What I’m reading…

I particularly enjoy histories, and this year I’ve been reading about the great wars, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and a couple intriguing and detailed writings about Australia and the British in India.

Delights:

John Toland, In Mortal Combat: Korea, 1950 – 1953.

Churchill, WWII, all of his writings. I am fortunate to have the entire collection, from my father’s library. He is surprisingly easy to read, rather chatty at times. Of course the writings reflect his opinions, but what better transcriber of the times, challenges, background, and decisions.

Wade Davis, Into the Silence, the Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.

Tuchman, Stillwell and the American experience in China, 1911 – 1945.

William Craig, Enemy at the Gates: the Battle for Stalingrad.

Philip Ziegler, Mountbatten.

Robert Hughes, Fatal Shore.

Disappointment:

Max Hastings, Vietnam, an Epic Tragedy, 1945 – 1975. Terrible. He opines, speculates, second-guesses, through the entire history. I finally gave up on the book, and I’ll look for a more fact-based dialogue.

Update, since I will be in temporary accommodations for a few months, I just ordered the Nook ebook of John Toland’s The Rising Sun.

Coco

4 thoughts on “What I’m reading…

  1. Thanks for sharing your list. I enjoy the historical perspective that is indelible in a good novel, and am always drawn to literature written before I was born — curious about everyday life. Right now I’m working through a group of British mysteries from the 1920s and 1930s, just before Agatha Christie took over. And I’m determined to read every Anthony Trollope novel. I got hooked on the Pallisers in college and in recent years all of of his Barsetshire series. And I’ve got my Kindle loaded with the heavy Russians from the 19th century. …… What JOY there is in reading. And what a delight to find your post so early in the day. I’ll be thinking about your books throughout the day . . .

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  2. Hi Coco, I, too, envy your Churchill collection! He’s quite a writer; once you get into his ways, he is very interesting. I’d like to recommend a v good book on FDR and WWII you might like: American Betrayal by Diana West. It will really get you thinking; or at least it rocked my world. I wish you the best w/moving.

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