SOCNET

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #2821  
Old 20 March 2019, 16:24
DaveP DaveP is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Maine
Posts: 424
Counterinsurgency, David Kilcullen, read during travel and between tree work and plumbing chores (relevant only in that it deserves more focus than I gave it, IMO).

I liked the inherent review/repetition going from his basic articles, to applications in AF and Indonesia, to personal small-scale action, and back to broad principles (I'd group ch. 5 and 6 as excellent review).
Also liked his candor in "lessons learned"/AAR.

Although from different points in his career, his footnotes tie things or update his thinking at least up to 2009/10.
Well written, applicable.

DaveP
Reply With Quote
  #2822  
Old 21 March 2019, 17:15
CAP MARINE's Avatar
CAP MARINE CAP MARINE is offline
0311/8651
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 3,608
GODS OF MISCHIEF
haven’t started it yet
__________________
Guy "Landmine” Melton
Deputy Sheriff
Reply With Quote
  #2823  
Old 22 March 2019, 17:08
GPC's Avatar
GPC GPC is offline
Freelancer
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: LFOD
Posts: 6,924
Pistolcraft forging past with present by Reid Henrichs.
__________________
Steel Rain Brings The Pain!
Reply With Quote
  #2824  
Old 27 March 2019, 12:38
nadnklipsch's Avatar
nadnklipsch nadnklipsch is offline
Boot For Life
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 180
Breakout- The Chosin Resevoir Campaign, Korea 1950

This is the second book in a row I've picked up about the Chosin. It is a great book with a lot of interviews with the guys who were actually there. Definitely makes you proud to be a Marine.
Reply With Quote
  #2825  
Old 27 March 2019, 20:31
CAP MARINE's Avatar
CAP MARINE CAP MARINE is offline
0311/8651
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 3,608
Finished Gods of Mischief, now reading WILD BILL(Hickok) by Tom clavin
__________________
Guy "Landmine” Melton
Deputy Sheriff
Reply With Quote
  #2826  
Old 27 March 2019, 20:34
IronCross's Avatar
IronCross IronCross is offline
Supporterator
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dallas
Posts: 865
The American Black Chamber, Herbert O. Yardley, 1931.

"The book describes the inner workings of the interwar American governmental cryptography organization called the Black Chamber."
__________________
Keep your mouth shut and listen. That is the best piece of advice I have been given.
Reply With Quote
  #2827  
Old 30 March 2019, 00:58
Rockville Rockville is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: VA
Posts: 1,143
The re-written, revamped version of Selous Scouts - Top Secret War with no more break in lines is

Pamwe Chete: the legend of the Selous Scouts
Ron Reid-Daly
Covos Day Books, South Africa; 2000
ISBN-10: 0620237562
ISBN-13: 978-0620237567

Quote:
Originally Posted by Polypro View Post
Fresh off the plane from South Africa:
Reply With Quote
  #2828  
Old 2 April 2019, 08:11
Polypro's Avatar
Polypro Polypro is offline
BTDT
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: A Noisy Bar In Avalon
Posts: 14,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rockville View Post
The re-written, revamped version of Selous Scouts - Top Secret War... is

Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts


Yeah, but even rarer and more expensive, so I went with the original, LOL.
__________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On February 20, 2018, President Trump issued a memorandum instructing the Attorney General “to dedicate all available resources to… propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.”

“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida ... to go to court would have taken a long time”

“Take the guns first, go through due process second”

"Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court"
Reply With Quote
  #2829  
Old 2 April 2019, 14:55
FinsUp's Avatar
FinsUp FinsUp is offline
Aww F**K it
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Middle Earth
Posts: 2,754
I work in an inner city middle school, I just lent my copy of Hunting the Jackal to one of my students. She was chilling in my office and asked me if I had any good books to read. It is the first time I have seen her just sit and read for pleasure.
__________________
One of the fundamental truths of the universe is that there isn't anything that cannot be improved with the addition of pirates, ninjas, midgets or monkeys.

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Romans 13:4
Reply With Quote
  #2830  
Old 2 April 2019, 15:04
tim416 tim416 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Maine, USA
Posts: 61
Quote:
Originally Posted by Polypro View Post
Yeah, but even rarer and more expensive, so I went with the original, LOL.
A few years back I was working in the Matetsi safari area in Zimbabwe with an older man that was a Selous Scout.

He shared some very interesting stories around the fire several evenings.
Reply With Quote
  #2831  
Old 4 April 2019, 10:07
Polypro's Avatar
Polypro Polypro is offline
BTDT
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: A Noisy Bar In Avalon
Posts: 14,029
Quote:
Originally Posted by tim416 View Post
A few years back I was working in the Matetsi safari area in Zimbabwe with an older man that was a Selous Scout.

He shared some very interesting stories around the fire several evenings.

Pretty cool man, pretty cool.
__________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On February 20, 2018, President Trump issued a memorandum instructing the Attorney General “to dedicate all available resources to… propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.”

“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida ... to go to court would have taken a long time”

“Take the guns first, go through due process second”

"Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court"
Reply With Quote
  #2832  
Old 7 April 2019, 21:49
Armitage12 Armitage12 is offline
Confronting the Reckoning
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Old North West
Posts: 1,633
Quote:
Originally Posted by FinsUp View Post
I work in an inner city middle school, I just lent my copy of Hunting the Jackal to one of my students. She was chilling in my office and asked me if I had any good books to read. It is the first time I have seen her just sit and read for pleasure.
Follow up on that one for sure.
Reply With Quote
  #2833  
Old 8 April 2019, 10:04
FinsUp's Avatar
FinsUp FinsUp is offline
Aww F**K it
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Middle Earth
Posts: 2,754
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armitage12 View Post
Follow up on that one for sure.
I did, she has almost finished it! This is a kid that said she doesn't like to read. She came to find me after school Friday to tell me she is almost done. She seemed really excited about it. I am trying to come up with a reading list from my personal library to loan some of the kids.
__________________
One of the fundamental truths of the universe is that there isn't anything that cannot be improved with the addition of pirates, ninjas, midgets or monkeys.

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Romans 13:4
Reply With Quote
  #2834  
Old 8 April 2019, 11:45
CPTAUSRET's Avatar
CPTAUSRET CPTAUSRET is offline
BTDT
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Iowa City, Iowa...
Posts: 9,962
Quote:
Originally Posted by FinsUp View Post
I did, she has almost finished it! This is a kid that said she doesn't like to read. She came to find me after school Friday to tell me she is almost done. She seemed really excited about it. I am trying to come up with a reading list from my personal library to loan some of the kids.
Good on you for what you are doing..
__________________
"IF THOU STRIKETH THE KING, STRIKE NOT TO WOUND":
Reply With Quote
  #2835  
Old 21 April 2019, 09:57
GPC's Avatar
GPC GPC is offline
Freelancer
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: LFOD
Posts: 6,924
Has anyone read the book Soldier by Anthony Hebert?
__________________
Steel Rain Brings The Pain!
Reply With Quote
  #2836  
Old 21 April 2019, 09:59
The Fat Guy's Avatar
The Fat Guy The Fat Guy is offline
Hard to Kill
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Getting off the lawn.
Posts: 14,901
I read it a long time ago, maybe 30 years or so. As I recall, his antics seemed a bit exaggerated, but I wasn't there so be your own judge.
__________________
No one will take better care of us, than us: Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Reply With Quote
  #2837  
Old 21 April 2019, 10:04
The Fat Guy's Avatar
The Fat Guy The Fat Guy is offline
Hard to Kill
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Getting off the lawn.
Posts: 14,901
Quote:
Originally Posted by TX teacher View Post
"12 Strong" by Doug Stanton.

I'm sure many of you guys have read it, many know others that participated, and a few who were actually there.

I've read a few books on the initial "invasion" like "Jawbreaker" and "First In." Those were really good books IMO. Anybody have thoughts on this one?
Try the Lions of Kandahar.
__________________
No one will take better care of us, than us: Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Reply With Quote
  #2838  
Old 21 April 2019, 13:53
Gray Rhyno's Avatar
Gray Rhyno Gray Rhyno is offline
Authorized Personnel
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NoVa
Posts: 10,144
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPC View Post
Has anyone read the book Soldier by Anthony Hebert?
I have. I'd recommend it.

Good book, well-written, it moves pretty fast, pretty dramatic, and a little one sided. Lots of examples of how awesome he is and how evil and incompetent everyone else is.
__________________
"The most HSLD stuff ever taught was the basics. So-called 'advanced training' is often no more than the very fluid and expert application of those basic skills." - SOTB
Reply With Quote
  #2839  
Old 22 April 2019, 20:58
leopardprey's Avatar
leopardprey leopardprey is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 14,011
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPC View Post
Has anyone read the book Soldier by Anthony Hebert?
Read that back in HS, as had at the school library. At the time though was a really good book. Would like to read again, now that it has been over 30 years and have been in the Army myself.

I remember him writing a lot about Ranger school. And he was not very good fond of SF IIRC.

Just ordered a used copy for $9 off of Amazon.
__________________
"Look Sharp, Act Sharp, Be Sharp - But don't cut yourself!"

Last edited by leopardprey; 22 April 2019 at 21:04.
Reply With Quote
  #2840  
Old 23 April 2019, 06:34
TX teacher's Avatar
TX teacher TX teacher is offline
All Star Benchwarmer
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: TX
Posts: 356
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Fat Guy View Post
Try the Lions of Kandahar.
On my list. Thanks for the suggestion.
__________________
Intelligence has it limits, but stupidity knows no bounds.
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 02:40.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Socnet.com All Rights Reserved
© SOCNET 1996-2018