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Old 16 January 2009, 13:07
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"1776" (David Mccullough). Great author, in my humble opinion.
Excellent book!! I love the way that guy writes. If you enjoy that book and haven't done it yet, read John Adams. That book was an amazing portrait of the man.

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A Bridge too Far -- Cornelius Ryan

Seen the movie a bunch of times, met old-timers who took part in Market Garden and the Waal crossing when I was in 82nd, but this is the first time I have read the book. A little dry, but really interesting -- especially what the Brits at Arnhem went through. Those were some courageous sons a' guns.
To finish my BBS in History, I had to write a huge research paper. I chose to write about Operation Market-Garden and this book formed much of the basis for what I did. Very true that it is so dry, but there it has so much information. It is the single best book as far as the sheer volume of info that I've read on that operation.
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Old 16 January 2009, 15:12
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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
Lot's of information but not the most flattering book I've ever read.


The CIA actually released a book review https://www.cia.gov/news-information...-of-ashes.html
I read the book and it was one of the worst CIA book ever. Kessler and Prados were better.
I'm glad you posted. I read this book last year and it certainly didn't paint a flattering image of the CIA. I imagine the truth is somewhere between the book and the CIA's book review. I am sure that there is a lot of imformation that has been destroyed or never published that could shed more light on this subject. For the CIA it is usually a no win situation since their successes ane not know and their failures become monumental in the eyes of the public.
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Old 17 January 2009, 04:50
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The Mission, The Men, and Me by Pete Blaber

Great book by a former SFOD-D CO.


http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Men-Me...2074990&sr=1-1
Outstanding book!! I read Roberts Ridge, The Sheriff of Ramadi, Navy SEALs (Chris Osman's book), Kill Bin Laden, Silent Gladiator and Never Surrender over the past couple months. I am currently reading Not A Good Day To Die by Sean Naylor. I'm about halfway thru.....good read thus far.
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Old 17 January 2009, 14:25
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there are some reports on Operation Market Garden at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/search/tr/index.html


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To finish my BBS in History, I had to write a huge research paper. I chose to write about Operation Market-Garden and this book formed much of the basis for what I did. Very true that it is so dry, but there it has so much information. It is the single best book as far as the sheer volume of info that I've read on that operation.
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Old 17 January 2009, 14:32
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there are some reports on Operation Market Garden at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/search/tr/index.html
Cool link. Thanks. Reading the book, it sure looks like a lot of problems could have been avoided if Montgomery hadn't ignored the Dutch underground like he did.
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Old 18 January 2009, 20:35
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Just finished How to Break a Terrorist, the author was at the barnes and noble in alexandria, va and I missed him but they still had some autographed copies and was able to get one. All in all a very interesting and insightful look into interrogation. Almost finished with the Sheriff of Ramadi, and since i'm running a bit thin when it comes to books that are catching my attention i'm re-reading Hogs in the Shadows.

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Old 18 January 2009, 21:43
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American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips.

Not very far into it, so far, but my initial impression is that he reaches a bit too much to make his arguments.

Don't bother with this book. I'm struggling to get through it. Some of the author's claims make the tin-foil hat crowd look sane.
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Old 18 January 2009, 23:47
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One Soldiers War In Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko. Not worth reading.
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Old 19 January 2009, 15:01
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They Must Be Stopped by Brigitte Gabriel.

Pretty good so far, and really gives an insight into how western society refuses to understand Islam, and how serious they are in their faith and its commandments. I thoroughly recommend it.
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Old 19 January 2009, 15:57
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The Ten Commandments for Business Failure

by Donald R. Keough

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Bureaucracies tend to just grow. If you're not careful, your assistant is going to have an assistant. They are usually information gathers. They keep busy keeping each other busy. It's a collection of information gatherers who package information and ship it to other places in the corporation. It has no real effect on what happens in the marketplace. Buffet bought a company a couple of years ago. In three months, they eliminated 54 committees and 10,000 man hours of monthly meetings.
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there are some reports on Operation Market Garden at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/search/tr/index.html
Thanks for the link. There is some phenomenal stuff there. I see it really being an asset once I get to work on my masters.
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Old 19 January 2009, 18:10
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Thanks for the link. There is some phenomenal stuff there. I see it really being an asset once I get to work on my masters.
Found this link last night.

http://www.american-divisions.com/do...documentid=133

It goes straight to what looks like an AAR of some sort by Gen. Gavin on the 82nd in Market Garden.

Cool site for what look to be original documents but a little hard to navigate.

The main page is here: http://www.american-divisions.com/default.asp

Looks like they have a lot of interesting old documents scanned in.

Good luck with your research.
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I am listening to Moby D1ck on digital audio.

When listening to the Dennis Prager show one day, one of his guests said the three best pieces of America Literature are:
  • Moby D1ck
  • The Great Gatspy
  • The Moviegoer
Having not read any, I just picked one.
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Blasphemy by Douglas Preston.

Its an "OK" book, the premise is far better than the author....
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Old 21 January 2009, 02:38
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I am listening to Moby D1ck on digital audio.

When listening to the Dennis Prager show one day, one of his guests said the three best pieces of America Literature are:
  • Moby D1ck
  • The Great Gatspy
  • The Moviegoer
Having not read any, I just picked one.
I would add Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" and "Fat Tuesday" to that list.

I am currently starting "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brian. I have heard good things about it but am just getting going with it.
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Old 21 January 2009, 14:07
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Brad Thor books

Didn't know if anyone else has read any books by Brad Thor, they are fiction, but current and good, fast reads. I picked up one at an airport bookstore a few months back and haven't stopped reading the books in his series.
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On the Run: An Angler's Journey Down the Striper Coast, by David DiBenedetto.

Great book if you enjoy surfcasting. Doesn't eliminate the cabin fever that sets in around this time of year but helps you forget about it for a little while.
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Cold Mountain.

My daughter got it from the library.

I have mixed feelings about it. Didn't see the movie.
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"I Will Fear No Evil", Robert Heinlein
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"I Will Fear No Evil", Robert Heinlein

Great book.

I think I'll reread that just to read something by someone who can write and get the words of Kevin Philips purged from my brain.
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