Well, it’s officially summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. I’m happy to report we’ve had some nice weather of late and that’s made it easier to read outside, be it at the park, on my porch or hanging out on the outdoor patio at my local watering hole. Once again I’m behind in my blogging but at least I’ve been a productive reader. Below are three books, of which one is fiction. All three are historical in nature. Two out of the three deal with the Holocaust and one covers the early Cold War period.
- In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum – This was a nice find at my public library. Lots of cool stuff dealing with spy craft, Cold War intrigue and code-breaking.
- The List by Martin Fletcher – I was drawn to this one because I loved Fletcher’s follow-up novel Jacob’s Oath. Set in 1945 London, Austrian Holocaust survivors Georg and Edith strive to rebuild their lives in wake of the 20th century’s most horrific tragedy. The couple must also deal with rising anti-immigrant and anti-semitic sentiment in early post-war England.
- Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb – The first of my 20 Books of Summer. Why oh why did I let this book site ignored and unread on my shelf for almost a decade? Not only is it a wonderful page-turning, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2018. Don’t be surprised if it makes my year-end Best Nonfiction List.