What are you reading at the moment?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Gage, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Guys

    I found Stalingrad to be a very very good book. Beevor is an excellent author and Stalingrad is a fine example of his work.
     
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Just to go against the grain a little. I thought Beevor's Stalingrad started well but then became puzzled as to how he managed to make such a fascinating subject so dull for the second half of the book...

    This week I bin' reading 'Warriors' By Max Hastings. A lightweight and not too serious book, but a damned good read for a bit of real life 'Boys own Adventure' from the Napoleonic era to the 20th century. (and bloody cheap in 'The Works' at the mo.)
     
  3. St. Ives

    St. Ives Member

    Guys

    I found Stalingrad to be a very very good book. Beevor is an excellent author and Stalingrad is a fine example of his work.

    Well, as I say I am indeed really enjoying it so far, in fact can't wait for lunch so I can read for an hour:)

    Von Poop. I agree his style can be a bit dry but as long as the facts are in place and I can learn more on this little understood element of the war then I shall persevere:)
     
  4. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    I picked this book up at a charity shop and the sad thing was, it had never been read before.

    If, however, bought the book originaly, had read it, they would have found it a first class description of an action which showed the ANZACS to be amongest the greatest fighters in the world.

    it also has one of the best short descriptions of the buildup to the 68 tet, that i have read and dispels a few falsi i deas i had about both the tet and the ANZAC war in vietnam.

    I had previosly read McAulay's first book, The battle of Long Tan, which is a spiffing good read as well. Therefore I was a ware of the breadth of detail and his style but this urpassess it!
     
  5. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    Big pile of books and a long summer to get through them. Woohoo!
    Just started Barnes Wallis's Bombs. Very good so far. Mostly technical, but then you get personal statements and little asides thrown into it. Well worth the read.
     
  6. lancesergeant

    lancesergeant Senior Member

    Let me go - Helga Schneider, a sad story of a little girl abandoned while her mother to become an extermination guard in Auschwitz and Ravensbruck.
     
  7. BumInABox

    BumInABox Junior Member

    To Hell & Back -- Audie Murphy's autobiography. He was the most decorated soldier in ww2.
     
  8. laufer

    laufer Senior Member

    Der Tote im Bunker. Bericht über meinen Vater. by Martin Pollack (in polish translation). It is sort of investigation into family story by a son of dr Gerhard Bast, Sturmbannführer of SS and war criminal,who was find dead in spring 1947 on the Brenner Pass in Tyrolean Alps.
     
  9. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Der Tote im Bunker. Bericht über meinen Vater. by Martin Pollack (in polish translation). It is sort of investigation into family story by a son of dr Gerhard Bast, Sturmbannführer of SS and war criminal,who was find dead in spring 1947 on the Brenner Pass in Tyrolean Alps.

    You take a risk when you search as you may not like what you find out!
     
  10. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I'm reading "A Bright Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan and its an account of the life (and death) of John Paul Vann, An American involved in Vietnam. A great read so far.
     
  11. Hawkeye90

    Hawkeye90 Senior Member

    Just started Steven Ambrose's Wild Blue.
     
  12. ErikH

    ErikH Senior Member

    I just picked up Ortona: Canadas epic World War 2 battle.

    400+ pages.
     
  13. morse1001

    morse1001 Very Senior Member

    I'm reading "A Bright Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan and its an account of the life (and death) of John Paul Vann, An American involved in Vietnam. A great read so far.

    I have read it, one of the few books that I would re-read. Also, just it to show who untruthful the film, We were soliders, was!!!!
     
  14. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    I just picked up Ortona: Canadas epic World War 2 battle.

    400+ pages.

    Love 'em. I've got "Ortona" and "The Liri Valley" and just ordered "Juno Beach" via Abebooks. I want to get "The Gothic Line" and "Defending Juno." I'm sure he'll tackle the long left flank after those are done.

    Great books.
     
  15. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Just been reading part I of 'Charley's War'. A comic strip set in WWI and was in Battle comic many moons ago. I read it as a kid and it's now out in hardback. The research, writing and drawing are amazing.:)
     
  16. ErikH

    ErikH Senior Member

    Love 'em. I've got "Ortona" and "The Liri Valley" and just ordered "Juno Beach" via Abebooks. I want to get "The Gothic Line" and "Defending Juno." I'm sure he'll tackle the long left flank after those are done.

    Great books.

    He is working on another book right now: "The Scheldt: Canada’s Bitterest World War II Battle—October-November 1944."
     
  17. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    He is working on another book right now: "The Scheldt: Canada’s Bitterest World War II Battle—October-November 1944."

    Anybody know where I can find him, so I can cadge autographs for my copies of his books?
     
  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Just been reading part I of 'Charley's War'. A comic strip set in WWI and was in Battle comic many moons ago. I read it as a kid and it's now out in hardback. The research, writing and drawing are amazing.:)
    Charlie's war is great stuff Gage.
    If you're in the mood for quality comics then check out Art Spiegelman's 'Maus',(V.1:My Father Bleeds History v.2:And Here my troubles began.) It's about his parent's experiences in Auschwitz, the Jews presented as Mice and the Nazi's as Cats. Sounds weak but I promise you it aint, it's heavy heavy heavy... Frankly bloody marvellous, an acutely moving study of survivors and their children. They even created a special pullitzer category so it could get an award.
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    In fact... It's what I'll be reading again for the next day or so.
     
  19. ErikH

    ErikH Senior Member

    Anybody know where I can find him, so I can cadge autographs for my copies of his books?

    http://www.zuehlke.ca/
     
  20. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    Just started Steven Ambrose's Wild Blue.
    A good book, I enjoyed reading it, let us know what you think of it.
     

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