The Eternal Story

This month, the Military History Book Club took a break from established tradition and allowed each member to pick their own different book to read. This was great summertime fun, and I’m very much looking forward to the discussions this evening, hosted by a member in his backyard rather than our usual spelunking┬álocation: the Cave […]

Beevor’s Battle for Spain

Antony Beevor’s The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 was the subject of our most recent session of Saskatoon’s best military history bookclub. This updated version of a decades-old work of Beevor’s has received widespread acclaim, due mostly to new research and a more compelling narrative. Beevor’s book was a welcome education for […]

The Legacy of the Second World War

Tonight my Military History Book Club will be discussing John Lukacs’s The Legacy of the Second World War. I had not previously been acquainted with John Lukacs, so I was surprised by the manner in which this book was written. The narrative is flowing and readable, but rather loosely structured. His argument is quite nuanced […]

The Great War & Patrolling/Raiding

Our local Military History Bookclub is currently reading the two-volume history of the Canadian Corps in World War I by Tim Cook. We’ll be reviewing the first volume, At the Sharp End, in January. Volume two, Shock Troops, will follow in February. And in an excellent coincidence, author Tim Cook will be visiting the University […]

Wake a Ray-Gun

For the past 48 hours I have been reading Robert J. Sawyer’s most recent novel: Wake. It has been awhile since I’ve read Sawyer, or any science-fiction, so I was surprised by Sawyer’s writing style: it is clean writing, simple in its structure and vocabulary, and the effect is crisp and compelling story-telling. I am […]