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The Coldest Winter (aka 1 of 700)

Discussion in 'Otto's LogBook' started by Otto, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Otto

    Otto Rested & Resupplied with MREs. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Today a work colleague called me over as I was walking by and pointed me to a book on his desk. It had a post-it note affixed to the front with the single word "Otto" penned on it. I've not known Roman long, but he comes across as a thoughtful individual, and his desk is always surrounded by books and it's clear he has the same reverence for them I do. He handed me the book stating it had been at his bedside for a spell and he though I'd like to have it, as he knew my interest in military history.

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    The book was David Halberstam's "The Coldest Winter". I was very content to accept the gift, as it was a first edition hardcover, and more significantly, it was one of the very same books that I lost in my now infamous basement flood when I was living in Chicago. I had Roman inscribe the book and I'll be adding it the steadily increasing book collection Study.

    Cheers Roman! One down, seven hundred to go.
     
  2. Otto

    Otto Rested & Resupplied with MREs. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I've recovered a few of the lost books over the years, and it was nice to have this one unexpectedly show up.

    I find Halberstam's writing a bit dense at times, but his research & sourcing is extensive.
     
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    Otto Rested & Resupplied with MREs. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I did a quick search on this site for a review with no results. Has anyone read this book? I've not yet read it, and it's rather long, so I'm wondering if it's worth adding to the end of my queue.
     
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    I advise some caution. Halberstam's book on baseball (Summer of '64) contained many errors. I hope he did better with Korea. Fortunately the US Army and I think also the USMC official histories are available online for cross-checking.
     

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