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May 28, 2013 01:31PM

8115 Another excellent book by the looks of it Jill :)
May 27, 2013 10:41PM

8115 I think you will find it quite a good & interesting read Christopher.
May 21, 2013 09:05PM

8115 Would it be this book Pradeep:

Chariot The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine by Arthur Cotterell by Arthur Cotterell
May 16, 2013 08:25PM

8115 If you are interested in a good book on the subject I would highly recommend this recent release:

Dam Busters The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr by James Holland by James Holland
May 16, 2013 04:30PM

8115 It's bloody expensive - I might have to start saving up my pocket money :)
May 16, 2013 04:21PM

8115 Looks like an excellent book Jill - I wish you hadn't posted the details as I think I will have to look for a copy :)
May 06, 2013 07:58PM

8115 Hi Charles,

I found John Julius Norwich's three volumes hard to beat, a masterful account of Byzantium.

Byzantium The Early Centuries/The Apogee/The Decline And Fall (3 Volumes) by John Julius Norwich by John Julius NorwichJohn Julius Norwich
Apr 29, 2013 11:30PM

8115 This book is one of my favourites offering a general overview/history of the submarine:

Navy Times Book of Submarines by Brayton Harris by Brayton Harris
Shattering long-held myths and misunderstandings, author Brayton Harris traces the development of the submarine through an era in which writers of fiction saw the merits better than most professionals-until the Germans almost won World War I. He covers the professional and political arrogance that delayed antisubmarine development for so long that German submarines almost won World War II as well, and examines post-war progress toward the truly awesome submarine of today.

Along the way, Harris explores the shifting moral issues of "unrestricted" naval warfare, outlines the hundred-year search for an effective underwater power plant that culminated in the nuclear reactor, and raises important questions about the future. A fascinating exploration of the steps and stumbles during development, a rousing tribute to those who fought and died, and a powerful study of the submarine's impact on America, The Navy Times Book of Submarines is an unparalleled source for understanding the great hunters of the deep.
Apr 13, 2013 11:42PM

8115 Hi Peter,

I finally managed to find that book that I mentioned that may answer some of the questions you posted in regards to genocide and some countries response:

Rivers Of Blood, Rivers Of Gold Europe's Conflict With Tribal Peoples by Mark Cocker by Mark Cocker
The past five centuries a shocking series of confrontations have witnessed between European nations and millions of indigenous peoples, and these cultural encounters still resonate strongly to this day. Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold is an essential book for understanding the true impact of imperialism. Beautifully and passionately written, it provides a judicious and exhaustively researched indictment of European exploitation. Focusing on four collisions between Europeans and indigenous cultures -- the conquest of Mexico, the British onslaught on the Tasmanian Aborigines, the uprooting of the Apaches, and the German campaign against the tribes of Southwest Africa -- Mark Cocker illuminates the fundamental experiences that underlay the colonial experience around the globe. Beyond making a persuasive -- and balanced -- case against colonialism, Cocker also sustains a riveting, often harrowing story. Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold is narrative history in its most impressive form -- engaging, accessible, and thought provoking.
Apr 13, 2013 11:35PM

8115 Here is an older book (1964) that I recently picked up that covers the start of the Spanish-American War and may interest a few readers:

Signal 250! the Sea Flight Off Santiago by A.C.M. Azoy by A.C.M. Azoy
On the morning of July 3, 1898, the Spanish fleet commanded by Rear Admiral Cervera emerged from Santiago Bay to engage in battle an American fleet, under command of Rear Admiral Sampson and Comodore Schley. It was a dramatic encounter, ending in capture and destruction of the Spanish warships and winning for the United States a decisive victory over Spain in the Spanish-American War.
Apr 10, 2013 01:28PM

8115 Hi Peter,

I am trying to remember the title of another book that I read years ago that covers the history of genocidal actions in parts of Africa, Australia and the United States against the first inhabitants. As soon as I can find it I will let you know.
Apr 10, 2013 05:15AM

8115 I have not read this book but have heard its very good:

Blood And Soil A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur by Ben Kiernan by Ben Kiernan
Apr 09, 2013 10:24PM

8115 Second that Jill, a great story indeed!
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Apr 03, 2013 06:59PM

8115 Hi Bentley,

I'm afraid that where there are Australians there is usually some cold beer :)

Here are a few links to the site, its developed a lot since I worked on it in 1995:


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Apr 03, 2013 06:38PM

8115 The one book that I could recommend on Cyprus is this title which I purchased whilst on the Island and read very quickly:

Footprints in Cyprus An Illustrated History by David Hunt by David Hunt
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Apr 03, 2013 06:28PM

8115 Hi Bentley, I'm the guy to the left in the photo, it was taken next to the dig (on the right) welcoming dignitaries and locals to the commencement of that seasons dig.
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Apr 03, 2013 06:25PM

8115 I love Cyprus, spent nine months living and working over there in 1995 and would love to go back. While I was there I worked as a volunteer on this archaeological dig at Paphos:



The images aren't very good as they are just scanned photographs.
Mar 24, 2013 10:30PM

8115 I'm about 1/4 the way through Anthony Everitt's book; Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome. Pretty good general account so far.

Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt by Anthony EverittAnthony Everitt
Mar 14, 2013 12:58PM

8115 The problem Jill is if I do enjoy reading this volume then I'm bound to be compelled to find and buy all the other matching volumes!

Mar 13, 2013 10:37PM

8115 Folks might like to check out this latest book by Sam Willis; In The Hour of Victory, it offers something a little different.

In the Hour of Victory The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson by Sam Willis by Sam Willis
Between 1794 and 1815 the Royal Navy repeatedly crushed her enemies at sea in a period of military dominance that equals any in history.

When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches from seven major fleet battles - The Glorious First of June (1794), St Vincent (1797), Camperdown (1797), The Nile (1798), Copenhagen (1801), Trafalgar (1805) and San Domingo (1806) - should be gathered together and presented to the Nation. These letters, written by Britain's admirals, captains, surgeons and boatswains and sent back home in the midst of conflict, were bound in an immense volume, to be admired as a jewel of British history.

Sam Willis, one of Britain's finest naval historians, stumbled upon this collection by chance in the British Library in 2010 and soon found out that only a handful of people knew of its existence. The rediscovery of these first-hand reports, and the vivid commentary they provide, has enabled Willis to reassesses the key engagements in extraordinary and revelatory detail, and to paint an enthralling series of portraits of the Royal Navy's commanders at the time.

In a compelling and dramatic narrative, In the Hour of Victory tells the story of these naval triumphs as never before, and allows us to hear once more the officer's voices as they describe the battles that made Britain great.

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