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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/2/2012 9:47:52 PM   
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Whoops - I think this thread is turning into the Music thread.... time to get it back on track.

Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/2/2012 9:55:38 PM   
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Whoops - I think this thread is turning into the Music thread.... time to get it back on track.

Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?

No. But I suppose that you can reccomend it since you mentioned it.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/2/2012 9:58:51 PM   
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Whoops - I think this thread is turning into the Music thread.... time to get it back on track.

Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?

No. But I suppose that you can reccomend it since you mentioned it.
Warspite1

Yep - I 've read it twice - a brilliant book! the author writes a bit about each one after the other (e.g. in five year or so segments) and then moves on to the next phase, repeating the formula.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/3/2012 3:44:16 AM   
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Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?


Funny, I saw this and it suddenly popped into my head that I do not own a single book that has as its main subject Hitler or Stalin. I have been collecting books on the second world war and warfare in general for almost forty years now. I own and have read hundreds of them, includeing titles like, Mussolini: A Study In Power or Tojo: The Last Banzai. But in all these years I have never had the desire to read about Hitler or Stalin directly. Don't think I ever will.



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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/3/2012 3:58:56 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/3/2012 5:01:58 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 1:16:56 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 9:21:17 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 2:31:24 PM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 6:08:13 PM   
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Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?


Funny, I saw this and it suddenly popped into my head that I do not own a single book that has as its main subject Hitler or Stalin. I have been collecting books on the second world war and warfare in general for almost forty years now. I own and have read hundreds of them, includeing titles like, Mussolini: A Study In Power or Tojo: The Last Banzai. But in all these years I have never had the desire to read about Hitler or Stalin directly. Don't think I ever will.




ALL my WW2 books are either orders of battle, statistical or have color plates of uniforms worn by the combatants. No biographies or war stories. Just the facts.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 6:23:45 PM   
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Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?


Funny, I saw this and it suddenly popped into my head that I do not own a single book that has as its main subject Hitler or Stalin. I have been collecting books on the second world war and warfare in general for almost forty years now. I own and have read hundreds of them, includeing titles like, Mussolini: A Study In Power or Tojo: The Last Banzai. But in all these years I have never had the desire to read about Hitler or Stalin directly. Don't think I ever will.




ALL my WW2 books are either orders of battle, statistical or have color plates of uniforms worn by the combatants. No biographies or war stories. Just the facts.
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What's your real name - Joe Friday? We want the facts mam, just the facts


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 6:25:26 PM   
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Anybody read Hitler and Stalin - Parrallel Lives - by Bullock?


Funny, I saw this and it suddenly popped into my head that I do not own a single book that has as its main subject Hitler or Stalin. I have been collecting books on the second world war and warfare in general for almost forty years now. I own and have read hundreds of them, includeing titles like, Mussolini: A Study In Power or Tojo: The Last Banzai. But in all these years I have never had the desire to read about Hitler or Stalin directly. Don't think I ever will.




ALL my WW2 books are either orders of battle, statistical or have color plates of uniforms worn by the combatants. No biographies or war stories. Just the facts.
Warspite1

What's your real name - Joe Friday? We want the facts mam, just the facts



That popped into my head right after I typed that too.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/4/2012 9:08:41 PM   
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Currently reading Defeat Into Victory by Bill Slim. Was given that as a birthday present last year. Read it once and now enjoying it again.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/5/2012 1:59:27 AM   
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Well for me the summer is for rather lighter fare and spurred by the HBO series, I'm now into the third book of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. This has been one helluva compelling read and after finishing a chapter recently, I put my ebook down and simply said "Wow"! Then I reflected on how many years I devoted to reading Jordan's crap while bypassing this masterpiece!

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/7/2012 8:41:33 PM   
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British Battleships 1919-45 arrived today. Wow - what a great book! Tons of line drawings, photos, stats etc. STONKING

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/7/2012 10:18:51 PM   
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In my opinion, kind of like Jordan, Martin's stuff has gone downhill with the latest installments.

Currently reading A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/7/2012 10:31:16 PM   
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A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaa


I just finished listening to the audio version and it was very good.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/8/2012 12:19:01 AM   
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Starfleet Battles Rules books. I have an entire shelf of them. Great cure for insomnia.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/8/2012 2:46:16 AM   
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Well for me the summer is for rather lighter fare and spurred by the HBO series, I'm now into the third book of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. This has been one helluva compelling read and after finishing a chapter recently, I put my ebook down and simply said "Wow"! Then I reflected on how many years I devoted to reading Jordan's crap while bypassing this masterpiece!


Same here, JP Falcon. I just finished the third book (Storm of Swords)-it was an excellent one. Started on the fourth last week. This is one of the best fantasy series I've read and a delightful way to perk up an otherwise (IMO) stuffy genre.

I too was spurred into the books by the series and my wife's repeated suggestions that we watch them.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/8/2012 3:11:13 AM   
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Dreadnought by Massie ... this is about my sixth read ... of probably my favorite book ...

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Shattered Sword does not work for me ... probably due to "technical" reasons. I was in a PhD military history program at KU for several semesters (before the economy drove me back to the work force) ... I think the "amateur" aspects of the book pound too hard in my head. I do not think the primary points in the thesis are proven. But also I do not think calling Fuchida a "liar" is what professional historians do (a Naval Officer who was present). Professional historians present their data and let the readers decide - they do not need to engage in name calling - this is decidedly unprofessional in my book. I presented this aspect of SS to my class at KU and there was 100% agreement with my position. I will not say there is no value to the book - but it is not in my "recommendable" column.
I realize others have different opinions. I grant them the right to their opinions - if they grant me the right to mine .

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/8/2012 6:26:53 AM   
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Yesterday i started reading

Defending Fortress Europe: The War Diary of the German 7th Army, 6 June-26 July 1944" by Mark J. Reardon

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/8/2012 8:21:28 AM   
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Just bought the "Game of Thrones" books. I will use my August summer holidays to read all of them. I hope! I hope that the Olympic games don't interefere.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/8/2012 12:28:13 PM   
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"Charles Kingsford-Smith" by Peter Fitzsimons.

Smithy was a WW1 pilot, pioneer avaitor and the world's greatest pilot before WW2.

It also covers all the other pioneer avaitors.

Easy to read.

Great book!
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/9/2012 10:02:18 PM   
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Dreadnought by Massie ... this is about my sixth read ... of probably my favorite book ...

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Shattered Sword does not work for me ... probably due to "technical" reasons. I was in a PhD military history program at KU for several semesters (before the economy drove me back to the work force) ... I think the "amateur" aspects of the book pound too hard in my head. I do not think the primary points in the thesis are proven. But also I do not think calling Fuchida a "liar" is what professional historians do (a Naval Officer who was present). Professional historians present their data and let the readers decide - they do not need to engage in name calling - this is decidedly unprofessional in my book. I presented this aspect of SS to my class at KU and there was 100% agreement with my position. I will not say there is no value to the book - but it is not in my "recommendable" column.
I realize others have different opinions. I grant them the right to their opinions - if they grant me the right to mine .


Interesting. That's a perspective on the book I have not yet heard. According to part of the blurb over at Amazon.com it's cited by Proceedings as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005. Of course it doesn't say in what way it's "notable" but I would think Proceedings would be a good recomendation of a book. ON a side note: didn't the authors of Shattered Sword have some affiliation with the website Combined Fleet.com? Anyway, thanks for your take on the book Mr. Wilkerson. It's nice to have a Ph.D perspective on it.

Any plans to finish your Ph.D in the near future?

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/9/2012 10:30:30 PM   
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"Game of Thrones"

"A Song of Ice and Fire". "A Game of Thrones" is just the first book and the TV series.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/9/2012 10:51:35 PM   
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"Game of Thrones"

Song of Ice and Fire. Game of Thrones is just the first book and the TV series.



I thought it was just easier to say "game of Thrones" as most people I know just call it that way. Bought the boxed series so all 7 books are ready to be read.

Just got to wait for the holidays.


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/10/2012 4:42:02 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/10/2012 10:19:03 AM   
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"Game of Thrones"

Song of Ice and Fire. Game of Thrones is just the first book and the TV series.



I thought it was just easier to say "game of Thrones" as most people I know just call it that way. Bought the boxed series so all 7 books are ready to be read.

Just got to wait for the holidays.


Mat



I think a couple of those books are not part of the series but are his other works as he his currently writing book 6.

I will say that an earlier poster mentioned how Martin's storytelling started to decline like Jordan's as this series evolved. I am starting to get that impression a bit as book 4 starts introducing new elements that I'm not finding very interesting. If Martin follows the Jordon route and simply starts padding the story in order to milk the cash teat for all it's worth, then I will be very disappointed.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/10/2012 12:52:07 PM   
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but that last two books have 2 parts - so its 'story number 6' hes writing now but in terms of books on the shelf theres more than 6

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 7/10/2012 2:15:04 PM   
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Well for me the summer is for rather lighter fare and spurred by the HBO series, I'm now into the third book of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. This has been one helluva compelling read and after finishing a chapter recently, I put my ebook down and simply said "Wow"! Then I reflected on how many years I devoted to reading Jordan's crap while bypassing this masterpiece!


Amen on ICE and FIRE. I have not only read all five books in the series but I have listened to each unabridged audiobook. Unbeatable stuff indeed.

The HBO series has been great overall, with just a couple of episodes being somewhat of a letdown.

All hail Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. It's as if Dinklage transformed himself into the character.

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