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parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 1:11:05 AM)


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ORIGINAL: rogo727

I'ts good that we are all reading books, how about Mr. Warspite1 pick a book in which we all will read. Then we will come back and talk about it.


He would need to have the ability to read...




nelmsm -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 2:20:54 AM)

Leipzig Campaign 1813 by Colonel Frederic Maude. Had a hankering for some Napoleonic histoty.




JFalk68 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 2:51:14 AM)

I am reading the Horus Heresy novels, about 8 books in.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 3:13:53 AM)


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ORIGINAL: nelmsm

Leipzig Campaign 1813 by Colonel Frederic Maude. Had a hankering for some Napoleonic histoty.

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Leipzig Campaign 1813 by Colonel Frederic Maude


And how is it so far??

Also, do you have any other, good, Napoleonic books to recommend?




nelmsm -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 4:31:04 AM)

I'm not far into it yet. It was written in the early 1900's so it's kind of neat to see the direction the intro took comparing the Napoleonic period with the period the author was in. I'm to where he has been going over the Prussian army and it's faults, etc. I picked it up from Amazon on the Kindle for $5.00. I'll take a look at what I've read lately and get back to you on recommendations. I just finished one on the 1814 campaign in France just a bit ago and it was pretty interesting. Of course I was helping playtest the Campaign 1814 game that JTS released today so that helped hold my interest.




AFIntel -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 5:19:55 AM)

Little Ship, Big War by Edward Stafford. It's the history of DE 343 (USS Abercrombie) in the latter half of WWII in the Pacific. The author was an officer on the ship from commissioning to de-commissioning.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 7:47:18 AM)


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ORIGINAL: parusski


quote:

ORIGINAL: rogo727

I'ts good that we are all reading books, how about Mr. Warspite1 pick a book in which we all will read. Then we will come back and talk about it.


He would need to have the ability to read...
Warspite1

I think you are thinking of that illiterate Ohioiaoianain nate25 [8|]




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/5/2012 7:52:37 AM)


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ORIGINAL: rogo727

I'ts good that we are all reading books, how about Mr. Warspite1 pick a book in which we all will read. Then we will come back and talk about it.
Warspite1

I have made a bit of a faux pas and have managed to start three books - all of which are really good. Trouble is finding the time to read and, when I get the time, deciding which one to continue with...too many books, not enough time....

Anyways - at the moment I am reading:

Target London (Christy Campbell) - story of the V1 and V2
German Raiders Of World War II (Agust Karl Muggenthaler) - German auxiliary cruisers of WWII
and OT, but a good read so far - When Genius Failed (Roger Lowenstein) -The failure of Long Term Capital Management in 1998.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/8/2012 7:35:57 PM)


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ORIGINAL: warspite1


quote:

ORIGINAL: rogo727

I'ts good that we are all reading books, how about Mr. Warspite1 pick a book in which we all will read. Then we will come back and talk about it.
Warspite1

I have made a bit of a faux pas and have managed to start three books - all of which are really good. Trouble is finding the time to read and, when I get the time, deciding which one to continue with...too many books, not enough time....

Anyways - at the moment I am reading:

Target London (Christy Campbell) - story of the V1 and V2
German Raiders Of World War II (Agust Karl Muggenthaler) - German auxiliary cruisers of WWII
and OT, but a good read so far - When Genius Failed (Roger Lowenstein) -The failure of Long Term Capital Management in 1998.
Warspite1

Just finished When Genius Failed - can't rate this highly enough. It's especially interesting because it was written before the Lehman debacle so cannot make reference to those events. But the failure of the giant hedge fund - Long Term Capital Managment - contains much the same elements; greed, but more importantly sheer mind-numbing arrogance - hubris in one word. Many of the players involved in the drama were heavily involved in the Lehman failure and the attempts to rescue the bank in 2008 (superby told in the book Too Big To Fail).

Anyway that's out of the way so I can get back to WWII [:)]




SLAAKMAN -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/8/2012 8:46:11 PM)

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What Book Are You Reading at the moment

RE-READING THE RULES TO THE GAME-TO-END-ALL-CAMPAIGNS-FOR-LORD-PARUSSKIS-DEMISE-&-TRANSFORMATION;
http://sites.google.com/site/frenchwifpage/home/world-in-flames-final-edition/rules-erratas




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/8/2012 9:47:13 PM)


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ORIGINAL: SLAAKMAN

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What Book Are You Reading at the moment

RE-READING THE RULES TO THE GAME-TO-END-ALL-CAMPAIGNS-FOR-LORD-PARUSSKIS-DEMISE-&-TRANSFORMATION;
http://sites.google.com/site/frenchwifpage/home/world-in-flames-final-edition/rules-erratas


LOL. You will not provoke me.




SLAAKMAN -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/9/2012 1:36:54 AM)

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LOL. You will not provoke me.

Ambrose wears a pink tutu in a cabaret! Frankenfurter was a better soldier than Eisenhower & Patton put together! Your mama wears your daddies purple underwear! [:'(][:'(][:'(]




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/9/2012 1:44:25 AM)


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ORIGINAL: SLAAKMAN

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LOL. You will not provoke me.

Ambrose wears a pink tutu in a cabaret! Frankenfurter was a better soldier than Eisenhower & Patton put together! Your mama wears your daddies purple underwear! [:'(][:'(][:'(]



BUSY. CoH.

Kiss my fundament.

Busy, playing CoH.

Will kill u later.




Vincenzo Beretta -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/9/2012 2:41:20 AM)

"Pathfinder" RPG manual. It didn't fixed all Dungeons & Dragons 3E problems, but I'm still grateful to God that it exists.




Perturabo -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/9/2012 3:36:05 AM)

Airships at War 1914-1941. Probably the most inaccessible wargame manual, ever. It makes me wonder if anyone has ever played that game.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/14/2012 10:22:51 PM)

I suppose I should add Ostkrieg here to as it got lost in another thread. If you are interested in the Eastern Front - BUY THIS BOOK.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/30/2012 8:12:20 PM)

Has anybody read 1421, and if so, opinions/thoughts please?




Titanwarrior89 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/30/2012 10:19:35 PM)

Boardgame rules, catching back up.




cpdeyoung -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (5/31/2012 2:37:29 AM)

I read two books on the Second World War recently. The first was 'The Storm of War" by Andrew Roberts. This would not be my first pick for a WW2 history, but it does have a feature that might appeal to a war gamer. The author has, as one of his foci a discussion of where the Axis might have made decisions that would have brought them victory. Certainly all of these decision points are familiar to most readers of this forum, but another opinion is interesting. Roberts is careful to show the dark side of the Axis and Soviets, and is careful to show where the West is subject to examination on moral issues also. I think he slips into error, but these are slippery areas. It is not a bad book, but I think there are better.

The second is "The End" by Ian Kershaw. It is fun to start a book where the first two words are "The End". Kershaw deals with the war in Europe from July 1944, just after the attempt on Hitler's life. This is probably not your favorite part of the Second World War, but this book is well worth reading. Kershaw wants to explore why the German nation fought on despite there being no real chance of victory. He shows how horrible the last year of the war was for everyone, but especially Germany, and examines the mechanisms that allowed the battle to continue. I thought his analysis excellent and really, really appreciated this book. Not a military history as such, although it has enough military structure to make the analysis explicable. I highly recommend this book. It is so nice to see a book which is well organized and cogent. If you decide to read this, or have already read it I would like to know what you think of it.

Chuck




Orm -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/3/2012 10:51:45 PM)

I am reading books I read as a youth. At the moment I am at Fear Is the Key by Alistair MacLean.




SLAAKMAN -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/4/2012 2:55:35 PM)

Assignment in Utopia
http://www.amazon.com/Assignment-Utopia-Eugene-Lyons/dp/0837144973

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This 1937 publication is an invaluable eye-witness account of the realities of Communism in the Soviet Union during the early 1930s as Stalin was directing the Soviet Union into a dark period of collectivization, state-engineered famine, show trials, and terror (Lyons also just happened to be in Berlin on the way through just as Hitler was taking power in Germany in January 1933, no doubt a frightening experience for a young leftist Jewish intellectual). Lyons wrote this book to expose the realities of what was happening in the USSR to leftist and liberal readers in the United States who, while not Communists, were inclined to be sympathetic to a "progressive" workers' state at a time when the American economy remained mired in the depths of the Great Depression.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 6:35:28 PM)

Robert Harris - The Fear Index. All very good - typical Harris fare, well written, well paced and difficult to put down..... until the end....which was something of a let down [&:]




TulliusDetritus -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 6:58:09 PM)

Theodor Mommsen's History of Rome, book IV (almost done with it and then book V) [8D]




Orm -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 7:03:55 PM)

Michael Tamelander - Malta : Kriget i Medelhavet 1940-1942. A stonkig good read.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 7:26:03 PM)


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ORIGINAL: warspite1

Robert Harris - The Fear Index. All very good - typical Harris fare, well written, well paced and difficult to put down..... until the end....which was something of a let down [&:]


Recently listened to the audio book version and it was hard to stop listening.

Last night started reading Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace, by Dominic Lieven.

This morning I began the audio book City of Thieves, David Benioff




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 7:38:52 PM)


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ORIGINAL: parusski
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ORIGINAL: warspite1
Robert Harris - The Fear Index. All very good - typical Harris fare, well written, well paced and difficult to put down..... until the end....which was something of a let down [&:]

Recently listened to the audio book version and it was hard to stop listening.

Warspite1

Were you disappointed with the ending too?




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 8:18:54 PM)


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ORIGINAL: warspite1


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ORIGINAL: parusski
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ORIGINAL: warspite1
Robert Harris - The Fear Index. All very good - typical Harris fare, well written, well paced and difficult to put down..... until the end....which was something of a let down [&:]

Recently listened to the audio book version and it was hard to stop listening.

Warspite1

Were you disappointed with the ending too?


There are certainly flaws in the book. I was disappointed Harris did not further explore the ethics of artificial intelligence. The biggest problem is there is no explanation of why Alex was set up. Also, Harris used tech-speak as tension...that does not work. The reason I did not want to stop listening was because I thought he would, at some point, explain things.




warspite1 -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 8:26:21 PM)

Have you read any of his other stuff? I have read - and really enjoyed - Fatherland, Enigma, Pompeii and Archangel.




parusski -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 8:35:13 PM)


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ORIGINAL: warspite1

Have you read any of his other stuff? I have read - and really enjoyed - Fatherland, Enigma, Pompeii and Archangel.

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Enigma


Read and enjoyed those plus Conspirata.




jamesm -> RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? (6/27/2012 9:16:03 PM)

"The Second World War", by Anthony Beevor and I am finding it a thoroughly engrossing read. I am only a third of the way through but from what I read I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.




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