Strangely enough, the books seem like choices for an aspiring world conquerer:
1) Impossible Victories - More or less Charge of the Light Brigade reading.
2) The Compleat Strategyst - A book that's been recommended to me on the basics of game theory.
3) The 60 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time - It seems to be very modern-centric and very Ameri-centric, but there's interesting notes on some of the DoD "Star Wars" projects which mostly caught my eye from a historical perspective.
Normally the 3rd wouldn't have caught my eye, but the author provides a number of references to varied sources.
There was other stuff that I meant to post. Stuff about yesterday and meeting (briefly) leathermessiah and stuff. But that stuff has leaked out of my head for the moment, so I'm left with a consuming desire to find out how this particular battle between the French and the British, German, Spanish forces for the Iberian peninsula turned out. Thus far, the outnumbered French force succeeded in catching much of the Allied forces off guard by feinting an attack to the center and having calvalry hidden in a forest on their right flank.
Another thing about it: Sooooo much detail. This battle (for Albuera, incidentally) is back in 1811. They have bits in there about what Ensigns were yelling. That's before Grant started his side project to have men on the battlefield identified. To have noted who was carrying the colors and who yelled to pivot in the heat of combat...It's just incredible.
One small footnote: My granduncle wrote the screenplay for the Charge of the Light Brigade. When he submitted it, he put it in the name of his son/my cousin.