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Franco

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"The Devil May Dance" by Jake Tapper. Tapper always delivers great insight! His book, "The Outpost" was made into an excellent movie about the war in Afghanistan.
 
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I'm still working on a massive scholarly work on the Royal Navy, about 88 pages to go, but am listening to Ben Rhodes "After the Fall," about geopolitics, with my wife, as an audio book. After centuries of sail, I'm finally up to submarines with the Royal Navy. On a trip to New England in the eighties, we stayed at a B&B run by a woman and her retired Royal Navy husband who, when I mentioned I'd be in the U.S. Navy, snorted with scorn, in a supposedly humorous way. Of course, the English Navy is entirely career sailors, whereas the Navy I was in was largely people doing their hitch of military service. The Brits are snappy and professional, and I admired their establishment at what was then the British Crown Colony at Hong Kong. But having worked aboard a minesweeper in operations with aircraft carriers, hospital ships, destroyers, oilers, et. al., the U.S. Navy of my era was formidable. We have fewer ships now, but much high tech; we probably need quite a few more.
 
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I'm still working on a massive scholarly work on the Royal Navy, about 88 pages to go, but am listening to Ben Rhodes "After the Fall," about geopolitics, with my wife, as an audio book. After centuries of sail, I'm finally up to submarines with the Royal Navy. On a trip to New England in the eighties, we stayed at a B&B run by a woman and her retired Royal Navy husband who, when I mentioned I'd be in the U.S. Navy, snorted with scorn, in a supposedly humorous way. Of course, the English Navy is entirely career sailors, whereas the Navy I was in was largely people doing their hitch of military service. The Brits are snappy and professional, and I admired their establishment at what was then the British Crown Colony at Hong Kong. But having worked aboard a minesweeper in operations with aircraft carriers, hospital ships, destroyers, oilers, et. al., the U.S. Navy of my era was formidable. We have fewer ships now, but much high tech; we probably need quite a few more.
My father was in the Pacific during WWII on a Radar Picket Destroyer. They would hear the British ships docked nearby waking up their sailors with: "Wakey, Wakey, rise and shine, you've had yours and I've had mine. The cook to the galley long has gone, wakey, wakey, rise and shine." The US sailors thought it was hysterical, but of course, he used to sing this to us kids to get us up in the morning. I hated it.
 

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For Whom The Bell Tolls by Hemingway.

A love story and a war story...the conflict that arises between the two. Also, the Spanish Civil War really brought to light the evils of fascism before WWII. We forget how many citizens of the world came to Spain for the sole purpose of fighting against fascism.

Another great book, Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's memoir of doing just that. He took a bullet to the neck and nearly died in fighting there.
 
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Just finished "Revenge of the Lawn" and "Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt" by Richard Brautigan. Now on "Women" by Charles Bukowski. Both are favorite writers with interesting views on fiction and non-fiction.
 
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Just started this military thriller.

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Working thru this as well. It might be a bit too detailed, regarding Starz (chronicles Kiss, Aerosmith and Starz, Cheap Trick).
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This was a great summer read, a mystery with a surfing storyline.

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