Thursday, 26 August 2010
This year I read a couple of thrillers which were in my opinion pretty ordinary.
I also spent a great deal of time reading and making notes on every chapter of Reggie McNeal's Missional Renaissance which our leadership team are all meant to be reading.
I will put my notes of each chapter on this blog,when I get time ,in case anyone wants to read them. They are no substitute for reading the book however!
The other book I thoroughjly enjoyed was James Holland's " Battle of Britain "
For once a book that looks beyond the myths and deals with the reality.
Holland does not fall into the trap of most writers on this critical phase of the war, by simply focussing on the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots and their daring exploits. He spends a great deal of time detailing the, often neglected, exploits of Bomber Command and its attacks on German cities including Berlin in 1940.
Holland also puts the whole battle in its historical context by describing the events leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk and he also attempts to answer the often asked question "Why didnt Hitler invade as soon as he captured the channel ports and the retreat by the BEF to Britain. ?"
A very well researched book that tells the story from both German and the British side and although the cover price is steep at £25 you can get it online for less than half that!
A really good read if you like history!