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DaveP 20 March 2019 16:24

Counterinsurgency, David Kilcullen, read during travel and between tree work and plumbing chores (relevant only in that it deserves more focus than I gave it, IMO).

I liked the inherent review/repetition going from his basic articles, to applications in AF and Indonesia, to personal small-scale action, and back to broad principles (I'd group ch. 5 and 6 as excellent review).
Also liked his candor in "lessons learned"/AAR.

Although from different points in his career, his footnotes tie things or update his thinking at least up to 2009/10.
Well written, applicable.

DaveP

CAP MARINE 21 March 2019 17:15

GODS OF MISCHIEF
haven’t started it yet

GPC 22 March 2019 17:08

Pistolcraft forging past with present by Reid Henrichs.

nadnklipsch 27 March 2019 12:38

Breakout- The Chosin Resevoir Campaign, Korea 1950

This is the second book in a row I've picked up about the Chosin. It is a great book with a lot of interviews with the guys who were actually there. Definitely makes you proud to be a Marine.

CAP MARINE 27 March 2019 20:31

Finished Gods of Mischief, now reading WILD BILL(Hickok) by Tom clavin

IronCross 27 March 2019 20:34

The American Black Chamber, Herbert O. Yardley, 1931.

"The book describes the inner workings of the interwar American governmental cryptography organization called the Black Chamber."

Rockville 30 March 2019 00:58

The re-written, revamped version of Selous Scouts - Top Secret War with no more break in lines is

Pamwe Chete: the legend of the Selous Scouts
Ron Reid-Daly
Covos Day Books, South Africa; 2000
ISBN-10: 0620237562
ISBN-13: 978-0620237567

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Originally Posted by Polypro (Post 1058783861)
Fresh off the plane from South Africa:


Polypro 2 April 2019 08:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rockville (Post 1058788421)
The re-written, revamped version of Selous Scouts - Top Secret War... is

Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts



Yeah, but even rarer and more expensive, so I went with the original, LOL.

FinsUp 2 April 2019 14:55

I work in an inner city middle school, I just lent my copy of Hunting the Jackal to one of my students. She was chilling in my office and asked me if I had any good books to read. It is the first time I have seen her just sit and read for pleasure.

tim416 2 April 2019 15:04

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Originally Posted by Polypro (Post 1058788771)
Yeah, but even rarer and more expensive, so I went with the original, LOL.

A few years back I was working in the Matetsi safari area in Zimbabwe with an older man that was a Selous Scout.

He shared some very interesting stories around the fire several evenings.

Polypro 4 April 2019 10:07

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Originally Posted by tim416 (Post 1058788828)
A few years back I was working in the Matetsi safari area in Zimbabwe with an older man that was a Selous Scout.

He shared some very interesting stories around the fire several evenings.


Pretty cool man, pretty cool.

Armitage12 7 April 2019 21:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by FinsUp (Post 1058788827)
I work in an inner city middle school, I just lent my copy of Hunting the Jackal to one of my students. She was chilling in my office and asked me if I had any good books to read. It is the first time I have seen her just sit and read for pleasure.

Follow up on that one for sure.

FinsUp 8 April 2019 10:04

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Originally Posted by Armitage12 (Post 1058789668)
Follow up on that one for sure.

I did, she has almost finished it! This is a kid that said she doesn't like to read. She came to find me after school Friday to tell me she is almost done. She seemed really excited about it. I am trying to come up with a reading list from my personal library to loan some of the kids.

CPTAUSRET 8 April 2019 11:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by FinsUp (Post 1058789704)
I did, she has almost finished it! This is a kid that said she doesn't like to read. She came to find me after school Friday to tell me she is almost done. She seemed really excited about it. I am trying to come up with a reading list from my personal library to loan some of the kids.

Good on you for what you are doing..

GPC 21 April 2019 09:57

Has anyone read the book Soldier by Anthony Hebert?

The Fat Guy 21 April 2019 09:59

I read it a long time ago, maybe 30 years or so. As I recall, his antics seemed a bit exaggerated, but I wasn't there so be your own judge.

The Fat Guy 21 April 2019 10:04

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Originally Posted by TX teacher (Post 1058780880)
"12 Strong" by Doug Stanton.

I'm sure many of you guys have read it, many know others that participated, and a few who were actually there.

I've read a few books on the initial "invasion" like "Jawbreaker" and "First In." Those were really good books IMO. Anybody have thoughts on this one?

Try the Lions of Kandahar.

Gray Rhyno 21 April 2019 13:53

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Originally Posted by GPC (Post 1058791439)
Has anyone read the book Soldier by Anthony Hebert?

I have. I'd recommend it.

Good book, well-written, it moves pretty fast, pretty dramatic, and a little one sided. Lots of examples of how awesome he is and how evil and incompetent everyone else is.

leopardprey 22 April 2019 20:58

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Originally Posted by GPC (Post 1058791439)
Has anyone read the book Soldier by Anthony Hebert?

Read that back in HS, as had at the school library. At the time though was a really good book. Would like to read again, now that it has been over 30 years and have been in the Army myself.

I remember him writing a lot about Ranger school. And he was not very good fond of SF IIRC.

Just ordered a used copy for $9 off of Amazon.

TX teacher 23 April 2019 06:34

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Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058791441)
Try the Lions of Kandahar.

On my list. Thanks for the suggestion.


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