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Comrades by Paul Preston
Comrades by Paul Preston
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 12 July 2007
I strongly suggest this book to anyone who wants an overview of the Spanish Civil War told through the lives of some of its leading figures. The war itself is fiendishly difficult to get your head around in all its complexity so this is a rather good intro to it. In addition, the quality of the writing is consistently high and the writer's sensitivity to his subjects almost makes you feel as if you know them. The book taps into a broad range of emotions, depending on your standpoint. At moments I laughed out loud, but other sections bring a tear to the eye.
Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Repu&hellip by Tom Holland
5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Very enjoyable read with a great cast of characters , fabulous plot twists, and shrewd historical analysis. I didn't want it to end!
Stalin: A Biography by Robert Service
Stalin: A Biography by Robert Service
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too close for comfort, 12 July 2007
This is well worth a read, although at times you may need to take a break from it as , by the very nature of its subject, it can be depressing. You really sense that Service has got into the mind of Stalin, but rather than sensationalising his material, he presents his research with a cool, detatched approach. By the end you have some undertanding of the system, ideology and paranoia that allowed Stalin to pursue his enemies, although Service never for one moment excuses Stalin, and his huge culpability for the crimes of his regime. Apart from the appaling catalogue of evils to his name, there are also numerous jaw-dropping moments at Stalin's rank incompetence. A terrible warning for… Read more

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