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GirlwithaGlock 23 August 2019 13:01

I recently finished the biography of Mikhail Gorbachev written by William Taubman (full name of the book is Gorbachev: His Life and Time). I found it to be both very well researched and written; the author rigorously studied memoirs, journal notes, and interviews of many of Gorbachev's aides and family members, friends and foes.

My initial motivation to dive into this book was to learn more about the events that took place before the Berlin Wall collapse, given that this year is its 30th anniversary. But now, after the Severodvinsk "incident", I cannot but compare and contrast actions and reactions of Putin now and Gorbachev during the Chernobyl disaster.

To sum it up, it is a good quality read, IMHO.

Armitage12 23 August 2019 13:11

GWAG--if you enjoyed that, I might recommend any of Vlad Zubok's books.

pollux23 25 August 2019 14:48

I must confess that I don't read as much as I'd like too, but I do make up for it by listening to audiobooks while I'm commuting to and from work and while I'm doing chores around the house. my current list is
Viper pilot: by Dan Hampton
The Hunter Killers: by the same hunter
Last Stand at Khe Sahn: by Gregg Jones
and Finally Night Hunters: evolution of the AC-130 gunship

TX teacher 2 September 2019 10:27

Just started reading "War for the Hell of It" by Ed Cobleigh. He was a Phantom jock in Vietnam and it's basically the story of the war from his perspective and his thoughts and feelings on the people who ran the show. One chapter in and it's not too bad so far.

low country 5 September 2019 18:56


Originally Posted by GPC (Post 1058809140)
Jack Carr's newest, True Believer.

I thought his first one was good. How is is this one?

mike76233 5 September 2019 22:37

I started reading Ride the Tiger by the philosopher Julius Evola. He is pretty far right and anti egalitarian and very politically incorrect for these times. I don't agree with everything he has to say but it is a breath of fresh air from globohomo culture.

gymrat8541 9 September 2019 07:22

Started reading Why Kids Kill by Dr. Peter Langman.

schibbs 11 September 2019 14:28

Just read , The Last Battle, by Stephen Harding

Mars 20 September 2019 16:50

The New World Order by H.G. Wells. This time around, I get to see where we stand with the premise of the book.

mike76233 22 September 2019 19:04

Started reading Call of Cthulu by HP Lovecraft. Great book. I have always been meaning to read his stuff and am finally getting around to it.

Armitage12 23 September 2019 16:27

Excellent choice. Consider the shorter stories after that.

mike76233 23 September 2019 23:25


Originally Posted by Armitage12 (Post 1058816254)
Excellent choice. Consider the shorter stories after that.

Will do. Just downloaded a bunch of pdf's of them.

Armitage12 24 September 2019 09:49

Barnes & Noble had a single-volume collection of all of his works (including fragments). Made for nice reading before bed.

mike76233 24 September 2019 14:28


Originally Posted by Armitage12 (Post 1058816368)
Barnes & Noble had a single-volume collection of all of his works (including fragments). Made for nice reading before bed.

Very cool. I always prefer having physical copies of books. Will look into it.

hawkdrver 24 September 2019 15:47

Warrior's Creed by Roger Sparks. One of our Alaska PJs.

mike76233 27 September 2019 15:56

I just finished reading At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft. One of the best horror/sci fi books I have ever read. Going to keep reading more Lovecraft.

I also am reading philosophy like Ride the Tiger by Evola and I plan to get started on Spengler's Decline of the West

Armitage12 30 September 2019 08:51


Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058808665)
Here is a good book from a friend and colleague. He just won an award for best military Book. "The Consultant". Take a read of it and let me know what you think.

Finished it last night. Took me three days -- a page turner, for sure. For those who like spy thrillers, part of the new genre. The Cold War is gone, the pre-9/11 thrillers are gone, and this one works for today.

TX teacher 1 October 2019 11:01

"Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans" by TR Fehrenbach.

It is literally the history of Texas, starting with what little is known about pre-history. Currently I'm getting into exploration and colonization. The colonization is cool because this summer with my wife and daughter we did the mission tour in San Antonio, which plays a major role in Spanish settlement of Texas. All in all, a good read so far.

Hot Mess 1 October 2019 22:06

About to finish Talking to Strangers by Malcom Gladwell, his newest book. Im a social psychology nerd so Iím digging it. His research is always very thought provoking, although I donít expect the LE here to agree with some of his conclusions.

MixedLoad 1 October 2019 22:33

Just finished “The Four” by Scott Galloway about technology companies and their impact(s) on society. Excellent read and Galloway’s IDGAF attitude is at times hilarious and much needed.

Started “Secrets of Sand Hill Road” by Kupor and Ries. So far it’s been a good book. Listen to it on the way to work and back.

At home I started reading Bruce Cleveland’s “The Traction Gap”. Bruce is a WP graduate who runs a very successful early stage VC firm. He’s a great guy and the book is filled with interesting insights on how to think about your own business from a VC perspective.

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