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Michael C. Smith
Marshall, Texas
Interests: Reading, history, architecture, and music.
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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
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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