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About meI'm just some guy that lives in the Washington, DC area and who happens to be an archivist, and that's about as much as I care to give away. You can figure out my reading tastes from looking at the list.

For those of you who are curious my icon is a Curtiss A-18 Shrike; a 1930s warplane

About my libraryDue to accidents, deaccessioning, and living in an area well served with libraries, I only own a portion of the the books I'm listing. At least this was the case before the buying binge of the last few years or so! The main thing is that I have years of lists and journal entries tracking my reading that have lacked a home, at least until now; let's just say that some people's libraries are more virtual than others! As for how I rate I figure five stars is a book you should probably own as a generalist, four is worth rereading (or owning if you're a specialist), three is worth reading once, two wasn't all it's cracked up to be, one is that I read this book so you don't have to. If I have a particular quirk of organization it's that I prefer to use the editor as the author instead of just listing these books that produced themselves. Also, books that are yet to be tagged and rated are the de facto "to read" list; I tag and rate everything.

Groups50 Book Challenge, Aerial Warfare, Amateur Historians, American Civil War, Archivists on LibraryThing, Aviation, Books I Hated, Combiners!, Final Frontier - Spaceflight, History Readers: Clio's (Pleasure?) Palaceshow all groups

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Member sinceDec 22, 2005

Currently readingOmega Point by Guy Haley
Down to the Bone (Quantum Gravity, Book 5) by Justina Robson
Ki-44 'Tojo' Aces of World War 2 (Aircraft of the Aces) by Nicholas Millman
Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia (Cambridge Centennial of Flight) by Scott W. Palmer

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new book:
I have uploaded the correct cover for The Old Steam Navy, Vol. 2: The Ironclads, 1842–1885 by Donald L. Canney.
I have uploaded the correct cover for The Old Steam Navy, Vol. 1: Frigates, Sloops, and Gunboats, 1815–1885 by Donald L. Canney.
Saw this poking around on, Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe. Cheers, A
Thank you for the new 'Fletcher-Class Destroyers' cover. It is indeed better than the previously available version.

By the way, after getting around to reading comments in sundry groups, I see you were at WorldCon. I wish I had seen that earlier as I work two blocks from the Hyatt and would have stopped by. I was there when WorldCon was last in Chicago (1999) but didn't go this time as I got conned out years ago. You could have even met my brother the author (shameless family plug).
re: Chicon 7. Indeed I was there. And I did a little shopping.
In reference to 'Gordon & Komissarov's expanded book on Ekranoplanes', BUY IT! Don't bother reading any more of this comment until you have placed your order. Even if you had to pay list price ($56.95), I feel it is worth it. But, I suggest Currently they have it for 27% off. Using the slow, cheap (i.e., no charge) shipping, I received mine in 4 days.

Now, for the rest of the story, compared to my 5 Red Star paperback books:

1. The size of a page is about the same. At 336 pages versus 128 (according to my data), the new book is over 2.5 times as big. If I could get the Red Star version for $17-$18, the new book would be worth $45-$50, based just on size.

2. The use of color is a major difference. Aside from the covers and advertisements at the back, the Red Star books either have none ('Rockets'), some profiles ('MiG') or quite a few profiles and a few photographs ('I-16', 'LaGG' and 'Yak'). This book is nearly all color (only a slight exaggeration). And it is used very effectively. Yes, there are black and white line drawings, but there are a lot of colored line drawings that are incredible because of the use of color.

3. The quality of the photographs is similar. A few may be somewhat blurry, but the majority are very crisp and clear.

4. The difference in content and scope is an unknown to me. When I do my review (later today I hope), I will address the new book's content. For this area, you are on your own.

That is it for now. My wife just brought me dinner. And I want to get back to enjoying my book! Oh, if it wasn't for your question I wouldn't have my copy. I am so glad that you asked!

In reference to 'Gordon & Komissarov's expanded book on Ekranoplanes' and 'the Red Star book' (from your July 23rd comment to me):
Bad News / Bad News / Maybe Good News / and Frustration

1. Ekranoplanes, by Gordon & Komissarov, is in my Wishlist collection. I almost ordered it, but at $40-$45 I didn't. But, due to your comment, I have now ordered it. It should arrive tomorrow, Friday, July 27th. When my wife comes after me with her meat cleaver, I am going to be screaming: 'It's not my fault. He made me do it.'

2. The Redstar book is also in my Wishlist. That is not likely to change, since it is going for $75.00, which is way out of my league. So, I won't be able to provide a direct comparison. I am actually going to try to get this book through my library's Inter-Library Loan service.

3. When the Midland's hardcover arrives (i.e., #1 above), I will provide a detail review of it. I will keep in mind what I see in the other 5 Redstar books that I do have (and which I think very highly of).

4. The confusion caused by my extensive use of a Wishlist chaffs my hide. I am going to try to set up another LibraryThing (LT) user account for my Wishlist data, etal.

-- A. The cost is trivial.
-- B. Moving over 1,000 entries from my current member name to this new member name will be a challenge. Maybe the LT gurus will be able to assist.
-- C. Moving data from the new member name to my current member when I actually acquire a book will be an annoyance. I don't know of a good way to do it, but maybe I'll find one.

Thank you for the Watt's cover!

Shrike58--- Thanks for your review of Sean McMeekin's "The Russian Origins Of The First World War". Until I read your review, I was unaware of this book, but you prompted my interest, & I've now added it to my "Wishlist"; Thanks!
All The Best, ---"j.a.lesen"
Thank you, kind sir.
I just wanted to leave you an appreciative thumbs-up for devising the first star-rating system that made me sit up and say: "Yes -- that!" And for your excellent taste in profile pics (always nice to meet another fan of the beautiful, forgotten machines of the late 30s) . . . :-)
my railroading uncle, the ichthyologist, has the largest ERB collection I've ever seen. Doesn't reread, just collects.
As I purchase stuf for his bday/xmas, I'm continually amazed at all the custom/vanity presses still pushing out new editions of ERB work.
It was in 4th that I started reading the books my dad bought; he was big sf fan. We bought & read all the ERB we could find, "Doc" SMith, Otis Adelbert Kane, Fritz Leiber etc...
finding a new book, like striking gold!
I remember how happy I was in 4th grade when Ace and/or Ballentine came out with a new volume of Burroughs, great days!
Hi Shrike,
It's fairly comparable to Mushroom's French Wings series. Same size and style of H&C's 5th AF book, around 112pp (French Wings has 80pp), lots of color profiles, cockpit details and cutaway drawings, lots of b&w/sepia photos, units and loss histories. Downfall is French text, compared to Mushroom. But definitely info and pics that you won't find elsewhere. I'm glad that I bought it, and was able to pick it up through Amazon. Hope that helps!
Dear "Strike",

Benoît Lemay is a French speaking Canadian historian (Ph.D. University of Montréal and Paris Sorbonne). He is professor at the University of Montréal.

Kind regards

Thanks for the comment regarding The Italian Navy in World War II.

I meant to send my original message to you under my primary account (suburbguy) - sorry about the confusion.

I maintain a secondary account (suburbgirl) for my wantlist of books.

You are one of the few persons at LibraryThing who owns The Italian Navy in World War II by James J. Sadkovich.

Is this a worthy buy?

It is an expensive book, and I have not had the chance to preview a copy before making my own purchase decision.

Please advise.

Thank you.
Hi Shrike,
Actually post WW2 aviation is not my forte. I only have the Red Star books that dealt with WW2 Russian aircraft, so I can't tell if there is much overlap or not. Looking at the reviews on Amazon, it sounds that there is some overlap, but a lot of new info and pictures. The book is typical Hikoki great quality. I found it at a used bookstore yesterday for $25, so that convinced me to pick it up.
Thanks for the cover. Truly far superior to the previous version!

Have a good 2011.
Thanks for the covers!!
Lake Plitvice, where the holy grail of German Westerns were filmed (just yesterday, I went to the "100 Years Vienna in movies" exhibition in the Vienna History Museum which showed Vienna dressed up as Prague (The Living Daylights) and Moscow (Clint Eastwood's Firefox, Vienna's plastic underground really does not do justice to the Soviet underground palaces)). I remember crossing from Pecs, Hungary, to Zagreb, Croatia, a beautiful if torturous journey, going against the lay of the mountains.
At 1 EUR in the used books bin, I couldn't resist picking up McC. Besides Mornings on Horseback, only The Bridge (which has been sitting on my shelves for too long already) remains for me to shout McC bingo.

I love the Mid-PA region with its lush meadows and endless trees (very similar to Switzerland, but far, far more remote from "civilization"). My 2007 visit took a more southernly route from Pittsburgh to FLW's Falling Waters and George Washington's Fort Necessity (on to Sharpsburg and Harper's Ferry), so I missed Johnstown.

Floods are Three Little Pigs type of catastrophes. Precautions and planning can prevent most of the damage. Thanks to global warming's increased weather volatility, the 50-year floods hit every decade here around the Danube (Eastern Europe taking the brunt due to decrepit infrastructure and its "New Europe" attitude to following regulations.). Johnstown seems to have been fortunate - so far.
Just read your review of Ferrell's "Collapse at Meuse-Argonne". I also wish hed had spent more effort addressing doctrine.
Since reading this, I have studied this division aand the battle a great deal. While I tend to think Ferrell overstates some accusations against the Regular Army officers, there is some truth in all his points.
What he missed was some of the tactical errors. The US Army Infantry School recently digitized and posted several monographs written by students over the years (available through the Donovan Library website). Among them are several accounts of the battle by 35th ID officers, including MAJ Lemmon. Lemmon won the DSC as a battalion commander. He notes that attacking Exermont was putting forces into a bowl, surrounded on 3 sides by the enemy. He suggests the attacks should have been against enemy positions instead. There was a distinct lack of finesse in the maneuvering - it was a frontal attack the whole way.
Of course, one big advantage of a frontal attack is it is easy to control. Since division control had largely disintegrated, it may have been the only option.
Hi Shrike,
Anything written by Dunning is excellent and Hikoki and Classic Publications are two of the best aviation publishers in the UK now. That said, "Courage Alone" is more of a reference on the RA from 1940 to 1943 - unit histories, orders of battle, aircrew and aces, equipment and camouflage and markings. "Regia Aeronautica" claims to have different material from "Courage Alone" and probably 90%+ of it is different.
"RA" covers from 1923 to 1945, so the Ethiopian campaign, Spanish Civil War, Co-Belligerent Air Force and the ANR are also covered. The text is more operational (campaign oriented) in scope, and has a lot more detail on camouflage and more color profiles. Also has 1/72 scale 3-view drawings of the major Italian aircraft. Richard Caruana, another expert on the RA, did all of the artwork in this book which is exceptional. The only real overlap is the aces list, the unit insignia, and some of the camouflage section. So if you have an interest in the RA, I'd recommend getting both books. I'm glad that I did.
It was much better. Thanks! MDH
I'm too lazy to scan what I have, but you inspired me to search out better covers than what I had and I've updated those you didn't...


Thanks, I'll check them out!
Greetings and salutations to you sir. Yes, you have quite an interesting library. I too am military history and hardware junkie. Alas, living in a one bedroom apartment has forced me to set priorities in my book purchases. But at least having a nearby B&N with an adequate military history section helps me get my fix. Happy New Year.
The fifth of December and nary the first ceremonial monthly entry in the Military History group? The world wonders.
Glad you like the cake; it is my favorite recipe!
Thank you for the Canberra cover!
Has anybody EVER seen the last three volumes in the Profile series,
No 263, Dornier Do335
No 264 Vought F7U Cutlass
No 265 Stampe SV4
I have no idea on authorship, and do not know if they where actually released.
I really like the entire series, but I think that the He162 book is the best of the three.
Hello fm a former Marylander. I lived in Odenton for 21 yrs while working. I'm a long-distance friend and disciple of Sam Hynes, who has blurbed all of my books. You might enjoy my own Vietnam/Cold War era memoir, SOLDIER BOY. See or Amazon for info. - Tim
Thanks again for another cover!! Glad to hear that you're finding some inexpensive Putnam's. I love that series.
Thank you for the re-scan of the cover for "Boeing Aircraft since 1916". I'm still feeding cataloging data into LT, and won't be going back and doing cover-scanning for those cover pics not already in LT until I finally catalog that last book (assuming there ever is a last book!).

Interestingly, until a year and a half ago I also lived in the Washington DC area, and although not an archivist myself, was a university librarian who worked closely with the university archives. I'm now retired to the Kentucky Bluegrass area.
Thanks for the Boeing cover!!
I have uploaded a cover for The Killing Ground: The British Army, the Western Front, and the Emergence of Modern Warfare, 1900–1918 by Tim Travers. This is from the 1987 Allen & Unwin hardcover edition.
Hi Shrike58,
My problem is I no longer have the jacket for Boeing Aircraft Since 1916 and I'm not sure which one it had originally. But I appreciate your nicer cover graphics and I will use it anyway. We actually have quite a few books in common it seems. In fact, I think I will add you as a an interesting library so I can keep track of your stuff. Thanks for the tip.

I checked for the cover, and it should be there
I have uploaded a cover for An Army for Empire: The United States Army in the Spanish–American War by Graham A. Cosmas. This is from the 1971 University of Missouri Press hardcover edition.
I have uploaded a cover for The War to End All Wars: The The American Military Experience in World War I by Edward M. Coffman. This is from the 1968 Oxford University Press hardcover edition.
I have uploaded a cover for Churchill and the Admirals by Stephen Roskill. This is from the 1977 Collins edition.
Excellent, I can see the "Making Friends with Hitler" review now.
I have upload a cover for The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance by Thomas B. Buell. This is from the original 1974 Little, Brown edition.
Wow, that's really annoying about the loss of the review! I was planning on reviewing a few books over the course of the next week or so, I'll let you know if I run into any snags with those. It may be a product of some of the changes they've made to LT recently -- I'm not altogether pleased with some of the changes, as they're just minor annoyances, but the inability to post reviews is a serious bug.
Unfortunately, the last review I have posted from you on Connections is "Stalingrad: The Air Battle" on April 18. "Making Friends with Hitler" doesn't show up at all for me.
On Amazon: German nightfighters....PRINCES OF DARKNESS (Paperback)
by Claire Rose Knott (Author)
Good call on Brian Linn's "The Echo of Battle." I read that one last summer and enjoyed it a lot. There are times when I think he takes the Guardian/Manager/Hero analogy a little far, but in general, I think his argument works.

Thanks for the recommendation on the Metz book. I have not read that, but it looks very good. I'll have to order it from the library. I picked up Bob Woodward's books on the Iraq war at a library sale over the weekend (you can't beat $1/hardback), so I'm sure those will whet my appetite for more on Iraq.
Thanks for the compliment on the reviews. I actually yanked some of those from a larger review essay I've written on about 35 works of military history. I don't own copies of the rest of the books or I would have posted those as well. If you'd like, drop me a private message with an email address and I'll forward you a copy of the document.

I would actually love to see someone update Weigley's book with a hard-hitting study of post-Vietnam US military strategy. Sure, there are plenty of books that cover pieces of it (e.g., Air-Land Battle), but very little in the way of a comprehensive overview in the way that Weigley did it. In my opinion, there is far too little of this type of scholarship currently available.
Good morning pal,
I'm sure you're familiar with this publisher but I just discovered it.
Looks like quite a few titles of interest.
Cheers, A
Re Vicksburg: I agree, gave him a 3. Cheers, A
Happy New Year pal! Please check my latest post in Second World War History:Battle of Britain - recommendations?
RE M.Korda's new BoB work. Cheers, A
Hello Shrike,
My name is Yura and I am from Ukraine. I very need the book of P. Wandycz "France and her eastern allies". Can you help me, how I can receive this book?

Hi Shike,
I really like both volumes of "Bomber Units of the Luftwaffe". There's nothing else with this information in English. But it is a reference set - lots of photos, listings of commanders, stations and major activities of each Gruppe, emblems, and a bibliography on each Geschwader. It's the usual high quality publication from Classic Publications (now part of Midland/Ian Allen). It is completely different material from the publisher's Kampfflieger four volume set, which is a more readable operational history, but complements it perfectly. Hope that helps!
Thanks for the info about adding book covers. I think I know how you feel about having all your books in a virtual library and having a picture to go with it. While I am deployed over seas I am trying to clean up and dress right dress all my book entries, authors, tags and ISBN numbers. I have been able to “borrow” several book covers from other people and various sources on the web and LibraryThing. I realize I am going to have to expand my computer skills when I get home and start using the scanner as you and other individuals have suggested. Again, thanks for the help. Take care. Derek
Your review of Pyrrhic Victory by Doughty clenched my decision to pick it up - hope its good.
RE Sydney & Kormoran. Hey thanks, I heard yesterday. Hopefully that'll put some minds to rest in Australia. I have Kormoran's skipper memoir;
always sounded like the Sydney came to close and got torpedoed (on top of shelling). I wonder if they'll be able to bring up some interesting items from both ships (supposedly purty danged deep there). Regards, A
That Edward Hamilton! You never know what little treasure will turn up there (if you don't go blind reading their newsprint ads)
Happy New Year mates!
My wife & I are just coming out from a long bout of some kinda flu and 2 weeks of holiday company. I hope Santa treated you well, I received an armload of books (Rome, ACW, Napoleonics, WWI, WWII, scifi)…which I’m currently plowing through. Among them were several from the “print on demand” publishers which provide hard to find monographs (WWI in East Africa). I received & read that old classic GOSHAWK SQUADRON by Derek Robinson (better than BLUE MAX to me). Adrian Goldsworth’s CANNAE is a quick read. Sloan’s ULTIMATE BATTLE (Okinawa) is a collection of oral history anecdotes not an operational study but a good one of that genre. I recommend the new STALINGRAD by Michael Jones, lots of new research & analysis incorporated (and corrects some myths along the way). I also finished McCullough’s final Masters of Rome volume: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, not up to her others in my opinion. Also the newest from Dan Abnett’s “Gaunt’s Ghosts” series, ONLY in DEATH, gripping space opera! I was also surprised to find that my (American) football team, the Redskins, somehow slipped into the playoffs. We’ll see how long that lasts! Well, I’ll be interested in checking to see what yall have added to your collections. I hope 2008 is a banner year for stocking your shelves with goodies. Regards from a damp Maryland, Ammianus
Hiya pal, see my Antietam note in American Civil War group. Cheers, A
Just spotted this book and reckoned it would be of interest:
War, technology, and experience aboard the USS Monitor
Regards, Donogh
And something else to buy:
The penalty for McLaren seems Draconian, but the team is responsible for the actions of it's employees if condones their behavior, either actively or by inaction. I do think that Alonzo and de la Rosa got off way too easy, they were aware of the illegal data for three months. Shame some people don't have to be held accountable.
As I bought 'Conqueror' by Rob Griffin because I saw it on your catalog, perhaps you'd be interested in knowing he also has a book on the Chieftain.
I have corrected the spelling mistake (I was in a bit of a hurry, italian is written with a e in norwegian ie italiener=italian)
I am sure there are many more of the same, I fix them when I see them.
Hi pal
check out this site (print on demand I guess):
Mates: Wow! Check out this new to me publisher.
I've purchased Lejune's memoirs from them as well as SGT Guillemard. Cheers, A
I see that you read THUNDER RUN. There are two other books covering the same subject but from different levels. I just finished TAKEDOWN: The Third Infantry Division's Assault on Baghdad by Jim Lacey which covers the divisional level story from Kuwait to Baghdad. HEAVY METAL: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad by Jason Conroy & Ron Martz is the story of C Co 1/64 AR and includes actions after the fall and early occupation of Baghdad.
The pressure was too much! Just ordered it from Abe.
Yes, I see that indeed hardware is appearing on your acquisition list. Thanks, I just had to go add "Conqueror" to my wish list.
Hello Again,

I recieved the Graff book "Medieval Chinese Warfare" just after Xmas - it was great. More recently I discovered that the publishers had a follow up "War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China 900 - 1795" different author but samp publishers and same format. I got my hands on that as soon as I could.

Very similar to the earlier work - most enjoyable.

I concur RE Hodges & HUertgen...from my reading he seemed to be one of those "Hey diddle diddle, right up the middle" guys. Regards from rather toasty Maryland!
Picked up this new bio: Courtney Hicks Hodges, not the greatest but fills a gap in the WWII US bios. Cheers, A
Thanks for the covers!!!
Thanks for the cover for Woolley's Freikorps book - it was MUCH better!!
Thanks for your reply. Really useful! I had come across most of these books, but wasn't sure about them. It's good to have the opinion of someone who's read them. I hadn't heard of Ben-Ami Shillony before.

It's a pity so many of the books written about Japan in this period seem to be quite polemical. I suppose really I ought to learn Japanese, if I can find the time . . .
Hello, I notice you have read a lot of books about Japan. I wonder if could recommend me any good books in English on the rise of militarism and the failure of democracy in early Showa-era Japan, or on the Sino-Japanese conflict in the 1930s and 1940s? This is something I'm interested in at the moment.
Hey Shrike; see this one??! Barbarossa: The Air Battle July-December 1941 (Hardcover)
by Christer Bergstrom (Author)
Well well, look what I found on Amazon FINALLY in English, [The Napoleonic Wars through the Experiences of an Officer of Berthier's Staff] by [[Lejune]], 2 volume set from Leonaur Ltd in the UK. And reasonably priced.
Thanks again Shrike,

the Graff book is now on order at Angus and Robertson. It might take a month or so to arrive (no Australian Distributors have it here) but It will be worth the wait.

Cheers from Oz
Saw your post regarding "Medieval Chinese Warfare". I'm off to the bookshops to find out how I can get my hands on a copy.

Many Thanks
Hagedorn's book on Aircraft of the Latin American Wars is excellent. It's pretty much all photos and color profiles, with most of the text downloadable off the web. Was done to keep the size of the book down and thus keep it affordable. It's the typical high quality book from Hikoki, who being small, do small print runs. Once they go out of print, they are hard to find and expensive. I'm probably not making things any easier for you and I apologize for that! E-Bay and ABEBOOKS have been getting a lot of my money this last month. Been finding too much that's been on my want list and ones that I didn't know existed. I just have to remind myself that I got good deals on some of them.
Hi Shrike, sorry that I haven't gotten back to you sooner! I've been busy trying to catch up after a business trip and haven't been in LT until tonight. I am very happy with both books. Both have lots of internal amd external photos, contemporary photos, descriptions of variants, schematics, and color profiles. The T-35 1/35th scale schematics are on a fold-out in the back, due to it's size. All photos are B&W, and some of the contemporary photos are grainy. All of the books by this publisher (Barbarossa Books in UK) that I've seen have been excellent. Hope this helps!
Well, I appreciate your efforts to tidy up the military history books here. I actually don't own that many military history books (c. 100) since I end up checking most of the ones I read out of the library. I'm not able to purchase as many new books as I used to anyway, now that I'm on a grad student's stipend. :) Most of my research right now is focused on the Spanish-American War, so over time I suspect my library will start growing in that direction.
Thanks for the information on updating the missing covers. I plan on tackling that as soon as I've finished scanning in the rest of my library (another 500-1000 books). BTW, I notice that we share a really interesting and eclectic set of 165 books. Also, I actually just moved to NC from Northern Virginia last year
Thanks for more covers!!!
Thanks for the pointing out the covers.
Merry Xmas !Shrike, finally finishing cataloging everything. Take a look you might see a title you've missed. Cheers, A
Hello--do you mean you used to be a patron of Twinsburg Library? Very interesting :-)
Thank you for the notice of the [no title] book in my library. This problem is certainly quite a nuissance. I've now gone through my catalog and assigned a primary language to all of the books which had none, and cleaned up the many [no title] books I found along the way. Do you know if the [no title] problem has been occuring with books which do have a primary language? And if so, how does one find these books in that it is in fact the work and not the book which has no title?
Hi, thank you for bringing "The Shattered Sword" to my attention. I read about this book while visiting, and have read an excerpt from the book's website.
Thanks for pointing out the 'No Title' book by A.J.Barker. This is in fact 'Suez : The Seven Day War' Now I've tried all ways to get this title to take,but hovever I try,Manually or through the various Libriaries available - no go.When I've time I will investigate further. Any thoughts? As it is coming up as owned by no-one else I badly want to get it in.
Again many thanks
Thanks for pointing out the covers!!
Thanks for the suggestions.

I've already read When Thunder Rolled, and have been looking for a good(& cheap) used copy of Flying Black Ponies for a couple months now. I also picked up Cheating Death a couple nights ago and its looking good so far.
Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't read Naimark, but I think I came across his name somewhere before.

As for the impact of looting and rape on discipline and fighting ability of the troops, it is no doubt negative.

What troubles me, though, is that Westerners, Americans especially, in their usual geo- and ethnographical ignorance, call soldiers of the Soviet Army simply "Russians," which just adds to the Western Russophobia, a phaenomenon much older than the Cold War. I'm not sure any data on ethnic composition of the Red Army available, but I'd venture to guess that by the end of the War Russians were not in the majority in the ranks. Tartars, Uzbeks, Ukrainians and the rest must share the blame.

... Oh, by the way, I'm neither a Russian, nor a Russian patriot.

True ... but, you see, it's all about the packaging. For example, in his book, Beevor mentioned once (if I remember correctly) the rapes happened in the parts of Germany occupied by the Western Allies. In his BookTV talk about his book he said that it was widespread there, though not on the same scale as in the East. Of course, with modern technology a video document is as "hardcopy" as a printed one, but still ... how many people watch BookTV? In the West, the raping and pillaging committed by the Red Army had been generally known, even if not so much talked about. So, why all that big stir? I wander ...

Or, take The Hitler ... oops, History Channel. Their program about the downfall of Berlin, broadcasted in the wake of the publication of Beevor's book, was announced as "Red Army pillages and rapes." In the hour-long program (minus commercials, of course), Mr. Beevor mentioned the rapes in the very end, and talked about the issue for a couple of minutes. Then the host, a guy from THC, said that, of course, the Russians deny all that. Well, what will a "general viewer" remember? How many Soviets were killed in battle, or the rapes?

... Regardless, the book is just poorly written, rapes or no rapes. Compare with the "Armageddon" by Hastings: he's not easier on the Soviets, but he can write!
Yes, I imagine this LibraryThing website does skew young -- although I am now an official senior citizen (though I haven't matured much beyond age 12). Most people my age are probably not computer literate but I have been glued to a computer for the last 18 years. I have tried to interest my older brother in this (he collects rare baseball books) but he's too busy reading.

I like your definition of a fan. I certainly do not relish the idea of attending a convention of fans of psychopathic serial killer true crime books, especially since the untimely death of my overly large dog :).
Do you think it's indigenous to librarything that it attracts so many sci fi and fantasy fans? I was immediately attracted to it because I've been cataloguing my books on bookcollectorz and it's not nearly as user friendly (except that I can use a hand-held barcode scanner to enter books there). Maybe with more publicity about this site (and I'm doing my part to get the word out), those genre fans will be outnumbered; maybe not. Maybe I am unique -- I haven't read the Lord of the Rings series nor any Harry Potter books either.
Really? I don't know much about LiveJournal; is it a blog? There are many many people who love science fiction and fantasy but I'll never be one of them. It must be the lawyer in me.
You're right -- most of the people that match up to me, for reasons I can't figure out, seem to have a lot of sci-fi and fantasy and I don't have any. 'Tis a puzzlement.
Hi, thank you for uploading the cover pictures and telling me they were there! I'm still new to LT and so the uploading and changing covers is new to me, but it's a nice feature. You have great books in your list! Thanks for dropping by.
Hey, thanks for stopping by. I'll definitely have to check that one out, as it sounds pretty interesting. I always appreciate recommendations. : )
You asked why I gave "Gulag" two stars (I'm slow on responding to comments). It got two stars because I've started reading it twice and couldn't finish it. There is a bit more political posturing than I'd expected, but it's just very dense and thick. After slogging through Kershaw's "Hitler" set and starting into Joseph Frank's Doestoevsky set, I'm just tired of thick books.

Once I finish it, I'll re-rate the book appropriately. Thanks for reminding me!
Unfortunately I have only been able to identify the artists for about half my covers. I nearly commented artists but decided on tags, it means I can call up an artists work on a graphical shelf.
Scanning and uploading 2000 covers was quite an effort, I hope it will prove useful to others with british editions.
Gee, I'm also just a middle-aged guy that lives in the Washington, DC area and who happens to be an archivist - how strange!
I make no apologies for getting you into LibraryThing! I think every bibliophile is also a LT-ophile - once they find out about it ...
Hi there. Indeed I am that rivkat.
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