A classic true story for children from another time. This is a graded reader version meaning that kids of a certain age/level can read it themselves....moreA classic true story for children from another time. This is a graded reader version meaning that kids of a certain age/level can read it themselves.
The illustrations are plentiful if a bit unrealistic. No self respecting sledder would have his lead dog in the cabin without the rest of the pack. And that would be quite crowded!!
This book is more compromised as a work of history than flawed. Swinging between documented historical record and anecdotal remembrance, it at times r...moreThis book is more compromised as a work of history than flawed. Swinging between documented historical record and anecdotal remembrance, it at times read like a a piece of historical fiction.
The premise of the work regarding the beginning or 'forging' of the Alliance between the United States and Britain(Great Britain, England, or your choice of the moment) is never completely delivered to the reader. No new ground regarding the development of the relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt is explored. In places it swings between "The Yanks are Coming" and "overpaid, oversexed, and overhere!" even as the later is from a slightly later stage of WWII. Some of the historical references are at best only slightly explored or very select and even out of context information included. The relationship between the eventual leaders including Alexander for the British and Eisenhower for the US is not fully examined. Certainly a few sentences scattered throughout the later half of the work don't do justice to the books premise. Dismissal of Eisenhower as not being interested in the outcome of the North Africa campaign is one of the main reasons for the commentary about 'British History'.
Even as a British hagiography with cautionary tales thrown in for false modesty, the work in total misses the overall scope of the announced topic. There are great moments of heroism and valor detailed, but there is also a lot of dismissive and even jingoistic writing masquerading as commentary and historical analysis. In one phrase the enemy is admired for what they were able to achieve, but then before the end of the same paragraph they are painted as arrogant and possibly careless.
The book is plagued by major technical problems including the lack of a general index! Endnotes are not segmented by chapter. For over 600 notes in the main body of the work that is a difficult problem to overcome. Combined with references including 'conversations' that come from diaries and interviews that are not referenced by note in the text at all, the term sloppy comes to mind in the final production of this work.
Misjudgement of the character and behavior of several commanders is another limiting factor in the overall value of the work. From Patton and Rommel being painted from limited sources or information cherry picked to mythologize (pro or con) their activities and of other important figures, to the minimization of conflicts in command the work has major failings. Hero worship of one or two generals including the British Air Command leadership (not undeserved, but over played and fawning) is another miscue in this work.
Great sources (with a couple of curious inclusions) that are not fully used are intriguing. The International War Museum (U.K.) as an example has filmed interviews with several of the figures in this book about the North Africa Campaign. If the author had alone just watched more of these films and used that information a fuller picture of the "Alliance" would have emerged in this work.
Limited Recommendation as this is a readable work. Incomplete but where detailed as in certain battles (i.e. 'The Cauldron' among others) it is well written and accurate in comparison to the other works on North Africa. Not a primary or go to source except for 'color commentary.'(less)
Sam, the Library Mouse, and his mouse/girl friend are off on a formal adventure with journals and a plan for exploration. They unexpectedly meet a new...moreSam, the Library Mouse, and his mouse/girl friend are off on a formal adventure with journals and a plan for exploration. They unexpectedly meet a new friend.
This series is part of a memorial to a local library that my family gave in memory of lifelong friend(s) recently. We were given first 'crack' at rea...more This series is part of a memorial to a local library that my family gave in memory of lifelong friend(s) recently. We were given first 'crack' at reading all of the books that made up the children's library expansion. I still have several other series to go, maybe a lifetime!
Library Mouse is a shy timid fellow, but he gets a great deal of good from his home, the Library. As readers of the series find out later, he contributes to his library too as an author and inspiration to its younger patrons.
Bright colorful well thought out children's books about, the Library!
Fun for all ages of library and book lovers alongside the 'younger' readers in their lives.
A weak presentation that has difficulty in finding a direction or focus. Part travelogue, part attempted homage to eclectic culture and arts, part ava...moreA weak presentation that has difficulty in finding a direction or focus. Part travelogue, part attempted homage to eclectic culture and arts, part avaricious name dropping, and other problems - with photographs.
Not Leibovitz's finest work in this presentation. Using Doris Kearns Goodwin to write the preface is just plain commercial pandering to an audience with her moniker being as prominent on the cover as Leibovitz.
One more for the collection from that magic era of American B/W photography. The book centers around the shops of the Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe r...moreOne more for the collection from that magic era of American B/W photography. The book centers around the shops of the Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad and some of the Native Americans shop workers of New Mexico in the depression and early years of WWII.
A well curated to a degree collection from three different photographers. The single critical concern I have is that the selected photographs do not show enough of the individuality of each photographer on first examination. Other than that it is a well done work. Good commentary, each photo dated and referenced, and enough bio on the photographers and subjects without it becoming something other than what was intended. Paperback work that if were hardbound would rate 4.5 stars!