What are you reading this month; May 2007?


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What are you reading this month; May 2007?

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maig 5, 2007, 8:33am

As for relevant reading I just knocked off Iron from the Deep, a rather odd book that is equal parts detailed examination of the rediscovery of the "Monitor" and a polemic against the public officials and archaeologists who felt the ship should have essentially remained undisturbed. The author being an oceanographer who felt an emergency salvage operation was in order.

maig 20, 2007, 4:46am

I've been browing in the very informative and very entertaining Submarine Boats by Richard Compton-Hall. I'm not a submarine buff myself, but this book is filled with fascinating facts about the first experiments with submarine warfare.

Editat: maig 20, 2007, 9:27am

Having received Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (2007), Three Frigates - The South African Navy comes of Age and Warship 2007: Volume XXIX all within the last six weeks I am torn. The first is a browser, the second is a read-through, and the third is perfect when I have just enough mental effort left for a good article.

jul. 10, 2007, 3:35am

Currently wading through my books on naval gun armament in preparation for writing my next book - yup, on naval guns!

Guns at Sea by Peter Padfield is particularly good on early developments, I'm just finishing that one.

nov. 14, 2007, 12:15am

I can't help but recommend two excellent books on submarines by former submarine commanders, Ned Beach, "Salt and Steel: Reflections of a Submariner" and Gene Fluckey, "Thunder Below!". Beach was awarded the Navy Cross for his service during WWII and commanded the first, submerged circumnavigation of the globe (the USS Triton). He was no slouch as a writer, either, his books include the fictional, "Run Silent - Run Deep". Beach, I believe, passed on a year or two ago. Beach was the XO to George Street, commander of USS Tirante, a Medal of Honor recipent for "decks a wash" (too shallow to submerge) action on the Tirante.

Fluckey was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service as commander of the USS Barb. She sank the most tonnage of any American submarine. Barb was also the only submarine to destroy a train near Hokkaido during a "deck awash" action of his own. Fluckey died within the past few months.

So, if you want to truly see how it was then, read these books.

des. 5, 2007, 10:14pm

Just returned to a book I read as a youth, Ross Carter's "Those Devils in Baggy Pants." First read it at the age of ten, shortly after it was published. It was in a paperback book stand at the train station, and I needed something to read on the way home from visiting my aunt. As I recall, it was a cheaply produced paperback, what is now called "mass market".

It's been accorded the status of "classic" and is now available in hardcover and "trade paperback" as well as "mass market." Carter was in the 504 PR of the 82nd and participated in all of its combat jumps. It is simple and direct but not without feeling. It has none of the literary pretensions of "From Here to Eternity;" none of the affectations of "Dispatches;" and none of the sentimentality of "Band of Brothers." It is a straight-forward grunt's eye view of his buddies, the way they lived and in several cases died and their corner of the war. It deserves to be a classic.

des. 21, 2007, 11:11am

Being new to LT, I am enjoying reading about others interests and recommendations. Thought I'd add a couple of my own to this spot, being that I am interested in WW2, especially submarine warfare. "Red Scorpion", by Peter Sasgen is a very good book about the exploits of the USS Rasher in the pacific theater. It gives some very exciting narratives of intense battles and enemy sinkings. Another book that I highly recommend is "Unrestricted Warfare", by James DeRose. Its a very well written account of how the new younger officers on board the submarines, particularly in the pacific, took the naval war to the japanese and defeated them. I would love to hear from others about your personal recommendations.