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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Very interesting. Thank you

    1. Thanks, Eva. It is a fascinating book, although not an easy read. Stay well.

  2. Thank you Olga

    1. Thanks, Rosie. It is always a pleasure to discover interesting authors thanks to the group. Thanks for the ongoing support and keep safe.

  3. This sounds like a really good book. I am surprised, however, that this would be a surprise to any reader. If you read and study history, it is obvious that most kings, leaders and conquerors were serial killers and egotistical maniacs. I would be interested in the authors thoughts on the role of the church leaders.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Yes, I agree. The author explains why he felt he had to write the book, and mentions that many historians seem very adept at pointing out the flaws and failings of the leaders of other countries, but never of those of their own (I am not sure whether that is always the case with modern historians, but I’m afraid that is probably true for those who are still considered experts or authorities in the matter). Regarding your point about the church leaders, the author has strong views about religious “zealots” as well, those who also seem happy to kill others in the name of an unseen deity, by whichever name. His comments about the Boer Wars and the whitewashing of that history by Victorian historians made me think of your recent book, Robbie. I am sure you wouldn’t find anything new in that part of the book, but a lot of people don’t go beyond “official” history, and we all know who writes that. Take care and stay safe.

  4. I have always asserted that the history of the Royal Family in Britain is really the history of who had the biggest ‘gang’, the toughest ‘gangsters’, and the best weapons. They were robbers and killers on an industrial scale.
    And now they are revered. Crazy.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You are preaching to the converted, Pete. Absolutely. Here, it seems to be also the bigger thieves and conmen, but it all goes together. I hope you have an excellent week.

  5. Hi Olga. Joseph’s book sounds truly interesting. Although I think I enjoyed your analysis of it as much as I will the actual book. 🙂 Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. You’re very kind. I had some pretty interesting conversations with the author since publishing the post, and I’m sure we’ll have some more challenging and interesting books coming. Stay safe and cool this weekend!

  6. A great review, Olga. It sounds like a fascinating book.

    1. Thanks, Luccia. ♥

  7. A great review, Olga – this sounds like an incredible book – sad that so many leaders are so brutal. Toni x

    1. You’re right. Simply rewriting history doesn’t help change the facts. Thanks for reading, stay safe, and enjoy the weekend.

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