R. Rhodes-james

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (23 of 25)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 550,611 - Total Helpful Votes: 23 of 25
War in the Wilderness: The Chindits in Burma 1943-&hellip by Tony Redding
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As it happened, 13 Dec 2011
This is an eye witness account of the two Chindit operations. There have been many books on the Chindits but this is the truest and most real of them all sparing neither the ardour nor the danger. I was there and can vouch for it. It is for real. Read it.
Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend by Mark Bostridge
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Florence, 16 May 2011
This is a superb book. It is meticulously researched and beautifully written and the truth is extracted with great intelligence. In the process various myths are dispelled. Her family life is described with much care and particularly her struggles to escape from it. The author keeps a fine balance between a highly intelligent woman with a firm mind and the goodness for which she has been so praised. I cannot think that anymore can be written about her. It is a book to enjoy.
Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Iron, 16 May 2011
This is quite a hard read: closely printed words and many pages and a matter of fact style. But it is a very complete account of this remarkable man and it is difficult to know what could have been added. We see both sides of this giant figure and care is taken to describe in detail his pluses and minuses. The remarkable fact emerges that his career depended entirely on the whim of the Prussian ruler. When that ruler said "Enough" that was the end of Bismarck. If you want to know about this man you must read this book.