I was at Borders a few nights ago and I picked up 'Warhammer 40,000: The Killing Ground', 'The Art of Clint Langley: Dark Visions from the grim Worlds of Warhammer', 'The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road: 1567-1659' by Geoffrey Parker, 'Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire' by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper and 'The grand Strategy of Philip II' by Geoffrey Parker.

I finished 'The Lover' by Marguerite Duras a few days back. I have just started on 'Battles of the Thirty Years War: From White Mountain to Nordlingen 1618-1635'. I am also in the midst of a few other books including 'God is not great: How religion poisons the world' by Christopher Hitchens.

What you are guys reading?

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Read: "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy" by Adrienne Mayor. Very good Bio on Mithradates and his ups and downs vs Rome. A lot of details on his poisons he worked with. This is what the author's expertise is in mostly. Recommended.

 

"The Spartacus War" by Barry Strauss. Very good but the problem is so many gaps in the Historical Record that the author makes a lot of "Best" educated guesses. Spartacus is a favorite in the West on anti-slavery but there is a bigger revolt in AD869-883 by African Slaves in southern Iraq against their muslim oppressors that makes Spartacus's revolt, small time. Hollywood would never make a movie on this slave revolt for the obvious reasons.Recommended.

 

These books together give great background for Compass Games, game 'Spartacvs'. It covers the same time period.

I'm reading the 21 books of Richard Sharpe, by Bernard Cornwell.

I bought 'War' by Sebastian Junger on Friday night and finished it on Saturday! Interesting account of the firefights in the Korangal Valley in Afghanistan. Engrossing and gripping. It's not war porn. War tourism? Maybe.

 

Has anyone read this one?

I read it and thought it was a very, very good book.  I felt there was much to  learn about men in war, particularly with some "reading between the lines."  I agree that it's not a campaign history or traditional military history as we know it, but I still felt it was a book worthy of being recommended to others.

 

You should seek out an opportunity to see the documentary film that Junger and his co-producer Tim Hetherington made about one of the platoons described in Junger's book.  The film is called "Restrepo" - it has appeared on National Geographic TV and is also available on DVD.  Well worth the time to watch.

-Nadir

Thanks. I will. I did hear of the documentary 'Restrepo' but I did not find it at the local HMV store. I may have to order it. National Geographic TV. I will look as well.

 

As you have said, read between the lines. It is very very telling actually.

 

I also note many passages of weapons jamming.

Read: "Mark Antony's Heroes: How the Third Gallica Legion Saved an Apostle and Created an Emperor" by Stephen Dando-Collins. This legion had a heroic life of saving Mark Antony's butt a couple of times, helped Vespasian become Emperor and made sure St. Paul made it back to Rome in one piece as his escort. If things had not turned out the way they did, a lot of history would of been different. Very Good and Recommended.

 

"Roman Warfare" by Jonathan P. Roth. The title says it all. A good but short overview of Roman Military History from the founding of Rome to the fall of the western part of the Empire in 476AD. Recommended.

Reading "Barbarossa" by Alan Clark.
I have just finished rereading Lt. Col. Karl-Heinz Freiser's "The Blitzkrieg Legend" (for a future book review on my blog) and now plan to make yet another attempt to get all the way through (I have never managed to get beyond the first section in my several previous tries) "Why The South Lost The Civil War."  I know that the Beringer, et. al. book is not particularly well thought of, but I have decided to actually finish it along with McFeely's carefully-researched (but surprisingly unsympathetic) "Grant" before moving on to read something that I actually know that I will really enjoy. 
Just starting "Islands of the Damned" by R.V. Burgin.

I have just finished H. G. Well's 'The Island of Doctor Moreau'. Somehow, in my youth, I had missed a number of his novels. I am remedying that now. I have also last read the last Battle Angel Alita book, the only manga thingie that I read. This last one is a drag. It seems that the English translations lag the Jap originals by some years.

 

 

 


I am now finally getting down to reading 'Bloody Shambles, Vol. 1: The Drift to War to the fall of Singapore' by Christopher Shores, Brian Cull and Yasuho Izawa. I have been eyeing this book for years. Now that the US dollar and UK pound are weak, I have been doing a lot of online purchases.

I found this 2010 volume at the Kinokuniya bookstore on Saturday.'Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia' by Kua Kia Soong. I am already midway through it. The anti-Semitic Mahathir regime up north had bought quite a number of disparate systems over the years. This examined the individual purchases bought then and now. Since then, Mahathir, the longest serving dictator in the world, had been succeeded by two different prime ministers.

I'm reading The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, by David Halberstam.  Despite a few nagging editing errors, such as an initial mention of North Korea's "A-34" medium tanks, it's a good read, with excellent analysis of MacArthur's imperial leadership style.

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