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Book recommendations needed

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What do you read?
No Fantasies please Sandra

I like historical novels although I have read all sorts of other things.
Hans likes factual, true stories and American Indian history.
Can anyone suggest anything please?

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My wife who hasn't read a book in 30 years is now devouring any and every book about the SOE in the war. Odd really.
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Any particular period of history Jan?

If WW2 and the years around it interest you give the Bernie Gunther books by Phillip Kerr a go. They are great stories, many of them set around where you live. They involve most of the key players in Germany at that time and try to reflect the history accurately except that Gunther himself is fictional. They have the bonus of being excellent stories very well written. https://www.orderofbooks.com/characters/bernie-gunther/

I also like David Downing's books which deal with much the same topics: https://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/david-downing/

For lighter reading you could try The Bandy Papers. Very entertaining and still quite historically accurate, except for the antics of Bandy himself.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/87977-the-bandy-papers

The Otto Prohaska books are similar to the above and good reads too: https://www.goodreads.com/series/218184-otto-prohaska

Derek Robinson wrote lots of books about the air war in WW1 and 2, all very readable and fairly accurate too. https://www.goodreads.com/author/lis...Derek_Robinson best read in order http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/book-...he-rfc-trilogy

If these eras don't suit tell me what does and I'll have another go.
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Any particular period of history Jan?

If WW2 and the years around it interest you give the Bernie Gunther books by Phillip Kerr a go. They are great stories, many of them set around where you live. They involve most of the key players in Germany at that time and try to reflect the history accurately except that Gunther himself is fictional. They have the bonus of being excellent stories very well written. https://www.orderofbooks.com/characters/bernie-gunther/

I also like David Downing's books which deal with much the same topics: https://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/david-downing/

For lighter reading you could try The Bandy Papers. Very entertaining and still quite historically accurate, except for the antics of Bandy himself.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/87977-the-bandy-papers

The Otto Prohaska books are similar to the above and good reads too: https://www.goodreads.com/series/218184-otto-prohaska

Derek Robinson wrote lots of books about the air war in WW1 and 2, all very readable and fairly accurate too. https://www.goodreads.com/author/lis...Derek_Robinson best read in order http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/book-...he-rfc-trilogy

If these eras don't suit tell me what does and I'll have another go.
Thank you Alan that sounds very helpful. Phillip Kerr I believe is one of the Historians on the TV stuff Hans watches, he speaks perfect German. Second thoughts I think that persons name is Kercher or something like that.
Just having a sit down between chores, I will show Hans later ( Silly beggar is cleaning the outside of the Navajo at this moment)

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If you haven't read the Flashman books by George MacDonald Fraser he's the master of weaving a fictional character into history and they are really great stories. https://www.orderofbooks.com/charact...ashman-papers/

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Hans has just found a hard back book to read (again) about the flight from Ostpreussen, but it's in Deutsch and he would rather read English, much quicker and easier even for him. He would like to know more about it because 2 of his aunts travelled the 1,000 km on horseback fleeing from the Russians. Do you know of any book like that?
I will look at the books you have suggested, there are so many of them, thank you.
Someone has also very kindly emailed me 4 books for the kindle, can't make out how to get them into the library yet easy to get them in the desktop kindle.

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Haven't read this book, but it sounds interesting: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ad-of-the-bear

I think that to put books on your Kindle you'll need to convert them to the right format. This explains how https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2484180,00.asp

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That sounds interesting Alan so for €2.42 I've got it

Trying to put the emailed books on as they are .mobi books I sent them to my Amazon email but so far nothing has arrived.
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That sounds interesting Alan so for €2.42 I've got it

Trying to put the emailed books on as they are .mobi books I sent them to my Amazon email but so far nothing has arrived.
I am 45% through the book Alan. What a pity it was´ nt written by a proper author, it doesn't really portray how horrendous the journey was and what ordinary citizens, especially the women, suffered under the Russians.
Hans translates some of the stuff from the German books he reads, I also listen, the best I can, to the reports on TV from people who made it safely back to Germany and the atrocious things they had witnessed on the way.
I read a novel called `the Cruel Romance´ by Marina Osipova, I learnt a few things from that book.
There´s a lot more to war than the fighting.

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