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The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
William Kristol writes in a blurb on the back cover of this book " revisionist history at its best". Not true at all: this book is an ill matched, sel ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
The House On Garibaldi Street
In 1960-61 I was in junior high and I did a school project consisting of cutting out newspaper articles and putting them in a current events scrapbook ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
A Thousand Shall Fall
Murray Peden beat the odds and survived his first tour as an Allied bomber pilot over the skies of war-torn Europe. His heart-felt account sees him tr ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Like a lot of reviewers I'm torn on this book. Chris Kyle was good at his job; no doubt about that. He doesn't spend much time on the politics but get ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
Operation Mercury: An Airman In The Battle Of Crete
Against the odds, a rag-tag bunch of British Commonwealth units were able to cause heavy casualties among the three pronged air and ship-borne assault ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Dec 29, 2014
Spilsburys Coast
To anyone who grew up on the B.C. coast Spilsbury and White's book reads like a homecoming. The little towns, the fishing and logging camps and above ...more
Jun 09, 2014
May 31, 2014
The Missing Reel: The Untold Story of the Lost Inventor of Moving Pictures
I found the narrative too fragmented hence I never did engage with the subject matter. Sometimes it just doesn't work out.
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
Nazi Gold
This book chronicles the large scale corruption that existed in the American zone of occupation in southern Germany post W.W.II. It also exposes the s ...more
Jul 13, 2014
May 31, 2014
Ten Plus One
I would advise caution in reading this one .It contains one of the most brutal cop beat-downs on a suspect that I've read in crime fiction to date. It ...more
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
Erwin Rommel's stature as one of the great generals in military history is confirmed in this masterful account by Charles Douglas-Home. The author doe ...more
Nov 26, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
The Corvette Navy (True Stories From Canada's Atlantic War)
This is one of the finest books I have read on what it must have been like to be on a fighting ship in the Atlantic in W.W.II. The author does a super ...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Woodsmen of the West
There's not many novels about west coast logging and this one of the best. It gives us a glimpse of turn of the century practises when mechanisation w ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
Into the Wild
I was prepared to dislike Chris McCandless for his perceived naivety and arrogance. I came out of the reading experience with an increased regard for ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide: Early Ranching in BC and Alberta
A fascinating historical account of the pioneer ranching days in British Columbia and Alberta. The Canadian Rockies are the great divide and Ken Mathe ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Nov 20, 2014
The Tacoma Pill Junkies
This is a damn fine first novel( or second or third) for that matter. Swainston writes with authority; he knows character development and setting, som ...more
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
The best book I've read on the Battle of the Atlantic.
Oct 22, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris
Kershaw answers the question of how such a man as Hitler could have led a nation into the abyss. He exposes the hollow core of Hitler's being that ena ...more
Nov 20, 2012
Oct 21, 2012
End Of The Imperial Japanese Navy, The
A thought provoking account of Japan's naval defeat in W.W.II. It is the author's contention that the Imperial Japanese Navy allowed the Army to prope ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin
What struck me the most in Neal Bascomb's account of the mutiny is the stupidity and weakness of Tsar Nicholas. He had the goodwill and loyalty of the ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge
I got through most of the book O.K. but I found the last 5 or 6 chapters to be a real struggle. I read Hidden Truth as s.f. after coming across the st ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
10,000 Hours
An excellent, personal account of helicopter bush flying in northern Canada in the 50's and 60's. What I particularly enjoyed about this book is the a ...more
May 19, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
I was a little disappointed in this book as I wanted more shop and less soul. The interesting bits , for me, were when the author got into the mechani ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
Lady Killer (87th Precinct #8)
Ed McBain writes in machine gun bursts of prose sometimes fast sometimes slow. Lady Killer encompasses a little over 8 hours of real time but covers a ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Free Fall: A Sniper's Story from Chechnya. Nicolai Lilin
This book is a sequel to Siberian Education where Nicolai Lilin's violent upbringing prepares him for brutal combat in the Second Chechen War. He has ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
A Long Way Down
An absolute delight of a book. I don't know of any other author who has such facility with dialogue. When I read one of Hornby's novels I'm there. Mos ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
The Crime of the Century & Other Misdemeanors
I laughed out loud at some of the capers John Godey got up to in his boyhood memoir. What a challenge he must have been to his long suffering parents! ...more
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Chronicles, Vol. 1
This is not a conventional memoir by any means . It starts with Dylan's arrival in New York city in the early 1960's and ends back in the same place b ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
Silver Linings: Travels Around Northern Ireland
Martin Fletcher is a good travel writer in the same class as the great H.V. Morton. He takes you there and even more, makes you want to be there. He w ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Blockade Billy
There's 2 stories in this short book . Of the two, I liked Morality better as it left me pondering the consequences of actions taken and the consequen ...more
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Mar 24, 2012
Talisman: Gnostics, Freemasons, Revolutionaries, and the 2000-Year-Old Conspiracy at Work in the World Today
This book is a kind of unified field theory focussed on secret and heretical societies throughout history. I'm impressed by the authors meticulous doc ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
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