Crime, Finance; Continent: Asia

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder Pretty much everything in every Cold War spy novel you ever read happened to this guy or someone he knows 396 pages (380 pages before Acknowledgments and Index) Bill Browder’s story appeared recently on CBS’s “60 Minutes” […]

Nationalism, Culture, Germany; Continent: Europe

Author Stephen Winder’s personal, meandering discussion of topics in pre-WWII history will make you laugh and think, often in the same chapter 480 pages (Bibliography begins page 379) I confess, I read Winder’s 2015 book, Danubia, before I got back to read Germania, his 2011 offering. Germania is the slightly shorter book (Danubia is a […]

Cold War, Politics; Continents: Asia, North America

The Cold War; A New History by John Lewis Gaddis A densely packed book spanning the end of World War II through Bush and Gorbachev meeting at Malta 333 pages (266 pages to complete the epilogue) The night I stayed over at my grandma’s house so Mom and Dad could see Red Dawn (1984) in […]

Vietnam, anti-Communism; Continent: Asia

Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam’s Madame Nhu by Monique Brinson Demery I knew she wasn’t a Bond girl, but if you’d see the book cover, you’d understand the passing association 258 pages (225 pages before the Acknowledgments begin) When I was in high school in the 1980s, the Vietnam War never made […]