By A.A. Gill
The finest TV critic of our time talks about Sport, Sitcoms, News, the Weather, Children's programmes and 'Reality Television'.A.A. Gill has been the must-read television critic in the SUNDAY TIMES 'Culture' section for more than ten years. This collection of some of the best writing from his columns is broken down into themes - Sport, Costume Drama, Detectives, Children's Television, and News. And now it's over to A.A. Gill:'Those who complain, usually from the Parnassian heights of print journalism, that TV is dumbed-down and peddles dross to the lowest common denominator, citing Big Brother or Celibate Love Island, miss the point...In barely a generation, the information from television has changed the way we see the world and everyone in it. That's no small achievement. Television really does make a difference... It can bring down walls, save lives and right wrongs. It can also tell you how to put a water feature on your patio...'
Plotting Hitler's Death
By Joachim Fest
The definitive and fascinating account of the many German plots to kill Hitler.PLOTTING HITLER'S DEATH brings the full story of German resistance against the Nazis to a popular audience. Time and again, small numbers of Germans, civilian and military, noble and ignoble, schemed to topple the Fuhrer, and on several occasions they came within minutes - or inches - of succeeding. Fest recounts the famous 1944 attempt and the lesser known 1938 attempt to topple Hitler. He also recounts the numerous isolated individuals and conspirators that plotted against the dictator. As powerful and compelling as any thriller, this vivid and absorbing account explores why they tried, why they found so little support either in Germany or outside it, and why they failed.