SOCNET

Go Back   SOCNET: The Special Operations Community Network > General Topics > Book Reviews

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1941  
Old 5 June 2013, 21:06
GracieLou's Avatar
GracieLou GracieLou is offline
Authorized Personnel
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,369
Ender's Game (3rd time), Ender in Exile, and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
__________________
"My logisticians are a humorless lot...they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay." – Alexander the Great
Reply With Quote
  #1942  
Old 5 June 2013, 22:41
Headshot's Avatar
Headshot Headshot is offline
<3>
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: CONUS
Posts: 2,123
I'm reading "The Artist's Way"; it is a great book aimed at removing creative blocks, no matter what your area of expertise is. It has exercises to help remove those mental blocks and open your mind to a more creative process. One of the exercises is to write in a morning log 3 pages of whatever comes to mind, no matter how nonsensical it all may seem; it really helps remove much of the daily fog that stands in the way of moving on with things that need to be done.

So far I highly recommend it for everyone.
__________________
If a person won't show me their scars, I have no interest in seeing their trophies.
Reply With Quote
  #1943  
Old 10 June 2013, 16:59
Greentea Greentea is offline
On the Extract Bird
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: East Coast
Posts: 14
Just read the Kindle Edition] of Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender. Early life and outstanding military service could have been a great story on it's own. Unfortunately, this was clearly written quickly, and suffers from some lax editing. I hope she finds peace and happiness in her journey.
Reply With Quote
  #1944  
Old 10 June 2013, 20:18
MakoZeroSix's Avatar
MakoZeroSix MakoZeroSix is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 8,634
I'll tell you what I'm NOT reading any more- Dan Brown's "Inferno". What a piece of garbage. I nearly smashed my Kindle not even a third of the way through. The guy doesn't even try anymore. Plus he sucks as a writer anyway- I just used to like the subjects he wrote about.
__________________
Quote:
The history of the world is the history of war between secret societies"
- Robert Anton Wilson, "The Illuminatus Trilogy"
Reply With Quote
  #1945  
Old 11 June 2013, 08:15
GirlwithaGlock's Avatar
GirlwithaGlock GirlwithaGlock is online now
Russian Tycoon
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ghost Ranch
Posts: 3,779
^Thanks for that, M06. You just saved me some money - I was tempted to pick up that book. That bad, huh?
__________________
Dodge This!
Reply With Quote
  #1946  
Old 11 June 2013, 18:59
UncleTx UncleTx is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: New Braunfels,Texas
Posts: 278
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff. Great book. Read it in two short sittings. http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Shangri-La-Survival-Adventure-Incredible/dp/0061988359
Reply With Quote
  #1947  
Old 11 June 2013, 19:26
MixedLoad's Avatar
MixedLoad MixedLoad is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: CA
Posts: 9,227
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

I just listened to it in audiobook format and loved it. It was absolutely captivating. Presumably every last one of our BTDT members will identify quite strongly with more than one trait. Likely with about a half dozen.

Called a friend of mine as soon as I got done with it (2nd day), who is an incredible Psychologist with decades of experience dealing with SOF, and asked her about it. Her insight was stunning and confirmed many of my suspicions about myself and the interactions I've been privy to my entire adult life, but also reflections of my youth.

Well worth reading/listening to.
__________________
“Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re"
Reply With Quote
  #1948  
Old 12 June 2013, 10:09
Jong Jong is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Fantasy Land
Posts: 1,631
Quote:
Originally Posted by MixedLoad View Post
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

I just listened to it in audiobook format and loved it. It was absolutely captivating. Presumably every last one of our BTDT members will identify quite strongly with more than one trait. Likely with about a half dozen.

Called a friend of mine as soon as I got done with it (2nd day), who is an incredible Psychologist with decades of experience dealing with SOF, and asked her about it. Her insight was stunning and confirmed many of my suspicions about myself and the interactions I've been privy to my entire adult life, but also reflections of my youth.

Well worth reading/listening to.
I guess those insights from the psychologist were too embarrassing to share?
__________________
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

Winston Churchill

Put a small child in a playpen with an apple and a bunny. If s/he eats the apple and plays with the bunny, s/he's normal;but if s/he eats the bunny and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car. Somewhere along the line we must have been TAUGHT to do the wrong thing.

Maynard James Keenan
Reply With Quote
  #1949  
Old 12 June 2013, 13:18
MixedLoad's Avatar
MixedLoad MixedLoad is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: CA
Posts: 9,227
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jong View Post
I guess those insights from the psychologist were too embarrassing to share?
Actually not in the least bit so let me elaborate:

If anything it was affirmation for the "why" and "who" questions or thoughts I've had about my surroundings.

It's also no coincidence that SOF units are almost exclusively populated with people who exhibit at least a handful of the traits that are screened for to determine sociopathy. And not in a negative light, but specifically searching for some of the traits as they're near conclusive indicators of an individuals ability to deal with many of the situations they'll be professionally subjected to.

"Sociopath" also does not equal "serial killer", which is likely contrary to popular belief. It's entirely too complex for me to explain but suffice to say that if you read the book you might learn a fair bit about something you might not yet know a whole lot about.

Take these three examples:

1. None of us cry ourselves to sleep after shooting someone in the face. At least none of the guys I've been around. Including the majority of a certain professional segment of women I've worked with.

2. We can, completely devoid of emotion, fire someone. And not give a flying fuck if "Bob", who is a chronic underachiever has a family to feed. He's not useful, maybe even detrimental to our team/unit/organization. Bob has to go. I'll never give Bob a second consideration if he's not meeting the standard.

3. We all had a belief that we were the absolute best at something if we wanted it badly enough. We never quit and to a T I saw those who succeeded at courses I attended (selections) exhibit satisfaction when someone quit or clearly failed. They were not meant to be part of ____.


As a kid, adolescent and adult I've never given a shit about weak people. I protected a few, but more for the reason of beating the shit out of someone who thought they were a badass and could get away with it. Mainly, I despise weak people because they have a choice not to be. However they consciously make that decision. Logically they don't have to be but their overly emotional mindsets make up reasons to be.

I can somewhat rationalize it in women, but when I see guys who don't meet standards I hold myself to, I don't see much use for them. Do I understand why they are like that? Yes. I just don't care for it at all. If one of them gets smoked it brings out the same reaction as if someone squashed a fly. I simply don't care and get caught up in, what I consider to be, fake empathy. It seems like bullshit to me.
__________________
“Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re"
Reply With Quote
  #1950  
Old 12 June 2013, 13:37
8654maine 8654maine is offline
Rage against the machine
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Maine
Posts: 5,478
Quote:
Originally Posted by MixedLoad View Post
...your post...
Agree.
Reply With Quote
  #1951  
Old 12 June 2013, 13:42
RBS's Avatar
RBS RBS is offline
Not bright, but energetic
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 398
Herman Melville: Omoo

Been hooked on early writings about Polynesia for about the last year.
Reply With Quote
  #1952  
Old 12 June 2013, 14:12
Bearcat06 Bearcat06 is offline
On the Extract Bird
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Hickam Field
Posts: 934
A Foot Solider for Patton: The Story of a "Red Diamond" Infantryman with the U.S. Third Army by Michael Bilder

Really good read thus far.
Reply With Quote
  #1953  
Old 12 June 2013, 15:24
Jong Jong is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Fantasy Land
Posts: 1,631
Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean. I just went to a civilian paramedic course and had a hard time keeping my mouth shut about somethings that would have probably horrified some of the other medics in their regards to saving 500lb behemoths!!
__________________
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

Winston Churchill

Put a small child in a playpen with an apple and a bunny. If s/he eats the apple and plays with the bunny, s/he's normal;but if s/he eats the bunny and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car. Somewhere along the line we must have been TAUGHT to do the wrong thing.

Maynard James Keenan
Reply With Quote
  #1954  
Old 13 June 2013, 01:05
Kim Kim is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Tallahassee
Posts: 9
Relic - by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child (part of their Pendergast series about an FBI agent who solves some "interesting" cases throughoug his career)

Great read so far.
Reply With Quote
  #1955  
Old 15 June 2013, 18:49
SOTB's Avatar
SOTB SOTB is offline
Minus one, but more symmetrical....
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Clorox'ing the gene pool....
Posts: 32,957
Quote:
Originally Posted by MixedLoad
"Sociopath" also does not equal "serial killer", which is likely contrary to popular belief....
+ Pi.

Years ago, mankind began to develop much more centralized societies. And in this process, and IMO largely due to things being easier and people able to relax instead of fight for their lives each and everyday, Type-A meateaters began to disturb those who weren't Type-A meateaters. At about the same time, the world's second-most dangerous group of charltans appeared -- psycho(logist)s (the first most dangerous group are the espousers of religion). And these charltans immediately recognized the threat posed by meateaters (who generally told the psycho(logist)s to fuck off), and therefore sought to stigmatize the meateaters with a shit title.

They couldn't accomplish this by simply stating the meateaters were meanies, because this showed the charltans to be pussies (in addition to being conartists). So they pointed out anyone who would lie or kill or steal or any other sort of non-law abiding practice and lumped in the meateaters as well. As such, if you don't generally care about people or their silly laws (unless those laws are ones you support, of course), and you refuse to be satisfied with dreaming, and you consider pain to sometimes be a necessary price for accomplishment -- you were titled as a sociopath.

Which to ME is just fine. I prefer to be lumped in with the dangerous people, instead of the meek. I've never felt more alive and comfortable when I was surrounded by guys like me and people who wanted (or would want) to kill me. But put me in a party with a bunch of pussies and I immediately try to find an exit.

I'm a sociopath, and I'm fine with that. And society can take comfort in knowing I'm not a serial killer, yet....
__________________
Losing faith in humanity, one assclown at a time....

Last edited by SOTB; 15 June 2013 at 19:16. Reason: Moved a "("....
Reply With Quote
  #1956  
Old 17 June 2013, 18:23
AustinPT AustinPT is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 333
Currently reading "American Commando" about the Marine Raider battalion in WWII. Interesting stuff. Also reading "We Were Soldiers Once..." Got to see Joe Galloway speak when I was at Ft Hood. Don't know what took me so long to get around to reading the LZ Xray story. Listening to The Outpost on audible.com. The phrase "fucked up as a soup sandwich" comes to mind listening to the situations described there.
Reply With Quote
  #1957  
Old 18 June 2013, 22:59
leopardprey's Avatar
leopardprey leopardprey is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 15,925
Quote:
Originally Posted by AustinPT View Post
Currently reading "American Commando" about the Marine Raider battalion in WWII. Interesting stuff. Also reading "We Were Soldiers Once..." Got to see Joe Galloway speak when I was at Ft Hood. Don't know what took me so long to get around to reading the LZ Xray story. Listening to The Outpost on audible.com. The phrase "fucked up as a soup sandwich" comes to mind listening to the situations described there.

Ordered a copy of American Commando. Looks like a good read, and interested in reading how he translated his Nicaraguan guerilla skills into combatting the Japanese on Guadalcanal - which the review states the books delves into.
Reply With Quote
  #1958  
Old 20 June 2013, 15:17
GracieLou's Avatar
GracieLou GracieLou is offline
Authorized Personnel
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,369
True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey. I had a hard time starting this book because of the way is it written, but now I can't put it down. Pretty crazy life for the Kelly clan...
__________________
"My logisticians are a humorless lot...they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay." – Alexander the Great
Reply With Quote
  #1959  
Old 20 June 2013, 16:19
Bearcat06 Bearcat06 is offline
On the Extract Bird
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Hickam Field
Posts: 934
Just starting: Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler's Reich by Robert Dorr.

Just finished: A Foot Solider for Patton: The Story of a "Red Diamond" Infantryman with the U.S. Third Army by Michael Bilder

Excellent book about the common foot solider in WW2.
Reply With Quote
  #1960  
Old 20 June 2013, 21:41
Titus Titus is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: South America
Posts: 30
Pilgrims Progress - John Bunyan (1678)

I'm not sure if anyone here is into old Christian literature, but it's about as good as they come. I'd recommend a more modern edition though, the Old English can get really tedious after awhile.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Our new posting rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:04.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Socnet.com All Rights Reserved
© SOCNET 1996-2020