This book is about war and peace, about tragedies and triumphs, new beginnings and the good life that followed. Interspersed with humorous anecdotes and observations, the story continues, showing a slow deterioration and change in our society.
Having gone through a World War and lived to tell about it is great, looking forward to another one is not on the list of priorities, "War is Hell" - nobody wishes that.
At the end of the Second World War in 1945, the United Nations (UN) was formed to prevent another World War like the one that had just ended. The following decades brought renewed and fresh life to many, and Canada and America were again “Lands of opportunity.” Since then, many changes have taken place in technology, the economy, and morality.
Extreme ideologies and terrorism are becoming more commonplace. Wars and rumours of wars have Canada and America involved in many conflicts around the world; is the UN failing as a peacekeeper? Have we expected too much from an organization that now cannot even control itself. How long before we lose it all to the “New World Order?” Who will bring peace and what is the answer?
NEW BOOK AWARDS
When Reality Hits -
from WWII to the New World Order
AUTHOR: Arthur Berm
The first winner is a book in the Biography / Memoir category that really is a heavy hitter. It came out last year and is a historical non-fiction collection of Biographical Essays on "The State Of Humanity". The book is called When Reality Hits - from WWII to the New World Order by Arthur Berm who lives in British Columbia…
“Enter late 1945, at the end of the Second World War. The United Nations congregates for the first time, with the intention of preventing another catastrophic collapse of human empathy. In the following decades, under its guidance, the countries of Earth entered into a new era of peace, rejuvenation and fresh determination to build a better world for the next generation. For many, North America shone as a beacon of hope, untouched by the ravages of war. Yet, the headlines today are filled with religious zealotry from all corners of the planet, the collapse of economies, the rise of pandemics, and extremism runs rampant, unchecked by governing bodies. Wars, and rumours of war, haunt Canada and America – where is the United Nations we placed our faith in? Where is human compassion and decency? Have we lost the world we worked so hard to create to the “New World Order?” When Reality Hits, is a scathing review of the current state of North America, and the world at large. The book is based on personal recollections of a world at war, the author Arthur Berm, through anecdote and information pulled from today's headlines, makes the case for a world governed by values, rather than validation of the self.
It is a memoir and essay collection that should be on the shelf of every concerned citizen.”
The Awards Judge Organization
Book Review: by Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 stars! May 16 2015
Reviewed By Roy T. James for Readers’ Favorite
When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm is not one of those stories where one says, as the author tells it, “Oh! That reminds me,” and bores some poor soul with its narration. The book begins with a quote from Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything,” presumably propelling the author to say what he says. Put to work by SS soldiers, made to strip jewels, including their golden teeth, from the bodies of Jewish victims, staying alive became a full time job involving much skill. The author details how he experienced the ending of the Second World War, the retreat of the Germans, his involvement with national reconstruction efforts, and finally emigrating to Canada for a new start in life. All events stand out, his experiences with the aboriginal Canadian Indians, the friendship with a Scottish family having two girls and falling in love with one of them to wed and bed, saving electricity by ironing only the visible portion of a shirt, and a horde of topics of contemporary interest, like euthanasia, cloning or the school curriculum. This book also offers a good discussion on controversial topics, like overdoing political correctness, global warming, or trade balance.
When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm is a thorough book. I could not find a matter of contemporary interest not covered by the author. Touching on all sides of human transactions and affinities, and giving due attention to the changing environment, this book is a welcome addition to our literary wealth, especially about the topics we generally take for granted, are uncomfortable with, or that are contentious.
Book Review: By Bookbzz
When Reality Hits by Arthur Berm
Age group: Adult. Suggested minimum Age: Any
What we say......
Berm expresses an alternate political view at odds with the common consensus. He argues against collectivism in favour of a doctrine where individuals should take responsibility for their own actions and the role of the state should shrink. Expanding this view internationally he challenges the view that organizations such as the UN should have an expanding role in affairs.
The reference to "Being at odds with the common consensus etc." is based on the present British political climate.
Book Review: By Writer's Digest
2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
December 29 2014
The author makes a bold, powerful connection between his childhood in Holland during World War II. The author's background and life experience set this book, and its ideas, apart from other works on the future of world power. The book is part memoir, part history, part political commentary, part future prediction. The book will appeal most to readers who want to learn from history to see where the signs of today's world are pointing. The author addresses apt modern day social, political, economic, and global issues with so many topics the book seems to fly quickly. It sacrifices depth for breadth. The pace of the book is quick and energetic. The author's tone is opinionated and at times indignant, but also motivated by care for people, as individuals and on the whole. He speaks from observation more than research, so readers looking for an academic approach will find the book insubstantial, but those who want a more subjective discussion will find the book satisfying. The writing is conversational, but often wordy; occasionally the ideas, on a sentence level, aren't quite clear. The cover, title, and subtitle don't give a full sense of what the book is about though the image does aptly convey that the author is not optimistic about the future.
“Judge, 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest
Self-Published eBook Awards.”
In the book there is Hope for the Future:
"What I am concerned about is the fact that people are dying all around us every day, and they haven’t prepared for their future. And I am concerned about the fact that I haven’t told all the people around me that my future is secure and that their lives may also be secure. I’ve missed so many opportunities to tell my friends and people I meet about the GOD who loves them. You must know that there is life after death, and you can have a future because JESUS also paid your ransom, HE paid the price."
Eiain's review Jan 07, 15
4 of 5 stars
A good read on Goodreads. I was not to sure what to expect, especially due to the varied subjects. The author writes well and I felt as though I was not reading and in fact was being spoken to. The book focuses on apathy and the change that has gone on quite unnoticed to us due to apathy. Everything is covered including religion, terrorism (which seems to go hand in hand), government, global warming and much more. As said, a good read and a little bit of an eye opener.
Evelyn's review Oct 16, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read in October, 2014
I received this book from Goodreads giveaway.
When Reality Hits was not quite, what I expected, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This book covered topics that have been forefront in the news since WW II. The flow of this book fascinated me; in my experience, books on history can be very dry. If more authors that write history would take this kind of approach, I believe students would genuinely want to read about history. Thank you Arthur for this well written book.
An important book. Highly recommended!
July 13 2014
An important book. Highly recommended!
July 13 2014