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Khrushev Remembers
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Charlie Charlie said: "A noted scholar confirms that this is indeed an authentic memoir. Most Soviet leaders of the era, never published any personal memoirs- if they even survived the purges under Stalin. Most never lived to publish any anyway. What is moot is that he avo...more "

 

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Hitler's Furies by Wendy Lower
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Countless German women actively participated in the Holocaust but returned to civilian life and melted into the populace- never held accountable for their crimes against humanity. This well researched book attempts to explain why. Many who were broug...more
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The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
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Very powerful book though a slow start.Ive read hundreds of books on the Holocaust but I was truly horrified by the conditions of the citizens of North Korea. Johnson does an incredible job with the propaganda chapters and it was clear how the relent...more
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Poland by James A. Michener
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Hundreds and hundreds of years of such profound suffering. They had such a hard time learning to combine resources and govern themselves because of these greedy magnates who owned everything- the people too. Michener does his usual incredible job ama...more
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Fighting for Common Ground by Olympia Snowe
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It is difficult for me to read books about our government because our government is so vast. Authors often confuse us with too many names, too many abbreviations of organizations within this humongous organ. I wonder what kinds of minds they have to...more
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The Fatal Crown by Ellen Jones
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Perhaps more intriguing than Henry and Eleanor of the next generation. thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Mel Brooks was certainly joshing when he said " It's good to be King." The privileged certainly lead costly lives in their b...more
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Beloved Enemy by Ellen Jones
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Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Even took the time to look up maps of Europe in 1130s to see where they lived their lives. Just bought the third is the trilogy to go back a generation to read about the Empress Maud and her similar struggles with King...more
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Gilded Cages by Ellen Jones
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Good manners, etiquette, treatment of the fair sex that we observe to this day, with few exceptions were invented by this Lady in the10th century.Finally I found a book about her, King Henry, and King Louis ( whom she left for Henry after going to th...more
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The Isle of Stone by Nicholas Nicastro
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More interesting in the first half than the second- about the structure of Spartan life, the phases and rituals of growing from childhood to full male maturity.The build up to the climactic battle is rather boring as is the battle itself.However the...more
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the life of madame mao by Ross Terrill
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Tedious at first wrapping one's mind around all those Chinese names, parties, factions,locations, but gains in intensity. Intricately told, enormous detail, but very informative. Madame Mao, leader of the gang of four, leading the infamous and lethal...more
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The Stalin Epigram by Robert Littell
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Fascinating how the paranoid mind works its insane logic when accusing innocent people of crimes against the Soviet state. Very convincing and really illustrates the daily fear of Russian citizens during the dictatorship of Stalin's era. I couldn't p...more
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