The Gun That Changed The World, by Mikhail Kalashnikov – with Elena Joly

Perhaps morbidly, I remain fascinated with the eastern aspect of Europe’s WWII, and with its later repercussions. That fascination led me to yet another memoir, that of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor and developer of the famous (or infamous – you decide) AK 47 assault rifle. As with most memoirs of this kind I’ve read in the […]

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The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink

The Missus read this one for her book club, and – based on my ongoing interest in WWII Germany and the psychological post-war aftermath its citizens were subject to – she suggested I read it. I’m glad I did. Imagine that your country has just been involved in a war of extreme moral dubiousness, that […]

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