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Old August 22nd, 2017, 07:57 AM   #1751

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Old August 22nd, 2017, 07:57 AM   #1752

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I have just now finished reading Bruce Riedel's book ' JFK's forgotten crisis ' subtitled ' Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian war ', published by Harper Collins Publishers India, 2016, ISBN 978-93-5177-788-5.
Bruce Riedel is presently a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, after a 30 year career at the CIA. The book is a slim one thankfully, only 231 pages long and covers some very fascinating moments in India's history. Highly recommended.
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I have just now finished reading Bruce Riedel's book ' JFK's forgotten crisis ' subtitled ' Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian war ', published by Harper Collins Publishers India, 2016, ISBN 978-93-5177-788-5.
Bruce Riedel is presently a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, after a 30 year career at the CIA. The book is a slim one thankfully, only 231 pages long and covers some very fascinating moments in India's history. Highly recommended.
In continuation of my post above, the chapters in the book number only 5, apart from the Prologue, Introduction, Acknowledgements, Chronology, Notes,Bibliography, and Index. The key chapter is chapter no.4 titled, 'JFK, India, and War '. It describes the days leading to the Chinese attacks on India. The PLA attacked first on October 20, 1962 and then again on November 16,1962. After pushing back the Indian army units, the Chinese declared a unilateral ceasefire. And in December 1962, they started to withdraw to their prewar positions. It was a humiliating defeat of the brave Indian Army. Nehru requested Kennedy for planes, rifles etc. The US president, though busy with the Cuban crisis, was sympathetic to India. And had even considered to support India in case China decided to attack once again, with nuclear weapons.
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I'm on the fifth book of The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Duron. For those who don't know, it details the reigns of French Kings from Philip IV to John II, detailing the background and root causes of the Hundred Year's War. George RR Martin has called it "the original game of thrones" and said it was a major inspiration for his own works.

By the fifth book, The She-Wolf of France, the third son of Philip IV, Charles IV, is king, but he is weak willed and the de facto king is his uncle, Charles de Valois. While he struggles to produce a male heir, his sister Isabella plots with English nobleman Roger Mortimer against her cruel but not very bright husband, Edward II of England.
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India at Risk by Jaswant Singh

Analyses wars / engagements which Indian Army has fought since independence (1947).

His focus is not only objective investigation and reporting the military aspects in a researched manner. It is also on geo-political interests of India and how were have been handled. Both these important aspects are generally overlooked overlooked by mainstream historians.

Wars covered are: Indo-Pak (1947-1948), Indo-China (1962), Indo-Pak (1965), Indo-Pak (1971, Formation of Bangladesh), Emergencies where Army was involved (Assam, Punjab, Sri Lanka), etc.

Jaswant Singh, the author, had served in Indian Army in 1960s. Later he politics / BJP and has served as Minister in Central Government for External Affairs, Finance, Defence. An accomplished gentleman.

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13 by Kelley Armstrong

I do have some historical things to read once I finish my library haul.
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I picked up another PDF book by Dale Carnegie:
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
I have stayed away from library items for more than a decade; since then, I have been reading digital versions of books.
I forget which is the last printed book that I finished.
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About to begin Black & British by David Olusoga
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Old September 2nd, 2017, 08:44 PM   #1759

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Le paradigme perdu: la nature humaine by Edgar Morin.
And also a volume on Portuguese history 1834-1890.
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In continuation of my post above, the chapters in the book number only 5, apart from the Prologue, Introduction, Acknowledgements, Chronology, Notes,Bibliography, and Index. The key chapter is chapter no.4 titled, 'JFK, India, and War '. It describes the days leading to the Chinese attacks on India. The PLA attacked first on October 20, 1962 and then again on November 16,1962. After pushing back the Indian army units, the Chinese declared a unilateral ceasefire. And in December 1962, they started to withdraw to their prewar positions. It was a humiliating defeat of the brave Indian Army. Nehru requested Kennedy for planes, rifles etc. The US president, though busy with the Cuban crisis, was sympathetic to India. And had even considered to support India in case China decided to attack once again, with nuclear weapons.
In continuation of my post above, I am now reading ' Sapiens ', a book by Yuval Noah Harari, subtitled ' A Brief History of Humankind ' , published by Vintage Books, first published in Hebrew in 2011, ISBN 978-0-099-59008-8.
A superbly written ( translated by the author himself with some help )and very well illustrated book, highly recommended.
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