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Old 16 August 2004, 20:45
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Mesage from Wells: Sharky:Ender's Game was on both my Valley Forge Military Academy New Cadet and OCS-PLC Officer Candidate reading lists. Read it twice. It was indeed a superb tale.
Had it as assigned reading for a grad level leadership class. I'm not much for fiction, but I really got into that book.
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Old 16 August 2004, 21:50
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"Deception Point" by Dan Brown (the cat who wrote "The Da Vinci Code")

Upcoming read - "Angels and Demons", also by Dan Brown.
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Old 17 August 2004, 11:08
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Cryptonomicon - Fiction, Neal Stephenson

Long and sometimes ploddingly slow but excellent insights into World War II cryptography (Enigma and Magic) and all sorts of other interesting tidbits.

Dune - Science Fiction , Frank Herbert

While technically considered Science Fiction, I'd classify it as Speculative Fiction. Herbert creates a very interesting world with unique perspective on econimcs, ecology, religion and war. This book was written in the 50's I believe, but is incredibly pertinent to our current war on terror and our enemies motivations.

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Old 19 August 2004, 16:10
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The making of a Legionnaire, my life in the French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment by Bill Parris
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Old 19 August 2004, 17:01
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Crucible of War - On the French and Indian wars
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I have to agree with DH, The Wheel of Time series is one of the finest stories I've ever read.
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Old 24 August 2004, 14:15
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Let me jump back in here and recommend General Tommy Franks' "American Soldier". Good reading and provides a lot of insight into the operations of Centcom during Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Old 24 August 2004, 14:41
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Caveat to Ender's Game. There is a series. Ender's Shadow is about the character Bean in roughly the same time period. It's about three times longer than 'Game' and written more for adults. I'm not a fiction buff, but this is good so far.

C-M-R, still working on Beruit to Jerusalem. It's not really hard comprehension. But sooo much detail.
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Old 25 August 2004, 15:39
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I just started "The Guns of August" by Barbara W Tuchman. Very well written and an interesting read. Won the Pulitzer Prize so it better be good.:D
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Old 25 August 2004, 19:12
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Favorite all time book? Hands down my worn and battered 1937 edition of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” ...
Just took the wife for a theater weekend (no kids) to Stratford, Ontario, with nine other couples to see "Midsummer Night's Dream", and it was simply awesome. They brought in Cirque De Soleil to drop faeries from the rafters on bungie cords. It was friggin amazing, and I have seen many a live theater show and am not easily impressed.

We also saw "Guys and Dolls" and "Noises Off".

Daddy ate well and got some hot action, too.

Now back to the book thread.....
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Old 26 August 2004, 16:58
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The Mind of War, Grant T. Hammond

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One More Bridge to Cross, John Poole

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Phantom Soldier, H. John Poole

The Tiger's Way, H. John Poole
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Old 26 August 2004, 19:08
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KKG. Just curious what makes Poole so interesting to you.
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Old 26 August 2004, 19:44
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I read Redliners by David Drake this past weekend. Of all the military SciFi Drake has written, this one really stands out (besides Hammers Slammers).

Basically, the book is about an elite strike company that has been in the thick of things a bit much, and is due to stand down for some R&R. Analysts believe they have seen and done too much to be effective in combat anymore, but are worried as to how to integrate them back into civilian society. They get tasked to provide security for a new civilian colony project.

Things get really hairy, really quick once the colony lands on the planet.
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Old 27 August 2004, 01:45
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I just started "The Guns of August" by Barbara W Tuchman. Very well written and an interesting read. Won the Pulitzer Prize so it better be good.:D
Excellent book. Chuck had some problems with her take on Vietnam though. I didn't but then I'm not of a military mindset and see the world differently than he does. It'll be interesting to see if your opinion is similar to his.
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Old 27 August 2004, 09:30
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The E-Myth Revisited--Michael E. Gerber
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About it


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ALIVE: The True Story of the Andes Survivors--Piers Paul Read

Best book I've read in a looooong time.
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Old 27 August 2004, 10:01
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Just finished "Who Killed the Canadian Military" by Jack Granatstein.
A good historical timeline that led up to our current state of affairs.
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Old 27 August 2004, 14:47
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True Horsemanship Through Feel by Bill Dorrance (hard to read, but insightful on a newer approach to horsemanship and schooling)
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Considering the Horse by Mark Rashid
A Good Horse is Never a Bad Color by Mark Rashid

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The Pelopennesian Wars by THucydides ( I know, I'm a geek, but it is interesting if you can stomach it.
For Whom the Bell Tolls Hemingway
Jubal Sackett by Louis L'Amour I know, everyone considers him a hack pulp writer, and he was, but this is an awesome story. and I personally think the guy was way underrated. Give it another twenty years and he'll be considered one of the greats of the last century.
Monte Walsh by Jack Shaefer. Same guy that wrote Shane and this one is a hundred times better than Shane.

And I have to throw my support to Pressfield's books. Gates of Fire was phenomenal. The other one, that I canoot think of the name of was not AS good, but was still great.

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Old 27 August 2004, 14:53
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Excellent book. Chuck had some problems with her take on Vietnam though. I didn't but then I'm not of a military mindset and see the world differently than he does. It'll be interesting to see if your opinion is similar to his.
I take it you mean that she wrote another book on Vietnam. This book covers the first month of WWI. I am only 1/2 way through but I don't see her needing to mention Vietnam in it.
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KKG. Just curious what makes Poole so interesting to you.
He is undogmatic.
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