Hopyard's reading list from 2012

Hopyard's reading list from 2012

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    Hopyard's reading list from 2012

    Where’s Hopy coming from? That's asked often here, and was asked today a couple of times on the Yeager thread.

    To partially answer, here’s a list of books I read during the past year. I learned a lot about America from these. I’ve also listed some Martial Arts and SD related books. These were
    “studied” at the gym in practical H2H where appropriate for several years, but just got to my Kindle this year.

    I’d like to hear about books others have read or learned from, especially if they pertain to American History/ U.S. Economics, or Martial Arts.

    History/Biography

    Democracy in America Alexis De Tocqueville
    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Alexander Hamilton: Ron Chernow
    Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the revolutionary world: Maya Jasanoff
    John Adams: David McCullough
    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr: H.W. Brands
    James Madison: Richard Brookhiser
    The Last Founding Father: James Monroe, by Harlow G. Unger
    Andrew Jackson: His life and times by H.W. Brands
    Grant: Jean Edward Smith
    (Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, by Grant and Mark Twain—working on it.)
    The Leaders We Deserved (and a few we didn’t) Alvin S. Felzenberg

    Economics and related topics
    Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith (tough slog)
    23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism: Ha-Joon Chang (Not what it sounds like)
    Bad Samaritans, The Myth of Free Trade: Ha-Joon Chang
    The Indolence of the Filippino: Jose Rizal (Suggest El Filibusterismo by Rizal as well)
    American Colossus: H.W. Brands (Started, only about 10% done, not sure if this is history or economics or both. It is about the rise of Giant Corporations after the Civil War. This book covers some of the years of the Grant Presidency.)

    Martial Arts and Survival
    U.S. Army Hand to Hand Combat: Dept. of Army (Blah)
    The Art of War: Sunzi (impossible to follow the writing, I gave up)
    Complete Krav Maga:John Whitman and Darren Levine
    Black Belt Krav Maga:Darren Levine and Ryan Hoover (Too much emphasis on gun disarms for most non-LEO/non-military SD.)
    The Gift of Fear: Gavin de Becker
    The Little Black Book of Violence: Kris Wilder et al.
    Knife Fighting: A Practical Course: Michael Janich (interesting)


    Miscellaneous
    Elmer Gantry: Sinclair Lewis (Fictional novel dealing with early 20th century US culture)
    The Flinch: Julien Smith (Well it was a free download and short)

    I’m working on these below but I’m not done reading them, or I downloaded them but haven’t started yet:

    Truman: David McCullough
    James Madison and the Making of America: Kevin R.C. Gutzman (I know, two books on the same dude—Madison is a tough character to understand.)
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    Truman: David McCullough
    Now, THAT is a slog. I struggled with it and my Mom's family harks from KCMO and I knew Brush Creek well. Still tough. Anyone that finishes Truman get a "Gold Star".

    Alexander Hamilton: Ron Chernow
    I am savoring this one a page at a time. What a great read! I picked it up after Hopyard and I shared several PM's. He called it perfectly. I am reading and re-reading parts of it.

    I read some quick picks too:

    Crazy About You; Randy Attwood: A coming of age tale from Kansas near where I grew up. My wife lived there and her Mom worked at that hospital. Fun and spirited

    The Breaking of Ezra Riley: John Morse: A DC Member. Loved it and could relate to many parts. Deeply textured characterizations.

    I have several others in my Kindle for this year: The House of Morgan (Chernow); James Madison and the Making of America (Kevin R.C.Gutzman); Washington (Chernow); The Long Shooters (Chamberlain). I got a bunch of $.99!

    Hamilton got me rolling on Chernow, so I might get bored.

    I have some book in hardback I owe myself: Burr; Rockefeller; A Stephenson Trilogy; and some others about the Federal Reserve and the like.

    I always get to read the Internal Revenue Code if I get bored.

    I might teach myself Russian so I can read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his native tongue.

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    Nathaniel Philbrick… Sea of Glory
    myths and legends of ancient Greece
    the Prince
    Robert Burns
    Republic by Plato
    On War by Carl von Clausewitz
    and anything by Rudyard Kipling
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    Nobody told me there was gonna be homework. Are there Cliff's Notes for any of those?
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    1776 by David McCullough and Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris were my 2012 entries.

    Sixguns by Elmer Keith has captured my attention for the moment.
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    Seems to have overlooked the "50 Shades of Grey Trilogy". :)
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    I'm slowly plodding through The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China.

    I've been into science fiction / alt history with Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series.

    But that's it in the remotely realistic historical dept. The rest is all George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss.
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    The Virginian.....though author, for the moment, is forgotten.
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    What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?

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    1776 by David McCullough
    That's what started me down the path.......

    Hamilton would be a good follow-on to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    That's what started me down the path.......

    Hamilton would be a good follow-on to that.
    As you know from our PMs, Hamilton is what turned me into an addict. That and DC.
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    This past year I've read the entire Brotherhood Series by W.E.B Griffin.

    The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

    Term Limits by Vince Flynn

    Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter

    Glock The Rise of Americas Gun by Paul M. Barrett (This is a real behind the scene look at everything Glock)

    And a few more that have slipped my mind.
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    Any Dirk Pitt novel and the Sunday funnies. I try to keep it light.
    Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
    Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield

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    The Constitution.

    The Federalist Papers.

    Benjamin Franklin published by the Library do America.

    Lincoln the Unknown - I'm still working on this one.

    The American Patriot's Almanac.

    So many good books, too few hours.

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    I thought there would be more readers here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBSR View Post
    Seems to have overlooked the "50 Shades of Grey Trilogy". :)
    Hopy would have to get in touch with his feminine side if he was reading those! But that said, those would tie in to his liberal side! LOL


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