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  • Just picked up The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of An American Icon by John Ferling from the library. It looks like one that I will have to renew for the full six times that we are allowed in our system. Sometimes it takes me a while to work my way through a big complicated book. I call them a college class in miniature.

    Jannie
    Homo homini lupus

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    • I call them sleepmakers!! HaHa!
      'By Horse by Tram'.


      I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
      " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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      • "Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West" by Hampton Sides.

        About Kit Carson, the Navajos, The US Army, and the American Southwest from the Mexican War till Carson's death after the US Civil War.

        Great book!
        "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

        Homer


        BoRG

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        • The Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army by Stephen Talty. So so.
          I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford. Lord Halifax

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          • Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a recent reprint from Zenith Press.
            2013 I'm going into West Point if it kills me. 2017 (or 2012 depending on West Point) I'm joining the Airborne if it kills me and it actually might.

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            • Subchaser by Captain (ret) Edward Brittingham (http://www.amazon.com/Sub-Chaser-Edw.../dp/0972785922)

              Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
              Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


              "Never pet a burning dog."

              RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
              http://www.mormon.org
              http://www.sca.org
              http://www.scv.org/
              http://www.scouting.org/

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              • Nelson Demille

                I have recently discovered Nelson DeMille.
                Until about two years ago, I wasn't reading a whole lot of fiction.
                I'm on my third novel from him...'The Lion's Game'.

                Previously I read, 'The General's Daughter' (yes, I've seen the movie.), and 'Upcountry'.

                So far, his works that I've read are works that have been written in "1st person narration ('...Lion's Game' is part 1st, and part 3rd person narration.) .

                He writes great detective fiction. The best I've read for contemporary works. I normally don't like mysteries and detective fiction, because there is so much of it out there, it's hard to find something fresh and original, and I'm jaded.

                I really love his two protagonists in the three of his novels that I've read. They are basically both the same character. A witty, smart-alecky, wise-acre, yet extremely competent and capable detective...with "authority issues." And there are the female partners/ love interests, whom DeMille fashions as the "archetypical" ultimate man's dream. So we have the protagonist that every man wants to be, and the woman that every man wants to have. I realize that the male reader is being catered to, and that it's just a fiction-fantasy, but...I'm being entertained, and Mr. DeMille does it very well.

                His dialogue-prose is excellent. It is entertaining, flows easily with hardly any awkwardness, reads very naturally, and moves the stories along quite briskly. A pageturner.

                Life is precious, but also cheap. For without war, there is no peace. GS ~ A Soldier's Ghost. A Warrior's Soul.

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                • If you like Detective fiction look up 'Peter James' his more recent books are about a particular Police detective, set mainly in and around Brighton in the U.K. and are very good. Mind you not being in the American style you may find off putting.


                  'By Horse by Tram'.
                  'By Horse by Tram'.


                  I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
                  " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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                  • C.J.BOX free fire. from the joe pickett novels.
                    Last edited by Col. Kurtz; 20 Jun 09, 23:46.
                    "The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow." -- William Blake

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                    • Originally posted by Janos View Post
                      Subchaser by Captain (ret) Edward Brittingham (http://www.amazon.com/Sub-Chaser-Edw.../dp/0972785922)
                      Finally gave up on that one -- too hard to read.

                      Now I'm reading this one:

                      Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                      Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                      "Never pet a burning dog."

                      RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
                      http://www.mormon.org
                      http://www.sca.org
                      http://www.scv.org/
                      http://www.scouting.org/

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                      • 1984 by Orwell. Going to try to start The Killer Angels by Shaara sometime soon, and also have to read One Day in the Life of Ivan Desnisovich.

                        I also have a really interesting book called The Pope's Legion about a group of volunteer soldiers who came together to defend the Pope, the Papacy, and the Vatican States during the tumultous Wars of the Risorgimento which raged in Italy during the mid-1800s. Looks really interesting!!

                        Regards,
                        Alex

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                        • The Conquering Family by Thomas B. Costain.

                          I am re-reading this book on the Plantagenet family.
                          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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                          • I have been loaned a book on the 'Falklands war' called One Hundred days and it is by, Admiral Sandy Woodward. I have had a flit through some of it and am not sure whether it is my 'cup of tea'! Has anyone read it? If so I would like an opinion, thanks, Lcm1.



                            'By Horse by Tram'.
                            Last edited by lcm1; 26 Jun 09, 07:10.
                            'By Horse by Tram'.


                            I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
                            " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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                            • I'm still pretty early in the book -- meeting all the characters, etc.
                              Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                              Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                              "Never pet a burning dog."

                              RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
                              http://www.mormon.org
                              http://www.sca.org
                              http://www.scv.org/
                              http://www.scouting.org/

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                              • The Washing of the Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation by Donald R. Morris.
                                "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

                                Homer


                                BoRG

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