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About meA retired Foreign Service Officer with 30 years service, I am now an independent scholar and applied historian studying war, warfare, military history, peace, and policy, etc. and working as a lecturer, blogger, and consultant to the US military and naval forces. I lived and worked in Vietnam, the Congo (then Zaire), Northern Ireland, and Russia and at the State Department and the Defense Department in Washington, DC.

About my libraryMy listed library reflects my interest in war, warfare, and military history in numerous forms and at various points in history; my interest in forms of art that reflect the experience of war including poetry, song, and film; and my interest in science fiction, mysteries and some thrillers, and military or war novels.

GroupsAerial Warfare, American Civil War, Baker Street and Beyond, Byzantinistik, Historical Biography, Historical Fiction, Military History, Science Fiction Fans, Second World War History, War Books, War Authorsshow all groups

Favorite authorsRichard Armour, Isaac Asimov, William Stuart Baring-Gould, James Belich, James Blish, Marc Bloch, Fernand Braudel, John Brunner, John le Carré, David Chandler, Carl von Clausewitz, Charles Carleton Coffin, Len Deighton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Christopher Duffy, James F. Dunnigan, Trevor N. Dupuy, Bernard B. Fall, Niall Ferguson, Colin Forbes, C. S. Forester, George MacDonald Fraser, John Fuller, Bartholomew Gill, David M. Glantz, Christopher Hibbert, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Walt Kelly, Alexander Kent, Philip Kerr, Rudyard Kipling, Andrew Krepinevich, Keith Laumer, Bill Mauldin, James McClure, Nicholas Meyer, Helmuth Von Moltke, George F. Nafziger, Patrick O'Brian, Richard Overy, C. Northcote Parkinson, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Ralph Peters, Digby Smith, Dudley Pope, Ernie Pyle, Ellery Queen, H.C.B. Rogers, Barry Rubin, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Roger L. Simon, Frank Snepp, Barry Strauss, James Thurber, J. R. R. Tolkien, Barbara W. Tuchman, Jules Verne, Gerhard L. Weinberg, H. G. Wells, Ted Wood (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Downtown - Metro Center, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Seven Corners, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Tysons Corner Mall, Beckham's Bookshop, Bookhouse, Borders - Baileys Crossroads, Borders - Vienna - Tysons Corner, Borders - Washington, D.C. - 14th Street, Borders - Washington, D.C. - L Street, Bridge Street Books, Brookings Institution Bookstore, Canaday's Book Barn, Capitol Hill books, Edward McKay Used Books & More Fayetteville, Foyles, Hole In the Wall Books, Hooked on Books, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Librairie Book Shop, Moskovskii Dom Knigi (Московский Дом Книги), Politics and Prose, Prospero's Books, Reiter's Books, Riverby Books, Royal Oak Bookshop, Russia Online, Inc, Second Story Books, Smithsonian American Art & National Portrait Gallery Bookstore, The Paladin, Дом военной книги

Favorite librariesArlington Central Library (Arlington Public Library), Library of Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art (Smithsonian Institution), Navy Department Library (US), Pentagon Library, Swem Library, College of William and Mary

Other favoritesCato Institute, National Press Club, International Spy Museum, Dulles Expo and Conference Center, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Stacy's Coffee Parlor, Anderson House, Newseum


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I would like to thank William G. Robertson for writing The Petersburg Campaign ThE Battle of Old Men and Young Boys. I ordered the book when I was educated on my GGGG GPA William C. Banister being the last fatality Jun. 09,1864. My GGG GMA is Anne Agusta Banister Pryor. I cried when I got the book and saw the dedication to him and that the copy I got was a signed as well. I am working on UDC acceptance and so proud of his heroic efforts. I only wish I lived in VA so I could see all the sites. I live in California so I don't see it happening soon. This helped me visualize the event. I learned so much I never knew nor was I ever taught in School I thank you for that Mr. Robertson.

Sincerely,Tammany Fields GGGG Grandaughter to William Constable Banister

I came across a series of wargames that you had made into a series a few months ago. You had used a comma to separate the title of the series from the number. The system works a little differently. You put the number into () marks. I've gone ahead and reindexed the series. Hope you don't mind:

I added Wargame to the series name as we already have a Third World War Game series of fiction novels.

Hope this helps,

(I'm sure you're aware of this as you did this series back in Feb 2011. I just felt the need to drop you a note and mention that I had changed something you had done previously.
I'm interested in the Civil War as well (I edited a Civil War quote book for OUP a few years ago, and wound up doing a lot of reading on the side), and am looking forward to Wert's A Brotherhood of Valor when I get some leisure. I tried finding you on Facebook to send a friend request, but couldn't tell which Robert Mosher you were; I'm there as Stephen Dodson (ID number 664004802) if you want to try from your end.

I have uploaded a cover for The British Soldier: His Daily Life from Tudor to Modern Times by H. de Watteville.
I have uploaded a cover for Naval Policy between the Wars. Volume 2: The Period of Reluctant Rearmament, 1930–1939 by Stephen Roskill.
I have uploaded a cover for Kirby Smith's Confederacy: The Trans-Mississippi South, 1863–1865 by Robert L. Kerby. This is from the 1972 Columbia University Press hardcover edition.
Thanks Robert for your comment, I went to bed late looking for a Spanish edition of this book and there is, but is out of print for the moment, I have read some memoirs about the Spanish civil war but usually they are from the Nationalist side so when I saw your comment I decide to give it a try, the first time a hear about Pavlito(this was the nickname of Rodimtsev in Spain) was in the book of Anthony Beevor, Stalingrand, he was one of the few veterans of the Spanish civil war he survive the Stalin's purges of the Red Army. I’m also interest on the subject of the Spanish Civil war, after reading an article on the siege of Madrid, I look for more books on the subject and got the book of Jorge M. Reverte the battle of Madrid(La batalla de Madrid), I also got on the waiting list the book of Orwell “Homage to Catalonia”. Looking forward to your comments on the book of Rodimtsev.

901 17th St, NW is the address and that is at Farragut Square. Cocktails from 6:30 to 7pm. Presentation / book signing from 7 to 8pm. Dinner from 8 to 9ish..... Please note that jacket and tie are required at the Army & Navy Club. Look forward to seeing you there.

Hola Robert, this is Eduardo from Nicaragua, I just saw your comment on the military history forum, and you mention the book of Alexander Rodimtsev, “Under the Spanish Sky”, do you have the English edition of this book?, I have read about him but didn’t know he got a book on his days in Spain, interesting read you got there.

I still want to meet you in DC for a cup of coffee. Which days do you volunteer at the Newsuem? Also, I'll be giving a talk on my book on Jan. 15th in the evening at the Army and Navy Club. You could come to that if you are interested. Let me know so I can get you on the list. I can also confirm start time. It is a dinner followed by an illustrated presentation of both the ASKB Mil. Collection and then my book (features one of the artist in the collection).

Happy Holidays,
I saw your comment on the Grant vs. Lee topic. I put that up hoping to stir some controversy and interest to get a thread going. On the topic of Lee's inability to discipline I think Fuller's premise was that Lee was just too nice to be a good general. As you pointed out He would never bring his subordinates to task for their failures. For example, when Jeb Stuart finally showed up at Gettysburg lee hardly had an unkind word to say.
I read a little of your blog because I am trying to start one of my own. I also have set up at blogspot but haven't done any posting yet. Do you find blogspot to be accessible and attract readers. I consider myself an autodidact and a lot of my reading is a one person graduate seminar. I want to get out my ideas and the blog seems to have replaced the pamphlet as a way to do this. I would appreciate any ideas on how you manage your blog.
Bill Rucker (wildbill)
Hello Robert, thank you for connecting with me. How great that your home page is named "military philosopher," much like Sun Tzu. If you like The Art of War, be sure to check out my new book that just came out two weeks ago. If you have any questions about it, let me know. Sincerely, Thomas.
Stumbled across your page - very interesting! Military history and the like are the absolute lowest on my list of interests but autodidacticism is at the top. Have you published anything, perchance?
Greetings. At least LT-wise, we have the most in common. I had to see who also liked David Chandler, Trevor Dupuy and Keith Laumer. I can see how someone with your background would like Laumer.
Hi, I wanted to look at your homepage, but got an error, something like page not found. Interesting early book you have about Russian airships 1897.
There are three copies of "An Album of American Battle Art" on LibraryThing with three different authors.
You have two of them.
One is the 1947 LOC version, from which LibraryThing didn't import the author name of Library of Congress.
One is the DeCapo reprint, with Donald H. Mugridge as the author. LOC has Library of Congress as that versions primary author also.

I have just entered the 1947 with Library of Congress.

Since the 1947 didn't have an ISBN, they cannot be merged on LibraryThing.

Would you consider changing both your primary authors to Library of Congress?
I saw that modern addition to Oman advertised, I'm definately tempted as I remember the authors looked top notch. Thumbs up or thumbs down?
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