Originally Posted by Emperor of All the Romans
Unfortunately I'm the same way, no matter how bad or horrible the book.
I'm completely the opposite. Even if I'm enjoying a book I always struggle to find time to finish it. Plus I have a terrible attention span. As such I always have about three or four books on the go at any one time.
Originally Posted by leakbrewergator
I've always wanted to read Romance of the three Kingdoms. Never gotten around to it. The book I'm reading now (see signature) is absolutely horrible.....
If you want to learn more about Chinese military history, I'd recommend David A. Graff for the early period and Bruce A. Elleman for the later period.
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Unfortunately I don't myself know of any definitive source for classical warfare (pre-Han) or warfare in the Song-Ming period, but I'm sure someone else will be able to fill those gaps - they're not my areas of speciality. These two books both offer essays on the entirety of Chinese military history but lack of course a structured narrative.
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I'm also not sure of a good source that covers Chinese military history from beginning to end, but I would recommend staying away from C J Peers, who offers a book very similar it seems to the one you're reading at the moment. Hope that helps!