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


Top Reviewer Ranking: 528 - Total Helpful Votes: 1799 of 2004
Ustasa: Croatian Fascism and European Politics, 19&hellip by Thomas Fleming
This is an excellent book, in fact I would go so far to say that in terms of a clear historical narrative and ongoing political analysis I have rarely read better. The author, Serg Trifkovic, provides a brief introduction into the origins of bad feelings between the Croat establishment and the Serb settlers who were utilised in the 16th century for the defence of the Habsburg Empire. The Orthodox Serbs, having fled northwards to avoid the Ottomans, settled along the Sava River in the area of modern Croatia, then all part of Hungary. They were organised into a military zone of defence, ‘Militargrenze’, by the Hapsburgs. In return the Serb defenders were rewarded with special privileges that… Read more
Paris Between the Wars: Art, Style and Glamour in &hellip by Vincent Bouvet
This is a very nicely presented and copiously illustrated book. (It is also physically very heavy.) Translated from the original French the two authors cover almost all aspects of artistic life in Paris between the wars. Individual chapters cover the decorative arts, fashion, painting and sculpture, photography and cinema, writing, music, architecture and there are chapters on everyday life and the nightlife of the city. The translation is good and does not result in any meaningless sentences as occur in some other books in this Thames and Hudson series.
The very all-embracing nature of this book is, however, its downfall. The authors want to cram so much information into their… Read more
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