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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4785 on: July 19, 2019, 05:39:52 PM »
^Have Dividing the Spoils in my Amazon shopping cart. Need to read that soon.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4786 on: July 30, 2019, 07:51:11 AM »
Continuing my ancient reading marathon I have begun Harry Sidebottom’s third (of six) Warrior of Rome book. Fifty pages in and the writing is even better than the first two, which is saying something.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4787 on: July 30, 2019, 01:25:54 PM »
I found a number of the original Fleming Bond ebooks on Amazon for 99 cents. Been working through "Dr. No", "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball".

Great adventure fare if a bit dated. I read the hell out of these books in my youth. They are as good as I remember. The sad part is that Fleming did his best to live like Bond and ended up dead at 56. Getting away with heavy drinking and smoking is really the stuff of fiction, unfortunately.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4788 on: July 30, 2019, 04:18:08 PM »
I decided to take the plunge on David Glantz' Stalingrad Series:

Starting with "To the Gates of Stalingrad"

Very well written for such a dense (in a good way) treatment of the subject.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0700616306/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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      Making a Giant hit into a double—
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4789 on: July 31, 2019, 08:40:57 PM »
Just got a GREAT new book "The Complete Guide To German Armored Vehicles" by David Doyle. Cheap, only $26 on Amazon.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4790 on: August 13, 2019, 01:09:16 PM »
Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler, about the 10th time I've read it.  It didn't quite hold up as well as I had hoped...I had to sort of dumb my brain down to that of 18 year old Toonces and try to just go with the flow.

Best read at the peak of the Cold War. Doesn't hold up well but still a decent Cussler book - it's what got me into his books. The movie is even worse as far as holding up, but there IS something about that scene where Titanic is pulled in to New York.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4791 on: August 13, 2019, 01:34:24 PM »
The comments on Blackhawk Down led to me finding this:

http://inquirer.philly.com/packages/somalia/nov16/default16.asp


I've read the book and watched the movie but this is the original multi-media format. Shame most of the video clips are broken.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4792 on: August 21, 2019, 07:54:57 PM »
I just finished Balkan Ghosts - written just before the fall of the Berlin Wall to the early 1990s.  Very interesting, very depressing.

His thesis was that every nation, ethnic group, religion, and what-not view the borders of the Balkans as "what ever point in history we had our high water mark - plus maybe a bit more" as the "natural boundary" of nations in the region.

Having been fortunate to travel through the area (Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hertegnova, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Chezt Republic (spelling) and Greece it is a really screwed up region.  We did a Danube cruise from Bulgaria to Vienna and we have been to Turkey three times.

The number of monuments to wars not even remembered by the rest of the world (3 wars in the Balkans before WW1, every war and uprising against the Turks, and every single religious war ever) plus the casual comments by people about how much they hated (insert name - but everyone the Turks and Moslems outside the Turks and Moslems) to chance foreign visitors is amazing.  That was from our travels.

It is an interesting book - but it has its gaps.  The guy does not understand historical agriculture (Romania was a breadbasket of Rome and much of Europe until WW2 and when the Communists really screwed it up) and some other things.  Still, it gives you an excellent "slice of life" of the ethnic hatreds and ethnic cleansing that have been going on there since the 1200s.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4793 on: August 23, 2019, 05:12:34 AM »
Airboy, that does sound good.  Have to look that up.
The Bulgarians seem to have been among the worst at claiming territory.
One of Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points after World War I, suggested that peoples who had historical claims to territory they lived in, should have their own country.
The Bulgarians came to the table and said that as the descendants of the Avars, who had conquered the Balkans in the Fifth century, they had the oldest, and therefore best claim to all of the Balkan peninsula.
They were politely ignored, which only made them angrier.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4794 on: August 23, 2019, 06:36:04 AM »
Balkan Ghosts is one of my favorite books.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4795 on: August 25, 2019, 10:15:35 PM »
I really enjoyed Balkan Ghosts, too.  A lot of info on a place I knew little about.

Just finished LotR for the umpteenth time.  Going to get back to Guns, Germs, and Steel.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4796 on: August 26, 2019, 05:57:10 AM »
I have a copy of Guns, Germs and Steel that I tried to read 20 years ago...I’ll try again one day.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4797 on: August 26, 2019, 08:41:33 AM »
I have a copy of Guns, Germs and Steel that I tried to read 20 years ago...I’ll try again one day.

I read it and it was interesting.  Too much on how resources hindered the politically correct people from developing and too little on how a society's philosophy of cause and effect has on development.  But it was still interesting.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4798 on: August 28, 2019, 08:41:19 AM »
^ I gave Germs a good try a long time ago.  I agree with Airboy, it was pretty interesting.  But for me, after I got about halfway through, I kind of got the gist and shelved it for something else.  That's how I remember it anyway.

I've been thinking of giving LotR another go.  I've only read it once, and that was at least 10 or 15 years ago.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4799 on: August 28, 2019, 10:28:03 PM »
I have found through the years that there are LotR people and there are those who aren't.  As an admitted fanboi, I will wholeheartedly endorse giving it another go.  If you get through it and enjoy it, it is well worth it.  The feeling of depth and epicness and import is..a joy to experience.  However, if you find your eyes glazing at the odd names and places, the bits of poetry, and the pace, you should just give up.  No shame, it's just not for you.

As for Guns, I got about half way through before I had to bring it back to the library.  I don't feel like I missed anything not reading the rest.  When i go back to the library Saturday, I think I will look for Balkan Ghosts again.
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