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  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Thursday, January 19, 2023 4:06 PM

"Moon Lander" by Thomas J Kelly the engineer in charge of the LM for Grumman.

 

A fascinating read with much insight into the problems designing the LM.

 

Mr. Kelly is an engineer not a professional author, and it is written as/for engineering.

 

I'm up to Apollo 15.

 

Before that it was my yearly re-reading of Niven/Pournell's "The Mote in Gods Eye"

 

Before that was James Scott's "The War Below" the story of 3 WW2 pacific submarines.

 

Next up is "Six Frigates" by Ian Toll

 

EST1961,

 

I've read the Aubrey–Maturin series twice, about 15 years apart. A great epic read, Highly recommened but you have to commit the time.

 

On a side note, I've visited the Surprise in San Diego a few times. It's amazing how familiar it feels after reading the books.

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Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, February 23, 2023 4:28 PM

Recently finished "Fortress Malta" bu James Holland. Pretty good read on and aspect of the war I was very unfamiliar with.

-Andy

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  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Thursday, February 23, 2023 7:07 PM

I finished "6 Frigates"

Outstanding book and a different view of the history of that time.

 

Now I'm reading 

"On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini"
By Barton Hacker and James Grimwood

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 20, 2023 9:38 PM

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, July 21, 2023 10:31 AM

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An oldie but a goodie,very interesting.

I would love to see a new tool Atlantis in 1/350,would be pretty cool

I remember that one from when I was in elementary school Tojo.  There was such a great selection of paperbacks on the war, and reading them fueled my modeling interests, too.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, July 21, 2023 11:01 AM

It was a couple of weeks ago, but I re-read "Incredible Victory" and "Shattered Sword", to observe the anniversary of Midway.  I've re-read my paperback copy of "Shattered Sword" so many times that it was falling apart.  It has split several times vertically along the binding.  I'd glued it so many times that I figured it wouldn't last another reading.  So I picked up a hardbound copy on eBay to replace it.

Since then, I also re-read some of Victor Davis Hanson's books, "The Two World Wars", "The Soul of Battle", and "The Savior Generals".

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, July 21, 2023 2:10 PM

Over the years I have had several of those Bantam War books,Pig Boats about the US sub war sticks in my mind.

Yes Baron,I still pull out Shattered Sword and reread parts,still one of my top books.

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, July 21, 2023 7:57 PM

I had the book about the Atlantis back when I was in H.S.

Currently I'm part way into The Monuments Men.

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Posted by ctruss53 on Thursday, July 27, 2023 9:37 AM

I need to look through this thread. I have recently taken up reading.  I am not fast, only reading 3-5 book per year, but I am enjoying it.

So far I have been reading non-fiction about subjects I am interested in, and biographies.

Here are some of the latest books I recommend......

The Friendly Orange Glow

This book starts with a brief history about why we started using computers for education, and then focuses on PLATO and ends with Control Data ruining PLATO, and also kind of goes into what happened to the key players lives after creating PLATO.

I read this book because my dad started his career at Control Data in the early 70s, and he was a programmer on the PLATO system. He could dial in and work from home in 1980, and we had a computer with a touch screen monitor in 1984. And the funniest thing is I didn't even care, I was too busy playing with hot wheels and building models.

 

Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow

This was an interesting book about Preston Tucker and the creation of the Tucker 48. The book covers some of Tuckers inventions during the war, and then his dream to build the car of tomorrow. Then it goes into just enough detail to cover how he ran his business and then how the government eventually stepped in and shut him down. He was tried for fraud, and proven innocent, but suspending production and spending time in court put him out of business.

 

And then I am going to read Chasing the Demon next.  It is a book about the men that first broke the speed of sound.

 

Oh, and if you like Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy adventure books, I highly recommend The Dragonlance Cronicles.

The Dragonlance Chronicals is a large book that contains 3 books in one. Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning. It is a great read for people that like adventure and fantasy.

Insert wise quote here.

-Chad

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