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A very amazing look at the "behind the scenes" political landscape of the 30's and 40's from a private perspective. My assumptions were challenged, which is always good.
Beautifully researched and documented biography of a fascinating woman essential to both FDR and ER. Especially amazing insight into the importance of Warm Springs for "polios".
I just finished The Gatekeeper, which I couldn't wait to read, and I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Smith has done a masterful job of telling the story of Missy LeHand's life. It is a page turner and immensely readable. Smith makes me feel like I really know and understand this extraordinary woman. I hope she writes another biography soon; I really enjoyed this one!!!
I so enjoyed Missy's story. Kathryn Smith's research and words have added a much-needed piece to the life and times of Franklin Roosevelt. Marguerite LeHand was an invaluable participant in his administration.Had she not experienced a stroke, I wonder if FDRwould have lived to see the end of Globe Battle II?Terry James
Less about Missy LeHand than about FDR politics and context. By the end of the book she still was no more true as a person--just the obviously highly competent right-hand aide who continued to help FDR and his work all her life until her illness incapacitated her. Other books on the Roosevelts provide as much "insight."
Fascinating and chilling acc of the horrors of Auschwitz. The author writes in a method that brings out truths of the lack of conscious that Nazi's had and still have for that matter. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the Holocaust.
Patricia Posner has penned a superbly written, carefully researched acc of Victor Capesius, a former Bayer pharmaceutical salesman turned Nazi SS member, who became the chief pharmacist at Auschwitz. At the Nazi's biggest death camp he handed out drugs for horrific medical experiments, helped select which Jews lived and died as they arrived at the camp and had control of the poisonous gas inventory used to exterminate is is an necessary book. Despite Posner's perfect writing it isn't an simple book to obtain through. Even today, it still beggars belief that humans could be so inhuman to their fellow creatures.
This acc of a Nazi pharmacist responsible for "selections"--deciding who would live and who would die--and other dreadful acts at Auschwitz reads like a novel. Author Patricia Posner traces the life story of Victor Capesius, an ethnic German from Romania, who became part of the "medical" leadership at Auschwitz. There he was responsible for handling the Zykon B used to slay fresh arrivals to the camp, and he personally stole gold fillings from the teeth of corpses. Disgustingly, he used the wealth thus acquired to fashion a comfortable life for himself in post-war Germany. This story is well told and readable as a easy narrative, but there is a more profound and necessary notice contained therein. Posner reminds us clearly and graphically how both the United States and Germany sought to sweep Nazi atrocities under the rug after the war, and how they worked actively to assure that responsible individuals and corporations were not punished. I. G. Farben, and its subsidiary Bayer, for whom Capesius worked before the war, and who helped the Nazis in innumerable ways, were not held accountable for their actions. In a rush to reestablish Germany business and focus attention on Communism, both the US and Germany surrendered to moral cowardice and expediency. Rather than punish those, like Capesius, responsible for killing millions of Jews and others, nearly all corporate and legal elites who had directly aided and benefited from the Final Solution were reintegrated into Germany's ruling class, as the US and German governments sought to pretend the past did not occur. Posner surely did not intend this when she began "The Pharmacist of Auschwitz," but it's a clear warning to American citizens today of what happened, what can happen, what is event now again in a morally blind US. Read this book as a historical story, or read it as an exercise in moral development. Either way, it's a amazing read.
I love clean fairy tale retellings, and this is one of my favorite versions of Cinderella. The characters in this book are powerful and well-developed. I love the back story and that we meet Cinderella's parents before they even meet each other. I love the back story of Cinderella's childhood. I love that Cinderella is a trained warrior, able to defend herself and her prince when necessary, and not just a damsel in distress. But she is also a girl who likes being girly and wearing beautiful dresses and dancing with the prince. Telling the story from the perspective of the fairy godmother was an interesting twist (which also added some humor to the story), as was the inclusion of the Arabian horses (I love horses!!). The story has plenty of action and kept my attention from page 1 to the end of the book. I hope the author writes more fairy tale retellings as companions to this book. As a effect of reading this book, I have started reading the author's Dragon Eye series. I am not usually a fan of dragon books, but this series also gives a special twist on dragon books, along with being clean, and I am enjoying this series also (on book 3 of 6).If you like clean fairy tale retellings, told from special and interesting perspectives, give this book a try. You won't regret it. In my opinion, it rates right up there with K.M. Shea's Cinderella and the Colonel and the rest of her Timeless Fairy Tale series (and all of her other books), Melanie Cellier's Four Kingdoms series, and Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance series (and all of her other books), just to name a few.
I usually am not a fan of Cinderella retellings, but this book had all the things I didn't know I was missing! I love how the prince and Cinderella actually spend a lot of time together. Cinderella's backstory and who she became create for a fun read. One of the reviewers mentioned that the fairy godmother uses expletives and I just wanted to point out that there's no swearing in this book. Unless you think words that are like "hogwash" or "fiddlesticks" are swear words...which is just fiddle-faddle ;) I highly recommend reading all of Finley Aaron's books.
If you like fairytale retellings, then this is for you. I liked it. I like that Cinderella had a reason for the things she did, and they created sense for that time frame too. I liked how the fairy godmother was done, it created excellent sense in the story, and a lot of characters had a voice and name. A woman of that time would have had a lot of difficulties, and I like how those are addressed. I also like that Ella is not some weak willed girl, who would create a not good puppet queen. I always thought the prince was stupid if he allow a docile beauty sway him in his choice, when she could be easily cowed into doing what others wanted. I'm done with this review though, because it's late, and. I have to work in 4hrs.
I've had this ebook on my kindle for a while, I loved the cover so much I had to have it, but only finished it now and it was SO MUCH BETTER than I thought it could be! I completely agree with this endorsement...."Cinders is excellent for every fan who ever wished Cinderella could be a bit more like Mulan, and for everyone who loved The Princess Bride, but wished Buttercup would pick up her sword and war for herself once in a while." Jess EvanderI kept thinking this is the Cinderella who is like Mulan, what a amazing re-telling!!The characters are so tangible that every time the villains present up I had a reaction to those lled with horses, danger, adventure, loss and a girl who is so much more than her looks, all told from the Fairy Godmother's perspective...loved this story from begin to end.
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and it was well written. Immersive and hard to place down. Some amazing premises and globe building. I had just finished an rather disappointing retelling of Cinderella (The Ugly Stepsister), so this was very refreshing. Loved the addition of Arabian horses, a brother, a companion fairy godmother, and the line of Eleanors. Also appreciated the explanation of why it may be mistakenly thought that only royalty have fairy godmothers... Only thing that I never understood was why Henry's father wanted him to continue competing in the tournaments if his life was regularly at risk?A couple amazing mysteries that I am still mulling over:1. Why did Cinderella's mother had cause to want for glass slippers as one of her 3 wishes?2. Did Richard identify Cinderella as her alter-ego by the callouses on her hands at the masquerade ball in Paris?
I've always loved the story of Cinderella, and when Disney remade the film a couple of years ago, I loved that they focused on "Have courage and be kind." I love that much more than her outward beauty, she had such kindness and inward beauty, and no matter how cruel her step mother was, she always reacted in kindness. Enter this story. I loved that the perspective is from the fairy godmother, and that she tells of how Ellas mother and father met. But I loved even more so that she created Ella such a powerful character. Powerful physically and well as emotionally and mentally. And all with that kindness and innate goodness. I also loved the love story of her and the Prince. None of this, they see each other and no nothing about each other but think they are in love. Hogwash! I love that they got to know each other's hero - the essence of who the other was, and had that trust with each other. Such a delightful story!
I love this retelling of a strong, intelligent, feisty, and determined Cinderella. We are given the story from the fairy godmother’s narration. I️ love the spunk and sometimes almost silliness that spills into the story because of the point of view. We are given the whole story, of years of growing up and watching how Ella wars her trials through life, not just given the three days or so from most other retellings. The characters are all various and interesting and on top of all of it it’s a clean read also. I️ highly recommend this book if you like retellings of old fairytales with kick butt heroes. XD
What more can I say? The book was intelligent, engaging, exciting, humorous....It was everything you could ever wish in a story. I especially loved each of the main characters with their special and highly likeable personalities. Ella was a strong, wise, and attractive heroine, and her prince was no less. I was sad to finish and have to place the book down. I sure hope this author has more books like this up his sleeve!
This was a amazing telling of the Cinderella story. I loved how much the prince and Ella got to know each other before the huge ball. So much better than the usual love at first sight. Even though that did seemed to be into play as well, but a deeper connection was made. This ver showed some of Ella's family which created it much more difficult to see what happened to them. Much better too. I do want the story had not been from the view of the fairy godmother. She was fine at some points, but I would of liked to hear Ella's thoughts, maybe even the prince's. Still a ver of Cinderella that empowers women. This should be the ver told to young girls. Really recommend reading this version.
I love fairy tale retellings, I can't start to count how a lot of of them I've read, but this one is among the best tellings of Cinderella I've read. I love Ella, her brother, her father, Henry, Sigismund, and even Jerome, odd ball that he is. It's been a long time since I've been so engrossed in a book, the characters, plot, and writing, that I stayed up far too late two nights in a row to [email protected]#$%!.Honestly I recommend this book to any lover of Cinderella tales, tenacious lady characters, unbelievable events, or interesting narrators. Give this one a shot, even if you think you've seen every variation of a Cinderella story, this one is worth your money, and, more importantly, your time.
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