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Old 07-19-2017, 09:48 PM   #2321
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"The Tetris Effect" by Dan Ackerman.
I first encountered Tetris on PC in 1988 or 1989. One of the great productivity killers of all time. I'm sure it was a Russian plot to undermine western industry!

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Old 07-21-2017, 12:21 PM   #2323
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On War
Carl Clausewitz, Anatol Rapoport (Introducer), J. Graham (Translator)

Combining military theory and raw accounts of its practice, Carl von Clausewitz's treatise On War has had a profound influence on subsequent thinking on warfare. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Anatol Rapoport.
Writing at the time of Napoleon's greatest campaigns, Prussian soldier and writer Carl von Clausewitz created this landmark treatise on the art of warfare, which presented war as part of a coherent system of political thought. In line with Napoleon's own military actions, he illustrated the need to annihilate the enemy and make a strong display of one's power in an 'absolute war' without compromise. But he was also careful to distinguish between war and politics, arguing that war could only be justified when debate was no longer adequate, and that if undertaken, its aim should ultimately be to improve the wellbeing of the nation, pioneering the notion of war as 'politics by other means'.

This edition contains a detailed introduction, examining von Clausewitz's skill and reputation as a writer, philosopher and political thinker, as well as a bibliography, notes and a glossary.

Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian soldier and writer who entered the Prussian Military at the age of twelve with the rank of Lance-Corporal, serving in the Rhine campaign from 1793 to 1794. In 1801 he joined the Berlin Military Academy, where he studied Kant and attracted the attention of General Gerhard von Scharnhorst, whom he later helped to reform the Prussian army. More a philosopher than a soldier, Clausewitz's fame rests on the enduring success of On War (Vom Kriege), unfinished at the time of his death and published posthumously by his wife, in 1832.


This is a copy I have had since the late 1980's - I don't know exactly
when I bought the copy , but I have an old address sticky label that has my old parents address - when I lived with my parents ( and saved a fortune ).

It is a good book to read , as long as you take your time and realise
its not a book to read in a few days -
However where it shines is that it is a genuine classic and a must for every one interested in military history and history in general. - The translation from old-fashioned German to English is easily read. The main text is supplemented with articles assisting the reader in understanding the author and his times. However, this is large book, containing more than 700 pages.
You cannot 'read through' a book like this, it has to be studied over months .
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Old 07-21-2017, 01:08 PM   #2324
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Taiho vol.2
(Encyclopedia of Warships No.40) -
Lars Ahlberg & Hans Lengerer - AJ Press
This my other Taiho Volume that I bought in 2008 , when first published .
This is a really Fantastic book from AJ Press of Poland !
This is the second in a two part series on the Japanese carrier Taiho.
It is bi-lingual English & Polish text throughout, with many photos, numerous drawings and huge pull-out sheets with 3D renditions of the ship.
It is an absolutely outstanding work, constantly sought after and commanding high prices if and when available !

136 page soft cover published 2008
I show the high quality of the publication ....in these photos taken today
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After the very good 'Stalingrad' and excellent 'Berlin' I was looking forward to this one, but it falls well short of those earlier books. The main problen is that Beevor has chosen to tell the story principally only from the American side. So we get numerous anecdotal descriptions of heroic defensive actions by American units which Beevor relates with an uncritical eye, but virtually no detailed accounts from the German side, just vague troop movements.

So by half way through the book, with all the superhuman accounts of scratch units taking out king tigers with bazookers, you're left with the impression that the incompetent Germans are getting a pasting, whereas is the early stages of the battle it was the other way round. Some US divisions were destroyed and others routed, but there's virtually no mention of how this happened and not a single detailed account of a German success.

As history, the book leaves a lot to be desired, the main fault being that much of the battle is simply not well covered and what is, is covered only from one side. I can't reccommend it. Oh, and Beevor really hates Bernard Montgomery.

This book has put me off Beevor. Unfortunately I still have one of his on my 'to read' pile.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:15 PM   #2326
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Nine Days of Dunkirk
by David Divine (born Arthur Durham Divine)
I have had this book a long time , and it is one of my most treasured books - as its so well written and researched
Author David Divine tells us the startling truth about the historic evacuation, the blunders and the heroism. The story will grip your attention, stimulate your admiration and make you astounded at the commonplace heroism of the mariners who brought 338,000 exhausted soldiers to safety.
Royal Navy officer David Divine was there, he brought suffering men to safety and has the award for heroism to show for it. His perspective deserves our close attention.
Things that I didn't know about Dunkirk before reading the book

( and this was before the internet - in 1987 )
- Royal Navy destroyers took off a disproportionate number of the defeated soldiers. They also paid the price with many of the ships sunk and many destroyer men lost. I didn't know that Belgian fishing boats helped in the evacuation. I didn't know that at the very end some 50,000 French soldiers, men who had fled the front line fighting, emerged from the cellars of Dunkirk where they had hidden in fear for days , while other men died to hold the Nazi tide.

Because Divine wrote in 1945 he did not have all the facts, but certainly he must have had access to the otherwise closed Admiralty documents (declassified in 1972), because the detail and accuracy are there.
His account might be thought to lack the stylish narrative of Sebag Montefiore and the ship-by-ship details of Brann, but actually he is almost unfailingly accurate.
The interesting narrative is there, but the style isn't that of 2017.

This doesn't devalue --books written fairly soon after the events can have more grasp and authenticity than those written much later who are more like the grandchildren of the participants
Thoroughly recommended.

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Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!: 2000AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History



I was delighted to hear this important , new book was being produced
( as a Kindle version first ) , and so I also waited till the paperback edition was available -
( I don't own a Kindle , plus I like to physically look at a book ) .
I have now read the book , and its just wonderful, and very detailed on the History behind the development and production of 2000AD
Where this scores , is that it gathers not just the internet interviews by Pat Mills , and his blog descriptions of Judge Dredd - but adds a whole extra layer to the story . You also get a real sense of how bad things were at IPC Comics - and the Management interference .
I loved the descriptions of Gerry Finlay-Day - and how he helped create some iconic characters , like Rogue Trooper and ' the VC's ' .
Gerry has been airbrushed from the early stories of 2000ad ( in Future Shock DVD - he is never mentioned )
I also loved the stories of the daft ideas that later editors tried to bring to the Comic - this was eye-watering stuff .
Thank you Pat Mills - you brought me Charley's War and Ro-Busters and the A.B.C Warriors - a mark of a Comic Legend
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Alan Moore's Swamp Thing comics. Excellent.
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You should read his ' Halo Jones ' from 2000ad , a true ,
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