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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 8/28/2012 7:00:04 PM   
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Wrong Thread


That statement will take a LOT of explanation.
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A LOT of explanation? Erm...... Well I posted something here that should have been in the film/documentary thread, so I deleted the post, put it where it should have been in the first place and wrote Wrong Thread in this one.

I could write more on this if you want me to but.......,,


OH. I thought you meant I posted in the wrong place. But I would not might one of your brilliant essays on what Ambrose thought about posting on the wrong thread.
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Funny you should say that....

On the train home tonight I read Ambroses' epic 1954 tome "I'd rather Jack than Fleetwood Mac" (Reynolds Girls Publishing). As you know, this was Ambroses' last book before his three-year break from writing as he suffered the first of his three nervous breakdowns shortly thereafter.

The book dealt with the history of posting in the wrong thread in the modern world; from 1500 to the present day.

The author's own forthright views come across sharply throughout the book and Ambrose betrays his evangelical background in his treatment of the subject and his somewhat judgemental approach to many of the main characters central to the story. Ambrose believed then - and right up to his dying breath - that posting in the wrong thread should be punishable by either being hung, drawn and quartered, or being forced to live the rest of your days in France.

Ambrose charts the founding of the United States and the inalienable rights written into the constitution. One of those rights of course was that of being able to post in the wrong thread. "WTF?" exclaims Ambrose in chapter 7 "why would they allow that?". " Who are these $%^7 wits???".

But Ambrose saves his bitterest condemnation for the country of his birth. The British were of course staunch refusniks of said right. It took great moral courage of some northern bloke or other, to take the British Government to court to get the law overturned. "What the £$^ was that $%^&ing £$$% think he was £$%^ing doing???" wrote Ambrose, "I mean for $%^ sake, aren't we $%%ing supposed to be $%^&ing civilised?

The rest of the book continues in much the same vein, but one thing Ambrose was pleased to end with was the fact that "At least they haven't given women the right to post in the wrong thread. The day they allow that will be the end of the world as we know it, you mark my words".......

Whilst there is so much I agree with Ambrose on, I believe this book and some of the twisted comments he makes, charts quite clearly, the great man's descent into madness. I mean really, who would force someone to live in France? Barbaric....

But, on the plus side, without northern bloke and his crack legal team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman, I would have been strung up to the nearest tree and then, after disembowling, my body would have been rent asunder (ouch!) for my earlier faux pas. Mind you it could have been worse; I could be sitting in a patisserie, chomping onions, wearing a beret and saying ohh la la.





p.s I trust no one is going to take offence to the references to France and the French

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/4/2012 8:29:47 PM   
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Not history - but Chalk by Aster Briar. Very funny story about a crazy barrister (Attorney to those of you from across the pond!).

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/5/2012 10:28:39 PM   
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Oi, I'm rrrrrreading a lot of now. Less internet = more books, as it should be he he he

I finished Mommsen's monumental History of Rome back in july, then read Vasily Grossman's "A writer at war" (the Great Patriotic War that is), then Miklós Nyiszli´s "A Doctor's Eyewitness Account" [about Auschwitz] and now currently reading Robert S. McElvaine's "The Great Depression" aka the US depression after the 1929 Crash that is.

After that I plan to read Gibbon's works on Rome (after reading Mommsen I want that). We will see

We have to read more & more & more!

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/5/2012 10:52:25 PM   
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I'm currently reading volume 10 of Martin's "Game of Thrones" on my iPad. The German issue is however bad in a way, that translated personal names sound ridiculous.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/6/2012 11:34:22 AM   
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I know it is about what are we reading right now.
Anybody could suggest good anthology of Vietnam War. I'm mostly interested in maps and battles.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/6/2012 12:37:50 PM   
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Currently ploughing ( & I mean ploughing ), my way through 'Hitlers Table Talk 1941-1944', by Hugh Trevor-Roper.

A fascinating & informative insight into his mind.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/6/2012 4:53:24 PM   
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I have to confess to being addicted to the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher at the moment...

But I did enjoy The Hunt for Point Zero by Nick Cook. It starts as a modern day somewhat over-wrought expose of black defense projects (interesting in itself) but a good half the book is really interesting stuff about 1945 and the SS attempts to find some tide-turning weapons, and finally to spirit technology away before it was discovered. I found it very intriguing.

Cheers

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/6/2012 7:26:58 PM   
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Battle ground Prussia...pretty good...Late War Army Group North/Courland and such.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/9/2012 9:20:52 PM   
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Carrier Glorious - The Life and Death of an Aircraft Carrier.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/10/2012 7:34:06 PM   
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Currently ploughing ( & I mean ploughing ), my way through 'Hitlers Table Talk 1941-1944', by Hugh Trevor-Roper. A fascinating & informative insight into his mind.

Wow I thought I was the only one here who has that!

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/10/2012 8:02:31 PM   
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Wow I thought I was the only one here who has that!


I'm upto August 42.

What do you think of the book? I thought Ropers assessment in the introduction was fascinating!!


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/10/2012 9:30:22 PM   
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Reading through Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series.
Am currently on #13: The Thirteen-Gun Salute

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/11/2012 4:16:04 PM   
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Aubrey-Maturin
That may well be my reading program for next summer. I have only to reach to the shelf behind me to find them.

This summer it has been the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming. I have "Live and Let Die" to finish yet. They are still a very good read, and in rereading them you get a sense of the change in style and substance, and yes, of quality, between books. The best are very good indeed, and it is refreshing to have such a human hero. I very much enjoy reading Reacher and the Gray Man, but these guys are almost superhuman in their ability to take on multiples of well trained combat specialists, not Bond.

I also read "Table Talk" recently, and am glad I did not have to stay awake all night listening.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/12/2012 9:44:44 PM   
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Carrier Glorious - The Life and Death of an Aircraft Carrier.
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....and just finished it - A brilliant, if ultimately tragic book, that still leaves so many questions unanswered...

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/15/2012 1:19:08 PM   
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I just have started The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy by Peter H. Wilson. Looks good.

Gibbon will have to wait

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/16/2012 6:04:50 PM   
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I have mentionned it before:

If you have not read this book, please do it is still in my opinion the best fiction book I have ever read outside of fantasy novels (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones etc...).

My parents who would normally never ever touch this kind of novel absolutely loved the research that was put into it by the author plus it is historically accurate or hypothetically historically accurate of what would happen if there was an apocalypse of this kind. This is NOT a Zombie Horror novel but a kind of account of how peeps, military, groups, individuals, astronauts, submariners, politicians survived and took earth back.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/16/2012 8:02:07 PM   
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"It is much harder to think about doing something than actually doing it!"

radic202 re your signature line, NO IT ISN'T It is far easier to think about doing something, because you can always imagine everything goes to plan. I find when I try and put stuff into practice that the wheels invariably fall off

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/16/2012 8:46:55 PM   
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I find when I try and put stuff into practice that the wheels invariably fall off


Ain't that the truth!!


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/16/2012 11:30:46 PM   
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"It is much harder to think about doing something than actually doing it!"

radic202 re your signature line, NO IT ISN'T It is far easier to think about doing something, because you can always imagine everything goes to plan. I find when I try and put stuff into practice that the wheels invariably fall off


Warspite1:

For me it is the opposite but only after everything has been decided, let me explain and I go back to all my days in Boarding School for this.....I would get an essay i.e.: write how Tito was able to keep Power in Yugoslavia despite all the ethnic differences of the "states" that formed that country especially after the end of WW2 (we sure know now how bad things went after he died", anyways.........Don't forget back then in the late 1970s we had no internet, no computers and most books at the library of importance were not permitted to leave the library plus photocopying was a no-no back then..........so if I had 2 weeks to complete it, it was much harder for me to sit there and say yea I got to get started tomorrow or the next day or next week but never would get to it so the damn project bugged the heck out of me in the back of my mind all the time, then something else would happen like another project or a 1 day mini-essay etc....so now I still had that initial problem of doing the Yugoslavia essay.

Now if I had done it the first minute I had time, it would not have been bothering the heck out of me on a continuous basis hence "much harder to think about doing something then actually doing it" is a motto I have tattooed to my forehead ever since......................LOL!

I even take that motto on my every day job, now something that is not complete or finished bothers the heck out of me. Geez, even unread emails that are bolded make me go crazy, my OCD takes over in that case and don't even ask about RPG or MMORPG games, I will not do anything new until I have completed every single quest in a zone/area or looked behind every bush, rock or tree.............or uncovered every part of the map!!!

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/17/2012 2:27:38 AM   
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This is NOT a Zombie Horror novel but a kind of account of how peeps, military, groups, individuals, astronauts, submariners, politicians survived and took earth back.



Oh, bloody hell...

You just spoiled the plotline. Now we know that lot survived the BRAIN eaters.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/17/2012 12:17:36 PM   
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After "In the Company of Heroes" by Michael Durant I began to read "Black Hawk Down" by Mark Bowden

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/18/2012 7:28:01 PM   
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Just dug out my old dog-eared copy of 'Vom Kreig' by Clausewitz.

Nothing like a little light reading while still on holiday.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/18/2012 7:37:07 PM   
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Just dug out my old dog-eared copy of 'Vom Kreig' by Clausewitz.

Nothing like a little light reading while still on holiday.
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Mmmmm...good luck with that

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/18/2012 7:39:14 PM   
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Just finished "The Battle of Matapan 1941 - The Trafalgar of The Mediterranean". By no means an epic tome, but a good, none-to-taxing, read

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/18/2012 7:44:58 PM   
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"Black Hawk Down" by Mark Bowden


I followed with baited interest the original series that came out in the newspapers in the 1990s. The book, IIRC, was an extension of the newspaper series. Both were very well done, as was the movie.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/18/2012 8:59:27 PM   
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I just read a positive review on the book The End of Glory: War & Peace in HMS Hood by Bruce Taylor. I am considering ordering it next time when I order books but I would prefer to wait for a translated version. Therefore I am wondering if anyone read it and can confirm that it is a good read?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Glory-Peace-Hood-1916-1941/dp/1848321392/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347998123&sr=1-1

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/18/2012 9:01:05 PM   
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I just read a positive review on the book The End of Glory: War & Peace in HMS Hood by Bruce Taylor. I am considering ordering it next time when I order books but I would prefer to wait for a translated version. Therefore I am wondering if anyone read it and can confirm that it is a good read?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Glory-Peace-Hood-1916-1941/dp/1848321392/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347998123&sr=1-1
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I bought it earlier this year - but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I will begin this evening and let you know.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/19/2012 2:24:08 PM   
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Ormster - I read the first chapter and its so far, so VERY good. Good level of detail about the construction of the ship, the background to her design etc. Apart from one spelling mistake, I can see no obvious errors, and the writing style is clear. Definite thumbs up from me








What a ball-bouncingly, stonkingly beautiful ship.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/24/2012 2:26:09 PM   
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I just finished reading ”War without garlands” from Robert J. Kershaw. The book covers only the first half a year of the campaign, from summer ’41 to the early ‘42.

I found it extremely engaging book about the day-to-day life of the German soldier fighting on the east. How the brilliant start came to a halt because of the foul rasputitsa weather, and how morale pummeled as Army Group Centre was forced to withdraw, only 20 km away from their ultimate goal Moscow.

Kershaw paints vivid pictures by referring to individual letters and notes from soldiers. I recommend this to anyone, who is interested in more personal experiences from the east front.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 9/24/2012 11:53:06 PM   
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I'm upto August 42.

What do you think of the book? I thought Ropers assessment in the introduction was fascinating!!

Hitlers workaholicism wouldve clashed with my Slaakery & this part in particular about the Russian character conforms to my beautiful Slaakery;
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pg.4 COAL AND PETROLEUM RESERVES
For the Russian, the return to the state of nature is a return to
primitive forms of life. The family exists, the female looks after
her children, like the female of the hare, with all the feelings
of a mother. But the Russian doesn't want anything more. His
reaction against the constraint of the organised State (which is
always a constraint, since it limits the liberty of the individual) is
brutal and savage, like all feminine reactions. When he collapses
and should yield, the Russian bursts into lamentations. This will
to return to the state of nature is exhibited in his revolutions.
For the Russian, the typical form of revolution is nihilism.

My glorious Slaakery will prevail against the evils of workaholicism!

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