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  • gabrial
    started a topic Books, reading material, what's good? what's not?

    Books, reading material, what's good? what's not?

    Greetings,

    I wanted to post a list of books that it pays to read, but I also wanted to create a thread where members can add their picks for good books, books that have influenced them.

    My number 1 pick, the best book you can own, and it fits in a gun bag too! Is... Sun Zsu's "The Art Of War"

    This book was written in the 6th Century BC. And if understood and followed, I can't see how you can lose unless your just vastly outnumbered or some other situation that you can't control.

    Another really good book, although a bit hard to understand at times, is "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau.

    And "Odd John" by Olaf Stapeldon is yet another interesting read.

    As far as historical fiction, all of James Clavell's books are excellent!

    So, let's hear it you guys that read, what's good? Oh, and I'm also talking about fiction, historical fiction, even science fiction, it matters not to me.


    Regards,

    Gabrial
    Last edited by gabrial; 01-27-2009, 07:38 AM. Reason: Adding more Books!

  • Don Purcell
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    1000% for Unintended Consequences. One of my good friends was the character Allen Kane in the book. As I read the book I could see and hear him.

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  • Jon Ball
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    I've reread Unintended Consequences" a couple of time now. I have 1 loner, 1 reader, and 1 still in the publishers shrink wrap. The loner copy is very dog-earned and ugly. No, I wont sell one. The loner never comes home, it is always out converting others.

    I bought these at guns shows when they were still $24.


    If you like this, don't overlook

    Matthew Bracken's "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"
    James Rawles' "Patriots: a novel of survival of the coming collapse".
    William R. Forstchen's "One Second After", and "To Try Men's Souls"

    To Try Men's Souls is the BEST book I've read about Washington and the American Revolution. It truly brings the main players and events to life in a very personal way. READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Recon-one
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    Message to all.

    Jon Ball previously recommended Unintended Consequences by John Ross, I give a huge AMEN to that.
    Guys, this book is an instruction manual on how to disassemble the behemoth. In a nut shell it tells that when the generals run out of grunts and they find themselves in harms way, they find a way to end the conflict. This book tells how to accomplish that end with very little violence. Psychological warfare, the grunts decide that it is not worth it and quit. After that starts to happen the hnic learns that there are many thousands of citizens that have the ability to make a kill shot at over a half mile. To paraphrase, "he suddenly realizes that the ability of thousands of pissed off gun owners may have personal consequences to his well being."
    The importance of this book cannot be over emphasized. John Ross recently released this book for free kindle reading. I think that time limit has now passed but you should get this book somehow. After all, it was on the FBI"s most wanted to burn list. That should be the most valuable endorsement you could possibly ever need.

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  • Jon Ball
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    any interest in reviving this thread? I've been doing a lot of reading.

    Just finished John Grishim's "the racketeers". it was ok, not his best. It seemed like a filler book to meet a publishing contract requirement.

    Just finished, for about the 8th time, To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis Lamour. Still really like those Sackett books.

    I am working on "stories from the life of Porter Rockwell" by john rockwell and Jerry Borrowman. will let you know how it is.

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  • gabrial
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    Originally posted by nobamabidenmarxists View Post
    Another must read to understand the subhumans existing amongst us, i.e. the sociopaths, is "The Sociopath Next Door". Written by a Harvard PhD.

    Every single woman, if not all men, should be forced to read it as a 9th grade assignment. It fully explains psychopaths and how to recognize them. How our minds cannot truly comprehend what these mutants are made of and how their minds work. That they are quite numerous for their untreatable and uncurable sickness. It's absolutely fascinating and eye opening to say the least.
    Hmmm, thanks! I will pick this up for sure, human nature and societies effect on the human mind have always fascinated me, I've spent a good part of my life delving into why people react the way they do, and how different events change people in different ways.. But I say again, thanks for the suggestion of this book!

    R. A. Salvatore does write some excellent books, another series I have enjoyed is E.E. Knight's Vampire Earth books. (About race of aliens that take over the world, and groups of humans gather to resist them. Post Apocalyptic stuff)

    And thanks for everyone else for providing book suggestions! It gives me some titles to look for when I am shopping discount book shops!

    Regards,

    Gabrial

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  • Jon Ball
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    This type of thread was started in spring of 2008. but Iíll repost some of my 2 cents worths:

    ďAnarchy, State, and UtopiaĒ by Robert Nozick.

    Robert Heinlein Ė especially Tunnel in the Sky and Farmhamís Freehold.

    Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    "Lights Out" from Frugal squirrels is pretty good.

    Matthew Bracken's are good. http://www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/

    here's a link to follow: www.survivalblog.com/bookshelf.html

    many of the books on Rawles' list are on my own as well. Claire Wolfe also has a great book list, though i can no longer find it on her site.

    Unintended Consequences by John Ross is required reading.

    Boston's Gun Bible

    The Encyclopedia of Country Living

    My Side of the Mountain

    Michael Williamsonís are great.

    Terry C. Johnsonís frontier books.



    This is a short list of those that Iíve enjoyed over the years.

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  • IE3
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    Clavell

    As far as historical fiction, all of James Clavell's books are excellent!

    2nd Clavell: one that most folks don't know about "A Children's Story". If you don't know it, find it, shows exactly how children and many adults are brainwashed. Literally takes about 30 minutes to read.

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  • Doc7.62
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    I'm currently reading "THE LIBERAL MIND" by Lyle Rossiter, M.D.

    He's a Board Certified Psychiatrist with amazing credentials who is the first brave scientist to diagnose modern liberalism as a mental disorder. It's a great book so far, and is a great addition to Michael Savage's, "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder".

    To defeat the enemy, is to know the enemy.

    I don't ever read fiction. It's a waste of my limited brain capacity.

    Another must read to understand the subhumans existing amongst us, i.e. the sociopaths, is "The Sociopath Next Door". Written by a Harvard PhD.

    Every single woman, if not all men, should be forced to read it as a 9th grade assignment. It fully explains psychopaths and how to recognize them. How our minds cannot truly comprehend what these mutants are made of and how their minds work. That they are quite numerous for their untreatable and uncurable sickness. It's absolutely fascinating and eye opening to say the least.

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  • Blades
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    Hello,
    I'm a squid, so here goes. I recommend "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat, about a corvette crew on convoy escort duty in WWII. Reverse "Das Boot" and much more about human nature than arcane nautical stuff. Some passages will take your breath away....

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  • I.M. Clueless
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    As far as fantasy fiction, I havent found a better writer than R.A. Salvatore (sp?)

    I just started reading him for the first time ever about 3 months ago (amazing I know!) but I have been a voracious reader since about the age of 12. (I'm 37 atm).

    Reading his novels is like drinking water, for lack of a better analogy. easy fast reading that is smooth and amazingly good yet deep and satisfying.

    Gun book? Tactical Pistol Shooting by Eric Lawrence

    Great read and like he says, always keep learning more. Never think you know enough. (paraphrased)

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  • Space Ghost
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    If you want to read just for a good story sci-fi/fantacy Edgar Rice Burroughs created John Carter and Tarzan. Simple easy fast yet very rivitting reading.

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  • Space Ghost
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    All good sugestions.... add to the list,

    The Holy Bible.

    Wipe your butt with the koran.

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  • Corpsie
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    Good Books to ready, courtesy of the USMC reading program

    Rifleman Dodd by C.S. Forester
    The Soldierís Load by S.L.A. Marshall
    The Ugly American by W. Burdick
    Enders Game by O.S. Card
    Battle Leadership by A. Von Schell
    Flags of Our Fathers by J. Bradley
    Gates of Fire by S. Pressfield
    Imperial Grunts by R. D. Kaplan
    Tip of the Spear by G.J. Michaels
    Attacks! By E. Rommel
    With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
    The Village by B. West
    This Kind of War by T.R. Fehrenbach
    Band of Brothers by S.E. Ambrose
    The Face of Battle by J. Keegan
    A Bell for Adano by J. Hersey
    Utmost Savagery by J. Alexander

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  • RiflesRock
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    Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper

    Nation of Cowards by Jeff Snyder

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