Current reading - May 2018

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Current reading - May 2018

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Maio 14, 2018, 8:47am

I'm reading Roth's The Logistics of the Roman Army at War. Quite good this far.

Maio 14, 2018, 11:15am

Added it to my wishlists!

Editado: Maio 17, 2018, 12:02pm

Have already read quite a few monograph-length books this month but as for The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War and Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee I'm not sure I'd recommend them unless you're really interested in the subject. The problem with this particular monograph by Hess is that I don't think it will do double-duty as an introduction to the Overland Campaign. Alpert's book at least challenges some preconceptions and provides a good sense of the limits of the possible for the Spanish Republic in its doomed fight for survival; as for whether or not Alpert soft-shoes the crimes of the Republic, well, your mileage may differ.

Maio 17, 2018, 7:22am

History of the First World War by B.H.Liddell Hart

A little stodgy in its language and style, having been written in the 1930s, but he has a dry sense of humour which appears from time to time. Interesting to read a history first published so soon after the end of the war, and updated a bit later. What I've read so far tends to concentrate on grand strategy, with a good introduction to the pre-war political, military and strategic situation. Battles are described in broad strokes rather than the more detailed human interest seen in more recent books, although he is aware of the human tragedy, courage, strengths and weaknesses.

Maio 17, 2018, 10:48pm

Finished an interesting Mad Jack Percival: Legend of the Old Navy by James H. Ellis, part of the Library of Naval Biography series from the Naval Institute Press.

Maio 25, 2018, 1:41pm

Maio 26, 2018, 12:10pm

While normally I wouldn't post about a book on sale, the Kindle version of Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution by Patrick K. O'Donnell is on sale today for $1.20 USD, a lower price than even the usual Kindle sale price of $1.99.

Editado: Maio 27, 2018, 7:09pm

As we wind down the month there as just a few points I want to note about the most substantive books I've read Snow and Steel & The Dead March. Both are very good but the former is more of a popular work while the second is arguably more social history than military history, though with Guardino the most important point he has to make is that Mexican society demonstrated enough resiliency that Jacksonian dreams of annexing the whole country were scuppered. As for Caddick-Adams, if you want more of a "lines on the map" sort of campaign history you might still be better off with Hitler's Last Gamble by Dupuy, but you will also not capture how the scholarship of the last few decades have affected our view of the war the Germans chose to wage. In any I now want to read Caddick-Adams' examination of the Monte Cassino battle.

Maio 31, 2018, 9:38am

To wrap up the month some Great War material. Prelude to Blitzkrieg is mostly just an analysis of the Austro-German response to Romania entering World War I and is fine as the study of a campaign but not so great in terms of some wider trends. Genesis, Employment, Aftermath is a very nice collection of essays about AFVs in the Great War but is probably interlibrary-loan fodder for most people.