Two New Arrivals this week, both as a result of a July 3, 2012 post by James Reasoner on his blog Rough Edges. James has been posting older war films for the Tuesday “forgotten films” meme hosted by Todd Mason. A couple of James’s posts have mentioned the books on which they were based, and I decided to seek them out.
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis [Random House 1943 hardcover, first printing, used – note: not the edition shown] – nonfiction, War – World War II autobiography – a “classic” I’ve not read. When I was in college, lo those many years ago, I did read several WWII books but most of what I read were overview histories of both the European and Pacific Theaters. So I got this for cheap on the net. It’s a first printing, though in only fair condition. Who cares? I bought it to read, not put in a case to awe visitors.
Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie [Bantam 2010 trade paper, new] – nonfiction, War – World War II autobiography – another “classic” I’ve not read. This one takes Leckie from his induction in the Marines and training through his time fighting in the Pacific.
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Current Reading – Still working on the Carroll Shelby biography, now at about 360 pages (of 550) into it. Have gotten through his racing career and the beginnings of bringing the Cobra into existence, the racing, Ford’s involvement and vow to win at Le Mans, and finally winning that race in 1966. Next will be the 1967 race and then the post-Le Mans years, including some low spots. I may skim the years when he was working on so-so cars for Chrysler, but am very interested in what follows that. For the casual person interested in Shelby, there is probably too much detail in the racing sections: every competitor, all the assigned drivers for every car, all the results and DNFs. I’m enjoying almost all of it though.
I’m also almost finished with Fatal Flourishes, the short story collection by Rafferty.