Great book, classic book on how corrupt Stalin and his regime/Soviet Empire was and it's main focus it on Russian prisons and gulags but other topics aGreat book, classic book on how corrupt Stalin and his regime/Soviet Empire was and it's main focus it on Russian prisons and gulags but other topics as well. ...more
My grandfather Martin Deglin, whom enlisted in the National Guard in March 1941, before WWII broke out and before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, foughtMy grandfather Martin Deglin, whom enlisted in the National Guard in March 1941, before WWII broke out and before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, fought in the battle of Guadalcanal for the U.S. Army, I believe.
I read this book years ago. It is a great read on the events and battles of Guadalcanal as chronicled by a news journalist in the thick of this major battle and operation in the pacific theater of WWII. ...more
Great book, and his 3rd one, written from 1998 to early 2001 from WWF legend, author and NY Times Bestseller (from Have a Nice Day, his first book, alGreat book, and his 3rd one, written from 1998 to early 2001 from WWF legend, author and NY Times Bestseller (from Have a Nice Day, his first book, also a great one) Mick Foley (aka Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack) in this book Mick talks about and covers many, many subjects and topics, mainly from his personal life, including not just his career and wrestling but also about his family, fans, life, other wrestlers, with often humerus stories about them and his adventures with them, famous matches, mainstream sports, how wrestling is really entertain but also real in a sense, his travels across the country, WWF owner and boss Vince McMahon and his wife Linda and kids Shane and Steph, Owen Hart's tragic and untimely death and passing, the use of drugs in wrestling (and other sports too).
Mick foley is also a pop culture fan and references many jokes about popular TV shows and movies in his book, often with amusing (but also lame) jokes and humor, esp. about Al Snow.
The book is somewhat clumsily edited, and Mick sometimes goes off topic, into rants and it seems like he has ADD (like me, no less, lol) He also takes on the PTC and a study by Indiana University, unfairly scapgoating the WWF and accusing it of violence and the deaths of 4 children.
Mick does a great job of taking them on, defending the WWF and wrestling in general, comparing the violence seen in wrestling/sports entertainment to mainstream sports such as hockey and football.
And I do agree that these sports are just as violent, he has plenty to say about issues like these towards the end of his almost 500 page book.
All in all, a good read. Foley is good (not God). And the real world is indeed faker then wrestling, esp. books that have ghostwriters and some of the news media (I'm a liberal, btw). ...more
This book is based on a true story. All these events took place and were recorded in a diary by young teenage Clara Kramer. These events take place beThis book is based on a true story. All these events took place and were recorded in a diary by young teenage Clara Kramer. These events take place between 1939 and 1944 in the Polish town of Zolkiew, Poland during WWII and The Holocaust.
The Becks, a German couple with a daughter, Ala, take in 18 Jews when the Nazi's invade their town, hiding them in a pre-built underground bunker under their house... Much drama ensues over their 20 months of hiding. Partisan/Black Market activities taking place, Mr. Beck being an alcoholic and cheating on his wife with 2 women... Everyday a struggle for survival. Boredom. Almost no entertainment. Nazi guests. Christmas dinners. Jewish Holidays. Nazi slaughter of Jews and deportations. Mass killings. Friendship. Close calls of being discovered. Tragedy. Friendship. Betrayal. Clara Kramer was giving a diary. She wrote in in every day for 20 months, keeping a record of the war and her struggle for survival.
Remember... 18 Jews hiding in an underground bunker for 20 months. No light hardly, mostly darkness, starvation with no food for days at a time when they had Nazi visitors and guests staying over, no water except once or twice a day, going to the bathroom in buckets that had to be emptied in a flush toilet or the backyard, in a very small space with 18 people under a house filled at many times with Nazi soldiers, SS, The Gestapo, Ukrainian Blue Coats and German trainmen sleeping over, have party's, playing cards, drinking, boasting and staying for days at a time, humid and hot in the summer, cold in the winter. All the while with Jews under the very house the Nazi's are in! The Becks put up a great act hiding them, playing along with their Nazi guests and helping Clara and her family and the other family's survive under their house via a hatch in the Becks bedroom.
Great book on Philosophy, covers all major and minor philosophies and philosophers from around the world in a mostly easy to understand and easy and fuGreat book on Philosophy, covers all major and minor philosophies and philosophers from around the world in a mostly easy to understand and easy and fun to read format and the book is well written and by several different authors.
The books starts out with Ancient Greece and philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, several Chinese philosophers and philosophies including Buddha and Buddhism and covers philosophy up until the present, the 21st century.
Great book on the History of the infamous death and concentration camp where apx. 1.1 million people, maybe more, and mainly Jews, died in gas chamberGreat book on the History of the infamous death and concentration camp where apx. 1.1 million people, maybe more, and mainly Jews, died in gas chambers then were cremated in mass numbers in Poland during WWII known as Auschwitz by author Laurence Rees.
Very well written book, it does stray from the topic of this death/concentration camp from time to time to address Holocaust denial on a few pages throughout the book, as well as camp survivor stories, stories from the Nazi's themselves that Ress has interviewed (including one that actually worked at Auschwitz, survived WWII, was in his 80's when interviewed, this Nazi whom witnessed The Holocaust firsthand was told by Holocaust deniers years later that he was imagining what he saw with his own eyes) other death camps like Treblinka, Sobiber, Bergen-Belson, etc. Nazi ideology and policy regarding the Jews and others, Hitler and the Nazi's war on the Jews of Europe and others including Poles, Gypsies, Russians, Priests, Nuns, Religious people, Jewish Ghettos, The Einzgruppen killing squads in Eastern Europe, Chelmo and it's gas vans, leading WWII and Nazi figures like Eichmann and Hoss, and other subjects including Denmark's remarkable and decent treatment of it's Jews during WWII.
Rees also does of good job with asking questions to Nazi perpetrators and collaborators, addressing day to day life in Auschwitz from both survivors and Nazi's testimony, story's and perspectives, looking at camp (and Nazi) culture, psychology, sociology and does address this infamous camp's brothel and swimming pool.
At a little over 300 pages, a good book on Auschwitz, it's History, culture, stories and this book is hopefully in The U.S. Library of congress. ...more
Great book, well researched and written and a big book at almost 600 pages but a page turning and interesting read, filled with accounts of people thaGreat book, well researched and written and a big book at almost 600 pages but a page turning and interesting read, filled with accounts of people that survived life in the Gulags of Russia during the Soviet Union's reign, many famous Gulag survivors/memoirists as well are quoted and featured in this book, covering the History of Russia's Gulags starting from the 1800's, with a focus on Stalin's reign of terror and regime (from the 1920's to 1953 when Stalin died of a stroke) that imprisoned, tortured and killed millions of people, to the present, and different chapters (almost 30 chapters) covering every aspect of life in the Gulag, starting with being arrested (most arrests under Stalins's regime were false)imprisonment, torture/forced confessions (often false) transport, life in the camps, food, survival, guards, camp culture, exile, escapes, forced labor, and other subjects of camp life in The Gulag.
Statistics are also covered at the end of the book.
Should be required reading in public schools or at least in college and is hopefully in the Library of Congress.
A part of History and Soviet/Russian History that cannot be ignored or brushed off, millions were falsely arrested, imprisoned, deported, tortured, worked to death, starved, suffered, orphaned, exiled and executed under Stalin's regime, with his NKVD henchmen and The Secret Police. ...more
Great book, at a little over 431 pages, about the Historic battle between Germany's Wehrmacht Army and Panzer Divisions and the Russian Red Army (andGreat book, at a little over 431 pages, about the Historic battle between Germany's Wehrmacht Army and Panzer Divisions and the Russian Red Army (and NKVD)when Hitler decided to turn his back on his ally Stalin and invade the Motherland (Russia) from the Fatherland (Germany).
The book is a great read, very interesting and details the Battle of Stalingrad in great detail and often in human terms with stories from both sides of battle, survival, letters to and from home, conditions during the war for both sides, suffering, decisions by higher up like Generals, Hitler's (and Stalin's) plans and even mindsets, conflicts between soldiers and even Generals and higher up's in both Army's, the brutal suffering German and Russian soldiers had to endure such as horrible living conditions, a ruined city with Russian snipers hiding almost everywhere to pick of German soldiers and officers, prisoners of war on both sides, what life was like as a soldier in both Army's, drama, tension, food shortages, starvation, disease, the bitter cold Russian winter, air drops, air attacks, the wounded, medical supply shortages and the of Germany's 6th Army and it's eventual surrender, including that of Paulus, plus many other details related to the war in and around Stalingrad which turned the tide of war in favor of Russia winning, which it eventually did with help from it's other Allies, mainly the USA.
This books also has over a dozen pictures in it related to the war in Stalingrad. Over 1 million soldiers were killed in this battle, over 100,000 innocents in Stalingrad as well when the city was bombed and reduced to rubble by the German Luftwaffe, and over 90,000 Germans that surrendered when Russia had them surrounded I wanted to add. ...more
A great book detailing Mick Foley's life wrestling and growing up, traveling across the country here (USA) and to other country's as well and how hardA great book detailing Mick Foley's life wrestling and growing up, traveling across the country here (USA) and to other country's as well and how hard it is to be a wrestler, from constant travel via cars (and when he went pro and got paid more airplanes) eating peanut butter sandwiches and living in his car on the road when he first started out wrestling as a young man and the pain and injuries that he has sustained during his career, plus some funny moments from his childhood, including jumping off the roof of his garage (don't try this at home kids and anyone, too dangerous) to some funny poems and pranks, Mick tells a page turning bio of his exciting life and triple personality's as Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack.