What are we reading?

Started by Martok, March 05, 2012, 01:13:59 PM

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I re-started Fire in the Sky by Bergerud.  It's a history of the air war in the South Pacific during WW2.  I also have it's companion Touched by Fire covering the ground war, but only skimmed the beginning.
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I've read those both some years ago. Much to my surprise, I recall liking the ground war book better, but I thought both did a good job with... how should I say it... the pores of the South Pacific campaigns.

I still occasionally reference a description from TBF, where a Japanese jungle soldier compared the difference in fighting the British and the Americans: the British learned to fight in the jungle nightmarishly well. The Americans knocked down the jungle.
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I've been reading " Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China".  I'm about 75% through.  The book provides a good primer on the case for the possibility of a  war with China in the near-term. It is a good, relatively easy read for anyone interested in the topic.  A good review of the book is here: 

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Given up on history for a bit and have been reading CJ Box's Joe Pickett series as fast as I can devour them




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Half-way through "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes

Hefty and very thorough discussion of the Atom Bomb project.

In addition to the US/UK Manhatten Project, the book also has in-depth discussions of German, Japanese and Soviet programs.

The book is primarily a scientific history. It covers all of the early work, starting before WWI, that eventually led to production of the atom bomb.

The book also very thoroughly discusses the many side branches of the subject.

For example, how the Nazis basically expelled most of the top European nuclear physicists. Most of these scientists, from the elite core like Bohr, Szilard, Teller, Bethe and even Einstein, to hundreds of lesser known men and women, landed mostly in the US or UK. The contribution of these refugee scientists was critical to the program.

The book also explores many other side vents, such as Allied operations to slow the German program. For example, the book includes some thrilling tales around Norwegian resistance operations to thwart German heavy water production.

I am enjoying the book a great deal. But the book does go pretty heavily into the science and does stretch my ability to understand at times.


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I'm reading Operation Pineapple Express by this guy...

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