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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5475 on: July 10, 2021, 09:57:00 AM »
I'm a seasonal kinda guy with reading and gaming. It's July, it's hot, North Africa is a natural choice for my OCD brain. Also my grandfather fought in the North Africa. Not for the Romans but for the U.S. Army in WWII :)

Next phase happens when I get sick of summer and take a break with some sci-fi. If I'm still into summer then I may go into an ancient Greece/Macedonia mode.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5476 on: July 10, 2021, 10:47:32 AM »
Gus, what unit was he with in North Africa?
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5477 on: July 10, 2021, 06:16:22 PM »
I have to go look at the stuff of his I have upstairs, I don’t remember off the top of my head the smaller units he was with but he was bounced around from ordnance supply and artillery units. I do know that he was in Mark Clark’s 5th Army and was in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He went AWOL to find one of his brothers while in Italy too, and found him...I have some great pics of the two of them in front of a Mussolini statue at a Roman stadium and also in front of some tank wrecks.

Another of his brothers was with the 84th Railsplitters at the Battle of the Bulge and was unfortunately killed there.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5478 on: July 12, 2021, 08:40:39 AM »
Just started Mil Mi-24 Attack Helicopter: In Soviet and Worldwide Service - 1972 to Present by Michael Normann. Beautifully made coffee-table book.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5479 on: July 12, 2021, 04:30:05 PM »
Just started Mil Mi-24 Attack Helicopter: In Soviet and Worldwide Service - 1972 to Present by Michael Normann. Beautifully made coffee-table book.

That sounds like a good book.  Gonna have to Amazon that and see what it's about. 
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5480 on: July 12, 2021, 05:10:47 PM »
I'm only a couple of pages in - the author grew up in East Germany wanting to fly a Hind one day but never did, in the military.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5481 on: July 13, 2021, 06:43:05 AM »
^Cool


Some of the Amazon reviews point out the quality of the translation, I guess the author doesn't speak English.  They also mention this book is of excellent quality in it's glossy images, print text, hardcover, etc.  On sale now for 28.99 I might just pick this up as well.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5482 on: July 13, 2021, 06:49:13 AM »
I agree the translation is not the best but I have seen way worse. I am mostly here for the pretty pictures anyway.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5483 on: July 13, 2021, 09:33:34 AM »
Heli-Porn? I approve!  O0  I do hear the MI-24 has a really cute Hind-End.   :2funny:
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5484 on: July 13, 2021, 09:43:47 AM »
^As Donnie Osmond used to say, "Cute Marie.  Cute".  LOL

Sorry, I'm a little beHind the times.   :)
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5485 on: July 13, 2021, 10:37:06 AM »
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5486 on: July 19, 2021, 01:34:22 PM »
As usual, I've got a few books on the burner right now.  You may sense a theme.

I just finished a book called Flash in the Pan by David Blume, about a failed restaurant.  I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as it was hyped by Anthony Bourdain.  I'm also about halfway through The Devil in the Kitchen, an autobiography of Mario Pierre White.  It's ok, but not as good as Kitchen Confidential.  I have two additional biographies by Gordon Ramsay on the way.

A couple weeks ago I went to a local thrift store and they had a ton of novels for like a buck apiece.  My fiction reading tends to be very one-dimensional, so I picked up a bunch of books from a number of genres.  Right now I'm reading one called, The Honourable Schoolboy that is a spy novel, I think.  It's not the easiest book I've ever read...not as hard as Joyce, but it requires a certain amount of focus.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5487 on: July 22, 2021, 07:51:28 AM »
About 1/3 of the way into Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan by Rodric Braithwaite. Great book.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5488 on: July 27, 2021, 10:20:06 PM »
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by mark Manson.
not a book I needed to read but the Supreme Leader read it and said I should because its a textual representation of my base line philosophy covering a lot of my outlook on life.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5489 on: July 29, 2021, 05:43:36 PM »
^ I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on it after you finish.  I could probably stand to read a book like that as well.
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