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mara 2 November 2005 18:20

Just finished "Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. It's about an Afghan-American. Thought it was a good story.

Golden Tiger 2 November 2005 21:28

Working my way through "Charlie Wilson's War".Pretty interesting so far.

Doogie320 2 November 2005 22:34

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Originally Posted by Golden Tiger
Working my way through "Charlie Wilson's War".Pretty interesting so far.

Entertaining, but I'd get Ghost Wars instead. We have some threads aroundhere about them.

My current is A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman.

Golden Tiger 2 November 2005 23:02

Yeah Jimbo recommended reading Ghost Wars in addition to Charlie's War in that other thread, and I'll definitely be picking it up next.

ECHO6GOLF 4 November 2005 22:55

Almost done with "No true Glory" and will start on Robert's Ridge.

ECHO6GOLF 4 November 2005 22:56

[QUOTE=Doogie320] get Ghost Wars instead.
QUOTE]

Concur. Awesome book! I've read it twice.

G

FinsUp 12 November 2005 13:06

In the Company of Heroes, The Pirate coast, The Pirate Hunter,Salty Piece of Land, Flags of our Fathers, American Soldier, Street Survival
Reading right now: Tactics for criminal patrol

CAP MARINE 12 November 2005 14:54

not a good day to die

Mugwump 12 November 2005 15:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doogie320
My current is A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman.

Outstanding book.

Doogie320 16 December 2005 11:29

Currently: From Beirut to Jerusalem by Friedman (I think the title is right).

Baildog 16 December 2005 23:10

Just finished: "The Iraq War" by John Keegan ... disappointing. Not up to standard.

Just started: "Imperial Grunts" by Robert Kaplan ... has potential in the early going.

Doogie320 16 December 2005 23:53

Just finished "The Seminole Wars" by John and Mary Lou Missall.

If you have not read anything on the Seminole Wars, I would highly encourage you to do so. They were the first insurgency this country ever faced and it still ranks as one of the costliest wars in our history. It has a little of everything: small patrols, large set-piece battles, flawed politics, riverine warfare, Marines, Militia, future presidents, pissing on the sovreignty of another nation, and plenty to do for the "poor, damn infantry."

Dino0311 18 December 2005 06:51

I haven't really liked Steven Hunter's last couple, seems like he's petering out a bit.

Favorite all time, "Shogun" by James Clavell. I'd also highly recommend "King Rat".

I'm reading "Mercenaries" and "The Call of the Wild" right now.

Pavejimm 18 December 2005 11:09

Just finished Roberts Ridge. It is an excellent book with first person accounts from all of the key players involved.

Dino0311 18 December 2005 12:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by WillBrink
I agree that his last book was not his best, but dang, his other books are just awsome.

Yup. loved the rest of them. Couldn't get into the one with all the famous gunslingers teaming up with Earl.



Quote:

If you liked Shogun, do yourself a favor and read Musashi. It's even better and all based on the life of a real person who is considered a legend in japan.
It's been on the list for a long time.

FinsUp 24 December 2005 15:58

Wind, Sand & Stars, St Exupery. Following the Equator, Mark Twain

Anouar 24 December 2005 18:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doogie320
Currently: From Beirut to Jerusalem by Friedman (I think the title is right).

The title is right. Nice book and a good primer on ME sociology and events. I have his other 3 books in my list. "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" talks about globalization. I started it, but bought Stern's book.

Currently, I'm reading "Terror in the Name of God" by Jessica Stern.
She talks about what drives ordinary people to join extremist groups to commit religious terrorism in all 3 religions. It's a nice book so far, and I have her first one "The Ultimate Terrorists" on order.

BiblioRanger 25 December 2005 14:29

Boy, I have not been back to this page in a while.

As a librarian, it is good to see people reading. No fear of the book being replaced by the "Google project" to digitize all the books ever written. :D

I have a book on order:

Shadow Warriors: A History of the US Army Rangers (Hardcover)
by Mir Bahmanyar



It's a shameless plug for a Ranger Buddy, but I can't wait to read it.

ECHO6GOLF 25 December 2005 17:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baildog
Just finished: "The Iraq War" by John Keegan ... disappointing. Not up to standard.

Just started: "Imperial Grunts" by Robert Kaplan ... has potential in the early going.

I bought that book for my father, hopefully its a good one.

G

VMI_Marine 26 December 2005 12:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by Baildog
Just finished: "The Iraq War" by John Keegan ... disappointing. Not up to standard.

Agreed. There seemed to be a rush immediately after the President declared the end of major combat operations to publish books on the history of the war. We had "The March Up", "The Battle for the Bridges", and Keegan's "The Iraq War" to name a few. I was pretty disappointed to see Keegan get pulled into all of that.


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