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The Book-buying Problem II

Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by von Poop, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich when I was 14. Needed a BIG dictionary and a very patient teacher. I couldn't list the books I've read since then. A certain depth of knowledge can be fun at time as well. I had an officer try to have a "teaching moment" with once.

    "And of course, there's the Royal Oak debacle."

    "Yeah, Gunther Prien in U-47."

    He looked at me like I'd grown a second head. Yeah, I'm just an enlisted.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I have a weekness, also, Adam. These are my acquisitions over the past 2 months or so. Now, I have to admit that I did not finish Beetle. It was nearly 1000 pages and after 500 or so, I simply lost interest and put it down. I am in the midst of Victory at Mortain and it is just...okay. I am excited by Japanese Destroyer Captain. It looks like it will be a good read.

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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member

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    Hell From the Heavens is a good read. Scary to think what they went through.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I have another issue also.
    I had several bookcase games already, (top two rows) but have found a store that sells old games...and well i have bought a couple recently that I am not sure I am even going to ever play.

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    Most of these I played 30 years or so while a collegian. I bought the last two in the past month. I really don't have anywhere to play Jutland, as it require floorspace. Hell's Highway will need substantial long-term table space that I don't really have at present. I may try it in Vassal, although the map is quite large and may prove arduous to play in a 24 in computer screen.

    Harpoon is also floor game, so I may never play it again.
     
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    I played Jutland in a WWI barracks that really needed repairs.
     
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    I guess I will start reading again with this one. Spearhead by Adam Makos. It looks good and I just picked it up today. About the third armored division, I have the patch and a model from them. From the introduction it is about a man and his tank crew. He was/is from Allentown, Pennsylvania where I lived from 1961 until 2012. It is copyright 2019.

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    You're not alone - I have the book and left it halfway through a year or two back. It features in all the Normandy bibliographies, so maybe I'll get back to it.....
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I guess the main issue is that it is not really adding anything that I have not read in many other books about the breakout in years past. The maps are so-so and he mentions towns and villages that aren't shown on the few maps there. I finally dug out my book of maps and printed a few other digital maps I had to help follow the story.

    If I had read the book 20-25 years ago, I might have a differing opinion of it. Right now, its just not blowing my skirt up.

    Can I whine or can I whine?
     
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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    The David Fletcher completism rumbles on.
    For a little Shire booklet it's rather good, but then: Fletcher.

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    Hmmmmm....

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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    UK types; still Haynes stuff coming through The Works, among the usual heaps of nonsense.
    C.a fiver each. Hard not to really.
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    Sorry, i dont give out autographs any more...I'm too famous. Its so bad I'm trying to make sure my next is all wet, fact-free, and lacking all detail, but its still a pain to complete.:D
     
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    I'm kind of surprised. Reardon's scholarship was impeccable and his conclusions stand up. It is by far the best book on the battle. Featherstone's is journalistic tosh, and Weiss' is - naturally enough - centered around his own role in the battle. Sadly, complaints about maps is frequently laid in the lap of the authors, but few author's are graphic artist's and no publisher anymore will cover the cost of producing maps, which is why a lot of authors, for better or worse, either don't do maps at all or simply crib copyright free maps from the West Point atlases.
     
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    Computer Graphics Arts at Purdue used to make beer money doing that sort of thing (and a couple of the profs). Just sayin'.
     
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    Sure. I worked with Jay Karamales, who is a topnotch graphic artist and a friend, so his services were sheap, but for the most part most authors don't have university or friend connections and wing it. And even for me, I get constant complaints from those that say the maps aren't "detailed enough" to show the tactical action" clearly, without realizing that in most narratives that means that imagination substitutes for facts.
     
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    I found out how useful a school could be when I did some map combining for a project. I knew nobody at the school (here in Missouri) so I just sent a email to one of the profs. in the program. He recommended a student with military background and an interest in history. She worked out just fine, to the point where she exceeded my modest expectations and did extra work just so she could get some work credits under her belt.
     
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    You should see the "maps" in my book. Utter crap, if I don't mind saying so myself.
    Don't get me wrong, the book is quite well done. I am just reading it at the wrong time in my life and it is not holding my interest. It probably would have 25 years ago.
     

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