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Posted: 6/5/2001 12:21:28 PM EDT
Here is a short list of socio-political books that I will be reading this summer. You will notice that I've selected texts from different points of view(Know thy enemy!). What can you add that I've missed? Confessions - Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau Two Treatises of Government - John Locke On Libery - John Stuart Mill Walden - Henry David Thoreau Civil Disobedience and Other Essays - Henry David Thoreau Self Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton The Anti-Federalist Papers - Ralph Ketcham Rights of Man - Thomas Paine Common Sense - Thomas Paine The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes The Spirit of Laws - Montesquieu Little Red Book (translation) - Mao Tse-Tung
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Over the past month, I've read two good books and I'm working on a third. I just read "The French Connection," by Robin Moore. Makes the movie look like crap. After that, I tore into "Ghost Soldiers, " by Hampton Sides. Really a good book, about Army Rangers who went thirty miles behind Japanese lines in the Phillipines in 1945 to liberate 500 allied P.O.W.s. What's impressive is that these guys had a force of about 300 (121 Rangers and about 180 Filipino guerrillas) and managed to wipe out around 1,000 Jap troops and only lost two men of their own (one to friendly fire). It's one of the most spectacular stories of WWII that wound up getting overshadowed by later events like Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the dropping of the A-bombs, as well as the German surrender in Europe. Really a well-written book and hard to put down. Right now I'm reading "A Texas Cowboy," by Charles Siringo. Sorry, I read too much of Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Mills in college to find that stuff interesting. Damn near turned my brain to mush.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 1:13:33 PM EDT
What about The Prince?
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Actually I have a copy of Machiavelli's The Prince right beside me. I don't know why I didn't add it. I've got a list of about 50 books that I want to try and read this year. Mostly books that make you think about daily life and where it is heading/where it has been. I just finished 1984 (for the second time) and am currently reading Brave New World. Others include Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Grapes of Wrath, Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse Five, More Guns Less Crime, Leaves of Grass, Moby-Dick, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Old Man and the Sea, The Call of the Wild, etc, etc... I just figured that since most of you people are more interested in political strife and how it relates to persoal freedom, I'd only include related books in my original list. Keep'em coming. I need more reviews or suggestions. Hopefully this summer I can get into reading, excersise and nature enough to throw away my television. Or at least only turn it on occasionally.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 4:11:36 PM EDT
Hey Muad_Dib: While I'm sure someone as well read as you has already read Orwell (I see 1984 on your list), but I recently reread "Animal Farm". Always a good read. If you happen to like Science Fiction, try "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein, "Pallas" and "The Probability Broach" by L. Neil Smith. I usually alternate between fiction and non-fiction. I like your list. I keep a reading wish list in my Palm Pilot. Some of your choices will be entered! Thanks and regards, SOL
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 4:26:43 PM EDT
I'll tell you, I am no book reader by any means, but my Dad is a SERIOUS book reader. He has only recommended one book to me (he knows I don't read anything other than Playboy and SAR) but "GUNS UP" is absolutely riveting. Its about a front line M60 Machine Gunner in Nam. I read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting......you won't want to put it down!
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 4:33:15 PM EDT
Muad_Dib, I guess you've read "Dune"? Give me spice.
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Try "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley One of the scariest, most plausible books I've read.
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 6:13:28 PM EDT
Keep it coming guys. Science fiction is not out of the question (as my handle would indicate).
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 6:22:09 PM EDT
I am going through Turtledove's altenate histories right now. Good way to re-examine the history. Orson Scott Card's series on "Ender" are pretty good and he has pretty good politics. Stephen Donaldson does a series on psychological space colonization/warfare that is top notch. [smoke] It is nice to know there are some people who still read. [rolleyes] Duh, you have to be literate to use this sight.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 6:35:22 PM EDT
Two books that are a MUST READ - Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (a french kid drafted into the Wermacht in 1942, Eastern Front} and About Face by David Hackworth. If you have time, add Campaign in Russia by Leon Degrelle and sun Tzu's Art of War.[{:}]
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 6:39:13 PM EDT
Current reading a book about the history of the Thompson submachine gun titled, "The Gun That Made the 20s Roar"
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 6:47:18 PM EDT
I'm actually trying to "blend" in with society so I can be the wolf in sheeps clothings. First Step, learning to be PC. So right now I'm reading "Dick and James", "The Vegetarian Cat in the Hat" "Organic Green Eggs and Cruelty-Free Ham". Great reading. [):)] NSF
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 7:23:58 PM EDT
Yeah, historian Stephen E. Ambrose's book on the Lewis & Clark Expedition - [i]Undaunted Courage[/i](1996). When you get right down to it, as Appollo 11 took off to the Moon for Man's First Landing, NASA and the crew pretty much knew where they were going. The Moon had been mapped and studied for centuries. When Lewis and Clark took off on their cross-continental jaunt, they had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA about what they might find or encounter. None. Amazing story by the guy who brought you the inspiration for 'Saving Private Ryan'-[i]Citizen Soldiers[/i]. Eric The Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 7:34:31 PM EDT
Well, at work the other day I found an abandoned copy of "Silence of the Lambs". I'm already on chapter 3. I'm not trying to hard because I'm about 3/4's the way through "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". Next will be a book I ordered a couple of weeks ago "World War ll Heroes". About MOH recipients, natch. In the last 3 months I read all four of the daughter's "Harry Potter" books. And now [b]I[/b] can't wait for the next. They are easy, entertaining and fun. [:D]
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The Principles of Communism - Engels The Communist Manifesto - Marx / Engels Socialism: the Utopian and Scientific - (don't remember which one) ...and The Competitive AR15 - Glen Zedicker [i]**shameless plug**[/i] Jewbroni~
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Sun tzu - The Art of War Battlefield Earth, the movie sucked, the book was fun to read.
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I'm reading "Gates of Fire", a fictional narrative set against the Persian war. It's not that good. I was going to get "Tides of War" because it featured Alcibiades, my hero. But they didn't have it at the store, so I just got this one.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 8:32:49 PM EDT
God, Guns and Rock & Roll by none other than the Nuge. I thought it was an awesome book. The first book of a nontechnical nature that I read in a long time. I am not big into reading books all the time (magazines and technical manuals and informative books are constant) however; I read the book cover to cover in three days. Combination of having a few free hours on consecutive days and the fact that I could not put the book down. I highly recommend it. If you are both a shooter and a hunter, as I, I guarantee you will love it.
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 8:37:54 PM EDT
God's Children. Good story.
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Black Hawk Down
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[u]Bimbos of the Death Sun[/u] by Sharyn McCrumb. [img]http://www.individualsoftwaredesign.com/skins/animeskin.gif[/img] (not related to the book; I just thought she was cute[:D])
Link Posted: 6/5/2001 10:09:40 PM EDT
It's probably already been mentioned but... "Unintended Consequences" is a good fiction book I'm STILL reading after a year! it is thick...but good! :)
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 5:45:15 AM EDT
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand Atlas Shruged, Ayn Rand The Vision of the Anointed, Thomas Sowell Is Reality Optional and Other Essays, Thomas Sowell Animal Farm, George Orwell Radical Son, David Horowitz
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 5:53:31 AM EDT
Patriots: Surviving The Comming Collapse Fiction but a great read and LOTS of good info!
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 6:06:33 AM EDT
McBride's "A Rifleman Goes to WAR" Ernst Junger, "Storm of Steel" (if you can find it) Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 6:12:35 AM EDT
Pretty much anything by Piers Anthony.. I grew up on the Split Infinity and the Incarnations of Immortality series. Finished Wally Lamb's "I Know This Much Is True" not too long ago. It's fiction about twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia. I loved it. Reread "Light in August"... Faulkner is my nemesis. Still didn't like it, although I did like "As I Lay Dying." Oh.. and read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Hemingway. Reading a book now called "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius." Good so far.. let you know.
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 6:37:15 AM EDT
don't forget "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy!
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 7:07:23 AM EDT
"Unintended Consequences"....a good read, and makes you think
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 7:55:03 AM EDT
I don't read. hukd on fonics werkd fa me!
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I'm currently reading [img]images.amazon.com/images/P/0345384687.01.MZZZZZZZ.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 11:51:18 AM EDT
Almost any book by W.E.B. Griffin is a great read. The Badge of Honor series is about Philadelphia police. The Corps series is about WWII Marines. Just really terrific reading. Ken
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 12:48:50 PM EDT
Anyone read a book about the M4 Carbine??? Not the M4 mentioned in a M16 book - only the groovy M4 with cool pics??
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 12:53:23 PM EDT
Absolute Power by ? Limbaugh. (forgot his first name, he is Rush Limbaugh's brother) Its about all the abuses of power during the Clinton Administration. Well maybe not all, that would be a huge publication.
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I know this does not fit in the area of books you all are mentioning...but Stephen King's new book "Dreamcatcher" is excellent.
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 4:37:27 PM EDT
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien Anarchists Cookbook (because someone doesn't want you to read it)
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Link Posted: 6/6/2001 7:01:56 PM EDT
If you're reading 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea (hgihly recommended), you must make sure you get the US Naval Institute Press edition. They did a new translation that is MUCH more complete and accurate than the older standard. If you have trouble finding USNI or your bookstore has trouble getting a copy, let me know. I'll either hook you up or order it for you (at the member discounted price). Other books: When you want something easy (a briefcase book) Any Heinline or Louis L'Amour My next book is God, Guns & Rock by Ted Nugent.
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 7:02:44 PM EDT
If you're reading 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea (hgihly recommended), you must make sure you get the US Naval Institute Press edition. They did a new translation that is MUCH more complete and accurate than the older standard. If you have trouble finding USNI or your bookstore has trouble getting a copy, let me know. I'll either hook you up or order it for you (at the member discounted price). Other books: When you want something easy (a briefcase book) Any Heinline or Louis L'Amour My next book is God, Guns & Rock by Ted Nugent.
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 7:15:09 PM EDT
Recently finished "Cross of Iron" by Willi Heinrich. Another classic book you folks should try reading is "The Peloponesian War" by Thucidides. GunLvr
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 8:02:57 PM EDT
"That Dark and Bloody River" by Allan W Eckert. its a narative history of the Ohio river valley and the beginings of the Northwest Territory from the first exploration to about 1800. "Left Behind" series by Tim LaHey and Jerry Jenkins. "The Case for Faith" by Lee Strobel(former atheist) -working on this one now if I could get myself off of this computer once in a while [:D] - bricklayer
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 8:14:31 PM EDT
To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the truth by Col. Jeff Cooper, Hell I Was There, by Elmer Keith, and pretty much anything by Clive Cussler.
Link Posted: 6/6/2001 8:27:50 PM EDT
"God, Guns, and Rock and Roll"-Ted Nugent "Enemy at the Gates" "Dune:House Atredies" "Dune:House Harkonnen" "The Creature from Jekel Island, a Second Look at the Federal Reserve" "Lucifer's Hammer"- Larry Niven "Contact"- Carl Sagan "The Factor- Bill O'Reilley
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