John Barry Kenyon

Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (3 of 5)
In My Own Words:
Barry Kenyon has lived and worked in Thailand for many years where he is a columnist for the newspaper Pattaya Today. He is also a question setter for Pattaya's thriving pub quiz leagues. He was the founder of Pattaya bridge club. He says that most books he buys are on line from Amazon and that reader reviews strongly influence his choices. He is writing a book about Pattaya based on his experien… Read more


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The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries&hellip by D. M. Leeson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the3 final word, 18 Jun 2014
The work is certainly scholarly and well-researched, but I always worry a bit when I read that a book is derived from a PhD thesis. Most readers, I imagine, are looking to increase their broad understanding of the whole Black and Tan and Auxiliaries phenomenon, but this volume gets a little too bogged down in statistics and individual military operations in one or two Irish counties. For example, there is next to nothing on major general Hugh Tudor, who assumed responsibility for the enterprise thanks to his friendship with Churchill, so both men must have had a profound effect on how the Black and Tans operated. The fierce political arguments in Dublin and London during the 1920-21… Read more
Himmler's Diary 1945: A Calendar of Events Leading&hellip by Stephen Tyas
I was not quite sure what to expect and now, having read the book, I'm still not clear in my mind how much nearer we are to understanding the Reichsfuhrer SS in the last five months of his life. The book uses on a day by day basis primary sources only: for example Himmler's diary (until mid March 1945), German police decrypts of messages (kept at Kew in UK), wartime diaries and memoirs of nazi leaders etc. What emerges is Himmler's vacillating behavior as the Reich collapsed, his forlorn hopes to carve out a future for himself and finally his capture and suicide.
There are certainly some interesting sidelights in this volume. Thus Himmler hardly ever made appointments before noon… Read more
John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a &hellip by Jonathan Oates
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Christie was the last British serial killer to face the gallows, but was he also responsible for the deaths of lodger Beryl Evans and baby Geraldine? Most people's perceptions of the goings-on at Rillington Place come from the famous movie starring Richard Attenborough, based on the book by anti-hanging campaigner Ludovic Kennedy. There, the naive simpleton Evans is manipulated by the arch-villain Christie from beginning to end.
Mr Oates has written an overdue revisionist account based on a fresh appraisal of primary and secondary sources, some of which are tapped here for the first time. Thus there is a fascinating review of the family history of both families which the author, an… Read more

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