Mr. D. J. Walford

All this reading and reviewing takes it out of a fella !!!
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (123 of 140)
Location: Lancashire, England
In My Own Words:
I'm from Manchester in the UK and I graduated in History in 2001, specializing in Irish History and the Falklands War of 1982. I read extensively on many subjects and areas of fiction merely for pleasure, although my main areas of interest are primarily historical, especially the Middle East and Iran. Despite this, I'm still a normal(ish) person.

History, reading, football, curvy women.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 13,142 - Total Helpful Votes: 123 of 140
The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes & Imperia&hellip by Peter Heather
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is another excellent study by Peter Heather, a positive colossus in the Roman and post-Roman realm of historical research. Heather brings the ancient European realms to life, and with a particular purpose as well.

The essential core of this work centres around Heather's theory that following the fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476, the subsequent nations and empires which developed and formed out of the chaos tried, in some manner, to replicate the achievements of the Roman model and strive towards that interpretation of civilisation.

The author concentrates on three specific eras between AD 500 and AD 1000: the barbarian Theoderic and his Gothic Roman… Read more
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Oh my God !! This is an astounding and outstanding piece of work. Eric Schlosser's book is a frightening study of incompetence, negligence and plain, simple stupidity. How on earth the United States government allowed the maintenance of its nuclear defence to get so precarious is unbelievable. I'm stunned we're all still here to find out !!

Schlosser's work is a combination of narrative and analytical history of the United States nuclear weapons programme from 1945, with a concurrent description of a serious incident that occurred in Arkansas during the late summer of 1980. The author describes how the US nuclear plan developed from the initial 'Trinity' detonation in 1945 to the… Read more
Farming the Dust Bowl: A First Hand Account from K&hellip by Lawrence Svobida
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening !!, 18 July 2014
Mr. Svobida tells it, and tells it straight. Farming in the Dust Bowl during the 1930s was certainly hard work for very little reward. This book is a very personal and grim tale of an American natural disaster which lasted nearly a decade.

Svobida's book is not simply a diary of his time as a farmer. He documents the growing problems which faced him and his neighbours in rural Kansas. The author acknowledges how poor farming methods by previous generations of farmers had led to the present troubles he faced whilst farming the Dust Bowl. His accounts of how he met and overcame rural and mechanical problems during his time in Kansas are moving and detailed. He also mentions the… Read more