Book Recommendation


June 9, 2011, 02:10 AM
I'm looking for a couple of good books to read, someone recommend something.
Recently read:

Legendary Lawmen: Jelly Bryce
Few Peter Capstick books

Thinking about trying to find a copy of "Hell I was there" by Elmer Keith but I don't care much for a heavy amount of profanity in my reading so that is a toss up.

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Sam Cade
June 9, 2011, 02:17 AM

Unrepentant sinner is fantastic....and terrifying.

June 9, 2011, 10:18 AM
No Second Place Winner by Bill Jordan. The first chapter is worth the price of the book.


June 9, 2011, 10:44 AM
"Six Guns" by Elmer Keith. A fun read if you can find a copy cheap. I see them for $200 sometimes, then I see them for $35 so I don't know what the deal is.

My copy is not collectible, it's all beat up and the jacket was missing when I got it... My favorite kind of book :)

Ala Dan
June 9, 2011, 11:36 AM
"The Tactical Pistol" by Gabe Suarez is a must have in every
firearms book collection~! ;) :D

Smokey Joe
June 9, 2011, 12:48 PM
Landman--Suggest you try Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. If you saw the movie, well, the book is much better.

This is more a discussion of mindset than weapons, though there is plenty of that too.

June 9, 2011, 01:02 PM
Just sarted Lone Survivor and The Roots of Obama's Rage. On deck is The Middle East for Dummies.

Not sure what kind of book you're looking for.

June 9, 2011, 01:27 PM
"Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow

I hated history as a kid. Wish some teacher had assigned this book. Few know about Hamilton's contributions to our country. The guy was amazing.

"Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game" by Michael Lewis

For baseball lovers; how Billy Beane's statistical evaluation of players kept the Oakland Athletics performing better than anyone had a right to expect.

"Terrible Glory:Custer and the Little Bighorn" by Jim Donovan

Yes, yet another Custer book. This one is very well researched, and a very balanced discussion with no agendas.

"The Horn of the Hunter" by Robert Ruark
"The Old Man and the Boy" by Robert Ruark

If you own a gun, you should have read these by now.

June 9, 2011, 02:14 PM
Elmer Keith certainly was colorful, and "Hell...." is written as a spoken history, but it certainly is at worse a very mild PG rated book. "Damn, and Hell is about as bad as it gets. If you can find a copy, W. Douglas Burdens book "Into the Wilderness" is a great hunting and adventure read from the early part of the 20th century, from Alaska and the Maine woods, to the orient- seemingly on a shoe string and winging it, the old fashined way. Horn of the Hunter, by Robert Ruark, is one of my favorite reads, on his first safari to Africa. In my opinion, anything Hemingway wrote on Africa is boring and clodding in comparison. Ruark reads like you are a hunting companion sitting at the campfire with him. I forget the authors name, but "Maurice....".... wrote "The Last Gentleman Explorer" of his days in the early 20s as youth, contracted to work for the Hudson Bay Company in the area around Baffin Bay. He was in his 90s when written, but with remarkable clarity and detail. ONe of my all time favorite books. Although working as a trader, he worked, lived and hunted with the local natives and shared plenty of adventures with them.

June 9, 2011, 02:16 PM
Casca- Barry Sadler
A large series somthing like 24 books. They where great.

June 9, 2011, 02:25 PM
by Elmer Keith but I don't care much for a heavy amount of profanity in my readingQuite obviously, you have never read any of Elmer Kieth's books.

If it got by the censers in 1950 something, you could hear far worse words today in a Kindergarden class I betcha.


June 9, 2011, 03:10 PM
Anything by Stephen Hunter
Unintended Consequences by John Ross
Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken

June 9, 2011, 04:28 PM
Anything by Jeff Cooper is good. I like his Gunsite books and his C-Stories book.

For hunting, I purchased a book that was called something like "Greatest Hunting Stories Ever." There were some really good articles in there and I will follow up with those authors to buy more of their books. I think Death In the Long Grass is on my short list.

Loui Awerbuck has his SWAT articles in book form that are good as well.

Grossman has a good book called "On Combat" that is well worth reading.

Smokey in PHX
June 9, 2011, 09:48 PM
Jeff Cooper books are great. I also like the Elmer Keith books and actually reading one now for the third time. He is good even though I disagree with him on a lot of things. Capstick books take you to another world if you have never been to Africa. Jack O'Connor also has put out many infomative books. Most of these can be purchased used at a fraction of the new price on line at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Most look like new.

June 9, 2011, 10:17 PM
I have read several of Keith's books. I don't recall any profanity, but it has been many years.
Capstick's language is so bad I did not read but a few pages and tossed it. I did not even want to give it away.


June 9, 2011, 10:33 PM
If "Hell, I Was There" if profane, I don't think the OP would care for Unintended Consequences. :p

June 9, 2011, 11:48 PM
Thanks for the responses and suggestions, I've got some searching to do on Amazon.

June 10, 2011, 03:54 PM
Just finished The Gun by CJ Chivers, as good as anything Chivers has ever written.

June 10, 2011, 07:13 PM
ALMOST anything by John Ringo. Guy can spin a fantastic tale for sure. There is only one of his books I didn't care for but I've forgotten the name of it.

Smokey Joe
June 11, 2011, 07:34 PM
The Gun, hunh. Brings to mind the book by the same title, by C. S. Forester. Then after reading the book, you could rent the movie (an oldie but goodie)--Cary Grant versus Frank Sinatra, with Sophia Loren as a tasty side dish, and starring the biggest honkin' cannon you could ever hope to see! Movie is titled "The Pride and the Passion."

Book is great, and they did the movie right too. One of the very few movies my Dad ever took me to see.

June 11, 2011, 08:00 PM
Misfire! by William H. Hallahan (history of mismanagement of US military small arms programs from the beginning of the country until adoption of the M16)

The Concealed Handgun Manual by Chris Bird (good treatise covering all aspects of choosing, carrying, and employing a handgun for self-defense; covers semi-autos and revolvers, holsters, ammunition, grips, stances, legal considerations, training, etc.; excellent info for all shooters)

Three narrative type histories that make for enjoyable (not dry) reading:

Comanches by T. R. Fehrenbach (history of the Comanche Nation)

This Kind of War by T. R. Fehrenbach (history of the Korean War)

The Crusades by Harold Lamb (history of the Crusades)

And for recreational time killing...

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (Sci-Fi novel about interstellar infantry combat at relativistic speeds; by a former Vietnam Infantryman)

Millennium by John Varley (Sci-Fi novel about airline disasters, time travel, and the end of the universe...)

Replay by Ken Grimwood (What if you could live your life over?; "...the compelling account of 43-year-old radio journalist Jeff Winston, who dies and awakens back in 1963 in his 18-year-old body. He then begins to relive his life with intact memories of the previous 25 years.")

June 11, 2011, 11:22 PM
Buy a copy of Hatcher's Notebook. Your local gun shop or Amazon. Jack O'Connor's, The Hunting Rifle and as many of the assorted Gun Digests as you can find. Might find 'em in your public library.
"...starring the biggest honkin' cannon..." Pop gun compared to Mons Meg. Given to James II of Scotland in 1457. Weighs over 6,000kg, fired a 50 cm(about 20"), 150 kilo(about 330 lbs) stone ball, 2 miles.

Travis McGee
June 12, 2011, 08:41 AM
My new novel is out.

June 12, 2011, 09:01 AM
Capstick, Col Cooper for sure, Jack O'conner, T. Roosevelt, Marine Sniper (biography of Carlos Hathcock), also A-square Art Alphin's Art of the Rifle- part reloading manual and indepth discussion of use of the rifle. Not gun related but Deep Survival by Lawrence Gonzales is a great read and re-read.

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