Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Bill Paley

From a work standpoint, it was a pretty tough week, so not so many books done.

First was Osprey Campaign #17: Chickamauga: The River of Death. You know, it's hard for me to get past my prejudice about studying the American Civil War. As I kid, I was appalled at the South having tried to split away from our magnificent nation; older, I still found the South's stance on slavery as indefensible, so reading most books on the war...upset me? This book is no different in its way. However, if I could manage to view it dispassionately, it's a good description of the campaign. So, if you're looking for information on the topic, here's an option.

Next was Osprey Elite #31: US Army Airborne 1940 – 90, a pretty wide subject. The book deals with the formation of the units, their training, and the differences as the Twentieth Century continued. Not bad.

Finally, I read Champagne: A Global History. Books of this series varying pretty widely in quality. This was one of the better ones. It not only deals with the wines of France of the region, but sparkling wines in general, and a number of the regions worldwide that offer them. I thought this book was solid for a quick read about this tipple.

I expect a bit more available reading time next week, though probably not this weekend...

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