Category Archives: Books

Niven, John: “Straight White Male”

While Niven’s 2008 debut Kill Your Friends remains a modern masterpiece, Straight White Male falls some way short of it. Beginning slowly, the prose is particularly clunky until Niven finds his flow halfway in. Primarily a critique of the publishing … Continue reading

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Koestler, Arthur: “Darkness At Noon”

Although he never specifies exactly where he is writing about, there is no doubt that Koestler is describing the Stalinist purges in 1930s Russia during what he refers to as the “diseased century” when “the individual was nothing, the Party … Continue reading

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Snyder, Timothy: “Bloodlands”

Snyder has discovered a novel way to re-tell the well-worn World War Two story – by focusing on the geographical area where most of the killing took place. Fourteen million people lost their lives in what he calls the “Bloodlands” … Continue reading

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Morris, Heather: “The Tattooist Of Auschwitz”

This is the true story of 32407, AKA Lale Sokolov, who met the love of his life 34902, AKA Gita Furman, during their imprisonment in Auschwitz. In the greater scheme of the violence, brutality and death meted out by the … Continue reading

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Taylor, A.J.P. “The Origins Of The Second World War”

That rare book that makes you reconsider conventional wisdom. From the off, Taylor dispels commonly accepted wisdom such as the fact that the Nazis deliberately started the Reichstag fire. Taylor doesn’t dismiss that it as a possibility but says that … Continue reading

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Tuchman, Barbara: “The Guns Of August”

Tuchman’s Pulitzer for her superbly written book about the outbreak of World War One was well deserved. The speed at which the conflict escalated into a World War remains astonishing, and something to bear in mind as the current crisis … Continue reading

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Booker, Christopher And Richard North: “The Great Deception. Can The European Union Survive?”

The title is misleading; this is no conspiracy theory about a deception; it is a detailed and reasoned history of the European Union. Well researched and full of relevant facts. Occasionally, you can detect a slight bias. In what book … Continue reading

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