The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne is part of the Cambridge Essential Histories and it offers a different perspective about the Spanish Civil War. Unlike the others historians who have a left-wing bias, he is, as far as I know, the only right-wing biased…

Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford

Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford

I usually start reading a book and after that I search for the author on youtube to watch lectures, talks, or interviews. But Fighting for Spain by Alexander Clifford* was different. I saw on twitter that the author will have a virtual book launch and…

Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr

Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr

I had no idea that Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr would be such an interesting book. It shows a different perspective of war through imagines. The imagines are from both sides of the war and show the horrors of fighting, but…

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A book with the title A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that is a shame, because this one is a really great book. First of all this is an unbiased book. Just…

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston is the second book I read by him. The first one I read, Doves of War, was published more recently and it’s not as biased as this one. The [left-wing, if it matters] bias…

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst* is a book on, as the subtitle suggests, writers and artists in the conflict of 1936-1939. I will start with the good parts, which were many, hence the 4 stars. The book deals with the…

Doves of War by Paul Preston

Doves of War by Paul Preston

Doves of War by Paul Preston is a book about four women who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Even if you are not interested in the subject, reading about them might be very interesting. There are some war-related details, they are there to create…

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer – Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us – sounds like a very interesting book and it was. Each chapter dealt with the changes happening in a century, starting from the 11th. The focus…

The Spanish Civil War: 1936–1939 by Frances Lannon

The Spanish Civil War: 1936–1939 by Frances Lannon

The Spanish Civil War: 1936–1939 by Frances Lannon is a very good introductory book. At only 96 pages and with lots of maps and pictures, it offers an insight into the war. Because each chapter has only a few pages and the pictures help create…

Total Undersea War by Aaron Stephan Hamilton

Total Undersea War by Aaron Stephan Hamilton

Total Undersea War by Aaron Stephan Hamilton*, with the subtitle The Evolutionary Role of the Snorkel in Donitz’s U-Boat Fleet 1944-1945, is a book about U-boats. At ~350 pages (excluding the appendix and bibliography) this is a very detailed book on U-boats developed in the…

Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2 by Lucy Adlington

Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2 by Lucy Adlington

When it comes to war, and especially WW2, I think of food shortages and mass destruction, but I did not consider how much life changed. Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2 by Lucy Adlington* deals with a less thought-off aspect of everyday life during wartime:…

Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad by Dick Kirby

Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad by Dick Kirby

I was curious to know more about the Flying Squad after seeing it mentioned in a book I read previously, and so, I was very pleased to receive Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad by Dick Kirby* for review. I imagined it would be a book on…

WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson

WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson

WW2 From Above by Julian Thompson* gives an aerial view of the battle sites. The satellite images are annotated with details of the battle and the forces involved are marked on the image too. It is similar to a battle map, but made on a…

The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland

The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland

I have to admit that I was not sure what rating to give to The Battle of the Atlantic by Bernard Ireland*. It is a good history book, with plenty of facts and details. At the same time, it is quite dry. In the end…

Little Book of US Presidents

Little Book of US Presidents

I know that one of my readers is keen to read the review for Little Book of US Presidents*, mainly because she mentioned it to me, even before I received it from Welbeck Publishing. So, I was very curious about the book. After a very…

The Dark History of Tea by Seren Charrington-Hollins

The Dark History of Tea by Seren Charrington-Hollins

I’ve read a history of salt last year and found it fascinating, so I imagined that The Dark History of Tea by Seren Charrington-Hollins* would be just as interesting. I was right. Unlike salt, where my knowledge prior to reading the book was limited, I…