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Michael C. Smith
Marshall, Texas
Interests: Reading, history, architecture, and music.
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This was an enlightening book. It covers naval ship design following the second of the interwar naval arms limitations treaties, and explains why the treaty came out the way it did, and how it affected warship design in the late... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a publication in book form of various writings and oral histories of Admiral McCrea. The significance of this officer is that he served as naval aide to President Franklin Roosevelt throughout 1942, and... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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My latest project is one that I have had in mind for a long time. When I was about 10 years old, and just starting to get interested in World War II and aircraft carriers, one of the first books... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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I should just quit trying. I'm never going to enjoy a nautical historical fiction series as much as I do C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series so I should just quit looking. The latest attempt is the story of Union sloop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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When your workbench is a double-build of the same Essex-class carrier as it appeared in 1945 and 1968, and the project before that was an Essex class carrier in 1968 (and 1943), and so was the one before that (1950),... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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This book arose out of something Julia Gimbel didn’t know she had until after her father Robert T. McCurdy passed away. She knew her father had left a scrapbook with mementos from his time in the Navy during World War... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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John Bolton is one of the few voices from the Trump administration whose account I was interested in reading because, he didn't deal with the issues arising out of the administration that generated – appropriately in many cases – more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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The U.S. Navy's transition from World War II into a nuclear postwar in the new U.S. defense establishment is the subject of this lengthy treatise. Actually the treatise itself is not quite so lengthy because 304 of the 710 pages... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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This book tells the story of the development of the naval shipbuilding industry in the United States after World War I that built the fleet that won World War II. It also explains how naval shipbuilding is different than maritime... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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2020 was definitely a themed year. When the year started I had two Essex class carrier projects underway, and at the end of the year - still two underway. IntrepidCorrected – Revell’s Classic 1/720 Essex Class Carrier (Corrected) For many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at Puttering in the Study
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I will read almost any fiction that involves Bram Stoker, on the off chance that it adds an interesting twist to the genesis of Dracula. As I have said many times, it just fascinates me how a dull, repressed Irishman... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Grayson recommended this book to me because he thought I might be interested in Adam Savage of MythBusters' recommendations on boosting and accommodating your creativity. The book is a magnificent recitation of Savage's career as a "maker," including a stint... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I had this book recommended to me during a recent St. Thomas More Society meeting as a good recent book about the Scavi excavations for Peter's tomb under St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. It was a good addition to what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I am researching how the bows of the Essex class carriers changed from their entry into the fleet in 1943 through their long history, and have come across some recent pictures during their modernization periods that may provide a better... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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My next project will be a "double build" of kits as the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), one of the last of the Essex class carriers to make it into combat in the Pacific before the end of World War... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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The world history stack was filling up, so it did a friendly takeover of the adjacent shelves (medieval history and reading/libraries) and moved British and French history onto that two – shelf stack. Of course that got me thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I picked up an e-book Carrier! Life Aboard a World War II Aircraft Carrier for 99 cents the other day, despite the generally poor reviews - and ended up very happy that I did. It turned out the book is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Our last stop on our RV trip was LST 325 in Evansville, Indiana, where I picked up this book by its captain on its return voyage in 2000-2001. The story is an incredible one. A crew of retired LST sailors,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This is another relatively recent (2012) Naval Institute Press book by prolific naval author Robert Stern. It explores the little-explored aspect of the Navy’s contribution to victory in World War II which was the Atlantic theater, and in so doing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This is a 2012 Naval Institute Press book that analyzes the role played by the Combined Chiefs of Staff during World War II. It’s a good source of information, although I was a bit annoyed with the way the author... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This is a 2012 Naval Institute Press book that analyzes the role played by the Combined Chiefs of Staff during World War II. It’s a good source of information, although I was a bit annoyed with the way the author... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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When I realized the new Tom Hanks movie Greyhound is based on this book by the author of the Hornblower books I had to go back and reread it. Terrific read - started it last night and finished it today.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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As part of my research into exactly how an Essex-class carrier operated when recovering an Apollo command module, I picked up this book direct from the U.S. Naval Institute about the experience of the USS Hornet (CV–12) which recovered the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This was a really good book. It started from the premise that all of the writing about the "Greatest Generation" might be overdoing it a bit. Yes, they survived the Depression, and fought World War II, but there was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Download 1990 ETSU Trombone Choir Reuni on Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at Puttering in the Study