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Reviews by curtis walters

Aircraft and Submarines

by Willis J. Abbot

This book is written in the time of WWI. It really documents the beginning of aircraft and subs. The aircraft section is quit informative. Covers the history of hot air balloons to first gliders. The history of adding power, building, types, an flying techniques of the age. Stories of the airmen and the ways they fought at the time first hand. Some of it covers to much of the airmen, but the thoughts of one of the Wright brothers was interesting. They clearly understood that planes were going to be used for war machines. But what they could use in peace time was not clear to them.

The submarine is just as interesting to read. Even in the times of Washington men were working on some type of underwater marine vehicle. Clearly the design of subs was altogether for war. Nothing really has come about for the commercial use of subs other than scientific work. Just as a tank subs are more war machines than any other type. Worth the read because its written from the times. The thoughts and ideas about the war and the two vehicles used come from different uses of today. Well written, to much time dealing with the pilots and their tactics, gives good history on flight and submarine development.

Reviewed on 2011.11.02

Cyrus the Great

by Jacob Abbott

Written in the style Abbott is known for. Written from the works of Herodotus and Xenophon. Herodotus is considered the first historian an Xenophon was a general that proved capable in campaigns. Both have their own views of Cyrus and mostly embellished stories. Abbott tries to settle some of the issues of both but leaves the reader to make their own conculusion. Cyrus took over his grandfathers dominion. Grew larger than life in his time and conquered the Babylonians as well the known world at the time. Abbott even gives the account of Cyrus from the bibical account as well. Quite interesting read. Not the whole story but for the one looking for the general outline of his life this book covers his thoughts, ways, attitude and abilities of Cyrus. Comprehensive text in some ways but not exhaustive. Excellent read and should be read by any student of history.

Reviewed on 2011.10.30

The Abominations of Modern Society

by T. De Witt Talmage

From the title you can certainly tell what you are about to read. Written in the style of the period, and full of unheard and lost phrases, quick and witty at times. Preachy and sometimes describes the problems in to many details. You get the idea clearly.

Some of the abominations are slothfullness, drinking, gambling, improper dress, dancing, news that has and ajenda and not news, etc. And example; he shows how late nighters in his time are the same trouble makers of today. The problems of his time are the same as today, just described in more flamboyant style of his period.

It is interesting to read and I will keep a copy for the fun of it.

Reviewed on 2011.10.29

''Shiloh'' as Seen by a Private Soldier

by Warren Olney

If you love the study of the Civil War this is a must read. A live account of the actions of Generals, men in arms, the battle in all its horror.

Olney gives the account as it was seen from his points in the battle at large. The hours spent during the day before battle and during are as real as one could possible describe it. The smoke, the blast of cannon, the whiz of buck and ball, all there. Generals commanding lines of men and mistakes that cost thousands of lives. As real as any movie made today of any war. Worth the hour or so to read.

Well written, the descriptions he gives, every reporter could learn from today. Many of the writers of accounts in the Civil War are far more descriptive and eloquent than todays reporters. Keeps your attention. Nice read.

Reviewed on 2011.10.29

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