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Old 19 June 2018, 21:55
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Got really hooked onto audio books, really chills the Tinitis… I can borrow 12 titles a month through HOOPLA which is affiliated with my local library.


The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn
Joseph M. Marshall III
Excellent history of the Lakotas from pre civil war to 2007.



Guns, Germs and Steel
Jared Diamond, PhD
Excellent book on culture. Hard to read or listen to.


The Bomb Maker
Thomas Perry
Latest thriller about a guy making bombs and planting them randomly around LA. Good read.

Forgotten Fifteenth
Barrett Tillman
15th Air Force in Italy.... The 8th Air Forces ignored brother.


The Tank Killers
Harry Yeide
Tedious history of Tank Destroyers in WWII. Makes one wonder why there has not been a resurgence.


Valley Of Tears
The B-52 Overture
Crossbow
Snake Eater
Don Bendell
Great series of books on early SF in Nam. Well worth the time to read/listen. Very invested in the hill peoples.


Dodge City
Tom Clavin
Different perspective on the real west post civil war.


Six Days of War
Michael B. Oren
Great, but a tedious read on the Six Day war along with all the internal and international political manipulations.

Lexington and Concord
George C. Daughan
Excellent book on the battle and politics leading up to it. Especially the correspondence between colonial leaders on the Scottish and Irish genocides by the English in the years leading up to the Revolution. A whole sub-topic of the revolution that I have not read of anywhere else.


The Revenge Of Geography
Robert D. Kaplan
A little dry, but one ignores geography at your own peril.

Carnivore
Dillard Johnson
Mech Infantry in Iraq.

The Lost Explorer
Conrad Anker
About the expedition that found Hillary's body on Everest.
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Old 20 June 2018, 08:46
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My Son in Law recommended the Presidential Agent Series, W.E.B Griffin Book One "By Order of the President"

Typical of his books, but it seems his previous ones I read were more accurate. No one calls themselves a "Green Beanie" unless your gay or like gavin.
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Old 20 June 2018, 09:23
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W.E.B Griffin
Damn, that guy's been writing for ever.

I remember reading books by him back in elementary/middle school when he went by W.E. Butterworth. Air Evac, Helicopter Pilot, Stop & Search; all great books if you were a kid in the mid-70s.
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Old 21 June 2018, 10:29
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My Son in Law recommended the Presidential Agent Series, W.E.B Griffin Book One "By Order of the President"

Typical of his books, but it seems his previous ones I read were more accurate. No one calls themselves a "Green Beanie" unless your gay or like gavin.
His son Ghost writes a lot of his books IIRC.

Always found his stuff boring and all his characters are from wealthy families etc. I'll take Hank Frost over his stuff.
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Old 21 June 2018, 10:42
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His son Ghost writes a lot of his books IIRC.

Always found his stuff boring and all his characters are from wealthy families etc. I'll take Hank Frost over his stuff.
Wealth can't buy Hank's eye patch or that Browning 9mm High Power. But I do agree with your thoughts on Griffin as I find his writing to be rather long-winded at times. I like Pat Conroy's style, I've always found his characters added a little more meat to the story. Who could forget Bull fucking Meecham, The Great Santini.
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Wealth can't buy Hank's eye patch or that Browning 9mm High Power. But I do agree with your thoughts on Griffin as I find his writing to be rather long-winded at times. I like Pat Conroy's style, I've always found his characters added a little more meat to the story. Who could forget Bull fucking Meecham, The Great Santini.
Great book, he based Bull off his father.

Let's not forget The GOAT and Tom Judah.
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Old 24 June 2018, 20:50
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Since the school year ended the first week of June, I've read three books in total and am currently working on book four. I decided to put social media aside and internet aside for the most part. It's amazing how good you actually feel about people and life by actually using your brain to learn something for yourself. I'm headed to Florida in a couple of weeks with some family and friends and the plan is to sit on the beach and sip Fireball and read. I've told everyone to leave me alone as I work through my books. The plan is to get through 10 books before school starts again in August.

I've read:

"Crisis of Character" by former SSUD Agent Gary Byrne that basically rips the Clinton family.

"Skunk Works" by Ben Rich about the development of various stealth and experimental projects like the F-117, SR-71, U-2, and B-2.

"Tiger Tracks" by Wolfgang Faust which is a very short historical-fiction read on the tank warfare from the German perspective on the Eastern Front during a retreat in 1943.

"Spy" by David Wise. I just started reading this about the life and crimes of FBI SA Robert Hanssen.
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Old 27 June 2018, 09:49
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Just started reading "No Country for Old Men". Like the movie, the book so far is brilliant.
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Audio lecture on the cultural history of the Celts:

https://www.thegreatcourses.com/cour...tic-world.html

I got sick of listening to news radio.

5 chapters in, and I find it fascinating....
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Executive Outcomes.

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Old 27 June 2018, 20:20
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Just started reading "No Country for Old Men". Like the movie, the book so far is brilliant.
Great book and one of McCarthy's better novels (I own all of his works, and each one is brilliantly violent)...if you get the chance read Blood Meridian, and McCarthy is on top of his game with this one...One of the great literary characters ever conceived: Judge Holden.

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Great book and one of McCarthy's better novels (I own all of his works, and each one is brilliantly violent)...if you get the chance read Blood Meridian, and McCarthy is on top of his game with this one...One of the great literary characters ever conceived: Judge Holden.

"War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.”~~Judge Holden
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"Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death" by Jim Frederick
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New book for this week while I sit on the beach in Florida...hopefully I'll get to a second book I brought along...Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden.
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Any chance he has read that book? If so, do you know what his thoughts were regarding accuracy, or just overall opinion?

Anybody here have any thoughts on this book?
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