Lawrence Duckles

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The Battleship Bismarck by Ulrich Elfrath
The Battleship Bismarck by Ulrich Elfrath
This book is both a history and a photo album of the famous German battleship, and the photos are particularly useful in showing both the construction stages of the ship and for the many interior shots. That said, this book has a couple of problems. One is its age; it was originally published in 1975, and the authors appear not to have taken advantage of the information that appears in Ludovic Kennedy's "Pursuit," published the previous year. As a result, there are statements in this book, particularly concerning the Bismarck's chronology, that have been disproved by more recent discoveries. The other big problem is the translation, which appears to have been done very literally by someone… Read more
The World War II Warship Guide by Bob Jackson
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The illustrations in this book are excellent, accurate and well-detailed, although I wish they'd done the full hull rather than waterline views -- it gives a much more accurate picture of the relative size of these ships. My one complaint here has to do with picture of the Flower class excort corvette HMS Anchusa. If the text is going to talk about the "Hedgehog" anti-submarine weapon, then why doesn't the illustration show it?
The text itself is a different matter, containing, as it does, an appalling amount of misinformation. The battlecruiser HMS Hood, for example, had 15-inch guns, not 13-inch, and she was not top-heavy and slow; she sat lower in the water than her… Read more
Musica Callada ~ Federico Mompou
Musica Callada ~ Federico Mompou
Considering his long life (he died in 1987 at 94), Federico Mompou is very little known. Born in Barcelona, he lived for 30 years in Paris, where he knew Satie, Debussy and Ravel. In 1941, he moved back to Barcelona, where he spent the rest of his life. A shy and retiring sort, not given to self-promotion, he concentrated almost exclusively on solo piano music; his Preludes and Canciónes y danzas ("Songs and Dances") remain his most approachable works.
Mompou's "Música Callada," a set 28 piano pieces arranged in four books composed between 1959 and 1967, is his last major work and perhaps his most enigmatic and austere. The title refers to a poem by… Read more