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Old 12-02-2018, 09:09 AM
Status: "Tell your loved ones you love them." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Wonderland
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Just got done reading Sally Fields' autobiography and it was excellent - couldn't put it down.

Now I'm reading The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, a biography of the relationship between Jackie and Lee Bouvier. So far, very good.
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:58 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default They rallied to the call

The fighters : Americans in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq / C.J. (Christopher John) Chivers, c2018, Simon & Schuster, 958.1047 CHIV.



Subjects
  • Chivers, C. J. -- (Christopher John)
  • Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
  • Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, American.
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American.
  • United States -- Armed Forces -- Biography.
Notes
  • Part 1. Storm. Into Afghanistan : G-Monster : Lieutenant Layne McDowell's quick air war -- Into the kill zone : Sergeant First Class Leo Kryszewski and the Gauntlet at al-Kaed Bridge -- Part 2. Bad hand. The one you hear already missed : Sergeant First Class Leo Kryszewski and the rocket attacks -- "In the Navy he'll be safe" : hospital corpsman Dustin E. Kirby and a family at war -- Down safe : chief Warrant officer Michael Slebodnik and the air cavalry war in Iraq -- G-Monster : Lieutenant Commander Layne McDowell's dream -- Part 3. Counterinsurgency. On Al Qaeda's turf : Dustin Kirby and the route Chicago shooting gallery -- "I'll fly away" : Chief Warrant officer Mike Slebodnik and the air cavalry in the eastern Afghan Valleys -- We're here because we're here : specialist Robert Soto and the ghosts of Korengal Valley -- The push : Lieutenant Jarrod Neff and a battle to turn the tide of the war -- Part 4. Reckoning. G-Monster : the satisfaction of restraint -- The fighter : Gail Kirby's demand.
  • Includes index.
Summary
  • "Almost 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers has reported from both fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk--the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs. They repeatedly return, rushing toward danger, often to rescue the wounded in wars that escalate around them as the Pentagon changes doctrines and plans. Weaving a history of the war through troops' experiences, the characters in The Fighters climb into an F-14 cockpit for the opening strikes after the attacks of 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden along the Pakistani border, chase insurgent rocket teams with helicopters alongside American bases, face snipers in a hostile city in Anbar Province in Iraq, and engage in deadly counterguerilla warfare in the soaring mountains of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Some suffer terribly. All are changed. They return home, uncertain of their place in the world and what their wars have achieved. Chivers accompanied combatants over many years and multiple tours, including many of the characters in this book, developing deep understanding of the experience of combat in our times. The Fighters, his tour de force, tells a history of America's longest wars as well as the lives of the volunteers who have waged them"-- Provided by publisher.
Length
  • xxiii, 374 pages : maps, index
Stories of the troops on the ground & in the air. A close-up view of our soldiers in the horrors of war, & a tribute to their heart in the face of long odds.
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:48 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default The Iranian sting

Operation Shakespeare : the true story of an elite international sting / John Shiffman, c2014, Simon & Schuster, 338.973 SHIF 2014



Subjects
  • United States. -- Department of Homeland Security.
  • Operation Shakespeare, 2004-2009.
  • Technology transfer -- Government policy -- United States.
  • Undercover operations -- United States.
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
  • Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention.
  • National security -- United States.
  • Intelligence service -- United States.
Notes
  • Tbilisi, Georgia, and Iskandariyah, Iraq -- The lure (2004-2007). The storefront : Yardley, Pennsylvania ; The capitalist : Shiraz, Iran ; The captain : Suitland, Maryland ; The producer : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; The informant : London, England ; The bazaar : Dubai, United Arab Emirates ; Love and profit : Shiraz, Iran ; A warning : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; Propositions : Shiraz, Iran ; The magician : Frankfurt, Germany ; "A hero with the Ministry of Defense" : Wilmington, Delaware ; Shakespeare : Wilmington, Delaware ; Contagious enthusiasm : Shiraz, Iran -- The sting (2007). Mother Georgia : Tbilisi, Georgia ; Arrival : Baku, Azerbaijan ; The magic show : Tbilisi, Georgia ; "They think the war is coming" : Tbilisi, Georgia ; "Very rich men" : Tbilisi, Georgia ; Takedown : Tbilisi, Georgia -- The secret prisoner (2007-2012). Coups and complications : Tbilisi, Georgia ; Extraction : Tbilisi, Georgia -- Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
Summary
  • "A Pulitzer Prize finalist presents the rare and intimate narrative of a daring national security sting designed to protect US soldiers, sailors, and pilots from the greatest danger they face on the battlefield--an enemy equipped with American-made weapons and technology. In Operation Shakespeare, investigative journalist John Shiffman traces an audacious and high-risk undercover operation--from Philadelphia to Shiraz to London to Beverly Hills to Tbilisi and Dubai. The sting is launched by an elite undercover Homeland Security unit created to stop the Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Pakistanis, and North Koreans from acquiring sophisticated American-made electronics capable of guiding missiles, jamming radar, and triggering countless weapons--from wireless IEDs to nuclear bombs. The US agents must outwit not only enemy brokers, but American manufacturers and global bankers too willing to put profit over national security. The three-year sting in Operation Shakespeare climaxes when the US agents lure the Iranian broker to a former Soviet republic with the promise of American-made radar, fighter-jet and missile components, then secretly drag him back to the United States, where he is held in secret for two years. The laptop the Iranian carries into the sting provides the CIA with a treasure trove, a virtual roadmap to Tehran's clandestine effort to obtain US military technology. Tenacious, richly detailed, broad in scope, and emotionally powerful--and boasting unprecedented access to the government agents fighting this shadow war, as well as the captured Iranian arms broker--Operation Shakespeare is a fast-paced and masterful account of the covert effort to preserve American military supremacy, and to protect US troops"-- Provided by publisher.
Length
  • xii, 267 pages : sources, maps, no index
A fascinating story, rolling up a single network in the Iranian weapons & parts & materials acquisition system. They target US technology, partly because a lot of old (pre-Revolutionary) Iranian tech was from the US, but also because they want cutting-edge technology from the West. A must-read for anyone interested in Iranian military planning.
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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JFK
And The Unspeakable

by James W Douglass

assassination conspiracy
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:42 PM
 
Location: 78745
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One of the best non-fiction books I remember reading is,

"The Devil's Highway: A True Story" by Luis Alberto Urrea.

It's about a group of people who, in 2001, attempted to cross the Mexican border then are lost the Arizona desert. It's one of those books that will stay with the reader long after the book is finished.

I remember when that tragedy happened. It was front page news for several days. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was on several "book of the year" lists. It's definitely worth a read.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:13 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Disturbing reading

A race against death : Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust / David S. Wyman and Rafael Medoff, 1959-, c2002, New Press, 940.5318 WYMA.



Subjects
  • Kook, Hillel, -- 1915- -- Interviews.
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- United States.
  • Jewish refugees -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Jews -- United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Notes
  • Text based on a twelve-hour interview with Hillel Kook (Peter Bergson) includes "Report to the Secretary on the acquiescence of this government in the murder of the Jews" dated January 13th, 1944.
Length
  • xvi, 269 pages, [16] pages of plates : Appendix – various documents, Chapter notes, Bibliography, Index
An intense look @ the US policy on admitting Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe 1939-45 CE. Not a pretty picture.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:56 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Practice for WWI

Intervention! : the United States and the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917 / John S. D. Eisenhower, 1922- , c1993, W. W. Norton & Co., 972.0816 Eise.



Subjects
  • United States. -- Army -- History -- Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916.
  • Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920.
  • Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States.
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico.
  • Veracruz (Veracruz-Llave, Mexico) -- History -- American occupation, 1914.
Length
  • xxi, 393 pages : maps, photos, appendices (timeline, Mexican Revolution 1910-1917, the Plan of Guadalupe), chapter notes, bibliography, index
A guide to the convoluted history of the Mexican Revolution, & the US military in Mexico. Interesting reading, especially in light of the once & future wall proposed to solve the immigration issues on the Mexico/US border. A good primer on recent relationships between the countries.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Tailspin: The people and forces behind America's 50 year fall.

Author Steven Brill

A look at various changes that have enabled us to get to this point in our government policies.
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Old 12-24-2018, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Light of the Stars by Adam Frank

If you'd like to learn something of what they have to say there are YouTube videos you can watch and then decide if you want to read their books.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvQhKw-GbtQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPY6N_qqAaE&t=1644s
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:55 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default some shepherd's pie peppered/With actual shepherd on top!

Cannibalism : a perfectly natural history / Bill Schutt, c 2017, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 394.12 SCHU.


Subjects
  • Cannibalism.
  • Cannibalism -- Cross-cultural studies.
Notes
  • Animal the cannibal -- Go on, eat the kids -- Sexual cannibalism, or size matters -- Quit crowding me -- Bear down -- Dinosaur cannibals? -- File under: weird -- Neanderthals and the guys in the other valley -- Columbus, caribs and cannibalism -- Bones of contention -- Cannibalism and the Bible -- The worst party ever -- Eating people is bad -- Eating people is good -- Chia skulls and mummy powder -- Placenta helper -- Cannibalism in the Pacific Islands -- Mad cows and Englishmen -- Acceptable risk.
  • "Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."
Summary
  • "Eating one's own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons relating to famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies. Cannibalism has been used as a form of terrorism but also as the ultimate expression of filial piety. With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, Bill Schutt, a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us on a tour of the field, exploring exciting new avenues of research and investigating questions like why so many fish eat their offspring and some amphibians consume their mother's skin; why sexual cannibalism is an evolutionary advantage for certain spiders; why, until the end of the eighteenth century, British royalty regularly ate human body parts; how cannibalism may be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals; why microbes on sacramental bread may have led to Catholics' to persecute European Jews in the Middle Ages. Today, the subject of humans consuming one another has been relegated to the realm of horror movies, fiction, and the occasional psychopath, but be forewarned: As climate change progresses and humans see more famine, disease, and overcrowding, biological and cultural constraints may well disappear. These are the very factors that lead to outbreaks of cannibalism. As he examines these close encounters of the cannibal kind, Bill Schutt makes the ick-factor fascinating"-- Provided by publisher.
Length
  • xviii, 332 pages : illustrations, maps, chapter notes, recommended books
Good content on cannibalism in general, Caribes, Columbus & Caribbean in particular.
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