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Bear in Mind - Stories of the Troubles
Bear in Mind - Stories of the Troubles
by An Crann (The Tree)
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worms eye view of the troubles, 14 Aug 2004
This is a collection of personal recollections of the troubles from people of all ages from every angle. It tells how each individual was affected by the conflict, some of the stories are heart rending and very powerful.
Nicely produced book with a diverse range of experiences - well worth reading.


Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust
Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust
by M Dolot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Stalin & Soviet Communism rot in hell, 4 Aug 2004
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The author describes life in his village during this period. Firstly, outsiders, urban dwellers appeared spouting the party line, endlessly calling meetings to browbeat with torrid, repetitive speeches from petty party officials the paradise of collective agriculture over independant farming.
This ultimately culminated in systematic slaughter and banishment of children, women and menfolk to hellish frozen wastelands. Most never ever returned.
The Communist party, not content with starving the populace into submission delved to new petty depths. They took all animals, seeds, machinery, horses, food and anything else the rural population held in high esteem. Pets such as cats and dogs were gunned down on the street. The Ukraine national symbol - the nightingale - unwittingly became the next victim - teams of shooters blasted it out of the sky, whilst Ukrainian farmers and their families starved, very slowly to death.
Read this and do not let the propogandists/politicians of any society lead us to believe what they are saying, let us judge with our own eyes.
Very best wishes to you all


The Road to Bloody Sunday
The Road to Bloody Sunday
by Raymond McClean
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness to Bloody Sunday, 9 July 2004
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A biography/memoir of events leading to that fateful day in Jan 1972. The author was a Derry GP who also saw service in the RAF, through his eyes you see the poverty and injustices of Unionist rule during the late 1960' early 1970's. He does not try to make any political points just tells it the way he sees it going about his duties as a Doctor.
He walks the streets on Bloody Sunday and sees the events first hand then uses his medical skills to prove that the entrance and exit wounds on some of the victims does not tally with the soldiers stories.
The honesty and integrity of the author shine through and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject.
Dr McClean thank you.


Nazis: A Warning from History
Nazis: A Warning from History
by Laurence Rees
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly revealing, 8 July 2004
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Great read for anyone wanting to be enlightened about Nazi rule. It dispels the myth of teutonic efficiency, Nazi rule was chaotic and mostly unplanned. Eye witness accounts add an authenticity to the realities of life under the bullying tyrannical rule of Hitler.
The sheer brutality of the Nazis to the vanquished inhabitants is staggering and hard to imagine, people dispossed overnight of all their worldly belongings, women and children gunned down like dogs - please read it and make sure the human race never goes through this hell again.


The Nemesis File: The True Story of an Execution Squad
The Nemesis File: The True Story of an Execution Squad
by Paul Bruce
Edition: Paperback

28 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - take with a huge helping of salt!, 7 July 2004
Superb read, absolutely unputdownable. Describes how a small unit of soldiers set about abducting and executing IRA men in the early days of the troubles. The dead men were buried in woods and conifers planted on top of them so - rather conveniently - the bodies could never be found again.
After the book was published, the author was interviewed by the RUC and he admitted the story was fiction.
There is absolutely no proof whatsoever to substantiate his claims - surely if people disappeared someone somewhere would want to know where they went and why they vanished.
This is definitely worth reading but do not believe it.
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Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA's Soul
Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA's Soul
by Kevin Toolis
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting under the skin, 20 Jun 2004
This book stunned me. As a student of the conflict and ex-squaddie (Derry-early 70's). I rate this one of the BEST books I have ever read! For me, his unjudgemental style speaks volumes, especially when he listens to a tape of the the last confession of an informant, just before the poor sod gets the coup-de-grace from the IRA nutting squad.
Another of his case studies is of a guy called Paddy Flood, a young Derry man brought up with the troubles erupting on his doorstep. Coming from a community with very little prospects in terms of jobs, votes and civil rights. He embraced republicanism as his truth - the way he saw the world. After school you riot, after Bloody Sunday the gunning down of people on a civil rights march, you join YOUR army. Flood's downfall was apparently down to his loyalty to a frail Wife. If you read this book, beware you are going to be challenged, so be forewarned you may have to ditch your prejudices.


Touching The Void
Touching The Void
by Joe Simpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

8 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Touching The Void, 25 Mar 2004
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Am I the only one who did not like this book? I feel almost guilty for feeling this way, the story was exciting but the technical terms or mountaineering language turned me cold. I did not like the writing at all, it did not stir my imagination although the heroism of the participants was exemplary. Just wish they opted for a talented ghost writer to be author of an otherwise incredible story of human survival.


SS General (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
SS General (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Sven Hassel
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Guide To The Horrors of War, 11 Dec 2003
Sven's writing is stupendous! First read his books whilst serving as a soldier in Germany bombing around in armoured personnel carriers with Tanks supporting us - back in the 1970's His portrayal of war is so realistic and was then easy to relate to as we played soldiers. Years later reading his books again I'm struck by his characterisation and how well developed they are as they continue to hold on to life and dish out death. The hardships that generation went through still amaze me and how an evil little Dictator could unleash such immense terror on so many people.
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