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Shek
27 Dec 06,, 15:51
What books did you read this year? Which ones would you recommend to others?

667medic
27 Dec 06,, 16:20
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
http://www.amazon.com/Under-Loving-Care-Fatherly-Leader/dp/0312322216
I will definitely recommend this book. Exhaustive account of what happens in DPRK, politics, administration, military, etc. However, please skip the last chapter. The author builds up a case that DPRK exists only to serve the Kims but then finally ends by portraying a fictional account of a meeting between Kim and US DOS officials in which Kim appears to be very reasonable....

Foreign Relations Of The People's Republic Of China
http://www.amazon.com/Foreign-Relations-Peoples-Republic-China/dp/0133264149/sr=1-3/qid=1167232402/ref=sr_1_3/104-9734867-8167119?ie=UTF8&s=books
Written by Garver, the well respected Sinologist. Traces out the Diplomacy of Xin Zhongguo (New China). Recommended by other experts like Mr.Xinhuey of CDF....

The Sino-American Alliance: Nationalist China and American Cold War Strategy in Asia
http://www.amazon.com/Sino-American-Alliance-Nationalist-American-Contemporary/dp/0765600250/sr=1-8/qid=1167232402/ref=sr_1_8/104-9734867-8167119?ie=UTF8&s=books
Another book by Garver. About how Taiwan featured in America's containment strategy. Also describes the options followed by the Taiwanese to exert leverage with the Americans. I am still reading this book....

Engaging India
http://www.amazon.com/Engaging-India-Diplomacy-Democracy-Bomb/dp/0815783000/sr=1-1/qid=1167232242/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-9734867-8167119?ie=UTF8&s=books
Talbott has writeen an engaging book on India's bomb and the dawn of a new relationship between India and USA....

Shek
27 Dec 06,, 17:13
I'll have to check my book shelf at work, but I'll put up a few titles for now and then come back and edit/add and make comments later.

Counterinsurgency

The Philippine War, 1899-1902 (http://www.amazon.com/Philippine-War-1899-1902-Modern-Studies/dp/0700612254/sr=8-1/qid=1167235659/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (http://www.amazon.com/Savage-War-Peace-1954-1962-Classics/dp/1590172183/sr=1-1/qid=1167235831/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (http://www.amazon.com/Bright-Shining-Lie-America-Vietnam/dp/0679724141/sr=1-1/qid=1167235866/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

Economics

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (http://www.amazon.com/Moneyball-Art-Winning-Unfair-Game/dp/0393324818/sr=1-1/qid=1167235896/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

Armchair Economist: Economics And Everyday Experience (http://www.amazon.com/Armchair-Economist-Economics-Everyday-Experience/dp/0029177766/sr=1-1/qid=1167235930/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

Economic Policy, Exchange Rates, and the International System (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226115917/102-0438121-3920159)

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (http://www.amazon.com/Freakonomics-Revised-Expanded-Economist-Everything/dp/0061234001/sr=8-1/qid=1167238738/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

American History

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (http://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Gettysburg-Words-Remade-America/dp/0671867423/sr=1-1/qid=1167235991/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (http://www.amazon.com/Team-Rivals-Political-Abraham-Lincoln/dp/0743270754/sr=1-1/qid=1167238777/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0438121-3920159?ie=UTF8&s=books)

Islam

Islamic Imperialism : A History (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300106033/102-0438121-3920159)

A History of Islamic Law (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0748605142/102-0438121-3920159)

An Introduction to Islamic Law (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0198254733/102-0438121-3920159)

Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0813335043/102-0438121-3920159)

RustyBattleship
28 Dec 06,, 00:16
NAVORD OP 769, - 16"/50 caliber turrets.

TurboTax Instructions

TECH MANUAL S9086-TW-STM-010 CHAPTER 682, - Mooring and Towing.

NAVEDTRA 14057-PPR, Damage Controlman 3 and 2.

All issues of The American Rifleman

All issues of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association

The jokes in Reader's Digest.

Instruction Manual on how to operate my new computer.

Instruction Manual on how to program our new TV.

Instruction Manual on how to operate our new convection toaster oven.


Oh! You mean FUN reading. Who has the time for THAT?

gunnut
28 Dec 06,, 01:31
Calvin and Hobbes

Debbie
28 Dec 06,, 01:57
Hitler - 1889 - 1936 Hubris by Ian Kershaw. Wonderful
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury - story never gets old
Animal Farm - George Orwell - this story never gets old either
On the Beach - Shute - ditto
Down the River - Edward Abbey
The Journey Home - Edward Abbey

Will start to read Kershaws second book on Hitler 1936-1945 Nemesis this weekend

ArmchairGeneral
28 Dec 06,, 07:36
Read?! I'm in college, I don't have time to read! :biggrin: Actually, it's true; I read perhaps a tenth of what I used to read in high school. :frown: One book I have been reading off and on for a couple of months is Spandau: the Secret Diaries by Albert Speer. Really fascinating and informative account of Speer and the others convicted at the Nuremberg trials. Lots of recollections from the heyday of Hitler, and lots of thought provoking, um, thoughts.

sappersgt
28 Dec 06,, 18:54
I read on average two books a week. I'd be hard pressed to name them all. This week I'm reading "The Shapeshifter" by Tony Hillerman (almost done) and "Hannibal Rising" by Thomas Harris (promises to be creepy). :biggrin:

Draconion
29 Dec 06,, 12:58
This year I've read about 30 novels(I did actually write them down in my diary!), but will not do again, since I'm the laziest oaf after god himself!;)

Draconion
29 Dec 06,, 13:00
But...I did re-read Gone with the wind the thrid time...Dont we all love that novel!!!!:)

Then I read (amongst others) Montgomery by Ronald Lewin.

And three books on the Indian operations in '47.

And now since I am banned to bring home any books, I'm reading Enid Blyton(;) ...back to the grass root!!!):biggrin:

THL
29 Dec 06,, 13:41
The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus Christ (Dalai Lama)

Mind of Clear Light: Advice on Living Well and Dying Conciously (Dalai Lama)

Oil: Anatomy of an Industry (Matthew Yeomans)
(I have read this one a few times - my life is boring)

The Color of Oil: The History, the Money and the Politics of the World's Biggest Business (Economides and Oligney)

In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)

In addition, I have read more versions of Cinderella than anyone should ever have to in their life.

Countless stories of Barbie and her good-deed-doing adventures.

A book called Cat & Mouse: A Delicious Tale (http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Mouse-Delicious-Jiwon-Oh/dp/0060508655/sr=8-8/qid=1167395967/ref=sr_1_8/104-9335513-5554369?ie=UTF8&s=books)which is a disturbing story of a friendly duo until one day when a monkey gives the cat a book on how to cook mouse. Cat has to go away to avoid eating his friend, but mouse goes off and finds cat and they become friends again. The last page of the book hints on cat's desire to still eat mouse. Yes, folks, this is a kids book. I still remember the first time I sat down to read this to the little one after we brought it home. I had to keep stopping to absorb what I was reading. I now buy NO book for the child w/o looking through it first as this has become one of her favorites. :confused:

Draconion
29 Dec 06,, 13:54
Oil: Anatomy of an Industry (Matthew Yeomans)
(I have read this one a few times - my life is boring)


NO WAY....:biggrin:

In addition, I have read more versions of Cinderella than anyone should ever have to in their life.

Countless stories of Barbie and her good-deed-doing adventures.

I too loved GI Joes...WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD!:biggrin:


A book called Cat & Mouse: A Delicious Tale (http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Mouse-Delicious-Jiwon-Oh/dp/0060508655/sr=8-8/qid=1167395967/ref=sr_1_8/104-9335513-5554369?ie=UTF8&s=books)which is a disturbing story of a friendly duo until one day when a monkey gives the cat a book on how to cook mouse. Cat has to go away to avoid eating his friend, but mouse goes off and finds cat and they become friends again. The last page of the book hints on cat's desire to still eat mouse. Yes, folks, this is a kids book. I still remember the first time I sat down to read this to the little one after we brought it home. I had to keep stopping to absorb what I was reading. I now buy NO book for the child w/o looking through it first as this has become one of her favorites. :confused:

No she dint...tell me she didnt eat the rat...*sniff*...tell mo your are lying...no mommy...nnnnnnnnooooooooo:biggrin:

Draconion
29 Dec 06,, 13:58
Thats the books description on Amazon!!

Book Description

Cat loves Mouse.
Mouse loves Cat.
They are best friends.

But when Cat receives a very special cookbook, she realizes that Mouse could be more than just her best friend. . .

he could be LUNCH!

What will Cat do?
What will Mouse do?
Find out in this delicious tail. . .oops, tale!



That author is one bloody sadist...Wtf is he doing writting books for children????:rolleyes:

THL
29 Dec 06,, 14:07
That author is one bloody sadist...Wtf is he doing writting books for children????:rolleyes:

It gets better...
The author is a woman.

Master Chief
29 Dec 06,, 22:16
Well, this is a good one. We have a small library in our house. Which is cool,but I lost my den:frown:

This is the first list of all my fiction books. Which are all just war/naval battles only.

Red Storm Rising by:Tom Clancy (great book)
Clear and Present Danger by:Tom Clancy
Carrier (the series) Books 1-12 by:Keith Douglass
Thunder of Erebus by:Payne Harrison (Great book)
Nimitz class by: Patrick Robinson
Dreamland Satan's Tail by: Dale Brown (great book)
Atalantic Run by: Bart Davis
Raise the Red Dawn by: Bart Davis
Red Skies by:R.Karl Largent
Big Red by:Douglas C. Walker
WWIII Rage of Battle by: Ian Slatler
Vortex by:Larry Bond (great book)
Cauldron by:Larry Bond (great book)
Red Phoenix by:Larry Bond
And I know he is a little out there as a fiction writer but I have and read all of the Harry Turtledove books. Best one is the "Days of Infamy" series which deals with if japan distroyed the carriers and landed forces at Pearl horbor.

Non-fiction

Hagakure "the book of the Samurai" by: Yamamoto Tsunetomo san (good book)
Code of the Samurai by: Thomas Cleary (great book)
Secrets of the Samurai by: Oscar Ratti/Adele Westbrook

Reference books and Guides

It is a sweet series by ARCO and now Prentic Hall Press about 24 vol. (well there are more but all I have is 24.

Modern US Navy
Modern Warships
Modern Soviet Warships
Modern Destroyers
Modern Submarine
Modern Sub Hunters
Modern Soviet Fighters
Modern Fighters
Modern US Fighters
Modern Fighter Combat
Modern Bombers
Modern Helcopters
Modern Strategic Weapons
Modern Naval Avation
Modern Space Warfair
Vietnam modern guide
Modern US Army
Modern Special Forces of the world
Aircraft Markings guide
Jane's Warships 2005 & 2006
Warships of the Soviet Navy by: Jane's
Warships of the US Navy by: Jane's
Warships of the UK by: Jane's
Modern Destroyer by: S.F. Tomajczyk
Warships of the twenty first centry by:Steve Crawford
Naval Combat By: Chris Miller
Warships of Today by:Chris Chant
The Falkiands War 1982 by:Duncan Anderson
How to Make War 1st.&4th Editions By: James Dunnigan

Well that should be enough. There are a few more good ones but I am most likly boring people to death. I would suggest anyone of these books. I like to read. My wife, and mother also love to read.

ArmchairGeneral
30 Dec 06,, 02:13
Oil: Anatomy of an Industry [/B](Matthew Yeomans)
(I have read this one a few times - my life is boring)

The Color of Oil: The History, the Money and the Politics of the World's Biggest Business (Economides and Oligney)

Have you ever read the The Prize by Daniel Yergin?


A book called Cat & Mouse: A Delicious Tale (http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Mouse-Delicious-Jiwon-Oh/dp/0060508655/sr=8-8/qid=1167395967/ref=sr_1_8/104-9335513-5554369?ie=UTF8&s=books)which is a disturbing story of a friendly duo until one day when a monkey gives the cat a book on how to cook mouse. Cat has to go away to avoid eating his friend, but mouse goes off and finds cat and they become friends again. The last page of the book hints on cat's desire to still eat mouse. Yes, folks, this is a kids book. I still remember the first time I sat down to read this to the little one after we brought it home. I had to keep stopping to absorb what I was reading. I now buy NO book for the child w/o looking through it first as this has become one of her favorites. :confused:

ROFLOL!

brak
30 Dec 06,, 03:28
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