Seem's Stalin was murdered, smothered while he slept, he was planning to start WWIII and kill the Jews. Little did he know that USSR was incapable of launching a war. Rather than tell him he was being BSed his lackeys kil him. Great book.
When I become dictator of the world the first thing I will do (OK second after smacking down the grammar police) will be to introduce good books into highschool reading lists. The Hornblower books will be on them.
Cornwell is criticized by some for his historical inaccuracies, some are valid, in particular the Siege of Gawilghur, some are not (soldiers did pee in their rifles to clean them of residuue, they did short load their rifles). Regardless, he is a first rate writer and Sharpe rocks! If you're a guy, you'll like these books! If you're a woman that likes guys, you'll like these books (my wife loves them).
I picked this wonderful book up while in Ireland for vaction. What can you say, Wilde wrote some of the best Fairy Tales for children ever. Beautiful book, buy a copy and give it to your children, better yet read it to them!
The only problem with the Flashman books is, there are too few of them, this is offset by MacDonald's writing in other areas (history, social criticism, etc). Flashman is however, GMF masterwork, scoundrel, liar, and bully he's only redeaming feature is his love for his Elsbeth. Through a series of unfortunate events he falls into a series of adventures he's spectacularly ill equipped to handle.
A little man's attempts to pull down his betters so as to salve his fragile ego; he fails. Maybe it just me, but what person with half a wit doesn't know everyone is screwed up somehow! This is news to Strachey? I just assume people are screwed up from the git go and then see what they do from there. I'm no Anglophile, but Strachey made Gordon a human character to me, I'm sure that wasn't his intent, just goes to show.