Review: Surviving the Angel of Death

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in AuschwitzSurviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recieved this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is phenomenal.

I actually put off reading this book a couple of times, mainly because I wasn’t really in the mood for depressing subjects. Which was a pretty big mistake because while this is a memoir of an Auschwitz survivor, it is one of the most uplifting and inspirational books I’ve read in quite a while.

Eva Moses Kor along with her twin sister, witnessed true evil, barely managing to make it out alive. They went through a hell most will never know, and at such a pivotal time in their young lives. The torture they went through was horrendous, yet it is delivered in such a poetic way, focusing rather on Eva’s drive to survive. As the reader you still feel the sadness for the victims, and the anger towards Hitler, and those who believed his propaganda; we just get reminded that no other persons actions, regardless of the severity can define you.

The brilliant retelling of Eva’s memories into a more youth-friendly read, is a huge part of the success of this book. For the general population (i.e., the non-history buffs) young and old alike, Surviving the Angel of Death shows the unimaginable dehumanisation that Hitler and his Nazis forced upon the Jewish population in a way that is more approachable than we are accustomed to.

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Review: Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada

Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and CanadaYour Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada by Robert Bothwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love history, I love learning about our past and how we got to be where we are today. I loved history in school and –while it took me longer to read than I want to admit– I loved this book.

The book, which presents the history of our countries, reads much smoother than a textbook and made the history more understandable.

Not only did I learn–possibly relearn– a ton about our histories that I hadn’t known before, but I feel like I’ve understood it better.

This book is a must read for all history (Canadian/American specialties for sure) nerds, and anyone who is weary, but wants to know more.

Definitely wish I could of had this in school.