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Devil's Anvil by James H. Hallas
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An nice book on a very interesting battle. There are lots of books on Iwo Jima and Okinawa, but with a very few exceptions (most notably the USMC monograph published not long after the war, which mostly neglects the role of the 81st Infantry Division ...more
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Goya by Robert Hughes
Goya
by Robert Hughes
read in April, 2013
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My brother bought me this book a couple of years ago but I never had time to read it. I picked it up the other day after I booked a trip to Spain because I thought I would be seeing a lot of Goya's paintings at the Prado and elsewhere, and it would p ...more
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Commander in Chief by Eric Larrabee
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This is a fabulous book, detailing Roosevelt's role as commander-in-chief during the Second World War. The intro talks about Roosevelt, Churchill, Allied strategy, etc., then each chapter talks about a specific strategic or operational commander and ...more
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Spain by Stanley G. Payne
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I decided to read this because I'm going to Spain on a holiday and wanted to know more about the country. It is by a very academic historian of modern (Fascist) Spain, and is written in a style more akin to that of a journal article than a long histo ...more
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One Hundred Years of Sea Power by George W. Baer
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Decent treatment of the development of the USN from 1890-1990, focusing primarily on preparation for WWII and the USN-led victory in the Pacific (although there is also a good treatment of the Battle of the Atlantic). Closing chapters discuss the pos ...more
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Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
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An application of Clausewitz to the maritime domain. Not a page-turner by any means, but Corbett has some good ideas, many of which remain relevant even though his analysis was based primarily on warfare in the age of sail.
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Kaigun by David C. Evans
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Eloquently written treatment of the rise of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Lots of good maps and line drawings of ships. Focuses on the development of strategy, especially that for the early defeat of the USN, and of the development of battleships, carr ...more
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The Tide at Sunrise by Denis Ashton Warner
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Begins with the surprise attack on the Russian ships at Port Arthur, then goes back to discuss, using a parallel, overlapping structure, the roads that led to war. Nice discussions of the politics, especially in Russia and Japan but also in China and ...more
The Tide at Sunrise by Denis Ashton Warner
" I usually read a lot of fiction, but I'm currently enrolled in Naval War College, and this is all assigned reading. I have to read about 2 books a wee ...more "
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The Influence Of Sea Power Upon History, 1660 - 1783 by Alfred Thayer Mahan
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Not particularly well written, often very boring account of the influence of what Mahan calls "sea power" upon history - primarily English history. The only reason to read it at all is that it was one of the most influentual books in history.
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