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Revisiting a War

Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward have written a visually compelling companion, coffee table book to the PBS series, “The Vietnam War”. For the past week I have been pouring over its written and pictorial account of that bloody conflict between… Continue Reading →

Goebbels: A Biography

I enjoyed reading this in-depth book on the tumultuous life of one of Hitler’s more shadowy and largely misunderstood henchmen. While prominent and influential in Nazidom, Goebbels makes for a better study as a misguided and fanatical devotee than the… Continue Reading →

A Weird and Fascinating Novel of Yesteryears

I have just finished Paul Auster’s “The Book of Illusions” and feel strangely compelled to share some literary impressions that have been building up over the last month of periodic reading. To begin with, it was a romping good story,… Continue Reading →

A Rapier Analysis of a Criminal Mind

I am in the process of reading the definitive biography on the crazy, upside-down life of Charles Manson. Written by highly-acclaimed journalist, Jeff Guinn, “Manson” goes where Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter” doesn’t. Right into the very heart of one of the… Continue Reading →

Nixon and Trump

I am currently reading John Farrell’s definitive study on the life of Richard Milhous Nixon and finding some eery comparisons to that of Donald James Trump, his most recent successor in the White House. What these two American commanders-in-chief have… Continue Reading →

Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” – Learning How to Put the Best Gloss on Life

Recently I watched Wendy Messely of the CBC interview Trevor Noah, moderator of the Daily Show, on the new release of his autobiography. Referring to parts of the book where he was constantly grappling with his identity as a ‘colored’… Continue Reading →

The Story Behind a Sinking

It has been over ten years since the Queen of the North sank off the BC north coast in March 2006 near Hartley Bay. During this time, BC Ferries has fired ten personnel including the captain, and seen the fourth… Continue Reading →

It Was Ever Thus

The other night, after an intensive game of bowls at the club, I came home to relax, check out my e-mails, and read. Before too long, I was deep into reconnecting with an old friend from a former life who… Continue Reading →

Volker Ullrich’s “Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939” – Making Sense of a Tyrant

This very well-researched and clearly-defined biography on Hitler’s rise to power focuses on a step-by-step analysis of how he pulled it off against incredible odds. In this work Ullrich dedicates a lot of effort to portraying the man as an… Continue Reading →

The Need to be Fair

I am regularly looking for information that I can trust in order to appraise a situation effectively. Recently, I have encountered four situations where my ability to accurately judge a situation has been greatly impaired by a lack of good… Continue Reading →

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