Dr. R. Brandon

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Location: England

Modern history and biography from 1789 to the present day. I also enjoy books on artistic movements, architects, painters, and writers from around the 1890s to the 1950s. I have an interest in books about the history and buildings of Liverpool and Lo… Read more


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A German Requiem by Philip Kerr
A German Requiem by Philip Kerr
This, the third in the ‘Berlin Noir’ trilogy of novels featuring the German private detective Bernie Gunther, continues the excellent storytelling of author Philip Kerr. This novel, set in 1947 in the aftermath of the war and the beginnings of the fallout between the occupying Four Powers, starts in Gunther’s homebase of Berlin but then moves to Austria where he attempts to unravel a charge of murder against a wartime SS colleague. I will not attempt to describe the plot, I could not do it justice, suffice to say that it is complicated and as in other Kerr novels it develops real life events in an ingenious way. Again we meet senior Nazi figures and the background details of Four Power… Read more
John Penn and Sons of Greenwich by R. Hartree
This book provides an outline history of the marine engineering firm of John Penn & Sons that had works in both Deptford and Greenwich from 1799 until 1911. The Greenwich factory sited on the corner of Blackheath Road and Lewisham Road and in which marine engines were built is, sadly, no more. The site is now home to a ubiquitous superstore. The Deptford factory where marine boilers were fabricated has faired a little better in that the landmark arched front of the building facing the Thames is listed and together with a side wall and some workshops at the rear still exists. A rather nice block of apartments forms a square inside the old works with a pristine white tower block… Read more
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Lan&hellip by Shlomo Sand
This is an extremely important book and should be required reading for all who choose to comment on the present problems in the Middle East. Having said that, this is not an easy book to read. Shlomo Sand, the author, realises only too well that his text will be closely scrutinised for errors. To that end Sand’s research into the Old Testament and related Rabbinical works, not to mention actual archaeological and ethnological evidence, is meticulous and can make reading quite demanding at times particularly in the early chapters.
Sand attempts no less than to examine, and find wanting, the fundamental propositions of the modern Zionist movement. The author demonstrates that the… Read more