not even have a name. Formed as the 'Intelligence Support Activity', it has had a succession of innocuous titles to hide its ferocious purpose. It exists to 'undertake activities only when other intelligence or operational support elements are unavailable or inappropriate'. Translated from Pentagon-speak, this means operating undercover in the world's most dangerous places, penetrating enemy organizations including Al Qa'eda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. 'The Activity' combines the spy work of the CIA with the commando/SAS role of the Green Berets. It not only provides the intelligence on the ground - it translates it into 'direct action'. This is the unit that located Saddam Hussein, and recently led the intelligence operation that found and killed Osama Bin Laden.This is the untold story behind the world's most secret Special Operations organisation.
By Mark Huckvale
Hooked on su doku? Then move on up to kakuro!Kakuro is the latest Japanese puzzle craze for all those who thought they had reached the limit in logic puzzles. Kakuro is all about numbers, and like su doku it is solved by using logic, with absolutely no guesswork. However, Kakuro takes puzzling a step further: it requires simple arithmetic skills as well as reasoning. But don't worry if maths isn't your strong point. While some of the logic relies on you being able to add up, the sums only ever involve a few single digits, and the totals in this book are never more than 45. You don't need to be a maths whiz, nor do you need to have a calculator handy. You will have no difficulty in doing the sums in your head. As with the incredibly addictive su doku, the fun in doing kakuro is working out the logic that gets you from the starting position to the single solved grid of digits.So if you're bored with su doku - kakuro is the next logical step . . .
Kelsey On Squeeze Play
By Hugh Kelsey
Here in one volume are Hugh Kelsey's four outstanding books on squeeze play - SIMPLE SQUEEZES, STRIP-SQUEEZES, DOUBLE SQUEEZES and TRIPLE SQUEEZES. Each title is complete in itself and by the time the fourth book has been mastered, a formidable amount of knowledge will have been acquired. All aspiring players wanting to advance their game will find this treasury of squeeze play techniques, distilled from thousands of hands and the experience of a lifetime, an invaluable tool for achieving expert status.The ability to execute an effective squeeze play lifts a player's game to an exciting new level - and therefore all would-be improvers need to read this great book.
Killing Defence At Bridge
By Hugh Kelsey
Killing Defence at Bridge is one of the great classics of bridge. It carries the mark of a genius and was the first in a series of major books written by Hugh Kelsey, who became internationally recognised as a leading authority on the analysis of bridge. He coupled this incisive thinking with a brilliant skill with words and made the most complex techniques in bridge sound simple and easy to grasp. Killing Defence features a foreword by Ron Klinger, one of bridge's leading teachers.
Knitting the New Classics
By Kristin Nicholas