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Current Reading - September 2019

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1Shrike58
Editado: Set 4, 2019, 9:27pm

Finished the semi-memoir Glider Infantryman (B) this evening. While it's sometimes hard to separate the nominal author's contribution from that of the actual writer the book met my requirements of giving me a better sense of what World War II was like for the "glider gang." It's not as though we're going to get that many more first-person accounts of the "Good War."

2jztemple
Set 9, 2019, 10:35am

Finished a short but interesting Coronel and the Falklands by Geoffrey Bennett.

4jztemple
Set 23, 2019, 10:56pm

Finished my latest Kindle book, By Fire and Bayonet: Grey's West Indies Campaign of 1794 by Steve Brown.

5Ammianus
Set 25, 2019, 8:15pm

Rereading one of the best collections of memoirs from the First World War:
The War the Infantry Knew by J.C. Dunn. Captain J.c. Dunn, a medical officer in the 2d Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.
This battalion included Robert Graves (Good-bye to All That), Siegfried Sassoon (Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer) and Frank Richards the author of Old soldiers never die, an excellent view of the war by a Regular in the ranks.

Highly recommended.

I'm reading the paperback version but have ordered a hardback edition.

6Ammianus
Set 27, 2019, 10:23am

Read WWI memoir by Frank Richards Old soldiers never die. Excellent view of a long serving private in the trenches, 1914-1918.

7Shrike58
Set 28, 2019, 9:39pm

Basically finished Vietnam's High Ground (A+) this evening; a very enlightening examination of Saigon's efforts to control the Central Highlands from 1954 through 1965.

8John5918
Editado: Set 30, 2019, 12:35pm

Just finished Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas. A first hand down to earth account of the life of a British tank officer in north Africa during World War II.

9jztemple
Set 30, 2019, 3:31pm

Finished a superb Omdurman by Philip Ziegler, a brilliant narrative of the battle, with the usual introductory chapters of the background and the campaign leading up to the battle.

11AndreasJ
Out 8, 2019, 1:43am

Finished Weapons in Ancient China the other day. Not perhaps in retrospect a book for reading straight through - more of a book to look stuff up in.

12Karlstar
Nov 6, 2019, 2:16pm

Finished The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy). Great book, in my opinion and I am looking forward to the next.

13jztemple
Nov 6, 2019, 8:00pm

>12 Karlstar: Does the book cover new ground or provide an original approach to the period? I've read a number of books about this time and wondered if Atkinson has something new to say.

14Karlstar
Nov 17, 2019, 10:06am

>13 jztemple: There are a few items that were new to me, the coverage of the siege of Boston is a bit more complete and there was information on the southern campaigns I wasn't familiar with. If you are very well read on the Revolutionary war though, you may not find much new. I've recently read 1776, a couple of books on Ben Franklin and another history book from the time, but I still found new information and new angles on all of the battles.

15jztemple
Nov 17, 2019, 8:24pm