Review: Anne Frank – The Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

Anne Frank: The Graphic BiographyDrawing on the unique historical sites, archives, expertise, and unquestioned authority of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling authors Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón have created the first authorized and exhaustive graphic biography of Anne Frank.

Their account is complete, covering the lives of Anne’s parents, Edith and Otto; Anne’s first years in Frankfurt; the rise of Nazism; the Franks’ immigration to Amsterdam; war and occupation; Anne’s years in the Secret Annex; betrayal and arrest; her deportation and tragic death in Bergen-Belsen; the survival of Anne’s father; and his recovery and publication of her astounding diary.

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Review: The Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick

There once was a time when everyone believed that the earth was the centre of the universe. The heavens were a blue arch that spun overhead, displaying its arrays of stars and the sun on an endlessly revolving canvas. The concepts in the Bible were literally true; heaven was above in the sky, the earth was the mid-point and hell was below everyone’s feet, buried deep in the ground at the very heart of everything in existence.

Then, a few very special men came along and made their contributions to humanity’s store of knowledge and changed everything. Absolutely everything that everyone knew about the world, the universe and God was turned on its head. The earth was not the centre of the universe. It revolved around the sun, which in turn orbited on the outskirts of the galactic cluster, which in turn spun in a far-flung corner of a group of galaxies too numerous to count. All of a sudden, Man was not the be all and end all of creation. He was relegated to a tiny, insignificant corner of a vast ocean of nothing; cast aside and eternally adrift.

Where was God? If the universe was a perfect system which functioned like clockwork without the constant intervention of a higher power, was there any need for an all-powerful deity to watch over everyone? Could humanity’s expanded view continue to encompass both the sight of eternity and God?

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Review: Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson

There have been many Marines. There have been many marksmen. But there has been only one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legend of Marine lore. He stalked the Viet Cong behind enemy lines. His record has never been matched: 93 confirmed kills. This is his story. Powerful, chilling, and all true.

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Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. The life of Carlos N. Hathcock II reads like the plot summary of a summer block buster movie. Hathcock resurrected the shunned and despised art of sniping and held off an entire company of enemy soldiers for five days with only the assistance of his spotter. He infiltrated deep behind enemy lines to assassinate an enemy commander with a single shot and then escaped undetected and he sacrificed his life and body to save his fellow soldiers. He was feared and respected by his comrades and adversaries alike, he never gave up and fought incredible odds time and again and each time surmounted them.

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Feature: Historical Travel by Aliya Anjum

I remember one hot August afternoon in Philadelphia, US, when I was being given a historical tour of the city by a very jovial gentleman who was later to become my favorite professor.  This was part of the international student orientation and the professor had volunteered to show us his city and its rich past.  What struck me most was that during the tour he said that the city’s history may not impress those of us who come from countries with thousands of years of history.  While it is true that the history he was relating was at most three centuries old, but nonetheless it was fascinating to hear about the early struggles and triumphs of a fledgling United States of America.  Take for example the story of the American flag, sewn by a woman named Betsy Ross, after she was shown a rough drawing.  Her house is close to the famed Liberty Bell, in the heart of Philadelphia city.  Philly as its popularly called, is a very vibrant university town where you can explore American history by day and watch world class entertainment by night.

That’s just my kind of travel.

New York City, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Singapore and Cairo are some of the world’s most famous cities that I have had the privilege of visiting.  These cities have skyscrapers, metro trains, bustling airports, plush hotels and fine dining, but the core of these cities is their history, which gives them a unique charm and a distinct identity. Continue reading

An Interview With Aliya Anjum

Recently I was able to review two works by author Aliya Anjum, Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece: A Pakistani Girl’s Diary and An Arranged Marriage, and as part of our BA Mini Event she’s kindly taken the time to let me interrogate her!

Apart from being an author Aliya is also a history and travel buff, as you’ll be able to see in the interview below, with her own history including teaching, journalism, hosting a current affairs program, working for the Pakistani government, and studying in both her home country of Pakistan and abroad.

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Author Aliya Anjum

1. Globalisation is a topic that crops up several times in Two Weeks, what do you feel are some pros and cons of globalisation?

Globalization has connected people like never before due to quantum leaps in technology.  My e-books selling on Amazon to customers across continents are a testament to Globalization.  In my opinion the greatest upside of Globalization is the communication revolution.  If used prudently, it can bring people together to serve humanity.

On the downside, globalization favors Corporations.  They are benefiting from Globalization, often at the expense of the poor in almost all countries, including western countries as we have seen in case of Greece. Continue reading

Review + Giveaway: Two Weeks of Solo Travel in Greece by Aliya Anjum

Today kick starts our first BA Mini Event here at Bookish Ardour with…

From today until the 23rd you’ll be able to read reviews of books by author Aliya Anjum, with guest posts, an interview, and we finish it all off with an eBook giveaway! Don’t forget to check back each day for all the posts included in this mini event. Continue reading