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"Calculated Risk"

Biography of Virgil (Gus) Grissom.

The second American in space and would probably have been the first man on the moon if he had lived.

Good read- doesn't paint him as a saint and goes some way to redressing the balance after Tom Wolfe decided to portray him as a bungling panic merchant in "The Right Stuff".

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I am currently reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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"Dune" by Frank Herbert 

Have read this before but it deserves to be revisited.

Plans within plans within plans within-my head hurts.

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Just finished "Sniper Ace" autobiography of Bruno Sutkus, a top WW2 German sniper on the Eastern Front. He was caught by the Russians (who didn't know his true identity). He was banished to Siberia and endured decades of hardship before finally getting back to Germany. Would make a good film.

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"The Making of the Atomic Bomb" Richard Rhodes (25th Anniversary Edition).

Tells the story from the beginning of atomic theory and the Physicists who were instrumental in those discoveries, to the practical implementation of their work.

An outstanding book.

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Just finished reading 'Great Expectations'.......not as good as I hoped.

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4 hours ago, tompain100 said:

Just finished reading 'Great Expectations'.......not as good as I hoped.

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Just finished "The Double Cross System" by JC Masterman.

All about the activities of the XX Committee in WW2 that ran a network of double agents to feed the Germans false information.

The Abwehr thought they had a good spy network in the UK; in reality the British controlled everything.

The most celebrated agent was "Garbo" who played a big part in the D-Day deception plan (Operation Fortitude).

Now reading "Dark Sun" by Richard Rhodes which is about the development of the hydrogen bomb.

First part focuses on how the Soviets got their own atomic bomb with a lot of help from their spies at Los Alamos.

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The October Man by Ben Aaronovich 

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Good read so far-young Roger was quite the entrepreneur with his tailoring and sandwich ventures!

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"Dead Men" was pretty average, but it rekindled my interest in Scott. This is a much more straightforward biography and is proving to be a great read.

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Gripping true-life story of a top KGB officer who spied for the UK.

A fascinating insight into post-war spycraft on both sides of the Iron Curtain and how the actions of one person could affect world politics.

Superb.

 

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Just finished this.

A story of two ships really, as the fate of HMS Terror was closely bound to that of her sister ship.

I like how the author intersperses the story with a travelogue of his recent visits to some of the places the ships visited on their epic journeys to the farthest known places south and north of the globe.

 A great tale of discovery, endurance and tragedy.

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A British expert sniper travels to war-torn Iraq to fulfil a promise made by his Grandfather.

An Iraqi counter-sniper is despatched to engage him.

Gripping story-telling from a master of the political thriller genre.

If you liked "Enemy at the Gates" film you will enjoy this.

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