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Old 17 October 2007, 12:07
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Clausewitz; a very good look at war on the holistic level, my favorite bullets out of him are "can't win on defense" and "war is an extension of politics". We would do well to heed that. The American Army, however, does not, and never did base its "thinking" on Clausewitz, we used his "archrival" Jomini. If you want to get an insider's view on American military thinking, read Jomini's works. Ulysses Grant attributed his skill as a general to not paying attention in class at West Point, where he would have inculcated the thinking of Jomini.

Currently reading: "The Occupation of Iraq; winning the war losing the peace" by Ali Alawi, a really good insight to the issues we face today in Iraq, especially with the GoI

"Commando: A Boer journey through the Boer war" a very excellent first person account of a young Burgher's experience in the second Boer war. The guy was actually the son of Francis Reitz, who was president of the Orange Free State. Reitz eventually became a Col in the British army. The book is extraordinarily unbiased and full of information on units, tactics, and strategy of both sides.

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Old 18 October 2007, 20:42
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Cobra II, The inside story of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Very disturbing.
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Old 19 October 2007, 16:27
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American Gunfight the plot to kill Harry Truman; Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge, jr.
Looks interesting, I had never even heard of this before.
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Old 20 October 2007, 00:05
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1776 by David McCullough

Well written account of the early years of the war and just how bad things were at the beginning. Lots of letters from Washington down to the simple soldier. It's hard to put down.
Excellent book. I was flying into Boston and New York alot for work while reading it, using the maps to navigate myself through the battles.
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Old 23 October 2007, 08:03
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Just picked up:

Leadership and Training for the Fight
, MSG. Paul Howe (Ret.)
We Were One, Patrick K. O'Donnell
House to House, David Bellavia
Killer Elite, Michael Smith

I hate amazon.com....it's too easy to buy books.

Once I finish these I think I'll read Cobra II then perhaps back to some less recent histories.
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Old 23 October 2007, 08:45
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Brave Men: By Ernie Pyle. Great book on the everday life of soldiers in WWII by one of the greatest War correspondents in WWII.
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Old 23 October 2007, 12:55
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Just picked up:

Leadership and Training for the Fight
, MSG. Paul Howe (Ret.)
Awesome book, you'll be wishing he told more stories in it. Unfortunately it's not that kind of book.

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We Were One, Patrick K. O'Donnell
Great read, and I know one of the principal guys very well. The author got him down on paper to a "T". It's speaks highly for the stuff in the book I don't know about first hand.

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Killer Elite, Michael Smith
Good read, but I think I remember its accuracy being disparaged here.
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Old 25 October 2007, 16:00
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(No Mean Soldier) by Peter Mcaleese. Great stuff on the wars he fought in Africa with the Rhodesian Army and the SADF. Other places also while with the Brits.
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Old 26 October 2007, 12:14
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I hate amazon.com....it's too easy to buy books...
Dude, if you think Amazon's bad, go to Half.com. It's an ebay site. I picked up Under and Alone for 3 bucks plus shipping ($7.00 total).
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Old 23 November 2007, 05:32
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Energy War - Exterminism for the 21st Century, Stan Goff

Download it for free here
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Old 23 November 2007, 06:09
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Stan Goff?

As in former SF Soldier Stan Goff?


Currently reading:

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz
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Old 23 November 2007, 06:21
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Yes-former 173rd(RVN), ranger bat, delta force, and SF.
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Old 23 November 2007, 06:22
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Yes-former 173rd(RVN), ranger bat, delta force, and SF.
I don't know a whole lot of folks in the SOF community who take Mr. Goff very seriously anymore.
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Old 23 November 2007, 06:32
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I don't know a whole lot of folks in the SOF community who take Mr. Goff very seriously anymore.
He reminds me of Smedley Butler
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Old 23 November 2007, 07:38
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That probably isn't too far off.
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Old 23 November 2007, 08:06
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Neat question. At the moment? Cancer Ward, by Solzhenitzyn.

Non-fiction. Medical texts (lots), pretty much anything by Sir Samuel Baker, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Jeff Cooper or F Spencer Chapman.

Fiction. Stephen Coonts, Ralph Peters, James Cobb, David Rollins and Bob Mayer/Robert Dougherty.

Sci-Fi. Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Robert Heinlein, Harry Turtledove.
And my wife will kill me if I didn't mention Lord of the Rings...

Interesting thread. Thanks.

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Old 23 November 2007, 10:01
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Next two on my list....that I just got from Amazon.....

The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler

Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn
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Old 23 November 2007, 11:49
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In the middle of "Gideon's Spies: The Secret History Of The Mossad". Once I'm done with that it's on to "The Sword And The Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB".
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Old 23 November 2007, 11:52
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Good read, but I think I remember its accuracy being disparaged here.
I had asked about that book as well after I read it awhile ago.

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Old 23 November 2007, 15:35
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In the middle of "Gideon's Spies: The Secret History Of The Mossad".
I've got that in my Amazon shopping list. If you haven't read it and the subject interests you, definitely pick up "Every Spy a Prince". I just started "The Kill Artist" by Daniel Silva, which is a fictional thriller about a Mossad kidon. I'm not very far into it, but it seems okay. So far multiple characters are using surveillance detection techniques, which is kind of cool.
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