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July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin
July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Aug 2014
This is a quite brilliant book. Rather than looking at the wider causes of the war which had been unfolding for years, it begins with the assassination in Sarajevo and then looks in detail at the events over the following five weeks. In many cases a chapter will concentrate on what happened on a single day, and sometimes you get the feel of having an hour-by-hour commentary.
Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Mo&hellip by Michael Burleigh
I thought this book was well written and covered a broad range of subjects; admiitedly some of them in not too much depth, but enough to encourage the reader to seek out more detailed tomes.

What I found annoying though, was the author's right-wing bias, exemplified by the following quote on page 346:

"...they became the targets of the universal left's Manichean demonology that divides peoples according to its own definition of history".

I'm sure that all historians view their subjects through the prism of their own political philosophy, but I find myself turned off when they display that philosophy so blatantly.
Heart of a Lion: The Life and Times of Lisbon Lion&hellip by William Wallace
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, 30 Jun 2013
I found this a deeply frustrating book - half of the book is written by Willie Wallace himself, whilst the second half is written by Jim McGinlay, an excellent wordsmith who writes under the nom de plume of Brogan Rogan Trevino & Hogan. The half written by WW is uninteresting and staid - here was a golden opportunity for him to give the inside story of why Celtic lost the 1970 European Cup Final - yet when he describes the preparation he says "I won't go into details about certain incidents... But let's just say they did little to maintain a good relationship between the players and the Boss." Bloody hell Willie -" I wont go into detail" - what's the point in writing the book then… Read more

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