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  1. #811
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    Warburton's War - Tony Spooner

    Maverick reconnaissance pilot Adrian Warburton's life and career detailed in full.
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    I just have to mention the following. I picked it up from a charity shop during one of the infrequent pauses allowed to me when Mrs. G is ferociously retailing.

    Apart from the theme - about small boats, a life long interest of mine, the narrative took the reader on a quite amazing solo voyage of some two to three thousand miles along the canals and rivers of Europe starting in the North West of England and finishing in the Black Sea.

    All the more startling when you learn that the author is proposing to make this odyssey in a ten foot long by four feet wide, ply wood, Mirror class dinghy. This is, or was, a very popular class of racing sailing dinghy designed to introduce small children into the ways of the sea generally and racing particularly.

    This venture spectacularly defies belief. The young man, a teacher, stretches credulity beyond the point of ready acceptance. He triumphs over commercial locks, French peniches, the weather, near starvation, the raging Rhine. He crosses the busiest waterway in the world; the English Channel in a TEN feet dinghy. I felt vulnerable in a 30 footer !

    The name of the book is "The unlikely voyage of Jack de Crow" by A.J. Mackinnon. Seafarer Books. ISBN 0-95381-805-5 £12.95.

    This is a wonderful, wonderful read. Enthralling !

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    Spitfire Pilot by David Crook.

    Crook's diaries about life on a Spitfire squadron during the Battle of Britain. Only just started it last night.
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    Few Survived", Edwyn Gray, published by Leo Cooper, ISBN 0-85052-499-7 £14.95.

    This is a book about cold courage and technical development related to submarine manufacture, their service use and the loss of life associated with that. Among other matters, you're left wondering how and why men placed themselves in such jeopardy.

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    Just finished 'Wings on my sleeve' by Eric 'Winkle' Brown obviously long overdue as it was so enjoyable and probably reviewed here many times.

    He flew 487 different types of aircraft, a world record surely never to be broken!
    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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    The Big Show

    Haven't read this classic in years. Mine is the full-length version, too.
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    Just finished, for the umpteenth time, 'Corporal Jacques of the Foreign Legion' by Henry de Vere Stacpoole, an author more well known for the 'Blue Lagoon'. A sentimental book for me as probably the second book I ever bought over fifty years ago. It was tatty then and has not improved in my world travels. Only learnt today that the author died and is buried in the Isle of Wight.
    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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    I have just started reading the fourth of Jonathan Sumption's Hundred Years War series, Cursed Kings

    I can thoroughly recommend all four, provided you have plenty of time, as whilst they are eminently readable, they are doorstops.

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    Route 63 - Around England on a Free Bus Pass David Hadfield

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    I am reading this book about Steve Jobs and really enjoying it. I Like biography books, but unfortunately read mostly for work these days.

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    'TOSH' by Tosh Lavery! Who would call their son with this name? Anyway the book is autobiographical and the story of the deaths, dangers and drama of the Garda sub aqua unit which was formed in 1974, very interesting if a bit sad and gory.
    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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    "The Princess Diarist", by Carrie Fisher.
    A book of random mutterings mostly about her and Harrison Ford.
    Rantings of a mad women. Utter drivel.

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    "Engineers of Victory," Paul Kennedy, Penguin, ISBN 978-0-141-03609-0 £9. 99.


    This is an account of how WW2 was organised and administered by the Allies and the Axis powers. Mr. Kennedy describes how important component parts that made up the whole were 'engineered' eg. facilitated or enabled by outstanding contributors.

    Examples would be the initial rejection by the Americans of the P-51, the convoy system and the B29 Superfortress. Successes would number the Construction Battalions (SeaBees) the cavity magnetron and the Central Pacific campaign. Mr. Kennedy writes with an American slant that does not detract from the necessary appeal of his theme.

    An excellent read.

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    Dunkirk - by Joshua Levine

    Reading this before I go see the film.

    Amazingly, I've never read much about Dunkirk previously!
    Daren Cogdon

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    I was recommended to try Peter James' Roy Grace books and have found they are "unputdownable"!!

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    Superb, highly recommended .

    Sometimes it's better to be a bumblebee than it is to be Professor Heinkel.

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    Dunkirk, Sean Longden, Constable Press, ISBN 978-1-84529-520-5

    Topically, this book is about Dunkirk, particularly its aftermath and what happened to the 40,000 or so British PoWs marched by the Germans into slavery and extreme hardship. This book is grim in detail and lacerating of the behaviour of the British Govt. towards the PoWs on their return to Blighty.

    If there is a lesson to be drawn from the matters described in these books, it is never ever let yourself be taken prisoner.

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    Hi All,
    Well I have my reading head back on it took eight months to finally complete 'Don Quixote - complete and unabridged version' just stalled more or less
    halfway through but now back on track.

    Anyway 18 chapters into 'Standing The Final Watch' book 1, then on to the Bonus Chapter plus online bonus material, by William Alan Webb and loving
    every bit of it....



    Geoff.
    Last edited by 1batfastard; 19th August 2017 at 11:21.

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    "Surviving the Sword " Brian MacArthur, Abacus publishers, ISBN 978-0-349-11937-3, £9.99

    This book was first published in 2005 and received first class reviews all, well deserved. It is an account of the treatment meted out to the Australian, American and British personnel who were taken into captivity by the Japanese.

    Much of that will be familiar to the reader. What is different is the scrutiny applied to every detail of the PoWs existence in what passed for PoW camps. The cruel and murderous bestiality of the Japs is beyond belief. They delighted in their savagely merciless treatment of the unfortunates in their captivity.

    Read and weep.

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    I just read Not Much an Engineer, great read and I re learnt some additional things from when I was an apprentice studying engines.

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    Just started (George Gamow-Mr Tompkins in paperback)....

    Since his first appearance over sixty years ago, Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many thousands of readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams and adventures lead him into a world inside the atom. George Gamow's classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in modern physics, from atomic structure to relativity, and quantum theory to fusion and fission. Roger Penrose's foreword introduces Mr Tompkins to a new generation of readers, and reviews his adventures in light of recent developments in physics.



    Geoff.

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    Boeing B-29 Superfortress The Ultimate Look from drawing board to V-J Day...by Wolfe
    The anorak's guide to the WWII super bomber..
    Everything you need to know about the aircraft. Need to know the type of magneto or radio receiver? It's here.
    With such inside tech data, it's not exactly a page turner, but it's presented in a logical and well illustrated format. Not a book for modelers since there are no color profiles, but there are several color interior shots of the example at Pima.

    Several nit picks: the editing could be improved (a frequent complaint lately) with seven errors in the Boeing history introductory chapter. Other errors include placing Guam northwest of Tokyo instead of the correct south, southeast.
    Also, a least one (update: three) technical drawings of sub-assemblies are up side down. Other interior photos are printed on their sides.

    The author has a similar volume on the B-25, so that might be of more interest to UK readers.

    However, as the title suggests, it just covers the initial and WWII use, so interesting post-war operations by the USAF and RAF are not covered.
    But if you're interested in the "nuts and bolts" of the basic Washington airframe (I'm guessing there were some electronics changes) you'll be covered. At around 350 pages, it is thorough, burn the last 80-odd pages are on combat operations in the Pacific, so may not be of interest to UK readers interested in just the aircraft.

    I know many forum members can't get enough deep technical information on British warplanes, well here's your chance to immerse yourself in an aircraft that served Bomber Command for sever years Leningrad delivery if jet bombers.
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    Six chapters into the second book in his series Standing The Storm by William Allen Webb, if the first was anything to go by I will really enjoy the
    reading....

    Standing the final Watch (Book 1)
    America might be dead, but Nick Angriff will kick your ass to resurrect her. Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and
    country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control. On the battlefield, off the grid, in clandestine special task forces and outright black ops,
    Angriff never wavers from duty. But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he's left with only the corrosive acid of revenge... that is,
    until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations.

    Against the day of national collapse, a heavily-armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named
    its commander. Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing
    his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder. Because the only wall still shielding survivors from slavery
    and death are the men and women of The Last Brigade.

    (Book 2) below.
    When the Last Brigade begins its mission of rebuilding America, they find enemies on all sides. In nearby Prescott, Arizona, a maniacal warlord proclaims
    himself the legitimate successor to the USA. To the east lurks the strange religious cult named the Caliphate of the Seven Prayers of the New Prophet,
    which kills anyone who doesn’t convert. And why is a Chinese military vehicle found to the north? In a tornado of exploding metal, Nick Angriff risks
    everyone and everything to save the innocents he has sworn to protect. Outnumbered and outgunned, the 7th Cavalry will not be outfought. They must
    either stand in the storm or see their beloved country die a final death.



    Geoff.
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    "Bomber" Harris, Dudley Saward, Cassell. ISBN 0 907675 33 6

    This book should be on the shelf of all aviation buffs. It is a comprehensive biography of the great man. From the book comes a description of a simple man with but one goal; the destruction of Britain's enemies. The book is a rich source of detailed information relating to aircraft capabilities, bomb capacity, aircraft production and the logic behind the combined strategic air offensive of WW2.

    I'm very pleased that he was on our side !

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    Squadron Airborne - Elleston Trevor

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    The experiences of a Battle of Britain Spitfire squadron, seen through the eyes of some of its members. Not bad so far.
    Daren Cogdon

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    Hi All,
    Five chapters into The Guv'nor.
    A bare-knuckle fighter turned moviestar, Lenny Mclean had powerful friends and terrible enemies. In this biography, he tells stories about his life,
    including how he knocked out the Mafia's greatest boxer in three minutes, and how he was brought in to intimidate the IRA.....


    Geoff.

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    George Washington, Gentleman Warrior by Brumwell.
    Excellent recent book on how George, a middle son of a medium-rich landowner, became a lauded Virginia/British commander in the French and Indian war and used the lessons he learned there to successfully command rebel forces in the American War for Independence, and several years after the war's conclusion, became the first national president.
    There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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    Worms To Catch "I was never going to sleep in and take it easy, there were worms to catch."

    Breaking records on the world’s biggest Wall of Death, cycling 2,745 miles across the length of the United States (while sleeping rough), attempting
    to be the fastest person ever on two wheels and travelling to Latvia to investigate his family’s roots, it's been a busy year for Guy Martin. There’s been
    some thrilling racing too, including wild Harley choppers on dirt and turbo-charged Transit vans through the Nevada desert. And don't forget there’s
    the day job to get back to in North Lincolnshire – the truck yard and the butty van.

    Guy has done more in one year than most people do in a lifetime, and with his gift for story-telling, he takes you with him to the outer limits of
    human endurance, and on a dizzying adrenalin high, all in a day’s work.



    Geoff.

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    Many will know the story of the sinking of the Bismarck. This most beautiful and effective warship of the WW2 German Navy, sunk by the British Navy after a prolonged chase across the North Atlantic.

    "Pursuit", The Sinking of the Bismarck. Ludovic Kennedy, Collins. Published 1974.

    I found this book in a shop specialising in naval militaria. It is a superbly written and immensely exciting tale told by a master craftsman. A truly riveting piece of history.

    It is so good that if anyone wishes to borrow it, I'll post it to you.

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    Hi All,
    The Matter Myth
    In this sweeping survey, acclaimed science writers Paul Davies and John Gribbin provide a complete overview of advances in the study of physics that have revolutionized modern science. From the weird world of quarks and the theory of relativity to the latest ideas about the birth of the cosmos, the authors find evidence for a massive paradigm shift. Developments in the studies of black holes, cosmic strings, solitons, and chaos theory challenge common-sense concepts of space, time, and matter, and demand a radically altered and more fully unified view of the universe.


    Geoff.

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