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Michael of Romania: The King and the Country
Michael of Romania: The King and the Country
von Ivor Porter
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written and refreshing account of a man the world should know!, 23. Juni 2013
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Why weren't we taught the FULL story in school? Why is it that we allow ourselves to be content with only a portion of the facts of history and then flippantly make baseless judgments? Reading this book, and others about the former king of Romania, helped to contribute greatly to my fuller understanding of how the world leaders of the Second World War era handled the post-war years. Leaders such as Michael I of Romania, who in small and large ways sacrificed their own futures by taking immense risks so that their own people could have a better future: it is these kinds of leaders who are not out to flaunt themselves in the limelight who go "unsung" that are forgotten. These rare people in places of power whose lives and actions can be such a positive role-model for those who govern and are governed alike, but are brushed aside for the louder, glitzier leaders who simply do what they do for self-aggrandizement and their own memorials. People such as King Michael I of Romania are the ones I wish I had been taught more about as a positive example of leadership than always focusing on the Mao Tse-dengs, Stalins, Kim Il-Sungs, Pol Pots, Hitlers and Francos and even the egotistical Mugabes and Baby Docs of the more modern world. We are often allowed to think that kings should be a thing of the past, but Ivor Porter's account of Michael of Romania clearly shows that constitutional monarchs are not necessarily useless - especially under circumstances such as those experienced in the government of Romania at that time. Should we think history does NOT repeat itself?
This book well explains and outlines what was going on behind the scenes with King Michael and the government over which he was constitutional sovereign - a young man who beginning at a very young age was able to develop his own unique perspectives on and understandings of the immediate world around him. His insights into a world so few could ever see: a descendant of and relative to most of the royal and imperial houses of Europe even today. A modest man who preferred to move on with his life and family than sitting around in exile waiting for handouts. In no way can he be lumped into the group of ex-monarchs who only knew how to live in a world that no longer existed. He and his family are no doubt more respected in Romania today, where they once again live, than many of its present leaders and government.
Read this true account of what really happened not only behind palace walls, but also try to develop your own insights and understandings as to what and how the Allied leaders were thinking when they simply brushed off the entire country and the fate if her peoples into Stalin's gift bag and consequently his own version of history, which in most parts simply did not happen.


Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea
von Barbara Demick
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,45

5.0 von 5 Sternen A book that will really make you think twice when you think "it can't be all that bad" in North Korea, 23. Juni 2013
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It is very difficult for many of us in the comfortable West to really comprehend that life can, in fact, be hell on earth in some places. Can there really be a regime so bent on its own survival that it controls its own people in such a way that the masses end up living like caged animals who are taught what to think, how to act, and whose lives are so predetermined from infancy? North Koreans are not, in fact, robots or brain-washed, but compared to the rest of the world, their lives, horizons and realities are so cruelly limited merely so a small clique of government leaders and their immediate circles will not collapse into total destruction, and in order to maintain this delicately balanced leadership, its people are destined to lives beyond most people's outside its borders can imagination! "Nothing to Envy" is a well-titled book, which if it doesn't make you think differently about your own world and certainly about that of the people of North Korea, then I don't know what will. Well done, Ms. Demick!


The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
von Andrei Lankov
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A "must read" for anyone interested in knowing more than the medias alleged real understanding of North Korea, 23. Juni 2013
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The information in this book is most interesting. Mr. Lankov's view of and perspective on the country are certainly not what we read in the press or what ones would ever think our government leaders are seeing or understanding. However, that being said, I could not agree with him more! I find this book most educational. What Lankov writes simply makes sense to me, when you put two and two together. His arguments and rationale are 5-star. However, the chapters seem to repeat themselves in places throughout. Because I am so fascinated by the subject matter, I couldn't help but finish reading the book, as I wanted to glean as much information as is available in those pages. Still, the writing itself could have been a bit less rambling in the flow of the book; hence, I gave the book 4 stars. NEVERTHELESS, it is certainly a must-read!


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