Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day

Greetings, Dear Reader! It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, June 4, 2021. It’s a sultry and somewhat gloomy-looking morning; the current temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, June 4, 2021, or: Remembrance of D-Day”

Blu-ray Set/TV Documentary Series Review: ‘The World at War’

On November 16, 2010, A&E Home Entertainment released The World at War, a nine-disc box set which presented the internationally-renowned 26-part British television documentary about the Second World War. Restored and remastered by Fremantle (the British multinational TV production company that makes American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and Family Feud) for high definition rebroadcasts andContinue reading “Blu-ray Set/TV Documentary Series Review: ‘The World at War’”

TV Movie Review: ‘Fatherland’

Fatherland (1994) Written by: Stanley Weiser & Ron Hutchinson Based on: Fatherland: A Novel by Robert Harris Directed by: Christopher Menaul Starring:  Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Michael Kitchen, Jean Marsh, John Woodvine In 1992, Robert Harris, a British journalist and author of the non-fiction book Selling Hitler, became prominent as a first-time novelistContinue reading “TV Movie Review: ‘Fatherland’”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 2, 2020, or: Getting Ready for Day Two of NaNoWriMo 2020

Hi, there, Dear Reader. As I start this, it is almost noon here in New Hometown, Florida. A cold front must have passed through the area last night; it was chilly earlier this morning when I went for a brief walk, but now the current temperature is 70˚F (21˚C) under sunny skies. With the windContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, November 2, 2020, or: Getting Ready for Day Two of NaNoWriMo 2020”

Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’

Snow and Steel: Hitler’s Last Gamble in the West Examined On November 28, 2014, the Oxford University Press published Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45, an in-depth book about Operation Autumn Mist (Herbstnebel, which can also be translated from German as “Autumn Fog”), the last counter-offensive launched by Nazi Germany on theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45’”

Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Book Review: ‘Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Volume I of the Pacific War Trilogy)

On November 14, 2011, W.W. Norton & Company published Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942, the first volume of Ian W. Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy. In twelve chapters and an epilogue which take up 493 pages of narrative, Toll covers the first six months of the Pacific War that pitted the JapaneseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Volume I of the Pacific War Trilogy)”