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reviewed The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Herman.... August 28, 2013
The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
Journalist Jack El-Hai has written an insightful look at some of the key Nazi leaders and their mindset. In THE NAZI AND THE PSYCHIATRIST, through careful research, Jack El-Hai has captured several significant …
reviewed Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindberg.... April 01, 2013
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
When Adolf Hitler made the fateful decision to invade Poland on September 1, 1939 most Americans were bound and determined to stay out of another conflict on the European continent. Just two decades earlier …
posted a Quick Tip about Miep Gies. October 29, 2012
Miep Gies
Miep Gies was truly a brave soul.  She, along with her husband Jan, were among the people in Europe that helped out the Jews during the darkest chapters of human history (Nazi rule and the Holocaust).  &nb …
reviewed The Secret Life of Codebreakers by Si.... September 17, 2012
The Secret Life of Codebreakers by Sinclair McKay
Imagine being a member of a team whose work was said to have shortened World War II by at least two years–––and not being to tell anybody about it for decades. Your friends, neighbors …
reviewed Inferno by Max Hastings. September 15, 2012
Inferno by Max Hastings
Max Hastings's impressive achievement here is that he has written such a readable one-volume study of the war. The book's readability is largely due to Hastings's inclusion of so many views …
reviewed Churchill. February 26, 2012
Like his near contemporary Teddy Roosevelt (the reasons for the concurrence might make an interesting historical comparision) the scope of Churchill's interests, output, and impact on the world's …
reviewed The Quest for Anna Klein. July 12, 2011
The Quest for Anna Klein
This is a story told as a man in his nineties ponders the days prior to WWII when he was in his twenties and recruited to help in what was becoming the struggle against Germany.      …
303 Squadron: The Legendary Battle of Britain
"303 Squadron" is both an important primary historical document and, it turns out, a pretty good adventure story too. Though definitely a product of its time and place (Battle of Britain-era England), …
reviewed The Children of Huang Shi (2008). January 15, 2011
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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Set in Shanghai in end 1937, this movie is a prelude to World War II. The beginning of a horror many cannot identified with in our times. It reminds me of The Killing Field and one of the scenes actually …
posted a Quick Tip about A Town Like Alice. December 04, 2010
A Town Like Alice
My grandpa gave me this book to read when I was about 20 years old and I absolutely loved it! I learned a lot about Australia and its history through this historical fiction novel.
reviewed All Clear. November 07, 2010
I got my copy of All Clear by Connie Willis through the Amazon Vine review program after a friend recommended her writing. Fortunately, I discovered quickly that this was really the last 600 pages of …
reviewed Ice Road: A Novel. October 17, 2010
Ice Road: A Novel
  "Ice Road" tells the story of two Russian women from very different circumstances but whose lives contrive to become linked under "Stalin's Terrors". Set in Leningrad, …
posted a Quick Tip about A Town Like Alice. September 21, 2010
A Town Like Alice
One of my Top 100 All-Time Best Novels! A superb tale of courage, romance and achievement built on the Japanese atrocities in World War II Malaya and climaxing with the development of a pioneering community …
reviewed A Town Like Alice. September 21, 2010
A Town Like Alice
A TOWN LIKE ALICE, one of the most moving novels that I've ever had the privilege of reading, actually takes place in three connected segments.      As the story opens, Noel Strachan, …
reviewed Citizens of London: The Americans Who.... September 10, 2010
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with
Few people remember how hard America tried to stay out of World War II. Even as Hitler moved from country to country, many Americans, our Ambassador to England Joseph P. Kennedy in particular, were determined …
reviewed The Proteus Operation. September 07, 2010
The Proteus Operation
What was your first impression?  This book is 25 years old.  I have known about it for a long time and although I have liked other books by Hogan I avoided this because I have an antipathy …
posted a Quick Tip about United States Holocaust Museum Memorial. August 21, 2010
United States Holocaust Museum Memorial
I have been to the museum several times and each time my attention is drawn to something significant that I had not noticed previously. Emotionally, this museum is significant to me. I am Jewish, my grandmother …
posted a Quick Tip about Hiroshima Peace Memorial. August 15, 2010
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
A reminder of how horrifying a war is, esp. a Nuclear War. Everyone, especially leaders and those in power should make a trip down to see what is left behind when one makes a decision to start a war. …
reviewed A Thread of Sky: A Novel. July 27, 2010
A Thread of Sky: A Novel
In 2000 Fei toured China, her family's ancestral homeland, with her mother, two sisters, grandmother and aunt. From that trip came the inspiration and the framework for this painterly, character-driven …
reviewed Poland 1939: The Birth Of Blitzkrieg .... July 21, 2010
Poland 1939: The Birth Of Blitzkrieg (Campaign)
A good book in the series and it gives a good overview of the invasion in Poland and its place in the events of World War 2.     It adresses a few myths and explains in a satisfactory …
posted a Quick Tip about The Pianist. July 19, 2010
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I loved this film.. it was so beautiful and sad... a must see
reviewed GUNS AGAINST THE REICH: Memoirs of an.... July 16, 2010
GUNS AGAINST THE REICH: Memoirs of an Artillery
With all the recent Soviet WW2 memoirs being published in English recently this one stands out as a good read. Petr Mikhin is recruited young as a Soviet Officer and by the age of 23 he leads an entire …
reviewed Corelli's Mandolin (book). July 09, 2010
Corelli's Mandolin (Book)
This is an amazing novel set on the island of Cephalonia, Greece, beginning in World War II.  Cephalonia was occupied during WWII by Italian soldiers.  This is a love story between one of the …
posted a Quick Tip about Slaughterhouse-Five. July 02, 2010
A quirky satire of just about everything, this book is probably Vonnegut's most famous, and is an excellent introduction to the body of his work. One tale told sequentially, another told randomly, and …
posted a Quick Tip about Slaughterhouse-Five. July 02, 2010
Funny, smart, and unlike a lot of things I've read.
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