Tag Archives: History

Mike Loades: Swords and Swordsmen

This is a gorgeous book. Pen & Sword have done Mike Loades proud with the production values—it’s nicely laid out, beautifully illustrated, and has a deeply satisfactory heft to it. Even if you don’t recognize his name, Loades may be familiar to you if you watch the occasional historical documentary. I most recently caught sight … Continue reading Mike Loades: Swords and Swordsmen

Arthur Arnold Dietz: Mad Rush For Gold In Frozen North

Good title, eh? (And yes, I’ve written it correctly, with no articles—it does seem as if the author telegraphed the title to his publishers.) In 1914, when he published this memoir of the Klondike Gold Rush, Dietz was a physical director at the YMCA in Los Angeles, as well as being a “playground director” in … Continue reading Arthur Arnold Dietz: Mad Rush For Gold In Frozen North

Angela Gannon & George Geddes: St Kilda – The Last and Outermost Isle

Angela Gannon and George Geddes are  archaeologists with the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Scotland. Both have worked on the islands of St Kilda (Geddes lived there for six months), so they’re well qualified to write this book. St Kilda is that island group you can never quite see on the weather … Continue reading Angela Gannon & George Geddes: St Kilda – The Last and Outermost Isle