Category Archives: Reviewed

Why Quinn’s Post matters

I wonder if it says more about me than many that I can better describe the key landmarks on the battlefields of Gettsyburg and Antietam than I can Gallipoli. It was with that realisation and the then soon-to-be-aired Gallipoli on Channel 9 that I read Prof Peter Stanley’s excellent book – Quinn’s Post, Anzac, Gallipoli. And

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Reviewed – MacArthur’s War; Invasion: Alaska; and Neue Europa

Counterfactual history is a genre based on the question ‘what if?’. It’s one of my favourite types of fiction, combining creativity based on historical events. Some prominent authors include Australian John Birmingham, with his series Axis of Time, and American Harry Turtledove (though I’ve passed his series on aliens invading the world). Invariably, the parallel

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Reviewed – High Wire Act: Ted Rogers, by Caroline Van Hasselt

Where to start in reviewing this 520-page tome? WHAT a book. This book is not just a biography on Canadian media / technology owner and magnate, Ted Rogers, although that’s what I bought it for. It is much, much more than a biography, providing detailed insights into the personality and drive of Rogers, whose name

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Reviewed – The Young Hornblower

Sometimes TV series made from the stories of books don’t work. Sometimes a book which you think will be a rip-roaring yarn will surprise you. Sometimes you get to the end of a book and go ‘that goodness that is over’. Normally, I’m a fair, if not enthusiastic reviewer – that’s because I actually like

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