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After the Reich: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift
After the Reich: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift
by Giles Macdonogh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...good but not briliant..., 11 Feb 2013
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I have read many books focusing on German women in the months after May 45. It is a sad, very sad, story of rape, pillage and murder. MacDonogh's story of the rape is no different from the others. One passage from one book may as well be from the other. It is a story that requires telling, but there must be a better way of describing the events without being so repititious - and i do mean painfully repititious.

"...stuffed with wonderful tales ..." it is. The truth is these tales are burdensome. There are way too many.

Altho the historical events after May 45 are well known to me, the manner in which MacDonogh slices and dices his story is very confusing. He jumps around time as tho he were Michael J Fox. It is not just repititious but contradictory.

MacDonogh's presentation (of the events) on the whole is not serious. One does not seem to appreciate/sense the horror or sadness thru his words.


The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
by Marcella Hazan
Edition: Paperback

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially Great, 25 Sep 2005
My edition is from the early 90's and is still one of my most visited reference books. Her Bolognese has no competition and is perfection itself...


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