Jim's reading for 2016

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Jim's reading for 2016

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1Karlstar
Editado: Abr 3, 2016, 11:37am

Hi folks, I'm new to this group, I hope you don't mind me posting immediately. I do read a lot of military history and I'd love to discuss it.

A Soldier's Story by Omar N. Bradley
Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
13 Hours: The Inside Account of what really happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Private Life of General Omar N. Bradley (ER) by Jeffrey D. Lavoie

I'll add reviews in a bit.

2Ammianus
Abr 3, 2016, 7:31pm

Welcome & post away!

3Karlstar
Abr 8, 2016, 11:09pm

Thanks, its been a busy week, I will try and get to reviews soon.

4Karlstar
Abr 18, 2016, 4:27pm

The Private Life of General Omar N. Bradley by Jeffrey D. Lavoie
Rating: 6 out of 10

This is a short biography of the famous WW2 general. The book covers his early life, the war years and his long post-war career. According to the introduction, it includes previously unknown material based on a manuscript written by his 2nd wife.
I thought this biography was well done. It covered the majority of his life and career without being sensational, yet discussed what could be uncomfortable topics in a low key and respectful way. Unlike many public figures of the time, there isn't a lot of personal writing by the general available, perhaps deliberately, so compared to other biographies of public figures, this one is a little sparse. There are a few glaring editing errors and at least 1 photo is dated incorrectly, otherwise the factual information seems correct. A quick read, but memorable. This supposedly does contain some information that is unflattering to the general that is relatively 'new', I can't speak to how new the information is, but it was presented in a factual way without hype. A broad overview, but not bad.