Tag: world war two

Review: The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War – Ben Shephard

Read any history of World War 2 and it’ll probably finish up in the summer of 1945, maybe with VE Day, perhaps with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There might be an epilogue chapter, a wrapping up that encompasses Nuremberg, the Marshall Plan, the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. But what is rarely addressed is what this book is entirely concerned… Read more →

Review: The Taste Of War: World War Two And The Battle For Food – Lizzie Collingham

This was a fascinating read, far more so than I’d expected. I’d picked this book up hoping for some kind of history of rationing and the British wartime food drive – ‘Dig for Victory’ and all that. What I actually got was an incredibly well-researched, comprehensive and thoroughly interesting history of the role food played in the Second World War… Read more →

Review: Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 – Blanche Wiesen Cook

This final volume of Blanche Wiesen Cook’s three-part biography of Eleanor Roosevelt disappointed me. Not so much for the writing or research or approach, all of which are just as good in this book as the previous two, but purely for reasons of content. For all intents and purposes, Cook finishes up with FDR’s death in 1945 – the remaining… Read more →

Review: Eleanor Roosevelt: The Defining Years: 1933-1938 – Blanche Wiesen Cook

This book, the second volume of Blanche Wiesen Cook’s three-part biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, covers the first five years of her role as First Lady of America, from 1933-1938. It’s quite a brief interlude in a life, considering the first volume covers the first forty-plus years of ER’s life before the White House, and the final volume covers the next… Read more →