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  • Just finished "The Real Jack the Ripper" by James Tully. Not one of the best Ripper books I've ever read, although his background information is top notch. He just doesn't do a good job of backing up his "pet theory" of the identity of the Ripper.

    I'm trying to decide on my next read;





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    • Originally posted by Frankenstein View Post

      I've run into several ACG members who discount S.L.A.M.'s technical writing....
      "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

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      • Originally posted by Paul Mann III View Post
        I've run into several ACG members who discount S.L.A.M.'s technical writing....
        I will not read anything he wrote about Vietnam. Not a direct prejudice about him, but I have heard enough bad about his playing fast and loose with the facts that I just as soon read something else. My library is big, time is limited, therefore I don't bother with SLAM.

        I vote you read "Ivan's War" because it was written by a women. Not too many war histories by women out there. I would be interested in hearing what you thought about it when you are finished.
        Last edited by Miss Saigon; 02 Oct 07, 13:56.

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        • Just finished Inside the Jihad: My life with Al Qeada, A Spy's Story by Omar Nasiri.

          Just cranking up Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton, by Byron Farwell.
          I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford. Lord Halifax

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          • Paul Mann III, About SLA Marshall.

            I first read him, his "after action book" on Porkchop Hill. I liked it...he did pretty fresh interviews of the particpants. But, and this was 10 years ago or so...I had the occassion to talk with Martin Russ, Korean War Marine Vetran and author of two excellent books, his own memoir, The Last Parallel, and one he did on the Chosin retreat, Breakout?...well Martin relayed some interesting character aspects of SLA and evidently his, SLA's, reputation has been somewhat sullied a great deal in military history circles.

            I have read critiques of SLA's work on the web...particularly about one of his, now greatly discounted, theories concerning "use of rifle fire" in WW2 for lack of a better term.
            I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford. Lord Halifax

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            • David Hackworth worked directly with SLAM on his VN war material. He did not say flattering things about Marshall's accuracy and claimed that he met a lot of Vets who were unhappy with Marshall's accounts of them. Hackworth's was the first book on Vietnam I ever read. What Hackworth said convinced me to not spend time reading any Marshall.
              Last edited by Miss Saigon; 03 Oct 07, 23:05.

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              • I do recommend his Porkchop hill book/report.
                I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford. Lord Halifax

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                • Just Finished "Simple Sounds of Freedom" and "One Square Mile of Hell" Now I am Reading George Koskimaki's "Battered Bastards of Bastogne" while at my dorm and "A Blood Dimmed Tide" while at home.

                  I have had a negative out look on SLAM as well after hearing how inaccurate he was from fellow historians and friends I decided not to read any of his works.

                  Matt
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                  • Currently I have cracked open Not A Good Day To Die, by Sean Naylor, about Operation Anaconda., and I'm a little more than halfway through A Bridge Too Far.

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                    • Originally posted by Miss.Saigon View Post
                      David Hackworth worked directly with SLAM on his VN war material. He did not say flattering things about Marshall's accuracy and claimed that he met a lot of Vets who were unhappy with Marshall's accounts of them. Hackworth's was the first book on Vietnam I ever read. What Hackworth said convinced me to not spend time reading any Marshall.
                      Hmmm, I came out of Hackworth entirely differently. What Hackworth said convinced me to not spend time reading any more Hackworth.
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                      • R.N. Armstrong
                        That's an interesting strategy. I balance research reading with a non-fiction book. And, I try to slip in a novel for change of pace(read no- brainer).
                        I do the same.

                        I am currently reading

                        'The Making of The Ohio Valley States' written by Sanuel Adams Drake

                        'The scratch of a Pen' written by Colin G. Calloway


                        and a no brainer-

                        'The Dream-Hunter' written by, oh I can't remember...

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                        • Originally posted by Janos View Post
                          Hmmm, I came out of Hackworth entirely differently. What Hackworth said convinced me to not spend time reading any more Hackworth.
                          Did you read "About Face" or his later works?

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                          • Originally posted by Redwolf View Post
                            Did you read "About Face" or his later works?
                            I read "About Face" and "Steel My Soldier's Heart"

                            I think Hackworth did a good job while he confined himself to military subjects but is out of his depth when he make social commentary.

                            I also think he was probably a geat company and Battalion commander but had less of an understanding of strategic issues.

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                            • Picked up an ACW book for a change

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                              • Just finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. It's quite good, but I think his first work (Moth Smoke) was better.
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