Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
The beginning of the end of Romanov rule of Russia began with the ascension of Nicholas II. Ill prepared for the crown by his father, Nicholas depended heavily on his new wife Alexandra (married under the shadow of the death of Nicholas’ father their marriage was seen as a curse by the Russian people). Problems for the Romanovs multiplied when Alexandra, after several difficult pregnancies, produced only female heirs leaving the line of succession unsure.
Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014
Rated by Bethany T.
What happens when "a Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial Frenchwoman, a Serbian seducer and a deeply eccentric Spaniard" come together to work for MI5? Only one of the most important deceptions in modern history. Ben Macintyre's latest book chronicles the machinery of the pivotal Operation Fortitude, a massive undertaking in misinformation and misdirection that led the Germans to believe that the Pas de Calais, not Normandy, would be the beachhead from where the Allies would launch their European invasion.
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014
Rated by Debbie L.
Unbroken gives us an opportunity to read about one World War II veteran’s war experience. It reveals what Louis Zamperini went through while serving in the United States Air Force and the hardships he endured as a Prisoner of War for over two years in Japan. His story certainly helps generate appreciation of the sacrifices that veterans have made while serving our country.
Monday, Apr 28, 2014
Rated by Lisa J.
Growing up on one of the South Carolina outerbanks islands, Eleanor was a wild child who knew no fear and who loved to play the piano. Her sister was the beauty queen. Now in her 30's, Eleanor lives with her sister, brother-in-law and mother in a small house on the mainland. Eleanor works in an office and moonlights as a piano player in a bar to help make ends meet. When Eleanor is offered extra work by her boss to be a companion to his elderly aunt that lives on the island she grew up on Eleanor snaps up the opportunity not only to make more money but to get out of the house and away f
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013
Lieutenant Billy Boyle would much rather be a police detective back home in Boston than the personal investigator of his "Uncle Ike" in war ravaged London. Yes, he was recently promoted in Boston to police detective before the war, but that was mainly due to his police family's efforts, not his.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Shangri-la conjures up images of a utopian kingdom where no one suffers or ages—a la the classic movie. But the book Lost in Shangri-la is grounded in reality, relaying the harrowing rescue of a band of soldiers during World War II. A flight of men and women stationed in New Guinea was lost, not in battle, but during a jo
Monday, Nov 26, 2012
This rambling mystery moves from Berlin to Prague as Bernie Gunther, recently on the Eastern Front with the German army, resumes his work as detective. While investigating the death of a Dutch railway worker he becomes involved with a local girl he assumes to be a prostitute. When he is ordered by the Nazis to go to Prague, she accompanies him and stays in a hotel while he goes to the “country house” for orders. The day after his arrival an adjutant to the general i
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012
In Ordinary Heroes, retired newpaperman Stewart Dubinsky has discovered a packet of wartime letters his late father wrote to a former fiancé. He learned of his father’s court-martial and imprisonment and was determined to learn more about this man who remained distant to him in life. As he pieced together events provided by his father’s former defense attorney and from a memoir his father wrote in prison, he began
Friday, Jul 29, 2011
Eloquent, intense, terrifying… This novel has been called the ultimate and definitive novel of German resistance during WWII. An elderly laborer and his wife learn of the death of their only son on the Western Front. They are not interested in politics or patriotism.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Louis Zamperini was a spirited youth who found his groove in running. So good was he that he decided he was going to run in the 1936 Olympics -- just a couple of years away. That's a lot of determined training. And he did it. The determination and self discipline required for this accomplishment would serve him well just a few short years later.