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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: E..Y. Harburg
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 8, 2016

E. Y. Harburg (8 April, 1898 – 5 March, 1981) was an American songwriter and book author who is mostly known for his hit songs for Hollywood and Broadway <\p> 1)      Born as Isidore Hochberg in New York’s Lower East Side to Jewish immigrants from Russia, he was the youngest of four children (out of 10) who survived to adulthood. 2)      His nickname, Yipsel, is Yiddish for squirrel because he was always moving around. 3)      He attended high school at Townsend Harris Hall, an experimental school for talented children where he worked at the school newspaper with Ira Gershwin (a fellow student), who later on introduced him to composers and writers. 4)      Americana, a 1932 revue, Mr. Harburg worte “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” which was considered to be the anthem of the Depression and an anti-capitalist propgranda. 5)      In 1939 Mr. Harburg, along with his long time writing partner Harold Arlen, scored the movie The Wizard of Oz. Mr. Harburg approached the movie as a depression fantasy. 6)      The Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow is considered to be Harburg’s masterpiece. 7)      Mr. Harburg was involved in several radical groups (but never of the Communist Party itself) and was blacklisted in…

Book Review: Masaryk Station by David Downing
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 25, 2013

This is the final book to an excel­lent series in which the author appraises post World War II Europe in a cyn­i­cal, tired, yet clear man­ner. The book is a won­der­ful intro­duc­tion to the Berlin Block­ade, told through an excit­ing story with like­able characters.

Fun Facts Friday: Mikhail Sholokhov
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 24, 2013

Award winning Russian writer Mikhail Sholokhov (24 May, 1905 – 21 February 1984) was known for write and the Russian revolution, Civil War and collectivization. 1)      Sholokhov was born in Veshenskaya, known as “land of the Cossacks”. 2)      Sholokhov’s mother learned how to read late in life for the sole purpose of corresponding with her son. 3)      At the age of 13 Sholokhov fought in the Russian civil war for the Bolshevikk side for several years. 4)      After the war Sholokhov moved to Moscow to work as a journalist. He held several jobs including a stonemason and an accountant to pay the bills and be able to participate in writers’ seminars. 5)      In 1923 Sholokhov published his first work, The Test, but returned to Veshenskaya in 1924 to devote  himself to writing. 6)      In 1924 Sholokhov married Maria Petrovna Gromoslavskaia. The couple had two daughters and two sons. 7)      Sholokhov’s most famous book, And Quiet Flows the Don which deals with Cossacks before and during World War I and the Russian civil war earned him the Stalin Prize and took 14 years to finish. The work, called socialist realism, was the most read Soviet fiction and won Sholokhov the 1965 Nobel…

Books by Title M – Z
/ January 24, 2013

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – M – Macbeth by Jo Nesbø – A retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy, set in a small European town as a police drama. Machinehood by S.B. Divya – A science-fiction story about the way legal drugs, artificial intelligence, an- s d big corporations can inherit the future. Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani – A novel about Mag­gie Hogan is a strong woman, an ace report who just wants to be treated fairly. She fights, and sleeps, her way through the bat­tle­fields, the Nurem­burg tri­als and the after­math of the World War II, includ­ing the cold war. Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin – An autobiog­ra­phy of the famous astronaut. Malinalli of the Fifth Sun by Helen Gordon Heightsman – A his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel tak­ing place in South Amer­ica dur­ing Hernán Cortés’ time focusing on native woman Mali­nalli who was an impor­tant per­son in Cortés’ entourage who have been vil­i­fied through­out the ages. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – A historical fiction which imagines the axis winning World War II….

Books by Author M – Z
/ January 16, 2013

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z – M – Mac Donald, Elizabeth A Matter of Interpretation – A historical fiction book, taking place in the 13th Century following Michael Scot, a scholar and translator working for Emperor Frederick II. MacDonald, Alexander The Private Life of Victoria: Queen, Empress, Mother of the Nation – A non-fiction book, about the Queen’s personal relationships before, and during her reign Macintyre, Ben Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War – A non-fiction book about the founding and early years of the British Special Air Service (SAS). MacKenzie, Alastair Pilgrim Days: From Vietnam to the SAS – A memoir of the author who served in the special forces of several countries over his life, documenting his life from serving in the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, to the SAS, South Africa, Oman, and finally as a private security agent. Maxfield, Jen More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories – A memoir in which the author,…

Fun Facts Friday: Paul Celan
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 23, 2012

Today is the birthday of Romanian poet and translator Paul Celan (23 November 1920 – abt. 20 April 1970) . Born into a Jewish family in Romania (Ukraine) . Celan was awarded the Bremen Literature Prize in 1958 and the Georg Büchner Prize in 1960. 1 ) Celan was born as Paul Antschel but changed his name to Celan (pronounced Chelan). 2 ) Celan’s father was a Zionist and insisted his son learn Hebrew. Celan’s mother loved German literature and insisted that German will be spoken in the house. Paul Celan abandoned Zionism after his Bar-Mitzvah but finished his Hebrew education. 3 ) During World War II Celan and his parents were deported into a ghetto on October 1941. Celan kept busy but translating Shakespeare’s Sonnets and writing his own poetry. In the Ghetto Celan was exposed t traditional Yidish songs and culture. When the ghetto was dissolved Celan was working as a forced laborer clearing debris and destroying Russian books. 4 ) Celan tried to convince his parents to leave Bukovina, but they refused. One night Celan was so mad he slept at a friend’s house. That night, 21 June, his parents were deported to an interment camp in…

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