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Current book... - 10/21/2008 7:31:58 PM   
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..you're reading and recomendations?
I'm on the last chapter of Richard Frank's Guadalcanal, I think I'll be reading The USS Arizona (Hardcover) next.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 7:58:37 PM   
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"Guns, Germs and Steel", by Jared Diamond

It explains the reasons why Eurasian civilizations ended up "on top" while the natives of the Americas, Australia and Polynesia didn´t. He shows that this has nothing to do with race or culture, but instead (in a nutshell) with the availability of food crops and domesticable animal species, which our ancestors had or could introduce, and the natives of the Americas, Australia, Polynesia and much of Africa didn´t have (for the most part) or could not get from anywhere.
Well written, very informative, and a good antidote to racist pseudoscience - I really recommend it.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 8:53:06 PM   
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Kharkov 1942 Anatomy of a Military Disaster by David M. Glantz

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 9:02:06 PM   
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20th Century Battlefields....famous battles of the 20th Century in quick read mode...very good and a "lite" insight into some major battles.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 9:25:44 PM   
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Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 9:35:04 PM   
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quote:

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"Guns, Germs and Steel", by Jared Diamond

It explains the reasons why Eurasian civilizations ended up "on top" while the natives of the Americas, Australia and Polynesia didn´t. He shows that this has nothing to do with race or culture, but instead (in a nutshell) with the availability of food crops and domesticable animal species, which our ancestors had or could introduce, and the natives of the Americas, Australia, Polynesia and much of Africa didn´t have (for the most part) or could not get from anywhere.
Well written, very informative, and a good antidote to racist pseudoscience - I really recommend it.


Bizarrely enough, that's the one I just picked off my stack of 'To be read' to read next!

Just the first book in Harry Turtledove's Settling Accounts series, Return Engagement. First book of his I've ever read, and I quite liked it.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 9:41:14 PM   
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Hitler and Stalin, Parallel Lives

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 10:28:57 PM   
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Heidegger's Confrontation with Modernity: Technology, Politics, Art By Michael Zimmerman

Recommended if you're interested in the intellectual atmosphere in Germany in the 30s and 40s. Not an easy read but what I understand of it is pretty fascinating.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 10:30:20 PM   
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The Hundred Years War Vols 1+2 by Jonathan Sumption.

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 10:36:15 PM   
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Civil War: A Narrative. Volume 1, Fort Sumter to Perryville. A huge book which I'm only a third of the way thru with 2 larger ones (Volumes 2 & 3) to go after I'm finished this one!!


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..you're reading and recomendations?
I'm on the last chapter of Richard Frank's Guadalcanal, I think I'll be reading The USS Arizona (Hardcover) next.


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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 11:00:42 PM   
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Actually: W.S. Churchill: "The Second World War". But only the one volume edition. (that´s enough, as it has 1000+ pages )

Recommendations:
Ian Kerhaw: "Hitler"
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitler-1936-1945-Nemesis-Allen-History/dp/0140272399/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224626719&sr=1-3
(didn´t find a link for the complete edition)

G.L. Weinberg: "A World at Arms. A Global History of WWII".
http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Arms-Global-History-War/dp/0521443172/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224626602&sr=8-2

(naturally i´m reading those books in german translation. )

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RE: Current book... - 10/21/2008 11:50:52 PM   
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Island of Fire by Jason D. Mark - Stalingrad Battle for the Barricades Gun Factory (Tactical Level, daily battle reports November 42 - February 43). Perfect book for ASL/Steel Panthers fans...

http://www.leapinghorseman.com/proddetail.php?prod=0975107631


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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 12:02:11 AM   
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Absolute War - Soviet Russia in the Second World War by Chris Bellamy.

http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/display_title.asp?ISBN=9780330488082&Author=Bellamy,%20Chris


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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 1:31:02 AM   
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The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham.

Very interesting read on a war I knew little about. Makes me want to dig out my 3.5" floppies of "Age of Rifles" and have a go at the battle of Colenso.

http://www.amazon.com/Boer-War-Illustrated-Thomas-Pakenham/dp/0679430474/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224635229&sr=1-2

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 1:58:06 AM   
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Been playtesting BoB/BTR so I started reading "The Mighty Eigth" by Roger Freeman.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 2:05:26 AM   
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I recently read The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer. It covers the battle off Samar. If you like books about the Pacific War, I recommend it.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 2:31:04 AM   
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"A Viet Cong Memoir," by Truong Nhu Tang.  Amazon has some good customer reviews.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 4:02:29 AM   
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Just finished "Generation Kill". Highly recommend it. Waiting for "With the old Breed on Peleliu" via Amazon in a few days.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 4:58:34 AM   
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Just started "God and Gold" by Walter Russell Mead.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 8:23:34 AM   
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Just finished 'The Rules of the Game' by Andrew Gordon, midway through 'Absolute War' by Chris Bellamy and starting 'God's War' by Christopher Tyerman.

Can't settle to 1 non-fiction book at a time - need multiple books on the go to suit my ever-changing mood!


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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 11:18:13 AM   
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The Seven Years War in Europe 1756-1763 by Franz A.J. Szabo.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 11:48:39 AM   
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Bloody Shambles vol 1. Next on my list is Berlin Soldier by Altmut.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 12:12:49 PM   
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My current reading list, I generally read multiple books in parallel:

Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 1754-1766, Fred Anderson
Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942, Robert M. Citino
Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, Bjorn Lomborg
Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq, Peter R. Mansoor
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy 1943-1944, Rick Atkinson

Regards,

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 12:14:43 PM   
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Oh dear, you're reading Lomborg...

I'm re-reading The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth. Almost finished with it.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 1:35:01 PM   
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I feel out of place here with my book selections and for that matter out of place in most other situations too :). I just finished At All Costs (a sci-fi) book last night and I'm starting Post Captain (a historical fiction book next). I would like to read Shattered Sword (I think that is what it is called about Midway), but our library doesn't have it.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 2:58:13 PM   
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Oh dear, you're reading Lomborg...


Yeah, I just started his book... what's wrong with Lomborg?

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 3:01:32 PM   
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He's very unpleasant, and on extremely shaky scientific ground.

(I know, I know, that can be said for the other side, but still...)

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 3:13:04 PM   
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He's very unpleasant, and on extremely shaky scientific ground.
(I know, I know, that can be said for the other side, but still...)


Well, as for the unpleasant part, I don't know him personally but that wouldn't really have a bearing on reading his book. Lots of authors are not very pleasant in person.

As far as the analysis, I haven't gotten far enough into it yet to make any judgement. The general premise is what interested me. The idea that climate change initiatives should be weighed and analyzed together with other environmental challenges to see where we are really best advised to put our efforts is a good one. People often get tunnel vision when a particular cause becomes popular and other "low hanging fruit" is completely ignored.'

Have you read his book yet? If not, I'll let you know how I like it once I'm done.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 3:16:15 PM   
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I don't know him either, but he's Danish, and has spent a lot of time in front of domestic news cameras over the past three or four years.

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RE: Current book... - 10/22/2008 5:19:18 PM   
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Highly recommended for new BattleTech players. Best TRO ever!

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