The Books of August

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The Books of August

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aug 6, 2013, 1:52 pm

Finally read Bagration 1944: The Destruction Of Army Group Centre (Osprey Campaign). Not bad.

Redigerat: aug 9, 2013, 2:25 am

I'm still working on Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings. I'm somewhat over halfway through and my preliminary evaluation is that this one is going to the front rank of one-volume histories of the war.

Redigerat: aug 9, 2013, 8:54 am

Good to know Jestak; just finished Front-line Stalingrad by Victor Nekrasov
It's an excellent novel covering Soviet front line infantry and life in the front lines.
I'm not sure how I missed this book previously over the decades. Recommended.

aug 14, 2013, 6:31 am

aug 19, 2013, 2:20 pm

I'm snoring my way through Suicide squads, I've been piecing through it for weeks, but determined to finish...the writer is bent on showing the Japanese weren't fanatics and it's somehow the US' fault they had to resort to it. OTOH it has some interesting info on the machinery itself.

aug 29, 2013, 4:50 am

5: I just hated that book. Actually got rid of my copy it was so bad and I never do that. My favorite being the comment that only "some" westerners think that the Japanese commited war crimes.... Ummm

Speaking of garbage... Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince i have been putting off reading this thing after seeing some of the others in the group's comments on it. Picked it up from early reviewers and this is probably my most disappointing book from it. Whoever had anything to do with this book needs a timeout. Seriously Palgrave Macmillan did you fire all the continuity editors? Got to the point where I was just counting the mistakes and contradictions. Lost track around 30.

Redigerat: sep 11, 2013, 1:30 pm

I just finished reading the The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw. One of my favorite books ever.

Redigerat: feb 22, 2014, 11:48 am

I have read all of Sir Max Hasting's books and I agree that this work on World War II stands out as one of the best written. Just finished his book "Catastrophe - World at War 1914" which I found difficult mainly because it was such a complex series of events and blunders that lead to this conflict.