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alantomes



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I would definitely recommend "The Last Tsar". I'm about half way through and the Tsar and family are just being removed from Petrograd after his abdication. Lloyd George has recommended to KGV that we do not offer to take them.

I have no idea of the number of counties in England as they keep changing and altering names.

Regards..........Alan


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Apple



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 34 counties currently (I think)

Cumbria, Northumberland, Lancs, N Yorks, S Yorks, Cheshire, Derbys, Staffs, Shrops, Notts, Leics, Rutland (has recently become a county in its own right again), Lincs, Hereford & Worcs, Warks, Gloucs, Oxfordshire, Bucks, Beds, Herts, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Middx, Berks, Wilts, Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hants, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

I could be totally wrong but there we go!

Oh and by the way the non fiction book I am reading at the moment is Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer, I have been putting it off for a long while as I have always thought of Albert Speer not as the Nazi who was sorry but the Nazi who said what everyone wanted to hear to save his own skin!


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Not_Smart_Just_Lucky



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Albert Speer's book is another I want to read, along with Karl Donitz's. I can see this thread being very useful to me in the future



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alantomes



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are interested in the Nazi Heirachy then you should try and get hold of a copy of "Hitler" by Joachim Fest (translated of course). There is another book by the same author that I can recommend "Plotting Hitler's Death".

Both are well worth reading, and better than any English  or American authors' books on the subject.

Regards...............Alan


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of Fest's Hitler books is en route via inter-library loan, Alan. Thanks for recommending this author. I look forward to reading it.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll keep a look-out for them. It's a very interesting time period, which is why I like first-hand accounts from there. But if you recommend those books, I'll give them a go



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew Hodges biography of Alan Turing is worth a go.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I virtyually only read non-fiction. At the moment I am reading "Swordfish,
The story of the Taranto Raid" by David Wragg ISBN 0-297-84667-1, and thoroughly enjoying it.

Regards.............Alan


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, cagliostro! I'm often meaning to read the Hodges book - it seems to be the best Turing biography there is, and Turing as a man fascinates me, but I'm put off by the suspicion that it may be a bit dense, and I have not even a rudimentary knowledge of the things on which Turing was an expert. I'm sure it's not unapproachable, though. One day...


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cagliostro



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chibiabos83
Don't worry, it is very readable.
I think that Hodges only major fault is that he is overly partisan in favour of Turing.
It is possible to enjoy the book from several angles, if you have an interest in the conduct of the second world war, if you want a perspective on attitudes to homosexuality in the mid twentieth century, if you are interested in the theoretical background to and early history of the digital computer, or if you just like a good read.



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