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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MAGNA » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:15 pm

Finished the Fort. Now finished The Burning Land, also by Bernard Cornwell. This is the fifth in the Warlord series about Uhtred of
Babbenburg and his part in the struggle between the Saxons and the Vikings in the time of king Alfred.

Good stories and now I got to the end of this one and it isn't the final in the series. There are two more yet and another coming out
this year....... so much to read, so little time....
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Whiterook » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:01 pm

50th wrote:Now reading my third Stephen Ambrose book, Citizen Soldiers. Loving it like the others. I have read DDay and Band of Brothers also and loved them!

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This latest title, and the other two are excellent reads, indeed!!! It was actually Band of Brothers that got me reading Ambrose's work, which I bought at a book sale many years back...IIRC, just before or about the time the mini-series debut, so it was a tandem, watch/read thing for me. I came to very much admire his style of writing, and the ease to which it is to read; very well within the scope of a non-mlitary enthusiasts' interest, yet deep enough to hold the attention of folks like us that devour military history in print, television, and movies.

I never bought into the critics' views (the few that dared show their stupidity) that he '....took too many liberties' (or some sort of drivel-esq commentary) with history vs good storyline. I think they totally missed Ambrose's attempt to make WWII history available to even the casual reader. Far too many texts, in my humble opinion, are written for the stratosphearean level egg-heads.

I believe it was in his work, 'D-Day', where he retold the account of Pegasus Bridge's Howard coming upon a tour bus of WWII buffs and entralling them in forst hand recollections (or was that 'Pegasus Bridge'.....hmmmmm.....I need to start re-reading these :D )
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Whiterook » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:01 pm

MAGNA wrote:Finished the Fort. Now finished The Burning Land, also by Bernard Cornwell. This is the fifth in the Warlord series about Uhtred of
Babbenburg and his part in the struggle between the Saxons and the Vikings in the time of king Alfred.

Good stories and now I got to the end of this one and it isn't the final in the series. There are two more yet and another coming out
this year....... so much to read, so little time....


OK.....THAT got my attention!!!! :D
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Whiterook » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:13 pm

I'm just starting Patton: A Genius For War, by Carlo D'este

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Been waiting for just the right moment to sink my teeth into this large tome. I met Mr. D'Este about seven years ago at Origins Game Expo, when that year featured the War College hosted by the Weider Group (publishers of such well known titles as Armchair General magazine). The author was very generous with his time at the convention and I had a couple real great talks with him and members of his family. He was kind enough to share his email address, and though we've not corresponded much, he gave me some wonderful insights into the Canadian Army of WWII.

This is one of several First Editions which he personalized a signature and quote for me. It's a prized piece in my collection :)

On the book:
Fifty years after his death, General George S. Patton Jr. remains one of the most colorful, charismatic, misunderstood, and controversial figures ever to set foot on the battlefields of World War II. And the image of the man has been not a little influenced by the 1970 film Patton, starring George C. Scott, in which he is portrayed as a swashbuckling, brash, profane, impetuous general who wore ivory-handled pistols into battle and slapped two hospitalized soldiers in Sicily. It is one of the achievements of this riveting biography that it reveals the complex and contradictory personality that lay behind the facade. With full access to Patton's private and public papers, and the cooperation of the general's family, D'Este shows us not only the extrovert Patton of public perception but also the intensely private Patton - the devoted student of history, the poet, the humble man very unsure of his own abilities - who could burst into tears, be charming or insulting quite unexpectedly, and the Patton who trained himself for greatness with a determination matched by no other general in the twentieth century.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Frank » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:31 pm

I think the Uhtred books are the best thing Cornwell has written. finished Death of Kings a while back and am waiting for Pagan Lord to comeout in paperback. It will be a shame when the series does come to an end, but that will be better than what happened with the Sharpe books. The first ones were brilliant, the prequels set in India were pretty good as well as filling in some background but the later books that he wrote and just slotted into the timeline seemed to be more to keep his publishers happy than to actually tell a story as they just did not seem the same as the originals.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gibbs » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:22 pm

I've just ordered this at 800 pages it'll be a long read when it arrives
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Also I'm currently finishing this while I'm waiting for that to arrive
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Hagen » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:12 pm

The First World War, Germany and Austria-Hungary 1914-1918. By Holger H Herwig.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Whiterook » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:56 pm

Looking over this thread, I realized 2 things:

1. The site has since separated genre in different boards, so this for instance sits in the Military and Wargaming books board, yet has Civie, computer, and other type books...and...

2. The purpose of the books boards are for individual books, so that we can see what's been read and ask questions. So I'm locking this thread out to pasture. :D
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