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Jimbo 10 August 2004 22:33

Everything.

wolfhound227 10 August 2004 23:25

All time favorites:

Son of the Morning Star
by Evan S. Connell

Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand


What I'm reading now:

9/11 Commission Report.


Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
by Steve Coll

Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book
by Robert Hamburger (Paperback )
:D


Favorite authors:

Sebastian Junger
Stephen King
Amrose Bierce
Edith Worthon

TunnelBug 11 August 2004 00:08

The Green Berets-Robin Moore


Just finished-
Hunt for Bin Laden-Robin Moore
Delta force-(ret)Col. Charlie Beckwith

All very good books

Wanting to read-
the new one from Tommy Franks

AJG 11 August 2004 02:17

Khe Sanh - Siege in the Clouds
The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

Greenhat 11 August 2004 10:10

Just finished In the Company of Heroes (Michael J. Durant). have Requiem at bedside (Robert A. Heinlein works) and about to start Reagan, A Life in Letters.

SF_Nevabe 11 August 2004 11:48

These are the ones I'm currently on, although I've not had the time to read in the past few weeks.

LOTR for the 8th or so time.
Pax Daedulus
The Dragon and The Unicorn
The Perfect Heresy
and last but not least, the prison diaries of Antonio Gramsci.

Note: Antonio Gramsci was an Italian communist who claimed that following his particular methods, you could succesfully integrate communism into the American political fabric, and then at some point in time, have a bloodless revolution, where Americans would openly embrace socialism.

mgran 11 August 2004 12:06

Commandos From the Sea: The History of Amphibious Special Warfare in World War II and the Korean War - John B. Dwyer
The Lexus and the Olive Tree - Thomas Friedman

PrincessPatriot 11 August 2004 13:29

BiblioRanger: You are an English lover's dream; I want a transfer, a.s.a.p.!! I could use a good friend in the Cal. library system! Esp. one with such exceptional taste.

My current reading list:

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Emma by Jane Austen

I don't get to read often enough, so I read them all at once. I keep the books in different places: house, trailer, and car, and I read bits at a time. Eventually, I will finish them all.


~p.p.

vacation81 11 August 2004 16:06

Currently reading:

From Beirut to Jerusalem - Tom Friedman


Recently finished:

Mask of Command - John Keegan

The Iraq War - John Keegan

Jarhead - Anthony Swofford

The World According to Garp - John Irving

On Deck:

Eastward to Tartary - Robert Kaplan

After that I'll probably start on one of the Bernard Lewis books on Islam/Middle East.

BiblioRanger 11 August 2004 17:21

Quote:

Originally posted by PrincessPatriot
BiblioRanger: You are an English lover's dream; I want a transfer, a.s.a.p.!! I could use a good friend in the Cal. library system! Esp. one with such exceptional taste.

~p.p.

PP

you make me blush!!;)

BiblioRanger 11 August 2004 17:24

Quote:

Originally posted by Greenhat
...about to start Reagan, A Life in Letters.
Greenhat,

When you finish the life in letters, may I suggest Edmund Morris' Dutch, a bio on Reagan.

Edmund Morris also wrote the two volume, soon to be three, bio of Teddy Roosevelt - the two so far have been outstanding.

dvpj 12 August 2004 09:54

wow...some variety!
 
I'm reading..

Oly's third book, "Jericho Sanction", I enjoyed the first one, but this seems to be a bit hard to follow. The first one read real fast, a page turner.

I finished Billy Waugh's book "Hunting the Jackal". A good read.

I've been also picking at John Lehman's book on the Navy "On Seas of Glory" it is a great read and he talks alot about the damage to our sea serveices (Navy and Marine Corps) from the Carter admin.

Another fun Navy adventure is "Thunder Below," by Adm. Fluckey. A great read. Adm. Fluckey has the MOH, and four Navy Crosses, all for patrols on the USS Barb!

C-M-R 12 August 2004 22:00

Quote:

Originally posted by DY


Reattacking "From Beriut To Jerusalem" by Thomas L. Friedman. He lived in Beruit as a journalist for 5 years.

That's a tough book to get into and stick with. I've had it for awhile and keep plugging away at it off and on.

Gates of Fire is awesome. (Thanks GH for recommending it)

From the Ward to the White House: The Irish in American Politics is interesting.

Right now I'm reading Why Terrorism Works by Alan Dershowitz. His opinion is that the "root cause of terrorism" is that it succeeds in gaining attention and concessions for terrorists. I agree with him.

Reegs 12 August 2004 23:49

Current: Intelligence in War by Keegan, great read so far.

Favorite fiction: Fields of Fire, A Country Such As This, both by James Webb.
Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer

Favorite short stories: anything by Hemingway, but particularly Capitol of the World

Favorite Non-fiction: The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice Since 1967 by Fouad Ajami. Found his poetic style more readable than Friedman and interesting analysis of resurgence of fundamentalism.

Breakout! by Marvin Russ, awe-inspiring history of the Marines in Korea.

Warrior Politics by Robert Kaplan

When Trumpets Fade (?) Charles B. McDonald - may be off on title, great history of the Battle of the Bulge by a veteran of the campaign, company commander in 23rd Infantry.

SOTB 12 August 2004 23:57

The complicated instructions to Full Spectrum Warrior, X-Box version....

Sharky 13 August 2004 00:19

I'm not quite as bad as she makes me out to be.


Ender's Game is one of my all-time favorites. The sequels were good as well.

Hunting The Jackal is one of the best SOF books I've ever read.

Always loved Robert Ludlum's stuff.

Just finished Gates of Fire. Excellent book.


Ok. Maybe I am.

Sharky 13 August 2004 00:20

Quote:

Originally posted by Southoftheborder
The complicated instructions to Full Spectrum Warrior, X-Box version....

Let me know how you like it. I may buy it if its as good as advertised.

Wells 13 August 2004 00:34

Just finished reading Zell Miller's "A National Party No More;..." Great book, an easy read but he puts it simple: Our Senators need to straighten up!

His best book is his tribute to and training in the USMC: "Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I learned in the Marines"


Sharky:
Ender's Game was on both my Valley Forge Military Academy New Cadet and OCS-PLC Officer Candidate reading lists. Read it twice. It was indeed a superb tale.

Repects, Wellsse

Dark Helmet 13 August 2004 01:04

Quote:

Originally posted by quartz

The Bourne Supremacy - Jack Ludlum

It's Robert, not Jack. Read the Bourne Identity before you are ruined by the movie. It's the best book I have ever read.

Currently reading:

How to Argue and Win Every Time by Gerry Spence

On deck:

Charlie Wilson's War George Crile
Good to Great by Jim Collins
His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley
Way of the Wiseguy by Donnie Brasco

Sharky, you may like Alistair McLean. He wrote
Where Eagles Dare, The Guns of Navarone, and Ice Station Zebra.

Another good book for Finboy: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

I am also a fan of the Wheels of Time series by Robert Jordan. It's fantasy, and exceptional character development and old-fashioned storytelling that puts Tolkein to shame.

LibraryLady 15 August 2004 18:31

For anyone who likes Dan Brown, try Katherine Neville. Especially get “The Eight” if you enjoy chess.

Thanks Celder for the Mad Lib link, what a great way to waste my time! ;) Might try to plug in something for a paper!

Some of my recent reads are:
The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester
The Tailor of Panama, John le Carre
Garfield at 25 - In Dog Years I'd be Dead, Jim Davis
Book Lust, Nancy Pearl
Fire on the Rim: A Firefighter’s Season at the Grand Canyon, Stephen Pyne

Currently reading:
Gates of Fire (thanks to all on SOCNET for the recommendation)
Black Hawk Down, Mark Bowden
(great contrast between modern and ancient warfare)
Way too many books on folktales for my current class.

Favorite all time book? Hands down my worn and battered 1937 edition of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” He’s got it all, love, death, incest, fratricide, war, peace, gender bending, social commentary, comedy, tragedy, you name it. I’m such a geek, it was my only wish for my 16th birthday. :D

LL


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