Worst Maritime Disaster Ever

Ship of Fate by Roger Moorhouse is the story of a ship named the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. It was a luxury ship but not designed as a playground for the rich, instead, it was to be used to provide cheap, heavily government subsidized vacations to the workers of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. In this way, it was a propaganda tool for the National Socialism (Nazi) philosophy. As is pointed out in at least two places in the book, the history of the ship and that of the Third Reich are mirrored in time. Launched in 1937 when Hitler’s government was at its height of power when the conviction of the German populace was the dawning of a new world order, the ship sank in 1945, at the same time of Hitler’s death.

Continue reading “Worst Maritime Disaster Ever”

A Brother’s Death in Vietnam

The Girl in the Photo by Gaspar Gonzales is a 42 page Kindle Single available through Kindle Unlimited (KU). Published in January 2015 by Amazon Digital LLC, the story is about one person’s attempt to come to terms with the loss of a loved one in Vietnam. Couldn’t it also be about coming to terms with the loss of a loved one in any war? The reader can decide.

Continue reading “A Brother’s Death in Vietnam”

An Editing Nightmare

Book Marketing for Authors                         by C. A. Price

It is unusual for me to start a review with a quote from the author, but it is appropriate here.

“You want to definitely make sure your book has been edited well and an excellent cover. If not, the reviewer will bash you on it.” Book Marketing for Authors (Kindle Locations 427-428).

Let the bashing begin. As the author noted, reviews should be constructive. The author will have to decide whether this one is.

Continue reading “An Editing Nightmare”

Education Chinese Style

I was prepared to open the book and immediately read about Chinese Education in Singapore. I work at a Chinese university in Indonesia and one of my lecturer colleagues is from Singapore, so I was looking forward to a pleasant read that would further social discussion with my expatriate colleague. This book will do that, but not in the way I expected. It is non-fiction, occasionally dense, and certainly supports my idea of “Read Everything.”

Chinese Education in Singapore                               by Zhang Zhixiong

Continue reading “Education Chinese Style”