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Books worth reading?

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    Books worth reading?

    I've read "One Second After", "Patriots", and "Survivors". I just picked up "Founders". What other books have some of you read that you think are worth reading?
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    I have about 500 I could tell you, so I'd need to narrow it down. If you wanna stick with socio political stuff I'd say Noam Chomsky, Hunter S. Thompson or Dark Ages America by Morris Berman.

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    I would highly recommend Generation Kill (they made a TV series out of it too) it's a great book about some of the first Marines into Iraq, and it's well written, funny at times and just very real.

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    ATLAS SHRUGGED...by Ayn Rand
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    Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell
    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
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    #1-- Atlas Shrugged

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    There is a lot of decent reading material in the world.

    A small sliver of it might include some of the following ...

    In the area of firearms and defense:

    • In The Gravest Extreme -- Massad Ayoob
    • The Truth About Self Protection -- Massad Ayoob
    • Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America -- Gary Kleck
    • Understanding Oregon's Gun Laws -- Ken Starrett
    • How To Own A Gun & Stay Out Of Jail (Calif.) -- John Machtinger
    • That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution Of A Constitutional Right, by Stephen P. Halbrook
    • Supreme Court Gun Cases: Two Centuries of Gun Rights Revealed, by David Kopel


    In the area of decent books some might not know or have read:

    • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, by Daniel Yergin
    • Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand -- about productive people bowing out of "the game" to force the hangers-on (aka, the "looters") to fend for themselves.
    • Aztec, by Gary Jennings -- about the last 50yrs of free Aztec society prior to the Conquistador invasion.
    • The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett -- about the building of a gothic cathedral, from the perspective of a mason and a prior/monk.
    • Shogun, by James Clavell -- about Europeans sailing into the Japan isles in the 17th Century and being forced to deal with the political/military intrigues they find there.
    • The Tenth Man, by Graham Greene -- about a man who survives occupied Paris in WWII.
    • The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay -- a wonderful coming of age story, about finding the strength within.
    • The Skystone (and 8 others in the Camulod series), by Jack Whyte -- about the ~100yr period at the end of the fall of Rome, from the perspective of several landed families in Britain who raise young Arthur to be King.
    • Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn -- about seeing what we're doing to the Earth from different eyes, the perspective of the animals.


    Classic reads:

    • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
    • Dracula, by Bram Stoker
    • Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak
    • Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
    • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
    • Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
    • The collected works of Shakespeare
    • The Republic, by Plato


    Useful online source of classics: Project Gutenberg @ Gutenberg.org, including their Best Books Ever List.
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    Patton's Princibles. Written by his son. Also http://www.militarymart.com/store/Fl...-Manuals-FMFM/
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigs View Post
    Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell
    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
    Those along with Atlas Shrugged are must reads!

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    I'm really surprised by all the praise Ayn Rand is getting

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkruf View Post
    I've read "One Second After", "Patriots", and "Survivors". I just picked up "Founders". What other books have some of you read that you think are worth reading?
    Just finished "The Twelve."

    Book thread - post your most recent read here

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveJohnson View Post
    I'm really surprised by all the praise Ayn Rand is getting
    IMO, it's unimportant whether one agrees with the concepts. But it is full of concepts and imagery that get the mind working.

    Same with Plato's The Republic, Shakespeare, and many other works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    IMO, it's unimportant whether one agrees with the concepts. But it is full of concepts and imagery that get the mind working.

    Same with Plato's The Republic, Shakespeare, and many other works.
    Yeah but I wouldn't put Rand in the same universe as Plato, Machiavelli or Noam Chomsky, that's kind of why I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveJohnson View Post
    Yeah but I wouldn't put Rand in the same universe as Plato, Machiavelli or Noam Chomsky, that's kind of why I'm confused.
    Others haven't. The request was for worthwhile reads, nothing more. There are many, some of which are typically considered "classics," while most are not.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
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