At this point in the Samson-verse, picking up the book is like reconnecting with an old friend. But if Faith was your first time meeting Bernard Samson, you wouldn’t be lost for some conversation either.Declassify >
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Hollywood Hatred Aside, Violent Ward Plays Out Like a Great Film
“If America is a lunatic asylum then California is the… Violent Ward.” Deighton’s Violent Ward, which takes place during the Rodney King trial and subsequent verdict and riots not only captures the moment, but the chaotic false bravado of Hollywood as well.Declassify >
Twenty Twenty-Two In Review
Twenty Twenty-Two. No jetpacks, no faster-than-light traveling, no flying cars (at least not mass produced and widely available or reliable). In short, this isn’t the Jetsons future we thought it might be.
Why does that matter? Because by any metric for arguably anyone born on the other side of Y2K, 2022 was the future. Well, the future is now, and it’s not living up to expectations, I can tell you that. So let’s look back on the year as it was, and ignore the things it would or should have been.Declassify >
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Deighton’s City of Gold is must-read WW2 fiction
Len Deighton is best known for his espionage and war fiction. He can craft a story with clandestine effects and military precision, and he’s schooled in and has educated many on World War II.Declassify >
Objectivity wins in Deighton’s WW2 analysis, “Blood, Tears and Folly”
Blood, Tears and Folly, An Objective Look at World War II by Len Deighton doesn’t pull punches on any side or any of the conflicts of World War II. In Blood, Tears and Folly, he tells the facts as they are, filled with ego and delusion, stupidity, idolatry, and simple wanton greed.
This is a history lesson in six parts: The Battle of the Atlantic, Hitler Conquers Europe, The Mediterranean War, The War in the Air, Barbarossa: The Attack on Russia, and Japan Goes to War.Declassify >