Warning: This is one heck of a depressing book. Not the whole thing, just the final chapters. It’s enough to make you want a stiff drink at the end — even if you don’t drink.
But it’s still a great story.
A film about an Australian-Chinese war hero in which the lead role is played by a white actor has provoked anger in Australia at the "whitewashing" of the nation's history.Billy Sing, whose father was Chinese and mother British, was a decorated soldier from the disastrous Gallipoli campaign of World War I at which he earned the name "The Assassin" for his success as a sniper.But in the yet-to-be released television film "The Legend of Billy Sing", his character is played by a young Caucasian actor.
Trains may not seem too impressive in the 21st century, when they play a small role in transporting Americans and are used in Europe and Asia for high-speed, comfortable travel. But in the last century, armored trains were a vital piece of machinery in the two great military conflicts of the age.
Sharon Wiener can’t remember where she read the review of The Emperor of Lies, Swedish novelist Steve Sem-Sandberg’s award- winning historical fiction built around the terrible facts of Poland’s Lodz Ghetto, a place of misery for about 300,000 Jews during the Second World War, most of whom were ultimately murdered by the Nazis.
Ms. Wiener’s father, Morton, who passed away in 2004, was among the handful of survivors. He often spoke of his wartime experiences. His daughter fed on every word.
By John Lounsbury:If there ever was a time to read Endgame, it is now. The full title gives a stronger message about what the book addresses: Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything by John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper.
Not a lot of people know about the so-called “Quasi-War” fought between the United States and France during the John Adams administration, but I think it’s an important episode to recall for the purposes of ongoing debates about the Obama administration’s protestations that the ongoing war in Libya somehow really isn’t a war.