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Old 3 January 2020, 00:43
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"The Conspiracy Against The Human Race by Thomas Ligotti. Very depressing, full of words I have to look up. If you ever wondered where True Detective Rust Cohle's nihilistic rumination got plagiarised from this is the book.
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Old 3 January 2020, 11:02
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"Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History" by S.C. Gwynne.

Started a few days ago and holy shit! The Comanches were brutal, but phenomenal warriors. Quanah was arguably their greatest chief and was a half breed.

The vast, semi-arid grasslands of the southern Great Plains could be dominated by hunters and warriors on horseback. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the Comanches, often referred to as “lords of the Plains,” were the single most powerful military force in the region, to the frustration of both the Mexican and U.S. governments. In this engrossing chronicle, award-winning journalist Gwynne traces the rise of the Comanche people from their roots as primitive bands of hunter-gatherers to their mastery of the horse and emergence as the feared power brokers of the area. At the center of the narrative is the charismatic Quanah Parker, who skillfully navigated the gaps between his traditional culture and the emerging, settled culture of the late-nineteenth century. Quanah was the son of a Comanche warrior and a woman named Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped at the age of nine and chose to stay with the Comanches. Quanah was a brilliant, feared war chief who guided his people in adapting to new realities after their final suppression by the U.S. Calvary. An outstanding addition to western-history collections. --Jay Freeman
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Old 8 January 2020, 07:47
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^^That is some cool history right there. The exploits of all the tribes of this country has held my interest for years, and I have barely made a dent in the readings of such!
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Old 8 January 2020, 20:09
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Just finished a very in depth book on the history of the Comanches.
Comanches: The History of a People by T.R. Fehrenbach
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Old 9 January 2020, 17:57
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Don Mann and Lance Burton, Navy SEALs: The Combat History of the Deadliest Warriors on the Planet (Skyhorse Publishing, 2019).

Skip it. I picked it up based on a quick positive blurb in the last issue of Proceedings and I wanted to take notes from it. I'm glad I got it through the library. The text is a poor crib of other materials, some apparently the official history put out by Naval Special Warfare Command, some from elsewhere. In the opening chapters, the historical chronology is all over the place so it became downright puzzling what they were trying to explain. Somehow the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 led to the creation of the position of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The combat narrative shows a desire by the authors to tell a riveting story, but we really don't know the back and forth spoken words between UDT operatives in February 1951 in combat.

If you guys are on here, I'm sorry, but this just didn't work. I had to quit halfway through. You needed an editor to help you sort this out in drafts.
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Old 12 January 2020, 21:04
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"Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History" by S.C. Gwynne.

Started a few days ago and holy shit! The Comanches were brutal, but phenomenal warriors. Quanah was arguably their greatest chief and was a half breed.

The vast, semi-arid grasslands of the southern Great Plains could be dominated by hunters and warriors on horseback. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the Comanches, often referred to as “lords of the Plains,” were the single most powerful military force in the region, to the frustration of both the Mexican and U.S. governments. In this engrossing chronicle, award-winning journalist Gwynne traces the rise of the Comanche people from their roots as primitive bands of hunter-gatherers to their mastery of the horse and emergence as the feared power brokers of the area. At the center of the narrative is the charismatic Quanah Parker, who skillfully navigated the gaps between his traditional culture and the emerging, settled culture of the late-nineteenth century. Quanah was the son of a Comanche warrior and a woman named Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped at the age of nine and chose to stay with the Comanches. Quanah was a brilliant, feared war chief who guided his people in adapting to new realities after their final suppression by the U.S. Calvary. An outstanding addition to western-history collections. --Jay Freeman
I also just finished this book, great read. It's amazing how the settlers had to constantly relearn how to operate in the environment. Then the corruption out of DC was unbelievable.
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I also just finished this book, great read. It's amazing how the settlers had to constantly relearn how to operate in the environment. Then the corruption out of DC was unbelievable.
Thanks for that. I just downloaded it on Audible!
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Old 13 January 2020, 00:51
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Just finished "Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babbin. I thought it was an excellent book. For years I refused to consider reading it because I was tired of "I am SOF, let me tell you about leadership" books. There were simply too many.

But just like Paul Howe's "Leadership lessons for the fight" and Pete Blaber's "The Mission, the Men, and Me" I find "Extreme Ownership" to have been an incredibly astute observation of lessons which can be related to any environment.

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Currently about halfway through "Permanent Record" by Ed Snowden. It's been ok and I'm considering returning it to Audible if I don't see it improving in the next half hour or so. He's currently covering his time in Switzerland and makes some interesting points.
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I am reading the autobiography of Agatha Christie. Not surprisingly, it is delightfully light-hearted and full of good humor.

Agatha’s voyage down the memory lane begins in her little mud-brick “house” in Nimrud (as I am sure most of you know, she actively participated in some of the archeological work uncovering the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia)... I cant but wonder what she would say of the current state of affairs in Iraq.
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