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  • By Marlou Norman
    Oct 15, 2009
    As I know Dave for nearly a decade now, it was strange at first to read this book, as it was a completely different person from the way I saw him. I didn't know his past in great detail and it was fascinating to read about it. It wasn't an easy time and for me it was an absolute eye-opener on some matters that I didn't know much about. Dave, your book is great and I hope many other people will read it and enjoy it as much as I did. Love Marlou
  • By Jos Kuerten
    Jun 27, 2006
    ""Message from the Colonel" by David Spencer" It does not happen often that I come across a book as gripping and authentic as this one, "Message from the Colonel", written by Mr. David Spencer. As far as reading goes, my main interests are contemporary history and historical novels. It seems that the book under review here is both at the same time. Although, obviously, "Message from the Colonel" is an autobiography, and, as such, a work of contemporary history, in several aspects it also qualifies as a novel. There is a clear story line and the reader is able to discern a development as the story unfolds. I have certainly read quite a large number of novels that, in terms of narrative and story telling, could not compete with Mr. Spencer's book. However, the great strength of "Message from the Colonel" lies in its documentary character, a condition any history book should fulfil. The autobiography reveals many fascinating and yet... More > frightening sides of an era that, I guess, most of those living in Europe today would be convinced is definitely gone by. But is it, really? One of the basic tenets of the author himself is precisely that the dangers unmasked in his book are still lurking in the background today, ready to manifest themselves. In this sense, "Message from the Colonel" is a message to all citizens concerned about civic society, about fundamental rights and about the inviolable principle of equality of all human beings, irrespective of their intrinsic qualities. It is not for nothing that the author draws an interesting and intriguing parallel between the plight of members of certain minorities under the reign of terror that, not that long ago, ruled over vast territories of Europe and what happened to himself. Although at first sight this comparison might seem far-fetched and even shocking, the very purpose and underlying idea of the book actually imply that it is not. On the contrary. One could argue that human dignity is always, even under the best of circumstances, at risk. No historical period, no culture is exempt from attempts at this one of the most basic achievements of civilisation. The author deserves praise for having found the courage to bear witness to what he experienced and for doing so in an eloquent, honest and captivating manner, with an eye for detail and an obvious talent for story telling. The reader does not even have to get beyond the – in my view marvellous - opening sentences of the first chapter, entitled "David; 'Unto yourself be true'" to realise that this is an extraordinary book that is not likely to be forgotten by anyone who has read it. Personally, I highly recommend "Message from the Colonel" to anyone interested in contemporary history, history of the (British) armed forces, sexual identity and human relations in general. Mr. Spencer has presented a well written and thoroughly documented and researched autobiography, for which he is to be congratulated.< Less
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Bound Biographies
January 20, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.73 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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