Just finished Treachery by Chapman Pincher (2nd read) and into Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer. Frightening stuff. You really, really want to boil your water and well cook your meat.
Yellowthread Street (A Yellowthread Street Mystery Book 1) eBook: Marshall, William: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle StoreJust finished Antony Beevor's Stalingrad.
I have to say it's the first time I've ever felt sorry for Germans in WW2. I found it a most uneasy and depressing read, man's inhumanity to man, etc. If you haven't read it I do commend you do, if only to help understand the hatred each side had for the other, and to understand the events of that period of WW2.
Has anybody got any suggestions for light, preferably humorous, reading to help take my mind off those things?
Was it any good? I'm half thinking of buying a copyJust arrived today from Ebay (bargain, £6 for a 1st edition, Hardback with dust cover)!
I searched for this book, in part, due to the following Arrse thread:
Now I can be (even more than I already am) of a dullard, Arrse armchair expert on this topic now!
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Must admit, not overly impressed.Was it any good? I'm half thinking of buying a copy
ISWYDT.Fry The Brain: The Art of Urban Sniping and its Role in Modern Guerrilla Warfare by John West.
No, just don't. The author should know what he is talking about (ex special forces, multiple tours of sandpit hot spots, instructor in guerrilla warfare and academic quals.) but the book is a mess and appallingly laid out and the writing is difficult to read easily. It picks up on every unverified tale and conspiracy theory doing the rounds and expands on it. If the author's views on the assassination of Kennedy were correct Dealey Plaza would have resembled the OK Corral. He has sniper teams in 8 positions drawn from the Mafia, Cuba and probably the kindergarten just down the road.
The book could have been an interesting addition to the bibliography on the subject of sniping but it misses its target and shoots itself in the foot. This one won't be making my library shelves.
Read Chapman Pincher's book 'Treachery'. The whole background story about Klaus Fuchs and other traitors is explained and how they were protected by high levels moles in MI5 and MI6. The effect on UK/US relations was devastating causing us the repeat development and subsequent costs.Test of Greatness: Britain's struggle for the atomic bomb by Brian Cathcart.
As the tile suggests it's the story of our atomic bomb development and testing in Oz.
Because the yanks shut us out of atomic research immediately after the war all the scientists had to go on was a copy of the Smyth report and what they could remember if they'd been part of the Manhattan Project.
Apart from that we developed it from the ground up.
Good story - worth reading.
And allowing us to develop a bomb of our own rather than playing second fiddle to McMahonRead Chapman Pincher's book 'Treachery'. The whole background story about Klaus Fuchs and other traitors is explained and how they were protected by high levels moles in MI5 and MI6. The effect on UK/US relations was devastating causing us the repeat development and subsequent costs.
If it’s similar to the one by Vasily grossman I’d book a year off. Russian authors seem to delight in setting the picture so much they describe every blade of grass before moving on with the story. In fairness you can see how it was re written so many times to fit communist doctrine but when it finally does get to the battle it’s a captivating read.
I got the book a couple of years ago. A very good book. He comes across as a very unassuming guy. He was in the same Sqn (3sqn) as the alleged execution of the guy with the red prayer beads, although there is no evidence he was there or knew about it. He mentions the dog 'Qauke' which was killed on that tour. He also mention's at the start of that tour their OC telling them that he was going to work them very hard for the next four months taking out the Taliban infrastructure.The Crossroad by Mark Donaldson, VC.
The autobiography of the first awardee of the VC of Australia and the first since Australian to be awarded the VC since 1969. It is a fascinating read detailing the journey from a young man that was heading nowhere but into trouble into someone who sprinted 80 metres under sustained Taliban fire to rescue a badly injured Afghani interpreter and then support/carry/drag him back over those 80 metres to get him into cover.
The title reflects those times in his life, including the action for which he was awarded the VC, when he could have gone in a different direction due to the conditions in which he found himself; a father who had served in Vietnam and was certainly suffering from PTSD, the death of his father while still relatively young, a loving mother who was murdered (the alleged perp committed suicide) and whose body has to this day not been found. Donaldson credits her memory and spirit for much of what now drives him.
The book was written before the allegations of war crimes by the SASR were raised and to be fair, Donaldson was in 3 Squadron, not 2 which appears to be the source of much of the allegations. However, I would be interested to know of Donaldson's views on the matter as he has a lot of praise for the SASR throughout the book. There are also hints of some of the underlying causes of the problems as Donaldson writes about the desire within the SASR to change from its traditional deep reconnaissance role to a more warry upfront in your face tactical role and the satisfaction when that occurred.
For the military minded there are long sections on the SASR selection process, the Reinforcement Cycle training that follows as well as descriptions of the engagements he was in while in Afghanistan. It all makes for a fascinating book that I wished I had purchased earlier. Highly recommended.
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