Sunday, September 26, 2010

Two awesome things

1) There's a book out there, nonfiction, titled Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Search for Treasure, Religious Freedoms--and Revenge. Am I going to read it? Of course I am. There's bound to be a novel or three in there, though I'm probably not the one to write it.

2) Did you know that the British had a piper with them for their landing on Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day? I didn't, either, but that's pretty damn awesome, IMHO.


  1. Unfortunately, the book isn't as cool as its title. It's filled with a lot of "You can easily imagine it happened like this" speculation, and the author presents as fact a Jewish conspiracy to break the New World away from Spain based on confessions extracted by the Inquisition (because of course, who would lie to the Inquisition?). There's some good stuff in there but it's heavily smothered by fool's gold.

  2. Thanks, Fraser! I'll definitely take it with a grain of salt.