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Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Price: £14.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Great album of a great band!, 16 Oct 2013
This review is from: Lightning Bolt (Audio CD)
Great album of a great band, nothing less. The sound reminds me most of Backspacer and also contains its diversity. Songs like Sirens, Lightning Bolt, Infallible and My Father's Son give power to album. Future Days, Sleeping By Myself and the mystical Pendulum bring sensitivity. Overall, it's a very balanced album with no all-time best songs, but no mistakes either. If you liked one of Pearl Jam's earlier albums, you'll love this one as well.


The Fall of Berlin, 1945
The Fall of Berlin, 1945
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC ACCOUNT, 10 Aug 2005
Beevor's account of the last days of The Reich, because that's what this book basically covers, is in my opinion already a classic one. After its more than 400 pages, "The Fall of Berlin 1945" leaves a huge impact on WWII history writing because it contains all: personal accounts, strategic moves, Hitler's final days, the suffering of the Berlin citizens (they had their share), great pictures and much more.
The book is written well balanced as both sides (Germans and Russians) get their share of critics: the Germans for their crazy and fanatic attitude while the Russians are severely blamed for raping and looting. All in all it's another fantastic book of Beevor, after his gripping "Stalingrad".


Foot Soldier: A Combat Infantryman's War in Europe
Foot Soldier: A Combat Infantryman's War in Europe
by Roscoe C., Jr. Blunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING ACCOUNT OF THE TRUE NATURE OF WAR, 10 July 2005
Roscoe Blunt has written a honest account about his time during World War II and the story is gripping because of his openness. Quickly his eager to start fighting disappeared when the true nature of war became clear to him during the winter of 1944/45, and his well-being is accurately described. This book displays the bravery of Blunt and his generation, but at the same tame their fears and terrible experiences. If you're looking for an accurate description of a GI in Europe, this is one of the books for you.


War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin
War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin
by Laurence Rees
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVELY ACCOUNT OF GERMAN-SOVIET CONFLICT, 10 July 2005
It has been a while since I read this book, but I only remember having read it with complete interest. The story is lively, with personal accounts and some interesting facts I never had heard before about operation Barbarossa and its turnaround. Together with the excellent pictures this book contains, it's perfectly worth to buy.


The Battle of Kursk: Operation Citadel 1943 (Penguin Classic Military History)
The Battle of Kursk: Operation Citadel 1943 (Penguin Classic Military History)
by Robin Cross
Edition: Paperback

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ, NOT SPECTACULAR, 10 July 2005
Cross' book about the 1943 Kursk battle, the biggest ever clash between tanks, starts with a long introduction occupying the main part of the book. It's like a movie when one's waiting for the action to begin, but this waiting even continues after the break.
It's interesting to read about the build-up, but this means the actual battle is considered less. And when it all starts, many troop movements are described. But I would have liked to have seen more personal comments of soldiers involved. It contains some, most of them from the German perspective, and they make the book come to life.
Furthermore, sometimes Cross gives hints about the brutality involved but doesn't go into it. For example, in just one sentence he talks about soldiers of the Totenkopf division certainly facing death when captured. It's one of those subjects one would like to read more about, because it added to the harshness of this clash.
Overall, this book is a good read about a decisive battle on the Eastfront. No more, no less.


Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw
Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw
by Norman Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Polish bravery, 10 July 2005
Davies is right in pointing to the fact that in the West there hardly has been recognizing for all what happened in the East during the Second World War. At least not during the Cold War. Of course the Allied governments never took responsibility for their failures concerning the `First Ally' (as Davies keeps referring to Poland in this way). But at least the destruction of Warsaw and the slaughter of tens of thousands of Polish citizens should have its place in history. Luckily, Davies has given it.
Whether or not the Polish should have risen in 1944, it once again showed their bravery. The Polish already made name during the Battle of Britain and were unfairly blamed by Montgommery for their Arnhem 1944 participation, despite their heroic effort near the Bridge. During the Battle of Warsaw they were outnumbered in quality and quantity against special German forces, but nevertheless kept them busy for two whole months! They could have been relieved by the Russians, or been helped more by the Allies, but that wasn't to be. The rising was smashed and Poland entered 45 years of communist terror.
And this latter subject is relevant, as Davies points out. The war hadn't a happy end for Poland in 1945: the horror simply continued. One third of the book is dedicated to the years after the final shot was heard, but I think it's relevant. It only describes better how tragic this Rising ended. Another third Davies dedicates to the build-up, but it completes the whole picture he wants to give. So, readers only interested in the actual fighting can find their satisfaction in two hundred pages. The remainder of the book only adds more drama to the story.
Finally, I share criticism about Davies handling the names of the Polish involved. He uses their `nicknames' to make them easier to remember, but I think he's wrong here. Let's hope a reprint will see this changed.


Elite Units of the Third Reich: German Special Forces in World War II
Elite Units of the Third Reich: German Special Forces in World War II
by Tim Ripley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information on German units and weapons, 23 Jun 2005
Like a fellow reviewer already indicates, this is a fine book for introduction of several German army units and weapons. Indeed, Tiger tanks are not elite troops themselves. Neither are Stukas nor the notorious V-weapons. But Ripley does well in introducing them to a wider audience and comes with some detailed information I never have read before. The same goes for the pictures, because many of them are rare and of good quality. Overall I liked to read this book, although it might be a little bit too expensive at the moment of writing.


The Killing Of Reinhard Heydrich: The SS "Butcher of Prague"
The Killing Of Reinhard Heydrich: The SS "Butcher of Prague"
by C. A. MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.40

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story about bravery, 23 Jun 2005
I suppose MacDonald has written the ultimate book on Heydrich's assassination because there's not much more to tell. The book covers the German entrance into Czechoslovakia, Heydrich rise to the SS-top and the ideas of the Czech government in exile. Only in the final part the actual assault takes place, but by this time the reader has good knowledge of all the circumstances.
This gripping story never let's go and is a tribute to all of those who stood up against Nazi evil, personified in Heydrich, and especially to the brave Czechs carrying this action out. The only option to improve this read is to publish it in a more worthy edition: the font looks a bit old and the pictures, which seem to show a lot, are blurred. But don't let this prevent you from reading it!


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