Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop Women's Shop Men's
Profile for Hugh I Axton > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Hugh I Axton
Top Reviewer Ranking: 11,757,639
Helpful Votes: 12

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Hugh I Axton

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
By Flora Solomon Baku to Baker Street (1st Edition) [Hardcover]
By Flora Solomon Baku to Baker Street (1st Edition) [Hardcover]
by Flora Solomon
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read in both senses of the word, 29 Aug. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Wh|a at wonderful book written by someone who met and knew so many interesting, not to say famous people in the 20th century. For anyone interested in the history of our country this book is a must. For shop workers also as Flora was responsible for improving their working conditions, it was because of her that M&S led the way.
And then I find at the beginning of the final chaper that Flora was the last person off the doomed BOAC flight that landed at Heathrow in April 1968 on fire having lost an engine, and must have been thrown off by the heroic stewardess, Barbara Ann Harrison who died in the attempt to get passengers off for which she quite properly won the George Cross, the only civilian woman to win it. My only criticism of the book is that Flora did not name Barbara in the book but perhaps she did not know as the book on Barbara was not published until 2008


Morse Code Wrens of Station X: Bletchley's Outer Circle (Amphora Press)
Morse Code Wrens of Station X: Bletchley's Outer Circle (Amphora Press)
by Anne Glyn-Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, not to be missed., 29 Aug. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book is an absolute delight. The first half will have you streaming with tears of laughter; I could hardly turn the pages quickly enough. What an indomitable young woman. Having served in Gibraltar much later - 1982-3 - I was looking forward to her description of working there. Goodness if I thought it was an awful place to serve and work in 1982 when the border was tightly shut it is nothing to what these young women had to put up with. They work long hours and lack of sleep was combined with little food. To add insult to injury they were refused the promotion they had worked for and passed the exam for simply because their documents had not arrived. Their senior officers cared not a jot. By the last third of the book I was seething with anger. Finally with their return to England and still not receiving the pay and promotion that was their due - others who joined after them were now senior in rank - Anne wrote to the Admiralty; eventually they received the promotion that was their due but it was too late to get them the privileges they deserved when in Gibraltar. This is the most marvellous book and we are just so lucky that Anne had retained her manuscript when she was refused publication in the late '70s and again in the '90s. What secrets she was divulgiing it is hard to asertain. Of course it does the hierarcy of the Royal Navy no credit at all. Hard working young women in their late teens and early 20s working and sleeping with rats running over their beds, lacking sleep and on almost starvation rations were clearly badly led. That they did not down tools is a great credit to their loyalty and honesty. Just a beautiful read.


The Lost Men: The Harrowing Story of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party: Written by Kelly Tyler-Lewis, 2006 Edition, (2006 First Edition, Third Printing) Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC [Hardcover]
The Lost Men: The Harrowing Story of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party: Written by Kelly Tyler-Lewis, 2006 Edition, (2006 First Edition, Third Printing) Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC [Hardcover]
by Kelly Tyler-Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for those interested in the Heroic Age., 12 Jun. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the "Heroic Period" of Antarctica. It tells the story of the Aurora expedition which landed in Antarctica at the Scott Ross sea base with the task of laying depots for Shackleton as he crossed Antarctic from the Weddel Sea. Not only were the ten men left stranded when their ship the Aurora broke away from the ice and returned to New Zealand in 1916 but their story was more or less untold until Kelly Tyler-Lewis superb book. The men were badly led, the expedition was under resourced to an astonishing degree but due to the efforts of one man - this is arguable but on reading the book twice I have no doubt that the whole expedition would have been a disaster without Joyce - not only were all the depots laid - to undertake this the expedition carried out more sledging days than any other expedition on the continent - But only three men were lost. Two of whom due to their own stuborness, against Joyces wishes after he had already saved them on the ice. Finally Shackleton did obtain the Albert Medal for Joyce and three of his companions. But it is interesting that when Shackleton finally returned to England in April 1917 no mention of the Aurora team was made although they were the only successful part of Shackleton's expedition to cross the continent. They had laid the depots for him but he, due to the crushing the of Endurance had not even made it onto the continent. As I say a must read and Kelly Tyler-Lewis should be congratulated on a brilliant book.


Winston S. Churchill. Vol.4 1917-1922
Winston S. Churchill. Vol.4 1917-1922
by Dr Martin Gilbert
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of this book, 12 Jun. 2017
I read this book when it was first published in 1975. For anyone interested in the history of the period it is a must read. Not only is it the definitive book on Churchill at this period - a part of his life known to very few. The book is also a most useful tool for anyone studying history generally covering this perid. For every significant person mentioned for the first time there is a note stating all his or her offices held. No need to go further to check when someone was Home Secretary or Chancellor or any less significant posts the information is all there. This is a book of high acedemic quality yet also it tells the story, albeit of just a short period, of a great man. In fact anyone wishing to learn the history of the first 60 years of the past century could do much worse than read the full 8 volume official biography of Churchill, Luckily I started my interest in him just as the first volume published in 1967 became available. This volume is crucial as it records Churchill's offices of State covering the most crucial period of his life, post war when politics were in a state of flux and he was between 43 and 48 usually considered to be the optimum age when a man is at the height of his career. For Churchill not to have been successful during this period would have been disasterous - both for him and us.
He held the office of Minister of Munitions as war was reaching its climax and the munitions industry was at its height. He succeeded Lloyd George in that post. At the end of the war Churchill was made Secretary of State for war and air. Not only responsible for demobalisation but also involved in the war in the Baltic when the Baltic states were fighting the Russians for their independence. Churchill then became Secretary of state for the colonies responsible for the mandate in Palestine. This period covers of course the Versailles Peace treaty which Churchill attended. This had serious consequences for later years when Germany disregarded that treaty and Churchill was one of the very few people who stood against that. Happy reading


Enigma: The Untold Story of the Secret Capture (The British Navy at War and Peace)
Enigma: The Untold Story of the Secret Capture (The British Navy at War and Peace)
by David Balme
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.18

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 April 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
V good


Wrights & Wrongs
Wrights & Wrongs
by Peter Wright
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Wrights & Wrongs (Hardcover)
Brilliant


A People's History of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
A People's History of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
by Martin Cloake
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Superb


The Spies of Winter: The GCHQ codebreakers who fought the Cold War
The Spies of Winter: The GCHQ codebreakers who fought the Cold War
by Sinclair McKay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent


Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick
Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick
by Helen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent


Tapping Hitler's Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations 1942 - 45
Tapping Hitler's Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations 1942 - 45
by Sonke Neitzel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Exquisite


Page: 1 | 2