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Old 22 October 2018, 22:36
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I started Why Nations Fail written by Daron Acemoglu. Only about an hour in so far. I picked it after seeing it was on a must read list by Ben Shapiro.

I don't read much and when I do its usually fiction. But I'd like to be able to support some of my political beliefs with actual fact rather than just common sense. So here we go...

Has anyone read this book?
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Old 13 November 2018, 17:54
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The Rosetta Stone of Dreams by Magician.
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Old 13 November 2018, 19:01
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Excellent news! Just went over the MK Dispatch and read about the release.

Congrats to Magician.
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Old 13 November 2018, 19:46
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The Story of the Plott Hound by Bob Plott.
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Old 14 November 2018, 10:45
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A Matter of Character: Inside the George W. Bush White House by Ronald Kessler.

Pretty good read so far. I'm a little pissed at some of the stuff about education and the government getting involved. But that's just my own bias coming out as I read.
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Old 15 November 2018, 03:44
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The Rosetta Stone of Dreams by Magician.
Awesome. I just ordered the hard copy version. Thanks for letting us know it's out there; I've been waiting...
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Old 17 November 2018, 12:27
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Awesome. I just ordered the hard copy version. Thanks for letting us know it's out there; I've been waiting...
Great book, one that can't be read in one sitting.
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Old 18 November 2018, 07:20
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Pretty schizophrenic reading here lately, but some things I enjoyed:

The Nautical Chart, by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Nothing special about the storyline but beautiful writing (translation by Margaret Peden) I found similar to U. Eco but w/o some of his weirdness, and the seafaring background was well-done.

"For thousands of years, even before Homer's concave ships set sail for Troy, there were men with wrinkles around their mouths and rainy November hearts, men whose nature leads them sooner or later to look with interest into the black hole of a pistol barrel, men for whom the sea was a solution and who always sensed when it was time to make an exit."

The Mirrored Heavens trilogy, including Burning Skies and The Machinery of Light.
Military sci-fi, massively jocked-up exoskeleton armor and neural jacking. Like reading speed-metal while hypercaffinated.

Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
Interesting take on imperialism, underestimating the enemy and conflict theater.

Based on multiple mentions in this thread, I've got Matterhorn on deck.
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Old 18 November 2018, 09:32
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"For thousands of years, even before Homer's concave ships set sail for Troy, there were men with wrinkles around their mouths and rainy November hearts, men whose nature leads them sooner or later to look with interest into the black hole of a pistol barrel, men for whom the sea was a solution and who always sensed when it was time to make an exit."


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For thousands of years, even before Homer........look with interest into the black hole of a pistol barrel... That's quite the anachronism!
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Old 18 November 2018, 09:53
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Ha! Put that way, it does sound odd.
Given how well (at least to me) the translation reads, I'm inclined to assume artistic license.

Or Nostradamal prediction.
Your choice!

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Old 19 November 2018, 19:56
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Duty by Robert Gates.

I actually met him last month and received a signed copy and just jumped into it.
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Old 19 November 2018, 23:38
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^^Damn good book.

What are your thoughts on him as a person? From reading, I thought he was a vast improvement over Rumsfeld and had the best interests of the US military and that nation as a whole at heart.
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Old 20 November 2018, 00:48
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What are your thoughts on him as a person?
Loved the guy. Humble, smart, in it for the right reasons. Since you read the book, I will not expound on his impressive background since you already read the same material I am taking in now....

But as to meeting him, I was at a fundraising dinner where he was the guest speaker. About 600 in attendance. I was escorting a VIP; Emory Crowder, USN corpsman that was awarded the Silver Star for actions saving shot-up Marines in a firefight during the invasion of Saipan. He's 96 and is my neighbor - hell of a decent man and we try to get him out at events and show him off as a National Treasure.

After the event, because (and only because) I was with Emory, I was a VIP and got marshaled into a room to meet Secretary Gates. There were about 50 of us and he had a little over an hour under the careful supervision of the suited-up, strapped, and watchful bodyguard entourage (no bags, no purses, nothing in your hands allowed)....my conversation was limited to introducing Emory to him, thanking him for his service to our country, and hearing his thoughts on the gravity of the decisions to send men into battle.

He's not very big. 5'6" tops. Eyes of steel that see right through you, as any ex-Director of the CIA should. Spoke in a quiet, confident voice, and was genuinely appreciate to meet a still-alive decorated WW2 vet.

Bottom line, very impressive and unassuming American. Highly likable. No agenda. He got a new fan in me that day.
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I liked Gates as a SECDEF, saw him on a couple occasions when he was making the rounds. My opinion of him dropped several notches after I read his book.
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I liked Gates as a SECDEF, saw him on a couple occasions when he was making the rounds. My opinion of him dropped several notches after I read his book.
Do you mind if I ask why your opinion changed? Feel free to PM if you don't want to put it out in the open.
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Old 20 November 2018, 10:05
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Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko.
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Old 25 November 2018, 19:51
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I just started a re-read of, "A Mission for Delta" by Bucky Burruss. Some here will know him. I had forgotten and I was amazed this time around at how dated the tradecraft - things have progressed. Even with the distractions, it is still like spending a couple nights with an old friend after many many years.
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Old 25 November 2018, 20:52
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As I clean stuff up and get ready to bug out of here, I came accross of my copy of "Team Yankee: A Novel of World War III" by Harold Coyle.

Read it for the first time in Germany during said time period it was to have taken place in.

Great book and enjoying going back thru it again.
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Islands of the damned by RV Burgen. He was in the same company as EB Sledge in the Pacific. Different perspective than With the Old Breed but every bit as good IMO.
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Old 25 November 2018, 22:37
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The Odyssey of Echo Company by Doug Stanton. It focuses on a recon element in Vietnam around the Tet offensive. However, the main focus is on John Stanley Parker.

The author mentions he later joins the NG 19th SF group and sees time in various garden spots around the world. I assume there are some folks around here who know the guy and I guess an even shot he's a member on the boards here.

So, has anyone read the book or know Mr. Parker?
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