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Terry37
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« Reply #3120 on: 21 August 2019, 10:08:11 PM »

I ma actually reading two books right now - The final book (read out of sequence because that's how they arrived) in the Millennium series about Lisbeth Salander ( a real heroine to me) - The Girl in the Spiders Web, which is waaaay different from the movie by the same name (but I also liked the movie anyway). The other is the first book in Nicholas Smith's  new spin off series from his best selling series Extinction Cycle - titled Dark Ages, which takes place 8 years after the original series ends. For me, both are a great ride!!!!

Terry
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« Reply #3121 on: 25 August 2019, 04:39:42 PM »

Finished "The Key to Lisbon: The Third French Invasion of Portugal, 1810-11" by Kenton White.

Actually a very good description of the preparation, planning and execution of the invasion.  Good descriptions of the decisions, marches and combats for both sides. It does have good OB's (but for this campaign those are available in many sources).  Busaco is well described.

Liked it.
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« Reply #3122 on: 25 August 2019, 05:17:20 PM »

"Zeebrugge: Eleven VCs Before Breakfast"- by Barrie Pitt.

Zebrugge is one of those things that I have heard of, but never knew much about. It always comes up when the St Nazaire raid is discussed, but this little volume is the first I read on the subject.

Cracking stuff. I have a sneaking affection for Vice Adm Bacon, and his bizarre designs for monitors with 18" guns, and ramps and false bows.
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« Reply #3123 on: 05 September 2019, 12:46:51 PM »

Finished "Belgium in the Great War" by Jean-Michel Veranneman.  He also has a book on Belgium in WWII (which I need to get).

Good read, the author was a Belgian diplomat, whose father and grandfather all served.  If (not necessarily when) I get into WWI, I will do the Belgian front.  I found his descriptions and anecdotes very compelling.
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« Reply #3124 on: 10 September 2019, 01:37:47 PM »

Finished "William Tecumseh Sherman: In The Service Of My Country, A Life" by James Lee McDonough.

Very good story/description/narration of Sherman from birth to death.  the Civil War years are very well covered and the book is easy to read.

All of McDonough's ACW books are good reads and this is no exception.
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« Reply #3125 on: 10 September 2019, 03:12:58 PM »

Just finished Hilldiggers by Neal Asher,awesome.
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« Reply #3126 on: 12 September 2019, 11:05:03 PM »

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez-Morera.

Title says it all really. The blurb on Amazon is "Scholars, journalists, and politicians uphold Muslim-ruled medieval Spain—“al-Andalus”—as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There is only one problem with this widely accepted account: it is a myth."

Bit of a polemic. Dario is not convinced by the wonders of al-Andalus, and opines that the Muslims benefited greatly from assimilation of the largely Roman-ish culture.

I was hoping for a bit more of a history of the conquest of Spain by the Muslims and the Reconquista, but it's an interesting read.
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Lord Oik of Runcorn
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« Reply #3127 on: 15 September 2019, 04:04:12 PM »

Finished "The Journal of Military History" Vol 83, No. 3.

Articles in this issue include:
Decimation and Unit Cohesion: Why Were Roman Legionaries Willing to Perform Decimation?
The Siege of Montfort and Mamluk Artillery Technology in 1271: Integrating the Archaeology and Topography with the Narrative Sources.
The Size of Bulgaria's Medieval Field Armies: A Case Study of Military Mobilization Capacity in the Middle Ages.
Cautious Hawk: Maxwell Taylor and the Path to War in Vietnam.

And many book reviews as well as more articles.  Published quarterly.
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