On Books and Reading: Well, That’s One More Book for the TBR Stack!

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. It is a hot, gray, and cloudy day here in the Tampa Bay area. The present temperature is 83°F (28°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 82% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 9 MPH (14Continue reading “On Books and Reading: Well, That’s One More Book for the TBR Stack!”

Book Review: ‘Sand & Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand & Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’

  Lt. Gen. Horrocks: [briefing his XXX Corps officers on Operation Market Garden] Gentlemen, this is a story that you shall tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be. [the officers laugh] The plan is called “Operation Market Garden”. “Market” is the airborne element, and “Garden”, the ground forces. That’s us. [points to a map behind him of Holland, showingContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’”

Movie Review: ‘The Longest Day’

The Longest Day  (1962) (Also known as Darryl F. Zanuck’s The Longest Day) Directed by: Andrew Marton (American Exterior Episodes), Ken Annakin (British Exterior Episodes), Bernhard Wicki (German Episodes), Darryl F. Zanuck (Uncredited) Written by: Cornelius Ryan, based on his book; Additional Episodes Written by James Jones, Romain Gary, David Pursall, and Jack Seddon Starring:Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘The Longest Day’”

Book Review: ‘Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far’ (No. 318 Library of America Series)

Two Classic WWII Histories in One Commemorative Volume On May 7, 2019, the non-profit Library of America published Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, a 75th Anniversary commemorative reprint of two classic “popular histories” of World War II: The Longest Day (1959) and A Bridge Too Far (1974). Published a decade and-a-halfContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far’ (No. 318 Library of America Series)”