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The "key" to the longest battle of World War Two

Advantages: Well written, fascinating, gripping, wide scope
Disadvantages: A glossary and perhaps "time-line" would have been useful

The longest battle – and the stakes It was the longest battle of the 2nd World War and ran from its outset almost to VE Day. It was one of the hardest fought, and for one simple reason. As an island nation close to occupied mainland Europe, Britain w ...

2mennycds 08.12.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Seizing the Enigma - David Kahn

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Double cross? Double tick from me!

Advantages: Readable, fascinating, gripping, well illustrated
Disadvantages: None

...If this were a work of fiction it would be nail biting. It tells of the dark, shady and dangerous activities of double agents in the Second World War. Ostensibly working as German spies they in fact struck a number of very damaging blows to the German war ...

2mennycds 28.10.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Double Cross - Ben McIntyre

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A tale of two obliterated cities

Advantages: Informative, important, compelling, moving
Disadvantages: Harrowing

At 8.15 a.m. on 6th August 1945 a solitary American B52 “superfortress” bomber flew over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Such was US air supremacy that it carried no camouflage and must have looked impressive with its silvery 99 feet long fuselage and 141 ...

2mennycds 23.10.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Hiroshima Nagasaki - Paul Ham

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A Different Take on the First World War

Advantages: Very well written, doesn't just focus on the top teams
Disadvantages: A rather depressing subject :(

...I bought this book for my Dad last Christmas, with the official start of the First World War Centenary, a lot of books about this period in history were released in time for the festive season. My Dad loves football and has always found history interestin ...

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Review of The Final Season: The Footballers Who Fought and Died in the Great War - Nigel McCrery

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Keep The Incense Burning Poor Little Rich Kid

Advantages: Another fascinating insight into recent history
Disadvantages: None

I started reading Xinran thirteen years ago, and whilst I haven't read all of her books, every one that I have read has at some point had me in tears. This one was no different. Book reviews should be about the book and not the author, but it is difficu ...

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Review of Buy Me The Sky - Xinran

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