History

The Desert Air War by Richard Townshend Bickers

The Desert Air War is the story of the fighting men who took part in the North Africa, and to a lesser extent the Mediterranean and Italian campaigns during the Second World War. Some time ago I read another of Bickers’ books, which covered the First World War, and I was very impressed with how... Read More »

Whispers Across the Atlantick by David Smith

Whispers Across the Atlantick is the story of the American Revolutionary War, told through the eyes of the British commander Lord Howe. It interweaves the story of the military campaign against Howe having to explain himself before parliament after the fact. While the author does a steady job of tracking the various players on both... Read More »

The Conquering Tide by Ian W Toll

Subtitled War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944, The Conquering Tide is a tour de force of American triumphalism covering the first three years of its involvement in the Second World War. If you didn’t pick up that vibe from the front cover, it becomes immediately apparent that this is a fairly one-eyed look at some choice... Read More »

Klaus Barbie by Tom Bower

I think that most people who have even a minimum of knowledge about the second world war know who Klaus Barbie is, at least at an intellectual level. One of the most notorious, or infamous Nazi figures, with a nickname like The Butcher of Lyons, he instantly evokes a certain image and emotion. As a student... Read More »

Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger

Apollo 8 is the story of one of the early manned space missions, the first which broke the bonds of Earth and took the first trip around the moon ever undertaken by a human being. But it is so much more than that – following the lives of the men and their families throughout the... Read More »

The Pope of Physics by Gino Segre, Bettina Hoerlin

The Pope of Physics by Gino Segre, Bettina HoerlinThe Pope of Physics is a book about the life of one of the innovative masters of physics, Enrico Fermi, who immigrated from Italy to America, and took part in one of the biggest science experiments in modern history – the construction of the atomic bomb during the second world war. I was surprised to... Read More »

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane DuncanDracula vs Hitler, what a wonderfully click-baity title, I will admit that it got my attention. In a world where historical mashups like Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, and Android Karenina, are profligate, I had certain expectations, or ideas about what the book might involve. I supposed that it was going to be either “so... Read More »

The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D Hornfischer

The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D HornfischerThe Fleet at Flood Tide is an interesting, and thorough look at the latter part of the War in the Pacific, when the United States was coming into its supremacy as a naval power. The author draws on historical sources, as well as interviews to put human faces on a war. This might have been... Read More »

Titan Sinking by James Dixon

Titan Sinking by James DixonTitle: Titan Sinking: the decline of the WWF in 1995. Author: James Dixon Publisher: Whatculture.com Pages: 281 pages Professional wrestling is something that is largely the stuff of mockery among those who have no interest in the subject. For those inside the business, or who are actually fans of the action and storytelling inside the squared circle, it... Read More »

The Vatican Connection by Richard Hammer

The Vatican Connection by Richard HammerTitle: The Vatican Connection by Richard Hammer Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Available: Now I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Originally published some 30 years ago, The Vatican Connection is the true story of a detective’s long hunt for the truth in a case involving... Read More »

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