Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Deborah Lipstadt, "The Eichmann Trial" (2011)

In progress.

The New Republic offers an excellent assessment of the book.

You can also watch/listen to Lipstadt discuss the book, in a half-hour talk at University of South Florida, delivered in February 2012.

Additionally, see my discussion of Lipstadt's Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (1993).

Monday, 17 March 2014

Nathan Tidridge, "Canada's Constitutional Monarchy" (2011)

An entertaining, informative, clearly-written assessment of Canada's relationship with the Monarchy.
Admirably thinking beyond the role the British Monarchy has played in Canada, Tidridge (a secondary school teacher no less) offers insights on the role played by French royal and vice-royal figures, as well as British. He indicates an encyclopedic knowledge of cultural and legal aspects of the Monarch, including Royal Tours, issues of protocol and patronage, as well as constitutional regulations. Generally, the book is better as a reference than as a cover-to-cover read, although for those seeking to better grasp the wide and important effects that the Monarchy has in Canada can certainly benefit from the entirety of this short book.

A sample chapter is available online from the publisher, Dundurn Books.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Stephen McGinty, "Camp Z: The Secret Life of Rudolf Hess" (2011)

McGinty's record of Hess' time imprisoned in the United Kingdom, primarily at Mychett House outside London, records a sometimes tragic, sometimes farcical dance between a mysterious Nazi leader and his British guards, doctors, and interrogators.

More to come...

The Daily Mail provided a pretty solid summary, without much critical commentary.