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Kat (polbio) -
Subject: 2012 To War Choice Discussion
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 6:27 AM ET
Member Since: 10/10/2008
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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 1/28/2012 3:16 PM ET
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I finished Jackson's Valley Campaign by David Martin this morning. It was very good. The author not only breaks down the entire Shannendoah Valley Campaign in 1862, but gives back ground (through boxed articles) to region, people, railroads, etc. The book is part of a Campaign series and I am going to have look for the other books in the series. I think it is a great way to get a very detailed account of the military movements, strength, and strategy. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2012 8:03 PM ET
Member Since: 11/15/2008
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I read Band of Brothers by Stephen A. Ambrose. It is a detailed account of the 101st Airborne, E Company, 506th regiment from training through a brief follow-up of the men after the war.  It is largely based on interviews with the men who survived, so includes a lot of personal stories and reminiscences.  I enjoyed it, although I think that one weak spot is that it gives great detail for this individual company but little context for the events of the war at large.  It would be hard to put the events discussed in context without already having a familiarity of WWII.  Still, it gives an incredible amount of detail for this specific company and was an interesting read.

Date Posted: 4/3/2012 4:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/17/2008
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I read  A Terrible Glory Custer and theLittle Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American WestJames Donovan  which is the 3rd or 4th book I've read on this battle.  I must say, it changed my opinion on several of the main characters and even though I am still not a Custer fan, I found this to be a very comprehensive telling with all the historical and political bells and whistles.  Some things never change, including man's mad dash to control all without wasting a moment to think. (That's not fair, I know, and I shouldn't judge them by today's morals - and yet, I can't help but think if they'd only listened to each other...)  There are many fine books out there on this subject but the only other one that springs to mind is "Save the Last Bullet for Yourself" which will stay with me forever. But I have come to forgive Major Benteen after reading the newer history.



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