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    I love Edvard Radzinsky's "The Last Tsar" (an especially heartbreaking book about Nicholas II-- Radzinsky has a great, very personal writing style)... He also wrote a great bio about Stalin, called fittingly, "Stalin"...


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    I love Edvard Radzinsky's "The Last Tsar" (an especially heartbreaking book about Nicholas II-- Radzinsky has a great, very personal writing style)... He also wrote a great bio about Stalin, called fittingly, "Stalin"...
    So we've got another Russian history buff. I'm assuming you've read Henri Troyat's "Catherine the Great" (my personal fave) and Robert Maissie's "Peter the Great: His Life and World"?

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    Yes but no-- haven't read either... But love Robert K. Maissie. Read a lot of great Russian Lit for college...and good stuff for a Russian history class.

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    History is one of my favorite subjects and, inevitably, war is a part of history. Here are a few of the books I have enjoyed reading:

    The Good Fight: How World War II was Won - Stephen Ambrose (This book is a straight-forward book with facts, timelines, photos, and commentary. No revisionist history, here. It is written from an American point of view and geared toward readers ages 14 and up.)

    Children in the Holocaust and World War II: their secret diaries - Laurel Holiday (Title is self-explanatory. Heartbreaking to read entries from 23 children ranging in age from 10--18. All entries are preceded by a brief bio and their eventual fate.)

    Zeichne, was Du siehst (Draw what you see) - Helga Weissova (This book consists entirely of drawings [disturbing]--with accompanying commentary--through the eyes of an incarcerated child in the Czech concentration camp, Theresienstadt. Guaranteed to make you never take your daily existence for granted again.)

    I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawing and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942--1944 - edited by Hana Volavkova (Another Holocaust book guaranteed to tug at your heart.)

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    Mantenna's #3 and #4 recs reminded me of something. There are three graphic novels about war which I must recommend, even if they're not technically "literature" (not in the traditional sense, anyway.)

    1) "Maus: A Survior's Tale/My Father Bleeds History" by Art Spiegelman. The first and only Pulitzer winner for a novel done in graphic art form. Gripping and haunting stuff. An allegorical representation of the ordeals of the Holocaust. Based on the life of Art's father, Vladek.

    2) "Palestine" by Joe Sacco. A pioneering work in a form of journalism called "New Journalism". Set during the Israelian-Palestinian conflict between '92-'93, powerful stories are combined with research and beautiful visual imagery. People, I think, have become so immune to the horrors shown in live war footage, that an unique rendering of similar events in a different art form often strike them as nothing else could. The most moving pages in this book deal with a Palestinian father's torture experience.

    3) "Safe Area Gorazde" by Joe Sacco. Similar to the above, except that this time the stories are set in 1992 during the war in Eastern Bosnia. Equally as good as "Palestine", if not more so.

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    Nausica-- I remember being a total book dork in elementary school and ordering a million books off of the Scholastic books order form or something...I was 9 or 10 years old and I ordered "Maus"-- I remember it disturbing me very much as I had also recently read (in elementary school that year) "Devil's Arithmatic"..."Maus" is incredible, I re-read it just this past year.

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    Also, some comic artists put out some very powerful post-9/11 books...visual poetry...a different type of historical perspective. Very personal.

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    Here are couple of books that I enjoyed. The first two are juvenile fiction but are still good reads for any age (Dad liked Soldier's Heart)...

    1) Hope's Crossing by Joan Elizabeth Goodman - Revolutionary War story of a girl who is kidnapped by British soldiers after her father leaves to fight for General Washington.

    2) Soldier's Heart by: Gary Paulsen - Civil War story of the enlistment and service of Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers.

    3) Twilights of the Wagners: The Unveiling of a Family's Legacy by Gottfried Wagner - Written by the great-grandson (born shortly after WWII) of Richard Wagner who was one of the most trusted allies of Hitler during WWII. The story is Gottfried's account of "unveiling" the truth of the past that was never told to him.

    4) It Took Heroes: A Cavalry Chaplain's Memoir of Vietnam by Claude D. Newby - It is very self-explanatory. He just recounts his time in the Vietnam War. The book includes images of the camps he was stationed at, the casualties, and the Vietnamese in the area. My father fought in Vietnam, so it is interesting to read about some of the things that happened there (possibly things that he went through).
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    I really enjoyed Devil's Arithmatic but it is a pretty easy read. Other books about war... hm... I haven't read too many because I'd rather laugh than cry in a book.

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    Since I haven’t posted on the FORT for a while and since this topic is one of my favorites, I’ll take some time to enter my list of a few of my favorites. (I have quite a collection of this genre of book and can’t remember all of the titles.)

    Well, here goes...


    1. Vietnam – A History (Stanley Karnow) A critical analysis of the events leading up to Americas involvement in Vietnam.

    2. Sea Battles in Close-up (Martin Stephen) Minute–by-minute analysis of several significant sea battles; analytical in style and very detailed in scope.

    3. On Strategy – A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War (Harry Summers) Alternate perspective of the triumphs and tragedy’s of the Vietnam War. Somewhat political in flavor but interesting in perspective.

    4. Code Breakers (F. H. Hinsley) Strikingly honest account of the efforts of British and American “think tank” personnel who worked to break the ENIGMA code.

    5. First Across the Rhine (Col. David Pergrin) An account of an engineering battalion pushing toward the German heartland.

    6. Ghost Soldiers (Hampton Sides) Riveting story about a rescue mission to save the lives of POW’s incarcerated in a Japanese slave camp.

    7. Vietnam - the Valor and the Sorrow (Thomas Boettcher) Several accounts of all facets of the Vietnam war, both good and bad.

    8. The Terrible Hours (Peter Maas) Spellbinding account of the first successful modern day submarine rescue.

    9. Without Honor: Defeat in Vietnam & Cambodia (Arnold Isaacs) Tells a somewhat revisionist view of the war and the effect of it on the American people.

    10. Operation Drumbeat (Michael Gannon) Told from the perspective of a German U-Boat captain concerning his effort to wreak havoc on the East coast of America.

    11. We Were Soldiers Once…and Young (Col. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway) The first-hand account of the battle at Ia Drang, Vietnam; this book is also the motivation for the movie of the same name (Excellent movie).

    Fiction Titles

    1. Ghostrider One (Gerry Carroll) A Navy pilot flying A-4 Skyhawk in the Vietnam War.

    2. Rouge Warrior (Richard Marcinko) A tale of the Navy Seals, the formation of the unit, and the exploits of the first Seal Teams.

    3. Rouge Warrior- Green Team (Richard Marcinko) Continuation of the series about the Navy Seals.

    4. The Ten Thousand (Harold Coyle) Imaginary portrayal of the third World War which takes place in Central Europe.

    5. Flight of the Intruder (Stephen Coonts) Story of the pilot of a Navy A-6 Intruder in the Vietnam conflict.

    6. The Next (Casper Weinberger) A predictive analysis of what the next world conflict will be like.
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