My book-buying "problem"

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

  1. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    I checked in and there are still some relatively inexpensive copies on Abebooks without a dust jacket. Shipping to Canada is what makes them expensive on my end but if you're in the UK much cheaper.

    Also try searching on which looks at copies from across a wide range of sites: Search Results (Matching Titles)

    Often the easiest way to find a cheap copy of a title.
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  2. Markyboy

    Markyboy Member

    Cheers Orwell, yeah I saw those copies on abe. With a few exceptions I try and stick to a £10 limit for old books as I live in Kent where military book sales must have been good over the years (no doubt with the Battle of Britain and V1 attacks being fought overhead). The charity shops and book shops normally have a good military section I can grab a bargain in.

    I normally default to abe when searching specific titles, so I'll definitely try that bookfinder link thanks.
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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Might be a bit odd, but now I've read it; it's also V good.
    Had no idea the British had enquired so deeply into coatings, great primary source work, repro manuals & massive references.
    Like the TOG book, it's a tad dry & maybe more a summary of sources than anything, but well worth the low price of admission.
    (Got that feeling again that it'll be one of those that costs a bleedin' fortune in a few years time if it slips out of print.)
  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    I enjoyed this book by the official historian of the war at sea although, as he worked in the Admiralty during some of the war it's always a bit hard to tell if he is rather protective of the admirals when describing their tussles with Churchill over strategy and operations...

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    Worth picking up 2nd hand though.

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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  6. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Haven't been in a charity shop for nearly six months but am glad I did yesterday! Can't decide which of these I'm more excited about...
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  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Not seen any W&T sets for a while.
    Only two issues short there (one'll be #75, which always seems to be missing). Stone cold bargain. Think I paid £30-50 for mine & they were worth every single penny.
  9. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    I'm hoping that the Amazon package under our tree contains this and not more cat food!

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    I enjoyed his book on a similar subject on WW1 (Command or Control?) although it was a little dry and hoping that this one continues along the same course with an in-depth comparison of actual training manuals and methods rather than normal rehashing of dodgy secondary sources.


  10. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    No contest, it’s Rupert lol. Highlight of Christmas for years was my Rupert Christmas Annual. The last one I ever got had to be dragged screaming from my hands as I refused to put it down. Mind you, I was 30.
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  11. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member


    Putting this here as I know a couple of people will be interested in it besides me.
    From Dick Taylor and due in April. I will definitely be getting a copy .
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  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    "Enthusiasts' Manual"? That's an odd choice of phrase. But I want it.
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  13. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Some Xmas arrivals:
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  14. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Well this is a nice surprise! My complimentary copy of this book for doing the proof-reading.

    Would be very interested to find out what some of you make of it.

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  15. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    Rattler very helpfully pointed me towards an excellent thread on Tully’s Port about HMS Encounter in which I discovered that one of her crew, Eric Dent DSM, had written this under the pen name John Dent. Had to have it!

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  16. Waddell

    Waddell Well-Known Member

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    I picked up some more reading material at a New South Wales South Coast Op Shop the other day.
    • Farrar-Hockley's 'Edge of the Sword'. They were great covers on the 'Echoes of War' series.
    • 'Alan Moorehead' by Tom Pocock. Pocock knew Moorehead and this book was referred to in a recent book I read on Moorehead by Thornton McCamish.
    • 'Like Father Like Son' by Phil Drackett. Not really WW2 related but some mentions of the Campbell's during the war. Seems that Malcolm tried early in the war to establish a Motor Cycle Corps with Tommy Wisdom, which went nowhere. Donald applied to the RAF but was rejected due to a history of rheumatic fever so stayed in engineering.
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  17. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Ordered a copy and it arrived last week. It's on the pile but looking forwards to it.

    Most recent arrivals:
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  18. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Julius Ringel writing about the exploits of his 5. Gebirgsjäger Division (Austrian)


    ... the book unfortunately is typical of the German unit stories ... it has a greasy brown top layer (Ringel was an avid supporter of the Nazis) and is not very objective; as usual it downplays the strength of the own side, while exaggerating that of the enemy; a recipe for (in this case) Austrian 'heroes'.

    I have been reminded again, why I've always been reticent to buy these books :pipe:
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  19. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I'd be very interested to get your opinion on it!
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  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Very good point about German memoirs.
    Most I've read do seem to focus on the harder retreats rather than the periods of victory.
    Maybe a certain reticence to be seen celebrating certain triumphs, maybe something else.
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