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Toys in the Attic,
This review is from: Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat (Paperback)
A delightful read, even for this Yank. The book is but loosely organized---chapter titles are apparently lifted from some generic wargame rules since they're things like "Rallying Broken Troops"---and the writing is essentially a series of anecdotes and pleasant meanderings. There's no index or table of contents. It's a quiet book, couched in gentle self-parody and a drifting reach that at times turns jarringly contemporary (such as when one of the author's wargaming correspondents, an active duty US military officer, is killed in Iraq).
At one point Pearson describes a cartoon that has a painter showing off some hoplite figures and the other guy says, "Very nice, but don't you think the dirt under the fingernails is a little dark for Corinth?" It's a great line that captures a lot about the hobby, but it also strikes me as Pearson taking out his insurance: the fluorescent world of club basements, model stores, convention halls, newsletters, and personalities he describes is surely going to be subject to idiosyncratic memory and interpretations, and there will be those who rush in to declare this or that all bollocksed and wrong. They shouldn't be allowed to spoil the fun.