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Always Right: How Margaret Thatcher Saved Britain Kindle Edition
by Niall Ferguson (Author)
https://www.amazon.com/Always-Right-Mar ... ways+right
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What emerges from Ferguson’s analysis in ‘Always Right’ is a reminder of how Margaret Thatcher was the political version of Marmite. You either loved her or hated her. Ferguson unapologetically pins his colours the former’s mast. In his view, she was as much a saviour of her country as Winston Churchill.

Her style of politics was confrontational and, as Ferguson emphasizes, how she gloried in it. In confrontation, she forced through tough policies which, for better or worse changed the face of British society forever: from reducing the power of the trade unions, to privatization, to the sale of council houses, to the Falklands.

An interesting point, however, is how in the end – instead of running cabinets as a dictator (as was portrayed at the time) – Thatcher became an isolated figure in government, eventually succumbing to the views of a cabinet full of Europhiles. The lady who was not for turning, in the end was forced to pivot by ministers on the issue of the Exchange Rate Mechanism. Indeed, it was in this conflict that the seeds were sewn for her eventual downfall. So much for being a Dictator!

Although Niall Ferguson is a historian, I would not classify “Always Right” as being a work of history. It serves as the author’s very personal opinion on Thatcher and her achievements and, indeed, on the impact that she had on the author himself. In Thatcher, Ferguson saw an almost iconoclastic figure whom he reflected in his own demeanour and life and views as an opinionated punk young Tory. “Always Right” is, therefore, as much autobiography as it is biography. In this, I found the read highly revealing because it does demonstrate just how transformational Thatcher actually was on British society. Everybody in Britain had a strong opinion about her and was impacted by her at a very personal level, in a way that simply does not happen with British leaders nowadays. This, I found, to be the most important aspect of Thatcher, brought to the fore by Ferguson’s work.

As such, it is well worth a read, with that context in mind.
Short read 27 ppg, $1.99 Kindle, 2.99 nook.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:25 am 
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Read this when I was young, quite an adventure.
You can download the complete audio of the book here.
It's in one hour +/- chapters.
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This is the account of the perilous mission of Michael Strogoff, courier for Czar Alexander II, who is sent from Moscow to the besieged city of Irkutsk, where the governor, brother of the Czar, has taken his last stand against a Tartar rebellion led by the fearsome Feofar-Khan. When telegraph lines are cut between the Russian Far East and the mainland, Strogoff must make his way through hostile territory to warn the governor of the return of the traitor Ivan Ogareff, a disgraced former officer who seeks vengeance against the Tsar’s family by the destruction of Irkutsk.

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This link has a link to free ebooks.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/L ... elStrogoff
As well s this review http://realmofryan.blogspot.com/2009/01 ... ogoff.html

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Read this book as a teenager. Hated it then.

Found it in a used books shop and bought for basically nothing and re-read it this summer. I did this because I saw an online review that compared Väinö Linna (Unknown Soldier) with James Jones (The Thin Red Line) and Plievier (Stalingrad) - the reviewer complained about Jones and Plievier lacking the ability to convey the battalion perspective in their novels. (Note that Jones saw combat in the Pacific while Plievier was a German communist refugee in the USSR who interviewed German POWs...)

Anyways, Stalingrad, does not deal so much with the battle of the city itself but begins with the Soviet breakthrough and the retreat by some German divisions direction east to the city and the final end. There is basically no "battalion perspective" at all. It's mostly a bunch of tragic individual stories strung together - being older now I found these more interesting than back in the early 90s...

...3 Tante Ju on Pitomnik, out of 5.


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Into Oblivion by Jason Mark

Read the first part of Mark's description of Pi-Btl 303 - a divisional engineer battalion of a ordinary and un-celebrated German infantry division during the 1942 offensive aiming for Stalingrad. It is very detailed and illustrates frictions between induvidual officers in the unit in way seldom seen in most WWII combat history type books. If you feel you do not need to read any more overviews of WWII or bigger battles this might be a book for you...

4 Pionier Brücken over the Don river out of 5 (I read the Swedish translation which could have been better).


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"Why We Love To Hate Russia" by Guy Mettan

Pro-Putin dicatorship apology book. Garbage.

1 little green man with Russian gear but no insignia, out of 5.


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"Gotland Ockupied" by Mj-Gen Björn Andersson and Lt-Col Tommy Jeppson

This is a continuation of their previous book dealing with a Russian strategic assault on Gotland, an island in the Baltic. The writers are military, not really writers. The story is interesting but not told with much flair. The idea is to paint a picture of what would happen should the severly underfunded Swedish defence find itself fighting Russia around 2016-17. Many types of different means of fighting a hybrid war are presented - some are more debatable than others, like biological warfare. Trump is part of the picture, still, eventually, the Americans get involved. Even quicker to get involved are the Brexit-Brits, along with the Germans and the Dutch... :?

Finland is not left untouched either, nor is the Swedish north - which is interesting and differs from Lars Wilderäng's "Midwinter Darkness" and "Midsummer Dawn" dealing with basically the same subject.

3 cans of Swedish military issue pea soup, out of 5.


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Messerschmitts over Sicily by Johannes Steinhoff.

Steinhoff's classic on the Luftwaffe fighter defence of Sicily. Great book. Recommended.
You won't be sorry that you read it. Everyone knows it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:37 pm 
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Why don't we unstick this?

There just aren't enough readers to keep it active. It may be a year before somebody makes new posts and 'abradley' will greet us everytime we visit 'Doggie's Cheating Heart Saloon & Gentleman's Club' ... ugh!

Have even started posting reads in 'Movie forum' rather than seeing 'abradley' every time I visit here ... Ugh Ugh!

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I say we leave it stickied, otherwise no one will find it when they do post and that will result in a gaziilion different "reading" threads.

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Right now I am reading "Bartleby and James Galvanic Century Book 1" by Michael Coorlim

It's a book in the "steampunk" genre.

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