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Old 16 January 2017, 09:50
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My recommended reading list

Over the last year or so I have had several friends, relatives and students ask for my advice on some good books to read. So I made a list that I share with them. Thought I would post it here.


Some of my favorite reads over the last several years. Highly recommend them all.

Fiction:

"One Second After".........William Forstchen (a Purdue graduate)

Non-Fiction:

Unbroken.....Laura Hillenbrand

Pirate Coast.......Richard Zachs

Shooting at the Moon....Roger Warner

Air America.....Chris Robbins

Flyboys......James Bradley

The Big Burn......Timothy Egan

Wild Swans.....Jung Chang

Off the Map, tales of endurance and exploration......Fergus Fleming

God is my Co-pilot......Robert Scott

Death in the Long Grass.... Peter Capstick

Trespassers on the Roof of the World......Peter Hopkirk

The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II.........Donovan Webster
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Old 16 January 2017, 10:00
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I second Unbroken, Flyboys, God is my Copilot
I will have to add the others to my list
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Old 16 January 2017, 10:48
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A most excellent (half-way into it) follow-on to Forstchen's series One Second After, One Year After, and the Final Day:

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A most excellent (half-way into it) follow-on to Forstchen's series
Just ordered. Thanks.
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That (Ted Koppel's book) is an eye opener!
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Old 16 January 2017, 20:33
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Just ordered... Off the Map, tales of endurance and exploration......Fergus Fleming. Looks like a really good read.

Unbroken is great.
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Old 16 January 2017, 20:52
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I need to read Air America.

Flying Through Midnight was a staple at my former squadron. Had a copy that floated around for years that everyone used to sign as they finished reading.

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The Ravens is also a good read.
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The Ravens is also a good read.
+1. Well researched and well written.
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based off "One Second After".........William Forstchen

I'd recommend "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank

I've worn out my book and I first read it when I was 16 and have read nearly every year since I've been an adult. A great book.
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One I always recommend is 'One an Eagle' by Anton Myrer. Great book on leadership
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I need to read Air America.

Flying Through Midnight was a staple at my former squadron. Had a copy that floated around for years that everyone used to sign as they finished reading.

Just ordered along with One Second After.

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Old 29 August 2017, 08:03
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Robert Mason's "Chickenhawk"

A year in the life of a Vietnam Huey pilot. Great read.

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^^^^ I remember reading that in the 80s as a teenager. It had a major influence on making me want to serve.
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Perhaps this book will be off this topic, but I recommend to read the "World Order" by Henry Kissinger. In the book the author explains the main theses about how different countries communicate with each other, what mistakes have been made in history and how to learn to show compassion in different aspects of life. I wrote
a story review of this book and it can be concluded that the unified system of balance of power has failed and there is a need to reconstruct the international system.
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based off "One Second After".........William Forstchen

I'd recommend "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank

I've worn out my book and I first read it when I was 16 and have read nearly every year since I've been an adult. A great book.
One of the best Apocalypse books and series, as well as Alas Babylon. Now, they all have the same story line and are a bit too predictable.
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your first post.
You're lacking an introductory post

http://socnet.com/showthread.php?t=73033&page=623
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Probably my favorite book of all time: Ender's Game.
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Probably my favorite book of all time: Ender's Game.
EXCELLENT book!
Did you read the follow up? Speaker of the Dead
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The following books may be worthwhile, depending on what you may be into:

Module 1: Ghost Wars (Read Ghost Wars First), First In, Horse Soldiers, Jawbreaker, Not a Good Day to Die, The Twilight War, Black Flags The Rise of ISIS (Joby Warrick)

Module 2: On Writing Well (William Zinnser), Riveting Reports (William Ross-Larson), How to write a cable (http://foreignpolicy.com/2011/02/21/...write-a-cable/), Everything's An Argument (Andrea Lunsford), Conveying Complex Information( http://www.quickbase.com/blog/6-ways...ex-information), Hunting The Jackal (Billy Waugh)

Module 3: Never Split The Difference (Chris Voss), How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie), What Every Body Is Saying (Joe Navarro), Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (Sam Gosling), You Say More Than You Think (Janine Driver), Social Engineering ( Christopher Hadnagy), The Walk In (Gary Berntsen)

Module 4: Savage Wars of Peace (Max Boot), The Origins of the First World War (James Joll), The Rise to Globalism (Stephen Ambrose), Long Telegram (Mr. X.), The Political Economy of International Relations (Robert Gilpin), Global Political Economy (Robert Gilpin), Blow The House Down (Robert Baer)

Module 5: Why Men Rebel (Ted Gurr), Poor People's Movements (Piven and Cloward), The Wretched of the Earth (Frantz Fanon), The True Believer (Eric Hoffer), The Main Enemy (Milton Bearden), Globalized Islam (Oliver Roy), Man Without A Face (Markus Wolf), Human Factors in Undergrounds and Insurgencies. The Mission, The Men and Me (Pete Blaber)

Module 6: The Code Book (Simon Singh), Blind Man's Bluff (Sherry Sontag), Farewell (Sergei Kostin), The Puzzle Palace (James Bamford), GIS for Dummies (Michael DeMers), Hunter Killer (T. Mark Mccurley), How To Find Out Anything (Don MacLeod), Worm: The First Digital World War

Module 7: The Operators (James Rennie), Pamwe Chete (RF Reid-Daly), Rogue Warrior (Richard Marcinko), Delta Force (Charlie Beckwith), SOG (John Plaster), The Shooting Gallery (Gaz Hunter), Rise and Kill First (Ronan Bergman)

Module 8: Curveball (Bob Drogan), Triple Agent (Joby Warrick), The Spy Handler (Victor Cherkashin), Inside the Jihad (Omar Nasiri), Bravo Two Zero (Andy McNab)

Module 9 A Short Course in the Secret War (Christopher Felix), Without Cloak or Dagger (Miles Copeland), The Night Watch (David Atlee Phillips), In the Midst of Wars (Edward Lansdale), FDR's Twelve Apostles (Hal Vaughn), See No Evil (Robert Baer), A Spy for All Seasons (Dwayne Clarridge)


Summer Reading:
A Burgler's Guide to the City (Geoff Manaugh)
Turnabout and Deception (Barton Whaley)
Warfare in the Enemy's Rear (Otto Heilbrunn)
The Escape Factory (Lloyd Shoemaker)
DIY Secret Hiding Places (Steve Plant)
The Merger (Jeffery Robinson)
Erasing The Aftermath (Judd Sweitzer)
The Art of Deception (Kevin Mitnick)
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