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Post by brothers » Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:01 pm

Jackpot! Good score Chris. Enjoy.
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Post by celestino » Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:02 pm

Last read: Robert Fisk's "The Great War for Civilization" and "Pity the Nation"
Just finished Goeffrey Budworth's "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework" and Kousuke Iwasaki's "Honing Razors and Nihonkamisor"

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Post by mikey » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:54 pm

I am about to start Michael Connelly's Angel's Flight.

I also have a couple of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels.

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Post by brothers » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:58 pm

Hi guys. I"m still working my way through Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield. Last night I was on p. 99 and enjoyed the following passage: (background --- the British commando team was fully briefed and ready to leave on a special mission to attack Rommel's command post somewhere in the desert near Tobruk. The main character is narrating.)

"By ten at night the trucks are loaded. A last-minute change in orders pulls Popski and his Arabs from the operation; rumour says they will kick off with Tinker, when he returns with T2 patrol, on a different mission. Wrapped and tarped, the vehicles glisten like Christmas packages. I have only helped a little but I feel proud and satisfied. A quick feed, a smoke with Collier and Oliphant, and I'm off for the bunk.

I can't sleep. Midnight comes and goes. I'm thinking about my shaving kit. Why have I packed a razor? There'll be no water to shave with. Hairbursh? Pistol? Saved weight would add a pint of petrol. Books. Those I will need. I lay out half a dozen, including Paradise Lost, The Sun Also Rises, and Stein's manuscript, which I carry for luck. At 02:45 I'm up and pacing. I shave one last time, dress and start on foot for the motor yard."


Note: the reason he is taking books is because they'll spend very long periods of time traveling through the endless desert, aboard tanks and trucks, and sometimes they stop for long periods of time for one reason or another.
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Post by dosco » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:43 pm

Add Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist, by Matthew Alexander

to the "finished" list. Excellent and informative book.

Just started:
How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq, by Matthew Alexander and John Bruning

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Post by fallingwickets » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:52 am

Thanks for the good post Gary

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Post by jww » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:13 am

fallingwickets wrote:Thanks for the good post Gary

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Post by GA Russell » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:50 pm

Finished tonight for the MobileRead book club Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.
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Post by brothers » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:54 am

Just finished Killing Rommel. Now getting ready to start reading Separation of Power by Vince Flynn.
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Post by slackskin » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Most recently finished The Civil War by Ken Burns. Fascinating, reveals many details not taught in school, definitely NOT a dry chronology of dates and places. Highlly recommended.


Currently reading The Federalist Papers -- again, not having read them since high school in the 60s.

With a little age behind me now, and a different perspective on life compared to a high school kid's point of view, I find them fascinating. Although originally written to support the passage of the US Constitution, they are very timely today in my view. Ponderous language, difficult to plow through, but worth the read for two reasons: (1) the content itself and (2) the fluent writing style which reveals wordsmithing not often found nowadays. Highly recommended. Free (or almost free) on the Amazon Kindle.

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Post by Kyle76 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:33 pm

brothers wrote:Just finished Killing Rommel. Now getting ready to start reading Separation of Power by Vince Flynn.
Gary, I finally ordered Killing Rommel. Should be here soon.
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Post by mikey » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:29 pm

Up next is David Baldacci's The Sixth Man.

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Post by jww » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:37 am

Slowed up my reading given my devotion to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Still on the Bernard Cornwell Saxon series -- started book 3 last weekend. They continue to be enjoyable reads which I find to be quite well written, with outstanding research backing them up.
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Post by maskaggs » Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:25 pm

brothers wrote:Hi guys. I"m still working my way through Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield. Last night I was on p. 99 and enjoyed the following passage: (background --- the British commando team was fully briefed and ready to leave on a special mission to attack Rommel's command post somewhere in the desert near Tobruk. The main character is narrating.)

"By ten at night the trucks are loaded. A last-minute change in orders pulls Popski and his Arabs from the operation; rumour says they will kick off with Tinker, when he returns with T2 patrol, on a different mission. Wrapped and tarped, the vehicles glisten like Christmas packages. I have only helped a little but I feel proud and satisfied. A quick feed, a smoke with Collier and Oliphant, and I'm off for the bunk.

I can't sleep. Midnight comes and goes. I'm thinking about my shaving kit. Why have I packed a razor? There'll be no water to shave with. Hairbursh? Pistol? Saved weight would add a pint of petrol. Books. Those I will need. I lay out half a dozen, including Paradise Lost, The Sun Also Rises, and Stein's manuscript, which I carry for luck. At 02:45 I'm up and pacing. I shave one last time, dress and start on foot for the motor yard."


Note: the reason he is taking books is because they'll spend very long periods of time traveling through the endless desert, aboard tanks and trucks, and sometimes they stop for long periods of time for one reason or another.
I read that a few years ago. Really interesting book, especially the Maori names used for the battle units as I recall them.

I'm working through a number of things - I have a problem of wanting to read multiple books at once. John Tracy Ellis's American Catholicism, John Le Carre's A Small Town in Germany, Star Wars: Riptide, and The Greatest Game Ever Played all currently occupy my shelf.
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Post by fallingwickets » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:30 am

Slowed up my reading given my devotion to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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Post by JayTrek » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:26 am

Enough...by Patrick Rhone.
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Post by jww » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:32 am

fallingwickets wrote:
Slowed up my reading given my devotion to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
http://i.imgur.com/Bz2KR.png
Yes -- I often witness the intervention of Providence in many such situations. A thing of pure beauty.
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Post by brothers » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:12 am

I seldom post this, but: +1 Wendell!
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Post by Kyle76 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:51 pm

jww wrote:
fallingwickets wrote:
Slowed up my reading given my devotion to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
http://i.imgur.com/Bz2KR.png
Yes -- I often witness the intervention of Providence in many such situations. A thing of pure beauty.
Providence? They didn't even make the tournament this year.
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Post by jww » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:34 am

Kyle76 wrote:Providence? They didn't even make the tournament this year.
Oh you are sooooo funny.

Their old coach and key player have done quite well though.

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