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: 586 - Total Helpful Votes: 1762 of 1966
March Violets (Penguin Crime Monthly) by Philip Kerr
A good well crafted detective thriller that never flags and always keeps your attention. This, the first in the Bernie Gunther series of detective stories, is set in Berlin in 1936. The author, Philip Kerr, works in lots of detail about Berlin, the Nazi regime, and the underworld of the day both civil and Nazi after three years of Hitler’s rule. For the most part this has an authentic feel although I may quibble that Kerr paints Goering and Heydrich as perhaps more approachable than history may suggest. Nevertheless, this is a splendid thriller and bowls along with a ‘noir’ style emulating Chandler’s Philip Marlow with numerous quips and wisecracks that work very well. You can easily… Read more
The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, a&hellip by Tony Judt
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This is a highly intelligent and, at times, quite difficult book to read as it demands a lot from the reader in terms of concentration and understanding. Tony Judt employs his immense erudition to exam three fascinating cases of intellectual courage in modern France; the politician and leader of the 1936 Patriotic Front government in France, Leon Blum, the writer Albert Camus and the philosopher Raymond Aron. Far be it for me to be able to do justice to the closely argued theses put forward by Judt. Briefly, he examines the role Blum was to play in keeping the Socialist Party in France out of the hands of the popular Communist party of the day. Judt looks at the courage of Blum in… Read more
The Gamblers by John Pearson
The Gamblers by John Pearson
This is by no means a great work of literature but it is a good read and an interesting book. John Pearson, who has also written about the Krays, has taken a close look at The Clermont Set, a group of high stakes gamblers including Lord Lucan associated with the Clermont Club in Berkeley Square, in exciting 1960s London. The leader of the set was the eccentric John Aspinall who was perhaps better known as the man who allowed a tiger to roam free around his house and later formed a complete private zoo in which two keepers were killed and a young boy very badly injured. Later the financier Jimmy Goldsmith assumed a leading role in the group by virtue of the immense fortune he made asset… Read more