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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4605 on: November 09, 2018, 05:29:58 AM »
Very early Cold War Espionage.
If you're interestted in that, this is turning into a great read.

https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-2192-7.html
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4606 on: November 10, 2018, 09:31:26 AM »
Reading Day of the Barbarians by Alessandro Barbero.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4607 on: November 10, 2018, 08:57:30 PM »
Just finished, "Rebel Yell" by S.C. Gwynne, an excellent biography of Stonewall Jackson.  :bd:
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4608 on: April 28, 2012, 12:05:59 PM »
Is this where you got a lot of those regimental histories you've been reporting in the other category? Those are good reading.  O0

Actually, all of those I got as free PDF downloads from either the US Army Center for Military History, Google Books, or the Internet Archive.

I usually just do a search on the regiment. Say the "305th infantry", and then came up with all sorts of good stuff, including the regimental histories.

WWI is easier than WWII because most of the books are out of copyright.   

Here are some samples:

305th Infantry, 77th Division
https://archive.org/details/cu31924027818461

From Upton the Meuse, 307th Infantry, 77th Division
https://archive.org/details/fromuptontomeuse00rainrich/page/n7

313th Infantry, 79th Division, "Baltimore's Own"
https://archive.org/details/historyof313thus00thor/page/n5

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Notre Dame wins at Army, 13 - 7, Oct. 18, 1924

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4609 on: November 10, 2018, 11:14:40 PM »
Just finished, "Rebel Yell" by S.C. Gwynne, an excellent biography of Stonewall Jackson.  :bd:

I've got Rebel Yell here on my nightstand.  I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd hoped, though.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4610 on: November 16, 2018, 08:59:28 PM »
How far along are you Toonces?
"Take a look at that". Sgt. Wilkerson-- CMBN. His last words after spotting a German tank on the other side of a hedgerow.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4611 on: November 16, 2018, 09:35:23 PM »
Early.  Maybe 100 pages; I think I stopped just after he earned his first star.
"If you had a chance, right now, to go back in time and stop Hitler, wouldn't you do it?  I mean, I personally wouldn't stop him because I think he's awesome." - Eric Cartman

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4612 on: November 17, 2018, 06:39:56 AM »
I recently read Sherman's autobiography which I thought was very interesting. Enjoyed it, it was a good read.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4613 on: November 17, 2018, 03:34:51 PM »
Just started The Indian World of George Washington. Fascinating topic, but this is very dense, like a college text.

May skim it and then move on to Autumn of the Black Snake, about the founding of the US Army in the late 18th century, to expand US borders and fight Indian tribes.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4614 on: December 04, 2018, 08:02:28 PM »
Just finished, "Rebel Yell" by S.C. Gwynne, an excellent biography of Stonewall Jackson.  :bd:

I really enjoyed this as well.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4615 on: December 05, 2018, 09:16:36 AM »
I decided to jump into Rebel Yell again, but it's still not grabbing me like y'all.  I'm on page 173, so about a quarter of the way through.  I may shelve it and give it another try next summer or something.

Meantime, last weekend I decided to read Rick Atkinson's Crusade again (3rd or 4th time I think) and re-started his Guns at Last Light last of the Liberation Trilogy.

I'm about a third of the way through A Bright Shining Lie as well.  I'm sort of bouncing between these books as the mood strikes me.  I'm still looking for a "can't put it down, just one more page" book...haven't read anything like that until the last 200 pages of The Rules of the Game.
"If you had a chance, right now, to go back in time and stop Hitler, wouldn't you do it?  I mean, I personally wouldn't stop him because I think he's awesome." - Eric Cartman

"Does a watch list mean you are being watched or is it a come on to Toonces?" - Biggs

"Maybe the slightly sullen look is blaming you for making her feel dirty, wanting to be hot. Yes, it's your fault." - Biggs (again)

"That's what you get when you are getting older and less sober as I am." - SirAndrewD

"Toonces Drunk - (adj) Tooh-nsays Dru-nk Descr:  Smash into a room, insult all your friends, fall asleep for 2 days, naked, face down wearing nothing but ALL your watches on one arm."  - UCG

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4616 on: December 05, 2018, 10:27:14 AM »
Just finished Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson. Not high art but definitely something different in S.F. Fun read.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4617 on: December 06, 2018, 07:13:06 AM »
I have just started reading the running man from stephen king, I am on the page 3 I really hope it will be ok

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4618 on: December 14, 2018, 09:41:10 PM »
Reading the Kindle version of Warrior Dynasty - The Rise and Fall of Sweden as a Military Power 1611-1721 by Henrik O. Lunde.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4619 on: December 16, 2018, 07:33:16 AM »
In Plain Sight - Dan Willis

The protagonist is a rune-maker, a flexible but generally not a terribly powerful mage. He is a detective and there are multiple mysteries going on simultaneously:
a] A disease constructed through magic killed everyone at a soup kitchen
b] A man is missing and his sister hires our detective to look for him
c] A murder investigation of a guy who works for a major import/export warehouse
d] Then two more mysteries branch out from this.

This was a very tightly written book. Parts of this I could figure out, but other parts I could not until revealed by the author. The clues were mostly there but were not obviously related.

Six super powerful sorcers are in New York. They use their powers for money (one makes things which broadcasts power, another makes tiny bits of metal that operate as refigeration/cooling devices, etc.....

I finished this in a couple of days.

Seldom have I read a book with this complex of a plot so clearly laid out in so few pages.

https://www.amazon.com/Plain-Sight-Arcane-Casebook-Book-ebook/dp/B07KVP3DN2/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

a "Smuckatelli" also rated this highly on Amazon.