The Mafia: The First 100 Years

Forget about it! With a healthy desire to re-watch The Godfather trilogy, this blog post examines one of the many works written on the infamous American Mafia. Co-authored by William Balsamo and George Carpozi Jr, The Mafia: The First 100 Years (1997) attempts to elucidate the history of this underground organisation from its founding in … Continue reading The Mafia: The First 100 Years

1776: America and Britain at War

This week's post examines American historian David McCullough's 1776: America and Britain at War (2005), which is an account of the events of that fateful year from both the British and American perspectives. Over the course of a long career, McCullough has published numerous bestselling books and has managed that rarest of feats - writing … Continue reading 1776: America and Britain at War

The Penguin History of Latin America/Great Southern Land/aka Taking All The Fun Out Of History

Ok, so this week's book review is a little different to my previous efforts. Primarily because it's more of an opinion piece than a book review (though is there really a difference?) I started out hoping to write about one of a couple of fascinating looking works that I recently got my hands on but … Continue reading The Penguin History of Latin America/Great Southern Land/aka Taking All The Fun Out Of History