Bob P. (texputter) - Reviews

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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Author: Mark Bowden
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/6/2012


This is one of the best books I have ever read; a real, moment-by-moment account of bravery and heroism under extreme circumstances. The story evokes sad emotions in me even as I write this review. The sacrifices these American soldiers made for each other were unbelievable, and they are all heroes who should never be forgotten. You won't want to put it down and you'll never forget it. Read it!


A Bridge Too Far: The Classic History of the Greatest Battle of World War II
Review Date: 6/6/2012
Helpful Score: 2


In my humble opinion, this is by far the best book written on any subject regarding WWII. The sheer magnitude of this military operation was staggering for its time, and although it was a failure for the Allies, the stories of bravery and sacrifice by the men involved will be forever etched in history thanks to Ryan. From the generals in the war rooms to the individual troopers fighting on the ground, he covers every detail of the campaign in this classic. If I could only have one WWII book on my shelf, this would be it. 10 stars!


The Killing of SS Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich
The Killing of SS Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich
Author: Callum A. MacDonald
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/6/2012


Knowing absolutely nothing about this chapter of WW II history, I ordered this book with low expectations to be read on a rainy day. It turned out to be one of the best surprises I have come across recently. It's a detailed account of the most controversial act carried out by the Czech resistance during the war, one that resulted in the reprisal murders of thousands of innocent citizens by the thug Hitler and his bloodthirsty underlings. It also provided great insight into the different factions of Hitler's organization, the SS, Wermacht, Gestapo, etc., and the internal squabbling among the groups.

The only negatives I would report are that the details on the political aspects of the period tended to drag the story out for me, and the author's use of page-long paragraphs was kind of annoying. Other than those two minor complaints, I found this story to be a very interesting subject and highly recommend the book.


We were Soldiers Once...And Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed The War In Vietnam
Review Date: 6/6/2012


If you only read one book on the war in Vietnam, read this one. It's impossible to capture the reality of combat on the pages of a book, but this is as good as it gets because the author was there and experienced it. A sad, but inspirational tribute to the American soldiers who survived and died on that worthless patch of ground nearly 50 years ago. This is a classic that will always be on my bookshelf.


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