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The Bombing of Auschwitz: Should the Allies Have Attempted It?
The Bombing of Auschwitz: Should the Allies Have Attempted It?
by Michael J. Neufeld
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bombing of Auschwitz: An Unanswerable Question, October 16, 2014
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A book I've been meaning to read for a long time, "The Bombing of Auschwitz" is the transcript of a seminar at the Smithsonian Insitutition on whether the Allies should have diverted some bombing missions during WWII to bomb the notorious concentration camp and theoretically save thousands of Jewish lives. Considered were the strategic aims of Allied bombing in 1944, the limitations of such bombing and of aerial reconnaissance, whether such bombing could actually have accomplished anything, and the political will at the time to do it. Michael Neufeld, the Smithsonian's go-to guy on all things aerial having to do with the Third Reich, edited the book.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, October 16, 2014
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The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
by Roger Friedland
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Seamy Side of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship, May 12, 2014
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It's said that creative geniuses are seldom the easiest people to get along with. Frank Lloyd Wright was an archetype of that. This book details the history of the Taliesin Fellowship, the "apprentices" who flocked to Wright's studio to learn at the elbow of the Master but who largely supplied an unpaid workforce for Wright's schemes. Friedland makes a good argument that without the work of a handful of talented apprentices, such Wright masterpieces as Fallingwater, the Price headquarters, and the Guggenheim Museum, may never have been realized. But he also makes the point that the bulk of Fellowship members never amounted to much as architects, content to mimic Wright's buildings rather than apply his principles to their own designs. Underlying this is the tragic story of Wright's daughter, who was allowed to grow as a completely free spirit into a life marked by divorce, bipolarity, and eventual estrangement from the Wright group at assisted care facilities in California. Proof that creativity is often an ugly process and an important book for Wright aficionados.


Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin (Expanded Edition)
Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin (Expanded Edition)
by Mel Gordon
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3.0 out of 5 stars World-Class Decadence, May 12, 2014
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I bought this book because I'm a big fan of Phillip Kerr's Bernie Guenther novels and wanted to know more about nightlife in Weimer Germany. Kerr actually cleaned things up a bit. Weimar Berlin made Vegas at its sleazy peak look like Branson, Missouri. Prostitution, homosexuality, transvestitism and more apparently ran wild, something Gordon attributes to the city attempting to adjust to Germany's loss in WWI and to the political change from a monarchy to democracy. On the positive side, some of those Wiemar nightclubs must have been sights to see, e.g. Haus Vaterland, a domed, multi-storied pleasure garden in Potsdam, the ruins of which remained a landmark until the 1970s. Not a book for the easily offended.


Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 US Invasion of Haiti
Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 US Invasion of Haiti
by Philippe R. Girard
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Past Haitian Disasters, March 12, 2014
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I read this book on the recommendation of Laurent Dubois, the author of "Haiti: The Aftershocks of History," and "Clinton in Haiti" reiterates Dubois's thesis that both outside parties and Haitians should be wary of external attempts to reform that benighted country. While the Clinton's continuing interest in Haiti has been traced to their honeymoon there, the rationale for the 1994 U.S. invasion, like most things Clinton, was ultimately a political one and its result, like most things Haiti, ultimately accomplished little beyond restoring Jean-Bertrand Aristide to the presidency … for one year. Girard, a native of Guadalupe, brings a different perspective to the story and writes with insight and humor. He could've used an editor, though; the book is rife with small errors.


The Good Lord Bird: A Novel
The Good Lord Bird: A Novel
by James McBride
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4.0 out of 5 stars An offbeat look at John Brown's Raid, February 9, 2014
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I bought this book when I was in a reading lull and saw it was one of the top-rated and best-selling books of 2012 and it didn't disappoint me. McBride's take on the abolitionist John Brown, as seen through the eyes of Onion, a 12- to 14-year-old runaway slave, is funny and thought-provoking. Not only a good read in its own right but makes you want to read more about Brown to figure out exactly what is fact and what is fiction.


My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn
My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn
by Errol Flynn
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Wicked, Wicked Ways, October 16, 2013
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I read My Wicked, Wicked Ways years ago, based on the recommendation of Jack Nicholson. I loved the book, loaned it to a girlfriend, and never saw it again. I re-read the thing after having bought a replacement and again enjoyed the tales of one of Hollywood's true scamps. Virtually a picaresque tale, many of Flynn's stories can be taken with a grain of salt, but he tells them well and gives an inside look at being a matinee idol in the '40s and '50s. A classic.


The Double (Spero Lucas)
The Double (Spero Lucas)
by George Pelecanos
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Double by George Pelecanos, October 16, 2013
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Writing for The Wire seems to have given George Pelecanos his second wind as a writer. Just when his D.C.-centric crime novels seemed to be becoming formulaic, Pelecanos created Spero Lucas, a veteran of the Iraq War who's found his place in D.C. as a finder of lost things. Whereas violence has always had a place in Pelecanos' work, there it was incidental. Lucas, on the other hand, seems to guarantee a high body count. Nevertheless, this is exciting stuff.


Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews
Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews
by Marilyn Hagerty
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grand Forks: Always Order the Walleye, October 16, 2013
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I ordered this book because Anthony Bourdain recommended it and Bourdain, I have found, is a gateway to expanding you horizons. And Grand Forks is OK, a collection of over 150 restaurant reviews written by Grand Forks Herald feature writer Marilyn Hagerty, who became something of a cult figure when the "big city" media picked up her review of The Olive Garden. Hagerty's reviews are Midwest nice but a little reading between the lines tells a tale of changes in eating trends over the past 25 years and of just how tough the restaurant business is. And if you find yourself in Grand Forks, ND, go to Sander's or Whitey's or The Toast Frog and always order the walleye.


Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles
Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles
by Dashiell Hammett
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Latter Days of Nick and Nora Charles, March 4, 2013
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Noir. Hard-boiled writing. Over the past 90 years, these have developed into an American genre, as widely popular as jazz and rock 'n roll. And yet even after 90 years, few have written is as well as two of its earliest proponents -- Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

"Return of the Thin Man" comprises two scripts Hammett developed as a follow-on to the wildly successful "Thin Man" movie. The scripts -- "After the Thin Man" and "Another Thin Man" -- show why employing Hammett was a two-edged sword. "Return" is witty and convincing, as good on the written page as on the screen. "Another," written while Hammett was well in his cups and bored silly by both Hollywood and his creations, the Charles's, is a bizarre rehash of earlier stories he'd done and a virtual walk-through of the Thin Man formula.

I suppose it would be fashionable to say Hammett wasted his talent on booze and that there was no point in publishing this book. But "Return" actually does what any good book is supposed to do -- put you in touch with its subject. Thus, you will be charmed by the Hammett of "After the Thin Man" and annoyed and angered by the indifferent writer of the second work. Apparently, so it was knowing Dash Hammett.


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