Content tagged with "military"

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
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December 31, 2017
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“About 50 pages into this, I was bored, and it seemed very similar to another book I had read. Sure enough, turns out Annie Jacobson wrote ‘Pentagon’s Brain,’ the DARPA history I ready earlier this…”

The Cold War: A World History
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October 6, 2017
74

“Fantastic, detailed history of the Cold War. Covers all the bases, from World War I on, including quite a bit of coverage of India and Africa, outside of the big players: the U.S., Soviet Union, and…”

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
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June 3, 2017
118

“A book about applying military principles to business. It’s not a bad book, but the hook is clearly the Navy SEAL angle. Every chapter starts with a novel-esque recounting of some warfare scenario in…”

First Team
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December 27, 2015
308

“I read this book because I loved Red Storm Rising (which Bond co-wrote) when I was in high school, and was looking for a way to recapture that. The result was mixed. This book was less ‘nation…”

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
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September 27, 2015
244

“A fairly nondescript techno-thriller about World War 3. In my attempt to replicate my love of Red Storm Rising, I took a chance on it. It was okay. The plot centers around the Zumwalt, one of a…”

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon
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January 13, 2018
118

“The author claims that we’ve steadily expanded the idea of ‘war’ so that we’re technically always at war, and the military is being asked to do so many things, many of which have nothing to do with…”

Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
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July 24, 2017
61

“The astonishing story of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Absolutely harrowing writing, and good background on the Vietnam War itself – how and why we got to where we were.”

Legacy
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September 30, 2018
131

“Strange little book. I wanted to read some Michener without commitment, and this is the shortest Michener book. It’s a short family history, told in flashback by a contemporary solider preparing to…”

Legion versus Phalanx
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February 14, 2019
230

“I struggled with this book. The author admits that it’s about almost everything except a direct comparison of the legion and the phalanx. After a short introduction to ancient military tactics, it…”

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
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June 1, 2014
89

“Certainly a thrilling book and an amazing story. Not particularly well-written, and full of lots of ‘MURICA!, ‘screw the liberals,’ and George Bush worship. The author is an unapologetic solider from…”

The Manchurian Candidate
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February 19, 2017
64

“One of the best novels I’ve ever read. Incredibly suspenseful with a fantastic payoff in the end. There’s a sentence 84% of the way through (according to my Kindle) that had me literally slack-jawed…”

The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
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March 20, 2017
39

“I did not write a review for this book.”

Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914
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December 18, 2021
144

“I loved the idea of this book, but the reality was a mess. The problem with documenting the Christmas Truce (an actual event) is that it’s told largely in legend. It was impromptu and distributed – it…”

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History
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October 16, 2021
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“This is a recounting of the First Barbary War. That event is important because it was the first overseas conflict the young United States ever fought in. (From the Marine Corp hymn: ‘From the halls of…”

We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News
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June 8, 2021
216

“Bellingcat is a ‘open source intelligence’ cooperative. It’s a group of people who surf the internet to find evidence of crimes. They made their name during the Syrian conflict. They would scour…”