Saturday, May 27, 2006

In the Stacks

I miss the labyrinthine library stacks of college, where I'd often spend hours browsing and reading (while procrastinating, of course, on this or that assignment for class). Although it doesn't compare, I visit the State Library every two or three months. I go with a list in hand but usually end up coming home with books not on it. Today, only one of four was on the list:
  • History of the Second World War by B. H. Liddell Hart. An overview of the war by one of the giants of twentieth-century military history. (Nod to Jim Webb.)
  • The Gods Were Neutral by Robert Crisp. A firsthand account of the overlooked (by Americans, anyway) British campaign in Greece in 1941.
  • Anzio by Fred Sheehan. A narrative of Operation Shingle and the Allied amphibious landings at Anzio, Italy, in early 1944.
  • The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan. The second volume of the classic four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War.

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