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« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2010, 01:04:01 PM »

This is the first time I've enjoyed a book by a woman since...

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"Atlas Shrugged"?
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« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2010, 01:16:37 PM »


Womenfolk write the freakiest pR0n. Ever read Nancy Friday?
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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2010, 01:21:04 PM »


Womenfolk write the freakiest pR0n. Ever read Nancy Friday?

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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2010, 01:32:51 PM »


Womenfolk write the freakiest pR0n. Ever read Nancy Friday?

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Try it out next time you're having imitation crabmeat.
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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2010, 03:03:30 PM »

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"...by the time he stepped to the plate, he was more than 60% of the way toward being on first base already.

That is absolutely staggering."
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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2010, 03:29:33 PM »

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Still very well played.
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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2010, 08:38:26 PM »

I just finished this.  I really enjoyed it.  I've read a ton about WW II, but pretty
much nothing about WW I.  I was worried it might presuppose a deep general
knowledge of the war (most WW II books seem to assume you've already read
them) but it thankfully didn't.  I'd have liked a little more detail of the actual
engagements and a little less Tolkien crap about which generals liked to have
long formal meals, but overall it was a compelling story.

I had no idea Sir John French was such a pussy.
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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2010, 07:52:51 AM »

I just finished this.  I really enjoyed it.  I've read a ton about WW II, but pretty
much nothing about WW I.  I was worried it might presuppose a deep general
knowledge of the war (most WW II books seem to assume you've already read
them) but it thankfully didn't.  I'd have liked a little more detail of the actual
engagements and a little less Tolkien crap about which generals liked to have
long formal meals, but overall it was a compelling story.

I had no idea Sir John French was such a pussy.

As far as I'm concerned, if you only read one book on WWI in your entire life, Keegan's will suffice. If you'd like a book written by a former student of Keegan's that's also a really good one volume history that uses a slightly different approach and explores some different topics, pick up The First World War by Hew Strachan.
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2010, 12:16:10 PM »

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Joyce Carol Oates?

And I just started The Guns of August today.
I'm sure you are all very anxious for my review.
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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010, 04:17:07 PM »

Although "Guns of August" is perhaps her best known and most widely read book, I was stunned by "A Distant Mirror", about the final Crusade and its impact on European history.  Had that Crusade not happened, or had it ended earlier we would all be speaking French today.
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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2010, 06:26:53 PM »

Although "Guns of August" is perhaps her best known and most widely read book, I was stunned by "A Distant Mirror", about the final Crusade and its impact on European history.  Had that Crusade not happened, or had it ended earlier we would all be speaking French today.

I've read that one. I liked it quite a bit.
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« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2010, 06:27:39 PM »

Although "Guns of August" is perhaps her best known and most widely read book, I was stunned by "A Distant Mirror", about the final Crusade and its impact on European history.  Had that Crusade not happened, or had it ended earlier we would all be speaking French today.

I've read that one. I liked it quite a bit.

Do I even read this?
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« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2010, 03:11:58 PM »

Although "Guns of August" is perhaps her best known and most widely read book, I was stunned by "A Distant Mirror", about the final Crusade and its impact on European history.  Had that Crusade not happened, or had it ended earlier we would all be speaking French today.

I've read that one. I liked it quite a bit.

Do I even read this?

One of the greatest history books of all time.  Saying the word "Coucy" over and over again in my head, on the other hand, became annoying.
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« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2010, 08:28:02 AM »

Was there a different thread where D-Day and Ambrose's other books were discussed? That sucks if it was Ratto'd.

I'm about halfway through D-Day and I just finished reading about the exploits of one Harrison Summers. He may well be the baddest dude ever.

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His unit took the town of Saint-Germain-de-Varreville, near Exit 4 off Utah Beach. He, along with about 15 men of various units, was ordered by 1st Battalion commander, Lt Col. Patrick Cassidy, to take a group of buildings nearby designated "WXYZ" on the field order map. The buildings turned out to be the barracks for 100 or more German troops.[1]

Summers led the attack, charging inside with his Thompson submachine gun. He assumed the others would follow, but they did not. He proceeded on, first single-handedly then with Private Camien's help, through each of the buildings, cleaning them out. Five hours later, the position was clear, and over 30 bodies of German troops were counted.

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Summers is a legend with American paratroopers [sic], the Sergeant York of World War II. His story has too much John Wayne/Hollywood in it to be believed, except that more than 10 men saw and reported his exploits.
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« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2010, 12:06:57 PM »

I have always thought that Audie Murphy's record was pretty impressive.
 
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