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Title: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Ex-Dragoon on July 04, 2005, 15:36:34
Some Administrative Notes From Mike

While it's ok to simply post the title of the book you are reading, it's better if you can jot down a few words about what you liked or disliked about it. Maybe even made a recommendation of Read It or Pass to the community here based on your overall impression.

In the end a list of book titles is not nearly as useful as some insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each book.

Just like at EndEx, your misery is only validated if you complete an AAR. :warstory:



So what are you army.ca forum addicts reading? Fiction or non fiction. Sorry boys Penthouse Letters don't count :D
Myself:

Larry Bond's First Team
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Post by: PikaChe on July 04, 2005, 18:51:07
I just finished Starship Troopers for the umpteenth time.

Started to reread War and Peace again. I don't know why I like it. The style of writing is like licking paint on walls.
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Post by: Fishbone Jones on July 04, 2005, 19:05:11
As usual, I'm reading the Army.ca Forum, and depending what thread I'm in, it could be Fact (army.ca subscribers thread) or utter Fiction (Political thread) ;)
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Post by: PPCLI WO on July 04, 2005, 19:15:41
Mitla Pass - Leon Uris
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Post by: Island Ryhno on July 04, 2005, 19:19:29
Tom Clancy's- Op Center- Mission of honour!
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Post by: ~RoKo~ on July 04, 2005, 19:35:51
"Starfarers" by Poul Anderson.
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Post by: devil39 on July 04, 2005, 19:38:04
Foreign Affairs - July/Aug edition
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Post by: Mappy on July 04, 2005, 19:43:15
I'm reading Physical Geology by Eyles, Eyles and Plummer......Go summer school!

I will also be reading some Urban Historial Geography Courseware package in the next few days....Go being a TA!
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Post by: ParaMedTech on July 04, 2005, 20:26:17
Heinlein's Time enough for love


And Prehospital Emergency Care & Crisis Intervention

DF
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Post by: Marty on July 04, 2005, 20:29:30
Ghost Have Warm Hands  by Will Bird
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Post by: MikeM on July 04, 2005, 20:31:36
Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Excellent book thus far.
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Post by: fir_na_tine on July 04, 2005, 20:41:10
101 things to do before you die. Yup.
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Post by: Teddy Ruxpin on July 04, 2005, 20:42:24
"Fire and Sword in the Sudan" by Col R. (Rudolph) Slatin Pasha

Slatin was an Austrian officer and was seconded as the Egyptian governor of Darfur province in the late 1870s.   He was captured in the Mahdi's revolt and didn't escape until 1895.   The book was written shortly after his return to Europe.   Very interesting to read what's changed and (especially) what hasn't.
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Post by: Future Unknown on July 04, 2005, 23:20:46
Well I'm pretty convinced I'm on a special list at school for pontentail non-conformists in the last month I've taken out:
1984- orwell
Animal farm- Orwell
Catcher in the rye
a man call interpid
and Shake hands with the devil

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Post by: Black Watch on July 06, 2005, 11:58:38
"l'amour médecin", from Molière
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Post by: Frog Fred friend fight foo fie fum on July 06, 2005, 12:54:40
I am reading this forum

Mod Edit.....if you are going for non relevant comments to the topic try and pick something that was not said on the first page.  ::)
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Post by: Zip on July 06, 2005, 13:20:27
"What went Wrong: The clash between Islam and Modernity in th Middle East (Bernard Lewis) Good read

"The Communist Manifesto" (Karl Marx) ... Dear god please make it stop!!!
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Post by: Pieman on July 06, 2005, 13:41:46
"AI Game Engine Programming" , by Brian Schwab.   Nice methods and well written.

"Salt", SF novel by Adam Roberts. One of the better science fiction writers to appear in the past few years.

Recently finished reading "An Army at Dawn", by Rick Atkinson. Very nice read. Wish I had more time for these kind of books.
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Post by: MED_BCMC on July 06, 2005, 13:48:47
"Canada's Army" by JL Granatstein

"Don't Eat this book" by Morgan Spurlock. So far, overly dependant on statistics without details to explain what he is trying to prove.
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Post by: Maritime_Matt on July 06, 2005, 13:52:33
"Hitler's Scientists: Science, War and the Devil's Pact" (John Cornwell)

"Selected Poems" (Alden Nowlan)
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Post by: civvy3840 on July 06, 2005, 16:31:00
Delta Force by Col. Charlie A. Beckwith

Remote Control by Andy Mcnab
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Post by: Joe Gunner on July 06, 2005, 16:53:00
I'm about to start George Blackburn's "The Guns of Victory" this will be the first book I've read of Blackburn's.  Hopefully it's good, I know he has a few others.
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Post by: Alex252 on July 06, 2005, 17:24:37
Vimy-Pierre Berton
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Post by: yukon on July 06, 2005, 18:05:23
Just started 'Orientalism' by Edward Said. It's mainly about the west's perceived stereotypes of the Arab/Islamic world...should be an interesting read.

...so how long till the "What are you Watching Thread" rolls around, besides the exisiting Favourite War Movies one? :)

cheers.
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Post by: coors on July 06, 2005, 18:31:10
Ghost Wars: The secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10,2001.  By Steve Coll

Very interesting so far, I would definitely recommend it.
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Post by: Kernewek on July 06, 2005, 18:33:51
"The Battle of the Falaise Gap" by Eddy Florentin.
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Post by: Gramps on July 06, 2005, 18:50:21
A huge book on Pol Pot.
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Post by: fleeingjam on July 06, 2005, 18:59:57
Shake Hands with the Devil
by LGen (Retired) Romeo Dallaire with Major Brent Beardsley
 :cdn:
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Post by: Jer1 on July 06, 2005, 19:02:38
"Red Rabbit" by Tom Clancy
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Post by: Rose79 on July 07, 2005, 09:16:30
Just finished Sahara by Clive Cussler - good book.
I have two waiting for me to start,  The Odyssey by Homer (I already did Illiad), and one called The Way It Was by Rowat C. Swerdfeger.
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Post by: Marty on July 10, 2005, 18:46:31
The Five Fingers -Gayle Rivers
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Post by: Enami on July 11, 2005, 05:32:46
"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins. I'm not too sure about it. It's fascinating, but the man who wrote has since repented and now teaches classes about peace, prosperity, and expanting and transforming our awareness. It also seems to hint at conspiracy theories (though not overtly) and this always annoys me. Funny story though, I was talking to a woman the other day about conspiracy theories. She was recommending a book on them an about the world being run by a small group of aliens. (I'm laughing as I write this!) My response between snorts of laughter: "It would have to be aliens! Humans can't get their *$@& together enough to conspire in such a way."
Im also reading "No Life Like It: Military Wives in Canada" by Deborah Harrison and Lucie Laliberte because my fiance is currently having fun with guns and I'm not.
And finally I've given in and got "Shake Hands With the Devil" by LGen. Dallaire. I haven't gotten into it enough to make any judements yet. Even after finishing it, I suspect I'll simply have more questions.

Cheers.
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Post by: ReadyAyeReady on July 11, 2005, 10:52:26
"Paris:1919" by Margaret MacMillan

Amazing book about the Versailles peace conference.  Its almost sickening to read how the "peacemakers" arbitrarily sliced up the map.
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Post by: PPCLI WO on July 11, 2005, 12:31:44
"Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda" by Sir John Keegan
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Post by: devil39 on July 17, 2005, 23:18:16
Robert Leonhard - Principles of War for the Information Age - Third time reading this book, many excellent insights

John-James Ford - Bonk On The Head - Novel about RMC

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Post by: Freight on July 17, 2005, 23:59:43
Gates of Fire - Steven Pressfield
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Post by: Black Watch on July 18, 2005, 10:52:30
Now i'm reading "the fall of a titan" by Igor Gouzenko
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Post by: Skinny on July 18, 2005, 11:48:25

panzer- a revolution in warfare,1939-1945   --- Roger Edwards

The da vinci code --- dan brown
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Post by: RN PRN on July 18, 2005, 11:51:58
I'm currently juggling three

1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Heinlein) Great minds eh Paramedtec
2. A Table in the Presence (Lt. Carey H. Cash, USMC Chaplain)
3. Hope in H*ll: Inside the world of doctors with out borders (Dan Bortolotti)

GF
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Post by: Island Ryhno on July 18, 2005, 11:54:22
Harry Potter and the half blood prince - J.K. Rowling  8)
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Post by: mcnutt_p on July 18, 2005, 12:49:45
"By Order of the President" W.E.B. Griffin
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Post by: OCdt.Banks on July 18, 2005, 16:00:35
Stalingrad---Anthony Beevor,
Fall of Berlin 1945---Anthony Beevor,
Generation kill---forgot his name
Just finished reading Sun tzu's Art of War.

UBIQUE!!!
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Post by: Frankie on July 20, 2005, 01:50:09
My last reads...the Musketeer series by Dumas, very entertaining, can be found on line, all good reads..

The Three Musketeers
Twenty Years After
Ten Years Later
The Missing Viscount
Louise de la Valliere
The Man in the Iron Mask (Nothing like the movie of the same name with Gabriel Byrne, John Malkovich)

and I have to say... did a search on here for "poser", hilarious the collection of various BS meters out there. Should have a "Poser's Pool" set up here to link all the comic relief that happens in those threads.....
Still giggling....... engraved my name on me rifle.......lol..... make it stop!


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Post by: Danjanou on July 21, 2005, 22:11:02
Interseting list. I've read about half the ones here and from the titles wouldn't mind reading the other,
Harry Potter excepted (sorry there alumni buddy). Also interesting to see I'm not the only one with 2-3 books going at once.

As for myself, just finishing up Ghosts of Medak by Carole Off.
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Post by: baboon6 on July 21, 2005, 23:11:17
Adam Hochschild- King Leopold's Ghost- the story of the colonisation of the Congo
James Altieri- The Spearheaders- 1st Ranger Battalion WW2, personal account

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Post by: PPCLI WO on July 21, 2005, 23:50:20
Peter Harclerode - "Fighting Dirty: The Inside Story Of Covert Operations From Ho Chi Minh To Osama Bin Laden"
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Post by: Springroll on July 22, 2005, 09:16:18
The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals by Cassandra Eason
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Post by: REJ on July 22, 2005, 12:53:48
Currently reading: MORT, Terry Pratchett and THE EXPENDIBLES, Leonard B. Scott.

Since two books at one time is not enough, about to start SALT, Mark Kurlansky.

Just finished PRINCESS; A TRUE STORY OF LIFE BEHIND THE VEIL IN SAUDI ARABIA.

Next in line: MY LIFE IS A WEAPON: A MODERN HISTORY OF SUICIDE BOMBING,Christoph Reuter.
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Post by: see on July 24, 2005, 22:00:10
ROGUE WARRIOR - Richard Marcinko
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Post by: Code5 on July 27, 2005, 01:09:00
lets see. 

Two nights ago I finished reading The Wars - Timothy Findley,
I've just started reading Requiem for a Dream - Selby Hubert
as well as Coming of Age in the Milky Way - Timothy Ferris

Those three were for pleasure.

I'm also reading a few books to get ready for school come September
Wonders and the Order of Nature 1150-1750 - Daston & Park
Principles of Geographical Information Systems - Burrough
and
GIS and Archaeology - James Conolloy
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Post by: NicoleB on July 27, 2005, 05:05:53
hmm lets see i am currently reading The long walk by stephen king for like the 4th time, and i am about to start The World According to Garp.
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Post by: BeadWindow(Banned) on July 27, 2005, 05:21:09
Grundrisse by Karl Marx
How Scots invented the world by Arthur Herman
The Japanese Art of War
Where Ghosts Walked- David Claye Large
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Post by: ReadyAyeReady on July 28, 2005, 11:11:56
"Two nights ago I finished reading The Wars - Timothy Findley"

Good call Sheerin!  What did you think of it?  I'd wager its one of the best books I've ever read.  Findley is fantastic.
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Post by: Danjanou on July 28, 2005, 12:44:35
Finished Ghost of Medak , good read . Just started (again, read it years ago)
The Battle of Long Tan, The legend of ANZAC Upheld by Lex McAuley

It's about a firefight between a company of 6 RAR and a VC/NVA ten times their size in 1966.
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Post by: Le Adder Noir on July 28, 2005, 13:01:04
Dan...you just gave the title I have been looking for for 5 years....

Myself:

Crisis at Bihac by Brenadan O'Shea

The Threat (Inside the Soviet Army) by Andrew Cockburn - dated but a great study on the ability of the Soviets to fight a war in the 80s.....

The Black Company by Glen Cook and;

To rule the waves....Arthur Herman

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Post by: Kyle Burrows on July 28, 2005, 13:31:22
I'm currently reading "Gaunts Ghosts: Straight Silver" by Dan Abnett for a fourth time.  Its an awesome book.
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Post by: bobthebui|der on July 28, 2005, 14:22:18
"The voice of War: WW2 told by those who fought it"

Can be very dry at times, as some journals are included from less than significant people. On the other hand, includes a lot of interesting personal journals from Pte.'s in Tobruk, El Alamein, Stalingrad etc. as well as men of higher stature such as Churchill, Gen. Montgomery, Rommel... etc.
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Post by: Danjanou on July 28, 2005, 14:50:33
Dan...you just gave the title I have been looking for for 5 years....

Anytime. You want to borrow my copy? 8)

 I agree The Threat (Inside the Soviet Army) by Andrew Cockburn is/was agood source for Soviet bloc . Still have my dog earred copy. Back when they were the bad guys it and Suvurov's books were almost bibles amongst those of us who took "know thy enemy" to heart.
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Post by: CdnPhoenix on July 29, 2005, 03:28:08
Right now I'm working on reading the Lord of The Rings:Return of the King, I've been working on the LoTR series for a few months now (I stopped reading after school and started on The Liberation of the Netherlands which I just recently finished).
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Post by: Le Adder Noir on July 29, 2005, 13:10:21
Focault's Pendulum........by Umberto Ecco
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Post by: SHELLDRAKE!! on July 29, 2005, 13:25:31
Sealy Posturepedic mattress tag
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Post by: Pte.(R) Feor, MR on July 29, 2005, 14:20:44
Being that fact that I've been highly into finding information about the Vietnam War, I am reading the book Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow. My highschool teacher gave me the book back in May as he notcied me on some websites about Vietnam, I find the book to be a bit more biased towards America as I am only on the 7th chapter (Vietnam Is the Place). The opening of the dictionary sized book ha, has a really interesting chapter that just kind of leaves you like... ???

All around, so far so good.

Cheers;

Mike F.
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Post by: fir_na_tine on July 29, 2005, 14:31:20
I'm currently re-reading Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" I really enjoy that book.  :)
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Post by: Le Adder Noir on July 29, 2005, 18:21:40
A formal request from my supervisor to get back to work and stop *(&(&&((*(*& about.
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Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on July 29, 2005, 18:44:43
Quote,
A formal request from my supervisor to get back to work and stop *(&(&&((*(*& about.


..and it took me a while to get a hold of him too...... ;)   
 [what, you didn't think I would let the case management social worker thing go, did ya?] :crybaby:
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Post by: Patrick H. on August 09, 2005, 10:00:47
Just started "Fields of Fire" by Terry Copp...

Cheers
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Post by: OCdt.Banks on August 15, 2005, 17:34:43
Half way through The Da'Vici Code, its not bad actually...
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Post by: TheShepherd on August 31, 2005, 18:31:30
Canada's Army - Granatstein
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Post by: Danjanou on August 31, 2005, 21:28:54
Just finished Fatherland by Richard Harris (2nd-3rd time I read it), and just started The Regiment( again) by Farley Mowatt. Also about a third of the way through White Devil an account of Roger Rangers by Stephen Brumwell
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Post by: baboon6 on September 04, 2005, 23:50:43
Down Under by Bill Bryson. Travelogue/history of Australia, first of his books I've read, really enjoying it. Also reading The Last Days of Mussolini by F.W. Deakin, an account of the so-called "Salo" Republic the remaining Fascists set up in Northern Italy after Mussolini's rescue.
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Post by: Cataract Kid on September 06, 2005, 00:24:12
Introduction to the Study of
MILITARY HISTORY
for Canadian Students
(1953)
In particular "The Defence Of Upper Canada; 1812"

and

Canadian Army Journal
Vol. XVII No.1 1963

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Post by: SemperFidelis on September 06, 2005, 00:55:36
Army.ca
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Post by: Old Ranger on September 06, 2005, 01:01:22
"How to incorporate Political Correctness with your Anger Management"

Author: Someone who never had their umbilical cord cut. :)
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Post by: Wolfe on September 06, 2005, 20:44:00
NO MEAN SOLDIER by Peter Mcaleese (read it 4 times i love it )
Mcaleese's Fighting Manual by Peter Mcaleese
Delta Force By Charlie "Chargin" Beckwith

 :cdn:
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Post by: Target Up on September 06, 2005, 21:42:54
Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
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Post by: Candid Candidate on September 06, 2005, 21:46:12
Just finished This Man's Army by Andrew Exum.   

Currently reading Good Muslim, Bad Muslim by Mahmood Mamdani and Why Terrorism Works by Alan M. Dershowitz.
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Post by: Freight on September 06, 2005, 22:11:13
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by  Steve Coll
Title: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Mr.Newf on July 26, 2008, 22:38:29
As the title says, what book are you reading now? It doesn't have to be military related or anything, so that's why I put it here in R/C.


For me, I've just picked up Lord of The Flies. I've never read it yet, and I always hear that its a 'must read'.



Cheers to a good thread ;)

-Deadpan
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Post by: aesop081 on July 26, 2008, 22:54:36
"Last round" by Mark Nichol
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Post by: medicineman on July 26, 2008, 23:02:11
"Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon.
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Post by: uncle-midget-Oddball on July 26, 2008, 23:07:24
I just finished reading "A Moment of Truth in Iraq," by Michael Yon.  I'd reccommend that to anyone who knows how to read... especially those in the 'out now' crowd.

Midget
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Post by: eechoss on July 26, 2008, 23:22:25
Londonistan, book about the effects of Islam on original British Traditions, next book in line, The Sharpe End. WWI book.
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Post by: Target Up on July 26, 2008, 23:23:33
The Night Watch- Sergei Lukyanenko
Duma Key- Stephen King
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Post by: PMedMoe on July 26, 2008, 23:34:44
For me, I've just picked up Lord of The Flies. I've never read it yet, and I always hear that its a 'must read'.

I think you'll enjoy it.  Excellent book!

I am presently reading Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell, third in a series called the Warlord Chronicles.
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Post by: the 48th regulator on July 26, 2008, 23:42:49
I think you'll enjoy it.  Excellent book!

I am presently reading Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell, third in a series called the Warlord Chronicles.

You blow my mind away.....

This is the second thread where you and I have crossed literary paths....

I have started The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, and I have the Warlord Chronicles all lined up next!!

Usually I would ahve done the King Arthur series first, as I am a huge fan of the Riothamus, however I am in a Viking Kick right now...

Uncanny!

dileas

tess
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: medicineman on July 26, 2008, 23:45:13
Read all three of the Warlord Chronicles and found them an interesting read - a neat take on the Arthurian legend.

MM
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Post by: soccer08 on July 26, 2008, 23:53:59
Speaking of Arthurian legend, have you read any of the books in the "A Dream of Eagles" series by Jack Whyte?  I normally don't read fantasy stuff, but I've always been interested in medieval times.

There's at least 7 or 8 books in the series.  One of the books is about Merlyn growing up, another is about Lancelot's childhood and ends with him meeting Arthur for the first time.  I'm reading "The Eagle" by Jack Whyte currently.  It's the next in the series (still in Lancelot's perspective) and so far, talks about how the round table was formed, etc.  The early books in the series also focus heavily on the Roman army and their legions.

I find his stuff to be fairly non-fiction as he puts a lot of fact into it.  It's a good mix of fiction and storytelling to keep you hooked, but with a lot of fact to keep it in perspective.

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Post by: the 48th regulator on July 26, 2008, 23:56:52
Speaking of Arthurian legend, have you read any of the books in the "A Dream of Eagles" series by Jack Whyte?  I normally don't read fantasy stuff, but I've always been interested in medieval times.

There's at least 7 or 8 books in the series.  One of the books is about Merlyn growing up, another is about Lancelot's childhood and ends with him meeting Arthur for the first time.  I'm reading "The Eagle" by Jack Whyte currently.  It's the next in the series (still in Lancelot's perspective) and so far, talks about how the round table was formed, etc.  The early books in the series also focus heavily on the Roman army and their legions.

I find his stuff to be fairly non-fiction as he puts a lot of fact into it.  It's a good mix of fiction and storytelling to keep you hooked, but with a lot of fact to keep it in perspective.



Read all three of the Warlord Chronicles and found them an interesting read - a neat take on the Arthurian legend.

MM

http://www.camulod.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3&Itemid=34


You beat me to the punch Soccer.

I have read the whole series 3 times, and will do it again very soon.

The most brilliant series, to date!  Jack Whyte's Templar trilogy is okay, waiting for the third book now.

dileas

tess
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MedKAWD on July 27, 2008, 00:37:53
Last three books I read were...

-The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
-A Change Of Heart by Jodi Picoult
-The Stand by Stephen King (My favorite book of all time!)

What I'm reading now?

Another of my all time favorites called Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: PPCLI Guy on July 27, 2008, 00:41:04
The latest William Gibson: Spook Country

Next - King John of Canada, and The Secret.

Ongoing:  The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: NL_engineer on July 27, 2008, 00:44:55
just finished reading Outside the wire, and now I'm reading Casino Royal
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Post by: ENGINEERS WIFE on July 27, 2008, 02:13:57
Actually, Outside The Wire is the book I will start tonight and this morning I just finished is:
The Long Walk Home, Paul Franklin's Journey From Afghanistan by Liane Faulder.
It is a very short read, but I quite enjoyed it. Well written.  I was surprised at how personal it was, I cried, I laughed and I felt comfortable and it makes me proud to be in the military family.  It just goes to show you that ordinary people can do great things, even if it not the road they would have chosen, but, they make the best of it and keep on truckin' and I wish the best to the Franklin family.  They deserve it!   ;D

Look at me, sounding like I am all bookish or somethng.  If you had started this thread 6 months ago the Toronto Sun would have been about it for me.  Now, 2 books in 2 days.  I guess this is what happens when hubby is away :-[
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: TDeV on July 27, 2008, 02:50:28
David Grossman On Combat; just finashed and what a book. This book should be reguired reading for anybody wishing to join the combat arms.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Kevin Moran on July 27, 2008, 03:01:41
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer.

I real eye opener
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Post by: Kevin Moran on July 27, 2008, 03:04:20
Apologies, "A" real eye opener
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Post by: Slack and Idle on July 27, 2008, 04:44:40
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Required reading for those wishing too survive.
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Post by: Tommy on July 27, 2008, 09:29:46
"The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom

I thought it was a great read, and a neat look at one mans take on the afterlife.
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Post by: PMedMoe on July 27, 2008, 10:00:38
You blow my mind away.....

This is the second thread where you and I have crossed literary paths....

I have started The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, and I have the Warlord Chronicles all lined up next!!

Usually I would ahve done the King Arthur series first, as I am a huge fan of the Riothamus, however I am in a Viking Kick right now...

Uncanny!

dileas

tess

That's more than likely where the similarities end.  The rest of my collection is a mix of all Stephen King's novels (The Stand is my fave too, MTS), John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Jean Auel, Diana Gabaldon (the whole series), Anne Rice, Mercedes Lackey, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jeffrey Deaver, Thomas Harris, Orson Scott Card, Laurie R. King and single works of fiction and nonfiction.

Anyone who likes fantasy (medieval or otherwise) should check out The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay.  Three books in one that will keep you reading.  It also has  bits of the "Arthur" legend as well.

Tess, I was unaware that there is The Saxon Stories too.  Are they about Aelle and Cerdic?  I'll have to look them up.
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Post by: Mr.Newf on July 30, 2008, 19:25:09
15 Days, just picked it up today ;D


-Deadpan
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on July 30, 2008, 20:24:05
Red Storm Rising (again).
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Post by: Rodahn on July 30, 2008, 20:25:33
Retreat Hell... WEB Griffen.
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Post by: dangerboy on July 30, 2008, 20:32:47
Viking: Sworn Brother, by Tim Severin
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Post by: Taggart on July 30, 2008, 21:09:57
America Alone ( Again) Stephen King's Duma Key, (His new one) and I've got Insomnia (Also by King) awaiting my return, and Dead Certain (About President Bush, from his days in Texas through 2000 and now, and it's neither a criticism or praise, just the cold hard history) He's not the man you see on TV, that's for sure
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Post by: 3VP Highlander on July 30, 2008, 21:10:52
Mopping up!  with the PPCLI.  The story of Lt Jack Munroe (one of the originals) 1914 - 1918.
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Post by: MedKAWD on July 30, 2008, 21:13:06
The Dictionary...turns out the Zebra did it.  ;D





Sorry. :-X
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Post by: BernDawg on July 31, 2008, 00:17:54
King Kull.  Circa 1964, the pages are falling out but it's worth it.

Hey Kev, welcome to the site.

Bern
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Post by: yak on July 31, 2008, 00:30:21
The Places in Between - Rory Stewart

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Post by: Target Up on July 31, 2008, 00:30:36
Quick re visit to an old read:  The Teachings of Don Juan- Carlos Castaneda.... like, totally trippy, man.... 8)
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Post by: Colin P on July 31, 2008, 01:28:32
"Jihad" and shortly will start "Give War a chance"
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Post by: grmpz1 on July 31, 2008, 01:55:33
i jus finished 15 days and now im on  outside the wire and after that im reading   fiasco : the american military adventure in iraq 8)
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Post by: Code5 on July 31, 2008, 10:28:32
Currently i'm reading Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night
before it I read Alan Weisman's The World Without Us which I found to be quite interesting.


Next?  I'm not really sure. 
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Post by: 2 Cdo on July 31, 2008, 12:01:08
Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World.

Muslims causing trouble about 1400 years ago! 8)

Interesting story but the book is written somewhat disjointedly. No real flow, jumps around alot. You will find yourself back tracking at times to make sense of certain battles.
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Post by: time expired on July 31, 2008, 18:07:44
FATAL AVENUE by RICHARD HOLMES-A travellers history of Northern
France and Flanders,1346-1945.History made easy to read.
                                       Regards
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Post by: leroi on July 31, 2008, 23:35:35
I'm reading Anchee Min's autobiographical Red Azalea--it's about growing up in Chairman Mao's China (It's this type of literature that makes me really, really glad to be Canadian!)

Also reading The Gouzenko Transcripts--fascinating stuff!
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Post by: traviss-g on July 31, 2008, 23:51:18
I'm reading a book of sort stories by Rudyard Kipling
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Post by: Etienne on August 01, 2008, 14:46:04
I just finished Steve Berry's :  The Templar Legacy and The Alexandria Link. The last one brings a little twist at the current "Mapping" of the middle east. Interesting, but a little piece of advice, read The Templar Legacy first, which introduce the major players, of both books. It is not a : Part 1 and Part 2 books. Just same "Good guys"  ;D

Someone sent me: The Amber Room, while I was in A'stan and found that Steve Berry, IMHO, is a step higher than Dan Brown books (read them all)

So I am now reading Steve Berry's: The Third Secret, sound interesting.. it involves the Vatican...again :)

Have a nice day

CHIMO !

Etienne
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Post by: CallOfDuty on August 01, 2008, 15:05:07
  I'm reading Empty Casing----written by retired Canadian army officer Fred Doucette.   A soldier's memoir of Sarajevo under siege.
TH :cdn:
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Post by: pfl on August 01, 2008, 15:57:51
I'm actually going through the entire Flashman series. Its by George MacDonald something or other, slips my mind right now. Great stuff, cowardly hilarious Briitish officer in the mid 1800's. Author has him put into all the major battles and political affairs of the time, kind of like Forrest Gump......just imaging him as a *****-slapping, womanizing, servant beater and you've pretty much got it lol
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Post by: Danjanou on August 01, 2008, 16:01:42
Good topic

Just finished Kamikaze the latest horror thriller from Vancouver based Michale Slade, not too bad but he is getting predictable.

Usually I have 3-4 books going at once all over the house (drives the D9er nuts) but nothing on the go now.  :-[

I did order some stuff off Amazon earlier so hopefully next week:

The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry

32 Battalion

The Hollywood History of the World: From One Million Years B.C. to Apocalypse Now

Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945

Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy

James and the Duck: Tales of the Rhodesian Bush War (1964 - 1980)
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Post by: Gramps on August 01, 2008, 16:25:02
Inside the VC and the NVA. Not as interesting as it sounds.
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Post by: Dariusz on August 01, 2008, 16:33:47
Just finishing Friendly Fire by Michael Friscolanti. It is about the April 17, 2002, bombing of Tarnak Farm, Kandahar, in which 4 Canadians were killed by an american F-16 pilot.
Very interesting, covers the incident from many angles and perspectives, plus the findings of the investigations. :bullet:
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Post by: jeffb on August 03, 2008, 23:09:19
I'm reading The Soul of Battle by Victor Davis Hanson. It follows the campaign of Epaminondas against the Spartans, Sherman's march to the sea and the 3rd Army under Patton. So far, it's pretty good if not a little optimistic about the power of democracy to motivate soldiers.
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Post by: fiddlehead on August 04, 2008, 09:49:45
I am reading "The Bitter Harvest of War" - New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917, author Andrew Theobald.   The publisher is Goose Lane Editions and the book is #11 in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series.   Interesting read for those who like local history.......
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Post by: Kevin Moran on September 04, 2008, 14:41:33
Phantom Soldier and The Tiger's Way by John Poole.  Great books about how Eastern (Asian mostly) soldiers fight and why. Both are great reads.
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Post by: Luvs 2 Curl on September 04, 2008, 16:57:54
Icon - Frederick Forsyth

Cold War era political/spy novel.  Highly recommend if you like that sort of thing.
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Post by: Danjanou on September 04, 2008, 18:11:29
Busy reading month (mind I was off sick for 3 days this week with nada to do)

Finished No Holding Back: Operation Totalize August 1944

For those unfamiliar with it Brian Reid a retired RCA Colonel and (member here) gives a good detailed account of the armoured thrust south from Caen to Falaise and pulls no punches on what went wrong, and why. He also disposes some myths on the battle pointing out it did achieve almost all its objectives, although there were many Command and Control issues due to the relative inexperience of some key Canadian commanders. Reid writes as a soldier and it’s easy to follow along for other soldiers. Also well illustrated with tactical maps and unit TO&E diagrams.

He also analyzes the death of German Panzer Ace Michael Whitman looking at all the evidence and comes up with new conclusions on how he died and who most likely killed him that will upset the accepted story of the last 60 years.

Also finished Generation Kill by Evan Wright I’ve watched the HBO series and the book  is  just as good. Naturally more detail including for those who say the series why some of the higher ups (Encino Man, Captain America) were such retards. Wright also has a post script on what happened to the major characters including who went back to Iraq.

Third down range was
Alternate Decisions of World War II Third Reich Victorious Ten Dynamic Scenarios in Which Hitler Wins the War Edited by Peter Tsouras. 10 military historians have offered what if scenarios that change the war. Surprisingly well done.

Scenarios include BEF not being evacuated at Dunkirk and Sea Lion being successful enough that PM Halifax (?) sues for peace. Germans win the Battle of Britain and terror bomb London enough that again the PM surrenders.

Others include the Germans jet aircraft defeating the bomber offensive, Turkey entering the war against the Soviets, and three with Rommel.  Two of them with him on the Ost Front in 1941 and then in 1944 (after winning in Normandy). The third is him winning against the 8th Army and driving all the way to Basra.

The most  interesting one though suggests that in WW 1 a young Adolf Hitler is convinced to join the German Navy and not the Army. He is wounded at Jutland and develops a pathological hatred of England and the RN that suppresses his anti Semitism. He also develops a friendship with a couple of junior officers Raeder and Doenitiz.

After the war everything else goes the same Weimer Republic, depression and Hitlers rise to power etc. However he concentrates on building a naval force including more U-Boats and 4 small carriers. Sept 1939 4 German carriers launch a Pearl Harbour type attack on Scapa Flow and U-Boat packs finish off most of the RN in UK waters. No RN and Sea Lion succeeds. A German scientist named Albert Einstein then offers the Kreigsmarine a new weapon and soon no more Russia.

This one ends with a Cold War between a German occupied Europe and the US and the rest of the British Empire in Exile based in Canada including a British Honduras (Belize) Missile Crisis in the 1960’s

I also have to confess I picked up and read Andy McNabb’s latest Nick Stone book to kill time on a train trip, about par for the series but better than staring out the window for 4 hours….almost.

Two new ones on the go now. Dave Grossman’s On Killing interesting if a bit dry  initially  and well covered here elsewhere. I also pulled off the shelf Herman Wouks two parter Winds of War (finished it last night) and War and Remembrance to tide me over until my new Amazon shipment gets in.
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Post by: Mr.Newf on September 04, 2008, 18:17:23
Alternate Decisions of World War II Third Reich Victorious Ten Dynamic Scenarios in Which Hitler Wins the War.

That looks like it would be a great read. I'll pick it up if I can.


-Dead
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Post by: cjr on September 06, 2008, 19:28:10
The Heart of Valor - by Tanya Huff

Third (I think) in a Sci-Fi series about Confederation Marines Gunnery Sargeant Torin Kerr.  In this volume she tries to keep a group of marine recruits alive on a training mission gone wrong.  Not bad so far but probably not your thing if you don't like military Sci-Fi.
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Post by: Ex-Dragoon on September 06, 2008, 19:34:04
The Heart of Valor - by Tanya Huff

Third (I think) in a Sci-Fi series about Confederation Marines Gunnery Sargeant Torin Kerr.  In this volume she tries to keep a group of marine recruits alive on a training mission gone wrong.  Not bad so far but probably not your thing if you don't like military Sci-Fi.

have you read any other books in that series? I was looking at this one at Chapters and wasn't sure about it.
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Post by: cjr on September 06, 2008, 22:03:54
The Heart of Valor - by Tanya Huff

have you read any other books in that series? I was looking at this one at Chapters and wasn't sure about it.

I have read all of them.  Huff (who is Canadian) usually writes fantasy and my wife buys all her stuff.  I enjoyed them.  She is a good writer but the circumstances in the books are sometimes a bit contrived.  I.e. they keep ending up in situations where the only hope is the squad of marines on the ground and no one in space can drop anything on the bad guys.  The characters seem realistic (though I've not served in a military unit so you may have to take that with some salt) and the interplay between the species that serve the Confederation as combat forces is interesting.

I would say check out the first one and see if you like it.  Keep in mind though that the books are told from a marine point of view so the navy does take a bit of bashing.
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Post by: BinRat55 on September 07, 2008, 13:16:04
Betty and Veronica's Double Digest... not a very light read, considering it's a "double" digest!!  Will Archie ever learn?
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Post by: PMedMoe on September 07, 2008, 14:13:38
Betty and Veronica's Double Digest... not a very light read, considering it's a "double" digest!!  Will Archie ever learn?

 :rofl:

Reading The Dream of Eagles series from Jack Whyte........again.  :)
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Post by: Colin P on September 07, 2008, 16:21:25
Jihad, a history of Islam in Central Asia mainly focused on post Soviet Union

Also a rather thick and clean brand new Range Rover repair manual.
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Post by: PMedMoe on September 08, 2008, 17:27:14
Picked up this book (http://www.doubleday.com.au/Products.aspx?Catalog=AU+DD+CM+Base+Catalog&ProductID=20800_6(DD+Base+Catalog)) on sale at Chapter's yesterday.  Interesting read so far.
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 08, 2008, 17:33:59
Several for me:  Hoorah for OPMEs.

A Military History of Canada:  Desmond Morton

War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada: Keshen and Durflinger

Destinies - Canadian History Since Confederation:  Francis, Jones and Smith

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Post by: Ex-Dragoon on September 08, 2008, 17:39:43
The Heart of Valor - by Tanya Huff

I have read all of them.  Huff (who is Canadian) usually writes fantasy and my wife buys all her stuff.  I enjoyed them.  She is a good writer but the circumstances in the books are sometimes a bit contrived.  I.e. they keep ending up in situations where the only hope is the squad of marines on the ground and no one in space can drop anything on the bad guys.  The characters seem realistic (though I've not served in a military unit so you may have to take that with some salt) and the interplay between the species that serve the Confederation as combat forces is interesting.

I would say check out the first one and see if you like it.  Keep in mind though that the books are told from a marine point of view so the navy does take a bit of bashing.

Hope your happy I picked up the first two in omnibus formate at Chapters this weekend lol
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Post by: c_canuk on September 09, 2008, 09:37:04
Quote
The Heart of Valor - by Tanya Huff

I have read all of them.  Huff (who is Canadian) usually writes fantasy and my wife buys all her stuff.  I enjoyed them.  She is a good writer but the circumstances in the books are sometimes a bit contrived.  I.e. they keep ending up in situations where the only hope is the squad of marines on the ground and no one in space can drop anything on the bad guys.  The characters seem realistic (though I've not served in a military unit so you may have to take that with some salt) and the interplay between the species that serve the Confederation as combat forces is interesting.

I would say check out the first one and see if you like it.  Keep in mind though that the books are told from a marine point of view so the navy does take a bit of bashing.

they are a good read, I think in the authors note in the first book she mentions that her father was a WO and thats where she gets some of her information and based the first book around the scenario in the movie about the famous British batte with the Zulu.

...

I just finished The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, pretty well thought out book, interesting and fun to read... some conclusions are a little odd though. Not to mention I shouldn't have been reading the "historical" accounts second half of the book just before bed :)

now reading the Gosple of the Flying Spagetti Monster... not as funny as I was expecting.
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Post by: traviss-g on October 20, 2008, 04:47:23
I'm reading "I am America (and so can you)" By Steven Colbert. It is a really funny
I just finished The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks,
Sounds interesting, is it an easy to find book?
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Post by: TacticalW on October 20, 2008, 04:54:15
interesting, is it an easy to find book?

Yep, it's been a big seller. I've read World War Z which was pretty good and by the same guy but not this one. I'll probably get it later, but I "did" enjoy the one I read quite a bit.
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Post by: JimMorrison19 on October 20, 2008, 08:23:41
I'm reading both The History of the Second World War by B.H. Liddell Hart and Self-Destruction: The Disintegration and Decay of the United States Army during the Vietnam Era by Cincinnatus at the same time.
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Post by: Shec on October 20, 2008, 09:31:36
Just put down "Renegades - Canadians in the Spanish Civil War" by Michael Petrou, 2008.  A definitive history of the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion; who they were, why they did it, what they experienced, and what became of them.

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Renegades-Canadians-Spanish-Civil-War-Michael-Petrou/9780774814188-item.html
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on October 20, 2008, 10:14:13
The Iceman - Confessions of a Mafia Assassin

The guy's name is Richard Kuklinski. He had personally killed over 200 men. Bizarre chap.
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Post by: MikeL on October 20, 2008, 10:43:06
Currently reading 3Para and skimming through Green Eyes and Black Rifles.
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Post by: Danjanou on October 20, 2008, 12:18:07
Cinderella Army by Terry Copp. Great account of the 1st Canadian Army after Normandy, doing all the crap jobs in NWE, clearing the channel ports , the Breskin Pocket Walchern etc.
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Post by: Don.G on October 20, 2008, 12:34:44
First In...an insiders account of how the CIA spearheaded the war on terror in Afghanistan. :cdn: :cdn:
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Post by: leroi on October 20, 2008, 13:24:27
"Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon.

How do you find it? I read the entire Outlander series--couldn't put it down.

I loved the beginning books that deal with The Battle of Culloden in Scotland but found the later books of the 7 book series (the books dealing with Jamie and Clare's adventures in America) less appealling.

Diana Gabaldon is quite the Scottish scholar and usually attends the Highland Games in Fergus, Ontario each August.

Currently reading:  The True Intrepid: Sir William Stephenson and the Unknown Agents by Bill Macdonald. Fascinating to discover what a large role a few lesser-known "quiet Canadians" played in helping the Americans set up the CIA; and more importantly win WWII.
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Post by: CallOfDuty on October 21, 2008, 10:23:15
  " Soldiers made me look good", by MGen(ret.) Lew MacKenzie. 
Good read  :)
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Post by: Gasplug on October 21, 2008, 11:54:19
The "Gothic Line" by Mark Zuehlke.

I am posted in Italy so I might as well learn all about those D-Day Dodgers.... Who knows I might get to visit a few of those battle sites up near Rimini.

Cheers,

Gasplug  :salute:
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Post by: Don.G on October 21, 2008, 12:19:07
Two books I think are a must read (which I failed to mention yesterday)  are 15 Days.....and  Contact Charlie. :cdn:
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Post by: canadian_moose on October 21, 2008, 18:51:18
Making the Corps
Bullet Proof Flag
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Post by: X Royal on October 21, 2008, 19:35:04
Black Wind by Clive & Dirk Cussler.
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Post by: Lil_T on October 21, 2008, 19:52:42
I just started Fifteen Days, and My first 1,000 words (with the little one :D)
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Post by: Red_Snapper on October 21, 2008, 20:36:02
Shaking Hands With The Devil, by Romeo Dellaire
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Post by: SprCForr on October 23, 2008, 22:10:59
1945 ~ Robert Conroy
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Post by: uniballer on October 23, 2008, 22:29:15
Licensed to Kill  Robert Young Pelton      An amazing read and insight into the private military/security companies like Blackwater and how they are used in Iraq and Afaganastan.

On Killing  LCol Dave Grossman    A real eye opener into how we are brought to the point of being able to break the largest of all societal taboos, killing another human being,
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Post by: Target Up on October 23, 2008, 22:57:04
Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden.  Genghis Khan must strive against blah blah blabbity blah blah....  not a bad read, typical lightweight historical fiction.  Killed a couple of afternoons so far.
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Post by: WrenchBender on October 23, 2008, 23:41:36
Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden.  Genghis Khan must strive against blah blah blabbity blah blah....  not a bad read, typical lightweight historical fiction.  Killed a couple of afternoons so far.
I picked up the series and will be tackling them once finished Cussler's 'Navigator'

WrenchBender
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Post by: Don.G on October 24, 2008, 12:39:26
Another very good read is  "On Combat"  by Lt Col Grossman.   :cdn:
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Post by: fiddlehead on October 25, 2008, 07:30:10
Just finished "Contact Charlie".........excellent read!   Highly recommended
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Post by: Inky on October 25, 2008, 08:05:16
"A field guide to left wing wackos" by Kfir Alfia.

Hilarious read.


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Post by: Bass ackwards on October 29, 2008, 21:51:54
Now most of the way through Unquiet Diplomacy (2005) by Paul Cellucci.
I fail to see what all the yelling is about: the guy is a lot more polite than far too many of our pols and media types are towards the US.

The book leans slightly towards being boring, but it's not a bad read for those worried about Canada/US relations (all of whom have probably read it already anyway...)
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Post by: grmpz1 on October 30, 2008, 04:42:13
Canada's Secret Commandos: The Unauthorized Story of Joint Task Force Two about half way through it 

and Fiasco the American military adventure in Iraq............feels like i been reading that thing forever
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Post by: Hot Lips on October 30, 2008, 05:46:55
The Assassins Gallery by David L. Robbins

Great suspense novel!!!

HL
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Post by: meni0n on October 30, 2008, 07:13:46
Imperial Humbris by Michael Scheuer
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
The Emergence Of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History
Places In Between by Rory Stewart
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Post by: Danjanou on October 30, 2008, 09:56:07
Finished Cinderella Army. Both of Copp's books on 1st Cdn Army are pretty good and makes me want to look for more of his stuff. Now just getting into Defeat in malaya The fall of Singapore by Arthur Swinson. Good subway commute read but I think I know how it ends.  8)
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Post by: 2 Cdo on October 30, 2008, 10:00:58
A Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.

The world in the future where everyone is genetically "grown" in a lab and perpetually happy. That description alone should tell you that bad things are just under the surface waiting to throw a wrench into society.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on October 30, 2008, 10:04:10
A Maxim magazine from Feb 2003. It's nice (pretend a Borat accent here) :blotto:
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Post by: Moody on October 30, 2008, 10:41:42
Visual Basic .NET in 21 days....

(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.getsmileyface.com%2Fsm%2Fsleep%2Fschla18.gif&hash=55c8c54cf803bb6dad737da757b88843)
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Post by: tango22a on November 05, 2008, 18:10:09
Contact Charlie...excellent so far.

tango22a
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Post by: Freight on November 06, 2008, 11:06:18
Just finished, Cold Zero : Inside the FBI Hostage Rescue Team by Christopher Whitco - good read and some insight into Ruby Ridge and Waco as well as the evolution of the FBI.

Am about a third through, Outside the Wire. The War in Afghanistan in the Words of Its Participants. Edited by Kevin Patterson and Jane Warren - So far, so good.

Next up, Contact Charlie: The Canadian Army, The Taliban and the Battle that Saved Afghanistan: Chris Wattie

Greg
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Post by: BernDawg on November 06, 2008, 11:16:09
Harlequin - Bernard Cornwell.  A charming tale of the hundred years war.
I just reread the Saxon series from the beginning and I thought I'd check out some of his other works besides the Sharpe series.
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Post by: AZA-02 on November 06, 2008, 11:30:02
Just finished State of Fear by Michael Chrichton. May he rest in peace. :salute:
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Post by: DustintheWind on November 06, 2008, 11:59:37
I just like to drown myself in Fantasy novels..  ^-^
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Post by: AGuyWithAGun on November 06, 2008, 12:21:31
Juno Beach by Mark Zuehlke. I have already read Gothic Line and recommend his line of works to everyone.
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Post by: ghyslyn on November 06, 2008, 12:35:29
Just finished War Journal, now I'm reading House to House
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Post by: leroi on November 06, 2008, 12:45:36
Just finished "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by author of "The Kite Runner," Khaled Hosseini.

Like "The Kite Runner," the book's a fiction that historically chronicles the last 30 years of strife in Afghanistan--up to 2003.

Unlike "The Kite Runner," the two fictional characters central to the story are women.

Hosseini went to Afghanistan and interviewed hundreds of women for the book.

This book is a must-read for all those people who think Canada's involvement in Afghanistan is a waste of time--IMHO.


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Post by: dapaterson on November 06, 2008, 12:55:12
"The Year of Living Biblically" - a non-practicing Jew decided to spend a year trying to literally obey the Bible - then shifted to 8 months Old Testament, 4 months New Testament.  Intersting concept, at least...
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Post by: time expired on November 08, 2008, 10:22:52
Tommy,The British soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918
 Another excellent read from Richard Holmes,concerns mainly
the Brits, but Canadians get an honerable mention,the front was
basically the same no matter whose army one served.
The book makes some attempt to debunk some of the myths
that were established in popular literature after the war.
Highly reccommended.
                             Regards
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Post by: muskrat89 on November 08, 2008, 10:40:52
"Ted, White and Blue" by Ted Nugent

Far more sensible and thought out than I ever would have imagined - with all of the Nugent "pizazz" that you would expect
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on November 08, 2008, 11:03:31
Just finished "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by author of "The Kite Runner," Khaled Hosseini.

Like "The Kite Runner," the book's a fiction that historically chronicles the last 30 years of strife in Afghanistan--up to 2003.

Unlike "The Kite Runner," the two fictional characters central to the story are women.

Hosseini went to Afghanistan and interviewed hundreds of women for the book.

This book is a must-read for all those people who think Canada's involvement in Afghanistan is a waste of time--IMHO.

Both books were great!!  Have you seen the movie The Kite Runner?  I hope they make one from A Thousand Splendid Suns as well.  Awesome books!
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Post by: the_girlfriend on November 08, 2008, 11:33:33

Currently reading:
- Outside the Wire, the war in Afghanistan in the words of its participants by Kevin Patterson and Jane Warren (I am very sensitive to Captain Nichola Goddard's story  :salute:)
- Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach by Dandridge M. Malone

Next will be either Contact Charlie or Fifteen days... I haven't decided yet.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: the 48th regulator on November 08, 2008, 11:55:56
Listening to Enemy of God, the second book in The Warlord Chronicles series by Bernard Cornwell.

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index.cfm?page=2&BookId=30

Bernard Cornwell is so good, he may almost unseat Jack Whyte as my favourite Author!

dileas

tess
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: leroi on November 08, 2008, 12:19:04
Both books were great!!  Have you seen the movie The Kite Runner?  I hope they make one from A Thousand Splendid Suns as well.  Awesome books!

Yes I did see "The Kite Runner"-- awesome, as you say. I'm also hoping they make a movie of "A Thousand Splendid Suns."



edited:for spelling
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Post by: 2 Cdo on November 08, 2008, 12:26:32
Michael Chrichtons, The Terminal man.
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Post by: NL_engineer on November 08, 2008, 13:59:20
I am currently reading Kandahar Tour.
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Post by: Le Adder Noir on November 10, 2008, 13:42:19

Listening to Enemy of God, the second book in The Warlord Chronicles series by Bernard Cornwell.

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index.cfm?page=2&BookId=30

Bernard Cornwell is so good, he may almost unseat Jack Whyte as my favourite Author!

dileas

tess

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Post by: Le Adder Noir on November 10, 2008, 13:45:41
Listening to Enemy of God, the second book in The Warlord Chronicles series by Bernard Cornwell.

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index.cfm?page=2&BookId=30

Bernard Cornwell is so good, he may almost unseat Jack Whyte as my favourite Author!

dileas

tess


The Warlord series is fantastic; as is his dark ages series about Uhtred of Bebbenburg. Just finished Lords of the North for the 3rd time.
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Post by: Don.G on November 18, 2008, 11:14:59
Distant Thunder....(Canada's Citizen Soldiers on the Western Front)
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Post by: PanaEng on November 18, 2008, 20:15:36
Bored at the airport. Saw a copy of "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (the Neterlands MP of Somali origin, who is forced to leave by all the PC crap that is consuming most of the EU) started reading and could not put it down - fortunately, I remember to pay for it before boarding...

cheers,
Frank
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Post by: Mr.Newf on November 18, 2008, 20:56:26
Just bought "Survive" by the one and only Les Stroud ;D


Beaver
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: the 48th regulator on November 18, 2008, 20:57:24
The Warlord series is fantastic; as is his dark ages series about Uhtred of Bebbenburg. Just finished Lords of the North for the 3rd time.

The very first series I read was the Dark Ages, and by Far Uhtred is my favourite character of his books.

Which is why I am still tipping the scales with Jack Whytes Golden Eagle and Cornwell's works.  Publius Varus is my all time fictional fave character, from SkyStone.

Funny thing is Uhtred of Bebbenburg is loosely based on one of Cornwell's ancestors, too.

dileas

tess
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Post by: Rodahn on November 18, 2008, 21:07:05
An Implementation guide for Environmental Management Systems....

It's a thrilling read.... ::)
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Post by: the 48th regulator on November 18, 2008, 21:10:01
An Implementation guide for Environmental Management Systems....

It's a thrilling read.... ::)

What type of sword does the lead characer prefer to use?

dileas

tess
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on November 18, 2008, 21:10:34
The very first series I read was the Dark Ages, and by Far Uhtred is my favourite character of his books.

I thought Uhtred was from the Saxon stories?  I just picked up The Last Kingdom at Value Village a few weeks ago, not realizing it's part of a series.  :-[  On the bright side, at least it's the first of the series!!  Haven't started it yet, still reading The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis.

I'm with you, Tess, I like both authors!
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Post by: the 48th regulator on November 18, 2008, 21:28:46
I thought Uhtred was from the Saxon stories?  I just picked up The Last Kingdom at Value Village a few weeks ago, not realizing it's part of a series.  :-[  On the bright side, at least it's the first of the series!!  Haven't started it yet, still reading The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis.

I'm with you, Tess, I like both authors!

Moe,

You are bang on, I got confused by that Argyle Character, what a bag of squeeky toys he is.....Badger get back to work please!

The Saxon Stories (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index2.cfm?page=1&seriesid=10)

dileas

tess

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: RangerRay on November 18, 2008, 21:38:38
I'm currently reading Post Captain by Patrick O'Brien.  After, I plan on starting Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
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Post by: --NES-- on November 18, 2008, 21:41:52
Quote
What book are you reading now?

Physics for Dummy's
Calculus for Dummy's
TI-89 Graphing Calculator for Dummy's



Why? 2 reasons;

1) Mechanical Engineering, Design and Analysis at Conestoga College

2) I never took physics or calculus in high school and the TI-89 Calculator has (according to the math teacher) the answer to everything... including the answer to life, the universe and everything....  it's 42.   ;D

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on November 18, 2008, 21:47:13
Just finished Kite Runner, starting 15 days and just bought a referance book "British Army Equiupment" circa 1980's
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: infamous_p on November 18, 2008, 21:49:50
The Talisman by Stephen King, to be followed by Bag of Bones or The Stand.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Rodahn on November 18, 2008, 21:52:34
What type of sword does the lead characer prefer to use?

dileas

tess


Hopefully one that I can fall on....  ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on November 18, 2008, 21:56:21
The Talisman by Stephen King, to be followed by Bag of Bones or The Stand.

I can't even choose my favorite from those three but if I was pushed it would be The Stand.  That was the first Stephen King book I read and now I have them all.
He just released a new book of short stories, Just After Sunset (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Just-After-Sunset-Stories-Stephen-King/9781416595281-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%2527Stephen+King%2527).  Gotta go get it!!
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Post by: leroi on November 18, 2008, 22:12:06
I can't even choose my favorite from those three but if I was pushed it would be The Stand.  That was the first Stephen King book I read and now I have them all.
He just released a new book of short stories, Just After Sunset (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Just-After-Sunset-Stories-Stephen-King/9781416595281-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%2527Stephen+King%2527).  Gotta go get it!!

Moe,

I'm a big Stephen King fan too. I've got almost all his books.  Did you read The Gunslinger series? I liked it except for the very final  book.
I haven't read Cell yet because people have told me it's his worst work. What did you think of it?
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Post by: Cpl Brat on November 18, 2008, 22:15:16
im reading Empty Casing right now. I have heard alot about it and am enjoying it so far. Im switching between that and Last Man Out (book and the springhill mine disaster). I recommend them both
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Post by: George Wallace on November 18, 2008, 22:18:06
I'm reading Kate L. Turabian's "A Manual for Writers".  I think many on this site could find it useful.   >:D

That or "The Practical Stylist" by Sheridan Baker.   ;D
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Post by: aesop081 on November 18, 2008, 22:23:27
Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xsi / 450D for Dummies
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Post by: milnews.ca on November 18, 2008, 22:37:59
Finally getting around to the Flashman series - just starting "Flashman in the Great Game" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashman_in_the_Great_Game). 
(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fen%2Fthumb%2F5%2F5a%2FFlashmanInTheGreatGame.jpg%2F175px-FlashmanInTheGreatGame.jpg&hash=f7fe46b5cde1f8c2e5cf978e0de591c4)

LOVED all of his McCauslan treasures, just never got around to hitting the Flashman books.
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Post by: the 48th regulator on November 18, 2008, 22:45:12
Kewl,

Your books have girls, with their diddies showing, on the cover!

dileas

tess


Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: infamous_p on November 19, 2008, 01:25:44
I can't even choose my favorite from those three but if I was pushed it would be The Stand.  That was the first Stephen King book I read and now I have them all.
He just released a new book of short stories, Just After Sunset (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Just-After-Sunset-Stories-Stephen-King/9781416595281-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%2527Stephen+King%2527).  Gotta go get it!!

Moe, what did you think of Bag of Bones? I'm trying to decide which one to read next - Bag of Bones or The Stand (I tend to have my most indecisive moments when it comes to choosing my next read, haha). I'm an enormous King fan, always have been... but right now I'm making my way through all of the books that are apparently intertwined within the Dark Tower stories before I read the series.
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Post by: gate_guard on November 19, 2008, 02:00:08
After being on my list of books to read for the past few years, I'm finally reading "Panzer Leader" by Guderian and am thoroughly enjoying it. Also occasionally picking up "Killing Pablo" by Mark Bowden (of Blackhawk Down fame), South American mickey mouse politics and the hunt for Pablo Escobar...it's not as good a read as Blackhawk Down but still not a bad effort.

Next on the list is "Achtung Panzer" and then "The Kite Runner". Has anyone read "3 Para", about 3rd Battalion of the Para Regiment in Helmand Province in the summer of 2006? Finished it not too long ago, pretty intense read. Anyone else who's read it have any thoughts?
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Smode on November 19, 2008, 09:38:59
Currently I'm reading a book named: The Lord of the rings: THe Fellowship of the rings :)

Its my 6th time reading it, I just like it:)
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Post by: Shec on November 19, 2008, 09:40:06
War on Our Doorstep by Brendan Coyle.   A short history of WW2 on the West Coast & Alaska.  
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Post by: PMedMoe on November 19, 2008, 10:32:39
Moe,

I'm a big Stephen King fan too. I've got almost all his books.  Did you read The Gunslinger series? I liked it except for the very final  book.
I haven't read Cell yet because people have told me it's his worst work. What did you think of it?

leroi, I also like the Dark Tower novels (a.k.a. Gunslinger series).  I seriously can't remember the last book but considering when he started it was meant to be a 12 or 13 book series and ended earlier, I imagine there was a lot of "loose ends" to tie up.  I love the Roland character.  I could see a young(er) Clint Eastwood, every time he was described.

I actually liked Cell.  I thought it might make a decent movie if they didn't screw it up as they do with most Stephen King book-to-movie transitions.  Notable exceptions being Firestarter, The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.

I think his worst book is The Tommyknockers.  :-X

Moe, what did you think of Bag of Bones? I'm trying to decide which one to read next - Bag of Bones or The Stand (I tend to have my most indecisive moments when it comes to choosing my next read, haha). I'm an enormous King fan, always have been... but right now I'm making my way through all of the books that are apparently intertwined within the Dark Tower stories before I read the series.

I liked Bag of Bones as well, pretty neat intertwining of the past and the present.  If you have the uncut version of The Stand (i.e. the way it was originally written) keep in mind it's a pretty long book, but as I said, one of my favorites.  What I liked about it, is that with the exception of the supernatural stuff, it could actually happen, which is kind of scary in itself.
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Post by: leroi on November 19, 2008, 10:50:07
Moe,

The Stand is my favorite too. I've read it several times.
King was pretty disappointed with the interpretation of some of his earlier movies and vowed to never again sign over too much control to filmmakers.
I think the 7th book of the Dark Tower series had too many loose ends. I believe it was written while he was still trying to recover from his accident and a bit rushed.

As Roland would say with a bow, Thankee Sai!!!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on November 20, 2008, 13:01:41
Publius Varus is my all time fictional fave character, from SkyStone.

 I think I'm really starting to like Dedalus, particularly what he wrote to Merlyn after sitting in the Council:

"Too much discussion, not enough decision."

Reminds me of some of my O Gps.  ::)

Also, when he tells Merlyn to get rid of Ironhair and Carthac quickly but thoroughly and then writes:

"Decapitation is thorough."
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Post by: DustintheWind on November 21, 2008, 00:11:12
Currently reading more fantasy novels..

Forgotten realms stuff mostly.


I want to start getting into Military history (be it through factual books or novels based on fact or true stories) because I am hoping to take MSS in RMC. (Or History in CivvieU) So I think It would help me get a better understanding. (And be interesting too, of course.)

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: leroi on November 21, 2008, 01:54:52

I want to start getting into Military history (be it through factual books or novels based on fact or true stories) because I am hoping to take MSS in RMC. (Or History in CivvieU) So I think It would help me get a better understanding. (And be interesting too, of course.)

Any suggestions?

Lots of good stuff here:

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/board,14.0.html
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MSpencer on November 21, 2008, 04:38:36
There are two books that I am reading right now, neither with any sort of consistancy.
1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. which is a play done by Tom Stoppard.
2. Shock Troops by Tim Cook, which is about The Canadian Corps in the First World War. Apparently it is the second of a series, which means I probably should have started with the first; but I guess I will just have to read it after this one is done.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: DustintheWind on November 21, 2008, 09:40:29
Lots of good stuff here:

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/board,14.0.html

For some reason I never spotted that until last night, I guess my time here has mainly been in Radio Chatter and Recruiting section. I saw some good stuff in there last night, and once I finish the pile of books I have here already I may dig into some of those.

Thanks
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Post by: Baden Guy on November 22, 2008, 09:43:28
Just stumbled on this book at the library "Nemesis by Jo Nesbo."


The House of Pain [IMPORT] (Paperback)
by Jo Nesbo (Author)


http://tinyurl.com/6jx7bg


Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: BernDawg on November 22, 2008, 10:25:30
Flashman and the Dragon.  Fun stuff  ;D
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on November 22, 2008, 12:46:16
Dungeons, Fire and Sword: The The Knights Templar in the Crusades. by John J. Robinson.
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Post by: MedKAWD on November 22, 2008, 14:00:58
River God....again.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Hot Lips on November 22, 2008, 19:18:25
National Defence's Public Affairs Handbook  ;D
Something about required reading  ::)

HL
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: R. Jorgensen on November 24, 2008, 13:25:38
Just finished 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and now I'm reading 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley (1934[?]) - it's a messed up book, but I recommed it to sci-fi readers and people who enjoy messed up fictional stories.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: korabian on December 03, 2008, 23:42:34
Just finished two books head to head: "Making the Corps" by Thomas Ricks. A story of a recruit platoon at Parris Island's US Marine Corps boot camp. And the other one: "Ronin. A Marine scout-sniper platoon in Iraq" by Mike Tucker. The title says it all.  ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: KingKikapu on December 04, 2008, 00:50:45
The Varieties of Scientific Experience - Carl Sagan
Dry title, fascinating read.

Hekiganroku (The Gateless Gate)
A zen classic.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Le Adder Noir on December 04, 2008, 07:21:17
"COLLAPSE" ( How societies choose to fail or succeed) by Jared Diamond

and

"CEASAR" by Adrian Goldsworthy   ( Musta been the cog-dis' troll's comments about the Rubicon ;) )




Note: Edited for Mess Tin induced dyslexia
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Post by: PMedMoe on December 04, 2008, 10:32:08
Just started "Fall On Your Knees" by Ann-Marie MacDonald (a Canadian writer).  Quick to get into, gets you interested right from the start! 

Random House book info (http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780394281780)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on January 02, 2009, 16:02:16
Spent a fair bit of time loafing about reading over the Christmas holidays (between digging the house and driveway out every 2-3 days) , and an Amazon shipment arrived at the start too


Finished Sniper One by Dan Mills
http://www.amazon.ca/Sniper-One-Dan-Mills/dp/0141029013/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230925802&sr=8-1


and  Who Killed the Canadian Military by Jack Granatstein  A good account of how successive Canadian Governments prior to 9/11 slowly destroyed the Canadian Forces through neglect and political interefence. A bit dated as it ends in 2003 prior to the hillier Years as CDS and the slow rebuildng going on now.

http://www.amazon.ca/Killed-Canadian-Military-J-L-Granatstein/dp/0002006758/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230925852&sr=1-1

About halfway through  Operation Husky by Mark-Zuehlke, a fairly good overview of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and attached Armoured Brigade in the Sicilian Campaign

http://www.amazon.ca/Operation-Husky-Mark-Zuehlke/dp/1553653246/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230925908&sr=1-1

I’d recommend all three.
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Post by: aesop081 on January 02, 2009, 16:19:43
Just finished "Generation Kill"........great holliday reading BTW, realy gets yo into the spirit of the season.

Currently half-way through "In the company of heroes" By Michael Durant

Next is "5 years to freedom : The true story of a Vietnam POW" by James N. Rowe. Rowe is the father of modern US SERE training and the book became the bible for conduct after capture.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on January 02, 2009, 16:44:26
"The Great Influenza" (http://www.johnmbarry.com/_i_the_great_influenza__the_epic_story_of_the_deadliest_plague_in_history__i__58204.htm) by John M. Barry.  Sort of work related so I think I need to pick up something else for entertainment purposes.  ;)
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on January 02, 2009, 16:48:34
World War Z by Max Brooks. Good reading, almost makes you believe that zombies do exist. It's really quite good. It was given to me by the Zombie Slayer. Anyone on TF 1-08 who was in Charlie Coy 2VP might know who that is!!
 Oh, Ive never been to NDHQ for any amount of time, but I hear one or two exist there. Is there any truth to that? ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Baden Guy on January 02, 2009, 17:39:52
"The Great Influenza" (http://www.johnmbarry.com/_i_the_great_influenza__the_epic_story_of_the_deadliest_plague_in_history__i__58204.htm) by John M. Barry.  Sort of work related so I think I need to pick up something else for entertainment purposes.  ;)

I like history and my wife is a nurse. We would both place this book among the top books we have read.

Yes it is that good.
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Post by: tango22a on January 03, 2009, 07:54:49
" Black Ops" by W.E.B. Griffin ... really quite interesting.

Cheers,

tango22a
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Post by: leroi on January 03, 2009, 16:02:01
I'm reading and almost finished John le Carre's newest A Most Wanted Man.

It's spellbinding and contemporary. I've had trouble putting it down. Although my favorite le Carre will remain, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: RangerRay on January 11, 2009, 15:25:29
I've got a good start on Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.  So far, I've read Shape's Rifles, Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Tiger, and I'm halfway through Sharpe's Triumph.  They should be compulsory reading for all Officer Cadets.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: meni0n on January 11, 2009, 15:42:11
Picked up  Baghdad at Sunrise by Peter Mansoor

It's a memoir of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division commander in Baghdad 2003-2004. It was recommended by SWJ so it should be good.
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Post by: medicineman on January 12, 2009, 03:41:36
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.

MM
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Brihard on January 12, 2009, 08:46:14
Oh God... I'm one of those weirdos who always has a bunch on the go.

The Bear And the Dragon, by Tom Clancy (again)

Angel of Death by Jack Higgins (Crap, but I can't just stop reading a book)

Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

Arguing the Just War in Islam by John Kelsay

I've got a handful more in my barracks box that I'd started and then got sidetracked on... I'll get back to them in time.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dapaterson on January 12, 2009, 11:11:37
Fooled by Randomness, and The Tipping Point.  Both good reads (so far)
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Post by: P-PLATOON on January 12, 2009, 11:27:28
"The Soldiers General, Bert Hoffmeister At War"
by Douglas E. Delaney

A pretty solid read so far!
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Post by: Mars79 on January 12, 2009, 11:36:33
The Fighting Canadians.  Since I'm at work I can't give the name of the author, but it's a good read.  All about the rise of the regimental system in the Canadian military, from the Iroquois War bands to the present day.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on January 12, 2009, 12:12:41
"The Tolls of Death" by Micheal Jecks. Seventeenth in the series that takes place in early 14 th century England. Deals with two officials who investigate various crimes, usually murder. Very entertaining, plus, the stories are well researched giving the reader an idea of what life was like in medieval England.

"Gods War: A New History of the Crusades" by Christopher Tyerman. A new history of the crusades. While it deals mostly with the Crusades in the Middle East, but also lesser campaigns such as the Albigensian Crusade in southern France; the re-conquest of Spain; and those in the Baltic's. Well researched and very informative.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: tango22a on January 12, 2009, 13:33:53
Re-reading the DMC series by Rick Shelley. All books are a very good read.

Cheers,

tango22a
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Post by: Colin P on January 18, 2009, 00:22:11
Just finished "The moment of Truth in Iraq" & "Ghost Soldiers" about the liberation of the POW camp in the Philippines.
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Post by: Yrys on January 18, 2009, 00:30:36
"The Tolls of Death" by Micheal Jecks. Seventeenth in the series that takes place in early 14 th century England. Deals with two officials who investigate various crimes, usually murder. Very entertaining, plus, the stories are well researched giving the reader an idea of what life was like in medieval England.

Seems interesting.

You might want to have a look at his bibliography (http://www.michaeljecks.co.uk/bibliography/index.html) ...

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Post by: Lil_T on January 18, 2009, 01:27:13
Got talked into reading the Nanny Diaries by someone masquerading as a friend.  I can feel my brain cells dying. 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Yrys on January 18, 2009, 11:21:54
Got talked into reading the Nanny Diaries by someone masquerading as a friend.  I can feel my brain cells dying.

Then tell her to see the movie  >:D !

Didn't read or see either, but I have a feeling that the movie may have similar effect on her  :D ...
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Post by: Cloud Cover on January 18, 2009, 12:00:54
Finished The Great Karoo, by Fred Stenson. Will trade it for a  :cdn: flag flown in Afghanistan at PB Wilson.  [will send the flag with the book -(this is part of my daughters high school project about what "support the troops" means, and what it doesn t mean. PM me if interested] 

A well researched book that tells a fictional story about 1 CMR Canadian Scouts serving in the Boer War. Hardships, boredom, small and large engagements, egotistical officers, grief, love- all the usual elements of a good book. 

Couldn't help myself from drawing parallels to Afghanistan - move and dig in, hit and run tactics used by an elusive enemy, [often mixed with civilians] - move and dig in cold, small engagments, sniping, railside bombs, prisoners with [or without] legal status, thirst, execution by Boers of captured Canadians, move and dig in wet, sniping, aerial recce [balloons], rotten tents, broken equipment, move and dig in hungry... [sound familiar?]   

Cheers!
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Post by: Lil_T on January 18, 2009, 12:11:23
Then tell her to see the movie  >:D !

Didn't read or see either, but I have a feeling that the movie may have similar effect on her  :D ...


I think she did see the movie.  She's right into that sort of craptastic romantic comedy shyte. 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Yrys on January 18, 2009, 12:21:55
I think she did see the movie.  She's right into that sort of craptastic romantic comedy shyte.

Mmm, well you could try Enchanted (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461770/) ?

It's so syrupy that I don't call that "chick movie" but "mashmallow" ...


OR most of Danielle Steel, Barbara Cartland books  :D ...
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Post by: Journeyman on January 18, 2009, 12:31:53
In a slightly different vein from Lil_T and Yrys.......   ;)

I'm currently reading Phillip Bobbitt's Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (http://www.amazon.ca/Terror-Consent-Wars-Twenty-first-Century/dp/1400042437/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b?ie=UTF8&qid=1232293916&sr=8-1) -- a truly excellent book that follows on from his Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History. (http://www.amazon.ca/Shield-Achilles-Phillip-Bobbitt/dp/0141007559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232293916&sr=8-1)

I finished Shield of Achilles, which provided a lot of the theoretical underpinnings of his views, just before christmas. Santa, being a pretty sharp chick, brought me Terror and Consent, which is more forward-looking, examining various futures (plural intentional).
Both books are a terrific blend of history, legal philosophy, and strategic thinking -- providing interesting views on some "truths" about how we're seeing/fighting Islamic terrorism.


And for those that would find Bobbitt's works a little too geekish  (OK, wa-aaay too geekish) ......
Santa also brought Kurt Vonnegut's Armageddon In Retrospect. (http://www.amazon.ca/Armageddon-Retrospect-Kurt-Vonnegut/dp/0399155082/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232294809&sr=1-1) It's a collection of some of his unpublished fiction and nonfiction regarding war and peace; especially interesting are his thoughts on the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, which he had to help clean up as a POW.


I always seem to have at least two-three books and a couple of academic-type journals on the go......there's at least another half-dozen or more books sitting in the 'ready rack'......plus a bunch of journal articles..... current news commentaries......   ::)
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Post by: Lil_T on January 18, 2009, 15:38:47
Mmm, well you could try Enchanted (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461770/) ?

It's so syrupy that I don't call that "chick movie" but "mashmallow" ...


OR most of Danielle Steel, Barbara Cartland books  :D ...

*gag*
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Post by: Target Up on January 18, 2009, 15:42:01
Catching up on 10 issues of Canadian Geographic, a most underappreciated publication.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on January 18, 2009, 16:28:10
The  Assassins, A Radical Sect in Islam by Bernard Lewis. 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on April 23, 2009, 21:21:47
Right now, I am reading The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd (http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/forest.html).  It's quite interesting.  It's a collection of stories focused on a location instead of the characters, although some of the characters are descendants of those in the original story.  So far, it's really good and I wouldn't mind finding some of his other, similar books.
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Post by: Kyle Burrows on April 25, 2009, 02:10:17
Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies - by Jane Austen  8)
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on April 25, 2009, 11:49:20
Zombies??? Where???
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Post by: jmbest on April 25, 2009, 12:01:12
Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies - by Jane Austen  8)

bahaha. I actually had to go Google this and see if it's real!  ;D

Reading Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls..after reading most of Hemingway's work I figured I might as well read one of his most well known. Excellent so far, as usual.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: leroi on April 25, 2009, 15:17:42

I just finished The Places in Between by Scottish historian Rory Stewart. He journals about his walk across Afghanistan in winter of 2002 after the fall of the Taliban.

http://www.rorystewartbooks.com/

It's a pleasure to read and gives a real appreciation for the culture and history of Afghanistan. Besides that, if you're on on your way to Afghanistan, I think this would be a fine book to gain knowledge of the treacherous landscape and the difficulty involved in negotiating the labyrinth of tribal law where alliances shift like desert sands.

Partial-spoiler: a very funny scence ensues when the author comes across two British (presumably) SAS in the desert.  :-X
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Post by: Kyle Burrows on April 25, 2009, 20:51:10
Zombies??? Where???

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Regency-Jane-Austen/9781594743344-item.html?ref=Search+Books:+%2527Pride+Prejudice+and+Zombies%2527
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Hamish Seggie on April 26, 2009, 08:48:59
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Regency-Jane-Austen/9781594743344-item.html?ref=Search+Books:+%2527Pride+Prejudice+and+Zombies%2527

Are you frickin serious?
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Post by: ArmyVern on April 26, 2009, 09:32:38
The Siege of Fort Beauséjour, 1755 by Chris Hand (one of the LCols here in Gagetown).

Spent a day there last week with the LCol giving us a tour and the history lesson. You know, I crawled over that place often as a kid - (being that parents were from Miramichi & Amherst), but I guess that I just didn't get it.

I'm actually enjoying reading the book and learning the history. As the historical site whose siege directly led to the expulsion of the Acadians to Louisiana - you'd think there'd be something more than one simple highway sign announcing it's presence, importance and impact upon the Canada we now know.

It's kind of sad how many people cross that border between NB and NS and have absolutely no clue.  :-[
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Post by: Old Sweat on April 26, 2009, 10:01:50
Vern

If you run into Chris Hand before you leave Gagetown, please say 'hi' from me. We served together in DGMPO during Oka, Gulf 1 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Interesting times.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Teflon on April 26, 2009, 10:06:06
Are you frickin serious?

Everything about Zombies is Serious,.... Deadly Serious!!!!  BOOOHAHHHA!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on April 26, 2009, 10:11:00
It's kind of sad how many people cross that border between NB and NS and have absolutely no clue.
must.....not.......comment........   >:D

 ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: aesop081 on April 26, 2009, 16:08:01
Just finished "Robert's Ridge" by Malcom MacPherson and moved on to "3 Para" by Patrick Bishop
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: NFLD Sapper on April 26, 2009, 16:32:09
It's kind of sad how many people cross that border between NB and NS and have absolutely no clue.  :-[

There's a border there?  ;D

Don't see much when I blow through there at 120 lol
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: medicineman on April 26, 2009, 16:52:31
Of course there's a border - it's the spot where the highway turns to absolute shyte when you leave Amherst going towards Moncton...

On another note, just dug out "Treatment and Quarrantine Guidelines for Pandemic Influeza" and "Pandemic Influenza and The Emergency Measures Act: Your Rights and Obligations As A Health Care Professional" and started to brush up...

MM
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Post by: milnews.ca on April 26, 2009, 18:56:36
Kafka's "The Trial" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial) - wish the guy used more paragraph breaks....
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: greyman_11 on April 26, 2009, 20:39:53
 Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Selwyn Raab
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on April 27, 2009, 11:29:13
Just started Morrigan's Cross, 1st book of the Circle Trilogy. 
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Post by: Scott on April 27, 2009, 12:24:03
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs - Chuck Klosterman
No Logo - Naomi Klein
It's Not About the Bike - Lance Armstrong

And MEC's spring and paddling catalogs
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: mariomike on April 27, 2009, 21:59:45
I am reading, "To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams":
"Give no slack and take no **** from anyone. Confront and command. Control the street at all times. Always be agressive. Stop crimes before they happen. Seek them out. Shake them down. Make that arrest. And never, NEVER, admit the department has done anything wrong."
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Post by: fiddlehead on April 28, 2009, 07:58:01
"Liri Valley" by Mark Zuehlke........a good read (as was his "Ortona"
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Freight on April 29, 2009, 20:57:27
Hunting Down Saddam by Robin Moore wasn't so great, seemed to be pieced together...
About 1/2 way through Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, enjoyed World War Z by the same author
Greg
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Post by: Radius on April 29, 2009, 21:42:56
White Fang by Jack London
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

You just have to love the classics  :nod:
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Post by: the 48th regulator on April 29, 2009, 22:45:14
Listening to Steve Allen • Jack Kerouac: Poetry For The Beat Generation, then on to The Dharma Bums.

dileas

tess

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Post by: gcclarke on April 29, 2009, 23:00:48
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. One of the better fantasy novels to come out recently.
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Post by: VIChris on April 29, 2009, 23:16:30
About 1/2 way through Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, enjoyed World War Z by the same author
Greg

That book is pure gold. I enjoyed every page. I've not read World War Z yet though. I'll have to pick up a copy.

I've got "Shake Hands With the Devil" on the go in my bedroom. Tough book to put down when I know I should be sleeping. I've seen the movie a couple of times, but the detail in the book is just that much more poignant.

In the can I'm reading John Stewart's "America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction." Very well written. It's in the form of a textbook/ teacher's guide. I don't know how many times I've burst out laughing while reading this one. All of the contributors from The Daily Show are there too. The asides from Canada's own Samantha Bee are hilarious.
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Post by: tango22a on April 30, 2009, 10:38:30
"Armaggedon Reef" and "By Schism Rent Asunder"
Both by David Weber...Both are excellent reads...Waiting for Book Three in series.

Cheers,

tango22a
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Post by: Greymatters on May 01, 2009, 02:35:30
'High Conflict Personalities in Legal Disputes' by Bill Eddy

- very interesting reading in terms anyone can understand...
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Post by: jmbest on May 01, 2009, 09:40:54
"Outside the Wire: The War in Afghanistan in the Words of its Participants" - quite good so far, would be interested to know if anyone here read and what they thought. [Edit: Never mind, just searched through the thread and quite a few folks have read it!]

Also a horrible chick lit book by Jennifer Weiner, "Certain Girls"   ::)
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Post by: gcclarke on May 02, 2009, 00:19:55
I will say that World War Z and the Zombie survival guide are so far my favorite of the recent crop of nu-zombie literature. I'm definitely also looking forward to the movie adaptation of World War Z. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Max Brooks is apparently Mel Brooks' son. Nothing like a little familial connection to help a movie get made, n'est pas?

And, as for the newest book I'm working on now, 13 Bullets (A vampire tale) by David Wellington.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: RiverDriver on May 02, 2009, 00:41:51
My Grandmother gave me "Turvey" by Earle Birney for my birthday. Published first in 1949, then again in 1960 under the name "The Kootenay Highlander." It is a great book with an engaging story and realistic characters. That, and it is really freaking hilarious! I highly recomend it. Anyone else out there read it? Just don't spoil the ending... i'm not quite there.
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Post by: NL_engineer on May 02, 2009, 11:02:23
I'm currently reading Brotherhoods of war by W.E.B. Griffin.  I just randomly grabbed at the KAF PX before heading to the FOB.
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Post by: Chuck007 on May 02, 2009, 14:27:45
Hey guy's, In the world today with all the conflict from around the world, for the past year now, I personally been reading and opening my mind to the Muslim and Arabic culture of life especially with the war in Afghanistan and Iraq i believe every one should get to no certain things about the middle east. I do no that these people dont all think the same, meaning the Muslim people alot of people think one way about theem not always the right way.

Right now am reading  ( THE ISLAMIC WORLD ) by Ziauddin Sardar righter of numerous book and very good one i may add.

Thanks and enjoy. :cdn:
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Post by: Shec on May 02, 2009, 16:48:50
My Grandmother gave me "Turvey" by Earle Birney for my birthday. Published first in 1949, then again in 1960 under the name "The Kootenay Highlander." It is a great book with an engaging story and realistic characters. That, and it is really freaking hilarious! I highly recomend it. Anyone else out there read it? Just don't spoil the ending... i'm not quite there.

Read Turvey years ago and I second your recommendation, it's a hoot.  Inspired by the author's own experiences as an army personnel selection officer.  Hard to put down.

Another great work in a similar genre is the Private War of Jacket Coates by Lt. Col. Herbert Fairlie Wood.   If you can find it and if you enjoyed Turvey you'll love it !   The two complement each other nicely. 
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Post by: mariomike on May 02, 2009, 17:09:21
Another great work in a similar genre is the Private War of Jacket Coates by Lt. Col. Herbert Fairlie Wood.   

I read that years ago. I am soon to retire, so I should add that to my reading list! Something about the M.D. lecturing about "the five finger widow"?!
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Post by: Shec on May 02, 2009, 19:41:49
I read that years ago. I am soon to retire, so I should add that to my reading list! Something about the M.D. lecturing about "the five finger widow"?!

I don't recall that but I don't think I will ever forget the opening sentence:  "I've always been one to rally around king and country in an emergency and in 1950 the emergency was that I was broke."  ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on May 05, 2009, 13:22:12
Just started "Taliban" by Achmed Rashid about the rise of the Taliban, read his previous book "Jihad" quite interesting and detailed stuff.
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Post by: mariomike on May 05, 2009, 16:23:24
I read all ( I think ) of Hans Hellmut Kirst's books. "Night of the Generals, Gunner Asch ( a series )" He wrote a series of detective novels set in Munich in the 1960's. "The Fox of Maulen"  "The Night of Long Knives and others were set in Germany in WW2. They were a mixture of satire and humour.
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Post by: jmbest on May 08, 2009, 09:41:18
"The Tigers Are Burning" by Martin Caidin - the story of the battle of Kursk.
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Post by: tango22a on May 08, 2009, 10:12:10
Half way through "Kandahar Tour"...EXCELLENT READ!

Cheers,

tango22a
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Post by: c_canuk on May 08, 2009, 10:28:06
I just finnished World War Z a few weeks ago, and I was thinking while reading it would adapt nicely into the same format as Band of Brothers. Max Brooks is a very talented writer.

Also finished Steven Hawking's A Brief History of Time, I would heartly recommend it to anyone... I had to flip back a few pages now and then to refresh my memory on what the terms he was using meant but the insight into the community he works in and his run in with fellow scientists like Einstien are worth the extra work.
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Post by: c_canuk on May 08, 2009, 10:30:45
oh and Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid by Dr Dennis Leary was a hoot as well - he got an honourary docterate
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Post by: Target Up on May 09, 2009, 02:01:14
Finally got a chance to crack open "Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America
and the New Face of American War".  Only got 40 pages down so far, but pretty good.
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Post by: canadian_moose on May 09, 2009, 19:32:09
Just finished "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell", great read usually takes me a week or two to finish a book, read this one in two days.
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Post by: Teflon on May 15, 2009, 13:03:38
Columbine By Dave Cullen -  About half way through and it seems to good a fairly good job of tackling a lot of the mystification and erroneous reporting that came out of that whole traggic event
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 26, 2009, 18:12:12
Right now, I am reading The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd (http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/forest.html).  It's quite interesting.  It's a collection of stories focused on a location instead of the characters, although some of the characters are descendants of those in the original story.  So far, it's really good and I wouldn't mind finding some of his other, similar books.

Since finishing "The Forest", I have read Heart Full of Lies (http://www.curledup.com/heartful.htm) by Ann Rule, re-read The Kite Runner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite_Runner) by Khaled Hosseini, just finished the latest in the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series, The Language of Bees (http://www.laurierking.com/?p=1866) by Laurie R. King and am about to start Sarum (http://www.amazon.com/Sarum-Novel-England-Edward-Rutherfurd/dp/0449000729) by Edward Rutherfurd.
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Post by: tango22a on May 26, 2009, 19:43:02
Just starting "Assegai" by Wilbur Smith. Should be a good read if it lives up to his previous works.

Cheers,

tango22a
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Post by: No one on May 26, 2009, 20:51:34
Two books that I just finished and want to recommend, ESPECIALLY to aspiring or new officers.


1) One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick (USMC, Ret.)


and
 

2) The Unforgiving Moment: A Soldier's Education by Craig M. Mullaney (US Army, Ret.)



    Both of them were very good, similar in theme, but different enough to make both of them worthwhile. They both deal with the challenges that a 20-something officer will deal with, especially in terms of interacting with members twice their age and with far more experience, whom they now command.
   If you've done BMOQ/BMQ, you'll laugh at the stories of basic training, even though one is US Army and the other a Marine, the experiences are at times, eerily similar to mine.
   One Bullet Away's author attended Dartmouth, and his experiences again often mirror mine at civvy-U, so I enjoyed that, and the author of Unforgiving Moment went to West Point, and then was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, which was interesting to read as well.
   Both end up leading platoons in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, and the perspective from which the stories are told give an interesting insight into the life of a young officer, both personally and professionally.

Cheers.
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Post by: dangerboy on May 31, 2009, 23:03:59
Just finished reading "The Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien, I will admit I did not read all the appendixes and skimmed through the poems.  Now I am trying to decide which book to read next:

Men of Steel - I SS Panzer Corps: The Ardennes and Eastern Front, 1944-45 by Michael Reynolds

Or

A Game of Thrones - A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin 

Two very different genres I know, but both good books (at least I think they are).
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Post by: Danjanou on June 01, 2009, 12:48:34
Just starting "Assegai" by Wilbur Smith. Should be a good read if it lives up to his previous works.

Cheers,

tango22a

I’ve been rereading all my Wilbur Smith novels for the past couple of months (I've been a fan since I was a teenager and read most 3 or 4 times, they make great subway or vacation reading). Polished off all the Ballantyne and Courteny series in anticipation of this new one, and am now working through some of the stand alone books. The wife borrowed one off of me when we were in Cuba and now she’s hooked too.
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Post by: gcclarke on June 02, 2009, 12:01:43
I'm now working on Soldiers Made Me Look Good, by Maj-Gen (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie, as well as (like dangerboy two posts above this) A Game of Thrones.

The former book is a substantially quicker read than the latter.
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Post by: tango22a on June 03, 2009, 09:20:12
Danjanou:

Think you will like "Assegai" . I found it sometimes a bit far-fetched, but it lives up to the standards of the author's previous works. AFAIK it was new very recently.

Cheers,

tango22a
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Post by: leroi on December 07, 2009, 16:08:20
~Wanted to revive this topic because it's such a great resource.

I'm reading Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio. It's a biography and was a finalist for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction: 2009.

Canadian history buffs will find it fascinating, I think. But the book is quite sad; this remarkable woman's life was marred by tragedy.

The next book I read will have to be a bit more fun and light-hearted. Any suggestions?
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Post by: the 48th regulator on December 07, 2009, 16:38:36
I will start a two part series shortly;

Citizen of the World, The Life of Pierre Elliot Trudeau 1919-1968

dileas

tess
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Post by: milnews.ca on December 07, 2009, 17:08:41
Just finishing "Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field" (http://www.amazon.ca/Decoding-New-Taliban-Insights-Afghan/dp/0231701128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260219887&sr=8-1) (great summary in pretty good detail of how the Taliban works in various provinces, although the chapter on Kandahar by the Globe & Mail's Graeme Smith was more Taliban interview narrative than exposition of structure), and just starting "Canada and Other Matters of Opinion" (http://www.amazon.ca/Canada-Other-Matters-Opinion-Murphy/dp/0385667264/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260219761&sr=8-1) by Rex Murphy (outstanding writing and thinking so far).
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Post by: dangerboy on December 07, 2009, 18:53:47
Just finished reading "Fusiliers - How the British Army lost America but learned to fight" by Mark Urban, interesting book on the the British Army during the American Insurrection based on the 23rd, Royal Welch Fusiliers.  Now I want to read another book "Rifles" which is about the 95th, Green Jackets.

If anybody has read it, let me know if it is worth trying to find it for some holiday reading.
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Post by: riggermade on December 07, 2009, 19:42:52
I just finished Lowell Greens books then Hilliers book.  Going to Canex tomorrow to get it signed
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Post by: krustyrl on December 07, 2009, 20:27:17
"Playing With Fire"   Theo Fleury


..... far from boring. What inner turmoil this player must have had. 
Have to force myself to put this book down so I have something to read on a 6 hr flight Saturday.!!!
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Post by: wildfong on December 07, 2009, 20:53:55
I just picked up Ted Barris' new book.  "Breaking the Silence"  on page 50 and I have cried a couple of times already. 
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on December 08, 2009, 21:53:15
How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War 1938 - 1939 by Donald Cameron Watt.

"It is the most comprehensive and, all ambiguities aside, the best single study of the road to war from the Munich conference to September 1939 that we are ever likely to have." Book review in Commentary Magazine  (http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/how-war-came--by-donald-cameron-watt-7670) in Feb 1990. Couldn't agree more with the last quote.  A highly enjoyable look at all the players, big and small, in the lead-up to World War 2. The unfortunate part is that its no longer in print, but copies are available online. 
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Post by: PMedMoe on December 09, 2009, 02:36:59
Bones by James Patterson (an Alex Delaware novel).  Just finished Flesh and Blood by the same author.  Lately, it's been good to have a cheap paperback that fits in the pantleg pocket of my combats.   ;)
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Post by: nairna on December 09, 2009, 03:25:30
Right now I am reading Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford, very good book, very well thought out and gives an amazing look into the many aspects of the CF, whether it be in the front lines or the homefront, highly recommend it!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ballz on December 09, 2009, 07:16:11
"On Killing" by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.

Funny thing is I despise most things to do with psychology, and that's why I never bought this book sooner. I knew the manner in which it would be written, and thought I'd probably find myself cussing at it while reading. Not very far into it, but it hasn't disappointed so far.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on December 09, 2009, 10:22:17
Re reading "On Combat" by LCol Grosman. There are some valuable insights into such things as auditory exclusion, breathing, etc. I recommend it for any soldier, but particularly MCpl and above.

I tried to read "Fifteen Days" but gave up half way through, but too much emotional stuff came up, so I shelved it. Same with "Shake Hands With the Devil".
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Post by: leroi on December 09, 2009, 11:53:19
Re reading "On Combat" by LCol Grosman. There are some valuable insights into such things as auditory exclusion, breathing, etc. I recommend it for any soldier, but particularly MCpl and above.

I tried to read "Fifteen Days" but gave up half way through, but too much emotional stuff came up, so I shelved it. Same with "Shake Hands With the Devil".

"Shake Hands With the Devil" is one of the most frustrating, painful true stories I've ever read. I was almost tearing my hair out reading it.  At one point in the book I actually jumped out of my armchair yelling "don't wait for permission from Ottawa ... do something ... now" :-[ my kids thought I was nutzzzz .... (I'm not really nutzzz just a little emotional at times  :D)!

Edit to add:I mean no disrespect to Senator Dallaire or anyone associated with the mission in Rwanda by my comment above. I met Senator Dallaire and watched him speak and he speaks so well of the Canadian Forces that people in the audience line up as prospective CF members after wards and ask him questions about how to "get in."  He was  tasked with a difficult mission and was, is still, severely criticized for it yet his response has been the utmost in honest self-reflection. So my reaction to the book was visceral and unfiltered by my frontal lobes. The mission seemed doomed form the "get go" because Canada seemed to be one of the few countries taking interest in the plight of Rwanda. According to the book, Canada brooked the Lion's Share and they did it in a vacuum characterized by international indifference.  But, in the small amount of reading I've done on Canadian Forces missions, a theme re-occurs which transcends authorship; it's something this country MUST fix: commanders in theatre are being ham-strung by Ottawa. And although I think it's a democratic virtue to have civilian oversight of our military, there are times when our command--the people who are there commanding with their 'boots on the ground'-- the people for whom lives are at stake--MUST, simply MUST be given latitude to make timely & potentially life-saving  decisions.


How long will it take before Enemies of Canada 'glom onto' this inherent systemic weakness in our civilian-military communication structure in order to exploit it to their advantage??? Or will it, sometime in the future, contribute to our eventual Athenian 'kiss of death' as our country is reduced to the absurd by a Kafkaesque preference for bureaucracy over the nation's security????
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Post by: Baden Guy on December 09, 2009, 14:22:30
Finished " A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War " a few weeks ago.
The more I think about it the more I feel disappointed. Overall  it wasn't very well written. It needs the hand of a professional writer or editor. The book starts off good with the first years of his career but then while providing interesting info on his postings it also begins  to lack the detail to hold a readers interest. Perhaps he took on too much in such a small book.
And to be honest I wasn't very impressed by his performance at the parliamentary committee detainee hearings. Yes he did a good job of defending his record as CDS but I thought he was overly harsh on diplomat Richard Codvin's testimony.
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Post by: ballz on December 09, 2009, 16:30:07
But, in the small amount of reading I've done on Canadian Forces missions, a theme re-occurs which transcends authorship; it's something this country MUST fix: commanders in theatre are being ham-strung by Ottawa.

I haven't read Gen. Hillier's book yet but I know from an interview with him that in his book he also mentions when he was comd for ISAF that he said he eventually decided it wasn't worth using the CF for missions that needed to be done on an ASAP basis because the decision process was too slow, and all the relay between the Generals and NDHQ was too much and too long, where as the Brits and the French were more prepared to let their Generals that were there make the decision, and only wanted to be kept in the loop.
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Post by: the 48th regulator on December 09, 2009, 17:23:18
"On Killing" by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.

Funny thing is I despise most things to do with psychology, and that's why I never bought this book sooner. I knew the manner in which it would be written, and thought I'd probably find myself cussing at it while reading. Not very far into it, but it hasn't disappointed so far.

You get a chance to see him speak, jump at it.  I saw earlier this year, and my friend (Who hosted him and is friends) introduced me to him.  We had a good chat, and the man is down to earth and a warrior through and through.  He is in awe with the programs we have here in Canada regarding OSI's.

He was such the Gent, that he gave me "On Combat" and  autographed with a Psalm because of my work with OSISS.

dileas

tess
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Post by: leroi on December 09, 2009, 18:58:22
I haven't read Gen. Hillier's book yet but I know from an interview with him that in his book he also mentions when he was comd for ISAF that he said he eventually decided it wasn't worth using the CF for missions that needed to be done on an ASAP basis because the decision process was too slow, and all the relay between the Generals and NDHQ was too much and too long, where as the Brits and the French were more prepared to let their Generals that were there make the decision, and only wanted to be kept in the loop.

Yes ballz, I'm a civilian and although I do try to stay in my own lane, I've seen this theme played out so many times and have also read Hilliers's and MacKenzie's books and I think it's time, in fact past time, that the 'government of the day' with regard to a particular military operation involving Canada, begins to trust those "they" deploy to command in a theatre of operation. If Hillier or McKenzie or Dallaire or _________ say to Ottawa "well, we have excellent intelligence that 'such and such' will likely occur between 23:10 and 24:00 on a specific date and it may involve the potential death of an unacceptable number of civilian and military casualties and that means I need permission to do 'such-and-such' and I need, say, an 8 hour window of time to prepare, to offset this tragedy, then these people in "Canadian command" operating in theatre with the burden of potential death on 'their military shoulders' should have a means of expediting the urgency with the GOVERNMENT of CANADA.  These military commanders may be in a country that's millions of miles away from Canada and they may need immediate quick response--otherwise death and/or dishonour for CANADA rests on their shoulders.  And  if they don't get a quick response, that's NOT FAIR!!!!! It's disgusting if the reason that led to a tragedy is because it took Ottawa 72 hours to respond to a law-abiding military commander procedurally requesting timely assistance from the country for whom he/she swore allegiance and whose request has been acknowledged but only too late.

Sorry if I offend anyone but that's how I feel-think!

And besides, if other countries are able to respond to their militaries concerns in a timely manner, then why can't Canada?

I think we will eventually cease to be a nation if we cannot do this for our military.


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Post by: RangerRay on December 10, 2009, 22:34:37
As recommended by Mr. E.R. Campbell, I'm now reading Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada's Founding Values (http://www.amazon.ca/Fearful-Symmetry-Canadas-Founding-Values/dp/1554701880/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260497981&sr=1-1).

"In the 1960s, Canada began a seismic shift away from the core policies and values upon which the country had been built. A nation of “makers” transformed itself into a nation of “takers.” Crowley argues that the time has come for the pendulum to swing back—back to a time when Canadians were less willing to rely on the state for support; when people went where the work was rather than waiting for the work to come to them. Thought-provoking, meticulously detailed and ultimately polarizing, Fearful Symmetry is required reading for anyone who is interested in where this country began, where it’s been, and where it’s going."
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Post by: PanaEng on May 12, 2010, 13:34:52
 :+1:

Next on my list and back to military theme is "CLEARING THE WAY: COMBAT ENGINEERS IN KANDAHAR"
http://www.23fieldsquadron.ca/23_Field_Squadron_-_Clearing_the_Way__Combat_Engineers_in_Kandahar_-_Under_Construction/Home.html (http://www.23fieldsquadron.ca/23_Field_Squadron_-_Clearing_the_Way__Combat_Engineers_in_Kandahar_-_Under_Construction/Home.html)

Cheers,
Frank
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Post by: Technoviking on May 12, 2010, 13:39:42
"The Ten Thousand" by Coyle.  Just something to read.  I am not overly impressed right now with it, but it's not bad either.
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Post by: Target Up on May 12, 2010, 13:47:28
Definitely not Dostoevsky, but at least he knows his subject, and doesn't bludgeon you to death with aren't-I-smart technobabble like Clancy.
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Post by: Technoviking on May 12, 2010, 13:56:50
Definitely not Dostoevsky, but at least he knows his subject, and doesn't bludgeon you to death with aren't-I-smart technobabble like Clancy.
True, but some of the parts such as "the General wondered if they knew that their actions as staff officers would end in the deaths of many a young man."...

 :boring:


And Clancy.  Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hunt for Red October I thoroughly enjoyed.  Red Storm Rising ired me.  I read him no more. 
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Post by: Target Up on May 12, 2010, 14:00:46
Agreed, he should have quit after Red October.  Coyle's material is much better when he's writing stuff at the Coy/Pl level.
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Post by: milnews.ca on May 12, 2010, 14:27:05
And Clancy.  Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hunt for Red October I thoroughly enjoyed.  Red Storm Rising ired me.  I read him no more.
Especially worse since he became a "brand" (having others write under his nameplate) - avoid this one (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy%27s_EndWar_%28novel%29) like the plague!
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Post by: Danjanou on May 12, 2010, 14:40:05
I tend to agree re liking Coyle (he also was a tanker IIRC) and Clancy's later works which are much akin to Stephen King just churning them out.

Just finished two as companions to HBO's Pacific

Robert Leckie Helmet For My Pillow

And Eb Sledge With the Old Breed

Highly recommend both. I'm now halfway through Empty Casing by Fred Doucette, not too bad either.
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Post by: ColdNorth on May 12, 2010, 14:41:09
I tried reading Clancy because my father used to like him so, but Red October was the only one I ever did get through in its entirety.

And by recommendation from another thread on this site, I am almost finished "FOB Doc" by Capt. Ray Wiss.  Not a bad read at all..

On deck is "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club), recommended by a friend. 
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 12, 2010, 15:08:10
When it comes to Clancy, I can watch the movies.  Read the books?  No thanks, too detailed.

Presently, I am re-reading Smilla's Sense of Snow.
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Post by: TimBit on May 12, 2010, 15:13:05
I am finishing Richard Evans' trilogy of the Third Reich's history. Fantastic research and insight for those interested: myth-debunking, thought-provoking, gut wrenching, all of those at once. Bit of warning though, not always an easy read for on-and-off softies like myself.
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Post by: Technoviking on May 12, 2010, 15:31:04
THIS is the plot for EndWar?
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Prior to this time, all U.S. Special Operations Forces are merged into one combined task force termed the "Joint Strike Force" (JSF). In 2016, there is a nuclear war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, annihilating both countries. This war leads Russia into being the world's leading oil producer. In 2016, Europe becomes one country called the European Federation (EF). The United Nations is then disbanded. The US and EF are no longer allies. After launching the Freedom Star space station from the JFK Space Center in 2020, the space station is attacked by the Green Brigade, a powerful and infamous left-wing ecoterrorist group. All Marines aboard are killed and the Russians are blamed for this. The purpose of the space station is to allow the United States to be able to deploy 3 brigades of U.S. Marines anywhere in the world within 90 minutes.

 :boring:

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Post by: 40below on May 12, 2010, 15:34:31
THIS is the plot for EndWar?
 :boring:

Wow. My dog could eat a box of Alphabits and throw up a better plot than that.
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Post by: milnews.ca on May 12, 2010, 15:59:07
THIS is the plot for EndWar?
 :boring:
Hey, don't forget the Canadian content:
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.... Major Stephanie 'Siren' Halverson and her wingman, Captain Jake 'Ghost Hawk' Boyd, observe multiple Russian Ka-29 helos flying over Canadian land. While trying to scare the Russian helicopters back to the border, Captain Boyd's F35 is shot down by rocket fire. Major Halverson then shoots down two-and-a-half dozen more Russian helicopters and tries to land the bird to rescue Jake. He refuses to be rescued because Major Halverson would then run the risk of being captured or killed by the Spetsnaz  forces. After giving her sidearm to Boyd, she returns and takes off in her F35. Soon after, Spetsnaz troops arrive via a Ka-29, and Boyd is killed. Halverson receives a call from the President, and the U.S. fully realizes that Russia is invading Canada. At that time, Canada is the world's second leading oil producer. After refueling and rearming at Igloo Base, which is destroyed seconds after both pilots take off, Major Halverson with her new wingman Captain Lisa 'Sapphire' Johansson and two other F35s attack and destroy a large staging ground with Ka-29 helicopters and AN-130 super carrier jets. During that engagement, a flight of Russian SU-39 fighter jets shoot down all of the F35s, with Major Halverson being the only survivor. Back in the U.S., Major Dennison figures out the answers to the questions. Operation 2659 is the invasion of Canada, and Snegurockha is Colonel Viktoria Antsyforov. Colonel Doletskaya falls in love with her until she dies.

During that time, Outlaw Team is sent to Canada to find Major Halverson and rescue her, their orders from the President himself. Sergeant Vatz's Team also arrives in Canada to combat Spetsnaz troops in the town of High Level, Alberta. Half of Vatz's team dies when the C-130 is shot down. Khaki, an ex-Canadian Special Forces soldier, ow a helicopter pilot responsible for transporting Outlaw team to Major Halverson, lands in the town held by Sgt Vatz in order to refuel. At that point, the Russians stage an assault on the airfield, successfully destroying Khaki's helicopter ....
Whoo-hooo - NOT!
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Post by: Target Up on May 12, 2010, 16:08:22
Clearly, Tom has never been to High Level.  People fight to leave there, not to stay.
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Post by: Journeyman on May 12, 2010, 17:04:53
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The United Nations is then disbanded
I think it's a great book
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Post by: Scott on May 12, 2010, 17:09:20
Clearly, Tom has never been to High Level.  People fight to leave there, not to stay.

Ah, but it looks like Vegas on the way in to town!
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Post by: kkramar on May 12, 2010, 17:37:08
I tried reading Clancy because my father used to like him so, but Red October was the only one I ever did get through in its entirety.

And by recommendation from another thread on this site, I am almost finished "FOB Doc" by Capt. Ray Wiss.  Not a bad read at all..

On deck is "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club), recommended by a friend.

I read "FOB DOC" just last month, absolute great read. I'm now currently reading General Rick Hillier's book "Soldier First", also a great read so far.
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Post by: Harrison on May 12, 2010, 17:59:16
I just finished 15 Days and it was a great read because right befor that I read Outside the Wire.  I really enjoyed both books.  Another book that is Two Wars by Nate Self.
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Post by: Baden Guy on May 12, 2010, 20:32:16
I just finished Sarah's Key. Great read, well written and very informative.
http://www.amazon.ca/Sarahs-Key-Novel-Tatiana-Rosnay/dp/0312370849

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia's conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah's trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down. (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Post by: Themouse on May 12, 2010, 20:46:32
I think you'll enjoy it.  Excellent book!

I am presently reading Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell, third in a series called the Warlord Chronicles.

EXCELLENT!!
I was wondering what to read, i'm gonna start that serie again!!
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Post by: MikeL on May 12, 2010, 20:59:56
Blood makes the grass grow green: A year in the desert with Team America by Johnny Rico

Pretty good read so far.
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Post by: BernDawg on May 12, 2010, 21:17:54
EXCELLENT!!
I was wondering what to read, i'm gonna start that serie again!!
Have you read the Saxon books by Cornwell?  If not then try them out cause they put the warlord series to shame IMHO.  Utred is DA MAN!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Themouse on May 12, 2010, 21:19:29
Have you read the Saxon books by Cornwell?  If not then try them out cause they put the warlord series to shame IMHO.  Utred is DA MAN!

will do!
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Post by: BernDawg on May 12, 2010, 21:27:19
Cool.  Let me know how you like them.
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 12, 2010, 21:28:58
Have you read the Saxon books by Cornwell?  If not then try them out cause they put the warlord series to shame IMHO.  Utred is DA MAN!

I've read The Saxon Shore and am trying to locate the others to have the set.  But I want to read them in order.
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Post by: aesop081 on May 12, 2010, 21:30:27
I just finished " The rescue of SREETCAR 304 : A Navy pilot's 40 hours on the run in Laos" by Kenny Wayne Fields.

Starting "The Soviet-Afghan War : How a superpower fought and lost" by the Russian general Staff.
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Post by: Fishbone Jones on May 12, 2010, 21:34:38
Gotta dig through some boxes and see if I can find any of my Sven Hassel pulps.
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Post by: medicineman on May 12, 2010, 22:46:47
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon.

MM
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 13, 2010, 08:17:14
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon.

MM

Love that series.  Can't wait for the next book to come out!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Retired AF Guy on May 13, 2010, 18:10:54
Re-reading the The Wheel of Time series by the late  Robert Jordan  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Jordan). I figure by the time I finish re-reading the series the last books in the series will be out.
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Post by: Themouse on May 13, 2010, 20:00:11
Finaly I picked up a book about Gengis Khan....Bones of the hills - the epic story of the great conqueror  I'm at page 9, looks good so far!
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Post by: medicineman on May 14, 2010, 02:06:36
Love that series.  Can't wait for the next book to come out!

She was doing a speaking tour and caught her here a few months back - quite entertaining.  Funnier in that I could count the number of men in the audience on 2 hands...but 9D was with me (she who got me reading these books in the first place).  Would be interesting to see some of them come out as movies.

MM
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Post by: PanaEng on May 14, 2010, 10:14:56
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Quote from: medicineman on May 12, 2010, 21:46:47

    The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon.

    MM
Love that series.  Can't wait for the next book to come out!
My wife is nuts for them. She has all the hardcover - a couple of them signed by the author. Maybe I should start reading them.

cheers,
Frank
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Post by: stealthylizard on May 14, 2010, 13:05:23
A Soldier First.

I was reading the Outlander books overseas.  My mom got me hooked on them, but I haven't read the first one, Outlander, ha ha.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: RangerRay on June 10, 2010, 01:19:23
Currently reading Mark Zuehlke's Operation Husky.

http://www.amazon.ca/Operation-Husky-Mark-Zuehlke/dp/1553655397/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276143310&sr=1-2

Recently, I've read Evan Wright's Generation Kill

http://www.amazon.ca/Generation-Kill-Tie-Evan-Wright/dp/0425224740/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276143406&sr=1-2

and The Chilcotin War by Rich Mole.

http://www.amazon.ca/Chilcotin-War-Tale-Death-Reprisal/dp/1894974964/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276143480&sr=1-1
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Post by: Joani on June 10, 2010, 09:22:08
'Ivanhoe' by Sir Walter Scott, for the second time - funny how you leave a book for five years, and then it almost seems like new!
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on June 10, 2010, 09:47:22
  Lord of Chaos  (http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Chaos-Wheel-Time-Book/dp/0812513754/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276173663&sr=1-1) by Robert Jordan. As the series finally comes to an end, I'm re-reading the books to catch-up on all the threads that I've forgotten over the years.

 How War Came: Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-39  (http://www.amazon.com/How-War-Came-Immediate-Origins/dp/0749304863/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276173796&sr=1-1) by Donald Cameron Watt.                 
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Post by: gcclarke on June 10, 2010, 10:54:40
  Lord of Chaos  (http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Chaos-Wheel-Time-Book/dp/0812513754/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276173663&sr=1-1) by Robert Jordan. As the series finally comes to an end, I'm re-reading the books to catch-up on all the threads that I've forgotten over the years.

I purchased the latest book, realized that I need to do some refreshing, and then put the book down. Frankly, even the idea of using some of the online plot summaries to get sped back up was a daunting amount of reading. I really don't think I'll bother until the last book is out.

As for what I'm working on now, I just finished up Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Good read. I'm now working on Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan. Sci-fi detective, fun times.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on June 10, 2010, 12:14:35
I purchased the latest book, realized that I need to do some refreshing, and then put the book down. Frankly, even the idea of using some of the online plot summaries to get sped back up was a daunting amount of reading. I really don't think I'll bother until the last book is out. 

According to people who track this kind of thing, Jordan's The Wheel of Time has a supporting cast of over 1,880 characters! Pretty hard to keep track at the best of times. However, I've heard the guy who has taken over writing the last three books has started thinning the ranks so to speak.
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Post by: Colin P on June 10, 2010, 15:40:15
Social history of the machine gun
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Post by: Bellesophie on June 10, 2010, 17:08:35
I'm reading A Soldier First By Rick Hillier.
Very good . I'm learning a lot for the civilian that I am...

Sophie
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: TK-421 on July 08, 2010, 04:09:39
"Enter the Babylon System" by Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce (founders of "Pound" magazine).  It talks alot about firearms in the hip-hop culture, with a little bit of history as well.  I'm not usually a fan of hip-hop, however I try to remain educated about gun control issues, and this book touches on that as well some of the other problems facing communities that are threatened by drugs, gangs, etc.  Overall a very interesting read, I'd recommend it.
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Post by: PMedMoe on July 08, 2010, 08:43:54
Roads to Quoz (http://biographiesmemoirs.suite101.com/article.cfm/reviewroads_to_quoz_by_william_least_heatmoon) by William Least Heat Moon.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Target Up on July 08, 2010, 10:55:30
The American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook by Joe Stahlkuppe
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on July 09, 2010, 00:40:23
Marching as to War

Pierre Berton
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Post by: daftandbarmy on July 09, 2010, 01:58:02
S&M book, of course.  ;D

Not wild about the translation, but it's a first edition. Lots of parallels with every other COIN campaign I've heard about or been involved in - sadly....


St Michael and the Dragon: A Paratrooper in the Algerian War
PIERRE LEULLIETTE


One of the finest military memoirs to be published since 1945, this is an account written by a young French paratrooper during the FLN nationalist uprising in Algeria. Despatched to North Africa at the beginning of the insurgency in 1954, Leulliette and his comrades were soon thrown into combat, staggering under heavy loads across the ridges and ravines of the Aures Mountains in pursuit of elusive FLN guerrillas. Although there is a brief and fascinating interlude when his battalion takes part in the 1956 Anglo-French Suez operation, the focus of the book remains the relentlessly brutal counter-insurgency campaign in Algeria.


His cool, measured prose (ably translated in this edition by Antonia White) is ideal for describing the Goya-like horrors he encountered on a regular basis. Casualties were enormous: approximately 700,000 people died during the conflict, a figure compounded by the intense viciousness of the fighting. The FLN terrorised the civilian population into providing them with material support – mutilating and murdering to ‘encourage the others’ – while the French devastated Arab villages that provided the FLN with assistance, routinely torturing the inhabitants to provide intelligence.


One of many revealing incidents described by Leulliette occurs when the paratroopers capture an FLN gang deep in the mountains. Having plenty of time on their hands, the paras casually hang the insurgents by their feet from nearby trees, where they remain for several days, their faces turning black in the process. Those prepared to talk are cut down, interrogated and subsequently shot; those unwilling or unable to provide the necessary intelligence die slowly in agony. 


St Michael and the Dragon is more than a catalogue of atrocity, however. Leulliette is both a fluent writer and a first-rate soldier – he comes top in the ferociously tough corporals’ course – and is uniquely placed to tell the story of the French paratroopers’ war with the FLN, whether deep in the Algerian bled or in the casbahs of Algiers. But his empathy with his comrades never clouds his unflinching gaze at the horror of this most cruel of wars.

http://www.warbooksreview.com/war-books-review/2009/07/st-michael-and-the-dragon-a-paratrooper-in-the-algerian-war.html
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Post by: jollyjacktar on July 09, 2010, 07:39:10
Warlord: A Life Of Winston Churchill At War, 1874-1945
Author: D ESTE CARLO, first time read of this book
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Warlord-Life-Winston-Churchill-War-D-ESTE-CARLO/9780060575731-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%27warlord%27

and

Guns Of The South
Author: Harry Turtledove, reading it for the 5th time or so...
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Guns-Of-The-South-Harry-Turtledove/9780345413666-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%27Guns+of+the+south%27
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Post by: Danjanou on July 09, 2010, 09:53:18
D&B  St Michael and the Dragon has been on my bookshelves for many years and I've read it a couple of times. I agree and excellent account of the Algerian War

Recently picked up and read in one go:

Whores, Wars, and Waste: Antics of the Modern British Army (Paperback) by Richard Sharpe

A collection of anecdotes, mostly humorous of his 30 odd years in the British Army. The tale of the RSM charging his pace stick had me in stitches.

Now rereading Stephen Hunter's Swagger Novels, Earl and his son Bob the Nailer, good little time wasters.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Baden Guy on July 09, 2010, 12:56:38
And you expect me to find "Whores, Wars, and Waste" in my local library ?  :)
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Post by: MarkOttawa on July 09, 2010, 13:12:03
Carl A. Spaatz and the Air War in Europe, by Richard G. Davis
http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/bookrev/davis.html
http://www.amazon.ca/Carl-Spaatz-Air-War-Europe/dp/0912799773/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278691533&sr=1-4

Mark
Ottawa
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Post by: Danjanou on July 09, 2010, 13:30:29
And you expect me to find "Whores, Wars, and Waste" in my local library ?  :)

Nope

http://www.amazon.ca/Whores-Wars-Waste-Antics-British/dp/1857565061/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278692983&sr=8-1
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Post by: mariomike on July 12, 2010, 20:25:39
Carl A. Spaatz and the Air War in Europe, by Richard G. Davis
Mark
Ottawa

I have not read that particular book, yet. But, I have read a good deal about Gen. Spaatz.
Prior to D-Day, he wanted to precision bomb oil targets. Harris wanted to continue area bombing Germany by night.
Albert Speer considered oil to be Germany's Achilles Heel. Spaatz appealed directly to Washington to be permitted to undertake his Oil Plan. Eisenhower authorized him to carry out experimental attacks against oil plants. The results were dramatic. Spaatz had touched the vital nerve of the German economy. It's jugular, was the word used. 
"Now Harris and Spaatz, each in his own way, set out to prove that by air power alone, they could bring Germany to her knees."

Spaatz was put under Gen. Eisenhower. Being USAAF, he had little say in the matter. He did say,"What worries me is that Harris is being allowed to get off scot-free. He'll go on bombing Germany, and will be given a chance of defeating her before the invasion, while I am put under Leigh-Mallory's command."
"From apes to warlords" by Lord Solly Zuckerman ( 1978 ) page 276.
Harris answered to Winston Churchill.

Professor  Zuckerman was the planner of the Transportation Plan. Churchill was against it because of the danger to French civilians. The Americans were less concerned. Estimates were that it could kill 40,000 French civilians. The Transportation Plan was a controversy that locked the Allied leaders in a fierce conflict until just before D-Day.
Eisenhower formally notified President Roosevelt and Gen. Marshall that he considered the Transportation Plan "indispensable": "There is no other way this air force can help us, during the preparatory period, to get ashore and stay there."
He said that if Churhill did not put Bomber Command at his service, he would "simply have to go home."
With that, Churchill finally bowed to Washington.

At one of the vital meetings called to discuss the rival merits of the Oil Plan ( Spaatz ) versus the Transportation Plan ( Zuckerman ), it was estimated that even if attacks on oil were immediately effective, it would be four to five months before the results benefited the battlefield. 

Despite the heavy losses, the Transportation Plan was a success.
On the 20th anniversary of D-Day, President Eisenhower wrote to Bomber Harris, "No historian will ever know the depth of my obligation to you."
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Post by: HavokFour on July 12, 2010, 21:19:44
I'm currently indulged in The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits. This book makes 60,000 years of human civilization pretty interesting.

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Post by: LineJumper on September 01, 2011, 20:26:12
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

It's a rich, multilayered study of love, war and the supernatural...  ;D coupled with my joy of necro-posting.
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Post by: pfinlayson on September 01, 2011, 21:50:58
I just finished The Road, and liked it enough to follow it up with No Country for Old Men.  Both by Cormac McCarthy, who apparently hates punctuation.
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Post by: Danjanou on September 01, 2011, 21:55:15
Juat finished
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I highly recommend it, A historical novel based on the Penobscot Expedition during the American Revolutionary War.
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Post by: pfinlayson on September 01, 2011, 21:58:47
Bernard Cornwell is pretty damn good.  I just wish he'd put Sharp to bed.  Not that I didn't like his first run at the character and did manage to keep him fresh for about thirteen novels--no small feat in itself. 
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Post by: Old Sweat on September 01, 2011, 22:48:10
Juat finished
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I highly recommend it, A historical novel based on the Penobscot Expedition during the American Revolutionary War.

I picked this one up earlier this year to read in Los Cabos. Good read, and you will never feel quite the same about one of the main characters when you see the other side of his legend as written by Walt Whittman, the grandson of one of the other main characters. Hint - one if by land, and two if by sea.
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Post by: mariomike on September 01, 2011, 22:55:24
Just finishing, "A Talent for Genius: The life and times of Oscar Levant".
Lots of amazing stories. For example, 14 days after she divorced him, his first wife married the wealthy son of the founder of the Loew's theatre chain. Oscar phoned them at 2 A.M. on their wedding night. "What's playing at Loew's State ( New York City ) and what time does the feature go on?" he demanded when his ex answered the phone!
Telling the story years later, she said she roared with laughter.
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Post by: darkskye on September 02, 2011, 00:31:10
I just started Bossypants by Tina Fey today.

Hilarious read!
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Post by: RangerRay on September 02, 2011, 00:54:01
Juat finished
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I highly recommend it, A historical novel based on the Penobscot Expedition during the American Revolutionary War.

Great book.  I just finished it.  Now I'm reading this to compliment:

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Post by: Kernewek on September 02, 2011, 01:19:48
I've recently come to a fascination with Fascist Italy and to that end I'm currently reading
- Hitler's Italian Army by MacGregor Knox (it's a quick reading analysis of the weaknesses of the Fascist state and its military, and quite illuminating for the amount of reading one must invest - so far I would recommend it);
- Mussolini and his Generals by John Gooch (a lengthy and very detailed summary of relations between Italy's "revolutionary" government and its conservative military - overall, it keeps me interested)
For lighter stuff I'm reading Fiasco by Thomas Ricks and I'm trying to get into Flashman's Lady by George MacDonald Fraser. I really recomment that series, but I personally find the later novels more to my liking than the earlier stuff.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on September 02, 2011, 04:13:15
Just finished the "Fort" myself excellent read and gave to my friend here in Malaysia, also just finished the book on the "16th Battlion, Canadian Scottish" which I also gave to my friend. He is happy two new books on subjects not covered here. I plan on getting more books here on the Malay emergancy and SE Asia WWII.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on September 02, 2011, 10:07:13
I picked this one up earlier this year to read in Los Cabos. Good read, and you will never feel quite the same about one of the main characters when you see the other side of his legend as written by Walt Whittman, the grandson of one of the other main characters. Hint - one if by land, and two if by sea.

I thought the same too. I also liked how a certain very juniour paymaster developed some interesting ideas about uniform and cross belt's colours. Doing some reading about the campaign now and as usual the author appears pretty spot on with his research. I also google mapped the area and the outline of the fort shows up clearly. It's a baseball diamond now.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: frank1515 on September 02, 2011, 10:31:04
Will begin my last semester of University next week. New York Times best sellers I will require to read include, but not limited too:

John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government
Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan
Machiavelli's The Prince

And that's just for one class! I don't know why, but my yearly caffeine intake always spikes come September?! :coffee:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Technoviking on September 02, 2011, 11:49:51
Not that I'm reading these, but my 11 year old daughter has read, in the past 1.5 months:
The Call of the Wild
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass


She is now on to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on September 02, 2011, 12:07:13
Colin is that the Zhuelke book? I picked it up some time back but it's gathering dust on my book shelf. Ranger Ray thanks for the recommend I'll take a look for that one.

Don't believe I mentioned this one, I read it earlier this summer and it's well done. The style is quite similar to George MacDonald Fraser, as well as covering an era not often written about.

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You can order direct form the author too and he'll sign copies ( found that out after)

http://www.threesipsofgin.com/


Edit: frank1515 Hmm I think I had a similar reading list one semester. :'(
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Post by: Kernewek on September 02, 2011, 14:36:05
Colin is that the Zhuelke book? I picked it up some time back but it's gathering dust on my book shelf. Ranger Ray thanks for the recommend I'll take a look for that one.
Edit: frank1515 Hmm I think I had a similar reading list one semester. :'(

If it is or isn't, I just got Brave Battalion (hardcover) by Zuelhke from the Chapters discount bin. Regimental histories are always so much more appealing when they cost $7.
So a "Fraserian" novel about the Selous Scouts? Looks pretty neat. As for the Prince - at least it's short, and fairly entertaining. I keep on hearing now that Macchiaveli was in fact, being sarcastic. That thought might make it a more interesting read.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Remius on September 02, 2011, 14:53:11
Just finished re-reading Nero's Killing Machine.  Sort of a regimental history if you will about the 14th Legion and in particular their stand against Boudicca's horde.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on September 02, 2011, 15:38:56
If it is or isn't, I just got Brave Battalion (hardcover) by Zuelhke from the Chapters discount bin. Regimental histories are always so much more appealing when they cost $7.
So a "Fraserian" novel about the Selous Scouts? Looks pretty neat. As for the Prince - at least it's short, and fairly entertaining. I keep on hearing now that Macchiaveli was in fact, being sarcastic. That thought might make it a more interesting read.

Of course he was being sarcastic. Were he born in this era he'd be a regular poster here. 8)

Not just the Scouts, he had shall we say a rather colourful career, RLI, Scouts, SADF, one of the semi-indpendent pre apartheid Def forces, and even a stint in a rather stuffy Canadian Militia Unit.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on September 02, 2011, 20:07:16
I'm recently back from a trip to the "land of the bookstores" (aka anywhere but Thompson, MB). Among my purchases that I've already finished and would recommend are:

Helpless by Christie Blatchford. Well written, disturbing.

Battlefield Angels by Scott McGaugh. It's a history of American battlefield medicine and medics from the revolutionary war to today. I found it quite interesting.

I'm just starting a series of historical novels about the Roman Legions written by a Simon Scarrow. The first one is called Under the Eagle.
It had an endorsement on the cover by Bernard Cornwell which read: "I really don't need this kind of competition." That caused me to both smile and buy the book, which is -so far- pretty good. 

Speaking of Cornwell, I too just finished The Fort and highly recommend it.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ModlrMike on September 02, 2011, 21:00:20
I've just finished Assegai by Wilbur Smith. Well worth it.
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I'm in the middle of Master and Commander.
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I've heard about the Scarrow books. They look interesting. I'll add them to the list. I also just finished watching Game of Thrones on TV. Perhaps I'll have to add that series as well.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cavalryman on September 02, 2011, 22:30:03
Colin is that the Zhuelke book? I picked it up some time back but it's gathering dust on my book shelf. Ranger Ray thanks for the recommend I'll take a look for that one.

Don't believe I mentioned this one, I read it earlier this summer and it's well done. The style is quite similar to George MacDonald Fraser, as well as covering an era not often written about.

You can order direct form the author too and he'll sign copies ( found that out after)

http://www.threesipsofgin.com/


Just ordered it.  Thanks. I've always had a fascination with Rhodesia.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on September 02, 2011, 22:47:35
If it is or isn't, I just got Brave Battalion (hardcover) by Zuelhke from the Chapters discount bin. Regimental histories are always so much more appealing when they cost $7.
So a "Fraserian" novel about the Selous Scouts? Looks pretty neat. As for the Prince - at least it's short, and fairly entertaining. I keep on hearing now that Macchiaveli was in fact, being sarcastic. That thought might make it a more interesting read.

Correct, gave it already so I could not remember the title, the price certainly appealed to me also.
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Post by: the 48th regulator on September 02, 2011, 22:57:36
Just finished No Angel (http://www.jaydobyns.com/no_angel.html).

Eff me, the book is hard core, and fantastic.

dileas

tess

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on September 03, 2011, 10:59:53
I'm just starting a series of historical novels about the Roman Legions written by a Simon Scarrow. The first one is called Under the Eagle.
It had an endorsement on the cover by Bernard Cornwell which read: "I really don't need this kind of competition." That caused me to both smile and buy the book, which is -so far- pretty good. 

If you like those, you'll probably like the "Dream of Eagles" series by Jack Whyte.  Which I am re-reading now.

http://www.camulod.com/node/715 (http://www.camulod.com/node/715)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on September 03, 2011, 13:59:45
If you like those, you'll probably like the "Dream of Eagles" series by Jack Whyte.  Which I am re-reading now.

http://www.camulod.com/node/715 (http://www.camulod.com/node/715)

Thank you.
I just picked up a copy of The Forest Laird by that author, although I have not started it yet.
It's supposed to be about William Wallace.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 06, 2011, 18:09:24
I have been reading this book while at sea this month.  Soldier Sahibs by Charles Allen. 

SOLDIER SAHIBS is the astonishing story of a brotherhood of young men who together laid claim to the most notorious frontier in the world, the North-West Frontier, which today forms the volatile boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A review of the book is at this site.  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2710222-soldier-sahibs

Anyone who has been in this area of the world and/or is interested in the history of the area should enjoy this book.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ballz on September 06, 2011, 21:03:03
"God Is Not Great. How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens

It's pretty good but sometimes Mr. Hitchens tends to ramble
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dan Fielding on September 06, 2011, 21:39:13
The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle by Carol Off

It's about peacekeeping in Sarajevo and Rwanda and the international courts' prosecution of those responsible for genocide. It's an outstanding read and I highly recommend it!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Pat in Halifax on September 07, 2011, 00:10:49
Donald Kehn Jr: A Blue Sea of Blood

Wow, I thought I knew my Naval history. This is the story of USS Edsall and her most unlucky crew in the early years following 7 Dec. I was absolutely humbled to say the least.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: medicineman on September 07, 2011, 00:49:36
Finally got around to reading " A Soldier First" by Rick Hillier...got it for Christmas a couple of years ago.  Had a few things ahead of it first to read though...
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Post by: Sigger on September 07, 2011, 11:38:03
Rainbow Six
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on September 16, 2011, 23:34:28
Reading "Goodwood: The British Offensive in Normandy July 1944" by Ian Daglish, http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?sku=3538&isbn=9780811735384&title=goodwood (http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?sku=3538&isbn=9780811735384&title=goodwood) . I  am only about a quarter way through the book but so far it seems pretty good.  Interested in hearing what other people that are more knowledgable about the Normandy campaign think of the book.
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Post by: Old Sweat on September 17, 2011, 07:56:02
Thanks for the tip re the Goodwood book. The operation was studied by both the Brits and the Americans in the early 80s for insights into defending against masses of armour supported by artillery and air. One thing to keep in mind is that the actual ground the Brits put three armoured divisions over one after the other is about the size of the Lawfield Corridor in Gagetown.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Fotoshark on September 17, 2011, 10:41:46
Got 2 on the go but ones audio (listen while I work overnights), Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and Worst Case by James Patterson.

-T.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dan Fielding on September 17, 2011, 16:41:58
Right now, I've moved on to "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Phillip K. Dick.

The film Blade Runner was based off of it and the premise is pretty much the same, but the novel has a bit of a different spin on certain things. Definitely read the novel and then watch the film. Blade Runner can be pretty confusing, but with that extra bit of depth from the novel, it makes a whole lot more sense. My only complaint about the novel is that it doesn't really convey that incredible atmosphere as seen in the film.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on September 17, 2011, 22:04:45
Just  finished the first two in a trilogy

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and

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The third isn’t out yet. Not too bad alternate history post 9/11 storyline
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FlyingDutchman on September 17, 2011, 22:08:58
I am taking a slower read through of Ghost Stories by Jim Butcher.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on September 17, 2011, 22:17:45
Just  finished the first two in a trilogy

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The third isn’t out yet. Not too bad alternate history post 9/11 storyline

Read them earlier this year.  Try his other book series as well.  The axis of time trilogy:  Weapons of Choice, Desiginated Targets and Final Impact.  Well worth the effort.  I enjoyed these more than his After America series.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on September 17, 2011, 22:59:00
Those Birmingham books look really good.

Not long ago, I read a book titled One Second After by William R Forstchen.
The basic premise is what would happen if some unknown party detonated a nuke high enough above the US to generate an electromagnetic pulse and take out all electronics. Interesting scenario (fun to contemplate if you're annoyed by people who are addicted to their little text-messaging thingys).

Another semi post-apocalyptic story I read recently was Patriots by James Wesley Rawles. He's your arch typical Idaho survivalist. Fun reading for gun guys, right wingers or anyone who just loves a good collapse-of-society story. 
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Post by: LineJumper on September 18, 2011, 15:18:58
Live from the battlefield, by Peter Arnett.

It's an autobiography of a journalist. I wasn't too sure about it when I picked it up, but upon further investigation found it had pictures, so, Lineman approved.  :P
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Post by: Fotoshark on September 18, 2011, 15:29:00
I am taking a slower read through of Ghost Stories by Jim Butcher.


That's actually in que next for me to read! Lol. Friend of mine told me bout his books :)

-T.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on September 18, 2011, 15:32:36
1.  I just finished book 3 of the Song of Ice and Fire series (HBO's Game of Thrones was book 1.)  I'm usually not a fantasy fan, but this has great "down-to-earth" medieval-intrigue storylines...except for the dragons and zombies.   :D

The thing is, I don't know how many more major characters the author can kill off seemingly at random before the entire storyline just falls apart   ???

2.  I hope whoever in KAF Canada House who picked up my donated copy of "The Dirt on Clean" enjoys it.  A bit of (an apt) bathroom-reader on how the western world viewed "being clean" from the Greeks onwards, and made me realize that Europe must have smelled like a big armpit until fairly recently.  Yum.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on September 18, 2011, 18:58:06
Sometimes you just need to escape anything that has to do with reality and just enjoy some pure escapism. In that vein (pardon the pun) Presently reading  Kim Harrison's   (http://www.kimharrison.net/) Dead Witches Tell No Tales (two stories in one - Every Which Way But Dead and A Fistful of Charms. If you like Charlene Harris' Southern Vampire series (aka True Blood) you will probably like this series.
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Post by: FlyingDutchman on September 18, 2011, 23:12:30


That's actually in que next for me to read! Lol. Friend of mine told me bout his books :)

-T.
Read the one where he rides the polka powered zombie t-rex?
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Post by: Fotoshark on September 20, 2011, 17:37:44
Read the one where he rides the polka powered zombie t-rex?

Can't say that I have but that sounds different lol I've not read any of his stuff yet, a friend of mine absolutely loves his writing and told me to give his material a read :)

-T.
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Post by: medicineman on September 20, 2011, 18:10:47
"Ill Met By Moonlight" by W.Stanley Moss...about some British commandos that kidnap the German general commanding the garrison at Heraklion, Crete during the Second World War.  Seems interesting thus far.

MM
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Post by: Danjanou on September 20, 2011, 18:15:45
"Ill Met By Moonlight" by W.Stanley Moss...about some British commandos that kidnap the German general commanding the garrison at Heraklion, Crete during the Second World War.  Seems interesting thus far.

MM

The movie version with Dirk Bogarde was just re released on DVD.
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Post by: medicineman on September 20, 2011, 18:28:57
Interesting...kinda surprised my dad didn't give that to me with the book (t'were a birthday gift) since he does that sort of thing.
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Post by: PPCLI Guy on September 20, 2011, 21:56:31
1.  I just finished book 3 of the Song of Ice and Fire series (HBO's Game of Thrones was book 1.)  I'm usually not a fantasy fan, but this has great "down-to-earth" medieval-intrigue storylines...except for the dragons and zombies.   :D

The thing is, I don't know how many more major characters the author can kill off seemingly at random before the entire storyline just falls apart   ???


These books have eaten my summer.  I am a little pressed for time these days, and so am reading less than I usually do (cuts into the drinking related to aforementioned busyness).  I have a number of books lined up waiting, and am still slogging through Book 4 of Fire and Ice....

Next up is the Rational Optimist.
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Post by: Danjanou on September 20, 2011, 23:01:22
Interesting...kinda surprised my dad didn't give that to me with the book (t'were a birthday gift) since he does that sort of thing.

I just noticed it the otehr day myself. May rent it when I have time to enjoy it.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJx4Bas2dLM
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Post by: Colin P on September 24, 2011, 21:43:16
Taskforce Black about the SAS in iraq, interesting read.
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Post by: Nault_army on October 14, 2011, 23:33:15
Room by Emma Donoghue ... You get really sucked in after page 97  :nod:
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Post by: cupper on October 15, 2011, 01:19:19
No True Glory (A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah) by Bing West

Only in the early stages, but so far a good analysis of the events and political decisions that lead up to the battle, and how both a lack of planning and micromanagement from the top of the CoC created problems for the Grunts on the ground.
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Post by: PMedMoe on October 15, 2011, 11:56:33
Room by Emma Donoghue ... You get really sucked in after page 97  :nod:

That's a good book.   :nod:

Right now, I'm reading The Sisters, a biography of the Mitford family, by Mary S. Lovell.  I'm not normally a fan of biographies but this is well written.
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Post by: Haletown on October 15, 2011, 12:46:17
Just bought this, read the first 25 pages last night . . .  wonderful.  Big implications for the Warmongers.


The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert 



http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/10/13/a-book-is-born/

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Post by: Target Up on October 15, 2011, 14:11:24
Generation Kill : Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War- Evan Wright...






... again.
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Post by: Dan Fielding on October 16, 2011, 08:38:58
Although not quite what you'd call literature, I'm reading an interesting book for some good knowledge in an area that really interests me:

Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine 4th Edition by James R. Roberts.

I should be more specific....I'm reading parts of the book as it's a 2000 page monster. Right now I'm reading up about chricothyrotomy procedures.

Besides that, I'm reading my LSAT Study Guide. I write the LSAT in December.....so I have to study, study and study some more.
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Post by: dangerboy on October 23, 2011, 22:58:39
Just finished reading  The Chrysalids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chrysalids) by John Wyndham, and am now reading  Pegasus Bridge (http://www.amazon.ca/Pegasus-Bridge-Stephen-Ambrose/dp/0671671561/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319421351&sr=8-1) by Stephen Ambrose.  Unfortunately it is an EBook so it does not have any maps, diagrams, or pictures.
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Post by: PMedMoe on October 23, 2011, 23:15:52
Just finished reading  The Chrysalids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chrysalids) by John Wyndham

That book was my Grade 11 required reading.  Loved it!   :nod:
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Post by: aesop081 on October 23, 2011, 23:32:44
  Unfortunately it is an EBook so it does not have any maps, diagrams, or pictures.

You need to upgrade your firmware to Paperbook 1.0

 ;D

The maps and diagrams in mine work just fine..........
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Post by: cupper on October 23, 2011, 23:41:10
You need to upgrade your firmware to Paperbook 1.0

I hear it comes with longer battery life as well. :nod:
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Post by: FlyingDutchman on October 24, 2011, 00:36:42
I just finished reading Huck Fin.  Wow, I forgot how often the n word was used in that.
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Post by: Nault_army on October 24, 2011, 19:00:26
A Bed of Red Flowers by Nelofer Pazira

A true story about Afghanistan, and it's really good  :nod:
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Post by: Rheostatic on October 24, 2011, 19:02:45
The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (http://www.amazon.ca/Civil-War-1812-American-Citizens/dp/1400042658)

A good read, with lots of detail and personalities.
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Post by: The Anti-Royal on October 25, 2011, 10:17:04
Re-reading Parliament of Whores, by P.J O'Rourke.  Next up - Spike Milligan's seven-volume remembrance of the Second World War.
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Post by: milnews.ca on October 25, 2011, 10:30:00
Something Happened (http://www.amazon.com/Something-Happened-Joseph-Heller/dp/0684841215), a novel about office politics by Joseph Heller (also the author of Catch-22 (http://www.amazon.com/Catch-22-50th-Anniversary-Joseph-Heller/dp/1451626657/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319549367&sr=1-1))
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Post by: Danjanou on October 25, 2011, 10:38:54
Just finished Contact Charlie by Chris Wattie

http://www.amazon.ca/Contact-Charlie-Canadian-Taliban-Afghanistan/dp/1554700841

I recommend it.

Moe I think we all had to read  that one in Grade 11.  8)
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Post by: Bass ackwards on October 25, 2011, 22:04:16
Currently working on At Home by Bill Bryson.

Bryson's a really fun guy to read. He wanders seemingly at random through historical trivia but he's got that "gift of gab" so his books are filled with interesting facts and are downright enjoyable. Kinda like junk food that's actually good for you... 
The first one of his books I read was A Short History of Nearly Everything. Someone asked me to read it (it was a gift to him from his wife) and tell him what I thought of it -and it looked kind of intimidating at first, but Bryson just draws you in right from the start. I can't recommend his books highly enough.

I did however, put At Home down, long enough to rip through World War Z by Max Brooks (author of The Zombie Survival Guide). It's a must-read for zombie fans. (The only reason I set Bryson's book aside was because of requests to borrow WWZ when I was through with it).   

   
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Post by: m.k on October 25, 2011, 22:37:28
The Gathering Storm - Winston Churchill

First volume of six in his memoir of the events leading up to WW2 and the circumstances that directly caused it. Haven't gotten too far yet...but I'm impressed so far with the  fluidity of his storytelling. Even the dry passages are easy to read.

any criticism/praise?
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Post by: Colin P on October 26, 2011, 19:47:15
Picked up "Golden Budda" by Clive Cussler at a garage sale, I was hoping he would try to be somwwhat realistic, but he seems to be on some pretty heavy drugs. I will finish it because it's the only book I brought with me, but I am dearly wanting my 50cents back.
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Post by: Fishbone Jones on October 26, 2011, 20:26:48
I've given up on Cussler and the others, like Clancy, that put their name on the book, but it's written by someone else. Like they're some sort of writing coach or something. ::)
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Post by: Colin P on October 27, 2011, 01:56:51
I buy them for air travel where I want to pass time and shut my brain off, even then this was a fantasy to far.
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Post by: Scott on October 27, 2011, 08:17:52
Walking With the Wounded (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Wounded-Incredible-Britains-Challenge/dp/1847444865)

I could not put this down and it's been passed on several times since I read it so now I want it back.

Charity Homepage (http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/)
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Post by: milnews.ca on October 27, 2011, 08:29:49
I've given up on Cussler and the others, like Clancy, that put their name on the book, but it's written by someone else. Like they're some sort of writing coach or something. ::)
Agree  >:( - Ludlum does this now, too - and more like "franchise" to make more bucks with less work....
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Post by: dangerboy on October 27, 2011, 09:49:25
Since Robert Ludlum died in 2001 at least when I see a new book with his name on it I can be fairly sure he did not write it. There are a few writers out that I am not sure who actually writes the book. they are like the Hardy Boy books writen by ”Franklin W Dixon”.
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Post by: dangerboy on October 31, 2011, 19:27:25
Just finished reading Murder on the Orient Express (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_on_the_Orient_Express) by Agatha Christie, I had never read any of her books before and so picked what I think is her most famous one.  I am now re-reading Men of Steel: 1st Panzer Corps 1944-45, the Ardennes & Eastern Front (http://www.amazon.ca/Men-Steel-1944-45-Ardennes-Eastern/dp/1862270511/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320099719&sr=1-2) by Major General Michael Reynolds.
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Post by: PMedMoe on November 02, 2011, 14:50:01
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Hard to get into but now it's hard to put down.  I think I'll see the original movie before I see the "Hollywoodized" one.
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Post by: JesseWZ on November 02, 2011, 15:50:34
Game of Thrones by George Martin, haven't seen the series, but picked up the book at the urge of a friend. It's highly addictive!
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Post by: dangerboy on November 02, 2011, 15:51:51
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Hard to get into but now it's hard to put down.  I think I'll see the original movie before I see the "Hollywoodized" one.

Just be warned there is a scene in the movie that is quite graphic.
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Post by: PMedMoe on November 02, 2011, 16:02:19
Just be warned there is a scene in the movie that is quite graphic.

So I've heard.  If it's anything like the scene in the book, I can only imagine.
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Post by: Journeyman on November 02, 2011, 16:09:28
If it's anything like the scene in the book, I can only imagine.
Yes, quite literally; it is a book after all.   ;)
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Post by: PMedMoe on November 02, 2011, 16:13:37
Yes, quite literally; it is a book after all.   ;)

 :facepalm:
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Post by: SupersonicMax on November 02, 2011, 17:44:27
A Nightmare's Prayer: A Marine Harrier Pilot's War in Afghanistan, by Michael Franzak

Previous one: Fighter Pilot, by the man, the legend, Robin Olds.
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Post by: Danjanou on November 02, 2011, 17:56:44
After reading both Contact Charlie and Sunray last week I needed something a little lighter. Started on the Virgin Soldiers trilogy by Leslie Thomas.
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Post by: cupper on November 02, 2011, 19:54:32
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Hard to get into but now it's hard to put down.  I think I'll see the original movie before I see the "Hollywoodized" one.

Stick with it, it does get to be a better read. The second and third books are easier to get into right from the start.
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Post by: PMedMoe on November 02, 2011, 20:01:47
Stick with it, it does get to be a better read.

Yep, as I said, I can hardly put it down now.

The second and third books are easier to get into right from the start.

Good to know, thanks.
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Post by: FlyingDutchman on November 02, 2011, 23:18:52
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Hard to get into but now it's hard to put down.  I think I'll see the original movie before I see the "Hollywoodized" one.
After you finish that track down the Dragon with the Girl Tattoo.  Also a good read.
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Post by: PMedMoe on November 02, 2011, 23:28:52
After you finish that track down the Dragon with the Girl Tattoo.  Also a good read.

Quote
Roberts does eventually springboard from farce into a broader commentary on society, power and corruption. But it just seems to me that, in overturning Larsson's own dark worldview and characters, Roberts ultimately ends up delivering a parody with less bite than the original.

I'm ambivalent as to whether this kind of book is fair game or simply trading on another author's success while snapping at the hand that feeds you.

But perhaps that's beside the point. As with many other books, this is all about the art of the literary mash-up itself and the intellectual exercise of melding two disparate stories into one under a clever and marketable title – regardless of whether it has much new to add.

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-dragon-with-the-girl-tattoo-20110314-1btrq.html (http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-dragon-with-the-girl-tattoo-20110314-1btrq.html)
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Post by: Tuna on November 17, 2011, 11:04:48
1491 by Charles C. Mann, great book, almost like "Guns Germs and Steel"
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Post by: cupper on December 25, 2011, 11:40:52
The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown.

Only problem is that since I live in the DC area, I keep criticizing his geographical references. He really needs to either visit DC, or do a map recce before setting another book in DC.

But ironically, he dose point out that more Americans (college students in his book) have visited foreign countries than have visited their nation's capital.
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Post by: Jarnhamar on December 25, 2011, 13:27:56
The Outcast Dead by Graham McNeil

in the que;
Armageddon Crusade
Deliverance Lost
Iron Hands
Faith and Fire
Hammer and Anvil

few more I'd like to pick up (Promethean Sun, Aurelian  & Catechism of hate) but the publisher I get my books from decided it's cool to start selling limited edition books for $69, in limited quantites. Meaning after the 3000 books sell they start to pop up on Ebay for $150. Not cool.
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Post by: Baden Guy on December 25, 2011, 13:50:57
Just finished this one;
The End: Hitler's Germany, 1944-45 by Ian Kershaw

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/21/the-end-ian-kershaw-review

A bit slow at times but it does leave one with an understanding of the answer to the question posed by the title.
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Post by: Tuna on December 25, 2011, 14:07:39
I just finished "the moon is down" by John Stienbeck
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Post by: Dimsum on December 25, 2011, 14:42:32
Just started "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett after reading the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones, etc) series.  PotE isn't nearly as bloody, but it doesn't have dragons.  So I guess it evens out.
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Post by: Hurricane on December 25, 2011, 15:56:10
"The Patrol"
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Post by: medicineman on December 26, 2011, 01:23:56
Have two on the go: "Every Patient Tells a Story" and "The Lords of the North".

MM
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Post by: uptheglens on December 26, 2011, 01:51:47
I bought the third volume of James Ellroy's USA Underworld series "Blood's a Rover" a while back, but it had been so long since I had read the previous volumes, I decided to re-read them. Finished "American Tabloid" about 2 weeks ago, and I'm currently half-way through "The Cold Six Thousand".
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Post by: Sigs Pig on December 26, 2011, 08:57:40
Just done "The Patrol" and going to try "Beneath Hill 60", a WWI read.

ME
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on December 26, 2011, 10:46:01
"The Great Depression" - No -its not a story about marriage. ;)

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Post by: cupper on December 26, 2011, 11:30:23
"The Great Depression" - No -its not a story about marriage. ;)

I'll bet it's about a big hole in the ground.  :christmas happy:
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Post by: Old Sweat on December 26, 2011, 11:36:22
I'm re-reading Empire of the Summer Moon which is a history of the Comanche nation, especially after they got horses. They dominated the southern plains for decades. The Comanches halted the northern Spanish movement from Mexico and penned the French up in Louisiana as well as driving other Indian tribes off their land. At one stage, they not only stopped American westward expansion, they pushed the line of settlement in Texas back east 100-200 miles. They were bloodthirsty, brutal and ruthless. They also were probably the finest mounted fighters the world has seen. The Comanche threat led to the formation of the Texas Rangers, who had a 50% annual fatal casualty rate against them, and the invention of the .44 six-shooter to fight the mounted warriors. It's a good read.
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Post by: Kernewek on December 29, 2011, 04:30:31
Currently I've been reading "To lose a battle: France 1940" by Alistair Horne. It is absolutely fantastic. It concentrates almost entirely on the French side of affairs, which is very illuminating - he charts how their culture, politics, economy, doctrine and psychology had changed (for the worse) from Versaille Treaty to the disintegration of their army in May, 1940. Very long but gripping. I highly recommend it.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on December 29, 2011, 12:56:33
Just started "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden.  A first time novel which has been taking home prizes and rightfully so.  Can't put it down and already 1/3 through.
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Post by: GnyHwy on December 30, 2011, 00:24:38
"Ubique" by Richard Doherty 01/11/2008

http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/Ubique.aspx (http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/Ubique.aspx)
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Post by: Larry Strong on December 30, 2011, 19:04:35
I collect medals and militaria, my passion is the Heeresverwaltungs (HV), these were the officials in the German forces in WW2, among  the careers were the Admin Personnel, Instructors at the schools and Barracks personnel, Paymasters, Judicial Officials, a myriad of technical trades, the Feldpost was a part as well.

I am in the process of starting to work my way through a 16 volume set with a 3 book set of amendments of the "Sammlung von Heeresverwaltung Verfügungen".

These contain the complete record of all army administration orders, decrees from the areas of cash, budget, grade, food, clothing, accommodation, construction, health and veterinary services with a detailed subject index of all previously published volumes from 1927 to the first half of 1942

In fraktur to boot :stars: ;D
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Post by: aesop081 on December 30, 2011, 19:12:02
Loud and Clear : The memoir of an Israeli Fighter Pilot by Iftach Spector
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Post by: PPCLI Guy on December 31, 2011, 13:52:13
The first volume of Richard Gwynn's biography of Sir John A MacDonald.  It is a fascinating read.

Next up is Niall Ferguson's Civilization.  I love Christmas!
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Post by: dangerboy on January 01, 2012, 17:17:04
Reading "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara.  I have watched the movie Gettysburg several times and have been meaning to read the book it was based on and am now finally getting around to it.
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Post by: Old Sweat on January 01, 2012, 17:24:08
Reading "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara.  I have watched the movie Gettysburg several times and have been meaning to read the book it was based on and am now finally getting around to it.

The book is a pretty good read, but the author has been accused of being unfair to Lee. Let's just say that there were other reasons besides his generalship for the Army of Northern Virginia to have lost a battle that could have been won.
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Post by: frank1515 on January 03, 2012, 13:24:36
Doing pure leisure reading now that my BA is completed. Just finished Theo Fleury's Playing with Fire and I'm now reading James Duthie's The Day I (almost) Killed Two Gretzky's

Fleury's bio was brutally honest and at certain times touching. Those who know of James Duthie's antics will agree that his book is hilarious and offers a few life lessons between all the satires.
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Post by: OldTanker on January 03, 2012, 21:32:49
"The Civil War" by Shelby Foote (three volumes). Just ordered a Civil War atlas off EBay to complement it and make following the battles a bit easier.
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Post by: Baden Guy on January 08, 2012, 08:09:43
Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid. By Samantha Nutt

And a review of the book :

Is ending war a right, or a gossamer hope? (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/damned-nations-by-samantha-nutt/article2265889/)
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Post by: 3VP Highlander on January 08, 2012, 09:01:40
Look to Your Front.. Regina Rifles A Regiment at War 1944-45.
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Post by: RangerRay on January 09, 2012, 17:37:47
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin.  I hope to get season 1 of Game of Thrones when it comes out on DVD.
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Post by: Colin P on January 10, 2012, 18:44:34
Picked up a ragged copy of "fusiliers" by the same author of Sharpes, cost me $3 at Sally Ann. Will read it on the trip to SHOT
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Post by: dangerboy on January 10, 2012, 18:58:00
Picked up a ragged copy of "fusiliers" by the same author of Sharpes, cost me $3 at Sally Ann. Will read it on the trip to SHOT

If it is the one I am thinking of by Mark Urban, it is a good read. I enjoyed the book.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on January 10, 2012, 18:59:33
Have just started "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick deWitt. 
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Post by: BernDawg on January 11, 2012, 16:13:28
Picked up a ragged copy of "fusiliers" by the same author of Sharpes, cost me $3 at Sally Ann. Will read it on the trip to SHOT
Urban wrote "Rifles" Bernard Cornwell wrote "Sharpe's Rifles" Both good authors and very easy to read. I have a copy of Rifles at home and it's very well reseached and written.
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Post by: Colin P on January 11, 2012, 21:58:10
This one is by Mark Urban
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Post by: Baden Guy on February 12, 2012, 09:49:02
Hard book to describe but I found it a real page turner. I'll let the Washington Post do the honours.

The Orphan Master's Son

“A great novel can take implausible fact and turn it into entirely believable fiction. That’s the genius of The Orphan Master’s Son.  Adam Johnson has taken the papier-mâché creation that is North Korea and turned it into a real and riveting place that readers will find unforgettable. This is a novel worth getting excited about, one which more than delivers on its pre-publication buzz… I haven’t liked a new novel this much in years, and I want to share the simple pleasure of reading the book. But I also think it’s an instructive lesson in how to paint a fictional world against a background of fact: The secret is research…It’s this process of re-imagination that makes the fictional locale so real and gives the novel an impact you could never achieve with a thousand newspaper stories. Johnson has painted in indelible colors the nightmare of Kim’s North Korea. When English readers want to understand what it was about — how people lived and died inside a cult of personality that committed unspeakable crimes against its citizens — I hope they will turn to this carefully documented story. The happy surprise is that they will find it such a page turner.” —The Washington Post


http://www.amazon.ca/Orphan-Masters-Son-Novel/dp/0812992792/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329054084&sr=1-1#_


 
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Post by: PViddy on February 12, 2012, 10:51:25
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"The Civil War" by Shelby Foote (three volumes). Just ordered a Civil War atlas off EBay to complement it and make following the battles a bit easier. 

An atlas is a great idea, i am also keenly interested in the civil war and events that led up to it.  I have also enjoyed watching the Ken Burns documentaries.  I'll be visiting Gettysburg in May, which atlas did you pick up if you don't mind me asking ? further pre study would be a good idea.

I am currently reading "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall.  it's a book about barefoot running, the history and science to it.  Interesting compliment to my Vibrams FF's

cheers,

PV

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Post by: MikeL on February 12, 2012, 11:08:16
World War Z by Max Brooks
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Post by: jollyjacktar on February 12, 2012, 11:47:05
Picked up the four book set of Game of Thrones from Chapters as a Christmas present.  Only slightly less than $20!!  On book three now A Storm of Swords.  I'm impressed that the first season on HBO stuck to the book very closely.  Season two should be outstanding.
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Post by: Danjanou on February 12, 2012, 17:33:54
World War Z by Max Brooks

i just finished this yesterday, not too bad.
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Post by: AmmoTech90 on February 12, 2012, 17:56:53
First In, Last Out (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/search/ref=pd_lpo_ix_dp_go_uk_ca_en_gl_book?keywords=first%20in%20last%20out%20south%20africa&tag=lpo_ixdpgoukcaengl_book-20&index=blended).  South African artillery from the 70s to the end of the 80s.  This is one that you need a map book for.  Interesting subject matter, but the author jumps all over the place.
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Post by: Technoviking on February 12, 2012, 18:32:26
First In, Last Out (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/search/ref=pd_lpo_ix_dp_go_uk_ca_en_gl_book?keywords=first%20in%20last%20out%20south%20africa&tag=lpo_ixdpgoukcaengl_book-20&index=blended).  South African artillery from the 70s to the end of the 80s.  This is one that you need a map book for.  Interesting subject matter, but the author jumps all over the place Ubique.

There, fixed that for you.


 >:D
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Post by: BernDawg on February 13, 2012, 16:16:31
World War Z by Max Brooks

Don't forget the Zombie survival guide to go with it.  8)
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Post by: Colin P on February 15, 2012, 13:11:18
Just finished “War without battles” it was a great read and gave me a better understanding of the tiny part I played in the reforger ex of 84 and 86. Almost finished “Fusilier” about the Welsh 23rd Regiment in the American revolutionary war.
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Post by: estoguy on February 15, 2012, 13:15:10
Two at the moment:

Shake Hands With The Devil by Dallaire

Under the Dome by Stephen King.

Just started both of them in the last few days.
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Post by: Staff Weenie on February 15, 2012, 13:25:55
Kittyhawk Pilot - by Michel Lavine and James Edwards.

It's about Wing Commander JF "Stocky" Edwards, from Battleford, flying Kittyhawks in the North-African campaign. It's an interesting read so far, on an aspect of WWII that has not received a lot of attention. The Kittyhawks did not fare overly well against Me 109's - and I am amazed at the bravery of those pilots who continued to take off every day knowing that the odds were not in their favour at all.
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Post by: PMedMoe on February 15, 2012, 14:21:02
Two at the moment:

Shake Hands With The Devil by Dallaire

I'm reading that one, too.  And currently finishing The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver, even though I've read it before.
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Post by: WEng on February 15, 2012, 20:29:54
On Killing - Dave Grossman excellent read suggest it to all in the military. Its on almost every military school reading list in the states.
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Post by: cupper on February 15, 2012, 22:50:44
Shake Hands With The Devil by Dallaire

Read that a few years ago when it first came out.

I found it to be an excellent and gripping read.

Makes you wonder just what use the UN actually has.
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Post by: Larry Strong on February 16, 2012, 00:08:46
I just bought and started reading "The End" by Ian Kershaw.

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Ian Kershaw’s latest book attempts “to understand better how and why the Nazi regime could hold out for so long.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/16/ian-kershaw-the-end-review
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Post by: Simian Turner on February 16, 2012, 00:42:18
A recent 800+ pager by Stephen King titled 11-22-62.

Moe - Deaver rocks I have read every one of his books!  Can't say I have completed all (but most) of Mr. King's.
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Post by: PMedMoe on February 16, 2012, 08:16:21
Moe - Deaver rocks I have read every one of his books!  Can't say I have completed all (but most) of Mr. King's.

Agreed.  I really like the Lincoln Rhyme series.  I've read (and own) almost all of Stephen King's.  11-22-62 is next on my purchase list.   :nod:
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Post by: Delaney1986 on February 16, 2012, 08:55:07
Checking out a book called the "The Lucifer Effect" - about good people can do bad things if placed in the right situation with the right circumstances. Pretty good so far! He uses the Standford Prison Experiment and the Abu Ghraib fiasco amongst others as examples...
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Post by: Danjanou on February 16, 2012, 09:54:41
Just finished “War without battles” it was a great read and gave me a better understanding of the tiny part I played in the reforger ex of 84 and 86. Almost finished “Fusilier” about the Welsh 23rd Regiment in the American revolutionary war.

I enjoyed it too ( hard to get a copy mine was used on amazon and still paid a fair bit).  Nice o see the "big" picture as opppsed to sitting in some farmers field in my mine tape trench.
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Post by: RangerRay on February 16, 2012, 10:29:46
I'm currently reading the "Saxon Series" by Bernard Cornwell.  So far, I've read The Last Kingdom and I'm halfway through The Pale Horseman.  It's historical fiction set in England during the Danish invasions of the 9th century, by the author of the Sharpe series.
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Post by: estoguy on February 16, 2012, 12:05:39
Read that a few years ago when it first came out.

I found it to be an excellent and gripping read.

Makes you wonder just what use the UN actually has.

Another good book on a similar topic is Lewis Mackenzie's book Peacekeeper, which predates Dallaire's experience, and shows that not much really changed after Bosnia.  :facepalm:
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Post by: armywife78 on February 16, 2012, 14:48:37
A new kind of monster. The case of Russell Williams
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Post by: Colin P on February 16, 2012, 17:46:26
I enjoyed it too ( hard to get a copy mine was used on amazon and still paid a fair bit).  Nice o see the "big" picture as opppsed to sitting in some farmers field in my mine tape trench.

I got to guard a bridge and then given hot coffee by young hot farm girl, invited in and spent some off time getting to know the locals... :nod:

As for "Shake hands with the devil" I felt like I was reading his confession, which given his religious background might have been just that and his way of trying to heal himself. Pretty clear he was an idealist who got into the deep end without really knowing how to swim and no floatation. I suspect even a significant reinforcement would have not mattered in the long run.
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Post by: Danjanou on February 16, 2012, 18:16:21
I got to guard a bridge and then given hot coffee by young hot farm girl, invited in and spent some off time getting to know the locals... :nod:

As for "Shake hands with the devil" I felt like I was reading his confession, which given his religious background might have been just that and his way of trying to heal himself. Pretty clear he was an idealist who got into the deep end without really knowing how to swim and no floatation. I suspect even a significant reinforcement would have not mattered in the long run.

lucky bugger, just like that post Nov 11th party in North Van back when we were young and stupid. Closest I got to that is setting up the 84mm in some front garden hedge and the old frau coming out and giving us coffee  and cakes. looks like she'd been handing out hot drinks to troppies since the Franco Prussian War. :'(
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Post by: cupper on February 16, 2012, 20:00:54
Another good book on a similar topic is Lewis Mackenzie's book Peacekeeper, which predates Dallaire's experience, and shows that not much really changed after Bosnia.  :facepalm:

Yep. Read it too.
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Post by: gcclarke on February 23, 2012, 13:46:30
I'm finishing up the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

The best review of the first book went something along the lines of "It's like Oceans 11, if they were trying to overthrow Sauron in Mordor after 1000 years of ruling". Highly recommended, couldn't put it down, etc.
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Post by: Colin P on February 23, 2012, 14:02:40
Another good book on a similar topic is Lewis Mackenzie's book Peacekeeper, which predates Dallaire's experience, and shows that not much really changed after Bosnia.  :facepalm:

Justed started this and picked up for a $1 a copy of "River of war" by Eric flint, an alternative history of the War of 1812. Enjoyed his other stuff so looking forward to this read.
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Post by: dapaterson on February 23, 2012, 14:10:50
Re-reading "The World According to Garp", having just re-read "A Prayer for Owen Meany".


And re: Stephen King:  if you haven't read all his work, he's writing them faster than you're reading them...
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Post by: PMedMoe on February 28, 2012, 15:32:23
As for "Shake hands with the devil" I felt like I was reading his confession

In some spots of the book, I agree.  Finished reading it and am now reading War in the Sun by James Lansdale Hodson.  It's an account of a British war correspondent's journey to the Middle East, India, Burma and West Africa during 1941-42.  The copy I have may be a first edition publishing (if there were more editions, I don't know).
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Post by: medicineman on February 28, 2012, 21:45:52
In some spots of the book, I agree.  Finished reading it and am now reading War in the Sun by James Lansdale Hodson.  It's an account of a British war correspondent's journey to the Middle East, India, Burma and West Africa during 1941-42.  The copy I have may be a first edition publishing (if there were more editions, I don't know).

Sounds interesting Moe - my grandad had a similar journey - but he went to India and Burma via Dunkirk...

Presently reading "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell, a USN SEAL who's patrol got zapped in Afghanistan.  Sooon to be followed by "Raylin" by Elmore Leonard...I got kind of hooked on "Justified"  :nod:.

MM
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Post by: ---- on February 29, 2012, 08:49:34
About halfway through "On Killing", a good read and informative about the psychological stressors and needs of combat soldiers.
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Post by: PMedMoe on February 29, 2012, 12:16:15
Sounds interesting Moe - my grandad had a similar journey - but he went to India and Burma via Dunkirk...

I thought so too, which is why I grabbed it when I saw it.  I like history from a personal point of view.   :nod:
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Post by: Danjanou on February 29, 2012, 12:26:19
I thought so too, which is why I grabbed it when I saw it.  I like history from a personal point of view.   :nod:

If you like I'll dig out my copy of John Master's The Road Past Mandala, very similar.  Very similar first hand account. He was part of the Indian Division that fought in Iraq, and later in Syria and then was a Brigade Major and acting Brigade Commander of a Chindit Brigade.

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Post by: PMedMoe on February 29, 2012, 12:27:17
If you like I'll dig out my copy of John Master's The Road Past Mandala, very similar.  Very similar first hand account. He was part of the Indian Division that fought in Iraq, and later in Syria and then was a Brigade Major and acting Brigade Commander of a Chindit Brigade.

Keep that in mind for when I'm back in TO.  Thanks.
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Post by: Delaney1986 on March 01, 2012, 06:57:12
Reading a few right now....just picked up some doozies!
The Sociopath Next Door - apparently 1 in 25 Americans have no conscience...it's essentially about being able to pick them out in your life.
Without Conscience - The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - haven't gotten much further than the 1st chapter yet.
The Science of Evil - On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty - this one sounds pretty interesting.


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Post by: Colin P on March 01, 2012, 14:40:39
If you like I'll dig out my copy of John Master's The Road Past Mandala, very similar.  Very similar first hand account. He was part of the Indian Division that fought in Iraq, and later in Syria and then was a Brigade Major and acting Brigade Commander of a Chindit Brigade.

I loved his book on being a young officer going into the Indian army.
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Post by: Rifleman62 on March 01, 2012, 21:01:17
Colin P, you may enjoy these books:

Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II


George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II.  Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the war’s final year, and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial Epilogue, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of VJ-Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as “one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.”

Unofficial History: Field-Marshal Sir William Slim

Slim's book is a gem of a military memoir which every student of the art of war and military leadership should have on his shelf. This is a book of reminiscences that covers his career from World War I to just before assuming command in Burma in World War II. Not only was Slim arguably superior to the much more famous Field Marshall Montgomery in World War II as great captain, but he was a delightful master of prose and a superb story-teller. I highly recommend this book.
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Post by: Danjanou on March 01, 2012, 22:40:30
Colin P, you may enjoy these books:

Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II


George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II.  Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the war’s final year, and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial Epilogue, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of VJ-Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as “one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.”

Unofficial History: Field-Marshal Sir William Slim

Slim's book is a gem of a military memoir which every student of the art of war and military leadership should have on his shelf. This is a book of reminiscences that covers his career from World War I to just before assuming command in Burma in World War II. Not only was Slim arguably superior to the much more famous Field Marshall Montgomery in World War II as great captain, but he was a delightful master of prose and a superb story-teller. I highly recommend this book.

Agree it was an effort to get a copy of GMF book but worth it. one can see where the MacAuslan trilogy comes from as well.

Bill Slim is probably one of the most underated Commanders of the war.
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Post by: milnews.ca on March 01, 2012, 23:06:16
Colin P, you may enjoy these books:

Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II


George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II.  Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the war’s final year, and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial Epilogue, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of VJ-Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as “one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.”
Concur - great "what's the war look like to #3 rifleman and the section commander" approach.
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Post by: Colin P on March 02, 2012, 16:39:16
My wife is going to hate you guys at this rate!!  ;D I already have run out of book shelf space....
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Post by: medicineman on March 02, 2012, 17:42:26
Reading a few right now....just picked up some doozies!
The Sociopath Next Door - apparently 1 in 25 Americans have no conscience...it's essentially about being able to pick them out in your life.
Without Conscience - The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - haven't gotten much further than the 1st chapter yet.
The Science of Evil - On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty - this one sounds pretty interesting.

Are you worried about yourself or someone else?

MM
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Post by: Danjanou on March 02, 2012, 17:46:57
My wife is going to hate you guys at this rate!!  ;D I already have run out of book shelf space....

Oh I ran out long ago. I would need about an Ikea bookcase every 3 months and a new room every 9 months to keep pace.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on March 02, 2012, 23:45:11
The National Dream by Pierre Berton.
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Post by: Bass ackwards on March 03, 2012, 21:12:28
A short while ago I finished A Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock by Jonathon Riley.
Old Sweat did a bit of a review of this book here:
http://Forums.Army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,101782.0.html

I'm currently working on A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn by James Donovan.

Both are quite good.

A while back, someone here recommended a rather large, expensive book called The Falklands Then and Now.
Since I didn't have anything that covers the whole war, I ordered it. It just arrived last week.
It weighs almost as much as my Jeep and it was on the pricey side but at first glance it's well worth it.

Colin P and Danjanou - I share your pain (and am really dreading my next move...).   
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Post by: dangerboy on March 03, 2012, 21:44:34
Currently reading Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle (http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?sku=0826&isbn=9780811708265&title=arnhem-1944) by Martin Middlebrook.  As you can guess it is about the battle of Arnhem, this books concentrates on the fighting that occurred in the town of Arnhem as opposed to the entire Operation Market-Garden and is from the point of view of the British Soldier.

 Once thing I found interesting, it was one of the few books I have read that mention the CANLOAN program.
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Post by: Rifleman62 on March 05, 2012, 10:37:51
http://www.amazon.com/Code-Word-Canloan-Wilfred-Smith/dp/1550021672

Code word: CANLOAN

I believe there was a book written about the CANLOAN program in the 1960's. Can't find it. Possibly Old Sweat knows it.

Additionally several CANLOAN officers wrote books of their experiences.

Several officers of my regiment participated in the program.
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Post by: Old Sweat on March 05, 2012, 10:48:53
http://www.amazon.com/Code-Word-Canloan-Wilfred-Smith/dp/1550021672
I believe there was a book written about the CANLOAN program in the 1960's. Can't find it. Possibly Old Sweat knows it.

Sorry, I don't recall it.

The CANLOAN program certainly was a success. It also led to a "Son of CANLOAN" in the eighties when several Canadian gunner and sapper majors were seconded to the Brits as battery and squadron commanders. At least one served as a battery commander in Gulf 1.
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Post by: Rifleman62 on March 05, 2012, 11:17:56
I have a book at home written by a CANLOAN officer. From what I recollect;

- written mid 60's, author living in the US (California; he was teaching at a university);
- in the Forward he wanted to pass on how it was so his son who was facing going to war (Vietnam) would have some notion;
- landed after D-Day as an Inf Pl Comd
- mentions the RWpgRif: some soldiers coming towards them in a wheat field  (after being overrun??)

Other CALOAN info: http://www.war-experience.org/canloan/index.html
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Post by: Old Sweat on March 05, 2012, 11:41:33
There was a Little Black Devil serving as a CANLOAN officer with a battalion of 50 Div, which was the flanking formation to 3 Canadian Infantry Division in the early days in Normandy. Some troops from C Company, including the Coy Comd and 2ic, escaped when the company was overrun and made contact with the Brits on their flank. The Coy Comd organized a local counter-attack by the Brits which helped hold the Germans in place before they were forced back by a formal counter-attack by the Can Scots and the 1st Hussars.

The CANLOAN officer later observed the bodies of several troops he had served with who had been murdered at the Chateau d'Audrieu (sp?) on 8 June.

Sorry I can't recall his name, but I am away from home.
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Post by: Rifleman62 on March 05, 2012, 11:48:23
Not the same fellow who wrote the book I was referring to.
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Post by: Simian Turner on March 06, 2012, 00:45:50
Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars.
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Post by: RemembranceDay on March 06, 2012, 00:48:27
All Quiet on the Western Front, and for hilarious kicks, a 'charm book' printed in the 1920's... ROFL
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Post by: Delaney1986 on March 11, 2012, 21:25:33
Are you worried about yourself or someone else?

MM

Haha, I am taking a Criminology course in College. Psychology is really fascinating too, especially behavioural and abnormal psychology. But now that I have started reading them there are a couple of people that come to mind...an old room mate in particular....

Thanks though, for what I will take as concern... ;D
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Post by: Deelo on March 12, 2012, 02:22:34
The Patrol, by Ryan Flavelle

"Seven days in the life of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan"  :)
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Post by: Colin P on March 12, 2012, 12:06:19
Just picked up at the gun show for $15:

Osprey's "Staghound"
another series book on US Armoured cars
The Centurion Tank by Bill Munro
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Post by: dangerboy on May 10, 2012, 18:15:55
Just finished reading "A Sailor of Austria: In which, without really intending to Otto Prohaska becomes Offical War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire" by John Biggins.  http://www.amazon.ca/Sailor-Austria-Intending-Prohaska-Official/dp/159013107X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336684143&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.ca/Sailor-Austria-Intending-Prohaska-Official/dp/159013107X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336684143&sr=8-1) . It is the fictional story of a submarine commander during WWI. 

Not knowing much about submarines in general I don't know how accurate the information presented in the book on Austrian and German subs was but I enjoyed the book, and in the end that is the most important aspect to me.
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 10, 2012, 18:21:07
Going between two books:

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel, the last in the Children of the Earth series

and

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings
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Post by: bridges on May 10, 2012, 19:22:48
Just finished "Left Neglected", a novel about a woman who sustained a brain injury to the right side of her brain, leaving her with no awareness of the left - of anything:  her body, the room, the world.  The author has a PhD in neuroscience & did a fair amount of research.  It was quite interesting.

Now starting "Three Nights in Havana", about Trudeau's visit in '76. 
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on May 10, 2012, 19:25:07
Just finished the  The Operators : Inside 14 Intelligence Company (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Operators-Inside-Intelligence-Company/dp/0099728710) by James Rennie. Its an account Rennie's time in 14 Int Company (http://www.eliteukforces.info/the-det/) in Northern Ireland.  Unfortnately, most of the book is actually about his selection process and training and only a small part is about operations in Northern Ireland.

Started  Fishers of Men (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fishers-Men-Rob-Lewis/dp/0340750715/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336687824&sr=1-1) by Rob Lewis. Lewis was a member of the Force Research Unit which was involved in running agents in Northern Ireland.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on May 11, 2012, 11:44:39
Dracula by Bram Stoker.

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Post by: Redeye on May 11, 2012, 12:52:09
Just finished Ayaan Ali Hersi's Infidel, which is excellent, and a couple of political history works about Pakistan. I'm trudging through Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency a bit, but my current main read is Jeff Sharlet's The Family, which is one of the most disturbing books I've ever read.
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Post by: Halifax Tar on May 11, 2012, 13:13:02
Salty Dips Vol. 1,2 and 3
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Post by: LineJumper on May 11, 2012, 13:39:29
The wind through the keyhole, S.K.
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Post by: beach_bum on May 11, 2012, 14:30:28
Fifty Shades
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Post by: Sigs Pig on May 11, 2012, 14:39:00
Badass: The Birth of a Legend by Ben Thompson
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Post by: bridges on May 11, 2012, 14:47:32
Just finished Ayaan Ali Hersi's Infidel, which is excellent

Thanks for that recommendation - I've been thinking about picking up a copy. 
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Post by: Redeye on May 11, 2012, 15:38:23
Thanks for that recommendation - I've been thinking about picking up a copy.

It's really just a biography of her, there's no other real substance to it - but if you're familiar with who she is it gives you a bit more insight into her life.

Not sure what I'll read next. I have a kindle with a huge quantity of books, lots to go on.
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Post by: BernDawg on May 11, 2012, 17:09:05
"The Sisters Brothers" Interesting take on the traditional Western. 
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Post by: bridges on May 12, 2012, 15:40:21
"The Sisters Brothers" Interesting take on the traditional Western.

Someone just suggested that one for our book club.   It'll be a nice change from the books about dysfunctional families (I hope... )   
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Post by: alocin on May 12, 2012, 16:35:35
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, an award winning novel published in 2007.  The title is derived from a historical document bearing the same name, detailing the 3000 slaves who faught for the British in the American Revolutionary War who fled to Canada from Manhattan in 1783. It's a fascinating novel about the African diaspora, I'm looking forward to hearing the author speak, he is currently on tour and will be visiting my community sometime in the near future.

It was published outside of Canada as Someone Knows My Name.

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Post by: BernDawg on May 14, 2012, 16:15:00
Someone just suggested that one for our book club.   It'll be a nice change from the books about dysfunctional families (I hope... )
Oh I'd say they're fairly disfunctional but in a "shoot-you-in-the-belly" and laugh kind of way.  ;)
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Post by: Danjanou on May 14, 2012, 17:11:36
Halfway through A Game of Thrones and have already ordered the other three in the series from Amazon.
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Post by: medicineman on May 14, 2012, 17:38:21
Broke down and bought "Sunray" yesterday and started reading it...

MM
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Post by: dangerboy on May 14, 2012, 20:05:52
Reading Timeline (http://www.amazon.ca/Timeline-Michael-Crichton/dp/0345417623/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337036555&sr=1-1) by Michael Crichton.

I watched the movie over the weekend (I do not recommend it), so now I am reading the book to see if it is any better.  I am enjoying the book a lot more than I  did the movie.
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Post by: BernDawg on May 14, 2012, 20:12:28
I found the book much better than the movie. They really didn't do it justice when they wrote the screenplay.
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 14, 2012, 22:57:53
Reading Timeline (http://www.amazon.ca/Timeline-Michael-Crichton/dp/0345417623/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337036555&sr=1-1) by Michael Crichton.

I watched the movie over the weekend (I do not recommend it), so now I am reading the book to see if it is any better.  I am enjoying the book a lot more than I  did the movie.

The book is way better.  The best thing about the movie was Gerard Butler.   :nod:
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Post by: nik214 on May 22, 2012, 11:04:07
The Stand  - King
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 22, 2012, 11:05:37
The Stand  - King

Uncut version?
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Post by: Dkeh on May 22, 2012, 11:39:44
I'm rereading The Stand for the umpteenth time. Love that book.

Timeline was a fantastic book.

I would highly recommend a book called The Dark Beyond the Stars, by Frank M Robinson. Fantastic read, and available to read online for free!
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Post by: Bass ackwards on May 22, 2012, 20:21:51
Uncut version?

I wonder if anyone even bothers with the original version anymore.
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Post by: nik214 on May 23, 2012, 10:18:18
Uncut version?


I believe so.....  It was an old book I found while digging around in my girlfriends basement. Says published in '78 and its about 830 pages long.
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 23, 2012, 10:42:52
I believe so.....  It was an old book I found while digging around in my girlfriends basement. Says published in '78 and its about 830 pages long.

Nope, that's the original.  The uncut version came out later. Either way, still a good book.  That's the first King book I read at the ripe old age of 13......  ;)
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Post by: Dkeh on May 23, 2012, 10:45:38
I got started on King around 13 as well, but for me, it was the Gunslinger series. Fantastic read.

I have the uncut version of the Stand :) All 1000+ pages
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Post by: Journeyman on May 23, 2012, 10:51:11
.....at the ripe old age of 13......
Wow, the Gutenberg edition!   ;)
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Post by: nik214 on May 23, 2012, 12:14:14
Nope, that's the original.  The uncut version came out later. Either way, still a good book.  That's the first King book I read at the ripe old age of 13......  ;)

Ah okay that's too bad I would of liked to read the uncut.  Agreed; very good so far.
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 23, 2012, 12:18:50
Wow, the Gutenberg edition!   ;)

Hell no, it was on papyrus.  That's why I was glad it was the short version.  So what did you get, chiseled stone tablets?   >:D
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Post by: BernDawg on May 23, 2012, 16:29:51
I first read the Stand when I was around 12. I remember because I was at  home in bed sick with a wicked flu and I read the entire book in 4-5 days freaked out the whole time because I had the same symptoms!!
I've since read it several more times and the un-abridged version is way better than the original printing. It gives more depth to the characters and puts other aspects into perspective as well.
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Post by: Bass ackwards on May 23, 2012, 21:27:10
Currently rereading Helpless by Christie Blatchford.

It's still a head-shaker the second time around.
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Post by: RangerRay on May 31, 2012, 14:59:08
Frank Herbert's Dune.  Surprisingly easy to read.
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Post by: Chris Pook on May 31, 2012, 15:51:48
The Hunger Games:  perhaps the best Sci Fi I have read since Robert Heinlein died.
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Post by: Baden Guy on June 01, 2012, 15:50:19
'He Made It Look Easy‘
Eisenhower in War and Peace,’
 by Jean Edward Smith

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/books/review/eisenhower-in-war-and-peace-by-jean-edward-smith.html?pagewanted=all

This book is as good as it's review. History, politics and the military..........  a few of my favourite things. 
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Post by: SGT-RMSCLK on June 01, 2012, 16:17:09
The Fat Mexican by Alex Caine
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Post by: Conz on June 01, 2012, 17:53:44
Paradise General by Dr. Dave Hnida
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Post by: Larry Strong on June 01, 2012, 21:32:56
End game 1945 by David Stafford

It looks at 9 men and women, from soildier's to POW's to war correspondents from 20 April 1945 till  16 July 1945.
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on June 01, 2012, 23:20:23
127 Hours
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Post by: Greymatters on June 02, 2012, 20:50:31
The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse, by Vicente Blasco Ibanez; World War I novel printed in 1918
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Post by: Cat on June 02, 2012, 21:05:05
Pride and Prejudice, almost done it though and thinking of starting Watership Down. Trying to get through some of the "must read" classic literature while I've got free time.
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Post by: bridges on June 06, 2012, 12:10:01
Just heard that Ray Bradbury has died, at 91.  Fahrenheit 451 has been on my "must read" list for some time.  If it's anything like 84, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale and other dystopian novels, it'll be an important read. 

 :salute:   Thank you for your work, Ray Bradbury.
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Post by: PMedMoe on June 06, 2012, 12:23:41
Just heard that Ray Bradbury has died, at 91.  Fahrenheit 451 has been on my "must read" list for some time.  If it's anything like 84, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale and other dystopian novels, it'll be an important read. 

 :salute:   Thank you for your work, Ray Bradbury.

Never read much of his stuff, but I really liked A Sound of Thunder (http://www.lasalle.edu/~didio/courses/hon462/hon462_assets/sound_of_thunder.htm).  The Butterfly Effect (movie) was based on this short story.
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Post by: Bass ackwards on June 09, 2012, 20:59:08
Just snagged a copy of Harbor Nocturne.

This is Joseph Wambaugh's fifth book in his excellent Hollywood Station trilogy.

I'm looking forward to this. 

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Post by: mariomike on June 09, 2012, 21:08:08
Just snagged a copy of Harbor Nocturne.

This is Joseph Wambaugh's fifth book in his excellent Hollywood Station trilogy.

I'm looking forward to this.

One of my favorite writers.

Hollywood Station: “Doing good police work is the most fun you will ever have in your lives."
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Post by: BadgerTrapper on June 13, 2012, 22:23:15
Just read "The Patrol" by Ryan Flavelle, amazing book. Great insight into the Afghan conflict and great readings for a guy like me that's getting ready for his interview next wednesday. I'm now reading "Fifteen Days" which is good in itself, a large amount of variation to the various viewpoints and everything. Anyone recommend some good reading for a Med Tech hopeful? :)
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Post by: Brihard on June 13, 2012, 22:52:42
Just finished Starship Troopers... Again.... Now reading Red Storm Rising... Again...
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Post by: PMedMoe on June 14, 2012, 08:19:08
Going between two books:

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel, the last in the Children of the Earth series

and

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings

Finished the Auel book a week ago.  For anyone who read the series, don't bother with this last book.  It was just a rehashing of all the other books with a bit of new stuff thrown in.  Very repetitive (so much so, that I probably skimmed over 200 pages) and still ended without any definitive conclusion.  This series was one of the ones I intended to keep on my bookshelves but the whole lot is now going to be donated to my local library ASAP.   ::)

At any rate, I can now focus all my attention on the Hastings book.
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Post by: Jarnhamar on June 14, 2012, 08:24:28
Just finished Starship Troopers... Again....

Is it as good as people say it is?

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Post by: dangerboy on June 14, 2012, 09:17:11
Is it as good as people say it is?

Yes, it is nothing like the movie.
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Post by: Technoviking on June 14, 2012, 10:00:25
Lingua Latina per se Illustrata; Pars I "Familia Romana" by Hans H. Orberg.

Why?  Because "irrumabo vos" that's why  >:D
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Post by: Brihard on June 14, 2012, 10:48:38
Is it as good as people say it is?

You've seriously never read it? Remedy that, and forget the movie ever existed.
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Post by: NavyShooter on June 14, 2012, 11:52:20
Unintended Consequences.
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Post by: BernDawg on June 15, 2012, 21:55:01
Is it as good as people say it is?

Better! You will not be disapointed reading Starship Troopers.

Consider the movie a completely different story...
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Post by: milnews.ca on June 15, 2012, 22:16:22
Is it as good as people say it is?
Yes it is - read bits of it to the troops during recruit courses (OK, I was a bit more.... intense oh so many years ago).

Seriously, take the movie(s) as parody/satire, not a reflection of the book.
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Post by: Brihard on June 15, 2012, 22:23:07
Yes it is - read bits of it to the troops during recruit courses (OK, I was a bit more.... intense oh so many years ago).

Seriously, take the movie(s) as parody/satire, not a reflection of the book.

"There are a dozen different ways of delivering destruction in impersonal wholesale, via ships or missiles of one sort or another, catastrophes so widespread, so unselective, that the war is over because that nation or planet has ceased to exist. What we do is entirely different. We make war as personal as a punch in the nose. We can be selective, applying precisely the required amount of pressure at a specified point at a designated time. We've never been told to go down and kill or capture all left-handed redheads in a particular area, but if they tell us to we can. We will.

We are the boys who will go to a particular place, at h-hour, stand on it, dig the enemy out of their holes, force them then and there to surrender or die. We are the bloody infantry. The doughboy, the duckfoot, the foot soldier who goes where the enemy is and takes them on in person. We've been doing it with changes in weapons but very little change in our trade at least since the time four thousand years ago when the foot sloggers of Sargon the Great forced the Sumerians to cry uncle."

I'm probably off on a few minor bits - that passage is from memory - but if there's a book out there that better speaks (through its own lens) to what the infantry is, I've yet to find it. And yeah, I'm nerdy as hell for this book, and I'm just fine with that.
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Post by: Jarnhamar on June 15, 2012, 23:11:16
You've seriously never read it? Remedy that, and forget the movie ever existed.

Lend me you're book!

Currently reading;
Architect of Fate
The Emperors Gift &
Tales of Heresy
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Post by: Brihard on June 15, 2012, 23:14:03
Lend me you're book!

Currently reading;
Architect of Fate
The Emperors Gift &
Tales of Heresy

I'm in Gage right now. When I'm back in Ottawa if you're passing through I'll happily hook you up with my copy. Worst case I may be in Pet for the latter half of Aug.

I've got a digital copy on my e-reader now, so if I part with my hard copy for a time it doesn't bother me a bit.
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Post by: dangerboy on June 19, 2012, 15:46:30
Reading "The Mitrokhin Archive - The KGB in Europe and the West" by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin.  Vasil Mitrokhin was a former senior officer of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence Service from 1948 to 1984.  In 1992 he defected to the United Kingdom bringing with him copies of classified files which he had smuggled out of work and hid at his house.  The information in these files is the basis of this book.  I have only started reading it (page 30 out of 995) but so far it is interesting.  Of course with this type of book you will never know how much of the information is true and what still has not been revealed.
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Post by: Danjanou on June 19, 2012, 16:59:58
Almost finished Gone For Soldiers by Jeff Shaara ,  a historical novel on the Mexican American War.
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Post by: cupper on June 19, 2012, 20:42:57
Recently finished reading two books on Military Working Dogs.

"Soldier Dogs" by Maria Goodavage

"Sergent Rex" by Mike Dowling

Left some comments in another topic if you are interested.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?action=post;quote=1151781;topic=105494.0;last_msg=1151781
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Post by: Exarch on June 20, 2012, 02:23:31
Is it as good as people say it is?

I haven't read a lot of books, but it is my favourite. Probably going to go through it for a fifth time sometime soon.

Does anyone know of any books similar in style to Starship Troopers? I've read two others by Heinlein and, while not bad, they are very different.
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Post by: Sythen on June 20, 2012, 02:37:00
Starship Troopers.. Definitely an amazing book.. Actually only read it cause when I was overseas it was in a pile of books left by the previous roto, and I thought it would be funny like the movie.. So glad I read it! Right now, reading Gates of Fire again. Such an incredible book as well.
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Post by: Westlander on June 20, 2012, 04:01:37
I'm reading Outliers: The Story of Success. So far its really interesting, I would recommend it.
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Post by: mariomike on June 21, 2012, 10:41:29
"The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic's Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001"
The author was a member of FDNY EMS Battalion 55 in the Bronx who deployed with the USAR team at Ground Zero.

The lessons learned lead to the establishment of Heavy Urban Search and Rescue ( HUSAR ) teams in Toronto, Halifax and Calgary.
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Post by: Thucydides on June 22, 2012, 13:04:21
A comprehensive reading list. Sadly, I've only read a fraction of this, but there is still time....

http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/006256.html

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Post by: LineJumper on June 24, 2012, 00:20:05
How to catch a pig, by Dennis Boyles.

Now I know.
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Post by: Brihard on June 24, 2012, 01:01:09
Yup, Gates of Fire was awesome too. Pressfield writes a damned good book. In terms of 'like Starship Troopers'? Can't really say anything is 'like' it. But if you enjoyed it, I would also say that worth reading are:

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
Armor, by Jon Steakley
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

Each is its own distinctly different book; all are worth reading if you're at all into military sci fi.
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Post by: estoguy on July 07, 2012, 23:15:25
Didn't have much time to read over the spring, so I'm still on Shake Hands With The Devil and Under the Dome... I also have The Road on the go and an audiobook in the car... 11/22/63 by King.  I've really enjoyed that!  On the last section now.
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Post by: Technoviking on July 07, 2012, 23:17:21
Just finished reading First Clash by Kenneth Macksay (for the hundredth time)
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Post by: EngineerWannabe on July 07, 2012, 23:25:19
I just bought Rum Diaries to read on the plane out to Nanaimo. I'm also bringing Fear and Loathing. I really like Hunter S. Thompson RIP
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Post by: Redeye on July 08, 2012, 00:51:39
Starship Troopers.. Definitely an amazing book.. Actually only read it cause when I was overseas it was in a pile of books left by the previous roto, and I thought it would be funny like the movie.. So glad I read it! Right now, reading Gates of Fire again. Such an incredible book as well.

It's pretty much nothing like the movie except in the vaguest of terms - but a fantastic read. I read it cover to cover over a three hour flight.
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Post by: Danjanou on July 09, 2012, 10:33:59
Just finished Defiance: The Bielski Partisans and considering what today is I pulled Pierre Berton's The Invasion of Canada 1812-13 off the shelf for another reread over the weekend. Finished it last night, and grabbed the sequel Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814 off the shelf today for some subway reading.
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Post by: SherH2A on July 10, 2012, 11:35:32
Holding Juno: "Canada's Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches: June 7-12, 1944" by Mark Zuehike,

It covers a period of time which is sadly under reported, It has info on the RCAF and RCN actions during that time period and shows how the entire Canadian forces fought.

It has a lot of info on the 9 CIB and 2 CAB as well as the 7th and 8th CIB and 1st CAB. It has a lot of info on how 2 units stopped the attack on 7 June, 1944 by the SS, and the terrible price they paid, especially the North Novas and the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment.  The Sherbrookes and the North Novas justified their units' existence that day, of course if they weren't there, other militia units would have been.

It is a very good read and sheds light on an overlooked but essential campaign
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Post by: VIChris on July 22, 2012, 13:20:49
Just started Mockingjay, the 3rd in the Hunger Games series. I was quite surprised at how well developed the story is in this series.Totally engrossing, which I don't usually feel while reading books of the genre.
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Post by: fraserdw on July 22, 2012, 13:34:36
Just started "Stolen Valor".  AN interesting book about how Vietnam veterans had their heroes and reputation stolen by Hollywood and phoney vets.
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Post by: jeffb on July 22, 2012, 15:40:47
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The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman


I'll second that one. Haldeman was a Vietnam vet if I recall correctly and the book is a metaphor for never ending war. There are some great themes here that I think are perhaps even more relevant today then they were when Haldeman wrote the book. This, and Starship Troopers, are the only books that I have ever read more then 2 or 3 times. Fantastic reads and, in my opinion at least, they should be mandatory reading for any officer/ NCO.
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Post by: NinerSix on July 22, 2012, 17:04:26
I'll second that one. Haldeman was a Vietnam vet if I recall correctly and the book is a metaphor for never ending war. There are some great themes here that I think are perhaps even more relevant today then they were when Haldeman wrote the book. This, and Starship Troopers, are the only books that I have ever read more then 2 or 3 times. Fantastic reads and, in my opinion at least, they should be mandatory reading for any officer/ NCO.

Indeed.
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Post by: Brihard on July 22, 2012, 21:04:43
Currently reading Francis Fukuyama: The Origins of Political Order.

It is to 'where do states come from?' what Guns, Germs and Steel is to 'where does civilization come from?' Excellent book, very readable.
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Post by: Jarnhamar on July 22, 2012, 21:40:26
Friend sent this in an email. Thought I'd throw it up here for ideas.



USMC suggested book list by rank


Commandant’s Choice Book
• First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps by Victor H. Krulak


Recruit/Poolee
• I’m Staying With My Boys by Jim Proser
• The United States Marines: A History by Edwin Simmons

Private/Private First Class
• A Message To Garcia by Elbert Hubbard • Rifleman Dodd by C.S. Forester
• Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
• 1984 by George Orwell
• No True Glory by Bing West
• The Gift of Valor by Michael M. Phillips

Lance Corporal
• The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell
• The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield
• My Men Are My Heroes by Nathaniel R. Helms
• Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
• The Ugly American by Eugene Burdick
• We Were One by Patrick K. O’Donnell

Corporal
• Afghanistan by Stephen Tanner
• All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque • Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch
• Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
• Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
• Noble Warrior by James E. Livingston
• Once a Marine by Nick Popaditch
• The Defence of duffer’s Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton
• Marines in the Garden of Eden by Richard Lowry

Sergeant
• American Soldiers by Peter S. Kindsvatter
• Common Sense Training by Arthur S. Collins • Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula
July 11, 2011
• From the Horse’s Mouth by Major Ted McKeldin
• The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
• A Soldier’s Load and the Mobility of a Nation by S.L.A. Marshall • Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
• The Village by Bing West
• Tip of the Spear by G.J. Michaels
• With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge

Staff Sergeant
• A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
• American Spartans by James A. Warren
• The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai
• Attacks by Erwin Rommel
• Battle Cry by Leon Uris
• The Defense of Hill 781 by James McDonough • The Face of Battle by John Keegan
• The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury • McCoy’s Marines by James M. McPherson
• On Killing by Dave Grossman
• Soldiers of God by Robert D. Kaplan
• The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

Gunnery Sergeant
• Afghan Guerilla Warfare by Ali Jalali
• Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War by M. Sallah • Islands of the Damned by R. V. Burgin
• Killing Ground on Okinawa by James H. Hallas
• The Mission, The Men, and Me by Pete Blaber
• On Command by Dave Grossman
• Ride the Thunder by Richard Botkin
• The Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot
• Victory at High Tide by Robert Heinlein
• We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Harold G. Moore

Master Sergeant/First Sergeant
• The Accidental Guerilla by David Kilcullen
• Courageous Follower by Ira Chaleff
• Fields of Battle by John Keegan
• Forgotten Warriors by Thomas Hammes
• Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
• The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
• The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman
• The Passion of Command by Bryan McCoy
• Seven Deadly Scenarios by Andrew Krepinevich
• The Sling and the Stone by Thomas X. Hammes
• Technology and War by Martin L. Van Creveld

Master Gunnery Sergeant/Sergeant Major
• Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay
• At the Water’s Edge: Defending Against the Modern Amphibious Assault
by Theodore Gatchel
• The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis
• The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
• Crisis Leadership by Gene Klann
• The General by C.S. Forrester
• The Mask of Command by John Keegan
• No Bended Knee by Merril B. Twining
• On War by Carl Von Clausewitz
• A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin

Officer Candidate/Midshipman
• The Armed Forces Officer, DoD 2006
• My Men Are My Heroes by Nathaniel R. Helms
• United States Marines: A History by E. Simmons
• On Infantry by John A. English

2d Lieutenant / Warrant Officer/Chief Warrant Officer 2
• The Art of War by Sun Tzu
• Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
• Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula
• Leadership: The Warrior’s Art by Christopher D. Kolenda • The Mission, The Men and Me by Pete Blaber
• The Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot
• Soldiers of God by Robert D. Kaplan
• The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
• Storm Landings by Joseph H. Alexander
• A Tactical Ethic by Dick Couch
• The Village by Bing West

1st Lieutenant / Chief Warrant Officer 3
• The Enlightened Soldier by Charles Edward • Seeds of Disaster by Robert Doughty
• Stormtroop Tactics by Bruce Gudmundsson • Command or Control by Marin Samuels
• The Breaking Point by Robert Doughty
• Fighting Power by Martin L. Van Creveld
• Transformation of War by Martin L. Van Creveld • Attacks by Erwin Rommell
• Battle Leadership by Adolf Von Schell
• The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
• The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury
.
Captain / Chief Warrant Officer 4
• The Arab Mind by R. Patai
• The Defense of Hill 781 by James McDonough
• The General by C. S. Forrester
• Lions of Iwo Jima by Fred Haynes
• Lost Victories by Erich Von Manstein
• The Mask of Command by John Keegan
• Passion of Command by Bryan McCoy
• Sources of Power by Gary Klein
• The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
• Victory at High Tide by Robert D. Heinl
• We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Harold G. Moore

Major/Chief Warrant Officer 5
• The Crucible of War by Fred Anderson
• The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
• This Kind of War by T. R. Fehrenbach
• The Landmark Thucydides edited by Robert Strassler
• The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Big Horn by Nathaniel
Philbrick
• The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman
• Masters of War by Michael Handel
• Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
• Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Goodwin
• Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War by M. Sallah
• Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa by Joseph Alexander
• Wired for War by P. W. Singer

Lieutenant Colonel
• A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
• Accidental Guerilla by David Kilcullen
• At The Water’s Edge: Defending Against the Modern Amphibious Assault by
Theodore Gatchel
• The Blitzkrieg Legend by Karl-Heinz Freiser
• The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
• Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak by Robert Coram • Carnage and Culture by Victor Hanson
• Defeat into Victory by William Slim
• Forgotten Warriors by Thomas Hammes
• A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
• Seven Deadly Scenarios by Andrew Krepinevich

Colonel to General *
• Another Bloody Century by Colin Gray
• The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
• The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis
• Decoding Clausewitz by Jon Sumida
• Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster
• Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
• Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World by Raghuram Rajan • How Wars End by Gideon Rose
• Tried by War by James McPherson
• Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A.
Cohen
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Post by: Infanteer on July 22, 2012, 22:33:54
Currently reading Francis Fukuyama: The Origins of Political Order.

It is to 'where do states come from?' what Guns, Germs and Steel is to 'where does civilization come from?' Excellent book, very readable.

Concur, I just finished up the first part on China.  Very fascinating.  I consider it must read for those wanting to learn about war and its relation to society.
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Post by: Brihard on July 22, 2012, 22:52:47
Concur, I just finished up the first part on China.  Very fascinating.  I consider it must read for those wanting to learn about war and its relation to society.

China was fascinating- I knew they had established a bureaucratic state early. I didn't realize how early.

Once you get through India, the Caliphate and the Ottomans and you can contrast them all it's even better; one of those 'more than the sum of its parts' things. Great book so far.
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Post by: Cloud Cover on July 22, 2012, 23:39:00
- 50 Shades- my EA suggested I read this, wtf? I put it down after about a hundred pages, think I will also avoid her for a little while as well. 
- This morning I finished Road of Bones [Fergal Keane]- a book about the battles in and near Kohima in 1944. Interesting in that it tells the story citing sources and interviews from 3 primary sources - Indian/British Army, V Force and of course the Japanese. 
- Last weekend I read Those Who Save Us [Jenna Blum] on the way back from Beijing. I enjoyed it, parts of it made my blood run cold. Definitely a book of war time survival for German civilians. Not at all like Kommandants Girl by Jenoff, but both are good books.
- I've started reading Six Days of War by Michael Oren. So far, I like it. I would like to find a decent book on this war written by the "other side".
- I've got Hastings work on Churchill, and Woodwards "Obama's Wars" to read through in the next few weeks as well.

The way the way things are going at RIM, I may have lots of reading time in the near future anyway!   
     
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Post by: jeffb on July 23, 2012, 07:48:35
Not so much a real book as a book I would like to see but I really want to see a book telling the Lord of the Rings story from the perspective of Mordor. After all, haven't they been repressed by the evil humans, dwarves and elves for centuries and forced to live in the Hamilton of Middle Earth? Can't an orc get some love too? All they really wanted was some good farm land...
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Post by: FoverF on July 23, 2012, 08:25:56
Curently reading Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling's The Prince, a collection of previously published (and good) novels set in the late 21st century, chronicling the political and military actions of Falkenberg's Mercenary Legion.

I'm a huge fan. I've actually started writing a mod for the Steel Panthers series of games, which will be set in this universe. Mainly for my own enjoyment, but if anyone is interested I'd be glad to pass it along when it's done.

The whole series is available free online from the publisher:
http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/06-WindRiderCD/WindRiderCD/The%20Prince/The_Prince.htm
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Post by: Danjanou on July 23, 2012, 11:18:28
Friend sent this in an email. Thought I'd throw it up here for ideas.



USMC suggested book list by rank


Commandant’s Choice Book
• First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps by Victor H. Krulak


Recruit/Poolee
• I’m Staying With My Boys by Jim Proser
• The United States Marines: A History by Edwin Simmons

Private/Private First Class
• A Message To Garcia by Elbert Hubbard • Rifleman Dodd by C.S. Forester
• Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
• 1984 by George Orwell
• No True Glory by Bing West
• The Gift of Valor by Michael M. Phillips

Lance Corporal
• The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell
• The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield
• My Men Are My Heroes by Nathaniel R. Helms
• Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
• The Ugly American by Eugene Burdick
• We Were One by Patrick K. O’Donnell

Corporal
• Afghanistan by Stephen Tanner
• All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque • Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch
• Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
• Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
• Noble Warrior by James E. Livingston
• Once a Marine by Nick Popaditch
• The Defence of duffer’s Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton
• Marines in the Garden of Eden by Richard Lowry

Sergeant
• American Soldiers by Peter S. Kindsvatter
• Common Sense Training by Arthur S. Collins • Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula
July 11, 2011
• From the Horse’s Mouth by Major Ted McKeldin
• The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
• A Soldier’s Load and the Mobility of a Nation by S.L.A. Marshall • Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
• The Village by Bing West
• Tip of the Spear by G.J. Michaels
• With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge

Staff Sergeant
• A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
• American Spartans by James A. Warren
• The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai
• Attacks by Erwin Rommel
• Battle Cry by Leon Uris
• The Defense of Hill 781 by James McDonough • The Face of Battle by John Keegan
• The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury • McCoy’s Marines by James M. McPherson
• On Killing by Dave Grossman
• Soldiers of God by Robert D. Kaplan
• The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey

Gunnery Sergeant
• Afghan Guerilla Warfare by Ali Jalali
• Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War by M. Sallah • Islands of the Damned by R. V. Burgin
• Killing Ground on Okinawa by James H. Hallas
• The Mission, The Men, and Me by Pete Blaber
• On Command by Dave Grossman
• Ride the Thunder by Richard Botkin
• The Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot
• Victory at High Tide by Robert Heinlein
• We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Harold G. Moore

Master Sergeant/First Sergeant
• The Accidental Guerilla by David Kilcullen
• Courageous Follower by Ira Chaleff
• Fields of Battle by John Keegan
• Forgotten Warriors by Thomas Hammes
• Ghost Wars by Steve Coll
• The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
• The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman
• The Passion of Command by Bryan McCoy
• Seven Deadly Scenarios by Andrew Krepinevich
• The Sling and the Stone by Thomas X. Hammes
• Technology and War by Martin L. Van Creveld

Master Gunnery Sergeant/Sergeant Major
• Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay
• At the Water’s Edge: Defending Against the Modern Amphibious Assault
by Theodore Gatchel
• The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis
• The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
• Crisis Leadership by Gene Klann
• The General by C.S. Forrester
• The Mask of Command by John Keegan
• No Bended Knee by Merril B. Twining
• On War by Carl Von Clausewitz
• A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin

Officer Candidate/Midshipman
• The Armed Forces Officer, DoD 2006
• My Men Are My Heroes by Nathaniel R. Helms
• United States Marines: A History by E. Simmons
• On Infantry by John A. English

2d Lieutenant / Warrant Officer/Chief Warrant Officer 2
• The Art of War by Sun Tzu
• Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
• Counterinsurgency Warfare by David Galula
• Leadership: The Warrior’s Art by Christopher D. Kolenda • The Mission, The Men and Me by Pete Blaber
• The Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot
• Soldiers of God by Robert D. Kaplan
• The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
• Storm Landings by Joseph H. Alexander
• A Tactical Ethic by Dick Couch
• The Village by Bing West

1st Lieutenant / Chief Warrant Officer 3
• The Enlightened Soldier by Charles Edward • Seeds of Disaster by Robert Doughty
• Stormtroop Tactics by Bruce Gudmundsson • Command or Control by Marin Samuels
• The Breaking Point by Robert Doughty
• Fighting Power by Martin L. Van Creveld
• Transformation of War by Martin L. Van Creveld • Attacks by Erwin Rommell
• Battle Leadership by Adolf Von Schell
• The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
• The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury
.
Captain / Chief Warrant Officer 4
• The Arab Mind by R. Patai
• The Defense of Hill 781 by James McDonough
• The General by C. S. Forrester
• Lions of Iwo Jima by Fred Haynes
• Lost Victories by Erich Von Manstein
• The Mask of Command by John Keegan
• Passion of Command by Bryan McCoy
• Sources of Power by Gary Klein
• The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
• Victory at High Tide by Robert D. Heinl
• We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Harold G. Moore

Major/Chief Warrant Officer 5
• The Crucible of War by Fred Anderson
• The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
• This Kind of War by T. R. Fehrenbach
• The Landmark Thucydides edited by Robert Strassler
• The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Big Horn by Nathaniel
Philbrick
• The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman
• Masters of War by Michael Handel
• Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
• Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Goodwin
• Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War by M. Sallah
• Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa by Joseph Alexander
• Wired for War by P. W. Singer

Lieutenant Colonel
• A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
• Accidental Guerilla by David Kilcullen
• At The Water’s Edge: Defending Against the Modern Amphibious Assault by
Theodore Gatchel
• The Blitzkrieg Legend by Karl-Heinz Freiser
• The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
• Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak by Robert Coram • Carnage and Culture by Victor Hanson
• Defeat into Victory by William Slim
• Forgotten Warriors by Thomas Hammes
• A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
• Seven Deadly Scenarios by Andrew Krepinevich

Colonel to General *
• Another Bloody Century by Colin Gray
• The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
• The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis
• Decoding Clausewitz by Jon Sumida
• Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster
• Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
• Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World by Raghuram Rajan • How Wars End by Gideon Rose
• Tried by War by James McPherson
• Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A.
Cohen

Good list, I've read about 18 on there as far as I can tell. Two interesting points, one seveal books keep reappearing higher up on the list, and there are quite a few novels on there.
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Post by: cupper on July 23, 2012, 20:41:50
Good list, I've read about 18 on there as far as I can tell. Two interesting points, one seveal books keep reappearing higher up on the list, and there are quite a few novels on there.

Well, you wouldn't want them reading "Fifty Shades" would you? ;D

I counted 11 that I've read over the years.
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Post by: Brihard on July 23, 2012, 20:56:55
Good list, I've read about 18 on there as far as I can tell. Two interesting points, one seveal books keep reappearing higher up on the list, and there are quite a few novels on there.

Ten for me. I'm not displeased by that at all.

Since Grossman has not written a book called 'On Command', I'm quite positive that it meant to say 'On Combat'. It fits, too.
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Post by: Danjanou on July 23, 2012, 23:17:24
Ten for me. I'm not displeased by that at all.

Since Grossman has not written a book called 'On Command', I'm quite positive that it meant to say 'On Combat'. It fits, too.

You know I automatically read that as On Combat.

BTW what's wrong with 50 Shades of Grey, all the female members of the site were raving about it  :whiteflag:
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Post by: PMedMoe on July 24, 2012, 08:31:15
BTW what's wrong with 50 Shades of Grey, all the female members of the site were raving about it

Some of us weren't....   ::)  I heard that The Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Roquelaure (Anne Rice) is better....   ;)

Edit to add:

(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F25.media.tumblr.com%2Ftumblr_m7mu27HqMD1r0wqrdo1_500.jpg&hash=224c386d5a3b2c15338d8168562f69ce)

 ;D
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Post by: Delaney1986 on July 24, 2012, 20:56:08
Just picked up the book about Russell Williams

A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams
Author: Timothy Appleby

Have been wanting to read it for a while, should be interesting!
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Post by: ttlbmg on July 24, 2012, 21:49:56
I read that a little while back. I found it just okay. My latest pick is "The Warlord's Son."
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Post by: Target Up on August 12, 2012, 16:10:23
The Wind Through The Keyhole- Stephen King... Nice to see my old friend Roland again after all these years.
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Post by: dangerboy on August 12, 2012, 16:21:47
Currently reading "The Last Kingdom" book one in the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell and "Duel in the Mist 2 - The Leibstandarte during the Ardennes offensive".
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Post by: FJAG on August 14, 2012, 23:55:38
Have seen a few recommendations for Heinlein's Starship Troopers which I endorse.

If you liked it you'll also like John Scalzi's 'Old Man's War'. It even has a few sequels.

On a different theme, if you like novels about ancient Rome, Colleen McCoulough's Masters of Rome Series including 'The First Man in Rome', 'The Grass Crown' and five others. Richly detailed and meticulously researched.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: RDJP on August 15, 2012, 00:36:23
Have seen a few recommendations for Heinlein's Starship Troopers which I endorse.

I don't know who here actually wrote the recommendation that I first read, but thank you.  Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea there was a book, and after seeing the movie, I never would have gone looking for the novel. 

One of the best things I have read in a long while.
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Post by: jeffb on August 15, 2012, 08:22:33
I don't know who here actually wrote the recommendation that I first read, but thank you.  Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea there was a book, and after seeing the movie, I never would have gone looking for the novel. 

One of the best things I have read in a long while.

I always get the shakes before a drop...
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Post by: Chris Pook on August 17, 2012, 18:19:38
Quiet - The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain.

http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/
Ditch the meetings.  Ditch the brainstorming. Ditch the multi-tasking.  Ditch the power point presentations. Ditch group work generally and open plan offices (command posts) in particular.

One man. One job. .... And concentrate.


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Post by: 2ndChoiceName on August 17, 2012, 18:50:05
Reading "The Second Saladin" by Stephen Hunter (Point of Impact, the book that the movie Shooter was based off of), but I'm having trouble getting into it because it doesn't have Bob Lee or Earl Swagger :(.
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Post by: aesop081 on August 17, 2012, 20:37:10
Just starting "Surrender invites death: Fighting the Waffen SS in Normandy" by John A. English.
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Post by: Simian Turner on August 18, 2012, 02:25:12
Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt, next in line on my bookshelf is Facing Ali by the same author.
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Post by: winnipegoo7 on August 18, 2012, 02:32:06
The Junior Officer's Reading Club - $4.99 at chapters. Good so far.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Junior-Officers-Reading-Club-Fighting/dp/1846141869
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Post by: Baden Guy on September 08, 2012, 09:33:16
Valley of the Templars by Paul Christopher

Lots of military action, Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, some Canada connections.
Great casual read.
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Post by: Colin P on September 13, 2012, 13:07:44
Just bought "Tigers in the Mud" by an ex-Tiger tank commander, haven't started it yet.
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Post by: Halifax Tar on September 13, 2012, 15:00:14
"The Thunder and the Sunshine" by Rear Admiral Jeffry Brock, DSO, DSC, CD, RCN (Ret)

Very interesting read.  Anyone interested in the unification of the forces should read this!
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Post by: Danjanou on September 13, 2012, 15:04:42
Just started reading Panzer Commander the autobiography of Hans Von Luck, based on the third I've read so far I'd recommed it highly.

http://www.amazon.ca/Panzer-Commander-Memoirs-Colonel-Hans/dp/0440208025
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Post by: Fishbone Jones on September 13, 2012, 15:06:45
After a number of false starts throughout the years, I finally buckeld down and read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Glad that one's out of the way. Now I've just started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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Post by: Halifax Tar on September 13, 2012, 15:41:59
Just started reading Panzer Commander the autobiography of Hans Von Luck, based on the third I've read so far I'd recommed it highly.

http://www.amazon.ca/Panzer-Commander-Memoirs-Colonel-Hans/dp/0440208025

This is a great read.  Enjoy!
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 13, 2012, 18:16:04
Debt of Honor with Executive Orders to follow. 

Workin' my way thru the T.C. stuff thats been collecting dust the last few years.
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Post by: cupper on September 13, 2012, 20:21:24
What I found interesting with Debt of Honour is that Clancy was somewhat prescient with the idea of a terrorist strike by flying an airliner into the Capitol.

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Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 13, 2012, 23:14:09
I....am only on page 564!   :blotto:
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Post by: Sythen on September 13, 2012, 23:21:32
After a number of false starts throughout the years, I finally buckeld down and read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

How is it? Like for casual reading type of thing. I bought the movie, but want to read the book first. Is it actually a good read?
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Post by: Allgunzblazing on September 13, 2012, 23:54:55
I finished reading "To War with Wellington" by Peter Snow a few days ago. I'm currently halfway through "Voices from Stalingrad" by Jonathan Bastable. Both these are very well written. Johanthan Bastable has written his book in the form of a collage - of dairy entries/ letters home/ memos from soldiers, war correspondents, junior officers, generals, etc.

On a sidenote - is there any one here who reads Commando Comics? http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=commando+comics+&sprefix=commando+%2Caps%2C216&x=0&y=0

http://www.commandocomics.com/
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Post by: Journeyman on September 14, 2012, 01:15:13
How is it? Like for casual reading type of thing. I bought the movie, but want to read the book first. Is it actually a good read?
If you've never read Ayn Rand, or looked into her philosophy, The Fountainhead is probably a better starting point -- and not just because it's much shorter. Atlas Shrugged tells a better story, and develops her views much better, but for a good, casual read it may not be the best starting point.

Thucydides may weigh in with a more nuanced view.   ;D
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Post by: Fishbone Jones on September 14, 2012, 03:52:21
JM is right. This is not a novella for the faint of heart. It is long and drawn out. If the participants have a twenty minute conversation, you'll be treated to that whole twenty minutes of reading, word for word. There is no shortcuts here. Having said that, I found that when the conversation got long, skimming it provided the nuance it was meant to convey, without the wasted time of catching every participle of Dangy's (or other's) conversation.

Something like the way most of us guys hear what women have to say ;D

In fairness, once you have a hang of the dialogue, you'll find yourself skimming a lot of the casual conversation. However, it seems to be written where you know by instinct when you have to start reading word for word and paying attention to the text.

I can't say what society was like when the book was written, but it surely seems to be extremely relevent to today's society. Especially with the social engineering attempted by government(s) as opposed to the capitalist system of working for your worth.

Just my take on it though.

It took me, probably 20 years to tackle this book, once and for all. As a voracious reader, it fit and I liked it. It was thought provoking and topical (still).

I wasn't aware of The Fountainhead until I got very in depth with Atlas Shrugged. I might now have to stop the book I've started and read The Fountainhead instead.
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Post by: leroi on September 14, 2012, 14:33:43
Does anyone have any suggestions for reading about the history or politics of Saudi Arabia?

I teach females there and have read "Girls of Riyadh" and Jean Sasson's Princess Trilogy.

Thanks.
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Post by: Allgunzblazing on September 14, 2012, 14:43:14
leroi:

I highly recommend "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" by Lt. Col. T.E. Lawrence.

You could also show them the movie "Lawrence of Arabia".
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Post by: leroi on September 14, 2012, 15:40:07
Thanks AGB. The reading request is for myself.  I will look for that book.

We're very limited in what we can teach or show our students--no films, no music, no art, no phys. ed.

A very complicated country where everybody/everything seems to operate on two levels.
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Post by: dapaterson on September 14, 2012, 16:04:15
What I found interesting with Debt of Honour is that Clancy was somewhat prescient with the idea of a terrorist strike by flying an airliner into the Capitol.

Read up on Samuel Byck http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Byck - it's not a new idea.


Then listen to the musical Assassins - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassins_(musical).
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Post by: cupper on September 14, 2012, 17:42:15
Read up on Samuel Byck http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Byck - it's not a new idea.


Then listen to the musical Assassins - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassins_(musical).

I am aware of those as well.

I just found it annoying that after 9/11 the pundits kept saying "Who could have imagined someone would try and fly an airliner into the World Trade Center?"
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Post by: ClerkyType on September 14, 2012, 19:28:21
Currently reading two books.

Working my way through This Is Gonna Hurt, Music, Photography, and Life through the Distorted Lens by Nikki Sixx for fun.

And Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Lt-Gen (R) Romeo Dallaire, as it's been a while and I absolutely love the book.

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Post by: Thucydides on September 14, 2012, 22:56:21
How is it? Like for casual reading type of thing. I bought the movie, but want to read the book first. Is it actually a good read?

In terms of literary merit, the style is the sort of potboiler favoured in the 1940's coupled with some pretty massive expositions (if that isn't a word, it should be for this case). Rand was disappointed that her philosophical ideas expressed in previous books like "We the Living" and "The Fountainhead" were misunderstood, so used the novel "Atlas Shrugged" to send these ideas ramped up to "11". Looking at various forums discussing the book, it would seem that even using 30 page speeches embedded in a novel over 100 pages long failed to achieve Rand's aim.

The book does reward the determined reader who is willing to take the time to read the entire thing and reflect on what is being said, but I would suggest reading Rand's earlier works in terms of literary merit and brevity as a place to start your literary explorations.

WRT the movie, I havn't seen it yet, (it is projected to be filmed as a trilogy and Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is soon to be released), so it would be interesting to see your thoughts on the movie.
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Post by: AmmoTech90 on September 15, 2012, 01:00:44
I recently finished The Fountainhead.  Very nicely written (with the exception of an overuse of "bromide").  I did, however, want to punch everyone of the characters in the throat (except Mike) for being a whiney little *******.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on September 27, 2012, 12:30:18
I plan to read this one, saw a review in Macleans magazine.  Halifax Public Libraries have ordered it.

Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying:  Amazon books CDN$ 22.05

On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Netizel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general -- almost all of whom had insisted on their own honourable behaviour during the war.
   
Collaborating with renowned social psychologist Harald Welzer, Neitzel examines these conversations -- and the casual, pitiless brutality omnipresent in them -- from a historical and psychological perspective, and in reconstucting the frameworks and situations behind these conversations, they have created a powerful narrative of wartime experience.

About the Author
SOENKE NEITZEL is currently the Chair of Modern History at the University of Glasgow. He has previously taught Modern History at the University of Mainz and has also held posts at the universities of Karlsruhe, Bern, and Saarbrucken. He is currently the editor of the jounral German History in the 20th Century.

HARALD WELZER is head of the research group Interdisciplinary Memory Research at the KWI Essen. He teaches social psychology at the universities of Hanover and Witten-Herdecke.

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Post by: FJAG on September 27, 2012, 20:55:05
... If the participants have a twenty minute conversation, you'll be treated to that whole twenty minutes of reading, word for word. There is no shortcuts here. Having said that, I found that when the conversation got long, skimming it provided the nuance it was meant to convey, without the wasted time of catching every participle of Dangy's (or other's) conversation....

Haven't read Rand but thought I would considering there are candidates for high office in the States that seem to think she walked on water. The above comments clearly have me believing that whatever message there might be is hidden in tedious prose that will have me throwing the book across the room. I'm a firm believer in the axiom that axiom that 'brevity is the soul of wit'. Rand sounds like a fail.

That said am doing some research and am reading again Sean Naylor's 'Not a Good Day to Die' about Operation Anaconda, the US's first conventional battle in Afghanistan in 2002. Well written and very informative. Unfortunately it makes short shrift of any Task Force K-Bar activity and events after the incident on Takur Ghar (Robert's Ridge).
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Post by: Colin P on October 10, 2012, 14:01:19
Finished Tigers in the Mud. Interesting comments from the book, the PZ35T armour would shatter when hit by a large projectile. They preferred more ductile armour.The Tiger 1 was easy to drive and seemed well liked by it’s crews, the early commanders hatch was not well liked. Anti-rifles were a real pain even to the Tigers. He always traveled in pairs so the tanks could recover each other. Later he commanded Jagd tigers, almost all were lost due to inexperienced drivers breaking the final drives and no way to recover them. The JT gun was impressive. The author noted that Russian infantry must never be given a chance to dig in and was always impressed by their ability to fortify areas which even German engineers could not. He considered the Russians as far better combat soldiers than the Americans. 
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Post by: Danjanou on October 10, 2012, 14:14:05
Just finished


Brocks Railway
http://www.amazon.ca/Brocks-Railroad-Tom-Taylor/dp/098689611X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b
A Historical Novel set against the Battle of Queenstown Heights

It's the sequel to Brock's Agent, which I picked up and read earlier

http://www.amazon.ca/Brocks-Agent-Tom-Taylor/dp/0986896101
Which is centred on the Battle of Detroit

It appears to be a series set in the Wart of 1812, with the main character a sort of young Canadian Richard Sharpe. Not too bad, no major historical inaccuracies that I could see and not a bad way to pass an afternoon.
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Post by: FJAG on October 18, 2012, 23:14:06
Not so much reading as just finished writing.

I have just posted a Novella to Smashwords titled Allies: Anaconda which you can download for free. 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/246140

The story is a prequel to Allies: the Inquiry and has several of the main characters from that book engaged in the factual events of Operation ANACONDA: America’s first conventional battle against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the Shah-i-Kot valley of Afghanistan in 2002. The theme of the series in allies and as such characters in this book include ones from American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and German forces.

The book will also be posted on Amazon Kindle but because of pricing policies there it is set at their minimum price of $0.99. The Smashwords site offers both ePub and pdf formats so should do for most people.



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Post by: X Royal on October 19, 2012, 02:26:30
Just finished: The Outlaws by W.E.D. Griffin.

Just started: The Kingdom by Clive Cussler.
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Post by: MikeL on October 19, 2012, 08:14:18
Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War
Authors Dakota Meyer/Bing West
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Post by: Old Sweat on November 05, 2012, 13:39:54
The Far Reaches of Empire: War in Nova Scotia, 1710-1760 by John Grenier.

I know I should get a life, but I know almost squat about the subject other than the little I remember from history in public school.
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Post by: fraserdw on November 05, 2012, 18:27:48
The Far Reaches of Empire: War in Nova Scotia, 1710-1760 by John Grenier.

I know I should get a life, but I know almost squat about the subject other than the little I remember from history in public school.

That sounds interesting, there is short book by LCol Hand on the French Fort Beausjour that would make a good follow up to that book.  I recommend it.
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Post by: Old Sweat on November 05, 2012, 20:03:17
That sounds interesting, there is short book by LCol Hand on the French Fort Beausjour that would make a good follow up to that book.  I recommend it.

I have a copy, thanks.
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Post by: dangerboy on November 06, 2012, 20:54:53
Just received in the mail "Tragedy at Dieppe" by Mark Zuehlke, it has been added to my reading pile.  Currently reading "Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-1945" by Max Hastings.  Much like all the books I have read by this author I am enjoying the book and recommend it to everyone.
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Post by: NinerSix on November 07, 2012, 05:10:28
Just received in the mail "Tragedy at Dieppe" by Mark Zuehlke, it has been added to my reading pile. 

Same here.
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Post by: Pat in Halifax on November 07, 2012, 06:05:33
Same here.
Same here again. I am `supposed`to do a review for Trident. His books are like Frederick Forsythe`s in that they are VERY detailed and in the weeds (in a good way) only Mark Zuehke`s are NOT fiction.
Have the collection in front of me:
Liri Valley
Ortona
On to Victory
Holding JUNO
Operation HUSKY
Terrible Victory, and
JUNO Beach
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Post by: NinerSix on November 07, 2012, 08:40:57
Same here again. I am `supposed`to do a review for Trident. His books are like Frederick Forsythe`s in that they are VERY detailed and in the weeds (in a good way) only Mark Zuehke`s are NOT fiction.
Have the collection in front of me:
Liri Valley
Ortona
On to Victory
Holding JUNO
Operation HUSKY
Terrible Victory, and
JUNO Beach

Yeah, the wife works for the head office of our reginal libraries. She said if I like this one that hes got plenty more available. Looks like I have some reading to do...
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Post by: FJAG on November 10, 2012, 19:31:58
For anyone interested in Special Operations, the book Killer Elite by Michael Smith is a good read. It was first published in 2006 and had an update re the bin Laden take out in 2011.

It covers the history of the Intelligence Support Activity, an organization responsible for battle space preparation for units such as Delta and DevGRU. These folks go in ahead and establish intelligence networks and do telephone etc intercepts prior to the deployment of Tier 1 operations.

The book is generally well written and provides some excellent insight into the battles that special operations units had with conventional force military leadership until the early 2000's. It also provides a much better understanding of how special ops missions work.
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Post by: Shrek1985 on November 10, 2012, 23:35:18
Reading Kratman's Countdown: M-Day.

Great book, highly recommended. Had me cackling manically less than 2-dozen pages in.
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Post by: PrairieThunder on November 11, 2012, 00:03:31
Reading The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Change the Game Forever by Jonathon Gatehouse.

It's pretty great read, very interesting to see it from the Commissioner's point of view and just how dismal of a state the NHL was in before he was basically handed the job to fix all its problems.
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Post by: Tango2Bravo on November 11, 2012, 01:02:20
Just finished The Black Company by Glen Cook. First book in a while I enjoyed reading.
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Post by: Journeyman on November 11, 2012, 01:15:50
Reading The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Change the Game Forever by Jonathon Gatehouse.

It's pretty great read, very interesting to see it from the Commissioner's point of view and just how dismal of a state the NHL was in before he was basically handed the job to fix all its problems.
Yep, the NHL is awesome now.   :nod:
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Post by: Target Up on November 11, 2012, 01:48:10
Most enjoyable hockey season I've seen in years  :rofl:
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Post by: Danjanou on November 11, 2012, 20:30:20
Most enjoyable hockey season I've seen in years  :rofl:

Yeah I was just thinking almost midway through November and my Leafs are undefeated. ;D
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Post by: jollyjacktar on November 12, 2012, 09:39:47
Just finished "Double Cross  The true story of the D-Day Spies" by Ben Macintyre.  This was a very interesting read to say the least.  I was aware of some of it such parts of Operation Fortitude and the phantom army led by Patton in Kent.  Overlord's ultimate success can be to a great extent laid at the feet of these men and women from both sides of the conflict.  Well worth the effort.

http://www.amazon.ca/Double-Cross-Story-D-Day-Spies/dp/0307888754/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352727557&sr=1-1
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Post by: Devo3733 on November 12, 2012, 10:30:22
I just started

"A Soldier First"
autobiography by General Rick Hillier, retired Chief of Defence Staff
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Post by: Fishbone Jones on November 12, 2012, 13:13:58
Yep, the NHL is awesome now.   :nod:
Most enjoyable hockey season I've seen in years  :rofl:
Yeah I was just thinking almost midway through November and my Leafs are undefeated. ;D


So, I guess I'm not the only one enjoying the hiatus of hockey. :nod:
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Post by: jollyjacktar on November 12, 2012, 13:24:32
So, I guess I'm not the only one enjoying the hiatus of hockey. :nod:
No, you're not.  I'm hoping it'll last all winter long. 
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Post by: winnipegoo7 on November 12, 2012, 13:50:45
War in Afghanistan: Eight Battles in the South


http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/War-Afghanistan-Eight-Battles-South-Sean-Michael-Maloney/9781894673495-item.html?cookieCheck=1
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Post by: Timberwolf on November 12, 2012, 14:49:58
Just started - Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin

Last 3 I read were - Lone Survivor, American Sniper, and No Easy Day

 :nod:
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Post by: 2ndChoiceName on November 13, 2012, 22:36:54
Just finished "The Deserter's Tale", by Joshua Key.
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Post by: dangerboy on December 30, 2012, 17:13:05
I am reading Jules Vernes classic book, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea".  Every time I read it I can not believe it was written in 1870 before submarines were real popular.
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Post by: Shinobi on December 30, 2012, 18:51:22
Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior by Dick Couch. Very well written and hard to put down; I'm about 1/3 done.
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Post by: ModlrMike on December 30, 2012, 19:51:53
The Eagles Brood - Book III of the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on December 30, 2012, 21:15:44
Trying a new author out for a bit; Dean Koontz.  Just finished What the Night Knows and am a few chapters into 77 Shadow Street.
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Post by: Target Up on December 30, 2012, 21:42:19
Trying a new author out for a bit; Dean Koontz.  Just finished What the Night Knows and am a few chapters into 77 Shadow Street.

Koontz isn't bad for a fun read, but I find him to be a Stephen King Lite.  Doesn't go in depth with his characters like King, but still a decent light read.
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on December 30, 2012, 22:22:54
Its decent stuff to flip thru after I hop in the fartsack.  King is better though, I have The Stand to go at next.
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Post by: dangerboy on December 30, 2012, 22:25:47
The Eagles Brood - Book III of the Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte

I just picked up "The Forest Laird" book one of the Guardians Trilogy, which is next on the reading list.
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Post by: GnyHwy on December 30, 2012, 23:32:20
"A Briefer History in Time" by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

Not as difficult to read as I thought it would be, but I'm only half way through and haven't got to quantum mechanics or string theory yet.  Hawking writes really well, so that us common folk can actually understand him (sort of anyway).  It is a very short book of only about 120 pages, but a lot of pages need to be read a couple times to wrap your head around it.

Recommended for any science enthusiast.  If you like watching geeky science documentaries about physics or the universe, you will like this book.
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Post by: the 48th regulator on December 30, 2012, 23:38:38
I just picked up "The Forest Laird" book one of the Guardians Trilogy, which is next on the reading list.

You found it?   Where brother?

dileas

tess
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Post by: Tmcgee777 on December 31, 2012, 02:10:00
Just finished reading "Wearing the Green Beret by Jake olafsen" and am now reading " against all enemies by Tom Clancy
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Post by: FJAG on December 31, 2012, 12:49:14
Just doing a flurry of research and have completed the following:

Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer - written in 2010 this book deals with the life and death of Pat Tillman, the pro footballer who joined the 75th Ranger Regt after 9/11 and was killed in a friendly fire incident in Apr 2004 in Afghanistan. A good read and interesting study of a complex character. Bit heavy handed when dealing with the so-called "press machinery" created by the White House to spin "hero" actions. On the other hand it was a bit superficial in dealing with the problems that arose in the various investigations into the incident. The account of the incident itself is very well done but a bit more of a follow up on the various shooters would have been valuable.

Kandahar Tour by Lee Windsor et al. - written in 2008 it deals with some background of Canada's involvement in Afghanistan and the build up and deployment of 2 RCR BG of TF 1-07. Fairly good overview of the ops and written with a pro military attitude.

FOB DOC by Ray Wiss written in 2009 and is essentially a journal of his three month tour with TF 3-07. While originally deployed with the Role 3 MMU he spent most of his tour as an on-site doctor at FOBs so offers some insight into the functioning of those bases.

Canada in Afghanistan: the war so far by Peter Pigott written in 2007. A very good analysis of what Afghanistan is all about, why Canada is there and what we have accomplished to date. Unfortunately it ends in 2007 and I would dearly love to see an update. On the down side its a little superficial when dealing with actual operations - few details here.

My Life With The Taliban by Abdul Salam Zaeff written in 2010. Absolute rubbish. I was looking for some insight into the motivation of the Taliban and how they see the world. What I got was a rambling discourse about what a happy life one has as a religious warrior amongst some of the finest, most ethical and devout comrades a man could have - that is right up until you are captured by the Americans when degradation comes your way daily. Every page is name dropping virtually every one of the mujahideen/taliban and in this respect there is a little value in tracing who's who in their hierarchy. All-in-all very disappointing if what you are looking for detailed information about why the Taliban did what they did and do what they do. The best you'll get is that everyone in Afghanistan is corrupt and only the Taliban are devout enough to bring order and morals to the people (all of who incidentally love the Taliban dearly). I was expecting much more from someone who was with the Taliban from the beginning and ended up being their ambassador to Pakistan.
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Post by: Journeyman on December 31, 2012, 12:55:05
Just doing a flurry of research and have completed the following:
Which begs the question (with the possibility of some recommended works), what topic/thesis are you researching?


Given that "research" implies focused reading as opposed to entertainment escaping from 'family' over the holidays.  ;)
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Post by: Old Sweat on December 31, 2012, 13:42:23
My wife gave me a used copy of The Orangeman: The Life & Times of Ogle Gowan for Christmas. The book, which was published in 1986, is a fictionalized biography on one of the men who made 19th Century Ontario. Gowan was a not very nice guy who was the illegitimate son of a prominent Protestant landowner in County Wexford. Among other things he had a shotgun wedding with his step niece, forged a deed to the estate in an effort to get around his father's will which left it to the legitimate side of his family and toadied, backstabbed and abandoned various Orange personalities with the best of them. I have just finished part one, which deals with his life in Ireland and ends with him disgraced in the eyes of the Orange societies and about to move to the Brockville area in 1829.

While I have not got into his life in Canada, I know he founded the Orange Lodge, was a crony of Sir John A Macdonald, was wounded twice at the Battle of the Windmill in 1838, became a staunch enemy of George Brown of the Globe and in later life was tried (and acquitted) for having sex with two 12-year old girls. He was not a very nice guy, at best. What most of us have forgotten, or never knew, was that in the decades before Confederation the mostly Protestant Irish were the dominant people in what became Ontario with more than a third of the population claiming Irish birth or descent. Gowan and the Orange Lodge played a major part in shaping Ontario and among his descendants were both a Premier of the province and one of the women who instigated the Persons case.
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Post by: cupper on December 31, 2012, 16:25:30
FJAG if your research is specific to Af'stan and the Canadian Experience, I started a thread asking for suggestions on books on  that topic.

Check it out here:

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,102888.0.html
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Post by: the 48th regulator on January 01, 2013, 16:46:31
Dangerboy gave me electronic copies of all of my favourite writer's books, Jack Whyte!!  :salute:

Dude you rock, so guess what I will be reading for the next while?  ;D

dileas

tess
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on January 01, 2013, 16:47:33
FJAG if your research is specific to Af'stan and the Canadian Experience, I started a thread asking for suggestions on books on  that topic.

Check it out here:

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,102888.0.html

Thanks for that.

My library has a very good website search engine and lending program. Many of the recommendations are on that site and I've been working my way through the list. Your thread will let me add a few more that they don't have but seem fairly happy to order in even when they can't get a loan from another region
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Post by: FJAG on January 01, 2013, 16:59:33
Which begs the question (with the possibility of some recommended works), what topic/thesis are you researching?


Given that "research" implies focused reading as opposed to entertainment escaping from 'family' over the holidays.  ;)

I'm working on my third book which is a work of fiction set in Afghanistan (as well as several other locales) in the time frame Sep to Dec 2005. My Cdn based research concerns the stand up of the KPRT, the wind down of Camp Julien and the subsequent arrival of the PPCLI battle group.

Family has all gone back home, the TV is currently atrocious and its too cold for a walk on the beach.

By the way does anyone have any idea if Camp Nathan Smith had any other name before the Canadians gave it that name and further what American unit constituted the KPRT just before we came? I know Task Force Bayonet had overall command of RC-S but I've spent way to many unsuccessful hours trying to find out those two facts.

 :cheers:
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Post by: overthefence on January 01, 2013, 17:19:25
SHOCK DOCTRINE The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein which I found out to be an appeal to emotion rather than reason. I prefer reading and re-reading Ann Coulter's books which puts me in touch with reality. ;D
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Post by: ArmyRick on January 01, 2013, 17:26:11
Winter of the World by Ken Follet sequel to The Fall of Giants. So far excellent!
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on January 01, 2013, 19:01:36
Reading part of  Guy Liddel's  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Liddell) diary that deals with the time frame from 19 Nov 1945 to 25 Sep 1946.  During the war years Guy Liddel was the head of Section B of MI-5 which was responsible for counter-espionageand kept a day-to-day diary of time with MI-5. Quite interesting reading about the day-to-day dealings of MI-5 after the war had ended. Also, of interest is that this was after the defection of Igor Gouzenko  (aka "Corby") who is mentioned time-to-time by Liddel and Canada's reaction to his defection. Liddel actually met with Gouzenko early in 1946 while Liddel was on a visit to the U.S. and Canada and gives his impression of Gouzenko.

Note that this is Liddel's actual war diary, downloaded from the U.K. National Archives, Kew, not the edited version that was published by Nigel West a few years ago. 
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Post by: Gannet on January 07, 2013, 15:06:39
I've started 'Aftermath: The Remnants of War - From Landmines to Chemical Warfare--The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat ' by Donovan Webster.

The first chapter is with the French Département du Déminage and the amount of ordinance they recover is just staggering; 900 tons destroyed annually.  I picked it up because it was recommended in a footnote in 'A Line in the Sand' by Ray Wiss, which I just finished.
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Post by: Pandora114 on January 07, 2013, 15:13:31
George RR Martin "A Clash of Kings" 
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Post by: milnews.ca on January 07, 2013, 15:16:23
For better or worse, just about to start "No Easy Day" (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=107261.0) about the OBL raid.
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Post by: cupper on January 07, 2013, 19:38:37
I've started 'Aftermath: The Remnants of War - From Landmines to Chemical Warfare--The Devastating Effects of Modern Combat ' by Donovan Webster.

The first chapter is with the French Département du Déminage and the amount of ordinance they recover is just staggering; 900 tons destroyed annually.  I picked it up because it was recommended in a footnote in 'A Line in the Sand' by Ray Wiss, which I just finished.

Definitely an excellent read. I bought it many moons ago, and read it several times and recommend it highly.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on January 07, 2013, 20:03:39
A Christmas present, World War Z.  Loving it so far, but fear it will be better than the movie when it comes out. 
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Post by: Bass ackwards on January 07, 2013, 20:18:30
World War Z is an excellent read. From what I've seen/heard about the movie, the only thing they share in common is the title.

I just started reading Tales of the North Atlantic by Hal Lawrence. An older book but one I've never read before.
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Post by: PPCLI Guy on January 07, 2013, 23:50:46
Alexander the Great by Phillip Freeman.

Very well done so far.
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Post by: NinerSix on January 08, 2013, 05:10:34
Major Farran's hat.

I only had the vaguest idea of how Israel was formed. Jeeezzus.
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Post by: Sythen on January 08, 2013, 08:49:20
A Christmas present, World War Z.  Loving it so far, but fear it will be better than the movie when it comes out.

I loved the entire book, except the battle at Yonkers (I think it was called?). Anyways, just seemed so far fetched and I kept thinking, 'There isn't a single crew, platoon or company commander there who says hey! Why don't we just run over them with all these tanks we have?'
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Post by: MedTech32 on January 08, 2013, 12:03:04
Frank Herbert's Dune, a nice classic.  I have the series on my tablet.
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Post by: FJAG on January 10, 2013, 20:33:32
Just read "The Patrol" by Ryan Flavelle, amazing book. Great insight into the Afghan conflict and great readings for a guy like me that's getting ready for his interview next wednesday. I'm now reading "Fifteen Days" which is good in itself, a large amount of variation to the various viewpoints and everything. Anyone recommend some good reading for a Med Tech hopeful? :)

 :nod:

Reserve Rad Op working as a signaller for Coy Comd B Coy 2 PPCLI. Provides a view both from the point of view of an outsider looking in and from that of someone who was part of the team. Very interesting study by the author of himself as well as his comrades and very well written.

I sense that not everything was that great within the coy on the deployment but that may just have been the author's viewpoint. I'd be interested in comments about the book by someone who was there at the time.
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Post by: krustyrl on January 10, 2013, 21:28:27
Destined to Survive, A Dieppe Veterans Story.

Written by my Great Uncle (Royal Regiment of Canada) who had attempted numerous escapes with other Allied Forces.  Can't seem to put this book down.! 
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on January 10, 2013, 23:17:38
"11/22/63" - Stephen King.

Even if you're not a Stephen King fan, SOOOOOO good. (If you don't recognize the date, you'll have too look it up... :D)


"...It all adds up to one of the best time-travel stories since H. G. Wells. King has captured something wonderful. Could it be the bottomlessness of reality? The closer you get to history, the more mysterious it becomes. He has written a deeply romantic and pessimistic book. It’s romantic about the real possibility of love, and pessimistic about everything else..."

(http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/books/review/11-22-63-by-stephen-king-book-review.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)
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Post by: eurowing on January 10, 2013, 23:41:51
Satori, by Don Winslow. Fills in some of the blanks of the character Nicholai Hel in Trevanian's Shibumi. A good read, not excellent.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/books/la-et-book-20110427,0,6553722.story
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Post by: PMedMoe on January 11, 2013, 08:00:38
"11/22/63" - Stephen King.

Even if you're not a Stephen King fan, SOOOOOO good.

I enjoyed it.  Completely different from most of his other books.
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on January 11, 2013, 23:11:57
I enjoyed it.  Completely different from most of his other books.

Yes, I like several of his books that tend to veer away from the style he's known for. A lot of his novellas are really enjoyable also. My favorite is Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. (Coincidentally, Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies also. If you've seen the movie, check out the book or vice versa.)
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Post by: Jarnhamar on January 11, 2013, 23:17:19
Fire Born- Nick Kyme & Ravenwing -Gav Thorpe.

Forever war and Starship troopers are next
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on January 12, 2013, 00:08:41
No Easy Day - Mark Owen

Not a bad read.
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Post by: 2 Cdo on January 12, 2013, 00:49:10
The Authouritive Calvin and Hobbs.  I still can't stop laughing. :rofl:
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Post by: eurowing on January 12, 2013, 03:55:27
Hot Night In The City by Trevanian. Collection of short stories. I like it very much.
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Post by: Colin P on January 28, 2013, 13:45:00
1948, the first Arab – Israeli war, by Benny Morris. An interesting read on the political and military preparations to the partition and the battles that followed. It would seem that Nasser experience as a Officer in the Egyptian debacle was key to his plotting to overthrow the regime that he felt responsible for it.
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Post by: Shrek1985 on January 28, 2013, 16:32:57
Tiger by the Tail by John Ringo, the next installment in his excellent Palladin of the Shadows series. Sex, violence and comedy, what more could one ask for and the development of the characters over time is very pleasing...oh and bad people get what is coming to them.
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Post by: 6V666 on January 28, 2013, 18:33:51
My Share of the Task , General Stanley McChrystal
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Post by: Sadukar09 on January 28, 2013, 20:11:17
Just finished Starship Troopers... Again.... Now reading Red Storm Rising... Again...
Must be my sixth time reading this book now.

Just starting on the The Bear and the Dragon again as well.
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Post by: cupper on January 28, 2013, 20:48:33
Currently reading Gerald Seymour's "A Deniable Death", about two covert observers seconded to the SIS to infiltrate the security zone just across the Iranian border with Iraq to gather intel on travel plans of "The Engineer", an Iranian who designs and builds IED's for use by Iranian assets against the US and Allies in Iraq. Typically Seymour, a good read with well developed characters and conflicts, but a bit of a slog to get through.

I just recently picked up "God's Jury - The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World" by Cullen Murphy, about the three main Inquisition Periods and how they effected history right up to today. Heard an interview with Murphy on NPR's Fresh Air and it piqued my interest.

Also picked up Mark Bowden's "The Finish- The Killing of Osama Bin Laden".
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on February 01, 2013, 13:51:13
The Night/Dawn/Day trilogy by Elie Wiesel, newest translation by Marion Wiesel.

I've had them for a while and attempted to read Night a long time ago. I had to put it down though.  They're short (the longest being 120 pages), but definitely not a light read. 

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Post by: PMedMoe on March 27, 2013, 08:21:12
After wading through some "fluff", including a reread of Stephen King's Duma Key and giving up on Hastings' All Hell Let Loose ("focuses chiefly upon human experience" my ***....  ::)), I just started The Ghosts of Medak Pocket by Carol Off.
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Post by: Dimsum on March 27, 2013, 08:25:27
"The Places In Between" by Rory Stewart.  This guy walked from Herat to Kabul in 2005-ish, and the book goes into a bit of detail about Babur (the Mughal King) since he basically retraced his steps. 

I got handed this on deployment and waited 'til I got back, now I can't put it down.  Very interesting view of the "other" Afghanistan that most media don't touch upon.
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Post by: PMedMoe on March 27, 2013, 08:48:21
"The Places In Between" by Rory Stewart.  This guy walked from Herat to Kabul in 2005-ish, and the book goes into a bit of detail about Babur (the Mughal King) since he basically retraced his steps. 

I got handed this on deployment and waited 'til I got back, now I can't put it down.  Very interesting view of the "other" Afghanistan that most media don't touch upon.

If you like that one, you might like The Sewing Circles of Herat (http://www.christinalamb.net/pages/sewingcircles.html) by Christina Lamb.
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Post by: Dimsum on March 27, 2013, 09:12:45
If you like that one, you might like The Sewing Circles of Herat (http://www.christinalamb.net/pages/sewingcircles.html) by Christina Lamb.

Thanks, will try to find it.
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Post by: krimynal on March 27, 2013, 10:05:45
currently reading "talibans don't wave" from robert semrau ..... as far as i'm concerned , it's a really nice book that gives you a nice idea of his time beeing there !
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on March 27, 2013, 11:38:08
Re-reading the last 150 pages of "Towers of Midnight" by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson to catch-up on events before starting "A Memory of Light;" the final book in Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
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Post by: Mr. Clean on March 27, 2013, 12:13:00
I am reading  " My Share of the Task "  a Memoir by General  Stanley McChrystal ( retired ). Good book.
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Post by: krimynal on March 27, 2013, 12:23:41
I am reading  " My Share of the Task "  a Memoir by General  Stanley McChrystal ( retired ). Good book.
I just baught that one a week ago , haven't started it tho , probably around next week !
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Post by: Colin P on March 28, 2013, 12:04:09
Just started "The Patrol" (the recent afghan one, not the Korean war one)
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Post by: Jammer on March 28, 2013, 12:13:34
North Korean Photoshop Techniques in 10 Easy Steps... ;D
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Post by: Jarnhamar on March 28, 2013, 13:08:58
The forever war.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on March 28, 2013, 13:39:43
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.

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Post by: Old Sweat on March 28, 2013, 14:00:20
The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on March 28, 2013, 14:10:38
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.

Wonderful, loved it!
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on March 28, 2013, 14:51:32
Wonderful, loved it!

Very entertaining and gives us an insight into life 900 years ago.

Try feeding kids bread and ale for breakfast now and see where it lands you......
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Post by: dangerboy on March 28, 2013, 14:55:42
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.

Fall of Giants and Winter of the Word is another good series by Ken Follet.  I am waiting for the third book to come out.
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Post by: BobSlob on March 28, 2013, 15:53:40
CFIRP 2013 Manual  ;D
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on March 29, 2013, 21:45:18
Very entertaining and gives us an insight into life 900 years ago.

Try feeding kids bread and ale for breakfast now and see where it lands you......

Are we not supposed to be feeding them bread and ale? Oh, uhh... ;)

If you haven't seen in it, the mini-series was done well also. Not as good as the book, of course, but very close.
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Post by: Dimsum on March 29, 2013, 21:47:01
Very entertaining and gives us an insight into life 900 years ago.

Try feeding kids bread and ale for breakfast now and see where it lands you......

You mean you *can't* do that?  I think I'll have to re-think my future parenting strategy.  Next you'll tell me you can't put whiskey in a baby bottle to stop them crying at night.
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Post by: Danjanou on March 30, 2013, 18:43:35
finished up rereading the MacAuslan trilogy by George McDonald Fraserfor the umpteenth time last week. Amazon care package arrived before start of the weekend,. into Survival Course by Chris Cocks. it's the second part of his autobiography and covers life after his service in the RLI, first with the BSAP and then after the end of the was dealing with PSTD and life in Zimbabwe. So far so good.
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Post by: cupper on March 30, 2013, 18:55:53
You mean you *can't* do that?  I think I'll have to re-think my future parenting strategy.  Next you'll tell me you can't put whiskey in a baby bottle to stop them crying at night.

Only if it's an expensive single malt from Scotland. :piper:

Anything else would be child abuse.
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Post by: skyhigh10 on March 31, 2013, 18:04:02
Driven: How To Succeed In Business And In Life

Robert Herjavec  (Canadian fellow from Shark Tank / Dragons Den) 
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Post by: Delaney1986 on April 04, 2013, 11:08:46
Ugh...I always buy books and then I can't wait to read them so I start them all at the same time, lol
Currently on the go:

The Night Stalker - book about Richard Ramirez
Definitive History of Serial Killers
Tess D'Uberville - Thomas Hardy
Fifty Shades Darker

If you think these are questionable...well, I guess they are all together, but I am taking Criminology right now. :)
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Post by: krimynal on April 04, 2013, 12:44:27
Driven: How To Succeed In Business And In Life

Robert Herjavec  (Canadian fellow from Shark Tank / Dragons Den)


thats a really nice book , it shows how much persistance can get you !
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on April 04, 2013, 22:29:31
Re-reading the last 150 pages of "Towers of Midnight" by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson to catch-up on events before starting "A Memory of Light;" the final book in Jordan's Wheel of Time series.

Its over. Done. Finito. Kaput. Only took 23 years from the first to the last, but finally finished "A Memory of Light." 

Now I'll be able to read all 14 books* in one continuous slog and without the two-three year interruptions waiting for the next book came, which meant you had forgotten everything that had happened previously.  ;D

* Fifteen, if you count the prequel (which actually came out about mid-way through the series).
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on April 04, 2013, 23:24:08
Ugh...I always buy books and then I can't wait to read them so I start them all at the same time, lol
Currently on the go:

The Night Stalker - book about Richard Ramirez
Definitive History of Serial Killers
Tess D'Uberville - Thomas Hardy
Fifty Shades Darker

If you think these are questionable...well, I guess they are all together, but I am taking Criminology right now. :)

I've read several books on serial murderers and profilers. Very interesting stuff.
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Post by: PMedMoe on April 05, 2013, 08:28:02
I've read several books on serial murderers and profilers. Very interesting stuff.

You might like this website:  Crime Library (http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/index.html)
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Post by: xo31@711ret on April 05, 2013, 11:27:56
Halfway through 'Survivors' by James Wesley Rawles. Started it a couple nights ago. Fascinating read.
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Post by: skyhigh10 on April 05, 2013, 14:30:23

thats a really nice book , it shows how much persistance can get you !

I find I can relate a lot of it to the choices I have made regarding my CF app process. I do believe it will pay off. Hold off on the instant gratification / comparing oneself to others and just stick to ones guns. The difference between passion and ambition ; quite the fabulous read.

Have a nice day!

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Post by: krimynal on April 05, 2013, 14:43:44
I find I can relate a lot of it to the choices I have made regarding my CF app process. I do believe it will pay off. Hold off on the instant gratification / comparing oneself to others and just stick to ones guns. The difference between passion and ambition ; quite the fabulous read.

Have a nice day!

yeah I really enjoyed when he told the story about having a job in the computer industry , not knowing anything about computers , working there not getting payed , and still enjoying it as much as he could !
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Post by: cupper on April 20, 2013, 22:35:57
"The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara.

A fictional account of the Battle of Gettysburg from the point of view of the more notable participants.

He based the story on writings (letters, diaries, reports, etc.) of the various notables such as Lee, Longstreet, Buford and Chamberlain.

It was suggested by the husband of a coworker prior to making a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield. In the 11 plus years I've been down here I've driven past or through the town of Gettysburg heading elsewhere, but have never stopped to visit the battle field. I'm planning to make a point of it this year.
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Post by: FJAG on April 20, 2013, 23:35:53
"The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara.

A fictional account of the Battle of Gettysburg from the point of view of the more notable participants.

He based the story on writings (letters, diaries, reports, etc.) of the various notables such as Lee, Longstreet, Buford and Chamberlain.

It was suggested by the husband of a coworker prior to making a visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield. In the 11 plus years I've been down here I've driven past or through the town of Gettysburg heading elsewhere, but have never stopped to visit the battle field. I'm planning to make a point of it this year.

If you like "Killer Angels" then you are in for a treat. While Michael Shaara unfortunately died in 1988, his son Jeff Shaara took up the mantle and wrote several books that complemented "KA". The first is a prequel called "Gods and Generals" which follows the same key characters in the first few years of the war leading up to Gettysburg. Another is a sequel to "KA" called "Last full Measure" which follows the same historical characters subsequent to Gettysburg for the rest of the war.

A third book which will also interest you is the book "Gone for Soldiers" which takes place during the Mexican-American War of 1847/8 where virtually any general of note in the Civil War learned their trade as subalterns and young captains.

These books are not truly fiction because they are more properly called Historical Novels because they concern actual historical persons and the writing uses historic facts but with a bit of licence in the novel format. Jeff's writing is every bit as good as his dad's and very much the same style. They've both written other books as well but these four are all connected.

As an aside, Ted Turner (of CNN and Turner Broadcasting and Jane Fonda fame) is a Civil War buff and had Killer Angels made into a four hour movie called "Gettysburg". He followed that up with "Gods and Generals" (3.6 hours) (He played a bit part in each. Both movies are well worth watching although I think "G" is much better (mostly because I think Martin Sheen played a better Lee than Robert Duvall. Both films bombed miserably at the box office and lost scads of money but don't let that dismay you. The subject matter only appeals to a small audience group and if you liked the books you'll like the movies.

 :pop:
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Post by: cupper on April 21, 2013, 17:48:47
Thanks FJAG. I had seen parts of both "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals" as mini-series when the first came out. I was aware that G&G was adapted from Shaara's novel, bit didn't realize Gettysburg had been adapted from Shaara as well.

I've enjoyed "Killer Angels" thus far, about half way through, just before Longstreet's attack on the second day. I'll have to keep an eye out for the other books you note as well.
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Post by: FJAG on April 21, 2013, 22:20:48
I'll have to keep an eye out for the other books you note as well.
They're all available through Amazon and are on Kindle.
 :salute:
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Post by: Infanteer on April 21, 2013, 22:26:39
Spoiler alert.  The Confederates lose.

Great books, great films.  Gettysburg is worth the visit, but almost too touristy.  I much preferred Antietam; the U.S. Parks service does a phenomenal job with these places.
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Post by: cupper on April 21, 2013, 23:51:17
Spoiler alert.  The Confederates lose.

Great books, great films.  Gettysburg is worth the visit, but almost too touristy.  I much preferred Antietam; the U.S. Parks service does a phenomenal job with these places.

I've been to Antietam, and live only a few minutes from the Manassas Battlefield. The local Museum has some excellent displays of life in the area during the war.

And you would never know that the South lost, based on the number of streets, schools, and other points of interest named after various Confederate Generals and Politicians.
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Post by: VancouverIslandHunter on April 21, 2013, 23:53:58
This is probably going to sound very little kiddish, but the book I've been reading for the past week is "Inheritance" by Christopher Paolini. You never get to old for dragons and sword fights I guess :) I've also recently read "The Last Templar" by Raymond Khoury, it was a pretty interesting read if you're into mystery novels.
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Post by: Dimsum on April 23, 2013, 06:59:46
Just finished Cloud Atlas (which got made into the strange movie with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, etc.) 

I'm torn whether I liked the book or not; the bits in the future are definitely better than the movie and makes more sense, but the way that the book is structured (like a set of Russian nesting dolls) just made me think the story didn't "finish". 

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Post by: Danjanou on April 23, 2013, 10:30:33
Cupper Shaara has also written a historical Novel on WW1, which I read last month, not too bad. He also has a series of WW2 novels out as well.

Just finished Fox on the Rhine and Fox at the Front, a two part Alternate History that has Rommel in charge at the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Valkeryie succeeding. Nice little time waster for the subway ride.

Down side is they were the last two in my latest bulk order form Amazon. I put a new order in from my ever growing wish list, but that's at least a week away. Hopefully the copy of The Elite (A History of the Rhodesian SAS) arrives today; otherwise I'll be making a resupply run to the nearest chapters or forced to play games on my BB during my commute.
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Post by: FJAG on April 23, 2013, 12:20:53
Just finished Fox on the Rhine and Fox at the Front, a two part Alternate History

If you like alternative history, you might like to try any of the numerous books by Harry Turtledove.  I particularly liked the "Worldwar" series which has as a plot an alien invasion of Earth in the midst of World War II.

Another series which was surprisingly good were the Newt Gingrich co-authored "Gettysburg Trilogy" which posits a Confederate victory at Gettysburg. He's written other stuff as well (which I haven't read yet) although I think they are more in the line of Shaara-like historical novels rather than alternative history.
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Post by: Danjanou on April 23, 2013, 12:23:49
If you like alternative history, you might like to try any of the numerous books by Harry Turtledove.  I particularly liked the "Worldwar" series which has as a plot an alien invasion of Earth in the midst of World War II.

Read most of his stuff. Some is good, others crap. Only consistent thing in them is his Canada bashing.
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Post by: Gannet on April 25, 2013, 01:52:01
Just finished "The Ghosts of Medak Pocket" by Carol Off and just picked up "How To Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition" by John Jeavons.
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Post by: PMedMoe on April 25, 2013, 08:23:31
Just finished "The Ghosts of Medak Pocket" by Carol Off

I just finished that a couple of weeks ago.  Not bad, but I think some of her comments regarding the CF were a little off and needed more research.

Since then, I have read two fiction novels, the last one being The Sixth Man by David Baldacci (http://www.amazon.ca/The-Sixth-Man-David-Baldacci/dp/0446573108).  I think it would make a pretty good movie.

Just about to start Race to Dakar by Charley Boorman and may alternate with Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon (just because I really enjoy reading it).
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Post by: cupper on April 25, 2013, 18:38:58
Since then, I have read two fiction novels, the last one being The Sixth Man by David Baldacci (http://www.amazon.ca/The-Sixth-Man-David-Baldacci/dp/0446573108).  I think it would make a pretty good movie.

I've read pretty much all of David Baldacci's novels. I've enjoyed them all, and can recommend them as excellent reads. Since he sets the majority of them in Virgina, I'm familiar with a lot of the locations, and his geography is pretty spot on. Even The Sixth Man with it's setting in Maine I've found accurate. And I get the sense that he hates driving through Maine as much as I do. ;D
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Post by: PMedMoe on April 25, 2013, 19:07:39
I've read pretty much all of David Baldacci's novels. I've enjoyed them all, and can recommend them as excellent reads. Since he sets the majority of them in Virgina, I'm familiar with a lot of the locations, and his geography is pretty spot on. Even The Sixth Man with it's setting in Maine I've found accurate. And I get the sense that he hates driving through Maine as much as I do. ;D

Any others with the King and Maxwell pairing?  I suspect there are, given their history.
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Post by: cupper on April 25, 2013, 20:01:59
Any others with the King and Maxwell pairing?  I suspect there are, given their history.

He has 5 in that series. Starts with "Split Second", then "Hour Game", "Simple Genius", "First Family" and finally "The Sixth Man".

You may also like "The Camel Club" and the others in that series as well.

I'm looking to pick up his new one "The Hit" which was just released this week.
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Post by: PMedMoe on April 25, 2013, 20:06:00
Thanks! Guess it's time to go get a library card.   :nod:
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Post by: cupper on April 25, 2013, 20:09:48
Thanks! Guess it's time to go get a library card.   :nod:

You're gonna need it if you get hooked on Baldacci. I did a quick check on Wikipedia to refresh myself with everything I've read over the years, and not including the children's books, he's put out 26 novels, and I've read 22 of them.

Here's a link to his web site:

http://davidbaldacci.com/
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Post by: devil39 on April 25, 2013, 22:23:40
The Rise of China vs. The Logic of Strategy by Edward Luttwak

Discussion on the future of China and his sense that China cannot pursue goals of  economic, military and diplomatic preeminence concurrently without beginning to seriously fail along some of those paths.   Some amusing review of the application of Sun Tzu to the modern world contained within as well. 
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Post by: Danjanou on April 26, 2013, 17:37:00
Just finished "The Ghosts of Medak Pocket" by Carol Off

I read it a few years back. If memeory serves a lot of "technical errors"  in it. Mind it is an improvement over what i picked up in the bargain bin (under $5.00) this week at a place on Yong Street.  Tested Mettle by everyone's fav Cpl turned publisher.  About a third of the way in and I remember why I never read it when it came out.  Same sort of errors as in Off's book but while we can excuse her there should be no reason for a former CF member to make such errors, example RCEME did not exit in FYR.

Also we get it you don't like the Brass, no need to mention some imflamatory sensationalist little tidbit every couple of pages.
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Post by: NinerSix on April 29, 2013, 01:45:48
Unintended consequences.

Kinda reminds me of Pillars of the earth, but with an anti government/pro gun message.
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Post by: BernDawg on May 07, 2013, 20:06:35
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
by: Ben Macintyre

The subject has the potential to be really dry and text-bookish but the author has done a brilliant job of bringing this eclectic cast of real people to life and it's a very enjoyable read.
(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F51SIG7wZLaL._BO2%2C204%2C203%2C200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click%2CTopRight%2C35%2C-76_AA300_SH20_OU15_.jpg&hash=ab080670b288e4fd57c87fdc34590dad)
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Post by: cupper on May 12, 2013, 12:09:18
Excellent send-up of the writing style of renowned author and 190lb 5'9" adult male human being Dan Brown. ;D

Don’t make fun of renowned Dan Brown
The snobs and critics will have a field day with the US author’s latest work – but I’m not joining in

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10049454/Dont-make-fun-of-renowned-Dan-Brown.html

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Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. Most people would have thought that the 48-year-old man had no reason to be angry. After all, the famous writer had a new book coming out. But that was the problem. A new book meant an inevitable attack on the rich novelist by the wealthy wordsmith’s fiercest foes. The critics.

Renowned author Dan Brown hated the critics. Ever since he had become one of the world’s top renowned authors they had made fun of him. They had mocked bestselling book The Da Vinci Code, successful novel Digital Fortress, popular tome Deception Point, money-spinning volume Angels & Demons and chart-topping work of narrative fiction The Lost Symbol.

The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.” They even say my books are packed with banal and superfluous description, thought the 5ft 9in man. He particularly hated it when they said his imagery was nonsensical. It made his insect eyes flash like a rocket.

Renowned author Dan Brown got out of his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house and paced the bedroom, using the feet located at the ends of his two legs to propel him forwards. He knew he shouldn’t care what a few jealous critics thought. His new book Inferno was coming out on Tuesday, and the 480-page hardback published by Doubleday with a recommended US retail price of $29.95 was sure to be a hit. Wasn’t it?

I’ll call my agent, pondered the prosperous scribe. He reached for the telephone using one of his two hands. “Hello, this is renowned author Dan Brown,” spoke renowned author Dan Brown. “I want to talk to literary agent John Unconvincingname.”

“Mr Unconvincingname, it’s renowned author Dan Brown,” told the voice at the other end of the line. Instantly the voice at the other end of the line was replaced by a different voice at the other end of the line. “Hello, it’s literary agent John Unconvincingname,” informed the new voice at the other end of the line.

“Hello agent John, it’s client Dan,” commented the pecunious scribbler. “I’m worried about new book Inferno. I think critics are going to say it’s badly written.”

The voice at the other end of the line gave a sigh, like a mighty oak toppling into a great river, or something else that didn’t sound like a sigh if you gave it a moment’s thought. “Who cares what the stupid critics say?” advised the literary agent. “They’re just snobs. You have millions of fans.”

That’s true, mused the accomplished composer of thrillers that combined religion, high culture and conspiracy theories. His books were read by everyone from renowned politician President Obama to renowned musician Britney Spears. It was said that a copy of The Da Vinci Code had even found its way into the hands of renowned monarch the Queen. He was grateful for his good fortune, and gave thanks every night in his prayers to renowned deity God.

“Think of all the money you’ve made,” recommended the literary agent. That was true too. The thriving ink-slinger’s wealth had allowed him to indulge his passion for great art. Among his proudest purchases were a specially commissioned landscape by acclaimed painter Vincent van Gogh and a signed first edition by revered scriptwriter William Shakespeare.

Renowned author Dan Brown smiled, the ends of his mouth curving upwards in a physical expression of pleasure. He felt much better. If your books brought innocent delight to millions of readers, what did it matter whether you knew the difference between a transitive and an intransitive verb?

“Thanks, John,” he thanked. Then he put down the telephone and perambulated on foot to the desk behind which he habitually sat on a chair to write his famous books on an Apple iMac MD093B/A computer. New book Inferno, the latest in his celebrated series about fictional Harvard professor Robert Langdon, was inspired by top Italian poet Dante. It wouldn’t be the last in the lucrative sequence, either. He had all the sequels mapped out. The Mozart Acrostic. The Michelangelo Wordsearch. The Newton Sudoku.

The 190lb adult male human being nodded his head to indicate satisfaction and returned to his bedroom by walking there. Still asleep in the luxurious four-poster bed of the expensive $10 million house was beautiful wife Mrs Brown. Renowned author Dan Brown gazed admiringly at the pulchritudinous brunette’s blonde tresses, flowing from her head like a stream but made from hair instead of water and without any fish in. She was as majestic as the finest sculpture by Caravaggio or the most coveted portrait by Rodin. I like the attractive woman, thought the successful man.

Perhaps one day, inspired by beautiful wife Mrs Brown, he would move into romantic poetry, like market-leading British rhymester John Keats. That would be good, opined the talented person, and got back into the luxurious four-poster bed. He felt as happy as a man who has something to be happy about and is suitably happy about it.

Also:

The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's 20 worst sentences

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/6194031/The-Lost-Symbol-and-The-Da-Vinci-Code-author-Dan-Browns-20-worst-sentences.html
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Post by: dangerboy on May 14, 2013, 18:52:55
Reading the newest Dan Brown book, Inferno.  It is your typical Dan Brown book; once again he happens to meet a single good looking woman to run around with while looking for clues.  Still it is something to read while I was waiting at the mechanics.
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Post by: Danjanou on May 16, 2013, 15:47:09
Just finished off China Marine the sequel to With the Old Breed and a cold war gone hot Alternate History/thriller about the Soviets coming across the IGB in 1984 called The Red Effect. it was written by a former BAOR Int type and wasn't too bad. Just started The Elite the History of the Rhodeisan SAS.
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Post by: Jacky Tar on May 16, 2013, 16:07:31
Re-reading Clarke's "Glide Path", his one and only non-science fiction novel. It's a fictionalized account of the development of ground-controlled approach systems based on his own experiences as an RAF radar officer during WWII. Well worth the read, too.
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Post by: Dimsum on May 21, 2013, 04:45:36
Just finished reading John Scalzi's "Old Man's War".  Pretty easy read, much like Starship Troopers without the politics.  There some good ideas, but nothing too heavy.

Now I'm into his new book "Redshirts", his satirical take on the guys that die on Star Trek.  The dialogue is a bit like Catch-22, which is awesome in my books  :nod:
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Post by: PMedMoe on May 21, 2013, 12:15:57
Off on a completely different direction: Wade Davis - Light at the Edge of the World (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/174846.Light_at_the_Edge_of_the_World)
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Post by: dangerboy on May 21, 2013, 13:22:19
Picked up "Storming The Falklands - My War and After" by Tony Banks.  It is the authors account of his service with 2 Para and his battle with combat stress.
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Post by: Bomb Disposal Bob on May 27, 2013, 11:05:53
Just finished 'Into The Fire" by Dakota Meyer with Bing West. It's a good read. Being a Civvie, it gave me more insight into whats actually going on in Afghanistan, and what our tropps actually go through in combat.
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Post by: Jacky Tar on May 27, 2013, 11:28:37
Decided to re-read Weber's Honor Harrington series, so took up "On Basilisk Station" once again.
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Post by: Colin P on May 27, 2013, 11:56:50
"War on our doorstep" About the war on the West Coast, good bits on Annette Island where my dad was stationed.
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Post by: estoguy on May 30, 2013, 19:38:15
Just started listening to the Game of Thrones audiobook. 28 CDs to rip to Itunes!  :o
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Post by: FJAG on May 31, 2013, 01:29:08
John Sanford's Stolen Prey. The master is still going strong.
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Post by: Remius on June 03, 2013, 11:08:11
Half way through World War Z.

What an amazing read so far.  The author obviously did some research.  3 PPCLI is in it .  Plus the US Military battle against Zombies in New York is well done.

Reading it before the movie likely ruins it lol.
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Post by: Noctis on June 03, 2013, 12:18:54
Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch. I read his book about the forging of SEAL class 228 previously, his writing style is very appealing.
But this isn't my best read this month, I HIGHLY recommend reading Warrior Soul by Chuck Pfarrer... That was really something! I got so absorbed into reading it I just couldn't put it down. The narration was just... perfect. My  :2c:
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Post by: Dimsum on June 03, 2013, 21:20:46
Half way through World War Z.

What an amazing read so far.  The author obviously did some research.  3 PPCLI is in it .  Plus the US Military battle against Zombies in New York is well done.

Reading it before the movie likely ruins it lol.

Great read, but I don't expect the movie to be anything like the book, since the book jumps around various locations and there isn't a specific protagonist. 

The author does talk about Canada quite a bit though; it even mentions Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba if I remember correctly.  I'd like to see a real-life version of the Lobo though.
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Post by: Conz on June 03, 2013, 22:23:00
Lee Windsor's Steel Cavalry: The 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars and the Italian Campaign. It was assigned to me for my War in the Twentieth Century history class, but I am finding it to be a fascinating read about the development of Canada's armour.
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Post by: Remius on June 05, 2013, 11:23:23
Great read, but I don't expect the movie to be anything like the book, since the book jumps around various locations and there isn't a specific protagonist. 

The author does talk about Canada quite a bit though; it even mentions Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba if I remember correctly.  I'd like to see a real-life version of the Lobo though.

I read a review stating that they did a good job with a book that is difficult to make into a film.  My guess is that they put a main character in (Pitt) but the setting is the same as in the book.  My beef is that the previews seem to show the zombies moving stupid fast.  Which would destroy a good chunk of the premises in the book.

Yeah, a real version of the Lobo would be cool.  sounds a lot like a Spetznas shovel.
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Post by: FormerHorseGuard on July 09, 2013, 01:47:24
I just picked up the book " Soldier First" by the General. I am really enjoying and I enjoy the style of his writing. I also enjoyed reading about former friends and bosses. Tooner Martin my  former Sgt Major and RSM at the HorseGuards.  A few of the good officers I worked with at LFCA HQ.
I enjoy his book than the book written by McKenzie but different style of writing and leadership but both good stories about their life as a soldier.
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Post by: Teflon on July 09, 2013, 10:35:08
About half way through "The Last Full Measure - How Soldiers Die in Battle" by Michael Stephenson and so far have found it to be an interesting read.  It is pretty much what the title says: a detailed look at how (the means) of death for warriors from ancient times to yesterday.
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Post by: FJAG on July 09, 2013, 22:20:21
Just finished "Red Runs the Helmand" by Patrick Mercer. Historical fiction set in the 2nd British/Afghan War of and particularly the events of the Battle of Maiwand of 1880 where the Brits had a major defeat (not quite up to the Battle of Isandlwana against the Zulus in 1879 but darn close).

Very well written and, except for the fact that the lead character is fictitious although based on the Colonel who led the Brits in the battle, the story is factually accurate and a compelling read.

You can find it at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Runs-Helmand-Patrick-Mercer/dp/0007302770 (http://www.amazon.com/Red-Runs-Helmand-Patrick-Mercer/dp/0007302770)

Incidentally my third book, "Allies: The Trial" is also out now and can be found for Kindle at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Allies-The-Trial-ebook/dp/B00DAIOL1S (http://www.amazon.com/Allies-The-Trial-ebook/dp/B00DAIOL1S) and in other formats at Smashwords at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324724 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324724)

Cheers.
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Post by: dangerboy on July 13, 2013, 10:32:43
Reading "Team Yankee" by Harold Coyle.  It is an outdated  (book was written in 1987) look at a WWIII battle between NATO and Warsaw Pact in Germany from at the combat team level.  I was unpacking books and realized it had been a number of years since I had last read it. There is also a graphic novel to go along with it.
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Post by: cjette1 on July 13, 2013, 13:37:54
I just started doing a second read through of "Where Men Win Glory" by Jon Krakauer. It's about the life of Pat Tillman, who walked away from a 3.6 million dollar contract in the NFL to join the US army right in the wake of 9/11. It tells about his life and moral obligations during the war. Eventually he would be killed in action due to friendly fire, with no formal investigation for a very long time.

I would recommend it to anybody. It's from the same author who wrote "Into the Wild".
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Post by: FJAG on July 13, 2013, 19:22:05
I just started doing a second read through of "Where Men Win Glory" by Jon Krakauer. It's about the life of Pat Tillman, who walked away from a 3.6 million dollar contract in the NFL to join the US army right in the wake of 9/11. It tells about his life and moral obligations during the war. Eventually he would be killed in action due to friendly fire, with no formal investigation for a very long time.

I would recommend it to anybody. It's from the same author who wrote "Into the Wild".

Note that there are two editions to this book. The first edition was published in 2009 but was revised in 2010 when the author obtained more material concerning the "high level" initial attempts to cover up the fact that this was a fratricide incident.
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Post by: Dimsum on July 13, 2013, 21:40:55
About a quarter through The Great Gatsby.  I didn't pick it up because of the movie; it was one of those that had always been on my list but never really bothered to read it. 

The more I read, the more I picture Boardwalk Empire or Mad Men; both shows that I will actually follow on TV.
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Post by: cjette1 on July 14, 2013, 03:53:46
Note that there are two editions to this book. The first edition was published in 2009 but was revised in 2010 when the author obtained more material concerning the "high level" initial attempts to cover up the fact that this was a fratricide incident.

Strange, looks like I have the 2009 version. I'll need to look out for the updated edition. Thanks for the heads up.
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Post by: Chris Pook on July 14, 2013, 18:38:45
Reading Bernard Cornwell's current series about Danes, Saxons and Brits in Alfred's England.  Lots of Shieldwalls, bearded axes and the relative merits of longswords and short blades in the shield wall - as well as chunks flying here and there, wolfhounds, sorcery and diplomacy in a multipolar society with no agreed laws.

Great primer for modern society and low intensity conflict - minus the benefits of artillery.
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Post by: caocao on July 14, 2013, 18:45:56
Game of thrones, like the hbo serie so much that i had to try the book.
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Post by: dangerboy on July 14, 2013, 19:11:12
Reading Bernard Cornwell's current series about Danes, Saxons and Brits in Alfred's England.  Lots of Shieldwalls, bearded axes and the relative merits of longswords and short blades in the shield wall - as well as chunks flying here and there, wolfhounds, sorcery and diplomacy in a multipolar society with no agreed laws.

Great primer for modern society and low intensity conflict - minus the benefits of artillery.

His next book in the series, "The Pagan Lord" comes out in September.  http://www.bernardcornwell.net/the-pagan-lord/ (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/the-pagan-lord/)
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Post by: Baden Guy on July 14, 2013, 20:22:31
A difficult book to describe but quite engrossing and hard to put down. Memories of Psyc 100.
Not a military book but I thought it worthy of recommend. :)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Release Date: Jun 4 2013

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel.

 Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance

http://www.amazon.ca/Are-All-Completely-Beside-Ourselves/dp/0399162097

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Post by: RangerRay on July 17, 2013, 22:27:05
Reading Bernard Cornwell's current series about Danes, Saxons and Brits in Alfred's England.  Lots of Shieldwalls, bearded axes and the relative merits of longswords and short blades in the shield wall - as well as chunks flying here and there, wolfhounds, sorcery and diplomacy in a multipolar society with no agreed laws.

Great primer for modern society and low intensity conflict - minus the benefits of artillery.

Great series.  I love his books!
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Post by: Inquisitor on July 18, 2013, 00:43:33
"Joe & Willie - Back Home" - Bill Maudlin

Found this at a BMW books near the Eaton centre in Toronto

Bill Maudlin is the cartoonist part of the Ernie Pyle  Bill Maudlin  "Up Front" team in WWII

Its is part text and part cartoon"

Partial review from Back cover "More than anyone else save Ernie Pyle he captured the trial and Travails of the GI. For anyone who wants to know what it was like to be an infantryman in WWII this is the place to start - and finish" Stepen Ambrose'

In my opinion there should be at least one copy in every army mess, the truths seem universal.  Sad to say.

Sooo. What did happen to the famous duo - Happily ever after? Not exactly.

The text starts history as the pair spent about 1/2 their time at the front, by 1944 neither man could do it sober and the other 1/2 recovering.

Then VE Day - surely Happy ever after!!!!

Not exactly, Ernies wife is mentally ill. He ships out to cover the Pacific and meets the end he expected.

Bill, more of a mixed bag. Very famous and considered successful. I wont include any spoilers.

How about the troops return/reactions? - Again excellent

Cartoons? Excellent - I found them surprisingly topical

Do a Google - still available from the publisher - heartily recommended
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Post by: NavyShooter on July 18, 2013, 20:45:33
Team Yankee, by Harold Coyle.

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Post by: Danjanou on July 18, 2013, 22:37:15
Team Yankee, by Harold Coyle.

 A classic.

 His other stuff is pretty good too,  fictionalized "future" conflicts in Iran, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Philippines and Idaho. A good series of characters that move from book to book gaining rank. One starts off a Major in Iran and ends up a Major General in command of a an Armoured Div in the 2nd US Civil War
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Post by: FJAG on July 19, 2013, 00:24:26
Finished three the last two weeks:

The Hunt for Bin Laden by Robin Moore - an old one ((c)2003) and a bit of a rah rah thing for the Green Berets but not a bad telling of the initial operations into Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 ending around Op ANACONDA. There are better books out there but Moore had a good in with the SF and therefore got more personal anecdotes from the various ODAs then others.

Soldiers of God by Robert D Kaplan - also an old one. The original version was (c) 1990 and was updated with a new chapter in 2001 just before 9/11. Kaplan is an excellent war correspondent and foreign affairs analyst who got up close and personal with the Mujahidin during their war against the Russians. Full of insights and details about what makes the Pashtuns tick.

No Easy Task - Fighting in Afghanistan edited by Bernd Horn and Emily Spencer - (c) 2012. A collection of essays on Canada's involvement up to date. Like any collection of essays you've got your good and bad. I particularly liked the Horn's Lessons Learned and Major Alex Haynes' Opportunity Lost. The first deals with Op MADUSA in 2007 (and is effectively a small precis of Horn's book No Lack of Courage - Operation Medusa, Afghanistan) while the second outlines the failure by the coalition in building an effective Afghan National Police in the early years.

 :cheers:
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Post by: PMedMoe on July 19, 2013, 08:32:22
Just started River-Horse by William Least Heat-Moon.  One of his follow-ups to Blue Highways.
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Post by: dangerboy on July 27, 2013, 19:13:36
Just started reading "Along Came a Spider" by James Patterson. I have not seen the movie nor read any books by James Patterson before.  So far I am enjoying the book, it is a good distraction from the homework that I am supposed to be doing.
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Post by: Teager on July 27, 2013, 19:38:19
Finished three the last two weeks:

No Easy Task - Fighting in Afghanistan edited by Bernd Horn and Emily Spencer - (c) 2012. A collection of essays on Canada's involvement up to date. Like any collection of essays you've got your good and bad. I particularly liked the Horn's Lessons Learned and Major Alex Haynes' Opportunity Lost. The first deals with Op MADUSA in 2007 (and is effectively a small precis of Horn's book No Lack of Courage - Operation Medusa, Afghanistan) while the second outlines the failure by the coalition in building an effective Afghan National Police in the early years.

 :cheers:

Having been on OP Medusa No Lack of Courage really gives insight and answers as to why things happened the way they did. IMO it is also the most accurate account of OP Medusa that I have read. Very good reading.
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Post by: Journeyman on July 27, 2013, 22:18:40
I was reading Robert Kaplan's The Revenge of Geography (NY: Random House, 2012).  I can only assume that he has debts to pay, and some publisher offered up some cash, based solely on word-count. 

I struggled as far as chapter 3 before I chucked it....literally.  I'd recommend this book ONLY if you had absolutely no clue about Political Studies 101 and very basic current events.  Seriously, it's a shallow rehash of Gr 12 political theorists overlaid on 'the Syrians are kind of miffed at their government'.....with as many adjectives and adverbs per possible crammed into each sentence to pad the page count.

He should stick to writing fluff magazine articles; the only redeeming feature is that the book was sent to me for free.

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Post by: Thucydides on July 28, 2013, 00:08:46
Kaplan does seem to be an acquired taste. I liked "The Revenge of Geography", but view it almost as a primer on Kaplan (once you start reading his other works you could almost see them as expanded versions of each chapter). Some of his older works like "An Empire Wilderness" or "The Ends of the Earth" are well worth reading in my opinion.

Currently reading "Monsoon" by the same author.
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Post by: Journeyman on July 28, 2013, 09:21:25
.....you start reading his other works you could almost see them precisely as expanded versions of each chapter
In the intro, or maybe on the dust jacket, he states that much of this has been published before, he's simply "expanded upon" the original work.  By expanded upon, I can only assume he means adding superfluous adjectives and adverbs.

I can see some utility in that he's a recognized name; one can cherry-pick his work for a useful one-liner from which an argument can be built using actual academic rigour.  In the end though, I can't see him showing up on my future reading lists.

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Post by: Jarnhamar on July 28, 2013, 12:15:10
Having been on OP Medusa No Lack of Courage really gives insight and answers as to why things happened the way they did. IMO it is also the most accurate account of OP Medusa that I have read. Very good reading.

Did the book happen to include the story about 2 soldiers who spent the night before op medusa started sleeping beside their vehicle that was mistakenly parked a few hundred meters in front of the FEBA in bad guy territory?  Somehow not getting their throats cut and also going unnoticed by the 20+ LAV3s lined up behind them.
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Post by: Teager on July 28, 2013, 19:56:14
Did the book happen to include the story about 2 soldiers who spent the night before op medusa started sleeping beside their vehicle that was mistakenly parked a few hundred meters in front of the FEBA in bad guy territory?  Somehow not getting their throats cut and also going unnoticed by the 20+ LAV3s lined up behind them.

Nope I never heard that story either. Sounds like they got lucky though. Although I was in the engineer section supporting the 1 RCR guys that went down into the wadi to do a recce on Sept 2nd and was suppose to spend the night pretty close to bad guys. The LAV's were all behind us minus the recce LAV's putting us smack dab in the middle of everything. Luckily just before dark we got called out of there. Never felt more relieved.
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Post by: dangerboy on August 05, 2013, 08:18:19
Just finished reading "War of the rats" by David L.Robbins, http://www.amazon.ca/War-Rats-David-L-Robbins/dp/055358135X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375701333&sr=8-1&keywords=war+of+the+rats (http://www.amazon.ca/War-Rats-David-L-Robbins/dp/055358135X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375701333&sr=8-1&keywords=war+of+the+rats).  It is the story of German and Russian snipers during the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942.  It is what the movie "Enemy at the gates" should have been.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on August 05, 2013, 09:26:33
A Higher Call (http://www.amazon.ca/Higher-Call-Incredible-Chivalry-War-Torn/dp/0425252868/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375705072&sr=8-1&keywords=a+higher+call+adam+makos)
The story of Charlie Brown and Franz Steigler.  Brown and his B-17 crew were spared by Steigler in his 109 and escorted safely out of German airspace on Dec 20th 1943.  This book is excellent and I've enjoyed reading it.
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Post by: FJAG on August 05, 2013, 16:01:15
War, Coups & Terror: Pakistan's Army in Years of Turmoil by Brian Cloughley.

The author has served in both the British and Australian armies and retired as a LGen after decades of experience with Pakistan and the region and many of the major players so this ought to be a good and insightful book. In many ways it is and clearly fills a gap in knowledge about this force (albeit that the book starts in 1972 after the defeat of the Western Pakistani forces by the East Pakistanis and Indian Army in what is now Bangladesh. The entire story regarding the poor level of civilian government of Pakistan, the military return of confidence and capability in the post-Bangladesh days and the subsequent various coups are well discussed.

Unfortunately, for me, there are two major areas where things break down a bit.

Firstly, Cloughley is clearly a Pakistani armyophile (I made that word up). He's a big fan of the Pak army and its officer corps and frequently glosses over or is apologetic for severe shortcomings that infest its structure. An example is the Islamic extremism that came to the fore under Zia. While mentioned, there is little depth to the examination.

Secondly if you are looking for details about the Pak military and ISI's role in building the Taliban and its continued support to them and the AQ, or its operations in the tribal areas, look elsewhere. Again these topics are given superficial treatment at best.

http://www.amazon.com/War-Coups-Terror-Pakistans-Turmoil/dp/1602396981 (http://www.amazon.com/War-Coups-Terror-Pakistans-Turmoil/dp/1602396981)
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Post by: Old Sweat on August 05, 2013, 16:06:52
FJAG, what does he say about General Wahid? Wahid was the Pak student on my staff college course and was quite an impressive individual. I for one was not surprised when he became CGS.
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Post by: FJAG on August 05, 2013, 18:47:47
FJAG, what does he say about General Wahid? Wahid was the Pak student on my staff college course and was quite an impressive individual. I for one was not surprised when he became CGS.

He starts by saying that there was a difference of opinion between the President and Prime Minister as to who should become the Chief of Army Staff in 1993 and that they eventually both agreed on General Waheed as a compromise although he was seventh in order of seniority. He describes Waheed as his own man (unfortunately for the Pres and the PM but most fortunately for the country). He was neither an ideologue nor a demagogue nor a theocrat; no wild or dramatic ideas came from his headquarters during his tenure. He was completely apolitical and demanded that the army be so as well; he wanted the best for his country and would only interfere with the government if forced to and then strictly in accordance with the constitution. While some criticized his outlook as narrow that was what was best for the country at the time.

He made a comment about meeting Waheed in mid-93 in Malaysia and that Waheed reflected (wistfully) about Malaysia that "we (Pakistan) could be like this - but what on earth went wrong with us?"

When Waheed turned over the job in 1996 his tenure had been mostly uneventful but not without issues such as the attempted and failed coup attempt by 35 officers in September 1995.

All-in-all he thinks well of him but as I said above, he seems in general to be soft on the Pak officer corps.
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Post by: dangerboy on August 07, 2013, 19:45:33
In honour of the start of OPERATION TOTALIZE, I am reading "No Holding Back - Operation Totalize, Normandy, August 1944"http://www.amazon.com/No-Holding-Back-Operation-Stackpole/dp/0811705846 (http://www.amazon.com/No-Holding-Back-Operation-Stackpole/dp/0811705846)
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Post by: Dimsum on August 07, 2013, 20:49:24
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.  Very similar so far to World War Z (the book, not the movie) in that it's a person collecting an "oral history", in this case of a war between humans and robots.  Pretty easy read and very interesting, especially the story involving two airliners.

I got this at Chapters in Victoria today and both the employee in the section and the checkout person immediately mentioned that the author had a Ph.D in Robotics.  Both times it seemed forced, almost like it was a line that they had to say...or were they programmed to say....?   :Tin-Foil-Hat:
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Post by: TheRightsOfMan on August 09, 2013, 09:21:31
Thomas Paine's Common Sense and other Writings. Edited and with an introduction by Gordon S. Wood.

This book is a collection of Thomas Paine's most important writings. For those interested in history and philosophy, he is a must read because his mind was centuries ahead of his time and his work had huge implications for the newly formed United States. He actually came up with that name.

He is one of my heroes along with Christopher Hitchens (you should all read his books too).
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Post by: darkskye on August 09, 2013, 09:55:02
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on August 09, 2013, 13:39:49
Just starting Fall of Giants.
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Post by: SupersonicMax on August 10, 2013, 08:07:56
Second read of Every Man a Tiger, by Tom Clancy and Gen Chuck Horner.  First hand account of the C2 aspect if the Gulf War by the JFACC.
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Post by: christopher90 on August 11, 2013, 01:38:12
The Canterbury Tales  by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 11, 2013, 11:09:47
The Canterbury Tales  by Geoffrey Chaucer

If you're a Chaucer fan, The Miller's Tale is enjoyable. I developed an appreciation for his style in a British Lit. class, but can only read him in small spurts. The Miller's Tale is short and sweet and flows nicely.
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Post by: FJAG on August 11, 2013, 22:01:46
Gettysburg by Steven Sears. (got this a few years ago and this is my second read of it)

Excellent study of the entire campaign with particular emphasis on the two armies' respective leadership. If you ever believed that Lee "phoned it in" at Gettysburg; this book pretty well proves it.

http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Stephen-W-Sears/dp/0618485384 (http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Stephen-W-Sears/dp/0618485384)
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on August 11, 2013, 22:30:07
The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis. Historical fiction set in early 15th century Renaissance Italy involving Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci and a famous courtesan searching for a serial killer against the backdrop of conflict between Cesare Borgia and Italian mercenary leaders.
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Post by: Humphrey Bogart on August 11, 2013, 23:45:45
"Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot & Mercenary" by A.J. Venter

Ordered this book online and am about 4/5 of the way through it.  In case you don't know who Neall Ellis is, click the following links:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19472_the-5-craziest-soldiers-fortune-to-ever-cash-paycheck.html (http://www.cracked.com/article_19472_the-5-craziest-soldiers-fortune-to-ever-cash-paycheck.html)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neall_Ellis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neall_Ellis)
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Post by: FJAG on August 15, 2013, 16:36:28
Just finished "My Share of the Task" by Gen Stan McChrystal and am somewhat let down.

Generally an interesting book that lets you look at the path to senior leadership within the US Army but somewhat weak when talking about his tenure at Joint Special Operations Command. A lot of that is probably due to the heavy censorship review that the US DoD put the book through. (The name JSOC isn't even allowed to be mentioned even though its Wikipedia page has been up since 2007-go figure).

Information about JSOC operations is very Iraq centric (primarily because JSOC took its eyes off Afghanistan for too many years). The whole section on al-Zarqawi-why he was a problem and how they eventually took him out-was fairly well done.

While McChrystal is an advocate of coalition operations, there is scant mention about anyone. The Brits (and to a lesser degree the Aussies) get some token coverage but you'll have to look long and hard to find the two paragraphs that mention Canadians (we're not even in the index).

The whole "Rolling Stone article" issue gets a scant one and one half pages. If I was charitable I'd say he was taking the high road but much of Hastings' article could have been put into proper context.

Not bad all around but I was expecting more.

http://www.amazon.com/My-Share-Task-A-Memoir/dp/1591844754 (http://www.amazon.com/My-Share-Task-A-Memoir/dp/1591844754)
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Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 15, 2013, 19:39:22
The Devil's Code by John Sandford. Part of the 'Kidd' character novels.

I originally read it over ten years ago, but decided to pick it up again because I loved it so much. Fast-paced, great dialogue between characters. Not a difficult read by any means, but just the right level of brain-stimulation to remain entertaining.  Of course, the technology and capabilities thereof is severely out-dated now, but good none-the-less.
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Post by: Journeyman on August 16, 2013, 10:05:46
......you'll have to look long and hard to find the two paragraphs that mention Canadians
Any mention of the Pope?    :whistle:



[it's an inside joke   ;)  ]
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Post by: FJAG on August 16, 2013, 13:05:26
Any mention of the Pope?    :whistle:

[it's an inside joke   ;)  ]

I had to look up the "inside joke" (thanks Google search).

While not expressed, the tenor of much of his narrative supports that it was an apt nickname.

Thanks for adding that fact.

 :cheers:
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Post by: FJAG on August 24, 2013, 14:59:51
Finished two this week.

FOBBITT published 2012 by David Abrams http://www.amazon.com/Fobbit-David-Abrams/dp/0802120326 (http://www.amazon.com/Fobbit-David-Abrams/dp/0802120326) is a piece of fiction set in Iraq circa 2005 and follows the lives of various characters at a US FOB. In short the story is very much in the style of Catch-22 and while I didn't like Catch-22 I quite like FOBBIT probably because I could relate to its characters much more.

The Things They Cannot Say published 2013 by Kevin Sites http://www.amazon.com/The-Things-They-Cannot-Say/dp/0061990523 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Things-They-Cannot-Say/dp/0061990523) consists of various narratives (including the author's own) from individuals who participated in various recent wars including mostly Iraq but also Vietnam, Israel and the first Gulf War. The aim of the book is to detail how the individuals were effected by their actions, their wounds or simply what they observed and how they coped after the conflict.

Unfortunately, for me the author spent too much time on his own plight (he admits that writing the book was a cathartic activity to help him purge his own demons) and, while there are some scholarly articles quoted, it is somewhat lacking in analysis. The chapter on the Israeli officer and how he successfully copes with combat leads you down the road to speculation (valid or not) that our PTSD issues may simply arise out of a modern western society that has an underlying victim mentality that fails to build adequate copying skills in our youth. This would have been a good angle for the author to explore, unfortunately the next and final chapter is devoted to himself and his own issues. I sometimes got the feeling that I was reading a book by the narcissistic Roland Hedley character in the Doonesbury comic strip.
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Post by: Target Up on August 24, 2013, 15:46:36
Revisiting Under The Dome by Stephen King, I wish he wouldn't let television writers get hold of his material, the discrepancies between the book and the series are huge, and only 175 pages in.
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Post by: jeffb on August 24, 2013, 21:59:19
Gettysburg by Steven Sears. (got this a few years ago and this is my second read of it)

Excellent study of the entire campaign with particular emphasis on the two armies' respective leadership. If you ever believed that Lee "phoned it in" at Gettysburg; this book pretty well proves it.

http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Stephen-W-Sears/dp/0618485384 (http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Stephen-W-Sears/dp/0618485384)

Agree with the assessment. Sears is one of the more accessible writers in this field without dumbing down the academic rigor. I'd also advise that prior to reading this book, read Chancellorsville also by Steven Sears. These two books taken together given an excellent narrative of the critical summer of 1863 and the mindsets of both Lee on one side and the various commanders of the Army of the Potomac on the other.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on August 25, 2013, 22:25:24
  The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada (http://www.amazon.ca/Canadian-Regime-Introduction-Parliamentary-Government/dp/1442605901/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377477108&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Canadian+regime), Fifth Edition, by Patrick Malcolmson and Richard Myers.

Absolutely an amazing book! An essential guide to how the Canadian political system works.
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Post by: Colin P on August 26, 2013, 13:48:52
http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/memali-a-policeman-remembers/


An interesting read on how not to carry out a police op in a developing country. I note that the target of the arrest was schooled in Deobandism, which is the same school that much of the hardcore Taliban abide by. I suspect the governments concerns about his future actions where valid. 
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Post by: Jacky Tar on August 30, 2013, 13:21:46
"Lt. Leary Commanding", by David Drake
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Post by: PMedMoe on August 30, 2013, 15:43:52
Second book of The Game of Thrones series.
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Post by: Danjanou on August 30, 2013, 15:55:41
Just finished My Friend The Mercenary, by James Brabazon

http://www.amazon.com/My-Friend-Mercenary-James-Brabazon/dp/B005EP2H6Q

It describes his relationship with Nick du Toit a former member of 5 Recce of the SADF. Brabazon initially hires him as a bodyguard when he goes to Liberia to film the civil war there. They become unlikely friends. Du Toit a former member of EO later tells Brabzon about his involvement in a upcoming coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea and offers him the rights to film it. The coup fails and leaves Du Toit , Simon Mann and about 70 other former EO and/or SADF soldiers now turned mercenaries imprisoned in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea. Oferall excellent read on the events in Western Africa in the late 1990's early 21st Century.
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Post by: Target Up on August 30, 2013, 18:00:52
Just finished My Friend The Mercenary, by James Brabazon

http://www.amazon.com/My-Friend-Mercenary-James-Brabazon/dp/B005EP2H6Q

It describes his relationship with Nick du Toit a former member of 5 Recce of the SADF. Brabazon initially hires him as a bodyguard when he goes to Liberia to film the civil war there. They become unlikely friends. Du Toit a former member of EO later tells Brabzon about his involvement in a upcoming coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea and offers him the rights to film it. The coup fails and leaves Du Toit , Simon Mann and about 70 other former EO and/or SADF soldiers now turned mercenaries imprisoned in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea. Oferall excellent read on the events in Western Africa in the late 1990's early 21st Century.

Shades of Dogs of War, can he whistle Spanish Harlem?
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Post by: Fred Herriot on August 30, 2013, 20:24:07
Believe & Destroy:  Intellectuals in the SS War Machine by Christian Ingrao

http://www.amazon.ca/Believe-Destroy-Intellectuals-War-Machine/dp/0745660266/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377904991&sr=8-1&keywords=Believe+%26+Destroy

There were eighty of them. They were young, clever and cultivated; they were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power. Their university studies in law, economics, linguistics, philosophy and history marked them out for brilliant careers. They chose to join the repressive bodies of the Third Reich, especially the Security Service (SD) and the Nazi Party’s elite protection unit, the SS. They theorized and planned the extermination of twenty million individuals of allegedly ‘inferior’ races. Most of them became members of the paramilitary death squads known as Einsatzgruppen and participated in the slaughter of over a million people.

Based on extensive archival research, Christian Ingrao tells the gripping story of these children of the Great War, focusing on the networks of fellow activists, academics and friends in which they moved, studying the way in which they envisaged war and the ‘world of enemies’ which, in their view, threatened them. The mechanisms of their political commitment are revealed, and their roles in Nazism and mass murder. Thanks to this pioneering study, we can now understand how these men came to believe what they did, and how these beliefs became so destructive.

The history of Nazism, shows Ingrao, is also a history of beliefs in which a powerful military machine was interwoven with personal experiences, fervour, anguish, utopia and cruelty.
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Post by: Underway on August 30, 2013, 21:06:18
The Honor of the Queen, by David Weber - Book 2 of the Honor Harrington Series.....mmm love me some space opera battles...
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Post by: Danjanou on August 30, 2013, 21:12:55
Shades of Dogs of War, can he whistle Spanish Harlem?

Don't know, but I can. ;D

The Forsyth book was written supposedly to recoup some money he lost by backing a coup attempt in 1972 in Equatorial Guinea. The novel is how it would have played out supposedly.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on September 07, 2013, 17:15:02
Just purchased the SAS Survival Handbook - the small one, for $11.

My grandson and I will put this to good use!
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Post by: Humphrey Bogart on September 07, 2013, 17:21:51
Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry - By Chris Cocks
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Post by: FJAG on September 07, 2013, 17:49:02
3 Para by Patrick Bishop 2007 Harper Collins London.

This is Patricks first book and concerns the Brits first tour in Helmand. (A subsequent tour by 3 Para is called Ground TRuth: 3 Paras Return to Afghanistan and concerns the battalion's tour in 2008)

Nice tight book balancing the overall tactical narrative with intimate looks at the Toms who did the fighting.

http://www.amazon.com/3-Para-PATRICK-BISHOP/dp/0007257783 (http://www.amazon.com/3-Para-PATRICK-BISHOP/dp/0007257783)

http://www.amazon.com/Ground-Truth-Para-Return-Afghanistan/dp/1407913999 (http://www.amazon.com/Ground-Truth-Para-Return-Afghanistan/dp/1407913999)

 :cheers:
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Post by: Jacky Tar on September 09, 2013, 15:02:53
Breezing through "The Flying 400", then will start in on "Hands To Flying Stations Vol 1"
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Post by: Danjanou on September 09, 2013, 15:44:15
Two simultaneously ( they both arrived from Amazon the same day)
 
Dixie Victorious: An Alternate History of the Civil War
http://www.amazon.ca/Dixie-Victorious-Alternate-History-Civil/dp/161608460X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378752192&sr=8-1&keywords=Dixie+Victorious%3A+An+Alternate+History+of+the+Civil+War


The Rhodesian War: A Military History
http://www.amazon.ca/Rhodesian-War-Military-History/dp/0811707253/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378752142&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Rhodesian+War%3A+A+Military+History
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Post by: milnews.ca on September 09, 2013, 15:56:28
George Orwell's "Burmese Days: A Novel" (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0156148501/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) apparently based on his time in Burma as a Brit colonial cop.
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Post by: FJAG on September 29, 2013, 21:51:48
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. http://www.amazon.com/The-God-Delusion-Richard-Dawkins/dp/0618918248 (http://www.amazon.com/The-God-Delusion-Richard-Dawkins/dp/0618918248)

A very good book even if you're already a confirmed atheist. If not you'll be one by the time you finish reading it. His arguments are clear and cogent and the light humour in his writing makes for a pleasant read.

The book is organized in logical parts that take you through: arguments in favour of God's existence; arguments as to why almost certainly that there is no God; the roots of religion; why most religions are not required for a code of human morality; the problems with religion; and why small children should be protected from it.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Danjanou on September 30, 2013, 22:04:45
Just finished Ivan Smith’s Mad Dog Killers: The Story of a Congo Mercenary
http://www.amazon.com/MAD-DOG-KILLERS-Story-Mercenary/dp/190767778X/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380589147&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=congo+merecenary
Smith was a Rhodesian territorial Soldier who volunteered for a 6 month contract with 5 Commando in the Congo. Good account of the campaign up to the relief of Stanleyville from the average troopies viewpoint. He does not paint a very flattering picture of Col. Mad Mike Hoare. Pretty graphic to.
 
Also about ¾ of the way through Stewart Bell’s Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World
http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Terror-Nurtures-Exports-Terrorism/dp/0470834633
A pretty good primer covering several groups that have operated here  from the Sikh extremists through, the Tamil Tigers, Hezbollah  up to the Kadhr family.
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Post by: medicineman on September 30, 2013, 23:08:59
"The Night Shift" by Dr Brian Goldman...an extension of his radio show on CBC.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on September 30, 2013, 23:23:45
Almost done the third "Game of Thrones" book.  I'm liking the storyline well enough but the excessive description is killing me.  George R. R. Martin is the Tom Clancy of the fantasy genre. 
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Post by: dangerboy on October 02, 2013, 20:38:54
Reading "Enigma" by Robert Harris, http://www.amazon.ca/Enigma-Robert-Harris/dp/0099527928/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380756544&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.ca/Enigma-Robert-Harris/dp/0099527928/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380756544&sr=1-1). It is a historical fiction story about the WWII code breakers working out of Bletchley Park.  From the back cover "March 1943, the war hangs in the balance, and at Bletchley Park a brilliant young codebreaker is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have unaccountably changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening a massive Allied defeat. And as suspicion grows that there may be a spy inside Bletchley, Jericho's girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious Claire Romilly, suddenly disappears."

I am quite enjoying the book, I think once I finished the book I will have to read some actual history books on the real Bletchley Park and the work they did cracking the German's crypto and also that of the Polish cryptologists.
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Post by: s2184 on October 27, 2013, 18:43:39
Winter of the World: by Ken Follett

Very interesting, 400 more pages to go.

Previously I read "The Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett, really liked the book.
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Post by: Pat in Halifax on October 27, 2013, 20:15:33
Adam Makos
A Higher Call
I'd heard the story as a teenager of the Me 109 pilot 'escorting' the severely damaged B17 during WWII out of German airspace. For years, like many, I assumed it was an urban myth. The story even has a Canadian connection. The German pilot, Franz Stigler, went on to fly the Me 262 and was lured to Canada in the early 50's with the prospect of employment with Avro Canada helping to design a new interceptor; the "Aero".
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Post by: Baden Guy on October 27, 2013, 20:31:12
Reading "Enigma" by Robert Harris, http://www.amazon.ca/Enigma-Robert-Harris/dp/0099527928/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380756544&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.ca/Enigma-Robert-Harris/dp/0099527928/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380756544&sr=1-1). It is a historical fiction story about the WWII code breakers working out of Bletchley Park.  From the back cover "March 1943, the war hangs in the balance, and at Bletchley Park a brilliant young codebreaker is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have unaccountably changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening a massive Allied defeat. And as suspicion grows that there may be a spy inside Bletchley, Jericho's girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious Claire Romilly, suddenly disappears."

I am quite enjoying the book, I think once I finished the book I will have to read some actual history books on the real Bletchley Park and the work they did cracking the German's crypto and also that of the Polish cryptologists.

Based on your comments I got this book out of the library. It's a bit old but a good read, very well written and a " can't put it down."  This is an example of the value of this thread.  Thanks
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Post by: Colin P on October 28, 2013, 11:46:50
The Kydd series by Julian Stockwin, a great nautical read.
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Post by: BernDawg on October 28, 2013, 16:30:33
Almost done the third "Game of Thrones" book.  I'm liking the storyline well enough but the excessive description is killing me.  George R. R. Martin is the Tom Clancy of the fantasy genre.
4 & 5 are better, I hope you toughed it out and got there..  ;)
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Post by: milnews.ca on October 28, 2013, 16:44:15
"The Night Shift" by Dr Brian Goldman...an extension of his radio show on CBC.
Read it last spring - interesting, but a bit toooo "all about me" for my liking.
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Post by: Lightguns on October 29, 2013, 07:48:13
Just started "Uprising" by Bland.  Not sure if it is a wake up call, blueprint for terror, or pure fantasy but it is hard to put down.  The descriptions of the lack of security in Canadian military bases is telling.  If I was a native in the CF or a Ranger I would be offended that my loyalty believed so lightly by a retired field grade officer.
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Post by: Dimsum on October 29, 2013, 07:57:27
Has anyone read Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson yet? 
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Post by: BernDawg on November 02, 2013, 02:05:57
Just picked up the latest Saxon story from Cornwell and 1356. Once I burn through the last 2 books in the Starbuck chronicals they're going down range. (hmmm, any else see a pattern here??)
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Post by: Dimsum on November 02, 2013, 04:23:33
Just started "On the Trail of Genghis Khan" by Tim Cope.  He spent 3 years on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary, living with nomads and generally retracing a path that the Mongol hordes would have taken on their journeys. 

So far, it's pretty interesting and definitely makes me consider visiting Mongolia someday.
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Post by: FJAG on November 02, 2013, 13:40:37
Okay. At the risk of it being said that I read "girlie" books let it be said that I read bloody excellent "girlie" books.  ;D

Earlier this year my daughter introduced me to Allan Bradley's "Flavia de Luce series". Bradley (who incidentally is a Canadian author) has written a series of books about a young (eleven) girl with sharp wits who lives in a deteriorating mansion in post World War 2 England who has a penchant for chemistry and investigating murders happening in her quaint English small-village countryside.

The characters and the prose are absolutely charming. The books' titles are: "The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie", "The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag", "A Red Herring Without Mustard", "I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows", and "Speaking From Among The Bones". Another ("The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches") is due out next January. [url}http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Bradley/e/B001JRTK5O[/url]

If these don't interest you personally for heaven's sake buy them for your kids, grand-kids, nephews or nieces.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Dimsum on November 09, 2013, 03:07:55
Just finished reading "Combat Doctor" by Maj (Ret'd) Marc Dauphin, the OC of KAF Role 3 in 2009.  I had seen the 2-part documentary on it (and him) by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and decided to pick it up online. 

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, what I did in my tours there pales significantly in comparison....and being just a dumb ACSO, I'm definitely not smart enough to be in the medical profession.
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Post by: Chris Pook on November 16, 2013, 11:35:11
Just finished Cornwell's latest:  Pagan Lord - in which Uhtred of Bebbanburg slaughters foemen, overcomes treachery and survives to fight another day - and as usual a great read.

Then I went an picked up a book by John Masters to re-read.  "Man of War"

John Masters was a military novelist who knew where of he spoke.  He served as Brigade Major of both Gurkhas and Chindits, as well as GSO1 of an Indian Army div in Slim's 14th Army (The Road Past Mandalay should be read along with Slim and MacDonald Fraser's "Quartered Safe Out Here".)

Man of War is a tale of survival.

It is about how an officer and an army survive the dead period between wars (1919 to 1940) and centres around a CFR'd "temporary gentleman" prepares himself to help extricate the remnants of the British Army from Dunkirk in 1940.   There are tactical lessons, logistical lessons and "political lessons" - in the sense that everything in life is political.

One vignette concerns sending out a detail to round up local vans and trucks to augment the inadequate (below authorized strength) levels of transport in the infantry battalions.  When the hero's unit disembarks onto the docks in France from England it's kit drives away in a mixture of milk vans, butcher's vans, laundry vans and other assorted trade's vehicles - all in their original paint and with their owner's logos still visible.

It was enjoyable the first two times I read it and I found it still enjoyable this time.
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Post by: dangerboy on November 17, 2013, 18:26:43
Picked up "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" by Chris Hadfield. http://www.amazon.ca/Astronauts-Guide-Life-Earth/dp/0345812700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384726585&sr=8-1&keywords=chris+hadfield+an+astronaut%27s+guide+to+life+on+earth (http://www.amazon.ca/Astronauts-Guide-Life-Earth/dp/0345812700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384726585&sr=8-1&keywords=chris+hadfield+an+astronaut%27s+guide+to+life+on+earth)

I have only read the first two chapters of the book, but so far it is an enjoyable read. Based on what I have read I have no problem recommending this book to everyone.

 I had lost most interest in the space program and had not been paying much attention to it in the last ten years.  When Chris Hadfield went to the space station and started using social media to explain everything about space it rekindled my interest in the space program.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on November 18, 2013, 06:57:48
Picked up "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" by Chris Hadfield. http://www.amazon.ca/Astronauts-Guide-Life-Earth/dp/0345812700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384726585&sr=8-1&keywords=chris+hadfield+an+astronaut%27s+guide+to+life+on+earth (http://www.amazon.ca/Astronauts-Guide-Life-Earth/dp/0345812700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384726585&sr=8-1&keywords=chris+hadfield+an+astronaut%27s+guide+to+life+on+earth)

I have only read the first two chapters of the book, but so far it is an enjoyable read. Based on what I have read I have no problem recommending this book to everyone.

 I had lost most interest in the space program and had not been paying much attention to it in the last ten years.  When Chris Hadfield went to the space station and started using social media to explain everything about space it rekindled my interest in the space program.

I'm around where you are on the book, and totally echo what you say.  He seems like a very down-to-earth (pardon the pun) guy in all the media/interviews/etc. he's involved in.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on November 19, 2013, 16:37:32
Legion of the Damned by Sven Hassel.

He was in the German Army, WWII, in the 27th Panzer (Penal) Regiment.
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Post by: Lightguns on November 19, 2013, 19:04:47
Legion of the Damned by Sven Hassel.

He was in the German Army, WWII, in the 27th Panzer (Penal) Regiment.

Read it, excellent book but the author's CV is dubious as he has been Id'd as Danish Nazi in the occupation police and never served a day fighting anyone but Danish objectors.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on November 19, 2013, 19:17:48
Read it, excellent book but the author's CV is dubious as he has been Id'd as Danish Nazi in the occupation police and never served a day fighting anyone but Danish objectors.

Really?  I did not realize that. Thanks!!
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Post by: Danjanou on November 20, 2013, 12:28:11
Yup but it is entertaining. The others he wrote less so.

Just finished Dance With Dragons, now hav a long wait unitl George Martin gets off his *** and finishes book 6. :'(

Just started into When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa  by Peter Godwin. He's a journalist who gre up in Rhodesia  and returned several times after 1980 often to visit his parents who remained there and to cover political events. This one covers the Land grabs of white farmers by Mugabe's "wovits" ( War Vets)  and trhe rise of the opposition to Mugabe's 30 year rul by the MDC. So far not a bad read and interesting as Godwins PC left leaning bias is apparently put to the test by the stark reality of Mugabe's Communist Dictatorship.
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Post by: Larry Strong on November 20, 2013, 20:48:41
I have just started reading "1812 The march on Moscow" by Paul B Austin. It is the first book of a trilogy.

As described by this review:

Quote
This account of the 1812 campaign is like no other in the English language. Austin has combined descriptive prose with quotes from primary sources to produce a readable account. It is similar to the approach that was used by French historians such as Lachouque, Hourtoulle and Houssaye. By using present tense he brilliantly combines his own prose with extracts from memoirs and letters into a story-like telling of the history that transports the reader back two hundred years. We are there observing Napoleon throughout the campaign; we see what those around him and elsewhere in the Grande Armée saw and we `experience' what they experienced.


Larry
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Post by: estoguy on December 13, 2013, 13:45:53
I read an interesting little text book from the 50s called "Basic Aeronautics".  Nice little primer.  I was surprised to read in the introduction that this aimed towards high schools. Of course, some is dated, but still interesting. Even learned a couple of things.  :)
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Post by: dangerboy on December 13, 2013, 14:11:21
In preparation for going to see the movie and as my annual holiday tradition I am reading the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books.  I think I will stick to just these ones, I have the other ones but I don't enjoy them as much.
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Post by: FJAG on December 13, 2013, 20:13:01
Coming to the end of George RR Martin's latest Game of Thrones book "A Dance with Dragons".

I've liked the series to this point but this last book is getting kind of draggy. Still good imagery and interesting characters to follow but the plot doesn't seem to be heading anywhere (which I presume is the point if you have several more books you want to sell)

 :cheers:
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Post by: PMedMoe on December 14, 2013, 09:54:58
Coming to the end of George RR Martin's latest Game of Thrones book "A Dance with Dragons".

I've liked the series to this point but this last book is getting kind of draggy. Still good imagery and interesting characters to follow but the plot doesn't seem to be heading anywhere (which I presume is the point if you have several more books you want to sell)

I'm about a third of the way through it and definitely not reading it with the same enthusiasm with which I read the others.   :nod:
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Post by: KerryBlue on December 14, 2013, 12:16:41
I picked up the Dog's are eating them now: Our war in Afghanistan a few weeks ago, so far I haven't read much because of exams but its a pretty good book. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in foreign affairs.
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Post by: cupper on December 14, 2013, 13:14:49
Starting into David Baldacci's latest, "King and Maxwell". Biggest problem is that I I have the characters from the TV series stuck in my head, which really sucks.

Just finished "A Captain's Duty" by Captain Richard Phillips. He spoke at a conference I was at last month. Very interesting perspective on what happened, and how you never really know what you are capable of and how much you can endure.
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Post by: Dimsum on December 14, 2013, 19:02:40
I'm about a third of the way through it and definitely not reading it with the same enthusiasm with which I read the others.   :nod:

I read that way back and I agree with FJAG; it's getting too draggy (maybe because they're throwing in more and more characters).  If the HBO series will have 2 seasons dedicated to the 3rd book, I shudder to think how many seasons it'd take to make ADWD.
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Post by: mariomike on December 18, 2013, 00:15:12
"Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry"
http://www.mwotrc.com/rr2013_06/Public_Cowboy.htm

The amazing story of a remarkable career.

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Post by: Thucydides on December 18, 2013, 15:07:44
Early Christmas present:

"The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914" by Margaret Macmillan

Very nice compliment to "August 1919"
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Post by: cjette1 on December 21, 2013, 01:38:33
Just finished Contact Charlie by Chris Wattie. It's a pretty interesting read.
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Post by: UnwiseCritic on December 21, 2013, 03:25:32
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson. As much as I knew about how imperial powers at that time betrayed the Arabs and lawrence. I was not aware that the Jews and Palestinians had struck a real deal. But a 5 minute meeting between French and British ruined that opportunity.
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Post by: dangerboy on December 21, 2013, 15:03:41
Using the holiday to catch up on my reading.  I have just started "Dune" by Frank Herbert, I have never read it and people were telling me to as it is considered a classic. Only a few chapters in, seems ok nothing spectacular, maybe it will pick up.
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Post by: FJAG on December 21, 2013, 19:49:26
Using the holiday to catch up on my reading.  I have just started "Dune" by Frank Herbert, I have never read it and people were telling me to as it is considered a classic. Only a few chapters in, seems ok nothing spectacular, maybe it will pick up.

I've always found "Dune" okay but Frank Herbert's sequels (Messiah, Children etc) somewhat tedious.

On the other hand the prequels and related books written by Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert with Kevin J Anderson I've always found much better written and more entertaining than the the original series.

If you find that the book doesn't measure up for you, I would suggest you might give "Dune: The Butlerian Jihad" a try. If you like that one there are plenty more in the series.

 :subbies:
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Post by: Dimsum on December 21, 2013, 20:23:05
I've been on a bit of a sci-fi kick lately; I've been to this independent bookstore enough that the owners know me there.  It's an odd feeling, almost like when a bartender knows your drink although with none of the health/guilt issues  ;)

Currently reading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie which is a pretty good sci-fi mystery story so far.  I've been really impressed with the stuff by Kim Stanley Robinson (2312, Shaman - not sci-fi but still very good) and Iain M. Banks (the Culture series, especially Hydrogen Sonata). 

Figured that if I was at the beach checking out the scenery soaking up the rays, I might as well look smart doing it    ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on January 25, 2014, 12:49:22
Started reading "The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914" by Margaret MacMillan. http://www.amazon.ca/War-That-Ended-Peace-Road/dp/0670064041/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390667956&sr=8-1&keywords=the+war+that+ended+peace (http://www.amazon.ca/War-That-Ended-Peace-Road/dp/0670064041/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390667956&sr=8-1&keywords=the+war+that+ended+peace)

Only a few chapters in but so far she is doing a good job explaining the situation and personalities in the era of 1900 - 1914.  It turns out there may be more to the start of WWI than what we are taught in school, that the Kaiser was to blame and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand started it all  :).
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Post by: SMG on January 25, 2014, 13:35:53
The End by Ian Kershaw. The defiance and destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945. Really well written.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on January 25, 2014, 14:16:49
Just finished Lone Survivor.

Quite a tale. Remarkable  resiliency .
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Post by: Journeyman on January 25, 2014, 14:18:56
Hell, I'm still trying to figure out what health/guilt issues he's talking about....
......like when a bartender knows your drink although with none of the health/guilt issues
  :cheers:
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Post by: daftandbarmy on January 25, 2014, 18:46:53
Thanks mainly to excessive air travel I have just finished two books about the USMC in the Pacific War: 'With the Old Breed' and 'Goodbye Darkness'. The HBO series 'The Pacific' is largely based on these two books.

I doubt the HBO program conveys a fraction of the actual horror, the scale and ferocity of the battles described seem simply off the charts, but I note that it includes several incidents that actually happened as described in the books.

It's definitely worth reading the books before seeing the series, so I guess I'll have to watch it again  :nod:

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on January 25, 2014, 19:04:48
Hell, I'm still trying to figure out what health/guilt issues he's talking about....   :cheers:

Lately it's been financial health.  Drinks in Australia aren't cheap.   :o

ETA:  I'm also slowly making my way through the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons.  Hyperion (the first book) was very interesting with all the backstories.  Fall of Hyperion (the second book) has been a struggle so far. 
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Post by: Shrek1985 on January 25, 2014, 21:10:44
Come and take them by Tom Kratman.

Literally just finished Amazon Legion and picked up Come and Take Them.

His books have this great way of shaking up my thinking and making me question my preconceptions. I'd recommend Amazon Legion especially to anyone involved in training.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Thucydides on January 27, 2014, 23:52:06
Kingston i causing me to sin again; I browsed through a used bookstore and bought several books without even getting partway through "The war that ended peace". Considering the schedule for the next few months, this is amazingly stupid, I am now farther than ever behind the reading pile...

Purchases include:

Walter Russel Mead: "God and Gold; Britain, America and the making of the modern world"
Colin Thubron: "The lost heart of Asia"
M.I Finley: "The world of Odysseus" (a beautiful folio edition)
Tim Severin: "The China Voyage"

This should keep me going until at least 2015
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Post by: devil39 on January 29, 2014, 01:41:25
Just finished The Heart Of A Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, a satirical look by a Russian author in 1925 about creating "the new Soviet man".  Funny, biting, angry and very daring given the time frame in which he was writing.  First published in 1968 outside the Soviet Union and apparently first confiscated in 1925 in the Soviet Union.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: NinerSix on January 29, 2014, 02:31:18
"One day in August" by David O'Keefe
A new take on Dieppe that is fascinating.
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Post by: Evancai on January 29, 2014, 09:10:47
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The REAL Frank Zappa by Frank Zappa
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jarred Diamond
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Post by: Journeyman on January 29, 2014, 13:16:11
"One day in August" by David O'Keefe
A new take on Dieppe that is fascinating.
All the reviews and advertising for the book proclaim it "explains the real purpose of the mission."  I'm curious what O'Keefe believes it was (beyond "redressing the balance of the war"), but not enough to buy the book or dedicate the time -- I have enough backlogged reading already.

Once you find the Caramilk Op Jubilee secret, could you please provide an update...even if just by PM, if it'll change the course of history.  Thanks.   :)
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Post by: NinerSix on January 29, 2014, 13:58:50
Please take the time to add it to your list, or at least watch the documentary Dieppe uncovered, which was apparently based on the book.

I am no expert, but the book appears well research and gives a compelling narrative which explains the decisions made. All of it is based on a hunch from the author from 1997(?) leading to recently (2012) declassified documents and a forgotten memoir by a now dead survivor of the raid. Only the last three chapters or so related to the actual landing (out of fourteen chapters).

No spoilers from me though, it will be better that way.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on January 29, 2014, 14:30:25
As I recall, his theory put foreword in the documentary is that the raid was mounted to seize an enigma machine, as the Germans had just modified their machines and changed their codes. It is an interesting theory, but no more than that.
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Post by: dapaterson on January 29, 2014, 14:38:05
There have been many attempts over the years to justify the poor decisions of the German prince who ordered the raid to proceed.  None yet have succeeded.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on January 29, 2014, 14:45:52
Old Sweat, thank you.  Like I said, the curiosity factor just wasn't enough to trump the reading time available.  Now that I know the premise -- "after more than a dozen years of being convinced, former SIGINT'er discovers secret documents that 'prove' Dieppe was all about SIGINT" -- I'll definitely give it a pass.

Even Herbert Marcuse, the godfather of the dehumanizing effects of capitalism, is quoted as saying "not every problem you're having with your girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalist mode of production."
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on January 29, 2014, 15:01:34
All the reviews and advertising for the book proclaim it "explains the real purpose of the mission."  I'm curious what O'Keefe believes it was (beyond "redressing the balance of the war"), but not enough to buy the book or dedicate the time -- I have enough backlogged reading already.

Once you find the Caramilk Op Jubilee secret, could you please provide an update...even if just by PM, if it'll change the course of history.  Thanks.   :)

I had to write an essay on Dieppe for an OPME. The blame for the raid could be placed upon several people, including McNaughton and Crerare, and not excluding British SOE and the Government of Canada.

In essence, it was a committee  decision IMO and who is held accountable for committee decisions?

Do I hear crickets chirping?
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Post by: cupper on January 30, 2014, 20:18:58
Anybody read Mark Zuehlke's series of Canadian WWII military history?

I picked up Juno Beach and Breakout from Juno when I was home at Christmas and am planning to jump into them after I finish The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). An excellent read by the way, and I can echo a couple of previous posts that recommend it.

Thuc and Journeyman I can definitely commiserate, my reading pile looks like a library's cart of books to be reshelved.
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Post by: d_edwards on January 31, 2014, 18:49:26
1000 years of annoying the French.  By Stephan Clarke

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Post by: AlphaBravo on January 31, 2014, 19:00:35
GED Study book, and Pass the CFAT! Complete Canadian Forces Aptitude Test Study Guide and Practice Test Questions.
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Post by: SGT-RMSCLK on January 31, 2014, 21:22:21
About to re-read "Space" by James Mitchener.  First read it back in the mid 80s.  Great author, great story.
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Post by: Justin8456 on January 31, 2014, 22:30:44
Just Started With The Old Breed by E.B. Sledge. Amazing so far.
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Post by: Bass ackwards on February 01, 2014, 18:36:34
Currently reading The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell.
It is the latest instalment (so far) in his 'Warrior Chronicles', set in ninth and tenth century England.
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Post by: dapaterson on February 01, 2014, 22:02:20
Slide Rule, by Nevil Shute.  One would hope that it's mandatory reading for all aeronautical engineers.
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Post by: Journeyman on February 01, 2014, 23:42:00
Slide Rule, by Nevil Shute.  One would hope that it's mandatory reading for all aeronautical engineers.
...mandatory reading.....aeronautical engineers......reading    :rofl:
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Post by: Pat in Halifax on February 02, 2014, 08:04:06
Tom Clancy's THREAT VECTOR - A scary but potentially real tale of world wide cyber espionage and all out cyber war. 
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Post by: Colin P on March 10, 2014, 23:01:15
Almost finished the "Taliban don't wave" and have the "Battle of Salamis" with me for the flight home.
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Post by: X_para76 on March 10, 2014, 23:41:00
World War Z... So much better than the movie! What a shock?
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Post by: Pat in Halifax on March 11, 2014, 05:30:11
The Monuments Men
Slow going but I had made up my mind to read the book before seeing the movie.

Just picked up Pomeroy's Quay written by the MARLANT LogO Cdr George Forward. A healthy portion of the proceeds going to Camp Hill Veteran's Hospital in Halifax...bonus!

Pat
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Post by: milnews.ca on March 11, 2014, 07:25:58
.... the "Battle of Salamis" ....
At a glance, I thought this was about a fight between two charcuterie companies  :facepalm:

Forgot a couple of old paperbacks on the plane during a recent trip, so buying some of my previous faves and going to go through them again:
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Post by: Colin P on March 11, 2014, 08:03:57
Well to be fair it's not a name you hear much these days, written by Barry Strauss, heard good reviews about it either here or Tanknet.
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Post by: PMedMoe on March 11, 2014, 08:49:04
Still reading Game of Thrones, book 5 (and it's taking me longer than the other four combined...   :-\) and also reading The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva (http://danielsilvabooks.com/the-books/).
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Post by: Baden Guy on March 11, 2014, 15:18:44
Just starting "The War That Ended Peace,’ by Margaret MacMillan" , 700 plus pages of history.

How Did It All Happen?
‘The War That Ended Peace,’ by Margaret MacMillan, Sunday Book Review,
 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/books/review/the-war-that-ended-peace-by-margaret-macmillan.html
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Post by: cupper on March 11, 2014, 22:05:22
Just starting "The War That Ended Peace,’ by Margaret MacMillan" , 700 plus pages of history.

How Did It All Happen?
‘The War That Ended Peace,’ by Margaret MacMillan, Sunday Book Review,
 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/books/review/the-war-that-ended-peace-by-margaret-macmillan.html

Heard a discussion on NPR today which included this author. They are doing a 2 part story which is a thought experiment about what the world would be like if Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand had not been assassinated, and WWI had not occurred. There were 2 other authors that had written counterfactual histories based on that assumption.
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Post by: dangerboy on March 19, 2014, 21:18:47
Just finished reading "Catastrophe: Europe goes to war 1914" http://www.amazon.ca/Catastrophe-1914-Max-Hastings/dp/0007467648/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395273884&sr=8-1&keywords=catastrophe+1914+europe+goes+to+war (http://www.amazon.ca/Catastrophe-1914-Max-Hastings/dp/0007467648/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395273884&sr=8-1&keywords=catastrophe+1914+europe+goes+to+war) by one of my favourite writers  Max Hastings.

It covers how WWI started and the first year of the war.  I don't read a lot of WWI history and the stuff I have read is mostly Canadian based so I was not very familiar with the events that took place during the first year of the war.  I did not realise that the BEF was that screwed up and how lucky they were just to have survived.

If you are a fan of Max Hasting's writing or interested in WWI history I recommend this book.
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Post by: Danjanou on March 20, 2014, 16:05:33
About halfway through Bugles and a Tiger: My Life in the Gurkhas by John Masters
http://www.amazon.com/Bugles-Tiger-Gurkhas-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304361569

I read The Road Past Mandalay years ago which covers his experiences in the old Indian Army in Iraq, Syria and Iran and then as a Brigade Major and acting Brigade Commander in the Chindits.

This is the prequel covering his time at Sandhurst and service as Subaltern in the 2nd Bn 4th Gurkhas. Fascinating read and his accounts of service on the NW frontier in the1930's should have been mandatory reading for anyone prior to deploying to Afghanistan. The tactics, ROEs, political interference etca re all too similar to what I've read on here and elsewhere about our involvement there.
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Post by: dangerboy on March 23, 2014, 15:12:39
About half way through "Bomber Command" by Max Hastings
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0760345201/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d3_i5?pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0YRWSQM4SG21D7Z2GX0B&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1687860482&pf_rd_i=915398 (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0760345201/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d3_i5?pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0YRWSQM4SG21D7Z2GX0B&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1687860482&pf_rd_i=915398)

It is the historical account of the RAF's Bomber Command during the second world war, led by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris.  Much like all of the book I have read by Max Hastings I would recommend this one wholeheartedly.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: mariomike on March 23, 2014, 15:34:14
About half way through "Bomber Command" by Max Hastings
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0760345201/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d3_i5?pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0YRWSQM4SG21D7Z2GX0B&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1687860482&pf_rd_i=915398 (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0760345201/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d3_i5?pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0YRWSQM4SG21D7Z2GX0B&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1687860482&pf_rd_i=915398)

It is the historical account of the RAF's Bomber Command during the second world war, led by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris.  Much like all of the book I have read by Max Hastings I would recommend this one wholeheartedly.

That's a wonderful book.

I remember this part: "The pitiful prospects of surviving a tour of bomber operations were only matched in hazard on either side by the German U-boat crews."
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Post by: Dimsum on March 23, 2014, 20:06:25
Reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods.  Highly recommended if you have even a passing interest in world (especially Norse) mythology, but it straddles horror, fantasy, a bit of sci-fi (I guess) and standard "whodunnit". 

It won Best Novel in 2002 for fantasy, sci-fi and horror awards (Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker, amongst others), if that sways anyone.
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Post by: milnews.ca on March 23, 2014, 20:49:04
Just starting "Old Man's War" (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51964.Old_Man_s_War) by John Scalzi - said to be "like Starship Troopers with more sex"  ;D
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Post by: Dimsum on March 23, 2014, 20:56:36
Just starting "Old Man's War" (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51964.Old_Man_s_War) by John Scalzi - said to be "like Starship Troopers with more sex"  ;D

It's pretty good.  The Human Division by the same author is pretty good as well, although less sex.   :-\

If you (or anyone reading this) is a Trek fan, read his book Redshirts.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on March 23, 2014, 23:06:26
Just finished " Red Seas under Red Skies (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/red-seas-under-red-skies/9780575079670-item.html?ikwid=scott+lynch&ikwsec=Home)," Scott Lynch's sequel to his debut novel " The Lies of Locke Lamora. (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/the-lies-of-locke-lamora/9780575079755-item.html?ikwid=scott+lynch&ikwsec=Home)"

A convoluted tale set in a fantasy world that involves more double/triple crosses then you can shake a stick at.
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Post by: FJAG on March 24, 2014, 03:30:37
It's pretty good.  The Human Division by the same author is pretty good as well, although less sex.   :-\

If you (or anyone reading this) is a Trek fan, read his book Redshirts.

Just finished "Human Division" which is an excellent book. The whole "Old Man" series is quite fine (albeit "Zoe's Tale" is a bit different as its written from a teenage girl's point of view but still fits into the series quite well)

 :cheers:
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Post by: AlphaBravo on March 24, 2014, 03:35:28
I started reading the first Game of Thrones book, I wasn't a fan of the show but I am liking the book so far.
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Post by: RangerRay on April 09, 2014, 14:50:03
I just finished Harlequin, Vagabond, Heretic, 1356 and Azincourt, all by Bernard Cornwell, all about archers during the Hundred Years War.

I will start Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, which is apparently on the U.S. Marine Corps Professional Reading List.
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Post by: BernDawg on April 11, 2014, 18:44:35
Enders Game is an awesome read (as are all of the Cornwell books ;-) ) Especially if you haven't seen the movie yet.
I am a huge Cornwell fan as well and have just about everything he's ever written. My favourite series are the Saxon stories about Uthred of Bebbanburgh, great character..
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Post by: FJAG on April 16, 2014, 01:51:51
Just finished reading "Clearing the Way: Combat Engineers in Kandahar 23 Field Squadron." edited by Major Mark Gasparotto for some research on Op Madusa.

Generally I'm not to interested in engineer stories but I quite enjoyed reading this book. I think that was primarily due to the style which started with an overview (combat diary) by Gasparotto himself and then a number of vignettes by various individuals in the Squadron. All-in-all it was a very compelling story highlighting the difficulties encountered and overcome by these sappers.

I highly recommend it but have one caution; my Kindle edition for some reason did not contain the maps and photos that are in the print version of the book. You can view them however at Google.Books.

http://www.amazon.ca/Clearing-Way-Mark-Gasparotto/dp/1926582594 (http://www.amazon.ca/Clearing-Way-Mark-Gasparotto/dp/1926582594)

 :cheers:
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Post by: dapaterson on May 19, 2014, 17:43:56
Old Sweat, thank you.  Like I said, the curiosity factor just wasn't enough to trump the reading time available.  Now that I know the premise -- "after more than a dozen years of being convinced, former SIGINT'er discovers secret documents that 'prove' Dieppe was all about SIGINT" -- I'll definitely give it a pass.

Even Herbert Marcuse, the godfather of the dehumanizing effects of capitalism, is quoted as saying "not every problem you're having with your girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalist mode of production."

Just finished "One Day in August".  I have a particular dislike for authors who add emphasis when quoting source documents without acknowledging that it is theirs, and not in the original - and an end-not doesn't cut it.

Credit for originality - according to O'Keefe, Ian Fleming of James Bond fame was really one of the prime instigators of the raid.  His assertion in his epilogue that "the evidence is irrefutable that the pinch formed the main driver for Operation Jubilee" may be true, but if it is, that evidence is not to be found in the book.  He ignores the human penchant to continue down a chosen path.  He selectively acknowledges that sometimes, patronage explains the "who" more than competence does.  (A particular problem in a class conscious society such as the UK).  He does acknowledge the poor "joint" planning in support of the raid, at least (good to see that some things never change).  And he provides some interesting history of the work at Bletchley Park.

An interesting read for much of the history it contains, but not so much for the theorizing.
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Post by: Technoviking on May 19, 2014, 20:56:07
Paradise Lost, by Milton.

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Post by: Retired AF Guy on May 19, 2014, 22:38:01
Half way through the "The Iron King" by Maurice Druon. This is first in a series about the conflict between various families contending for the French throne in the 14th century and the outbreak of the Hundred Years War. George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that this was one of his inspiration for his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books which was made into the HBO series "Game of Thrones."
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Post by: Colin P on May 28, 2014, 18:36:38
Ring of fire, edited by Eric Flint, about a 1998 US mining town plunked down into Germany during the 30 year war. Slowly and haphazardly picking my way through the series.
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Post by: dangerboy on May 28, 2014, 18:46:53
Just finished reading "Sharpe's Trafalgar" by Bernard Cornwell.  In this book, Sharpe is sailing to England and ends up meeting Lord Admiral Nelson and participating in the famous battle against the French and Spanish armada.  I will let people a lot more knowledgable on Naval history comment on how accurate the authors description of life on a British warship in this time period was, but to this army guy based on my visit to the HMS Victory when I was a kid they seemed accurate.   
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Post by: Journeyman on May 28, 2014, 20:19:01
Andrew Bacevich, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War -- 2012 Updated Version

I'm about 1/2 - 2/3 through it; I'll likely wrap it up tomorrow, since the patio weather is more conducive to reading than scenery-admiration.

It's an interesting premise, examining the militarization of US society (not just the political/military leadership) since Vietnam, in which no one President/political party can be blamed.  Parts of it resonates within Canada (ie - our recent "Support the Troops" mantra being a mile wide and an inch deep echoes the similar US view as the default "must do" for every politician regardless of stripe, becoming even more important than actually having served, which was the previous gold standard).  The majority however is clearly focused on American exceptionalism....for better or, in this case, worse.

He tends to write repetitively with small words and examples, because its criticisms make it a sure target for dissection and he doesn't want to be misunderstood.....with an occasional sprinkling of larger words or historical minutiae, probably to demonstrate that he's no longer an Armour officer.  ;)  Regardless, I'm enjoying the subject and the style.

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Post by: milnews.ca on May 28, 2014, 21:09:52
Enders Game is an awesome read (as are all of the Cornwell books ;-) ) Especially if you haven't seen the movie yet.
SO true - glad I read before I viewed.

An unusual choice I'm starting:  "Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book: From the WTO to the G2O" (http://amzn.to/1nvuqZz). 
(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F51abbjwZaKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg&hash=7ddd73e4e22e341c632f33a1d32d93a6)
Part of my "always good to know how the other side thinks/what glasses they wear" education   ;)
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Post by: Larry Strong on May 28, 2014, 22:46:47
I've started reading "The quest for the Lost Roman Legions. Discovering the Varus battlefield" by Tony Clunn. It chronicles Major T Clunn's search for the battlefield where the 17th, 18th, & 19th Roman legions met their fate.




Larry
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Post by: RangerRay on May 28, 2014, 22:58:11
The War that Ended Peace by Margaret Macmillan.  Very fascinating.
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Post by: Journeyman on May 28, 2014, 23:10:35
An unusual choice I'm starting:  "Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book: From the WTO to the G2O"
And you're going to colour outside the lines now, aren't you?  You radical!!   ;)


The War that Ended Peace by Margaret Macmillan.  Very fascinating.
One of my favourites on the lead-in to WW1.   :nod:

She touches all the crucial points, personalities, and timelines, but writes in an easy to understand manner (which is why I think some "professional Great War followers"TM have trashed-talked it.)
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Post by: milnews.ca on May 29, 2014, 10:16:03
And you're going to colour outside the lines now, aren't you?  You radical!!   ;)
Colour free or die, baby!  ;D  It's actually interesting to see how some in the anarchist, pro-Black Bloc side views the history of protests like the "Battle in Seattle" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Seattle_WTO_protests).

Obscure spoiler alert from the book so far:  When cue balls and hockey pucks are outlawed, only outlaws will own cue balls and hockey pucks.
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Post by: Coastalchaos on May 29, 2014, 11:02:55
I just finished Halifax- The Warden of the North by Thomas Raddall.  A great read if you like maritime history.  Covers pre-settlement  to the 1970's in an easy to read overview.  I also just started A Brief History of Mutiny- Furious, Savage, and Bloody: 400 years of rebellion by Richard Woodman.  Only 15 pages in but looks like it will be a good one as well.
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Post by: medicineman on May 30, 2014, 13:03:13
Brian Godman's "The Secret Language of Doctors"...I've learned a few new descriptors/acronyms, but now really have to think before I speak, since the cat's out of the bag  :nod:

MM
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Post by: RangerRay on May 30, 2014, 13:13:04
I should also note that the last book I read before The War that Ended Peace was Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature deficit disorder.

http://www.amazon.ca/Last-Child-Woods-Children-Nature-Deficit/dp/156512605X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401466113&sr=1-1&keywords=last+child+in+the+woods

Quote
"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in—and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression.

Some startling facts: By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970. Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind.

Might explain the quality of today's recruits, judging by the Recruiting threads...  ;D
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Post by: milnews.ca on May 30, 2014, 13:28:19
If you (or anyone reading this) is a Trek fan, read his book Redshirts.
Just finished that one as well - be prepared for a bit of radical shift of viewpoint, but interesting existential premise.  Another good read.  Thanks for the tip!
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Post by: dangerboy on June 06, 2014, 18:53:18
In honour of today and am reading again the book "The Longest Day" by Cornelius Ryan.  I don't think I ave to explain what this book is about.  Then later tonight will probably watch the movie.
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Post by: milnews.ca on June 06, 2014, 20:56:47
In honour of today and am reading again the book "The Longest Day" by Cornelius Ryan.  I don't think I ave to explain what this book is about.  Then later tonight will probably watch the movie.
Watching same - dummies just jumped  ;D
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on June 14, 2014, 17:44:53
Watching same - dummies just jumped  ;D

Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel

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Post by: dangerboy on July 23, 2014, 17:20:13
Just finished reading "Crisis in Urlia" by Karl Schroeder.  This short novel was commissioned by the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre and is about how the CF could be operating in 2040 with the changes in politics, technology and operating environment.  It was not a bad read but I just can't see the publications like these having much value, I seriously doubt that the majority of the Canadian Army is going to read it maybe 5%  (just a wild guess on my part).  It is available for download here: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/mdn-dnd/D2-324-2013-eng.pdf (http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/mdn-dnd/D2-324-2013-eng.pdf) and there are hard copies also distributed out.
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Post by: X_para76 on July 24, 2014, 09:31:47
Just finished reading "Lone Survivor". As usual it had a fair bit of detail that was left out in the movie. Nevertheless it was a good read with the exception of the first chapter which was a little bit too American for me.
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Post by: milnews.ca on July 24, 2014, 09:40:44
Just finished reading "Crisis in Urlia" by Karl Schroeder.  This short novel was commissioned by the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre and is about how the CF could be operating in 2040 with the changes in politics, technology and operating environment.  It was not a bad read but I just can't see the publications like these having much value, I seriously doubt that the majority of the Canadian Army is going to read it maybe 5%  (just a wild guess on my part).  It is available for download here: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/mdn-dnd/D2-324-2013-eng.pdf (http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/mdn-dnd/D2-324-2013-eng.pdf) and there are hard copies also distributed out.
I see one of the characters has gone from Warrant to LCOL since the crisis in Zefra (http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/dn-nd/D2-172-2005-eng.pdf) (PDF).  Thanks for sharing the link for the latest.

Found some old Casca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casca_(series)) paperbacks in a second-hand store, so I'm re-reading those - enjoyed them when I was younger.  Good quick, fun reads.
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Post by: FJAG on September 02, 2014, 04:33:03
Not reading but finished writing.

My latest effort in the Allies series is now up and available as an ebook on Amazon.com.

Allies: The Bay takes a slight turn and introduces several new characters from the US Army CID. The story is a murder/police procedural but still with an operational backdrop which in this case is Operation MEDUSA.

Link is here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N70Q7AM (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N70Q7AM)

:cheers:
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Post by: GAP on September 02, 2014, 08:22:29
just ordered it through Amazon.ca $4.34 Ca. Now if I can just get my kindle to work..... ::)
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Post by: Dimsum on September 02, 2014, 08:41:07
I've been travelling the last while so I had lots of time to sit back and read on the plane. 

Currently reading Dust by Hugh Howey.  It's the 3rd part of a trilogy (Wool and Shift are the other two) and while seemingly standard post-apocalyptic sci-fi novels, the way he writes makes it feel like you're reading the story in the Fallout video game universe. 

Other good reads were House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds (hard sci-fi but the novel spans millions of years in time), Imperium by Robert Harris (a novel based on the life and political intrigues of Cicero in Rome), and We Were Soldiers Once And Young by LGen (ret'd) Hal Moore.
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Post by: PMedMoe on September 02, 2014, 12:10:57
About two-thirds of the way through Gone Girl (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19288043-gone-girl).  It's a good read, fast paced and keeps you guessing.
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Post by: cupper on September 02, 2014, 20:58:38
Just finished Breakout From Juno by Mark Zuehlke. Interesting read, and learned a lot that I was unaware of about the Normandy Campaign. It's not hard to figure that Zuehkle has strong opinions about the leadership at Corps and Army levels, all the way up to Montgomery.

Now trying to decide what to read next, Greg Iles The Devil's Punchbowl, or a 25th anniversary rerelease of Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb
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Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 19, 2014, 09:56:57
Just starting None But the Brave (http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/posters/book_brave.pdf) - The Essential Contributions of RAF Bomber Command to Allied Victory during the Second World War by David L. Bashow.

I got a copy of One Day In August (http://www.canadashistory.ca/Books/Lire-sur-l%E2%80%99histoire/Reviews/One-Day-in-August-The-Untold-Story-Behind-Canada%E2%80%99s) as a gift that I'm looking forward to next.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on September 19, 2014, 10:05:08
Japan at War (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/japan-at-war-an-oral/9781565840393-item.html?ikwid=japan+at+war&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0)

A good oral history book.
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Post by: dangerboy on September 25, 2014, 19:39:20
Just starting reading "Edge of Eternity" by Ken Folletthttp://www.amazon.ca/Edge-Eternity-Three-Century-Trilogy/dp/0525953094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411684185&sr=8-1&keywords=edge+of+eternity (http://www.amazon.ca/Edge-Eternity-Three-Century-Trilogy/dp/0525953094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411684185&sr=8-1&keywords=edge+of+eternity). It it the third book in his Century Trilogy, the first two being "Fall of Giants" and "Winter of the World".  It is a historical fiction that covers the lives of five families (American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh). In this book it covers the 1960's to the 1980s and all the major events that occurred during that period.

I do have one recommendation if you do decide to read this book, re-read the first two.  I didn't and had trouble remembering all the back story that went along with each family. Even without remembering all the details of the different families I enjoyed the book and say if you have read the first two books and liked them or any of Mr. Follett's other books I think you will enjoy this one.
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Post by: Dimsum on September 25, 2014, 21:16:06
Just starting reading "Edge of Eternity" by Ken Folletthttp://www.amazon.ca/Edge-Eternity-Three-Century-Trilogy/dp/0525953094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411684185&sr=8-1&keywords=edge+of+eternity (http://www.amazon.ca/Edge-Eternity-Three-Century-Trilogy/dp/0525953094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411684185&sr=8-1&keywords=edge+of+eternity). It it the third book in his Century Trilogy, the first two being "Fall of Giants" and "Winter of the World".  It is a historical fiction that covers the lives of five families (American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh). In this book it covers the 1960's to the 1980s and all the major events that occurred during that period.

I do have one recommendation if you do decide to read this book, re-read the first two.  I didn't and had trouble remembering all the back story that went along with each family. Even without remembering all the details of the different families I enjoyed the book and say if you have read the first two books and liked them or any of Mr. Follett's other books I think you will enjoy this one.

I was looking at that the other day.  Very interesting.

I just finished John Scalzi's latest "Lock In".  It's a noir detective "whodunnit" sprinkled with a token amount of sci-fi; I hesitate to call it a "sci-fi novel" at all.  I wasn't sure how he'd handle a detective story but after finishing it in about 7 hours, I was very impressed.

Currently reading Sand, Hugh Howey's latest (and I think the start of another trilogy).  The Silo Trilogy was worth the time, although I thought Dust was a bit anticlimactic. 
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on September 27, 2014, 11:25:20
The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Pötzsch. The second in a mystery series that takes place in the mid-17th century Bavaria and involves a local executioner and his daughter. Well written and a very enjoyable read.
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Post by: AlphaCharlieCharlie on October 01, 2014, 15:40:04
I recently read The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan by Ryan Flavelle. He was a Reservist who chose to complete a deployment to Afghanistan. Definitely a good read!

I am currently reading No Easy Task: Fighting in Afghanistan, which is a series of papers on the history of fighting in the country and the lessons that have been learned through the Counter Insurgency (COIN) missions through the ages. This is less about what is happening now and more about what we have learned through history. How insurgents use intimidation to control the locals and invading forces need to gain the "hearts and minds" of the locals to be successful. Not a light read, but a good one!
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Post by: FJAG on October 01, 2014, 19:18:18
Just finished a bunch of tripe that I won't relate here but luckily have just started "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham.  This is a follow up of several of the characters from his much earlier novel "A Time to Kill". So far he's back in top form. Good characters; nice plot; well written.

 :cheers:
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Post by: GAP on October 01, 2014, 19:22:06
Your books were a good read too
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Post by: FJAG on October 01, 2014, 19:32:20
Your books were a good read too

Thanks

There's a new one went up within the last two months:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N70Q7AM (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N70Q7AM)

This one puts the emphasis on a character from the US Army CID but still follows the rest of the "Allies" crowd.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Privateer on October 01, 2014, 20:03:05
I read this a while back, but I'm putting it here for those of you who like a well written police / crime novel:  City of Ice by John Farrow (pseudonym for Trevor Ferguson). 

It takes place in Montreal during the biker wars of the 1990's.  It's told from the point of view of a Montreal police detective, and brings in the relationships and politics between his force, the RCMP, and the SQ.  Well written and set in a real Canadian time and place.
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Post by: dangerboy on October 01, 2014, 20:16:30
Just picked up "Waterloo; The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles" by Bernard Cornwell. http://www.bernardcornwell.net/books/waterloo-the-true-story-of-four-days-three-armies-and-three-battles/ (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/books/waterloo-the-true-story-of-four-days-three-armies-and-three-battles/) . After writing a lot of fictional stories set during this time period and some featuring the battle, Mr. Cornwell writes his first non-fiction book about the pivotal battle.

I have just read the back cover and the introduction but am really looking forward to this novel.  I have read almost all of his book and loved them (his version of the Arthurian legend is my favourite) so I have high expectations for this book and am hoping it lives up to them.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on October 01, 2014, 20:48:06
Reading, "Wearing the Green Beret  A Canadian with the Royal Marine Commandos" by Jake Olafsen.  Good read so far.
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Post by: PMedMoe on October 01, 2014, 21:35:49
Just finished a bunch of tripe that I won't relate here but luckily have just started "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham.  This is a follow several of the characters from his much earlier novel "A Time to Kill". So far he's back in top form. Good characters; nice plot; well written.

Ooohh, gotta look for that one.  :nod:

Just started The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd.  Love his books that span several generations.
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Post by: FJAG on October 01, 2014, 22:32:06
Just picked up "Waterloo; The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles" by Bernard Cornwell. http://www.bernardcornwell.net/books/waterloo-the-true-story-of-four-days-three-armies-and-three-battles/ (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/books/waterloo-the-true-story-of-four-days-three-armies-and-three-battles/) . After writing a lot of fictional stories set during this time period and some featuring the battle, Mr. Cornwell writes his first non-fiction book about the pivotal battle.

I have just read the back cover and the introduction but am really looking forward to this novel.  I have read almost all of his book and loved them (his version of the Arthurian legend is my favourite) so I have high expectations for this book and am hoping it lives up to them.

I'm looking forward to this one as well but with some caution. His "Sharpe's Waterloo" was quite biased in favour the actions of the British while heavily (and IMHO unfairly) critical of their Belgian/Dutch allies. The Prussians were somewhat ignored. Hope the non fiction version will be more balanced.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Colin P on October 02, 2014, 11:14:34
Back into "Anatomy of small arms 1929" now into the British Service rifle section. Just finished rereading "silent wings" about US glider operations in WWII.
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Post by: Cloud Cover on October 02, 2014, 11:32:05
I just finished Tuchman's "Guns of August" and "When Money Dies" by Adam Fergusson.  The first is likely very much required reading for military historians interested in the opening days of the Great War. The book by Fergusson is a very good read about the economic collapse and political folly of the Weimar Republic.   

Currently reading a Grisham novel "The Street Lawyer" and "Major Cotterell at Arnhem". The latter is a fascinating read about an Army Bureau of Current Affairs officer captured and probably murdered by the SS after Arnhem.  The book seems to be suggesting that he in fact survived being wounded after attempting escape, and that his eventual murder happened under circumstances amounting to a war crime. It appears the SS had a significant dossier on him. He probably should never have been allowed to jump behind enemy lines into Arnhem. That's the thesis, anyway.

Incidentally, I happened to read "Barbarosa Derailed" (2 volume set by David Glantz) a few weeks ago. Interesting thesis that the Battle of Smolensk from July 10-September 10 1941 probably determined the outcome of the entire war on the Eastern Front, to an equal or maybe even greater extent than either the Battles of Kiev and the advance/retreat from Moscow.     




 
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Post by: Thucydides on October 02, 2014, 12:16:40
Talk about thinking long term: 

Scatter, Adapt and Remember; how humans wil survive a mass extinction by Annalee Newitz

Some very interesting things even at the start, looking forward to the last chapters where she discusses the long term future of humanity.
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Post by: BernDawg on October 02, 2014, 16:33:54
I'm looking forward to this one as well but with some caution. His "Sharpe's Waterloo" was quite biased in favour the actions of the British while heavily (and IMHO unfairly) critical of their Belgian/Dutch allies. The Prussians were somewhat ignored. Hope the non fiction version will be more balanced.

 :cheers:

I would hope that it is and I assume that Sharpe's Waterloo was written from Sharpe's perspective as a British soldier on the ground and not situationally aware.. Now all I have to do is wait for it to arrive in early November. I ordered his new Saxon Book as well and they won't ship until that one's been released.
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Post by: Dimsum on October 02, 2014, 21:46:50
Talk about thinking long term: 

Scatter, Adapt and Remember; how humans wil survive a mass extinction by Annalee Newitz

Some very interesting things even at the start, looking forward to the last chapters where she discusses the long term future of humanity.

She posts on io9 (a sci-fi and other random stuff blog) and I've always been interested in that book.  Is it pretty light reading or fairly heavy?
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Post by: Danjanou on October 03, 2014, 11:33:54
I would hope that it is and I assume that Sharpe's Waterloo was written from Sharpe's perspective as a British soldier on the ground and not situationally aware.. Now all I have to do is wait for it to arrive in early November. I ordered his new Saxon Book as well and they won't ship until that one's been released.

It's out, picked up a copy  two actually) at Indigo just in time to take to the book signing earlier this week with Cornwall.  8)
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Post by: Thucydides on October 04, 2014, 13:26:00
She posts on io9 (a sci-fi and other random stuff blog) and I've always been interested in that book.  Is it pretty light reading or fairly heavy?

Fairly light. I wouldn't use this as a guide to pack your bags for a mass extinction event, but you can use it as a starting point to do a deep dive on these subjects.
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Post by: BernDawg on October 07, 2014, 19:13:25
It's out, picked up a copy  two actually) at Indigo just in time to take to the book signing earlier this week with Cornwall.  8)
"The Empty Throne" or "Waterloo"? According to Chapters/Indigo "The Empty Throne" won't be released until the 28th of Oct..
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Post by: daftandbarmy on October 07, 2014, 19:53:58
Just finished 'No easy day'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Easy_Day

An excellent first person account of shooting Bin Laden in the head, which I enjoyed because it wasn't pretentious or long winded... and it was about killing OBL  :nod:

Now on to '10,000 Destroyed', about the 4th Fighter Group USAAF in WW2.
http://www.fabulousrocketeers.com/FR_4th_History.htm

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Post by: Hamish Seggie on October 07, 2014, 20:54:02
Just finished 'No easy day'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Easy_Day

An excellent first person account of shooting Bin Laden in the head, which I enjoyed because it wasn't pretentious or long winded... and it was about killing OBL  :nod:

I didn't know you could read.....;)

That is a good book. I need to get it back from the guy I loaned it to...the only easy day was yesterday....
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Post by: Danjanou on October 07, 2014, 21:59:42
"The Empty Throne" or "Waterloo"? According to Chapters/Indigo "The Empty Throne" won't be released until the 28th of Oct..

Sorry Waterloo
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Post by: daftandbarmy on October 07, 2014, 22:00:54
I didn't know you could read.....;)

Don't let it get out. Bad for the image  8)
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Post by: Cloud Cover on October 07, 2014, 22:28:29
I am in the process of acquiring [slowly] a series of original copies of Janes Fighting Ships for each year of world war 2. Today I received the 1940 edition, printed in January 1941. Some interesting things to note- this is the last edition where HMS Hood is listed as a fighting unit in the RN. The book also lists Bismarck as "under construction". Within 5 months, both ships would be on the sea floor along with most of their crew.

Newfoundland rated its own separate listing as a naval force consisting of transport ships, and appears to have had more vessels than the RCN.  And Japan? Wow, endless listings of heavy warships, particularly cruisers and battleships.

Also, there are some good pictures and drawings of not one, but two, 25000 ton German aircraft carriers shown in launched and nearly complete status.   
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Post by: Chris Pook on October 08, 2014, 02:28:07
Just in the process of re-reading Mark Urban's "Fusiliers".   Its all about how the Royal Welch Fusiliers beat the Americans during that Revolution thingy and converted the British army to modern light fighting all the while campaigning with a 250 man Regiment led by a Captain, a couple of teenage Lieutenants and a jumped up, superannuated RSM.

How many Regiments could you make from the Field Officers in the army?
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Post by: Marchog on October 08, 2014, 02:32:26
I'm reading "Aquinas" by Ed Feser. Neo-Aristotelean metaphysics and whatnot.

Yes, because I'm that sort of geek. Don't laugh, a lot of the most influential philosophers were soldiers. Paraphrasing C.S. Lewis, a soldier can never be in a situation of "contented worldliness", since he is always confronted with his own mortality.
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Post by: dangerboy on October 08, 2014, 05:22:19
Just in the process of re-reading Mark Urban's "Fusiliers".   Its all about how the Royal Welch Fusiliers beat the Americans during that Revolution thingy and converted the British army to modern light fighting all the while campaigning with a 250 man Regiment led by a Captain, a couple of teenage Lieutenants and a jumped up, superannuated RSM.


That is a great book, you probably have already read it but his book "Rifles" is another good read.  In fact all of his books are good, I have not read one that I did not like.
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Post by: Colin P on October 08, 2014, 11:22:48
I enjoyed Fusilier and learned quite a bit from it.
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Post by: BernDawg on October 08, 2014, 15:16:21
Sorry Waterloo
Phew! I was about to release a Broadside at Chapters/Indigo ;-) Tres cool you got to get autographed copies of Waterloo! Been a fan of his for ages.
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Post by: Hatchet Man on October 08, 2014, 18:17:59
Just finished reading "PERV: The Sexual Deviant in all of us" (I was wandering through an Indigo back home while on leave, aimlessly looking for anything interesting...and well I was sold on the title alone.).  It's an interesting read to say the least, makes you think what is really going on through someone else's head.
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Post by: Chris Pook on October 08, 2014, 20:31:36
That is a great book, you probably have already read it but his book "Rifles" is another good read.  In fact all of his books are good, I have not read one that I did not like.

"Rifles" is also in my library.... right beside "25 years in the Rifle Brigade".
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Post by: cupper on October 10, 2014, 15:24:22
Just finished reading "PERV: The Sexual Deviant in all of us" (I was wandering through an Indigo back home while on leave, aimlessly looking for anything interesting...and well I was sold on the title alone.).  It's an interesting read to say the least, makes you think what is really going on through someone else's head.

Probably explains a lot about what gets posted here as well!  >:D
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Post by: Baden Guy on October 10, 2014, 15:39:51
The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Heist-Novel-Gabriel-Allon/dp/006232005X

Really enjoying tis one. Recent release and well rated.

"In Danial Silva's "The Heist," superspy Gabriel Allon takes time out from restoring a painting in Venice to investigate the torture and murder of Jack Bradshaw, a former British diplomat and businessman. Allon is on the trail of stolen art, in particular an altarpiece by Caravaggio that has been missing for decades. As usual, Allon's inquiries involve visits to various countries--England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Israel, among them. When he learns that the repressive Syrian regime is connected to his case, Allon and his crack team of Israeli agents set in motion a complex covert operation."
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Post by: PMedMoe on October 10, 2014, 16:09:29
The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Heist-Novel-Gabriel-Allon/dp/006232005X

Really enjoying tis one. Recent release and well rated.

Read a couple of this series earlier this year.  Definitely good reading.   :nod:
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Post by: dangerboy on October 27, 2014, 16:29:14
Just picked up "The Necessary War - Canadians Fighting The Second World War 1939-1943" by Tim Cook  http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0670066508/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0670066508/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).  It as you can imagine, is about Canadian troops in WWII.  I have not read very far into it, just the introduction but if it is half as good as his two volume set on WWI (Shock Troops and At the Sharp End) then I will be more than satisfied. 
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Post by: Hatchet Man on October 27, 2014, 17:53:50
Left of Bang...so far so good.
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Post by: cryco on October 27, 2014, 18:04:50
and now for something completely different:
I'm reading "The big book of Hair metal".  Pretty interesting. It gives a good account of how things evolved. late 70s, all through the 80s and part of 90s.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on October 28, 2014, 23:31:49
Game of Thrones - these people are for the most part horrible people.


Ned Stark was OK, til that little Piece o Crap Joffery had his head cut off.


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Post by: cryco on October 28, 2014, 23:40:50
I picked up the first book to Game of Thrones years ago, when the books first came out and for the life of me, I just couldn't keep reading.
It was just unpleasant to read. When the tv series came out I thought it was a coincidence that the book I tried to read and the show had the same name; imagine my surprise when i found out it was based in those novels, and even more surprised when I saw how well the series did.
 
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Post by: Dimsum on October 31, 2014, 07:10:38
Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (yeah, now a Ben Affleck movie).  Definitely not what I expected and I can see why it's in Dymocks' (Aussie bookstore chain like Indigo) 101 Best Books.  Absolutely addictive read - I finished it in 6 hours.

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Post by: RangerRay on November 01, 2014, 12:53:43
1000 Years of Annoying the French

http://www.amazon.ca/Years-Annoying-French-Stephen-Clarke-ebook/dp/B005O0QBYU/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=916520&s=books

Quote
The English Channel may be only twenty miles wide, but it’s a thousand years deep. Stephen Clarke takes a penetrating look into those murky depths, guiding us through all the times when Britain and France have been at war - or at least glowering at each other across what the Brits provocatively call the English Channel. Along the way he explodes a few myths that French historians have been trying to pass off as ‘la vérité’, as he proves that the French did not invent the baguette, or the croissant, or even the guillotine, and would have taken the bubbles out of bubbly if the Brits hadn’t created a fashion for fizzy champagne. Starting with the Norman (not French) Conquest and going right up to the supposedly more peaceful present, when a state visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy becomes a series of hilarious historical insults, it is a light-hearted - but impeccably researched - account of all our great fallings-out. In short, the French are quite right to suspect that the last thousand years have been one long British campaign to infuriate them. And it’s not over yet ...

 ;D
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Post by: cryco on November 01, 2014, 13:06:34
thems fightin' words boy
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Post by: Sully on November 01, 2014, 15:58:04
The Future of the Mind: Michio Kaku
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Post by: milnews.ca on December 16, 2014, 13:34:58
An odd mix for me - just finished "Fuzzy Nation" (http://www.amazon.ca/Fuzzy-Nation-John-Scalzi/dp/0765367033) by John Scalzi, and am in the middle of "A Canticle for Leibowitz" (http://www.amazon.com/Canticle-Leibowitz-Walter-Miller-Jr/dp/0553273817) and "And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO" (http://www.amazon.ca/Then-Cried-Stories-Mortuary-NCO-ebook/dp/B008KVYXO0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418750859&sr=8-1&keywords=and+then+i+cried).
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Post by: Brasidas on December 16, 2014, 14:24:48
An odd mix for me - just finished "Fuzzy Nation" (http://www.amazon.ca/Fuzzy-Nation-John-Scalzi/dp/0765367033) by John Scalzi, and am in the middle of "A Canticle for Leibowitz" (http://www.amazon.com/Canticle-Leibowitz-Walter-Miller-Jr/dp/0553273817) and "And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO" (http://www.amazon.ca/Then-Cried-Stories-Mortuary-NCO-ebook/dp/B008KVYXO0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418750859&sr=8-1&keywords=and+then+i+cried).

Fuzzy Nation made a pretty good present for mom, which I carried out careful quality control for. It also makes a nice intro to H. Beam Piper's work, which Scalzi riffed it from.
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Post by: milnews.ca on December 16, 2014, 14:25:55
Fuzzy Nation made a pretty good present for mom, which I carried out careful quality control for. It also makes a nice intro to H. Beam Piper's work, which Scalzi riffed it from.
Have you read the Piper work it's based on?  Looking forward to it now.
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Post by: Brasidas on December 16, 2014, 14:34:43
Have you read the Piper work it's based on?  Looking forward to it now.

I did, and enjoyed it: "Little Fuzzy". Been a few years and the memory's too fuzzy to contrast it -short story, as was much of the writer's stuff. Solid writer, some of it was along the lines of De Camp's. If you've ever read (and liked) "Lest Darkness Fall", "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen" would probably work for you too.
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Post by: milnews.ca on December 16, 2014, 14:40:25
I did, and enjoyed it: "Little Fuzzy". Been a few years and the memory's too fuzzy to contrast it -short story, as was much of the writer's stuff. Solid writer, some of it was along the lines of De Camp's. If you've ever read (and liked) "Lest Darkness Fall", "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen" would probably work for you too.
Thanks for the other recommendations as well.
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Post by: Dimsum on December 16, 2014, 16:38:31
Just finished The Peripheral by William Gibson of Neuromancer fame.  Overall an interesting story, but the first half is a bit of a slog since he (intentionally) throws the reader into the story without any background.

Now slowly going through the companion book to HBO's The Pacific.  For anyone who's seen the series, it also adds a bit of backstory and follows other characters (notably, Hugh Ambrose decides to completely cut a main character from the TV series out except for one line in the book).
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Post by: FJAG on December 16, 2014, 16:56:39
And now for something completely different:

The White Company and also Sir Nigel, bot written by Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame). The books take place during the Hundred's Year War between England and France and are written in a quaint old style full of imagery and daring deeds of chivalry by knights of old.

Written at the end of the 1800's, the copyright has long since expired and they are available in electronic format in several forms from Gutenberg.org for free.

 :gottree:
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Post by: FJAG on December 19, 2014, 13:12:23
Have now put a presence onto Google+ (I've discontinued posting to Facebook)

My new site is here:

https://plus.google.com/100683112500627401489/posts (https://plus.google.com/100683112500627401489/posts)

Cheers
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Post by: dangerboy on December 20, 2014, 08:42:39
So after years of watching the movie Das Boot in different versions and almost every video format I finally got around to reading the book that it was based on: The Boat by Lothar-Güther Buchheim.  http://www.amazon.ca/The-boat/dp/039449105X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419079273&sr=1-4&keywords=The+Boat (http://www.amazon.ca/The-boat/dp/039449105X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419079273&sr=1-4&keywords=The+Boat).

If you are interested in what life would have been like aboard a submarine during WWII (I think that it would have been very similar for both the Allied and the Axis navies) I recommend this book and of course the movie also.
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Post by: SMG on January 19, 2015, 05:15:33
Tim Cook: The Madman and the Butcher
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Post by: blackberet17 on January 19, 2015, 09:30:28
Tim Cook: The Madman and the Butcher

Great book.

I just started Margaret MacMillan's "The War that Ended Peace". After reading dozens and dozens of books on specific battles in the First and Second World Wars, plus Tim Cook's two on the First and all of Zhuelke's covering the Second...I finally decided to start at the beginning of it all  ;D
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Post by: milnews.ca on February 20, 2015, 13:53:25
"Legion of the Damned" (http://amzn.to/1zti1Gf) by Sven Hassel - read some of his books loooooooooooooong ago, and am about 3/4 of the way through this one.  Cracking good read.
(https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1416445577l/1058611.jpg)
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Post by: Dimsum on February 21, 2015, 07:19:08
Just finished "Unbroken" - yes, the inspiration for the Angelina Jolie movie.  It's pretty crazy what he has lived through, and still managed to forgive his captors.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on February 21, 2015, 12:01:18
Gerard de Villiers "Chaos in Kabul."
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Post by: FJAG on February 21, 2015, 17:29:30
Eye of the Storm: Twenty Five Years in Action with the SAS by Peter Radcliffe.

The title says it all. Covers the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s. Very well written.

http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Twenty-five-Years-Action/dp/1843170523 (http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Twenty-five-Years-Action/dp/1843170523)

 :cheers:
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Post by: dangerboy on February 21, 2015, 17:59:38
Eye of the Storm: Twenty Five Years in Action with the SAS by Peter Radcliffe.

The title says it all. Covers the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s. Very well written.

http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Twenty-five-Years-Action/dp/1843170523 (http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Twenty-five-Years-Action/dp/1843170523)

 :cheers:

I enjoyed that book. It also came with a CD with the audio of a battle, unfortunately after moving around several times I have lost the CD.
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Post by: Danjanou on February 23, 2015, 15:31:19
Eye of the Storm: Twenty Five Years in Action with the SAS by Peter Radcliffe.

The title says it all. Covers the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s. Very well written.

http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Twenty-five-Years-Action/dp/1843170523 (http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Twenty-five-Years-Action/dp/1843170523)

 :cheers:

Thoroughly enjoyed this, including the first published account of what really happened to Braveo Two Zero and the Sgt's Mess Meeting behine enemy lines in GW1.

Finished this off over the weekened, not too bad. The coming of age and ealry experiences in uniform are almost universal
Soldier Blue, Paul Williams
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/086486714X?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

Now as for Sven, someone it doesn't impress me as much these days as it did when I was 13-14, but I still have my copy on the book shelf. 8)
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Post by: Dimsum on March 23, 2015, 06:50:42
Just finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.  Amazing novel (2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize) that devotes large parts to POW life in the Japanese camps on Australian soldiers in WWII and its effects post-war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Narrow_Road_to_the_Deep_North_%28novel%29

Somewhat fittingly, part of the novel is set in Hobart, Tasmania and I had just returned from visiting there (and drinking in a pub mentioned in the book).
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Post by: Pat in Halifax on March 23, 2015, 07:07:37
Just finished "The Taliban don't wave"

I would like some insight not so much on Capt Semreau himself but the method he uses for telling the stories from some who were there and may be willing to comment.
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Post by: milnews.ca on March 23, 2015, 07:16:28
Just started "They Flew Hurricanes" (http://amzn.to/1LNnX87) ....
(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F51-4AtOyzQL._AA324_PIkin4%2CBottomRight%2C-54%2C22_AA346_SH20_OU15_.jpg&hash=47fcbf84ff79a385a6b94a35ca2e83d8)
.... a bit of the story of the Hawker Hurricane.
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Post by: NinerSix on March 23, 2015, 10:22:06
Leadership in the Shadows.

I've read lots of books on PD and leadership over the years. Leadership in the Shadows is the first which really reasonates with me. As a section leader I felt this book was perfectly tailored to my level.

http://www.vikingtactics.com/product-p/vtac-lits.htm

I was told Paul Howe's book, Leadership and training for the Fight is equaly as good. it is next on my list.
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Post by: FJAG on March 23, 2015, 12:47:07
Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell with John R Bruning - William Morrow Paperbacks 2013

Well written non-fiction narrative by a platoon leader of 3/B/2-87th Infantry in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan during 2006, early 2007.

Parnell had a very good co-writer and together they keep the focus on the the important and interesting parts of the story of the platoon as it makes its way through a major tour in eastern Afghanistan. The story is a well balanced study of the soldiers in the platoon, their makeup, motivation and rise to the challenge.

I was slow to get to this one because of the term "Outlaw" in the title. That just happens to be 3 platoon's actual nickname.

One of the best accounts of small team warfare I've read in quite some time.

It's available here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062066404 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062066404)

And possibly in ePub format from your local library.

 :cheers:
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Post by: ZacheryK on March 23, 2015, 16:27:27
Lord of the Rings, Complete edition. J.R.R Tolkien
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Post by: dangerboy on March 23, 2015, 17:03:25
Lord of the Rings, Complete edition. J.R.R Tolkien

A classic I usually read that (in the 3 separate books) and The Hobbit every Christmas leave.  I have read "The Silmarillion" a few times but I have to be in a dedicated frame of mind to read it, I don't enjoy it as much.
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Post by: daftandbarmy on March 24, 2015, 16:09:39
Bill Bryson's 'One Summer: America 1927'

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/26/one-summer-1927-bill-bryson-review

Hilarious and weirdly informative. For example, I have never willingly learned so much about a sport I have little interest in: baseball.  ;D
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Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on March 24, 2015, 16:35:59
Bill Bryson's 'One Summer: America 1927'

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/26/one-summer-1927-bill-bryson-review

Hilarious and weirdly informative. For example, I have never willingly learned so much about a sport I have little interest in: baseball.  ;D

Then you must read Shoeless Joe, by Mr. Kinsella. Because: "When the wow is spoken … things happen …" ;)
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Post by: Blackadder1916 on March 24, 2015, 17:12:41
Re-reading Robert Lacey's 'The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud'.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2089503.The_Kingdom

Originally published in 1981, I didn't first read it until 1990. I guess a lot of copies were sold that year to soldiers in response to world events.  Since then, I've gone back to it every few years not just because of Lacey's insight into the workings of that part of the world, but because the first part of the book (the story of Abdul Aziz's retaking of Riyadh and the conquest/reshaping of the Arabian Peninsula into Saudi Arabia) reads like an adventure tale.

Every time I re-read it and judge currents events in the region, I'll usually have a moment of epiphany and think "Okay, now I get it, that's why!"

Lacey's also wrote a follow-up that was published in 2009, 'Inside The Kingdom' (https://openlibrary.org/works/OL491612W/Inside_the_Kingdom) that is equally good.


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Post by: milnews.ca on March 27, 2015, 13:12:53
Just finished "What It Is Like to Go to War" (http://amzn.to/1xFkt1r) by a former USMC platoon commander in Vietnam* - an interesting discussion of different options to prepare the minds and souls of warriors before they go into battle to kill, and how to ease the transition of the same minds and souls as they return from battle, and as they move on back into civilian life.

*  Same author - Karl Marlantes - as "Matterhorn" (http://amzn.to/1D6p5ja), which is on the USMC Commandant's list of must-reads (http://bit.ly/1H5NzXr).
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Post by: daftandbarmy on March 27, 2015, 15:51:28
Then you must read Shoeless Joe, by Mr. Kinsella. Because: "When the wow is spoken … things happen …" ;)

No. I can't. Someone actually bought me a copy of that once and I couldn't touch it. Too much quasi-religious sports stuff  ;D
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Post by: caocao on March 28, 2015, 08:47:53
Stranger in a Strange Land, R.A. Heinlein. 
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Post by: ueo on March 28, 2015, 13:05:48
If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women. Sarah Helm. An in depth, well researched look into an area of WW11 history largely forgotten or overlooked.
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Post by: Valhrafn on March 28, 2015, 23:01:26
The Silmarillion, J.R.R Tolkien
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Post by: Brasidas on March 31, 2015, 20:01:35
Stranger in a Strange Land, R.A. Heinlein.

Awesome.

The first couple times around, it felt like a completely different writer from Starship Troopers and the rest of his books. Reading the unabridged version that his wife managed to finally get published, it was his voice. Still good, but it didn't hit me as strongly.

The "tight" version where his publisher made him cut one word in three still feels like the best, definitive version for me.
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Post by: Baden Guy on May 11, 2015, 23:22:03
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
December 30, 1914

By Dan Harris

Harris had the ambition and drive to rise to ABC News television anchor. He’d felt the “journalistic heroin” of reporting from war zones, anchored national broadcasts, and even recovered from cocaine addiction. But he also had a voice in his head, the same voice most of us wrestle with, constantly second-guessing him. If he could only quiet that voice, he’d be happier and less stressed. Harris was already covering the religion beat when he veered off on a personal journey to find answers beyond the self-help gurus. Along the way, he talked to Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, a host of Jewish Buddhists, and even the Dalai Lama before reluctantly trying meditation. Approaching it with all the skepticism of a reporter, Harris checked out the neurological research and learned that meditation was being used in the corporate and military arenas to heighten focus and clarity. After going on a meditation retreat, he ultimately found the balance he sought between ambition and inner peace. In this brave, completely engaging, and often hilarious book, Harris achieves his aim of demystifying meditation. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

http://www.amazon.com/10-Happier-Self-Help-Actually-Works-A/dp/0062265431

Prize winning book by Dan Harris. The story of his journey into becoming a practitioner of meditation.
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Post by: Baden Guy on May 20, 2015, 20:57:40
Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice Hardcover  – October 16, 2014
by John Nagel

 Peter R. Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.); author, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War:
"A magnificent memoir from one of the most brilliant officers of his generation. Knife Fights details John Nagl's journey from the halls of West Point and Oxford to the battlefields of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as his struggles and triumphs among Washington's power elite. Highly recommended for those who seek to understand how the Army overcame its initial dysfunction to wage the messy counterinsurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
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Post by: Jonsey on May 20, 2015, 23:21:50
Just about to finish a re-read of Dune. Only read it once before, many years ago. Watched the miniseries a bunch. Debating whether to continue on with the next two (as covered in the "sequel" miniseries). I know later on the series diminishes in quality when the son takes over, but still, might be worth the read at least once.
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Post by: FJAG on May 21, 2015, 00:42:36
Just about to finish a re-read of Dune. Only read it once before, many years ago. Watched the miniseries a bunch. Debating whether to continue on with the next two (as covered in the "sequel" miniseries). I know later on the series diminishes in quality when the son takes over, but still, might be worth the read at least once.

I liked the Dune sequels okay but much preferred the prequels (The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, and The Battle of Corrin, as well as  House Attreides, House Harkonnen, and House Corrino)

 :cheers:
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Post by: FortYorkRifleman on May 21, 2015, 14:31:17
Carlotta Gall - The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001 - 2014
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Post by: mariomike on May 30, 2015, 13:56:50
"Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century"  by Mike Dash. Non-fiction.

The life and times of Lieutenant Charles Becker NYPD:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Becker

The only American police officer ever to be executed for murder.

There are no heroes in the story ( he himself was the first to admit he was no angel ), but my sympathy was with Lieutenant and Mrs. Becker.
 
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Post by: Old Sweat on May 30, 2015, 16:08:14
I finished Rommel Reconsidered edited by Ian W Beckett a couple of weeks ago. As the title suggests, it is a series of essays on various aspects of Rommel's life, career and legend by a group of British historians. It is an interesting, if not exactly earth shattering effort, that considers his First World War service as well as that between the wars and his relationship with Hitler; his service in France in 1940; North Africa; Normandy; his [according to the essay non-existent] part in the bomb plot; and the growth of his legend post-war.

Probably the strongest and most interesting parts deal with 1940 and North Africa, although one senses a double standard, especially where one author notes Rommel's use of signals intelligence, while acknowledging the later British reliance on Ultra as setting the stage for the turn of the tide in 1942 at first El Alamein. I found what could have been the most interesting part of the book - the discussion of the growth of his legend - not as strong and as well supported by more than opinion as I would have liked. Still, it is quite possible and probably true that the British built up his legend both during and after the war as a cover for their own failures in generalship, basic tactics and communications security. There was more to Rommel than a product of both British and German propaganda. It also takes a leap in logic to dismiss Brig Desmond Young's 1950 biography and the subsequent film as attempts to rehabilitate West Germany. Last, while Rommel may have supported National Socialism as a movement, it is noteworthy that he did not pass on down his chain of command Hitler's direction to shoot captured Allied commandoes without trial.
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Post by: FortYorkRifleman on May 30, 2015, 17:53:59
I just began reading Robert M Gates autobiography titled "Duty". Gates was a former Secretary of Defense for the USA
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Post by: RomeoJuliet on May 31, 2015, 11:37:35
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan Hardcover
by Graeme Smith.
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Post by: daftandbarmy on June 21, 2015, 22:30:43
I just finished 'The Taliban Don't Wave' by Rob Semrau.

Holy cr*p, over....
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: blackberet17 on June 23, 2015, 10:07:31
I just finished 'The Taliban Don't Wave' by Rob Semrau.

Holy cr*p, over....

I sense a new thread...
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ueo on June 23, 2015, 15:45:28
Conduct Unbecoming, Howard Margolian. A look into the deaths, at the hands of 12 SS Panzers in 1944. A close relative of my wife was one young Canadian done in.
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Post by: mariomike on June 23, 2015, 16:14:01
I sense a new thread...

This book already has one,

Robert Semrau's book "The Taliban Don't Wave"
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=105831.0
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Target Up on June 23, 2015, 18:06:10
1356 by Bernard Cornwell, battle of Poitiers and all that.  Well, truthfully Jack Hawkins is reading it to me and doing a much better job than I would have.
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Post by: FJAG on June 23, 2015, 23:18:13
And now for something completely different -

So, Anyway by John Cleese.

 :cheers:
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Post by: deskjockey43 on July 07, 2015, 12:41:51
Game of Thrones series, book 2.  And no, I do not watch the show.
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Post by: milnews.ca on July 07, 2015, 13:18:28
"There is no Goat," (http://amzn.to/1IH5jMd) an ebook written by a former American military counterintelligence rep about her insights into Afghans based on some inside-the-wire contract work in Afghanistan.

FAR from politically correct ....
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Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on July 07, 2015, 13:24:53
Recently finished Heretic, Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

A very interesting inside look at why Islam is so rigid and apparently immune to reformation, a solid plea in favour of such reformation and a candid look at recent encouraging signs that it may actually be starting from the inside of Islam itself, where it ought to come from. I don't agree with everything, but it is a mind opening essay.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Valhrafn on July 09, 2015, 23:34:35
Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell (book 2 of 21, a long way to go yet)
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Post by: Danjanou on July 14, 2015, 23:42:13
Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell (book 2 of 21, a long way to go yet)
Yeah you do and reading them in chronological order I see, enjoy. I reread the series every couple of years
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on July 16, 2015, 20:17:15
Just finished the book "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee. This was a hard book to review as it looks like a sequel to one of my favourite books "To Kill a Mockingbird" however it is not actually a sequel, this book was in fact written first but just not published.  This is where my trouble lies I can't help but treat it like a followup to the classic novel when it is in fact not.

The story is about a grown up Scout (properly known as Jean Louise Finch) returning to visit her home town of Maycomb, Alabama.  Unlike "To Kill a Mockingbird" there is no trial or big even as a backdrop to the story, there is still racial tension but it is just her and her interactions with her family and community.  As this book was written first there are some changes to the characters that we have come to love from Harper Lee's first published novel that have slightly changed and in the case of one, not for the better (I am keeping it vague to avoid spoilers).  Now if you never have read "To Kill a Mockingbird" this will not bother you but for the rest of the normal people that have you will find it jarring, like when they said Han shoot second.

There is lots of theories on why this book was published after so many years.  My opinion is that the publishing company was right to tell her to do a different story as I don't think this book was fit to be published.  However it is interesting to see how the author's writing has improved with her second novel, so it is worth reading just for that.
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Post by: Dimsum on July 16, 2015, 20:20:56
Just finished the book "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee. This was a hard book to review as it looks like a sequel to one of my favourite books "To Kill a Mockingbird" however it is not actually a sequel, this book was in fact written first but just not published.  This is where my trouble lies I can't help but treat it like a followup to the classic novel when it is in fact not.

The story is about a grown up Scout (properly known as Jean Louise Finch) returning to visit her home town of Maycomb, Alabama.  Unlike "To Kill a Mockingbird" there is no trial or big even as a backdrop to the story, there is still racial tension but it is just her and her interactions with her family and community.  As this book was written first there are some changes to the characters that we have come to love from Harper Lee's first published novel that have slightly changed and in the case of one, not for the better (I am keeping it vague to avoid spoilers). Now if you never have read "To Kill a Mockingbird" this will not bother you but for the rest of the normal people that have you will find it jarring, like when they said Han shoot second.

There is lots of theories on why this book was published after so many years.  My opinion is that the publishing company was right to tell her to do a different story as I don't think this book was fit to be published.  However it is interesting to see how the author's writing has improved with her second novel, so it is worth reading just for that.

I'm interested to read it even though I haven't read her "first" book since Grade 8.  As for the highlighted bit, if anyone has been watching CBC Newsworld or pretty much any other channel, I'd think they'd have a pretty good idea what the major change is (not that I agree with it either). 
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Post by: George Wallace on July 16, 2015, 20:22:13
Some speculation was put forward that this was her first draft and reworked it to publish "To Kill a Mockingbird". 

I heard one account that she did not want this to be published, but it was her Lawyer who was having it published. 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: jollyjacktar on July 16, 2015, 20:29:41
I did hear one reviewer commenting on the radio yesterday that there are many passes in the book which are brilliant.   Irrespective of Atticus being a douche (there, I've said it) and a major turn off for fans of the original TKAM, he felt this book was worth reading.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on July 16, 2015, 20:42:10
I did hear one reviewer commenting on the radio yesterday that there are many passes in the book which are brilliant.   Irrespective of Atticus being a douche (there, I've said it) and a major turn off for fans of the original TKAM, he felt this book was worth reading.

Gee, spoiler alert!    ;D

There's also an article somewhere essentially saying that it wasn't so much the character of Atticus that made such an impression, it was Gregory Peck's acting and fame from On the Beach, Guns of Navarone, and Roman Holiday.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on July 16, 2015, 20:47:50
Both the written and Peck Atticus portrayals were impressive to me each in their own unique ways.  Peck was brilliant tho, wasn't he?
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on July 17, 2015, 01:11:56
Both the written and Peck Atticus portrayals were impressive to me each in their own unique ways.  Peck was brilliant tho, wasn't he?

Very much so.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on July 20, 2015, 18:30:29
Just finished reading "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy" http://www.amazon.ca/D-Day-Battle-Normandy-Antony-Beevor/dp/0143118188/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437427704&sr=8-1&keywords=D-Day+the+battle+for+normandy (http://www.amazon.ca/D-Day-Battle-Normandy-Antony-Beevor/dp/0143118188/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437427704&sr=8-1&keywords=D-Day+the+battle+for+normandy) by Antony Beevor.

Here is a review of the book that I wrote on Goodreads:You would think that with the tons of books out there on D-Day they would start to get repetitious and boring. Well this book is a great example saying no if they are well written then they can be informative and entertaining.

Antony Beevor's book starts with the initial decision made by General Eisenhower on when to launch the actual liberation and goes through the events of the landing and then some of the subsequent operations such as, EPSOM, GOODWOOD, and TOTALIZE to name a few ending with the liberation of Paris.

One of the things that liked is this author tried to tell as complete a story as possible and not base his story on just one country. So you have accounts from the American, British, Canadian, and Free French troops. A lot of authors just lump the Canadian Army in with the British, but Antony Beevor keeps them separate so you will hear about the Queen's Own Rifles and the Royal Winnipeg Rifles to name just a few.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is interest in D-Day, the second World War, or just military history in general. This author has several other books on WWII which I am going to have to look for.
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Post by: fullflavor on July 24, 2015, 12:59:58
http://www.amazon.com/How-Catch-Russian-Spy-American/dp/1476788820/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437753367&sr=8-1&keywords=HOW+TO+CATCH+A+RUSSIAN+SPY

A naturalized Pakistani civilian who applied in the US Navy, fulfilled his mission in busting a Russian spy and ended up as a civilian officer whose current job is lecturing applicants and those appointed on the SCIENCE of spying. Good read.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on July 24, 2015, 13:26:37
Just finished Armada by Ernest Cline, the author of Ready Player One (which Spielberg is apparently making into a movie).  It's a quick read and not bad with LOTS of shout-outs to various sci-fi, nostalgic and just plain geeky things, but I didn't think it was as good as RPO. 

As an aside, if you liked the movie The Last Starfighter, you'll like this book.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/24/ernest-cline-deloreans-video-games
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FortYorkRifleman on July 24, 2015, 18:49:01
Just started re-reading Stephen King's "The Stand" which, too me, is his greatest novel. I first read it when I was 13 and wanted to revisit this given its been 15 years.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Leeworthy on July 24, 2015, 18:54:24
I honestly wish I could get into a book. The last one I read was Time Fortress by Dan Brown. That was probably 6-7 years ago lol.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on July 25, 2015, 00:03:22
I'm going to throw this right off the "I'm reading an historical/tactical/whatever Army/military book.

I'm reading "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" by Diana Gabaldon. And having a hell of a time with it.

Don't get me wrong; I love the series, but pages and pages (chapters even) about one day in a battle??

Get on with the story, woman!!!

Thankfully, I'm also reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult which is amazing.   :nod:
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Post by: mariomike on August 01, 2015, 22:25:44
Seeing as July 30 marked the 100th anniversary of his execution ( reportedly the most gruesome in the history of Sing Sing ), I re-read "Against The Evidence: The Becker-Rosenthal Affair".
The last time I read it was about 20 years ago. I recently read "Statan's Circus" which is also about the case, and read, "Sacrificed: The Story of Police Lieut. Charles Becker" many years ago.

All about how the most admired officer on the NYPD ( a Lieutenant ) was tried and convicted ( twice ) for "murder by proxy, twice removed".

To this day, Lt. Becker remains the only American police officer ever to be executed. Was he framed? Many believe he was.



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Post by: medicineman on August 02, 2015, 12:49:14
Reading "Ashley's War" - about the female Cultural Support Teams attached to US Spec Ops forces in Afghanistan.  An interesting read (when you leave out the fact that the person writing it is a lay person), especially in the context of the selection of these women, since they had to keep up with the direct action sub-units they were supporting and that fine line the US military has associated with women "being in combat".

MM

 
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Post by: cupper on August 02, 2015, 15:51:24
Reading "Ashley's War" - about the female Cultural Support Teams attached to US Spec Ops forces in Afghanistan.  An interesting read (when you leave out the fact that the person writing it is a lay person), especially in the context of the selection of these women, since they had to keep up with the direct action sub-units they were supporting and that fine line the US military has associated with women "being in combat".

MM

I've seen it the last couple of times I've been in the bookstore and considered picking it up at some point. Let me know your thoughts when you finish it up.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on August 02, 2015, 17:22:38
With all the hoorah about poor Cecil getting killed I pulled out my old copies of  Peter Hathaway Capstick's (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hathaway_Capstick) books, "Death in the Dark Continent" (http://www.amazon.com/"Death-Continent-Peter-Hathaway-Capstick/dp/0312186150/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438546088&sr=1-1&keywords=Death+in+the+Dark+Continent) and "Last Horizons" (http://www.amazon.com/Last-Horizons-Hunting-Shooting-Continents-ebook/dp/B00699S9PO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8).
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: blackberet17 on August 05, 2015, 15:19:54
Back in the spring, I read Christie Blatchford's Fifteen Days. Hard read.

I'm still slogging through Margaret MacMillan's The War That Ended Peace. I can't remember the last time it took me months to read a book...

I managed to get my hands on hard cover copies of three books I've only ever read in electronic format, or in printed .pdf:

- Six Years of War - The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific
- The Canadians in Italy, 1943-1945
- The Victory Campaign - The Operations in North-West Europe, 1944-45

Volumes I, II, and III, respectively, of the Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, from the Department of National Defence.



Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on August 12, 2015, 00:41:01
Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Out of the Ashes.

This is a 2014 reboot of the old Op-Center series written by neither Clancy nor Steve Pieczenik.

Unless you are a die-hard Op-Center fan (or maybe especially if you are a die-hard Op-Center fan) you should give this one a miss: weak and implausible scenarios/plot; cardboard characters, weak writing.

On the other hand I've just reread Michael Connelly's Bosch series (police detective stories set in Los Angeles over the last few decades). Worth the time and many of the earlier books can be had on Kindle for as little as Cdn$5.99.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on September 05, 2015, 13:24:34
Just finished reading "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz.  It is a continuation of the Millennium Series (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) by Stieg Larsson, who had passed away before the first book was published.  I was hesitant to read this as I was scared it was just going to be a cash grab and not very faithful to the series.  However I am glad I did, I enjoyed the book and thought it was true to the spirt of the first three books.  The only major complaint I had was that I did not think that the character Lisbeth Salander was in it enough, but that is just because I think she is a great kick-*** character.

My one suggestion is don't do what I did, I was so excited to read it that I started right away.  I should of in retrospect re-read the first three books and then read this one as it had been close to 5 years since I had read the original books and I had forgotten some of the minor points.     
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Post by: Dimsum on September 05, 2015, 14:07:09
Finished Aurora, the latest novel by Kim Stanley Robinson (of the Mars Trilogy, 2312, etc fame).  It's good, non-space-opera sci-fi that has minor references to 2312 (and probably the Mars Trilogy as well - I don't remember those books well enough). 

Premise is that a Generation Ship is finally arriving at its destination about 200 years after it was launched. 

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/07/418597442/aurora-journeys-in-a-new-direction
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Post by: milnews.ca on September 05, 2015, 16:35:47
Just finished "Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan" (http://amzn.to/1LbpK0M), the story of a U.S. platoon's deployment near the Pakistan border.  Decent read, spending a lot of time covering the emotional links between the soldiers as well as the details of the fight.  And some Pakistani Frontier Corps troops show up - and not fighting WITH the Americans.

Working my way through "Kill Yourself and Count to Ten," (http://amzn.to/1Lbq4wv) a book about how this guy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_Levin) and others in the South African military tried to take care of drug addicts, homosexuals and conscientious objectors between 1971 & 1989, written from the perspective of those who were "taken care of".

And lovin' my Kindle.  Although a big fan of hard-copy books, I'm finding loads of cheap (between free and $3) and quite good books on Amazon, plus handy to carry a "library" around with me.  While I rotate some books, "must haves" that remain as go-to's include "Starship Troopers" and "The Complete McAuslan"  ;D
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Post by: dangerboy on September 05, 2015, 17:22:49

And lovin' my Kindle.  Although a big fan of hard-copy books, I'm finding loads of cheap (between free and $3) and quite good books on Amazon, plus handy to carry a "library" around with me.  While I rotate some books, "must haves" that remain as go-to's include "Starship Troopers" and "The Complete McAuslan"  ;D

EBook readers are very handy especially when travelling.  I used to carry 5 or 6 books with me, now this device that is the size of one book has I think around 80 on mine currently.  Only thing I miss is with history books it is harder to look at the maps and diagrams.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on September 05, 2015, 23:08:44
And lovin' my Kindle.

Loving mine less than I used to now that their book pricing policy is being dictated in large part by the publishers to the point where all too often the Kindle version costs more than the paperback.

Another problem with Kindle is that it will not work with the ePub format as used exclusively by the OverDrive network which powers all the eBooks that you can download from your local libraries. I've been using the Adobe Digital Editions for that especially when I'm off in the winter down south. (There are ePub to Kindle converters but not useable with library loan eBooks)

 :cheers:
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Post by: PMedMoe on September 09, 2015, 13:22:22
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer.  Just started...good so far.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on September 09, 2015, 13:32:12
Only thing I miss is with history books it is harder to look at the maps and diagrams.
Yeah, there IS that.  That's when I still tend to go for the hard copy.

Loving mine less than I used to now that their book pricing policy is being dictated in large part by the publishers to the point where all too often the Kindle version costs more than the paperback.
That's true, but being a bit of a cheap "basket", I only buy a new release very rarely.  Still lots of good reading to be done on free to $2.
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Post by: FJAG on September 09, 2015, 15:01:28
Jeff Shaara's "A Blaze of Glory" a novel of the Civil War's Battle of Shiloh.

This is the first part of a four-volume series of the western campaign and is followed by "Chain of Thunder" (Vicksburg) and "The Smoke of War" (Chattanooga) and "The Fateful Lightning" (Sherman's march to the sea)

While deemed "historical novels" they are deeply researched and faithful portrayals of the key historical figures actions during these events and are in the same style as the eastern campaign trilogy: "Gods and Generals" (early war to Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville), "Killer Angels" (Gettysburg and written by Jeff's father Michael Shaara) and "The Last Full Measure" (post Gettysburg to end of the war).

 :cheers:
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Post by: Technoviking on September 09, 2015, 15:22:34
Just finished "How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization" by Thomas E Woods Jr.  Now I'm reading "Summa Theologicae" by Saint Thomas Aquinas.  Next up?  Paradise Lost by Milton.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on September 09, 2015, 15:33:19
I am assuming you are reading the Summa in its original latin version. If you don't have it in that original version, I'll be glad to loan you mine, which I haven't opened since my Seminary days (They were my dad's originally, but I inherited them).


PS: I am not kidding.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on September 09, 2015, 16:09:42
I am assuming you are reading the Summa in its original latin version. If you don't have it in that original version, I'll be glad to loan you mine, which I haven't opened since my Seminary days (They were my dad's originally, but I inherited them).


PS: I am not kidding.
A truly eclectic assembly of folks we get in these parts ....  ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on September 09, 2015, 18:12:59
Don't get me wrong, Milnews, I was no angel (still ain't).

The seminary I am talking about here is not the "Grand Seminary" where you study to be a priest, but a pre-grand seminary college that provided the equivalent of a Quebec college degree (pre-university) at a private college for a fraction of the price, if they believed you could possibly chose to attend the grand seminary later. I got  good and cheap education  :nod:.

However, you still had to be subjected to six periods of Thomist philosophy, 3 periods of latin and 3 periods of theology each week. Now that I think about it, its amazing I found the time to study and excel at maths and science !!!!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Technoviking on September 09, 2015, 19:37:51
I am assuming you are reading the Summa in its original latin version. If you don't have it in that original version, I'll be glad to loan you mine, which I haven't opened since my Seminary days (They were my dad's originally, but I inherited them).


PS: I am not kidding.
I wish I could read it in Latin.  I'm teaching myself in Latin, but I am at the state where I can say "Sum agricola"  :P  (Non est veritas.  Non sum agricola.) 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Technoviking on September 09, 2015, 19:39:17
Don't get me wrong, Milnews, I was no angel (still ain't).

None of us are angels; they are spiritual beings.  But we strive to be saints ;)


(And thank you for the offer of the Summa, however)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cupper on September 09, 2015, 22:43:51
Went in to the local Chapters this afternoon while home on vacation, making my usual search for Canadian books to take back.

Picked up Jody Mitic's new book "Unflinching - The Making of a Canadian Sniper" at Chapters this afternoon. Looking forward to reading it.
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Post by: BinRat55 on September 10, 2015, 12:49:15
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader - Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary!

My last book was "Why The Leaf's Suck" - Has a pic of that guy with the paper bag on his head. Cost printed in the corner - $19.67. Get it? Yea...

It was actually a pretty good read. Google "Blue & White disease"...
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cupper on September 11, 2015, 14:17:04
Went in to the local Chapters this afternoon while home on vacation, making my usual search for Canadian books to take back.

Picked up Jody Mitic's new book "Unflinching - The Making of a Canadian Sniper" at Chapters this afternoon. Looking forward to reading it.

Finished it last night. Just the portion of his story about his struggles after returning to Canada undergoing recovery & rehab in a system that was unprepared for members coming home with serious / traumatic injuries, the fight with addiction to pain killers, and finding purpose in life after the incident are well worth the read.

I was particularly impressed with the lesson learned as to how a moment's misguided lapse in judgement can potentially have devastating consequences in your future life.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: the 48th regulator on September 11, 2015, 14:35:57
Finished it last night. Just the portion of his story about his struggles after returning to Canada undergoing recovery & rehab in a system that was unprepared for members coming home with serious / traumatic injuries, the fight with addiction to pain killers, and finding purpose in life after the incident are well worth the read.

I was particularly impressed with the lesson learned as to how a moment's misguided lapse in judgement can potentially have devastating consequences in your future life.

My copy arrived this week. Can't wait to read it!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on September 11, 2015, 14:43:03
Finished it last night. Just the portion of his story about his struggles after returning to Canada undergoing recovery & rehab in a system that was unprepared for members coming home with serious / traumatic injuries, the fight with addiction to pain killers, and finding purpose in life after the incident are well worth the read.

I was particularly impressed with the lesson learned as to how a moment's misguided lapse in judgement can potentially have devastating consequences in your future life.

My copy came in the mail yesterday nnd I finished it shortly after supper. I echo Cupper's comments and considering the uproar in the mid-ninties about care of casualties, I couldn't believe how poorly prepared we were to treat people with competent compassion.

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Post by: Valhrafn on September 11, 2015, 22:23:31
Sharpe's Rifles (book 6 of 21) by Bernard Cornwell
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on September 15, 2015, 08:14:39
About 1/2 way through "Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea," (http://amzn.to/1KcY0Lt) a graphic novel based on a Canadian-born animator spending several months in Pyongyang working.  Good art, capturing a mood of an isolated, odd kingdom.
(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F51ul-sHvWGL._SX350_BO1%2C204%2C203%2C200_.jpg&hash=92fef8f739d7bd6840a56dc968c62ed8)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: caocao on September 18, 2015, 20:59:38
The Martian.  If the Matt Damon movie is haft as good as the book it's going to be great!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on September 18, 2015, 21:05:52
The Martian.  If the Matt Damon movie is haft as good as the book it's going to be great!

I'm cautiously optimistic about the movie.  Loved the book and I think Matt Damon can pull off the character.

I'm reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.  The site io9 describes as "it’s as though Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy had one hyperactive and excited baby", and if you reading this:

a) know what those two movies/shows are, and
b) like them

then definitely read this book.

http://io9.com/the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-is-this-year-s-mos-1730270921
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 18, 2015, 21:20:06
The Martian.  If the Matt Damon movie is haft as good as the book it's going to be great!

Have not read the book, but I want to see the movie and I'm sure, read the book too.  Looks fantastic.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on September 18, 2015, 21:48:51
I'm cautiously optimistic about the movie.  Loved the book and I think Matt Damon can pull off the character.

I'm reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.  The site io9 describes as "it’s as though Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy had one hyperactive and excited baby", and if you reading this:

a) know what those two movies/shows are, and
b) like them

then definitely read this book.

http://io9.com/the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-is-this-year-s-mos-1730270921

Firefly is one of my favourite TV shows so I will have to check out this book.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on September 18, 2015, 22:36:44
Re-reading the Matt Helm series by Donald Hamilton. Just finished the first in the series, " Death of a Citizen" (http://www.amazon.com/Matt-Helm-Citizen-Donald-Hamilton/dp/0857683349/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442625912&sr=1-1&keywords=death+of+a+citizen+by+donald+hamilton) and started on the second one, "The Wrecking Crew."
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Post by: caocao on September 20, 2015, 06:21:08
I'm cautiously optimistic about the movie.  Loved the book and I think Matt Damon can pull off the character.

I'm reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.  The site io9 describes as "it’s as though Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy had one hyperactive and excited baby", and if you reading this:

a) know what those two movies/shows are, and
b) like them

then definitely read this book.

I am a huge fan of both so i will most definately look it up!

http://io9.com/the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-is-this-year-s-mos-1730270921
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Post by: Dimsum on September 21, 2015, 00:13:29
I'm cautiously optimistic about the movie.  Loved the book and I think Matt Damon can pull off the character.

I'm reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.  The site io9 describes as "it’s as though Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy had one hyperactive and excited baby", and if you reading this:

a) know what those two movies/shows are, and
b) like them

then definitely read this book.

http://io9.com/the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-is-this-year-s-mos-1730270921

Finished it in 2 days, and only because it's an e-book on my Mac and I get distracted by FB.  It is a very easy, enjoyable read and is definitely very similar to Firefly.  However, instead of a plot-driven story, it's a personality-driven story and each crew member and race have a chapter somewhat devoted to them - somewhat like the plot of the episode "Out of Gas" where Mal remembers how he met his crew.

I wouldn't say GOTG was a big inspiration, but I definitely noticed elements of the Mass Effect series. 
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Post by: milnews.ca on September 28, 2015, 15:03:27
Dividing my time between "Team of Teams" (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00KWG9OF4) by Stan McChrystal and "Combat Ready Kitchen," (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00TY3ZOQE) a book about how developing food for astronauts and soliders led to technology for the rest of us civilian eaters.
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Post by: eharps on September 28, 2015, 16:33:57
Sharpe's Rifles (book 6 of 21) by Bernard Cornwell

This is an incredible book series. The BBC (I believe) also made some into a miniseries/TV series with Sean Bean, which were also fantastic. Not the usual Hollwood-ized, gory war movie, but well told military films.

Worth a watch.
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Post by: fake penguin on September 29, 2015, 03:46:52
Just finished  reading Hyena road.  To me it's American sniper meets lone survivor.  The book wasn't about the road so much as it was about political power in kandahar.
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Post by: eharps on September 29, 2015, 10:17:54
Just finished  reading Hyena road.  To me it's American sniper meets lone survivor.  The book wasn't about the road so much as it was about political power in kandahar.

Was it a worthwhile read?
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Post by: Revan on September 29, 2015, 10:38:31
I finished Greenmantle by John Buchan about a month ago and it was fantastic.  Read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (the trilogy in 5 parts version) which was hilarious and well worth a read.  Currently reading Entry Island by Peter May and so far it is pretty good.
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Post by: ueo on September 29, 2015, 14:13:42
Just finished the "Ender" series. A good shallow read with many deep deep psych undertones.
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Post by: fake penguin on September 29, 2015, 22:21:57
Was it a worthwhile read?

When I got the book it was because I wanted to know about the road project that the movie seem to focus on. Like I said in my last post the book was nothing much about the struggles of building the road, the road is already build by the start of the story. So in that aspect you might be disappointed but if you are not focus on that and just read the book it's enjoyable. To be honest you have to ask a sniper and an intelligence officer how close to reality is this book to their experience, I was neither. I think I am just going to go to the movie and just enjoy it.
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Post by: FJAG on October 02, 2015, 22:14:40
The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan.

http://www.amazon.ca/Insurgents-David-Petraeus-Change-American/dp/1451642636/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443833746&sr=1-3 (http://www.amazon.ca/Insurgents-David-Petraeus-Change-American/dp/1451642636/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443833746&sr=1-3)

An absolutely excellent book looking at the inner workings of the development of the US Army's counterinsurgency philosophy/doctrine during the last two decades. Particularly interesting for those who like to see the inner workings about how high level "sausages are made". Very well researched and very in depth yet still quite readable.

If I have one criticism it's that the book does not do very well in looking at what the US's allies were doing in Iraq or Afghanistan vis a vis counterinsurgency doctrine or operations. There is a considerable nod to the historical sources of early British and French counterinsurgency principles/authors etc but when it comes to the Iraq/Afghanistan era there is a deafening silence (except for the usual US drivel that the "Europeans had tons of caveats, wouldn't fight and rarely left camp - regardless of what one may think about Italian, Spanish and German lack of aggression, the west and the north were secure and able to progress economically and in the end, that was the accomplishment of the main counterinsurgency goal). I'm not sure if this failing is due Kaplan's oversight or simply reflects the ignorance of his numerous sources/interviewees. Even if the later, however, Kaplan should have looked at what the allies were doing in some detail if for no other purpose than to give a term of reference as to where the US either led or failed to lead the coalition effort.

 :cheers:
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Post by: Colin P on October 03, 2015, 00:01:34
No Higher Purpose the official operational history of the RCN vol II part 1

A good read both on the operational side and some of the political background
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Post by: dangerboy on October 03, 2015, 13:47:00
Just received in the mail: First To The Finish - Canadians In The Second World War 1944-1945 by Tim Cook http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0670067687?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00 (http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0670067687?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00).  It is the second volume in his two volume set on the Canadians in WWII.  If you have read his books on WWI or are interested in military history I recommend his writing. 
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Post by: daftandbarmy on October 03, 2015, 21:21:48
Spitfire into Battle

http://www.amazon.ca/Spitfire-Battle-W-G-G-Duncan-Smith/dp/0719554845

A gruelling read... everyone dies around him, and it's astonishing that he survived at all after many years of continuous combat flying.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on October 03, 2015, 23:34:50
Have not read the book, but I want to see the movie and I'm sure, read the book too.  Looks fantastic.


Book should be here in a couple of days.   Just got back from the movie.   It is fantastic and everything I hoped it would be.  My # 1 choice of the year to date.
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Post by: Old Sweat on October 06, 2015, 10:54:56
I just finished a very interesting little book on Hong kong that took a new approach to the battle and the Canadian part in it. The author, Terry Meagher, served in Korea 1952-1953 in The RCR and brings the perspective of an infantryman who fought in mountainous terrain to the battle. In later years Terry has run Veterans Publications in Kemptville, ON specializing in producing limited runs of memoirs for veterans.

His book, which he published using his company is titled Betrayal Canadian Soldiers Hong Kong 1941. It is a relatively slim volume of 167 pages including endnotes and index, but addresses a number of issues that have not been examined by other authors. He used a number of retired officers, including Major General Ivan Fenton, to comment on various aspects of the battle.

The defence estimate by General Fenton is well worth a read. One is left with the impression that Major General Maltby, the British commander, did not make one, or he was grossly incompetent or both. For example Maltby used the main north-south route (that ran across the key terrain) as his inter-brigade boundary. It occurred to me after reading the book that the general may well have been posted to a colonial backwater instead of receiving an operational appointment for a reason.

Mister Meagher also noted that both Canadian battalions, although accused by Maltby, of incompetence and even cravenly behaviour, actually mounted more company or platoon attacks that any of the British and Indian battalions that made up the bulk of the garrison. This is also reflected in the battle casualties. Edit - correction both Canadian battalions mounted more company or platoon attacks than the combined total of all the rest of the British and Indian infantry battalions.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy, the Veterans Publication address is Box 223, Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 and the website is VeteransPublications.com.
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Post by: Danjanou on October 06, 2015, 16:33:51
I just finished a very interesting little book on Hong kong that took a new approach to the battle and the Canadian part in it. The author, Terry Meagher, served in Korea 1952-1953 in The RCR and brings the perspective of an infantryman who fought in mountainous terrain to the battle. In later years Terry has run Veterans Publications in Kemptville, ON specializing in producing limited runs of memoirs for veterans.

His book, which he published using his company is titled Betrayal Canadian Soldiers Hong Kong 1941. It is a relatively slim volume of 167 pages including endnotes and index, but addresses a number of issues that have not been examined by other authors. He used a number of retired officers, including Major General Ivan Fenton, to comment on various aspects of the battle.

The defence estimate by General Fenton is well worth a read. One is left with the impression that Major General Maltby, the British commander, did not make one, or he was grossly incompetent or both. For example Maltby used the main north-south route (that ran across the key terrain) as his inter-brigade boundary. It occurred to me after reading g the book that the general may well have been posted to a colonial backwater instead of receiving an operational appointment for a reason.

Mister Meagher also noted that both Canadian battalions, although accused by Maltby, of incompetence and even cravenly behaviour, actually mounted more company or platoon attacks that any of the British and Indian battalions that made up the bulk of the garrison. This is also reflected in the battle casualties.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy, the Veterans Publication address is Box 223, Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 and the website is VeteransPublications.com.

Sounds similar to both books I read on HK last year, The Damned by Nathan Greenfield and Desperate Siege the Battle of Hong Kong  by Ted Ferguson  both of which go to great lengths to  dispute Maltby’s allegations the Canadians were poorly trained, led and the cause of the defeat and no blame should have been assessed to him for his lack of preparation  and severe underestimation of the capabilities of the Japanese. I should pick this one up to add to my collection.
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Post by: eharps on October 06, 2015, 16:43:09
When I got the book it was because I wanted to know about the road project that the movie seem to focus on. Like I said in my last post the book was nothing much about the struggles of building the road, the road is already build by the start of the story. So in that aspect you might be disappointed but if you are not focus on that and just read the book it's enjoyable. To be honest you have to ask a sniper and an intelligence officer how close to reality is this book to their experience, I was neither. I think I am just going to go to the movie and just enjoy it.

I just finished it as well and I see your point. From a younger guy who knew nothing of the road, I took it as more of a sotry about the characters, like you said. I quite enjoyed it and hope the film is on par. I would read it again.
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Post by: Retired AF Guy on October 06, 2015, 21:23:18
Just picked up James Holland's " The Rise of Germany (1939-1941): The War in the West." According to the dust jacket the book takes a different look at some of the myths about WW2. First in a multi-volume history of the conflict.
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Post by: Baden Guy on October 08, 2015, 21:42:08
Just finished "All the Light We Cannot See."

"WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
 From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II."

http://www.amazon.ca/All-Light-We-Cannot-See/dp/150110456X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444351016&sr=1-1&keywords=All+the+Light+We+Cannot+See

Really enjoyed this book. WWII history, solid gripping story line and all around pleasure to read.
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Post by: dangerboy on November 25, 2015, 09:46:19
Just finished the book "Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1933-1945" http://www.amazon.ca/Seizing-Enigma-German-U-Boat-1933-1945/dp/184832636X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448458916&sr=8-2&keywords=seizing+the+enigma (http://www.amazon.ca/Seizing-Enigma-German-U-Boat-1933-1945/dp/184832636X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448458916&sr=8-2&keywords=seizing+the+enigma) by David Kahn.

Here is a review on the book that I wrote on Goodreads:

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This is an historical account of the allies efforts to break the German codes during the Second World War, focusing on the most famous cyphering system those encrypted by the Enigma machine and the work done by Bletchley Park. It also talks about the longest and some say most important battle that occurred during the war, the Battle of the Atlantic.

I have always been interested in the story of the Enigma and the work done by Bletchley Park and will read anything about the subject. I found this to be a great book on the subject it talked about the details of cryptology but at a level that a normal person can understand it (I have read some books that you need a degree in math to understand what they are talking about).

The way the writer explains stuff and his use of first hand accounts of the efforts that went into getting enigma machines and various codebooks makes for a good read on what could easily be a very dry and technical subject.

If you don't know much about the struggle between the Axis and Allies Cryptologists then I would recommend this book especially if the only thing you know about the Enigma machine comes from that abortion of a movie "U571" which instead of tweaking history to make it a good story rewrote history completely to appease a market segment.

One last point, when you read this book you will gain a greater appreciation for the work of the Polish during and before the war and the vital contribution they made to the war effort. No matter who the official winners/losers of the Second World War were, the Poles were one of the countries that got screwed over the most during and at the end of the war.
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Post by: Dimsum on November 25, 2015, 10:57:33
For any military sci-fi fans, the following is a good, free collection of short stories from the Atlantic Council's Art of Future Warfare. 

http://io9.com/war-stories-from-the-future-is-a-fantastic-military-sci-1742541600?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingoff&utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.1&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fio9.com%2Fwar-stories-from-the-future-is-a-fantastic-military-sci-1742541600
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Post by: FJAG on December 06, 2015, 17:48:35
Sean Naylor's "Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Operations Command"

http://www.amazon.ca/Relentless-Strike-History-Special-Operations/dp/1250014549 (http://www.amazon.ca/Relentless-Strike-History-Special-Operations/dp/1250014549)

For those of you who know Naylor's work ("A Good Day to Die" and articles in Army Times) you'll know that he is one of the foremost writers on the US special operations community and especially on the topic of the Tier 1 JSOC ones.

This book traces the history of JSOC to the present day with an extraordinary amount of detail that you won't find elsewhere in similar works. Interestingly enough, while Naylor is generally an outspoken supporter of the SOF community, he doesn't hold his punches here and there is a fair amount of insider self criticism from time to time of the organization, individuals, and procedures which gives the book a very balanced outlook.

The only criticism that I have is that the book does not give sufficient context to the environment within which JSOC was working in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the book is clearly about JSOC a bit more detail about what conventional forces and "white" SOF elements were deployed and involved in at the relevant times would give a better overall picture. Nonetheless this is the best book or article about JSOC on the market so far.

 :subbies:
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Post by: ModlrMike on December 06, 2015, 20:21:37
Mostly through "The Kraken Wakes" by John Wyndham. Next up "The Man in the High Castle" by Phillip K Dick
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Post by: Dimsum on December 06, 2015, 20:38:40
Mostly through "The Kraken Wakes" by John Wyndham. Next up "The Man in the High Castle" by Phillip K Dick

The TV series is very good; not entirely faithful to the book though.
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Post by: ModlrMike on December 07, 2015, 09:33:54
I just binge watched the series. That's what spurred me to look to the novel. I understand that while it was not a commercial success, it was well received by the genre and garnered a Hugo award in 1963.
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Post by: Journeyman on December 07, 2015, 10:40:58
The TV series is very good; not entirely faithful to the book though.
Never judge a book by its movie.   :nod:

...or in this case, its TV series.
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Post by: dangerboy on December 19, 2015, 20:17:36
I am doing my annual read of "Lord of the Rings". It is a holiday tradition that I have done since I was about 12 when on the the first day of Christmas break my dad brought home a copy of Fellowship of the Rings from a used book store and I loved the book.  I will read the trilogy and the Hobbit and may or may not read the Silmarillion, not as big a fan of that book.
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Post by: Bass ackwards on December 19, 2015, 21:10:55
Just finishing up Red Green's Beginner's Guide To Women.

From the back cover:
...this is the essential guide to every aspect of finding a mate and then learning to deal with her growing disappointment in you.

Profound reading indeed.
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Post by: NFLD Sapper on December 19, 2015, 21:14:13
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Post by: FJAG on December 20, 2015, 13:43:04
1491 (2nd Ed): New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C Mann

http://www.amazon.ca/1491-Second-Edition-Revelations-Americas/dp/1400032059 (http://www.amazon.ca/1491-Second-Edition-Revelations-Americas/dp/1400032059)

An excellent overview of the pre-Columbian history of the Americas. There are two major lessons here: First; whatever you learned in school about the state of pre-existing aboriginal society in the Americas was probably wrong (or at the least very, very inadequate) and second; nothing is certain. New discoveries are constantly changing and overturning old perceptions and theories. This book should be a must read in all of our schools.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

http://www.amazon.ca/Lafayette-Somewhat-United-States-Vowell/dp/1594631743 (http://www.amazon.ca/Lafayette-Somewhat-United-States-Vowell/dp/1594631743)

Sarah Vowell is a bit of an acquired taste and I'm one of those who is quite fond of her writing style. This book is a look at the history of the American revolution based on a study of the Marquis de Lafayette who as a very young nobleman left pre-revolutionary France to join up with Washington in the early days of the revolt.

 :subbies:
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Post by: ueo on December 23, 2015, 13:53:52
Forgotten: The Story of D-Days Black Heroes, At Home and at War. Just started this but its heavily slanted towards the American POV.
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Post by: eharps on December 26, 2015, 00:18:03
I just finished my copy of Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford (I had to take a break for BMQ) and that was a very good read. I don't even know how to explain how that book made me feel, reading what everyone has gone through in Afghanistan, but man that book tore me up.

I couldn't read it all at once, had to take some breaks, but it was the most rewarding book I think I have ever read.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on December 26, 2015, 08:51:17
Re-reading With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge.
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Post by: Dan M on December 26, 2015, 10:22:45
Just got 'Crossing Over' by Michael Connelly for Christmas.  It's a Harry Bosch novel.  Connelly never misses releasing a new book at Christmastime.

Bosch has retired from the LAPD and has 'crossed over' to work the criminal defence side of the aisle with his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller.  Mickey Haller was the character played by Matthew McConaughey in the film 'The Lincoln Lawyer.'

Looking forward to a good read.

Cheers,
Dan.
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Post by: FJAG on December 26, 2015, 23:21:42
Just got 'The Crossing Over' by Michael Connelly for Christmas.  It's a Harry Bosch novel.  Connelly never misses releasing a new book at Christmastime.

Bosch has retired from the LAPD and has 'crossed over' to work the criminal defence side of the aisle with his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller.  Mickey Haller was the character played by Matthew McConaughey in the film 'The Lincoln Lawyer.'

Looking forward to a good read.

Cheers,
Dan.

FTFY  :salute:

I'm half way through it myself

 :subbies:
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Post by: Dan M on December 27, 2015, 12:01:12
FTFY: I'm half way through it myself

Wolf,

Thanks.  My memory goes from time to time, even when the book is sitting right in front of me!

Cheers,
Dan.
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Post by: Norseman on December 27, 2015, 20:52:40
Working my way through " Virtues of War" by Stephen Pressfield. Great historical fiction following the campaigns of Alexander starting in Macedon and ending in India. Pressfield does a great job conveying the motivations of Alexander and the hardships he and his men suffered throughout the conquest.
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Post by: jollyjacktar on December 27, 2015, 23:00:25
I wish they had of made his Gates of Fire into a movie instead of that POS, 300.  I need to re-read that one too.
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Post by: Journeyman on December 28, 2015, 01:43:01
I wish they had of made his Gates of Fire into a movie ....
Concur. Awesome portrayal of Thermopylae.   :nod:
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Post by: daftandbarmy on December 28, 2015, 02:08:06
Re-reading With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge.

That's one I keep handy to leaf through occasionally, just for the 'holy cr#p' factor.

The HBO series 'The Pacific' doesn't really do it justice, but at least it seems to portray a few of the incidents in his book relatively accurately IMHO.

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Post by: milnews.ca on December 28, 2015, 14:22:32
Working my way through " Virtues of War" by Stephen Pressfield. Great historical fiction following the campaigns of Alexander starting in Macedon and ending in India. Pressfield does a great job conveying the motivations of Alexander and the hardships he and his men suffered throughout the conquest.
Loved the audio book version of his novel "The Afghan Campaign" (http://amzn.to/1QSnVhw) by Pressfield - great job of showing things through one dude going through.

Rereading "The Good Soldier Svejk" (http://amzn.to/1QX2wU1) - the original Catch-22, written well before Catch-22, based on a Czech bumbling his way through WW1.
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Post by: Alpha dog on December 28, 2015, 15:08:34
I just finished the first chapter of Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth". So far what I got from it is his amazing ability to stay focused on his goal for such a long time.
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Post by: Norseman on December 28, 2015, 16:49:25
Loved the audio book version of his novel "The Afghan Campaign" (http://amzn.to/1QSnVhw) by Pressfield - great job of showing things through one dude going through.


Agreed, " The Afghan Campaign" was the first book I read by Pressfield. Great interpretation of what the conquest of Afghanistan was like through the soldiers eyes. It is also a good look into the struggles of the individual soldier engaging in counter-insurgency warfare, something completely new to them at the time.
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Post by: LightFighter on December 28, 2015, 17:07:58
Last few books I've read

My Men Are My Heroes, The Brad Kasal Story - Nathaniel R. Helms
Stryker, The Siege of Sadr City - Konrad Ludwig
The Warrior Ethos - Steven Pressfield
With The Old Breed - E.B. Sledge
China Marine - E.B. Sledge
Red Blood, Black Sand, Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima - Chuck Tatum
Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror - Charles Faint and Leo Jenkins

Currently reading
13 Hours, The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi - Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team
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Post by: Colin P on December 29, 2015, 12:37:56
Tiger- by Thomas Anderson, he does a good job showing the logistical side that went with these tanks. Really the Germans could not efficiently handle anything heavier, their recovery vehicles could barely handle a Tiger I. 
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Post by: jollyjacktar on December 29, 2015, 12:44:49
Concur. Awesome portrayal of Thermopylae.   :nod:

"Wake up to theese"
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Post by: The Anti-Royal on December 29, 2015, 13:24:57
Don't Vote (It Only Encourages the Bastards) by P.J. O'Rourke.
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Post by: Dimsum on December 31, 2015, 11:48:13
Just finished Luna:  New Moon by Ian McDonald.  It's pitched as "Game of Thrones on the Moon" which isn't totally incorrect, but I'd consider it more Godfather-like than GOT.  The first half is very slow to get through as it throws you in the middle of the large cast of characters and their various factions in multiple languages (there is a glossary and family/faction chart), but when the story picks up, it definitely does and sets up the 2nd book at a cliffhanger.

Apparently CBS is trying to get the rights to make it as a show, but after some of the things mentioned in the book, HBO would be a better choice unless they water it down significantly.  Definitely not one to read to the kids, or at work!

http://www.tor.com/2015/09/21/book-reviews-luna-new-moon-by-ian-mcdonald/
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Post by: jollyjacktar on December 31, 2015, 15:16:53
Will be reading "The Finest Hours" which is the soon to be released movie about the USCG rescue of merchant seaman in 1952.

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-finest-hours-the-true/9781250044235-item.html?ikwid=the+finest+hours&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: caocao on December 31, 2015, 17:21:23
I am rereading The Stand (longer version).
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: caocao on December 31, 2015, 17:24:25
The TV series is very good; not entirely faithful to the book though.

On episode 3, different from the book but still pretty good so far.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: kailee.macisaac on December 31, 2015, 19:31:15
I am rereading The Stand (longer version).
Excellent novel. Amazing author.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Retired AF Guy on December 31, 2015, 22:51:21
Don't Vote (It Only Encourages the Bastards) by P.J. O'Rourke.

Big fan of P.J. O'Rourke. Will definitely be on the lookout for it.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dan M on January 01, 2016, 17:06:44
Now half-way through the third volume of George Blackburn's trilogy The Guns of Victory (1996).  It doesn't seem as enthralling as the second volume (but first published) on Normandy but seems to be picking up now that the Battle of the Reichswald is set to begin.

One of the things I like about Blackburn's work is that he made himself knowledgeable about the campaigns in NW Europe and can fit his part, and his regiment's part, into the strategy of the campaign.  It makes for a much more interesting read.  I found that Charles Sydney Frost did the same thing in his war autobiography Once a Patricia.  Frost's book came first and, I think to his credit, Blackburn followed the same format.  Both are great authors.

Cheers,
Dan.

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Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Grey51 on January 06, 2016, 08:19:58
RCN in Retrospect: 1910-1968
Edited by James A Boutlier
UBC Publishing

I found this little gem in a used book store and have been reading it non stop since. I really enjoy the chapter on HMCS Labrador and its first arctic mission.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on January 29, 2016, 11:34:45
If you like police procedurals and military fiction, my latest book in the Allies series, The Gulf, provides action in both venues.

Allies: The Gulf is available at:

http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Riedel/e/B00459ATSU (http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Riedel/e/B00459ATSU)

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/wolfriedel (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/wolfriedel)

and through Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and other distributors.

Incidentally I have a new website: https://wolfriedel.wordpress.com/ (https://wolfriedel.wordpress.com/)

:cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: BlueAngels14 on January 30, 2016, 01:15:42
A Clash of Kings - Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dan M on January 30, 2016, 09:42:43
If you like police procedurals and military fiction, my latest book in the Allies series, The Gulf, provides action in both venues.

I'm old.  Not into new-fangled e-books.  Is it available hard-copy in Canada?

Cheers,
Dan.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on January 30, 2016, 12:26:13
I'm old.  Not into new-fangled e-books.  Is it available hard-copy in Canada?

Cheers,
Dan.

Funny you should ask. The short answer is not yet.

The longer answer is that there is a new concept out in the publishing world called "on-demand" hard copy publishing.

Essentially there are now several publishers out there who will make short runs (as little as one book) of hard copy paperbacks which are then mail-ordered out. Amazon offers such a service.

The down side is that it drives up the cost of the book. (My $4.00 books would be closer to $9-10) and I would need to make edits to the books to make them more attractive as hard copies (back cover and spine art, inside cover material, headers with page numbers etc). None of those are very hard but do need some attention and time and I have already decided that I will do so, sometime within the next year.

Since finishing the last book I have been doing some beta-testing on a new version of a timelining program which I am using to outline two new books I'm working on and when I find a natural break in the "creative" flow I will turn my attention to this.

Thanks for the interest.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Fishbone Jones on January 30, 2016, 15:11:26
Funny you should ask. The short answer is not yet.

The longer answer is that there is a new concept out in the publishing world called "on-demand" hard copy publishing.

Essentially there are now several publishers out there who will make short runs (as little as one book) of hard copy paperbacks which are then mail-ordered out. Amazon offers such a service.

The down side is that it drives up the cost of the book. (My $4.00 books would be closer to $9-10) and I would need to make edits to the books to make them more attractive as hard copies (back cover and spine art, inside cover material, headers with page numbers etc). None of those are very hard but do need some attention and time and I have already decided that I will do so, sometime within the next year.

Since finishing the last book I have been doing some beta-testing on a new version of a timelining program which I am using to outline two new books I'm working on and when I find a natural break in the "creative" flow I will turn my attention to this.

Thanks for the interest.

 :cheers:

We've got this gizmo at our main library. http://www.windsorpubliclibrary.com/?portfolio=self-publishing
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on January 30, 2016, 23:43:15
You had me excited for a moment (Windsor's not that far from me) until -like Big Bang's Sheldon - I said that "I want to do the math."

Long story short - using Amazon's CreateSpace service I can get a 400 page paperback done for myself for $5.65 with shipping of $7.00 (much less per book for larger volume shipments). On top of that the book can be put through the Amazon book distribution chain (where the prices would be different - I'm just comparing copies printed for the author.)

Windsor, on the other hand, charges a $20.00 one-time set-up fee; $3.50 for the cover and $0.05 per page (so $20.00 for 400 pages).

Thanks for the info however. It's always good to see the options available.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on February 17, 2016, 01:37:47
Maybe make it mandatory....

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Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cupper on February 18, 2016, 20:47:17
Maybe make it mandatory....

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At 448 pages, this would require one hell of a reading list to make up for it.

http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Kardashian-Selfish-West/dp/0789329204
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Simian Turner on February 20, 2016, 01:49:59
Current borrowed books for local library:

Gwynne Dyer - "ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East: DON'T PANIC"- 2015

David Levine - "Health Care and Politics: An Insider's View on Managing and Sustaining Health Care in Canada" - 2015

Both contain food for thought!
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on March 02, 2016, 20:40:27
The Red and Green Life Machine  by Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly OBE.

Deals with the medical end of things during the Falklands war.
This book was discussed/recommended on another thread on this site a few weeks ago, so I ordered it from Amazon (I am somewhat of a Falklands buff).

Just a few chapters in so far but it is very interesting and readable.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 02, 2016, 22:04:58
I just finished "One Bullet Away: the making of a Marine Officer" by Nathaniel Fickle.  I picked it up with my annual Christmas Chapters gift card gift card present.  From the bargain book section too,  $5.  Worth every penny.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Baden Guy on March 06, 2016, 09:49:23

The Art of War: A Novel (Jake Grafton Novels) Hardcover  – February 2, 2016

by Stephen Coonts

The Chinese dragon is flexing its muscles. As its military begins to prey on neighbors in the South China Sea, attacking fishing vessels and scheming to seize natural resources, the US goes on high alert. But a far more ominous danger lurks closer to home: a Chinese sleeper cell has planted a nuclear weapon in the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia, the biggest naval base on the planet.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-War-Grafton-Novels/dp/1250041996

Like many on this site I have a weakness for this type of book. Well written by a knowledgeable ex military author.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Thucydides on March 23, 2016, 23:00:56
Interesting concept, look forward to reading this:

http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2016/03/on-existence-of-gods.html

Quote
On the Existence of Gods

ON THE EXISTENCE OF GODS is the response to a public challenge posed by Dr. PZ Myers, a militant atheist who claimed to have never encountered any good arguments for the existence of gods. It is a competitive discourse between a Christian and an atheist, each of whom argue for their position on the subject, after which the arguments are adjudicated by a team of three judges, a Christian, an agnostic, and an atheist, before additional arguments are presented.

The format is compelling and the results are at times surprising, as the discussion takes unexpected twists and turns, while the judges exhibit ruthless impartiality as they criticize the arguments of both sides without mercy or favor. Vox Day, the author of The Irrational Atheist, presents the Christian perspective, while Dominic Saltarelli argues for the atheist position. The debate is wide-ranging and intelligent, but remains civil throughout, even as the momentum swings in favor of one side, and then the other. It also includes an appendix that addresses the argument for a science-based morality presented by Sam Harris in The Moral Landscape.

ON THE EXISTENCE OF GODS is a compelling test of how open the reader's mind is to the various possibilities of reality, and is a worthy addition to the long history of Man's contemplation of his own existence in the face of the divine.

From the reviewers:

This is the first thing that I've read in a very long time that actually had new, novel, and interesting arguments - and both authors achieved this, on both sides of the debate. I find myself giving this book five stars purely for the astonishing achievement of presenting novel arguments. After two thousand years of debating the topic, that's a remarkable achievement.
Watching a relentlessly logical mind like Vox Day at work is a sight to behold.
I enjoyed it very much, not least for the subtlety of the arguments.

This is a really enjoyable intellectual battle between a believer and an atheist which has the very unusual distinction, in such battles, of being courteous, humorous, and on a high intellectual level.

ON THE EXISTENCE OF GODS is 105 pages, $4.99, and DRM-free.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ModlrMike on March 23, 2016, 23:38:24
Heinlein : Between Planets
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: AIrwin on March 24, 2016, 02:03:59
Just finished Buffalo Soldiers by Robert O'Connor. Premise is an American Infantry supply clerk getting up to no good while stationed in Germany during the 1980's. Light, quick read. Not going to change your life, but pretty funny at times none the less.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dan M on March 24, 2016, 10:15:57
Just finished Buffalo Soldiers by Robert O'Connor. Premise is an American Infantry supply clerk getting up to no good while stationed in Germany during the 1980's. Light, quick read. Not going to change your life, but pretty funny at times none the less.

They made a movie out of this starring Joaquin Phoenix and Anna Paquin.  Saw it on the Movie Network.  I agree, it's not going to change your life.

Cheers,
Dan.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Lumber on March 24, 2016, 10:32:15
I just finished Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, and I'm on my way into Abandon's Gate. They are the books upon which the TV Series "The Expanse" is based. All have been great so far. As usual, the books are better than the show, but I would still recommend watching it if you ever enjoyed Firefly.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on March 27, 2016, 17:29:41
Just finished reading "C.R.O.W." (http://amzn.to/1VPbST7), the first in a series of Brit military sci fi written by Phillip Richards (http://amzn.to/25rjcbN), whose day job is being an infantry platoon 2i/c in the British Army.  This was part of a Kindle collection of Brit mil sci fi (http://amzn.to/1SfgGvu) - LOTS of reading for less than $5!

Quick, brisk read - gives an interesting feel for and focus on section-level fighting, especially concentrating on what's immediately around you instead of the much bigger picture. 

I'll be trying out other books in the series as well.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on March 28, 2016, 10:16:40
I just finished Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, and I'm on my way into Abandon's Gate. They are the books upon which the TV Series "The Expanse" is based. All have been great so far. As usual, the books are better than the show, but I would still recommend watching it if you ever enjoyed Firefly.

I found Abbadon's Gate not at the level of the first two, but Nemesis Games (the latest one) is really good.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on April 07, 2016, 10:44:50
Just finishing another one on the Falklands:

The Yompers; With 45 Commando in the Falklands War
By Ian Gardiner

The author commanded a rifle company in 45 Commando during the war. The book is well written and gives some insight into the problems they faced with logistics, the weather, the terrain they had to cross as well as the actual fighting they did.


Edit: for format
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on April 07, 2016, 11:03:00
Just finished reading "C.R.O.W." (http://amzn.to/1VPbST7), the first in a series of Brit military sci fi written by Phillip Richards (http://amzn.to/25rjcbN), whose day job is being an infantry platoon 2i/c in the British Army.  This was part of a Kindle collection of Brit mil sci fi (http://amzn.to/1SfgGvu) - LOTS of reading for less than $5!

Quick, brisk read - gives an interesting feel for and focus on section-level fighting, especially concentrating on what's immediately around you instead of the much bigger picture. 

I'll be trying out other books in the series as well.
More good, sharp, quick reads from Richards in "Lancejack" (http://amzn.to/23kSNu9) and "Eden" (http://amzn.to/1NaK44e) (with a more complex political situation - you can tell the author's deployed to IRQ and AFG - in the latter, but still very much focused on the section fight within the platoon), and I'm just starting "Recce" (http://amzn.to/1RZDFNQ).  If you have an e-reader, less than $4 Canadian each.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Lumber on April 07, 2016, 14:24:52
I found Abbadon's Gate not at the level of the first two, but Nemesis Games (the latest one) is really good.

I couldn't put the first one down, the 2nd one was good, but I am having a lot of trouble getting into Abbandon's Gate.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on April 07, 2016, 18:26:51
They made a movie out of this starring Joaquin Phoenix and Anna Paquin.  Saw it on the Movie Network.  I agree, it's not going to change your life.

Cheers,
Dan.

The movie is a good time waster, you also. forgot Scott Glenn and Ed Harris as the 1st Sgt and CO. I had no idea there was a book. Just found it on amazon  for a cent plus postage. Should be worth a subway commute read.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Lance Wiebe on April 08, 2016, 21:26:53
While browsing through a used book store in a small town in Nova Scotia, I came across "Admiral Doenitz Memoirs"
I picked it up for $5.00. It's in very good condition, with the exception of the jacket, which is somewhat mangled.The version I have was published in England in 1959.

I picked it up more out of curiosity than anything. After all, being a long retired Armour type, I never really did get in to naval history that much. However, it is a surprisingly good read. Very well researched, both from his own war diaries, but also United Kingdom and US war records. I bought it a few months ago, but just started reading it, I'm about half way through now.

Any student of naval history would enjoy this, I think.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on April 08, 2016, 21:50:15
I just finished re-reading 'Helmet for my Pillow' by Robert Leckie.

They based the HBO series 'The Pacific' partly on this book.

Amazing, and humbling, stuff.

It makes me wonder if there's an equivalent book regarding the Canadian soldier's experience in WW2? If so, I haven't come across it yet.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 09, 2016, 10:53:10
Reading "100 days to victory",  Saul David

100 significant days between 1914 and 1918 on all fronts.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on April 09, 2016, 13:12:55
Just finishing another one on the Falklands:

The Yompers; With 45 Commando in the Falklands War
By Ian Gardiner

The author commanded a rifle company in 45 Commando during the war. The book is well written and gives some insight into the problems they faced with logistics, the weather, the terrain they had to cross as well as the actual fighting they did.


Edit: for format

I never met Ian myself but served with Yankee Coy, 45 Cdo a couple of years after the war. They had nothing but good things to say about him. http://www.iangardiner.com/
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on April 10, 2016, 13:16:38
I never met Ian myself but served with Yankee Coy, 45 Cdo a couple of years after the war. They had nothing but good things to say about him. http://www.iangardiner.com/

I highly recommend the book; it was a very interesting and enjoyable read. I'll definitely be looking for his other one about the Dhofar War.

I recently ordered a half dozen or so books* on the Falklands to go with the ones I already have, and am about to start one on the Paras at Goose Green.
(Goose Green: A Battle is Fought to be Won by Mark Adkin)


* Part of a much larger order.
(Captain Morgan + Visa card + Amazon.ca =  :not-again:)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on April 10, 2016, 13:42:59
I highly recommend the book; it was a very interesting and enjoyable read. I'll definitely be looking for his other one about the Dhofar War.

I recently ordered a half dozen or so books* on the Falklands to go with the ones I already have, and am about to start one on the Paras at Goose Green.
(Goose Green: A Battle is Fought to be Won by Mark Adkin)


* Part of a much larger order.
(Captain Morgan + Visa card + Amazon.ca =  :not-again:)

If you haven't read it already I recommend 'Excursion to Hell' by Vince Bramley. Pure Para Reg gold....
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on April 10, 2016, 14:06:40
So ordered. Thanks, I hadn't even heard of that one.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on April 12, 2016, 11:53:43
If you haven't read it already I recommend 'Excursion to Hell' by Vince Bramley. Pure Para Reg gold....

Second that. Good read, also some insight into the deploymnt of the  GPMG Platoon for those emma gee types.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: OldTanker on April 12, 2016, 12:03:57
I'm just about done reading "The Origins of Totalitarianism" by Hannah Arendt. Very academic and a tough slog. But interesting, particularly since it was written shortly after the end of WW2. I was motivated to see if I could draw any parallels between what she writes about and the current situation in the US. I can't say I've really found anything in particular, a totally different set of circumstances, but its an interesting, if challenging, read nonetheless.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: NinerSix on April 13, 2016, 08:24:54
Making my way through the Sharpe series. Quick easy reads. Pretty formulaic in the first few books, but I do enjoy the narrative being woven into historical event/battles.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Danjanou on April 13, 2016, 11:48:34
Making my way through the Sharpe series. Quick easy reads. Pretty formulaic in the first few books, but I do enjoy the narrative being woven into historical event/battles.

Agree a good series, have read them all several times. I met the author at a book signing (his one on Waterloo) and he promised several fans present that there would be more Sharpe books in the future. There was an annoying little kid there and he asked his name and promised him he would be a character in the next one, a drummer boy. He then assured the rest of us said drummer boy would be killed off by chapter 4 in a grizzly manner  8)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on April 13, 2016, 12:48:32
I just finished Command and Control, Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser, Penguin Books, 2013, 632 pages.

It is the story of nuclear safety in the context of the control of American nuclear weapons in terms of both bureaucratic controls, safety devices and physical security as well as the response to nuclear accidents. By way of disclosure in 1961 as a second lieutenant I qualified as a (tactical) nuclear target analyst on a course at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery in Camp Shilo and later was updated with unclassified fudged training material in Canada and highly classified real data in 4 CIBG. I also was fairly familiar with the launcher and fire production procedures and command and control arrangements of our Honest John rockets. Therefore I was more than a little taken aback to find how loose some of the early control and safety measures were.

A good deal of the book is a case study of the July 1980 fire and explosion of a Titan 2 ICBM in its silo near Damascus, AR. It in itself is a litany of the worse features of a highly centralized command control system reacting to a basic accident involving a pierced liquid fuel tank in its silo, and how a series of wrong decisions by people who did nut understand the missile system resulted in the loss of life of young airmen attempting to extinguish a simple fire.

The book also relates the story of the Manhattan Project and I learned for the first time that the project involved scientists from Canada. Indeed the first nuclear device detonated at the Trinity Site was assembled by a Canadian physicist.

The book is an interesting read if you are a bit of a geek like me with some interest in the matter.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on April 13, 2016, 15:33:51
3 Para by Patrick Bishop, focusing on life in a Platoon House in Afghanistan
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on April 13, 2016, 16:20:26
The book also relates the story of the Manhattan Project and I learned for the first time that the project involved scientists from Canada. Indeed the first nuclear device detonated at the Trinity Site was assembled by a Canadian physicist.

I have but one word for you Old Sweat: Chalk River.

Seriously though, few people realize how many Canadian scientist and engineers are involved, and in a major way, in a lot of the big "American" scientific and engineering fantastic breakthroughs. Kennedy set the "nation" on a course to reach the moon, but without the German and large number (almost 30%) of Canadian engineers - a lot of them from the old "aArrow" team, its hard to believe they could have achieved it as fast as they did.
 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on April 13, 2016, 16:31:20
And, of course, there is Reginald Fessenden.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cupper on April 19, 2016, 20:19:00
Another Canadian who was involved, but came to suffer an unfortunate death during the project was Louis Slotin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Slotin

And a significant source of uranium was the Eldorado Mine in the NWT.

Another excellent read is Richard Rhodes "The Making of the Atomic Bomb". It follows the development of the science that lead to the bomb, the personalities involved in the scientific, military and political fields, and the events that occurred along the way. A very detailed coverage of the subject, and all in a simple easy to understand piece of literature.

I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on April 20, 2016, 10:20:23
Another Canadian who was involved, but came to suffer an unfortunate death during the project was Louis Slotin.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Slotin

Mister Slotin was the physicist who assembled the first bomb I referred to in my earlier post..
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on April 20, 2016, 12:16:59
The United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas. 

Imagine Phillip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, with robots.
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Post by: Baden Guy on May 02, 2016, 13:39:53
Just came upon this book in my local library.

"'Ghost Fleet' imagines a harrowing, realistic future of world war.

Very interesting interview with the authors here:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-08/14/ghost-fleet-interview

Wonderfully geeky book it would seem.  :)
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Post by: Dockrill923 on May 02, 2016, 14:39:43
the fighting Canadians-history of the regimental system in Canada
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Post by: Cantthinkofanything on May 02, 2016, 17:11:18
"The Insurgents"  By Kaplan
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ModlrMike on May 03, 2016, 01:56:34
Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey

Watched the first season on Space, and though it was pretty good. The book and the show are thus far pretty faithful to each other.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on May 03, 2016, 02:03:27
Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey

Watched the first season on Space, and though it was pretty good. The book and the show are thus far pretty faithful to each other.

The rest of the book series is on par (with the exception of one which was less than stellar) or better than LW.  It's a great series and the Expanse definitely did it justice, despite *slight spoiler alert* Avarasala being much too toned-down in her use of expletives.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on May 03, 2016, 02:39:26
Mike, would you consider adding a sticky to this thread encouraging people to post their thoughts on the book after they've read it?

Frankly, someone posting a title and author is pretty meaningless
[....unless, of course, you're familiar with the poster ("hell, Old Sweat is reading it; it must be awesome" ;D ).]

If it's worth posting that you're reading it, tell us why.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Lumber on May 03, 2016, 10:43:07
The rest of the book series is on par (with the exception of one which was less than stellar) or better than LW.  It's a great series and the Expanse definitely did it justice, despite *slight spoiler alert* Avarasala being much too toned-down in her use of expletives.

Which one was less than stellar? Book 3? I'm having trouble getting into book 3.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on May 03, 2016, 17:20:08
Wonderful read--Leigh Fermor's other books (at bottom of Amazon webpage) superb too:

Quote
Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
...
One of the greatest feats in Patrick Leigh Fermor's remarkable life was the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on 26 April 1944. He and Captain Billy Moss hatched a daring plan to abduct the general, while ensuring that no reprisals were taken against the Cretan population. Dressed as German military police, they stopped and took control of Kreipe's car, drove through twenty-two German checkpoints, then succeeded in hiding from the German army before finally being picked up on a beach in the south of the island and transported to safety in Egypt on 14 May.

Abducting a General is Leigh Fermor's own account of the kidnap, published for the first time. Written in his inimitable prose, and introduced by acclaimed Special Operations Executive historian Roderick Bailey, it is a glorious first-hand account of one of the great adventures of the Second World War. Also included in this book are Leigh Fermor's intelligence reports, sent from caves deep within Crete yet still retaining his remarkable prose skills, which bring the immediacy of SOE operations vividly alive, as well as the peril which the SOE and Resistance were operating under; and a guide to the journey that Kreipe was taken on, as seen in the 1957 film Ill Met by Moonlight starring Dirk Bogarde, from the abandonment of his car to the embarkation site so that the modern visitor can relive this extraordinary event...
https://www.amazon.ca/Abducting-General-Kreipe-Operation-Crete/dp/1444796585

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51oaS6014PL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

"Ill Met by Moonlight" (aka "Night Ambush") with Dirk Bogarde as Leigh Fermor:
(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fia.media-imdb.com%2Fimages%2FM%2FMV5BMTg4MDk5NzQ1NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODg4ODUyMQ%40%40._V1_UX182_CR0%2C0%2C182%2C268_AL_.jpg&hash=fafcb321ce3819e999445aa8f3bf68f3)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049357/

Book too:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qQp%2B5pk1L._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
https://www.amazon.ca/Ill-Met-Moonlight-Stanley-Moss/dp/1589880668/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462306463&sr=1-1&keywords=ill+met+by+moonlight

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on May 03, 2016, 18:17:04
Also learned in the book about the Marlin M42 submachine gun:

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"...
Intended for use by U.S. troops at the time of its design, it found more favor being air-dropped to partisan forces in occupied Europe. The weapon was air dropped to supply British-led partisan forces on the island of Crete, where it was used extensively. It also saw use among the partisan forces of the Italian and French Resistance. Some of them were transferred to Dai Li's regular resistance forces in China for use against the Japanese invasion. The United Defense M42 was issued for use by Filipino troops under the Philippine Army and Philippine Constabulary during World War II from 1942 through the Post-World War II era until the 1960s and was used by the local recognized guerrillas from 1942 to 1945 during the Japanese Occupation.[citation needed] The use of the 9 mm caliber allowed resistance forces to use captured ammunition in their weapons, eliminating the need for repeated re-supply drops..."

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/05/United_Defence_M42.jpg/450px-United_Defence_M42.jpg)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Defense_M42

More:
http://www.historicalfirearms.info/post/78048160002/united-defense-m42-developed-by-high-standard
 
Also a Marlin M2:
http://www.historicalfirearms.info/post/109815849250/hyde-inland-m2-submachine-gun-the-hyde-m2-is-the

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dockrill923 on May 03, 2016, 18:23:17
yeah I agree with the sticky for sure. If I find a book worth reading I tell people. if its not worth reading I tell even more.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on May 03, 2016, 20:39:38
Leigh Fermor's book is worth reading because it describes in great detail and with great colour the execution of a remarkable special operation by Brit SOE personnel who by today's standards had little training.  But they were very bright, resourceful and unconventional (and knew languages); some had great experience working with the Cretans over quite some time.  The Cretans themselves also come across as quite remarkable people in their very intelligent resistance to the Wehrmacht in cooperation with the Brits.

Leigh Fermor is the one person whose life I might wish to have lived (see those other books)--and he never even went to university though coming from a good family.

Mark
Ottawa

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on May 04, 2016, 02:19:36
Which one was less than stellar? Book 3? I'm having trouble getting into book 3.

Nah 3 was good.  5 is back on par with Book 1.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: E.R. Campbell on May 04, 2016, 09:44:44
"The Rise and Fall of American Growth, The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War," Robert J Gordon, Princeton & Oxford, 2016.

Those who follow my posts will know that I believe that understanding economic history is at least as important as understanding military history if one wants to understand the global strategic imperatives. This book (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10544.html) is thick, heavy and dense and massively informative. Prof Gordon is a good, lively writer (and speaker) but he has a detailed case to make and he needs to demonstrate the validity of his thesis which is, more or less simply, that the century from 1870 to 1970 was sui generis and we, not America, not China, not Europe and not Africa, can hope to recreate its phenomenal burst of inventiveness and (consequential) growth in anything like the near to mid-term future.

Essentially, he says, we can only "learn to fly" and then "go onto space" once, we can and will expand upon those basic technologies but the "big things' have been done. Ditto for computing: we can make, and are making computers betters and smaller and faster and, and, and ... but the basic technology, the solid state processor, which makes it all possible has been "done," once and need not be "done" again. Prof Gordon deals at considerable length with the socio-economic impacts of e.g. the motor vehicle vs the horse and the electro-mechanical elevator and this should be read in conjunction with e.g. Fred Kaplan's "1959: the Year That Changed Everything," (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/books/18cohen.html) to understand that, perhaps, it was not the microcomputer or the Vietnam War that 'changed everything" but, rather the advent of the "pill," and sexual freedom.

Both Robert Gordon and Fred Kaplan challenge is to take the "long view" and look at the impacts of historical events ~ including technological, industrial, economic and cultural events ~ in order to try to understand what comes next. Neither is saying that we will nor have a new burst of inventiveness sometime, but they both suggest that it will not be soon and that we, in the US led West, and our grandchildren, must learn to adapt and succeed (prosper) is a lower/slower growth economy.

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on May 04, 2016, 10:05:48
Mike, would you consider adding a sticky to this thread encouraging people to post their thoughts on the book after they've read it?
Mark, Ted,....thanks for those, but I actually meant in the original "What book are you reading now?" I didn't mean to duplicate that thread. 

Mods to housekeeping. Mods. Housekeeping. ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on May 04, 2016, 10:26:14
Mods to housekeeping. Mods. Housekeeping. ;D
"Cleanup in thread 32288, cleanup, thread 32288..."

Merged back, with this request ...
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Mike, would you consider adding a sticky to this thread encouraging people to post their thoughts on the book after they've read it?
I'm not Mike, so this'll have to do :)

Seriously, moving forward, please keep this in mind when posting a suggested book - it would be appreciated if you also shared why you liked it,or why it sucked.  Thanks for your help in enhancing the thread.

Milnet.ca Staff
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on May 04, 2016, 10:34:45
...I'm not Mike, so this'll have to do :)
I was counting on you Tony, but it is  Mike's site, so we have to let him think he's actually in charge of the asylum.  ;D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on May 04, 2016, 11:10:37
I was counting on you Tony, but it is  Mike's site, so we have to let him think he's actually in charge of the asylum.  ;D

I've exerted that illusion of control by implementing your idea as my own. ;)

There's now a short note tacked on to the first post in this thread (which nobody will read) encouraging a bit of analysis vs. a bit of an anal list.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on May 04, 2016, 12:14:21
E.R. Campbell:

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"The Rise and Fall of American Growth, The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War," Robert J Gordon

Have just read --superb.

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Baden Guy on May 04, 2016, 15:42:50
E.R. Campbell:

"The Rise and Fall of American Growth, The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War," Robert J Gordon

Have just read --superb.

Mark
Ottawa

More on the same theme:

Moore’s Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks for a Successor

By JOHN MARKOFF MAY 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — For decades, the computer industry has been guided by a faith that engineers would always find a way to make the components on computer chips smaller, faster and cheaper.

But a decision by a global alliance of chip makers to back away from reliance on Moore’s Law, a principle that has guided tech companies from the giant mainframes of the 1960s to today’s smartphones, shows that the industry may need to rethink the central tenet of Silicon Valley’s innovation ethos.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/technology/moores-law-running-out-of-room-tech-looks-for-a-successor.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0





Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on May 12, 2016, 00:01:14
Just read Ken Liu's "Paper Menagerie" reprinted at io9, link below as I'm not sure if it's appropriate to quote the entire story here.  It won the 2011 Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and is a quick (short story) read.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5958919/read-ken-lius-amazing-story-that-swept-the-hugo-nebula-and-world-fantasy-awards
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on May 15, 2016, 22:11:27
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Kim Barker (previously known as "The Taliban Shuffle: strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan)

Good interesting read which extends significantly beyond the events presented in the recent Tina Fey movie (and also doesn't have in it the phony Canadian security guard posing as a New Zealander - must have been a movie in-joke directed at Lorne Michaels)

Nicely written with a good bit of humour and self-deprecation and some insight into the American journalism industry and Afghan and Pakistani politics.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: RomeoJuliet on May 15, 2016, 22:46:57
Shadow War by Sean McFate. A yarn about 'deep states' by ex special forces, mercenary and prof at Georgetown. 


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Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on June 04, 2016, 15:55:54
Further to this list from 2012,
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,32288.msg1159521.html#msg1159521

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Quote from: ObedientiaZelum on July 22, 2012, 20:40:26

Friend sent this in an email. Thought I'd throw it up here for ideas.

USMC suggested book list by rank
...
Sergeant
...
 • Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
...

Read the book long ago, was quite impressed (note comment at end of the post):

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“Storm of Steel”, or, Ernst Jünger: German World War I “Born Warrior” (with Canadian [Vietnam] angle)
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/mark-collins-storm-of-steel-or-ernst-junger-german-world-war-i-born-warrior-with-canadian-angle/

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dan M on June 04, 2016, 19:52:07
3 Para by Patrick Bishop, focusing on life in a Platoon House in Afghanistan

I've just started reading Bishop's sequel; Ground Truth: 3 Para Return To Afghanistan (2009), about 3 Para's return tour to Helmand on Herrick 8, eighteen months after the tour in the first book.

I'm on Chapter 4 and so far it's a cracking good read.

Cheers,
Dan.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Pieman on June 04, 2016, 19:58:46
"Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks"....I hate my life. :/
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: muskrat89 on June 04, 2016, 20:06:02
"The Checklist Manifesto"
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cupper on June 05, 2016, 02:48:08
Just finished Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha, which details the events that took place during the battle of COP Keating.

Romesha was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions that day.

A very interesting read. It's a hard look at the poor site selection of the outpost, and the difficulties that created and lead to its ultimate downfall.

Its a brutal and harsh read for anyone who has never experienced combat.

Romesha writes as if you were sitting down over a few beers and talking about his experiences of that day. He doesn't hold back, you get his opinions and thoughts without the filters.

Links to threads discussion Romesha's award of the MOH.

http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,108953.msg1200881.html#msg1200881

http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,109422.msg1208489.html#msg1208489
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: godspeedinfinity on June 18, 2016, 14:13:52
The Best Little Army in the World - J.L. Granatstein

Fantastic look at Canada during the latter years of the Second World War. It's awesome to hear about some of the lesser known events of the war. A must-read for anyone interested in Canadian military history.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on July 13, 2016, 07:50:45
Just finished reading "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" by Erik Larson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22551730-dead-wake?from_search=true (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22551730-dead-wake?from_search=true)

This was an excellent telling of the story of the Lusitania and its fateful last voyage. Even though I knew what what the fate of the ship was the author did a amazing job of bringing up the suspense and stories involved with the ship that you are almost rooting for the ship to make it to port and also you can't wait for the U-Boat commander to engage the ship.

When telling the story the author does not just talk about the voyage he also presents information on the events surrounding the sinking, the situation during WWI, the romance and marriage of the President of the USA. I know some other reviewers don't like the fact that their is a few tangents to the story I personally think it adds to the story. What I thought the author did real well was bringing the people on the ship to life, so that even though it happened over a 100 years ago so feel for them and are sad when you read about the majority of their fates.

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is probably due to the fact that I read it as an EBook, I think it would have benefited from pictures and maps.  I am not sure if the paper versions have them or not but the ebook version I read did not. 

I closing I will say I recommend this book to anyone interested in history and after reading this book and books about the Titanic (and watching documentaries on both) there is no way you will get me on a cruise ship.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on July 13, 2016, 15:07:19
Just finishing Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton the inspiration for the Broadway play.

Excellent read. Very well written and researched and positively enlightening about the early founders of the American Republic. I already knew much of the history involved but knew very little about the personalities of these men nor how much many of them despised each other. If anyone wants to know why the American Civil War was inevitable, this book is a good place to start looking.

https://www.amazon.ca/Alexander-Hamilton-Ron-Chernow/dp/0143034758/ (https://www.amazon.ca/Alexander-Hamilton-Ron-Chernow/dp/0143034758/)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on August 05, 2016, 02:28:05
Just finished Tribe by Sebastian Junger (the guy who wrote The Perfect Storm, and directed Restrepo and Korengal).  Very thought provoking work which suggests that modern society, with our focus on things/status/money instead of people, has created a situation where people (in general) have lots of things but very little human interaction, leading to depression, etc and in cases of returning soldiers with PTSD, a sense of loneliness not found when they were on deployment.  He contrasts that with traditional "tribes", where the focus is on people and community, which translates to a relative lack of psychological issues within the community.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/books/review-sebastian-jungers-tribe-examines-disbanded-brothers-returning-to-a-divided-country.html?_r=0
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: BlueAngels14 on August 05, 2016, 11:07:23
I gave in to the hype haha. Currently reading "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". >:D
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: cupper on August 05, 2016, 16:35:38
Just finished Tribe by Sebastian Junger (the guy who wrote The Perfect Storm, and directed Restrepo and Korengal).  Very thought provoking work which suggests that modern society, with our focus on things/status/money instead of people, has created a situation where people (in general) have lots of things but very little human interaction, leading to depression, etc and in cases of returning soldiers with PTSD, a sense of loneliness not found when they were on deployment.  He contrasts that with traditional "tribes", where the focus is on people and community, which translates to a relative lack of psychological issues within the community.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/books/review-sebastian-jungers-tribe-examines-disbanded-brothers-returning-to-a-divided-country.html?_r=0

I heard and watched a couple of interviews with Junger when he was on the promotional tour. A very interesting take on the problem, and some deeper psycho / social issues. It's on my ever growing list of must reads.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on August 05, 2016, 17:43:45
The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson https://www.amazon.ca/Girl-Who-Saved-King-Sweden-ebook/dp/B00G2BAO98/ (https://www.amazon.ca/Girl-Who-Saved-King-Sweden-ebook/dp/B00G2BAO98/)

My wife got this as a birthday gift from our daughter and didn't like it very much. I, n the other hand, thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. By page two I was chortling and by page five I was laughing so hard that the tears were rolling down my cheeks. Its a bit different: droll, whimsical, satirical. A collection of great characters set in hilarious situations. I highly recommend it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: GAP on August 05, 2016, 18:00:07
She has written 22 books, and I have read Plain Truth and Nineteen Minutes.

I would not normally read something by an author like her, but it was a download and I sampled Nineteen Minutes to see what it was like. Couldn't put it down.

Plain Truth is equally adhesive....excellent author....
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 05, 2016, 18:22:43
Now reading "A German General on the Eastern Front: The Letters and Diaries of Gotthard Heinrici 1941-1942":

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https://www.amazon.ca/German-General-Eastern-Front-1941-1942/dp/1781593965/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470431755&sr=8-1&keywords=heinrici

Gritty, gruesome and best thing I've read about realities of infantry (poor bloody) corps command--and terribly, in that sense, revealing of German attitudes plus the realities of Wehrmacht strengths and weaknesses.  As well as the Red Army's.

Mark
Ottawa

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on August 05, 2016, 19:52:30
I finally finished Excursion to Hell  by Vincent Bramley. It's about 3 Para in the Falklands and was recommended to me by daftandbarmy a while back.

Great read. Most of the books about the Falklands were written either by journalists or officers. This one is by a grumpy lance corporal, which does put a different perspective on things.

Well worth your time.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on August 05, 2016, 20:04:53
I finally finished Excursion to Hell  by Vincent Bramley. It's about 3 Para in the Falklands and was recommended to me by daftandbarmy a while back.

Great read. Most of the books about the Falklands were written either by journalists or officers. This one is by a grumpy lance corporal, which does put a different perspective on things.

Well worth your time.

If you like that book check out Green Eyed Boys by Christian Jennings https://www.amazon.ca/Green-Eyed-Boys-Christian-Jennings/dp/0002555905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470438164&sr=8-1&keywords=green%20eyed%20boys (https://www.amazon.ca/Green-Eyed-Boys-Christian-Jennings/dp/0002555905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470438164&sr=8-1&keywords=green%20eyed%20boys)

It is another good book about the Falklands war.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Bass ackwards on August 05, 2016, 20:12:32
If you like that book check out Green Eyed Boys by Christian Jennings https://www.amazon.ca/Green-Eyed-Boys-Christian-Jennings/dp/0002555905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470438164&sr=8-1&keywords=green%20eyed%20boys (https://www.amazon.ca/Green-Eyed-Boys-Christian-Jennings/dp/0002555905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470438164&sr=8-1&keywords=green%20eyed%20boys)

It is another good book about the Falklands war.

Thanks, dangerboy. That's another one I haven't read yet.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on August 20, 2016, 12:11:16
Just finished reading once again the book "Enigma" by Robert Harris https://www.amazon.ca/Enigma-Robert-Harris/dp/0099527928/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1471705830&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.ca/Enigma-Robert-Harris/dp/0099527928/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1471705830&sr=1-1)

Before reading this review you need to know that I have a basis towards this book as it involves the enigma machine and Bletchley Park which is a subject that I find fascinating.

Enigma is a historical fiction set in May 1943 when the German U-Boats suddenly changed their Enigma cipher which could change the entire balance of the Battle of the Atlantic.  Using this true even as the backdrop the author Robert Harris has crafted an interesting story about a mathematician/codebreaker Tom Jericho and his quest to crack the newest Enigma cipher, called "shark" and figure out what happened to the women he loved who has gone missing.

The books does a great job of setting the atmosphere of WWII Britain and what it like to live during that time and also provides accurate information about the codebreaking efforts that took place. One good thing is that while this book is about codebreaking you don't need to know anything about the subject to enjoy this book, Robert Harris explains everything in a way that does not require a master's degree in math to understand.

If you are a fan of historical fiction or mystery novels I would recommend this book.     
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: sandyson on August 20, 2016, 13:27:48
Road to Confederation:  Emergence of Canada, 1863-1867 by Donald Creighton.  Don Mills, Oxford Univ Press 1964/2012.  I clearly wasn't playing attention in high school. I thought Confederation was a done deal after the Charlottetown conference. "Come to find out" we almost didn't happen several times over. Britain wanted rid of us,  politics haven't changed and timing was crucial.  MacDonald was essential to the process but so were about ten others.  Creighton kept my attention through out despite knowing what happened in the end.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on September 01, 2016, 11:32:57
"Empire of the bay", the story of the Hudson Bay Company, a enjoyable read. https://www.amazon.ca/Empire-Bay-Company-Adventurers-Continent/dp/0140299874
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on September 01, 2016, 13:09:05
"Combat Mission Kandahar" (https://www.dundurn.com/books/Combat-Mission-Kandahar)  I've received a review copy to check out - will share a review when done.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ueo on September 01, 2016, 14:09:24
Tribe, Sebastien Junger. Purportedly the definitive work on why soldiers don't want to leave the service/war zone and as a result are more likely to develop PTSD (my paraphrase). At least that was the review in last weeks New York Times. Its not! Its a poorly strung together series of relatively unknown academic studies interspersed with the few feelings of an alleged best selling author and reporter of some description. Poor research, poor facts and poorly written. Do not buy this.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: ZeiGezunt on September 23, 2016, 18:55:49
Redeployment by Phil Klay. Really fascinating series of short stories about US personnel in Afghanistan, mainly Marines (in which the author served, and was deployed) but with some Army and even a Foreign Service Officer's perspectives on offer. Klay's stories run the full gamut of "away" and post-deployment feelings and emotions, from a chaplain watching his fractured unit crumble to a tired GySgt beginning the slow and painful process of reconnecting with his wife. Great stuff, sad, bleakly funny, and with a ring of profound authenticity. Kinda like Dispatches but less fabricated and egotistical.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: deskjockey43 on September 26, 2016, 11:59:45
Transforming Traditions: Women, Leadership & the Canadian Navy, 1942 - 2010.

Lots of stuff about the WRENS and interviews with them regarding how it was back then with enrolling compared to now and how they are still involved with the armed forces civvy side.

I am thoroughly enjoying this book.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Baden Guy on October 10, 2016, 11:44:06
Heard Dillon being interviewed on "The Current" this morning and discussing his book :
One Soldier: A Canadian Soldier's Fight Against the Islamic State

Dillon Hillier, a corporal with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, returned home from a tour in Afghanistan and started up a normal life. But when ISIS insurgents began attacking local populations in Iraq and elsewhere, Hillier, a long-time soldier, felt he had to join in the action, so he sold his truck, lied to his parents about where he was going and became the first Canadian to volunteer to fight ISIS in Iraq

https://www.amazon.ca/One-Soldier-Canadian-Soldiers-Against/dp/1443449318
Soon to be released. Looking forward to it.

More info on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/DillonRHillier/
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Retired AF Guy on October 10, 2016, 19:14:56
The Shame and The Glory: Dieppe by Terence Robertson. Begins with the mobilization of the Canadian military in Sept 1939, with an emphasis on those people who would later take part in the Dieppe landings; the planning and training for the attack, and, the actual attack itself.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Technoviking on October 10, 2016, 19:56:28
Just finished "Das Geduldige Fleisch", which was the basis for the movie "Cross of Iron".  The book is a terrific yarn about a fictional Cpl (later, Sgt) Rolf Steiner as he leads his "platoon" in Southern Russia in the Summer of 1943.  Some parts of the novel were mirrored exactly in the movie; others, not at all.  Great book, titled both "The Willing Flesh" and "Cross of Iron" in english.


Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on October 10, 2016, 20:19:01
Just finished "Das Geduldige Fleisch", which was the basis for the movie "Cross of Iron".  The book is a terrific yarn about a fictional Cpl (later, Sgt) Rolf Steiner as he leads his "platoon" in Southern Russia in the Summer of 1943.  Some parts of the novel were mirrored exactly in the movie; others, not at all.  Great book, titled both "The Willing Flesh" and "Cross of Iron" in english.

After my last move I told myself I would thin out my book collection and now you have just added another book to my want list.  Something tells me my books collection is not going to get any smaller, I should just ignore this thread :)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Technoviking on October 10, 2016, 20:33:04
Found this tidbit about our fictional sergeant:

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The literary and cinematic "Sergeant Steiner" character may be based upon Johann Schwerdfeger (b. 24 November 1914, in Plein bei Wittlich) who soldiered from 1935 to 1937 in Infanterie Regiment 84, and in 1939 was transferred to the Third Company of Infanterie Regiment 186 of the 73rd Infantry Division, at the Polish Campaign's start.

In June 1942, after serving in Jägerersatzbataillon 75, Schwerdfeger joined Jäger Regiment 228 of the 101st Jäger Division, who fought in the Don Bend, at Rostov, and at Maykop, in the Caucasus, and joined the retreat through the Kuban and the Taman Peninsula, the setting of the novel Das Geduldige Fleisch (The Willing Flesh).

On 17 May 1943, Feldwebel Schwerdfeger was awarded the Knight's Cross as a platoon leader in the First Company. In April 1944, in the breakout from Hube's Pocket, he was severely wounded, and was awarded Oak Leaves for his Knight's Cross on 14 May 1944; moreover, Sergeant Schwerdfelger also earned two tank destruction badges.

Enjoy!  :)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on October 18, 2016, 19:29:09
Midnight in Some Burning Town http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/189084.Midnight_In_Some_Burning_Town

Meh....

It's about (allegedly) an SAS soldier's career spanning various conflicts from Sierra Leone, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. I tried to go through it but it kind of reads like a pub conversation that starts with 'when I....', but without the beer. It is also not clear if he was a participant in these actions or not, and some accounts read like he heard it described by someone else (in a pub, perhaps?) and just put that down.

I'll give it one more chance, then probably bin it.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/189084.Midnight_In_Some_Burning_Town
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Post by: medicineman on October 19, 2016, 09:38:11
"The Heroes of Jadotville" - about the Irish company that got stuck all by their lonesome in the Congo, but mainly from the soldiers' side.  An easy read, but at the same time a hard one because of the situation they were placed in/left in by the UN and their commanders. 

MM
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Post by: Brihard on October 19, 2016, 10:44:45
Tribe, Sebastien Junger. Purportedly the definitive work on why soldiers don't want to leave the service/war zone and as a result are more likely to develop PTSD (my paraphrase). At least that was the review in last weeks New York Times. Its not! Its a poorly strung together series of relatively unknown academic studies interspersed with the few feelings of an alleged best selling author and reporter of some description. Poor research, poor facts and poorly written. Do not buy this.

I wasnt particularly impressed either.


Currently reading Robert Semrau's book, 'The Taliban Don't Wave'. Entertaining enough, no particular depth to it. But other guys I've spoken to with OMLT tours have said it did effectively capture the mind blowing absurdity that was working with the ANA.
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Post by: SeaKingTacco on October 19, 2016, 11:17:29
Jerusalem by Alan Moore. At 1300 odd pages long, this is a dense read.

The premise is that in a particular English slum, there is more going on than meets the eye, as the afterlife closely intersects and is intertwined with everyday life. It has the feel of Lord of the Rings meets Stephen King. There are lots of intersecting stories that also jump around in time.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on October 22, 2016, 22:22:27
Just finished reading "A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal" by Ben Macintyre https://www.amazon.ca/Spy-Among-Friends-Philby-Betrayal/dp/0771055528/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477184679&sr=1-1&keywords=a+spy+among+friends (https://www.amazon.ca/Spy-Among-Friends-Philby-Betrayal/dp/0771055528/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477184679&sr=1-1&keywords=a+spy+among+friends).

As you can guess it is about the spy and traitor Kim Philby (one of the Cambridge Five spies) and his rise in British Intelligence, spying for the Soviet Union and eventual defection to that country. The author tell the story using the theme of friendship, who Kim Philby's friends were and how he conned/abused them to get information for the Soviets. It is not a hard fact book but one that is entertaining. So if you are looking for an in depth analysis of Kim Philby or the British Secret Service you will probably be a bit disappointed. It is not that this is a bad book but one that does not goes in minute details.

The thing that I found scary was how Kim Philby was able to do the things he did because of what school's he went to, who his friends were and who his father was. At one time it seemed that he was being groomed to be in a top position in British Intelligence which if that had occurred would have been just horrendous. 

In closing if you like espionage tales or just history in general I recommend this book, it is a nice light entertaining read.   
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on October 29, 2016, 16:55:40
Canada by Mike Myers.

It's really no secret that Mike Myers loves being a Canadian, and it's been a long time since I read anything (in his voice in my head, of course...interspaced with his "dad"'s voice from So I Married an Axe Murderer) that made me laugh out loud within the first 15 pages.  He specifically says it's totally subjective and not meant to be a critique of any current event or policy, which is good.

It's got lots of nice pictures too, so if nothing else it'd look good on a coffee table.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on October 31, 2016, 20:28:31
Not so much reading but writing.

My newest novel Allies: The Coast is now out. This is the sixth book of the "Allies" series and the third involving the series' US Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Winters of the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) is faced with the murder of a special forces officer and the poisoning of the officer’s wife while on vacation at a beautiful Atlantic coast resort.

The investigation takes him to Mumbai, India and into a broader scheme of kidnapping, extortion and corruption. Together with an inspector from the Indian Federal Criminal Bureau of Investigation, he must unravel the intricacies of both the original murder and the kidnapping of the officer’s wife both in Mumbai and in the dangerous border region of Kashmir.
Winters path crosses with General Phil Sambrook’s son Brian, who had foregone an appointment to West Point in order to enlist in the 75th Ranger Regiment. His platoon is deployed on black special operations operating in both Afghanistan and within Pakistan.

https://wolfriedel.wordpress.com/ (https://wolfriedel.wordpress.com/)

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Post by: SeaKingTacco on October 31, 2016, 20:42:33
Well, I would hope that if you wrote it, you also read it!
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Post by: FJAG on October 31, 2016, 20:47:19
Well, I would hope that if you wrote it, you also read it!

Three proof-reads and edits.  ;D

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Post by: Baden Guy on November 04, 2016, 17:27:28
Just started into "The Story of the S.A.S., Britain’s First Special Operations Unit."
I kept reading reviews about this book so curiosity led me to my local library. I am now in to it about 90 pages.
Really enjoying what I have read but let's let the NY times have a say:

 ROGUE HEROES
The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
By Ben Macintyre
Illustrated. 380 pp. Crown. $28.

Once upon a time, when the president wanted to use military force without becoming embroiled in a major conflict, the cry would go out: “Send in the Marines!” Today the role once played by the Marine Corps — as the troops of choice for low-profile missions without a formal declaration of war — has been largely supplanted by the United States Special Operations Command. With tens of thousands of “operators” and a multibillion-dollar budget, Socom has become virtually an independent military service.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/books/review/ben-macintyre-rogue-heroes.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_bk_20161104&nl=bookreview&nlid=18656318
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Post by: MarkOttawa on November 21, 2016, 17:47:43
Exceptionally worth the read (further links at original):
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/mark-collins-a-great-book-from-a-romanian-jew-mihail-sebastian-journal-1935-1944-the-fascist-years/

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A Great Book From a Romanian Jew, Mihail Sebastian: “Journal 1935–1944: The Fascist Years”
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It is an accumulation of events, thoughts and emotions that is one of the most powerful books I have read. I would add that his amateur appreciation of military developments is quite acute (it would appear that Romanians had access to quite a variety of information from non-Axis sources).

More here on Mihail Sebastian from a Romanian. He survived the war and then “Mihail Sebastian was killed by a truck as he crossed a busy Bucharest street in May 1945…”

The fate of Jews in Romania during the war depended critically on where they lived; many of those in the old Regat survived but still were subject to harsh persecution...

Mark
Ottawa
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Post by: jollyjacktar on November 21, 2016, 18:50:27
The Arsenal of Democracy (FDR, Detroit and an epic quest to arm an America at war) by A.J. Baime.

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-arsenal-of-democracy-fdr/9780547719283-item.html?ikwid=the+arsenal+of+democracy&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

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In 1941, as Hitler's threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazis-most important, airplanes-and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Arsenal of Democracy tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a "bomber an hour." Critics scoffed: Ford didn't make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father's resistance, Edsel charged ahead.&nbspFord would apply assembly-line production to the American military's largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost overnight, from Motor City to the "great arsenal of democracy." And eventually they would help the Allies win the war. Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of America-and Detroit-during the war.

So far an excellent read.
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Post by: milnews.ca on November 30, 2016, 11:03:53
"Combat Mission Kandahar" (https://www.dundurn.com/books/Combat-Mission-Kandahar)  I've received a review copy to check out - will share a review when done.
Interesting read - a wide range of individual experiences (OMLT, engineer, IED, Coyote crew cdr, psyops, etc.) of what it was like @ the coalface in Afghanistan.  It includes some above-and-beyond stuff as well, like MWO Richard Stacey's "whack-a-mole" handling of an ambush in 2009 that led to him to receive the MMV (http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14127), or Simon Mailloux's story of losing a leg and getting back to Afghanistan nonetheless.  More if you're interested here (https://milnewsca.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/review-combat-mission-kandahar/).

Latest read:  "Charlie Foxtrot," (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01CJTHUXY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1) by political scientist Kim Richard Nossal, about how the CF buys things.  Hint:  the title can be short for Canadian Forces, or for ... group copulation (which is generally his assessment of the state of the military-stuff-buying process).
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on November 30, 2016, 12:50:34
Latest read:  "Charlie Foxtrot," (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01CJTHUXY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1) by political scientist Kim Richard Nossal, about how the CF buys things.  Hint:  the title can be short for Canadian Forces, or for ... group copulation (which is generally his assessment of the state of the military-stuff-buying process).

Geez.  Do you enjoy self-flagellation too?   

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Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on November 30, 2016, 13:45:48
Geez.  Do you enjoy self-flagellation too?   

 :bowing:
So far, it's a pretty accessible read - coming up to the "here's what worked and (mostly) didn't" chapter - so it's not quite like some of the old OPDP readings (I age myself).
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Post by: PMedMoe on December 22, 2016, 12:36:56
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. He recounts his hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The guy is sarcastic as hell...love it!
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Post by: dangerboy on December 22, 2016, 15:49:09
Just finished my annual holiday reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have read this series every year over the Christmas holidays since I was about 13 and my dad brought home on the first day of Christmas break a copy of The Two Towers that he had bought at a used book store and gave it to me thinking I would like it (I have no idea why he bought the second book). 
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Post by: FJAG on December 22, 2016, 16:04:11
"Extreme Prey" by John Sandford. Good cop stuff and if you like it there are some twenty plus more in the "Prey" series.

https://www.amazon.ca/Extreme-Prey-John-Sandford-ebook/dp/B013D664Q6 (https://www.amazon.ca/Extreme-Prey-John-Sandford-ebook/dp/B013D664Q6)

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Post by: Old Sweat on December 22, 2016, 16:29:12
Based on a tip from a friend, I was able to get a copy of First In Last Out The South African Artillery in Action 1975-1988 by Clive Wilsworth from Amazon.com in the US. Amazon had one other copy, which Petard purchased on my recommendation.

The book gave me some insights into a campaign I knew virtually nothing about, the South African war against national liberation forces in South West Africa and these forces and the Cubans in Angola. Their gunners started off with 25-pounders and 5.5-inch guns organized on British lines and gradually transformed into a modern force with locally developed and produced 155mm howitzers and multi-barreled rocket launchers that outranged the enemy artillery along with Israeli 120mm mortars. (Yes, the long range 155mm rounds were invented in Canada, but we let the technology get away from us.)

Interesting book, but I have some nagging doubts about their gunnery skills, in part because of how they cobbled together troops and batteries to deploy sometimes on as little as a day's notice.

I ordered a couple of books on the campaigns so as to broaden my knowledge. From what little I have dug out so far, their major weakness may have been generals who had a good theoretical base, but tended to try and run battalions, companies and platoons in contact from their offices. We will see. 
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Post by: dangerboy on January 01, 2017, 12:03:19
Just finished reading "Nemesis Games" by James S.A. Corey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886612-nemesis-games (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886612-nemesis-games)

   This is an other excellent book in the Expanse series. If you have not read the series I suggest you start from book one as it will be more enjoyable that way. This science fiction book continues the adventures of the crew of the Rocinante (their ship) in a universe about ready to go to war.

This time the author split the crew up and they had various solo plot lines that all connected at the end. I liked this as you got to learn more about the other characters other than James Holden. I think my favourite plot line was the one involving Amos.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes either science fiction or just good adventure novels in general. I would also suggest watching the TV based on the books, "The Expanse" it is in my opinion a good adaption of the novels.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on January 01, 2017, 12:32:40
Just finished reading "Nemesis Games" by James S.A. Corey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886612-nemesis-games (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886612-nemesis-games)

Well, you're in luck since "Babylon's Ashes" just came out.  It's good so far! 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on January 01, 2017, 13:50:27
Well, you're in luck since "Babylon's Ashes" just came out.  It's good so far!

About to start reading that book.
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Post by: Hamish Seggie on January 01, 2017, 13:53:56
Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire.
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Post by: FJAG on January 01, 2017, 14:46:53
"Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. A very interesting account of his childhood growing up in pre and post apartheid South Africa.

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Crime-Stories-African-Childhood/dp/0399588175 (https://www.amazon.com/Born-Crime-Stories-African-Childhood/dp/0399588175)

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Post by: Simian Turner on January 01, 2017, 15:11:08
"Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. A very interesting account of his childhood growing up in pre and post apartheid South Africa.

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Crime-Stories-African-Childhood/dp/0399588175 (https://www.amazon.com/Born-Crime-Stories-African-Childhood/dp/0399588175)

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Received this one for Christmas as well.  Interesting insight into South Africa.  I also happened to see his 2013 comedy stage act on Comedy Central in the last few days, titled Trevor Noah: African American http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3043546/  It is also an interesting take on a new arrival to US soil, taped in New York but he describes his arrival at his first US airport in hilarious fashion.

My recent books include:
Tribe - Sebastian Unger - was recommended by many in the military medical community as new insight into PTSD - although only a small portion of the book is very insightful - I recommend borrow from a library - do buy it!

I am also listening to a book on CD - Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens - recommended for people interested reading/hearing some life lessons in overcoming challenges associated - depression, suicidal ideation, PTSD, OSI and much more.  I enjoy listening it in my car driving to and from Kingston - 1 hour at a time.

"In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn't seen in a decade. Zach Walker pseudonym) had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

Eric's letters drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers are now gathered and edited into this timeless guidebook. Resilience explains how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, find a mentor, create happiness, and much more. Eric s lessons are deep yet practical, and his advice leads to clear solutions."

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Post by: FJAG on February 06, 2017, 20:54:01
"Rogue Lawyer" by John Grisham https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Lawyer-Novel-John-Grisham/dp/0553393480 (https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Lawyer-Novel-John-Grisham/dp/0553393480)

Weak start, pretty good middle but weak ending.

In fairness there are a lot of good reviews for this book but for me it didn't measure up to some of his other works.

 :cheers:
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Post by: dapaterson on February 06, 2017, 21:21:13
Ready Player One.

Mind you, for a book that's allegedly a tribute to the 1980s/1990s nerd culture, there's a whole lot of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was a 1975 production... or have I just out-nerded the book?
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Post by: dangerboy on February 06, 2017, 21:21:30
"Rogue Lawyer" by John Grisham https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Lawyer-Novel-John-Grisham/dp/0553393480 (https://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Lawyer-Novel-John-Grisham/dp/0553393480)

Weak start, pretty good middle but weak ending.

In fairness there are a lot of good reviews for this book but for me it didn't measure up to some of his other works.

 :cheers:

I was not overly impressed with this book either. Lately I feel that he is just pumping them out without actually caring about the books.
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Post by: Dimsum on February 07, 2017, 01:15:17
Finally finished "Babylon's Ashes", the 6th book of the Expanse series.  Maybe I spread it out too long, but I thought it was pretty meh.  The 1st and 2nd episodes of Season 2 of the show were pretty awesome though.
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Post by: dangerboy on February 12, 2017, 21:56:11
I am going through a Paul Brickhill phase; just finished reading The Dam Busters. It is the story of the RAF Squadron 617 during WWII, of course focusing on Operation Chastise, the blowing up of German dams in the Rhur. It also follows their subsequent missions in the war and talked briefly about "the bouncing bomb" and it's inventor Sir Barnes Wallis.

The one complaint I have with the book is that it was published in 1951 when parts of the operation and the bomb were still classified, so the author could not go into a lot of detail (and I read that some parts were purposely false to preserve secrecy). So I am going to check out the library and see if I can find any other books on the operation.  Plus this gives me an excuse to watch the film again. 
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Post by: sandyson on March 20, 2017, 11:45:44
Eisenhower: A soldier's Life, Carlo d'Este, 2002 848 p.  This tome flatters no one, including Eisenhower. While the biography describes his life up to the end of World War Two, it gives very little insight as to the 'how' or 'why'.  It is not a source for 'lessons learned' with one exception. The workings of personalities in command headquarters will be familiar to those who have served in them. The book depicts that how well connected one was and who was who's friend was a determining factor of who commanded, whether competent or not. The arguments are well supported and up to date providing a deep historical perspective. This history provides an excellent view of high military command at the boundary of government policy of World War Two.
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Post by: mariomike on March 20, 2017, 12:34:17
Eisenhower: A soldier's Life, Carlo d'Este, 2002 848 p.  This tome flatters no one, including Eisenhower. While the biography describes his life up to the end of World War Two, it gives very little insight as to the 'how' or 'why'.  It is not a source for 'lessons learned' with one exception. The workings of personalities in command headquarters will be familiar to those who have served in them. The book depicts that how well connected one was and who was who's friend was a determining factor of who commanded, whether competent or not. The arguments are well supported and up to date providing a deep historical perspective. This history provides an excellent view of high military command at the boundary of government policy of World War Two.

Bomber Harris wrote that in all his time at Bomber Command - in which many Canadians served - "I recall only one period of calm sailing when all went well, when we all pulled together... and that was during the all too short period when Eisenhower was Admiral."
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Post by: ModlrMike on March 20, 2017, 12:38:22
SS-GB by Len Deighton. In anticipation of watching the miniseries.
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Post by: Baden Guy on July 17, 2017, 15:11:41

The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover  – June 20, 2017

by Dean Koontz

https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Corner-Novel-Suspense/dp/0345545990

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dazzling new series, a pure adrenaline rush, debuts with Jane Hawk, a remarkable heroine certain to become an icon of suspense

"I very much need to be dead.”

"These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what."

Highly recommended. Don't want to give away the heart of the story line but think hacking into the brain. !



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Post by: Simian Turner on July 17, 2017, 16:23:12
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith. 

"The Dogs Are Eating Them Now is a raw, uncensored account of the war in Afghanistan from a brilliant young reporter who for several years was the only Western journalist brave enough to live full-time in the dangerous southern region.

The Dogs are Eating Them Now is a highly personal narrative of our war in Afghanistan and how it went dangerously wrong. Written by a respected and fearless former foreign correspondent who has won multiple awards for his journalism (including an Emmy for the video series "Talking with the Taliban") this is a gripping account of modern warfare that takes you into back alleys, cockpits and prisons--telling stories that would have endangered his life had he published this book while still working as a journalist.

From the corruption of law enforcement agents and the tribal nature of the local power structure to the economics of the drug trade and the frequent blunders of foreign troops, this is the no-holds-barred story from a leading expert on the insurgency. Smith draws on his unmatched compassion and a rare ability to cut through the noise and see the broader truths to give us a bold and candid look at the Taliban's continued influence--and at the mistakes, catastrophes and ultimate failure of the West's best intentions."
https://www.amazon.ca/Dogs-Are-Eating-Them-Now/dp/0307397807
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Post by: jollyjacktar on July 17, 2017, 21:42:43
That was an excellent book.  And the thought of the title brought a smile to my face.
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Post by: FJAG on July 17, 2017, 22:14:49
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith. 

Have ordered it up in my library.

Currently reading "Saturn Run" by John Sandford and Ctein.

https://www.amazon.ca/Saturn-Run-John-Sandford/dp/0399176950 (https://www.amazon.ca/Saturn-Run-John-Sandford/dp/0399176950)

Sandford has authored a large number of police/mystery books including the Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series.

This is his first run in the science fiction genre and he has done a superb job. Highly recommended.

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Post by: MarkOttawa on July 17, 2017, 22:26:23
Just finished Instrument of War: The German Army 1914–18 by Denis Showalter:
https://www.amazon.ca/Instrument-War-German-Army-1914-18/dp/1472813006
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Excellent, stresses that the army was, as with allies, essentially civilians in arms with contract between soldiers and the government/society that asked for their lives.  Account of the 1918 Western Front offensives is short but the best analysis I've read of their conduct and for their failure.  Too much asked of too few (esp. stormtrooper sort) with no real operational as opposed to tactical rationale by Ludendorff--though the strategic imperative was real to avoid at the very least a non-compromise peace.  Va banque, as it were.

Mark
Ottawa
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Post by: jollyjacktar on July 29, 2017, 19:31:48
1000 Years of Annoying the French, by Stephen Clarke.   ;D

1000 Years of Annoying the French  (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B005O0QBYU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501367361&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=1000+years+of+annoying+the+french&dpPl=1&dpID=61n2aHlOKTL&ref=plSrch)
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Post by: medicineman on July 29, 2017, 23:49:17
"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ****"  By Mark Manson.

I'm running out of them to give, and the recycle truck hasn't been by with used ones in awhile...

MM
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Post by: Thucydides on July 30, 2017, 00:34:17
Stocked up on a bunch of books at a used book store, but starting out with Champlain's Dream, by David Hackett Fischer (https://www.amazon.com/Champlains-Dream-David-Hackett-Fischer/dp/1416593330).

Talking to my son about a canoe expedition he just came back from I pointed out the "Hudson's Bay" trilogy by Peter C Newman, which might be next after finishing Champlain, since it sort of "flows" as a historical narrative. As an aside, I had flipped one of the books open at random and fell upon the name of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. I remember there was a TV series about him during my childhood, are there any good biographies of d'Iberville around?
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Simian Turner on July 30, 2017, 19:17:25
"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ****"  By Mark Manson.

I'm running out of them to give, and the recycle truck hasn't been by with used ones in awhile...

MM

MM,

Reading the same. The frequency of the use of the 'F' word through out the book, kind of reminds me of the PPCLI WO (Price was his name) on my Phase II Arty.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: 7thghoul on July 30, 2017, 19:26:17
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Not usually my style but I caught the show on HULU and it was actually really good. 1984 but with chicks.

It's kind of messed up to think some parts of the world are actually not dissimilar to this book...
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: medicineman on July 30, 2017, 22:09:41
MM,

Reading the same. The frequency of the use of the 'F' word through out the book, kind of reminds me of the PPCLI WO (Price was his name) on my Phase II Arty.

I was kinda thinking of my Squad MBdr from Cornwallis, a bird gunner by the name of Ernie Shelley.  Many frigs given/utered the day we found out Ben Johnson got stripped of his gold medal...and many pushups performed as a result.

MM
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Infant_Tree on July 31, 2017, 16:33:26
Brute Force by Marc Cameron.

It's about terrorists trying to take over the White House and control America and one special agent trying to stop them all. I haven't really gotten that far in the book to be honest and it's been over a month since I've last read it.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on July 31, 2017, 21:52:23
Brute Force by Marc Cameron.

It's about terrorists trying to take over the White House and control America and one special agent trying to stop them all. I haven't really gotten that far in the book to be honest and it's been over a month since I've last read it.

Sounds like the plot line from the movie "Olympus Has Fallen".

Guess, if it's forgettable for you for a month I might give it a pass.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 01, 2017, 16:25:55
Just finished Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson:
https://www.amazon.ca/Joe-Rocheforts-War-Codebreaker-Outwitted/dp/1591141613

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51T9gFL4YVL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Definitive biography of head of USN radio intelligence Station Hypo at Pearl Harbor 1941-42.  Missed attack on Pearl (considerable traffic analysis available but amost no SIGINT, also Washington did not provide MAGIC decrypts to them) but did very well for Coral Sea and got Midway bang on.  Lots of traffic analysis and just enough SIGINT from IJN code JN25b (although lots of controversy over that http://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol12/nm_12_1_17to37.pdf ).

Then-Commander Rochefort was a "mustang", not an Annapolis grad nor even a civilian college one.  Brilliant but difficult fellow who made powerful bureaucratic enemies at the USN in Washington though Pacific commander Nimitz valued him highly.  His enemies managed to lever him out of Pearl in late 1942 and he was largely sidelined for most of the rest of the war.

Great and enlightening read, for intelligence aspects, for the early Pacific War and for inside the USN.
http://www.miwsr.com/2012-029.aspx
http://www.historynet.com/joe-rocheforts-war-deciphering-a-code-breaker.htm

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on August 01, 2017, 17:26:38
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Not usually my style but I caught the show on HULU and it was actually really good. 1984 but with chicks.

It's kind of messed up to think some parts of the world are actually not dissimilar to this book...

Forced to read her stuff in school, thankfully I was ground floor and it didn't hurt to much leaping out the window to end the agony.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Journeyman on August 01, 2017, 21:04:24
....made powerful bureaucratic enemies ...in Washington... though Pacific commander Nimitz valued him highly. 
I cannot imagine a more prestigious commendation.   :salute:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on August 01, 2017, 21:31:10
Recently finished:

Lightfoot: If You Could Read His Mind by Maynard Collins

and

Miracle in The Andes by Nando Parrado

I seem to be on a nonfiction roll....
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 01, 2017, 22:27:39
journeyman:

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I cannot imagine a more prestigious commendation.

Quite.  But as the USN naval bureaucracy sidelined Rochefort Nimitz had to pay attention to beating the IJN.  Nimitz approved  in 1942 a DSM for the commander for Midway but USN D.C. denied it.  He finally got it posthumously in 1985.

[Lots more] http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/17/us/officer-who-broke-japanese-war-codes-gets-belated-honor.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143287370/the-codebreaker-who-made-midway-victory-possible

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on August 01, 2017, 23:00:33
The Road to Little Dribling, by Bill Bryson.

Hilarious and bang on book about life in Britain, by a Yank of course. :)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: 7thghoul on August 01, 2017, 23:50:19
Forced to read her stuff in school, thankfully I was ground floor and it didn't hurt to much leaping out the window to end the agony.

Yeah I can empathize with that. As much as I enjoyed the show I'm finding once again her literary style to be just awful. Too bad, the plot is great just her writing is the equivalent of watching paint dry.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: medicineman on August 02, 2017, 09:34:22
The Road to Little Dribling, by Bill Bryson.

Hilarious and bang on book about life in Britain, by a Yank of course. :)

Thought the title was about someone with an enlarged prostate...glad you clarified, lol.

MM
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: PMedMoe on August 02, 2017, 20:35:18
The Road to Little Dribling, by Bill Bryson.

Hilarious and bang on book about life in Britain, by a Yank of course. :)

I love Bryson.  Recently finished In a Sunburnt Country (about Australia).  Great book!   :nod:  I also liked A Walk in the Woods.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 07, 2017, 15:36:37
Very interesting and wide-ranging beyond operational research, good pieces on GCCS/Bletchley Park SIGINT--scathing on Bomber Harris and RAF bomber command in chapter "A Very Scientific Victory":

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Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare
By Stephen Budiansky

Stephen Budiansky, a journalist and military historian,[1] prefaces his book with a bold statement: "From 1941 to 1943, a small group of British and American scientists, almost entirely without military experience or knowledge, revolutionized the way wars are run and won. Applying the basic tools of their trade—a thoroughly scientific mindset backed by little more than simple mathematics and probability theory—they repeatedly demonstrated to disbelieving admirals and generals ways to double or triple the effectiveness of the faltering Allied campaign against the German U-boats" (ix). Budiansky's book concentrates on the U-boat war that pitted dedicated British scientists against equally adept and resourceful German scientists, whilst sailors on both sides suffered and very often died...

After Churchill became Prime Minister, he acquired a forceful, impetuous scientific adviser, Prof. Frederick Lindemann (later Lord Cherwell). To the rest of the scientific community, this was a mixed blessing: while Lindemann convinced Churchill of the value of science, he often allowed his own pet schemes to absorb scarce resources and clung to his positions long after they had been discredited. Blackett joked: "If anyone in the Air Ministry [aligned with Lindemann] 'added two and two together to make four,' suspicions would arise that 'he had been talking to Tizard and Blackett' and was 'not to be trusted'" (201). Blackett summed up the myopic service response to one scientific report: "Let us have no more of these miserable statistics, which only paralyse the brain and freeze the blood" (202).

Churchill, nevertheless, called for a statistics department to provide him with a steady flow of data, and enthusiastically showered the scientific community with often impracticable Churchill-Lindemann research projects. One of these, however, the degaussing of ships, proved spectacularly successful (106). Statistics and intelligence overlay the U-boat war, but the Government Code and Cipher School (GC&CS) was stuck in a time warp. "Of the twenty-one academics brought into GC&CS during the first weeks of the war, only three were mathematicians. All the rest were from the humanities and came through the usual channels; they had, in the words of GC&CS's head, Alastair Dennison, been recruited by 'men now in senior positions' at Oxford and Cambridge who 'had worked in our ranks during 1914–18'" (109). Early output from GC&CS's home, Bletchley Park, often met service apathy. Having broken the German merchant navy's code, Bletchley informed the Admiralty that German ships heading for Bergen had been ordered to report their position at stated intervals to the War Office in Berlin. An Admiralty staff officer rebuffed this valuable information as nonsense: ships would report to naval headquarters not army headquarters. Hitler invaded Norway shortly afterwards (111).

Asdic, radar, and increasingly centralized control of British anti-U-boat scientific research and operations gradually made an impact. From the U-boat perspective, the Happy Time they had enjoyed before the science-aided Royal Navy began to sink many of their number gave way to gloom. (There was a brief, second Happy Time when overconfident America entered the war and offered easy targets against its still illuminated eastern seaboard.) Budiansky describes the lives of U-boat personnel in considerable detail, from their final moments in 1918 (4) through their arduous but well rewarded duty in World War II (120) up to their second surrender in 1945 (250–51).

When America entered the war in December 1941, it underwent the same learning curve that the British had endured two years earlier. "The command structure of the U.S. Navy was a holy mess. Responsibility for antisubmarine warfare was split among a dozen different commands; no one was in charge. Actual control of antisubmarine patrols along the Atlantic coast rested with the admirals who commanded the separate naval districts based at each of the major ports … but the ships themselves belonged to the Atlantic Fleet" (177). The man President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Navy commander in chief after Pearl Harbor, Admiral Ernest King, was brilliant, capable, and confident, but also bullheaded, ruthless, and vindictive (178). Indeed, King's own daughter allegedly observed "My father is the most even-tempered man in the navy. He is always in a rage" (179). Under King's direction, US capability and US-British military and scientific cooperation gradually improved. "In late March [1943] the first American escort carriers began appearing in the Atlantic; these were small ships that carried twenty-four fighters and navy attack planes and extended air cover across the Atlantic to the convoys" (242). In Britain, Bletchley Park had made several crucial breakthroughs, and by November 1943, science, intelligence, and the two navies had broken U-boat morale: "an increasing number of [U-]boats were declaring 'mechanical difficulties' during their outbound transit of the Bay of Biscay and turning back to port" (244)...
http://www.miwsr.com/2013-094.aspx

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51rPXV9ZxxL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

Mark
Ottawa

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 07, 2017, 15:49:49
What the Brits call a thumping good read by Derek Robinson on pre-Bomber Harris RAF Bomber Command--Hampdens and Wellingtons.  No bomber streams then, planes tried to find targets navigating individually.  But makes mistake of calling squadron "409" (of course RCAF night fighter one in WW II http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/409sqn/409sqn.htm )
https://www.amazon.ca/Damned-Good-Show-Derek-Robinson/dp/0857051172/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1502038719&sr=8-4&keywords=derek+robinson

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGj9ATcVoAAkyAx.jpg)

The novel actually mentions at p. 246, p. 296 the 1941 Butt Report that, mainly by photo analysis, demonstrated extreme ineffectiveness of Bomber Command vs Germany, paving the way for all-out area bombing from 1942 on when four-engine heavies started coming into service (with increasing help from electronic navigation aids):
https://etherwave.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/document-the-butt-report-1941/

https://books.google.ca/books?id=DWITTpkFPEAC&pg=PA135&lpg=PA135&dq=butt+report+bomber+command+1941&source=bl&ots=cVu7f7UZo-&sig=-2BNqtR7bdvi4EicM21N9lcRMNs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjpgYfuiMPVAhUM_IMKHdQyCmgQ6AEIuwEwHg#v=onepage&q=butt%20report%20bomber%20command%201941&f=false

https://books.google.ca/books?id=XUMuAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=butt+report+bomber+command+1941&source=bl&ots=j6RcDlWoIW&sig=iI1X3PBbPOgivWIxi4A43XyzlRc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjpgYfuiMPVAhUM_IMKHdQyCmgQ6AEInQEwFg#v=onepage&q=butt%20report%20bomber%20command%201941&f=false

More by Derek Robinson:
https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=derek+robinson

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: mariomike on August 07, 2017, 16:27:38
Very interesting and wide-ranging beyond operational research, good pieces on GCCS/Bletchley Park SIGINT--scathing on Bomber Harris and RAF bomber command in chapter "A Very Scientific Victory":

Harris's argument against the diversion of heavy bombers to the Atlantic battle was put forward in his paper to the War Cabinet on 28 June 1942.

He pointed out that it would take months to convert bombers to an anti-submarine role, and fit them with ASV radar.

"While it takes approximately some 7,000 hours of flying to destroy one submarine at sea, that was approximately the amount of flying necessary to destroy one-third of Cologne."

It would also demonstrate to the Russians what Bomber Command could do at a time when the Soviet armies were losing hundreds of thousands of men in a single battle.

Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 07, 2017, 20:16:32
mariomike: Aside from matter of diverting Bomber Command planes to Coastal, Blackett book makes the point that what Harris actually was willing to do--trying to hit concrete U-boat pens themselves, and also intentionally devastating area-style the French cities in which they were located--did very little to impede submarine ops.

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on August 07, 2017, 21:03:25
Bernard Cornwell's The Flame Bearer - a continuation of the Saxon or Last Kingdom series. Bloody addictive.

Still in hardcover. I've got mine through the library as an ebook.

https://www.amazon.ca/Flame-Bearer-Saxon-Tales/dp/0062250787 (https://www.amazon.ca/Flame-Bearer-Saxon-Tales/dp/0062250787)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: mariomike on August 07, 2017, 21:08:59
mariomike: Aside from matter of diverting Bomber Command planes to Coastal, Blackett book makes the point that what Harris actually was willing to do--trying to hit concrete U-boat pens themselves, and also intentionally devastating area-style the French cities in which they were located--did very little to impede submarine ops.

Mark
Ottawa

Mark, from what I have read, bombing raids on Germany destroyed 207 U-Boats at dockside, or in the ship yards.

On top of that, it is estimated that damage to German factories disrupted production schedules enough to cost the enemy fleet more than one-hundred submarines.

Because each U-Boat sank an average of three allied ships during the war, it's estimated that Bomber Command saved about 900 Allied ships.

Bomber Command was also laying mines in the Baltic sea and other German-controlled waters. This disrupted the training of U-Boat crews. Mines laid by Bomber Command also sank or damaged more than one-thousand enemy surface vessels.

Bomber Command also sank six German battleships.

My source is this book,
https://www.amazon.ca/Battlefields-Air-Canadians-Allied-Command/dp/1550284916
page 174.

Bomber Command went to great lengths to avoid French civilian casualties. A good book about that is "Massacre over the Marne: The RAF bombing raids on Revigny ( France ) in July, 1944".
https://www.amazon.ca/Massacre-Over-Marne-Bombing-Revigny/dp/1852604522

As you likely know, 9,919 RCAF members were KIA with Bomber Command
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on August 07, 2017, 22:17:22
mariomike: A recent tweet of mine:
https://twitter.com/Mark3Ds/status/892819425438642177

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@Mark3Ds
Replying to @20committee

And in #WWII as whole 10,000 of 55,000 #RAF #BomberCommand dead were #RCAF--see final para here http://www.bombercommandmuseum.ca/photos_temp/event_background_2017-08-19.pdf …
https://twitter.com/Mark3Ds/status/892819425438642177

 :salute:

Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on August 08, 2017, 13:02:14
Just started a couple ...
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on August 08, 2017, 14:07:12
Just started a couple ...
  • "Scapegoats of the Empire:  The True Story of Breaker Morant'S Bushveldt Carbineers" (https://goo.gl/ozxhVB) - The story by the one who didn't get executed in the movie "Breaker Morant." (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080310/)
  • "Dogs, Do You Want To Live Forever?" (https://goo.gl/JX2rMc) - One man's story of Stalingrad.

I read Scapegoats. If you have the more recent version, there is a surprise ending.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: milnews.ca on August 09, 2017, 09:09:50
I read Scapegoats. If you have the more recent version, there is a surprise ending.
Being a cheap b@#$%d, I downloaded the free Gutenburg version  (posted in 2004, but don't know how recent the edition that was uploaded was) -- I'll let you know if I'm surprised @ the end so I'll know whether to pay for an edition :)
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Old Sweat on August 09, 2017, 09:52:04
That should be alright. I read it while researching by Boer War book that was published in 1996.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Karel Doorman on August 09, 2017, 16:32:19
Now i'm reading "In het Diepste Geheim"(translated something like"In Deepest Secrecy"

It's a book about the Dutch Silent Service wich tells about all the operations from the 50's untill the 90's.(so spying on Sovjet subs,destroyers,harbours,etc)

For now it's only in Dutch,but i couldn't think of anyone in Canada wanting to read about the Dutchies. [Xp



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Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 18, 2017, 18:07:21
'Just started this one, picked it up at the War Museum gift shop a few weeks ago.

NAZI GERMANY AND THE JEWS 1933-1945 (An abridged edition of The Years of Persecution and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Years of Extermination)

$20, good reading so far. The writing style is clear, concise, informative and written in such a way as to avoid any dryness where finer details and descriptions are needed.

There are some maps, an excellent bibliography and index as well.

New York Times book review: "Establishes itself as the standard historical work on Nazi Germany's mass murder of Europe's Jews...An account of unparalleled vividness and power that reads like a novel...A masterpiece that will endure."

Scattered amongst my family and extended family history are those who were a part of different facets of WWII; POWs, those who fought with both the allies and the Germans, as well as survivors of concentration camps. I haven't read the full versions, but am inclined to pick them up, as I'm enjoying what I've read so far.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on September 29, 2017, 22:23:50
Reading Vimy: The Battle and the Legend by Tim Cook https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30555607-vimy (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30555607-vimy)

Tim Cook is one of those authors whose books I automatically pickup when I see them in the store. I have enjoyed all of them so far and these book is not an exception. As you can guess from the title it is about the Battle for Vimy Ridge and how what is just a small battle in the grand scheme of WWI became a focal part of Canadian history and our nations identity.

I was a bit surprised when I was reading the book that the depiction of the battle was only a small part of the book but that the major theme of the book was to examine how and why the Battle became so significant to Canada (had I bothered to read the dust jacket I would have known better). So in addition to the depiction of the battle, he goes over the post WWI selection of battlefields that the government chose to honour with monuments, the struggle to actually build the monument and most importantly what the battle meant to Canadians in different decades following the first world war.

If you have an interest in Vimy Ridge, WWI history, or Canadian history in general I recommend this book. It is a fairly short (compared to some of the author's other books) story that I found to be enjoyable to read. 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: MarkOttawa on October 21, 2017, 20:28:25
Just finished Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 by Alan Allport--best overall look at WW II British Army I've read, very much worth the read. 

Covers creating a mass army where one had not been planned (colonial policing, e.g. in Waziristan, Palestine the main job), social aspects of a new type of recruit than before WW I (highlights importance of Adjutant General Ronald Adam, very close to CIGS Alan Brooke, from 1941 on in dealing with this), problems with infantry doctrine (but artillery very good, armour took while to realize they were not new cavalry) and officer quality generally, main points about major campaigns, combat effectiveness, how soldiers viewed those in countries where they were sent, why Labour won in 1945 but didn't last long (many in army did not really want more control of their lives) etc. etc.

Also not often realized--World War I-scale infantry casualties in Western Europe after D-Day, leading to divisions being cannibalized (same for US Army, cf. Canadian Army and conscription).

Lengthy review--excerpts:
http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1882

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...the British military faced the challenge of turning civilians into warriors. The British Army had faced another obstacle, as it was far more dependent than the other service branches on conscripted, non-voluntary recruits. Allport notes that many of these draftees were in much better physical condition than their fathers had been in 1914. They were also more privileged consumers, used ‘to greater privacy and material comfort’ (p. 80). Less deferential than their forebears, more willing to air grievances and absolutely desirous of making their stint in the army as short as possible, they seemed a parade ground sergeant’s nightmare. Resounding defeats in Asia and North Africa in the first half of 1942 left many old soldiers, and politicians, denouncing this new generation of soldiers as physical and moral cowards. In fact, the army, still mired in pre-war practices, was spending much of its recruits’ energies on spit-and-polish inspections and drill, while continuing to provide officers selected less for their physical or academic qualifications and more for who they knew or with whom they rode to hounds. Fortunately for Britain, help – in the name of General Sir R. F. Adam – was on the way.

...voting allowed the soldier a rare opportunity to strike back at the bureaucracy and rules and small indignities that made up military life. It was less a wholehearted vote for Labour than a sort of protest vote against those whom the soldiers identified as their superiors for the previous five or six years. Given the rather cynical view of politics and politicians that many soldiers seemed to share, as well as the often outspoken resentment many in the forces expressed towards those better-paid and occasionally disruptive miners and munitions workers in the UK, the argument that the 1945 election, at least for soldiers, was not about ideological change or even class solidarity seems a sound one...

...Alan Allport has produced a cohesive and coherent overview of the British soldier’s experience. Fluently written and liberally bolstered by the words of the soldiers themselves, this account should attract, and deserves to gain, both a specialist and a general readership. It should also remind historians that the resources available for the study of this war and its role in contemporary British life are vast and under-explored. This is a valuable work, one that brings its subjects to life...

Amazon.ca:
https://www.amazon.ca/Browned-Off-Bloody-Minded-British-1939-1945/dp/0300170750

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Mark
Ottawa
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Colin P on October 23, 2017, 11:37:03
The 6 day war and War of the Running dogs, first one is the precursors to the 6 day war and the other about fighting the Malay Emergency.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on October 24, 2017, 19:25:36
Re-Reading 'Excursion to Hell' by LCpl Vince Bramley, 3 PARA. A classic.... Too bad a lot of these guys left the regiment right after the War. They'd seen the 'elephant' ....

“By about three quarters of an hour after darkness had fallen, we had marched about 20 kilometers [cross country carrying about 100lbs of weapons and equipment each]. Taff shook uncontrollably. He had bad cramp and lay there, totally out of the game. Together we sat him up and tried to revive some spirit in him, but with no joy. To me, Taff looked as though he was about to die. His nine-stone [126 lb] frame wasn’t strong enough for the rest of the march. Taff could run the Army’s [1.5 mile] ‘Battle Fitness Test’ in around eight minutes and was considered our best runner. This proves, as do other accounts I heard after the war, that the fitness of troops cannot be determined by how fast they can run. The Paras always pride themselves on tabbing with kit, and rightly so, but I learnt a lesson on our first night march. You must have body fat on you to waste, for the kind of long tab we had embarked on.”

Excursion to Hell, LCpl Vince Bramley, 3 PARA, p.48-50
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: dangerboy on October 24, 2017, 19:45:19
Re-Reading 'Excursion to Hell' by LCpl Vince Bramley, 3 PARA. A classic.... Too bad a lot of these guys left the regiment right after the War. They'd seen the 'elephant' ....


That and the book "Green Eyed Boys" are two of my favourite first hand accounts from the Falklands war.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Ajacied34 on October 25, 2017, 03:35:29
Currently reading the intelligent investor by Ben Graham, its more of a project book as it requires more in depth analysis so when I want to read something less... intense? (Might not be the best word choice) I'm reading Outlaw Platoon.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Cloud Cover on October 26, 2017, 22:53:44
"Street Without Joy": The French Debacle in Indochina.  (written in 1961). 
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: daftandbarmy on October 27, 2017, 02:42:38
"Street Without Joy": The French Debacle in Indochina.  (written in 1961).

I scrounged up a first edition in a used book store, which I covet....
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: Dimsum on November 17, 2017, 20:46:25
Artemis, by Andy Weir (author of The Martian).  Just like that book, I can see this being made into a movie, if they can get the main character right.
Title: Re: What book are you reading now?
Post by: FJAG on November 17, 2017, 23:00:58
Have now just published The Marina: A Mark Winters, CID Novel (fourth book of the Mark Winters, CID series and eight book in the Allies series). Available through Amazon and Smashwords.

https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Riedel/e/B00459ATSU (https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Riedel/e/B00459ATSU)

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/wolfriedel (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/wolfriedel)

https://wolfriedel.wordpress.com/allies-the-marina-a-mark-winters-cid-novel/ (https://wolfriedel.wordpress.com/allies-the-marina-a-mark-winters-cid-novel/)

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US Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent Mark Winters is brought into a Tampa Police investigation of an old skeleton at a construction site when an Army commemorative ring from the 1st Gulf War is discovered with the body. Winters’ team follows the evidence to discover the victim was a reservist with the North Carolina National Guard attached to a US Corps of Engineers district in Jacksonville, Florida.

The case leads Winters team to a newly promoted general with the Corps serving in Japan and a further crimes more extensive then they could have imagined.

Throughout, Winters must balance the needs of the investigation with his falling out with the prosecutor over a murder investigation and court martial in Tamp, the hidden agenda by his new boss at Fort Benning to have him replaced and a serious turn for the worse in his relationship with his wife and her demanding mother.

. . . and starting the writing of fifth Mark Winters book.

 :cheers:
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Post by: RomeoJuliet on November 18, 2017, 00:12:49
Just started ‘Everyday Heroes-Inspirational Stories from Men & Women in the CAF’.  Ed. by Jody Mitic.

Good stuff, reading the WW2 section now, looking forward to the modern era stuff.


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Post by: Fishbone Jones on November 18, 2017, 04:53:58
Canada in Decay
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Post by: Rifleman62 on November 18, 2017, 09:24:48
You must be reading this recceguy:

https://www.canada.ca/en/privy-council/campaigns/mandate-tracker-results-canadians.html?utm_campaign=not-applicable&utm_medium=vanity-url&utm_source=canada-ca_results
   
Mandate Letter Tracker: Delivering results for Canadians
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Post by: Roger123 on November 18, 2017, 11:57:16
Finished reading 'The Compound Effect' by Darren Hardy. I was at a family member's house and started flipping through different books on the reading shelf and this one caught my interest. It is essentially a personal improvement book grounded around the concept that what we do every day, through our routine and actions, compounds over time to deliver a specific result in the future. If you work-out consistently, over time your going to be in pretty good shape; if you engage in a daily reading habit across a broad spectrum of subjects, your going to have something to say in a conversation, etc, for example. It's a pretty easy concept to grasp, which the author highlights and elaborates over the course of easy-to-read chapters. I can say that the book opened my eyes to what I was doing day in and out and how it aligned to what I want my future self to be.
    I had the notion that most self- improvement books are full of crap, but this book doesn't offer any literature to 'quick road to riches' ideas. If you want something worthwhile, there are no over night formulas or success recipes, just consistent action grounded in intelligent hard work. It is aimed at people looking for financial success or health improvement, but the ideas can be expanded to literally any pursuit. Simple idea I know, but it opens one's eyes and makes him/her mindful of one's  everyday actions and where such behaviour, compounded, will lead.
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Post by: Blackadder1916 on December 06, 2017, 15:51:30
Just finishing "Filling the Ranks   Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918"  by Richard Holt.

Published by McGill Queen's University Press (http://www.mqup.ca/filling-the-ranks-products-9780773548770.php), it is summarized as:
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Manpower is the lifeblood of armies regardless of time or place. In the First World War, much of Canada’s military effort went toward sustaining the Canadian Expeditionary Force, especially in France and Belgium. The job was not easy. The government and Department of Militia and Defence were tasked with recruiting and training hundreds of thousands of men, shipping them to England, and creating organizations on the continent meant to forward these men to their units.

The first book to explore the issue of manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Filling the Ranks examines the administrative and organizational changes that fostered efficiency and sustained the army. Richard Holt describes national civilian and military recruitment policies and criteria both inside and outside of Canada; efforts to recruit women, convicts, and members of First Nations, African Canadian, Asian, and Slavic communities; the conduct of entry-level training; and the development of a coherent reinforcement structure. Canada’s ability to fill the ranks with trained soldiers ultimately helped make the Corps an elite formation within the British Expeditionary Force.

Based on extensive research in British and Canadian archives, Filling the Ranks provides a wealth of new information on Canada"s role in the Great War.

You may be expecting that a book on such a subject, especially one developed from a PhD dissertation, would be a dry and tedious tome; you would be wrong.  Maybe I was a staff officer* too long, but this well written treatise (obviously by an officer well trained and experienced in staff work - the author was an RCR LCol) was an easy and enjoyable read and quickly imparted a better understanding of how the Canadian Army developed in the First World War.



*Yes, at one time I was from NDHQ and I was there to help . . . really, I was there to help . . . no kidding . . . I'm not joking . . . hey, stop smirking . . . stop laughing . . . that's rude . . . well, f##k you too!
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Post by: Czech_pivo on December 06, 2017, 16:14:05
Just started Kiev 1941 by David Stahel.
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Post by: Cloud Cover on December 06, 2017, 19:43:30
Just started Kiev 1941 by David Stahel.

This book is a good read. He has several others released as well.  it does give one pause to really reconsider the extent to which the German Generals wrote history in the immediate post war probably until the 1980's.
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Post by: NavyShooter on December 07, 2017, 07:54:04
Just finished re-reading Starship Troopers by Heinlen.  Forgot how good it was.

Also in the middle of reading Volume 1 of the Browning Machine Gun, the definitive history written by Dolf.  The detail...the photos...wow.

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Post by: sandyson on December 07, 2017, 12:05:33
From business Insider 07 Dec 2017:   11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world
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Post by: Journeyman on December 07, 2017, 12:35:53
From business Insider 07 Dec 2017:   11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world
Link (http://www.businessinsider.com/11-us-army-chief-of-staff-book-recommendations-2017-8/#-1) to the list.
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Post by: dangerboy on December 13, 2017, 22:34:03
Just picked up "Persepolis Rising" by James S.A. Corey https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28335696-persepolis-rising?ac=1&from_search=true (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28335696-persepolis-rising?ac=1&from_search=true).

This is the seventh book in the Expanse series, which the TV show of the same name is based on. I have really liked the first six books in the series and enjoy the TV show so I think that I will enjoy this book.
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