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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review From Oh My Bookness: With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario A Memoir by: Eva Maze

With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario 
A Memoir by: Eva Maze

  • Publication date: April 1, 2017
  • Publisher: Moonstone Press LLC
  • Length Paperback: 200
  • ISBN-10: 0983498385
  • ISBN- 13: 978-0983498384


Book Description:


A life spanning close to 100 years is noteworthy, if only because of its longevity. The rich life of a woman committed to a professional vision ahead of its time, filled with glamour, excitement and adventure, is truly remarkable. Narrated in her own words, this is the story of such a woman, Eva Maze, who, from the time she left Romania as a teenager in 1939, dreamed of being a ballet dancer, and through a series a circumstances, became instead one of the most successful theatrical impresarios in Europe – with a career spanning more than 40 years. 



Now in her nineties, Maze looks back at the path and passion that led her from Bucharest to the United States as an immigrant, and then, as a married woman, back again to Europe and Asia, where she found her professional calling. 

Set against key historical events of the 20th century, including the building of the Berlin Wall, the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, as well as the rise and fall of Pan American Airlines, Maze’s fascinating past is brought to life through a combination of serious commentary and amusing anecdotes about the risks and rewards of the business side of theater and dance, some of the personalities who were part of those worlds from the 1940s to the 1990s, her own motivation for being an impresario, and her personal life. Her narration is supported by more than 250 captivating historical and modern images going back to her birth in 1922. 

Representing artists and companies abroad from a vast array of talent in the performing arts of the time – including The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, The Living Theatre, and The Swingle Singers – this unique woman became a prolific producer of close to 100 different types of theatrical programs from the world of dance, music, mime, cabaret, and drama.





Book Review:
With Ballet in My Soul: Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario 
Author: A Memoir by: Eva Maze
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
@ohmybookness
June 20, 2017

 Today almost everything you read, watch on television or in the movies has a superhero in it, or someone saving the day. Don't get me wrong I love my superheroes, it's one thing I look forward to at night to relax and unwind.  It's rare to read about the real life superheroes, and that's what I want to share with you in this review, her name is Eva Maze. No, she can't fly, she doesn't have a magic lasso, but she has accomplished so much that most of us would envy. Its little hard to fathom how incredible she is. 
Eva (left) Caption From the Book


 Eva had to overcome life's worst villains, one was scarlet fever back in 1929 in Romania as a young child and a doctor was fortunate to have cured her, but her dreams of being a ballerina came to a halt. She learned many languages, and later in life she put them to good use. Her family moved to the United States in Brooklyn, New York which saved them from the terror of the holocaust! Who knows if it wasn't for Eva's passion to see the worlds fair would they of wound up moving somewhere else in Europe?
Eva

As time passed, Eva married but also continued her passion for the ballet and other type of dances, she was taught by many professional Russian ballet teachers. Eva did all of this plus she got her college education. Her passion was the performing arts and she did very well performing around the globe.

 With her own family  and being involved with so much, seeing the triumphs and the downfall as the world spinning and time on its axis, Eva has seen history and has been a part of it. I was wrong when I said Eva did not have super powers. Eva has a magic lasso, her brain lassoed in all the knowledge and passion that she could reel in and she put it to good use. Eva's enthusiasm for living for all she could was her super power, she followed her dream to the end. She is Wonder a Woman.

About The Author:



Eva Maze is one of the most successful female theatrical impresarios in Europe with a career that lasted more than 40 years. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Book Review From Oh My Bookness: England’s Historic Churches by Train: A Companion Volume to England’s Cathedrals by Train by Murray Naylor

 England’s Historic Churches by Train: 
A Companion Volume to England’s Cathedrals by Train 
                   By Murray Naylor

  • Publication date: November 4, 2016
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Length Paperback: 240
  • ASIN: B01MTTY04L
  • ISBN-10: 1473871425
  • ISBN- 13: 978-1473871427



Book Description:

The second millennium saw the spread and consolidation of Christianity in Britain. One means by which the Normans tightened their grip on Britain after 1066 was by the construction of magnificent cathedrals, thereby demonstrating their intention to remain here. In his earlier book – England’s Cathedrals by Train – Murray Naylor explained how these hallowed buildings could be reached by train, relating their history and their principal features. His book invited readers to discover how the Normans and Victorians helped to shape our lives, either in constructing cathedrals or inventing railways. 

England’s Great Historic Churches is the logical follow on to this book. Travelling across England it selects thirty-two of our ancient churches, relating their history and identifying those aspects which a visitor might overlook. His journeys include the great medieval abbeys at Tewkesbury, Selby and Hexham; the less well known priories at Cartmel and Great Malvern and other grand churches severely reduced after the Dissolution of Henry VIII’s reign, notably at Bridlington and Christchurch. He visits a church at Chesterfield where the spire leans at a crooked angle and goes to Boston, where the church - known as the Stump – was a starting point for many who emigrated to America in the 17th Century. Pride of place goes to Beverley Minster. In parallel he offers further observations on how railways have developed since the early 1800s and their future


Book Review:
England’s Historic Churches by Train: A Companion Volume to England’s Cathedrals by Train
Author: Murray Naylor
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
@ohmybookness
June 18, 2017


 Murray Naylor wrote a guide book of historical churches and how you can travel by train. You will not only travel to see the dramatically thrilling five hundred to a thousand year old church's that have survived havoc and that was terrorized.  They have survived war and or invaders robbing it for its gold and other valuables, but the sceneries to get to these brilliant historic places will be by Londons railway. In each chapter there are references of “Getting There”, it tells where your destination is and how to get there. Underneath are “Railway Notes” that tells the history of the rail, how it got there, who was involved and what the future may be in store for.  We get to the history of England's trains from the steam locomotive to diesel locomotives and what else that they are use for, they are not only used for carrying passengers to their destination. This book talks about its early years of transporting iron ore from mines to oil tankers, freight, etc.

 The book provides beautiful pictures of the inside of the churches, windows that contains vividimages of nobles beautifully painted in the East window, Dorchester Abbey and a window in the Howden Minister is gorgeous . There is also a effigy of a medieval knight, Norman pillars, a Saxon church of the seventh century. This book is full of Englands fascinating historical history of its past, the medieval churches are a sight to see along with it wondrous artifacts. Wether you are religious are a history buff this book will catch your eye and learn of its dramatic past and what the future rail might look like for England.

 This book is excellent for those who would want to travel and know how to get to their particular destination and to look upon Englands grandest churches and travel by the best way ever! By train!


About The Author:


A former professional soldier, Murray Naylor has long been fascinated by railways, including how they originated and how they have today been developed into a vital communication service. In recent years he has cultivated a similar interest in some of Britain’s medieval churches, in particular our great Anglican cathedrals and works as a volunteer guide at York Minster. He lives in North Yorkshire and has travelled widely to fulfil these two interests.




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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Book Review from Oh My Bookness: KING ARTHUR, The Mystery Unravelled by Chris Barber

King Arthur: The Mystery Unravelled

By Chris Barber

Publisher: Pen And sword
Publication Date: August 5, 2016
Book Length: 240pgs.
ISBN-10: 1473861829
ISBN-13: 978-1473861824



Book Description:

This book is the culmination of over thirty years of work and research by the author, who is a King Arthur specialist and bestseller. 

The book brings new information to light by examining through a jigsaw of connections throughout Dark Age Britain, especially Wales and Cornwall, as King Arthur is revealed to have been a hereditary King of the ancient land of the Silures in South Wales. 

In this way, Chris Barber has set out to reveal the true identity of King Arthur, whose identity has been obscured by the mists of time and the imaginative embellishments of romantic writers through the ages. After sorting fact from fiction, he not only identifies the Celtic prince who gave rise to the legend of Arthur, but reveals his family background, 6th century inscribed stones bearing his name and those of his contemporaries; locations of his courts, battle sites such as Badon Llongborth and Camlann; the identity of his enemies, the ancient Isle of Avalon and his final resting place.


Book Review:

King Arthur:
The Mystery Unravelled 



Author: Chris Barber  
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
@ohmybookness
May 3, 2017


How many of you, like me, as a kid ever dreamed of a place called Camelot, a King called Arthur, the round table and its knights. Or played pretend. As a kid maybe you were a  knight fighting for Camelot and the Round Table. I know when Merlin was on television I watched every episode ofis it, of course that was a nonfiction tale of Arthur, but who didn't love it? 

King Aurthur was portrayed in many different forms in many nonfiction books and television. The legend of Aurthur pulling the sword out of the stone is legend, but who  he really? Did he ever exist? Sure the History Channel did its research on the legend of King Aurthur, but they didn't really have the answers  either. The legend of King Aurthur is known world wide, Chris Barber had done years of research with many of his colleagues helping him to find the answer. It took years for them to research if England really had a King name Aurthur, or was there a King that went by a different name and somebody wrote about him under a false name? I know I would really like to know so I can stop watching all these documentaries on King Aurthur and they don't know any more than the first minute of the program!

 This book is based on facts of research, dates, Roman soldiers, manuscripts dating back to the ninth-century and earlier. Statements of Aurthur leading his troops into battle, some say he was something less. This book entitles different publications of comments of King Aurthur, also his name was spelled in many different ways, no one knew which was the correct one. Chris goes back to when Britain had fought the Romans and not to mention many other battles. They suggested in King Authurs error there were about twelve battles, there are some historians who have negative views on the subject.

 I am not going to tell you what they discovered, if they did uncover the real King Aurthur or not, you will have to read the book. This book is a little complicated for some to sit down and enjoy, but if that is your preference then this is the book for you. This book “King Aurthur” has a lot of interconnected parts, many dates and complex names for some to get through. This book is composed of various diverse opinions related to King Aurthur, Chris and his team did a wonderful job of completing a exhausting and tremendous research to find out the facts  if there truly is a King name Aurthur. 



About The Author:


Chris Barber is a well-established author with thirty one books published to date. They cover such subjects as mountaineering, industrial archaeology, prehistoric standing stones, and the mysteries and legends of Wales. His skills as a photographer are widely acknowledged and his illustrated lectures are very popular. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded the MBE for ‘Services to the Community and Tourism’ in the 2008 New Year’s Honours list. His many interests and achievements have also been recognised by an entry in ‘Who’s Who in the World’.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bookreview from Oh My Bookness: GREAT SPIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY By Patrick Pesnot

GREAT SPIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY
By Patrick Pesnot



Book Description:
Heroes to some, traitors to others, spies and intelligence officers continue to fascinate and enthral us with their abilities to operate secretly in the shadows. With these mini-biographies of twenty agents of various nationalities (including members of the DGSE, KGB, CIA, MI6 and Mossad), Patrick Pesnot and 'Mr X' bring the reader as close as possible into the world of espionage, though a panorama of intelligence history.

Among the best known of these agents, the reader will find Aldrich Ames, an American accused of spying for the KGB; Eli Cohen, the Israeli spy best known for his espionage work in Syria and Klaus Fuchs, the German-born British agent who helped the USSR to manufacture its atomic bomb in 1949.


Book Review:
GREAT SPIES OF THE 
20TH CENTURY 

Author: Patrick Pesnot 
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
@ohmybookness
March 20, 2017


Wow! This book is CRAZY good! There’s  information that was collected to tell “ALL” about doubles lives of spies, the names , the countries that they conspired with.  Patrick Pesnot starts off introducing the main spies of  the ‘Cambridge Five’, traitors provided prodigious patronage to the Soviets. They betrayed the Queen of England, the Americans, and Germany, just to name a few countries. 

 Just like the movies they had cool  codenames, for instance: codename: ‘Otto’, The ‘Little Father’, the ‘Undertaker’, ‘Hawk’, just to give you a idea of who you will meet inside, but you have to read the book to discover who they are and how close they were aiding the president of the United States. There’s names that you will recognize, Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Nixon, what important role did he have to play? This is a story of espionage, spies turning each other over, and also being disloyal to both sides. You’ll see how the Soviets took care of traitors of espionage, there  were spies that crossed over  because of their expensive living styles, or also being blackmailed because of their homosexuality. When an agent wanted out, it's not so easy to quit because you know too much, the lifestyle of  a double agent of the Soviets. What do you do, you know you have to give something up for your life, it's sad what they gave up.

 If you enjoy a book that takes little effort to read, then this isn't the book for you. There are ‘endnotes’, you must pay close attention to the names and places and dates for there might be a small number by it and for the definition you would have to refer to the ‘endnotes’. 


 With what's going on with the world today in the news, is our own government spying on us? How different spying has become since World War ll read this book and see how they did it then and how long it took them to get caught.


About The Author:
Confidant of 'Mr X' and the host of Rendez-vous avec X, Patrick Pesnot is a journalist and novelist. His non-fiction titles include works on Islamic terrorism and Russian spies. He is also the author of an historical novel, The Regent.



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