A clear; concise and de-politicised review of where the UK currently sits within the EU framework, how it got there, and the arguments for leaving andA clear; concise and de-politicised review of where the UK currently sits within the EU framework, how it got there, and the arguments for leaving and remaining within the socio-economic bloc. Essential reading for those who are undecided or for those seeking to sway others.
A stunning account of the titanic clash between former uneasy allies, culminating in the horrific war on the Eastern Front. Compelling and utterly griA stunning account of the titanic clash between former uneasy allies, culminating in the horrific war on the Eastern Front. Compelling and utterly gripping from the start, this should be considered essential reading for those seeking to advance their understanding of this monumental conflict. ...more
An engaging overview of the often - overlooked pioneering days of aerial combat replete with rich graphics; an engaging and authoritative narrative, aAn engaging overview of the often - overlooked pioneering days of aerial combat replete with rich graphics; an engaging and authoritative narrative, and a concise analysis of the evolution man and machine during the course of the appalling carnage of the First World War. ...more
A difficult start which ultimately proved to be a rewarding, and engaging appraisal of one of World War One's most successful aviators.
A book from aA difficult start which ultimately proved to be a rewarding, and engaging appraisal of one of World War One's most successful aviators.
A book from a different era with a narrative which reflects it. Written during the aftermath of the Great War and immediately prior to the ideological second World War, this is a tale of both man and machine and how the chivalrous aspects of combat, lost to the trenches and mechanised warfare, were transferred to the skies above by the pioneering aviators and their flying machines. The end result is the propagation of the enduring myth of a gentlemanly sport of equals which stood in splendid isolation to the bloody carnage below.
The authors' account of Baron von Richthofen is rich and compelling and goes a considerable way to removing the veneer applied to the man post-war(s). The narrative charts the history and psychology of the former cavalryman; whom both bored and disillusioned with the ground war, effectively wrote a letter to his superiors demanding the chance to take to the skies with a view to rekindling the spirit of the chase and the lost romance of war.
By interviewing former adversaries; reprinting letters from Richthofen to his Mother, and retelling and analysing Richthofen's own accounts of how he sought and achieved his victories, the author provides a balanced, and ultimately fair assessment of Richthofen which stands in stark contrast to pre-existing accounts of vilification or celebration, by virtue of one simple facet: the consideration of Richthofen as essentially mortal; warts and all.
An entirely welcome and engaging review of one of history's most celebrated; talented, and lethal aviators who stood at the forefront of technological advance which was used to recapture the spirit of a supposedly chivalrous past.
Love him; hate him, or love to hate him, the rise and rise of Donald J Trump in both popular culture and Presidential politics, is a salutary lesson iLove him; hate him, or love to hate him, the rise and rise of Donald J Trump in both popular culture and Presidential politics, is a salutary lesson in the possibilities afforded to the super wealthy by American society.
The Trump phenomenon has spawned a plethora of books all of which can be categorised as follows: how to be rich like Trump; congratulatory biographical or impenetrable semi-autobiographical works, and those works which aim to destroy the man by way of personal attack. What is lacking in this marketplace is a concise, and relatively balanced approach to the man.
This is where the Author enters the fray. What emerges is a concise; no punches - pulled account of Trump starting from his parents and his father's relative successes, through Trumps' childhood and adolescence, and all of the personal and financial highs and lows which were encountered long the way, concluding in his Presidential announcement and the first phases of the Primaries.
It is a gripping narrative; skilfully told by the Author, one which had been previously obscured by vitriol or sycophancy. By focusing upon Trump as a man as opposed to urban myth, it allows the reader to appreciate some of the brilliance and some of the controversy which Trump is prone to. A miraculous achievement considering the author's self-declared political disposition.
In summary, this is a fast - paced; accessible, and gripping insight into the man behind the myth. If you are looking for a balanced account of the man who is currently dominating the international air waves, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
An interesting account of the rise and fall of the Third Reich as witnessed, and recounted, by those navigating a way through the daily socio-economicAn interesting account of the rise and fall of the Third Reich as witnessed, and recounted, by those navigating a way through the daily socio-economic privations and contradictions, and all-pervasive propaganda campaigns of a paranoid regime seeking to prolong it's life.
The book serves as a counterpoint to the enduring myth of the German population willingly propping up a regime which had marginalised; pulverised, and embittered all but the most ardent sympathisers. Resistance of all types form the centrepiece of the narrative, and the ultimate fall of the regime being greeted with a broad range of emotions ranging from fear of the upcoming reprisals of the approaching Red Army to thoughts about the future of Germany and it's form. ...more
The 2016 Republican field is ever narrowing from an initial 17 to (at the time of writing) 5. The race to become the GOP nominee is becoming ever moreThe 2016 Republican field is ever narrowing from an initial 17 to (at the time of writing) 5. The race to become the GOP nominee is becoming ever more embittered; the resultant discourse between the candidates becoming is increasingly personal and electorally damaging, the voters' responsibility of determining the best candidate to put forward for the General Election is becoming harder with each passing day. Surely, there is another way?
In answer to this question, the Author seeks to put forward an alternative to the current process for nominating the next GOP candidate: that of the "Dream Team".
The Dream Team comprises of a unified slate of candidates, working together as a pre-assembled government in waiting, drawing and assigning key governmental posts on the strengths and attributes of each candidate. In essence, why subject the voter and candidates to a damaging; repetitive and drawn out series of one-on-one battles which invariably result in viable GOP candidates being left financially drained and electorally compromised before they even get the chance to face a Democrat. 2012 being a case in point.
The Author advances their position by way of a focus group and a detailed break down of the individual candidates policy positions. The focus group is then asked to consider which candidate would be best suited to each individual governmental role. The nominations vary, and the splits within the focus group become evident, the presupposition that the candidates would be amenable to the idea also seems to be on incredibly shaky ground.
Herein lies the problem! It is difficult to imagine any of the 2016 field willing to accept any other than the title of Commander in Chief, it is also difficult to envisage the 2016 slate, or any future slate, transcending party divisions simply for the aim of beating the Democrat nominee.
The narrative was light and easy to follow, and the motivation of the Author to create the Dream Team concept is laudable, it just seems, at present, to be unworkable.
An ill - considered; and ultimately unsuccessful attempt at Holocaust Denial, conveyed via the repeated use of a selection images accompaniAppalling.
An ill - considered; and ultimately unsuccessful attempt at Holocaust Denial, conveyed via the repeated use of a selection images accompanied by unsubstantiated generalisations with no historical foundation. ...more
Essential reading for those looking to further their understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of National Socialism.
As a reprint of an originalEssential reading for those looking to further their understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of National Socialism.
As a reprint of an original 1932 document; the narrative is free from third party interpretation and critique. The text therefore provides an unfettered insight into the evolution of the key policies promulgated by the party, whilst also articulating how the NSDAP viewed the accompanying socio-economic context that it was operating within.
With a limited narrative, the book is heavily dependant upon the aerial photographs enclosed within to tell the story of the obliteration of the ThirdWith a limited narrative, the book is heavily dependant upon the aerial photographs enclosed within to tell the story of the obliteration of the Third Reich.
The Trolley Mission was designed to record what was left of the theatre of war for dissemination amongst the allied ground crews. The ostensible aims were to highlight the contribution made by all ranks and positions to the fall of Germany. However laudable the aims of the Trolley Mission were, an inadvertent consequence of the before-and-after imagery was the stunning counterpoint to the anodyne concept of "collateral damage" and the notion of the "winnable war".
The sheer scale of the destruction recorded during the mission amply demonstrates that whilst operational Nazism was destroyed, the punishment for Hitler's fantasies rested almost exclusively on the German population. A catharsis of unimaginable proportions recorded for posterity by the Trolley Mission.