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Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin by Chris Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Oct 2012
One of the best music books I've ever read along with Charles Shaar Murrays "Crosstown Traffic".

Growing up with Zeppelins music I was always aware of Peter Grants name on the vinyl records and knew he must have been a powerful but mysterious guy. You never saw his picture or heard him, but you knew he was big.

Chris Welch takes you back in a written time machine to the gigs, massive tours, limos, and the Zeppelin starship. But also the hilarious and heartbreaking moments. As the millions rolled in, so did the cocaine, booze and later heroin. Bonso flying the starship from New York to Chicago, fisty cuffs with Bill Grahams men in San Francisco. 1977 was a… Read more
The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Br&hellip by Gerald Blaine
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a bore, 25 Jun 2012
I didn't find this book to be a particularly great read and thats possibly my own fault as the previous three books I have read which involved Pres. Kennedy, Frederick Kempes "Berlin 1961", Jim Rasenbergers "The Brilliant Disaster" and Michael Dobbs "One Minute To Midnight", are, although completely different topics, brilliantly produced, professionally delivered for all intents and purposes historical accounts.

This book claims that the agents "Break Their Silence!!" in that they have not spoken since 1963, as if the Warren Commission, various interviews, and several other books never happened in the intervening years.

Some of the quotations from the agents regarding… Read more
The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro and America's &hellip by Jim Rasenberger
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant History, 8 Jun 2012
What made this a brilliant book for me was the authors ability to describe the key players in this pivotal crisis in US History. Obviously Pres Kennedy and Castro but even more so C.I.A people like Richard Bissell and Allen Dulles. He puts the reader inside these guys heads and how they approached the whole operation. And he does so brilliantly with a gripping page turning narrative. I am a complete amateur with regards to the Bay of Pigs so this was an absolute treat for me as it was so well written and easy to read.

Excellent companion books to this one are Michael Dobbs masterly take on the Cuban Missile Crisis-"One Minute To Midnight", and Frederick Kempes "Berlin 1961".