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BertF 1 August 2009 15:15

Eino Tubin Besegra Utan Strid

Several years ago Psywar specialist Ulf Gunnarsson wanted to do a Swedish-language book on psychological warfare and I volunteered to help him. He died shortly afterwards so we never completed that project. More recently, I was contacted by Eino Tubin for permission to use some text and images from my various articles for a book on psychological warfare that he was writing entitled Besegra Utan Strid (“Subdue without Fighting”). Although I don’t read Swedish I can make out enough of the text to give a general report for those who might consider purchasing this book.

The book contains 376 pages and is heavily illustrated with photographs from the Psywarrior.com website. There are 22 chapters covering almost every recent war and psychological campaign from the last 100 years. The book begins with the history of PSYOP, continues with WWI, WWII, and also has numerous chapters on themes such as Sefton Delmer, radio, sex, leaflet bombs, etc. There are sections on camouflage, atrocities, the Korean War, Malaya, and Vietnam. The book ends with recent wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Tubin appears to have touched all the bases and the book would seem to be an excellent primer for the student of psychological warfare; He ends with a short English-language summary of the book.

BertF 1 August 2009 15:24

I hope I have not bored you all with these reviews. I have reviewed PSYOP books for years for several groups and I had a bunch of the old reviews still in memory. I thought that as long as they were just sitting there I would share some of them with you.

Psi Brr 1 August 2009 17:16

Actually, this stuff is pretty cool.

JCasp 2 August 2009 03:27

The Apostle - Brad Thor

Liked a couple of his other books. Thought The Last Patriot was pretty great (cheap thrills fiction kind of way). This one is pure trash. It's like he spent every moment since Nov 4th thinking up a way to spit out a book as fast as possible that would trash Obama while having the normal "spec-ops" storyline be a mere sideshow. Strongly disappointed and way too preachy. I mean fuck, I even agree with his political view on a lot of points and I hated the book. I always read before I go to bed, and I prefer war and guns and the like. This didn't have any of it. If you're writing a book thats a followup to your 5 previous fiction high-octane guns blazing books, then fucking write it that way. If you want to bitch about the president, go on Glenn Beck or some shit.

theWookie 2 August 2009 06:55

I recently finished Desperate Lands -The War on Terror Through the Eyes of a Special Forces Soldier, by Regulo Zapata, Jr. He is a retired Master Sergeant, SOF soldier, working with an ODA in Afghanistan back around 2003. Very good book, easy read and filled with lots of pictures. :cool:

It gives you a firsthand look behind the headlines at the reality of the exceptional and difficult challenges US Army SOF face as they defend Americans against the terrorist threat.


Highly reccomend it.

Thisguy 2 August 2009 13:31

I just finished One Bullet Away, The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick and am currently midway through Generation Kill by Evan Wright. I watched the Generation Kill miniseries on HBO which was based on the book and was intrigued to read these two books.

CPT Fick's first hand account of being a platoon leader in a recon battalion during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is well written and extremely interesting (he was a 2LT at the time). Just a few years before the invasion Fick was a Classics major at Dartmouth which was mind blowing to me when I first learned of that. While all of his friends were going to work on Wall Street or going to medical school he was defending this nation's freedom. A remarkable story indeed.

Evan Wright was a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine and wrote Generation Kill about being embedded with the recon Marines that Fick was leading in the invasion of Iraq. He provides a very detailed account of the diversity of the men he was with and their thoughts and feelings towards the American invasion of Mesopotamia and the role they were playing in it.

Both books were well written and provide a very interesting insight into what it was like for those men being among the first combat troops during the invasion.

BlackDragonUSMC 2 August 2009 19:14

Currently reading several books at once:

~Army/Marine Corps Counter Insurgency Field Manual
~Afghan Guerrilla Warfare
~Taliban
~Gears of War- Jacinto's Remnant (Karen Traviss is actually a very good military-fiction writer).

~JohnnyBoy

_4_ 18 August 2009 22:30

Ghost Wars. Seems extensive and I just finished Horse Soldiers.

The_Dirty_Name 24 August 2009 01:24

"Born to Run"

It's about running.

The writer becomes interested why he is so injury prone with his casual running. His questions lead him to Mexico to study and learn about the culture of the Tarahumara natives.

This book has great sports medicine, history, socialology, anthropology, adventure, great ultra-marathon race history, running kinisology, evolution, nutrition; all centered around man and running.

I begin to adpat the running gait of the "Tribal" runners and noticed my foot drop vanished and so did my shin splints. Furthmore, my endurance and speed has improved.

The book also has refreshed me on better nutritional protocols to be a leaner person.

For those interested in running and health, look into this book.

GPC 24 August 2009 11:23

Under and Alone by William Queen.About a ATF agent that becomes a fully patched member of the Mongols MC.Easy read enjoyed it.

MakoZeroSix 24 August 2009 16:03

Just finished "Hitler's War" by Harry Turtledove. An alternate history where Neville Chamberlain told Hitler to get bent at Munich, so the war starts in 1938 with the invasion of Czechoslovakia, with nobody ready for it. Pretty good read, typical Turtledove plotline.

ex-Highlander 31 August 2009 11:41

Read "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge not too long ago, after my Dad had his stroke. Very interesting book and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Halfway through Horse Soldiers now.

TennesseeDave 1 October 2009 18:22

The Given Day
 
Just finished The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. Historical fiction set in Boston at the end of WWI. I've read all of his previous material and this was a departure for him, but still very well written. I was ill-informed of the social unrest in our country during this time, so Lehane does an excellent job of entertaining and enlightening me.

NWPTrainer 1 October 2009 23:35

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Originally Posted by psyco6 (Post 1191038)
Under and Alone by William Queen.About a ATF agent that becomes a fully patched member of the Mongols MC.Easy read enjoyed it.

This is one of my favorite books of all times. Queen is the stud of studs in Federal LE in my opinion.

It's also an interesting look into a sub-culture that we've all heard about but few have ventured into. I grew up around Mongols and as a kid, never really got exactly how dangerout those guys really were.

It leads to interesting looks at one's martial arts/combatives/self-protection concepts as well......how about the guy that goes into the bar to retrieve his wife......thinking he'll do a toe-to-toe with one biker....

grappler 2 October 2009 13:57

Got Fight? by Forrest Griffin.

This book is hilarious. First though, you must take and pass his man test at the beginning to proceed to read his book. If you fail the test but are willing and able to take on his tips to be more of a man, you may again read his book 2yrs and 9 days later.

Also, the book comes with self defense tips such as: "No, you shut the fuck up!" Fuck start the head, How to fend off a dog attack, How to fend off a sword attack, The eye gauge(for the street only), The hockey beat down, and of course, The Asian Dart!

Let me explain the Asian Dart... when your opponent has a good neck defense when you're going for a choke, you take your thumb and check his oil, this should surprise him enough to lift his head giving you his neck and ultimately you get the submission.

NWPTrainer 2 October 2009 14:47

I read Got Fight? also. It WAS funny, but overall, definitely no more than three stars from this reviewer. Just didn't strike me as being all it could have been. Not sure WHAT it was missing, but something was....

Superj0311 2 October 2009 20:52

on call in hell by cdr. richard jadick. he was the m.o. for 1/8 in falluja. awesome story.

grappler 3 October 2009 00:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by NWPTrainer (Post 1207564)
I read Got Fight? also. It WAS funny, but overall, definitely no more than three stars from this reviewer. Just didn't strike me as being all it could have been. Not sure WHAT it was missing, but something was....

Oh... well... I literally just started it, maybe 30 pages in so... Shut the fuck up!:biggrin:

poison 3 October 2009 11:52

BertF, that is absolutely fascinating.

I am reading 'the toughest man who ever lived' by nori bunasawa. It's terribly written, but a wonderful, ass-kicking story (that apparently is a screenplay now). It's the story of Conde Coma/mitsuyo Maeda, a judo master who essentially spread judo throughout the world in the 20's, and founded BJJ. Ever wonder how judo got to cuba? Maeda. The cool thing is that he didn't spread it by demonstration or word of mouth, he spread it by fighting the biggest and best in every country, in any style. He was 160lbs and fought the best boxers, wrestlers, you name it, even 300lb'ers. And won nearly every match. They say he fought over 1000 matches undefeated, hence the toughest man monniker.

I am also reading Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson. The guy was a climber, went to afganistan and failed to bag a peak. He got lost, ended up in an isolated village, where they nursed him to health, and he witnessed their children 'studying' in a field and learning to write in the dirt. He returned to the us after promising to return to build them a school. Great read.

egspot 6 October 2009 19:58

Hill 488.

Great part of history and a hell of a Cluster F%$# for a USMC Recon team.


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