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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
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
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
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
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
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
Our Trail Led Northwest
Madge Mandy travelled through B.C.'s north west country during the 1930's with her husband Joe, who was a mining engineer. During their travels they m ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
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
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
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
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
Hard Place To Do Time: The Story Of Oakalla Prison, 1912 1991
Oakalla Prison is notorious in B.C. history for good reason. Earl Andersen does a good job of bringing out some of the gruesome statistics and the sen ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
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
Mother Goose Complete
This edition was compiled in 1902 and has exensive notes and regional variations. A lot of the rhymes date from the early 17th century. I'm sure a lot ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
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
No Picnic
I enjoyed this book because it gave a good illustration of how command structure functions during combat conditions. The Argentinians had superior air ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
The Battle is the Pay-Off
A superb account of the Battle of Guettar by Ralph Ingersoll, formerly an editor and magazine writer. He makes the case for rigorous training as well ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe
What an exciting read for all baseball fans including those whose teams lost! I read this during the Hot Stove League and am waiting ( impatiently) fo ...more
not set
Dec 10, 2012
The First Rule (Joe Pike, #2)
This is the first book I've read by Robert Crais but it won't be the last. Joe Pike and his crew wreak vengeance on on some richly deserving targets. ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
A Lonely Kind Of War
One of the best books I've read on the Vietnam War by one of it's participants. The author gives an honest account of his service without any macho b. ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 20, 2012
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