My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    And liking the self-awareness. :)
    Some of my favourite books are easily described as a bit weird...
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    This is very bad timing. You'd think Gun Jesus would realise I'm currently spending a fair chunk on building a new pooter & had decided to dampen down on books for a while...
    Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 – 2016
    Remarkable response to the kickstarter.

    Oh dear.
  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher


    I am definitely pausing on buying new books after the deal I thought I had found turned out to be Hodges' original little book on British tank markings without Taylor, which I understand has errors in it. Plus, I am not sure what material is in it that I don't already have. So that was a bit of a waste of money.

    But I do have a copy of the book on Gloster Gladiators coming which the author mentioned here. :)
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Wiil i read it or pile it

    On its way
    My Part of the Sky
    Roland Beaumont

    Was a few quid now showing at much higher price
    Last edited: May 5, 2019
  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    Osprey titles are very variable in quality but the good ones are very good at providing short readable history.
    Given the number of titles the company produces, they also explore areas that other publishers don't touch.
    Both these titles fall into that category. Nicholas Milliman is a noted expert on Japanese aircraft and has written a number of other Osprey titles on the subject. He uses Japanese sources thus producing a balanced look at early Zero aces. The book on the Baltic Independence Wars is written by an Estonian who has access to many sources not readily accessible to English speaking authors. In addition aside from scholarly presses, the chances of finding a book on this topic in English are slim. Great selection of images and a good look at the German Freikorps active in the area.
    So for the price, both worthwhile buys
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  6. idler

    idler GeneralList

  7. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member


    So this doorstopper just arrived. Guess I've got the Australian Army in WW2 covered now :cheers:
    From publisher's description
    The Unit Guide - Big Sky Publishing
  8. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Good loooord. How much coverage is there for any particular unit?
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  10. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    That's impressive. I'd be intererested to see some page samples (and I'd imagine I'm not alone).

    I keep on meaning to buy Kempton's Loyalty & Honour set for the Indian Army, but it's a lot of money--especially with postage--and if you're going to splash out it would have to be the hardback versions...
  11. idler

    idler GeneralList

    If it helps prevent expenditure, it doesn't cover home service just sweaty/dusty places.
  12. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    As requested some page samples.
    I've included some examples of unit profiles and OOBs as presented in the guides.
    Apologies for my photography. It was early in the morning. Australia 1.jpg Australia 2.jpg Australia 3.jpg Australia 4.jpg Austalia 5.jpg
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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I note with delight and dread that a town in BC near Victoria International Airport (Sidney, BC) has six used bookstores together including "The Military and History Bookshop" :) I hope to go there in early July...
  14. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    ......and I'm going to the Tilly sur Seulles bookfair on 9th June. All is lost.....or not as the case may be...... :)
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  15. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I went to a village bookshop in Northants and came out with four Indian Army-related titles, a Malayan campaign and a 1940 one. Hate to think what would happen at a specialist venue...
  16. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Aaarrrrgggghhhhhhhhh! I've just checked the publishers and authors who are scheduled to be Bank Account needed..........
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  17. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Will be leaving on the 8th. :blank: Very sad to miss this great bookfair. Would have preferred to have needed a new band account...
  18. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    In a moment of weakness I finally ordered these three titles on the US Army in Normandy:

    US Army in WW2.jpg

    Now I will have to visit the area as well … :rolleyes:
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  19. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    :unsure: someone else looks as though they will need a new bank account :unsure:

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  20. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I know that we don't 'do' politics here, but this made me sit up an take notice...The 'Greens' in Belgium have apparently commissioned a feasibility study into a 'vermogensbelasting' - a 'Property' or 'wealth' tax...and their eyes have fallen upon wine or book collections :-(

    "How far will 'Green' go to introduce a property registry? An explanation to the Council of State shows that the party is also looking at wine cellars and book collections of more than 5,000 euros. But in the meantime, they have changed their tune. "We only look at insured collections."

    A book tax. What sort of politician could even think about a tax on books ? Back to the middle ages !

    O.K. Most of my books are worthless the moment that Amazon delivers them...but imagine filling in a tax return that asks how much you've spent on books...This would not be good for marital harmony.
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