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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 »

Nazi Gold by Tom Bower

I am not sure where to begin with this review, and as it deals with very difficult subject matter at time, and therefore I would not want my rating to be considered a commentary on the events that are described in the book. Needless to say, I don’t think that there are many who could... 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 »

Battle of Arnhem: Snapshots of War by Victor Gregg (with Rick Stroud)

Battle of Arnhem is a Kindle Single that examines one marine rifleman’s experiences through the Battle of Arnhem, including his subsequent capture. It is written in a gritty, realistic and engaging style that brings a very personal eye to war that is so often examined from a sort of God’s Eye perspective. I understand that Victor... Read More »

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston is an author more well-known for his works of fiction, and so I will admit I wasn’t quite sure how to take this book when I first started reading it. If you’ve read your average archeological thriller, the promise of a danger-filled adventure through the South American jungle is par for the course. I... Read More »

House of Spies by Peter Matthews

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good spy story, and true spy stories can be even more interesting than the odd James Bond page-turner, if they are done right. I say ‘can’ because it also requires a bit of self-awareness of the books which exist in the same space as the one you are... Read More »

Rough Trade by Steve Jackson

Rough Trade is a harrowing and deeply disturbing look at the life of a woman who went from being a police officer, her downfall through drugs and corruption, and into a life of prostitution. It is also a look at the murder of a number of prostitutes by a serial killer. What the author does... Read More »

Rise of the Luftwaffe & The Grand Fleet

I decided to review these two historical non-fiction books together, as one is relatively short, and would probably not warrant a review post on its own. The two books are: The Rise of the Luftwaffe by Herbert Molloy Mason The Grand Fleet by H.C. Ferraby The Rise of the Luftwaffe The Rise of the Luftwaffe... 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 »

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 »