Just bought 3 Blandford colours series in a car boot sale. I used to have them when younger. I really liked that series....
PJ’s stuff is much less available in the U.K. This is a shame as he is hilarious about US politics, and tells us a lot about politics in general.PJ O'Rourke's "All the Trouble in the World" from 1994. He comes out with this pearler:
"When are the world's political parties going to get appropriate symbols: snake, louse, jackal, outhouse, trash can, clown face, dildo, dollar bill with wings on it?"
Pegasus Bridge is the only book of his that doesn't reek of Anglophobia, his other books are little better than hagiography of the men he wished he was.Ambrose fails to hide his antipathy for anything British in any of his writing. He's been roundly criticised and pulled up for it, and the efficacy of his comments, many, many times by 'real' historians.
Sitting waiting to get read, am stuck in a fiction book rut just now. Concentrating on non fiction with the 16th Canadian Scottish part of the 3rd Bde1st Div CEF. They were in the thick of it throughout Flanders and Picardy.“The Scorpion’s Strike” by Anthony Riches, number 10 in “The Empire” series. intrique and subterfuge in the Roman court of Commodus.
Yep the Blandford series were very good. Had the WWII army uniforms and Parachute Badges of the world.
Do they also sit in ‘Overstuffed chairs’?I'm reading Stephen Leather's new book, Slow Burn. As usual, the storyline isn't bad and it's an enjoyable read.
The only gripe I have with his books is that it seems every character in every book seems to have "slab-like teeth and nails bitten to the quick". It gets boring quickly. Also everyone always seems be nodding at each other at random times and the phrase "Secret Squirrel" is thrown around in each of his books like he's forgotten he's not ten and watching Danger Mouse.
Haven't read it, don't know the author, but from the blurb and what you say above, if he describes a Berlin Flag Tour, they were commanded by Int Corps SNCOs (in a ropy old Range cast from BRIXMIS, not to be trusted to wheeze its way out of the Olympic Stadium compound).I've just wasted about 5 hrs over 3 days reading a 'recommended book'.
'The Red Effect' by Harvey Black.
So similar to other 'what ifs' about the Sovs prep and invasion of the FRG, interespersed with what I assume was his experience of 'Flag Tours' in Berlin (highly dramatised).
Much to much detail about soviet equipment, not enough about the human element and, I would love to meet him and tell him...a Range Rover will piss all over a UAZ 469 on any surface and, an Int Corps Snco has never been in charge of a Mission Tour. I might also add..shit tour drills across the board !
Haven't read it, don't know the author, but from the blurb and what you say above, if he describes a Berlin Flag Tour, they were commanded by Int Corps SNCOs (in a ropy old Range cast from BRIXMIS, not to be trusted to wheeze its way out of the Olympic Stadium compound).