Sunday, February 06, 2005

Books and That

This is primarily for King's students in Stacy's seminar classes. I've decided to post up a list of my books that I've brought to university with me - here. I am open to borrowing requests from people in my CSI seminar group and anyone else on the course who knows me (sorry, I'm not open to extending this offer to everyone in the year as I need to know I'm gonna get anything I lend out back). If you borrow one of the books, I will expect it back promptly and in the same condition in which it was lent to you. Also bear in mind that I may need to use the books myself so if you ask and I say no don't take it personally.


Blogger J. said...

Sweet Jesus! Do you have a wing of the library to store these? I'm going to show this list to my wife so that she stops picking on me about my bookcases.

Re: your NBC warfare collection, I think you could add some better ones. Tucker and Lederburg, sure, they're okay, the rest, eh. Get Frederic Brown - Chemical Warfare, Eric Croddy - Chemical and Biological Warfare, Al Mauroni - Chemical and Biological Warfare (and) Chemical-Biological Defense, Fritz Haber - The Poisonous Cloud, and any or all of Edward Spiers' books. Then we'll talk.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Yeah well, NBC (or CBRN or whatever) stuff isn't really my thing. The Norris and Fowler book in particular is terrible.

Believe it or not, the list you've seen only adds up to perhaps 50% of my overall book collection. I was limited in what I could bring to university with me by space in the flat and in the car on the way down. Not all the rest of my book collection is on military/strategic issues, mind. There's a substantial Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern and Russian history presence and quite a lot on British domestic politics. But none of that has much relevance to the course. I've also left most of my stuff on the Napoleonic Wars, and the two world wars behind.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Limited by what you could fit in the car? One would think you had a stretch limo.
Anyway thanks for posting this list I'm strictly an amateur who reads recreationally on military hx, so I appreciate booklists from you experts. Any chance of saying which ones you'd recommend for those of us who might be lacking the background you have, but aren't quite rank beginners? (Don't worry, I won't try to borrow any of them.)

2:57 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Well I'm not sure exactly what sort of books you're looking for. If you're looking for general European military history, I've found Hew Strachan's European Armies and the Conduct of War to be a good bet. Michael Howard's War In European History is also well regarded, cheap and an easy read. McNeill's The Pursuit of Power is generally well regarded but it's a real chore to read. Parker's Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare is surprisingly good, with very high calibre contributors. John Lynn's Battle is first class but you really need to have something of a foundation in the area before tackling it.

If there's something more specific you're looking for, by all means let me know.

10:07 AM  
Blogger J. said...

Anonymous - if you are looking for a basic "War for Dummies" book, I suggest Jim Dunnigan's "How to Make War" - very easy to read, very comprehensive. Then we'll get you started on Anthony's library list. For CB warfare, suggest Al Mauroni's "Chemical-Biological Warfare" by ABC-Clio, it's CB Warfare 101.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

I heartily concur - Jim Dunnigan's book is a good one to check out if that's the sort of thing you're looking for. Not much good if you're looking for military history though.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks j. and anthony for the response. (I've twice tried to read one of McNeil's other works but he's slow going. Guess it wasn't just me. )

11:41 PM  
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