I loved this book telling of the "saving the cultures" of the world. This is a very unknown story of a small group of soldiers and civilians who want...moreI loved this book telling of the "saving the cultures" of the world. This is a very unknown story of a small group of soldiers and civilians who want to save and protect the culture and history of all of the European cities caught up in WWII.
Hitler raids the continent for art treasures to be focused in a dream city that he and Albert Speer, chief architect are designing for Hitler's birthplace in Linz, Austria. Treasures will be coming from everywhere, museums, town squares, banks, and private collections. No place and one is safe from the raiding. Whole museums are emptied and the contents stored in thousands of sites, from barns, to bunkers to mines. Some under the auspices of bomb protection and some just from the raiding of Jewish homes.
Brave men, with no funding, no backup, no supplies and few orders alone, with a task unimaginable. I will think of them every time that I open an art book or step foot in a museum.
If you enjoyed this I recommend Madonnas of Leningrad!(less)
I really enjoyed this book in the series. This featured a Henry VII and his fern with Elizabeth of York as his wife after the death of Richard, bringi...moreI really enjoyed this book in the series. This featured a Henry VII and his fern with Elizabeth of York as his wife after the death of Richard, bringing an end to the Cousin's War. This book above others brings us information on the history of the parents of Henry VIII and how he came to be the tower of the House of Tudor. I cannot say that I liked Henry at all, did not admire him and really hoped for a different ending for this son of Margaret Beaufort. She worked so hard for him to be king since his birth but seemed the most un king-like ruler so far. I also still do not understand how Elizabeth could ever have loved Richard. She did though and that is important to this work.
It was especially timely for reading after the finding of Richard's bones recently in Bosworth and the documentary that we watched just last week on the verification process.(less)
I know that it was meant as a witty satire of ugly American travelers but it was thrown in the face way too much and I could not enjoy it as a travel...moreI know that it was meant as a witty satire of ugly American travelers but it was thrown in the face way too much and I could not enjoy it as a travel book no matter how much I tried. Sorry, Mr Twain(less)
Somehow this is a book that I never read - either as a child or a parent! How did this happen? This is a charming book of animals interacting with eac...moreSomehow this is a book that I never read - either as a child or a parent! How did this happen? This is a charming book of animals interacting with each other in the idyllic fields, rivers and byways of rural England in a time far past. The prose describing the banks, fields, woods and river is just so lyrical and I was as drowsy as Badger thinking about dozing in front of a warm fire (especially as I have been without power in a storm since last night and am wrapped up in a cozy in my easy chair with feet tucked beneath me and dreaming of the lazy summer days!). I just love this!(less)
A late addition to the Poirot series, he really is a minor character but I did enjoy the discussions of his new obsesssion with mystery writers. A new...moreA late addition to the Poirot series, he really is a minor character but I did enjoy the discussions of his new obsesssion with mystery writers. A new character that hope to see again - Colin Lamb as the narrator. This was a very late 50's/early 6o's style Cold War Spy mystery. It ended too abruptly for me (a criticism that Poirot has of some writer's) but the plot idea was interesting.(less)
This is the 2nd time that I read this book and I loved it both times. I have read the other reviews and there is so much that I agree with as far as t...moreThis is the 2nd time that I read this book and I loved it both times. I have read the other reviews and there is so much that I agree with as far as the family values, hard work, education and joy of hime and homeland. What i did not agree with were the comments regarding the history or the boys trips through the cities. Yes, the history is not entirely accurate, the exposure that Dodge had at the time precluded that and the book was not intended as a non-fiction history. With guidance it is a jumping off point to learn about the fascinating history of this reclaimed land, the ingenious use of windmills, truly fascinating growth of the tulip craze, coffee and even tobacco. In the 70's I found Holland to be the cleanest place we had ever been to, with flowers to delight everywhere. We loved walking along the canals and seeing the unique architecture that came because of the land.
I so understood the love of blue and Delft because of walking on the beach in The Hauge one cold, windy March night. The skies were the exact color of the dish I had gotten that afternoon, I cannot possibly describe it any better. I loved reading of youth who had an appreciation and an understanding that they were ready to share of the arts of all kinds. I grew up in Dutch settled lands here in the US and Hans made me curious about the country long before I was ready to meet Anne Frank. (less)
I am not a huge sci-fi fan, never have been even though I wrote letters to keep Star Trek on TV eons ago. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books a...moreI am not a huge sci-fi fan, never have been even though I wrote letters to keep Star Trek on TV eons ago. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books and I do watch movies, TV and read a bit into the genres that are so popular now. I do find this fascinating though. It was recommended to me as a prep for the movie after seeing the previews and not knowing what I was watching, and was leary but my son and a friend asked that I give it a chance.
I thought it was just another action comic (graphic novel) or video game takeoff that I intensely dislike. I was wrong. This was fabulous. Especially after reading the Introduction that Card wrote in 1991. I was hooked from that point. I was an active duty proud military spouse at that time (Still proud, but now retired after a 21 year career!). We lived on posts with simulators that had soldiers from many countries coming to train on and worked with these same foreign officers in tactics. For my husband and I, Viet Nam is not just history, it was part of our lives and we read Asimov, Bradbury and even parts of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. We both read and understand history and now we live in Virginia. Bruce Catton was a huge influence on my husband's life, he remembers him from the 100 year anniversary of Gettysburg when he was a child!
I cannot say that our children were as brilliant as the children here but I do believe that there are far more capable children than our education system and parent teaching cultures give credit for.
I will be continuing the series and go see the film.