William Podmore

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Location: London United Kingdom
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Medical librarian, member of the University and College Union; father of four, grandfather of one. Author: The EU - bad for Britain; Britain, Italy, Germany and the Spanish civil war; Reg Birch - engineer, trade unionist, communist.



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Dominion by C. J. Sansom
Dominion by C. J. Sansom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, 10 April 2014
C. J. Sansom is the author of the Shardlake series on Tudor England and of Winter in Madrid.

This is an extremely exciting and well-written novel, a real page-turner. It is an historical novel, with a twist. On 9 May 1940, Halifax not Churchill became Prime Minister. Britain surrendered to Hitler after the defeat at Dunkirk. A Vichy-type government led by press magnate Lord Beaverbrook runs Britain. Twelve years later, Hitler was still fighting an undefeated Soviet Union, and in Britain, a scientist incarcerated in a mental hospital holds a secret that could alter the balance of forces. Civil servant David Fitzgerald, a member of the Resistance, is given the mission to rescue his… Read more
Cuba Under Siege: American Policy, the Revolution &hellip by Keith Bolender
In 1958 infant mortality in Cuba was 60/1,000, there were 6,000 doctors for seven million people, and life expectancy was 59. By 2010 infant mortality was 6/1,000. By 2006 there were 70,000 doctors for 11 million people and life expectancy was 75.

A 1957 report by the Catholic University Association said, “rural areas, especially wage workers, are living in unbelievable stagnant, miserable, and desperate conditions … It is time our country cease being the private fiefdom of a few powerful interests, We firmly hope that, in a few years, Cuba will not be the property of a few, but the true homeland of all Cubans.”

As President John F. Kennedy stated, “Fulgencio Batista… Read more
The Scottish Nation: A Modern History by T M Devine
This is a truly magnificent work, a comprehensive survey of Scotland’s history since 1700. Thomas Devine is the Personal Senior Research Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh.

He points to the gains, both economic and intellectual, that Scotland made after the Union of 1707, writing of “the material opportunities that were now flowing in great abundance from the political connection which had been forged in 1707.” He notes, “this interest in the material aspects of historical evolution matured to a high level of intellectual distinction in a society which was itself experiencing the beginnings of unprecedented economic and social change from agriculture to… Read more

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Bruckner: Symphony No 7 ~ Anton Bruckner
Bruckner: Symphony No 7 ~ Anton Bruckner