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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Rural53 » 05 Jan 2016 03:51

Mark wrote:I am now reading 'The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia' by Peter Hopkirk. Having read about a third of the book, I have to say I am finding it an excellent and fascinating read.

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In the last couple of days I've gone back to this book after putting it down four months ago. I agree, it is a fascinating read.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Redleg56 » 21 Feb 2016 22:05

Finished "Raj, the Making and Unmaking of British India" by Lawrence James, two weeks ago. I am now re-reading "Khyber, Britain's North West Frontier", by Charles Miller. Both are well worth reading.
Next up: "Aristocrats, Power, Grace and Decadence: Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present", also by Lawrence James. I took a quick look when I purchased the book, and noted that Mr. James does discuss the Victorian Army and the upper classes. However, most of the "Aristocrats..." itself covers the pre-Victorian time period.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 23 Feb 2016 17:14

Rural53 wrote:
Mark wrote:I am now reading 'The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia' by Peter Hopkirk. Having read about a third of the book, I have to say I am finding it an excellent and fascinating read.

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In the last couple of days I've gone back to this book after putting it down four months ago. I agree, it is a fascinating read.


It is an excellent read, and I think I rated it five out of five stars in a review.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Army aviation » 31 Mar 2016 20:36

Just finished "How can man die better" ...again..... And about to start "like lions they fought"!!
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 01 Apr 2016 10:08

I am currently two-thirds through 'Opium Wars' by W. Travis Hanes and Frank Sanello. It is rather lacking in the military detail, but in terms of the political aspects of the two conflicts it is quite good.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Poltroon » 06 Apr 2016 13:49

I recently finished 'These Chivalrous Brothers: The Mysterious Disappearance of the 1882 Palmer Sinai Expedition' by David Sunderland. Apparently a huge deal in England at the time, it's a strange but entertaining tale of an ill-fated sideshow to the Anglo-Egyptian war of 1882.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Josh&Historyland » 13 Jun 2016 18:43

Nemesis, the worlds first iron warship and her world. Adrian G. Marshall.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby colsjt65 » 19 Jun 2016 21:39

Suppliers to the Confederacy - British Imported Arms and Accoutrements, Craig L. Barry & David C. Burt.

Fascinating insight into the arms and accoutrements purchased by the Confederate states from British contractors. Some of it WD issue and some of it not quite up to standard. Great photos of original kit (not just one photo of an item, but multiple photos from all angles) and in-depth chapters on the Birmingham gun makers, as well as LA Co, which supplied them (and the US) with a huge number of arms.

Also got Suppliers to the Confederacy - British Imported Arms and Accoutrements II - More... and Suppliers to the Confederacy II: S Isaac Campbell & Co., London, Peter Tait & Co., Limerick.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 30 Jun 2016 12:55

I am currently reading Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie.

Although the focus is on the complex causes of the First World War (at least from the perspective of Britain and Germany), there is much in it that focusses on events of the late Victorian period.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Redleg56 » 19 Mar 2017 20:41

Just started re-reading William Clive's "The Tune That They Play", a novel about the Anglo-Zulu War. His primary characters are Zulu warriors as well as members of the British Army, in particular the 24th Foot. Well worth reading if you are able to find s copy. Mr. Clive is also the author of "Dando on Delhi Ridge" and "Dando at the Summer Palace".

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Redcoat 57 » 20 Mar 2017 14:07

I am re-reading Battlefield Heroes by Lieut.-Col. Knollys and Major Elliott.

I was given this book by a friend of the family called Mr Wood back in the 70s. He got it as a school prize in 1907. It tells the stories of those awarded the VC from about 1857 to 1882. It is a marvellous read and full of interesting information that I have not seen anywhere else.

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I think this was probably the book that started my interest in the Victorian era!

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 22 Mar 2017 10:15

Redcoat 57 wrote:I am re-reading Battlefield Heroes by Lieut.-Col. Knollys and Major Elliott.

I was given this book by a friend of the family called Mr Wood back in the 70s. He got it as a school prize in 1907. It tells the stories of those awarded the VC from about 1857 to 1882. It is a marvellous read and full of interesting information that I have not seen anywhere else.

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I think this was probably the book that started my interest in the Victorian era!

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Looks an interesting book, Eric! Is it well illustrated?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Redcoat 57 » 22 Mar 2017 10:56

The book is well illustrated with drawings;

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It also seems to have been published under the title 'Heroes of the Battlefield' with some different illustrations. I found this example online which is not in my copy;

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It is written in true Victorian style but I find it very readable and the authors have a surprisingly modern attitude in some areas. They also seem to have met some of the VC winners and so you get little details I have not seen elsewhere.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 23 Mar 2017 10:05

Thanks, Eric! I collect antique military history books, especially ones with lots of illustrations. Will keep an eye open for a copy.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Derbys » 23 Mar 2017 17:48

Just bought a copy via a well known online auction site for £10.
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