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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

DY 16 August 2004 20:45

Quote:

Mesage from Wells: 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.
Had it as assigned reading for a grad level leadership class. I'm not much for fiction, but I really got into that book.

Buaya Darat 16 August 2004 21:50

"Deception Point" by Dan Brown (the cat who wrote "The Da Vinci Code")

Upcoming read - "Angels and Demons", also by Dan Brown.

Nugent 17 August 2004 11:08

Cryptonomicon - Fiction, Neal Stephenson

Long and sometimes ploddingly slow but excellent insights into World War II cryptography (Enigma and Magic) and all sorts of other interesting tidbits.

Dune - Science Fiction , Frank Herbert

While technically considered Science Fiction, I'd classify it as Speculative Fiction. Herbert creates a very interesting world with unique perspective on econimcs, ecology, religion and war. This book was written in the 50's I believe, but is incredibly pertinent to our current war on terror and our enemies motivations.

Scott

Jeroen 19 August 2004 16:10

Currently reading,

The making of a Legionnaire, my life in the French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment by Bill Parris

bslayer11b 19 August 2004 17:01

Currently:

Crucible of War - On the French and Indian wars
Gods and Legions - Michael Curtis Ford
Street without Joy - Bernard Fall

Recently:

Guns, Germs and Steel.
The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
The Filthy Thirteen


I have to agree with DH, The Wheel of Time series is one of the finest stories I've ever read.

AJG 24 August 2004 14:15

Let me jump back in here and recommend General Tommy Franks' "American Soldier". Good reading and provides a lot of insight into the operations of Centcom during Afghanistan and Iraq.

DY 24 August 2004 14:41

Caveat to Ender's Game. There is a series. Ender's Shadow is about the character Bean in roughly the same time period. It's about three times longer than 'Game' and written more for adults. I'm not a fiction buff, but this is good so far.

C-M-R, still working on Beruit to Jerusalem. It's not really hard comprehension. But sooo much detail.

SgtUSMC8541 25 August 2004 15:39

I just started "The Guns of August" by Barbara W Tuchman. Very well written and an interesting read. Won the Pulitzer Prize so it better be good.:D

Dark Helmet 25 August 2004 19:12

Quote:

Originally posted by Library_Lady
Favorite all time book? Hands down my worn and battered 1937 edition of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” ...
Just took the wife for a theater weekend (no kids) to Stratford, Ontario, with nine other couples to see "Midsummer Night's Dream", and it was simply awesome. They brought in Cirque De Soleil to drop faeries from the rafters on bungie cords. It was friggin amazing, and I have seen many a live theater show and am not easily impressed.

We also saw "Guys and Dolls" and "Noises Off".

Daddy ate well and got some hot action, too.

Now back to the book thread.....

enderr 25 August 2004 20:46

just finished:
teeth of the tiger-clancy
training plans for multi-sport athletes-bernhardt
enduring patagonia-couch

faves:
fight club-palahniuk
choke-palahniuk
first into action-falconer
kiss or kill-twight
extreme alpism-twight
freedom of the hills
zen and the art of motorcycle maintnance-pirsig
hard core zen-warner

working on:
war junkie-steele
compass of zen-sahn

KKG 26 August 2004 16:58

Finished reading:

The Mind of War, Grant T. Hammond

Currently reading:

One More Bridge to Cross, John Poole

Waiting to be read

Phantom Soldier, H. John Poole

The Tiger's Way, H. John Poole

DY 26 August 2004 19:08

KKG. Just curious what makes Poole so interesting to you.

FireFinder 26 August 2004 19:44

I read Redliners by David Drake this past weekend. Of all the military SciFi Drake has written, this one really stands out (besides Hammers Slammers).

Basically, the book is about an elite strike company that has been in the thick of things a bit much, and is due to stand down for some R&R. Analysts believe they have seen and done too much to be effective in combat anymore, but are worried as to how to integrate them back into civilian society. They get tasked to provide security for a new civilian colony project.

Things get really hairy, really quick once the colony lands on the planet.

C-M-R 27 August 2004 01:45

Quote:

Originally posted by SgtUSMC8541
I just started "The Guns of August" by Barbara W Tuchman. Very well written and an interesting read. Won the Pulitzer Prize so it better be good.:D
Excellent book. Chuck had some problems with her take on Vietnam though. I didn't but then I'm not of a military mindset and see the world differently than he does. It'll be interesting to see if your opinion is similar to his.

andyboy 27 August 2004 09:30

Currently reading

The E-Myth Revisited--Michael E. Gerber
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it


Just finished

ALIVE: The True Story of the Andes Survivors--Piers Paul Read

Best book I've read in a looooong time.

Gambler 27 August 2004 10:01

Just finished "Who Killed the Canadian Military" by Jack Granatstein.
A good historical timeline that led up to our current state of affairs.

NWPTrainer 27 August 2004 14:47

Currently:
The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie
The Virginian by Owen Wister
True Horsemanship Through Feel by Bill Dorrance (hard to read, but insightful on a newer approach to horsemanship and schooling)
Beef Cattle Science by Ensminger
Considering the Horse by Mark Rashid
A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color by Mark Rashid

Favorites of all time
The Pelopennesian Wars by THucydides ( I know, I'm a geek, but it is interesting if you can stomach it.
For Whom the Bell Tolls Hemingway
Jubal Sackett by Louis L'Amour I know, everyone considers him a hack pulp writer, and he was, but this is an awesome story. and I personally think the guy was way underrated. Give it another twenty years and he'll be considered one of the greats of the last century.
Monte Walsh by Jack Shaefer. Same guy that wrote Shane and this one is a hundred times better than Shane.

And I have to throw my support to Pressfield's books. Gates of Fire was phenomenal. The other one, that I canoot think of the name of was not AS good, but was still great.

RLTW

SgtUSMC8541 27 August 2004 14:53

Quote:

Originally posted by C-M-R
Excellent book. Chuck had some problems with her take on Vietnam though. I didn't but then I'm not of a military mindset and see the world differently than he does. It'll be interesting to see if your opinion is similar to his.
I take it you mean that she wrote another book on Vietnam. This book covers the first month of WWI. I am only 1/2 way through but I don't see her needing to mention Vietnam in it.

KKG 22 September 2004 20:40

Quote:

Originally posted by DY
KKG. Just curious what makes Poole so interesting to you.
He is undogmatic.

KKG 22 September 2004 20:45

Bible
 
The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene


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