October 2016 Reading

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October 2016 Reading

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1AndreasJ
Out 13, 2016, 6:32am

I'm at Dawn of the Horse Warriors by Duncan Noble, about chariotry and cavalry from their beginnings down to the fall of Assyria. Not too enamoured yet - it's a written in an informal style that's hardly appropriate to the subject, and while I haven't yet noted any errors directly relevant to the subject matter, it's discouraging to see sloppy mistakes like the claim that there are only three living Semitic languages (Noble lists Arabic, Aramaic, and Hebrew - leaving out, among others, Amharic, which is the second largest in terms of native speakers). But I'll perserve for the time being at least.

2rocketjk
Editado: Out 24, 2016, 8:20pm

It's been a couple of months or more since I read any military history. Today I started McCampbell's Heroes: The Story of the U.S. Navy's Most Celebrated Carrier Fighters of the Pacific War by Edwin P. Hoyt. Anybody know of this book?

3jztemple
Out 25, 2016, 11:16am

>2 rocketjk: I read it years ago, not too bad as I remember.

4jztemple
Out 25, 2016, 11:18am

Finished an excellent Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. Very readable and quite well researched.

5rocketjk
Out 25, 2016, 12:04pm

>3 jztemple: I'm only about 25 pages in, but it seems to be researched in great detail.

6cappybear
Out 25, 2016, 3:36pm

Now reading Ronald Seth's 1965 work Caporetto: the Scapegoat Battle about Italy's role in the Great War (of which I know very little).

7Shrike58
Out 28, 2016, 7:42am

The most relevant book I read this month was A Soldier to the Last (B), a decent attempt to provide a fair-minded military life of "Fighting Joe" Wheeler. I also read Jasta 18 (A), which reminded me of why I miss Osprey's "Aviation Elite" series.

8rudel519
Out 28, 2016, 9:38pm

Just finished Somme: Into the Breach by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore . Long but extremely well-written and has 21 maps which help to put the narrative into perspective. Definitely a keeper.

9rocketjk
Editado: Nov 4, 2016, 4:47pm

I finished McCampbell's Heroes: The Story of the U.S. Navy's Most Celebrated Carrier Fighters of the Pacific War by Edwin P. Hoyt. I found the book to be informative to a certain extent, but unfortunately quite tedious for long stretches. My full review is on the book's work page.

10bernsad
Nov 5, 2016, 4:01am

I just picked up Long Tan: the start of a lifelong battle by Harry Smith the other day. Unfortunately I have a few books in the queue before I get to that one.