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Books are OK, you should probably read.

Not just on the toilet.
 

paparockcal

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I'm a 68 year old "conservative". That said I became voracious reader after reading the book by Dee Brown called "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West". You see I grew up with my best friend an American Indian in the Deep South of Arkansas. My second cousin you see had graduated Texas A&M as a history major so that is what I started of my freshman year in college as. By the end of that year I changed my major but that is another story. I found ""Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West" in a local bookstore and bought it.

You see not only was my best friend American Indian but a branch of my family were Cherokee also. Now my father being a WWII Company First Sargent had raised me fiercely patriotic. He had taught me close order drill from an early age so that when I got into college in ROTC, I had drilling down pat. What I learned about American History made me sick and what I read in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West" only made me sicker to my stomach. I changed my major to Psychology as I wanted to try to understand the human mind. During my senior year I took all graduate level classes for undergraduate credit and pretty much set the grade curve. I no longer accepted university textbooks as accurate but referenced many outside sources as well. My concentration was on abnormal psychology and personality manipulation of the extremely mentally ill. I missed a double major in Sociology by two hours.

I have read books on crime scene investigation, patterning serial killers, behavioral analysis as well as taken University Course Work post graduate into crime scene investigation and criminalistics.
 

Maggot

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First, thanks to LL for making this a stickey.

Anything by Jan de Hartog. In my opinion, though not as well known, every bit the equal of Hemingway or Steinbeck.One that will be especially appreciated here:

 

Winchester59

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Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels along with Jon Sanford and Lee Child which were previously mentioned. Got some good tips here, keep 'em coming.
 
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JG26_Irish

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I am fond of WWII aviation books. Prefer first hand accounts to history books. A few that are my favs:
1.) To Fly and Fight - by Clarence Bud Anderson. A triple ace Mustang pilot who flew in Europe.
2.) Anything by Chuck Yeager who was Bud Anderson's wingman and best friend.
3.) Fighter Pilot - by Robin Olds. Flew in WWII, Korea and Nam.
4.) Boyd: The Fighter Pilot who Changed the Art of War - By Robert Coram. A bit of a sad story really but one I could relate to about John Boyd and his many impacts on both aviation and warfare.
5.) Tumult in the Clouds - by Jim Goodson. First hand account of his time with the Eagle Squadron and later with the 4th FG in England. Profiles many of his friends as well, including: Vic France, Kid Hofer, Steve Pisanos, and Don Blakeslee. Great read, but also sad accounts of some of the incredible talent that was wasted in combat during the war.
6.) The First and the Last - Luftwaffe JG26 - by Adolph Galland. Not as well written as some but then it had to be translated from German also. Great account of Galland's early war experiences with JG26.

Fiction:
Gray Eagles - by Duwane Unkefer. Simply the best fictional account of aerial combat I have ever read. Set in 1976, in Arizona, tells the story of a small group of aging Luftwaffe aces who restore eight Bf109G fighters and proceed to recreate the Luftwaffe on a small scale to relive their time as fighter pilots and then wreak havoc across the desert southwest, until they get intercepted by a Texan WWII ace who brings a group of Confederate Airforce P51's and one lovely old Spitfire to even the score and take out the Nazis one last time. One of the best written books, I have ever had the opportunity to pick up and one that once you start, you cannot put it down. I have read it at least 6 or 7 times and never tire of it.

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JG26_Irish

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One more: Devil's Guard - This one was presented as fact, more likely fiction or facts which were embellished. It is a story of a Waffen SS officer who escapes to Switzerland in 1945 and joins the French Foreign Legion, and ends up in French Indochina commanding a 900 man unit of former SS, fighting the Viet Minh for the French. A decent read. Some of which may be true? A number of former German soldiers did join the FFL after the war. Germany was smashed and they continued to do what they were good at as mercenaries.
 
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JG26_Irish

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Last but not least: Target of Opportunity - by Richard "Dick" Hewitt. I knew Dick (RIP). Even at the ripe old age of 88 when I met him, he was still a "Fighter Pilot", smart, cocky and full of life. He shared many first had accounts of flying combat in Europe and was one of only a few pilots who did three combat tours and who fought and scored in both P47's and P51's. While he as always careful not to rag on one or the other, I always got the impression that he liked the big Jug the best. "Big Dick" was painted on his P47 by his crew chief. His wingman at the time was also named Dick and was therefore dubbed forever to be known as "Lil Dick". Gotta love it. He told a story of once having a V2 rocket fly past his wing so close that he could hear it over the roar of the engine in his fighter, I think this was sometime in 1944? I have an autographed copy of Dick's book and consider his friendship to be a great treasure. Sadly we lost him in 2014 at the age of 92. He and most of his colleagues are gone but to history now. We should all remember what special young men they were to fly across the Channel to do battle with the most fearsome airforce of all time in 1943/44 the Luftwaffe. One on one the German aces were damn tough to handle. Fortunately for us the allies out numbered the Luftwaffe by about 10:1 most of the time. If you have ever looked at a P51 beside of a Messerschmitt, the little German fighter is about 3/4 the size of its American opponent. Smaller, lighter, highly maneuverable and possessing either a 20mm or 30mm cannon in its nose, made the Bf109G/K models formidable weapons. I once sat in a FW190A5 that was being restored in Florida. Armed with 4-20mm cannon and a radial engine almost as powerful at the one in the P47, the FW190 was a hot ride. Fast, and well armed, it shot down more B17's than any other fighter. Up to 25,000 ft it could out climb the P51. We designed and built the F8F Grumman Bearcat to counter it since it could out perform all of our other aircraft. The Bearcat was basically a Hellcat scaled down to 3/4 scale and armed with four 20mm cannon like the Focke-Wulf. They were too late to see combat in WWII but did serve in Korea. My Dad was with a Navy Squadron on the USS Boxer who flew Bearcats. I have witnessed Bearcats flying side by side with FW190's, P47's, P51's, Corsairs and Hellcats, among others and the F8F out performs all of the other prop driven fighters of its day.

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Vargmat

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I just read Colonel David H. Hackworths book, Steel my soldiers´hearts.

I read his book About Face a few years ago and I like them both. He had a very honest and captive way of writing. I highly recommend these books.
 
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Two books that I have had to re-read a number of times to try and absorb more of the wisdom. for those interested in philosophy and wisdom related stuff.

Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (a leader of Rome, even if his name does sound like a cigar)

The Worldly Art of Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian
 

bobke

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-Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides. Tracks Kit Carson’s footsteps around the mid 1800’s and his interplay with Plains and other Indian tribes.
-History of The Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb. Great history of early Texas.
 

BenjaminMartin6.5

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I like reading Forstcher, A.American, Janet Evonovich ( don’t judge) Lawrence sanders, Jeffery Deaver, Jeffery beaver. Have you read any authors and no of other similar authors to recommend
A.American has a great Going Home series. For folks from Florida will really enjoy it.
 

BLKWLFK9

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Literally just finished The Terminal List 1 minute ago. GREAT book. Couldn't recommend it more.
 

Maggot

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After looking at it on the shelf for a couple years, finally read 'Heart of Darkness' by Conrad. Good, but not great, compared to Hemingway, or Steinbeck. F.F. Coppola really took to it to the limit ind Apocalypse Now. Worth the read though.
 
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mikehotel

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I just finished "Baa Baa Black Sheep" by and about "Pappy" Boyington. Among other things, after being picked up by a Japanese sub, they classified him a captured person verse a POW, interesting read.. In the last few chapters he detailed his life's struggle with alcoholism.
 
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Sean the Nailer

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Non-Fiction:
Hatcher's Notebook. By Julian S. Hatcher. Amazing details, thought he storyline might be a bit hard to hang on to.
(I can't remember the name) but it's a biography of James Steward and his role as commander of a bomber squadron, during WWII.

Fiction:
G-Men by Stephen Hunter. 3/4's of the way thought it, and more than a little dismayed so far. What the hell is going to be next? A story of a vegan president, who goes on a tirade to ban meat?
 

northern50

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Unintended Consequences. Google it and download the PDF. Longer book but very good. I read about the first half today on the way back from Europe, fastest flight yet, hardly picked my head up to look around and have a beer. If you like history, guns and freedom it's a good one.
 

Scarface26

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A few Hard Men - about the SAS ops in Rhodesia in the 60's & 70's
If you liked this one, check out "The Bleed," by john Cronin. He goes in to too much detail about some of the women in his life (for me), but he is a Marine, and hooked and jabbed for Uncle Sugar and then for peanuts in Rhodesia.
 

MarinePMI

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Been flipping through "Discipline Equals Freedom" by Jocko Willink. Pretty good reading, and his pod casts are very thought provoking (listening to one now on S.L.A. Marshall; a broken clock is right twice a day).
 

Trapshooter12

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A fictional sy fi series by Rick Paltrow.
Try to find the chronicle order of the series.

Glory Boy is pretty good along with the rest of them.
 

502Chevelle

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A friend of mine recently had a book published and I thought it was very good. Knight Errant by Paul Barrett and Steve Murphy is an enjoyable read. The story is a science fiction action thriller. I an not a science fiction guy, but this story was entertaining and exciting. After reading this, it was refreshing to learn that there are still authors out there with creative imaginations. I couldn’t have thought up the stuff in this book if I tried to. If you like sci-if, check it out. I bet you will like it.
 

CJS-6.5

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Jekyll and Hyde, actually all of Stevenson's stuff is good. Bwahahaha.
 

Scarface26

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Can't believe I didn't include this one earlier, but "1051", by Millard Hileman is a must read for all Americans.

Millard Hileman is a great uncle of a friend of mine who graduated USMA a year ahead of me. My friend got shot down in OEF, and subsequently did several more iterations in both I and E. I guess going to war runs in some families, kind of like excuses run in others.

Order the book. You won't be disappointed

God bless America
 

CDubb

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Cloud of Sparrows. If ya like the old west and the samurai culture you will love this.
 

Trapshooter12

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A touch of war.

It's about trying to do the right thing to protect your country and then it spirals out of control
 

fx77

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Berlin Noir
Imagine, Mickey Spillane in Germany during the rise of the Nazis?
Private eye mysteries in a different environment.
 

MarinePMI

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For the Techies: Life After Google. A very insightful read about current and future tech evolution. A bit esoteric, but still a good read.
 

hankpac

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NineHotel

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Oh and both the Plaster book and "Sniper Counter Sniper" landed in my lap over xmas on loan from a bud. The latter is a pretty good guide. We all know how good the Plaster book is.
 

MarinePMI

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Hillbilly Ellegy by JD Vance. A very thought provoking read about a young boy from Appalachia, his life, the culture, and his journey out of poverty. I listened to it as an audio book, but it was a pretty interesting story that explains a lot; not just about the people/culture of Appalachia, but (and it doesn't implicitly say so) also draws some strikingly similar parallels to inner city issues. As someone that was also raised in the lower end of affluence in the US, and also as a Marine (author was a Marine as well) I found it a very interesting read (especially the points about etiquette, stigma, and the constant tug back to where whence you came). Highly recommend this book for people who like hearing or reading about understanding people and their behaviors...
 

Geronimo

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I love a good book and wanted to let everyone know Unintended consequences by John Ross is in stock at stlccw.com I called to confirm and ordered today. They said they are the publisher and have plenty in stock.
 
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