Review: Masters of Death. The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust – Richard Rhodes

These “special task forces,” organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. They murdered more than 1.5 million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar.

Europe in 1814

This time, we've moved forward to 1815 in the Rand McNally World Atlas Premier Collection, still published in 1946. The copy accompanying the map, goes like this: The Congress of Vienna in 1815 re-fashioned the map of Europe after the downfall of Napoleon. England and France in the west; Austria and Russia in the east; … Continue reading Europe in 1814

Review: Eye of the Red Tsar

Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now this is more like it. A well-written and wonderfully intriguing tale of (just) post-revolutionary Russia. Full of incident and clues and what might be clues and what might not be clues. You never know. I've no idea if Sam Eastland … Continue reading Review: Eye of the Red Tsar

Review: The Red Coffin

The Red Coffin by Sam Eastland My rating: 3 of 5 stars For a long time, I wasn't really sure which way to go on this one. Was it long and dull and miserable, with not an awful lot of any consequence happening after the initial, interesting set-up? Or was it a slow-burning, languid, subtle … Continue reading Review: The Red Coffin

Review: Hawk Quest

Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is without doubt a big, glorious, involving book. One you can get totally lost in. It's a rich, twisting, and thoroughly absorbing tale. One that travels through Spain, France, England, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland (I think), what is now Russia and all the … Continue reading Review: Hawk Quest

Review: The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality

The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality by Richard Overy My rating: 5 of 5 stars Richard Overy has produced another* superb book here. Not a right lot longer than I imagine the pamphlet it mentions at the end that was produced about the battle - that was the first to coin the phrase 'The … Continue reading Review: The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality