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  • Just finished the “The York Factory Express” by Nancy Anderson. What a journey it would’ve been navigating the rivers, tributaries and crossing the Rockies from Hudson Bay to the west coast at Fort Vancouver all in the name of the fur trade.

    From York Factory on the west coast of Hudson Bay, you can reach the Rockies, Lake Superior and the Mississippi all in a canoe… and hopefully a map.

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      I am currently reading "The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War" by Dr Kenneth W. Noe, Auburn University. An unusual and revealing history of the Civil War describing the impacts of weather and terrain on military operations. Interesting to see how the same storm system could impact combat operations across all 3 theaters of war. Also explains well the various soil types were further impacted by weather, whether wet or dry. Brings a better understanding of why some events occurred when and how they did. More importantly, the weather impacts on which prevented operations from occurring as well.

      Not for the novice!
      “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
      Mark Twain

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      • Currently into The Second World Wars, by Victor Davis Hanson

        It's a pretty interesting take on the war, getting more into the inevitability of the defeat for the axis.
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        • I really want to read the forthcoming book by this FBI agent who interrogated Saddam. From the sounds of this it should be fantastic and insightful.
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          After interrogating Saddam, Piro ascended to high-ranking positions at the FBI, retiring in July as the special agent in charge of the Miami field office. Now he is writing a book about his lengthy interrogations of the Iraqi dictator for Simon & Schuster.

          As the 20th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War approaches, I spoke to Piro about what some consider the most successful interrogation in FBI history and the aftershocks of the US invasion of Iraq, which are still being felt today.

          Our conversation was lightly edited for clarity...


          https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/14/opini...gen/index.html

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          • Just finished The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt, a collection of Blackfoot stories. Very interesting dive into Indigenous story telling and history.


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            • Half way through 'Wizards of Oz', the story Mark Oliphant & Howard Florey. Who, you say? Two fellows born in Adelaide around the turn of the 19th century whose research changed the course of WW2 and history.

              Florey was the guy whose team worked out how to produce & use penicillin, for which he won a Nobel prize (along side discoverer Alexander Fleming & colleague Ernst Chain. Physicist Mark Oliphant was aguably even more important. First, his team developed cavitating microwave radar in a form powerful & small enough to be mounted on aircraft. Game changer. Other members of that team were the first to create a viable design for an atomic bomb. Oliphant was closely involved in co-ordinating between British researchers & US ones and was a key figure in Oppenheimer becoming involved in the project.

              There is more, but it is a great story well told. Fascinting stuff.

              https://www.amazon.com.au/Wizards-Oz.../dp/1742237452
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                A brilliant telling of the D Day story. Very much up to date in its research and far reaching in its discussions. Really showed that according to the plan there was no way in hell Montgomery would take Caen on D Day based on the plan. Also just how much the Germans were dependent on bicycles and horses. Finally, I knew the landing craft losses were tough but never knew just how severe a cut.

                On deck are his Snow & Steel & Fire & Steel...the Bulge and Fall of Germany.
                “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
                Mark Twain

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