War

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor is one of my favourite nonfiction authors, and Stalingrad is typical of his impeccably researched, well-spun tales that takes the reader behind the scenes of the battle for Stalingrad, which was one of the great turning points of the Second World War. It is difficult to sum up the excellence of this book.... Read More »

Code Breakers by Craig Collie

Code Breakers by Craig Collie is the story of the Australian efforts in World War 2 to spy on the Japanese military through the use of radio interception and code-breaking. Working alongside, and not infrequently, in opposition to, the Americans and British who were making similar efforts at places such as Bletchley Park. I am... Read More »

Scramble by Norman Gelb

The Battle of Britain is probably one of the most well-known periods in history, filled with heroic deeds, and inspiring speeches. One nation stood alone against the might of the seemingly all-conquering Nazis. What then might another book bring to this narrative, that has not been told before? Scramble is the story of the Battle... Read More »

Bounty Hunter 4/3 by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin

Bounty Hunter 4/3 is the latest in a string of personal accounts written by special forces soldiers, and other military personnel recounting their experiences in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the tale of Jason Delgado, a Marine sniper who was involved in the thick of some of the deadly warfare which... 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Allies by Maurice Sellar

The Allies by Maurice SellarThe Allies is the story of a small band of deserters who escape from opposing sides of the second world war. Deep behind the lines, one British and three German soldiers must work together to evade capture by their respective sides, who are either desperate to capture (in the case of the British/Americans) or mildly indifferent... Read More »

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