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Title: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on October 31, 2013, 07:43:09 AM
Admittedly this idea comes from another site I have been on.  Thought we could get ideas about some new books here.

My latest is from Bill O'Reilly --- Killing Jesus
Even though he admits that both he and his co-author were brought up Roman Catholic, this is not a religious book, but a history book of the events leading to the crucifixion.  I thought it was a good read from history through both of their eyes.

As a footnote; I have read both of his other 'Killing' books about Lincoln and Kennedy.  In my opinion the Lincoln book follows the history I remember reading about, and the Kennedy book, I agree with everything except the Warren Commissions report that O'Reilly stated as fact about the single assassin - never have and never will believe the idea of only one shooter from behind.  To many things don't add up and Johnson pushed the commission to get answers for the next election IMO.  (footnote - I have always been interested about the assassination after serving on the Honor Guard during Kennedy's administration.  This Sunday evening there is a special on TV about new conjecture of the single vs. multiple shooters theory)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: ToddF on October 31, 2013, 09:34:21 AM
Um...

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix 

What can I say.  I just got Amazon Prime a few months ago, they're free, I never read them...
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: LadyVirginia on October 31, 2013, 09:45:11 AM
Not Peace but a Sword (http://www.amazon.com/Not-Peace-But-Sword-Christianity/dp/1938983289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383230395&sr=1-1&keywords=not+peace+but+a+sword) by Robert Spencer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Spencer_(author))

he runs jihadwatch.org (http://jihadwatch.org)

Interesting book and a fast read.


Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on November 01, 2013, 06:29:11 AM
Had started this book before, but put it down to read Killing Jesus.  Now have finished it;

"Being George Washington", by Glen Beck -- If you had watched Beck on TV you know his feelings about Washington and this is historical about the man while setting aside his politics.  Sayhing that there is one part on pages 162-164 that points out that congress started their 'lying' traits, against the military, during the Revolutionary War.  Before the British had left here for Britain after we had defeated them, the American soldiers who had suffered the hardships and fought the war were being denied what congress had promised, they literally were one day from rising against the government.  Washington went to the officers, putting his reputation with them on the line, and pointed out how it would look to the world if they overthrew the 'newly forming' government.
Bottom line for this history buff, good read-----
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on November 01, 2013, 07:48:58 AM
I've just started "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President" about James Garfield. Pretty good read so far.

I must admit I'm rather ignorant on Garfield's politics other than he was anti-slavery and against succession. The latter kind of pisses me off.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Septugenarian on November 03, 2013, 10:37:26 AM
Rush Revere.  It arrived in Friday's mail so I read it after lunch.  Like he says, it's good for kids,  quick easy read.

Now its back to The Islamic AntiChrist.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: ChrstnHsbndFthr on November 03, 2013, 01:24:03 PM
Assain's Quest, By Robin Hobbs, the third in a trilogy.......and now reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: whimsicalmamapig on November 03, 2013, 10:56:42 PM
the Inheritance of Rome 500-1000 ad by Chris Wickham  sort of gives you the underlying set up of why Europe is the way it is plus it fills in a lot of gaps left in your average medieval history.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on December 04, 2013, 04:40:58 PM
Just finished 'American Patriot' - the life and wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coram

The Col. was in WWII as an enlisted Marine, then got his degree, (while in college was Army ROTC)commissioned in the Air Force.  Then Korea and Vietnam as a fighter pilot.  While in Vietnam shot down, captured, escaped, recaptured (less than one day from freedom) and held in the 'Hanoi Hilton' for almost 6 years.  Decorations 70 + combat ribbons including the Medal of Honor, the Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, and 12 campaign battle stars, the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distingushed Flying Cross with multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.  ( Oak Leaf Clusters are given instead of multiple identical medals).  While also becoming a Lawyer, and earning his Phd.
Sadly the Col. died this year on July 27, 2013 at 88 years of age.

If you are interested in history / military this book is a must.


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Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pandora on December 04, 2013, 04:43:46 PM
Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep".  It was good; a friend lent her copy to me because I'm not giving him another cent.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on December 04, 2013, 06:24:46 PM
Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep".  It was good; a friend lent her copy to me because I'm not giving him another cent.

I've been getting my books from the library. Download and read them on my Kindle.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pablo de Fleurs on December 04, 2013, 06:44:25 PM
Reading:

For years I've read multiple books (1 on the nightstand, 1 in the bathroom, 1 in my computer bag wondering if that's sane...& have met a host of conference leaders who tell me they do the same thing. The computer bag book's for when I find myself w/time on my hands or someone is late for a meeting...I don't have to waste time; I start reading.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: LadyVirginia on December 05, 2013, 03:27:42 PM
I read The Tipping Point a few years ago. Thought it was interesting.

My brother has multiple books going but I prefer to stick with one at a time. I read fast and like finishing one before moving on. I found having a book with me makes me way more patient when waiting at the store, doctor, etc.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Weisshaupt on December 05, 2013, 04:22:34 PM
Molon Labe by Boston T Party  (http://www.amazon.com/Molon-Labe-Boston-T-Party/dp/1888766077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386280934&sr=8-1&keywords=molon+labe+boston+t+party)

One Second After by William R. Forstchen  (http://www.amazon.com/One-Second-After-William-Sanders-ebook/dp/B002LATV16/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1r)

On a lighter note:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281147&sr=1-1&keywords=ready+player+one)

Of course, if you have not read all of the following you should read them first ( yes they are largely books for kids, but that shouldn't stop you..)

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien ( yes treat yourself to the book even if you saw the movies)  (http://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-4-Book-Boxed-Tie-/dp/0345538374/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281549&sr=1-1&keywords=lord+of+the+rings)
Holes by Louis Sachar (http://www.amazon.com/Holes-Louis-Sachar/dp/9990833087/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281297&sr=1-3&keywords=holes)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (http://www.amazon.com/Enders-Ender-Quintet-Orson-Scott/dp/0812550706/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281570&sr=1-1&keywords=Enders+game)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (http://www.amazon.com/Haroun-Sea-Stories-Salman-Rushdie/dp/0140157379/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281672&sr=1-1&keywords=haroun+and+the+sea+of+stories)
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern ( William Goldman)  (http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Bride-Illustrated-Morgensterns-Adventure/dp/0544173767/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281745&sr=1-1&keywords=princess+bride)

Or if Non-fiction is your bag

The Making of the Atomic Bomb (http://www.amazon.com/Making-Atomic-Bomb-25th-Anniversary/dp/1451677618/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281807&sr=1-1&keywords=the+making+of+the+atomic+bomb)
The John Adams biography by McCullough (http://www.amazon.com/John-Adams-David-McCullough-ebook/dp/B000FC0QHA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281858&sr=1-1&keywords=john+adams)
Any of the Founding Father's Books from the Library of America (http://www.loa.org/catalog.jsp?sort=3#EarlyAmericanHistoryFoundingFathers)
and the Adams Jefferson letters (http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Jefferson-Letters-Complete-Correspondence-Jefferson/dp/0807842303/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386282074&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=andamsjefferson+letters)





Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on December 05, 2013, 07:00:53 PM
Molon Labe by Boston T Party  (http://www.amazon.com/Molon-Labe-Boston-T-Party/dp/1888766077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386280934&sr=8-1&keywords=molon+labe+boston+t+party)

One Second After by William R. Forstchen  (http://www.amazon.com/One-Second-After-William-Sanders-ebook/dp/B002LATV16/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1r)

On a lighter note:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281147&sr=1-1&keywords=ready+player+one)

Of course, if you have not read all of the following you should read them first ( yes they are largely books for kids, but that shouldn't stop you..)

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien ( yes treat yourself to the book even if you saw the movies)  (http://www.amazon.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-4-Book-Boxed-Tie-/dp/0345538374/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281549&sr=1-1&keywords=lord+of+the+rings)
Holes by Louis Sachar (http://www.amazon.com/Holes-Louis-Sachar/dp/9990833087/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281297&sr=1-3&keywords=holes)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (http://www.amazon.com/Enders-Ender-Quintet-Orson-Scott/dp/0812550706/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281570&sr=1-1&keywords=Enders+game)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (http://www.amazon.com/Haroun-Sea-Stories-Salman-Rushdie/dp/0140157379/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281672&sr=1-1&keywords=haroun+and+the+sea+of+stories)
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern ( William Goldman)  (http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Bride-Illustrated-Morgensterns-Adventure/dp/0544173767/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281745&sr=1-1&keywords=princess+bride)

Or if Non-fiction is your bag

The Making of the Atomic Bomb (http://www.amazon.com/Making-Atomic-Bomb-25th-Anniversary/dp/1451677618/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281807&sr=1-1&keywords=the+making+of+the+atomic+bomb)
The John Adams biography by McCullough (http://www.amazon.com/John-Adams-David-McCullough-ebook/dp/B000FC0QHA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386281858&sr=1-1&keywords=john+adams)
Any of the Founding Father's Books from the Library of America (http://www.loa.org/catalog.jsp?sort=3#EarlyAmericanHistoryFoundingFathers)
and the Adams Jefferson letters (http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Jefferson-Letters-Complete-Correspondence-Jefferson/dp/0807842303/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386282074&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=andamsjefferson+letters)

That Rhoades book on the Manhattan Project is fascinating.  The McCullough Adams book is good and the Adams-Jefferson letters are a must for anyone interested in  Founders history.

 ::thumbsup::

Might have to give those first two a shot.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on February 24, 2014, 07:03:17 AM
One of my favorite authors was Vince Flynn, who unfortunately passed away from colon cancer June 19, 2013. 

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He had a very unique talent of writing CIA mysteries in fiction form with research back-up of areas.
He wrote a total of 14 books;

Term Limits
American Assassin  --  [The beginning of the 'Mitch Rapp' series - that follows in the rest of books]
Kill Shot
Transfer of Power
The Third Option
Seperation of Power
Executive Power
Memorial Day
Consent to Kill
Act of Treason
Protect and Defend
Extreme Measures
Pursuit of Honor
The Last Man

He started his last book, 'The Survivor', but didn't finish it before his death.  The publisher hired 'three' writers to finish it in his style [ he could build multiple plots in each book tying them together, then solve all at the end of the book.]  It is scheduled to be out sometime in 2015.
If you like fiction based on government [BS] I would suggest reading these, [and no I don't get paid for recommending these books  ::laughonfloor::]
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on February 24, 2014, 11:36:09 AM
Admittedly this idea comes from another site I have been on.  Thought we could get ideas about some new books here.

My latest is from Bill O'Reilly --- Killing Jesus
Even though he admits that both he and his co-author were brought up Roman Catholic, this is not a religious book, but a history book of the events leading to the crucifixion.  I thought it was a good read from history through both of their eyes.

As a footnote; I have read both of his other 'Killing' books about Lincoln and Kennedy.  In my opinion the Lincoln book follows the history I remember reading about, and the Kennedy book, I agree with everything except the Warren Commissions report that O'Reilly stated as fact about the single assassin - never have and never will believe the idea of only one shooter from behind.  To many things don't add up and Johnson pushed the commission to get answers for the next election IMO.  (footnote - I have always been interested about the assassination after serving on the Honor Guard during Kennedy's administration.  This Sunday evening there is a special on TV about new conjecture of the single vs. multiple shooters theory)

Sounds like the JFK book is just a rehash of the official cover story.  I still say LBJ was in deep in that thing.  That might just be me though.  There is not enough proof one way or another to prove squat.

As for Lincoln, if he missed the KGC angle then once again Bill missed the boat.

I am way behind in my reading, time to catch up!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on February 24, 2014, 12:31:35 PM
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein after reading it the first time 40 years ago.
Back then as a young impressionable lad whose head was filled with mush, it was profound.

It's still a good read because Heinlein is a master

Just started two more.
Hybrid by Whitley Streiber
2061 by Arthur C Clarke
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 04, 2014, 08:25:37 PM
Finished the book "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, who also has best seller "Seabiscuit', that I've not read yet.
Anyway yes I'm in a rut and read a lot of military books and Unbroken is no different; the book revolves around Louis Zamperini.  Trying to see if he was still alive at 90 plus years I came across this video, so instead of trying to tell the story, listen to his own words - fabulous ;;

Unbroken - Louis Zamperini - CBS Sunday Morning - 5-27-12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0pulc6kDsk#ws)

I bought the book on my kindle - but am going to buy a hard copy for the bookcase and future re reading.

Also Wikipedia at;[below] has a good review also

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Zamperini (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Zamperini)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: trapeze on March 05, 2014, 02:35:21 AM
Just finished Vince Flynn's "The Last Man" a couple of days ago. It was excellent.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on March 05, 2014, 05:06:42 AM
Finished the book "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, who also has best seller "Seabiscuit', that I've not read yet.
Anyway yes I'm in a rut and read a lot of military books and Unbroken is no different; the book revolves around Louis Zamperini.  Trying to see if he was still alive at 90 plus years I came across this video, so instead of trying to tell the story, listen to his own words - fabulous ;;

Unbroken - Louis Zamperini - CBS Sunday Morning - 5-27-12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0pulc6kDsk#ws)

I bought the book on my kindle - but am going to buy a hard copy for the bookcase and future re reading.

Also Wikipedia at;[below] has a good review also

http://www.charter.net/search/index.phpcontext=homepage&tab=Web&q=louis+zamperini+unbroken (http://www.charter.net/search/index.phpcontext=homepage&tab=Web&q=louis+zamperini+unbroken)

I read that a couple months ago. AWESOME read! I really want to see the movie when it comes out.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 05, 2014, 09:26:17 PM
Just finished Vince Flynn's "The Last Man" a couple of days ago. It was excellent.

If you liked that you'll like any or all of the rest.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 07, 2014, 04:07:06 PM
Along with the trailer for the movie coming out around Christmas of this year, I found this - it's long, but interesting.

UNBROKEN | A True World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVFsx9fA19w#ws)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: LadyVirginia on March 08, 2014, 06:44:33 PM
I love Vince Flynn's books. I've enjoyed Brad Thor's too but I think in the last couple of books he gets a little heavy-handed with the preaching.

Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 16, 2014, 03:14:24 PM
Finally getting caught up on my reading.

I finished:

Masters of Chaos by Linda Robinson, special forces missions from Vietnam through Iraq.

SEAL Team Six by Howard Wasdin, most about Somalia, Iraq...going through BUD/S, good firsthand accounts.

American Sniper by the late Chris Kyle, another good one, centers mostly on his 4 tours in Iraq and has contributions from his wife showing the turmoil on the home front.

Three recent Stephen Hunter novels - Dead Zero, Soft Target and The Third Bullet.  Can't have enough of Bob Lee Swagger.  Wasn't sure I'd like the material in the last one as it does a spin on the JFK hit, but I have to say the story worked and the operational and ballistic issues covered are quite provoking.  Some of the periphiral players are known historical people, the non-fiction yarn creating some new ones that may or may not be based on alleged players, depending how far down the conspiracy rabbit hole you may have already chased.  Anyway, it's a page turner.

Now I am reading Common Sense for the first time in what feels like ages, and then I will launch into Levin's Liberty Amendments.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 07:29:11 AM
Mr. Infinito did you finish the Liberation Trilogy last summer?
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 17, 2014, 07:32:47 AM
I did not, it is on my list though for items to acquire, and I hope to have them by summer.

I see Amazon has a boxed set for $76 and free shipping. 
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2014, 08:26:52 AM
I think you'd enjoy it.
As would most folks here, I'd bet.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: LadyVirginia on March 17, 2014, 04:35:59 PM
I recently read Where Hope Begins. I don't remember the author's name since I dropped it back at the library already. The author was a fairly young reporter in Michigan who 5 months after transferring to a tv/radio station in California was covering the story of Marcus Wesson. Wesson is a nut case who basically brainwashed his children into a suicide pack if he ever thought the government were threatening them. The kids and wife were the subject of abuse (physical and incestuous)  and not allowed to do much outside of his control. One fateful day eight of his kids were killed by one of his daughters before she killed herself (around 2004 if I remember correctly). Anyway, he got arrested and the reporter sought to get the surviving family members' story especially since they were still defending the man despite the evidence that he was a monster. Through a series of contacts she discovered that the wife and two daughters had no where to live and had no money (Surprise! They'd lived on welfare.) so she offered the spare bedroom in her condo well aware that as a reporter she shouldn't. But she felt sorry for them. The book does cover Wesson's treatment of his family but mostly it focuses on the story after--when she was putting up the 3 family members and how all of them tried to move on. Apparently, the wife still lives with the reporter.

I picked it up because I was intrigued by the idea of helping the family members who were victims but no one seemed to see them that way. But when I finished the book I found myself thinking this reporter was a little weird. She decried the family members for keeping secrets all those years yet she strove for months to keep her living arrangements with these women secret. There was a little too much ink spent on her thoughts about the whole thing rather than the family members. As I read I kept thinking surely they were all getting counseling? Finally near the end she does mention that the family members were getting therapy. Sometimes I felt like she was writing some of it so the family members would know what she thought about the whole thing.

An additional aspect of the story that was interesting was how Wesson was so sure that the government was tracking him yet the day this happened of course no one saw it coming. He wasn't really on their radar.

Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 20, 2014, 08:50:35 AM
Just finished reading "Devil at my Heels" written by Louis Zamperini with David Rensin.  Yes this is the same person that "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand was written about, only in his words and it goes into more depth especially concerning his time in the life raft floating in the Pacific after his plane went down in WWII, then his time in and after as a POW in Japan.  The last 1/3rd of the book is his recovery from nightmares and alcohol.  If interested in human survival from unbelievable circumstances, both books are highly recommended.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on April 05, 2014, 06:11:21 PM
I set aside The Liberty Amendments (sorry Mark, I'll get back to it though!) and finished reading Killmeade & Yaeger's "George Washington's Secret Six" about the Culper Spy Ring.  With "Turn" starting tomorrow night I wanted to get that done before viewing the AMC production.  It is an easy read and they take a different tack in telling the story that I think works and is a nice general primer on the subject most would enjoy.  They rely on the known historical record other researchers have compiled from many of the principles attached to the story and blend it with literary license to imagine what some of the underlying meeting discussions may have been like and weave throughout it the vista of the Revolutionary War and American life at the time.  They restrict the literary constructs to the probable and avoid manufacturing anything controversial and overall I think they pulled it off nicely.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on April 05, 2014, 07:05:54 PM
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. About the spirit of Christmas in giving. The only disappointment was he never mentioned Christ.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on April 10, 2014, 08:58:30 AM
Finished " In Harm's Way" by Doug Stanton          [Was not the movie with John Wayne]

The story of the USS Indianapolis and her crew.

This was the ship that delivered the atomic bombs to Tinian that were dropped during WWII.  On the return trip after delivering the bombs the ship was sunk by a Japanese sub in shark infested waters.
The book also follows up on some crew members after rescue.  IMO a very good historical read of a tragedy.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on April 10, 2014, 10:50:02 AM
I don't know if I can read about sharks munching on sailors...that horror is too much for me...that was my number one fear while I was sailing the Seven Seas....they can shoot me, blow me up, whatever...but stuck in the water surrounded by those cold dead-eyed devils of the deep?!

Nah ahh, no way!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on April 12, 2014, 08:28:02 AM
Libertas - In agreement about being 'bait', so how about the other side of WWII.   Awhile ago I read "Beyond Band of Brothers" by Major Dick Winters.  Basically the same story as the book by Stephen Ambrose, but more first hand information.  One thing came to my mind about why he never received the Medal of Honor for leading the charge 'if you will' and taking out the big guns on the first day of D-Day, was he admitted to disobaying an order near the end of the war, telling the squad to stand down and not go across the river, then submitting a false report, [protecting his men when they were ordered to do a futile mission].
Anyway, good read and no man eating glassy eyed fish, just Germans with lots of big guns.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: ToddF on June 09, 2014, 07:43:48 AM
Empire by Orson Scott Card (http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Science-Fiction-Orson-Scott/dp/0765355221)

Red America vs. Blue America and how it might turn out.  He takes on both sides.  He uses leftists' own words and he portrays a right wing general as George C Scott in Manchurian Candidate.  Special venom is reserved for Low Information Media, as it's portrayed in this story exactly as I would have.  For the record, Card considers himself a Democrat, of the Truman era. 

Knowing all this, look at the one star reviews spammed to the top of the first page.  Look at who the delicate little flowers (aka Fascist trash) who take this personally.  Just as you'd expect.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on June 09, 2014, 08:15:36 AM
Ahh, Enders Game guy...I am already on record with not liking the ending of that story...

As for this effort, I have no horse in this race, people can speculate and fantasize all they want about what a future civil war may involve and who is to blame till they are blue in the face, makes no difference either way, once the real shooting starts all speculation is out the window as reality comes crashing down all around you.

That libiots find fault with this effort is somewhat hilarious, the retarded Publishers Weekly intro set the tone and libiots gleefully marched to the beat...I doubt many even read it, just poached each others parroting of typical libiot-speak..."right-wing" this, "anti-military", blah blah blah...same old crap!

Places like Amazon always attract the drones and the hive-mind kicks in and its the same bullsh*t over and over and over again...


Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on June 09, 2014, 08:43:36 AM
Another WWII book;

"Wild Blue" - by Stephen E. Ambrose
History of the 741 squadron [B-24 Bombers over Europe]
I have always been a fan of Ambrose; when he was alive I don't think there was another person with the WWII historical knowledge to compare with him.  While this book was a good history of the squadrons training and then service in occupied Europe, he mentions and follows one of the pilots, and his service.  A good pilot flying a tough plane to handle, but later becoming a politician that I could not agree with - namely George McGovern, so the book historically is good, but his centering on McGovern's exploits did nothing for me.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on June 09, 2014, 09:08:04 AM
I like some of Ambrose's work too...I think Undaunted Courage is my favorite, it leaned heavily on first hand journals and the later collaboration with Ken Burns for the TV special on Lewis and Clark expedition was pretty good too.  That whole story and what the endured is amazing.  I just wish better information on the death of Lewis was included, Ambrose dismissed any talk of murder out of hand, he simply would not follow the evidence there.  I think it obvious that he was murdered.  The Grinder testimony is weak and contradcitory, the wounds are highly problematic for a suicide, Jefferson heard rumors it was not a suicide, the family didn't believe the suicide story, the only doctor to examine him (40 years later) concluded it was murder, a soldier (Maj Neely) giving testimony to the scene had to have given a false statement (under higher orders?) because he was more than two days ride away (60 miles) giving testimony on another matter for which there is a court record he was in fact there and not at Grinders Stand, and Maj Russell like Neely had ties to General Wilkinson, a notorious snake, cheat, and swindler who lusted the governorship of the territory he once had before Lewis came along.  Everybody in the story seems to have ties back to the snake Wilkinson.  And the clothes of Lewis prove the wounds could not have been slef-inflicted.  Lewis was assassinated, period.  Ambrose chose to ignore it all, much to his discredit.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on January 31, 2015, 09:49:31 AM
Gotten on a kick reading Robert B. Parkers "Appaloosa" series. 1st was Appaloosa made into a movie starring Ed Harris.  Since then have read "Resolution" by Parker and "Brimstone" also by Parker.  After he died other writers have written in his name, one of those being "Ironhorse", by Robert Knott.  Have three more to read in the series.  Parker also had the "Jesse Stone" series, Some of those made into movies starring Tom Selleck, and the "Spenser" series.  Of about 14 Jesse Stone books have read 3, and of the Spenser approx 44 books I've only read 1.  In all before his death he wrote about 70 books, so I've got my reading plannedfor awhile.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on February 01, 2015, 04:11:48 PM
I have to go acquire some new tomes, I'm done with all my BIL's books and other than taxes for me and my folks all my work is done, I finally have some time for myself.
 ::whoohoo::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on February 04, 2015, 08:11:36 AM
Have now finished 6 of the 7 Appoloosa series books from Robert B. Parker and the 'stand-in ' writers, that have kept the series going.  Mainly Robert Knott - and he has done a great job in the same writing style as Parker.  If western fiction is your thing, try this series, but it is reommended you read them in order for the continuation factor.
1. Appoloosa
2. Resolution
3. Brimstone
4. Blue Eyed Devil
5. Ironhorse
6. Bull River
7. The Bridge

But before reading the last book in the series, I finally got my copy of the book "American Sniper", by Chris Kyle.  Saw the movie, but usually there is more in books, so I've got to read it.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on February 04, 2015, 11:14:01 AM
There is most definitely more in the Kyle book as you'll soon see.

I will forward your book list to my father, he will like it.   ::hat-tip::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on February 07, 2015, 11:03:55 AM
There is most definitely more in the Kyle book as you'll soon see.

Libertas  - were you ever right.  Just finished reading "American Sniper".  Sure am glad I read the book after seeing the movie.  The movie was great, but the book, as usual, was far more in depth....Can sum it up with one word -- WOW !!!!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on February 09, 2015, 06:22:37 AM
There is most definitely more in the Kyle book as you'll soon see.

Libertas  - were you ever right.  Just finished reading "American Sniper".  Sure am glad I read the book after seeing the movie.  The movie was great, but the book, as usual, was far more in depth....Can sum it up with one word -- WOW !!!!

No movie had a chance to cover everything, it just wasn't going to happen...they had to use composites and pick and choose which events to cover, overall I thought they did pretty good capturing the essence of his life.  I almost always prefer the book to a movie, but there are rare cases like this where the movie doesn't betray the book.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 09, 2015, 11:09:14 AM
Since reading American Sniper, I've gotten back on the kick of Robert B. Parker's books.  Finished the first four in the Jesse Stone series; Night Passage, Trouble in Paradice, Death in Paradise &Stone Cold. 7 more and that series will be done until his 'ghost writer' does some more.  Took a break from those four and now am reading my first from  the 'Longmire' series, "The Cold Dish", by Craig Johnson.  The TV movie series was based on these books.  A&E had it for three seasons before dropping it - right after the final episode 'cliff hanger'; [ another who shot JR final]the 4th season is do to start later this summer, on NetFlix.

Also had finished the 'Apoloosa' series - "The Bridge"

Jesse Stone series; written by Robert B. Parker before his death -

Night Passage
Trouble in Paradise
Death in Paradise
Stone Cold
Sea Change
High Profile
Stranger in Paradise
Night and Day
Split Image

by; Michael Brandman -

Killing the Blues
Fool Me Twice
Damned If You Do

had already read these three...

by; Reed F. Coleman -

Blind Spot
The Devil Wins
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 09, 2015, 11:47:10 AM
I'm still in acquisition mode...gathering up the goods as it were...

(http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss291/libertasinfinitio/Warnings/get_zpsx3acwvtm.gif)

...don't worry, I'll share my hoard later...

 ;D
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on March 09, 2015, 09:13:09 PM
Just finished "Bad Attitude Guide to Good Citizenship" by Claire Wolfe

Although this book is a little dated (just after the 2010 election), it is still pertinent.

The first 2/3rds lists some of the usual offences that we discuss here; TSA, NSA, Obamacare and the rise of the police state to name a few.

She does offer a few solutions.
These include a sort of civil disobedience, ignoring state and federal politics and be involved  only in local.

Other of her titles include:
The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook: 179 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution
Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet): 101 More Ways to Salvage Freedom



Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 10, 2015, 06:29:58 AM
Heh, I like the titles!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on March 10, 2015, 07:43:00 AM
I thought you might, Libertas.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 11, 2015, 06:26:16 AM
No diff in price between Amazon & B&N either...so it doesn't matter where you buy...not counting any member benefits...

http://www.amazon.com/The-Freedom-Outlaws-Handbook-Revolution/dp/1581605781 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Freedom-Outlaws-Handbook-Revolution/dp/1581605781)

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-freedom-outlaws-handbook-claire-wolfe/1112159443?ean=9781581605785 (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-freedom-outlaws-handbook-claire-wolfe/1112159443?ean=9781581605785)

I'll have to add them to my stack.   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on March 11, 2015, 07:07:16 AM
Bad Attitude Guide was a pretty quick read.
A lot of it was reprints of articles she wrote for SWAT and Backwoods Home magazines
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 11, 2015, 05:51:48 PM
Just finished reading "The Cold dish" - by Craig Johnson.  It's the first book of his 'Longmire' series.   Anyway this book was a good read and part of a 13 book group.  It does have a surprising ending.  Johnson has a similar writing style as Vince Flynn in his building two or three possiblities, before wrapping it up.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on March 13, 2015, 07:42:17 AM
Another 'Jesse Stone' book, "Sea Change", bites the dust.  Fifth in the series it's a typical 'Stone' with many possibilities, and the the solution near the end of the book.  Again a cliff hanger, while entertaining read for Jesse Stone followers.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 13, 2015, 10:39:17 AM
Finished "Sniper's Honor" by Stephen Hunter last night...if you like a lady sniper dropping baddies and see an old man whup young punks while flashing back and forth between WWII and the present then this is might be for you.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: IronDioPriest on March 13, 2015, 02:02:06 PM
I'm about 80 pages into "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn.

I am seriously debating whether I want to invest the time to finish. It is that uninteresting. I'm surprised by this because of all the lauding praise I've seen heaped on this book. But it just isn't doing anything for me.

The premise of the book is that the events that led to God's judgment of the ancient nation of Israel are being replayed in America, and that examining Isaiah (and theological "commentary" about Isaiah), we can draw specific parallels. The book attempts to draw a hard-line to those parallels - as if the events in ancient Israel are actually a biblical message to the United States of America specifically.

So far there are three characters: The main character; the prophet from whom he receives insight into the harbingers; and the publisher to whom the main character is relaying his encounters with the prophet. I see no sign that the character list is going to expand.

The entire book is dialogue between the main character and the prophet, or the main character and the publisher.

In a good book, the characters and the dialogue serve the story. In this book, the characters serve the dialogue, and the dialogue IS the story. There is no reason for the characters to exist except to speak for the author. The author's voice is the only voice you hear, regardless of which of the three characters is speaking. The main character exists to ask questions of the prophet and answer questions of the reporter. The prophet exists to painstakingly and annoyingly lead the main character the long-way around to the answers. The publisher exists to listen to the main character recount his encounters with the prophet. It's so ass-backwards that it comes across as amateurish in every way.

The author didn't need to make his correlations through storytelling. Rather than drawing out the storytelling, transparently making the reader wait for the "suspense" of the big reveals to play out in dialogue, the author should have just spoken for himself, and made the correlations as the author presenting documentary evidence.

... except that there is no evidence. The correlations that Cahn draws between ancient Israel and the United States are akin to reading a horoscope and shoehorning your own life into what it says. And the correlations that have taken me 80 pages of uninspiring reading to wade through could have been made more effectively in about 4 or 5 pages of straightforward analysis.

I have no problem with the notion that the Bible has many things to say about the United States insofar as the bible speaks to all men and all nations. But the lengths this author goes to to convince the reader that the bible contains specific warnings meant only for the United States does not even rise to the level of specious. It's just incredible - literally incredible.

I may finish it just to see if my opinion stays the same as the "harbingers" become more profound as they are revealed. But so far, there is no profundity. Only pablum and wasted time.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on March 13, 2015, 06:17:35 PM
Sorry you didn't like it, IDP.
Read it a few years ago and was flabbergasted at how exact the parallels were.
Down to exact words.

It sounds like you were turned off on the presentation and, possibly, overlooking the message?
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: IronDioPriest on March 13, 2015, 07:27:34 PM
Sorry you didn't like it, IDP.
Read it a few years ago and was flabbergasted at how exact the parallels were.
Down to exact words.

It sounds like you were turned off on the presentation and, possibly, overlooking the message?

I'm up to the fifth harbinger, and so far, the effort to articulate the parallels seems strained to me. I might be allowing the presentation to cloud the message, Idunno.

But the thing is, I get the message. I'm just not buying it so far. And I'm someone who would very enthusiastically embrace a convincing case that the bible has given specific signs or warnings to the United States (as opposed to signs or warnings to mankind or nations).
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on March 16, 2015, 06:46:51 AM
"Under The Overpass" by Mike Yankoski.

http://www.amazon.com/Under-Overpass-Journey-Streets-America/dp/1590524020/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426506124&sr=8-1&keywords=under+the+overpass (http://www.amazon.com/Under-Overpass-Journey-Streets-America/dp/1590524020/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426506124&sr=8-1&keywords=under+the+overpass)

I must confess. I got this on a whim from the library and fully expected it to be some kind of liberal "we need to tax you more to support these people" mindset. However, what I found is entirely different. The author is a conservative Christian and underwent this project for his own experience. I'm only about half way through, but it's a very interesting read.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 30, 2015, 07:03:07 AM
Finished three recently...

The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer of the "Decoded" series fame on the History channel or whatever it is...he likes puzzles and such, first of a sampling of his recent works I am giving a spin.  Decent writer, doesn't get all Dan Brown goonie with the gimmicks, entertaining enough for light reading enjoyment.

Lost Treasures of American History by W.C. Jameson.  Yeah, bit of an impulse "why not?" buy...if you are looking for never before disclosed secrets of lost treasure forget it, this is more what I expected...an entertaining read into the stories behind some of the notable legends in American history from Spanish colonization through the Civil War, a light entertaining read if you go for the topic.

The Pilgrim Chronicles by Rod Gragg.  This is the gem so far by far.  If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for the Pilgrim's story from England to Holland to America this is it.  And it is an excellent reference to employ when debating any fool who thinks this nation was not launched as a Christian nation.  It is very well written, well sourced and includes many interesting sketches and such of the period.  If anything about this topic appeals to you this is a quality read.  I liked it a lot and the period interests me in general and in specific as I have relatives that came over to the Massachusettes Bay Colony as part of the Great Migration.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on March 30, 2015, 08:55:50 AM
I'm reading all I can about Worm Farming.

 ;D
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 30, 2015, 09:22:55 AM
I'm reading all I can about Worm Farming.

 ;D

Step one - dig hole.

Step two - insert libiot.

 :D
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AmericanPatriot on March 30, 2015, 10:13:47 AM
Step 3  Add worms
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on March 31, 2015, 06:23:14 AM
Step 3  Add worms

I like your enthusiasm!   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on April 05, 2015, 04:25:59 PM
Finished two more Brad Meltzer novels - The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin, manu of the same characters as the last one I read, and like that one these are entertaining enough, nothing super special, decent enough time-filler.

Reading Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen, and if anybody has read his books before you know what you get - a mix of misfit characters of varying sanity and humanity, smart-assed gumshoes and wicked humor...so far it is not disappointing.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on April 10, 2015, 06:37:32 AM
Finished Bad Monkey this past Tuesday, a wild ride.

Next up is more history and such...when I get around to it, get to do taxes for the folks and 1Q filings for BIL this weekend...   ::puke::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pablo de Fleurs on April 10, 2015, 08:09:37 AM
Currently reading U Turn, by George Barna & David Barton:

(http://covers2.booksamillion.com/covers/bam/1/62/998/024/1629980242.jpg)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on October 07, 2015, 07:42:29 AM
I just finished "Give Me A Fast Ship" (see link below) about the early days of the US Navy.  The title comes from a John Paul Jones quote when he was in France awaiting a new command "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."

Most people are aware of Jones but there were other really good captains of that era that history has paid little attention to - John Barry, Nicholas Biddle and Gustavus Conyngham to mention the most notable.  Conyngham is really an interesting fellow, captures, escapes...wildly successful raids in British waters...only to suffer for his lost Captain's Commission (France)...a century after his death a Civil War naval vet named John Sanford Barnes bought a collection of miscellaneous Revolutionary Era documents found in France with a winning $2 bid at auction...mostly because there was mention of a letter with Franklin's name on it...when he received the documents he discovered the long lost Captian's Commission signed by Franklin (http://feniangraves.net/Cunningham,%20Gustauv/Conyngham%20bio.htm), one of several pre-signed by John Hancock then the President of the Continental Congress.

It's a good read if the subject matter appeals to you.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451416112? (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451416112?)*Version*=1&*entries*=0

I am currently reading a compilation of the writings and speeches of Edmund Burke.

But on my To Do list may have to be this collaborative effort we first talked about here  (http://itsaboutliberty.com/index.php?topic=10822.msg125272#msg125272) that I typically am not a fan of one person completing another's work, but since since Vince's death over 2 years ago (http://itsaboutliberty.com/index.php?topic=8477.msg100995#msg100995) I guess I've had enough time to ponder giving it a go...and last night was the launch party for the book and Rush flew in as surprise guest speaker (http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_28932181/rush-limbaugh-is-surprise-guest-at-posthumous-vince), I'm sure we'll hear more about that on his show today.  I reckon I might have to give the book a shot.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on October 13, 2015, 05:15:18 PM
Yep, been awhile - been hectic but that's life.  Anyway, have started reading Vince Flynn's last book, finished after his death by Kyle Mills called 'The Survivor'. Flynn wrote the first part and in that he looks to be somewhat clairvoyant and historical as he writes his last book of the Mitch Rapp series.
  "....the seeds of America's decline and now those those seeds were beginning to grow.  Like the Soviets before them, the United States had been deeply wounded by it's pathetic effort to conquer countries favored by Allah.  It's insatiable greed for all things material had led to a financial collapse that was already in the early stages of being repeated.  And it's uncanny cohesiveness-the thing that was the secret of it's strength-had devolved into petty squabbling and government paralysis.  It was the fundamental flaw of democracy: Power found it's way into the hands of liars and mobs instead of the cunning and the strong".
then later he says; "... had been instrumental in hiding Osama bin Laden, allowing the Saudi to hold al Qaeda together for years longer than would have been possible otherwise.  He coordinated the resistance to America forces in Afghanistan and kept track of the insurgent groups that based themselves in Pakistan".
  And then finally;  "In every disaster lay opportunity". [Where did we hear that before?]

All of his books are fiction but, based on fact.  [For what it's worth, Rush Limbaugh says of this book --"Just Fabulous"]
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on October 13, 2015, 09:11:21 PM
Just finished "Pershing: Commander of the Great War (The Generals)" Awesome read. Pershing was quite a character. Stern with his troops, ladies man and dashing dancer after hours.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Alphabet Soup on October 13, 2015, 10:21:45 PM
Good to see you posting again rusty!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on October 14, 2015, 06:36:26 AM
Thanks - good to be back...
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on October 14, 2015, 08:42:00 AM
Just finished "Pershing: Commander of the Great War (The Generals)" Awesome read. Pershing was quite a character. Stern with his troops, ladies man and dashing dancer after hours.

He influenced many of the top leaders who would win the next war...Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton...and MacArthur, though the latter did not think too highly of him.  And to an extent MacArthur was probably right that he was a better desk commander than a field marshall, but the same can be said for Marshall and Eisenhower too, but they played their part and were at least wise enough to put ass-kickers in the field.

 ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on October 14, 2015, 08:42:28 AM
Thanks - good to be back...

Yup, good to hear from you, and thanks for the book review.   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on October 22, 2015, 03:28:44 PM
Reading it only while at work, I finally finish "The Survivor".  Kyle Mills took over writing the finish after Vince Flynn passed away.  Could not tell where he continued the writing and where Flynn left off.  It also leaves room for a sequel following in the Flynn footsteps of the 'Mitch Rapp' saga.  Time will tell...
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on October 23, 2015, 06:30:08 AM
Reading it only while at work, I finally finish "The Survivor".  Kyle Mills took over writing the finish after Vince Flynn passed away.  Could not tell where he continued the writing and where Flynn left off.  It also leaves room for a sequel following in the Flynn footsteps of the 'Mitch Rapp' saga.  Time will tell...

Well, that passes the biggest hurdle IMO, so...I'll have to give it a go.   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on October 23, 2015, 09:19:22 AM
Found other 'series' books he has written - am going to read the first and see if the style continues.
He has written other books, but only 5 in series, and the site I found lead me to think maybe he was going to do more under Flynn's 'Rapp' series.  There is another author that this same sight says writes in Flynn's style and I'm also going to check one of his out - Brad Thor is that author.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: ToddF on November 16, 2015, 08:01:34 AM
Am reading Soft Target by Stephen Hunter.  Not that I sought this book out for it's story, as I've been reading Hunter's books in order.

Back to Soft Target.  Somalis stage a terrorist operation at Mall of America and a bumbling State Police head in love with his own words and of little substance is in charge of the rescue operation.   His name?  Obobo. 

Too close to real life.

Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on November 16, 2015, 08:12:21 AM
Am reading Soft Target by Stephen Hunter.  Not that I sought this book out for it's story, as I've been reading Hunter's books in order.

Back to Soft Target.  Somalis stage a terrorist operation at Mall of America and a bumbling State Police head in love with his own words and of little substance is in charge of the rescue operation.   His name?  Obobo. 

Too close to real life.

I got a bunch of his books, and yeah that one you got there is a gem...it is scary how much the ProgTard hive-mind tracks to real life...and that name...a not too subtle tease there, eh?

Enjoy the read.   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on August 25, 2017, 10:05:53 AM
While everything was going on, I had a chance to get another Mitch Rapp book read after 'Survivor'.  The next in order is "Order to Kill" and again by Kyle Mills for Vince Flynn.  Good read but strange ending for a Mitch Rapp series, but was a set-up for the follow-up that was sure to come, and it has.  This coming Sept. 5th the next installment hits the stands -- " Enemy of State " and again by Kyle Mills.  Won't tell the intro. I read but it looks to be very interesting and different, but we'll see.  Have pre-ordered and it should be here around the 7th.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on August 25, 2017, 11:21:39 AM
I gotta remember to get those.

Funny...yesterday I took my father to the MN State Fair, I like opening day, usually lighter crowds...but weather was just about perfect and it was definitely filling up with people, but people watching is free entertainment...I saw one guy with a "Mitch Rapp Lives" T-shirt.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on September 09, 2017, 04:46:28 PM
Still waiting for the new 'Mitch Rapp' book that was suppose to be out Sept. 5 -- in the mean time read two more 'Jack Reacher' books by Lee Child.  1st was 'Persuader' very slow start but finished fine.  Next I started 'One Shot',. but had watched the movie so stopped reading.  Finally just finished 'The Hard Way' last night - probably the one of the best so far.  Getting used to Lee Child's writing, very slow to build up [most of the book], but fast wrap up and solving the mystery, and always a twist./  Can figure out a lot, but there is always something unknown. The one thing I do chuckle about after watching the movie, [may have mentioned before, but old fart memory].  In  the books Jack Reacher is suppose to be about 6'5", guess who plays him in the movie --- non other than Tom Cruise -- 5'7" --go figure
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on September 10, 2017, 08:59:30 AM
Yeah...severe lack of 6'+ men in Holly weird....

 ::)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: ToddF on September 10, 2017, 05:16:08 PM
That and Cruise is the one who bought the rights.  So in a way, he paid for the roll. 

I've been reading through the Child books, also.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on September 10, 2017, 07:03:47 PM
True enough...but I give cult members no free pass.  He's still a clown!  And a short clown at that!!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on September 11, 2017, 07:30:35 AM
The Lawdog Files.

https://www.amazon.com/LawDog-Files-D-ebook/dp/B073XSYG63 (https://www.amazon.com/LawDog-Files-D-ebook/dp/B073XSYG63)

Learned about him from AC. Great read. Mostly humorous with some philosophy thrown in.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on September 11, 2017, 10:13:43 AM
Just saw the end of a trailer for a movie on TV  this AM - A Vince Flynn book "American Assassin" is now a movie.  Found the trailer --

https://youtu.be/fEefccNgYM4?t=3
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on September 11, 2017, 11:39:36 AM
The Lawdog Files.

https://www.amazon.com/LawDog-Files-D-ebook/dp/B073XSYG63 (https://www.amazon.com/LawDog-Files-D-ebook/dp/B073XSYG63)

Learned about him from AC. Great read. Mostly humorous with some philosophy thrown in.

From the link -

LawDog had the honor of representing law and order in the Texas town of Bugscuffle as a Sheriff's Deputy, where he became notorious for, among other things, the famous Case of the Pink Gorilla Suit. In THE LAWDOG FILES, he chronicles his official encounters with everything from naked bikers, combative eco-warriors, suicidal drunks, respectful methheads, prison tattoo artists, and creepy children to six-foot chickens and lethal chihuahuas.

Is Bugscuffle a suburb of Austin? 

 ::hysterical::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on September 11, 2017, 11:45:03 AM
Just saw the end of a trailer for a movie on TV  this AM - A Vince Flynn book "American Assassin" is now a movie.  Found the trailer --

https://youtu.be/fEefccNgYM4?t=3

Looks interesting...

Again, I don't know the skinny dude...but once again...I expected a young Mitch Rapp to be a bit bigger...but I liked the book and this looks decent (I can critique it to the book afterwards)...besides, pretty sure I saw a hottie in a bikini somewhere too so...

 ;D

Is Keaton supposed to be Stan Hurley?

Not sure if I caught a Thomas Stansfield or Irene Kennedy...

Whacking Islaminal scum though!   ::whoohoo::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on September 11, 2017, 12:26:04 PM
Is Keaton supposed to be Stan Hurley? Irene Kennedy is played by Sanaa Lathan

Re-watched the trailer and yes Keaton plays Stan  Hurley - found full cast [many in movie] so here is where to see it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1961175/fullcredits/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1961175/fullcredits/)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on September 12, 2017, 11:07:53 AM
Thanks Rusty.

Hurley is burley...but I think Keaton might do a good job...

If they stay mostly true to the book...this could be good! 

Rapp was a cocky young badass in the book!   ::thumbsup::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on September 12, 2017, 11:57:30 AM
Thanks Rusty.

Hurley is burley...but I think Keaton might do a good job...

If they stay mostly true to the book...this could be good! 

Rapp was a cocky young badass in the book!   ::thumbsup::

Agreed about Rapp as a badass - another series I started on, filling time for Mills to write more -- the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child -- only in attitude, but Tom Cruse to me is the same arrogant self centered person that the fictitious Jack Reacher is meant to be in the book.  Also think possibly Child formed the Reacher character as another Mitch Rapp type, but just my opinion.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on September 25, 2017, 09:01:54 PM
Still have not received the Mitch Rapp book that was to be out Sept. 5.  I'm told delivery date has been changed to sometime in Oct..  In the mean time I read another 'Jack Reacher' book - "Bad Luck and Trouble" by Lee Child.  Entertaining, but follows the typical 'hero' fiction books.  If you find yourself bored for a day or two, it's pretty good, as the normal 'cliff hanger' goes.
Now; I did get Bill O'Rielly's latest book - "Killing England", just started it tonight.  Read all the rest of his "Killing" series, so this one is of interest for his research [and Martin Dugard's] efforts into the history leading to and during the Revolutionary War, centered around a few main individuals.  The long prologue, gives background of George Washington as a Colonel in the British army during the French/Indian War, in the Ohio River Valley engagement  We'll see if it stays true like the others.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on September 27, 2017, 11:41:21 AM
This book from Bill O'Reilly " Killing England" is getting very interesting for a history nut like me.  Another quote from the book, sure could be an omen of some happenings recently.  But first a short build up -- 'George Washington seeing a gap in the British fortifications of Boston [after Arnold had taken Fort Ticonderoga and captured fifty-nine British cannon and mortars, had them moved three hundred miles [taking 56 days]to Boston in the extremely cold winter.  Then his troops set up fortifications in the straits leading to the city] over night. A quote from  British Gen. Howe the next morning -- "My God; These follows have done more work in one night, than I could make my army do in three months".  With this Howe knows Washington now controls Boston and the harbor.  The British army will be destroyed if Washington continues to bombard the city and cut off supplies coming by sea.  So Howe negotiates not to burn down the city if his army and the loyalists can leave by ship.

Now the possible parallel that I feel may be happening; the quote from the book -- "George Washington is not just driving away the British Army.  He is ripping the Loyalist heart and soul out of Boston --- and with great relish. There is no room for disloyalty in this world. On March 17, 1776 his army marches across the neck into Boston ...

 Hope this isn't to boring, but I am only about 50 pages into this book, and for me it is very interesting.

Footnote in book -- Massachusetts passed a 'Banishment Act in 1778, prohibiting the return of certain individuals who once lived in the colony and expressed an abiding loyalty to the king.  [ A little two-faced double standard, then and now from the area ? ]
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on October 18, 2017, 03:17:54 PM
Finished "Killing England" - all I can say - If you're a history buff and know a lot of the things in the book, there are much more unknown.  Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard hit a home run with this "Killing' book in the series.  Yes it took me longer to read than some books, but I do have a life, doing other things.  But in this one I also underlined and highlighted a lot, and the footnotes are smaller print  [old fart eyes].  On the paper cover of the book it states "The Brutal Struggle for American Independence" - oh how true.  The a-holes taking a knee in the NFL should be required to read it [that is if they can read], but they could afford a audio version.  'nuff said.

Now finally have gotten my copy of the Vince Flynn book "Enemy of the State" by Kyle Mills, and am starting it.

Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: AlanS on October 18, 2017, 06:43:37 PM
I'll have to add that one to my list.

I've just downloaded "Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook" and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".

Should keep me occupied for a while.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on November 27, 2017, 08:31:39 PM
I finished the last two Rapp books by Mills, they were decent efforts.

At first I was surprised he let his nemesis in the 2nd one live...but then sometimes an apex predator can despise the kills made by a competitor and still admire the skill of the predator...only another predator can probably explain/understand that dynamic...which I guess is what Mills was getting at.

I also read the latest from Nelson DeMille who is another of my favorite of mine called "The Cuban Affair".  One gets accustomed to the phrases "pepino" and "come-meirda" which is swell for me since I am always picking up slang and swearing in as many languages as I can...never can tell who I might be compelled to offend!  And while I am quite familiar with "mierda" learning a new combination is always appreciated!

 ;D

It's a fun book too...kinda like a latter day "To have and to have not" set in the peoples gulag of Cuba.

All those I loaned out to my father to read...now I have to make a trip to the bookstore and see what else I can devour...

Hopefully there is some new stuff in history or science or something...I read to dang fast, hard to pace myself!

If nothing new I'll break into my old stuff and see if there is one I haven't delved into recently...
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pablo de Fleurs on November 27, 2017, 09:43:28 PM
Just finishing this, by The Arbinger Institute

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Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on November 28, 2017, 07:11:24 AM
Got Flynn's [Kyle Mills] "Enemy of State" and like my Oct. post, started reading it.  Ashamed to say, not quite a third of the way through it.  In defense, started on my research of the Roanoke Colony [ mostly finished]and Plymouth Colony/Mayflower, Already read most everything on The Mayflower and her Passengers, Caleb H. Johnson.  Some of these are old writings and hard to trace down original efforts.  So waiting on further information from "Plymouth's Faithful Pilgrim {William Bradford}", by Gary D. Schmidt; "Mayflower Bastard", by David Lindsay; Here Shall I Die Ashore, By Stephen Hopkins;  and Constance: A story of Early Pilgrims, by Patricia Clapp.  As if this wasn't enough got the book by Brian Kilmeade, "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates" that I ordered for some of this research project later --- beginning to think I bit off more than I can chew. 

Surprised I can find anything,
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: ToddF on November 28, 2017, 07:48:46 PM
Kurt Schlicter's People's Republic is worth a read.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on December 08, 2017, 02:21:40 PM
Still not reading any more of Vince Flynn, but the one I'm reading for my 'project' just had some thing interesting, at least for me --

To explain the circumstance - 1800 issue of slavery;
 "Southerners who had been saber-rattling, now returned their rhetorical blades to their scabbards, and everything calmed down.  It is hushed, indeed for the moment, concluded Jefferson to Holmes; but this is a reprieve only"...... The slavery issue would remain so volatile, in fact, that by tacit gentlemen's agreement it was not mentioned on the floor of either chamber.  Until Now [now being just prior to the Civil War], and some feel the War could have been avoided, had Congress done their job.

 Sounds like early training and continuation of Congress to me - and the 'beat goes on' -- don't do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on December 10, 2017, 11:17:33 AM
The Founders one big miss...though at the time I can understand them not wanting to undo what they just brought together, but certainly an opportunity was missed to put something in place to resolve the issue once and for all at a date certain...I would have favored repatriation back to Africa...
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: patentlymn on December 18, 2017, 02:09:01 PM

I recent times.

SJWs Always Double Down (Vox Day) - OK
SJWs Always Lie (Vox Day) - OK
Cuckservative (Vox Day) - OK.
The Cave and the Light, audiobook,  about Plato vs. Aristotle. Good.
Zero to One (Thiel) - audiobook. Good. better than expected.
The Missionaries (Owen Stanley) -OK satire against PC
The Promethean (Owen Stanley) -Good. satire against PC

The New Leviathan (David Horowitz) - the ratio of liberal to conservative foundation money is about 10 to 1.
Hitlerland - first hand contemporaneous accounts of people who met Hitler way back when. Very good.

Backlisted by History - about Joe McCarthy. Audiobook. Great!
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: patentlymn on December 18, 2017, 02:14:33 PM
I'll have to add that one to my list.

I've just downloaded "Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook" and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".

Should keep me occupied for a while.

I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance long ago. I kept seeing it  in some book lists about software quality so I finally bought it. I really understood what the guy was saying. By the end of the book I wondered if that meant I was crazy.  The author is a Minnesota boy. His dad was a law prof.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on December 18, 2017, 03:27:49 PM
The Founders one big miss...though at the time I can understand them not wanting to undo what they just brought together, but certainly an opportunity was missed to put something in place to resolve the issue once and for all at a date certain...I would have favored repatriation back to Africa...

Interesting piece of research in my 'project' [ might be long, but who'd a thonk it ???];
According to colonial records, -- the first slave owner in the United States {'colonies 1655'} was a black man - Anthony Johnson.
His story -  A negro from modern day Angola - he was brought to the US to work on a tobacco farm as an indentured servant, in 1619.  In 1622 he was almost killed when Powhatan Indians attacked the farm.  52 of the 57 people on the farm perished.  He later married a female black servant and later [date unknown] was released from his indentured status, sometime by1645.  By 1651 he held 250 acres and five black indentured servants.  In 1654 it was time for Anthony to release John Casor one of his black indentured servants.  Instead he told Casor he was extending his time.  Casor left and became employed by the free white man Robert Parker.  Johnson sued Parker in the Northhampton Court in 1654.  The court ruled in 1655 that Johnson could hold Casor indefinitely, giving judicial sanction for blacks to own slaves of their own race.  Thus Casor became the first permanent slave and Johnson the first slave owner .  Whites could not legally hold a black servant as an indefinite slave until 1670.  The colonial assembly passed legislation that year permitting whites, blacks and Indians the right to own blacks as slaves.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pandora on December 18, 2017, 05:00:25 PM
That is interesting, rb.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on December 19, 2017, 06:58:04 AM
Wow, so...a black man started the chain reaction of the ownership of humans in North America...

So, they owe reparations...to themselves!   ::hysterical::

Congratulations, it's called "employment".   ::laughonfloor::
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on December 19, 2017, 07:03:29 AM
As far as books go, started working thorough some light reading...

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, about half way through.  Pretty detailed, interesting dude, gifted with many talents...though I care not for his personal habits, but I admire his artistic, scientific and mechanical genius.

First Founding Father, Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence by Harlow Giles Unger

Grant by Ron Chernow

Churchill by Roy Jenkins
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: rustybayonet on December 19, 2017, 08:36:33 PM
A friend lent me a book for my project and unfortunately it's filled with great info, but I can't highlight it.  So I ordered my own copy and now am waiting.  Good thing it's of a different era than the time I'm working on now so not in a hurry.  Earlier today worked on the Higginson group of 6 ships with the flagship 'Lyons Whelp', that brought supplies along with armament and powder.  Up to the 'Winthrop Fleet", 11 ships sailing to different ports on the Eastern seaboard.   Today finished the passenger list of 793 for all the ships, now starting on those 200+ that lost their lives.  Bottom line - what an undertaking those brave of crazy souls, that risk it all coming to the 'New World" - gives me less patience for those prima donnas today in congress crying over their 'paper cuts' and having to put in 137 days a year.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Libertas on December 20, 2017, 06:47:46 AM
A friend lent me a book for my project and unfortunately it's filled with great info, but I can't highlight it.  So I ordered my own copy and now am waiting.  Good thing it's of a different era than the time I'm working on now so not in a hurry.  Earlier today worked on the Higginson group of 6 ships with the flagship 'Lyons Whelp', that brought supplies along with armament and powder.  Up to the 'Winthrop Fleet", 11 ships sailing to different ports on the Eastern seaboard.   Today finished the passenger list of 793 for all the ships, now starting on those 200+ that lost their lives.  Bottom line - what an undertaking those brave of crazy souls, that risk it all coming to the 'New World" - gives me less patience for those prima donnas today in congress crying over their 'paper cuts' and having to put in 137 days a year.

Same dynamic at play among our so-called "poor" in this nation, not picking on the legitimately struggling mind you, but you want to see "poor", go overseas!

People today have no idea how hard life really was or can be.

Way things are going though, people are going to rediscover it...the hard way.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pablo de Fleurs on December 20, 2017, 08:28:06 PM
Rereading  'The Devil's Delusion, Atheism & It's Scientific Pretensions' (http://www.davidberlinski.org/devils-delusion/about.php), by [non-Christian] David Berlinski - in which he obliterates anti-Christian science mumbo-jumbo as a pseudo-basis for argumentation.

On Darwin:
Quote
Susppicions about Darwin's theory arise for two reasons. The first: the theory makes little sense. The second: it is supported by little evidence.

On computer models simulating Natural Selection (and, by extrapolation, Climate Change):
Quote
What these computer experiments do reveal is a principle far more penetrating that any that Darwin ever offered:

There is a sucker born every minute.

(https://s2.adlibris.com/images/6181669/the-devils-delusion.jpg)
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: patentlymn on December 20, 2017, 09:28:23 PM
Rereading  'The Devil's Delusion, Atheism & It's Scientific Pretensions' (http://www.davidberlinski.org/devils-delusion/about.php), by [non-Christian] David Berlinski - in which he obliterates anti-Christian science mumbo-jumbo as a pseudo-basis for argumentation.

On Darwin:
Quote
Susppicions about Darwin's theory arise for two reasons. The first: the theory makes little sense. The second: it is supported by little evidence.

On computer models simulating Natural Selection (and, by extrapolation, Climate Change):
Quote
What these computer experiments do reveal is a principle far more penetrating that any that Darwin ever offered:

There is a sucker born every minute.

(https://s2.adlibris.com/images/6181669/the-devils-delusion.jpg)

I may read this.
BTW, David Berlinski has a daughter Claire Berlinski who wrote a very good piece recently
https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/12/06/the-warlock-hunt/ (https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/12/06/the-warlock-hunt/)
The Warlock Hunt.
Title: Re: Latest book you've read
Post by: Pablo de Fleurs on December 20, 2017, 09:41:12 PM

BTW, David Berlinski has a daughter Claire Berlinski who wrote a very good piece recently
https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/12/06/the-warlock-hunt/ (https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/12/06/the-warlock-hunt/)
The Warlock Hunt.

Thanks - just pasted it into Word to save when I can tackle it over the break.  :D