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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:03 PM

I just finished "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution" by Nat Philbrick.

I'd recommend it- it draws from a variety of personal accounts that keeps it pretty human scale.

Adams and his rabble were really a bunch of violent criminals, who openly murdered authorities and replaced the King's Law with their own version of justice. It's a REALLY good thing for them that they won, and that's a miracle too. Otherwise they'd all be swinging from gibbets.

A little hyperbole on my part, but it's a pretty violent story.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 9:35 PM

On my days off this past week I read "U-Boat War" by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim. He is the author of "Das Boot"on which the movie of the same name was based, and this book is more his actual wartime experiences coupled with lots of photos that he took during his time on U-96, as well as before and afterwards. Very personal and very compelling. The photos he took are simply captivating to look at as you read his words of events going on and captured on film. Great stuff for anyone interested in subs, the Battle of the Atlantic, or the film.

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 9:51 PM

Currently reading Fire and Fury : The Bombing of Germany.

In non-military related books, I pre-ordered 'Go Set a Watchman' by Harper Lee at Barnes  & Nobles for $16.79.

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Posted by panzerpilot on Monday, April 13, 2015 12:22 AM

I just finished "Night fighter over Germany", by Graham White. An RAF Flight Sergeant, who flew Mossies. He has a very interesting writing style and inserts a lot of humor. Pretty interesting book.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 13, 2015 6:09 AM

Just finished "Killing Patton" by Bill O'Reilly.It was borrowed,fairly good light reading,some interesting accounts that I hadn't heard.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 13, 2015 6:11 AM

stikpusher

On my days off this past week I read "U-Boat War" by Lothar-Gunther

Buchheim. He is the author of "Das Boot"on which the movie of the same name was based, and this book is more his actual wartime experiences coupled with lots of photos that he took during his time on U-96, as well as before and afterwards. Very personal and very compelling. The photos he took are simply captivating to look at as you read his words of events going on and captured on film. Great stuff for anyone interested in subs, the Battle of the Atlantic, or the film.

I actually have had that book on my shelf from the 80's.very good account and the photos were indeed very good.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, April 13, 2015 5:14 PM

Gunter Grass died today. His book The Tin Drum had a strong positive effect on my later tastes in literature. I don't think I have read anything quite like it, ever since.

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Posted by Wirraway on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:12 AM

Reading the biography of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery of Alamein.  Slow going at the moment.  A young Monty has just been accepted into Sandhurst.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:47 PM

One of my patients just lent me a book "H.M.S. Puncher". It is not quite a book as a photo collection with short stories about life and service on her. The hook? My patient served on her so it is an instant connection...

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, May 1, 2015 11:56 AM

GMorrison

Gunter Grass died today. His book The Tin Drum had a strong positive effect on my later tastes in literature. I don't think I have read anything quite like it, ever since.

I read it, too, when I was studying German in college.  I read The Flounder (Der Butt), too back then.  I enjoyed how he wove history, including of his native Danzig, together with some absurdity, in putting forth the themes.   He reminded me that way, too, of Kurt Vonnegut.  The Diary of a Snail was interesting, too.

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Posted by echolmberg on Monday, May 4, 2015 11:01 AM

Just finished up Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed".  Exceptionally good read and it was difficult for me to put it down.

Yesterday I was mowing my lawn for the first time this season and the cable that controls the "self-propelled" mechanism on my push mower broke.  I was grunting and sweating and feeling the pain in my hands from having to shove the mower.  I was going to take a break but then I thought of the pure hell that folks like Sledge had to deal with day in and day out.  Suddenly my life didn't seem so bad.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:30 PM

Yes, that was a good book. Sledge's description of the daily ordeals of combat on Peleliu and Okinawa really put our daily mundane "troubles" into perspective.

I finally got ahold of Rick Atkinson's final book of his WWII trilogy, "The Guns at Last Light" and started reading it. Fantastic stuff! My model building now has a serious rival for my spare time (besides the infernal internet) until I am done with this book.

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:38 PM

Finished reading Fire & Fury over the weekend. Worth a read.

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Posted by Chrisk-k on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:22 PM

I'm reading "Mengele: The Complete Story."  Just amazing.  

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:29 PM

Agreed with "With the Old Breed"

I just finished "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage." Good book. Sure is nice to be able to read whatever I want now.

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:22 PM

Blind Man's Bluff is a fascinating book.  I happen to work with a submariner, who cannot confirm or deny the events described in the book, but recommended it as a good read.  :)  I am working my way through The Coldest Winter, by David Halberstam covering the Korean War. He goes into depth on the politics that got us into the war the personalities of the principle players in getting us into the war and how it was prosecuted  So far a very interesting read, with history back into WWII and going forward to Viet Nam.  

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:25 PM

I will have to check out Coldest Winter soon, in addition to your recommendation, it was one of the books that Carlos started this thread with. 

I ran across BMB doing research for a paper on submarines this past spring. One of the submariners I interviewed said pretty much the same thing as the one you know so it was first on my list of books to read for pleasure this summer. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:28 AM

Yes, those are both good reads. The type that I really enjoy.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:49 PM

Ms. had her weekly jewelry class this morning, so I was in Berkeley with a couple of hours free to knock around.

Went to Target for kitchen stuff, then to my (not so) LHS for brass wire, paint and a magazine.

While i was there, I was looking at the ship kits and reminded myself that I would like to read Shattered Sword.

So I drove over to "Moes" Book Store, probably one of the best new and used stores I have ever been to.

To make a tedious story short, no, they didn't have it.

But they had this, which I picked up for $ 36,00 plus tax.

I have never read this and am already 100 pages in.

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:07 AM

Just finished "The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism from al Qaida to ISIS." While I enjoyed it and would recommend it, I'll only elect to explain why only in PMs to whomever is interested so as not to possibly steer this thread into something else.

Has anybody read "Matterhorn" by Kevin Marlantes? If so is it worth the read? The only other fiction book I've read on Vietnam was "Fields of Fire" by Webb, which I loved.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 11:54 AM

I'm reading through William Forstchen's "Lost Regiment" series right now.  I like military sci-fi, and it's a pretty good series.

In between the second and third installments, I also read Eliot Asinof's "Eight Men Out", about the Black Sox scandal.  I have two conclusions from reading the book.  John Sayles twisted the details a little, in making his movie based on the book, and if you read about the early days of baseball and how prevalent gambling and its attendant corruption was, you understand why Pete Rose must stay banned for life.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:23 PM

I am in 500% disagreement on Baron's opinion regarding Pete Rose banned from baseball. Not for nothing, but Pete Rose DESERVES to be in the HoF... as a PLAYER - not manager. He is one the best MLB hitters in baseball of the 20th Century and my generation. You wait and see, Pete Rose WILL BE reinstated and inducted into the Hall soon enough.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:29 AM

Looking forward to the new Antony Beevor book on the Ardennes due out in November

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, June 12, 2015 1:16 PM

I finished up "The Guns at Last Light" very early yesterday. A dang good book. Enlightening, sobering and entertaining at various points. A familiar tale told in a slightly different manner, with a few more nuances added than  I normally have read on this subject. From the personal to the grand. I will have to read all three books in the trilogy back to back in a few years. I still have plenty more unread books in my library to read before I can do that sort of thing. Now back to my Sherlock Holmes collection...

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, June 12, 2015 4:01 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

He is one the best MLB hitters in baseball of the 20th Century and my generation. You wait and see, Pete Rose WILL BE reinstated and inducted into the Hall soon enough.

Wanna take bets on that?Pirate

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, June 12, 2015 4:21 PM

He didn't play for the Pirates ;)

 

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Posted by panzerpilot on Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:12 PM

Tojo72

Looking forward to the new Antony Beevor book on the Ardennes due out in November

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

I'll be on the lookout for that one. His other books are outstanding! I consider his 'D-Day' one of the best books I've ever read.
Right now, I am reading David McCullough's 'The Wright Brothers'. It's a good book. There's so much I didn't know about them. I had no idea it took almost 5 years after their first flight before they were taken seriously.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:36 PM

I saw The Wright Brothers book in Barnes & Nobles the other night and told my wife that looks like it would be an interesting read. I may take a grab at it soon.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00 PM

Hell from the Heavens--USS Laffey survives attacks by twenty-two kamikaze's on 16 April, 1945.

Started re-reading The Washing of the Spears:  the Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation.  

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:42 PM

Currently reading "Spitfire Women of World War 2" by Giles Whittell

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