May 2016 Archives
Another book I finished recently was "The Hindenburg Disaster" by Jeff Rovin.
I remember reading this book in high school and doing a review of it. I'll have to dig it up if I ever scanned it before tossing it. Edit: had a look but doesn't look like I scanned that book report. Oh well.
This time around I was reading it around Friedrichshafen, which was completely surreal, given that the airship was built there. Not only that, but I was reading it in Friedrichshafen over the 79th anniversary of its explosion in 1937!
It also made mention of the Dachau concentration camp, which we went to while I was reading the book.
And the bad guy's name is Hans Gruber. How funny is that!
Only some of it is factual. The rest of it is all made up for the novel. It has its own theory as to what happened to make it explode.
He didn't include the "oh the humanity" line when quoting the radio broadcast though heh.
The other day I finished reading The Tower, by Richard Martin Stern. I'd read this book a long time ago so my memories of it were pretty vague. Pretty much the only details I remembered were the cause of the original fire (which really was just an aside and didn't make much difference to the rest of the story), as well as the line "And nylon melts."
It was strange reading it post 9/11, given that the north tower features in the book.