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Thinking Wisely, Planning Boldly: The Higher Education and Training of Royal Navy Officers, 1919-39
Joseph Moretz
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And down the rabbit hole I go (again)!

The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 5: The Years of Hunger: Soviet Agriculture 1931-1933 - Robert W. Davies, Stephen G. Wheatcroft

Yesterday while I was browsing Amazon I came across this book. It's like it was almost designed to pique my interest; it's the final book in a multi-volume series that presents an exhaustive examination of its subject. So I contacted the publisher to see if they're interested in featuring it in a podcast, and I'm waiting to hear back from them.


Unfortunately, now that I know about it it's difficult to resist the temptation to acquire the earlier volumes before I know whether I will need to read the final one. With an Alibris coupon due to expire later tonight I decided to use it to start collecting the series by buying a copy of the fifth volume, which covers the economic aspects of the Great Famine. This I can rationalize by saying that I can stop with this volume — though I can guess where the betting money would be on whether I do.


Here's hoping that at least I get a free copy of the final volume!