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Posted by GreenThumb on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:55 PM

Just finished "The Rodale Book of Composting" and am now reading "Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, and Environmental Management"

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, September 25, 2015 10:21 PM

In order to keep my mind off the frustration of the new format here, I got back to reading in the past week. Two books that I had received as Christmas gifts: "No Easy Days" by Mark Owens, and "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrel. Both are SEAL memoirs  of different types in Afghanistan during the current war, and good reads for those who like that sort of thing.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, September 25, 2015 10:23 PM

I've started reading a biography of William Wallace.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, September 26, 2015 6:14 AM

Read that one too. You will soon learn how Wallace really died. Not how the movie Braveheart did it.

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Posted by panzerpilot on Saturday, September 26, 2015 9:53 AM

'D-Day Through German Eyes' is pretty interesting. There's two volumes. It really gives a sense of what it was like to be on the other side and the shock it must have been to see all that coming at you!

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:26 PM

Keeping with my recent Afghanistan subject theme, last night I started "Return of a King", which is about the early 1800s there and the early British activities in that land.

 

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Posted by mikeymize on Saturday, September 26, 2015 5:17 PM

Copy on the frustration factor Stik. That being said, I'm almost finished with "First Man" a biography of Neil Armstrong. Next up is a book on George A. Custer called "A terrible Glory".

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Posted by gobobbie on Sunday, September 27, 2015 6:25 PM
Just finished Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker
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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, September 27, 2015 6:42 PM

I've got a couple books I have yet to read:

Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War II

The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Airforce Aviator

Conversations with Major D*** Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers

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Posted by rooster513 on Monday, September 28, 2015 9:54 AM

Finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand not too long ago. Very good book.

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Posted by sanderson_91 on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:59 PM

I've also read Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and The Trident by Jason Redman. Very good reads about Navy Seals. 

 

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:43 AM

rooster513

Finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand not too long ago. Very good book.

 

I read that book as well just after I first heard the movie was coming out based on that. I recommended those interested in seeing the movie to read the book first. The book tells more than the movie did. I know a few of us did read it before seeing the movie.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 1, 2015 11:16 AM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour
 
rooster513

Finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand not too long ago. Very good book.

 

 

 

I read that book as well just after I first heard the movie was coming out based on that. I recommended those interested in seeing the movie to read the book first. The book tells more than the movie did. I know a few of us did read it before seeing the movie.

 

Agreed... there was no way to include all the book into the time alloted in the movie. although I do think that the movie did a very good job of capturingmost of the essence of the book.

 

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Posted by PlasticFanatic on Friday, October 2, 2015 10:31 PM

Just finished re-reading "PT-109: John F. Kennedy in the South Pacific" the 40th anniversary edition by Robert Donovan. The new foreword by Donovan, and the afterword by Duane Hove, make the book an even more exciting read for those interested in PT boat warfare in the Solomon Islands. Highly recommended.

Another recent read for me was "The Night Stalkers" by Michael J. Durant and Steven Hartov, with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert L. Johnson. Another great read about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Chapter 8, "From the Jaws of Death" holds a special meaning for me- I flew as a crew chief with the pilot whose Gulf War exploits are described in that chapter (not as a Night Stalker, but back when CWO4 Jim Crisafulli was my unit's standardization instructor pilot, with the 5th Special Forces Flight Platoon, and a heckuva pilot)

Great books.

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Friday, October 2, 2015 10:45 PM

An excellent book that I just read is "Viper Pilot", by Dan Hampton, a veteran USAF F-16 pilot. He writes about his exploits during the 1st Gulf War, and the other conflicts that the US has been involved with since then. Excellent read!

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Posted by the doog on Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:32 AM

Reading a book now that I got in the Grand Canyon when I was just there callled "Death in the Canyon". Wow, what a harrowing book--it details the ways that people die in the canyon from falls, dehydration, environmental hazards. Definitely a great primer to read before you consider a hike in the brutal wilds of the canyon, where temperatures in the shade can exceed 102F. It certainly has me second-thinking a hike...

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Posted by jibber on Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:42 AM

I'm just finishing The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a factual narrative of the party and the background of those who were there. It's a large book but it keeps getting better. This is the first book I've read on the Reich because the author William Shirer was there and wrote a true account supported by documents. The Germans wrote down everything and we're still translating them from about 70 years ago.   Terry

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Posted by mikeymize on Sunday, October 4, 2015 8:38 PM
Read PT-109 as well, many years ago. May have to look for that updated one as my old copy is long since disappeared into the void.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, October 11, 2015 6:47 PM
I'm really enjoying "The U-boat War 1914-1918" by Edwyn Gray.Most books focus on WWII but this is the first one I read about WWI.Everyone knows about Prein,Schepke.and Krestchmer,but the lesser known WWI guys were just as daring,perhaps more so as their boats were less capable then the WWII boats.And they were sometimes more brutal then their Nazi successors with their atrocities.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, October 12, 2015 11:50 AM

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I'm just finishing The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a factual narrative of the party and the background of those who were there. It's a large book but it keeps getting better. This is the first book I've read on the Reich because the author William Shirer was there and wrote a true account supported by documents. The Germans wrote down everything and we're still translating them from about 70 years ago.   Terry

 

 
Shirer's book still holds up today, as a good, general, detailed narrative.  I think some of his premises regarding the historical inevitability of Nazism are now generally held to be discredited--that Nazism was the logical consequence of German history, which is almost to say that the German's cultural DNA ensured the ***' rise.  But still, it's a great read.  I usually re-read it once a year or so.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, October 12, 2015 11:54 AM

I just finished reading, "Five Days in London-May 1940" by John Lukacs, which looks at the infighting in the British cabinet when Churchill was named to replace Chamberlain, and the eventual decision not to negotiate with the Germans but to fight on at all costs; and John Lundstrom's "The First South Pacific Campaign", on Japanese and US naval and political strategies from December 1941 to the end of June 1942.  I really enjoy Lindstrom's books about the first year of the war in the Pacific.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:46 PM

OK, I just noticed that in my previous post about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, that the forum's nannyware actually censors the abbreviation commonly used for adherents of National Socialism.  That is really just too much!  I can see censoring profanity, but N-a-z-i is a historical term, and, unlike the s-w-a-s-t-i-k-a, the word isn't banned (yet) in the EU.  I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:08 PM

Baron, deep breath.

The nannybot is set up that way to prevent personal insults in online flame wars.

It's sort of funny, but the offensive term is "rivet ***".

Nazi is ok. At least semantically.

The swastika is not banned in the EU, either.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:33 PM

Devil Dawg

An excellent book that I just read is "Viper Pilot", by Dan Hampton, a veteran USAF F-16 pilot. He writes about his exploits during the 1st Gulf War, and the other conflicts that the US has been involved with since then. Excellent read!

 

If you liked that one, you'll have to read his book on the Vietnam Wild Weasels, "The Hunter Killers."  It's about the birth of SAM killing with the F-105....great book!!

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:54 PM

And "Bury us upside down", the story of the Vietnam Misty pilots in F-100s.

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Posted by gobobbie on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 4:08 PM
Just started around the world submerged by Edwin beach. The story of the USS triton around the world cruise
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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 11:54 AM

GMorrison

Baron, deep breath.

The nannybot is set up that way to prevent personal insults in online flame wars.

It's sort of funny, but the offensive term is "rivet ***".

Nazi is ok. At least semantically.

The swastika is not banned in the EU, either.

 

 
First, no need to tell me to calm down, I'm not worked up, I'm just expressing an opinion.  But I appreciate the sentiment.
 
Second, it looks like "Nazi" is censored in some cases, including in this thread, and not in others.  In your reply, I see it masked with asterisks.  As an IT person, I have to reflect with some bemusement and amusement, on the application and the way it's designed and implemented.
 
Third, OK, "banned" is perhaps too imprecise.  I'll amend that to "the display is regulated by law, including banning public display, with exceptions generally for educational purposes, to various degrees across the member states that make up the European Union.'

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 1:40 PM

The plural *** is blocked. The singular nazi is not.

again it's in an effort to avert flame wars and makes sense to me.

the wiki article on the swastika is very good. It covers the reasons a couple of countries have controls over the usage, and more power to them.

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Posted by rooster513 on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:58 PM

I just finished "Marching With Caesar - Conquest of Gaul". I'm a big fan of Roman Era historical fiction but currently taking a break from that (mostly b/c I don't have another oneBig Smile) so I just started reading The Longest Day again. It was a toss up between reading this for the second time or A Bridge Too Far for the third time. A Bridge Too Far is one of my favorite books!

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Posted by iraqiwildman on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 3:43 PM

I starter reading book 15 of the Harry Dresden series, but put that aside for a new book from the same author, Jim Butcher. "The Aeronaut's Windlass" is the first book of a steampunk series set in another world. Very well written and a great start to another one of his series. I have read 14 of the Harry Dresden book in the past year.

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