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Michael C. Smith
Marshall, Texas
Interests: Reading, history, architecture, and music.
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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
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Parker had told me a couple of stories about this movie (doesn't your 17-year-old provide recommendations on movies about postwar Soviet apparatchicks?), so last weekend we decided to sit down and watch it. OMG it was hilarious. That may sound... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Bram Stoker's Dracula has fascinated me since I first read it in 1983. Not for the subject matter, but for the atmosphere of dread and horror that Stoker managed to convey. In the ensuing decades I have picked up a... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I picked this book up last spring or the spring before at the Smithsonian in Washington when we were going through with Collin and Parker. It is a beautiful little slipcased book, and had the best illustrations I've ever seen... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This turned out to be a really good book. A number of years ago I read Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Gary Wills and really enjoyed it. At least I think I did – I just... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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One of the good things about working from home is that I get to spend the day looking out my study at my tulip poplar (liriodendron tulipifera). It’s a historic tree - we got it as a sapling through Historic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I still think Phillips' The Egyptologist was a great book, but I hated this one. He writes well, and his protagonist's bad luck broke my heart at the beginning of the book, but the ending infuriated me. I won't spoil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This is the first post-World War II book I have read in almost as long as I can remember. But I needed to do some reading on the Korean War, and had picked up this book several months ago because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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For many modelers of World War II ships, Revell's 1/720 scale model of the USS Intrepid (CV – 11) was an early favorite. It was cheap (two dollars, compared to four dollars for a Tamiya Akagi), easy to build, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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This week's only new paper book is Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe by James J. Sheehan. It's part of the reading for my World War II Today class. These four came in in Kindle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I ran across this on Audible and decided I'd give it a shot. It's a little older - 1985 - but provided a thorough and not-too-lengthy overview of the war in the Pacific. I ran across a used hardcover of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Brought in four this week - three paper and one audiobook. Two books on military history from Half-Price Books in Waco, and two new fiction, one hardcover from Amazon and one audiobook. Eisenhower - A Soldiers Life, is a 2002... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I decided to watch this while working on my WWS 562 paper on the end of the Pacific War, and was really glad I did. Regardless of how bad Rotten Tomatoes says it is, I found nothing to nitpick or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Finished (more or less) my first Landing Ship Medium (LSM) LSM-233 in the foreground. LSM-233 was built in San Pedro, California, one of 558 constructed during the war, and like most of the class, it served in the Pacific theater,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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I have been on a kick about landing craft recently for some reason, and have been building hell out of Skywave's 1/700 kits of LCTs, LCT(R)s, LCIs, LCMs and most recently a pair of LSTs to go with my collection... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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The first time I read Dracula I was enthralled with the way the epistolary form and the subject told a story than grew gradually more horrific even though the words Stoker was using were prosaic at best, and banal whenever... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Puttering in the Study
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Ambrose's book is ten years newer than D'Este's Decision in Normandy, but that isn't what makes it different. What makes it different from any of the other D-Day works I have read recently is its sheer weight of personal accounts.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at Puttering in the Study