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The Killer Angels.
I knocked that out and The Corner within the past year or so. This thread motivated me to start Band of Brothers last night.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Pete Townshend's new autobiography is fucking excellent. And I'm convinced that he actually wrote the thing himself.
Just got a tablet so I'll be making the switch to reading books on there....pleasantly surprised to see lots of classics are available for free. I'm going to follow Keegs suggestion and jump into Moby Dick as soon as I wrap up this Song of Ice and Fire series.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
Obligatory "Ballad of the Whiskey Robber" recommendation.
Also file this under things that irrationally piss me off, but why do kindle versions of books end up costing more than hard copies like 2/3 of the time? It doesn't make any sense.
This should get fixed as soon as the class action lawsuit is finalized.
??? No idea what you're talking about.
i think he meant this. but i agree too, i hate when i can get something on amazon used for 5, but ebook is 10+.
A second-tier classic which I read in the last year is The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. I've also read Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd during the same period. I never had to read anything of Thomas Hardy in high school; good thing, too, as his writing is dense. With that said, however, I thoroughly enjoyed both of the last-mentioned books.
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Call me a relic, call me what you will,
Say I'm old-fashioned, say I'm over the hill....
Just found out the MoCo library has a fairly comprehensive e-book library. Is this not common?
A Soldier of the Great War. Mark Halperin.
AutoBio, War - WWI, darkish and futile - Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
Social Issues, Fiction - 40's South Africa - Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Engineering NonFiction- Skunk Works by Janos and Rich
Sci Fi - rollicking story - Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
All in my top-10
Misc other War books not involving WWII:
Viet Nam - Street Without Joy, The Bright Shining Lie, We Were Soldiers
WWI Origins - Dreadnought (contrary to title ships aren't central, though they feature in it)
WWI Kickoff - The Guns of August
Napoleon - Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March
7 Years War - Crucible of War
Good call on Dreadnought, and I also enjoy its follow up Castles of Steel. Primarily focuses on the naval war of WW1 (Jutland, submarine campaigns, etc) but also a lot of the politics.
Yes on Massie (Dreadnought and Castles of Steel). I can't remember the author of the Sir John Fisher biography that filled in some of the details Massie had to exclude but there's at least two good ones.
The Fisher - Beresford rivalry has gotten two or three books written about it in the last five years or so.
An excellent book related to Massie's works and the RN from about 1880 thru Jutland in 1916 is "The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command", by Andrew Gordon.
Crucible of War is really good, too.
Rick Atkinson's third volume comes out soon that will cover D-Day to the end - his first two are good.
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Atkinson's book is due in May.
Matterhorn is outstanding, at least halfway through. I put it above Things They Carried so far
I had literally never heard of George Saunders before today, but now praise for him is all over my twitter feed. Anyone here a fan?
Awesome. At the end, Dime proves he is a BA with balls like watermelons. It's amazing.
Daily listing of free kindle books that have at least 4 stars and >40 reviews.
reddit: the front page of the internet
Completely agree. It took Marlantes over thirty years to write it. At 600 pages or so, it's still less than half as long as the original manuscript.
Just finishing up Moby Dick. A little underwhelmed to be honest.
God (er, the white whale) help you when keegs sees this.
Just got World War Z for Christmas, can't wait to start reading it.
About two thirds of the way through "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis. If you'd like to understand the subprime collapse and what allowed it to happen this is a great start.
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