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Just got lucky - in the Tesco near where my sister lives, there was a table of second-hand books as part of a charity collection. You could swap a book of your own for 50p or just buy one for £1. All were either lurid bodice-rippers or 'super army soldier' type barrel-scrapings, or so I thought...

 

But in the corner was 'Shades of Greene', a book of the 18 short stories by Graham Greene that were televised in the Seventies by ITV, with impressive cast-lists. Details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shades_of_Greene

 

I put £2 in the collecting pot, just for providing me with what promises to be an excellent read.

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What is this about? sounds great

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One of my top ten reads in my life, 3 volumes at 2500+ pages, I could not put it down.  

Foote is a Southerner, but his biographical account of Lincoln's life is objective and so beautifully written. 

It took Foote 10 years to write volume 1, the attention to detail feels as genuine as the Quill and ink he wrote it with.

If anyone has seen Ken Burns Civil War series this man is front and center.  

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One of my top ten reads in my life, 3 volumes at 2500+ pages, I could not put it down.  

Foote is a Southerner, but his biographical account of Lincoln's life is objective and so beautifully written. 

It took Foote 10 years to write volume 1, the attention to detail feels as genuine as the Quill and ink he wrote it with.

If anyone has seen Ken Burns Civil War series this man is front and center.  


Hi RUMAY408,

 

It is quite an exhaustive account of the American Civil War. I am reading it slowly as I go on the internet to check out certain officers, maps, etc.  Shelby Foote was an unrecognized author until the Ken Burns series.  Apparently he was asked to write a book on the ACW & once he began his research he realized that he couldn't do the work's subject justice by condensing it in one book.  As you pointed out Foote is front and centre (Canadian spelling) in the series mainly due to the fact that Burns used mostly Foote's account of the CW to make his documentary.  Aside from Foote's expert knowledge, his persona & allure as well as his slow & meticulous southern diction (in fact he looked like he came right out of the war itself) made him the most charismatic participant in the series.  

 

I did not know that he wrote his masterpiece with Quill & ink.  I find that quite appropriate.  I also have two short works by him about Vicksburg & Gettysburg probably excerpts from the main work.  Thanks for sharing this, much appreciated. :beerchug:

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I'd assume it is about Gavrilo Princip and World War I.

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I'd assume it is about Gavrilo Princip and World War I.

Yes, "The Trigger" is about Gavrilo Princip. The book is essentially a "biography" of the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary thus triggering World War I. The focus is on Princip rather than on the war itself. The writer writes in first person as he travels through Bosnia/Serbia and follows Princip's footsteps from childhood to his death. I'm about fifty pages in and it's very interesting...


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One of my top ten reads in my life, 3 volumes at 2500+ pages, I could not put it down.  

Foote is a Southerner, but his biographical account of Lincoln's life is objective and so beautifully written. 

It took Foote 10 years to write volume 1, the attention to detail feels as genuine as the Quill and ink he wrote it with.

If anyone has seen Ken Burns Civil War series this man is front and center.  

Fantastic series by the premier civil war writer.

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IWO: Assault on Hell

 

Very good, but hard to read due to so much death. It really is like a real life horror story of men living through hell. More graphic and more of a downer than any other WWII book i've read.

 

Hard to believe the Japanese had 15 miles of tunnels under that place and had a clear line of site to anywhere on the island.

 

Before this I read "Red Blood, Black Sand" which is another Iwo Jima book. Probably the 2nd best WWII book i've read.

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Eduardo Galeano - Century of the Wind. Part three of his 'Memory of Fire' history of the Americas. It is written in short bites, some of which are just a paragraph. Some of them reference each other directly, some of which jump around from country to country or from incident to incident.

 

Not for the faint-hearted, though, just like the other volumes.

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His short stories are amazing.

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My last book to finish the complete works of Orwell 

 

 

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