David W. Berger

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (94 of 97)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,626 - Total Helpful Votes: 94 of 97
A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Herois&hellip by Adam Makos
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The story is good, the research is immaculate and I enjoyed this skilfully written book to an extent, but it made me uneasy. Makos has shifted diametrically from someone who says he couldn't believe anything good whatsoever of the enemy to a vigorous apologist for the German air force. Much of the book's thrust seems to me to be an attempt to portray the pilots of the German air force as noble warriors, duped by Hitler and largely unknowing of the atrocities being committed. It rams home the idea, page after oleaginous page that they were doing nothing more than their soldierly duty for Germany and as such upheld the highest traditions of military honour, for which they are to be accorded… Read more
Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallo&hellip by Graham Hoyland
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who is interested in the Mallory and Irvine mystery should read this book. It's interesting and often well-written, interweaving Hoyland's personal quest and family history into what is, overall, a pretty compelling narrative. I found the almost inevitable points scoring, grudge settling and obvious infighting amongst Everest historians and researchers to be tedious and I was going to give the book just three stars for that reason, but his highly realistic conclusions on what likely happened to Mallory and Irvine brought it up to four stars.

As a read, good but not great. As a proposition about what happened on the mountain that day, impressive and honest.
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surge&hellip by Henry Marsh
83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
I graduated from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in 1991 and well remember doing a neurosurgical attachment at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital in Wimbledon, where Mr. Marsh was a consultant before the hospital moved to the St. George’s site. I found the experience horrifying and the visions of people lying in rows of beds on the old Nightingale wards, shattered psychologically, physically and neurologically, reminiscent of a field hospital at Sevastopol, has stayed with me. This outstanding book is somehow reassuring to me because it shows that the existential awfulness of neurosurgical illnesses and treatments is not lost on all neurosurgeons and Mr. Marsh gives us a page-turning series of… Read more

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