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FinsUp 24 April 2019 09:54

Galaxy's Edge Legionnaire by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole.
Pretty damn good I thought. I just picked up the second book Galactic Outlaws

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...axysedgeweb-20

CAP MARINE 30 April 2019 19:55

Chosin- reserve Marines and ones that didn’t officially graduate from boot camp but did many years laterally

TX teacher 1 May 2019 08:04

I finished my book on the Ardennes offensive last night and picked up William Manchesters' "Goodbye Darkness" about his experience in the PTO during WWII as a Marine. It's an older book, first published in 1979, but my dad gave it to me years ago and I thought I'd give it a read while I'm still on my WWII kick.

chokeu2 2 May 2019 10:34

Thanks to ole Arcangel Ranger, and my MBA program, I'm reading an absolutely stellar book on Leadership:

Leadership in the Balance, The Fulcrum Centric Plan for Emerging and High Potential Leaders, by Mike Lerario.

It's not just some dry ass book with someone preaching about how good of a leader he is.

swamppirate 15 May 2019 19:13

Bravo Two Zero...

TX teacher 18 May 2019 08:46

Goodbye Darkness just couldn't keep my interest. Not enough history, but more of a first person account of him revisiting an old battlefield and telling the reader what he was seeing right then. Those stories were interspersed with bits of history.

Anyhow, I picked up "What we Knew" by Eric Johnson. It's a very deep, oral history of the Holocaust from concentration camp Jews, escaped Jews, German civilians, and German military personal. Needless to say, it's heartbreaking.

My kids at school asked to watch the movie "Boy in the Striped Pajamas" after they finished their AP exam. I told them no. Just too much at the moment I suppose.

Longrifle 19 May 2019 10:54

“The Unknowns”
 
Mods, please delete. Posted as book review....

billdawg 20 May 2019 09:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by swamppirate (Post 1058795100)
Bravo Two Zero...

good book

MizzouMP 22 May 2019 03:36

Sub Zero by John T Campbell

North Koreans "attack" Kwajalein Atoll to gather Space and Missile info so they can use it for their own use and the folks there fight back from what the synopsis says.

billdawg 22 May 2019 10:15

The Last Frontier by Alistair McLean. Also printed as The Secret Ways. Great cold war spy novel, IMHO

usmc_3m 22 May 2019 13:30

Sword and Scimitar; written by Raymond Ibrahim, an American raised by Egyptian parents. It covers the 14 centuries of war between Islam and the West. It is labeled as military history but, as the author asserts, you cannot properly discuss the military side of this history without understanding the roots of Islam. I am on chapter 3 and I have learned a great deal about a topic which I thought I was well-read. Highly recommended. I will likely post a book report on this one when I have finished the whole book.

Armitage12 24 May 2019 06:23

Robert Graves, Claudius the God. If you remember the old I Claudius BBC series on the first emperors, this was the sequel. Spoiler: Claudius's wife (fourth wife) poisons him so her son Nero can become emperor.

Mingo Kane 24 May 2019 08:55

Great show back in the day...Claudius played the fool and gained Rome's power, Augustus saw this in him, but alas, Lida poisoned every fig on the tree and Tiberius took the throne. I think Tiberius was far worse than Caligula (Little Boots).

DaveP 26 May 2019 07:09

Couple of worthy books in the recent rotation.

Based on a rec from bird2778, got a copy of Riding Man, about a former semi-pro turned cubicle guy who takes a year to train for and run the IoM TT. Less about the adrenaline, more about the labor and logistics and community and institutional memory of the race and racers.

Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/949398.Riding_Man
Vibe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxFliqEK6wg

And In the Heart of the Sea, about the Nantucket ship Essex, deliberately rammed and sunk by a huge whale in 1819, and the survival travails of the crew. Three months living afloat in small whaleboats, poor decision-making due to inherent prejudices, cannibalism, physiology of starvation.
Melville's contact with the captain inspired Moby Dick.

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Sea-Tra.../dp/0141001828

DaveP

DSSRonin 1 June 2019 09:56

Billion Dollar Whale - The man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world.

Story of the multi-billion dollar fraud by Jho Low and the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund known as 1MDB. Very well researched and documented. Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak is currently on trial. Jho Low's location is unknown. It was shocking to read what these guys got away with while others knowing looked the other way.

hawkdrver 2 June 2019 07:18

The Places in Between, Rory Stewart.

FinsUp 3 June 2019 13:13

The subtle art of brutality by Ryan Sayles

he girl has gone missing. Again. But this time people are trying to kill her. Trying to burn down everything she has touched or left behind. The girl’s surrogate father feels responsible and to assuage his guilt, he hires Richard Dean Buckner, former Saint Ansgar homicide detective turned private eye to ferret her out.

Buckner was doing fine as a bare-knuckles detective for the PD until he was rendered “unserviceable” by a hit attempt. Early retirement doesn’t sit well with that type of man, half predator and half savior.

He takes the case, and from two ex-boyfriends who ruined their lives for the girl, her rapist dad, drug dealers she burned for thousands, an uncomfortable meeting at the local Incest Survivors group to whoever is setting fire to her life, Buckner is going to need all his guts, instinct and .44 Magnum to finish the job.

Because in Saint Ansgar, what doesn’t kill you only makes you wish it did.

https://www.amazon.com/Subtle-Brutal...-search&sr=8-1

Kip 6 June 2019 10:28

I just started No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs, the only American to climb all 14 of the world's 8-thousander mountain peaks.

Pretty interesting so far, as someone who has been interested in Everest and climbing for a while.

Kip 6 June 2019 10:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by DSSRonin (Post 1058797556)
Billion Dollar Whale - The man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world.

Story of the multi-billion dollar fraud by Jho Low and the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund known as 1MDB. Very well researched and documented. Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak is currently on trial. Jho Low's location is unknown. It was shocking to read what these guys got away with while others knowing looked the other way.

I have this on my Kindle. I think it will be my next read.

TX teacher 10 June 2019 21:55

I'm taking a book or two break from history and am currently reading Dan Brown's "Inferno."

I'm not into the conspiracy theory thing, but like the easy way he writes.


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