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About half-way through "The Night Manager" by John le Carre. Always enjoyed his books, especially the George Smiley series. The book is no different, detailed, depth and complex.
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Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

+1. If you like Antarctic exploration (when are you leaving?  Laughing ), Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth is almost mandatory reading. Scary place.

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Place-Earth-Amundsens-Exploration/dp/0375754741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536073004&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+place+on+earth
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Richard Burley wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
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Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

+1. If you like Antarctic exploration (when are you leaving?  Laughing ), Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth is almost mandatory reading. Scary place.

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Place-Earth-Amundsens-Exploration/dp/0375754741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536073004&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+place+on+earth

A remarkable story indeed. I've read Alfred Lansing's account several times now. That he didn't lose one man and the chaps eagerly followed and respected him is testament to his leadership. His journey from Elephant Island to South G has to be one of the most remarkable pieces of sailing, navigation and endurance, ever.
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Richard Burley wrote:
If you like Antarctic exploration (when are you leaving?  Laughing ), Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth is almost mandatory reading. Scary place.

Just checked and my library system does not carry it. May need to get a paperback in from Amazon. Sounds like I'd like it.

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A remarkable story indeed. I've read Alfred Lansing's account several times now. That he didn't lose one man and the chaps eagerly followed and respected him is testament to his leadership. His journey from Elephant Island to South G has to be one of the most remarkable pieces of sailing, navigation and endurance, ever.

My library had Lansing's account so just placed a request for this. Great to get another perspective. Thanks for the prompt mate!


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Just finished this and have to say if it's not already considered the quintessential account of this slice of history it ought to be. Gripping and graphic.


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RR

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Brewdude wrote:
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Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

Cool


Cheers,

RR

I recently purchased a few books about polar expeditions.  Can't wait to start them. Very Happy
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Just finished this and have to say if it's not already considered the quintessential account of this slice of history it ought to be. Gripping and graphic.


Cheers,

RR

Stephen Ambrose is one of my preferred authors for all things Op Overlord and the Europe offensive.  If you've not read it already Rande, check out his book Pegasus Bridge.  Another remarkable story.  I was there a few weeks ago with the family having first visited in '84 whilst the original bridge was still in place across the canal.  I met with Arlette Gondree again, the daughter of the proprietor of the Café Gondree, the first house to be liberated on D Day.  She was 5 on the evening of the operation and remembers it well.  She's 80+ now but still sparking on all 4 and has a glamorous Hollywood look about her.  A truly remarkable lady who has much time for members of the military both serving and retired.
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Stick wrote:
Stephen Ambrose is one of my preferred authors for all things Op Overlord and the Europe offensive.  If you've not read it already Rande, check out his book Pegasus Bridge.  Another remarkable story.

I will indeed check this account out. Thanks for the prompt mate.


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RR

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Great follow up to Shackelto's gripping account of this legendary expedition. This book has much more in the way of the details the men suffered during their trials on the ice, including and especially the desperate journey made to make a whaling station and civilization.


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RR

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Davy Jones

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Great follow up to Shackelto's gripping account of this legendary expedition. This book has much more in the way of the details the men suffered during their trials on the ice, including and especially the desperate journey made to make a whaling station and civilization.


Cheers,

RR

I actually bought this one. Very Happy
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Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World by Sir Edward S Creasy. The 1957 edition which is closer to the original 1850's version.

Jim
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Saw the old B&W movie of this way long ago, and unfortunately my library doesn't have it on DVD so decided to read the book instead. Have to admit I did enjoy it, even though I didn't realize it was primarily about a young girl growing up in Brooklyn. I only really remembered the happy-go-lucky drunk of a father she had!


Cheers,

RR


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'My Twenty-five Years in Provence' by Peter Mayle. I had read 'A Year in Provence' and the sequels years ago. I lost all of them amongst the many books I lost in Hurricane Katrina. It's good revisiting the topic.
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Just completed this as a result of brother Stick's recommendation. Very clear and concise account of what immediately preceded the D-Day invasion. Highly recommended if you are a WWII aficionado.


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RR

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Brewdude wrote:
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Just completed this as a result of brother Stick's recommendation. Very clear and concise account of what immediately preceded the D-Day invasion. Highly recommended if you are a WWII aficionado.


Cheers,

RR

Good one Rande. You may be interested to know that I grew up in Exeter and used to fish on both the River Exe and the canal in exactly the spot where the Ox and Bucks under John Howard trained. Of course, at the time when I was pulling perch out of the canal I had no idea. As you'll recall from reading the book, this was the only place in the UK that replicated the lay of the land in Benouville, i.e., a river running parallel to a canal with a bridge over each.
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Here's me with Arlette in 2005.  The chap sat to my left passed away a few years ago.  He was a member of the British special forces who settled in the area after the war and who played a part in the assault on the bridges.


This second picture shows the places where the numbers 1 and 2 gliders came to rest; 2 in the foreground, and 1 with John Howard on board in the middle distance.  You can see a bust of John Howard next to it.  The bridge is a replica of the original which now resides in the museum 100 yards away.  Remarkable how close the first glider got to the bridge flying at night on a compass bearing and stopwatch.

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Glad you enjoyed the book, Rande. Need to think of another recommendation!!!
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Stick wrote:
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Here's me with Arlette in 2005.  The chap sat to my left passed away a few years ago.  He was a member of the British special forces who settled in the area after the war and who played a part in the assault on the bridges.


This second picture shows the places where the numbers 1 and 2 gliders came to rest; 2 in the foreground, and 1 with John Howard on board in the middle distance.  You can see a bust of John Howard next to it.  The bridge is a replica of the original which now resides in the museum 100 yards away.  Remarkable how close the first glider got to the bridge flying at night on a compass bearing and stopwatch.

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Glad you enjoyed the book, Rande.  Need to think of another recommendation!!!

Splendid pics mate, really first rate.  Cool

Jolly good, that. And you're quite the dashing chappie aren't you! Wink

And I'd love a new rec if you have one in you. In the meantime here's what I've been absorbed in-

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Fascinating reading. Details the apprehension of Adolph Eichmann, among other gripping stories. And one of them is the reference of the autobiography of Rudolph Höss, who was Camp Commandant of Auschwitz and who wrote up his detailed account of the killing machine he commanded while he was awaiting trial which he eventually hanged for.

Sadly this book is not available through my library, and I'm not inclined to get a hard copy in through Amazon, however inexpensive it may be. Frankly, this first-person account might well prove to be more than I bargained for or want know.

No

Moving on, I'm now onto this-

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Just only started it. And no, I'm not a conspiracy theorist.


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RR

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“The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick DeWitt
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Brewdude wrote:



And I'd love a new rec if you have one in you.


Cheers,

RR

Hey Rande,

Oooooo, I've got loads up my sleeve!

For a change in pace, how about a modern mountaineering epic...

Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson.

… I doubt you'll be disappointed.  Smile
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"Call It Sleep" by Henry Roth.
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Davy Jones wrote:
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Great follow up to Shackelto's gripping account of this legendary expedition. This book has much more in the way of the details the men suffered during their trials on the ice, including and especially the desperate journey made to make a whaling station and civilization.


Cheers,

RR

I actually bought this one. Very Happy

Such a great read, I've read the book and listened to the audible version. An amazing story of survival, and just how strong the human will can be. Could only imagine.
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just beginning--25 pages into---TIME and NAVIGATION: Johnston, Connor, Stephens and Ceruzzi
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Finishing Dan Brown's Origin. Nice fast pace storyline as always. I usually end up looking at architectural buildings and artwork on Google every time I read one of his books

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Great follow up to Shackelto's gripping account of this legendary expedition. This book has much more in the way of the details the men suffered during their trials on the ice, including and especially the desperate journey made to make a whaling station and civilization.


Cheers,

RR

I actually bought this one. Very Happy

Such a great read, I've read the book and listened to the audible version. An amazing story of survival, and just how strong the human will can be. Could only imagine.

Didn't have time to read it yet..I started Peter Ackroyd's series on the story of England and that will take me a while to go through.

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Just started this-

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Only a little way in, but so far it's a fascinating read!


Cheers,

RR

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