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Old 29 March 2013, 15:00
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Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts... by Paul French.

Have been interested in the various wars that raged throughout Africa back in the day, so I thought this would be a good one to get. A very interesting read I'm about halfway through, and find it hard to put it down. Also contains a couple dozen photos, from the 70's to present, of friendly and enemy guerrilla forces.
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Old 29 March 2013, 16:34
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Finishing up Delaney's Ireland. What a treat!

Has anyone read his other novels? Recommendations?
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Old 29 March 2013, 19:41
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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.
Yes, sir, I agree. It was tragic. And the description of the aftermath really hit hard. Still, it was a story that needed to be told. I'm sorry for your loss.
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Old 1 April 2013, 16:35
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Just finished reading Hitler's Panzersby Dennis Showalter. A pretty good book that goes into the nuts and bolts of how the Panzerwaffe evolved operationally and tactically between 1939 and 1945. It discusses the equipment and some personalities that aren't common knowledge in the US like Hermann Balck and Erhard Raus. The book also dispels some myths about the battle of Kursk. It wasn't the crushing defeat that some have made it out to be for the Germans. The book is heavy on details about the Russian Front and gives an overview of everywhere else.

Recommended, if you are into WW2 history.
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Old 1 April 2013, 17:32
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Started "The Books of Mortals" series by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee.

First book is pretty good. Reminds of the movie Equilibrium minus the guns to an extent.
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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. She's a reporter from the LA times that interviews various North Koreans that have escaped to the south. She's also been to North Korea as well. I'm over a quarter of the way through it, but it's been packed with detail about everything from the NK social structure, to vivid accounts of the escapees lives and culture, and how they gradually developed an awareness that NK is shit and they needed to leave.
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Old 13 April 2013, 04:47
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Almost done with "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" by Robert Coram. I liked it, thought it was an interesting read and if half of what it claims about our acquisitions process is true...holy hell...
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Starting Target Deck by Jack Murphy.
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Old 13 April 2013, 15:46
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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth - Mark Mazzetti (Author)
A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war.

Pretty interesting so far. Pissing contest between Rumsfeld & Tenet over
Both intelligence gathering and para-military operations.
JSOC, etc.
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The Books of Mortals got kind of religiousy but still not too bad.

Currently reading more Black Company books (on "She is the Darkness" right now). Awaiting a copy of "The Twilight War" which was recommended earlier in the thread.
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Just started Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series over from the start.....wanted to read through and remember all the things I've forgotten over the years before I read the final book "A Memory of Light".
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Been bouncing back and forth between The Daring Dozen and Battle Ready: A memoir of a Seal Warrior Medic.
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Yes, sir, I agree. It was tragic. And the description of the aftermath really hit hard. Still, it was a story that needed to be told. I'm sorry for your loss.
Most importantly, I believe the book did honor to their sacrifice. Thanks.
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I just finished Enemy of Mine by Brad Taylor. I have enjoyed all of his books and this was no exception.

Next up: The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas with Mark Olshaker. Douglas ran the FBI's behavioral analysis unit in its early days. I am looking looking forward to it, even if it is work related.
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Old 16 April 2013, 19:58
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Reading John Gaddis's biography of George Kennan. Just got through the part where he's in Berlin at the outbreak of World War II and has to oversee the detainment of the diplomats, military attaches and family. Reads faster then Gaddis' earlier works.
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Old 16 April 2013, 20:00
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Almost done with "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" by Robert Coram. I liked it, thought it was an interesting read and if half of what it claims about our acquisitions process is true...holy hell...
You might enjoy Frans Osinga's Science, Strategy, and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd_ next. Best account we have of his ideas, separate from the man.
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Old 23 April 2013, 08:20
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Picked up Margaret Thatcher's autobiography; just a few pages into it but it has been a great read from the very beginning. The more I learn about Madame Thatcher, the more I believe that modern women (especially in politics) should be taking notes from her.
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Old 23 April 2013, 08:32
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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.
Absolutely phenomenal book. Amazing story! I read it twice, then went to Cancun and read it again.

I am now reading A World at Arms by Gerhard L. Weinberg. If you are interested in a truly global telling of WWII this is the book for you.
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Old 23 April 2013, 08:37
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Reading "The Only Thing Worth Dying For" at work,
Same author as "Fearless." A very good book as well. Things didn't begin to go to shit until the command decided to show up and take over decision making once the team starting moving south towards Kandahar.
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Old 23 April 2013, 18:05
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Currently reading 2 books:

Got my copy of "Twilight War" and am enjoying it immensely.
I also got "Wayne of Gotham". Entirely fiction of course but supposed to delve into the Wayne family, specifically Thomas Wayne and his father Patrick and what they did to build the Wayne empire.
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