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23 January 2019


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Jim Ticehurst

Colonel Lang...Sir..I recommend you add your Own Books to That List..And I would encourage you to Use Your Very Creative Talents..To Write a New Book..With Full Knowledge of Appreciation for the Depth and Meaning of President Lincolns.."Gettysburg Address"..Based on Current events,,A "Great Civil War...Testing Whether That Nation...or Any Nation..so Conceived..and So Dedicated..Can Long Endure"



One addition discussed recently: The Washing of the Spears by Donald R. Morris. I read it long ago while on active duty.



A very good book written in London by the US Naval Attache in his off duty time.


Jim Ticehurst

Very kind of you. I am trying to summon the courage to begin again on the Egypt project.

Martin Oline

I was reading the Broos Campbell trilogy last year (No Quarter, Peter Wicked, and The War Of Knives) which are about the nascent American Navy just after the Revolutionary War. It was so nice to read about American instead of British sailors. The trilogy dealt with the Caribbean and especially the Haitian Revolution, of which I know very little. By chance, I came across a reference to Madison Smartt Bell's Haitian trilogy about the subject. I had read and enjoyed his works before so I read these. The three books are All Souls Rising, Master At The Crossroads, and The Stone That The Builder Refused. These are historical fiction, but are an excellent glimpse of the Haitian Revolution and gave me a clearer understanding of why the slave holders in America feared an upraising of the slaves in the south. They are not books for the squeamish. Apparently in 1803, after Jean-Jacques Dessalines had rid the country of the last of the 'blancs', he also removed the white stripe from the French tricolor to make Haiti's flag.

JP Billen

Ambrose Bierce's "Shadows of Blue and Gray". An anthology of his writings including his memoirs of Shiloh and other battlefields. It's a shame that he did not survive his trip to Mexico to report on Pancho Villa.

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