My Favorite Reads of 2021

Targeted: My Inside Story of Cambridge Analytica and How Trump and Facebook Broke Democracy by Brittany Kaiser

The eyewitness account of the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica, including the dealings with Trump’s election campaign. An eyeopener in terms of data privacy and the power of Facebook.
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The Murder of Mr Moonlight: How sexual obsession, greed and arrogance led to the killing of an innocent man – the definitive story behind the trial that gripped the nation by Catherine Fegan

In what resulted in Ireland’s longest running murder trial, this is the story of the murder of Bobby Ryan, and how it came to light that the man who had ‘discovered’ the body was actually behind the crime. This is a very detailed account by Catherine Fegan, and is hard to put down once you start reading.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Hitler: Downfall: 1939-1945 by Volker Ullrich

Part two of Volker Ullrich’s expansive biography of Hitler, focusing on the war years. A real masterpiece that deserves its place with the best Hitler biographies.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Inside Hitler’s Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest

Joachim Fest brings us inside the last desperate days of Third Reich with a focus on Hitler’s degenerating mental state in the bunker and the events leading up to his suicide.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

In The Bunker With Hitler by Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven

Loringhoven was a staff officer assigned to the Führerbunker in 1945 with the responsibility of preparing status updates for Hitler. This is a fascinating account from someone who was actually there.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

The Hitler Conspiracies: The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination by Richard J. Evans

I usually read anything new that is published by Evans, and this is a very interesting collection of thoughts. The book focuses on five claims that involve Hitler and the Nazi party, and analyzes each one in great detail – 1) that the Jewish people were conspiring to undermine civilization, as outlined in ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, 2) that the German army was ‘stabbed in the back’ in 1918, 3) that the Nazi’s were responsible for the Reichstag fire of February 1933, 4) that Rudolf Hess’ flight to the UK in 1941 was sanctioned by Hitler to agree peace terms with Churchill, and 5) that Hitler escaped the bunker to Argentina in 1945.
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Beyond Evil: Inside the Twisted Mind of Ian Huntley by Nathan Yates

Perhaps one of the most memorable crimes of the early 21st century. This book by investigative journalist Nathan Yates is at times a tough read, but nonetheless an insight into the sick mind of Ian Huntley and his partner.
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness by Sinclair McKay

In February 1945 the Allies obliterated the city of Dresden, with an estimated 25,000 people killed. This account by McKay is a minute by minute account from the perspective of both people on the ground in Dresden and the bomber crews above.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of America’s Most Elusive Serial Killer by Robert Graysmith

The classic book on the Zodiac case, by a man who has been fascinated by the Zodiac killings since the beginning.
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston

A brilliant account of the life and times of Robert Maxwell, the media tycoon who died in suspicious circumstances aboard his yacht in 1991, just days before it was realized he had plundered the pension funds of the group of companies he controlled with an estimated 726m of missing cash.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5