Summer Reading

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  1. EDelahanty

    EDelahanty 5-Year Member

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    Two historical books on Afghanistan I recommend are:

    The Great Game: the Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk
    A non-fiction book which focuses on the competition between Russian and England for influence and control of the region. This provides an excellent background on why Afghanistan (and indirectly Pakistan) are such difficult places.

    The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield
    A fictional account of a young soldier in the army of Alexander the Great. Pressfield is a former Marine and a great storyteller. This and other historical fiction by him are well researched (Gates of Fire, about Thermopylae, is also a fine book)
     
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    Thankies!
     
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    I've read Gates of Fire and really enjoyed it. I'll have to find The Afghan Campaign as well.
     
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    I am totally into summer reading. I love to unwind and sit with my collection. The suggested books seem like a good read. I will grab the two from a book store soon.
     
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    I would also highly recommend "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" by Paul Kennedy.

    Oldy but goody and very pertinent.
     
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    (I was about to recommend this also but got distracted by the latest important news about Kathy Lee Gifford. Anyway,)

    Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power by David Sanger deals among other things with the US role in disrupting Iran's centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear site. It was favorably reviewed by Thomas Ricks whose opinions I respect. The book underscores the increasing role of cyber-warfare.
     
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    And Kathy Lee is in the top one hudred? Frank was still a great running back, reciever and defensive back! Eight Pro Bowls and played both ways.Giants Fan from way back
     
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    Patton: A Genius for War by Carlo D'Este

    Patton was unpopular among his classmates at West Point, particularly early on. Among other things he had spent a year at VMI before beginning as a plebe. Because he failed a course, he had to repeat plebe year and took five years to graduate.

    D'Este, a former Army Lt. Colonel, attributes Patton's academic difficulties to dyslexia.
     

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