The True Story of Guns N’ Roses: The Last of the Giants by Mick Wall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Many millions of words have already been written about Guns N’ Roses, the old line-up, the new line-up. But none of them have ever really gotten to the truth. Guns N’ Roses has always been a band out of time, the Last of the Giants. They are what every rock band since the Rolling Stones has tried and nearly always failed to be: dangerous. At a time when smiling, MTV-friendly, safe-sex, just-say-no Bon Jovi was the biggest band in the world, here was a band that seemed to have leapt straight out of the coke-smothered pages of the original, golden-age, late-sixties rock scene.
‘Live like a suicide’, the band used to say when they all lived together in the Hell House, their notorious LA home. And this is where Mick Wall first met them, and became part of their inner circle, before famously being denounced by name by Axl Rose in the song ‘Get in the Ring’.
But this book isn’t about settling old scores. Written with the clear head that 25 years later brings you, this is a celebration of Guns N’ Roses the band, and of Axl Rose the frontman who really is that thing we so desperately want him to be: the last of the truly extraordinary, all-time great, no apologies, no explanations, no giving-a-shit rock stars. The last of his kind.
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Wo, what a ride! This book is a crazy and excellent historical exposé of one of the biggest and best rock bands the world has ever seen. A weird and sometimes frustrating story, written in an easy and informal style by a top respected music journalist, I enjoyed this from the first word to the last.
While the GN’R saga is generally well known these days, this book seems to offer the story in a fresh and exciting new way which makes it so much fun to read. It’s current too (published late 2016) so there is plenty of gen on the “reunion” and the pleasantly surprising Axl/DC shows.
I loved it! I recommend it for any fan of Guns N’ Roses and/or rock music in general, and it rates for me as the second best music bio that I’ve read to date after Slash’s own autobiography.
The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WUNDERWAFFE is about the Third Reich’s weapons of last resort, but it is a book unlike any other on the subject.
The author, a former military journalist, has done extensive research on three continents, in the archives of many countries, and he has uncovered a wealth of facts about weapons and weapons systems unknown to the general public. This book is very well documented, and most of the sources have never before been presented in any publication. The main section is an analysis of a research project pertaining to a weapon that officially was and still stands beyond any normal classification-the Wunderwaffe, or, according to German documents, “a weapon decisive for the war.”
After its first release, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WUNDERWAFFE became an instant classic. This fully updated and extended English edition bears the same unique tone of voice and style that defined the original.
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This is probably the most comprehensive book on this topic that I’ve yet seen. I got onto it because many other books on the subject cite this work and it’s author as a source in their own research. Once I found out that there was an English edition available (it was originally published in Polish) I just had to get hold of it.
The book goes over the whole gamut of proposed Nazi wonder weapons, from aircraft and missiles to biological and nuclear weapons research. The depth of Witkowski’s study into these developments is incredible. The main reason that I chose to read it was because it is regarded as one of the best works dealing with the infamous alleged “Die Glocke” (The Bell) device that has been linked with anti-gravity research. There is a section of the book devoted entirely to this subject and it’s fascinating, as much about the people involved with the project (many of whom are quite mysterious and enigmatic) as it is about the technology and physics involved.
Overall it’s a brilliant presentation of some equally brilliant research and well worth the time investment if you’re into military history or speculative ideas.
The Secret History of Extraterrestrials: Advanced Technology and the Coming New Race by Len Kasten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The extraterrestrial presence on Earth is widening and, as we enter the Aquarian Age, will be admitted officially, causing shock and an urgent universal need to understand the social and technological changes derived from our space brothers. A primer for the explosive advances humanity will experience scientifically and spiritually in the coming years, this compendium explores the ET phenomenon and its influence on humanity past and present.
The book surveys contact with ETs and abduction accounts, unexplained public and undisclosed military technology from aliens including anti-gravity devices, exopolitics (the influence of ETs in human affairs), the Iraqi Stargate, the Hybrid Project of alien interbreeding by abduction, Nazi ties to UFOS and their secret underground base in Antarctica, government cover-ups of alien interactions including Roswell, and the transformation triggered by the Hale-Bopp comet.
Based on interviews with people who are witnessing the coming changes as well as those visionaries who are actually bringing them about–including John Mack, Major Jesse Marcel, Paul LaViolette, Robert Bauval, Michael Salla, and Helen Wambach–this book sketches out a breathtaking vision of the planetary revolution just around the corner.
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I started this book not expecting a whole lot, to be honest, but am pleased to report that I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be an interesting read on this always fascinating topic. I’ve read quite a bit over the years about the ET/UFO phenomenon and because of this I was familiar with most of what Kasten presents in the book. However, what he does manage to do is compile it all together well, presenting the various angles of some of the incredible claims that we are (and have been for a long time) being visited by extraterrestrial beings who are actively involved with human affairs. There’s a lot to be absorbed and pondered by the reader in this book, and it’s probably a good starter text on the topic. I would certainly recommend it to anyone new to or inquiring about the subject as I feel that it presents a good overall spread of information.
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The Secret Hunters by Ranulph Fiennes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In 1997 a journal is found in an all weather shelter in Antarctica. Travelling back to England the finder reads an extraordinary story of deprivation, war, survival and the thirst for revenge. It is the autobiography of Derek Jacobs, who as a child was an inmate of the Nazi concentration camps where he saw his mother horrifically abused, particularly by one man. Unlike his mother, he survives the camps and the death march to be brought up in Canada. There, as a young man forging a career in the environment movement, he comes across the same man. The meeting unblocks the suppressed memories of his childhood and Derek savours the heady flavour of revenge. He is co-opted by ‘The Secret Hunters’ and with dogged patience they track their prey through a web of intermediaries, discovering that he and his cohorts believe they can re-establish the fascist state. On a secret mission to mine valuable minerals in the Antarctic Derek confronts him. The result is deadly – but for which man?
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Is it fact or is it fiction? A good question.
This book leaves you wondering if it really is a true story. Basically it’s a story based on a journal found in an abandoned Antarctic hut.
It is the journal of a 55-year-old Jewish Canadian of German descent named Derek Jacobs who had been stranded at the hut in the early 1990s. The journal is Jacobs’ account of his life, from death marches of wartime Germany to the advance of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in 1974, right up to the Arctic, where Jacobs has come as a member of the Secret Hunters, an organization devoted to seeking out Nazi war criminals.
The story is fantastic and I found that I liked to assume that it was true, wanted to believe it. It’s been called fiction by the author due to “several uncheckable facts that forced the decision to label the book as fiction rather than non-fiction”.
Nonetheless, it’s a very interesting story about a man who gets put through the meat grinder a number of times.
I’d love to meet Derek Jacobs…if he really exists at all.