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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:49 pm 
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Just finished by "On Hallowed Ground, the Last Battle for Pork Chop Hill" by Bill McWilliams. I would highly recommend this book if you have any interest in the Korean War at all. It is a fascinating account of the first battle, which was the subject of the Gregory Peck movie Pork Chop Hill, and the final climatic battle that took place in July right before the armistice was signed. It is staggering how intense the fighting was and the amount of firepower applied to that one small section of Korea for those 3 or 4 days.

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Have not read this, but Edward N. Luttwak has and recommends it in '‘Strange’ and ‘Strangers’.
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Submission: A Novel – October 20, 2015
by Michel Houellebecq (Author), Lorin Stein (Translator)
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A controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous living literary figure

It's 2022. François is bored. He's a middle-aged lecturer at the New Sorbonne University and an expert on J. K. Huysmans, the famous nineteenth-century Decadent author. But François's own decadence is considerably smaller in scale. He sleeps with his students, eats microwave dinners, rereads Huysmans, queues up YouPorn.

Meanwhile, it's election season. And although Francois feels "about as political as a bath towel," things are getting pretty interesting. In an alliance with the Socialists, France's new Islamic party sweeps to power. Islamic law comes into force. Women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged, and François is offered an irresistible academic advancement--on the condition that he convert to Islam.

Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker has said of Submission that "Houellebecq is not merely a satirist but--more unusually--a sincere satirist, genuinely saddened by the absurdities of history and the madnesses of mankind." Michel Houellebecq's new book may be satirical and melancholic, but it is also hilarious, a comic masterpiece by one of France's great novelists.

A controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous living literary figure

Sounds like it would make a great movie ... who has the balls to shoot it.

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Halifax Warden of the North by Thomas H. Raddall

1993 version (first published sometimes in the 60s). Deals with the history of Halifax, Nova Scotia from the time of "savages" until 1964. Lots of juicy detail and a with today's standards probably a bit non-PC.


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I've been reading the "Harry Hole" books by Swedish author Jo Nesbo. It's an outstanding series. Very highly recommended.

Should be read in order. First one is "The Bat"

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Messerschmitts over Sicily by Johannes Steinhoff.

Steinhoff's classic on the Luftwaffe fighter defence of Sicily. Great book. Recommended.
You won't be sorry that you read it. Everyone knows it.

5 Viktor, Viktor, out of 5.



Got myself a 1969 "Die Strasse von Messina" German edition, next on list.

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Scharfschütze wrote:
Got myself a 1969 "Die Strasse von Messina" German edition, next on list.


Minor detail - Steinhoff uses pseudonyms for several of his subordinates. The real names and later fates of these men might not be included in earlier editions of the book.


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Very well written non-fictional book on the experiences of Israeli troops of primarily the Nachal Brigade Engineer Company holding the hilltop "Pumpkin" in the security zone, Lebanon, during the late 90s.

Highly interesting given the later development of the Mid East.

abradley, this book is a must read for you. It's not a heroic tale but you will not be disappointed.

5 Stars of David out of 5.


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Very well written non-fictional book on the experiences of Israeli troops of primarily the Nachal Brigade Engineer Company holding the hilltop "Pumpkin" in the security zone, Lebanon, during the late 90s.

Highly interesting given the later development of the Mid East.

abradley, this book is a must read for you. It's not a heroic tale but you will not be disappointed.

5 Stars of David out of 5.
Thanks for the heads up, will get it.

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Höstsol by Lars Wilderäng

Höstsol ("Autumn Sun") is a Swedish war/techno thriller type novel about a Russian hybrid attack on Belorussia and later Sweden, Poland, the Baltics, maybe Finland - while major problems erupt down in the Mid East...

First in a series of three...

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There another book buy Ian Morris that I am reading.

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War what is it good for, he sez that if us humans were none violent from the get/go we wouldn't have progressed out of the caves.

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