What Book Are You Reading Right Now?!

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  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    This is OFF TOPIC!

    What book are you reading right now and why? What do you think of it?

    Note: This doesn't have to be a military-related book. It's good for perspective cadets and midshipmen to realize while the military will be a big a part of your life, it is not, in itself, your life. It's good to find outlets your stress, exercise and creativity.
     
  2. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Just started "Tommy- The British soldier on the Western Front 1914- 1918". Can't say whether it is a good book yet but will report out later.
     
  3. meh126

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    I'm reading "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright I knew absolutely nothing about L. Ron Hubbard or his "church" but I can't put the book down, utterly fascinating in a truly bizarre way :)

    DS is reading "The Fourth Star: Four Generals and Their Epic Struggle for the Future of The US Army" by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe He thinks it's interesting but a little slow/dull
     
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    Finished reading "A Higher Call" by Adam Makos. If your not familiar it is about the WW2 German fighter pilot that escorted a US B-17 to safety during the war. This is a great read from the perspective, for most of the book, of the German pilot.

    Got a chance to meet Charlie Brown before his death, an amazing story.
     
  5. Blackbird

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    Just started "The Great Bridge - The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge" by David McCullough. Yes, I am an engineering geek and I do enjoy learning about how things work or how they were built. But I found "1776" by McCullough to be a very good read so I thought I would try another of his books since we biked over the Brooklyn Bridge during our Spring break this year. So far, so good.
     
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    I am almost done with The Outpost by Jake Trapper. Been an interesting read. I am a huge McCullough fan Blackbird. I have read most of his stuff. I did enjoy the The Great Bridge. My dad is a bridge builder for a living so its his favorite book.
     
  7. Frankie

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    I'm reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, A friend suggested it to me and it's very good. It really leaves your imagination to run wild.

    It's about a post-apocalyptic world and the story of a father and son surviving in it. It doesn't give out details of exactly what happened (and not another zombie book) but that, along with other things, is where your imagination takes over.
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I just finished "This Kind of War" by Fehrenbach. Excellent history of the Korean War.

    Just about done with Tom Clancy's last book. There are a few points where details are off, but overall it's an entertaining story. Some things are quite interesting, once you realize it was written a couple of years ago! (Clancy was always good at tying in a few points that were pretty good predictions of the future.)

    Still making my way through "The Four Hour Chef." On again/off again on that one. It's interesting, but can be a bit scattered.
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I guess I should answer too. I just finished (10 mins ago) "America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth Century."

    I started playing the five-string banjo in February, and after finished a book called "Bluegrass: A History" about the music I'm learning to play, my instructor suggested this book to learn about the beginning and early development of the banjo.

    And my next book is "That Half-Barbaric Twang:The Banjo in American Popular Culture."

    But none of these books approach "One Thousand and One Banjos: The Tsumura Collection" which is without a doubt the center of my book collect. It's amazing. :thumb:
     
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    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
     
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    Jane Eyre.

    I found it in the stack of books my DS passed on to me while straightening up his room before he left. I couldn't remember if I had read it way back in the day or just seen the movie.

    I have to admit it has not fully captivated me yet, but I'm still plugging along with it.
     
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    Command Culture by Jorg Muth.

    It's on General Oderino's reading list.

    from the Amazon review

    Being a West Point grad and being a product of the Army Officer education system, I still see some vestiage of Muth's points.
     
  13. Idzak

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    The Jesuit Guide To (Almost) Everything. I'm learning about practical spirituality and lot of other stuff.

    A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren. A fascinating story. Let's see where it goes.

    Caravaggio: A life, by Helen Langdon. A genius with paint and light and meaning.


    Concerning book "The Road", is it as
    dark and depressing as the movie?
     
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    D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan

    Significant battle, just observed the 70th Anniversary.
    Entrenched within this battle was the matter of "Smith vs Smith "
    and how the matter was resolved.
     
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    Really? OK, I'll tell you but you won't like it:

    The Witness Wore Red: The 19th wife who brought polygamous cult leaders to justice, by Rebecca Musser.
     
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    Thanks for posting this thread. Always looking for good ideas.
     
  17. Lynpar

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    Alice Cooper Golf Monster
    A rock 'n roll roller's Life and 12 steps to becoming a golf addict ( 2007):cool:

    Again.

    And then, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut is a 2006 book by retired astronaut Richard "Mike" Mullane.
    Summer reading tends to be re-runs for me.
     
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    Lussier, R.N., & Achua, C. F. (2013). Leadership: Theory, application, & skill development (5th ed.). New York, NY: Cengage.

    Textbook from my PhD program...side note: this is the first academic anything that I've done in my life where I have actually read, cover to cover, every textbook! :eek:

    I keep asking my wife to remind me why I'm doing this?!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
    (I can't even write the name of the book properly; I cited it!) :bang:
     
  19. USMCGrunt

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    "The Last Stand of Fox Company" by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

    Just picked it up but true story of Marines fighting in Korea's Chosin Reservoir
     
  20. Day-Tripper

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    My Current Books

    I usually read 2-3 at a time, going back and forth depending on my mood.

    Lee Child's latest "Jack Reacher" novel, "Never Go Back". Jack Reacher is THE man. Absolutely awesome.

    David L. Ulin, "Cape Cod Noir". Collection of hard-boiled short stories that Dashell Hammett would have loved.

    Nick Lloyed, "Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War One". For Great War aficionados only. If you don't know who Douglas Haig was, don't bother.

    Regards,
    Day-Tripper
     

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