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The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs

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By Richard van Emden Pen and Sword, 2016, £20.00 hb, £11.99 pb and £15.00 e–book, 355pp, fully illustrated throughout, index. ISBN: 9–781– 473–855–21 2 Review by Barbara Taylor   Richard van Emden is an ‘everyman’ author. He has published many titles that need no repetition here. His work is very popular and it seems that this book is an almo…


Blackest of Lies

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By Bill Aitken CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015, Paperback, £10.297pp. Also available on Kindle. ISBN:  978-1-511498-813-5 Book Review by Barbara Taylor This is a first novel. The author is a former RAF officer, who became fascinated by Donald McCormick’s 1959 book; The Mystery of Lord Kitchener’s Death, From page one it h…


The Emperors: How Europe’s Rulers were destroyed by The First World War

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By Gareth Rusell Amberley Publishing, 2015, £9.99, 227pp, soft covers; illustrated plus notes, bibliography and index Also available in hardback. ISBN 978-1-4456-5020-0 Book review by Barbara Taylor   To understand how the First World War came about, it is necessary to understand the way in which regimes in the main empires involved operated. …


The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the road to World War One

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By Miranda Carter Penguin Books, 2010, £10.99, 498pp, soft covers; illustrated plus notes, bibliography and index. Also available as an EBook. ISBN 978-0-141-01998-7 Book Review by Barbara Taylor   Miranda Carter reveals Wilhelm’s many lapses of tact and diplomacy. (I laughed out loud at many.) Nicholas II was weak, totally unfit to be an emp…


Secrets in a Dead Fish

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By Melanie King Bodleian Library, 2014. ; £8.99, 102 pp, inc Glossary and Notes ISBN 978-1-85124-260-3 Book review by Barbara Taylor This small volume is sub-titled The Spying Game in the First World War. ‘Game’ might be a word that springs to mind when reading this book. To modern eyes, with Facebook, GPS devices and sophisticated digital means…


Why 1914? The causes of the Great War. A narrative history.

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By Derek Robinson Book Review by Barbara Taylor Whistle Books, 2014, £8, 200pp, soft covers; index. Also available as a Kindle edition. I am surprised that there is no ISBN number in the book. Mr Robinson is a graduate of Cambridge University and I had imagined he had taught history, although his career was spent mostly in journalism and authors…


The Zeppelins: An Illustrated History

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The Zeppelins: An Illustrated History, by Phil Carradice This does exactly what it says in the title. It offers a concise history of the development of the Zeppelin airship from its inception, carrying passengers and as an unwieldy weapon of war. Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a Prussian career soldier and an observer in the American, had seen the a…