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Summer 2018 Reading List

Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by Mussolini, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Mussolini

    Mussolini Gaming Guru WW2|ORG Editor

    Sep 10, 2000
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    Festung Colorado
    My 'Summer' reading books have arrived. Heavily influenced by watching 'Babylon Berlin' (on netflix, watch in the original German with subtitles!). As much as I love learning about events etc during the War, I have long had an interest in the interwar years and the postwar years that followed. Some google searching lead me to these books and because of the Communist influences in Babylon Berlin (and my realization that I really know little of the rise of Communism or what the USSR was like after WW2) led me to the last two books.

    What are you all planning on reading this summer?

    The Weimar Republic
    Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945
    Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
    The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire
    History of the Russian Revolution (Trotsky)
    The Gulag Archipelago (complete book by Solzhenitsyn)
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  2. Half Track

    Half Track Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2017
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    Chambersburg Pennsylvania
    The D-Day companion
    Guadalcanal, Richard B. Frank
    Charlie Company, Peter Goldman and Tony Fuller
    For Crew and Country, John Wukovits
    The Battle for North Africa, John Strawson
    The Deadly Brotherhood, the American combat soldier in World War II, John C. McManus

    I will never get through them all as I read slow but I picked these and some others up at a used book sale. I have books to read for years to come.
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  3. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

    Jan 5, 2009
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    Currently reading Chosin by Eric Hammel.
    Fall of Japan - William Craig
    Shanghai 1937 - Peter Harmsen
    Swan Song 1945 - Walter Kempowski
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  4. JJWilson

    JJWilson Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2017
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    Arizona U.S.A
    World War I By H.P. Wilmott- I literally just finished reading this book today, a basic history of the 1st World War
    A History of the Great War 1914-1918 By C.R.M.F. Cruttwell- an in depth history of World War 1 from a man who fought in it, this will be my second time reading it
    Great Second World War Stories By Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, Joseph Heller, etc.- WW2 stories taken from many novels and personal memoirs
    If the Allies Had Fallen By Showalter & Deutsch- A book centered on if the Allies lost at certain critical battles and moments
    The German War By Nicholas Stargardt- The Second World War from the perspective of the Germans
    The Korean War By Max Hastings- A general history of the Korean War
    Memoir of a Stuka Pilot By Helmut Mahlke- A memoir of a Stuka Pilot Helmut Mahlke :D
    War Zone Zoo-The Berlin Zoo and World War 2 By Kevin Prenger- The story of the Berlin Zoo in World War 2
  5. KJ Jr

    KJ Jr Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2014
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    New England
    Swan Song is a good read. The collection and assembling of the entries from the broad spectrum of personalities is eye opening.

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