Monday, August 6, 2012
Reading List - England's Last War Against France
I spend 3 days at the Actuarial Research Conference in Winterpeg last week. Unusually for a conference it was within driving distance (590kms) so I took a car to save shekels and to give myself added mobility - i.e. hit some games stores and bookstores!
I picked up some flaming wreckage from Game Knight, since I was so impressed with Curt's for our Tariga convoy game. Otherwise, there was limited historical stuff but good board game materials available. Interestingly enough they also have a section of the store devoted to wine and beet making. Personally I've found that wine and games are offsetting hobbies instead of being complementary - but what ever floats your boat.
Better yet for me was the flagship store for McNally Robinson Canada's largest independent bookstore. They also believe in combining vices, as they have a very nice restaurant on site! Find of the day for me was this book, a title I failed to purchase at my local big box last year (and ruing the decision ever since).
I'm only part way through so far, but it looks chock-a-block full of stuff on obscure campaigns and battles (Oran, Dakar, Syria, Madagascar, Casablanca, Algeria...). There's enough to keep Tim Gow building obscure models and units for months.
Smith gives a really good look at the political background before and during the war. I also love the title, which sounds like it should be about Waterloo (or Crimea if you're Raglan).