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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    The historian H.W. Brands who wrote The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace said of Grant's autobiography, it was the best of all the presidential memoirs due to it contents and that it had nothing to do with his time in the presidency.
    I'm reading it again. Amazing how much one misses the first time around.
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    Recently got a new copy in English (last one I gave to a friend) of Sasha Litvinenko's "Blowing up Russia" and have been re -reading it. Well worth reading still today; as the ancient Chinese master Sun Tzu said "Know your enemy".

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    Haven't picked up the Hue book but I have read a couple of great ones in the mean time.

    The novels I mentioned were excellent...also read Tipping Point by David Poyer (predecessor to Onslaught) and finally also got around to reading Ghost Fleet.

    Excellent reads.

    I accidentally (;-)) ordered James Hornfischer's excellent Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal. Started it yesterday and it is outstanding. I also have Tin Can Titans: The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron the story of DESRON 21.

    After that I think I'll read The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 Hornfischer's book on the USN.

    More to follow.
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    Rogue Warrior of the SAS: The Blair Mayne Legend
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    Neptune's Inferno was great. Very well done. Though I knew that campaign well but I learned a ton. It was amazing how much the USN had to learn about combat at the outbreak of World War 2. And some common sense things....

    a. Learn to trust in radar for target ID and fire control.
    b. Combat loading of ships is the difference between victory and defeat.
    c. THE USN had an unwarranted arrogance regarding superiority of equipment.
    d. We actually had many battleships available much earlier in the fight after Pearl Harbor. But we couldn't deploy to the Solomons because they were such fuel hogs and we had nowhere near enough fleet oilers available to deploy for support.
    e. Learning to give target bearing relative to ships movement and not by the compass (sound familiar?)
    f. Don't stick the kids from the deep woods of Georgia manning the sound powered telephones. No one could understand what the hell they were saying!

    Recommend it highly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Neptune's Inferno was great. Very well done. Though I knew that campaign well but I learned a ton. It was amazing how much the USN had to learn about combat at the outbreak of World War 2. And some common sense things....

    a. Learn to trust in radar for target ID and fire control.
    b. Combat loading of ships is the difference between victory and defeat.
    c. THE USN had an unwarranted arrogance regarding superiority of equipment.
    d. We actually had many battleships available much earlier in the fight after Pearl Harbor. But we couldn't deploy to the Solomons because they were such fuel hogs and we had nowhere near enough fleet oilers available to deploy for support.
    e. Learning to give target bearing relative to ships movement and not by the compass (sound familiar?)
    f. Don't stick the kids from the deep woods of Georgia manning the sound powered telephones. No one could understand what the hell they were saying!

    Recommend it highly.
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    1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War
    By Benny Morris.

    Very detailed, week-by-week analysis of the political, diplomatic and (mainly) military developments that led to the founding of the State of Israel. Surprisingly evenly balanced, with plenty of blame to go around.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/1948-Histor.../dp/0300151128
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    DOR,

    yup, that book was great. the absolutely insane scramble in the ME immediately-post WWII is mind-boggling to read.

    here's a book i am VERY interested in-- catch is, it's not quite out yet.

    http://smstirling.com/books/black-chamber/
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    I have pre-order of Robert Kaplan's "The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century".

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    Last night ordered a copy of Luke Harding's new book "Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win". I have met Luke and read his previous work - he was a Guardian correspondent in Moscow for a while and was well known in emigre circles. I have pretty good confidence in him and look forward to assessing his evidence.

    Here is a NYTimes of the book for you Yanks who think it doesn't matter or that Trump is on your side: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/o...ot-russia.html
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    Off the typical beaten path for me where I always read something naval related. I ran across this book "My First Summer In The Sierra" by John Muir. Now I knew Muir was founder of the Sierra Club, friend of T.R., and influential in creating some of our most famous National Parks. I didn't know that he was an industrial engineer by training and worked in a factory in Wisconsin. What impressed me, as I read this book to my eight year old every night, was that this fellow is a true poet. His descriptions of the wild, in the words he uses, are absolute poetry. An amazing writer who became enamored by Mother Nature. I'm sure if everybody could see nature through his eyes they would all love nature as much as him and want to protect rather than plunder.

    Since the Sierra is in my backyard I had to see if I could actually trace his path of 1869 across the Central Valley and into the Yosemite Region. Consequently it has made me decide to use the first week of April school break to take a trip. Since roads in the Sierras, in the area, are closed in the winter I will drive down 395 from Topaz Lake NV to US 40 where I can go west and hit Bakersfield and then head up US 5 back home. This very lightly traveled route is along the east side of the Sierras where one finds ghost towns, Manzanar, Mono Lake, Mt. Whitney, Mammoth, and a short distance away Death Valley.

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