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Posted: 3/8/2006 6:57:11 PM EDT
Can you guys recommend me a book that will knock me on my ass? War, history, politics, fiction, nonfiction, the subject matter does not matter to me. What is the one book that you will never forget, or always have o n the back of your mind?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:57:36 PM EDT
The first book in the Rogue Warrior series.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:58:17 PM EDT
Unintended Consequences
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:58:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gamma762:
Unintended Consequences



'Nuff said
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:59:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:00:29 PM EDT by FieroLoki]
Ender's Game

Wingman Series

Stein Series
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:59:20 PM EDT
"The Law" by Frederic Bastiat
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[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:00:36 PM EDT by Spade]
American Gods
or
Snow Crash
or
Cryptomonicon


In that order.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:00:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:01:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sherrick13:
Red Storm Rising



I second that!

Also guns of the south is awesome, the entire lost regiment series is amazing too.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:02:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 8:18:20 PM EDT by DK-Prof]

The Long Ships, by Frans Bengtson.

The Republic, by Plato

Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:02:22 PM EDT
Starship Troopers
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:02:27 PM EDT
Battlefield Earth.

[forget the kooky author, it's a good book....]
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:03:09 PM EDT
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:04:58 PM EDT
I Could Never Be So Lucky Again : An Autobiography
by James Doolittle, Carroll V. Glines
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:06:03 PM EDT
The Lord of the Rings trillogy by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer

Undaunted Courage by Stephen A Ambrose

John Paul Jones by Evan Thomas

Black Mass - The Irish Mob, The FBI and a Devil's Deal by Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

The Seven Myths of Gun Control by Richard Poe

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:06:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:08:50 PM EDT by Tall_Shadow]
Tesla : A Man Out Of Time.

Chuck Yeager's autobiography.

Any of James Burke's History (Connections) books.

There is an autobiography/biography of one of the top fighter aces of WWII japan that was quite a good read. I just can't think of the name of it right now.

I'll add more as my brain allows!

Tall Shadow

******************************­Brain Dump Alert!**************************

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:11:39 PM EDT
Henryk Sienkewicz's Trilogy:

A nobel prize winning work dealing with Poland in the Deluge period.

Historical fiction, but well researched and (As the Nobel Prize would have youbelieve) quite stirring.

I recommend Kuniczak's translation, the three books are "With Fire and Sword", "The Deluge, Volume 1 and 2" and "Fire in the Steppe"
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:11:44 PM EDT
Out of The Ashes
Unintended Consequences
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:12:19 PM EDT
Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:12:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By redleg1one:
Unintended Consequences



+1
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:13:00 PM EDT
"Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words"

"Stolen Valor"
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:13:10 PM EDT
...
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Piece of Cake - Derek Robinson

The story of Hornet Squadron at the beginning of the Battle of Britain. Fictional, but very well written. Great combat sequences and well-developed characters.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:14:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:14:19 PM EDT by KnobCreek]
Red Storm Rising was awesome, but John Clark going ballistic in Without Remorse was a great read.

Unintended Consequences

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:17:13 PM EDT
Nonfiction:

"Imperial Hubris" by Anonymous - Some revelations for me there.

"Generation Kill" - can't remember the author's name. Some around here have told me there were some inaccuracies in the book (namely the author took some hearsay as Gospel and published it without verifying it... Nevertheless, the book is excellent otherwise)

"The battle for Hue, Tet 1968" by Keith William Nolan

I'm reading "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" by Thomas Sowell and it's been an eye opener.

"Rising Tide: The Untold Story of the Russian Submarines That fought the Cold War "

"Hostile Waters" about Russian submariners is an amazing book, you will find yourself near tears at points. There was another book called "Blind Man's Bluff" that was excellent too.

Fiction:

"Ender's Game" and "Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus" by Orson Scott Card

"Quicksilver" and "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson are MUST reads. I have the other two books in the Baroque cycle waiting on me to pick them up...

This ought to get you started.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:22:16 PM EDT
1984 - George Orwell

Rogue Warrior - Richard Marcinko

Debt of Honor - Tom Clancy

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William Shirer
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:22:40 PM EDT
"Cowboys and Muslems".....

Oh, wait, that hasn't quite been writen yet....

SOON though....
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:23:03 PM EDT
Unintended Consequences

The Belgariad series of books.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:35:58 PM EDT



Everything you need to know is all right here.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:39:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:50:50 PM EDT by Followthehollow]
mine have all been listed

+1 for
Unintended Consequences
Patriots
1984
Ender's Game

I was also a huge fan of A Clockwork Orange as I read it before I ever saw the movie. What a challenge that was, figuring out all that lingo from context alone
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:41:21 PM EDT
I'll and another for

1984
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:42:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tall_Shadow:
Chuck Yeager's autobiography.



+1 "Yeager" was a great read.

One of the best fiction stories I've ever read:
Last of the Breed - Louis L'Amour
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:43:13 PM EDT
Doom series, I loved it.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:44:07 PM EDT
I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco was good too.

The Hunt For Red October, Red Storm Rising, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games by Tom Clancy were all really cool too.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:44:58 PM EDT
My Side of the Mountain - 30 Years ago... still a good read
A Walk in the Woods - Byson
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:45:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
Nonfiction:

"Imperial Hubris" by Anonymous - Some revelations for me there.





That guy is a weirdo. Really disturbing a Israel-hater like him was in charge of fighting al-Qaeda for us in the 1990's.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:47:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:47:39 PM EDT by adair_usmc]
Richard Preston - The Hot Zone

Tom Clancy - Red Storm Rising

Tom Clancy - Without Remorse


David Pelzer - A Child Called "It"
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:47:15 PM EDT
Ender's Game for the 3rd time on this thread..
Fight Club - Chuck Paluhniuk
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:52:23 PM EDT
tag for my trip to books a million tomorrow.....
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:53:41 PM EDT
Ayn Rand: Anthem

Its a short read but totaly unforgetable, Rush's 2112 album is based on this book!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:54:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:55:43 PM EDT by M15A2]
Alas Babylon

I read it when I was 14 or 15 because my dad gave it to me. Still like it to this day.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:57:36 PM EDT
Can't pick just one. Some have already been mentioned, here are a few more:

Moby Dick - Melville
Huey Long (The Kingfish) - Williams
True History of the Kelly Gang - Carey
The Way to the West (Essays on the Central Plains) - West
Call of the Wild - London
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:59:01 PM EDT
Bleak House
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:02:27 PM EDT
A lot of good recommendations. Here's my addition:

Dune - Frank Herbert

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:11:21 PM EDT
Unintended Consequences - I just re-read this and it's a must read for gun owners.
Rogue Warrior - The first book was great and the rest were OK.
Anything by Tom Clancy - I've read most of his books and many 2 or more times. One of the best authors.
One Shot, One Kill : Marine Sniper - A great classic I've read 3 or 4 times.

These are my favorites out of a few thousand books I've read. I used to read alot and take out 5 to 10 books at a time.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:21:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 8:21:55 PM EDT by Max_Mike]
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Hunt for Red October

Starship Troopers

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Civil War: A Narrative.
Vol 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville
Vol 2: Fredicksburg to Meridian
Vol 3: Red River to Appomattox
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:24:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vengarr:

Originally Posted By sherrick13:
Red Storm Rising



I second that!


thirded!
Also Citizen Soldiers and Blackhawk Down
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:27:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:



This book had a profound impact on my life.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:28:18 PM EDT
The Holy Bible
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:29:15 PM EDT
"Watchmen"

then

"Maus"

in that order.
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