READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

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Post by Stanley » 21 May 2018, 04:47

James Watt is good but heavy reading. I decided to give myself some time out so I've started re-reading John le Carre yet again. I never tire of them, so well written.
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Post by Stanley » 25 May 2018, 04:16

Le Carre is going down well. Wonderful writer, I am on 'The Looking Glass War' now and enjoying it. If you've never read him have a stab at it, you won't be disappointed.
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Post by Stanley » 28 May 2018, 05:39

Getting vast enjoyment out of le Carre..... He is such a good writer.
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Post by Stanley » 01 Jun 2018, 06:17

Two books by Anthony Beevor arrived yesterday, 'Arnhem' his latest and 'Ardennes' one that I have been meaning to read. I like Beevor.... Funny thing is that the Ardennes book is a large print edition. No mention of that on the web site when I ordered it but it will be a new experience and probably better for me.....
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Post by Stanley » 03 Jun 2018, 05:38

'Ardennes' is great! Beevor has done his research and it's full of the sort of insights that general history misses. He is very dismissive of Montgomery which pleases me because even in the days when we relied on BBC News for our propaganda ration I was deeply suspicious of him simply because I didn't like the man. It seems my instinct was right.....
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Post by Stanley » 08 Jun 2018, 06:30

I finished Ardennes yesterday. Brilliant book and I learned a lot.......
I've read Chris Aspin's book as well, very surprising facts and full of interest.
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Post by Stanley » 09 Jun 2018, 04:02

I have started on Antony's latest, 'Arnhem'. Another cold hard look at what was a military disaster from start to finish. It reinforces the view that 'Military Intelligence' is an oxymoron..... Monty at his finest again! Our heroes (massaged by inspiring propaganda of course) now have feet of clay.
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Post by plaques » 09 Jun 2018, 07:06

My latest book 'The psychology of Military failures.' Has him down as a good general but with Arnhem likened him to the Pope taking up safe braking and choosing his first job as the Bank of England. Out of his depth and too ambitious.

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Post by Stanley » 10 Jun 2018, 04:13

Eisenhower was convinced that Monty could never accept the fact that he might be wrong. Beevor reckons this experience scarred him so much that it affected his attitude to Suez when he as President. He gives a lot of contemporary evidence to support his views.... I was always suspicious of him but put part of that down to my instinctive distrust of the 'officer class'. Turns out that my instinct was perhaps right. Mind you, none of the high ranks were infallible.....
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Post by Stanley » 12 Jun 2018, 05:01

I'm half way through Arnhem but it is such a tale of woe I put it down and retreated into le Carre's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy'. I never tire of this book!
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Post by Stanley » 14 Jun 2018, 05:33

I finished Tinker Tailor..... A wonderful book that you can read over and over again.
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Re: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Post by Stanley » 06 Jul 2018, 04:03

John Clayton delivered his latest book yesterday, ' Hill Forts, Homesteads and Habitats in the East Lancashire Pennines'. It's a big format, 400 pages and crammed with high quality research covering 63 sites.
This isn't a page turner, it's a reference book and what I call a dipper. The quality of production and the content are superb and I have told John it's a credit to him. I don't know of any other source that gives so many clues! I hope it triggers interest in the sites and possible deeper investigation there is so much more to learn.
John has produced a masterpiece and I would urge anyone with an interest in the landscape to seek it out and get a copy. I for one will be going back and dipping into it a lot over the next few weeks, so much to take in!
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