Anyone Read A Good NON-Fiction Book Lately?

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This thread is for the (titled) topic of any good NON-Fiction books. Due to the eclectic tastes and interests here on The 'Hide, there is a huge potential for knowledge expansion for so many others. Share it, here!

The Rice Paddy Navy by Linda Kush - U.S. Sailors Undercover In China, Espionage and sabotage behind japanese lines in China during World War II.
One Hundred Victories b y Linda Robinson - Special Ops and the future of American Warfare.

Currently Reading:
13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff - The inside account of what really happened in Benghazi

On Deck:
Murder At Camp Delta by Joseph Hickman - A Staff Sergeant's pursuit of the truth about Guantanamo Bay

Whaddayagot't'add?
 
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In the middle of reading "Blood Red Snow". It's by a MG42 gunner who wrote notes/journals about his time fighting the Russians around Stalingrad. First time I've read a WW2 book from the German perspective... kinda surprised I actually found sad for them but in the end they just want to survive.
 
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"Hard Choices" by Hilary Clinton. Kind of preachy and repetitive, and I keep hearing this horrible whiny voice in my head as I'm reading it, but FUNNY AS HELL! I wouldn't have bought it, but I found a couple of boxes of brand new copies in the Dumpster behind the local Barnes & Noble.
 

rg1911

Gunny Sergeant
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History of the Second World War, B.H. Liddell Hart. Superb treatise by a Brit about Allied and Axis actions during WWII. Does a thorough job of roasting politicians (including Churchill) and generals convinced that WWI tactics were applicable to WWII. Liddell Hart advocated mechanized warfare in the 1920s; unfortunately, the only person who paid attention was Guderian. I would rate this as a "must read" for anyone even remotely interested in WWII.

Combat Actions in Korea, Capt Russell Gugeler. Small unit actions written by a combat veteran (WWII Pacific). Also includes a chapter by Martin Blumenson, another combat vet, who is noted for writing The Patton Papers, among numerous other books.

Okinawa: The Last Battle, Roy Appleman, James M. Burns, Russell Gugeler, Stevens. Written from personal observation at the front. (For instance, Gugeler picked up the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.) Also includes section written by Edmund G. Love, later known for Subways Are for Sleeping. I think Stevens was the colonel overseeing the book; unlike the others, I don't believe he wrote anything (at least post-war).

The Halder War Diary 1939-1942, Gen. Franz Halder (Chief of the German General Staff, 1938-1942). Fascinating chronicle kept by the man who planned the invasions of Poland and France. Fired by Hitler for disagreeing about Hitler's bad decisions during the Russian campaign. Gen. Halder and his wife later were imprisoned in Dachau until freed by American troops.

Cheers,
Richard
 
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So as I stated earlier, I just finished reading 13 Hours. Has anyone else read it? If that book don't rip you apart, then you ain't human. It isn't a 'finger-pointing diatribe', it is a very detailed tome of the happenings, from each person's perspective. In the best way possible, considering.

They make it a point to give the information and details as clearly and accurately as possible. For YOU, the reader, to formulate your own opinions. For me, it was the "timing duration" that got me. It was so 'minimal and downplayed'..... and yet one of the most poignant points of the whole debacle.

I'd almost go as far as to say "there are certain people whom we should be hanging from our own bridges....." but it wouldn't be civilized of me to say such, would it? Especially on Easter Sunday.

So I won't......
 
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81 days below zero

Actual account of a test pilot who survived 81 days in the Alaskan bush after a plane crash.

Great story and easy quick read.


Sent from NSA wire tapped device.
 

Scarface26

knuckle dragger
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The Warrior's Reading list:

The following books fit the criteria of being "really good." There are other books that are historically accurate, but that do not read like a novel. These are books I couldn't put down until I'd finished them.

WWII - Front Soldaten, Forgotten Soldier, Blond Knight of Germany, and Stuka Pilot. Biggest takeaway from these books is physical toughness. In Stuka Pilot, Rudel basically runs a naked barefoot marathon in Russia in winter. Blond knight of Germany: Erich Hartmann shoots down 350 ish aircraft, surrenders to the Americans, and is handed over to the Russians where he spends the next 11 years in a Russian gulag. Increidbly, his wife, Ursula, waits for him the whole time. How many of us have come back from a 60 day trip (contractors) in the sandbox to find a significant other who has moved on? the other two are chronicles of the Wehrmacht's version of the 0311 or 11B. All books recommended to me by USMA history professors and combat veterans. Don't forget "Strong Men Armed," by Robert Leckie - a must read about an 0311 in WWII.

Korea - Cloder than Hell - about the Chosin Reservoir.

Vietnam - Five Years to Freedom - Nick Rowe.

Indian Wars - Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, Empire of the Summer Moon, A Sorrow in our Hearts - story of Tecumseh. Each of these is great. Talks again about physical toughness - old timer Indians were masters at going without food or water in order to cover what would still be record distances on horseback or even on foot. Think Nebraska to Mexico and back every year. Also, don't miss "Crow Killer, the saga of Liver eating Johnson." This is the historical story of the REAL Jeremiah Johnson, not the sensitive vegan played by Robert Redford. Short, you could read it in a night.

If I've posted something that most here have already read, please forgive my ignorance. Otherwise enjoy.

God bless Ameirca
 
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Half way through "Gallipoli Sniper." Chronicles the life and expolits of Billy Sing circa WW1. Known as the "Anzac Angel of Death" and "Assassin of Gallipoli. Considered to be the most successful sniper and most feared man in Gallipoli.
 
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Indian Wars - Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, Empire of the Summer Moon, A Sorrow in our Hearts - story of Tecumseh. Each of these is great. Talks again about physical toughness - old timer Indians were masters at going without food or water in order to cover what would still be record distances on horseback or even on foot. Think Nebraska to Mexico and back every year. Also, don't miss "Crow Killer, the saga of Liver eating Johnson." This is the historical story of the REAL Jeremiah Johnson, not the sensitive vegan played by Robert Redford. Short, you could read it in a night.


Johnson is an interesting character. I read "Crow Killer" a number of years ago and wish I still had my copy. The internet has made research so much easier. Back in the day around '72 when the film came out, I had a friend whose family had lived in Red Lodge, Montana forever. His uncle had lived in one of Johnson's cabins when Johnson was sheriff (constable?) of Red Lodge. It can be almost impossible to separate legend from fact
 

sirhrmechanic

Command Sgt. Major
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Currently reading Prisoners of the Red Desert... a book by the captain of the HMS Tara, an auxiliary cruiser that was torpedoed in WW1 off the coast of Libya. The crew was taken by the Senussi and held as POW's until rescued by British forces. One of the un-heard-of stories of WW1 that I find fascinating. There is a lot of information and parallels that are interesting and relevant to today's mess in the sandbox.

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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Finished "Murder At Camp Delta" by Joseph Hickman.
"A Staff Sergeant's pursuit of the Truth about Guantanamo Bay"

Mother-In-Law gave me the book for Christmas, and I was able to read it. "Interesting" would be one word to use. Throw some "suspicious" in there, with a little bit of "disgust" to boot, and you've got a quorum.

 

Mr. Zick

Small Arms Artillery
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If your a strange one like me I would suggest "Digging up mother" by Doug Stanhope. A filthy stand up comics life story including the assisted suicide of his oddball mother. Be warned there's some Maggie's material in it. If your outside the U.S. I believe it was released as "The long version of a suicide post-it note".
 
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Ive been waiting til next week for former Navy Seal Brandon Webbs new book, The Killing School. Its about how he revemped the Seals sniper program and how that has affected their combat capabilities.
 
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Phantom Warrior: The Heroic True Story Of Private John McKinney's One-Man Stand Against the Japanese in Word War II by Forrest Bryant Johnson
Great book about a young private who grew up in a sharecropper's family in Georgia who ended up winning the Congressional Medal of Honor

Fearless by Eric Blehm
Amazing story of Adam Brown a SEAL in DEVGRU. It's not just about him being a SEAL, but more about the man he was and what an amazing man he became and his trials and tribulations and how God and his wife turned everything around- There are parts when you read it, you want to put it down and hug your family.

American Gun by Chris Kyle
He tells the story of our country through what he believes are the 10 most influential firearms in American history.,

Meat Eater: Adventures From The Life Of An American Hunter by Steve Rinella
Fun read by the host of Meat Eater- just makes you want to hunt and then eat something

On deck is Carry On: Stan Zuray's Journey from Boston Greaser to Alaskan Homesteader
Can't wait for this one, its the Boston guy from Yukon Men on Discovery- I swear he can fix/make anything

These are a few of my favorite non fiction books as of late