Book Review: Anatomy of a Genocide by Omer Bartov
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / January 27, 2018

About: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer Bartov tells of the violent history in a small Polish town during World War II, when people who lived side by side their whole lives turned on one another. Mr. Bartov is an Israeli scholars who went off to write a family history and stumbled onto something bigger. The publisher is giving away 1 copy of this book – enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post. 416 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (January 23, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1451684533 My rating for Anatomy of a Genocide – 5 Buy Anatomy of a Genocide from* More Books by Omer Bartov Thoughts: This is the book I was waiting to read for a long time. I have had interest in World War II for many decades, I read numerous history books and works of fiction, all trying to explain human nature and the brutality which ensued, seemingly out of nowhere. But we all know that it wasn’t out of nowhere. And we all know that atrocities don’t just “happen”. Mr. Bartov’s mother was raised in Buczacz (present day Ukraine), one day on offhand remark to her son…

Fun Facts Friday: Mary Mapes Dodge
Latest Posts / January 26, 2018

As an editor for St. Nicholas Magazine, Mrs. Mapes was in charge of it becoming one of the most successful children magazines in the late 1800s. She was able to get Robert Louis Stephenson, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, among others to contribute.

Fun Facts Friday: Alexander Woollcott
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 19, 2018

Alexander Woollcott (19 January, 1887 – 23 January, 1943) was a critic and commentator, as well as a member of the Algonquin Round Table.  The Algonquin Round Table was a group of writers and actors from New York City which met for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until 1929 or so and inspired each other creatively. 1)      The author was born in Colts Neck Township, NJ to a father who drifted through several jobs spending a long time away from his family. 2)      He attended high school in Philadelphia, PA. 3)      At college Mr. Woollcott founded a drama group, and was the editor of the student literary magazine. 4)      In 1909 Mr. Woollcott joined the New York Times as a cub reporter. 5)      A day after World War I was declared, Mr. Woollcott volunteered as a private to the medical corps. The intelligence section of the American Expeditionary Forces chose, by now, Sgt. Woollcott to be among the other six or so men who will create the Stars and Stripes. 6)      As the chief reporter, Mr. Woollcott did not just write propaganda, but also the horrors of the Great War. 7)      After the war, Mr. Woollcott returned to the Times, then to the New York Herald…

Spotlight feature: Al Shabah: An Assassin’s Story
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 17, 2018

Spotlight feature: Al Shabah: An Assassin’s Story takes readers into the heart and heat of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990). The story starts with a ten year old Paul as Bassam, a terrorist known as “Yellow Eyes”, overtakes Paul’s small hometown in the Bekaa Valley, killing his brother and sister in front of him. This forces Paul to take an oath: To grow up and find the yellow-eyed shooter—a man who soon becomes the charismatic leader of a jihadist group destroying his home country. As Paul watches Bassam recruit and head his own group of fighters and suicide bombers, Paul is forced into military action as a teenager.  Paul fights for the Lebanese Forces to protect the innocent families caught up in a war disguised as a fight for religion, but is actually about gaining control and greed for a few selected powerful figures in the Middle East. Realizing that the foot soldiers are expendable fodder for poorly trained military leaders, Paul joins counter-terrorist operations to fight against Bassam, training in Israel with the Mossad and Kidon. Paul and Bassam cross paths as Paul is sent out on dangerous missions, only to come face-to-face in a final showdown—a showdown only one will survive. “The…

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