Sunday, 8 July 2018

Educational Book Journey (part 2) ...




After Vancouver ... came this book:

Stephen Bown's book on Vitus Bering ... 'Island of the Blue Foxes' I found via a review in the paper ... I was enticed as it looked as though it would introduce me to Russia, Siberia, and the Bering Strait ... named for Vitus Bering (1681 - 1741) ...


... I found it fascinating and informative, especially about Siberia, the eastern side of Russia, down into China and Asia: particularly geographically and settlement-wise ... and the Europeans' early search for the Northwest passage and Alaska ...



Moving right on to more Eastern Europe -




The next book I read, having had access to one of the book club's books, was Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder;



Browder's Russian tax accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, was beaten to death in prison ... the Magnitsky Act, promoted by Browder, was passed into USA law in December 2012.




I found Red Notice a really informative read - disconcerting to say the least ... but I'd worked in this sort of life in my early days in London and Robert Maxwell features in the book - another fleeting personal connection ... his home was next to my school in Oxford.




Then I was able to read Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism ... how salutary: of the world we live in today ... (by a former three-star general in the Secret Police of Communist Romania, Ion Mihai Pacepa, and law professor Ronald J. Rychlak).  There's a companion film: Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West (which I haven't seen).




Some of the back blurb - the sentence by
R James Woolsey is worth noting


Upcoming in the fifth post ... Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic by Canadian James Raffan.  This I was given by the lady who'd introduced me to the book club - she'd studied nursing at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington, Oxford - where I'd been at school ... we'd just about overlapped. 





Midnight Sun, Altafjord, Norway
Small world - she'd been up in the Yukon ... so I asked if she could bring me some information back - sadly my email to her was sent as she was on her way back ... but she lent me Raffan's book, and to change the subject,  inspired me to write the post about Salmon in the Yukon from some information she had given me.



The fifth post will be about the book 'Circling the Midnight Sun' - but otherwise here I have mentioned:

Island of the Blue Foxes by Stephen Bown

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Disinformation by a former three-star general in the Secret Police of Communist Romania, Ion Mihai Pacepa, and law professor Ronald J. Rychlak


Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

27 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

I'll get my email sorted out so I don't need to do this any more ... thanks for all the guides and 'how tos' ... cheers Hilary

Joanne said...

some serious but interesting reading. Your brain is getting full. I'm trashing out this summer...can't think in the TX sun.

Botanist said...

If you find out how to "sort" your email to resume getting Blogger notifications, please let me know. As far as I can tell, the issue is with Blogger and not with any of our email accounts.

As for your "light reading", it seems to me that systematic and organized disinformation is currently the biggest threat to the world. Worrying, because that was pretty much the theme of my 2015 novel, and things did not go well for the world then ...

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Hilary, these are three books which have appeal for me, particularly the first, so am going to be doing some bookmarking!!! YAM xx

Chrys Fey said...

Island of the Blue Foxes does sound fascinating. Thanks for sharing your snippet reviews. :)

Elephant's Child said...

Hooray for books. Repositories of learning, of wisdom, of comfort and fun.
And thank you (and drat you) for making me long to add MORE to my already towering unread piles.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Hi Hilary!
Love books and I did not know this ones... I will check them for sure.
Thank for sharing!

Thanks for your visit on my blog and nice comment as always!

Lots of hugs!

Jz said...

Yes, my TBR pile just grew, as well.
Thank you, ma'am! :-)

Inger said...

Hilary, I admire how you are always learning and growing. You would have missed out on a lot if you hadn't gone to Canada.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Goodness, you’ve been a busy reader! These books sound fascinating.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Joanne - don't blame you - but I am stretching myself ... still enjoy your reads - they'll be fun and will engage you ...

@ Ian - I've emailed you re the receiving comments aspect so that's sorted for now.

I was interested in these two books ... gave me a lot of background info - which opened my eyes to a few things. But I didn't know about your 2015 novel - I'll need to check in with you re that ... but 'this 'fake' news' aspect is really worrying and everyone uses it now ...

@ Yam - that's great ... they are all very interesting reads ... so great you'll look into them ...

@ Chrys - the Vitus Bering book is really interesting, especially about early European history in the northern climes ... - enjoy!

@ EC - yes I know you love your books ... but I really wanted to put this series out, and if I keep reading similarly I'll add a few more posts as the months go by ...

@ Sonia - that's great you'll take a look at these ... very informative in today's age ...

Good to see you here ...

@ Jz - sorry ... that's life isn't it ... I've caved in and will put these up occasionally ...

@ Inger - thanks ... I've been lucky since I've been here - with the people I've met, the educational experiences I've had ... updates on the way ... can't seem to escape them!

Lovely to see you all and thank you for commenting and visiting - cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Sue - thanks ... sorry commenting crossed ... I've enjoyed them and now need to do some more reading ... settling in - cheers Hilary

Stephen Tremp said...

Hi Hilary, I wish I had more time to read but I do in chinks and spurts a few minutes here and a few minutes there. At then end of the week it adds up to a few chapters.

Liz A. said...

Lots of good information out there.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

No light summer reading for you, however, they do sound very interesting.

Jo said...

Some very interesting reading there Hilary. I am very surprised he was allowed to publish Disinformation. Knowing the things that happened in KGB days.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That sounds like a lot of interesting reading. I feel like I don't know anything about the part of Russia that is geographically closest to us.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Wow - some pretty serious reading here, Hilary! The books and pamphlets on my 'to read next' pile are already half-way up the wall!

Jacqui Murray said...

What a list of books. I had to research Red Notices for one of my thrillers. Serious stuff! That got my attention but really, the entire list looks intriguing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Stephen - oh I know ... and the short reads aren't possible for taking information in ... so I'm glad I'm settling in a bit to read.

@ Liz - these are fascinating books to read ...

@ Arleen - I'm trying to settle to read - which I haven't done for ages ...

@ Jo - the books are well worth reading ... answering your thoughts here ...

@ Susan - I've enjoyed the learning process here ... so much history and geography - but usefully presented in these books ...

@ Mike - these were so interesting ... I glanced through some of it ... but it gave me a really educated overview ... especially the Island of the Blue Foxes ... for that early history and geography ...

@ Jacqui - yes a Red Notice ... I now know what one is ... and all of these I'm so glad I've read - bearing in mind what is going on today ...

Lovely to see you all and appreciate your comments and thoughts - cheers Hilary

Debby Gies said...

That's some serious reading Hilary. I read Red Notice and was glued to every page. I'm on a reading rampage now with political books. Thanks for sharing what you've been reading. :)

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Some interesting books, I don't have a lot of time to read but I do enjoy reading many different types of books

Weekend-Windup said...

You are always busy in reading many books. Beautiful collection of books!

Nilanjana Bose said...

They sound interesting and serious... I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately.

Enjoy your summer, and your reading!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Debby - you did a review of Red Notice I think ... which when I knew I was reading the book went and had a look at. I'll do some politics ... but for now I'm happier with the older stuff! Hope you can read these though ...

@ Jo-Anne - This kind of book I have to sit down to read ... so I need the few hours at a time ... bu they were good reads.

@ Weekend-Windup - I try and read 'good books' but am making an effort to read more now ... thank you, though.

@ Nila - sometimes one just wants to relax with a book ... these I did have to settle to read ... then got hooked with them. You too enjoy your light relief ... and so will I with my choices!

Cheers to you all - as we all say ... 'enjoy our reading' - Hilary

Rhodesia said...

I have been away for a week and suddenly I feel like I am two weeks behind in everything! Some interesting books here, I must look them up. Take care Diane

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane - thanks ... I've been so lucky with the introduction to the book club - and enjoy the interaction. I felt impelled to get these books up onto the blog ... for anyone interested and for me ... so it's good to know you'll be checking them out - cheers Hilary