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  • Originally posted by Gorque View Post
    I read a book earlier in the year entitled "Alternative to Appeasement" by the Michael L Roi. It's about the life of Robert Vansittart, Permanent Under-Secretary in the Foreign Office from 1930 to 1938 and analyzes in detail the Foreign Office's position from 1934 to 1937 in attempting to work with A.H. as well as the delicacies and intrigues of maintaining the Empire via diplomacy and the playing off one regional power against the other.
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    You should read Munich 1938. Vansittart's role is covered extensively. I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the period. Everyone knows the basics of what happened during this period, but the level of detail in this book is fantastic. A real eye opener.

    Now I need to find a book that does just as good a job with the Polish situation as this one did for the Czechoslovak situation.

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    • Originally posted by Miss Saigon View Post
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      You should read Munich 1938. Vansittart's role is covered extensively. I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the period. Everyone knows the basics of what happened during this period, but the level of detail in this book is fantastic. A real eye opener.

      Now I need to find a book that does just as good a job with the Polish situation as this one did for the Czechoslovak situation.
      Consider your advice taken. One to add to the short list.

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      • Currently reading Lightning From The Sky Thunder From The Sea by Tom Petri.

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        • Receding Tide The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War by Edwin C Bearss with J.Parker Hills

          I'm half way though this book and have enjoyed it so far. Bearss is considered the expert on Vicksburg campaign and this book covers Gettysburg as well. Hills contribution to the book are notes that appear in the text and are informative. The only negative of the book so far is a pro-Confederate tinge to the writing. Not to the revolting level of Winston Groom's Vicksburg 1863, I almost didn't finish that book because of it, but it is there.

          I do recommend Receding Tide.

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          • My college Composition and Literature Textbook unfortunately...

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            • THe Old Man and The Sea. Its for school, having a hard time getting into it actually.
              "The first time those bastards encounter US Marines, I want it to be the most traumatic experience of their miserable lives."
              -Gen. James Mattis, USMC

              Psalms 144.1

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              • Just finished Woodward's 100 Days: Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander tonight. A great book to read about that conflict. I am hoping Clapp's book on the landings in San Carlos Water as part of the operation will be as good.

                Now I am back to reading Sidney Fay's The Origins of the World War, Volume 1.
                "When they get in trouble they send for the sonsabitches." - Admiral King

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                • A World Undone by G.J. Meyer

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                  • Finally ran out of new books to read, so ordered some more .







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                    • Ordered this yesterday - came through this morning .

                      What you get is a collection of Soviet tankers memoirs. As the author states, why memories may not be perfect after such a lengthy period they are still worth reading. So far I would state he is spot on.

                      At times, it is nice to have some preconceptions swept away. Generally I thought such a large pre WW2 army would be basically tough peasant militia.

                      From the book :
                      As tank commander Lieutenant Aleksandr Sergeevich Burtsev recalled : ' Each one of us was dreaming of service in the army. I remember that men came back completely different after 3 years of service. They would leave as simple village boys and come back as educated, cultured, learned men in perfect uniforms and tall boots, physically strong.

                      So far very impressed, as soldiers memoirs tend to far less me, me, me than that of most generals, and lack almost all political bias .
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                      • Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
                        Finally ran out of new books to read, so ordered some more .

                        An excellent choice! My only complaint is that he cheapens it's detached reporting value with too many personal opinions on Albert Speer when the facts, as he lays them out, are sufficient to persuade even the most ardent of Speer's supporters.

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                        • Originally posted by skoblin View Post
                          The Battle for Budapest: 100 Days in World War II
                          Krisztian Ungvary


                          Read this one a few years back...good book.
                          "Ultimately communism is an impossible Utopian dream imposed by hypocrites who will commit mass murder to achieve absurd goals"- Trebuchet

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                          • Originally posted by SgtTerry View Post
                            A World Undone by G.J. Meyer
                            Picked this one up last spring, haven't read it yet but I'm looking forward to.
                            "Ultimately communism is an impossible Utopian dream imposed by hypocrites who will commit mass murder to achieve absurd goals"- Trebuchet

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                            • Originally posted by IronMan15 View Post
                              THe Old Man and The Sea. Its for school, having a hard time getting into it actually.
                              Reading novels for school always kills them IMO...

                              But Julius Caesar & Macbeth were good though!

                              Plenty of & & great quotes.
                              http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                              • Just bought these as well while the wife wasn't looking .



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