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The Girl on the Train
liked it
Girl on a Train is actually an adult woman who is either Irish or has developed a dependency on alcohol to cope with the disappointments of her life a ...more
Mar 21, 2017
Mar 18, 2017
Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
it was amazing
The late Mr. MacDonald clearly possessed a brilliant mind and would have been a fabulous university professor had he so chosen. Fortunately for us rea ...more
Apr 16, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
Sir Walter Raleigh: In Life and Legend
liked it
Started Nov 2 a bit tedious at first but the adventures in South America are wild. This book is really suited for readers who have an in-depth knowled ...more
Apr 06, 2013
Dec 09, 2012
The Spanish Armada (Folio Society)
it was amazing
Exciting read even for non-history buffs.
Oct 2009
Apr 27, 2011
Washington: A Life
it was amazing
It took along time to get through this weighty biography, primarily due to luggage weight restrictions as its not the ideal book to take on a holiday. ...more
Jul 02, 2017
Oct 01, 2016
The White Spider
really liked it
A different syle of writing (purhaps because its a translation from German) but notwithstanding contains gripping accounts of the often tragic attempt ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany
really liked it
Wow! If you thought the Nazis were a bonkers before, wait until you read this book! The drug consumption revealed was more prodigious than the greates ...more
Nov 09, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
it was amazing
This is not just one story but a well researched tale of two lives, pilots from each of the German and American air forces, and their survival through ...more
Nov 10, 2015
Sep 20, 2015
The Cartel
really liked it
If you've ever hummed and hawed about going to Mexico for a holiday or investing in Mexican recreational property - give this book a start!! If you pe ...more
Nov 20, 2016
Oct 01, 2016
Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
liked it
A hideous crime, not the story, but the murder. This non-fiction project gives a bit of an insight to the goings-on in Peking immediately prior the th ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Elizabeth Taylor: The Lady, the Lover, the Legend: 1932-2011: A New Biography
liked it
A fun trashy read you can finish in a few hours. The narrative is mainly hearsay tabloid gossip but who cares, its entertainment great for reading at ...more
Aug 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest
it was amazing
Great though initially very hard to stomach as it starts off with WWI and the horrors thereof, particularly of the likes of the seemingly criminally i ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
really liked it
Informative and revealing if you grew up with the Stones music
Feb 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
really liked it
Amazing story, incredible family. A good read whether you like wine or not! Real life is more unpredictable and bizarre than fiction.
Dec 19, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
The Neruda Case
really liked it
A talented writer weaving a mystery around a glimpse of the revolutionary reaction to the centuries of oppression caused by the lack of property right ...more
Mar 07, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
Cannery Row
it was amazing
A pleasure to read great writing. I don't want this story to end.
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
really liked it
Fabulous account of the story behind recording the Beatles - a must read for any Beatle music fan!!
Feb 12, 2017
Feb 03, 2017
The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich, #2)
it was amazing
In parts a difficult book to read due to the subject matter, not the talents of the author who's writing style is very readable. First class research ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 27, 2014
The Bourne Objective (Jason Bourne, #8)
liked it
An easy summer read, not bad actually.
Jun 15, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery (Easy Rawlins #12)
really liked it
Walter Mosley's long lasting character of this series, Easy Rawlins, is a bit older now, it's the 1960s, and LA is changing, but some things never cha ...more
Dec 07, 2016
Apr 20, 2015
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
liked it
What was going on in Berlin in 1933-34? Der Fuhrer was in the news. A lot. This book describes the experiences of the US Ambassador and his family dur ...more
Oct 22, 2015
Oct 22, 2015
liked it
This 3rd instalment is a slower paced adventure with an intense finish; a fun quick read. Fascinating to catch snippets of post WWII British culture; ...more
Sep 2015
Aug 12, 2015
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden. Mark Bowden
liked it
A difficult book to write given the secrecy of the years long process that led to the elimination of the worlds then most notorious mass murderer. Not ...more
May 19, 2013
May 02, 2013
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
it was amazing
Surprisingly readable and very easy to get into. Initially thought it would be a tranquilizing read as I knew so little of the subject, but Mr. Cherno ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Apr 18, 2011
Big Little Lies
liked it
A fun read, however the ending, though tidy, was beyond absurd, triggering a major revamp in the final episode of the HBO adaptation to provide some s ...more
Jul 26, 2017
Jul 08, 2017
Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton
it was amazing
The writer did a first class job of compiling a mass of journals and accounts into a coherent, and often hilarious, tale of the life of a remarkable n ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England
it was amazing
Hard to put down. Should be of interest to anyone curious as to the inner workings of a parliamentary democracy, particularly given the British tradit ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Dec 20, 2013
Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5
really liked it
Certainly not like a Hollywood starlet biography fully of saucy exploits, but so far, quite engrossing ..... startling how a massive organization had ...more
Apr 14, 2014
Feb 12, 2013
Mary Coin
it was ok
A talented writer to be sure - perhaps for younger readers who have so much to discover of the past and how lives can become interwoven over time.
Apr 05, 2017
Feb 24, 2017
Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
it was amazing
An insider's look at entering and surviving as a player in the machine that is the NFL. An experience that few get, and that even fewer who have the t ...more
Nov 16, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
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