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Palama Offline
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Gene363 wrote:
May your FIL rest in peace. You may, or may not, want to read a book in the list above.

Facing the Mountain by Brown, Daniel James

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55920278

Facing the Mountain has a lot of disturbing details about the Nisei units, 100 & 442, that fought in Europe and what happened to their families before they volunteered.

I have three similar books on my reading list that address the roll of Nisei interpreters/soldiers that fought in the Pacific.

I really like Robert Leckie's books. For the story of Okinawa a contemporary of Leckie was Eugene Sledge, his book, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa covers the fight for Okinawa from a very personal level.


I read “Facing” in 2021, which kinda, sorta got me back into reading WWII books. After I finish “Okinawa”, I’ll check out Sledge’s book. What are the 3 other books? Definitely piqued my interest. Mahalo!
Gene363 Online
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Palama wrote:
I read “Facing” in 2021, which kinda, sorta got me back into reading WWII books. After I finish “Okinawa”, I’ll check out Sledge’s book. What are the 3 other books? Definitely piqued my interest. Mahalo!


Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory by Joseph D. Harrington


Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II by James C. McNaughton


Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II by Bruce Henderson, Gerald Yamada (Afterword)
Palama Offline
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Gene363 wrote:
Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory by Joseph D. Harrington


Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II by James C. McNaughton


Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II by Bruce Henderson, Gerald Yamada (Afterword)


ThumpUp

Excited to check them out. Mahalo for the recommendations.
Gene363 Online
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Palama wrote:
ThumpUp

Excited to check them out. Mahalo for the recommendations.


My pleasure.
Stogie1020 Offline
#905 Posted:
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American Tabloid, James Ellroy
delta1 Offline
#906 Posted:
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Eve, Wm. Paul Young...he wrote "The Shack" an outstanding book, even for an atheist like me...this one is entertaining, in a mind bending way
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#907 Posted:
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A Flag Worth Dying For- Tim Marshall.

The Power and Politics of National Symbols.
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#908 Posted:
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How Do We Know Ourselves?

David G. Myers

Curiosites and marvels of the human mind. Interesting so far.
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#909 Posted:
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Coal Miner to Cowboy

By: Ken Turner
Palama Offline
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Gene363 wrote:
Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory by Joseph D. Harrington


Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II by James C. McNaughton


Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II by Bruce Henderson, Gerald Yamada (Afterword)


Thanks again Gene. The first two are available from the library so gonna get to them after I finish "Okinawa".
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Eye of the needle
Ken follett
Gene363 Online
#912 Posted:
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Find, Fix and Strike! By: John Winton

The British Naval air service in WWII

Quote:
At the beginning of the Second World War the Royal Navy had only seven aircraft carriers and a couple of hundred obsolete aircraft. Six years later it had more than fifty aircraft carriers of various types and thousands of frontline aircraft.

John Winton provides a thorough record of Fleet Air Arm’s activities during the war, from the initial setbacks of the Norwegian campaign in the spring of 1940 to the long campaign against Tirpitz in 1944 and finishing with the triumphant operations of the British Pacific Fleet as part of the US 3rd Fleet off the mainland of Japan in the summer of 1945.

Find, Fix and Strike! The Fleet Air Arm at War, 1939-45 charts how naval air power came to hold an increasingly important position in the Royal Navy through the course of the war. Uncovering the operations of British aircraft carriers and shore bases, catapult fighters from merchant ships, support given to the British army in North Africa, escort carrier and catapult-launched floatplane activities, as well as numerous instances of individual heroism has allowed Winton to demonstrate the true importance of Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.
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Jakethesnake86 wrote:
Eye of the needle
Ken follett

finished this a month or two ago...really enjoyed it.. among his best
Palama Offline
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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Inspired by DMV's comment on the James Bond thread last month.

Palama wrote:
I put in a request from the library for “Casino Royale” and intend to read the series in the order of their release.

Dunno if I’mma gonna go past the books that Fleming wrote, we shall see….


DrMaddVibe wrote:
You'll be rewarded and understand that the 007 designation...was someone else's before him...and it'll be someone else's after him. You only live twice.


Borrowed the hard copy as well as the audiobook. Probably won't take me more than three or 4 days since I'll be able to listen while I'm outside smoking. In the meantime, had to lay "Okinawa" down for a spell.
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I'm reading my order's tracking info.

It went to Qatar. That's over 7,000 miles west of here.

Beer
HockeyDad Offline
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bs_kwaj wrote:
I'm reading my order's tracking info.

It went to Qatar. That's over 7,000 miles west of here.

Beer


Sounds like UPS shipping cigars
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Missouri Wilderness 1829
Danial W. Ogren
Stogie1020 Offline
#918 Posted:
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The Genesis of Justice, Alan Dershowitz
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Is anyone aware of a web site where I can put in the title of four or five books I liked and have it spit out some recommendations based on my likes?
Gene363 Online
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Stogie1020 wrote:
Is anyone aware of a web site where I can put in the title of four or five books I liked and have it spit out some recommendations based on my likes?


Good Reads is pretty good. I like nonfiction so references and bibliographies are good sources.

https://www.goodreads.com

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Stogie1020 wrote:
Is anyone aware of a web site where I can put in the title of four or five books I liked and have it spit out some recommendations based on my likes?


You can do this on your local library site by author or subject.
MACS Offline
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Stogie1020 wrote:
Is anyone aware of a web site where I can put in the title of four or five books I liked and have it spit out some recommendations based on my likes?


Goodreads
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#923 Posted:
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Thanks Gents, I signed up for goodreads a while back, guess I missed this feature. DED, I use Libby/Scottsdale Public Library and I can't find any "you read these so maybe you would like this too" thingy...
MACS Offline
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Stogie1020 wrote:
Thanks Gents, I signed up for goodreads a while back, guess I missed this feature. DED, I use Libby/Scottsdale Public Library and I can't find any "you read these so maybe you would like this too" thingy...


Get on goodreads and rate at least 20 books you've read and they make recommendations based on your likes/dislikes.
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#925 Posted:
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Cool, thanks!
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The 5 Families - Selwyn Raab

Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

The Art Of War - Sun Tzu

Later - Stephen King
Palama Offline
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Forever - Pete Hamill

From a suggested reading by Rickamaven

http://www.cigarbid.com/...uld-be-anyone-anything--
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The Revolutionary Sam Adams.

lotta pages, we'll hafta see how it goes.
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#929 Posted:
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Sick to Death- Greg Levin

Knowing you’re dying can be murder.

When Gage Adder finds out he has inoperable pancreatic cancer, things really start to look up for him. He leaves his soul-crushing job, joins a nice terminal illness support group, and takes up an exciting new hobby: Beating the hell out of bad guys.


Dexterish.
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MACS wrote:
Get on goodreads and rate at least 20 books you've read and they make recommendations based on your likes/dislikes.


That feature is 50% cool and 50% creepy. At least they are honest about tracking your data.
MACS Offline
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The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon
delta1 Offline
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The Informant, Kurt Eichenwald
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#933 Posted:
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The Petroleum Papers by Geoff Dembicki

Tracking the rise of the Canadian tar sands and the years of disinformation campaigns by BIG OIL.
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The Founders' Speech
To a Nation in Crisis... Steven Rabb

What the Founders would say to America Today!!
Palama Offline
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Yankee Samurai - Joseph Harrington

Thanks to Gene for the recommendation.

Ran across a last name I’m familiar with so asked an old college buddy if he was related to those men. He wasn’t but turns out his Dad was an interpreter too but served in post-war Japan. Doesn’t appear that he knew my MIL.
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Investing In The Age Of Climate Change ~ Bruce Usher

Veellley interesting.
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Gene363 wrote:
Yankee Samurai: The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory by Joseph D. Harrington


Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II by James C. McNaughton


Bridge to the Sun: The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II by Bruce Henderson, Gerald Yamada (Afterword)


Finished the first one above, now reading the third, very good with, many individual stories. In between I read a couple other books for a break.* War stories can get to me and add in the tragedy of what was done to Japanese Americans in WWiI and I really needed a break.


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War is a Racket By: Smedley D. Butler with Adam Parfrey (Introduction)

Hell's Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II By: Jay A. Stout

The Art Rimfire Accuracy By Bill Calfee

America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization By:Graham Hancock
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The Magician’s Nephew - C.S. Lewis
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Stolen Focus - Johann Hari

What an eye opening book about why we have so much trouble focusing on things. It got a little "climate change" preachy at the very end for no reason, but man what a great read.
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Gene, how'd you like "War is a Racket", Smedley D. Butler?

I'm impressed by Butler and the length and breadth of his exploits all over the world, fighting on behalf of America and American interests and allies. He may be a more accomplished soldier than MacArthur...
Gene363 Online
#941 Posted:
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delta1 wrote:
Gene, how'd you like "War is a Racket", Smedley D. Butler?

I'm impressed by Butler and the length and breadth of his exploits all over the world, fighting on behalf of America and American interests and allies. He may be a more accomplished soldier than MacArthur...


The book is really a pamphlet, but he gets his point across. This one books all I know about him, I'll put him on my list of interests. MacArthur, some greatness, some not, I haven't really gelled an opinion, it seems that historians either worshiped or hated him.
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A bunch of ASTM standards and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards on furniture and stuff.
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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis
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8trackdisco wrote:
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis

This was the first book that I can recall, as a kid, literally drew me in to the point of missing dinners and TV because I was so engrossed in the story. It was really magical to me. I can't wait to introduce my kids to it when they are old enough.
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Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky

This is the basic Bible for the progressive activist movement. I wanted to read the theoretical and practical foundational book of thought that the movement is based on.

It was a near total load of rubbish. If you can stomach it, I suggest reading it to better understand the mindset.
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Stogie1020 wrote:
This was the first book that I can recall, as a kid, literally drew me in to the point of missing dinners and TV because I was so engrossed in the story. It was really magical to me. I can't wait to introduce my kids to it when they are old enough.


Wife said she wanted the Chronicles of Narnia series of books. Seven total books (I think). Got them for her for Christmas a few years ago. She kept telling me I might enjoy them. Finally starting them and she is right.

Currently reading the third book. The Horse and His Boy.
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Natchez Burning, Greg Iles...very good read about Mississippi and race relations among fictional people today that were impacted by horrific events decades ago... gonna read his follow up, The Bone Tree...
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The Laptop From Hell- Miranda Devine

You think you know about Hunter Bidden? Read this book to learn the true depths of his shady dealings and moral depravity
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The Battle For The American Mind, Pete Hegseth
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The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century
Written by Howie Carr

For years their familiar story was of two siblings who took different paths out of South Boston: William "Billy" Bulger, former president of the Massachusetts State Senate; and his brother James "Whitey" Bulger, a vicious criminal who became the FBI's second most-wanted man after Osama Bin Laden. While Billy cavorted with the state's blue bloods to become a powerful political force, Whitey blazed a murderous trail to the top rung of organized crime. Now, in this compelling narrative, Carr uncovers a sinister world of FBI turncoats, alliances between various branches of organized crime, St. Patrick's Day shenanigans, political infighting, and the complex relationship between two brothers who were at one time kings.

As the film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, hits theaters, take a deeper dive into the story of the Bulgers, and their fifty-year reign over Boston with Howie Carr's The Brother's Bulger.


(The above synopsis/description is from Amazon)

Transparency: I didn't actually read it, I listened to it on audio books. First time was years ago during my long work commute but wanted to rehash it again. My son is looking for audio books for his car travels so I've been rehashing some of my audio books to give to him. This is one that's worth reading/listening too.
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