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  • Shogun - James Clavell

    Read it the first time I was 15, was about time to re-read it.

    Next up will be The Count of Monte Cristo followed by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


    • Originally posted by DingBat View Post
      That was a decent book.

      I'll be completely honest and admit I'm late coming to study the American war in the Pacific. I was familiar with the battle, sure, but not the details. I was not aware that, besides possibly Dieppe, this was the first, large scale, full out assault on a defended beach. And as such it provided a lot of lessons for D-Day planners.

      Tarawa, as a battle, isn't particularly interesting tactically as circumstances demanded a brute force assault. The book itself focuses on individual struggles and even includes some accounts by captured Japanese soldiers. It's hard not to come away with a renewed respect for those US Marines.
      Me too!


      • Military fiction and political fiction. Baldacci right now.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?


        • Just downloaded this book, I've been told it's well worth reading for those interested in the topic.

          "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
          Ernest Hemingway.

          Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?


          • The books I have in progress right now:

            The Oreskes book is tough slogging, and not at all what I expected, but definitely worth the read. I'll finish Panzer Ace, but its not a particularly interesting book.


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              Peter Crawford, "The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians, and the Rise of Islam"

              The War of the Three Gods is a military history of the Near and Middle East in the seventh century—with its chief focus on the reign of the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius (AD 610–641)—a pivotal and dramatic time in world history. The Eastern Roman Empire was brought to the very brink of extinction by the Sassanid Persians before Heraclius managed to inflict a crushing defeat on the Sassanids with a desperate, final gambit. His conquests were short-lived, however, for the newly converted adherents of Islam burst upon the region, administering the coup de grace to Sassanid power and laying siege to Constantinople itself, ushering in a new era.
              Peter Crawford skillfully narrates the three-way struggle between the Christian Roman, Zoroastrian Persian, and Islamic Arab empires, a period of conflict peopled with fascinating characters, including Heraclius, Khusro II, and the Prophet Muhammad himself. Many of the epic battles of the period—Nineveh, Yarmuk, Qadisiyyah and Nahavand—and sieges such as those of Jerusalem and Constantinople are described in as rich detail. The strategies and tactics of these very different armies are discussed and analyzed, while plentiful maps allow the reader to follow the events and varying fortunes of the contending empires. This is an exciting and important study of a conflict that reshaped the map of the world.

              The Generalship of Muhammad: Battles and Campaigns of the Prophet of Allah by Russ Rodgers

              His campaigns, military thought, and insurgent strategy
              "An excellent analysis of Muhammad as a general, placing his battles within the context of military history, and a good introduction to the life of the founder of Islam."–David Cook, author of Understanding Jihad
              "Provides an essential understanding to those wanting to know the history that shapes modern insurgencies."–Maj. Christopher Johnson, U.S. Army, policy advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
              There are many biographies of the Prophet, and they tend to fall into three categories: pious works that emphasize the virtues of the early Islamic community, general works for non-Muslim or non-specialist readers, and source-critical works that grapple with historiographical problems inherent in early Islamic history. In The Generalship of Muhammad, Russ Rodgers charts a new path by merging original sources with the latest in military theory to examine Muhammad's military strengths and weaknesses.
              Incorporating military, political, and economic analyses, Rodgers focuses on Muhammad’s use of insurgency warfare in seventh-century Arabia to gain control of key cities such as Medina. Seeking to understand the operational aspects of these world-changing battles, he provides battlefield maps and explores the supply and logistic problems that would have plagued any military leader at the time.
              Rodgers explains how Muhammad organized his forces and gradually built his movement against sporadic resistance from his foes. He draws from the hadith literature to shed new light on the nature of the campaigns. He examines the Prophet's intelligence network and the employment of what would today be called special operations forces. And he considers the possibility that Muhammad received outside support to build and maintain his movement as a means to interdict trade routes between the Byzantine Empire and the Sasanid Persians.


              • Currently rereading (more carefully this time) Hugh Thomas' The Spanish Civil War.

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                • Shattered Sword..just started it seems interesting so far

                  “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” -- Albert Einstein

                  The US Constitution doesn't need to be rewritten it needs to be reread


                  • Just started "Comanche" by T.R. Fehrenbach.

                    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                    by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"


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                      • Only partially through this, but I've already read enough to make a firm recommendation for this book:

                        The authors tackle a lot of issues that are top of mind these days. The first chapters deal with migration and trade and, as you might expect, a lot of what we believe is true isn't always supported by fact. Well written, easy to read.

                        Also just picked up this:


                        • Just finished these. All get recommendations:


                          • A tatárjárás - A mongol hódítás és Magyarország [The Tatar Depredations: The Mongol invasion of Hungary], János B. Szabó



                            • The History of the Transcontinental Railroad
                              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?


                              • "Brave Men" by Ernie Pyle.......


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