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Old 9 February 2013, 14:21
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Just started it, good so far.
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Old 9 February 2013, 23:01
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Just started it, good so far.
It's an amazing story.
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Old 11 February 2013, 20:06
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Dune.

I tend to read the first 4 books once every other year or so. Might do the whole series this time around.
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Old 12 February 2013, 14:21
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How Dark the World Becomes by Frank Chadwick
March Upcountry by John Ringo

I read a ton of Sci-Fi and when I was deployed I damn near had a library in my hooch.
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Old 12 February 2013, 14:38
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A book about the 761st tank battalion-book is signed by K.A.Jabbar(Lakers)
I haven't read any of his books but he recently wrote a review of some show called "Girls" and of course women everywhere bashed him for writing it and even questioned why a grown man would watch the show (apparently it's on HBO).

His reply was brilliant:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kareem-abduljabbar/kareem-abdul-jabbar-girls-review_b_2615824.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir= Entertainment

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There was much reaction. Some questioned why a man my age would watch a show about girls in their twenties, as if they'd just discovered me hanging around a school playground with a shopping bag full of candy in one hand a fluffy puppy in the other. Of course, these critics are right. When I read Moby Dick I first had to convince the bookseller that I was a former whaler named Queequeg. When I read the poetry of Sylvia Plath, I had to pretend I was a depressed white woman with daddy issues. Don't worry, I used a fake ID.
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What do people expect when an ex-jock discusses pop culture? "Hmmm. Magic light box have good shows. Me like some. Others make me puke Gatorade. Me give it three jock straps."

Maybe this will help: I have a degree from UCLA. I'm an amateur historian who has written books about World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and African-American inventors. I read a lot of fiction as well as non-fiction. I watch TV and movies. I have acted in both. I have been a political activist and an advocate for children's education. How should an aging, black jock like myself know anything about pop culture? Man, I am a living part of pop culture and have been for nearly 50 years. Beyond that, I think pop culture expresses our needs, fears, hopes and whole zeitgeist better than some of the more esoteric and obscure forms of art.

I'm going to have to put some of his books on my list.
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Old 12 February 2013, 17:20
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Just finished "Matterhorn" (really liked it) and now I'm starting "One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander" by Admiral Sandy Woodward.
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Old 15 February 2013, 07:01
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Listening to "Fearless", the Adam Brown story, on Audible. About 1/2 way through. Absolutely phenomenal so far. Not at all what I expected. What an amazing life, lived by an amazing warrior. Highly recommend.
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Old 5 March 2013, 21:51
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Old 5 March 2013, 22:08
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Started "Black Company" series. So far good but hectic writing style.
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Old 6 March 2013, 11:36
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I started reading Mo Yan's Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. I figured that I should check him out since he got the Nobel Prize in Literature last year and what not.

What an unpleasantly weird book so far!
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Old 6 March 2013, 12:48
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Juggling three right now. A Dance With Dragons, Spies Against Armageddon, and The Last Playboy, about Porfirio Rubirosa.
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Old 6 March 2013, 16:11
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Hmm, that sounds like a good one, smp. You liking it?
This is VERY good. The author is the Nobel Prize winning economist/psychologist who defined most of the key aspects for behavioral economics. He used lots of experiments and empirical statistical approaches, rather than the fuzzier clinical side.

Kahneman talks about not only his experiments, but also his detractors approaches and giving credit where it is due. The author brings his diverse experiences, including time spent in the early years of the Israeli military. Basic scripts he developed on assessing candidates are still used almost 50 years later as it cut through interviewer bias.

It isn't a quick read, but very engaging with exercises and talks strongly to how the brain percieves information and limitations of humans (for example short term versus long term forcasting). Some of this is common sense, other topics highlight our intuitive or analytical limitations.

JMHO, however if one considers books on congnitive bias, conflict, and how to think/approach problems...I would consider the following books as part of complementary series:

Behavioral Economics:
- Thinking Fast and Slow
- Talebs books (Black Swan and Antifragility)

Leadership:
- The Mission, Men, and Me (Getting Treed by a Chihuahua is an example of the mind playing tricks, which Thinking Fast and Slow addresses in a broader context)
- Leadership and Training for the Fight

Strategy:
- Books on Boyd and the OODA loop (Boyd's presentations, his biography by Coram, and PhD dissertation by Osinga)

I believe a theme exists through these books on continual assessment, bias, using a combination of trained discipline and intuition to weave through uncertainty. I may be completely off here; lots of books on these topics. I recieved the recommendation to read this from class on complexity sciences. The more "pop/sci" version of this is Galdwell's Blink, but Blink misses major underlying concepts as noted in Thinking Fast/Slow.

I hope that helps.

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Old 20 March 2013, 13:32
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
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Old 20 March 2013, 20:29
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I finished writing a novella (a smaller novel) recently. If you feel inclined, please pick it up for your Kindle.

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Old 22 March 2013, 18:40
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I just started reading the Sword of Shannara, the 2nd book in the series by Terry Brooks...if you like Lord of the Rings then this series would be worth checking out
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Old 22 March 2013, 19:15
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If you read the whole series you won't be displeased. Some interesting abilities start popping up among the Scions of Shannara farther into the series.
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Old 29 March 2013, 04:06
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Re-reading Red Phoenix by Larry Bond.

Good read especially with what's going on over there now.

Best of all.... $0.99 cents on Amazon for the Kindle.
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Old 29 March 2013, 05:35
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Reading "The Only Thing Worth Dying For" at work, and Brad Taylor's "all necessary force" at home
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Old 29 March 2013, 07:04
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I finally finished "Atlas Shrugged" by Ann Rand. Great and timeless story. BUT for the love of God, how you can write for 5 pages about two people looking at each other is beyond me.
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Old 29 March 2013, 07:06
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Reading "The Only Thing Worth Dying For" at work, and Brad Taylor's "all necessary force" at home
I read "The Only thing worth dying for". It was a good book until I learned how a friend was actually killed. Kind of a fucked up way to learn about such things. Still, a good read.
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