World War II

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Halik Kochanski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780674284005
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Published: Harvard University Press - May 12th, 2014

This book has an obvious flaw: It does not probe deeply into questions of Polish-Jewish experience. BUT what it does do, it does very well: Makes understandable a big complex story of a nation trying to survive incredible brutality. Should lead many readers to further study. Forgive the flaw (seek other books) and you'll find this one compelling, enlightening and beneficial. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307887993
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 30th, 2012

Kershaw at his singular best. Brings the realities of individual World War II combat vividly to life and simultaneously leaves the reader with an abiding conviction that this war against pure evil was fought for the most noble reasons...and that Felix Sparks should be called a hero. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


Savage Continent

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ISBN: 9781250033567
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Published: Picador - July 2nd, 2013

Lowe's mastery of this huge, complex subject and the clarity of his writing makes this a valuable and compelling book. What elevates it further is his treatment of difficult questions about nationalism, prejudice, vengeance, and victimhood. And how perpetual cycles of violence depend on misused historical memory. Highest recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


Double Cross

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ISBN: 9780307888778
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Published: Broadway Books - May 14th, 2013

The success of the D-Day landings depended upon the systematic feeding of disinformation by double agents in Great Britain. The agents had varying allegiances to the Allies' cause and the success of the complex operation was always a matter for grave doubt, especially in a world completely devoid of trust. An incisive reminder that momentous history can turn on the vagaries of human nature. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


D-Day and a dead dog

I should have known that Double Cross wasn't going to be an easy read when I first picked it up. Books about elusive people whose actual lives meander from one disreputable pursuit to another, who then assume the identities of people who never existed at all are usually the literary equivalent of a dense London fog.  At least they are for me. I had read Ben Macintyre's earlier books, Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, both of which expertly drew me into the world of spies and deception and people who never took a breath of life, so I decided to risk encountering the occasional fog bank.

Double Cross didn't disappoint even if it took some self-discipline to settle into its labyrinthine narrative and I had to pause frequently to recall what code name belonged to which agent. (READ MORE)

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Published: Broadway Books - May 14th, 2013

Into Dust and Fire

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ISBN: 9780451239341
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Published: Dutton Caliber - April 2nd, 2013

The World War II generation is fast disappearing and each day more stories are lost; except when a skilled and motivated researcher decides to ask questions. This is a beautiful, evocative, almost wistful story but with a careful realism that prevents it from becoming sappy or sentimental. One to remember. Perfect compliment to Lynne Olson's CITIZENS OF LONDON. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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