March 2017 Reads

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March 2017 Reads

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Mar 13, 2017, 7:43am

An eclectic mix so far this month:

King Arthur's Wars ... an intense study of the possible battlefields.
How Can Man Die Better: The Secrets of Isandlwana Revealed ...Lieutenant Colonel Mike Snook (I've ordered his Rorke's Drift volume now,
like Wolves on the Fold)
Military Innovation in the Interwar Period anything by Murray & Millett is excellent I find.
(This volume's articles led me to finally order: The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform.)


Editado: Mar 15, 2017, 8:35am

The most important books I've been reading this month are Kiev 1941 (A+) and Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem... (A+). Both are first-rate works as Stahel examines how Kiev was not the victory that the Germans wanted in 1941 but was the victory they had to settle for whereas Miller does the best job of putting Diem into context as a statesman (as opposed to a cardboard target) that I've yet seen. I would note that the second is more arguably political and diplomatic history in terms of its agenda for those looking for a a more operational or tactical treatment of the period in question.

Mar 15, 2017, 8:37am

I'm reading Ulrich Lehnart's Die Schlacht von Worringen 1288. It's an expanded version of his dissertation and uses the battle as an excuse for taking a wider look at 13th century warfare.

Mar 22, 2017, 9:57am

Just finished KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann . Not a military book as such, yet there's ties due to the forced labor used by the German war industries, the front line service by some of the guards and the recruitment of German poacher inmates into Dirlewanger's SS unit. Extremely well written, documented and powerful account.

Mar 29, 2017, 11:06pm

Completed an excellent Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick, covering the Pilgrim and Plymouth/New England experience from before the landing through King Phillip's War.

Mar 31, 2017, 12:34am

Finished on my Kindle a very enjoyable A Time to Stand: The Epic of the Alamo by Walter Lord.

Mar 31, 2017, 7:42am

Wrapping up the month with Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy (B) and Thundersticks (A-). The first makes a concerted effort to get into Bragg's head in regards to the attitudes that soured his relations with his peers (one would have liked to have tested him for autism) whereas the second is less of a chronicle of Indian wars (though there's some of that) but more an examination of the social and cultural impact of the gun on the First Nations.