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Ian Sean
May 4, 2003, 08:21 PM
Well I have been pretty much boycotting the Hollywood garbage for a couple of years, and I watch very little TV shows. Mostly old movies (To Hell and Back was on last week). With the recent events of the war and Hollywoods reaction, I'm going to try to cut them off even more.

This brings me to my favorite pastime, reading. What is everyone here reading?

Recently:

The Savage Nation, Michael Savage-I recommend

Freedom, William Safire-Civil War up to Emancipation Proclamation, a lot of truth some fiction, much written from peoples diaries from the era, not bad. Civil War buffs should like it.

Making Patriots, Walter Berns- Small book, opinions and many facts about the constitution, not much on the 2nd Amend. issue though, still very informative. For the founding era fan, I recommend.

Stolen Valor, B.G.Burket- Awesome book about the myths portayed of the Vietnam Vets, by the media amd Hollywood. I Highly Recommend.

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coonan357
May 4, 2003, 08:46 PM
the complete1911 book , combat handgunnery By Mass Ayoob , the book of .45's , the tatical 1911 (sorry skunk no carbon fibre:rolleyes: ) and several gunsmithing books . I also have been out of work for a while . :D

Hkmp5sd
May 4, 2003, 08:55 PM
At present, I'm reading Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam by Gilles Kepel, This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History by T.R. Fehrenbach, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by Robert Payne and It Took Heroes: A Cavalry Chaplain's Memoir of Vietnam by Claude D. Newby.

Mark Tyson
May 4, 2003, 10:25 PM
I recommend:

Jihad in the West, by Paul Fregosi

Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by Shirer

another okie
May 4, 2003, 10:39 PM
Currently reading:

The Master Sniper, by Stephen Hunter (following up on what most recommended as his best, Point of Impact)

Among the Thugs (American reporter travels with soccer hooligans - scary)

ACP230
May 4, 2003, 11:19 PM
The book I'm reading now is BLUES by John Hersey.
It's about bluefish, ocean fishing, seabirds and boats but lots of other things end up in the mix.

Camel
May 4, 2003, 11:21 PM
Im reading Gates of Fire.
I highly recommend the Dune series.

Jason Demond
May 5, 2003, 07:57 PM
I am reading Delta Force, by Col. Charlie A. Beckwith (Ret.).

gryphon
May 5, 2003, 08:11 PM
"Stranger in a strange land" robert heinlein

Dannyboy
May 5, 2003, 08:12 PM
Hkmp5sd,
This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History is by far the best book on the Korean War I've found. Great book.

another okie,
Among the Thugs is a must read for football fans. Another great book.

TallPine
May 5, 2003, 08:26 PM
What have I been reading ...?

Java 2: The Complete Reference (Fifth Edition)

edit: 1154 pages by Herbert Schildt

;)

cordex
May 5, 2003, 08:40 PM
Currently:
Dirty White Boys, Stephen Hunter
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

Recently (past month or so) have read:

Zodiac, Neal Stephenson
Hot Springs, Stephen Hunter
Black Light, Stephen Hunter
Conspiracies: A Repairman Jack Novel, F. Paul Wilson
War Breaker, some guy I'd never heard of
One Door From Heaven, Dean Koontz (contains multiple uses of private weapons in a defensive role. Main human villain usually uses digitoxin)

plus a couple more that I can't remember offhand. It's about time to move the pile of books on my nightstand to the library again. When it gets to the point that I cannot - no matter how I lean - see my alarm clock from my bed, I haul the books to the shelves.

Doc
May 6, 2003, 12:07 AM
does anyone know where you can get the complete list of the yearly book choices from the Commandant of the Marine Corp?

This was mentioned on the book jacket of "We Were Soldiers Once and Yound"

thx

garrettwc
May 6, 2003, 12:23 AM
Currently reading:

Cold Zero by Christopher Whitcomb
All The Best by George H Bush

On the table waiting:

On the Firing Line by Larry Pratt

glockten
May 6, 2003, 12:27 AM
Currently: Global Logistics And Strategy 1943-1945 by Robert W. Coakley and Richard M. Leighton. Fascinating.

Recently: Dreamcatcher by Stephen King. Tepid.

Black Easter by James Blish. Frightening.

Next up: The Organization Of Ground Combat Troops by Kent Roberts Greenfield, Robert R. Palmer and Bell I. Wiley.

Battleships by Paul Stillwell.

Soap
May 6, 2003, 12:40 AM
Tonight I've been reading:

Essentials of International Relations: 2nd Edition by Karen Mingst

Essentials of Investments: 4th Edition by Bodie, Kane, and Marcus

Whenever I'm done with finals I'll probably start reading some stuff that will have a direct influence on my career path. Mostly leadership and investment stuff. I hear that A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel is excellent. Conversely, I plan on reading A Non-Random Walk Down Wall Street by Mackinlay and Lo.

Ol' Badger
May 6, 2003, 09:56 AM
The First Mountain Man series: By William Johnston

The Art Of Folding a Tin Foil Bennie

And anything without big words.

The Bible from time to time. I like the Old Testament best! Lots of retribution

Henry Bowman
May 6, 2003, 10:44 AM
I'm biased, but . . .

"Unintended Consequences" by John Ross

and

"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand

Dannyboy
May 6, 2003, 11:04 AM
I'm reading the most dreadfully boring stuff ever written. I'm in the process of doing a research paper for my Macroeconomics class. Three pages and then I'm ready for a nap.

4v50 Gary
May 6, 2003, 12:41 PM
Reminiscences of the 103rd Ohio Infantry

Battle for Little Round Top by Norton

and when I'm done with those, it's time for light reading. Culbertson's 13 Cent Killers.

Chris Rhines
May 6, 2003, 01:26 PM
BOOK THREAD!!! :D

Currently -

The Spanish Gambit, by Stephen Hunter.
Six Not-So-Easy Pieces, by Richard Feynman. After I'm done with this one, I'll move onto my as-yet-unread copy of Feynman's Lost Lectures. Highly recommended.
A couple of books on home theater design, loudspeaker enclosure design, and acoustic engineering.
Back issues of HSM magazine.

Recently -

Snow Crash (for the fourth or fifth time,) by Neal Stephenson.
My annual re-read of The Art of War.
The Haunted Air, by F. Paul Wilson.
Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson (I love it when my favorite authors all come out with new novels at once...)
The Complete Walker, don't remember the author.

Slated for future reading -

Gateways, Black Wind, and the Sims serial, all by F. Paul Wilson.
Finishing off Bertrand Cornwell's Sharpe series.
Further suggestions?

- Chris

Wayne D
May 6, 2003, 01:27 PM
I’m finally reading "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, after hearing so much about it here. I'm about one fourth of the way through, it was a little slow at first but I’m getting into it now.

Soap
May 6, 2003, 01:32 PM
Have you read Gates of Fire yet Chris?

fish2xs
May 6, 2003, 01:41 PM
Currently: "Useful Idiots" decent so far - only 50 pages into it.

I enjoy just about any of the Richard Marcinko, Rogue Warrior books. I enjoy his stories and outlook on life. It's about as anti-Oprah as you can get.

CMichael
May 6, 2003, 02:30 PM
I'm finishing up 'Without Remorse" by Clancy. I have one more chapter book. Great book.

I highly recommend the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester and the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell.

Excellent books!

M67
May 6, 2003, 03:43 PM
CMichael, if you like C.S. Forester you should check out Patrick O'Brian. Boarders away! :)

http://www.wwnorton.com/pob/pobhome.htm

ialevy
May 6, 2003, 03:48 PM
I highly suggest anything by David Morrell.

He wrote First Blood (Rambo), after all.

His new book, The Protector is great, will be out soon. Nice REALISTIC use of knives/guns (he likes SIGs). The cover will have an emerson tactical folder on it!

Just finishing up The Brotherhood of the Rose - great. Really good writing about spy tradecraft, special ops, etc.

CMichael
May 6, 2003, 03:55 PM
CMichael, if you like C.S. Forester you should check out Patrick O'Brian. Boarders away

Actually M67 I tried his book Master and Commander but I found it so detailed that I got bored.

What do you think?

Chris Rhines
May 6, 2003, 04:36 PM
Dan -

I rented it, read the first couple of chapters, and returned it to the library. My inital impression was, "Ok." I might rent it again eventually.

- Chris

M67
May 6, 2003, 09:01 PM
Michael, boring is my middle name. I think I have read all but one of O'Brian's 20 or so Aubrey/Maturin books, so I guess you could say I like him. I think I particularly like the details, the historical accuracy and the way he uses the language to give colour to the stories.

But it's possible I'm not your average reader. A couple of years ago I met an American English teacher (now that's an oxymoron :D ). She made a couple of comments like "Where does a foreigner learn a word like that?" I told her read quite a bit of English, to which she said "Read what? You sure as heck don't pick up language like that from reading Clancy" (an assumption on her part). I told her as an example that I had just re-read Cooper's Leatherstocking tales - the whole series. She looked at me in stunned silence for several seconds, which is a very long time to be silent for Americans in general and this lady in particular. Then she said: "Voluntarily?" A natural reaction from a high school English teacher, I guess! :D

Jack T.
May 6, 2003, 09:20 PM
I just finished up Hell, I was there by Elmer Keith. Dang good book. . .300 BIG pages full of stories. . .Good read from somebody who has been there and done that.

Edit: Speaking of which, If anybody has a copy of the Colt .45 Shop Manual Volume 1 by Kuhnhausen laying around they want to get rid of ( without wanting a small fortune for it ), please let me know.

Fudgie Ghost
May 6, 2003, 10:58 PM
"Misfire" by William Callahan. Get it. Read it. Respond to it on this forum.

Drjones
May 7, 2003, 04:51 AM
"What's So Great About America" - Dinesh D'Souza
-Pretty much done; just a few pages left.

"Illiberal Education" - D'Souza (Haven't read it yet; only first chapter)


On my wish list:

As many Greek Classics as possible. I already have (but have not yet read): Prometheus Bound, Plato's Republic, Homer's Illiad & Odyssey.

I also have some other books on the history of Greek philosophy and thought that I want to read.

I am going to work on seriously limiting my computer time in favor of reading real books.

Wish list continued:

"Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond

"Book of Five Rings" Miyamoto Musashi

"The Art of War" - Sun Tzu

Marxism: Philosophy and Economics
by Thomas Sowell

Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinsu
by Yuzan Daidoji, Oscar Ratti (Illustrator), Thomas Cleary

Basically (in case you couldn't tell) I'm *very* interested in the classics.

They haven't endured because they are no good!

Dionysusigma
May 7, 2003, 05:07 AM
Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, Dune by Frank Herbert...the list goes on and on. Mostly sci-fi stuff.

451, however, is definately my favorite. Depressing (especially if you pick up all of the symbolism), but it helps to remind me that along with the 2nd Amendment, the 1st is also at risk, although through much more cleverly disguised means. If you haven't read it, I seriously recommend it.

Drjones
May 7, 2003, 05:09 AM
the 1st is also at risk, although through much more cleverly disguised means.
No offense, but that theory might not be applicable at all anymore because of the invention you are using right now.

Have you read "1984"?

I haven't, but it sounds similar to 451, and sounds like you might like it.

sm
June 20, 2003, 06:23 PM
Besides the required reading. These just finished:

The Custom Government model Pistol- Layne Simpson.

A Collection of Essays-George Orwell

Up Country – Nelson DeMille

“…So, I’m having lady problems in a hostile country halfway around the world, people are trying to arrest me or kill me, and its 4 a.m., and I need to see the cops in the morning, then make a possibly dangerous rendezvous at noon. And yet, for some reason, none of this bothered me. In fact the entire Highway One ordeal, including killing two cops, and the flashbacks, and all the rest of it, didn’t bother me.
I recognized this feeing for what it was: survival mode.
Life was no longer complicated. It all came down to getting home one last time.”

-Up Country- page 425.

Jason Demond
June 20, 2003, 08:11 PM
I just got done with:
Why Didn't You Get me Out, Betrayal in the VietCong Death Camps
By Frank Anton

Good book, it's worth a read.

Hkmp5sd
June 20, 2003, 08:22 PM
An absolute MUST read:

The Death of Right and Wrong by Tammy Bruce

Tammy Bruce, America's favorite, openly gay, pro-choice, pro-death penalty, gun-owning, voted-for-Reagan feminist, has appeared on Hannit & Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, Fox News, CNN News, The Sean Hannity Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show etc............

For those with a strong stomach and fans of fiction:

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Yes, I read this book. Since she does refer to her "conversations" with Eleanor Roosevelt, this book should actually be listed in the Science Fiction or at least Fantasy category. Has nothing to do with actual history.

Off With Their Heads: Traitors, Crooks & Obstructionists in American Politics, Media and Business by Dick Morris


And, beginning in about 4.5 hours......

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling.

pax
June 20, 2003, 09:02 PM
Lately I've been on a classics kick, and finally read The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Believe it or not, I'd never seen the Disneyfied movie version and didn't know the story, so I enjoyed it.

I've just started reading Jane Austen's Emma, but am not enjoying it so far. I'll finish it, but the title character has so far managed to do little but irritate the snot out of me. I've never been fond of girls' books and don't know why I dove into this one. :( Maybe because I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility and was hoping for more of the same.

On the non-fiction side, I've been rereading Deborah Tannen's That's Not What I Meant! and find it just as insightful as when I first read it a few years back. It seemed time for a refresher course was all.

Chris -- if you still haven't read Atlas Shrugged, get to it~!

CMichael -- for a very updated version of CS Forester, try the Seafort Saga by David Feintuch (Midshipman's Hope, Challenger's Hope, Fisherman's Hope, Prisoner's Hope[/i], and Voices of Hope). Easy, enjoyable SF reads with a very Foresteresque feel to the characters and settings.

DrJones -- mix in some of the lighter stuff to keep yourself motivated in reading some of the Greek classics. I was really, really amused by Lysistrata.

Oh, gun related? Sigh. Nothing in awhile, unless you count reloading manuals and an occasional skim through books like Effective Defense to look something up for reference. Recommendations are appreciated.

pax

The best books are the ones you still haven't read. -- Allan Cole

tricia_s37
June 20, 2003, 09:18 PM
Wow - I'm a book reader if there ever was one. Since I can't spend money buying a book everyday I've re-read just about all of the books I have(I know - let me play you the world's smallest violin). :D

Anyways, I'm still in the middle of "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy. I'm more than halfway through it - but it's getting tiring.

But, to appease myself, I have been reading Harper's. Sure it's a magazine, but a pretty good one.

Next on my list: I'm pretty sure Stephen King is coming up with two new books for his Dark Tower Series. I've found the series pretty good and can't wait until more of it comes out on the shelves. And hey - the main character is a "gunslinger". :)

Owen
June 20, 2003, 10:25 PM
I've been reading "The Gulag Archipelago" in fits and starts. The USSR was a prety screwy place...makes Monty Python look perfectly reasonable.

In between chunks of the above, I have been reading piles of sf. I recently discovered Philip K. Dick. I think I have read all of the Ben Bova books in the Venus, Jupiter, Rock Rats series.

At work, during lunch, I am plowing through "Modern Exterior Ballistics" with help from a Calculus and a differential equations book (its really tough going).

Dannyboy
June 20, 2003, 11:28 PM
I just finished Ivanhoe this past weekend...again. I'm about to start The Persian Expedition, commonly referred to as The Anabasis.

Chris Rhines
June 21, 2003, 12:46 AM
Gainful employment has cut into my reading time a little bit, but I'm still making some headway...

- A couple of (dozen...) CAD/CAM references.
- Still working on Feynman's Lost Lectures. Worth reading.
- Duncan Long's CZ-75 - The Ultimate Comabt Handgun.
- Sara Douglass' Axis Trilogy - Sci-fantasy, a bit more evolved than the traditional Tolkienian sword-and-sorcery novels. I also (upon my brother's insistence) broke my word and started Robert Jordan's tenth Wheel of Time novel. It's actually not bad.
- Edward Abbey's The Monkeywrench Gang. Yes, that Edward Abbey. I'll refrain further comment until I finish it, but it's not nearly as obnoxious as I thought it would be...

More to come!

- Chris

Justin
June 21, 2003, 01:07 AM
I've really fallen down on the job as far as reading lots of books. I've just started reading again after taking a hiatus. (I love the internet. You don't need any attention span to read it!)

Anyway, I just finished reading Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. Absolutely fantastic, I recommend it with no hesitation.

Next up will be The Art of War.

As for 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, those are both great books and I sorta kinda consider those two as part of a triumverate that also includes Brave New World by Adlous Huxley.

Kamicosmos
June 21, 2003, 01:20 AM
I am always reading 2 or 3 books at once when I'm not playing computer games.

Currently:
Just starting Vol 3 of The War of the Spider Queen series, Condemnation. (all you rpg geeks, if you like Drow, check these out!)
Also just starting Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds (hard core Sci fi, 2 novellas related to a trilogy he is currently writing)

After these two:
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Heinlein
re-read of Atlas Shrugged.

Then
probably a re-read of the Bob Lee Swagger books.

ed dixon
June 21, 2003, 02:00 AM
Almost done "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex" by Nathaniel Philbrick. The events and people described will break your heart but I highly recommend it. It's the true story that helped inspire "Moby Dick."

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