[by Mark Safranski / “zen“]
Hitler’s Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper by Danny S. Parker
The Restoration of Rome by Peter Heather
Interestingly enough, the author of The Restoration of Rome is a professor at King’s College London which is also home to the War Studies Department at which a number of friends of ZP have studied and whose scholars have produced many fine books on strategy and military history. Professor Heather has included an array of excellent color photographs in The Restoration of Rome, an expensive choice that few publishers these days willingly go along with but which enhance the readers enjoyment. He is free with the inclusion of maps as well.
I am not familiar with Peiper, though he seemed to have been a swashbuckling character who had earned a reputation for extreme bravery and recklessness on the battlefield. A convicted war criminal in the Malmedy Massacre who had also served on the personal staff of Heinrich Himmler, Peiper died under mysterious circumstances in a raging gun battle in 1976 in Traves, France.