Archive for the ‘Non-Fiction’ Category

Book Review: State of Failure by Jonathan Schanzer

The author provides a good historical background of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and provides examples of how the leadership failed its people by not developing a political culture and infrastructure that could support startup state. While Mr. Schanzer does not absolve Israel of blame, he lays most of it at the feet of the United States and Europe who are, according to the narrative, major contributors to the failure.

Book Review: My Life in Politics by Jacques Chirac

I found this book to be insightful and enjoyable; the translation manages to bring forth Chirac’s personality and enthusiasm for the country he loves. I

Book Review: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

A series of non-fiction mini –biographies of famous and infamous women of royalty

Book Review: The Ariadne Objective: The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis by Wes Davis

The Ariadne Objective: The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis by Wes Davis is a non-fiction book about English spies fighting to save the island of Crete and block Germany’s march to the East.

Book Review: The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai

The conclusions Dr. Kelly made are frightening and still relevant to this day. In his writings, Dr. Kelley stated that there was nothing “special” about these top Nazis and their personalities, what happened during Germany’s Third Reich could happen in any country.

Book Review: Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower

The Reich’s brainwashing of racial purity was so successful many didn’t question it. If you wanted a job or a promotion you “did your duty” even if that meant mass murder. However, this is not an excuse, in war time perception of “right” and “wrong” get muddied, but that usually occurs on an individual scale, not when it comes to the assist and/or participating in genocide or a bastardized form of euthanasia (killing your own soldiers who were left mentally or physically injured in battle).

Book Review: The Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps by Nathan Shapow & Bob Harris

Mr. Shapow survived several labor camps and even Rikenau. How did he ever survived the Nazi killing machine, especially due to his habit of stealing food (a crime punished by execution, even if it’s moldy bread) is a testament to the human spirit.

Book Review: How to Lose a War at Sea edited by Bill Fawcett

How to Lose a War at Sea edited by Bill Fawcett is a fascinating collection of more than 30 short essays about naval warfare and oceanic disasters. The book spans decades, there are essays ranging from the days of the Spanish armada to naval blunders from the 1960s.

Book Review: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

A non-fiction account of the assassination of President James A. Garfield. Mr. Garfield was the 20th President of these United States and the second one to be assassinated in office.

Book Review: A Genius for Deception by Nicholas Rankin

A non-fiction book which tackles the history of camouflage, lies, bluffs and tricks which helped the British win World War I and World War II.

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