A breathless account of yet another behind the scenes industry that shapes out world. The journalists have written a superb story of their investigation with brilliant pen portraits of all involved and a thriller-esque pace and plot development. One of the best books I've ever read. Notes from the book are as follows: Didn't know that most coasts or ports operated private salvage companies that jump at the chance at Maritime recovery in exchange for a share of the loot. Didn'
This is how they tell me the world ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race. Business Book Of The Year 2021 (Financial Times). Again, another really, really interesting book that blows the lid off a part of the world I did not know much about. I’d put it up there with ‘The World For Sale’ which exposed the world of the commodity trade and the book I read absolutely ages ago (whose name I can’t now remember!) about the sovereign wealth fund. Basically, there is a lot of stuff happeni
Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert Massie To call this book mammoth is to do it an injustice. It has taken me the better part of two years to work my way through it, one chunk at a time. What follows are a few ideas and passages to use when planning lessons on German Nationalism, The Moroccan Crisis, The Boer War and then Fisher and RN evolution. There is then a less elegant ditching of other notes and observations that I took while readin
I'm an Ipswich boy. I love my town. I love my club. I love our history. I love that we exported the wool of East Anglia to the world (we were basically the medieval Chicago). I love that our butcher’s boy, Wolsey, was chief minister and organised one of the greatest diplomatic triumphs of all time at the Field of Cloth and Gold. I love that we were home to some of the industrial greats, I love random things like that Crane built the first railway in China. I love that flying