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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxes View Post
    I dont think i have read this ... sounds very familiar. I have read another book on Vietnam called the "Rise & Fall Of The American Army".. something like that. it covered Vietnam
    Yeah, the name of the guy who wrote it escapes me at the moment. It's interesting but not the greatest read (I'm fairly sure he copy/pasted every description of combat), and only covers the American Army.

    Meanwhile, on the list:

    Anything by Richard Overy, but particularly Why The Allies Won and Russia's War - probably the best single volume history of the Eastern Front in English at the moment.

    Stephen Bungay's The Most Dangerous Enemy is probably the best analysis of the Battle of Britain to date.

    Max Hastings - I disagree with most of what he writes, but still worth a look.

    Robin Niellands - Controversial, to say the least. Usually seeks to challenge what he sees a prevailing myths on topics such as generalship on the Western Front, the effects/morality of the Combined Bomber Offensive and the Battle of Normandy.

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    i am soo sick of WWII literature materials ... its like being addicted to smoking ... finally i got out few years ago .. thank you very much


    I heard in this forum that Cobra II is perhapes a good literature work on the Iraq war, what others do you suggest ...
    If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery of gunpowder with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

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    America Caesar-William Manchester

    Panzer Leader-Hienz Guderian

    Scorched Earth-Paul Carrel
    Desert Foxes-Paul Carrel

    Guadal Canal-Richard Frank

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    "There's a War to be Won!: The U.S. Army in WWII" - Geoffrey Peret.

    "Angel in the Whirlwind" - Benson Bobrick. (American Revolutionary War)

    "To Shining Sea: A History of the United States Navy 1775 - 1991" - Stephen Howarth

    Those are three on 3 different subjects that stand out in my mind.

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    The Arms of Krupp by William Manchester

    WW2DB: The Arms of Krupp

    Shattered Sword by Jon Parshall and Tony Tully

    WW2DB: Shattered Sword

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    Quote Originally Posted by xerxes View Post
    I heard in this forum that Cobra II is perhapes a good literature work on the Iraq war, what others do you suggest ...
    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/war...iew-essay.html
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    "The Last Valley - The French Defeat at Dien Bien Phu" by Martin Windrow. Excellent book, covers the Indo-China war in a fair bit of detail before taking a really in-depth look at Dien Bien Phu. Destroys a lot of the myths that have been built up about that battle as well.

    "The Fall of the Roman Empire" by Peter Heather is really good as well - he does a good job at arguing against the conclusions reached in Gibbons "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire".

    "1812 - Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow" by Adam Zamoyski is an excellent account of that campaign. Very wel written and researched.

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    I found this book to be amazing source of info based on reviews.
    I did not read it yet.

    The Prize - The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, & Power
    If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery of gunpowder with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

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    Eagle against the sun

    Korea the First War we Lost by Bevin Alexander

    How Hitler Could Have Won WWII by Bevin Alexander

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    Anyone have any suggestions for early modern European history? I've been looking around, but I haven't found anything too interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace16807 View Post
    Anyone have any suggestions for early modern European history? I've been looking around, but I haven't found anything too interesting...

    Can you define the time frame a little better?

    And which part(s) of Europe?
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Can you define the time frame a little better?

    And which part(s) of Europe?
    Renaissance-Reign of Louis XIV time era wise.

    If there's anything for Europe as a whole, that would be nice, but If I must pick, Western Europe/England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace16807 View Post
    Anyone have any suggestions for early modern European history? I've been looking around, but I haven't found anything too interesting...
    1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance by Gavin Menzies

    Its good, a bit controversial and so is his other book so hope this helps

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    Did anyone had the chance to read the following book:

    I like to hear some WAB-oriented comments from those who read it. The author - Professor Carroll Quigley - apprently was Bill Clinton's mentor during his university days.

    Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
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    Carroll Quigley
    If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery of gunpowder with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace16807 View Post
    Renaissance-Reign of Louis XIV time era wise.

    If there's anything for Europe as a whole, that would be nice, but If I must pick, Western Europe/England.
    A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman

    You could also try A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester, but read it with a critical eye. He is pushing an agenda as much as telling a story, and his sometimes gets details wrong.

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