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Old 6 January 2018, 00:06
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I'm 3/4 through a re-re-re-read of Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972. I've been a big fan of Hunter for many years, but it's always been mostly for his Gonzo antics and what he came to represent as a party animal.

This read through I've gained the knowledge of what a cogent political analyst and prescient prognosticator of policy he was. And, to boot, he was very young man when he wrote this particular book.

Every night when I close the book I shake my head and think how wonderful it would be to have him posting weekly dispatches on his observations of the political shit-show we've seen for the past 3 years.... Can you imagine him covering the campaign in '16, the convention and then the election and now the first year of the Trump administration? It would have been a glorious thing....
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Old 6 January 2018, 08:14
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Old 8 January 2018, 08:50
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Battle For Baqubah: Killing our way out, By 1SG Robert S. Colella, Retired.
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Old 8 January 2018, 18:52
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Just finished Defeat into Victory by Field Marshal Sir William Slim.

Prior to that I read The Air Force Way of Way of War: US Tactics & Training after Vietnam.
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Old 18 January 2018, 07:59
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Unrepentant Sinner by Charles Askins.
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Old 2 February 2018, 19:56
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Just finished "Ghost Fleet". It's required reading for a class I'm taking. Very well-written page-turner; and it reads more like a documentary than a fictional novel. Pretty damn scary.
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Old 2 February 2018, 21:59
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Just finished "Unrepentant Sinner" by Col. Charles Askins after seeing it mentioned here. It is a good read. Tells about the early Border Patrol during Prohibition. Tells a bit about WWII in the European theater and the authors service in Vietnam during the 50's. I found it on Amazon, it is no longer in print.
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Old 6 February 2018, 07:14
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Donít pass by a book of Robin Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Iíve just finished with these reflections on life values.
The first issue was available in 1997 but it still a bestseller. Here is a review of this book https://zenhabits.net/book-review-the-monk-who-sold-his-ferrari

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Rereading “Team of Rivals.”
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Old 24 March 2018, 06:39
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The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
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Quang Tri Cadence, Jon Oplinger

Things was a Goodwill find, a little scattered to me but certainly shows O'Brien's mixed feelings about his time in.

I re-read QTC pretty regularly; dead-pan delivery of both horror and humor.

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Old 24 March 2018, 09:40
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Still waiting on s book written by a CIA analyst, covering some of our CAP Marine units in Nam
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Old 29 March 2018, 08:24
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Oldie but goodie, rereading The Art of War.
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Old 29 March 2018, 10:08
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I'm about 200 pages in on Bowden's "Hue 1968." So far very well written!
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Old 29 March 2018, 16:47
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Last of the Amazons, Steven Pressfield.

Engaging and quick read; some pretty spectacular gore, but even more interesting to see how he weaves tactics from squad to batt, battlefield to MOUT to siege.
When I'm through the current Lewis and Clark phase, The Lion's Gate and Gates of Fire are next on the list, maybe Warrior Ethos.

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Old 29 March 2018, 21:44
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Interesting suggestion--I will check it out.

The last line of your post gave me pause. I strongly discourage people from using contract writers for their college papers. It is unethical and dishonest, since it is not original work. It also is obvious, since it doesn't match the work produced before or after. I won't derail this thread further, but in my world it is not good at all.

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Donít pass by a book of Robin Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Iíve just finished with these reflections on life values.
The first issue was available in 1997 but it still a bestseller. Here is a review of this book https://zenhabits.net/book-review-the-monk-who-sold-his-ferrari

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Old 1 April 2018, 08:59
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The Terminal List by former SEAL Jack Carr.

His first book and, from the reviews on Amazon, looks to be a good one. I just started it so we will see.
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Destiny and Power by Jon Meacham.

Solid book so far and very, very complimentary of HW Bush. I'm a fan of the family, so it's been nice to see a complimentary, but sometimes critical view book written about him.
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Currently reading this, on the British commitment of aircraft and the SAS in Oman and especially on the Battle of Mirbat:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-Front.../dp/0552160210


Waiting for A Warrior's Path: Lessons In Leadership from Rob Trivino.

Just listened to a long interview of him on youtube, one of the best discussions on leadership and character that I have seen in a long time.
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Old 9 April 2018, 05:43
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Currently reading this, on the British commitment of aircraft and the SAS in Oman and especially on the Battle of Mirbat:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-Front.../dp/0552160210


Waiting for A Warrior's Path: Lessons In Leadership from Rob Trivino.

Just listened to a long interview of him on youtube, one of the best discussions on leadership and character that I have seen in a long time.
Received SGM Trivino's book some days ago and read it 2/3 way yesterday evening.

Again, a down to earth and honest tone conveys through the book with focus on his own mistakes also and ways of constantly improving himself.
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Old 20 April 2018, 19:26
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Skeletons on the Zahara, Dean King.

Extremely well-written. Follows the wreck of a New England sailing brig on the African coast and enslavement of the captain and crew to various nomadic tribes across the Saharan desert until their eventual ransom and release. Informative historic context seamlessly added, and footnoted; reviews suggest the footnotes may not transfer in the Kindle version?

Fascinating details of the socioeconomics of the culture and almost incomprehensible mores within; grisly details of the crews' treatment; tenacity of Captain Riley to maintain courage of the crew and secure their care throughout the ordeal.
The severity of their conditions is hard to fathom; the captain is reported to have weighed 90lb when rescued, down from 240 when shipboard.

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