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  1. There is a new book out For God and Kaiser: The Imperial Austrian Army, 1619:1918 The Austrian Army is rather overlooked for the Prussian and later German army to the north and the French off to the side. Often seen as incompetent the book first takes a stab at a area of western military history completely overlooked, and second paints it in a new light. Basically the argument goes the Austrians had a 'live to fight another day' mentality at all times - which is what preserved the empire for so long. It was an army there to preserve the empire at the will of the emperor, not to preserve a nation state. Sure book has mistakes and issues. And very biased against the French, Germans, Italians.... basically anyone not Austrian. But it is a brilliant read and goes into decent detail of uniform and weapons development as well. So if you like Hussars, the military fronteer, big continental battles and an explination of the 'old man of Europe'... it's not too bad at all.
  2. A list of "old school" books that washed ashore with me on this uninhabited Island... 1. Plutarch: Roman Lives. 2. Marcus Aurelius: Meditations. 3. Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War. 4. Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy 5. Plato: The Last Days of Socrates. 6. Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander 7. Homer: The Iliad. 8. Arrian: Enchiridion of Epictetus. 9. Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars 10: Tacitus: The Annals of Imperial Rome. These are my "desert Island books" that id be happy to read for the rest of my life. Im only supposed to have ONE but how can i choose among these only one.. its like Sophie's Choice, an impossible decision. So im bumping it to 10. Whats yours?
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