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About meI'm new at this. And at FaceBook. I need mentoring for LT (LibraryThing).

Retired from IH (etc.) as a computer programmer/systems analyst (IBM mainframes, OS 360) after 37 1/2 years. Was a scab 3 times: Columbus (OH) Plastics - 2nd shift fiberglass pressman #205, Waukesha (WI) foundry - milling machine operator and Melrose Park (IL) engine plant - piston ringer and fork lift driver. Really helped me to appreciate my day job.

Professional pilot major in college (Univ. of Ill.). Have a commercial license with multi-engine rating. Have a ground instructor license, with advanced and instrument ratings. My CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) license is expired. Have flown: Champion 7FC Tri-Traveller (Tri-Champ); Aeronca 7EC Champion; Cessna 140, 150, 172, 175 and 182; Beechcraft P35 Bonanza and Piper PA-23 Apache. But, no flying since college.

Six kids. Stopped (cut down) on book buying when the first one was born (July '72). Started up again in 2007.

I'm also U.S. Army, Pentagon (computer programmer, MOS of 74Foxtrot), two years (69-70). Basic at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Three daughters went into the Air Force.

Basic from Dec. 2, 1968 to March 7, 1969. Squad leader, Acting Corporal: 2nd squad, 1st platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Third Brigade, Fifth Army, United States Army. SFC Hamel (Sr. DI), SFC Henry (Asst. Sr. DI), SSgt Greene and Sgt Mapp. During my cycle, Hamel was the 'bad cop', Henry was the 'good cop'. AWOL twice, company punishment once, never lost my stripes. For 2 days, I was a Temporary Acting Sergeant.

Answering the telephone at the Pentagon (in the sub-basement): 'United States Army Management Systems Support Agency, Specialist Chesney speaking, good morning, how may I help you Sir'. Phew, that was always a mouthful!

I have a love of aviation (none since college), hunting (none since early teens), fishing (never enough), scale modeling (no skill), education (but no more due dates) and the outdoors (South Table Mountain, CO).

Loads of college: 7 universities (IIT, NIU, U of Illinois, George Washington U, U of Chicago, DePaul U and Chicago Kent); 3 degrees (BS, MBA and JD); over 9 years worth (4+2+3).

Married, for over 40 years. 13 grandchildren. The 14th is due in October 2012. Many more are expected. One daughter hasn't started yet. She had better get cracking!

I love my books. NO! I love my family. I am very fond of my books. (My wife, looking over my shoulder, just corrected me: 'No, you love your books.')

/// Side note: I was close with three cousins and another kid from Logan Square, Chicago. I went to college, they went to Vietnam. Two came back with body parts missing, one with a metal plate in his head. After college and basic training, I went to the Pentagon - After all, I was college educated. I have a debt. It's very personal. (I was writing this as part of my review for "Up Front", by Bill Mauldin. It's better here.) ///

About my libraryI view my first three months (and counting) on LT as development. Only one tag per book. The titles are useful for my initial cataloging purposes (i.e., Volume 04, not Volume IV). I am slowly getting more into LT. Series has been a big help!

About 1,800 books, but constantly growing (my wife keeps threatening my debit card).

With the help of my grandchildren, especially 6 year old Rylan (she is dynamite with a power screw driver) we have assembled 3 new 48" by 72" bookcases. I pretty much have all of my books out of cardboard boxes and in nice to acceptable bookcases. 1 or 2 more bookcases are needed.

Now I need to handle my paperbacks (a cabinet?), magazines (binders?) and LOA (Library of America) books (enclosed shelving?).

All of my books are in LT, including the paperbacks and on order (lest I forget). Now for the magazines, games, VCRs, DVDs, maps, jigsaw puzzles, record albums, scale model kits, art posters, etc.

My main interests are military (heavily oriented towards World War II, reference, official histories and esoteric subjects) and quality literature (i.e., LOA, Black's Readers Service, Avenel mysteries/suspense/sci-fi/westerns, etc.). Also, wildlife and big game hunting (Capstick, McManus, Resnick, Ruark, etc.). I actually read my books. I have enough to get me to 140 years old, at least.

I started seriously buying books (a few) when I was in the Pentagon. There were two book stores in the Pentagon shopping mall. The mall was open to the public, as were the bus depot and some cafeterias(?). One book store was the GPO (Government Printing Office).

What happens to my books when I am gone is a big concern to me.

Will volumes 2 and 3 of "Aircraft of the Third Reich", by William Green, ever be published? First it was Spring and Autumn of 2011. Then it was early and late 2012. Time to contact the publisher again. (As of April 29, 2012)

Due to my kids, I have been out of touch from the early 70's to the late 00's.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Aerial Warfare, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, American Civil War, Ancient History, Aviation, Baker Street and Beyond, Book Care and Repair, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Chicagoansshow all groups

Favorite authorsHerbert W. Armstrong, George W. Baker, Joseph Berton, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Peter H. Capstick, James Lea Cate, James Fenimore Cooper, Wesley Frank Craven, Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Egan, Rene J. Francillon, Norman Friedman, Jacques Futrelle, Ernest K. Gann, Nadine Gordimer, Yefim Gordon, William Green, Bill Gunston, Rudyard Kipling, H. T. Lenton, Francis K. Mason, Bill Mauldin, Patrick F. McManus, Herman Melville, Victor Mollo, Samuel Eliot Morison, John A Moroso, Frank L. Packard, Sheperd Paine, Dorling Kindersley, Robert Ruark, Nevil Shute, Rex Stout, J. R. R. Tolkien, Earl F. Ziemke (Shared favorites)

Real nameTerry Chesney

LocationWoodridge, IL, USA (western suburbs of Chicago)

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Member sinceDec 9, 2008

Currently readingThe Ordnance Department: Planning Munitions for War by Constance McLaughlin Green
The Ordnance Department: On Beachhead and Battlefront by Lida Mayo
The Ordnance Department: Procurement and Supply by Harry C. Thomson

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Hi Terry!

..you're going home already?!! Sunday 31 August ? ...that's a shame. I was in Bury St Edmunds myself last week ! Staying at my brother-in-laws in Framlingham (lovely 12 th century castle..)

Now I'm back in Folkestone - next to Dover !

feel free to get in touch if you're around for longer

falkeeins@aol.com and I'll get my phone no. to you

cheers

Neil

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Family Reunion June 2014
The Printers Row Lit Fest will take place on June 7-8, 2014.

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.. I blame the parents....don't see any books there !
I recently downloaded a cover for the 1971 hardcover for The United States Navy in the Pacific, 1909-1922. (edition 1971)
by William Reynolds Braisted. The other, existing covers for this title are incorrect.
Hi Terry,
It sounds like you will have your hands full for the next few months! Hope you can still get some reading in!
1. Glad to hear that you completed your OKB set! I got them when they first came out, so mine are all firsts, with a couple of the revised expanded editions
2. I had no idea that "Twin-Engined Fighters ...' had gotten that pricey, but there aren't any other books on that subject. Glad you completed that set too!
3-4. I have a couple of the 'G. I. Series' and the 'Luftwaffe Profile Series',and they are very nice.
5. Which books in the 'Luftwaffe Classic Series' are you missing? Thot they had recently reprinted JV44 (vol 1). Perhaps they will also reprint some of the other early ones like Hs129?? I haven't heard of any paperbacks in that set, so hope you get the hardback too. Let me know how that turns out! As I always say "Friends don't let friends buy paperbacks" :-)
6. Resnick's 'Library of African Adventure ' (8 volumes) sounds impressive! I don't need to expand my literary horizons any further though; my wife is after me to cull my collection, which I'm starting to do.

I have a rare set in the mail... 10 vol hardcover reprint set from 1975 containing 31 of the US Strategic Bombing Surveys. ex-library, but no other copy of the set or volume of it online for sale. Not sure which ones it contains, but hoping against hope that it has some of the ones that were confidential, extremely limited in distribution and printed during the war - there were about seven of those, mimeographed with real photos glued in and stereoscopic recon photos in a back pocket. I was able to pick up the one on Ploesti about 20 years ago... just happened to show up in the local used book store. Never have seen another copy of that or any other of those wartime vols.
The new Trojca book I got on Kharkov is very good as is the Angolia book on US paratroopers. Both from excellent small publishers that I buy almost everything they come out with - Roger J Bender and Model Hobby. J.J. Fedorowicz also has great books - mostly reprints of German WW2 unit histories.

Enjoy your time with the grandkids!!
Steve
Terry,

It's that time of year - Chicago Lit Fest 2013.

June 8-9

Here is the link:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/printersrowlitfest/

I am still negotiating with my wife and children as to which day that I am going to the Fest.

I always find a good book or two at this event.

Cheers,

Hi Terry,
It sounds like your life has been in flux lately and will be full of babysitting for a while! I hope that your son-in-law stays safe and is able to stay out of action. And you did raise your daughter right, since she's also in the Air Force as well! :-)

I'm glad you really like the OKB series; I had to "collect them all" myself :-) I never noticed the cover of that Ju88 book, I'll have to check it out. And the US Armor history book sounds great.

As for my recent acquisitions, "The Desert War Then and Now" is comparable with other volumes in that series (it's excellent!). Also, found a copy of the first ed "Campaign in Italy" in the Indian Armed Forces in WW2 Official Histories which is incredible, lots of OOB's and maps. Other than a few new WW1 and Napoleonic books, things have been kinda quiet on the book front lately. Most of my money lately has been going towards "Flames of War" 15mm WW2 armies that I'm building. I found a great local group that plays, and drank the Koolaid, as I want to get back into wargaming and that's one of the biggest WW2 ones going now. I'm assembling a huge Russian army (no such thing as small ones :-) ), a big Italian army, and small Finnish, UK, early war Poles, and early war Germans. I've been staying away from the US and late war German armies as everyone has them. Only recently got the early war Germans, as few people have early war, and the Poles need someone to play with, besides the Russians. Can't wait to retire as work has really been interfering with my wargaming lately.

Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,
I'm glad to hear that you enjoy the OKB series as much as I do! Thanks for the update on vol 3 of Fw190, I'll definitely be picking that up and was hoping that it would be released sooner than that.
Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,
I'm shocked but the 8 vol Indian OH set arrived today. Even though it was from a UK bookstore, it was shipped from the east coast of the US. Packaging was light cardboard covered with plastic, so there was some bumping to corners. Printed hardcovers with DJ's, paper is better than I thought it would be. Text, photos and maps look like they were xeroxed, but a good xerox copy. Maps are black and white. Think of it as an Indian Battery Press, except the paper, binding, and DJ's are better than the original editions. Also has a list of all of the Indian OH's of WW2 inside the DJ. Looks like there is a total of 25 vols - 7 medical histories, 1 naval, 1 air, and 5 homeland, and 11 ground. I still would like to find the Retreat from Burma and the Air Force volumes, and I think that will complete the volumes I want to get in this series. The English is very good and it does not seem to have an anti-British slant, even though most of them came out after the British left. It's a very good and inexpensive way to start collecting these OH's. Hopefully they will come out with more reprints of the series.
Take care,
Steve
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Beware of books printed on recycled paper! lol Surprised you have time for books!
Hi Terry,

There could possibly be an anti-British slant to some of these books, I haven't had a chance to read any of them yet, to tell the truth. They are as detailed as the UK and other Commonwealth official histories. The one concern I have is the quality of the reprint - and the quality of the first editions wasn't all that great to begin with. Per the description of this set in the recent Helion catalog: "Note that this reprint has been printed in India, so paper and binding quality may not be up to normal UK standards. Please bear this in mind before ordering this set". First editions of each of these books range from $100 to $300+, so I view it as a good way to fill in holes in my set at a very reasonable price. Tell you what, I will send you the reprint copies of North African Campaign and East African Campaign after I receive them, as I have the first editions of those already. Then if you like them and want to order the set for yourself, you can pass them on to someone else. And if you don't like them, you can always take them down to the target range :-)
Shipping for the set will be slooooooow.... They are advertising that it could take 45 days. With eight books and a total of 3200+ pages, priority mail from the UK would likely be over $100, so I can wait.

Take care,

Steve
Hi Terry,
Thanks for your thoughts about the elusive Vol 15! I'm of the opinion that it does not exist either. As for the OKB books, if you can only get one, go for the Tupolev one or the Ilyushin. If I remember correctly, you did get that IL-2 book, so I'd vote for Tupolev.
I'm very confused by what you're seeing for the Indian set. I just clicked on the link in the comment I left you about it and got the right price. Abebooks is the web site. As I only had two of the six volumes that they have reprinted in this set, I decided to get it and this is what they charged me:
Books From:Majestic Books
Title:Official history of the Indian Armed Forces in the
Book Price:US$ 169.18
Book Description:, Illus., Maps (Mostly Folded)
Shipping Price:US$ 8.44
Total Order Amount:US$ 177.62
They still have 3 other copies; I'll let you know if they ask for additional money, which I do not expect.
Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,
Aircraft in Profile: Volume 15 is one of the Holy Grails of collecting! Have you heard that it really exists?
I know it should and have the single issues that would comprise it. And I heard from a used book seller that he saw a copy many years ago. I have been looking for it for about 15 years and have never seen a copy online for sale.
Steve
Hi Terry,
I heard back from the UK bookseller and the shipping for that Indian set is as listed (under $10) and is for all eight books.
Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,

I hope to receive my copy any day now, and I'm sure I will enjoy it. I do like the OKB series by Midland and have them all. With that series though, if there is a second edition of a book, pick it up. They are expanded editions with about 150 more pages in each. I'm with you, more WW2 oriented, but do appreciate a good aviation book for any era.
Now, I hope your wife doesn't hate me for this, but take a look at this:
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=9916560140&cm_ven=nl&cm...
Pentagon Press in India has reprinted a set of the Indian Official Histories of WW2 in hardback (albeit Indian hardback quality, if you are familiar with that). It's definitely not a complete set, but it is a great start. I'm debating about it, even though I already have a few of them. The books in the set are:
India and the War

· East African Campaign 1940-41

· The North African Campaign

· Expansion of the Armed Forces and Defence Organisation, 1939-45

· Campaigns in South-East Asia 1941-42

· The Arakan Operation 1942-45

· Campaign in Western Asia

· Post-War Occupation Forces: Japan and South-East Asia

All for about $180 US + shipping from UK. I'm trying to get a quote from the seller on shipping, and I'll let you know what I find out.

Take care,
Steve



Vol III Creek's Fw 190 ISBN

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Focke-Wulf-Fw190-Volume-1944-45/dp/1906537313/ref=pd_sim...
Hi Terry,
I just wanted to let you know that it looks like Dive Bomber and Ground Attack Units of the Luftwaffe 1933-45, Volume 2 is finally out now. I just ordered my copy :-)
Steve

Hi Terry,

..great to hear from you! Sadly I can't answer many, if any, of your questions at all I'm afraid although I shall mail Eddie Creek for you and I am currently reading Merrick's "Handley Page Halifax - from Hell to victory.." (Classic, 2009).
It would be great to get together when you're in England - I think your son-in-law would be based at Lakenheath (I don't recognise the name you wrote, Lakenhurst ?) - as it happens I know that part of the world well - it's about 20 miles from my home town of King's Lynn. You won't be more than 10 miles from Duxford so you should time your stay to coincide with the 'Flying Legends' airshow at the very least. And if you come down to deepest Kent where I am currently we have attractions here too - not least The Aviation Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells..

http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/FalkeEins/aviationbookshop.jpg

cheers

Neil


Terry,

I've long admired your library from afar. Thought you might be interested in this sneak look at Eddie Creek's Fw 190 Vol III from my blog

http://falkeeins.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/a-chat-with-doyen-of-luftwaffe-authors.h...

cheers
Neil
Hi Terry,
I see you have vols 2 and 3 of Green's Aircraft of the Third Reich marked on order. Any news about when they will be coming out?
Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,
My Fw190 v2 book arrived yesterday and it's as great as I expected. Hoping that they turn it into a 4 volumes set! Thanks for letting me know it was out and for helping me spend money on books! lol
Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,
Thanks for letting me know that Fw190 vol 2 was out! I just placed my order. I tend not to pre-order from Amazon much, too many times the book comes out and I don't get a copy. Not sure why, but hasn't worked well for me. I have not heard a thing about vol 3, and don't see it on Amazon or Book Depository yet.

I'm impressed with your collection of Air Enthusiast! I have all 38 vols of the hardcover compilations, and eventually wouldn't mind finishing it up with the individual issues. And I'm glad that you were able to complete your Thorpe set!!

One book I stumbled across that you might like is [U.S. Army Armored Division 1943-1945 : Organization, Doctrine, Equipment] by Bellanger. Not sure if you have his book on US Infantry Divisions, but its the same format and amount of info.

As to Russian pre-WW2 and WW2 aircraft and British and Japanese dive and torpedo bomber books; there's not much out there. Crowood Aviation series has a book on the Fairey Swordfish which will be good as well as on the Aichi Val which is good, hard to find and usually expensive. If you don't have a copy of Francillon's [Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War] (Putnam Aeronautical), get one. The best single volume reference book on the subject even after 40 years. Kagero also has great quality books on some of the Japanese planes.
For Russian WW2 and pre-WW2, Putnam Aeronautical has an old book [Russian Aircraft Since 1940] and newer ones on MiG, Tupolev, and Yakolev, and Soviet Aircraft and Aviation 1917-1941. Midland has their OKB series - six books on different aircraft manufacturers, all by Yefim Gordon.

Hope that helps! Give your books a hug from me too! lol
Steve
Hi Terry,
If I remember correctly, Vol 2 of that set really doesn't have anything on the Coastal Command. It's a good book, but only about 140 pages, and truthfully, I only got it to go with Vol 1, as there are very few books that cover Bomber Command from pre-WW2. For Coastal Command, I have "Coastal Command at War' by Bowyer, which is a series of vignettes and reminiscences which is good. For a more specific Coastal Command area, specifically, the Mosquito strikes on shipping off of Norway I have "A Separate Little War: The Banff Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944-1945" and "Banff Strike Wing at War : A Unique Photographic History", both of which are very good. Usually my reading makes me want to buy aviation relics; in this case, I bought a spinner relic from a Mosquito that was part of this strike wing and was shot down during a shipping strike in Norway, and doing the research on it, I ran across and bought these books.
Hope that helps, not much on Coastal Command, at least that makes it to our coast.
Steve
Hi Terry,
I'm glad that the book arrived and that you like it! Over the years, I've gotten pretty anal about putting Brodarts (clear dust jacket protectors like libraries use) on all of my books with DJ's. It keeps them looking nice and prevents them from wear and tear or further wear and tears. It always hurts when a book gets accidentally damaged. A couple of years ago, I dropped a 1814 edition of Labaume's history of Napoleon's 1812 Russian Campaign, which was in beautiful condition. When it hit the floor, both the front and back boards flew off the book. That HURT! Fortunately, I know a great bookbinder and she was able to reattach the boards, so it looks great and still opens :-). So, I do feel your pain, and am definitely a bigger klutz than you could ever be.
Sorry to hear about the use of the guilt WMD; there's no known defense against that :-( On the bright side, she doesn't have to suffer with my library as my wife does, and you shouldn't need another book on the Sturmovik after that one. Unless there's a new expanded edition, but might be good not to mention that ;-)
Take care,
Steve
Hi Terry,
Glad you found such a great deal on it! You'll love the book!
Steve
Hi Terry,
Here is THE book on the Sturmovik...

http://www.amazon.com/Ilyushin-Il-10-Famous-Russian-Aircraft/dp/1857803221/ref=s...

Pricey, but well worth it.
Steve
Hi Terry,
Thanks for the update on the Green set. I'll like Crecy on FB and let you know if they happen to send out any news on it.

I just got Classics #22 Ju87 last week myself and it is great! I haven't heard what they plan on the numbers they skipped, but when they come out, I know I'll get them. I do think that you're right and that two of them will be for the Fw190 books.

I do like the 'In Detail' series from Midland, there really haven't been too many in that series yet.

For soviet WW2 bombers and attack aircraft? I see you have "Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War: Twin-Engined Fighters, Attack Aircraft and Bombers" by Yefim Gordon. There's Gordon's "Soviet Air Power in World War 2". For individual aircraft, "Illyushin I1-2 I1-10 Shturmovik" by Gordon, "Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik - Il-2 Type 3, Type 3M, Il-2KR, UIl-2 (4 Publication)" by Michal Ovčáčík, "Petlyakov Pe-2 'Peshka'" by Peter C. Smith. There is one huge book on the Sturmovik that I need to find the name of and will send that later. There's also some Ospreys, and the OKB books by Gordon as well. Hope that helps!
Steve
Hi Terry,
Were you able to find out from the publisher if/when vol 2 and 3 of Green's Warplanes of 3rd Reich would be published?
Thanks,
Steve
Thanks for the follow-up and enjoy your supper.
Good luck with all that!
I see you purchased Gordon & Komissarov's expanded book on Ekranoplanes; let me know if it's much of a advance over the Red Star book.
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Terry, great picture of you, your number one, and Air Force One!!
Terry,

Are you going to The Printer's Row Lit Fest this weekend? Additional information is at www.chicagotribune.com/printersrow

I am still negotiating with my wife regarding a Saturday or Sunday visit.

Cheers,

Joseph Hudson
Terry,

Mark you calendar: The Printer's Row Book Fair in Chicago will take place on June 9-10.
Hi Terry,

Thanks for mentioning the Tiger series! I wasn't familiar with it and will keep an eye out for them. Your father's activities in WW2 sound fascinating!! Hopefully he talked to you about them. My father was in the Canadian ROTC and the war ended before he was called up.

The Indian Official Histories have been a recent acquisition over the last couple of years; they're normally not too expensive, but unfortunately their condition is usually good at best due to paper and print quality and usually some mold in the inner hinge likely due to the humidity in India. The set I'd like to complete is the South African histories, but those are quite hard to find.

If it makes you feel better, I get a few packages in the mail too. I too recently got vols 7 & 8 by Cea, they look great. I just got the Mushroom Japanese Experimental Transport book today and it looks very good too. I use Book Depository a lot for books out of UK, especially for the ones that don't seem to make it over here like Heimdals. Schiffer's Ultimate Look's have great info in them, but seem a tad dry, but I have them all. Too many great books out there and I ran out of room a few years ago...

Sorry to hear about all the funerals of your friends lately!! I'm only a few years younger than you, very few. And we've all had unhealthy lifestyles in our younger days too, which doesn't help any, but a lot of longevity seems to be based on genetics which we can't change. I've known people who have died young who have always exercised and taken care of themselves. All we can do now is try to take better care of ourselves and not step out in front of any buses.

Take care,
Steve

Hi Terry,
How have you been? I just scanned covers for the Navy and Technical Services volumes in the Official History of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War, 1939-45 series. I've got six books in the series, it looks like you have them all! I'm impressed!!
Steve
Yes, big fan of the Heitai book - it was a little expensive though...
Hi Terry,

Happy New Year! I'm glad that it worked out that you were able to pick up the Luftwaffe Classic's Fw 190!!
I hate to tell you this, for some reason (likely the great quality of the books along with a limited print run and they rarely reprint them), books in this series sell out fast. #17 is the He 162 and it is out of print already. Amazon and Bookfinder.com show prices over $100 for it. The UK publisher's website still has it available to order for 40 GBP, shipping would be an additional 20+ GBP is my guess:
http://www.ianallanpublishing.com/heinkel-he162-volksjager-from-drawing-board-to...
The Do 335 book is also out of print and sells for around $150. And #2 in the series, Hs 129 sells for $300.
If you want to possibly find the He 162 book cheaper, you can have Abebooks.com or Ebay send you an e-mail when someone lists one for sale. Hope you can find one as it is the best book on the subject, not that there's too many on that plane. I definitely understand the other demands upon our limited resources for book money!
Steve
Terry,

Happy New Year!

Have you ordered any of the following upcoming naval books?

British Battleships, 1919-1945, Revised Edition, by R. A. Burt

Warship 2012, edited by John Jordan

Warships After Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets, 1922-1930, by John Jordan

I put my advance order in with amazon.com a few days ago.
Hi Terry,
Happy Holidays to you and your family! And in case Santa doesn't load it in his sleigh for you, Amazon has Focke-Wulf FW190: Volume One 1938-1943 from Classic Publications (aka Ian Allen). I just got my copy in the mail today and it looks great, just like all of the other books in that series.
Steve
Hi Terry,
Glad to hear that you got it fixed!! I'm glad to help!!
Steve
Terry,

Half Price Books has a 20% sale this weekend.

It's a great time to add to the collection.

Hi Terry,
I saw your review a couple of days ago and was glad to hear that you were happy with it!! Yeah, there's not much out on French aircraft, especially not in English. Mushroom Models has a new line of books on individual French aircraft that is very good and I've picked up both of the ones that have come out.

Not much that I can tempt you with lately I fear. I was able to pick up a copy of Orpen's Victory in Italy (South African Official History) dirt cheap, books in that set are too hard to find. I also picked up around 20 volumes in the reprint set of the British Military Operations France & Belgium (WWI Official History). I did get an incredible two volume set Kamikaze Suicide Attack (all Japanese text except for ship names) - large format 700 page pictorial showing the kamikaze crews, aircraft, and for each attack on a ship - the angle of attack and the location where each plane struck, extensive photos of the damage and aircraft relics that were saved by the ship's crew. The type of book that makes you want to learn a foreign language, and the best book I've ever seen on the subject. The new Battles for Monte Cassino in the After the Battle series is excellent as is normal for that series. Also, for the Eastern Front, Hamilton's new Oder Front book is very impressive. It's been an expensive couple of months, unfortunately, but has been good for plugging some holes in my library.

Just to warn you, stay away from Amazon! Looks like Classic Publications from the UK has announced Fw 190 Vol 1 in their hardcover series on individual Luftwaffe aircraft and it's available for pre-order. And if you really want to hate me, I can tell you how you can start collecting relic pieces from WWII aircraft. I recently got a piece from an He 177 from the UK, not quite sure what it is, but it has a part number from that aircraft, so it can be researched. I've gone a little overboard on collecting the relics, but it's nice to own a small piece of the aircraft I enjoy reading about, cuz I can't afford the full airplane. :-)
Hi Terry,
I'm dog sitting myself as my wife is out of town now. Glad to hear that you love the new Green Aircraft volume! I plan to keep ordering the remaining volumes from sellers in the States. Shipping from the UK is expensive anyways, and since these books are so big and heavy, air mail would be prohibitive on them. I still haven't seen copies of Vol 1 in the local hobby stores. As for recommendations, if you have an interest in aviation archeology of WW2 aircraft in the UK, "Finding the Few" and "Finding the Foe" are excellent. The two volumes of "Desert Prelude" look great as well. Good WW2 Italian Armor books by Roadrunner lately, as well as a great unit history of the German 20th Inf Div in WW2 and the Croatian Legion. I've been buying a lot of old WW1 books lately, as well as some of the Indian Armed Forces Official Histories of WW2.
Please keep letting me know when you find good books.
Steve
I have uploaded a cover for The Last Century of Sea Power. Volume 1, From Port Arthur to Chanak, 1894–1922 by H. P. Willmott. This depicts the British battle line at Jutland.
Hi Terry,
It looks like I do need to add the Annotated Sherlock Holmes! There are still a few books that have fallen through the cracks of my LT - my few fiction, philosophy, and my WW2 US Army manuals.

I saw that you had added "Aircraft" from the "Connection News" section of my LT Home page; I can also see your recent updates on your Profile page and also on my LT's "Connection" tab.

Thompson's still the only single volume in English on the Italian aircraft in WW2, which is sad since that came out around 40 years ago. The best books on Italian aircraft in English are by the Italian publisher La Bancarella Aeronautica, one book per airplane, not cheap and hard to find. For the French aircraft, you are in luck. The French publisher Histoire & Collections has two volumes out of a proposed three volume set on "French Aircraft from 1939-1942" by Breffort. Green's "War Planes of the Second World War" set, as you know,
covers both French fighters/bombers/recon/seaplanes. Aircraft in Profile also comes to mind, and the Polish publisher Mushroom Model has come out with some excellent books in English on individual French aircraft.
"Battle of France: Then and Now" is an excellent book on the air war in France, 1940. The absolute gems on the French aircraft are in French - Docavia/Editions Lariviere is the publisher, and they are the French equivalent of the Putnam Aeronautical series. Even if you do not speak/read French, and I don't, you can get enough information out of these books. The two in this series dealing specifically with the French air force, aircraft, engines, and weapons between the wars are "L'Aviation Francaise de Bombardment et de Renseignement (1918/1940)" for bombers and recon and "L'Aviation de Chasse Francaise, 1918-1940" for fighters. Again pricey and hard to find, but well worth it.
Hope that helps!
Steve
Hi Terry,
Thanks for your response, and it was NOT too wordy!! It sounds like we have a lot in common, along with waiting to file income taxes :-) We have the same favorite books in common, although my favorite version of Sherlock Holmes is the two volume Annotated set. "Warplanes" was my big Christmas present in 1970, and it really did shape my interests and library. I have two copies of it, my original copy on a shelf in my library, and a second copy (also first edition - hate the cheap reprints) on my nightstand. I have most of his other books, and picked them up over the years, the most recent additions being the hardcover Air Enthusiast/Air International books. And his books for me too, are the type I can bury myself in.
The new Aircraft of the Third Reich, is very good, but I have some minor complaints. There are very few changes to the text for the overlap between "Warplanes and "Aircraft"; I haven't had a chance to see if the errors in the original text were corrected or not. The additional material I believe is based upon Air International/Enthusiast, and I've seen the profile and three view color art before. Except for some new art which seems a tad cheesy, such as a Natter launching it's missiles and an Fw190 releasing it's attached Mistel Ju88. I do love the additional aircraft that are included, which was a flaw in the original. So often, reading pilot bios or books on the foreign volunteers that flew with the Germans, I'd read about trainers and obsolete aircraft they flew, reach for "Warplanes" and remember that they were were not in there. And there are additional photos (b&w and color) in "Aircraft" as well for the aircraft covered in "Warpalnes", and it does have larger print for our declining eyesight :-). I think the photo quality is good and have no complaints there. Bottom line, I do like the new version and am planning on picking up the other two volumes when they are released. It will be the set that I pick up first to find info on a plane the Luftwaffe flew. It does not cover the aircraft that was on the design table and never entered production, maybe that will be in the next version that will come out in 40 years LOL
Steve
Hi Terry,
I was just curious what your thoughts were on the new version of Green's "Aircraft of the Third Reich" and if you had the original "Warplanes of the Third Reich"? I have both and wanted to get your opinion.
Thanks,
Steve
Hi Terry

About Peter Capstick. I got to know his work through Amazon, bought one book, one thing led to another and now I have eight. I especially like his biographies (Warrior and Last ivory hunter). I know about the adventure series, but I haven't had the chance to read any of them. There is a page on librarything which shows every volume in this series: http://www.librarything.com/series/Peter%20Capstick%20Adventure%20Library. Do you have a favorite I should read?

About the comics. It's a pity that the great 50's and 60's series aren't reprinted anymore. My favorite series in 'war comics' is (The) unknown soldier (DC/Vertigo). I buy most of my comics on http://www.archonia.com, but they don't have a big collection of oldies. They do have loads of war comics, though.

About the authors you mentioned. When my to be read pile has slimmed down a bit, I might take a look.

Greetings from Belgium

Robbie
Hi Terry,
Thanks for your comment about Wolf's US Aerial Armament Vol3! Mine's literally in the mail and should arrive this coming week :-)
Steve
I have a better cover up for American Secret Projects: Bombers.

Happy New Year.
Hi Terry,
For foreign volunteers fighting for Germany in WW2, see my tag Europäische Freiwillige
For Maori's, see the New Zealand Official History book 28th (Maori) Battalion. It's hard to find and expensive, but the e-book version is free. New Zealand's done a great service to it's troops by making all fifty volumes of their Official Histories available for free downloads. You can then read them on your PC or a Nook. I'm currently reading the first volume of their Episodes and Studies from that series on my Nook.
Steve
Hi Terry,
The books are very good and will be quite thorough when the third volume is issued. There's not much in the way of readily available books on this subject. Chinn's set on Machine Guns; WW2 manuals on turrets, bombs, guns,and aircraft; Collector Grade's four volume set on the Browning machine gun; come to mind and are all expensive and are hard to find. I'm glad I picked up the first two volumes and plan on getting the third. A lot of Wolf's books contain sections from the original manuals, so can be a tad dry, but it's a good way to get the information. Hope that helps!
Steve
Hi

Is the Osprey book on Medieval handguns (or handgonnes) any good?

lex
Terry,
Thanks for the tip on 'Gorilla Hunter'. I'll be sure and check it out when I get the chance.
Kenneth
Hi Terry,
I'm not familiar with all of the books in that series, which I believe is their green cover trade paperbacks. I am familiar with most of that series' books that have been on the Germans in WW2, and several of those have been reprints of English translations of German works that were first translated/printed by the small Canadian publisher J.J. Fedorowicz. These are books such as Meyer's "12th SS", Carius's "Tigers in the Mud", Fey's "Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS", Agte's "Michael Wittmann", Kurowski's "...Aces" series. They've also reprinted some books that were published by in the UK by Helion, such as "For the Homeland". Fedorowicz, being a small publisher, has very small print runs of beautifully done hardcovers and usually run between $50 to $100 each and go out of print quickly. Helion, like most British publishers, is also pricey when it reaches our shores, usually in the $50 price range. I think that Stackpole is performing a good service making some excellent, hard to find and expensive books available to a wider audience at affordable prices. I got hooked on Fedorowicz when they first started publishing in the early 90's and the books weren't available in any other form, and I plan to keep buying those editions as they are so much nicer than most hardcovers nowadays and they don't sell the publishing rights to Stackpole until their own edition is out of print. If you are aware of R.J. Bender Publishing, they are similar in quality to those books. So even though I have a relatively few number of books officially in that series, I have many of the first editions of the books in that series. The books that I bought in the Stackpole editions have been nicely done and were books that I believe were originally published by Praeger, another hard to find and pricey publisher. I hope that helps!
Steve
Hi Terry,
To tell you the truth, I haven't had a chance to read the Cooling book yet. Have you read your copy yet and what do you think about it?

Glad to see that you have discovered Classic Publications books with their Luftwaffe Colours series as well as their excellent hardcovers on the individual Luftwaffe aircraft! They and Hikoki are two of the best British publishers lately on WW2 aircraft.

fyi... I did pick up a Nook e-reader to download and read the free epub books. All fifty of the NZ Official Histories are available for free downloads as well as about 30 of the US Strategic Bombing Surveys books. Lots of books that are OOP and pricey if you can find them used are available and free. Some of the book scans have some character recognition issues, and I still prefer real books, but it sure is nice to travel with and read scarce books on.
Steve
Terry,
Saw your note on the MI5 book over on jmnlman's profile
Very useful, thanks
Donogh
Hi Terry,

Thanks for the message. This is why I love LibraryThing! That info about the book I think answers my question. If it's a whitewash there doing a very good job at it. The price difference is amazing the edition being sold in Canada is $45 sounds like it will be well worth importing from the states.

I can confirm that the Canadian army official history is 3 volumes. There in my library and are as follows:
SIX YEARS OF WAR: THE ARMY IN CANADA, BRITAIN AND THE PACIFIC, VOLUME I. by C. P. Stacey
Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War: Volume II: The Canadians in Italy 1943-1945 by G.W.L. Nicholson
The victory campaign: The operations in north-west Europe, 1944-1945 by C. P. Stacey

Jeremy
Actually, you inspired me to to some work on my 'Navies of the Second World War' books! When I originally entered mine, most of the multiple volume works (American and British destroyers, German surface vessels, etc.) were entered as one entry with two volumes. This now precludes me from using any of the covers added over the years for the individual books. When I saw that your entries had covers, I split mine into their individual volumes in order to obtain the now present covers.
Hi Terry,

Glad that I could help! I think that there will be a stack of packages (books of course) waiting for me when I get home tomorrow from my business trip. So my credit card could get pulled too! :-)

Steve
Hi Terry,

I really like the Luftwaffe Colours series - I have them all, and I pretty much have all of the books that Classic Publications has published. I think that they are one of the best publishers of books on WWII aviation currently. The Luftwaffe Colours series does have its limitations, perhaps they try to do too much in too little space (under 100 pgs), but they are covering areas few other books have covered - seaplanes, ground assault, support a/c, night fighters, recon, etc. Personally, I agree 27% off at Amazon is best and they have free shipping. WWW.ABEBOOKS.COM or WWW.BOOKFINDER.COM are also good places to check for what are usually used copies, looks like the price for some listed there are in the $18 to $23 range on the low end (which includes shipping). But if buying used, make sure to check the condition before buying.

I hope that helps!
Steve


If the future's looking dark
We're the ones who have to shine
If there's no one in control
We're the ones who draw the line
Though we live in trying times
We're the ones who have to try
Though we know that time has wings
We're the ones who have to fly.
- - -Rush "Everyday Glory"
I too have boxes of books in storage that have not yet been cataloged. It's a chore, but with a pinch of Christmas morning thrown in.

There are several Menagerie books by Mollo and several more published after his death which contain some unpublished material and some new material by Robert and Phillip King. I swiped the following list from Mollo's entry on Wikipedia:
* Bridge In The Menagerie (1965)
* Bridge in the Fourth Dimension (1974)
* Masters and Monsters (1979)
* You Need Never Lose at Bridge (1983)
* Destiny at Bay (1987)
* The Hog in The 21st Century (by Phillip and Robert King, 1999)
* Winning Bridge in the Menagerie (by 'Victor Mollo and Robert King'. 2001)
* Bridge in the Fifth Dimension (by 'Victor Mollo with P & R King', 2002)
* Murder in the Menagerie (by 'Robert King, Phillip King, and Victor Mollo', 2002)

I hope that I have not just made your life more difficult with this information as some of these are out of print.

It is hard to give an encapsulated answer as to what I think of Flannery O'Connor. I've been meaning to get the Brad Gooch's biography of her which came out this year. The LOA collection is a good one. The short stories I would direct you to first would be, "A Good Man is Hard to Find", "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" and "Everything that Rises Must Converge".
Re series naming:
Considering that multiple series names are allowable, I see no problem.
Hi Terry,
I've figured it out. I like what you did with the Green Books in Common Knowledge!! It makes sense to me.
Thanks,
Steve
Hi Terry,
I see the Common Knowledge - Series entries, but not quite sure what one does to denote that a book belongs to a certain series. I see that it's missing most of my Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939-45 books.
How did you change yours?
Thanks,
Steve
Hi Terry,

I'm back again, briefly. I see that you've joined quite a few mystery- related groups, so no input from me will serve you very well in that department, since you've pretty much found everything I know about. My involmement with various groups started off pretty strong but, for whatever reason, has slowly dropped off to almost nothing in the last year or so, so I'm pretty out of touch.

Regarding that Battle book, I just happened to see it a few years ago (and I think it was selling for 50% off after Christmas) and I just snapped it up as a resource to learn about various arms and armor mentioned in the fantasy and historical fiction novels I enjoy. I haven't picked up the follow up books but one of these days the weapon book, at the very least, will be in my library.

So, since it's one of my smaller tags in comparison with others I'll need to search, I figured I'd start with some espionage recommendations for you:

1) Len Deighton is supposed to be a master, but I haven't read anything by him (just seen the movie The Ipcress File). However, I've had his Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match omnibus/trilogy in my "to be read" pile for a while now. Here's some info on Deighton: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/d/len-deighton/

2) Brian Freemantle's Charlie Muffin books are a lot of fun (see here: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/f/brian-freemantle/) I've read the first four books but stalled out after the fourth because the fifth was never released by a US publisher; I only recently obtained a copy of that one so I'll start up the series again soon, no doubt. Also, Freemantle has written a couple of Sherlock Holmes sort of pastiches about Sherlock's son, Sebastian (I don't know if Sebastian ever existed in the Conan Doyle books or if he's a completely new character from Freemantle), so those may interest you.

3) Anthony Price is another UK espionage writer (starting in 1970) that I only became aware of last year. I've read his first Dr. David Autley novel, The Labyrinth Makers, and liked it enough to track down almost all the other Autley novels; but, I haven't read any more yet as they too were boxed in one of my previously mentioned house de-cluttering assignments:) Anyway, here's the page for Anthony Price: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/anthony-price/

4) Gavin Lyall is another UK author whom I've yet to read, though I've purchased many of his books based on the recommendation of a bookstore owner whose opinion I respect. Here's his page: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/gavin-lyall/

There are, of course, many others such as Ludlum, Greene, Littell, McCarry, all whom I've yet to read. As far as really recent authors go, I've enjoyed David Stone's Micah Dalton character (I'm reading the third book in that series now; see www.davidstonebooks.com) and I read Olen Steinhauer's book The Tourist a couple of months ago and liked it a lot. Steinhauer also has several police procedural novels in an Eastern European setting that I own but have yet to read (you'll find that to be a common theme with my library as I have yet to read 3/4's of it).

Sort of a sub-set of the espionage thing is the contract killer novel, and one of my favorite authors for those (he pretty much only writes hit man novels) is Kevin Wignall. He was nominated for the Edgar award last year for his latest book, Who is Conrad Hirst?. His first novel, though it's been out since 2001, was just released in a mass market paperback format in the US a few weeks ago, so you should have little trouble finding it; it's called People Die. For a rather touching Christmas hit man short story by Wignall that can be read on the web, go here: http://www.kevinwignall.com/shorts.htm

Well, that wasn't as brief as I thought it would be, but hopefully you'll find some books to interest you.

Cheers,
bookstothesky
Howdy Terry,

Thanks for devoting a fraction of whatever life you have to my profile:) I have returned the favor and found much amusement, so I don't begrudge the time spent on your profile at all. Given that it's May 22, I hope you have the news you and your Daughter-in-Law were looking for. Me, I'm fine with hanging out with my 4 1/2 year old niece (did that all day yesterday) and then letting her go on home to her parents where they do all the real work.

Voodoo...you know, I'd completely failed to consider that option. I like the way you think. I did just see a voodoo doll at my local B&N store, so if you can work some computer hacking magic on LT and get me that fellow's identity, I'll track him down and get the requisite hair/nail clippings...and his LT identity will soon be mine, all mine! (cue the canned maniacal villain laugh track).

Regarding James Munro's books, thanks for reminding me about them. I read the first two last year, I believe, but buried the others in a box after one of my wife's not infrequent "requests" that I do something with my stacks of paperback books and I promptly forgot about them (at least once a month I go searching through my boxes in the garage for a particular author/series/book and, strangely, a whole bunch of other books always seem to come back into the house with me, perpetually cluttering up my wife's--excuse me, I mean--"our" house, heh). Anyway, as you may know, James Munro is a pseudonym for the late UK author James Mitchel. Here's a website with some useful information, and it has a link at the bottom to Mitchel's official website, so if you want to read other things by him, I hope this helps: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/james-mitchell/

Unfortunately, it looks like there are only four John Craig books. Give me a few more days to leaf through my library and I'll see if I can come up with some other good espionage/mystery books for you. You may also want to make the acquaintance, if you haven't done so already, of Devenish here on LT. He is most likely the king of the mystery genre here (and he's a big Sherlockian, to boot) with a rather remarkable library that I'm not envious of at all (no, not at all). Devenish can probably narrow down which medieval monk author you're looking for, too, as I haven't read any of those particular series (you will find my library lacking in most things of a religious nature, though I do own a couple of Boris Akunin's Sister Pelagia mystery novels out of loyalty to Akunin rather than any particular interest in things holy). If I had to guess at an author for you, perhaps you're thinking of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael novels? If that's not it, then you can probably find links from Peters' books to other medieval monk mystery authors on Amazon.com.

I'll also work on science fiction recommendations for you. Do you have any authors you can list that you like? And, do you want strictly science fiction or are you interested in fantasy books, too?

Finally, regarding your desire to protect your LOA books (I'm with you 100% there), I offer my experiences with IKEA's Billy bookcases with glass doors. I have 10 of them for my hardcovers and trade paperbacks and they've kept my books beautiful and dust-free for years now. Plus, the glass doors cut way down on the yellowing effect of light, sun and otherwise, so your pages stay crisply white as long as possible. If you go to message 42 (or somewhere around there) in the "bookcases, build/buy them" group, you can look at some pictures I've posted. Unfortunately, the camera was an old instamatic with old film (and a lousy camera operator, no doubt), so the photos are a weird color and the bookcases look warped (they're not), but at least it will give you some idea about them.

Well, it's past time for lunch out here in SoCal, so I'll sign off now.

Talk to you later,
bookstothesky

Hi Terry,
I believe I said if you like the Green aviation books you should get in touch with RUdel & SHrike who seem to own every aviation book known to man! Feel free to run questions by me or those guys RE lt or anything else. My friend Donogh
is also very sharp & has a great colleciton as well. CHeers, A
Thanks for the information! Yes, i know what the GPO is, but i have already too much in my reading queue for the moment (~40 books), so i won't be buying now...
Hi, Thanks for your comment! I had forgotten about the GPO Bookstore being online myself. I bought most of my green books either when I was on a business trip with one within walking distance (Been to the one in Chicago if it's still there) or from used bookstores. I just checked out their web site and they're still very reasonably priced. So I'm glad that you are reminding us about them!
When you have a chance, you should join the following groups in LibraryThing -
"Second World War History" and "Military History". The people in them are great and they keep everyone updated about new books, reviews of what they're reading and just posting information that the others in the group could be interested in. We'd love to have you join and it would be great if you could post a reminder about the GPO web site there! To find those groups easily, just go to my Profile and click on their links which appear in the Groups section towards the top of my Profile. Once you're in a group page, look around, and if it looks like something you'd like to join, click the "Join this Group" button on the top right of the screen. If you prefer to watch it without joining it, there's also a button for that. Hope to see you there,
Steve
The author is Agustin Saiz. Deutsche Soldaten is a great book. Have fun building your library. I am not much of a computer guy but have had fun putting my collection on LT. Will help when ever I can. Derek
My pleasure.
I don't know if you noticed but I have covers up for the editions of Air Enthusiast Quarterly that you have.
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