Good Reading for New Cadets

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  1. Bairdlax

    Bairdlax Member

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    My ALO recomended that I read "Beyond the Wild Blue" by Walter J. Boyne. It gives a detailed history of the Air Force from 1947-2007. He said it contains some of the information that we will be forced to memorize once at the Academy.

    I'm not that far into it yet but its a decent book from what I can tell.
     
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  3. starvinmarvin_09

    starvinmarvin_09 USAFA Cadet

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    Two books I read recently were both military history books. One, Enemy at the Gates, (the movie is about 10 pages of the whole book) is about the siege of Stalingrad in WWII, pretty much the turning point of the war. Good info dealing with the politics Hitler was playing with the army. The other one was called Tiger Force, about a special forces group in Vietnam that when there were many new recruits in the group who did not go through the same training process as the group had before (ambush that eliminated many members and leaders wanting the force back out as soon as possible... you get the picture) they began being involved in war crime subject material.
    Both books were fairly good, I always like books that analyze in a sense why something failed the way it did. I like to live by the saying, "learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Good stuff nonetheless.
     
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    You know, this quote is perfect...I've never heard it before, but it's definitely the way I've gotten through life.
     
  5. J.NordicSkier7

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    I read Battle Dress by Amy Efaw. It's about a girl at West Point, but it was still good reading regardless. :thumb:
     

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