AND THE WINNER IS: MICHAEL KEITH’S TOP TEN BOOKS FOR 2019
Since 1 January 2019 I have placed 23 book reviews onto this site. Due to a period of ‘enforced idleness’ (Heart-related hospitalisation) there have not been as many reviews as in 2018, but there was still an interesting range and variety. As those who follow me will be aware, the titles reviewed cover a wide range of subjects and receive varying ratings out of a scale of 1-10, with 1 being very poor and 10 being excellent.
On the basis of the gradings / ratings received,(and continuing the tradition established in 2017) I thought that it would be fun to list the Top Ten Titles of 2019. They appear below:
Early Railways: A Guide for the Modeller (Chatham, Weston)
The Last Days Of The High Seas Fleet: From Mutiny To Scapa Flow (Jellicoe)
Castrum to Castle: Classical to Medieval Fortifications in the Lands of the Western Roman Empire (Kaufmann)
A Soldier’s Kipling: Poetry and the Profession of Arms (Erickson)
Submarines of World War Two: Design, Development and Operations (Bagnasco)
Vietnam’s Final Air Campaign: Operation Linebacker I & II May-December 1972 (Emerson)
Adrian Shooter: A Life in Engineering and Railways (Shooter)
The National Rifle Association Its Tramways And The London And South Western Railway Targets And Tramways (Bunch)
The Railway Haters: Opposition To Railways From The 19th To 21st Centuries (Brandon, Brooke)
Fittest of the Fit: Health and Morale in the Royal Navy, 1939-1945 (Brown)
As with previous compilations (and tempting though it might be), out of respect to both the titles and the authors, I will not be listing those books which received the poorest ratings. Should you wish to know what these might be, you are, of course, quite welcome to trawl through the individual entries.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL and thanks for visiting this site.