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Last of the Amazons, Steven Pressfield

Following Hadrian, Elizabeth Speller

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Tides of War, Steven Pressfield

and either The Lance Thrower (Jack Whyte) or Memoirs of Hadrian (Marguerite Yourcenar).
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"The Path to Victory" by Douglas Porch

I read some really good reviews of this book and I have read 400+ pages of the 600+ pages total so far. Porch's view is that the Meditteranean Theatre of World War II was pivotal. From what I read so far, he fails to prove his point. Also, the whole book is so unrelentingly negative towards everybody in every way possible that I am not sure I will be able to finish it. The guy busts on everybody and engages in attacks both on a personal and professional level. IMHO, bad history, unsupported thesis, and endlessly negative. This is disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this book.
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Is this available as PDF anywhere? I usually copy and paste online articles into word for later reading but downloading a PDF is much easier.
Not that I know of, and there is software in place to prevent cut-n-paste from the site!
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www.globalsecurity.org has a mirror of 'On Point' which can be copied and pasted. To find it, just enter 'On Point' in the search box on the site's front page.
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Just picked up "To Destroy a City" by Herman Knell. He's a survivor of the Mar 45' bombing of Wurzburg. Basically he's writing about the bombing campaigns of both the Allied and Axis sides in both European and Pacific theatres. Surprisingly it's not too bias so far and really doesn't point fingers as to who was right and who was wrong but is more aimed at finding out why the Bomber Commands implemented area bombing against civillian targets and what their justifications were.
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"The Path to Victory" by Douglas Porch

I read some really good reviews of this book and I have read 400+ pages of the 600+ pages total so far. Porch's view is that the Meditteranean Theatre of World War II was pivotal. From what I read so far, he fails to prove his point. Also, the whole book is so unrelentingly negative towards everybody in every way possible that I am not sure I will be able to finish it. The guy busts on everybody and engages in attacks both on a personal and professional level. IMHO, bad history, unsupported thesis, and endlessly negative. This is disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this book.
I also recently received this book ( a XMas gift ) and have heard good things about it.
Although I have yet to begin reading the book, I should say there wasn't much to be positive about in the Italian Theatre.
I've always considered the Italian Campaign as a study in how NOT to fight a war.
From the landings in Sicily to the battles on the Po; every mistake that could be made, was made.
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"Iron Hulls Iron Hearts - Mussolini's Armored Divisions in N. Africa" by Ian Walker. Good book on a rarely covered part of the N. African theater.
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I also recently received this book ( a XMas gift ) and have heard good things about it.
Although I have yet to begin reading the book, I should say there wasn't much to be positive about in the Italian Theatre.
I've always considered the Italian Campaign as a study in how NOT to fight a war.
From the landings in Sicily to the battles on the Po; every mistake that could be made, was made.

Hi TigerSqn,

The Med Campaign does have many negative features.

Hope you will let us know what you think of the book when you read it.
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An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
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An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
Hi Doctor,
I read that book too. I thought it was great. About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.

Great stuff on the relationship among the Generals with each other. Even among the Generals, friends fired friends. Says alot about the commitment of the USArmy to victory.
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An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
This book is on my "to read soon" list. It has received a lot of good comments on other forums also.
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