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GreyFox5
10-10-2005, 11:55 AM
This Thread got me thinking... http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/3821077563
What are you reading currently?

I just completed "Dumb but Lucky! : Confessions of a P-51 Fighter Pilot in World War II" Great book by Richard K Curtis Great read for P-51 drivers and any of us who Virtually fly here in IL2.
Found here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/034547636...nce&s=books&n=507846 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0345476360/qid=1128966683/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-9069499-5888751?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

Next up for me is "Flags of Our Fathers" Just started it last night.
Found here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/055338029...751?v=glance&s=books (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/055338029X/qid=1128966781/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-9069499-5888751?v=glance&s=books)

So what ya reading?

sparty7200
10-10-2005, 12:03 PM
just finishing Pacific vortex by clive Cussler and then it'll be Angels and Demons by Dan Brown!..Boring really!

NorrisMcWhirter
10-10-2005, 12:15 PM
Re-reading 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh.

Ta,
Norris

Low_Flyer_MkII
10-10-2005, 12:24 PM
The Fourth Inspector Morse Omnibus by Colin Dexter.

I've recently picked up 'The Guns Of The Royal Air Force 1939 -1945' by G. F. Wallace - psyching myself up to embark on that particular voyage of discovery. Will probably go for 'The Conquerors' by Michael Beschloss next, have had it a while.

Recently finished 'The Battle Of Hamburg' by Martin Middlebrook and 'Bomber Command' by Max Hastings. Both recommended.

SithSpeeder
10-10-2005, 12:27 PM
Just finishing "Ghost Soldiers" by Hampton Sides (actually, I'm listening to it...audio book http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif ...hope that counts).

Great read. See http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/038549564...302-0968619?v=glance (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385495641/103-3383302-0968619?v=glance)

Flags of Our Fathers was great, too.

* _54th_Speeder *

jensenpark
10-10-2005, 01:08 PM
Piece of Cake by Derek Robinson (very, very highly recommened)
Decision over Shweinfert (spelling?)
Full Circle by Johnny Johnson.

Why 3 books at once? One in each bathroom. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

madsarmy
10-10-2005, 01:10 PM
Inside Hitler's Bunker - Joachim Fest

MEGILE
10-10-2005, 01:11 PM
Fishing for dummies

Monson74
10-10-2005, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by NorrisMcWhirter:
Re-reading 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh.

Ta,
Norris

Outstanding writer - as a non-native English reader I fought & cursed my way through "Trainspotting" but enjoyed every minute of it - best book ever written & it's sort of about my generation http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

cygfrain
10-10-2005, 01:34 PM
I'm reading "Spitfire Leader" by Avery and Shores (ISBN 1-902304-26-8) which is about Wg Cdr Evan "Rosie" Mackie. It gives excellent insights into the experiences of a New Zealand fighter pilot who fought in the ETO, North African and Italian theatres during WW2.

GBrutus
10-10-2005, 01:50 PM
'JG26 - Top Guns of the Luftwaffe' by Donald Caldwell. Great read.

p1ngu666
10-10-2005, 02:00 PM
bomber barons by chaz bowyer
tis good

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

NorrisMcWhirter
10-10-2005, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Monson74:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NorrisMcWhirter:
Re-reading 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh.

Ta,
Norris

Outstanding writer - as a non-native English reader I fought & cursed my way through "Trainspotting" but enjoyed every minute of it - best book ever written & it's sort of about my generation http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you liked Trainspotting, I'd recommend 'Glue', also. Glue sort of happens before Trainspotting and 'Porno', the 'sequel' to TS, unites the characters from both books.

Of course, there is also 'Filth' about a pretty obnoxious policeman whose tapeworm helps to narrate the story as it gradually becomes more self aware of it's host and his motivations(!) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ta,
Norris

WWSensei
10-10-2005, 02:32 PM
Re-reading "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art Of War" as well as "Vipers in the Storm" and "The Brothers Kasparov".

ARCHIE_CALVERT
10-10-2005, 02:34 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Hmmm... Just finished one of my Dads old books, 'Crazy Horse and Custer' By Stephen E Ambrose. Before that it was 'The Face of Battle' By John Keegan and I've been dipping into the 'Engines of Creation' By K Eric Drexler (Some of it's hard going, but is well worth the trouble. Sort of a cure all for science... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)as well as 'Apocalypse' By Bill McGuire (Frightening... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif) On the Aviation front, read in the summer, 'British Experimental Turbojet Aircraft' By Barry Jones and 'Project Cancelled' By Derek Wood. (Both made me feel Proud, Angry, fustrated and mostly Sad... In that order. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)

New Books, I'm on the lookout at the moment for a copy of 'British Experimental Jet Aircraft', 1941-1986, By Barrie Hygate... Which seems to be non exsistant this side of the pond... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

oFZo
10-10-2005, 02:59 PM
"De Kus In De Nacht" by Herman Brusselmans

Monson74
10-10-2005, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by NorrisMcWhirter:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Monson74:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NorrisMcWhirter:
Re-reading 'Porno' by Irvine Welsh.

Ta,
Norris

Outstanding writer - as a non-native English reader I fought & cursed my way through "Trainspotting" but enjoyed every minute of it - best book ever written & it's sort of about my generation http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you liked Trainspotting, I'd recommend 'Glue', also. Glue sort of happens before Trainspotting and 'Porno', the 'sequel' to TS, unites the characters from both books.

Of course, there is also 'Filth' about a pretty obnoxious policeman whose tapeworm helps to narrate the story as it gradually becomes more self aware of it's host and his motivations(!) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ta,
Norris </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Maybe I should order those tomorrow - thx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I really like his Scottish lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BaldieJr
10-10-2005, 03:03 PM
This thread.

Archangel2980
10-10-2005, 03:03 PM
Raunchy playboy articles.

marc_hawkins
10-10-2005, 03:12 PM
Lucan 'civil war' but this forum has reminded me that as a kid i was given janes 'all the world's aircraft 1945' (a huge reprinted tome for an anniversary or something) great for airplane info but also as it is dated it gives the info as then understood.. not read it for years but as IL2 has rekindled my interest, shall have to dig it up the next time i go back to my parents! not till xmas though, as i am in sussex and they in somerset http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Fish6891
10-10-2005, 03:19 PM
A Critique of Practical Reason

by Immanuel Kant

I highly recommend http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

MEGILE
10-10-2005, 03:23 PM
Nah..philosophical books are overmodelled.

sakai2005
10-10-2005, 03:25 PM
reading mathew brady historian with a camera by james d horan.a great insight to the birth of photography as well as the man himself

LW_lcarp
10-10-2005, 03:29 PM
Tigers in the Mud The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius By Otto Carius

jds1978
10-10-2005, 03:58 PM
1. "Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural" ed. by Marvin Kaye

2. "At Dawn We Slept"-Gordon Prange

GreyFox5
10-10-2005, 03:59 PM
'JG26 - Top Guns of the Luftwaffe' by Donald Caldwell

Great read - Sort of the rise and fall of the Luftwaffe rolled in there... I was astonished that the German AAA would shoot at anything in the sky resulting in downing there own http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I'll have to look up some of these books.
Thanks for posting!

~S~ Fox

jarink
10-10-2005, 04:01 PM
Just finished "Flyboys" by James Bradley. I liked "Flags of our Fathers" better, but it was still a decent book.

I just started "Sharks and Little Fish" by Wolfgang Ott.

ElAurens
10-10-2005, 04:09 PM
"FIRE IN THE SKY. The Air War in the South Pacific." by Eric M. Bergerud.

An amazingly weighty tome on the often overlooked air war in the far Southwest Pacific, that was mainly fought by the US, ANZAC, and Japanese army air arms.

Stigler_9_JG52
10-10-2005, 04:12 PM
"Betrayed Ideals" by Hans-Ekkehard Bob.

Heightened somewhat this weekend by seeing Bob on a History Channel program where they compared the Spit and the 109. The overall consensus result was a draw. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

han freak solo
10-10-2005, 04:18 PM
Flipping through "Hitler's Luftwaffe" at the moment. Not a novel or story. Just dry facts.

Also, "The Complete Guide to Networking and Networking +", for night school. I feel like I'm reading a recipe for 7 layer dip.

Oilburner_TAW
10-10-2005, 04:20 PM
The Most Dangerous Enemy


Really a good read if your into facts without to much opinion.

GreyFox5
10-10-2005, 04:47 PM
Sparty7200 - Haven't really read any Clive Cussler

NorrisMcWhirter - Been sticking to history lately. Must be good if your reading it again.

Low_Flyer_MkII - I'll have to check those selections out! I have a great used bookstore in town so I'll add those to the list!

SithSpeeder - Ghost Solders, yes that was some book read it year ago maybe. Hard to believe the U.S. left those guys to be captured. Think that movie "The Great Raid" was based on that.

Jensenpark - I'll add these to my list...

madsarmy - I will definitely find this book. I saw some show about the bunker and it had some real bizarre SS runes painted on the walls. This was film before the end and its demolition.

Megile - Not familiar with that one. Is that a book? Or you being funny? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

cygfrain - Wow sounds like a great read. Have to find that one. Its amazing how intergrated the RAF really was. Lots of nations flying Spits and Hurris

GBrutus - Great read

p1ngu666 - I'll keep a look out for it.

WWSensei - Excellent! I'll check them out.

ARCHIE_CALVERT - I'll see if I can find "British Expermental Turbojet Aircraft" by Barry Jones
I found it here! http://www.powells.com/s?kw=British+Expermental+Turbojet+Aircraft

oFZo - Is that Night Fighters? I'm guessing. If so I would like to find that. I'm wishing that BoB has Bf-110s setup for night missions - love to try that out!

Archangle2980 - Wow took someone long enough to toss in a Playboy!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Marc_Hawkins - I hope they still have the book Jane's is the best out there!

Fish6891 - Heavy reading http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Megile - Yep they can be overmodeled! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

sakai2005 - Hmmm maybe I can read that and understand what the heck I'm doing with my digital camera. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

LW-Icarp - Hey there M8! Sounds like a good read!

jds1978 - Cool, have to let the crowd here know if "At Dawn We Slept" is a good read...

jarink - Yep good book but I had some issues with the style of writing. GOt sick of him saying "Flyboys" all the time.

ElAurens - Another book to add to my collection.

Stigler_9_JG52 - I'm a firm believer in the thought that the pilot makes up a great deal of how the aircraft performs in battle. And that goes for this sim as well.

han freak solo - Ya dry facts can be helpful and sometimes makes a great seditive. I imagine Networking would do the same...

Oilburner_TAW - Sounds like a book about relationships! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif I'll check it out!

bolox00
10-10-2005, 04:48 PM
FLYING TO THE LIMIT by PETER CAYHILL (ISBN 1-84415-226-X)- a very good summary of single engined fighters tested by the british in ww11 (british, american and german)

SABRES OVER MIG ALLEY by KENNETH P WERREL (ISBN 1-59114-933-9)-excellent book

GENERALS by MARK URBAN (ISBN 0-571-22485-7)-never read a dull book yet by him.

shotdownski
10-10-2005, 05:03 PM
Just finished "Nanette - Her pilot's love story" by Edwards Park. Anyone who "flys" the P-39 must read this book. Parks flew with the USAAC in New Guinea. His description of the takeoff and landing manuevers these guys used in theater is incredible. I'm sure the State-side flight instructors would have cringed.

Currently reading "Iron Coffins" a firsthand account of the Battle of the Atlantic by a former u-boat skipper.

After that I think I'll re-read "Terror in the Starboard Seat" by Dave McIntosh. He was a Mosquito navigator and this account is informative, funny, and at times brutal.

LEXX_Luthor
10-10-2005, 05:05 PM
Just found these, by Anthony Sutton...

Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution
~> http://www.reformed-theology.org/html/books/bolshevik_revolution/index.html

Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler
~> http://www.reformed-theology.org/html/books/wall_street/index.html


...most interesting indeed!

p-11.cAce
10-10-2005, 05:15 PM
Reading two great books right now:
1. The Legion Condor by Karl Ries and Hans Ring (prepping for that new Spanish CW campaign!) This is a great read with many pics and a complete list of Condor a/c, pilots, victories, and losses along with color plates, etc.
2. Me 262 vol.I by J. Richard Smith and Eddie Creek. This is a great overview of the 262, its development history and the people who brought it about.

GreyFox5
10-10-2005, 05:27 PM
I have this book on my shelf but haven't dived into it yet. I know I'll be bummed about this story once I get into it. It has its own website! http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com/

The book is titled: IBM and the Holocaust

Some of the text on the Website: IBM and the Holocaust is the stunning story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany -- beginning in 1933 in the first weeks that Hitler came to power and continuing well into World War II. As the Third Reich embarked upon its plan of conquest and genocide, IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

DangerForward
10-10-2005, 05:57 PM
To Win the Winter Sky: The Air War over the Ardennes 1944-1945, by Danny Parker. Covers probably the biggest Western air battles after D-Day. Lots of low level Jabo combat...

hotspace
10-10-2005, 06:00 PM
I flew for the Fuhrer by Heinz Knoke http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Hot Space

pwengland
10-10-2005, 06:58 PM
Also reading Fire in the Sky. Long read but good. Next up "The Longest Winter", battle of the bulge book.

FlatSpinMan
10-10-2005, 07:11 PM
I'm re-reading "Stalingrad" by Antony Beevor. It is horrendously interesting, horrendous because of the facts it recounts. Definitely must be read. His books "Berlin" and "the Spanish Civil War" are also very good. berlin is about the Red Army in the Battle of Berlin. It is not a pleasant story but it is very readable.
I'm also reading Terry Pratchett's latest comedy-fantasy novel - "Going Postal". So far it looks to be one of his best. Even better than his usual writing.

This one is from agaes ago but if you ever have a chance, read Jared Diamond's "Guns, germs and steel". Nothing about planes or WW2 but it provides a plausible, common sense explanation for the domination of the world by Eurasian peoples.

Beaufort-RAF
10-10-2005, 08:12 PM
Just finished <span class="ev_code_RED">Augsburg Raid </span> by <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Jack Currie</span> about the low level Lancaster raid on the
MAN diesel engine factory.

Now reading <span class="ev_code_RED">The Forgotten Fleet:The Story of the British Pacific Fleet 1944-45</span> by <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">John Winton</span>.

wayno7777
10-10-2005, 08:53 PM
This months FlyPast magazine and PCPilot....

blakduk
10-10-2005, 09:00 PM
Currently reading 'Weapons of Choice- World War 2.2' by John Birmingham. Interesting, light reading.
Its a techno-thriller, sci-fi story about alternate realities. The premise is that a task force from the future ends up in the midst of WW2 and confronts the challenges they all face- particularly the allies confronting their descendents with their outrageously liberal tendencies.
I preferred his earlier book 'He died with a falafel in his hand'- it matched my own experiences of living is share houses http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

DarkStar68
10-10-2005, 09:19 PM
Just started "The Devil in the White City"

http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/devilinthewhitecity/home.html

Oh yea - the BOE "Pilot's Notes" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

tagTaken2
10-10-2005, 10:45 PM
I preferred his earlier book 'He died with a falafel in his hand'- it matched my own experiences of living is share houses http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Ditto... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Sean and David's long drive.

The Dambusters.

Stigler_9_JG52
10-10-2005, 10:55 PM
Shotdownski:

You might also look for "Angels Twenty" by the same author, and most likely about the same time period.

Professor1942
10-10-2005, 11:06 PM
"Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar" by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

civildog
10-10-2005, 11:21 PM
Rereading both "A Distant Mirror, The Calamitous 14th Century" by Barbara Tuchman and "Foucault's Pendulum" by Unberto Eco.

BTW: read "Court of the Red Czar" this last summer...very good book, but to me it read a little too much like a gossip piece in places. Needed more meat to it.

oFZo
10-11-2005, 02:16 AM
Originally posted by GreyFox5:


oFZo - Is that Night Fighters? I'm guessing. If so I would like to find that. I'm wishing that BoB has Bf-110s setup for night missions - love to try that out!



http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif It has nothing to do with flying at all, it's a novel. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Monson74
10-11-2005, 02:37 AM
Originally posted by CivilDog:
Rereading both "A Distant Mirror, The Calamitous 14th Century" by Barbara Tuchman and "Foucault's Pendulum" by Unberto Eco.

BTW: read "Court of the Red Czar" this last summer...very good book, but to me it read a little too much like a gossip piece in places. Needed more meat to it.

"Foucault's Pendulum" - classic! Absolutely recommended & it's a spooky story - I guess Dan Brown tried to create a similar work only he lacked the wits & talent.

Just finished "Dispatches" by Michael Herr - great book. I also recommend reading "Inside the Third Reich" by Albert Speer.

major_setback
10-11-2005, 03:22 AM
Originally posted by marc_hawkins:


.... as a kid i was given janes 'all the world's aircraft 1945' (a huge reprinted tome for an anniversary or something) great for airplane info but also as it is dated it gives the info as then understood.... :




I'm sure this has been reissued again recently. If I'm not dreaming they have a copy of it in my local library. Check your library everbody, this is a classic!!!

Waldo.Pepper
10-11-2005, 04:13 AM
Re-reading Mayday by Michael Beechloss, and The Minister and The Masacres by Nicolai Tolstoy.

Lucius_Esox
10-11-2005, 05:41 AM
Just finished Carlo D'este's Decision in Normandy for the third time. Just started Duel of Eagles by Peter Townsend, again for the third time http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Must get some new books http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Both excellent books btw although D'este doesn't try hard enough to be unbiased imo, recomend both though.

Deedsundone
10-11-2005, 09:18 AM
Panzer Commander:The meories of Colonel Hans von Luck.
Only read 69 pages so far but itÔ┬┤s good.

FlatSpinMan
10-11-2005, 11:49 AM
@Deedsundone,
That book must be interesting as he (Hans vonLuck) pops up all over the place in WW2 history books. Maybe his distinctive name helps me to remember him but I have certainly come across him in a few books on different parts of the war (cant remember and specifics at the moment though).

csThor
10-11-2005, 12:09 PM
Just finished Tom Clancy's "Operation Rainbow" (again - trips by train can be so boring). Currently switching between these:

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0966070607.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
(The german version of course http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/1902109406.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

And ... of course ... the odd volume of the "Jagdwaffe" series thrown into the mix.

shotdownski
10-11-2005, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by Stigler_9_JG52:
Shotdownski:

You might also look for "Angels Twenty" by the same author, and most likely about the same time period.

Thanks for the "heads-up".

Stigler_9_JG52
10-11-2005, 03:00 PM
Originally posted by Deedsundone:
Panzer Commander:The meories of Colonel Hans von Luck.
Only read 69 pages so far but itÔ┬┤s good.

I've read this one, too, but what's missing from it and books by Guderian and others is that "from the cupola" narrative. I have yet to find ONE book by an old tanker that just describes the supertactical career of a tanker. Learning how to become a crew member, fighting battles in close, cramped, hot, stinky conditions, etc., etc.

I'd love to buy a good book like that!

The armor books I've seen describe battles from an operational level: this group moved here, this group fought this group for 3 hours, and how the whole front moved as a result. What I want to see is an armor equivalent of "The Big Show" by Clostermann or "War Diary of Hauptmann Lipfert".

sunflower1
10-11-2005, 03:33 PM
Another Barbara Tuchman gem: The First Salute

horseback
10-11-2005, 03:55 PM
For you lovers of Barbara Tuchman's works, I strongly recommend Stillwell and the American Experience in China, which provides a profound insight into the quality of the men who lead the US Army in WWII, the US perspective of the rest of the world in the first half of the 20th century, and a readable overview of the CBI theater and its politics.

As for me, I too am currently re-reading Caldwell's JG 26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe (along with A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, the latest in his marvelous swords and sorcery series).

cheers

horseback

GreyFox5
10-11-2005, 03:58 PM
Some good reads there. I can't say I've seen many books on the CBI theater. Have to check my bookstore here in town.

Cheers!

BRASSTURTLE
10-11-2005, 04:00 PM
Just finished Night Fighter, about John"Cat's Eye's" Cunningham,CO of 85 group by his Cecil Rawnsley. Prior to that: To War in a Stringbag

Currently: D-Day by by Stephen Ambrose.
Next 900 Days-about the siege of Leningrad.

recommended: Can Do! by William Huie-about the SeaBee's

Together they cost me about $6.00.
You gotta love library book sales.

Klarkash
10-11-2005, 04:01 PM
I'm re-reading all the Flashman books, waiting for the new one in paperback. Not WW2, or aviation, but excellent reading that presents history in entertaining fashion. Great fun!

DxyFlyr
10-11-2005, 04:03 PM
I'm also reading Duel of Eagles.

Next in line is Black Edelweiss (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0966638980/ref=wl_it_dp/104-6798493-1906320?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=I31FY23AZ8W7VN&v=glance&colid=3619QVQABR3VE).

I stumbled across this on Amazon the other day...

Slaughterhouse: The Handbook of the Eastern Front (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/097176509X/ref=wl_it_dp/104-6798493-1906320?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=I3N7N9PNXN9Y78&v=glance&colid=3619QVQABR3VE)

Does anyone have this and or recommends it?

Mackane1
10-11-2005, 04:29 PM
How to Play With Your Food

by Penn and Teller

Freelancer-1
10-11-2005, 04:49 PM
If it ain't Science Fiction it ain't worth readin'!

Currently: Beowulf's Children. A collaboration by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes.

Freelancer

major_setback
10-11-2005, 06:39 PM
Reading The Rotters Club and Fighter Boys.

Tooz_69GIAP
10-12-2005, 01:51 AM
Just finished The Big Show by Pierre Clostermann, and Fortress Malta by James Holland. I reccommend the latter to anyone interested in the Med war.

Have just started Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer.

I have two others waiting to be read: Artic Convoys by Richard Woodman, and Warburton's War by Tony Spooner DSO DFC.

I picked up Warburton's War because after reading Fortress Malta, I want to know more details about Warby's exploits as his career seems really extraordinary!

Siwarrior
10-12-2005, 01:58 AM
Scarecrow, temple, ice sation and area 7 by matthew reilly
great books i reckon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ViktorViktor
10-12-2005, 02:46 AM
Just finished reading 'A Distant Mirror' by Barbara Tuchman' and 'Stormbird' by ME-262 pilot Buchner.

Halfway through 'Europe During the Middle Ages, 300-1475 AD' and 'The Complete Fritz the Cat'.

Low_Flyer_MkII
10-12-2005, 03:43 AM
Got to give 'A Distant Mirror' a big endorsement, a wonderful book. As is 'Peter The Great: His Life And World' by Robert K. Massey - I've got through several copies each of these two, always giving them away to friends and colleagues who've asked me if I know of any good reads.

dazza9806482
10-12-2005, 03:44 AM
The Dictators

Richard Overy

excellent, pretty heavy going but rewarding

Billy_BigBoy
10-12-2005, 05:20 AM
Just started in "Nine lives" by Alan Deere. Before that I've read "Fighter" by Len Deighton, the true story of the Battle of Britain, highly reccomended! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

womenfly
10-12-2005, 06:09 AM
"Essentials for Strings" by: Gerald Anderson

Scales, Arpeggio's, octive's major and minor, and bow rhythm studies ... for violin ...
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HotelBushranger
10-12-2005, 08:34 AM
About half way through Paul Ham's Kokoda. A good book, but more about facts and less about feelings than Peter Fitzsimons Kokoda: he got into the lives of several actual soldiers. Ham's merely spews out the facts. He still does well though. Why not get the best of both worlds and read both? It's what I did http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

GreyFox5
10-12-2005, 09:05 AM
Seems like most of the lot are reading history as am I. I do have all the Star Wars paperbacks up to what was release around the time IL2 came out then I switched to WWII history and haven't looked back. As I see it I was into the space battles, more or less flying Like Star Wars Allance. I do read Lee Child (Jack Reacher stories) Great stuff that is non-historic. I appreaciate your titles and recommendations hope to find some of these books and have the time to read them.

rickster3459
10-12-2005, 09:06 AM
JG26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe by Don Caldwell,and finishing up on the Jagwaffe series.Also just finished Black Cross,Red Star Vol 2.

dazza9806482
10-12-2005, 10:01 AM
How was black cross/red star?

thinking bout getting them- apart from the mega bucks first one!

danjama
10-12-2005, 10:08 AM
"D-Day by by Stephen Ambrose"

read that a couple years ago its a great read but quite long. Im currently reading a book called "To hell and back" by Mel Rolfe. It is about RAF bomber crews and their accounts, some are really breathtaking and exciting. I recommend it to anyone. I finished a while ago "Thunderbolt" by Robert Johnson and also "The Mighty Eighth in The second world war". Thunderbolt is definatley a great book, The Mighty eighth is more facts based. A bit boring but interesting none the less. Can anyone tell me what those Osprey books are like? I was looking at the one about FW190 aces on the eastern front!

rickster3459
10-12-2005, 11:32 AM
To dazza9806482:

Black Cross Red Star Vol2 is definetely worth getting,it is very indepth and has lots of profiles.According to Christopher Bergstrom,he will reprint Vol1 indirectly.The new book will be published by Ian Allan and will have 100,000 words+.Vol3 will be printed by the end of this year and it focuses primarily on Stalingrad,the airlift,fighting,etc.It is being published by EagleEditions.

Hope this helped.

BRASSTURTLE
10-12-2005, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
"D-Day by by Stephen Ambrose"

read that a couple years ago its a great read but quite long. Im currently reading a book called "To hell and back" by Mel Rolfe. It is about RAF bomber crews and their accounts, some are really breathtaking and exciting. I recommend it to anyone. I finished a while ago "Thunderbolt" by Robert Johnson and also "The Mighty Eighth in The second world war". Thunderbolt is definatley a great book, The Mighty eighth is more facts based. A bit boring but interesting none the less. Can anyone tell me what those Osprey books are like? I was looking at the one about FW190 aces on the eastern front!

I read Mighty Eighth just before Black Thursday & then To War in a Stringbag. I found Might 8th very dry. While reading Black Thursday, we had a visit by a B17. It was quite eerie to stand in the top turret and think about the Schweinfurt run. It gave me goosebumps.
I tried to talk to a pilot who flew B-17s stateside with ATC, but a nitwit was bending his ear with comments like "Sure is a lot of plumbing in the wheel well." I read Thunderbolt earlier this year, just before they pulled Dottie Mae out the lake.
Hopefully, she will end up here, where she was built. It would make a nice compliment to LST325.
I will have to get my hands on To Hell & Back.

I also picked up the first three volumes of Churchill's WWII history, used.
Can anybody give me a review of these?
Thanks

Turtle

fluke39
10-12-2005, 01:19 PM
Just about to finish Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

Really good read and i recommend to anyone who watched the series (Anyone ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) as you would expect from a book it includes alot that wasnt in the series - not only in terms of the troopers thoughts and feelings etc but also explains alot more about the battles that they fought - ei why there are in that abattle /german movements other troops movements and tactical reasons for battle etc.

all in all it combines with the series and allows you to get more from both.

(amongst many things in the book that are not really there in the series is the fact that where Sobel is villified in the series, the book says several times it was his training that made Easy copmany and saved many lives in Normandy etc i think only a passing refernce is made in the series to this)

danjama
10-12-2005, 02:42 PM
"(Anyone ?)"

You know **** well we all saw that series lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Your right it is a good book. I have most of Ambroses although i find him terribly biased sometimes, and he even seems angered at Britain for the bomber raids we executed. This is especially obvious in "Wild Blue" which is a great book but he seems to dig the british crews for what they were doing. Sorry went OT a bit there

fluke39
10-12-2005, 04:37 PM
i must admit the few times the british are mentioned in the book they are usually being bloody stupid (eg the tank crews) and ambrose points this out too.

truth or bias? i for one dont know.

Slickun
10-12-2005, 04:42 PM
To The Last Man
by Jeff Sharra.

It's about WW1, historical fiction, like all his books. All excellent, BTW. His Dad wrote "The Killer Angels" about Gettysburg, which the movie was based on.

Among the main characters in the book are Richtofen and Luffberry. Very cool reading, the air war stuff.

For all the Yank haters out there, probably don't need to read this. It is mostly about the difficulties the American Army had in putting together a fighting force in time to impact the war.

JG52_Manteo
10-12-2005, 04:49 PM
John Glenn, A Memoir is a good one I finished recently, very interesting parts from his F86 days in combat and test piloting(Finding gun-muzzle shock wave caused flame-outs on some Navy planes etc)Record setting trans-US Flight of a Crusader and then of course NASA. Good Book. <S>

dugong
10-12-2005, 06:24 PM
I am reading "Dead Sky Black Sun" a Warhammer 40K novel by Graham McNeill. The Warhammer 40K books are great. I have learned more ways to describe blood and guts in the last few years reading these than my entire lifetime up to that point. Some of the novels, especially those of Dan Abnett and Ian Watson are quite sophisticated. They have intertwining plots, fleshed out worlds, and surprisingly deep characters. They are also replete with a rich vocabulary.

I just finished "Band of Brothers" yesterday. In between serious reads I try to read the Civ III manual to figure out all the nuances. I still don't have that down!

p1ngu666
10-12-2005, 06:49 PM
inhaled a large amount of "airforce errors" last night, have finished bomber barons http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

dunno what ill read next, probably some more of the phat mossie book i have http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

picked up a couple of good books, one on the hymolayers (speelin) and one with satalite imagery.

GreyFox5
10-12-2005, 11:19 PM
Just thought I would check in. I grabbed 3 books off my shelf:
Red Scorpion The War Patrols of The USS Rasher by Peter Sasgen: Excellent start to finish of one of the highest scoring subs in the PTO

Hunting Warbirds - The Obsessive Quest for the Lost Aircraft of World War II by Carl Hoffman: Very compelling stores of recovering WWII Warbirds.

Fighter! Luftwaffe Fighter Planes and Pilots by Werner Held Forward by Alfred Price: I found this at downtown Portland Oregon book store called Powell's City of Books. One of the largest privately owned bookstores in the country. http://www.powells.com This book is basically full of Luftwaffe fighters (B&W pictures)from 1931-1945 All captioned. I figured I may get a skin ideas!

wayno7777
10-12-2005, 11:54 PM
Currently reading ChUck Yeager's book and rereading Reach for the Sky by Peter Brickhill.
Has anyone read Gunther Rall, A Memoir by Rall & Amadio?

GreyFox5
10-13-2005, 02:27 PM
Bump! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

jetsetsam
10-17-2005, 09:23 PM
I've had an alumni library card with the University of British Columbia ever since I finally graduated in 1984, which allows me to read just about anything I want to. Either they have it or they get it for me through inter-library loans.

Right now I'm working through:

"British Armour in the Normandy Campaign 1944", by John Buckley, 2004

"Battle of the Bulge. Hitler's Alternate Scenarios", ed. by Peter Tsouras, 2004

"Air Power at the Battlefront. Allied Close Air Support in Europe 1943-45", by Ian Gooderson, 1998

Bearcat99
10-17-2005, 09:34 PM
Firefight at Yechon by Charles Bussey... formerly of the 332nd Fighter Group who left the USAAF and became a combat soldier in Korea, serving again.. with distiction after his carreer as a pilot ended.

Just finished Woodbine Red Leader..... by Greg Loving....

wayno7777
10-21-2005, 10:45 PM
Also reading 'War Letters' by Andrew Caroll. US Civil War letters....

Monty_Thrud
10-22-2005, 02:48 AM
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Ruy Horta
10-22-2005, 04:28 AM
Currently:

The Russian Revolution 1917-1921 Volume Two, by W.H. Chamberlin (1935).

Undecided which book will follow it, either the newly released:

Gott oder ein Flugzeug
Leben und Sterben des Jagdfliegers G├╝nther L├╝tzow
by Kurt Braatz

or

Die Aufzeichnungen des Generalmajors Max Hoffmann
by Max Hoffmann

or continue where I left off in

History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II
by Robert Sherrod

As I am a mad collector I have a luxury back log, which feels both crazy and like a dream come true. The maddness part is that I have lost focus on subject.

Bremspropeller
10-22-2005, 05:37 AM
Currently reading "Die Gro├če Arena" (The big show) by Pierre Clostermann.


Ruy, have already read "Feindber├╝hrung" by Julius Meimberg ?

Ruy Horta
10-22-2005, 05:45 AM
Bremsprop,

To my shame I have to admit that both Feindber├╝hrung and Mein Flugbuch are caught in the reading back log.

Terrible thing is that I now want Falkenjahre ASAP too...

NeunundzwanzigSechs (Kurt Braatz) has quickly become a top notch publisher.

And to admit that we (of WarBirds JG 53) actually spent a weekend with Jule Meimberg (and his last Katchmareck)at Duxford in '99.

fabianfred
10-22-2005, 07:11 AM
I just discovered there are millions of books on .pdf files out there in P2P land...
I'm swamped with a few dozen Osprey books at the moment... after buying 5 in the 'Aircraft of the Aces' series from Amazon.com

PBNA-Boosher
10-22-2005, 07:16 AM
I need to start All Quiet on the Western Front

have been reading

(again) A Dance with Death

The Death of Ivan Ilych

Persuasion

Oz_Canuck
10-23-2005, 05:41 PM
"Killer Caldwell, Australia's Greatest Fighter Pilot" by Jeffery Watson.
Very interesting, although not really well written. Good descriptions of his exploits in North Africa and the defense of Darwin.
I am about to delve into the two Kokoda books mentioned earlier.
I seem to have lost my copy of The First and the Last by Adolf Galland....bummer. That's a good one.

zzWalruszz
10-23-2005, 05:46 PM
"One Bullet Away" by Nathaniel Fick, is a great true account of a marine officer as he goes through OCS and then to deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Highly recommended.

civildog
10-23-2005, 05:55 PM
This week it's "Photoshop CS All-In-One-Reference For Dummies" so I can work on some new skins.

bird_brain
10-23-2005, 06:59 PM
I'm 1/2 way through "Messerschmitts over Sicily" by Macki Steinhoff.

A very enlightening look at the difficult (to put it mildly) situation faced by a group leader in the Luftwaffe during the withdrawal from North Africa and the Allied invasion of Sicily.

It is very plain at what point the "Old Hands" realized they could not win. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif