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Old 7 October 2009, 04:18
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My updated reading list is the following
Wing commander: Fleet Action William R. Forstchen
Flying Black Ponies By Kit Lavell
Fifteen Days by Christine Blatchford
Good to go By Harry Constance
and finally Kitchen Confidential By Anthony Bourdain
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Old 11 October 2009, 08:30
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War after Armageddon by Ralph Peters.
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Old 11 October 2009, 09:06
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Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling by Michael Port

Throws and Takedown by Steve Scott

Farnham's Freehold by Robert Heinlein

Explosive Lifting For Sports by Newton

Power Lifting by Groves, PhD


Championship Fighting by Jack Dempsey
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore
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Old 20 October 2009, 00:01
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To the White Sea by James Dickey

This is by the guy who wrote "Deliverance"; the book that the movie was based on. It's WW2 SERE novel written in a very conversational narrative style. Very similar to Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy. Highly recommended.

Huge twist towards the end.
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Old 20 October 2009, 05:52
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Just finished "Lone Wolf: the legacy of American terror" by Maryanne Vollers. It's about Eric Rudolph's beliefs, crimes, time on the run, and arrest. Vollers also touches a bit on Richard Jewell's initial scape-goating as a result of a faulty assessment by the Behavior Analysis guys from the FBI.

It seems well researched, on both the LE and prosecution side, and Rudolph's friends, counsel and family. It is also the only book I found that Rudolph participated in, in this case via written interview due to visitor restrictions at Supermax.

I just started "End the Fed" by Congressman Ron Paul. It is, obviously, about the Federal Reserve and central banking, and American monetary policy.

I also recently started Phillip Yancey's "What's So Amazing About Grace?". it's an interesting read in evangelical Christian thought, and very thought provocative. Most notable to me so far was Yancey's refusal to define grace, as it's a bit of an ethereal concept in practice. Rather he gives regular examples of what it is, and what it's not. I'm not deep enough into it to give a detailed review, but I'm looking forward to digging further into it. Grace was the key missing ingredient to the flavor of 'faith' I grew up around.
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Old 20 October 2009, 09:10
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Just finished "Signal Zero", by Dr George Kirkham, a Professor of Criminology at FSU.
Back in the early 70's, he was starting out his academic career. He had a cop in his class who told him that he was FOS and didn't know what he was talking about. On a dare, Kirkham became a cop and had his eyes opened.

A bit dated, but an excellent read.

Just starting "The Last, Best Hope", by Joe Scarborough.
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Old 20 October 2009, 10:04
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Just finished:

Stalking the Tricksters: Shapeshifters, Skinwalkers, Dark Adepts and 2012 (Paperback)
by Christopher O'Brien

It reads like and is a complete encyclopedia of weirdness.

Cco 1/75

Two eyes from the east.
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Old 21 October 2009, 19:35
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"Where The Wild Things Are"...

...and I'm done, took me 1.3 minutes.

Cross-thread points?
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Old 22 October 2009, 13:38
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Just picked up - Where Men Win Glory.

Finishing up - From Manassas to Appomatox by James Longstreet.
"A University is a group of buildings gathered around a library." - Shelby Foote

"Damn a man who doesn't read books" (Mulholland, 2000, p. 32).
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Old 23 October 2009, 10:46
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Looking for trouble adventures in a broken world.
By Ralph Peters not a bad read.
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Old 23 October 2009, 20:24
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I've got two waiting in line to be read.

Fading Echoes, concerning two guys from the same small town in PA, who played on opposing football teams and would both go on to serve in Iraq, one as a Marine officer, the other as a Ranger, one of whom doesn't make it through his tour.

The other is The Fourth Star, about four contemporary Generals and their efforts to reshape the Army.
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Old 26 October 2009, 09:37
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Just finished reading Ender's Game for the third time. I love it and anyone leading in a Military or Para Military environment should check it out.
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Old 26 October 2009, 10:52
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Twillight of Heroes by Ralph Peters good novel so far.I always liked his books Red Army was a good read.
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Old 26 October 2009, 20:13
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Just finished Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942-1945 by Randall Hansen. Good book. It explains how the US precision bombed (big factor was the morality of killing civilians) and how the British area bombed even though they were capable of precision bombing. Bomber Harris was the culprit in England.
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Old 29 October 2009, 01:44
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I just finished Muslim Mafia by David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry. A just released fantastic book about Isamic front groups in America, CAIR in particuar. Check it will open your eyes.
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Old 29 October 2009, 22:27
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
by Christopher McDougall

One of my favorite books, it made me remember why I loved running.
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Old 29 October 2009, 23:30
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I blame this on Greenhat. I'm reading, "Marshal Zhukov: The Man Who Beat Hitler" by Albert Axell. It's great so far.
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Old 30 October 2009, 01:56
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Ever since I discover H. John Poole, I have been reading everything I can get my hands on by him.

"Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods" was outstanding, read that at the beginning of this deployment and the information on the enemy tactics was right on the money.

Just finished his book "Shadow Warrior (or Soldier, can't remember): The Enemy's Answer to U.S. Firepower". Another outstanding read.
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Old 4 November 2009, 10:50
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The Devils Garden by Ralph Peters.
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Old 6 November 2009, 12:26
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Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.
Government is an unregulated industry.

The 4 Soldierly Values: Candor, Courage, Competence, Commitment

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