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Book recommendation - 7/25/2009 12:41:29 PM   
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Nemesis: Max Hastings.

I am only about 25% into this but its very readable and offer some lovely balanced material that moves between small scale tactical stuff and grand economic & political analysis

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RE: Book recommendation - 7/25/2009 1:25:06 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Roger Neilson II

Nemesis: Max Hastings.

I am only about 25% into this but its very readable and offer some lovely balanced material that moves between small scale tactical stuff and grand economic & political analysis


Great topic Roger! Would love to find some more recommendations added! Some other threads already exist helping people on some good reading.

To offer some myself:
The prequel to "Nemesis : Max Hastings" called "Hubris" which gives a great insight in the strain of events leading to a never-stopping Hitler. The theory is that Hitler needed to continue scoring "successes" in order to stay in power.

Books by Anthony Beevor ("Stalingrad" and "Berlin") which are making use of the opened Russian archives allowing the writer to show two sides to the story instead of the usually better documented German view.

I'm not much of a mathematics man but I was definately intrigued by a great book simply called "The Code Breakers" by David Kahn. I believe there is no better book giving an introduction and expanded view of the theory involved, advancements made and feats achieved. It expands your view of how all secret signal services operate, than and now. Be very wary . . .

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RE: Book recommendation - 7/25/2009 2:11:20 PM   
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Yes Berlin is amazing in its unpleasantness I recall, I had never realised just how dreadful the last months were.

I shall certainly be looking at Hastings' other books as his style is easy, yet very creditable.

Roger

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RE: Book recommendation - 7/25/2009 2:41:05 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Roger Neilson II

Nemesis: Max Hastings.

I am only about 25% into this but its very readable and offer some lovely balanced material that moves between small scale tactical stuff and grand economic & political analysis


An excellent book indeed. Full of fascinating detail and aspects of the warthat often go overlooked in Pacific War tomes, like the Russian invasion of Manchuria, Burma, China's war and prisoner treatment.

However, to avoid confusion it's important to note that's it called Nemesis in the UK, and Retribution in the US. Same book though.


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RE: Book recommendation - 7/26/2009 11:47:51 AM   
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Oops, what a mistakah to makah, me bad!

I was thinking of Hubris / Nemesis by Ian Kershaw (the Hitler biography).
Just by looking at the books in the bookcase would have shown me the true author's name.

Anyway, my recommendations were off-topic because of the ETO.
Thanks for showing us this interesting on-topic title dealing with the PTO!

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RE: Book recommendation - 7/26/2009 3:33:14 PM   
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Armegeddon is the ETO version. I did not enjoy that nearly as much as Retribution.

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RE: Book recommendation - 7/26/2009 4:37:57 PM   
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I can also recommend "Nemesis" which I finished about 3 weeks ago. It brings home the huge disparity in production by that time in the war as well as the cruelty and bravery exhibited on both sides of the conflict.

It has actually prompted me to read more and I will be trying AE when it is released as I have previously been very much into just European theatres.(So from a social life point of view it should be read with care!!!)

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