|Dave's Reading||Jeff's Reading|
|How to Lose WWII. It is a compilation of essays and doesn't cover the Pacific. If you are looking for a nice introductory book on the war in Europe this might work well. If you already know a lot then there are no new insights presented here.
Dave has finished
Bond of Brothers
Of Mice and Men
Clan of the Cave Bear
With the Old Breed
Speeches That Changed the World
Hell and Highwater
Grover Cleveland's Rubber Jaw
A Separate Peace
Military History (he reads it every month)
Discipline With Dignity
World at War Magazine
Enemy at the Gates
The Beatles England
Tarawa: The Story of a Battle
A Game of Thrones
How the U.S. Got Involved in Vietnam
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945
by Rana Mitter
by Ian Douglas
If you like hard-core science fiction action at the speed of light, Ian Douglas's first book in this trilogy is for you. Written in a smooth style with emphasis on action over character, it none-the-less delivers a satisfying space opera...
Tarawa: The story of a battle
by Robert Lee Sherrod
Outstanding first-hand narrative of this horrific engagement in the Central Pacific in November 1943. The taking of Tarawa by U.S. Marines was the first ever amphibious assault on a fortified shore. Though Tarawa is only about a square m...
The Wise Man's Fear
by Patrick Rothfuss
I almost rated this four stars as it seemed to ramble too long at times, but it's just too good in so many other ways. And the payoff is hugely satisfying. Rothfuss has built a fresh, clever and imaginative world. A wonderful character w...
The Guns of Navarone
by Alistair MacLean
Very well written in a style that doesn't seem dated. An exciting thriller.
The Angry Hills
by Leon Uris
Mildly entertaining thriller that takes place in Greece in the early days of WW II. Written in the mid 1950's, it seems dated in many ways, but I picked up this book partially for the nostalgia invoked by reading of fiction of this time ...
A Short History of World War II
by James L. Stokesbury
Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943
by Ed Ruggero
Well written. Starts quickly and flows smoothly. The first third of the book covers the establishment of the Airborne, gathering and training of the first troops, which is interesting but not engrossing (for me). Once they start the assa...
One Christmas in Washington
by David J. Bercuson
A fascinating look at the month in 1941 just after Pearl Harbor when Winston Churchill crossed the Atlantic to finally "welcome" President Roosevelt into World War II. Together these two giants sketched out plans for formation of "the gr...
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
by Hampton Sides
Thoroughly engrossing. So real you will want to keep quinine and a canteen of fresh water nearby.
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
by Rick Atkinson
Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery
by Terry Jones
As you might expect from the author, this book is breezy and fun. But as you might NOT expect from the author, this book is informative and thoughtful. A good overview of English history of the period. Turgid it is NOT and the numerous p...
The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss