Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1941-1942: Schwerpunkt by Robert Forczyk

I can never seem to resist books like this. This was pretty useful, with a focus on the reasons for things rather than the details of what happened.


Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney

A useful account of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

The Exile: The Flight of Osama Bin Laden by Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy

This is a description of Bin Laden’s movements after 9/11. It was well written and gave me some good background on various jihadist groups and their origins. It covered other areas such as relations with Iran. I was not quite sure about some of the claims, but still worth reading.

The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War

A description of the aftermath of the Second World War in Europe with an emphasis on refugees and displaced people. Describes the growth of NGOs such as the UNHCR. Interesting in the light of 21st century migrant problems.

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler

This describes the use of drugs, in particular Pervitin (methamphetamine ) use by the armed forces of the Third Reich. Many armed forces use stimulants to prolong awareness, but this usage was very pronounced.