June 2017 Reading

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June 2017 Reading

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1Shrike58
Jun 11, 2017, 5:02pm

Besides hardware books I did knock off Doughboys on the Great War (B), which is sort of a canned survey of the American soldiers' experience in the Great War except that the author hunted down a lode of archival information in the form of surveys of the returning troops commissioned by the authorities of Connecticut, Minnesota, Utah & Virginia; this seems to have been the outgrowth of a fragmented effort to preserve the experience of the war. My main problem with the book is to wonder what agenda Gutierrez might have, apart from a dislike of the literary creation of the image of the "Lost Generation."

2John5918
Jun 16, 2017, 11:08am

I've just read two "alternative history" books in which the invasion of England actually took place in 1940. In one the Germans won, in the other they were defeated.

Invasion: The Alternative History of the Invasion of England, July 1940 by Kenneth Macksey

The Battle for England by Bernard Neeson

3John5918
Editado: Jun 18, 2017, 10:36am

And a couple more:

The Moscow Option: An Alternative Second World War by David Downing - well written, it assumes that Moscow is taken by the Germans and that initially both the Germans and Japanese have greater successes in the early years of the war than they did in real life, but that eventually the industrial depth of the USA and USSR gradually reasserts its dominance.

Meet The New Boss (NB: wrong touchstone) by Tom Black - an intriguing idea, that Britain is invaded and conquered by the Germans, but subsequently the Soviets defeat the Germans and become the new masters of Europe, but the style didn't work for me. It's more political than military, and the structure whereby each chapter is a short biography of successive First Secretaries of the ruling British communist party seems rather whimsical. Some interesting names appear in it, though, in unexpected ways.

4jjwilson61
Editado: Jun 18, 2017, 11:01am

>3 John5918: NB: wrong touchstone

It seems that work isn't in LT so of course you can't get the right touchstone. I can't even find it in your library. If you're reading it, why don't you add it?

5John5918
Jun 18, 2017, 11:48am

>4 jjwilson61:

I read it on Kindle, and so far I haven't got round to adding my e-books. Somehow they don't feel real! I use LT mainly to catalogue my physical books.

6jztemple
Jun 18, 2017, 1:20pm

>5 John5918: I had the same feeling, about not using LT for my ebooks, but I compromised in that if I post in a forum thread as having read it, I add it to my library. I've also noticed that LT now recognizes a lot of the ebook ASIN that before it did not recognize.