My Copy: 9780553261097 (image from bn.com) The beauty of reading Nero Wolfe books is you don't have to read them in any particular order. Sometimes there are some things that might seem jarring when you read them out of order, like "who's this lady" or whatever, but they're such minor characters oftentimes it doesn't matter. … Continue reading Not Quite Dead Enough, by Rex Stout
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?
(photo from article in War History Online) I'm a bit of a rock, jazz and blues person, so of course Tony Bennett's been on my radar. He has a good voice and some great collaborations. I'm not a superfan, don't even have an album of his, but he's been on and off the radar a … Continue reading The things we learn about other people…
I guess that pic itself answers that. I'm sure there's a "whaaaa???" going on in some of your heads right now, because I'm sure the answer is "of course the Japanese army had tanks." But like the tree falling in the woods, if nobody talks about it, how can we know? Seriously. I don't think … Continue reading #078–Blitz Q: Did the Japanese Have & Use Tanks in WW2?
My Copy: 9781584301578 (image from umich.edu) I thumbed through my book collection when I got home this afternoon, desperate for a quiet and uplifting story after dealing with 30 screaming and hyped up students. I salute parents who can do holiday or birthday parties for kids, because I don't know how the hell you do … Continue reading Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story, by Ken Mochizuki & illustrated by Dom Lee
My Copy: 9780890965191 (image from amazon.com) A lifelong-resident of the Houston metro area, I am one of thousands of schoolchildren who has made what I like to call the "4th grade pilgrimage" to the San Jacinto Battleground, famous as the shortest decisive battle in history. Most people know about the monument (which wasn't supposed to … Continue reading Battleship Texas, by Hugh Power