Fun Facts Friday: Eleanor Roosevelt
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 18, 2011

Yesterday I posted about the book Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery by Ann Atkins (my thoughts) which is the first in the “Flash History” series. Mrs. Roosevelt has always been a fascinating historical figure and I was happy to learn more about her.

Thoughts on: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery by Ann Atkins

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery: From Depression and Betrayal to “First Lady of the World” by Ann Atkins is a brief biography of the first lady aimed at the young adults (YA) crowd or adults that just want a ‘beach read’ style biography – authentic but all the academics. The book is a first in a series called “Flash History”.

Thoughts on: The Polski Affair by Leon H. Gildin
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 15, 2011

Rosa Feurmann found herself in the Hotel Polski in Nazi Occupied Warsaw as part of an investigation of Jewish partisans as to exactly what is going on in there. Rumors were afloat that rich Jews were able to buy their way to freedom using false documents. However, Rosa is detected by the Gestapo Colonel in charge of the hotel and becomes his personal servant.

Thoughts on: Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer by Ernst Weiss
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 13, 2011

Georg Letham is unhappy in his marriage but happy in his research. When the opportunity knocks he injects his older, wealthier and well insured wife with the lethal poison Agent Y. However, as good as a physician as Georg is he botches up the cover-up. Not only does he leave the syringe in the crime scene but also confesses to his father, an official in the Austrian bureaucracy.

Thoughts on: Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 12, 2011

About: Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva is the fifth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Unlike the previous books, this one takes place mostly in Israel as oppose to Europe. 432 pages Publisher: Signet ISBN: 0451215737 My rating for Prince of Fire – 4 Buy & Save on Prince of Fire through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK More books by Daniel Silva Thoughts: Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva (web­site) is another action packed book in the series about my new favorite recurring character. This book differs from the previous ones because it takes place mostly in Israel, as oppose to Europe, and does not have a holocaust connection. In the previous books, Daniel Silva unleashed his furious pen on European countries exposing their hypocrisy over their role in the Holocaust. This time however the author targets one person, Yasser Arafat. Arafat, who died shortly after the novel came out, is depicted as a liar, a racist and a despicable human being who is resisting peace, making the Palestinian people suffer, for no good reason. With all the action and adventure, this is ultimately a melancholy book. Allon is…

Veterans Day Reading List

As those who follow this blog know that I love books about the military, fiction and non-fiction. In honor of Veterans Day I thought I’d post a list of books I enjoyed over the past year or two about this subject. I assume we all love to read about something which is close to our hearts, whether it’s a place, a feeling or an experience. I know I do. Non-Fiction: Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose A fas­ci­nat­ing book about the Euro­pean the­ater in World War II, as told by the men on the front lines, not a media hug­ging offi­cer or a dry his­to­rian. Ambrose cap­tures the sense of his­tory from both sides of the fence, sticks to the facts as we know them and keeps his com­ments to a minimum. Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines A cap­ti­vat­ing book in which Mr. Shaines recounts his mem­o­ries as a defend­ing lawyer in the case of The United States v. Lt. George C. Schreiber.  Lt. Schreiber was the appointed scape­goat in a trial for the mur­der of a Korean man (whose real name was never found).  Mr. Shaines, a mil­i­tary attor­ney on the Lieutenant’s defense team, was fight­ing a bat­tle which…

Win eBooks and a Kindle for the Troops
Latest Posts , Opinion / November 11, 2011

I recently got an email from Stephen Eng­land (web­site) author of Pandora’s Grave (my thoughts) about a special event this Veterans Day Weekend. Blog Tour de Troops is holding  fabulous giveaways of eBooks and a Kindle to the troops. Stop by and check them out, and help spread the word. Zohar – Man of la Book   What could be better than getting a free eBook? Why, giving one away to the men and women who have protected this country! Join us Veteran’s Day Weekend when we have a blast blog hop to dozens of authors sites where each is giving away not only an eBook to every commenter, but another one to a soldier! We’re talking bestsellers, award-winners and up and coming titles plus extra prizes! As in a Kindle giveaway Just sign up for the newsletter and we’ll point you in the right direction come November 11th all the way through the 14th. Please help us make this Memorial Day one to remember!  #supporttheauthors #supportthetroops

Author Q&A with Ann Weisgarber
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / November 9, 2011

Ann Weis­gar­ber (web­site) wrote The Per­sonal His­tory of Rachel DuPree (my thoughts) which is a unique and involved book. This was her first book and an award winning one as well which, of course, provoked some questions in my curious mind. Q.As a white woman, did you have trepidations writing a book about an African-American woman and African-American culture? A. When I first began to write this story, I didn’t think about publication. If I had worried about that, I would not have written one sentence. Every objection – this was not my story to tell, publishers wouldn’t be interested, I might be criticized – would have stopped me in my tracks if I thought anyone would read it. Instead, I wrote this story because I was inspired by a photograph that I happened to see in a small museum while I was in the West. It was of a woman sitting in front of a sod dugout. She was alone, the picture was not labeled, and she was African American. There was something about her that spoke to me. It was as though she looked beyond the camera and said, “I existed; I mattered. I had a story.” I…

Thoughts on: The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 8, 2011

About: The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber is an award-winning fictional book taking place in the Badlands of South Dakota. The book follows the tough life in that area. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post. 336 pages Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 0143119486 My rating for The Personal History of Rachel DuPree – 5 Buy & Save on The Personal History of Rachel DuPree through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber (website) is a unique work, well written and an excellent first effort by the author. There are many themes in this book, racism, hardships, pioneering, work ethic and American form of capitalism among others social themes. The story about living in a harsh environment was gripping and compelling. The “Personal History” of a black wife to a South Dakota rancher is fascinating. The racism aspect of the book, to me, was the more pronounced hardship which Rachel experienced. Not only from the whites in Chicago, but also from the better-off African-Americans as well as some whites in the…

Thoughts on: Me, You by Erri De Luca
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / November 6, 2011

About: Me, You by Erri De Luca is a fictional coming of age story of a boy at the end of World War II. The book was previously released as Sea of Memory. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy for two winners of this novella— enter at the end of the post. 160 pages Publisher: Other Press ISBN-10: 1590514793 My rating for Me,You – 4 Buy & Save on Me, You through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kin­dle More books by Erri De Luca Thoughts: Me, You by Erri De Luca is set in a small Italian fishing village after World War II ended, in the 1950s. The story takes place over one summer where the boy explores his new found feelings, love, lost and the grim realities of war. The author tells the story with sensitivity and depth. The other characters in the book give the narrative depth, mostly in answer to the curious boy’s questions. While we all love to read and discuss history, we often find that firsthand accounts are not easy to come by. The narrator of this book finds that as well. Questioning the village men about the war, not being satisfied…

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