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John Robinson
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Hello everyone,

The start of another month. Let everyone know what you are currently reading or if you have just finished then tell us what you thought of it.
Military fiction is also welcome here too,

My current book;


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History of the 7 Years War, focusing on British military adventures outside Europe.
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OK. More for beginners, and more dependent on secondary sources than I would have liked. It lacked some depth, but still touches on the major themes well from a Soviet perspective.

Just started:



Need to focus on my own country for a bit.

Still hard at work on finishing Glantz's Stalingrad trilogy, last volume; incredibly detailed and simply wonderful.
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About half way through Enemy in the East. It has been very interesting especially German war plans for the east prior to 1939 and German-Polish relations. I had no idea General Pilsudski's memoirs had been published in Hitler's Germany!(in a special edition volume with intros be leaders of the Third Reich no less!!) wow
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Dean Snow's 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga. Day by day account of the turning point of the American Revolution, using the participants' own journals as well as the author-archeologist's study of the battlefield.
After the introductory chapters it really picks up steam. Fascinating.
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Got a strong recommendation for this in the Fields of Fire forum (because I'm really rather excited about picking up a copy of that). I've found it utterly captivating and have now asked Father Christmas for a copy of Korea: The Forgotten War.
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It must be brainy because everyone says so. Not sure I have found out why yet...

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Maximum Bookshelf pose value. They shot one of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy!

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Explains Lady Katherine Aubigny's plot, as found in Unhappy King Charles! counterfactual events.

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Reading again for the second time:

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin



Not only the best book ever written on Stalin himself, but the best book ever written on the Russian Revolution.

Makes all the other books written on the same topics obsolete.

This book came out in 2014.

Read it. It will change your understanding of these ground-breaking events forever.

Here is a link to a review by the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/books/review/stalin-by-ste...
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Just started Ardennes 1944, by Antony Beevor. Diving into this one for my upcoming podcast about the Bulge.
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Mallet wrote:

Reading again for the second time:

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin



Not only the best book ever written on Stalin himself, but the best book ever written on the Russian Revolution.

Makes all the other books written on the same topics obsolete.

This book came out in 2014.

Read it. It will change your understanding of these ground-breaking events forever.

Here is a link to a review by the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/books/review/stalin-by-ste...


Just placed on my Christmas Wishlist
Thanks
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Ottoman Army Effectiveness in WWI: A comparative study by Edward J. Erickson

Quite an impressive piece of scholarship.

It will be helpful with a couple of my projects.

This is one of the most expensive books I've ever purchased.
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Continuing with my current Peloponnesian War fixation. Kagan is truly a great historian to read. I wonder if anyone has read some of the 19th century German sources that he references so frequently (Beloch, Bussolt), and others like Gomme and Grote?
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Ottoman Army Effectiveness in WWI: A comparative study by Edward J. Erickson

Quite an impressive piece of scholarship.

It will be helpful with a couple of my projects.

This is one of the most expensive books I've ever purchased.


So, how effective was it?
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Not primarily a military history. But Mary Beard's SPQR is easily the best thing I've ever read about Ancient Rome. Not just another list of dates and events (in 208 BCE, Maximus Naughtius was killed by Biggus Dickus), but analysis and explanation for what we KNOW about Rome, and what we DON'T know, and how things evolved there. I mean, the Romans didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE."

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Wendell, if you do much commuting, be sure to listen to the "History of Rome" podcast.
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wifwendell wrote:
Not primarily a military history. But Mary Beard's SPQR is easily the best thing I've ever read about Ancient Rome. Not just another list of dates and events (in 208 BCE, Maximus Naughtius was killed by Biggus Dickus), but analysis and explanation for what we KNOW about Rome, and what we DON'T know, and how things evolved there. I mean, the Romans didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE."



Do we know that they didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE?whistle
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Do we know that they didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE? whistle:


They might have said "Foda-se, vamos ser um império." (Blame Google translate for any problems...)
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wifwendell wrote:
Not primarily a military history. But Mary Beard's SPQR is easily the best thing I've ever read about Ancient Rome. Not just another list of dates and events (in 208 BCE, Maximus Naughtius was killed by Biggus Dickus), but analysis and explanation for what we KNOW about Rome, and what we DON'T know, and how things evolved there. I mean, the Romans didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE."



I enjoyed that book very much !

It should be a contender for a future Book Club discussion.

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pete belli wrote:


Ottoman Army Effectiveness in WWI: A comparative study by Edward J. Erickson

Quite an impressive piece of scholarship.

It will be helpful with a couple of my projects.

This is one of the most expensive books I've ever purchased.


Checking Amazon just now, the paperback version is presently 55.00 US dollars or 75.00 CDN dollars.

BTW, I see that the author just published a new book in October 2016:

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Fly by Night wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
I mean, the Romans didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE."

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Do we know that they didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE?whistle

Pretty much. There seems to have been two factors prodding Rome to expand. First: "Those neighbors over there could be dangerous; we'd better conquer them." After that conquest, there were new neighbors who could be dangerous, ad infinitum.

Second: Roman commanders on the frontiers had lots of autonomy, and an insatiable desire for glory. This led them to attack their neighbors, regardless of whether this would be good for Rome or not. "My predecessor made a peace treaty with those barbarians over there, but if that treaty sticks, I'll never get a triumph, so I'll have to launch an unprovoked attack."
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Mallet wrote:
BTW, I see that the author just published a new book in October 2016:



Excellent. Just ordered a copy. Thanks for the suggestion.
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wifwendell wrote:
Fly by Night wrote:

Do we know that they didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE? whistle:


They might have said "Foda-se, vamos ser um império." (Blame Google translate for any problems...)


That's Portuguese.
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Almost finished with



It's a first-class combat memoir. Long on candor, short on bullshit.

I'm about halfway through



I've decided to read all the "good" histories of the Normandy campaign. I read Max Hastings' Overlord earlier this year, now this one. Carlo D'Este's Decision In Normandy is next. It's the first book by Keegan I've read, and so far I'm really enjoying it.

Just started



I started off a little skeptical, because the author is a novelist by trade. So far, though, I've really enjoyed Holland's writing style, and the history seems sound enough.
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jamuki wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
Fly by Night wrote:

Do we know that they didn't just wake up one day and say, "Fuck it, let's be an EMPIRE? whistle:


They might have said "Foda-se, vamos ser um império." (Blame Google translate for any problems...)


That's Portuguese.


Yeah, it didn't look very Latin to me. Trying it again:

Pedicabo ego fiat committitur imperium!
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Been on a 17th Century history kick of late.



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