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Good Books, Good Authors

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Baba Louie, Dec 27, 2002.

  1. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    Need a thread on good reading material.

    At Christmas, I got a slew of books and decided to join in the fun here by posting something (fulfilling my need to belong)

    The Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk
    Pale Horse Coming, Hunter
    Little House on the Prairie Series (for reading to the kids)
    Lord of the Rings set (4 books including the Hobbit)
    Strongs Concordance
    The Founding Brothers (author escapes me at the moment)
    an Ambrose book (title escapes me at the moment)
    For a New Liberty, by Murray Rothbard (for the Libertarian in me)
    MC Escher art book
    Spy Book (Equipment, history, etc.)(author unknown at moment)
    The last Jean Auel "Ayla" book.
    The Prince, Machiavelli
    Enders Shadow, Card

    Figure I'm good to go until about mid February

    Anybody else get any good reading material and wish to recommend good or bad?

  2. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    Glad you made it! It's always nice to see a familiar name! :D

    Quite a varied slew of books, and if you can get through them by February, you must be an avid reader! :)
  3. 2dogs

    2dogs Well-Known Member

    "Slander" by Ann Coulter. I've been reading it for 6 months. Whenever I see a liberal nitwit on TV I take out the book and read a page or two, then put it away for next time. I'm sure if I watched more TV it would be done by now. :)
  4. enichols

    enichols Well-Known Member

    Well, I got a couple new books, although not all are really "reading" material. In fact, the only real reading book I got was Bolt Action Rifles by Frank de Haas.
    It's interesting to see Palahniuk at the top of your list. I've read Fight Club and Survivor, and I absolutely love his writing. Real dark, cynical, deadpan type writing. Excellent stuff. When you finish Fight Club, check out Survivor. It's just as good IMHO.
    Nice list ya got there. Sounds like you're gonna be having plenty of fun with that.

  5. 80fl

    80fl Well-Known Member

    #1: The Holy Bible
    #2: Unintended Consequences

    There are more, but I really enjoyed these!:cool:
  6. Salpalinja

    Salpalinja Active Member

    Baba Louie: was the spy book The Ultimate Spy Book author is H. Keith Melton, if so what a great read. Could not put it down.

    Also Antony Beevor's Stalingrad was somewhat shocking and good reading. What a waste of life and material.

    I would like to read unintended consequences but it seems it is impossible to get, and I don't have a credit card..... :mad:
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Death From Afar, Vol I-V, by Roy & Norm Chandler. USMC sniping
    A Mississippi Rebel in the Army of Northern Virginia - Pvt. David Holt (great account by a webfoot)
    A Rifleman Went to War by Herbert McBride (classic account of sniping in WW I)
    Scoouwa! James Smith tale of captivity and adoption by the Indians. His appendix offers great insight into the Indian mode of warfare. Did they teach us our light infantry tactics?
  8. beta

    beta Member

    reading material

    None of these are firearms related but good stuff nonetheless.

    Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, three books in the set, (lots of fun).

    Anything by Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America, Revenge of the Lawn are two good examples of his short stories.

    Anything by Leon Uris, (I particularly liked Trinity, read this first if you plan on reading Redemption).

    Most anything by Ken Follett, one of my favorites was Pillars of the Earth.

    Robert Heinlein had some great insight, I am sure others here can give you some of their favorites

    Angelas Ashes by Frank McCourt, and Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig will make you cry.

    The other posters had some stuff that sounds good, I'll have to check them out too.

    warmest regards
  9. Schuey2002

    Schuey2002 Well-Known Member

    I was just waiting for someone to mention Robert A. Heinlein. :D

    Pick a book,you can't go wrong.
  10. priv8ter

    priv8ter Well-Known Member


    Sorry to correct you Beta, but there are 5 books in the increasingly inaccuretaly named Hitchhikers Trilogy.

    And Schuey, while I love Heinlein, there are a few of his books that I believe should be read in a certain order...you will just get more out of them that way.
  11. beta

    beta Member


    You're right Priv8ter,

    There were more books in the Hitchhiker series, although I didn't like 'em as much as the first three, are you a fan?, did you ever watch the PBS series?

    Same thing with the Dune "Trilogy" by Frank Herbert, got wierd in the last couple of books.

    Right again with Heinlein, but I don't remember the correct order, I read a post on another forum, I forget which, that indicated that Heinlein was trying to tie together some of his books later in his life,

    anyone know which order they're supposed to be read?

    warmest regards

    edit to correct spelling, if there are more, I don't want to know:D
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2002
  12. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    I knocked that book out in an afternoon. Too good to stop.

    Working on Truman by David McCullough and Red Rabbit by Clancey at the moment.

    BTW, you know you've been playing with computers too long if you can remember playing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Infocom. (I still have it, and the Apple //e that I played it on still works too! :) )
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2002
  13. tlhelmer

    tlhelmer Well-Known Member

    Anything from Stephen Hunter and Richard Marcinko
  14. priv8ter

    priv8ter Well-Known Member

    In order

    The Heinlein books that should be read in order are parts of his Future History, and all involve his 'World-as-Myth' approach. While they all make decent reads stand alone, you will get much more out of them if read in the following order:

    Methusalas Children

    Time Enough for Lover

    Number of the Beast

    The Cat who Walks Through Walls
    and Finally

    To Sail Beyond the Sunset.

    As for your questions, Beta...never saw the TV Series, and since the Hitchhikers Trilogy was so out there goofy, I didn't mind the extra few books. But you are correct...usually when something is written as a Trilogy, additional books will not be as good. A good case in point for this is Piers Anthony, and The Apprentice Adept series. There are exceptions to every rule though.
  15. Drizzt

    Drizzt Well-Known Member

    I remember playing that on a C64. Never could finish it, though. I did learn really quick, though, how to spell "buffered analgesic".

    Heinlein's stuff is great
    For good mysteries, I like Tony Hillerman
    For great characters, I read Dean Koontz
    For a bit of history, I can always pull out The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China .
    Right now I'm reading Commodore Moore and the Texas Navy
  16. cato87

    cato87 Member

    Good reading

    Several good books to suggest:
    1. Any book by Jeff Shaara

    Have a great year.

  17. Bostonterrier97

    Bostonterrier97 Well-Known Member

    Okay! Here is my list!

    Pulling Thru by Dean Ing ( a great survival novel)
    Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pournelle
    Point of Impact by Steven Hunter ( a great sniper novel)

    Sixguns by Elmer Keith
    Gun Notes by Elmer Keith
    Fast and Fancy Shooting by Ed McGivern ( must for anyone who shoots a single action revolver )
    The Ultimate Sniper by Maj John Plaster (ret)
    Snipers to the Reich by Captain Clifford Shore
    Boer Commando by Denys Reitz
    The Complete Book of Rifles and Shotguns by Jack O'Conner
    Gunsmithing Simplified by Harold E. MacFarland
    Jack O'Conner's Gun Book
    Hatcher's Notebook (by Julian Hatcher)
    Hatcher's Book on the Garand
    Pet Loads by Ken Waters
    Modern Highpower Competition (from beginner to master) by Randolph Constantine
    The Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions by John J. Donnelly
    Cartridges of the World by Frank Barnes
    Rifles of the World by John Walter
    Small Arms of the World by W.H.B. Smith
    Testing the War Weapons by Timothy J. Mullin
    Lyman's Reloading Handbook
    The Accurate Rifle by Warren Page
    The Washing of the Spears by Donald R. Morris (on the Zulu War)
    The Boat by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim ( a great WWII Sub book from a Nazi U Boat Vet)
    Run Silent Run Deep (another great Sub book)
    A Country Made By War (a wonderful book on the Military History of the United States) by Geoffrey Perret
    The Art of War in the Western World by Archer Jones
    Misfire (The History of How America's Small Arms have Failed our Military) by William H. Hallahan (a very good book on the politics of Weapons Procurement of Infantry Rifles and Machine Guns in America from Revolutionary War up to about 1965)
    Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson (the Carlos Hathcock Story)
    Pallas by L. Neil Smith (a choppy but fun read)
    Systemic Shock by Dean Ing (another fun read about a Gun Runner in the underworld)
    Unintended Consequences by John Ross (a must read)
    That Every Man be Armed (the evolution of a constitutional right) by Stephen P. Halbrook ( a scholarly treatment on the history behind the second amendment)

    How Great Generals Win by Bevin Alexander
    Combat Loads for the Sniper Rifle by Ralph Avery
    Dead On (The Long Range Marksman's Guide to Extreme Accuracy) by Tony M. Noblitt and Warren Gabrilska
    A Rifleman went to War by Herbert McBride

    Boobytraps FM 5-31
    Incediaries TM 31-201-1
    Explosives and Demolitions FM 5-25
    Unconventional Warfare Devices and Techniques References TM 31-200-1
    Improvised Munitions TM 31-210
    Silencers Principles and Evaluations Report R-1896

    Full Auto Conversion of the SKS Rifle by Powder Burns
    How to Make Disposable Silencers by J. Flores

    Handbook for Shooters and Reloaders Vol 1 and 2 by P.O. Ackley

    Triggernometry A Gallery of Gunfighters by Joseph G. Rosa
    And Die in the West (the story of the O.K. Corral Gunfight) by Paula Mitchell Marks (simply the BEST and most COMPLETE Historical account of what went down between the Earps and the Clantons in Tombstone)
    The Marauders by Charlton Ogburn Jr. (the story of Merrills Marauders written by a former Marauder)
    I think that is a nice list..many of these books are MUST reads and References
  18. Pointman

    Pointman Well-Known Member

    A few...

    In no particular order, only scratching the surface of my library (and "life list").

    Ayne Rand - Atlas Shrugged, Fountain Head, Anthem, We The Living
    Taylor Caldwell - Devil's Advocate, Ceremony of the Innocent, Dialog with the Devil, Captains and the Kings and several others.
    Leon Uris - all
    Ernest Gant - all
    John Plasterer -Ultimate Sniper
    Jeff Cooper (of course) - all
    The Service by Reinhard Gehlen
    G. Gordon Liddy's Will
    Marine Sniper
    Charlie Rangers
    James Watson's Pointman, Walking Point
    Dick Marcinko - all
    Federalist/Anti-Federalist papers
    Sun Tsu
    The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon Wood.

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head...
  19. UnknownSailor

    UnknownSailor Well-Known Member

    More Guns, Less Crime

    Anything by Tom Clancy, less the Op-Center series
    Cussler, however, read one, and you've read them all.
    Harold Coyle
    Larry Bond

    Anne McCafferty, the Ship series
    BOLO series
    Hammer's Slammers
    Star Ship Troopers
    The LT/Captian/Major/Lt Colonel/Colonel series
    Starfist series
  20. Maddock

    Maddock Well-Known Member

    Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer†is one of the great books; IMHO his writing ranks with Montaigne’s “Essays†and the “Meditations†of Marcus Aurelius.
    Anything by David Drake – the Hammers Slammers series, Northworld, his Lacey stories.
    The novels of Kenneth Roberts – particularly “Northwest Passageâ€, “Lydia Bailey†and his Revolutionary War novels.
    M. Scott Peck – “The Road Less Traveled†and “People of the Lieâ€, about the nature of love and evil.

    The aspiration toward freedom is the most essentially human of all human manifestations. – Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

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