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The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
by Adam Tooze
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Book, 4 Jan 2014
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As a detailed explanation of the structure and purpose of the German war economy - its without equal. What makes it 'strange' is that this description is done with little or no reference to the development of the the British, Soviet and US War economies.

It should be read in conjunction with the HMSO 'The British War Economy' and the US Army Green Book's 'Strategic Planning for Coalition Warfare'

Germany lost WWII before it started because the British mobilized their war economy faster and more effectively. During the battle of Britain the British were building twice as many fighter aircraft and crewing them with twice as many trained pilots.

You would not learn this from Tooze's history. . . . . .

The central point of WWII was that if the German war economy could not overwhelm the UK, there was absolutely no chance of defeating the USSR and the USA is not made.

The book also fails to make the point that British control of world shipping movements meant that while Germany had to make huge capital investments in Synthetic oil and other chemical plants - the British could import what they needed at cheap prices from more or less the entire world.

A very valuable book in terms of information on the structure and political control of the German war economy. . . .. . but it gives little information on how that economy compared with the nations it was fighting with


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Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It works!!!!!, 9 Nov 2013
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Simple, and elegant its the ideal 'trivial' Christmas gift. I wish someone had bought me one years ago. A must buy.


The War at Sea, 1939-1945: Volome II The Period of Balance.  (Official History of the Second World War)
The War at Sea, 1939-1945: Volome II The Period of Balance. (Official History of the Second World War)
by Captain S. W. Roskill DSC. RN
Edition: Paperback
Price: 32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Roskill Head of Naval Intelligence, 9 Aug 2013
Given Roskill was actually head of Naval intelligence when he wrote the book its hard to claim that he did not have access to all the official records. He is VERY careful in not revealing his sources - he was clearly well informed about the operations of Bletchly Park - and was careful about not revealing that information.

Superb book or rather series of books, without equal, not just as a detailed and informed history, but also because of its literary style.


Konin: A Quest
Konin: A Quest
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely honest, absolutely beautiful, 21 May 2013
This review is from: Konin: A Quest (Kindle Edition)
If you want to understand the Holocaust - you read this book.

It's a perfectly painted picture of life in a Shetl town in Poland. It's honest. It's not a eulogy for dead Jews, it explains how the Jewish community was socially, linguistically and religiously totally isolated from the country within which they lived.

The survivors of the community survived because they knew enough Polish to pass for Poles - everyone else was doomed.

On another level it is beautiful in that it creates this totally internalized picture of a small Jewish town that is completely isolated from the Polish enviroment in which it exists.

Reading it is an emotional experience on many levels. The beauty of the writing, the intense passion for the town, the realization that the beautiful picture you are drawing is flawed at its heart, then the horror of its destruction.

A book you will remember all your life.


American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines With an Army Nurse in Vietnam
American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines With an Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Winnie Smith
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Book. A True Story about War, 17 May 2013
This is one of the finest books you will ever read about war and how it affects people. It's Vera Brittains 'Testament of Youth' uncensored.

If you've ever been through a war or suffered PTSD, this will take you through the whole process of recovery. It's not a masterpiece of literature, but it is passionate, and will affect the reader emotionally.

Like war itself its emotionally numbing. The relentless horror makes you try to distance yourself from the book, but if you have experienced war it will reawaken all the emotions you have buried.

It's not a 'light read' and demands the readers emotional involvement. It will upset you, but then real war, is not a comic book story. It's about blood, tears, maimed young men, and young girls coolly keeping their head amongst a waking nightmare.

I know of no other book that accurately conveys the emotional cost war as well, or how it tears apart lives, even if the person is physically unaffected.


Konin: A Quest
Konin: A Quest
by Theo Richmond
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional - Yet Unsentimental, 31 May 2012
This review is from: Konin: A Quest (Paperback)
One of the few books to honestly address why the Holocaust occurred. In his beautiful description of the Shetl town of Konin Richmond shows us the near total cultural isolation of the town from the surrounding Polish community. When the Germans came the Jews of Konin had no where to go. The survivors were the few people who could assimilate into the Polish community - the rest were doomed.

As one Jewish survivor says, 'Jews of Konin had lived in Poland for a 1,000 years, yet most of them could not speak Polish - the Poles had every right to ask 'what kind of people are these'"


Love-act (Black Swan)
Love-act (Black Swan)
by M.E. Austen
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Book, 23 May 2012
This review is from: Love-act (Black Swan) (Paperback)
I found this book on a train years ago - and was enthralled by the whole story. It should be a bestseller, but its so original you could not put it into a particular category. part romance, part detective story, part erotic, part psychological thriller - its all sorts of things. You can't predict where it is going to go at all.


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