“Upstairs At The White House” by J B West

Mr J Bernard West spent most of his working life in the most prestigious address in the United States, if not in the whole world.  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, popularly known as the White House is the official residence of possibly the most powerful man in the world, the President of the United States of America. Continue reading ““Upstairs At The White House” by J B West”

“To Defeat The Few” by Douglas C. Dildy & Paul F. Crickmore

I have been an admirer and keen follower of Osprey Publishing as they have published many books relating to a period in history which has always fascinated me, namely World War II. Winston Churchill immortalized the fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force  in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. In his inimitable style, Churchill said, ” Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” The RAF pilots came to be known as The Few. Continue reading ““To Defeat The Few” by Douglas C. Dildy & Paul F. Crickmore”

“Hostages To India” by Herbert A Stark

From my last post on “Lachmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi” you will know that I am fond of history and old books. Having studied at The Lawrence School, Lovedale ( originally set up by Major-General Sir Henry Lawrence way back in 1858 for the children of soldiers in the British Army of those times) , it has been my good fortune to have had many Anglo-Indian friends over the decades.

It was with great delight therefore that I read, ” Hostages To India: The Life Story of the Anglo Indian Race” by Herbert Alick Stark. This book was first published in 1926 in Calcutta. The version I read was published thanks to the Internet Archive. Continue reading ““Hostages To India” by Herbert A Stark”

“Lachmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi”by Michael White

Being fond of history and of books, I was delighted to come across an extremely old book  recently. This was ” Lachmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi” by Michael White,  re- published by Project Gutenberg which has brought out over 60,000 ebooks which are available for free to readers. The original was published way back in 1901 by J F Taylor And Company, New York! This book has an interesting sub-title, “The Jeanne D”Arc of India” Continue reading ““Lachmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi”by Michael White”

“The Mitrokhin Archives II. The KGB In The World” by Andrew & Mitrokhin

The lockdown has given me more time to read. My latest reading took me back to times long gone by but was for that reason all the more startling and gripping.

Have you heard of the Mitrokhin Archives? I had but rather vaguely. I now know that  Vasili Mitrokhin, a senior Russian intelligence officer crossed over to the UK in 1992 with masses of documents about the organization he served for decades: the infamous Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti or the KGB. This translate to The State Committee for Security. An organization that sent chills down the spines of the residents in the USSR and its opponents the world over during the years when it was in its prime. Continue reading ““The Mitrokhin Archives II. The KGB In The World” by Andrew & Mitrokhin”