Winter season for me means a big slow down at work. I'm about to finish reading my third book at work already (The Last Escape by John Nichol/Tony Rennell) and have a few other books lined up this winter, but I am not sure if I want to tackle them (mostly reading on lunch break at work, but also when there is nothing to do). The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Mussolini's Italy Winston Churchills 'World War 2' Series So, some heavy reading there. I am looking for additional recommendations too. Preferably first-hand accounts or books that are entertaining (but true) to read. Does anyone know of any Japanese perspective books (written/translated into English) or any other good reads from the 'Axis' side of things? I've read all the usual American books - Stephen Ambrose of course and countless others, so I'm looking to broaden my horizons a bit.