May 2017 reading

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May 2017 reading

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1jztemple
Maio 11, 2017, 12:27am

Finished an excellent but rather technical Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War, 1600-1815 by Brian Lavery.

2rudel519
Maio 12, 2017, 8:20pm

Just finished Ostfront 1944: The German Defensive Battles on the Russian Front 1944 by Alex Buchner . Very good book with some editing errors, written using mostly German sources.

3Shrike58
Editado: Maio 25, 2017, 8:25am

Besides assorted hardware books there's A Raid too Far (A) and Vercors 1944 (B). In particular, the first book just makes one want to shake one's head over the folly of the invasion of Laos; one picture of the howling wilderness the ARVN was launched into is all you really need to know about why this was a bad idea.

4jztemple
Maio 20, 2017, 12:23am

Completed reading a rather in-depth and slow Dunmore's War: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era by Glenn F. Williams.

5AndreasJ
Maio 20, 2017, 1:40am

I'm reading Duffy's The Military Experience in the Age of Reason. Interesting book, but the Kobo ebook I bought is very hastily and carelessly done - avoid.

(This not however a general problem with Kobo: other works I've got from there have had few if any format issues.)

6jztemple
Maio 24, 2017, 6:48pm

7Shrike58
Maio 25, 2017, 8:26am

That's on my "TBR" list...worth the investment of time?

8jztemple
Maio 26, 2017, 12:11am

>7 Shrike58: The book (A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy by Robert Moore) is very good, lots of technical insight both in the area of submarine operations and also the rescue attempts. There is also a good look at the human side of the tragedy, where the families of the men missing on the Kursk were mislead regarding both initial reports and then the rescue efforts. And there was the almost inevitable political coverup and eventual assigning of blame that is explored as well. The writing isn't flowery or dramatic, it is written in a journalistic style that avoids sensationalism. The author had access to many of the participants so he was able to include many details that didn't make the breaking news stories. I can highly recommend the book.

9jztemple
Jun 1, 2017, 5:28pm