Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Christmas Stocking

Well looked like I fooled Santa into thinking I was nice. Found two great books in my Xmas stocking and with my Birthday only a day away, I am sure there is a lot more to follow. Below are my two stocking fillers.

Eureka by Peter Fitzsimons

In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the rebellion is legendary: Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even Mark Twain called it "a strike for liberty."

But was this rebellion a fledgling nation's first attempt to assert its independence from colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

The Charisma of Adolf Hitler by Laurence Rees

Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader - fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues - and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees' new book.

The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War - all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler's door. Hitler was a war criminal arguably without precedent in the history of the world. Yet, as many who knew him confirm, Hitler was still able to exert a powerful influence over the people who encountered him.

1 comment:

  1. I read a similar book on Hitler back in November 2012 called, "Seduced by Hitler" by Adam LeBor. It was a fascinating look at how the propaganda genius of Goebbels and those that Hitler surrounded himself with perpetuated the mythical perfection and superhuman status of Hitler. I really need to write a review for that one.