Friday, 9 September 2011

New books to read

This morning's postal delivery included a newly published book that I pre-ordered some time ago. It is THE DIAMOND CHARIOT by Boris Akunin (published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson [2011] ISBN 978 0 297 86067 9) and it is the latest in the Erast Fandorin series to be translated into English.

I am looking forward to reading this because it covers Fandorin's visit to Japan in 1878 and his later involvement in the Russo-Japanese War.

During a visit to the bookshop in the local shopping centre I bought a copy of ITALIAN BATTLESHIPS OR WORLD WAR II (written by Mark Stille, illustrated by Paul Wright, and published by Osprey as part of the 'New Vanguard' series [2011] ISBN 978 1 84908 380 5).

I have always had a soft spot for the battleships that the Italians operated during the World War II, and think that the Littorio-class were one of the best looking battleships ever built. They combined elegance with firepower, and have tended to receive what I consider to have been a bad press from many historians.

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