Politics

Cold War Games by Harry Blutstein

The 1956 olympic games were something of a high point in Australia’s sporting history, and looking at it through the rosy lens of history and nostalgia it is easy to ignore the political, and diplomatic environment which the games took place in. As a student in history, I find it fascinating that there was all... Read More »

Little America by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Little America by Rajiv ChandrasekaranLittle America is the story of America’s failure to learn the lessons of the past, in digging itself into an unwinnable war – economically or militarily – in Afghanistan. The eponymous ‘little America’ began as a project in the 1960s as an attempt to modernise, or industrialise the country, which was an economic shambles, which... Read More »

God’s Bankers by Gerald Posner

God’s Bankers by Gerald PosnerSubtitled ‘A history of money and power at the Vatican’, God’s Bankers is an up to date look at the secretive worlds of the Vatican hierarchy, high finance, and how these worlds have intersected over time. The author uses interviews, historical documents, information obtained through Wikileaks and other ‘leaks’ to draw an extremely disturbing picture... Read More »

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua Kurlantzick

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua KurlantzickThanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. A Great Place to Have a War is a history of the lesser-known south-east Asian conflict which took place in Laos, during roughly the same period that the Vietnam War was going on (give or take). While post-world war 2... Read More »

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim ZetterCountdown to Zero Day is the story of what is touted as the world’s first cyber weapon – a targeted computer attack against the nuclear program in Iran which was launched by operatives of the US government. As someone with an interest in computers and internet security matters in general, this was right up my... Read More »

Irregular War by Paul Rogers

Irregular War by Paul RogersI received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I Don’t Know… am really not sure how to feel about this book, and the more I thought about it, something came to mind — the delicious lyrics and worldly wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne. I would say... Read More »

Code Warriors by Stephen Budiansky

Code Warriors by Stephen BudianskyI guess when reading any non-fiction work one needs to consider whether there are any hidden agendas going on behind the scenes, and evaluate the material being presented accordingly. I guess with a book about the classified world of the NSA one can only expect some sort of shenanigans. Looking at the cover the book... Read More »

Enver Hoxha by Blendi Fevziu

Enver Hoxha by Blendi FevziuI must confess that prior to reading this book I had little to now functional knowledge about the country of Albania, apart from a vague idea of where it sits geographically, and some of the politics of the region. I’m always keen to learn more about areas of the world which are outside my knowledge,... Read More »

Moral Combat by Michael Burleigh

Moral Combat by Michael BurleighI don’t think it takes much imagination for anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of world history to believe that World War 2 was one of humanity’s low points, and could probably list off a litany of evil acts which took place during that conflict. So I had to wonder just what Michael Burleigh... Read More »

White Night by William H Lovejoy

White Night by William H LovejoyI guess the re-release of this book, originally published in 1994 just goes to prove that some things don’t stand the test of time. I must admit that I was intrigued by the premise – a battle for control of Antarctica, the last unclaimed continent, with the promise of lots of air combat and international... Read More »

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