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3Z 23 November 2004 20:57

A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare
Robert Harris, Jeremy Paxman

Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction
Joseph Cirincione, Jon Wolfsthal, Miriam Rajkumar

Beginners Luck 3 January 2005 20:51

Just started The Tunnels of Cu Chi, so far, so good.
Favorite book I've read yet, Good To Go, I love this book, just finished reading it for the second time.

dvpj 3 January 2005 21:05

I've been a busy reader....lots a waiting in airports...
 
I finished "Hunting the Jackel" It was okay.

Knocked out "Masters of Chaos", during one trip to Atlanta, and gave it to a Capt. from the 101st waiting for a flight to Kentucky at Hartsfeld. It was a good read, but not what I was expecting.

Reading "Stiff" now, a fun read about human cadavers!

Also...The Nelson Touch...a bit slow for me. Morrison's book on John Paul Jones is a bit of a better read.

And, "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves", a great and funny book about writting.

My all time favorite...."Beautiful Swimmers" by W.W. Warner. A terrific book about the natural history and economics of Blue Crabs. If your looking for a good beach read, or something to spark a young natural scientist...this is a good choice. It has won several awards, and is an easy but informative book!

mpj0311 3 January 2005 21:47

Still trying to find time to finish Bravo Two Zulu.

rhea 3 January 2005 21:51

Just finished America's Secret War. Pretty good read. I picked up a book called From Babel to Dragoman's, Interpreting the Middle East.

After all of these years, I'm hoping to find something that will define the nuances in the Islamic community. Truth to be told, I have never searched that hard.

But, I read things like sexually abused women are punished for the abuse and go WTF?

Hopefully, I can get something meaningful (if still disgusting) on how a society could not only evolve this way, but continue to endorse it in a modern society.

rhea 5 January 2005 15:11

Quote:

Originally posted by rhea
Just finished America's Secret War. Pretty good read. I picked up a book called From Babel to Dragoman's, Interpreting the Middle East.

After all of these years, I'm hoping to find something that will define the nuances in the Islamic community. Truth to be told, I have never searched that hard.

But, I read things like sexually abused women are punished for the abuse and go WTF?

Hopefully, I can get something meaningful (if still disgusting) on how a society could not only evolve this way, but continue to endorse it in a modern society.

Diplomatic faux pas - an extract from Babel to Drogman's....

When: 1949
Where: Turkey, Turkish state archives

"...This was just at the time when a new relationship was developing between the United States and Turkey, which culminated a couple of years later in the inclusion of Turkey in NATO. On Thanksgiving 1949 President Truman thought it would be a gracious and pleasant gesture to present a turkey to the president of Turkey. At that time, the people in Turkey didn't know very much about the United States (and the Turkish word for the bird is hindi meaning Indian bird). They appreciated what was clearly meant as a friendly gesture, but they were very puzzled when a large dead bird arrived at Cankaya, the Turkish presidental residence, delivered by a special diplomatic courier"

.....so, I am apparently easily amused. I thought it was funny.

Ranger5280 5 January 2005 15:29

1. Treason (Ann Coulter)
2. The Leadership Challenge (second read of this book)
3. Leading Change (second read on this one as well)

Leadership Challenge and Leading Change are great reads for leaders of any and all industries and occupations.

ke4gde 10 January 2005 12:28

The Hammer's Slammers series of book by David Drake seem to be good reads. Am on about book 2 or 3 (can't tell which).

Basically its about a Regiment of Tank mercs. Not to bad.

Cornelius 11 January 2005 22:28

Bhagavat-Gita
Upanishads
Inside Delta Force: the story of America's elite counterterrorist unit by Eric L. Haney

FireFinder 12 January 2005 18:47

I recently finished reading:

The Battle for Mogadishu
The Guts to Try
RECONDO
SOG
Secret Commandos
Inside Delta Force
The Warrior Elite

I'm currently reading The Finishing School, and have a W.E.B. Griffin book on deck. I need to get some more books lined up. I read voraciously in 2004:

Starship Troopers
Space Cadet
The Redliners
The Yom Kippur War
Currahee!
Combat Jump
Airborne
Behind Hitlers Lines
In the Company of Heroes
We Were Soldiers Once, and Young
The Filthy Thirteen
Immediate Action
Boots on the Ground
This Man's Army
Air Battle Force
More Than Courage
and some other books that the titles escape me at the moment.

mccarthy 13 January 2005 00:36

Israel's Secret Wars by Ian Black & Benny Morris
Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller

pyrocustoms 13 January 2005 00:41

I just finished:
"The Finishing School"- by Dick Couch (got it for xmas

"The Wisdom of the Native Americans"- Edited by Kent Nerburn

and am about 1/2 way through
"The Art of War" (Denma translation)- by Sun Tzu (very interesting and good read so far.)

Gypsy 13 January 2005 00:46

Just finished Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror by Maj Gen (Ret) Paul Vallely and Lt Gen (Ret) Thomas McInerney. Good book with a strong and amazing intro by Oliver North.

Currently reading Unholy Alliance, Radical Islam and the American Left by David Horowitz. So far I'd say it's a must read.

KKG 17 January 2005 15:15

Telling Lies, Paul Ekman <---useful stuff

FM 3-05.71

ASPD Glock 7 February 2005 22:45

James Mitchner's books on American history
Start with Centennial, then Texas, Chesapeak, Hawaii, Alaska
Any book that starts off, "About a billion years ago..." has got to have plenty of background to set the story up.

Oz 23 February 2005 19:04

Some of the books I have read (Exception is "At War" - still labouring on that one) and think they are worth reading again ....

All time classics - worth of intensive studying :

- Carl von Clausewitz : "On War". A highly interesting read, and although its fairly old the content is still up-to-date.

- Sun Tzu : "The Art of War". Often cited classic and as with "On War" - old book but actual content.

- Miyamoto Mushashi : "A Book of Five Rings". Not as widely known as the two other books, but still very interesting insightfull.

Books on Leadership :

- Tom Clancy and Gen. Chuck Horner (Ret.) : "Every Man a Tiger". One hell of read and very very interesting, some interesting points on Leadership and other important points, with emphasis on Air War.

- Tom Clancy and Gen. Fred Franks Jr. (Ret.) : "Into the Storm". Again a very good read, but here the emphasis is on Armored/Land Warfare and of course Leadership.

- Tom Clancy and Gen. Carl Stiner (Ret.) : "Shadow Warriors". Interesting book, the emphasis is on Special Forces/Special Operations and some Leadership.

- Col. Dandrige M. Malone (Ret.) : "Small Unit Leadership - A Commonsense Approach".

- John F. Antal : "Infantry Combat - The Rifle Platoon". This is an interactive Exercise in Small Unit Tactics and Leadership. Very interesting, worth a read.

Various Books on military Topics :

- Stephen E. Ambrose : "Band of Brothers". I dont think I have to say much about it, if you know the mini-series this is a must read, otherwise its still damn interesting.

- Mark Bowden : "Black Hawk Down". The movie is ok, but you should read the book, well balanced account of the events. Good to read and full of good information.

- Col. Charlie A. Beckwith (Ret.) : "Delta Force". The book from the founder and first CO of the Army's CT Unit. Very interesting.

- Lt.Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway : "We were Soldiers once ... and Young". Great book, and by far better then the good movie.

- LCDR Roy Boehm (Ret.) and Charles W. Sasser : "First SEAL". An account about the early days of the USN SEALs from the founder himself. Great read - if you are interested in SEALs this is a must have.

- William H. McRaven : "Spec Ops - Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare : Theory and Practice". Very interesting to read. Case studies about Special Operations ranging from WW2 to the Israeli Raid on Entebbe.

- CDR Richard Marcinko (Ret.) with John Weisman : "Rogue Warrior".

Now the listing of these books doesn't include a rating, they are just listed in the order I took em of my bookshelf.

Bailaviborita 23 February 2005 21:22

So many more books to add to my list! Great books- all, thanks. I am going to order Enders Game, American Soldier, and Hunting the Jackal tonight.

Reading now:
"The Fifth Discipline" by Peter M. Senge. Systems Thinking and Learning Organizations. Some say the heir to Alfred Sloan's "My Years at General Motors". Interesting and deep. If our economy and our culture don't get this, we will fail.
"The Smartest Guys in the Room", by McLean and Elkind. The rise and fall of Enron. Great read so far.

Just finished:
"Barbarians at the Gate", by Burrough and Helyar. The KKR buyout of RJR Nabisco. Amazing read. Inside a leveraged buyout in the 80's.
"The Machine That Changed The World", by Womack, Jones, and Roos. Great explanation on why Japan is kicking our butts in cars, how Ford has learned from them, and how GM failed to learn.

Up next:
"State of Fear", Crichton
"The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership", Maxwell (suggested by SOCNET'er)
"Irrational Exuberance", Schiller (Investing)
"When Genuis Failed", Lowenstein (Long Term Capital Management debacle)
"Through Our Enemies' Eyes", Anonymous (Radical Islam)
"The Mind of God", Davies (Theoretical Physics)
"The Metaphysical Club", Menand (Story of Ideas in America)
"The Guns of August", Tuchman

All-time favorites:
"The Count of Monte Cristo", Alexander Dumas
"The Golden Rendezvous", Alistair McLean
"Prodigal Soldiers", Kitfield (from Vietnam to Desert Storm: how the Army changed)
"On Strategy", COL Harry Summers (Vietnam)
"SpecOps", William H. McRaven
"Casino Royale", Ian Fleming
"The Bourne Identity", Robert Ludlum
"The Killer Angels", Michael Shaara
"Witness For the Prosecution", Agatha Christie (Great murder play)
"Riders of the Purple Sage", Zane Grey (Old West adventure)
"Reagan's War", Peter Schweizer (Reagan vs. communism and why)
"The Walking Drum", Louis L'Amour (Medievel Europe Adventure)
LOTR, Tolkien

Geronimo82 1 March 2005 11:39

Just finished "You want me to do what?" Jeff Kraus and right now I'm rereading (for the 3 time) "Battle Royale". Its a modern day "Lord of the Flies" thats set in a fictional Japan. Gonna grab "Stand in the Door" when I get back and try and find a copy of the book a writer was doing while we (1/509 INF ABN) where over here that brings our unit history from WW2 up to the present. After those I'm gonna finish reading Tom Clancy's "Shadow Warriors".

Winnie 2 March 2005 01:11

I'm rereading The Tipping Point by M. Gladwell.

I'm sure it's been mentioned before. I saw Gladwell and others on Nightline not too long ago talking about the book and how it applies to our situation in Iraq. I decided to pick it up again. Good read.

RossM240B 5 March 2005 11:06

Currently Reading:
The War of the Running Dogs: The Malayan Emergency 1948-1960 by Noel Barber
Not a Good Day to Die by Sean Naylor
Lore of Running by Dr. Tim Noakes
Practical Shooting by Brian Enos
The System of the World by Neal Stephenson

Recently Finished:
Masters of Chaos by Linda Robinson (Great Read!)
The Confusion by Neal Stephenson (Also good, but more wordy than some of his other stuff)
Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot
The Phillipine War by Brian Linn (If you want a good model of the US defeating an insurgency, this is it)


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