My Year in Books

As near as I can figure, the books below are what I read in 2009. This list does not include graphic novels, game books, Osprey titles, or magazines. Looking it over, you’d never guess I’m a raging leftist. I guess I was in a bellicose mood in 2009.

11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour: Armistice Day 1918, World War I and Its Violent Climax by Joseph E. Persico

1453 and Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley

Blackbeard: America’s Most Notorious Pirate by Angus Konstam

Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1 by Shelby Foote

The Clash by the Clash

The Crimean War by Clive Ponting

A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider

The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, The Clan Corporate, The Merchant’s War, and The Revolution Business by Charles Stross

Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942-1945

The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman

Gods and Heroes: Myths and Epics of Ancient Greece by Gustav Schwab

Greene, Revolutionary General by Steven E. Siry

Halting State by Charles Stross

Lives of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers by Bryan Mark Rigg

Mechanicum by Graham McNeill

The Napoleonic Wars by Gunther Rothenberg

Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

Passage at Arms by Glen Cook

Paths of Glory, The French Army 1914-1918 by Anthony Clayton

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Russian Sideshow: America’s Undeclared War 1918-1920 by Robert L. Willett

A Separate War & Other Stories by Joe Haldeman

Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete by Gene Wolfe

Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies That Make Them by G. Wayne Miller

8 thoughts on “My Year in Books

  1. I prefer to think of myself as a 'progressive'. 'Liberal' has been turned into a dirty word by the neo-cons. Even though they benefit everyday from liberal policies of the past. Typically short-sighted of them.

  2. I don't know about all that history and war stuff, but for my money, Charles Stross is one of the best writers in SF right now.

    Regarding the preceeding comment, don't forget that Bots make Spam.

  3. Distant Mirror FTW. 🙂 Heh, that is the one history book (as opposed to history dramatization or historical fiction) that really made the subject matter come alive for me. I've read the Gies' umpteen books, William Davis, HW Kaufmann, Marjorie Rowling, Eileen Power, Christopher Dyer, Phillip Warner, et al. Tuchman is the best of the lot.

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