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Weekly Shhhout-Out

Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Among my fav stores to browse is Ranger Surplus, a store located in Rockville, "saving you money on surplus, survival and outdoor gear," its webpage brags. The selection of army/navy supplies are varied and interesting, reflecting past and present armed services gear...and it got me thinking of military science and history.

A weird Stream-of-Consciousness, huh?

Among MCPL's plethora of reading material, here are some titles to select from Said Subject:

* "Battle" by Richard Holmes. Call Number: J 355. This is part of the Eyewitness Series (if you're not familiar with these, you SHOULD be -- they're great!). Discover the weapons, equipment, and tactics used in conflicts throughout the ages. Great illustrations!

* "Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live and How We Think" by Victor Davis Hanson. 355.02 HAN. The title says it all. :-)

* "The Roman Army: The Legendary Soldiers Who Created an Empire" by Dyan Blacklock. J 355 BLA. An illustrated history of the Roman Army, including information about its composition, organization, training, methods, weapons, and campaigns

* "Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War" by Herman Hattaway. 973.73 HAT.

If you're interested in online resources, check MCPL's "History and Current Events" section under "Research a Topic." Databases are available focusing on American history, world history, African-American studies and opposing viewpoints on controversial social issues.

Despite the adage that "history teaches us nothing," an ocassional review of The Past may help guide us in (or guide us away from) certain actions in the future.

Happy reading -- happy learning!

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