Supplementary: Wells and Welles – when Herbert George met Orson

Following on from my post about H G Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’, I wanted to share with you an anecdote about one of the more interesting aspects of this novel’s “afterlife” and its impact on society. You are probably familiar with the story of Orson Welles’s radio dramatization of the novel, broadcast just beforeContinue reading “Supplementary: Wells and Welles – when Herbert George met Orson”

Book review: Slaughterhouse 5, by Kurt Vonnegut, 1969

I’ve written elsewhere on the mysterious process that is re-reading a novel. The experience ranges from a comforting stroll down memory lane, to the more common “I know I have read this, but for the life of me can’t remember a single thing about it”. Slaughterhouse 5 was for me definitely a re-read, and IContinue reading “Book review: Slaughterhouse 5, by Kurt Vonnegut, 1969”

Book review: The Last Days of Adolf Hitler by Hugh Trevor Roper

Probably the last thing the world needs is another book about the Nazis, but I bought this (second hand) at the same time as the Bullock biography, read it, and it seems daft not to review it for risk of repetition. It does overlap with the later chapters of the Bullock book to some extent, andContinue reading “Book review: The Last Days of Adolf Hitler by Hugh Trevor Roper”

Book review: Hitler, A Study in Tyranny, by Alan Bullock

This is probably the definitive Hitler biography, against which all others are judged. It was originally published in 1952, seven short years after the end of the Second World War, and despite some subsequent updating; it inevitably shows its age. Since 1952 we have learnt a lot more about the history of the Third Reich,Continue reading “Book review: Hitler, A Study in Tyranny, by Alan Bullock”

Book review: The Good German by Joseph Kanon

It is, I am fairly sure, just a coincidence that the books I have been reading recently have been about the second World War, and more specifically its aftermath. (Or is it? Is there something going on in my subconscious that is leading me to these books? Probably not!) This novel, a present, tells theContinue reading “Book review: The Good German by Joseph Kanon”

Berlin by Antony Beevor, 2002

Berlin – The Downfall 1945 Antony Beevor, Penguin, 2002 You might get the impression from some of my recent posts that all I do is read German history, but it is fair to say that these entries are not entirely representative of my reading habits. Before I get to the book itself, a little gripe – thisContinue reading “Berlin by Antony Beevor, 2002”