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Tagsamerican history (312), military history (172), american civil war (102), military dress (101), osprey (95), fiction (95), biography (56), 19th century (48), world war i (48), aviation history (44) — see all tags

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About meI'm in my early 50's and live with my wife and dogs in Puyallup, Washington, near Tacoma. I've just finished my first year teaching high school American Studies and Journalism after years of teaching elementary school. Needless to say, I've earned considerably more gray hair this year. I continue to enjoy miniature wargaming, as I have since I turned 15. I love baseball, and suffer with my hometown Mariners. I've probably devoted more time to reading this year, than at any time in my adult life.

About my libraryI tend toward a lot of history. My historical interests tend to be American history, but I also have a large collection of books on the Hundred Years War. Often my library is shaped by my wargaming projects.

I'm also a Lewis and Clark geek, and a baseball fan. You'll see lots of titles on those subjects as I add to my catalogue. I am, and have been, for many years a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. Though I've read epic fantasy by other writers, I always return to the detail, the history, the beauty of Middle Earth.

I've taken more interest in reading fiction the past ten years or so. I love Steinbeck and Sinclair Lewis, and really enjoy certain trashy historical fiction from Bernard Cornwell.

GroupsHistory: On learning from and writing history, Military History, Wargamer, What Are You Reading Now?, What did YOU buy today?

Favorite authorsBernard Cornwell, John Keegan, David McCullough, John Steinbeck, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceOct 7, 2005

Currently readingVon Bek : Warhound and the World's Pain', 'City in the Autumn Stars', 'Pleasure Gardens of Felipe Sagittarius by Michael Moorcock
The Medieval Military Revolution: State, Society and Military Change in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (British Academic Press) by Andrew Ayton

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