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The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler by Laurence Rees
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This is a very readable portrait of Hitler which can be digested in a few hours. There are times when you might feel the word "charisma" is being shoe-horned into the text to maintain a theme rather than becoming just another biography, but on the whole it works - even if there are occasionally some sweeping conclusions on which bits of some people's testimony we can take at face-value, and which bits we can't.

But Rees has succeeded in writing a book that moves along at a good pace, and he rightly devotes more time to Hitler's rise to power than the 1942-5 era - it's more interesting to learn how such an unpromising individual could somehow emerge as a leader, not just of an… Read more
The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm one of those people who won't easily give up on a book, but I feel I wasted several hours of my life on this badly written thriller. The characters are worse than wooden, the dialogue risible, the situations impossible and the plot ludicrous. It doesn't really help that it's fast-moving - because the journey's pointless.

I'm happy to suspend my disbelief - this is fiction after all - but when it's as badly crafted as this, it's impossible to find the empathy needed to enter anyone's fantasy world. I didn't care what happened to the "characters" (such as they were) and I was dismayed to find on reaching the bitter end that the author is planning to write a sequel… Read more

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