BOOK REVIEW: RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON – THE INVINCIBLE QUEST (CONRAD BLACK)

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I haven’t been blogging so much recently but I have just finished reading a book, a phenomenal piece of work, a biography of Richard Milhous Nixon, by the highly acclaimed and prodigious biographer/historian, Conrad Black, and I just had to put ‘pen to paper’.     RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON – THE INVINCIBLE QUEST.     This biography is a bit of ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “AND THE BAND PLAYED ON – POLITICS, PEOPLE AND THE AIDS EPIDEMIC” (BY RANDY SHILTS)

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I have just finished reading an excellent book:   "And The Band Played On  -  Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic" by Randy Shilts.     The ‘Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic’ part of the title lets you know that this is NOT a fun read! It is a book which had me drowning in a whirlpool of emotions, ...

“REAGAN & THATCHER, The Difficult Relationship” (by Richard Aldous)

I’ve just finished reading an extremely interesting book, “Reagan & Thatcher - The Difficult Relationship” by Richard Aldous. The protagonists are, surprise, surprise, Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, and Ronald Reagan, President of The United States between 1981 and 1989. Most of us have this idea in our heads, an image, ...

‘THE ALCHEMIST’ (by Paulo Coelho)

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I’ve just read, again, Paulo Coelho’s classic ‘short story’/novel, ‘The Alchemist’. I read it years ago but in my current state of mind, I was drawn to it again.     Insofar as the style of the novel(la) is ‘fantasy’, supernatural, quasi-religious, ‘The Alchemist’ is not a typical read for me. I usually read non-fiction though I do ...

THE DEFINITIVE SINATRA BIOGRAPHY: A MASTERPIECE! (by JAMES KAPLAN)

VOLUME 1: 'FRANK: THE VOICE' (in the UK, 'FRANK: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND')   VOLUME 2: 'SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN   Before I began reading what I am now sure is a never-to-be bettered, definitive 1,800 page, two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra, penned by a genius of a writer, James Kaplan, he, Frank, was already my No.1.   I have a wide, ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘OPERATION THUNDERBOLT (FLIGHT 139 AND THE RAID ON ENTEBBE AIRPORT, THE MOST AUDACIOUS HOSTAGE RESCUE MISSION IN HISTORY)’ by SAUL DAVID

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It’s my guess that a lot of people think that they know what happened in ‘that’ rescue but I doubt that many know it in as much detail as I do now that I have read this terrific book by Saul David.   Saul David:   “…I decided to write it unfolding in real time, with the narrative shifting ...

LYNDA BELLINGHAM’S BOOK, “THERE’S SOMETHING I’VE BEEN DYING TO TELL YOU”. A ‘MUST-READ’. INSPIRING, UPLIFTING AND LIFE-ENHANCING!

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A book that should be read by everyone who is alive now and who will eventually die, i.e. everyone. A 'must-read'!! Let me first make one thing clear: whilst I did, of course, cry when I was reading this book, predominantly Lynda's journey from her cancer diagnosis to her passing, I smiled more than I cried. ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “GODLESS (HOW AN EVANGELICAL PREACHER BECAME ONE OF AMERICA’S LEADING ATHEISTS)”

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I recently read Chris Hitchens' “God Isn’t Great” (his book IS great!) and Professor Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion”, another book which is having an effect on my life. These two books are helping me to navigate the swirling tides.   To those important books, I now add a third book:   “Godless”, How An Evangelical Preacher Became One ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘I AM JEWISH, Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of DANIEL PEARL’, edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl

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Daniel Pearl, an American Jewish journalist, or a Jewish American journalist (only Daniel would have been able to tell me which) was working for the Wall Street Journal in 2002 when he was horrifically murdered by Islamic extremists, aka evil personified, in Pakistan. He was not an 'observant' Jew (I think I can say that ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘THE MARRIAGE GAME’ by ALISON WEIR

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What a great book  -  I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm upset that I've finished it! Alison Weir, the renowned and respected historian, has delivered a delicious, spicy Elizabethan novel, full to the brim with love and romance, a little steamy raunchiness, heartbreak, pathos, religion, politics, jealousy, war, mischief and Machiavellian intrigue and skulduggery. Weir immerses the ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘THE GOD DELUSION’ by PROF. RICHARD DAWKINS

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I have no doubt that reading this book has been, for many people, a life-changing experience. I read it because the subject matter and the philosophy of the author, Professor Richard Dawkins, appealed to me as I walk a well-trodden, rocky, winding road. It has been of immense help and has given me enormous clarity. ...

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “GOD IS NOT GREAT (how religion poisons everything)” by CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

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This is one of the best books I have ever read  -  though I'll have to read it again, and again, to really understand it, to fully appreciate everything Christopher Hitchens 'is' saying. Christopher Hitchens is well-known for his atheism. He is also well-known for keeping 'bad company', e.g. Edward Said and Noam Chomsky and he ...

Book Recommendation: ‘Deconstructing Sammy’ by Matt Birkbeck

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A few weeks ago, I finished reading a great 'autobiography' by one of the, if not 'THE', greatest all-round entertainers of the twentieth century, the legend Sammy Davis Jr. (co-written by Jane and Burt Boyar): http://kobygould.com/book-recommendation-why-me-an-autobiography-and-an-examination-of-the-nature-of-stardom-the-no-1-all-round-popular-entertainer-the-ultimate-song-and-dance-man-mr-show-business-sam/ The (auto) biography takes the reader 'behind the scenes'  -  to a degree, it's a warts 'n all picture of Sammy. ...

Book Recommendations: “Why Me?” – An Autobiography (and an examination of the nature of stardom): The No. 1 All-Round ‘Popular’ Entertainer, THE Ultimate Song And Dance Man, MR SHOW BUSINESS, SAMMY DAVIS JR.

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"Why Me" is a fascinating, in-depth autobiography, penned by the greatest popular entertainer the world has ever known, and will ever know, the incomparable legend, Sammy Davis Jr. (co-written by Jane and Burt Boyar). It is a fast pace, entertaining, inspiring, emotional, heart rending, oft times desperately sad, roller coaster of an autobiography, an examination of ...

Book Recommendation: ‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich

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A tornado of a tale, this true story of ambition, entrepreneurialship, focus, commitment, team building, 'brotherhood', success, money, power and collapse runs FAST from start to finish. I must preface this 'critique' by stressing that I'm working on the facts as presented by the author, Ben Mezrich, that it may well be, of course, that the ...

RIP Graham Lord

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So sorry to learn of the passing, at the relatively young age of 72, of the journalist and biographer, Graham Lord. His biography of one of my favourites, David Niven, ('Niv'), is a triumph and I so enjoyed reading it. Of course, Niv's celebrated classic autobiog, "The Moon's A Balloon" is an absolute joy and ...

Book Recommendation: Alastair Campbell’s ‘THE HAPPY DEPRESSIVE: IN PURSUIT OF PERSONAL AND POLITICAL HAPPINESS

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Alastair Campbell's 'The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness' is a great read (and a short one). As I 'wrote' in the Amazon Book Review I posted, his candour and openness is to be commended. Heart on the sleeve stuff. People who suffer from clinical depression will empathise. The millions of people ...