Book Review: War of Shadows by Gershom Gorenberg
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / January 13, 2021

The book does a great job to taking a complex, and messy, narrative and shaping it for the reader to understand. It was amusing to read how an obscure, but genius, cryptographer working in a dank room had far reaching consequences on the other side of the world without anyone knowing about it.

Book Review: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis

About: Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis is a non-fiction book about a British spy operating in occupied France. Mr. Lofits was a corporate attorney, but is now a full time writer. 384 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1501198653 My rating for Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy – 5 Buy Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy from Amazon.com* More Books by Larry Loftis*   Thoughts: The one thing which I immediately realized by reading this book is that the author has much sympathy for his subject. Odette Sansom, Lise, was not just the most decorated woman, but the most decorated woman of the whole war. Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis tells an amazing story, and it’s one of those book which I love, the author taking a real story and writing it as if it were a novel. Mr. Loftis creates a nerve wrecking narrative, filled with excitement and heroism. I found the writing to be…

Book Review: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / October 31, 2018

About: Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera is a non-fiction account of the British “Pigeon Warfare” effort. Mr. Corera is a journalist and writer, he specializes on security issues for the BBC. 352 pages Publisher: William Morrow Language: English ISBN-10: 9780062667076 My rating for Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service – 5 Buy Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service from Amazon.com* More Books by Gordon Corera* Thoughts: I always thought the use of pigeons is a creative one, but really have no special interest in it because, well… it’s pigeons.  Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Store of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera, however, is a well written book which brings to life this small part of the war. On the face of it, using pigeons to fly messages from German held territories to England sounds ridiculous. How could such an operation be successful with so many variables which cannot be accounted for? The author answers this question, and many more, in the book. The pigeon business, as it turned out, was popular at the time (racing, etc.)…

Book Review: Bombing Hitler by Hellmut G. Haasis
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / February 20, 2013

Article first published as Book Review: Bombing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Führer by Hellmut G. Haasis, Translated by William Odom on Blogcritics About: Bombing Hitler: The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Führer by Hellmut G. Haasis, (translated by William Odom) is the true story of Georg Elser and his failed attempt on Hitler’s life. 240 pages Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1616087412 My rat­ing for Bombing Hitler— 4 Buy this book in paper or in elec­tronic format* More Rec­om­mended World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: Bombing Hitler by Hellmut G. Haasis tells of Georg Elser’s decision to assassinate Hitler in a Munich Beer Hall. Elser’s said that he simply wanted to” prevent even greater bloodshed through my act”. Elser, a blue collar worker, worked and planned for months in order to plant a bomb in a pillar which supports the roof of the beer hall.  The bomb worked, killing eight people, but missing its intended target who had to leave early for Berlin (cutting his speech from 2 hours to a mere hour). The book is a well researched document, using interviews from first hand sources as well as historical documentation, the author…

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