Mr. A. N. Kersten

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (72 of 74)
Location: Leicestershire, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 20,580 - Total Helpful Votes: 72 of 74
The Great Crusade: A New Complete History of the S&hellip by H.P. Willmott
On its own terms, this book is something of a failure. In his preface Willmott states his intention of explaining the "why" rather than the "what" of events in the Second World War by structuring the book chronologically rather than by theatre "in order that those same events may be set in their proper sequence and as they occurred at the time". Given that the war actually consisted of the two quite unrelated European and Asian-Pacific ones that only coalesced on December 11th 1941 when Germany and Italy declared war on the US, that Germany, Japan and Soviet Russia fought their parts in these wars largely without reference to their respective allies, and that the main Axis powers, Germany… Read more
Hitler's Blitzkrieg: A Very Brief History by Mark Black
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've already had a brush with Mark Black, when I wrote a review of his miserable "Brief History" of the Pearl Harbor attack. Shortly afterwards the book mysteriously disappeared from Amazon along with my review, which you'll only find now on my review pages. Whether the two are connected, I don't know. I do know that I could have written pretty much the same thing about the present dross, changing only the examples. So here goes:

Black's MO appears to consist of knocking off secondary sources. You don't have to go past the first page of the present work to discover this. Try Googling "blitzkrieg". If you're in the UK, one of the top hits will be the BBC's page on the subject. The… Read more
Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johan&hellip by John Eliot Gardiner
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Music in the Castle of Heaven - Amazon review

At the risk of being superficial, there are three kinds of book. The first you never finish because they're patent rubbish. The second is the kind you need to read again a couple of weeks, months or years later because, no matter how good they seemed at the time, you realise they had made no lasting impression on you. You also want to reread the third kind, but this time because one reading was manifestly insufficient to explore all their marvellous riches. In my view, "Music in the Castle of Heaven" definitely falls into the last category.

I'll start negatively. Two problems occurred to me as I was reading it. One is that… Read more

Wish List