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Berryfan

Joined October 2018

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Berryfan
Panpan

I like Ron Mclean. He‘s interesting and informed. He has a wealth of great stories. Unfortunately, most of them don‘t make it into this book. There are long spells of talking about people important to him (producers, editors, executives) but who don‘t matter to the reader. There are a few bits and pieces (and the chapter on the lock-out was VERY interesting) but the story-telling is weak, drawn out, and lacks rhythm.

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Pickpick

Full disclosure, I am a big fan of Gladwell and expected to like this book. It‘s well-researched and wee-written. The focus is on a long-standing issue about the most moral way to wage war. In this case it is precision bombing vs area bombing. It is a bit thin compared to his other books.

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Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success | Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
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I found this fascinating. The focus is really on coaching, spiritual growth and team-building rather than basketball per se. Really enlightening

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A very good read. Unfortunately, there are few reliable sources so the author is obliged to describe the circumstances and surmise the effect. Nevertheless, it was very informative and interesting. Certainly it also has a modern point to make in discussing refugees and immigration.

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Pickpick

I really enjoyed the book. The author does a very nice job of placing Harald the Varangian in the context of the Byzantine court and campaigns. The detail is exquisite and the personalities are clearly drawn throughout. I would have preferred not starting at the finish but it was probably done to best appeal to an english audience. The author does a terrific job of neither idolizing nor demonizing him. He was a hard man in a hard world.

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Pickpick

If you are interested in how the Allies dissolved after Germanys defeat in World War 2, this book is excellent. While they were united only in battling Nazism the how, where, and when of the collapse of a successful alliance was quite revealing. If you like the topic, read the book. If you don‘t, don‘t.

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The Voyage of Freydis | Tamara Goranson
Mehso-so

I love the topic. Freydis was the daughter of Erik the Red and led her own expedition to Vinland. The author does a great job of evoking the time period and the household politics of day to day life. She is an abused wife who is routinely frustrated in her search for fulfillment. It is a long slog through pain to get to any relief

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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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The author is a very good writer. The characters are very clear and distinct and are complete people. My issue is that the book is almost relentlessly sad. The authors skill makes the book a journey of regret, remorse, frustration and grim anxiety.

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A very interesting book about the amount of secret intelligence available to both sides in the latter part of the Cold War. I was amazed at the amount of detailed information each side possessed about the other.

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If you are interested in the competing groups and players in occupied France during WW2 then this is for you. It focuses on the Bourdeaux region and is detailed and well-written. You get a real sense of the players.

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Pickpick

Brilliant! Loads of new information and great analysis. I have raised this book with judges, prosecutors and police officers. A must read

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Mehso-so

The author does a good job of expanding the story to include the island itself as well as piracy in the South Pacific. I was very struck by two other people I know from other books. William Dampier (A Pirate of Exquisite Mind) is here a fool and Woodes Rogers (later scourge of the Bahamas against pirates in Republic of Pirates) is here a failed pirate himself. A solid effort and the author does what is possible as a biography of Selkirk himself.

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Military Blunders | Saul David
Mehso-so

Covers a wide range of forces and eras. Manages to be both in-depth and concise. Very readable short chapters.

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Dunstan | Conn Iggulden
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I liked this book. Full disclosure, I like Conn Iggulden and expected to like this. He does a great job of immersing you in the time period and knows how to tell a good story.

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This was a very interesting book. It tells the story of (primarily) American airmen recovered by Serb civilians. They then had to be recovered in a very dangerous rescue mission. There is a lot of information on the conflict between partisans and Chetniks. This was eye opening and something I was not aware of, in particular the outrageous treatment of Draza Mihailovic.

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Pickpick

I was quite surprised by the finish. Much of the book is wading through page after page of statistics and other data. It becomes ponderous. However, the conclusions and legacies chapter is crisp, clear and controversial. The data is supportive of the conclusions, it just takes a long time to get there. I would recommend starting at the conclusions, and read the book if you want to see how he got there.

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Excellent. It is clear, readable and entertaining. The author looks at Roman history from the final destruction of Carthage to the rise of Julius Caesar. If you ever wondered about the Gracchi brothers, Marius (the 3rd Founder of Rome), and Sulla, then this is the book for you! Excellent.

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Pickpick

I haven‘t read much in this genre for a long time. This true story is superior to the best spy fiction. This was a terrific book for anyone who has any interest in espionage.

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I really liked this book. Information is up to date and written in an engaging fashion. I particularly liked the information about the first few generations of the Kievan Rus ( which is often slighted in other Viking histories). I am well-versed in this area but this book provided lots of new and interesting information.

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Excellent book on the politics of England during the Blitz

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Mehso-so

Very good settler history. A well-told story of ambition and hardship in creating a land of towns and cities where First Nations people had lived.

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Mehso-so

The author makes clear at the beginning that he is going to raise and explain problems that our species are facing but no solutions. His awareness is broad and his analysis is insightful. The problem lies in the initial conception. If you are only going to raise critical problems that require urgent innovative solutions and not suggest solutions, it rapidly induces depression in the reader. It is overwhelming.

KathyWheeler I just finished this too, and while I liked it, it‘s a bit overwhelming. 2y
Berryfan It‘s almost too much. But it‘s so thought-provoking 2y
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The author clearly wanted to write a history of Rome but the subject is too vast. He does a great job of comparing and contrasting the Rome at the time of each sacking. Very readable at does provide an excellent glimpse of Rome at seven different times in her history. The epilogue would be a great walking tour

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This book is a first class history of the Métis Nation. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in western Canadian history, current events, and the Métis. If you read only one book on this subject, make it this one.

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The Malta Exchange | Steve Berry
Mehso-so

I am a big fan of Steve Berry and was somewhat disappointed. The history was less interesting and the action seemed forced. An okay read for fans but not one I would recommend.

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Killing Jesus: A History | Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Mehso-so

A nice expansion of the biblical version of the months leading up to the crucifixion. Some conclusions are ridiculously broad. A good book for Easter

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Very readable history of poisonings among the aristocracy during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The author spends little space on the murders (perhaps to avoid glamorizing them) which lessens their impact when we get deep into the interrogations. Terrific insight into the Court of Miracles.

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A very detailed history of the Canadian Army in Northern Europe from D-Day to the German surrender. Very thorough but the reader should know it only really covers that theatre.

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Excellent work on an extraordinary person. The limited amount of original sources does require some imagination on the part of the author but it does stay within historical reality. I thought it was terrific!

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Sea Runners | Ivan Doig
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Very engaging work. The characters, action and dialogue are quite compelling. Not for everyone, there is no romance, but as a story of men surviving in extreme circumstances, it is top notch!

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Really extraordinary book. I can‘t say that I always agreed with every conclusion but the amount of research information provided was wonderful. If you like social psychology, read this book!

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Really good history of an extraordinarily turbulent time in Germany. I had some knowledge of the period but the scope and detail provided here was eye-opening.

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Defiant Unto Death | David Gilman
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Well paced historical fiction. Set in the period after Crecy, Gilman does an excellent job of recreating the period. The characters are distinct and developed. If you like a medieval action work, this is a great choice.

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Berryfan
Mehso-so

There was a lot of interesting information in this book but the author is so relentlessly self-righteous that one develops sympathy for El Chapo! He doesn‘t deal with some of the obvious contradictions in his arguments but he is very knowledgeable. I had hoped for better.

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Although this book has some jarring editing issues, the story is so interesting that the reader is carried along. It is about a team of geriatrics who carry out the biggest bank heist in English history. The author was a reporter on the case and has some difficulty in telling the story because he wants to tell everyone‘s story and it bogs down the narrative. However, the story of the heist is so compelling that it overcomes these problems.

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Pickpick

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Informative, enlightening, and eminently readable. If you have the slightest passing interest in dinosaurs, READ THIS BOOK! It is a very very accessible masterpiece

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I really enjoyed this book. Very interesting use of a variety of mythologies while emphasizing their universality. Exciting, well-paced, and celebrating the Trickster god (whom I‘ve often had difficulty empathizing with). Wonderful fantasy in a real setting.

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An excellent survey of the various plagues which swept through the Roman and late Roman empires. It also reflects the ways that climate change acted upon the empire both apart from and in concert with epidemics and pandemics. I am very well acquainted with this period of history and found a lot of new and interesting information in this book.

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An excellent argument for the long term beneficial effects of empire. Morris makes the argument that empires dramatically reduce violence and raise wealth. His historical research is flawless but there is significant glossing over of the horrific cost of creating an empire.

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Wonderful book both about a series of murders but also how the failures of the investigation and prosecution sparked the creation of federal law enforcement. The author illuminates a time and place of Native wealth and success and the extraordinary violent racist reaction. This book works on every level.

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Berryfan
Pickpick

Excellent true crime with the added bonus of following the author as became more interested and more involved in the case. It was so powerfully told that I was terrified of this killer despite living thousands of miles away!

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Berryfan
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I really enjoyed this analysis both of the obvious importance in the distant past but showing its current relevance. For a history of this vital trade route, this book cannot be beat. It‘s also very well written.

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Another excellent book by Larson. Engaging and honest with characteristic charm. The story revolves around the US ambassador to Nazi Germany in the early days of the regime. Just as interesting are the players revolving around his adult daughter as she gets involved with Soviet agent, American writers like Carl Sandburg, German writers like Thomas Mann and even has an ongoing affair with the head of the Gestapo! Read the whole book in 3 days.

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Panpan

Some interesting background on some of the Angels as well as the end of their story but overall quite disappointing. Read the Thompson book instead (although this book has Bargers position on Thompson which is informative).

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Champlain's Dream | David Hackett Fischer
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A wonderful history of a great person. A huge book which can seem intimidating but a very worthwhile read. Champlain had a vision of respect and equality in dealing with relations between European and First Nations. He made a lifelong commitment to dealing with the First Nations that was neither fearful nor exploitative.

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Quite an interesting book. It dealt with the issues adult children have in dealing with aged parents making foolish decisions. Certainly has some humour but more serious than comic.