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Van Van -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (3/16/2012 1:21:05 AM)

<With the old Breed - at Peleliu and Okinawa> Eugene Sledge




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 11:26:59 AM)

This time last year I read the German Invasion of Norway and the Battle for Norway - two books by Geirr H H Haarr. Reading about the Tirpitz recently has put me in mind to re-visit these top quality, excellent books. Thoroughly recommend these.





Halsey -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 11:37:37 AM)

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Mushasi




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 1:42:14 PM)

Just finished Cujo by Stephen King.

Started reading The Blue and the Gray, Henry Steel Commager.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 2:39:41 PM)

I suspect young natester is reading "Learning to read with Janet and John" I found that useful when I was four.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 2:43:09 PM)


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ORIGINAL: warspite1

I suspect young natester is reading "Learning to read with Janet and John" I found that useful when I was four.


How would we know. Since he can't read he has no idea this thread exists. He has me access his computer remotely, daily, and read threads to him. SAD.




nate25 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 2:55:34 PM)


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Tom Segev - One Palestine, Complete

Obviously, about the British Mandate in Palestine after the Great War.

Good stuff.


I kan rede. I m stil lerning two spel.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:00:51 PM)


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ORIGINAL: nate25


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ORIGINAL: nate25

Tom Segev - One Palestine, Complete

Obviously, about the British Mandate in Palestine after the Great War.

Good stuff.


I kan rede. I m stil lerning two spel.



That was actually written by me, for Natie.




nate25 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:05:50 PM)

But I told him which letters to use.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:06:06 PM)


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ORIGINAL: nate25


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ORIGINAL: nate25

Tom Segev - One Palestine, Complete

Obviously, about the British Mandate in Palestine after the Great War.

Good stuff.


I kan rede. I m stil lerning two spel.



That was actually written by me, for Natie.
Warspite1

He must be pleased to have two real friends like us looking after him.

I can understand too. If one of my relations was responsible for the slaughter of 15,000 townsfolk I would not want to be able to read about it.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:09:58 PM)

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Warspite1

He must be pleased to have two real friends like us looking after him.

I can understand too. If one of my relations was responsible for the slaughter of 15,000 townsfolk I would not want to be able to read about it.


Agree. But as somehow we are waaaaaay off topic again. Time for ADHD meds.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:31:34 PM)


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Warspite1

He must be pleased to have two real friends like us looking after him.

I can understand too. If one of my relations was responsible for the slaughter of 15,000 townsfolk I would not want to be able to read about it.


Agree. But as somehow we are waaaaaay off topic again. Time for ADHD meds.
Warspite1

Can you stop taking this off topic please???

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warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:33:09 PM)

This morning I ordered Roskill's The War at Sea from Amazon. Any one read this? Comments if so?




nate25 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:41:42 PM)

Ambrose liked it. Raved about it. Couldn't put it down.

"The 21st century's definitive work on naval warfare." - Ambrose, Bookbuyer's Club




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 3:45:34 PM)


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Ambrose liked it. Raved about it. Couldn't put it down.

"The 21st century's definitive work on naval warfare." - Ambrose, Bookbuyer's Club


You have learned much grasshopper. LOL.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 4:00:22 PM)


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ORIGINAL: nate25

Ambrose liked it. Raved about it. Couldn't put it down.

"The 21st century's definitive work on naval warfare." - Ambrose, Bookbuyer's Club
Warspite1

I wasn't asking you young natester......for obvious reasons [;)]




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 4:04:14 PM)

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ORIGINAL: warspite1

This morning I ordered Roskill's The War at Sea from Amazon. Any one read this? Comments if so?

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Roskill's The War at Sea


Looks interesting, let me know how you like it.

I, for some odd reason, have never read much about naval warfare. So I will take this opportunity to ask you for recommendations of WW2 naval warfare books.




JW -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 4:51:05 PM)

Just finished Les Miserable. Great, great book.

But since have read a short sci-fi Kindle novel and am reading another.

Read Into the Black: Odyssey One by Evan Currie and currently reading Aurora: CV-01 by Ryk Brown. Both are space opera type novels in which untested Earth faster-than-light spaceships find themselves in unexpected conflicts in unexpected places. Fun, light reads.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 6:49:36 PM)


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ORIGINAL: warspite1

This morning I ordered Roskill's The War at Sea from Amazon. Any one read this? Comments if so?

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Roskill's The War at Sea


Looks interesting, let me know how you like it.

I, for some odd reason, have never read much about naval warfare. So I will take this opportunity to ask you for recommendations of WW2 naval warfare books.
Warspite1

Some really good books - either entirely naval or with a large naval element:

The German Invasion of Norway
The Battle for Norway - both by Geirr H Haarr - concentrates on the naval aspects of the Weserubung.
Target Tipitz - Patrick Bishop - the Navy and Air Force attempts to destroy the battleship
The Battle for the Middle Sea - Vincent O'Hara - Naval war in the Mediterranean
Bismarck - Zetterling and Tamelander - the story of the Bismarck
The Price of Disobedience - Eric Grove - the search and destruction of the Graf Spee
Bywater - William Honan - the stroy of the man "who invented the Pacific War"
The Forgotten Fleet John Winton - the story of the British Pacific Fleet
The Sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse - Middlebrook and Mahoney - the sinking of Force Z
Convoy SC122 + HX229 - Martin Middlebrook - story of what is considered the height of the Battle of the Atlantic
The Real Cruel Sea - Richard Woodman - the battle of the Atlantic
Shattered Sword - Parshall and Tully - the definitive account of the Battle of Midway
Guadalcanal - Frank - the definitive account of the campaign
On Seas Sontested - Vincent O'Hara - a look at the main navies of WWII.
Gamp VC - Brian Izzard - a look at the life of one of the RN's most successful submariners Anthony Miers VC

I would recommend any of those without hesitation.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 7:15:30 PM)

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Warspite1

Some really good books - either entirely naval or with a large naval element:

The German Invasion of Norway
The Battle for Norway - both by Geirr H Haarr - concentrates on the naval aspects of the Weserubung.
Target Tipitz - Patrick Bishop - the Navy and Air Force attempts to destroy the battleship
The Battle for the Middle Sea - Vincent O'Hara - Naval war in the Mediterranean
Bismarck - Zetterling and Tamelander - the story of the Bismarck
The Price of Disobedience - Eric Grove - the search and destruction of the Graf Spee
Bywater - William Honan - the stroy of the man "who invented the Pacific War"
The Forgotten Fleet John Winton - the story of the British Pacific Fleet
The Sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse - Middlebrook and Mahoney - the sinking of Force Z
Convoy SC122 + HX229 - Martin Middlebrook - story of what is considered the height of the Battle of the Atlantic
The Real Cruel Sea - Richard Woodman - the battle of the Atlantic
Shattered Sword - Parshall and Tully - the definitive account of the Battle of Midway
Guadalcanal - Frank - the definitive account of the campaign
On Seas Sontested - Vincent O'Hara - a look at the main navies of WWII.
Gamp VC - Brian Izzard - a look at the life of one of the RN's most successful submariners Anthony Miers VC

I would recommend any of those without hesitation.


Sounds good. Thanks warpedmind.




J P Falcon -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 7:41:19 PM)

Just finished reading this and getting ready to play that:


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Capt. Harlock -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 9:26:07 PM)

"The Better Angels of Our Natures" by Stephen Pinker. He puts together a very interesting case for the decline of not just warfare but all kinds of violence over the last three centuries. (WWI and WWII are shown to be statistical aberrations, and indeed he has a graph which makes it look plausible.) Note that Pinker is actually a scholar of linguistics rather than history, so there are some points to disagree with.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 9:36:21 PM)


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"The Better Angels of Our Natures" by Stephen Pinker. He puts together a very interesting case for the decline of not just warfare but all kinds of violence over the last three centuries. (WWI and WWII are shown to be statistical aberrations, and indeed he has a graph which makes it look plausible.) Note that Pinker is actually a scholar of linguistics rather than history, so there are some points to disagree with.
Warspite1

He should take a walk through our inner cities after dark then; I'm sure he would change his mind......




nate25 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 9:40:56 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock

"The Better Angels of Our Natures" by Stephen Pinker. He puts together a very interesting case for the decline of not just warfare but all kinds of violence over the last three centuries. (WWI and WWII are shown to be statistical aberrations, and indeed he has a graph which makes it look plausible.) Note that Pinker is actually a scholar of linguistics rather than history, so there are some points to disagree with.


Might be an interesting read.

I struggle with violence declining, though. IMO folks are becoming much more hardened and callous toward one another.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 9:44:59 PM)


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ORIGINAL: nate25


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ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock

"The Better Angels of Our Natures" by Stephen Pinker. He puts together a very interesting case for the decline of not just warfare but all kinds of violence over the last three centuries. (WWI and WWII are shown to be statistical aberrations, and indeed he has a graph which makes it look plausible.) Note that Pinker is actually a scholar of linguistics rather than history, so there are some points to disagree with.


Might be an interesting read.

I struggle with violence declining, though. IMO folks are becoming much more hardened and callous toward one another.

Warspite1

Joking aside I suspect that as living standards rise generally, and life becomes "easier" and more "comfortable" so there is a
lessening need to resort to violence. However, I believe we humans are programmed with emotions that have evolved over thousands of years, and resorting to violence will always be there waiting for a trigger - be it hunger, envy, hatred or whatever.




ilovestrategy -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/8/2012 9:49:59 PM)

Reading Shattered Sword again for the fourth or fifth time. My wife asked me a couple of days ago,"are you reading that book AGAIN?".




RedArgo -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/9/2012 1:53:14 PM)

I really like Shattered Sword too.

I'm currently reading Hornblower and the Hotspur. The Hornblower books were recently release as e-books for $6, so I've been buying them up. We go on vacation next week and I'm going to read the latest Honor Harrington book A Rising Thunder. Reviews don't look so good, but I've liked all the rest of the series and I'll have a lot of free time.




Perturabo -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/11/2012 4:32:02 AM)

Iwan Lutow, Piotr Sahajdak Infantry Battalion as an Airborne Assault. I have found it in a used book store about a week ago. It caught my eye with a photo of soldiers running out of Mil Mi-4 helicopters. I immediately bought it.
It turned out that it's a Soviet military manual from 1969 translated and printed by Polish ministry of defence in 1972 and the introduction says that that it was published for soldiers. It's the first time I saw a communist-era military manual in a store.According to it one of the main uses of airborne assault units is securing objects hit by a nuclear strike almost immediately after the explosion. Facinating stuff.




Vincenzo Beretta -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/11/2012 12:49:59 PM)


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ORIGINAL: ilovestrategy

Reading Shattered Sword again for the fourth or fifth time. My wife asked me a couple of days ago,"are you reading that book AGAIN?".


When I first read "Shattered Sword" I was surprised by how the book is often quite funny ("...Don't worry, the bombing will resume promptly" [:D])

Currently reading:

"Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq", by Thomas E. Ricks
and
"Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves", by Andrew Ross Sorkin

The interesting thing about these two books is how one can switch reading between them without losing the thread.




H Gilmer -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (4/11/2012 1:16:35 PM)

Speaking of funny reading. I read Toland's The Rising Sun? I think that was what it was - as a teenager. I was a voracious reader then and read anything I could get my hands on. Anyway, there was one part that was pretty funny about Pearl Harbor when one of the Japanese pilots told the radio operator/rear gunner to radio back something to the ship and the reply was, "I can't. I shot the antenna off."

I'm reading "The Queen's Oranges". Historical fiction. I can't get enough of historical fiction about England for some reason. But my next foray into historical fiction will be a Hangman's Daughter book. The 2nd one. The Dark Monk comes out June or July. I'm also going to look into historical fiction set during the American Revolution.




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