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Was looking at getting Bloody April by Peter Hart, but Amazon had some foolishness with their rebates, so ended up getting another of his, SOMME SUCCESS: The Royal Flying Corps and the Battle of The Somme 1916. So far it's been okay, with lots of pilot/observer quotes. I'd like more operational detail, but I will need to look elsewhere for that.

I got it cheap as an ebook with some rebates I had (BTW, Amazon riled me up over using the rebates you can earn if you forgo 2-day delivery for Amazon Prime members--they make it purposely difficult to apply or even tell what you can use the rebates for, so I won't be forgoing fast shipping any more even if I don't care about shipping speed).

EDIT: It was okay. Mostly just quoted AARs, memoirs, and letters home all tied up to a very shallow background of the land battle. I would not recommend it, but it wasn't a complete waste of time.

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The trilogy is a great read. I'm still working through the third book. I had a chance to listen to him speak( thanks again Mike Reed for the heads up). He even signed all three books.
The guy has a thing for big words though that simple words would have been just as effective. It's like he was trying to show off his vast vocabulary than get the point across.
 

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The first of the trilogy was okay. The second was mediocre or worse, so I skipped the third.
 

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Hey why don't you read The Fountainhead, lol. Atlas Shrugged? Lol
 

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Finished my last book and just didn't feel like starting a new one, so picked up an extended version of James Clevell's King Rat, a classic POW story. Mostly, older books that have material that was cut out put back in simply reminds you why it's important to have a good editor. So far, this book is no exception--what I can identify as restored has been mediocre. So if you haven't yet read it, I recommend the original cut.

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Finished my last book and just didn't feel like starting a new one, so picked up an extended version of James Clevell's King Rat, a classic POW story. Mostly, older books that have material that was cut out put back in simply reminds you why it's important to have a good editor. So far, this book is no exception--what I can identify as restored has been mediocre. So if you haven't yet read it, I recommend the original cut.

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Same as the movie with George Segal?
 

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Getting ready for a big Bolt Action semi-campaign game this summer I'm reading up on the 82nd Airborne (usually the 101st get's all the publicity)

More Than Courage: Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe: The Combat History of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II
http://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Courage-Naples-Foggia-Ardennes-Alsace/dp/0760333130/ref=sr_1_5?m=A374VS59X5ED68&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1458057119&sr=1-5&keywords=World+War+two

Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II
http://www.amazon.com/Four-Stars-Valor-Parachute-Infantry/dp/0760326649/ref=sr_1_6?m=A374VS59X5ED68&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1458057119&sr=1-6&keywords=World+War+two

The Sword of St. Michael: The 82nd Airborne Division in World War II
http://www.amazon.com/Sword-St-Michael-Airborne-Division/dp/0306820234/ref=sr_1_23?m=A374VS59X5ED68&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1458057119&sr=1-23&keywords=World+War+two

Fortress Europe: European Fortifications of World War II
http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Europe-European-Fortifications-World/dp/1580970001/ref=sr_1_15?m=A374VS59X5ED68&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1458057119&sr=1-15&keywords=World+War+two

Destination Normandy: Three American Regiments on D-Day
http://www.amazon.com/Destination-Normandy-American-Regiments-Stackpole/dp/0811735354/ref=sr_1_37?m=A374VS59X5ED68&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1458057119&sr=1-37&keywords=World+War+two
 

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Detail strip my 1903 Colt Hammerless forced me to reach for my 4th edition of Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly.

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Amazon had The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 on sale for the kindle for $1.99. It's gotten mostly good reviews, so while I am not too interested in the period, I figured it would be a 1.99 well spent. Probably take me a while to finish, though.

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I just finished Jason Marks Into Oblivion: The story of Pioneer Battalion 305 and it was an outstanding read. I like that the wartime history before Stalingrad is given in great detail, and the Stalingrad period contains detailed info. Very good book. Now I'm starting Death of the Leaping Horseman. I know it's an old book, but I just got it. My lovely wife bought it for me for Christmas. An Infantryman in Stalingrad will follow that if I'm not too depressed from reading all the Stalingrad accounts. I like how Jasons books are written to make you feel invested in the soldiers accounts.
 

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I'm about a third of the way into Sleepwalkers but it is a slow grind (how much Serbian politics can one man be expected to read), so I picked up a filler book for fun. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky. Why? Captains Courageous was one of my favorite books when I was young (available as an ebook for free at Project Gutenberg):
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Hey...looking for any Einsteins who might be lurking about...:)

I've never read an Albert Einstein biography but have the urge to do so now. There are a lot of them out there and I am looking for recommendations.

Thanks,
 
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