My book-buying "problem"

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

  1. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Actually it's meant to be the "long s". English used to have both a long and a short s with now long abandoned (and not clear) grammatical rules as to when one or the other was used. pronunciation .was the same. The long s was written like an f with a long tail and the bar did not go through but only stuck out to the left. This was too fiddly for printers who often just used an f. The long s was abandoned in Britain in the 2nd half of the 18th century but retained for a while in America which is why the US constitution is full of them although not always used consistently
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  2. Wobbler

    Wobbler Active Member

    I don’t know why, but I’ve always found the use of the “f” for the “s” rather endearing.
    Very interesting, you live and learn. Thank you very much.

  3. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I errored in my ways today and stopped at the local flea market, where there is a vendor who sells books gleaned from estate sales.

    I was weak, again.

    I bought Battleship Bismarck, A Survivor's Story by Baron Burkard von Mullenheim-Rechberg, 1980, United States Naval Institute.


    Frozen Rainbows. by M. Bedford Davis, MD., 2003, Meadowlark Publishing

    The first is fairly self explanatory. The second are the memoirs of a US medical officer in the Northwest European campaign. Looking at the chapter titles, I am assuming he was with the First Army. I am hoping that I enjoy them both.

    Last week I was milling around in another bookstore and found With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge. I bought it because I had noticed that i did not own a copy, but thought I had read it in my youth. Well, i was wrong. I finished it two days ago and I can certainly understand why it is held in such high regard. It is one of the best first person accounts I have read (and I have read a lot) and understand why so much of it was used to develop the screen play for HBO's The Pacific.

    I highly recommend it.
    10/10, Will Read It Again.
  4. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    I echo your recommendation concerning " With The Old Breed". I bought a second-hand copy of the 1990 Oxford University Press edition last month.
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  5. Wobbler

    Wobbler Active Member

    With The Old Breed is superb, I agree. Another great account, and well worth a read, is Robert Leckie’s Helmet For My Pillow, similarly used, of course, for The Pacific.

    My personal choice, however, remains Eugene Sledge. I could not put it down.

    I also keep meaning to get hold of Chuck Tatum’s Red Blood, Black Sand but have not got round to it yet and I am probably a bit “over booked” at the moment! :D
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  6. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Saw this recently and, of course, couldn't resist! A 56 Inf Div Field Ambulance veteran.

    Blood and Bandages cover.png

    Just flicked through so far, but looks interesting.


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  7. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    One thing that bothers me now in my middle age is that he lived not too far away from me. Easily could have been a day trip, with time to spare, for me to meet him. I wished I had taken the opportunity to at least correspond with him, or if he was willing, to talk to him directly.
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  8. Wobbler

    Wobbler Active Member

    I guess life’s too short to have too many regrets, but I know what you mean.

    He hailed from Mobile, if I recall correctly.
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  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Not half bad for less than a tenner.
    Very well-illustrated effort at gazetteering every vehicle.
    Not a technical history at all, really. More nicely reproduced photos with extensive captions.

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  10. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Agree. I found it an interesting little book on another armoured rarity.
  11. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Just leaving this here...


    P.S. I appreciate that this is not PC but in my defence it is a historic document.
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  12. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    :moose: Oh no ... Canadian humor for sure !!
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  13. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    “To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.”

    Robertson Davies
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  14. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    He was from the Portable City. He was a professor at University of Montevallo until 1990. Don't know if he drove back and forth, but Montevallo is a good distance from Mobile.

    Regardless, either one is close.
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  15. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I had a similar feeling about 10 years ago when I picked up a local paper and read about the death of John McEwan who wrote "Out of the Depths of hell" about his time as a Japanese POW - I had read it and knew he had grown up about a mile from me but assumed he had already passed away - when he died he was still about a mile away and I wished I had known so I could have made contact, hopefully to meet and chat but at the very least to thank him for his service and his book.
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  16. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    I'm quite sure that many of us have that regret. There are several veterans who I wished I had spoken to or in more depth before they passed on. I put some of that down to the youthful illusion that they would always be there.
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  17. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I just missed meeting the one man who was captured with my grandfather in May 1943 and who survived his time as a POW in Rangoon Jail. All the others (four) perished in the prison. I have made contact with all the other families over the last 10 years, but missing Leon is a great regret.
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  18. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Two trickle ins today:


    Both look promising
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  19. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I'd strongly recommend When Dragons Flew, after the talk of veterans we didn't meet I'm glad to say that many of the veterans featured I did have the honour of meeting, my first copy (I now have 3 different versions) has about 20-30 Border autographs, unfortunately only 1 is still alive
  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Attack Warning Red's a fascinating book.
    My father's got the edition that goes right up to the stand-down. (He was in until the strange post-reorganisation rump of the Corps & it's final death throes. Seems everybody bought it).
    I may steal it from him one day. :unsure:
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