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  • Been working thru "Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945" the last couple of months. On hold at the moment while digesting and reviewing Tehran Conference and events of late'43 to early '44, along with a few other books on the reading list.
    https://www.amazon.com/Masters-Comma.../dp/0061228583

    Very informative on what options were considered, what decisions made ~ and why, also on the personality and profile of the key subjects/persons. Recommended read for some insight to the Grand Strategy of the ETO.
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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    • Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance

      Not bad so far but the author is a professor of English and IMO a bit wordy.

      Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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      • Gary, you're keeping late hours.

        Just started, "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare." by Stephen Greenblatt. The author displays an incredible command of Will's writings, and has produced some extraordinary analysis from the content of the plays to fill in Shakespeare's lost years. Today, if this effort was done by a computing it would be called "data mining", but his connections with the historical times and known historical records to Will's writings is impressive thinking. His work was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

        Good, clean, engaging writing style.
        Leadership is the ability to rise above conventional wisdom.

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        • Sino-Japanese Air War 1937-1945: The Longest Struggle

          Liked the author's previous works and this falls into my main area of interest, interwar conflict, so it was a must buy. I would echo the Amazon review that said the lack of maps is disappointment.

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          • Illinois in the War of 1812

            Illinois in the War of 1812 by Gillum Ferguson

            A story of war on the Mississippi River in Illinois & Wisconsin during the War of 1812.

            Some of the characters involved:

            Captain Zachary Taylor the future 12th president of the United States @ Fort Johnson.
            Fort Johnson named after Colonel Richard Mentor Johnson who Killed the great Tecumseh.
            Thomas Forsyth Indian Agent USA.
            Colonel Robert Dickson, British, Dickson's Post (Minneapolis Minnesota).
            Colonel William McKay, British, Fort William, (Thunder Bay, Ontario).

            Ending with the reading of the Treaty of Ghent as delivered by Governors Clark & Edwards read by Fur Trader Louis Bisson in French to the citizens of Chicago.

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            • 1636 Seas of Fortune. http://www.baen.com/1636-seas-of-fortune.html

              If your a fan of alternate history this is a gr8 series...
              Credo quia absurdum.


              Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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              • Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post


                Sino-Japanese Air War 1937-1945: The Longest Struggle
                I would echo the Amazon review that said the lack of maps is disappointment.
                Agree, one cannot fight a battle without a map.
                Leadership is the ability to rise above conventional wisdom.

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                • I'm reading this:



                  http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Napol...rdback/p/12377

                  ....when I can that is! I'm about 1/3rd of the way through. It's not for the likes of Massena (who would probably have a fit of the vapours) and other Nappy fawners.

                  Paul
                  ‘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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                  • The King's Daughter's

                    The King's Daughter's and Founding Mothers: (The Filles du Roi) 1663-1673 by Peter J. Gagne'
                    A two part edition Volume 1 & 2 are a biographical dictionary of some 800 women & girls sent from France to populate Quebec between 1663-1673.
                    I could find 6 women that married men on my fathers side one of them with my Great Grand Mother's maiden name Perrier.
                    Jean Baptiste, Perrier dit La Fleur married @ Quebec City 1669 arrived in Canada on June 30, 1665 as a soldier in La Brisandiere Company of the Carignan Regiment.

                    The program intended to help populate the Colony of New France was similar to previous ones made in the Colonies of New Spain & New England.

                    Regard's Patrick

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                    • Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
                      Not bad so far but the author is a professor of English and IMO a bit wordy.

                      She's a frequent talking head on the BBC
                      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                        The Radiant Future by Aleksandr Zinoviev

                        A satirical depiction the '70s era Soviet Union, centering on the life & work of a professor who heads the "Department of Theoretical Problems of the Methodology of Scientific Communism".
                        " Reality is interpretation according to a scheme which we cannot escape "

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                        • Many Tender Ties (Women in Fur Trade Society, 1670-1870). by Silvia Van Kirk
                          Stranger's in Blood ( Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country). by Jennifer S.H. Brown.
                          The relationship of European Soldier Explorer's in the Fur Trade & their Native American Wives is a misunderstood one.
                          An Indian woman was the property of her husband or Chief whom may have many wives.
                          Such as the case with Chief Matonabbee friend of Samuel Hearne Chief Factor @ Fort Prince of Wale's Hudson's Bay.
                          Women married into white society to escape a brutal existence in the wilderness for a better life.
                          In their own society they were possessions like a sled dog, canoe, toboggan, etc. If a Native Woman cried out during child birth this could be reason enough for her Native Husband to kill her. Country Wives as they were called were important partners in the Fur Trade breaking language barriers and helping their husband's along the way in ways no European Woman could or would.

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                          • Originally posted by R.N. Armstrong View Post
                            Gary, you're keeping late hours.

                            Just started, "Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare." by Stephen Greenblatt. ...

                            Good, clean, engaging writing style.
                            That's becoming more and more important to me. I dropped one book about 5% in when I decided the overwrought style wasn't worth my time. If the guy had something important to say he should have gotten to it.

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                            Actually reads like a TV screen play. Rather breezy but good for long winter nights.
                            Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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                            • Hornet Strikes History of 213 Squadron RAF

                              Acquired a few of Air Britain's Squadron histories second hand so working my way through them. 213 is first on the list to be followed by their history of 247 Squadron which flew Gloster Gladiators in the Battle of Britain.

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                              • Just finished reading "The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State's History" by Bruce W. Dearstyne. Has 15 articles which range from New York State Begins to 9/11. Articles I found particularly interesting included the Women's Rights movement, Jackie Robinson and the color line, the 1839 Farmer's Rebellion (by tenant farmers of the Dutch patroons in the Hudson Valley), and the 1964 World's Fair/Robert Moses.

                                Articles/topics not included by the author, which he mentions in the introduction, are the Erie Canal,the 1863 Draft Riots, and the 1929 Stock Market Crash.
                                Last edited by lakechampainer; 31 Dec 16, 09:04.

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