Le Ricain wrote:I am currently reading 'After the Reich' by Giles MacDonogh about the Allied occupation of Germany after WII. I think that the brutality of the occupation by all of the allies has been largely forgotten apart from the Soviet occupation. The Cold War made sure that the Russian brutality was remembered.
I read 'The Prize' some years ago and considering that I am in that business, I found the account pretty good. I seem to remember that the book was written in the early 90's. Has it been updated?
'The March' by Doctrow is one of my favourite books on the ACW.
Longhairedlout wrote:Hi I am currently reading Battle cry of freedom by James M McPherson about the ACW
That's one of the best book on the period.Carnium wrote:During the Summer I was struggling with Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War which is fantastic, but a BIT too long for my taste. The book is currently on hold as I need time and energy to finish it
Cat Lord wrote:That's one of the best book on the period.
The only regret I have about it, is that it doesn't represent the French court and its strategy (or perhaps lack thereof) in as much details as the British one. It lacks the political context of the French decisions, when the struggles between the different factions inside the British Parliament are brilliantly described, IIRC.
In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. Within the city walls the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. Both sides remained resolute, sustained by hatred of their age-old enemy, certain that their victory would be won by the grace of God. Eastern invaders had always threatened the West, but the memory of the Turks, to whom the West's ancient and deep fear of the East is viscerally attached, remains vivid and powerful. Long before their 1453 conquest of Constantinople, the Turks had raised the art of war to heights not seen since the Roman Empire.Although their best recorded and most infamous attack, the 1683 siege was the historical culmination, not the extent, of the Turks' sustained attempt to march westwards and finally obtain the city they had long called 'The Golden Apple'. Their defeat was to mark the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. With Turkey now seeking to re-orient itself towards the west and a new generation of politicians exploiting the residual fear and tensions between East and West, "The Enemy at the Gate" provides a timely and masterful account of this most complex and epic of conflicts.
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