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    Default Lookin for New Stuff to Read

    I am always reading a military book if it be fiction or non-fiction. Any recommendations from the council? I'm always lookin for that obscure book nobody else knows about. I do not care so much for military theory - much more interested in battles, wars, personal experience.

    I have read the following (to name a few that might be mentioned a member):

    Fields of Fire
    With the Old Breed
    BHD
    Team Yankee
    Red Storm Rising
    Bravo-Two-Zero
    Thunder Run
    A Road We Do Not Know
    War
    Ghost Brigades (SF)
    Armor (SF)
    Old Man's War (SF)
    Starship Troopers (SF)
    When the Poor Boys Dance
    The Five Fingers
    A Gift of Valor
    Not A Good Day to Die
    Robert's Ridge
    Lone Survivor
    Black Hearts
    Gates of Fire
    They Fought for Each Other
    The Pacific

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    Gute,

    Try this 2007 thread 'Fiction Reading': http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=1723

    There is of course the long running thread 'What are you reading?': http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=3192

    I'd add two non-fiction titles: 'Quartered Safe Out There' by George MacDonald Fraser (the 'Flashman' series author), which is an account of his infantry platoon command in Burma and 'With the Jocks' by Peter White, again an infantry platoon commander and in Western Europe 1944-45.
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    There's the Emberverse series, starting with Dies the Fire, with SM Stirling if you want to get a little more medieval with your science fiction. There's some really engaging warfare in every book.

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    Perhaps you might like some of these:

    The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France 1940, Robert Doughty

    Stalking the Vietcong: Inside Operation Phoenix: A Personal Account, by Stuart A. Herrington, originally published as Silence was a Weapon (1982).

    On the Road to Stalingrad: Memoirs of a Woman Machine Gunner,Zoya Smirnova-Medvedeva

    No Margin For Error: The Making of the Israeli Air Force, by Ehud Yonay (1993)

    The Operators: On the Streets with Britain's Most Secret Service, by James Rennie, on 14 Company's undercover work in Northern Ireland in the 80's.

    One Up: A Woman In Action With The SAS, by Sarah Ford, autobiography
    of a woman who served with 14 Intelligence Company in Northern Ireland.

    Wasp, Eric Frank Russell (SF, 1971) in which one man is dropped on an alien planet to keep them busy until they swat him.

    Sleeping Planet, William R. Burkett (SF, 1965) in which aliens put everyone on earth to sleep except for a handful who conduct psywar ops against them. Fun but can be hard to find.

    I won't list Daniel Suarez' recent Daemon and Freedom because they hardly count as obscure.

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    For military/historical fiction, my heartiest recommendations are for the Bernard Cornwell "Sharpe" series, the Gary Jennings "Aztec" series, and anything by Steven Pressfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdr View Post
    I won't list Daniel Suarez' recent Daemon and Freedom because they hardly count as obscure.
    I read both Daemon and Freedom(TM) and they were awesome. Captivating stuff, went through both of them in a weekend. They are not completely military fiction books, but there is a lot of relevant stuff in them.

    I have been meaning to post something about those books. More detail will have to come later; perhaps a separate thread on them is necessary if others have read the books.

    Has anyone else read the Suarez novels?

    Steve Metz, you gotta check these out.

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    Default Try Fall

    If you haven't yet I would recommend Bernard Fall. His books about France's experiences in Indo China are exceptional in my opinion.

    My two favorites of his are:

    Street Without Joy
    Hell in a Very Small Place

    They are quick reads, written very well, entertaining, educational and still very relevant.

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    Try "Blackfoot is Missing." - if you can find an unsigned copy they are worth quite a lot of money!
    Infinity Journal "I don't care if this works in practice. I want to see it work in theory!"

    - The job of the British Army out here is to kill or capture Communist Terrorists in Malaya.
    - If we can double the ratio of kills per contact, we will soon put an end to the shooting in Malaya.
    Sir Gerald Templer, foreword to the "Conduct of Anti-Terrorist Operations in Malaya," 1958 Edition

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    Quote Originally Posted by William F. Owen View Post
    Try "Blackfoot is Missing." - if you can find an unsigned copy they are worth quite a lot of money!
    From "Book Worm Daniel" at Amazon book reviews: "William F. Owen ran secert missions in Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War between 1969 and 1971. Blackfoot is Missing is a fictional book based his own experiences during them missions."

    "Them missions" are obviously not very "secert" anymore, if the Amazonian reviewers have got hold of your military record!!!

    Any of the autobiographical works preserved from the Sir Harry Paget Flashmen, VC, KCB, KCIE, Chevalier, Legion of Honor, US Medal of Honor, San Serafino Order of Purity and Truth (4th Class) papers-series are well worth reading.

    Also, a plug for our big brother: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/201...work-in-progr/
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    Fiction

    An Honorable German
    http://www.amazon.com/Honorable-Germ...7946886&sr=1-1

    Nonfiction

    Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII
    http://www.amazon.com/Always-Faithfu...7947071&sr=1-1
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    "Then I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way. Wouldn't I?"


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    Default Frontiersman in Blue: The U.S. Army and The Indian 1848-1865

    I'm reading a number of books right now including Frontiersman in Blue: The U.S. Army and the Indian 1848-1865 by Robert Utley. Good book, but what I have found most interesting is the similarities of the U.S. Cav and their outposts and missions during this time period to the mission of the Army and USMC in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of considerable interest was the description of the Cav mission (page 110) where soldiers did not march west as conquerers, but to serve as policemen. Obviously the book goes on to describe much more then I am willing to go into here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gute View Post
    I'm reading a number of books right now including Frontiersman in Blue: The U.S. Army and the Indian 1848-1865 by Robert Utley. Good book, but what I have found most interesting is the similarities of the U.S. Cav and their outposts and missions during this time period to the mission of the Army and USMC in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of considerable interest was the description of the Cav mission (page 110) where soldiers did not march west as conquerers, but to serve as policemen. Obviously the book goes on to describe much more then I am willing to go into here.
    You'll find even more similarities when you read Utley's second book.
    "On the plains and mountains of the American West, the United States Army had once learned everything there was to learn about hit-and-run tactics and guerrilla warfare."
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