The Empress by Laura Martinez-Belli (translated by Simon Bruni) is a novel about the life of Empress Carlota, wife of Maximilian von Habsburg of Austria who was, for a sort time, installed by the French as Mexico’s Emperor.
Primo Levi (31 July, 1919 – 11 April, 1987) was an Italian chemist and writer books about his experiences as a Jewish man during World War II.
The book is certainly worth reading, we should not be losing this kind of history, and future generations of the author’s family will have something that many others wish they did.
Mr. Mayer must have had balls of steel, he seem to have neve inherited the protective gene of fear. Whether it is to fly a B24 without training, or jump out of it over the Austrian Alps – for the first time.
Heinrich von Kleist (18, October 1777 – 21, November 1811) was a poet, novelist, writer and journalist from Germany.
I was actually surprised to learn that Herzl cemented himself as a leading force in the Zionist movement in only 9 years, which is the time the book covers. In an aberration from conventional teachings, Mr. Avneri refutes that Herzl’s evolution of thought was not, as taught, out of the Dreyfus affair (which he covered as a reporter) but a gradual process.
Wolf Hunt: The Napoleonic Murders by Armand Cabasson takes place during the Napoleonic wars while the Austrians and the French battle over some small villages by the Danube. The mystery takes second place to the author’s impressive research of the time, whether it would be battlefield tactics or a Viennese ball.
Article first published as Book Review: Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger on Blogcritics. About: Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger is an autobiography of the famous actor, politician and champion body builder. While the life that Mr. Schwarzenegger has led are indeed astonishing, this book is more of a political memoir and boasting of one’s achievements than that of a celebrity autobiography. 656 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Language: English ISBN-10: 1451662432 My rating for Total Recall – 4 Buy this book in paper or electronic format* More Books by Arnold Schwarzenegger Thoughts: Disclaimer: I have been a Schwarzenegger fan for decades. Not only of Ahhnold’s (because I can call him that) movies, but also of his bodybuilding, self promotion, business acumen and focus. From some reason I find Schwarzenegger’s story and professional success very inspiring. Due Governor Schwarzenegger’s recent drama of siring a child out of wedlock this book has gotten a lot of press coverage. The drama gets a few pages towards the end and it is not the reason I read this book. I would have read the book regardless as I have read previous biographies of Mr. Schwarzenegger. Regardless of what…
Article first published as Book Review: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas on Blogcritics. About: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas is a detective novel taking place in Germany.Mr. Haas, a popular author in Germany, has recently had his first translated work published. 224 pages Publisher: Melville International Crime; Language: English ISBN-10: 1612191134 My rating for Brenner and God – 3 Buy this book in paper or electronic format More Books by Wolf Haas Thoughts: Brenner and God by Wolf Haas is an entertaining, yet wildly strange novel. The book is narrated by an unnamed person who has a wicked, dark and wry sense of humor – much like my own which is why I thought I’d enjoy the book more. The style of the novel is unwieldy and I never got used to it. I don’t know whether the style is that way because it’s meant to be that way or simply lost in translation – meaning the translation is fine, but the style simply doesn’t conform to the English reader. The narrator says things like “listen carefully”, “take note” etc. and reminds himself things retrospectively. The main character of Brenner walks around the novel, basically it seems just…
About: “Siberian Prison” by E.v. Enzmann is a non fiction account of the author’s experience in the Austrian Army and as a Russian prisoner of war. The eyewitness account was translated, edited but mostly left intact from the original. 374 pages Publisher: White Knight Studio ISBN: 1453773924 The Enzmann family was kind enough to allow two copies for a giveaway– enter at the end of the post. My rating for Siberian Prison – 5 Buy & Save on “Siberian Prison” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: I tremendously enjoyed “Siberian Prison” by E.v. Enzmann. Being an old soldier myself I appreciated the humor, story, skill and history being presented in the book. The story of Mr. Enzmann, a schoolteacher who became an officer in the Austrian army during World War I is astounding. To read the colorful eyewitness account of his trials and tribulations was amazing. Mr. Enzmann’s sarcastic sense of humor is, especially to those who have been in the military, shines through the pages. For example, the Austrian army’s generous handing out medals: “You usually received the first medal because you did not have a single one and your breast…