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

More days, more books.

I rattled through several books, dumping a few, but finishing more.

The first book that I read this week was Osprey Men-At-Arms #29: The Soviet Army, an older Osprey series book with poorer quality plates. The history contained within included the period from WWI until the early Cold War, considering that when it was published, the fall of the Soviet system was still about two decades away. Not bad, for the series.

Then I finished Osprey New Vanguard #20: T-34-85 Medium Tank 1944 - 94, a discussion about the upgrade of the original T-34 tank that took place during WWII. Moderately interesting.

Next was Oranges and Lemons, a rather quick read about a rhyme about London and its church bells. Considering how I'd been pondering that very thought recently, I thought it appropriate to pull this out and look it over. It discusses the various spots geographically as mentioned in the rhyme, which was enlightening.

Then the next book was Osprey Raid #33: U-47 in Scapa Flow: The Sinking of the HMS Royal Oak in 1939 which fills in details of a raid that I'd read about years ago. Once again, moderately interesting.

The next item was Sandwich: A Global History, and it gives a pretty good history of the specific food item, including the fact that such things were eaten long before the Earl of Sandwich gave his name to it. Quick read.

Then, Osprey Vanguard #23: British Tanks in N. Africa 1940 – 42, an overall view of the subject with a few lesser quality plates to support the photographs. Not a great piece of work, and I think it's out of print.

Next was Osprey Warrior #23: US Marine Rifleman in Vietnam 1965 - 73; the book admits that this war was a place that was central to the Marine Corps during that period. They describe how Marines were either in Vietnam, just back from Vietnam, or training for Vietnam through the war. Pretty solid read.

Then, back to foodstuffs with Sausage: A Global History and finally Soup: A Global History. The former is a topic that I dabble in only lightly; I love Merguez sausage made with lamb, and kosher beef hot dogs are arguably sausages, but I leave the vast majority of sausages alone due to the presence of pork. In the latter book, soup is one of my favorite dishes, and I often order a tempting bowl when available. I found both of these better than the average for this series of books, so, well done!

And on to another week and a few more books!

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