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  • #16
    Originally posted by Naffenea View Post
    Probably 50/50.
    Yup...me too.
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    • #17
      I got over 1,000 books. Let's see...65% are military related which includes fiction. 10% in economics and financial fields. Another 10% is fiction that is not military related. 5% graphic novels and the last 10% is political biography and political studies.


      Rep to the first person who can guess what military history subject takes up the most space.
      If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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      • #18
        Yeah, I had to go and count mine, too! I have about 170 military books and the vast majority of those are on the British Army from the 1790s to the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. Mostly they consist of books on uniforms with about 50 Ospreys, and the Big Guys of the period like CCP Lawson, Oman Anglesy, Kipling and King, etc and about 15-20 first person accounts of the Peninsular War, Waterloo and the Crimea. My ratio of military to other books is about 1:4 An interesting thread!
        They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
        Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
        At the going down of the sun and in the morning
        We will remember them.

        Rest easy.

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        • #19
          I don't know the exact number of books I have. Too many to count (or I am too lazy to count them). I'd say I had about a 60% - 40% split between military (both fiction and non-fiction) and others. I have a lot of scifi/fantasy books also. I would have more books if I had more room for them.

          “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” -- Albert Einstein

          The US Constitution doesn't need to be rewritten it needs to be reread

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          • #20
            About 3/5 of my book collection is military history related, 1/5 railway related and 1/5 other (fiction: miltary, sci fi etc...)
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            • #21
              About 98% are military related.
              My worst jump story:
              My 13th jump was on the 13th day of the month, aircraft number 013.
              As recorded on my DA Form 1307 Individual Jump Log.
              No lie.

              ~
              "Everything looks all right. Have a good jump, eh."
              -2 Commando Jumpmaster

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              • #22
                I'd say about 1/2 if you count military and history together,and if you count the Roman Era,Early UK,Scotland,and Ireland, and early colonial days,yeah about 1/2. Maybe a little more. Rest runs the gamut. Like my Sherlock Holmes collection.
                This bass guitar kills TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                • #23
                  This is good place to guessestimate my inventory. I have physical copies of around 160 commerce/work-related books. In digital format, I should have just as many.

                  I've read 142 of these cover to cover.

                  Military books, I think I have around 40 or so. I have a bundle of Osprey PDFs but that's about it. Only have read 3 or 4 cover to cover.

                  That's 20% military, 80% non-military.
                  Zhitomir-Berdichev, West of Kiev: 24 Dec 1943-31 Jan 1944
                  Stalin's Favorite: The Combat History of the 2nd Guards Tank Army
                  Barbarossa Derailed I & II
                  Battle of Kalinin October 1941

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                  • #24
                    Shelfari graphs my reading.

                    This is what I've read over the past 12 years, although there's much I haven't entered yet. I've only been there a few short years, and have only been carefully logging what I'm reading these last two or three. I simply can't remember everything I read before that. Opposed to that of the general population on the right.


                    ...how useless it was to struggle against fortune, this being the burden of wisdom which the ages had bequeathed to him.

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                    • #25
                      about a fourth are History related, the rest is Sci fi, Crime Fiction
                      but the main part are coling books


                      à vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire (triumph without peril brings no glory) P. Corneille

                      Le probleme avec les cons, c'est qu'il ne se fatiguent jamais
                      (The problem with Pr.cks, is that they never get tired ) Michel Audiard

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                      • #26
                        If you include military themed historical fiction and atlases then its about 75%. The rest is mostly about language and detective fiction.
                        Lance W.

                        Peace through superior firepower.

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                        • #27
                          I have never really counted how many books I have, mind you, I have boxes and boxes in storage, many, many hundreds in my book-cases and I am always buying more books. For instance, over the past month I have brought the first three volumes of Rifle Green in the Peninsular, John Franklin's Waterloo Hanoverian correspondence. and I have coming in the next couple of days, Napoleonic Uniforms 1790-1815 by Lucien Rousselot. Though I have the individual plates, I need the book for easier access than having to haul out the plates every time I'm looking for a uniform detail.

                          All the non-military books I have are only about fifty-odd in total.

                          Paul
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                          ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                          All human ills he can subdue,
                          Or with a bauble or medal
                          Can win mans heart for you;
                          And many a blessing know to stew
                          To make a megloamaniac bright;
                          Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                          The Pixie is a little shite.

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                          • #28
                            I ended up getting rid of about half my books prior to moving to Europe. I still have four full bookcases, however. One shelf is entirely devoted to Greek and German philosophy and the writings of the Old Church Fathers. Another shelf is roughly half composed of books on National Socialism, Marxism and Anarchism, the other half is devoted to insurgencies. The last two shelves are almost entirely Russian-language books, 3/4 consisting of the Russian Civil War, the war on the Eastern Front and the Soviet Secret police. The last 1/4 is Russian literature and language books. In addition, I have around another 600 books in e-format (pdf,djvu,word). Most of these are also in Russian and are generally focused on military or political history.

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