Reviews 

Book Review: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose

In the history of resistance movements the one in Nazi Germany was at best a mixed affair. Failing to gain popular support its successes were far outnumbered by its failures. However in recent years due to the popularising effect of Hollywood films there has been a growing awareness of the plot to kill Hitler and of course that it, like most things in the German resistance, failed. Christians are more likely to be aware of the resistance due to the ongoing popularity of men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer the theologian and pastor who…

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The Curiosity Index (13.04.2015)

Sanderson Jones, founder of the atheist Sunday Assembly, recently visited three churches in one day. This is what he thought. There is a lot to learn from this article about Robert Schuller and shows the emptiness of prosperity teachings. The Second World War continues to make it’s presence felt. These photos of old defences have a ghostly quality to them. The power of volcanoes is frankly staggering. But still nothing compared to that of the sun.

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Book review: All hell let loose

  For a while now I’ve averaged about one book every ten days, yet here we are three weeks into January and I’ve only just finished my first book of 2012. The reason for that is that Max Hasting’s monumental volume on the second world war, All Hell Let Loose, is 748 pages long so it’s like reading three books! The volume of literature on the last great war is immense, the bibliography to this book is enormous and so it’s hard to say where this single volume work ranks.…

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Book Review: Band of Brothers

I recently watched for the second times the magnificent Band of Brothers mini-series (for what it’s worth one of the most remarkable pieces of TV drama I’ve ever seen) and decided to follow that up by reading the book of the same name. This is the third of Stephen Ambrose’s World War Two books I’ve read (Pegasus Bridge and The Victors being the others) and this has a very similar feel to it. Ambrose relies on oral testimony to piece together the action and the constant dialogue with those that were there…

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Book Review: The Victors

The Victors: Eisenhower and his boys, the men of World War 2 is the second book I’ve read by Stephen Ambrose (Pegasus Bridge was the first) and I’ve watched Band of Brothers of course. The Victors is essentially several books spliced together to give a more overall picture of the war in Europe from D-Day onwards (so nothing on the Pacific, or the Russian war, little on North Africa or on the Italy invasion going north). It focuses on two ends of the spectrum, the very top with the man…

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Book Review: Pegasus Bridge

Growing up I lived on WWII stories and I wanted to be a commando. Soldiers who fought in that war were heroes to me, including my own grandfather. Like most boys I wanted adventure, bravery and chances to make history. War, it turned out wasn’t nearly as glamorous as I thought and amongst the heroes are some cowards and the real reason courage and bravery stand out so brightly is because there is an awful lot of fear around. Next to great good was great evil and I was no…

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