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#261024 - 11/11/08 03:07 AM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: theatrekid]
Trucker51 Offline
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History 413/513: Naval Warfare of the 20th Century.

Just the other day Professor Hauser and I were discussing the finer points of the stunning defeat of the Japanese Navy in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in WWII. Our knowldege of the book AFTERNOON OF THE RISING SUN, by Kenneth I. Friedman, as well as some other information, was the entire basis of our discussion. In two days of tactical naval blunders, the Japanese Navy managed to lose 1 heavy aircraft carrier, 3 medium aircraft carriers, 3 battleships including one of the largest class of battleships ever built by any Navy (IJN Musashi), 8 heavy cruisers, over 200 aircraft, and several smaller ships, with most of the surviving ships damaged. The American Navy only lost 1 medium carrier (The USS Princeton), 3 escort-class carriers, and a few destroyers and PT boats. Our aircraft losses were under 50 for both days total.

Did you know that the IJN battleships Yamato and Musashi were so big and well-armored that it took a combination of over 40 major bomb and torpedo hits to sink Musashi and nearly 20 major hits to sink Yamato? In fact, Musashi continued steaming at between 6 and 9 knots for 2 hours after the last air-raid before she succumbed to progressive flooding and capsized? Why didn't they try to beach her? We will never know.

So Hauser and I would be happy to discuss the finer points of the Battle of Leyte Gulf this week. Next week how about we try the Battle of the Phillipine Sea, where the Japanese Navy blundered into loosing several more aircraft carriers and several hundred aircraft. And the following week why don't we discuss the mother of all naval battles, the 1916 Battle of Jutland? You will need to read the 800-page book CASTLES OF STEEL, by Robert Massey, for a good understanding of the Battle of Jutland, along with the following week's twin topics, the Battles of Colonel and the Falklands in 1914. The last topic of the semester will be the British Royal Navy's failed assault on the Dardaneles and the Battle of Gallipoli, and how the Turkish alliance with Germany cost the Russian Empire the Great War, and eventually caused the Russian Revolution.

There will be a FINAL EXAM, with each exam paper containing 5 essay questions randomly drawn from a pool of 60 questions. 80% of your grade will be based on your answers on the exam, and 20% on class participation. Then and only then will you students of history be free to enjoy your time at home for the holidays.

Professor Mark

Remember, those who forget history are condemned to repeat it!

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"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark



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#261124 - 11/11/08 07:02 PM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: Trucker51]
michael banks Offline


Registered: 06/12/08
Posts: 1755
Loc: Mojave Desert, Ca
Chris,

Great idea,count me in also.
Reading was one of my main survival tools.
Give me a good book and I can get lost in a whole new world.
I mean that literally. WWIII could happen while I am in a good book and I would never notice. just ask my wife.
Monday nights are good for me.
I like historical stuff lately but am open to whatever the group decides.

Mike

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"IT ought never be forgotten that the past is the parent of the future" John C. Calhoun

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#261128 - 11/11/08 07:14 PM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: theatrekid]
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Ooooh, I think it would be really cool to talk about books! There are some websites that let you download books for free, but they only have a limited number of books.


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#261131 - 11/11/08 07:24 PM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: theatrekid]
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Registered: 09/11/08
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I'm easy, novels work for me. I can do either Monday or Sunday so, SIGN ME UP!!!

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#261351 - 11/12/08 05:31 PM Re: I need a book to read. [Re: theatrekid]
jimh Offline


Registered: 11/12/08
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Hi Guys,

I just finished a book by a guy from Chicago. Just wanted to pass this on. Here's the web sight. www.divinechild.us




Edited by jimh (11/12/08 05:33 PM)

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#261425 - 11/13/08 12:21 AM Re: I need a book to read. [Re: jimh]
theatrekid Offline
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So if every one interested wants to pm me i'll make a list of us and then we can set a date and time. in the Pm feel free to include what times work and don't work for you and maybe a Novel idea.

Thanks,
Chris


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#261428 - 11/13/08 01:15 AM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: Trucker51]
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Originally Posted By: Trucker51
History 413/513: Naval Warfare of the 20th Century.


Q. What Do you call a hoola hoop with a nail in it?

A. A navel destroyer.


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#261464 - 11/13/08 01:10 PM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: pufferfish]
Trucker51 Offline
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History 414/514: Collapse of Nazi Germany.

Next semester Professor Hauser and I will be teaching the Collapse of Nazi Germany. Required reading will be Kenneth Lowe's book INFERNO, an in-depth study of the firebombing of Hamburg, Germany by the British Royal Air Force in the Summer of 1943, Historian Robin Neillands' book THE BOMBER WAR, about the Allied air offensive against Nazi Germany, and British author Max Hasting's book ARMAGEDDON, about the last year of the war. There will be 3 five-page papers for 45% of your grade and 40% of your grade will be drawn from another five-question essay final exam. The remaining 15% of your grade will be determined by class participation.

4 credit hours.

Professor Mark

And next Summer don't miss our exciting presentation of D-Day and the Summer of 1944, as we explore the Allied invasion and liberation of France, as well as the reasons behind the failure of Operation Market Garden.

_________________________
"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark



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#261842 - 11/15/08 10:50 PM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: Trucker51]
theatrekid Offline
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Mark I don't quite follow what your talking about. Not sure anyone does. are you sugesting we read history books? although world war two is an important part of our history I don't think your history class is really the goal of our book group we are trying to start. Your welcome to join in though. but unless the group decides to read a novel in the setting of WW2 I think your out of luck.


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#261843 - 11/15/08 10:51 PM Re: I need a book to read: [communal book reading] [Re: theatrekid]
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to any one interested so far only a few people have said they are interested in doing this book club, if you are interested and haven't already please contact me.


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