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What the F*** has this got do do with anything anyone is reading?

It describes the same reaction by two veteran ACG bloggers about a post about a book another veteran blogger read.

If you prefer that I write only what I am currently reading, well, it is the "Tintin " comic book series which I am enjoying to read with my 6 year old nephew.

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'Munich' by Robert Harris

'Munich' by Robert Harris.

IMO Harris is a grandmaster of the genre 'intelligent thrillers'
I think I have (read) all of his books.

Halfway 'Munich' now and though I am enjoying immensely, I find the book not as gripping yet as I remember his other works to be;
but with good material like the Munich Conference, a turn can be just around the corner
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Atlantic Escorts: Ships, Weapons and Tactics in World War II

A must read for anyone seriously interested in the Battle of the Atlantic. This book isn't a general history of the conflict. It doesn't cover a lot of the USN's actions. What it does do is look at the technological and tactical developments of the Royal Navy and associated navies during the battle and corresponding German actions. The author was a ship designer for the Royal Navy so this book is very tech heavy. However it contains a wealth of important information on ship design, weapons design and tactical developments. Interesting titbit that I picked up: the weight of paint became an important consideration as Royal Navy ships were being up armoured and up weaponed. Leander class cruisers carried approximately 45 tons of paint which had to be taken into consideration when adding extra equipment and led to changes in how ships were daubed up !
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'Munich' by Robert Harris.

IMO Harris is a grandmaster of the genre 'intelligent thrillers'
I think I have (read) all of his books.

Halfway 'Munich' now and though I am enjoying immensely, I find the book not as gripping yet as I remember his other works to be;
but with good material like the Munich Conference, a turn can be just around the corner
Finished the book and unfortunately I have to report it ended a bit disappointing.
Still quite good but not the best he wrote, I think because he followed the historical Munich Conference too strictly with not enough freedom for his novel's protagonists.
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Finished the book and unfortunately I have to report it ended a bit disappointing.
I guess you could say the same for the real Munich
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After Jeroen's introduction of Robert Harris and reading "The Officer and A Spy" and "Conclave", I am off and running with "Pompeii" and "Enigma" in the ready rack with "Imperium" on order. I like the author's depth of research, character development, storytelling, and command of the language. For these reasons, I will read Munich despite a disappointed ending for Jeroen.
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Peter Hennessy, James Jinks, "The Silent Deep: A History of the Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945"



"The Ministry of Defence does not comment upon submarine operations" is the standard response of officialdom to enquiries about the most secretive and mysterious of Britain's armed forces, the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Written with unprecedented cooperation from the Service itself and privileged access to documents and personnel, The Silent Deep is the first authoritative history of the Submarine Service from the end of World War II to the present.

Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner by Dan Conley



The part played in the Cold War by the Royal Navy's submarines still retains a great degree of mystery and, in the traditions of the 'Silent Service,' remains largely shrouded in secrecy. Cold War Command brings us as close as is possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines, routinely tasked to hunt out and covertly follow Soviet submarines in order to destroy them should there be any outbreak of hostilities.
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Adding two more books to my current reading...

Stuart Prebble, "Secrets of the Conqueror: The Untold Story of Britain's Most Famous Submarine"


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Finally got a copy of this:

Some one seems to have nicked part of the jacket design from the Heroland Nov 1917 new York exposition posters
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Finally got a copy of this:

I made this a recent purchase as well.

As part of my current inclination to start reading more memoirs instead of the operational level type stuff I am now about half way through 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. Seen at least two versions of the movie so the book is what I expected so far.

I'm not really that familiar with SoS's storyline which may make it more interesting to read as well as compare it to the classic.

The only problem is I also just got my hands on the WW1 Birdman classic 'Open Cockpit' by AG Lee. hmmmm decisions, decisions
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I made this a recent purchase as well.

As part of my current inclination to start reading more memoirs instead of the operational level type stuff I am now about half way through 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. Seen at least two versions of the movie so the book is what I expected so far.

I'm not really that familiar with SoS's storyline which may make it more interesting to read as well as compare it to the classic.

The only problem is I also just got my hands on the WW1 Birdman classic 'Open Cockpit' by AG Lee. hmmmm decisions, decisions
Main difference is AQOTWF is a novel and SOS is a memoir of Junger's experiences. In the 1930's some German veterans suggested that Remarque's front line experience was somewhat limited and the closer the book got to the firing trench the less accurate it became, although his descriptions of rear area life were spot on.

I'm surprised to see that there has been some difficulty getting a copy. Mine was acquired some years ago with no problem. SOS has been around for some time I believe that Sassoon gave it a good review before WW2. AQOTWF got pushed more in Germany at least because Remarque was prepared to allow himself to be photoed with Hitler (and the book) which made useful publicity for both of them and Junger was not and would have nothing to do with Hitler which reportedly peed off Adolf somewhat
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Main difference is AQOTWF is a novel and SOS is a memoir of Junger's experiences.
You're right, it is a novel but even though it is such I consider it 'memoir-like'. Those type books might be considered fiction but they would be based upon the author's first hand experience. I'd still use them as a source for what life might have been like during those times.

Two other WW1 "novels' that fit the catagory would be VM Yeates' "Winged Victory" and Elliot Springs "Warbirds: The Diary of an Unknown Aviator".

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In the 1930's some German veterans suggested that Remarque's front line experience was somewhat limited and the closer the book got to the firing trench the less accurate it became, although his descriptions of rear area life were spot on.
Nazi propaganda to discredit him and the book because of its anti-war sentiment and his less than favourable portrayal of authority.

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On 10 May 1933, the German government, on the initiative of the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, banned and publicly burned Remarque's works. He finally left Germany to live at his villa in Switzerland. Remarque's German background as well as his Catholic faith were questioned by the Nazis, who continued to decry his writings, claiming anyone who would change the spelling of his name from the German "Remark" to the French "Remarque" could not be a true German. The Nazis further made the false claim that Remarque had not seen active service during World War I. In 1938, Remarque's German citizenship was revoked and then in 1939, after he and his ex-wife were remarried to prevent her repatriation to Germany, they left Porto Ronco, Switzerland for the United States. They became naturalized citizens of the United States in 1947.

In 1943, the government arrested his youngest sister, Elfriede Scholz, who had stayed behind in Germany with her husband and two children. After a trial in the "Volksgerichtshof" (Hitler's extra-constitutional "People's Court"), she was found guilty of "undermining morale" for stating that she considered the war lost. Court President Roland Freisler declared, "Ihr Bruder ist uns leider entwischt—Sie aber werden uns nicht entwischen" ("Your brother is unfortunately beyond our reach—you, however, will not escape us"). Scholz was beheaded on 16 December 1943, and the cost of her prosecution, imprisonment and execution—495.80 Reichsmark—was billed to her sister Erna.


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I'm surprised to see that there has been some difficulty getting a copy. Mine was acquired some years ago with no problem. SOS has been around for some time I believe that Sassoon gave it a good review before WW2. AQOTWF got pushed more in Germany at least because Remarque was prepared to allow himself to be photoed with Hitler (and the book) which made useful publicity for both of them and Junger was not and would have nothing to do with Hitler which reportedly peed off Adolf somewhat
Junger may not have joined with the Nazis but after reading the following from wiki I can see why they may have considered him an kindred spirit...

He criticized the fragile and unstable democracy of the Weimar Republic, stating that he "hated democracy like the plague." More explicitly than in Storm of Steel, he portrayed war as a mystical experience that revealed the nature of existence. According to Jünger, the essence of the modern was found in total mobilisation for military effectiveness, which tested the capacity of the human senses. In 1932, he published The Worker (German title: Der Arbeiter), which called for the creation of an activist society run by warrior-worker-scholars. In the essay On Pain, written and published in 1934, Jünger rejects the liberal values of liberty, security, ease, and comfort, and seeks instead the measure of man in the capacity to withstand pain and sacrifice. Around this time his writing included the aphorism "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger; and what kills me makes me incredibly strong.
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