The Most Accurate Author/Researcher

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  1. Njaco

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    I've been curious at who people believe is the most trusted author on military books? I've seen comments about Osprey Publishing is like Wiki but some authors appear to have done their research. So, while strolling through the book store/on-line, who would you comfortably buy a book written by?

    Dr. Albert Price
    Chris Shores
    Uwe Feist
    Eric Mombeek
    Don Caldwell
    Martin Caidin
    John Weal

    anybody else?
     
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    Wasn't it found out that Martin Caidin took some liberties with the facts when he wrote his B-17 book?
     
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    I would add Daniel Ford, he wrote Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942 which ala Chris Shores put the AVG's kill rates at a more realistic number.
     
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    Martin Caidin sprinkled some fiction into many of his books, just to add some flavor to them.
     
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    Christer Bergstrom

    Our very own John Vasco

    Jochen Prien

    Kurt Braatz

    Dr Theo Boiten

    etc.....
     
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    His close friend, Dr Alfred Price... :)
     
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    #7 Colin1, Oct 24, 2010
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    I would add

    Roger A Freeman
    Jeff Ethell incl his collaborative works with Joe Christy
    Francis K Mason
    Graham White
    J Richard Smith Eddie J Creek in collaboration
     
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    I have couple of Vasco books on my wish list for this year....among others! :oops:
     
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    and I was lookng right at his books on my shelves!!!!! dope that I am......

    Those listed aren't my favorites, just a short list of some of the well known authors.
     
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    For WWII I think David Glantz does a good job covering the most important European theater of operations.

    For WWI Terence Zuber has no equal. His accounts of the fighting in Belgium during August 1914 rely mostly on historical Germany army documents and read like a military after action report. Some readability is lost to achieve this level of historical accuracy but to me that's a worthwhile tradeoff.
     
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    Steven Ambrose
    Carlos D'Este
    Rick Atkinson

    These are three of my favorites, never heard them verified as to their accuracy, but I've really enjoyed everything I've read by them so far.
     
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    As far as researchers go, Erich Brown and Bill Marshall go far and beyond the call to get the accuracy spot on...
     
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    Amen to that ! The Forked Tail Devil is a very good example of "creative licence"....

    Chares
     
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    Nice Dan, very nice! :)
     
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    Depends on what area of ww2 ur interested in.
    Eastern front? Zetterling,Mawdsley,Ziemke,Hayward.
    Pacific War? Toland ,Spector,Evans Peattie,Parshall Tully
    Economics? Tooze,Harisson
    etc,etc,etc
     
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    Mr. Ray Wagner. I like his style of writing.
     
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    Well, I definitely know of one author who nobody should trust for accuracy.

    David Irving!
     
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    Samuel Eliot Morison was highly regarded, especially for his 15-volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II series. Gordon W. Prange was also highly regarded, especially for his Pearl Harbor (At Dawn We Slept) and Midway (Miracle at Midway) books, and his research into the Pearl Harbor attack.
     
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    I´d add Steve Birdsall and Jean-Yves Lorant.
     
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    I appreciate that Dan.. sure Erich does also.

    I have found that Kent Miller does a fine job considering the scope of the Fighter Units and Pilots of the 8th AF, like Freeman he has made some mistakes, but he does the detail as well as anybody. Only Frank Olynyk has a better handle on USN, USMC, USAAF and USAF Victory Credits. Shores for RAF/Commonwealth - hands down

    I think Toliver did a fine job on several of his works and was the first American the former Luftwaffe Aces trusted to tell their stories... Ditto Trev Constable for Brit representation for the LW.

    Caldwell, Prien, Lorant, Price

    Ethell and Fry and Birdsall come to mind after the above
     
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