My bride and I attended the book sale of the Normal Public Library in Normal, Illinois on Friday March 20, 2015 to feed my bibliophilia addiction. For $50.00 my bride and I picked up quite a few books. She got several books and magazines on crocheting, she being on a crocheting crusade for the past two years. (I have to stay on the move in my house, lest I be covered over in afghans.) I thought there might be some mild interest in the books I picked out, and here they are:
1. Frontsoldaten by Stephen G. Fritz (1995)-A look at the common frontline soldiers of the Wehrmacht, and a tome that underlines this maxim of the British Army-Those who have not fought the Germans do not know war.
2. Hard Magic (2011) and Monster Hunter Vendetta (2010) both by Larry Correia. I have heard good things about science fiction/fantasy author Correia, but these will have been the first of his books I have read.
3. Hitler’s Renegades by Christopher Ailsby- (2004)-An interesting look at the non-German troops who fought with the Third Reich. The section on the Spanish Azul (Blue) division was a bit brief for my taste however.
4. Art in the Third Reich by Berthold Hinz-(1979)-Proof positive that most art produced under the auspices of the Third Reich can be described in two words: banal kitsch.
5. The Ancient Near Eastern Tradition by Milton Covensky-(1966)-Part of the Major Traditions of World Civilization, one of those multi-volume looks at world history which were all the rage in the sixties.
6. The Mughal World by Abraham Eraly-(2007)-A look at life in Mughal India by perhaps the foremost expert on that period.
7. Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey The River of Doubt by Candice Millard-(2005)-A masterful look at the Amazonian expedition of 1913-14 that almost killed Roosevelt.
8. History of the Byzantine Empire, vol. II, by AA Vasiliev-(1952)-I have always thought the best Byzantinists have been Russians, and perhaps the greatest of them was Vasiliev who emigrated from Russia in 1925 and who taught in the US for years.
9. Samuel Pepys Diary by Samuel Pepys-A Random House edition of selections from the diary of Pepys. Pepys was something of a rotter but he is never dull. At random on a page I see three passages. On the first he thanks God that it has been three years since he had a kidney operation to cut out a stone and that he is still free from pain. (I can empathize with his joy.) In the next passage he listens to a preacher at church who preaches like a fool. Finally he visits a friend, notes that his servant girl is pretty and searches her out for a kiss.
10. A History of French Literature by L. Cazamian-(1955)-A book that I trust will remedy my bone ignorance on the subject. Continue Reading