Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel by Albert Marrin

Stalin must command our unconditional respect. In his own way he is a hell of a fellow.  Stalin is half beast, half giant.   Adolf Hitler, 1942     "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." Joseph Stalin     Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel by Albert Marrin is a … Continue reading Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel by Albert Marrin

Reading Europe: The Third Man by Grahame Greene (Vienna)

I didn't finish the only other book by Grahame Green I attempted to read. I think it was The Power & the Glory, but it was a while ago so I'm not certain. I just remember I didn't like it much at the time and didn't bother finishing it.When I saw an audiobook of The … Continue reading Reading Europe: The Third Man by Grahame Greene (Vienna)

Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes (1907-1985)

    When you know that the author of numerous spy/espionage novels spanning World War II and the Cold War era had a degree in French and German, travelled throughout Europe with her husband (a professor of Classics and History) using the money they'd earned from translating German literature, and had witnessed first-hand the rise … Continue reading Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes (1907-1985)

Island of the World by Michael O'Brien

      Island of the World is an historical novel but in a greater sense it is the narrative of a soul's journey - an odyssey - through love, anguish, loss and recovery.   Josip Lasta is the soul of the story. From his innocent beginnings in a small Croatian village which was later … Continue reading Island of the World by Michael O'Brien