My Copy: 9780345535429 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, this one took a month or better to get through because so much and so little seemed to be going on all through it. But I have a feeling getting through this hurdle will mean the next installation will just take off running. A Clash of … Continue reading A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice & Fire #2), by George R. R. Martin
photo credit: cs.finescale.com I was listening to the great Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast, episode 2 of "Supernova in the East" about Japan's militarization and road to World War II. In one segment , Dan mentions the IJN's ingenuity and the amazing insight leaders had knowing that aircraft carriers were going to be THE ships … Continue reading Q #114: Did Germany have any aircraft carriers in World War II?
I know, it's perhaps a simplification, but at the same time, I'd been wondering about this particular topic for some time. Considering the United States' reach in the world, and where our troops and such are deployed, I'm sure there's some strange reactions going on down the chain of command when things are announced and … Continue reading Adopted Q #112: What could the top military brass think about the current white house occupant, a.k.a., the person they ultimately take their orders from?
I suppose when it's been an anniversary week like this, emotions and daily life will wreak havoc with careful plans. It wasn't just the emotional baggage, but I've also dealt with a ton of screaming kiddos during camp for several hours a day all week. That didn't help my attempts to be calm, cool, and … Continue reading Trying not to let a bad week derail my efforts…
image from navy.mil I was thinking about some things I'd read about WWII and remembered a question my dad had. He couldn't watch movies like The Longest Day (too damned long and he hated it) and probably couldn't watch Saving Private Ryan for too long... if he saw much of any of it. It wasn't … Continue reading #091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?
My Copy: 9781857441154 (image from rainbowresource.com is the one I have on my shelf) I've tried to dig up resources to learn chess better, and I've tried reading this book a few times in the past. I still haven't had much luck with it. Learn Chess: A Complete Course is not for beginners. Certainly not … Continue reading Learn Chess: A Complete Course, by C.H.O’D Alexander & T.J. Beach
My Copy: 9780812589047 (image from abebooks.com) I've read this book at least half a dozen times. I was having a very blah week and picked this up again. It's always worth reading. I can read it in less than two days easily because I still don't want to put it down. Ender's Game refers to a … Continue reading Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
This question has been bothering me for a long time. Seriously, North Korea has to be the creepiest freaking place on the planet at the moment. I'd rather time-travel to a combat zone in WW2 for a month than be in today's North Korea for a day. Safe to say, this nation and it's place … Continue reading #051–Pandora’s Box is Open: Do our leaders really think they can de-nuclearize North Korea?
My Copy: 9780192835826 (image from goodreads.com) Two things made me pick up this book again after 15 years. The first was listening to Dan Carlin's latest Hardcore History episode called "The Celtic Holocaust." I actually have the same translation he used for his notes. And I really think it's funny that when I started re-reading this book, … Continue reading The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar (trans. by Carolyn Hammond)