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#1 cutiger83

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:34 PM

I thought I would start a thread to see what people are currently reading. This doesn't have to be your favorite book. Just whatever you are reading right now. We may get some good suggestions. I am always looking for good first person accounts of war. To get this started, I will list what I have just finished too.

Just finished: "The Wrong Stuff - The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator" by Truman Smith
Currently reading: "No Time for Fear - Voices of American Military Nurses in WWII" by Diane Burke Fessler

Thanks...Kat

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:06 PM

The Flag Captain by Alexander Kent

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:53 AM

THE VIETNAM WAR: AN ALMANAC, Edited by: John S. Bowman, 1985, a World Almanac Publication, 512 pages

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:54 AM

Joker One by Donovan Campbell -- Marines in Iraq in 2004, good so far.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 06:12 AM

Wings Across the World The story of the ATC by Hugh Cave and AH-64 Apache Units of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom by Jonathan Bernstein. Both good reads, and recomended. Dave

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 06:24 AM

"River Run Red" by Andrew Ward, Viking Penguin, 2005. 530 pages.
Sub-title "The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War". ISBN 0-670-03440-1.

I'm getting prepared for my visit to Fort Pillow for their anniversary event. I'm taking some family members who have never been there. Our direct ancestor was one of the Confederate KIA's in that Battle.

Steve

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 07:12 AM

A Military Pilot s Exciting Life and Visit from the Hereafter . Kenneth Slaker.
Firsthand account of a B-17 pilot who finished 50 missions out of North Africa & Italy. He also flew in the Berlin airlift where he escaped from East Germany after his plane crashed. It is a pretty good read. The book details his whole career, a few parts are a little slow.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:44 AM

The Silent War .
South African Recce operations
1969-94 .
Peter Stiff .
A fantastic read .
Covert war is dangerous at best and even more dangerous when a govt denies it ..with silence .
But years later access to the files makes this story read like a dirty James Bond thriller.
Blood diamond like Disney land .
Empty trucks roll into Zambia only to return piled high with bodies .
24 hours a day .
If you want to know what happened to the Selous scouts and the Rhodesian SAS then this is a read for you .
Printed in South Africa in 1999 by Galago I got this book many years ago in Ebay and am only not hitting it .
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:21 AM

The Last Mission by Jim Smith.

Just bought some patches from the son of one of the pilots who participated in the last bombing mission to Japan in WWII.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:30 AM

"Stillwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45" by Barbara W. Tuchman

It's sort of a Biography of General Stillwell and the history of our involvement with China at the same time. It's very interesting and it sheds a lot of light on the CBI Theater.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:37 AM

John Charles Fremont: Character As Destiny by Andrew Rolle

Chronicles of the Gringos: The U.S. Army in the Mexican War by Geo. W. Smith and Chas. Judah

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:29 PM

"Thunder Below" by Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey.

It is the story of the U.S.S. Barb and her war patrols in World War II.

The crew of the Barb earned a combined Medal of Honor, 6 Navy Crosses, 23 Silver Stars, 24 Bronze Stars, 4 Navy Marine Corps Medals.

This is a great book by a true American hero and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about submarine naval warfare.

Below is the battle flag from the Barb. The original can be seen in the Submarine Museum in New London Connecticut.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:18 PM

Galloping Ghost: The Extraordinary Life of Submarine Captain Eugene Fluckey by Carl Lavo

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:35 PM

I just finished "Dear Mom" by Joseph T. Ward, a former USMC Scout Sniper in Vietnam. It's an excellent book.
Right now I am digging into "The Mighty Eighth" by Gerald Astor, about the 8th AF in WWII, and "Backdoor to Berlin" by Wes Gallagher, a long out of print (1943) book on Operation Torch.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 01:54 PM

David Halberstam's "Coldest Winter", on the Korean War.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 03:43 PM

"The Last Lieutenant- A Foxhole View of the Epic Battle for Iwo Jima" by John C. Shively

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 05:28 PM

Pacific Alamo: The Battle for Wake Island by John Wukovits. An excellent read so far.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 07:15 PM

Just finished the "Coldest Winter" by Halberstam, it was pretty good but could have used some more editing. It's a shame he was killed as he was a great researcher and author.

Right now I am reading "To Conquer Hell" by Edward Lengel. I am only 50 pages into it, but a good history so far of the largest battle of WWI for the AEF.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 06:01 AM

The Battle for the Rhine - Robin Neillands

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:26 PM

Behind the Lines by: Andrew Carroll

It has a much deeper meaning as I sit in the barracks at Ft. Hood reading it in preparation for a deployment to Iraq.

Mike

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:42 AM

Force Recon Diary, 1969. Bruce H. Norton. Bantam books.

Navy corpsman with 3d Force Recon. A gripping, detailed acount. Recommended.

Will

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:04 AM

Behind the Lines by: Andrew Carroll

It has a much deeper meaning as I sit in the barracks at Ft. Hood reading it in preparation for a deployment to Iraq.

Mike


I agree--That was an excellent book.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:00 PM

Four Stars of Valor by Phil Nordyke.
This is the combat history of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the only parachute regiment to make four combat jumps during WWII.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:58 PM

http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif The Bridge At Remagen by Ken Hechler Patchtrader864

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:47 AM

"Night Drop" by BGen S.L.A. Marshall - 1962 - The Story of the Airborne Operation in Normandy June 1944. Excellent History!
Bob

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