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  • #16
    Last of the Amazons, Steven Pressfield

    Following Hadrian, Elizabeth Speller

    Next up:

    Tides of War, Steven Pressfield

    and either The Lance Thrower (Jack Whyte) or Memoirs of Hadrian (Marguerite Yourcenar).
    "What are we holding on to, Sam?"

    "That there's still some good in the world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for."

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    • #17
      "The Path to Victory" by Douglas Porch

      I read some really good reviews of this book and I have read 400+ pages of the 600+ pages total so far. Porch's view is that the Meditteranean Theatre of World War II was pivotal. From what I read so far, he fails to prove his point. Also, the whole book is so unrelentingly negative towards everybody in every way possible that I am not sure I will be able to finish it. The guy busts on everybody and engages in attacks both on a personal and professional level. IMHO, bad history, unsupported thesis, and endlessly negative. This is disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this book.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by dhuffjr
        Is this available as PDF anywhere? I usually copy and paste online articles into word for later reading but downloading a PDF is much easier.
        Not that I know of, and there is software in place to prevent cut-n-paste from the site!

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        • #19
          Originally posted by CPangracs
          Not that I know of, and there is software in place to prevent cut-n-paste from the site!
          www.globalsecurity.org has a mirror of 'On Point' which can be copied and pasted. To find it, just enter 'On Point' in the search box on the site's front page.
          Last edited by Case; 01 Jan 05, 17:37.
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          • #20
            Just picked up "To Destroy a City" by Herman Knell. He's a survivor of the Mar 45' bombing of Wurzburg. Basically he's writing about the bombing campaigns of both the Allied and Axis sides in both European and Pacific theatres. Surprisingly it's not too bias so far and really doesn't point fingers as to who was right and who was wrong but is more aimed at finding out why the Bomber Commands implemented area bombing against civillian targets and what their justifications were.
            If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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            • #21
              "Panzer Operations" by Erhard Raus
              "The Devil's Disciples" by Anthony(?) Read
              Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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              • #22
                Soviet Planning in Peace and War 1938-1945 by Mark Harrison.

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                • #23
                  Pappy Gunn by Nathaniel Gunn
                  P-39 Airacobra Aces Osprey Publication
                  Hornets Over Kuwait by Jay Stout
                  Watts Up With That? | The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change.

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                  • #24
                    Black Hawk Down and the latest edition of Maxim Magazine
                    Govenour Of Texas and all southern provinces. Kepper Of The Holy Woodchipper.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Custer6
                      "The Path to Victory" by Douglas Porch

                      I read some really good reviews of this book and I have read 400+ pages of the 600+ pages total so far. Porch's view is that the Meditteranean Theatre of World War II was pivotal. From what I read so far, he fails to prove his point. Also, the whole book is so unrelentingly negative towards everybody in every way possible that I am not sure I will be able to finish it. The guy busts on everybody and engages in attacks both on a personal and professional level. IMHO, bad history, unsupported thesis, and endlessly negative. This is disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this book.
                      I also recently received this book ( a XMas gift ) and have heard good things about it.
                      Although I have yet to begin reading the book, I should say there wasn't much to be positive about in the Italian Theatre.
                      I've always considered the Italian Campaign as a study in how NOT to fight a war.
                      From the landings in Sicily to the battles on the Po; every mistake that could be made, was made.
                      Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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                      • #26
                        "Iron Hulls Iron Hearts - Mussolini's Armored Divisions in N. Africa" by Ian Walker. Good book on a rarely covered part of the N. African theater.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by tigersqn
                          I also recently received this book ( a XMas gift ) and have heard good things about it.
                          Although I have yet to begin reading the book, I should say there wasn't much to be positive about in the Italian Theatre.
                          I've always considered the Italian Campaign as a study in how NOT to fight a war.
                          From the landings in Sicily to the battles on the Po; every mistake that could be made, was made.

                          Hi TigerSqn,

                          The Med Campaign does have many negative features.

                          Hope you will let us know what you think of the book when you read it.

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                          • #28
                            An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
                            Watts Up With That? | The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by The Doctor
                              An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
                              Hi Doctor,
                              I read that book too. I thought it was great. About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.

                              Great stuff on the relationship among the Generals with each other. Even among the Generals, friends fired friends. Says alot about the commitment of the USArmy to victory.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by The Doctor
                                An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
                                This book is on my "to read soon" list. It has received a lot of good comments on other forums also.

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