Whaleoil Book Club

Every so often we ask what people are reading.  This is last night’s haul thanks to Nige.


EveryWhichWayButLeft suggested:

Panzer Leader by General Heinz Guderian.
“Autobiography from the father of Blitzkrieg. A challenging [difficult] read, but an essential part of any WWII reading list and an incredible insight into German Supreme Command and Hitler’s disastrous meddling in military operations.”

Wally Betts’ Sock suggested:

“Hitler’s Warrior” : The Life And Wars Of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper”
by Danny S. Parker

“A really interesting biography of Peiper, who was tried for his alleged part in the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge and initially sentenced to death. The sentence was subsequently commuted to a term of imprisonment, after which he was ‘rehabilitated’ into West German society with the assistance of ex-SS colleagues. He later emigrated to Eastern France but was ultimately murdered in 1976 by persons unknown.

The book emphasises the difference between attitudes in the Wehrmacht and the SS towards Nazi ideology and the conduct of warfare, but also details the ways in which many ex-SS officers returned to ‘normal’ life in 1960s West Germany.”


Des suggested:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“Crime and punishment has many themes, including love and betrayal, lies and fake news, socialism vs capitalism, fear and loathing, madness and sanity, wealth and poverty (actual poverty), to name but a few. It’s about good people doing bad things and bad people doing good things. It jumps around a lot, can be confusing, but ultimately a satisfying read that lingers in the mind long after you’ve finished reading. Highly recommended..”

Gasaxe suggested:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullinna Simmons

The siege of Leningrad …(actually a bit of a love story, but paints a good picture of the times)

LabTested suggested:

Cannibal Jack by Trevor Bentley


“The true story of Jack Marmom who deserted a whaling ship & lived with Maori in the early 1800’s. He partook in cannibalism & fought with Maori in inter tribal wars. Gives a very good insight into early NZ European-Maori contact & the build up to the musket wars.



The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga


“Winner of the 2008 Booker prize. Fictional account of growing up in rural India. Political corruption on a grand scale. with murder thrown in. A surprisingly good read.”


David suggested:

The Captain Class by Sam Walker

“Great book on how great teams work. Only the All Blacks have 2 captains included in the book”


sarahmw suggested The Dead Key by DM Pulley

“About the master key to safe boxes. Mystery.

Great read one of Amazon Kindle books.”


Carl suggested David Jason My Life Autobiography by David Jason


“If you are a bit of fan of his as I am it is a fantastic read.

As Del boy would say “He is my most favourite actor”


jelsie suggested The rules of backyard cricket by Jock Serong


“Australian novel set in the world of cricket with a side order of crime”



Pumpkin flowers
by Matti Friedman

‘Memoir of an Israeli soldier during the Lebanon war”


XCIA suggested Famous Science Fiction Stories by George Pal

Adventures in Time and Space


“Last year, I was watching a documentary which included segments on the U2 program. Prior to his last mission, it showed Gary Powers sitting in a dispersal room reading a book, which happened to be the one above. Curious, I searched for some time and found one, signed by the author in Bolerium Books, San Francisco”


Vutekno suggested Jam Sandwiches by Greg Fowler


“A delightful novel by a NZ author about Eddy a Down Syndrome orphan. Truly lovely story.
Self published in 2013.”


Paul Nige.suggested The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom

“The fall and rise of successive civilisations. (non fiction)”


Scotia suggested Human Traces by Sebastian Faulkes

“A humane & daringly serious novel of the vagaries of the humane mind.”


crigsnz suggested Without you there is no us by Suki Kim


“A true story about a South Korean who infiltrates a christian missionary school in North Korea. A really interesting look at her life in North Korea as a teacher to the sons of the elite of North Korea before Kim Il Sung died.



China Witness, voices from a silent generation
by Xinran


“Xinran is a Chinese woman who ended up in broadcasting in China. She moves to America & then goes back to China to interview the generation that grew up & lived through the cultural revolution. An interesting collection of people’s recollections of what they went through.”

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