Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

It's been a couple of weeks, but with some traveling in there I had a bit more time to read.

First book I finished was Lord of the Flies. I know, most of you read this probably in junior high school, but it was never required of me and I just recently got around to it. In it, for those of you who don't already know, a bunch of English schoolboys in an aircraft crash on a deserted island without adult supervision and they rapidly lose all veneer of civilization. I can see why it's a book for discussion.

Next was Osprey Elite #55: Marine Recon 1940 – 90; how do you make an elite from an elite? The history and honors of this subset of the US Marine Corps.

Then I finished reading Osprey Fortress #70: Strongholds of the Border Reivers: Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296 – 1603 in which they not only talk about the various forms of defended buildings, but also how some of them were taken.

Following that I read Osprey Men-At-Arms #71: The British Army 1965 – 80 which was essentially a mere description of the various unit uniforms. Meh.

Next book was Osprey New Vanguard #37: Sturmgeschutz III and IV 1942 – 45, a rather good description of this weapon system. Worthy of a look if you're into WWII armored vehicles.

Then, Osprey Vanguard #41: The M1 Abrams Battle Tank, a discussion of the onset of the present American main battle tank.

Still reading, I finished Normal by Warren Ellis, a somewhat frightening novel about our future lack of privacy.

And then it was Osprey Warrior #79: US Doughboy 1916 – 19, a portion of our nation's history that's not exactly forgotten, but not held up as an example the way the American Civil War or WWII is. Worth a read for a student of US military history.

On to the next book!
Tags: #37, #41, #55, #70, #71, #79

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