History Archives - Book of Bogan

Gallipoli by Peter Fitzsimons

This is one of those history books that should get one’s blood boiling. Fitzsimons takes a detailed look at the deeds and misdeeds of the ANZACs, and their commanding generals, who took part in the battles on the Gallipoli Peninsula. There has been a tendency to mythologise, or lionize the ANZAC ‘legend’ in Australia, and... Read More »

Hellraisers by Axl Rosenberg, Chris Kovatin

The Heavy Metal genre of music is quite a broad church, and trying to capture even the current state of the industry, let alone the origins of it is an ambitious task the authors have set themselves. You may well argue that they have taken some missteps along the way, and not everyone is going... Read More »

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 »

Destination Casablanca by Meredith Hindley

Destination Casablanca is a look at the shenanigans went on in Casablanca in particular, and North Africa in general, during the Second World War, as the competing countries and interests clashed. In some ways this felt like a sort of lower deck episode, to borrow a phrase from Star Trek. While the events of the... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Linebacker by Karl Eshmann

The Vietnam War – for me at least – is one of the least understood wars in modern history, and consequently I am always interested in reading books which look at some of the micro aspects of the world which dominated the lives of so many people in the 60s and 70s. The Operations Linebacker... Read More »