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message 1: by Caroline (new)

Caroline An excellent review. I am going to see if I can get hold of this book via my library.


message 2: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. Thank-you Caroline.
It should be in your library, its' really been a standard ever since it was published. Let me know.


message 3: by Caroline (last edited Feb 03, 2013 12:40AM) (new)

Caroline I found a copy - but interestingly there was only one copy, over a heck of a lot of libraries. Still, one is enough for me to be able to order it :-)


message 4: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. I would be curious if they had Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Roméo Dallaire. I would like to know if you have Canadian content! I have seen the book in New York. If you can inquire without making a commitment (financial or otherwise) that would be great. I am not asking you to read the book,as you said the "Ghost" documentary was so superb. If its too much trouble, don't bother.

I find it really good that your library system is integrated - one library will loan out books to others - NEAT!


message 5: by Caroline (last edited Feb 04, 2013 03:39AM) (new)

Caroline We don't have Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda in any of my immediate catchment area of libraries (costs 60p to order books from here). We DO have 2 copies of the book and 1 DVD set available from the wider catchment area, (covering the whole of the south east of England.) (£2.00 to order from here....)

Our libraries are fantastic. Every book is catalogued on line. I do all my books searches this way - they are filed under title, author, and subject matter. You can see how many people are in the queue for reserving a book. You can yourself reserve a book on line. You can even stipulate how long you are prepared to wait for the book to arrive (after this time it will drop off your reservation list.)

My library will not only order me books from all over the UK - it will order from abroad too - albeit at some expense.

I think our libraries are absolutely brilliant ♥


message 6: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. I think our libraries are absolutely brilliant

YES!! I am impressed - and all online

and THANKS for looking - Glad they have some current Canadian content!


message 7: by Caroline (new)

Caroline :-)


message 8: by Lilo (last edited May 21, 2014 03:27PM) (new)

Lilo I haven't read the book, but I have seen the 2-part TV documentation. It was very impressive.

However, I absolutely disagree with the conclusion that the German population must have known what went on in the concentration camps. I can testify to it that neither my family nor any of their non-Nazi friends knew. (I am rather sure that the "ordinary" Nazi did not know either.) And we lived only 20 miles north of Dachau. The public did not know because Hitler did not want it to know.

Of course, everybody knew that concentration camps were no health resorts, and it was assumed that old and fragile people might die in those camps, but the general public had no idea about what was really going on there, and it especially did not know about death camps and gas chambers.


message 9: by Greta (new)

Greta Great review, Mikey.


message 10: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. Thanks!


message 11: by Muthuvel (new)

Muthuvel Wonderful review, Mikey. I remember reading a similar kind of review from another friend which made me read a 1000 page biography of Hitler which I've been doing still.


message 12: by carl (new)

carl  theaker I also read it way back when in high school. At the time I was more interested in the battles, which aren't a big part of this book, so while interesting wasn't that thrilling to me. So have pondered reading it again.


message 13: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. Muthuvel wrote: "Wonderful review, Mikey. I remember reading a similar kind of review from another friend which made me read a 1000 page biography of Hitler which I've been doing still."

Thanks!
I notice you are reading the Kershaw bio of Hitler. Let us know how you like it.


message 14: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. carl wrote: "I also read it way back when in high school. At the time I was more interested in the battles, which aren't a big part of this book, so while interesting wasn't that thrilling to me. So have ponder..."

Well over half of the book is taken up with the pre-war years.


message 15: by HBalikov (new)

HBalikov Excellent review. I also recommend his Berlin Diary


message 16: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. HBalikov wrote: "Excellent review. I also recommend his Berlin Diary"

Thanks! (I think I read Berlin Diary years ago)


message 17: by Dmitri (new)

Dmitri A classic indeed. I need to reread it. Shirer's life in Berlin from 1934-40 gave him an authentic perspective. Great review.


message 18: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. Dmitri wrote: "A classic indeed. I need to reread it. Shirer's life in Berlin from 1934-40 gave him an authentic perspective. Great review."

Thanks Dmitri And its a long book as well - over 1000 pages on Hitler and Nazism wears you down!!


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