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Old 18 May 2016, 16:50
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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869, by Stephen Ambrose

So far pretty damn interesting
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Old 19 May 2016, 09:14
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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869, by Stephen Ambrose

So far pretty damn interesting
Great book! Made me respect the effort put into building Railroads. Some of the hardest work I ever did was lay track.
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Old 19 May 2016, 21:26
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Firefox by Craig Thomas.

I've been wanting to read this for a long time and stumbled upon a copy at 1/2 Price Books. So it went home with me.
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Firefox by Craig Thomas.

I've been wanting to read this for a long time and stumbled upon a copy at 1/2 Price Books. So it went home with me.
Great book read it as a kid.
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Old 21 May 2016, 12:48
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Great book read it as a kid.


Good to know. I'm into the third chapter and would have read a ton more last night but I was so stinking tired I could barely hold my eyes open.

Any idea if the sequel book he wrote is any good?
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Good to know. I'm into the third chapter and would have read a ton more last night but I was so stinking tired I could barely hold my eyes open.

Any idea if the sequel book he wrote is any good?
I liked Firefox is down. I enjoyed all his books. The movie wasn't bad either.
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Old 22 May 2016, 05:26
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Why Viet Nam

Prelude to America's Albatross

University of California press 1980

Hardcover

Archimedes L.A.Patti

Lot of information on what happened in WWII that led to Indochina. Dad gave me this book many years ago. Finally getting around to reading it.

Bonus found an Afghani in the book. But can't find a Green Beans stateside.
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Old 22 May 2016, 19:36
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Forty-Seven Days by Mitch Yockelson. The US First Army and Black Jack Pershing in World War I. A fairly quick and interesting read so far. Informative and in depth without dragging or bogging down.
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Old 22 May 2016, 21:18
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^ Will check it out.
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Old 22 May 2016, 21:52
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Finishing the audiobook version of Sean Naylor's "Relentless Strike", which has been excellent. Always humbling to hear those exploits and be fortunate enough to know some of those who've shaped history.

I'm about two-third's through "The hard thing about hard things" by Ben Horowitz, which is also brilliantly written.
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Just purchased both, since I have a ton of time to read now...
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Old 27 May 2016, 14:04
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^ Will check it out.
I can loan it to you if you PM me a mailing address...

I also have his other book about WWI. Well written, even though the name escapes me right this second.
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Working With The Law -Raymond Holliwell

I am on my second pass through this book (audio version). It breaks down the universal laws of success (I have come to understand that there is no real definitive list or number of success laws per say.)

I do like how Holliwell breaks down each law and give practicals examples of how to actually apply it in your daily life.

It is straightforward like Napoleon Hills Think and Grow Rich, just not in the same style of language.
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Spent Shell Casings 25(And 5) Stories by David Rose. Liking it so far, author is former Recon Marine.
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By Mary Roach
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Just read "War is a racket" as one of my hippy friends pointed out the authors bio and asked whether he was legit.
Whether I agree with his motives, two medal of honors and I'm listening to his point of view.
I ended up not happy about what I read. Thinking about folks making money while good men and women die, at massive profits...and petitioning for more military involvement...well it pissed me off.
So if you want to get pissed, this is a good book.
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Old 7 June 2016, 14:09
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"Demo Men"
"Harrowing True Stories from the Militarys Elite Bomb Squads"
By Gary R Smith , Retired US Navy EOD/SEAL. It was Copyrighted in 1997, back before being a SEAL Author Operator was cool??
I can tell its going to be a quick read but so far ive enjoyed the first chapter as it goes back to "The Beginning WWII- 1940" and how our first EOD schools came to be .
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Old 7 June 2016, 16:21
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Just finished Pete Blaber, _The Mission, the Men, and Me_. Out since 2008, but I became aware of it against a few months ago. He spends the first half of the book using anecdotes to drive forward several key observations that he made (and wrote down) in the course of training and operating at a very high level about how to tackle serious challenges individually and in organizations.

The second half is his own recounting of the initial exposure to Afghanistan and the Taliban, first in 1998 and then again in 2002, culminating in his own account of the battle in Shahi Khot/Takur Ghar. He is clear from the beginning that his sourcing was the publicly available record (such as Sean Naylor's account) so it must be simultaneously taken with a grain of salt (he acknowledges that he spoke with Naylor) and careful appreciation for the additional insights it offers from one slice of the battle. He does call out individuals -- by their positions -- for irresponsible or unhelpful decisions, which (for this historian) will be useful to those attempting to make sense of the entire event for historical or training purposes.

He successfully writes for a broad audience, so that those who unfamiliar with the organization of which he was a part will still -get- what he is trying to explain about how to improve oneself and one's own organization. For those who are familiar with his world, it reads solidly with reflection, without too much self-aggrandizement or mindless patriotism. It also remains relevant though it is nearly a decade old--it isn't dated, passé, or best understood only in the context of the emotions of the early 2000's. Recommended for either library-lending or purchase.
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Old 8 June 2016, 21:13
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Tier One Wild - Dalton Fury
Black Site - Dalton Fury

....pretty good read.
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Old 8 June 2016, 23:38
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Just finished Pete Blaber, _The Mission, the Men, and Me_.
Good book. Needs more publicity.
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