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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: L. Frank Baum
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 15, 2015

Mr. Baum was an adamant supporter of women’s rights. His mother in law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, even wrote a book, History of Woman Suffrage (availble for free) with Susan B. Anthony, however it is said she did not like her son-in-law very much.

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.

Book Review: Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 8, 2013

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: Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / February 27, 2012

About: “Baking Cakes in Kigali” by Gaile Parkin is a fictional story is about a woman named Angel Tungaraza, who herself is Tanzanian but is living in an International apartment complex in Rwanda due to her husband’s job. Angel and her husband are raising their five grandchildren after the lose of their children and are two people who are putting on a hopeful front for their sake. 336 pages Publisher: Bantam ISBN: 0385343442 My rating for Baking Cakes in Kigali – 5 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Thoughts: Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin (website) was charming as well as easy to read. The stories are interesting, the humanity amazing and, best of all, I really liked the character of Angel Tungaraza. As many other people I know, the sum of my knowledge about Rwanda was the genocide a few years ago, I was expecting a distressing, if not upsetting novel and I got a triumphant and wonderful book. These everyday stories are amazing, even though they are told in a very relaxed manner (while order cakes for a celebration) they don’t sugar coat the horrible reality that many people in Africa live day-to-day. Not only the genocide, but also poverty, AIDS and other issues make an appearance. Yet, the hopeful theme stays. Synopsis: Angel bakes elaborate…

Guest Post: Where fiction and history overlap… by Douglas R. Skopp
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / January 18, 2012

I recently spoke with a woman who, just minutes before, finished reading Stieg Larssen’s The Lady with the Dragon Tattoo: “What a wonderful, gripping book,” she said. “Yes,” I said, “so I’ve heard.  I’ve not read it.” “Oh, but you must.  It’s wonderful.”  Her enthusiasm was all over her face. “Why is it so wonderful?” I asked. “It’s so real.  So gripping.” “Really.  I’ve just written a book based on my research,” I said, hoping to persuade her to read my novel, Shadows Walking.  “Everything in it either happened, or could have happened.  Some of the characters and the dialogue, of course, are fictional.  But the historical setting in which they make their choices and the consequences of those choices—I didn’t invent any of that.  It’s as ‘real’ as I could write it.” “What’s it about?” she asked. “Nazi Germany.  How a well-meaning, intelligent doctor decides to join the Nazi Party, then does what Nazi doctors did, and finally tries to understand why he made those awful choices.” “Oh, no.  I won’t read anything like that,” she said with a shudder. “Why not?” I could not resist asking. “Because it’s true.  It’s too real.  It really happened.” “But you just…

Thoughts on: Wine to Water by Doc Hendley

About: Wine to Water by Doc Hendley is a non-fiction memoir of the author starting the Wine to Water non-profit. The charity brings clean water to many parts of the world. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book— enter at the end of the post. 288 pages Publisher: Avery ISBN: 1583334629 My rating for Wine to Water – 4 Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Thoughts: Wine to Water by Doc Hendley, a CNN hero, is an inspiring book told in the prose of the liked and endearing author. While never owning a motorcycle I have hung out in one or two biker’s bars, met people much like Doc described in his book and always felt welcomed – even with the toughest crowd. The highlight of the book for me was Doc’s ingenuity getting water and equipment to remote places around the world. Surviving some dangerous, almost deadly events, losing friends and facing hurdles from bureaucrats, local and international will break most people – but Doc kept on. Witnessing government sponsored genocide would have most people running for the hills – but not Doc. The story was well paced, easy to read…

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