Excellent first person narrative of a National Guard Infantry line officer in the South Pacific campaigns of World War II. Then Lieutenant Radike's reminiscences appear to have been carefully edited by his widow and published after his death. Central characters have been re named (to protect the guilty, I imagine) but you can actually identify them via careful Google research.
Exhaustive study of Afghanistan, from the time of Alexander the Great, through the Khans and down to the American experience. The salient lesson throughout is, 'It's easy to invade Afghanistan but it's nearly impossible to conquer, rule or even influence the country in any major way.'
The author paints a picture of a country that really isn't but is more a collection of autonomous and warring provinces.
I am prejudiced; I enjoy anything that has Honor Harrington in it. This book is not quite as involved and detailed as most of the others in the series but it is still busy, thought provoking and extremely entertaining.
Honor lives up to her exacting standards, as do all of her proteges. I think this book shows, better than most of the others, the lasting effect that a good leader has on their subordinates in the long term.
This series has characters that REALLY are well drawn and stories that are engrossing.
Dick Winters is a bit too self effacing to provide a really thorough biography but this book does add a deeply personal dimension to the overall story. many of the episodes in 'Band of Brothers' are repeated but most include more detail. Various command relationships are explained, allowing a much better understanding of what Major Winters had to deal with besides merely the Germans.
Absolutely fascinating account of a young black tool maker in Detroit who is recruited to go to the Soviet Union and train their workers, in 1930. Circumstances kept him there for 43 years, before he was able to escape and, finally, return to the U.S.
His insights to the workings of Soviet society and mindsets of the people are intriguing. His position as a skilled worker provided advantages, but he discovered that discrimination was present even in the worker's paradise.
Fascinating story of the support provided for the mujahideen during Afghanistan's Soviet years. Completely puts paid to the lies about how the U.S. trained Osama bin Laden or did anything more than provide war materiel to a people struggling for freedom.
Politics, spies, battles and a Congressman who really shouldn't have existed outside of a novel; this book has it all. And clarifies a critical part of recent history.
Another in George McDonald Fraser's various collections of characters.
The young subaltern (Lieutenant)arrives in his new battalion and has to deal with all the normal vicissitudes common to all new officers.These vicissitudes ARE the characters. Drawn in detail, the author doesn't claim to understand them; he simply presents them as they were. Are they real? Maybe not. But I can point at characters from my own career that come up to the same insane levels as his. If they're real, they're well reported. if they're total fiction, they're very well drawn.
The humor is droll and often understated. For anyone who's ever served in the military, this collection will be a reprise of at least some portion of that service.
"Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics". This book shows in detail why this is true but at the same time, avoids being boring or pedantic. Belton Cooper remains completely interesting throughout the book. Every page brings a new revelation, even for someone who's been reading history all my life.
I have an Infantry background. This book brought the maintenance war to life like nothing else I've ever read. Great read!
Entertaining children's story (but great for adults, too) about the encroachment of civilization and the efforts of one dragon to find a safe place for his people to live. Heroes and villains; plenty of adventure!
A part of Coast Guard history that I, as a former Coast Guardsman, had never heard. How difficult life was for former slaves, even decades after the Civil War ended and how many of them rose to the occasion in the face of continuing prejudice. How one lifesaving station became the sole haven for blacks who wanted to serve, because of one white officer's belief that it was the right thing to do, and how that affected rescues off of the North Carolina coastline.
What were the politicians thinking when they sent Russian divisions into Afghanistan in 1979? What did the individual soldiers involved think, and how did they react to the situation they found themselves in?
Through many interviews with former Soviet soldiers, politicians and Afghans, the author works toward an understanding of the war that began the destruction of Afghanistan, and led to the rise of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and a world wide terror movement.
Excellent memoir of Iraq from a junior Cavalry officer. Engaging writer who is observant and able to describe his surroundings and events with with. He puts you in the field with the Gravediggers platoon.
Bujold continues her high standards for Miles. As a new Imperial Auditor, he finds a trip to investigate an accident turns into an investigation of sabotage, murder, treason and, oh, just a bit of unrequited infatuation, (again). Miles Vorkosigan is just as interesting as an Auditor as he was as a mercenary Admiral.
Most history is written by the victors, but it's highly instructional to read what you can find written by the losers.
The Fallshirmjager were no less motivated or skilled than our own paratroops. They were well led, and did outstanding work.
This book, based on personal recollections and well illustrated with photographs from former Fallshimjager, gives the opposing point of view and, illustrates that many of our opponents during WWII were human, just like ourselves.
Well written and organized; a humanizing view from the other side.
Every story brings out more complexities in these aliens. Though their instincts are to "scream and leap"; and they are not sophisticated in many ways; they do learn. They also keep their own goals always in mind. They are a fair challenge for mankind.
Not great writing but it is a great story. A Special Forces team trains a company of Afghan commandos and then is tossed into a Kafkaesque mission by their over ego'd superiors, that seems designed to make sure they are destroyed. Everything that could go wrong, did; yet they managed to survive.
Very personal descriptions from those that were there.