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Night of the Generals (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Night of the Generals (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
by Hans Hellmut Kirst
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding thriller and social commentary, 14 July 2002
There are two ways to look at this novel and either way it towers above the herd.
On the one hand it is an exciting murder investigation set against the backdrop of the slowly retreating German military machine.
On the other hand it is a thought provoking comment on the responsibilities which accompany high command (whether it be military, commercial or political). As a general (or senior auditor for that matter), one should be capable of thinking for oneself and no longer acting like a sheep, unquestioningly following orders.
Kirst has excelled in breathing a deep human perspective into everything I've read by him. This is probably the book to start with - it's less than half the size of Officer Factory.


Chechnya: A Small Victorious War
Chechnya: A Small Victorious War
by Thomas de Waal
Edition: Paperback

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good overview of the conflict, 14 July 2002
It's a few years since this book was written, so it necessarily lacks some of the latest developments in the conflict. Nonetheless, it's easier to understand the current fighting without knowing what came before it. Very easy to read with excellent descriptions of several of the skirmishes and a damning indictment of the stupidity of the hawks in the Kremlin.


Tribe That Lost Its Head
Tribe That Lost Its Head
by Nicholas Monsarrat
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Monsarrat at his best, 14 July 2002
I read this book about 5 years ago but it's still sits quite well implanted in my memory. The author is at his best when he starts to dig into the motivations of each of the characters and he is evidently no fan of the media. The book is quite tragic in and the outcome seems pre-ordained from the beginning but it makes for a fascinating and gripping read to see how the wheels fall off.
Perhaps most striking of all when you finish the book is to look at the year it was written and then examine the history of some of the former colonies which received their independence in the past fifty years.


White Rajah
White Rajah
by Nicholas Monsarrat
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking of?, 14 July 2002
This review is from: White Rajah (Paperback)
This is by far the weakest of the Nicholas Monsarrat books which I have so far read. One dimensional characters, extraordinarily gratuitous violence and little of the insight into human nature which characterised some of his earlier books such as The Story of Esther Costello and The Tribe that Lost It's Head.


White Rajah
White Rajah
by Nicholas Monsarrat
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.59

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was he thinking of?, 14 July 2002
This review is from: White Rajah (Paperback)
This is by far the weakest of the Nicholas Monsarrat books that I have so far read. One dimensional characters, extraordinarily gratuitous violence and none of the insights into human nature which characterised some of his earlier books such as the Story of Esther Costello or the Tribe That Lost It's Head. Save your time for other things.


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