Book Review: The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian
5 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / December 9, 2013

It is refreshing to read a story from the aggressor’s point of view, usually we get a sore look from the victim’s eyes. This aggressor, however, is justifying his acts, however horrendous. In war and under pressure, as well as mob mentality, regular people commit atrocities which weeks or even days before were unthinkable to them.

Fun Facts Friday: Osbert Sitwell
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 6, 2013

Osbert Sitwell (6 December, 1892 – 4 May, 1969) was an English writer who devoted his life to art and literature. Books by Osbert Sitwell Sitwell was an English aristocrat, his full title was: Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Baronet. Sitwell comes from a very famous family, his ancestors owned lands in England since the 14rh Century (the name was spelled Cytewelle) and in the 17th Century became one of the world’s finest  manufacturers of nails. In his biography, Osbert Sitwell promptly ignored his family’s manufacturing history. Sitwell served in the English Army during World War I. It was in the trenches of France where he wrote his first poem. Babel was published 11 May, 1916 by The Times. Sitwell achieved the rank of Captain before he left the Army. Together with his brother, Sitwell sponsored an exhibition of works by Matisse, Utrillo, Picasso and Modigliani. Osbert Sitwell’s autobiography comprised of 5 volumes. Sitwell didn’t get along with his father and portrayed him (perhaps humorously) as a grotesque comic figure. However, those who have met the elder Sitwell insist that Osbert was too generous with his descriptions. Stillwell suffered from Parkinson’s which made him stop writing due to pain…

Book Review: State of Failure by Jonathan Schanzer
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / December 5, 2013

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.

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