|Dave's Reading||Jeff's Reading|
|A Game of Thrones, getting back to his fantasy roots.
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
"Tarawa: The Story of a Battle", an amazing first-hand account of this first-ever amphibious assault on a fortified shore. If you don't know much about Tarawa, this would be a great place to start. At only 150 pages, it's a well-written and thoroughly engrossing telling of this brutal conflict and expertly conveys the purpose and price of victory for this little patch of sand. Horrifying, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
"The Guns of Navarone" Jeff hopes to do a review of this book and the movie in an upcoming episode. Unlike "The Angry Hills" (see below), MacLean's writing doesn't feel dated. On the contrary, it's still a good thriller and worth the read even if you've seen the movie a dozen times. Word of warning: MacLean doesn't talk down to the reader -- you may want to keep a dictionary handy.
"The Angry Hills" by Leon Uris
Written in the 1950's, this thriller feels a bit dated, but is fun nonetheless. The story takes place in 1941 Greece as the British Expeditionary Force is fleeing before the push of the German army into Athens. The hero, an American writer caught by bad timing during a visit to collect an inheritance, becomes an accidental spy charged with carrying secret Allied information back to England. Of course, the Nazi's are in hot pursuit. Short, light, and fast moving, it's a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. You'll find no Advanced Squad Leader strategy or tactics here, but it's good to take a break, don't you think?