lawrence, that is pEIrce, while phonetically, I take it, non distinct
Quatsch wird gelöscht, ohne gelesen zu werden
Kerem jojjenek maskor es kulonosen masho
palma, a paolo shaul םֹשׁ ְרֵגּ
On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 2:18 AM Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I have taken a break from Saul David, “Crucible of Hell,” because I’m
preparing for a new round of online teaching and because there’s only so
much misery and atrocity I can deal with. I don’t recall Esperanza hating
Gurkhas. Why would that be? My last encounter with them was at the World
Pipe Band championship in Glasgow. They were good.
It seems a bit of a coincidence -- maybe you mentioned this book and I
only noticed the mention subliminally -- in any case the way I remember it
is as follows:
I was tired of reading light-weight, strangely repetitive, mysteries and
decided to seek something more serious. I was attracted to Pierce. Years
ago I asked a professor of American literature whom I respected the name of
his favorite philosopher and he said Charles Sanders Pierce. At the time I
could find only disjointed quotations and turned to William James. I read
and enjoyed *The Varieties of Religious Experience *but nothing else.
Two or three weeks ago I read an article to the effect that Pierce has been
resurrected. He was though poorly of because his full opus wasn't
available to anyone. Some missing writings demonstrate (to some) that he
was much better than had previous been thought. Multitudes of volumes of
his writings are being published, but the writer of the article I read said
that most people would be better off buying the two-volume *The Essential
Pierce; *which is what I did, but someone who has been reading mysteries
for several weeks has no business turning directly to Pierce -- I
discovered. Whether I'll ever have any business reading *The Essential
Peirce *remains to be seen.
I had earlier resolved to read the third volume of Ian Toll's history of
the Pacific War but it won't be published until September 1st. I have
James D. Hornfischer's *America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945,
it, then set it aside for fear it would delay my reading Toll's volume 3.
What I needed I thought, was a good history of a Pacific Battle I haven't
studied yet (or for a long time), a battle that will be touched upon in
Toll's volume 3 that I will want to stop and read about in more detail,
Okinawa or Iwo Jima.
So I went onto Amazon and searched for histories of those two battles and
the first book I encountered that was somewhat tempting was *Crucible of
Hell. *I put it on my list and kept searching. I read Eugene Sledge's
book years ago and some other things but was looking for something more
scholarly -- don't know how close I came with my choice: *Okinawa, The
Last Battle, *by Roy Appleman, James Burns, Russle Gugeler, and John
Stevens. I also bought *The Battle for Okinawa, *by Colonel Hiromichi
Yahara, "A Japanese Officer's Eyewitness Account of the Last Great Campaign
of World War II. Ian Toll quoted Japanese witnesses and historians in his
previous two volumes. He'll probably quote Yahara in his volume 3.
In the meantime, and before I receive Appleman, etc and Yahara I picked up
Max Hastings *Retribution, The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, *which was
copyrighted in 2007 and I first read it in August of 2009. The hard copy
of Hastings hurt my eyes so I bought the Kindle download -- much easier on
them -- although I notice that the page numbering between the Kindle
edition and the hard copy is different . . .
And so there you have it -- or maybe I'll get *Crucible of Hell* if *Okinawa,
the Last Battle *doesn't pan out ;-)