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"Men At War - The Best War Stories Of All Time", Wings Books, 1991, originally by Crown Publishers, 1942. Introduction by Ernest Hemingway.
 

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Just finished up Goodbye Darkness for the 2nd time. I read it about 6 years ago, great book by William Manchester USMC WWII.
I'm starting the in depth studies of The One Round War by Senich and Death From Afar Vol#1 by Chandler.
Both are about the USMC sniper program during Viet Nam.
Excellent info about the gear, weapons and training.
I went thru both quickly before when I started building an M40 clone to get it as close to an original as I could.
That's what I'm reading.
 
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I started reading the Federalist papers and watching John Adams.

Getting back to the basics of how our country and government formed. It makes me feel like a very small person as compared to the greatness of our forefathers. Amazing people that gave up so much so that we can tear down their statues in return 200 plus years later. Its shameful.
 

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Capona,
The reason being patriotic pride and teaching the goodness of our republic is discarded and replaced with ONLY mistakes we as a country have made over the years along with pushing how socialism and their so called heroes are glorified instead of giving credit and respect to the real heroes and great men who began this great nation.

Sorry for the rant and going off topic.

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SPOTREPS-A Maelstrom Rising Anthology (in the Maelstorm Rising universe/story line by Peter Nealen, short stories by other authors including one of my favorites, Larry Correia). It is modern, near-possible future military thriller, love reading it to provoke the what-if thinking and make sure I'm prepared for whatever really happens. Nealen is great at storytelling and description, and in one of his other series (I think American Praetorians) the main character's firearm is a M14.
 

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Finished up a 10 book series (SF) yesterday and started Star Ship Troopers again. I believe this is the tenth reading for me. Some books are worth reading every two or three years (like Old Man's War and it's sequels).
 
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M1A's r Best, you're a man after my own heart. Love both books. What was the series you finished? Have you tried the John Ringo series (starts with "Live Free or Die) or ( starts with "Ghost")??
 

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M1A's r Best, you're a man after my own heart. Love both books. What was the series you finished? Have you tried the John Ringo series (starts with "Live Free or Die) or ( starts with "Ghost")??
boomerpusher, I've read the three books in the Live Free or Die series but he's got to get off his butt and finish the series. He's getting pretty bad (John Ringo) about starting a series and not finishing it before he starts the next series he's not going to finish. I read all the books in the series about earth being invaded by the aliens and nearly wiped out (particularly enjoyed the first one - A Hymn Before Battle, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes), but he didn't finish that one either. Read all four books in the Council War series but he didn't finish that one either.

I've sworn off any more of his books till he goes back and finishes the other series. I hate being left hanging and wondering what would have happened next.

Front Lines, by Marko Kloos. Six good books, so far.
 
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The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete. They are a bit hippie dippie for me but it’s a pretty good book. I have a new best friend coming later this year and can’t wait!
 

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman

My wife says I need to read this. It may take a while.
 

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Jim, how long has your wife had this dream? I think they all go thru this stage and then they realize that we are hopeless and move on.
 

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If you haven't already, read "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow. A more complete picture of the founding of the nation would be hard to imagine, as he was part of it all. The Federalist Papers, the Revolution, the forming of the Constitution and our very nation. I learned a great deal as anyone who reads it will.
 

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Continuing my readings, I just finished "The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945" by Mr. Hornfischer. He continues the practice of weaving personal accounts into the history of the Pacific Campaign. He begins with the invasion of the Marianas, concentrating on Saipan, then Tinian, then Guam. He doesn't dwell on the Ryukyu campaign, nor MacArthur's South Pacific crusade.

He does give a great deal of time to the Saipan debacle between Lt. General "Howlin' Mad" Smith, and his relief of Major General Ralph Smith. It certainly contaminated U.S. Army-U.S. Marine Corps relations for years afterward. It also detailed just how badly Holland Smith let it eat at him, especially post-War.

Admiral Turner's alcoholism wasn't known to me, although I hadn't read much on his life.

He does an especially deep dive into the development of the atomic bomb, and the role of Colonel Paul Tibbets. I was unaware of his woes in the Mediterranean campaign, and that he missed a court martial by literally getting out of town. While he was mission focused, he wasn't given to the tunnel vision that develops sometimes. He also greatly benefited from his "milk run" time in cargo planes. Nothing like logistical training to add to one's resume.

I do believe that Raymond Spruance should have gotten his fifth star. His handling of the Middle Pacific Campaign was nothing short of genius, along with the Naval leadership he showed.

Not a brief read, but enjoyable to say the least.
 

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Shelby Foot's three volume history of The Civil War.

I am listening to it via Audible . . .each volume is 48 hours or so.

For the first time, i understand the significance of the major battles and were thay fall on the overall timeline.

If you are in quarantine or self-isolating i strongly recommend it.
 
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