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  • The Secret Man- Bob Woodward reveals all about his encounters with W. Mark Felt, the former number 2 man in the FBI who helped uncover the Watergate scandal and was known to the public as Deep Throat for so many years. Woodward provides a good background of himself as well as Felt, and wirtes of their chance meeting in the White House, the telephone calls they exchanged for many years before Watergate, and of their secret meetings in an underground parking garage. Easy read but very compelling and historically significent. A must have (at least for us Americans).
    To whispers of Beethoven...

    "Mein Gott! Die Invasion. Sie kommen!"
    -Werner Pluskat

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    • Just finished Winston Groom's, "A Storm in Flanders" about the Ypres Salient in WWI. He admits he is writing the book for an American audience and does a good job of explaining why the British command felt it necessary to both hold the salient and continually attack the Germans. He misses a few things here and there (like confusing Canadian provinces with cities) but, overall, anyone not familiar with WWI and the Ypres Salient will learn enough from this book.
      The Purist

      Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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      • Time-Life Books, America in the Air War. America wasn't going to be denied in the sky during World War Two.

        Slug
        "Advances in technology tend to overwhelm me."

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        • Finally

          Finished Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
          It's what one knows inside that makes him afraid.

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          • Originally posted by 2054172
            Finished Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
            You may want to have a go at Shirer's book on the collapse of 3rd Republic France. It is an excellent read and shows how it took more than German tanks and Manstein's plan to defeat France. Well worth the time and effort.
            The Purist

            Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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            • Originally posted by The Purist
              You may want to have a go at Shirer's book on the collapse of 3rd Republic France. It is an excellent read and shows how it took more than German tanks and Manstein's plan to defeat France. Well worth the time and effort.
              Hmmmm. The way you describe it, sure makes the book sound interesting. Didn't France have the largest standing army on the continent or something?
              Slug
              "Advances in technology tend to overwhelm me."

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              • Originally posted by The Purist
                You may want to have a go at Shirer's book on the collapse of 3rd Republic France. It is an excellent read and shows how it took more than German tanks and Manstein's plan to defeat France. Well worth the time and effort.
                I second that.
                AHIKS - Play by (E)mail board wargaming since 1965.
                The Blitz - Play by Email computer wargaming.

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                • Originally posted by Slug
                  Hmmmm. The way you describe it, sure makes the book sound interesting. Didn't France have the largest standing army on the continent or something?
                  Slug
                  No, not really,...they had a smallish regular army army backed by a large reserve force. The Germans could actually field quite a few more divisions than the French in 1940.
                  The Purist

                  Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                  • "Calhamer on Diplomacy: The Boardgame Diplomacy and Diplomatic History" by Allan Calhamer

                    "The First World War" by Keegan
                    "When they get in trouble they send for the sonsabitches." - Admiral King

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                    • Starting "Shadow Warriors'"

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                      • I just finish reading the two volume Then and Now series on D-Day. Great books. Of course photos and maps are the highlights.

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                        • I have just bought Nelson: A Dream of Glory by John Sugden.

                          Given the date I think it's an appropriate buy!

                          It's rated the best biography in recent times and on the basis of the introduction and opening chapter I would recommend it.

                          The narrative flows very well and the author has some 40 years experience in studying Nelson's career.

                          This volume only covers his career up to 1797, another is to follow in due course.
                          http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                          • Originally posted by Priest
                            Starting "Shadow Warriors'"
                            Clancy fan?
                            To whispers of Beethoven...

                            "Mein Gott! Die Invasion. Sie kommen!"
                            -Werner Pluskat

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                            • Just picked up An Army At Dawn. They have a stack of them at Chapters for $5.
                              AHIKS - Play by (E)mail board wargaming since 1965.
                              The Blitz - Play by Email computer wargaming.

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                              • La Mandragola, Niccolò Machiavelli, 1518

                                From:

                                Comedies of Machiavelli: The Woman from Andros: The Mandrake: Clizia
                                Author: Niccolò Machiavelli David Sices (Editor) James B. Atkinson (Editor)
                                ISBN: 0874513308
                                Publisher: University Press of New England - September 1985
                                Format: Paperback

                                This bilingual (English/Contempory Florentine) collection of Machiavelli's plays sheds more light on the everyday world of the man who is generally derided by ill-informed dabblers in "Il Principe"

                                La Mandragola - "The Mandrake" was Machiavelli's first truly original dramatic piece, and the first ever to attempt to update the classical plays to a contemporary sphere.

                                Politics, religion, morality and ethics are all treated with the same contempt, in what was "avant-garde" theatre for 1518. This is an earthy play about infidelity, deceit and religious corruption. Given that Machiavelli was still trying to fully return to public life after the Medici take-over, this was a chancy strategy. Luckily it was well received by the local elite and he continued to write (though never again hold his previous position as the effective head of the Florentine Civil Service.).

                                Bawdy wit and spicy Florentine vernacular are remeniscent of Shakespeare, until you realise this was written nearly fifty years before 'The Bard' was born.

                                An often overlooked masterpiece by an original political & military thinker.
                                Andy "Weeble" Weaver

                                Research, Reference and Historical Study

                                Illud Latine dici non potest

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