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Posted: 7/9/2005 6:05:56 PM EDT
The movie was good but man the book is the best i have ever read when it comes to actuall events. very sad. But the best so far when it comes to war books, does anyone have any suggestions about any books about war that are based on actuall events??
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:06:51 PM EDT
"Generation Kill" was pretty good i thought.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:10:41 PM EDT
Read Ghost Soldiers(about Rangers liberating a Japanese prison camp in the Phillipines) and Flag of Our Fathers (tells the life stoies of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima). Both are outstanding.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:10:53 PM EDT
Warrior Soul

XIN-LOI Vietnam

Marine Sniper 93 confirmed kills

Ragged Rugged Warriors

To name just a few

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:11:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By retrainthechimp:
"Generation Kill" was pretty good i thought.


My first one.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:11:53 PM EDT
Starship Troopers, it's fiction but man what a great book, I highly recomend it.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:12:27 PM EDT
Read "Good To Go" by Harry Constance
A true story about Seal Team Two in Vietnam.
Excellent Book!
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:13:11 PM EDT

Great book. I've read all the others and this one was the best by far.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:16:43 PM EDT
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GUNS UP.......by Johnny Clark.

Johnny and his best friend are M60 gunners in the same platoon in Vietnam. This is a true story and is one of the best books I've ever read. I've read a lot of combat books but it's hard to top this one.

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:17:58 PM EDT
thanks guys for all the replys!

We were soliders once and young was good because they used info from the general An and his info about how he directed the battle. It jsut amazing what thsoe guys went through on both sides of the battle
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:20:21 PM EDT
Brown Water, Black Berets
On Point
Papa Bravo Romeo
Generation Kill
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:27:51 PM EDT
Now go get the DVD "We Were Solders" with Mel Gibson, based on that book you just read, it's excellent
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:29:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CaptSchofield:
Now go get the DVD "We Were Solders" with Mel Gibson, based on that book you just read, it's excellent

i own the dvd, the book is ten times better. LZ albany should have been in the movie also. alot of heros where made there in albany
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:33:15 PM EDT
one of the few books that i have read that didn't have pictures.......................

good read
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:34:13 PM EDT
try 'Another river, Another town' - A teenage tank driver comes of age in combat (WW2)
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:35:35 PM EDT
"the Berkut" by Joseph Heywood.

At the end of WWII a crack SS trooper and a squad of Werewolves undertake a final mission for their Fuhrer. In close pursuit are a highly motivated Soviet Special Mission's Unit and an O.S.S. operative bent on discovering what that mission is....and stopping it.

This book will keep you up for NIGHTS wanting to finish it and will leave chills running down your spine when you come to the realization that this very well COULD have happened.

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:42:47 PM EDT
AeroCav Scouts is one of my favorites
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:42:49 PM EDT
The Battle for Mogadishu. (Written by the guys who were there.)

Stphen Ambrose books.

Ghost Soldiers

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:43:44 PM EDT
I just finished "Dear Mom", by Joe Ward, for the second time. It is a great read.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 6:45:57 PM EDT
One of Jackson's Foot Cavalry by John Worsham - it's important to me as it is the book that got me hooked on the Late Unpleasantness (between states) or The Mother of American Family Feuds (1861-65).
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Biography of Chuck Yeager

Gen. Thomas Frank's book. Name escapes me. Something like "American Soldier"

William Manchester's 'American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur' - hard to get through. Painful at times. Hillarious during the WWI misadventures. Worth a read.

Do you have any particular period you're interested in? Theatre?

I have a few dozen books of soviet histories and holocaust survivals. Not highly recommended, just trying to get rid of boxes of books.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:10:08 PM EDT
Ijust c/p my post from another thread.

Originally Posted By Backstop:
In The Company of Heroes by Michael Durant - ISBN 0-451-21060-3.
I finished this about a month ago, and it's a very good read.

Not A Good Day To Die by Sean Naylor - ISBN 0-425-19609-7.
Still reading this one - about 3/4 finished. Another very good read. Plenty of details.

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:11:36 PM EDT
Killer Angels
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:12:30 PM EDT
Marine Sniper, its the story of Carlos Hathcock. Good read.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:13:33 PM EDT
On the Border with Crook.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:17:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jarhead_22:
If you haven't read Five Years to Freedom, by Colonel Nick Rowe, you ought to.

Colonel Rowe's Filipino communist murderer was just released from prison a week and a half ago.


+1 If it were up to me, it would be required reading at every high school in the country. We sure could use more men like Colonel Rowe.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:19:14 PM EDT
Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose...an amazing account of WW2 in Europe.

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:23:23 PM EDT

If you can find it,
Commando Etraordinary
A Biography of Otto Skorzeny
by Charles Foley

War and Warrior Series
Noontide Press

Skorzeny was the German officer that lead the mission to rescue Mussolini.
He was also charged after the war with attempting to get Churchill.

Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:24:03 PM EDT
"In the Company of Heroes" Micheal Durant's story.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:27:24 PM EDT
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Bat21 and the followup The real story of Bat21. (something along those lines)

The Tunnels of Chu Chi. This one gave me nightmares for some reason.

Point Man And Walking Point by Patches Watson. Sea Daddy to a lot of Nam era SEALS.

Fiction but a good read on Nam bombing of North VN, Phantom Leader and Thud Ridge/Termite Hill/Luckys Bridge/Tango Uniform.

Chicken Hawk. Don't remember the authors name but one of the best books on the helio war in Nam I've read. Cleared Hot is another. There are two other books written by guys who were aerial forward observers that I can't recall right now. These guys flew unarmed spotter planes to call in aerial bombers and were fearless. I'll post a follow up if the rest of the crew doesn't bail me out here.

While not military if you have any interest in the early space programs Thomas Wolfs The Right Stuff is a must. Those guys had a set of big brass ones to pull off what they did with the political pressure put on them at the time. Great read.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 8:53:41 PM EDT
"An Army at Dawn" by Rick Atkinson. Excellent WWII book over the North Africa campaign.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 9:00:04 PM EDT



all of them written by Maj Harold Coyle
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Link Posted: 7/9/2005 9:17:49 PM EDT
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Over half way through "Not a Good Day to Die" by Sean Naylor, goes in depth about Operation Anaconda.....
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 9:21:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sharpknife:

Not familiar with that one. Who's the author?

Thunder Run is pretty good.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 9:44:11 PM EDT
Good thread. I am writing all of these down.

I'll try to add some suggestions also when I get a chance to go through my collection.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 9:57:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 10:01:42 PM EDT
Not a good day to die.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 10:17:46 PM EDT
The Seven Pillars of Widom by T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

Lawrence's account of his experiences with the then nomadic Arab tribes during WWI.
Gives some good background info into the whole situation over there and some insight as to why
things are so f$%ked-up today. Not an easy read though.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 11:51:42 PM EDT
Give Us This Day by Sidney Stewart. Tells his story about the Bataan Death March.
Link Posted: 7/9/2005 11:53:16 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AROKIE:
The movie was good but man the book is the best i have ever read when it comes to actuall events. very sad. But the best so far when it comes to war books, does anyone have any suggestions about any books about war that are based on actuall events??

My war gone by, I miss it so - Anthony Loyd

Also, if you want some excellent books for the bathroom (and not for reading), I suggest something by Richard Marcinko.

According to various sources, the man has served. That may very well be, but his books are trash and and a literary train wreck.
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 1:51:37 AM EDT

Rogue Warrior by Dick Marcinko

Brennan's War by Matt Brennan

Brennan's War -

Tense combat action highlights this impressive memoir by a ``grown man of 20'' who volunteered for three tours in Vietnam. Bored with his initial duty at division headquarters, Private Brennan obtained reassignment to ``The Blues,'' a crack combat unit of the 1st Air Cavalry Division whose trademark was a blue bandanna tied around the neck. Soon Brennan was highly decorated for bravery, including the Silver and Bronze stars, and promoted first to sergeant and then to lieutenant. Despite these honors, Brennan's account of day-to-day operations is remarkably terse and understated, like an old-fashioned war novel. During his third tour Brennan observed firsthand the disintegration of morale and discipline after TET 1968.

My old History teacher actually met Matt Brennan at a conference one day. Said he was really cool to talk to and a really cool guy.
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 2:22:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/10/2005 2:27:32 AM EDT by Charging_Handle]
The Tunnels of Cu Chi
by Tom Mangold
ISBN # 0891418696

Guns Up
By Johnnie M. Clark
ISBN # 0345450264

Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
by Ed Kugler
ISBN # 0804118752

Dear Mom: A Sniper's Vietnam
by Joseph T. Ward
ISBN # 0804108536

Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
by David Zucchino
ISBN # 080214179X

Generation Kill
by Evan Wright
ISBN # 042520040X

Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
by Joseph R. Owen
ISBN # 0804116970

Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa
by Joesph H. Alexander
ISBN # 0804115591

Not A Good Day To Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
by Sean Naylor
ISBN # 0425196097

The Battle of Mogadishu: Firsthand Accounts from the Men of Task Force Ranger
by Mathhew Eversmann and Dan Schilling
ISBN # 0345459652

McCoy's Marines: Darkside to Baghdad
by John Koopman
ISBN # 0760320888

Steel My Soldier's Hearts
By David H. Hackworth
ISBN # 0743246136

Hill 488
by Ray Hildreth and Charles W. Sasser
ISBN # 0743466438

Reflections of a Warrior: Six Years as a Green Beret in Vietnam
by Elwood J.C. Kureth
ISBN # 0743464990

The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War
by Frederick Downs
ISBN # 0393310892

by Michael Herr
ISBN # 0679735259

Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning: The World of a Combat Division in Vietnam
by Eric M. Bergerud
ISBN # 0140235450
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 2:34:05 AM EDT
(The Fall of) Berlin 1945, by Antony Beevor
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 2:36:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By protozo1:
Starship Troopers, it's fiction but man what a great book, I highly recomend it.

+1, the book Black Hawk Down is better and more factual than the movie, also, try Team Yankee by Harold Coyle, not many people have heard of that one. It's a novel from the '80's, may be somewhat hard to track down. Of course, try anything by Tom Clancy. I'm reading Sum Of All Fears right now myself (again), the movie sucked, but the book is very good. My favorite Clancy out of all of them would have to be Without Remorse. I read Starship Troopers when I was a kid, and well, I still read it from time to time. Try the book/screenplay version of Saving Private Ryan, there's some scenes and detail changes in the book that weren't in the movie.
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 3:28:05 AM EDT
Eyes of the eagle, and eyes behind the line are two great books about LRRPS in veitnam. I loved Blood on the risers. 100 miles of bad road. Break out ,fight at the chosin resivor is very excellent and inspiring book also. Citizen Soilder Is one of my favorite ww2 book it ties in well with Band of brothers.
About Face is David Hackworths bio and is great. I agree with some others, Marine sniper is a great book.
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 4:26:29 AM EDT
They Just Don't Get It by Colonel David Hunt is about the war on terror that we are not fighting and everyone should read it and get pissed off before we get hit again. Colonel Hunt is a retired Army special forces and tells it like it is.

The March Up by Bing West and retired Major General Ray Smith. This book is about the 1st Marine Division taking Bagdad

Generation Kill by Evan Wright is about our modern day warriors.
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Street Without Joy by Bernard Fall - about the IndoChina war which preceeded our entrance into Vietnam
Link Posted: 7/10/2005 5:00:03 AM EDT
Non fiction: Company Commander by Charles MacDonald, Gen. Moore read it before he went to Vietnam.

Fiction: Any of the books by Harold Coyle.
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