I am alternating between three history books this week: Antonia Fraser’s book on Oliver Cromwell, and two by William L. Shirer” The Nightmare Years and Inside the Third Reich. Last week I reread parts of Stephen Ambrose’s Ike’s Spies. Not a lot of trust running amok in these books. The number of times in the rise of Hitler when there was a possibility and sometimes a strong one that he would be removed or stopped is astounding.
Right now it is just before dawn, the sky with clouds to the east is getting lighter but the sun is still just below the horizon. If I was smart I would go back to bed and finish an attempt at a good night’s sleep. But how often am I smart. So back to Shirer.