Bare Facts – The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin

Welcome to Bare Facts: a new, monthly *crosses fingers* feature for 2013 which is all about non-fiction.  The books reviewed in Bare Facts are intended to help provide a historical, geographic and political context  – with subjects ranging from international history, politics, personalities on the world stage, religion, philosophy, etc. “The Great Game” is the term used for the 19th and early 20th century struggle … Continue reading Bare Facts – The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire & Germany’s Bid for World Power by Sean McMeekin

City of Ravens: London, the Tower & its Famous Birds by Boria Sax

When the last raven leaves the Tower of London, Britain will fall.  Boria Sax looks closely at the history behind the legend, which is popularly believed to date back to King Charles II (1630-1685).  What he discovers is that the tale is of a much more recent vintage.  Probably as recent as the late Victorian period. It must be difficult being the person who debunks … Continue reading City of Ravens: London, the Tower & its Famous Birds by Boria Sax