'A warning from history' in the title is very relevant.
The phrase 'Man's inhumanity to man' pales by comparison with the atrocities covered in this bo'A warning from history' in the title is very relevant.
The phrase 'Man's inhumanity to man' pales by comparison with the atrocities covered in this book, which include a multitude of photographs, many of which are harrowing in the extreme.
To quote from the back cover:
“That which has happened is a warning. To forget it is guilt. It must be continually remembered. It was possible for this to happen, and it remains possible for it to happen again at any minute. Only in knowledge can it be prevented.” ...more
This fascinating book takes the reader through many centuries of domestic evolution - and has been well researched, judging from the 25 pages of bibliThis fascinating book takes the reader through many centuries of domestic evolution - and has been well researched, judging from the 25 pages of bibliography. While the narrative is heavy going at times, which some may consider involves excessive detail, it nevertheless paints a harrowing picture of life in previous centuries, particularly the 18th and 19th, where the growth of towns and the later industrial revolution involved unthinkable crowding, squalor, disease and suffering.
While not disputing that poverty still exists in the developed world, try to imagine what it was like without the basic services we now take for granted: such as gas, electricity, clean running water and, most of all, flush toilets and sewage disposal. Many of these facilities were unavailable in Queen Victoria’s reign, so even the riches of the aristocracy weren’t able to provide some of the comfort we now take for granted. With no benefit system, the poor in earlier times also had to endure excessive deprivation, not to mention a terrible existence for many in the Workhouses.
Reading the book brought me to realise that adults from middle age upwards are perhaps living through a time of peak privilege, with so many unknowns that could apply to developments for the younger generation throughout the world during this 21st century and beyond.
I would recommend this book, if for no other reason than to focus attention on where our lifestyle developed from - and where it is likely to be heading? ...more
This book about WW1 shows the futility of war, which claimed the lives of countless men in dreadful conditions in the trenches. It also includes the aThis book about WW1 shows the futility of war, which claimed the lives of countless men in dreadful conditions in the trenches. It also includes the aftermath with the broken lives of those who returned home with horrifying injuries, both physical pain and extreme mental anguish.
Reading this book after ‘The Nazis – A Warning from History’ (which connects the end of WW1 through WW2), makes one wonder if it could happen again?
I would recommend both books to all who value their freedom to live normal lives. ...more
Tony Thompson, as Crime Correspondent for the Observer, paints a horrendous picture of International Gang Crime, having placed himself in personal danTony Thompson, as Crime Correspondent for the Observer, paints a horrendous picture of International Gang Crime, having placed himself in personal danger interviewing many hardened criminals to get the facts.
Published in 2004, the book covers topics involving Armed Robbery, Drugs (including the growing trend in synthetics), Hi-tech Crime, Bikers, Money Laundering, People Smuggling, Gun Culture and Kidnap – all involving extreme violence.
While most readers will be aware of these topics from media coverage over the decade since publication, the scale and development of many of the issues is a frightening prospect for law-abiding citizens and governments.
Not a pleasant read, but worth the effort to understand the motivational aspect of illegal financial gain on a massive scale. This not only relates to organised criminal gangs, but also appears to be an unfortunate incentive to some teenagers in deprived areas, who see it as a way to easy riches, despite the dangerous risks involved. ...more
Dave Allen was humorously furious about political hypocrisy, the church domination of Ireland, and, in fact, all forms of authoritarianism. His stance was uncompromising, which made him a godfather of comedy and won him the admiration of a later generation of stand-ups. ...more