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Palama Offline
#951 Posted:
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The Last Folk Hero - The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson by Jeff Pearlman
8trackdisco Offline
#952 Posted:
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The Gift of Fear- Gavin de Baker.

#1 bestselling guide to personal safety, from security expert Gavin de Becker. A carjacker lurking in a shopping mall parking lot. An abusive husband pounding on the door. A disgruntled employee brandishing a gun. These days, no one is safe from the specter of violence. But according to Gavin de Becker, everyone can feel safer, act safer, be safer -- if they learn how to listen to their own sixth sense about danger. De Becker has made a career of protecting people and predicting violent behavior. His firm handles security for many of the leading figures in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and his computerized risk-assessment system helps analyze threats to members of Congress and the Supreme Court. Now, in this unprecedented guide, de Becker shares his expertise with everyone. Covering all the dangerous situations people typically face -- street crime, domestic abuse, violence in the workplace -- de Becker provides real-life examples and offers specific advice on restraining orders, self-defense, and more. But the key to self-protection, he demonstrates, is learning how to trust our own intuitions. For everyone who's ever felt threatened, this book is essential reading.

delta1 Offline
#953 Posted:
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The Anatomy of Peace, The Arbinger Institute

book shows how mistaken views can cause people to misread situations and exacerbate the issues they wish to improve. Arguing that it is only after they understand themselves and get their internal house in order that they can correctly confront external conflicts, the book shows what can be done to make that happen, and how to make inner peace a potent tool for achieving outer satisfaction.
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#954 Posted:
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Forrest Gump- Winston Groom.

The movie version was significantly sanitized for the protection of the viewer. The book is graphic and would cause some of the DEI people to stroke out.
delta1 Offline
#955 Posted:
Joined: 11-23-2011
Posts: 28,968
The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles (author of "A Gentleman in Moscow")
Gene363 Offline
#956 Posted:
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Another reading list update:

Title Subtitle Author
The Tipping Point How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Gladwell, Malcolm
Find, Fix and Strike! The Fleet Air Arm at War, 1939-45 Winton, John
Yankee Samurai The Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory Harrington, Joseph Daniel
War Is A Racket Original Edition Butler, Smedley D.
The Art of Rimfire Accuracy Calfee, Bill
America Before The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization Hancock, Graham
Hell's Angels The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II Stout, Jay A.
Bridge to the Sun The Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II Henderson, Bruce
Nisei Linguists Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II McNaughton, James C.
Ultra in the Pacific How Breaking Japanese Codes & Ciphers Affected Naval Operations Against Japan, 1941-45 Winton, John
Suicide Submarine! (formerly the Kaiten Weapon) Yokota, Yutaka; Harrington, Joseph Daniel
The Rescue A True Story of Courage and Survival in World War II Smith, Steven Trent
Operation Storm Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II Geoghegan, John
Memoirs of a Certain Nisei, 1916-1985 Higa, Tarō
Foo, a Japanese-American Prisoner of the Rising Sun The Secret Prison Diary of Frank "Foo" Fujita Fujita, Frank
Sketches of a Black Cat - Expanded Edition Story of a Night Flying WWII Pilot and Artist Miner, Ron
Strategy, Security, and Spies Mexico and the U.S. as Allies in World War II Salinas, María Emilia Paz
Lightning Down A World War II Story of Survival Clavin, Tom
The Conquerors Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945 Beschloss, Michael R.
Hitler's Last Soldier in America Gaertner, Georg; Krammer, Arnold
Black Cat Raiders of WW II Knott, Richard C.
A Spy in Their Midst The World War II Struggle of a Japanese-American Hero : the Story of Richard Sakakida Kiyosaki, Wayne S.; Sakakida, Richard
The Expendable The True Story of Patrol Wing 10, PT Squadron 3, and a Navy Corpsman Who Refused to Surrender When the Philippine Islands Fell to Japan Floyd, John Lewis
One Thousand Days in Siberia The Odyssey of a Japanese-American POW Sano, Iwao Peter
Nazi Prisoners of War in America Krammer, Arnold
The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe The U.S. Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II Stout, Jay A.
Sunk The Story of the Japanese Submarine Fleet, 1941-1945 Hashimoto, Mochitsura; Beach, Edward L.
Japanese Eyes, American Heart Personal Reflections of Hawaii's World War II Nisei Soldiers Board, Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial
The History of Camp Tracy Japanese WWII POWs and the Future of Strategic Interrogation Corbin, Alexander
Gene363 Offline
#957 Posted:
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An interesting read:

Salvage Man: Edward Ellsberg and the U.S. Navy

By: John D. Alden

A biography of an unconventional naval officer who confronted the Navy's conservatism, service politics, and professional jealousies in his work salvaging sunken docks and vessels and rescuing men trapped in them. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Palama Offline
#958 Posted:
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The Occasionally Accurate Annals of Football by Dan Patrick and Joel H. Cohen

A light read with some funny moments.
Palama Offline
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Run to Win: My Packers Life From Lombardi to Canton - Jerry Kramer with Bob Fox

"’You can if you will.’ A phrase uttered to a young Jerry Kramer by his line coach at Sandpoint High School in tiny Sandpoint, Idaho, that would go on to push him to a celebrated NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and a sentiment that he would repeat to close his speech at his long awaited enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame almost seven decades later in 2018.

In the spirit of Jerry Kramer's unforgettable and bestselling collaborations with the great ****** Schaap, his first book about his life and career in over two decades, Run to Win will serve as Kramer's definitive statement about a remarkable life and career of perseverance, teamwork, and gridiron greatness. Spanning the beginning of the legendary Vince Lombardi era through Kramer's confoundingly long wait to receive his bust in Canton, Kramer tells his amazing story as one of the most memorable and toughest Packers in franchise history.

Including insightful commentary about the eminently intriguing Lombardi, as well as fellow Hall of Fame teammates Jim Taylor, Forrest Gregg, Willie Davis, Bart Starr, Emlen Tunnell, and many more, Run to Win is a must read for all true Packers fans from one of the legends who helped lay the foundation for one of the most identifiable and successful franchises in the history of professional sports.”

Not nearly as good as “Instant Replay” and does repeat some well known moments of Jerry’s life but still enjoyable for a Packers fan.
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#960 Posted:
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Natchez Burning, Greg Iles...historical novel of race relations in Mississippi from the 1940's through the Civil Rights era illustrated using the story of an ill fated romance between a small town doctor and his beautiful Black nurse
deadeyedick Offline
#961 Posted:
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You Will Own Nothing ~ Carol Roth

"Your war with the new financial order" Great read!
Gene363 Offline
#962 Posted:
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Title Subtitle Author

Escape From Davao The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War By: Lukacs, John D.

Ghost Soldiers The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission By: Sides, Hampton

The Pentagon's Brain An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency By: Jacobsen, Annie

Remember the Liberty! Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas By: Gallo, Ernest; Kukal, Ronald; Nelson, Phillip; Tourney, Phillip; McGovern, Raymond

Salvage Man Edward Ellsberg and the U.S. Navy By: Alden, John Doughty

The War Below The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan By: Scott, James

Fly It Like You Stole It - The Early Years By: Lacey, Kevin

Operation Paperclip The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America By: Jacobsen, Annie

The Navy's Air War A Mission Completed By: Buchanan, Albert Russell

Surface at the Pole: The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate By: Calvert, James

Escape from Corregidor By: Whitcomb, Edgar D.

Sink'Em All: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific By: Lockwood, Charles A.

Chaos Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties By: O'Neill, Tom

Under the Red Sea Sun By: Ellsberg, Edward

American Guerrilla The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann : the Man who Escaped from Bataan, Raised a Filipino Army Against the Japanese, and Became 'father' of Special Forces By: Guardia, Mike

Adrift and Alone True Stories of Survival at Sea By: Yomtov, Nelson

The Other Nuremberg The Untold Story of the Tokyo War Crimes Trials By: Brackman, Arnold C.

The Book of Rifle Accuracy By: Boyer, Tony

rugrunner Offline
#963 Posted:
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This thread at the moment.
Jakethesnake86 Offline
#964 Posted:
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The hot zone Richard Preston
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#965 Posted:
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rugrunner wrote:
This thread at the moment.

Beat me to it
8trackdisco Offline
#966 Posted:
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The Unexpected Spy by Tracy Walder.
Gene363 Offline
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The Black Banners (Declassified): How Torture Derailed the War on Terror after 9/11

By: Ali H. Soufan

Everyone needs thread this book, it's going to piss you off no regardless of your political ilk.

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A new, fully uncensored edition of the definitive insider's account of the War on Terror

'A former FBI agent's memoir on the War on Terror is declassified after 9 years' Time

'One of the most valuable and detailed accounts of its subject to appear in the past decade' Economist

The ultimate insider's account of the battle against terrorism, Ali Soufan's revelatory account of his history-making decade as the FBI's lead investigator into al-Qaeda shaped our understanding of counter-terror operations - and led to hard questions being asked of American and British leaders.

When The Black Banners was first published in 2011, significant portions of the text were redacted. After a CIA review those restrictions have been lifted, and the result is this explosive new edition, The Black Banners (Declassified). Alongside a new foreword by Soufan, the declassified documents uncover shocking details on the use of torture on terror suspects, how these 'enhanced interrogation techniques' failed to secure reliable intelligence, and in fact actively derailed the fight against al-Qaeda. By contrast we see Soufan at work using empathy and intelligent questioning - not force or violence - to extract some of the most important confessions in the war.

Taking us from the interrogation rooms where Soufan would share food and films with the suspects so he could bond with them, to the hideouts of bin Laden, Ali Soufan reveals with intimate, first-hand knowledge the unbelievable truth about America's security agencies, 9/11, and the global 'War on Terror'.
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#968 Posted:
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Purified by Peter Annan

The history up to present on waste water recycling. Sometimes called "toilet to tap".

Pretty surprised what cities are recycling waste or planning to. MACS old San Diego area and Jacksonville are doing it. Many major cities including Los Angeles and even areas in Wisconsin and many in Texas, etc.
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#969 Posted:
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I been reading the tea leaves.

We're fu*ked. Lol Have a good Monday.

8trackdisco Offline
#970 Posted:
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deadeyedick wrote:
Purified by Peter Annan

The history up to present on waste water recycling. Sometimes called "toilet to tap".

Pretty surprised what cities are recycling waste or planning to. MACS old San Diego area and Jacksonville are doing it. Many major cities including Los Angeles and even areas in Wisconsin and many in Texas, etc.


Uh…. Where in Wisconsin?
Guess #1 Milwaukee. #2 Madison.
MACS Offline
#971 Posted:
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Yeah... and y'all wonder why I buy bottled water by the cases at Costco and Sam's...

Wasn't drinking from the tap in Temecula, ain't doing it here. Any water out the tap gets boiled/heated and used for coffee.

Poor puppy dog... he drinks tap water. Doesn't seem to care.
deadeyedick Offline
#972 Posted:
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MACS wrote:
Yeah... and y'all wonder why I buy bottled water by the cases at Costco and Sam's...

Wasn't drinking from the tap in Temecula, ain't doing it here. Any water out the tap gets boiled/heated and used for coffee.

Poor puppy dog... he drinks tap water. Doesn't seem to care.


So ya think that bottled water hasn't been recycled huh? The earth has no new water. Every drop has been recycled.
Gene363 Offline
#973 Posted:
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All water except the ashes from burning hydrogen and oxygen, is recycled. I prefer to think the water I'm drinking is recycled from maiden's dew and not cat piss, but you really never know. Well, you never know unless the purification process is faulty or improperly done.

It's how the planet works, just like every time you sell a fart that molecule came from someones ass.
delta1 Offline
#974 Posted:
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sobering imagery...kinda hoping it was Ann Margaret's ass...
Homebrew Offline
#975 Posted:
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My Fing Life By Geddy Lee.
Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)Beer
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#976 Posted:
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
My first and last apocalyptic novel.
A weird Azz selection for a vacation read.
$50 worth of misery for a fifteen cent payoff of Hope in the end?
I need a better return.
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#977 Posted:
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Just started Blood Meridian. I believe it has no hope.
8trackdisco Offline
#978 Posted:
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Canewalker wrote:
Just started Blood Meridian. I believe it has no hope.


My best friend and my son both read it.
My best friend said it was excellent. My son said it was the best, awful book he’s ever read.

After finishing The Road, I don’t think I have the stomach for Blood Meridian.

When finished, post here what you think (please).
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#979 Posted:
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Homebrew wrote:
My Fing Life By Geddy Lee.
Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)Beer

Just got this from the library
delta1 Offline
#980 Posted:
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Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy.

Well written "journey" book about a teenager/young man who joins a band of roving outlaws/bounty hunters who travel through the wild and unsettled American frontier and then south into Mexico, chasing and killing Indians for scalps, running from the Mexican Army and large bands of Indians. There are stories about the individuals within this group, their complicated relationships and their wild times in small towns, as well as the unusual cast of characters they encounter on their travels. It is a vivid description of the land though which they travel, to and back from Mexico, into Arizona, on to California and then to Texas. Both historically set and detailed geographically, one can see the land around them as they rove as well as feel the raw violence the men wreak.
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The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History

By: Peter Maas

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On the eve of World War II, the "Squalus," America's newest submarine, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Miraculously, thirty-three crew members still survived. While their loved ones waited in unbearable tension on shore, their ultimate fate would depend upon one man, U.S. Navy officer Charles "Swede" Momsen - an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist, and man of action. In this thrilling true account, prize-winning author Peter Maas vividly re-creates a moment-by-moment account of the disaster and the man at its center. Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave? Or had all his pioneering work been in vain?


No Banners, No Bugles

By: Edward Ellsberg

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The little-known WWII story of the salvage engineers whose daring and heroism helped the Allies win back North Africa, by the author of The Far Shore. By the time America joined World War II, Edward Ellsberg had already earned his place as one of the world’s great marine salvage engineers, and his bestselling accounts of raising doomed submarines and histories of classic diving operations had made him a literary star. With America’s entry into the war, Ellsberg returned to active duty with no easy clearing the vital port at Massawa, Eritrea, with no men, no equipment, and no budget. No Banners, No Bugles picks up with Ellsberg stationed at Oran, Algeria, an important Mediterranean harbor as the Allies prepare for Operation Torch, the fight to reclaim North Africa from the Axis powers. Following his success at Massawa, Ellsberg must sort out the disorganized mess left by the Vichy French and find a way to open the port, though his flagging health proves to be a dangerous obstacle. As General Eisenhower’s chief of salvage in the Mediterranean, Ellsberg needs to clear harbors all across North Africa. No Banners, No Bugles is the riveting story of how Ellsberg the miracle worker tackled his greatest mission yet.


The Combat Diaries: True Stories from the Frontlines of World War II

By: Mike Guardia

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From the beaches of Normandy to the shores of Iwo Jima. Harrowing tales of combat…as told by the men who lived it.

World War II was the most destructive conflict in human history. At its peak, the US military drew some 16 million men into its ranks to defeat the Axis Powers. They came from nearly every walk of life – farmers, tradesmen, teachers, lawyers, professional athletes, and even Hollywood celebrities. But whether they came from the wheat fields of Kansas, the streets of New York, the backlots of Tinseltown, or the dugouts of Fenway Park, these everyday heroes answered the call when their country needed them. They were ordinary men who accomplished extraordinary things. Today, we call them the "Greatest Generation. "
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#982 Posted:
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Boyhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount? In this hilarious and bold novel, the acclaimed Christopher Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal, Biff.

Just what was Jesus doing during the many years that have gone unrecorded in the Bible? Biff was there at his side, and now after two thousand years, he shares those good, bad, ugly, and miraculous times. Screamingly funny, audaciously fresh, Lamb rivals the best of Tom Robbins and Carl Hiaasen, and is sure to please this gifted writer’s fans and win him legions more.


I didn't pick up this book without hesitation. I meeting this guy I used to mentor at work about once every 6 weeks. He was an Agnostic when I met him. He now is searching out, learning and accepting Christianity. A sincere thirst to understand and believe.

He offered me this book six and then three months ago. When we met a couple weeks ago, handed me the book.
Before I opended it, I had a brief request of my personal savior- if I shouldn't be reading this book, make me feel uncomfortable.

Am not feeling uncomfortable. It takes zero shots at Jesus and is a light, funny story. Am enjoying it. Only 50 pages in. So far, none of it gets near blasphemy. I'll keep reading- at least for now.
Palama Offline
#983 Posted:
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8trackdisco wrote:
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Boyhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

Everyone knows about the immaculate conception and the crucifixion. But what happened to Jesus between the manger and the Sermon on the Mount? In this hilarious and bold novel, the acclaimed Christopher Moore shares the greatest story never told: the life of Christ as seen by his boyhood pal, Biff.

Just what was Jesus doing during the many years that have gone unrecorded in the Bible? Biff was there at his side, and now after two thousand years, he shares those good, bad, ugly, and miraculous times. Screamingly funny, audaciously fresh, Lamb rivals the best of Tom Robbins and Carl Hiaasen, and is sure to please this gifted writer’s fans and win him legions more.


I didn't pick up this book without hesitation. I meeting this guy I used to mentor at work about once every 6 weeks. He was an Agnostic when I met him. He now is searching out, learning and accepting Christianity. A sincere thirst to understand and believe.

He offered me this book six and then three months ago. When we met a couple weeks ago, handed me the book.
Before I opended it, I had a brief request of my personal savior- if I shouldn't be reading this book, make me feel uncomfortable.

Am not feeling uncomfortable. It takes zero shots at Jesus and is a light, funny story. Am enjoying it. Only 50 pages is. So far, none of it gets near blasphemy. I'll keep reading- at least for now.


I liked it. And iirc, it was Keltic who recommended it,
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#984 Posted:
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Palama wrote:
I liked it. And iirc, it was Keltic who recommended it,


You liked it- Great!

Celtic Recommended it. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Palama Offline
#985 Posted:
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8trackdisco wrote:
You liked it- Great!

Celtic Recommended it. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


His wife is Jewish, you know…. Laugh



















For those who don’t catch the joke, on the VHerfs, StephAn would regularly tell / remind us that he had, indeed, married a Jewish woman. Being from Hawaii with very little exposure to the running jokes about stereotypical Jews, it kinda, sorta went over my head but I’ve since kinda, sorta, figured it out. Kinda. Sorta.
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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

By: Annie Jacobsen

I really enjoyed this book, Jacobsen covers the topic in great and interesting detail. The U2, the A12 and the SR-71 along with other black projects are covered. It addresses the Roswell crash and provides a pretty good/most plausible explanation.

From Good Reads:

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It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn’t exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada’s desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades.

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

Annie Jacobsen had exclusive access to nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of whom lived and worked there for extended periods. In Area 51, Jacobsen shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.

This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area 51 history, which makes it the seminal work on the subject. Filled with formerly classified information that has never been accurately decoded for the public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top-secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.
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#987 Posted:
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Quit Lamb about 100 pages in. Started feeling an odd emptiness.

Prince Caspian- C.S. Lewis.

Feels better.
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#988 Posted:
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Currently Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Last few have been, The indifferent Stars Above, The Republic of Pirates, Black Like Me, Plum Island and The Lost Village, i do audio books because i have a 4 hour commute to the office once a week (work from home the rest of the time) and try to force myself to alternate Fiction and non Fiction.

Just added Area 51 to my TBR pile and requested the Library get Lamb into the system so i can add that as well. i get my audio books through Hoopla and Libby for free from the Library and if they don't have it you can request they add it... so far in the last 3 years I've been using it, they have yet to add a single request of mine lol...
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#989 Posted:
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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. John le Carre'

A year and a half since downloading the Libby app, and with the troubleshooting help of a person at the public library, truly enjoyed the audiobook experience. 90 minutes on the road today simply evaporated.

Thanks for the help, Kipp.
Gene363 Offline
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Nuclear War: A Scenario

By: Annie Jacobsen

Almost finished, this book scares the bejesus out of me. Heaven forbid the human race from ever setting off another nuclear bomb.

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There is only one scenario other than an asteroid strike that could end the world as we know it in a matter of hours: nuclear war. And one of the triggers for that war would be a nuclear missile inbound toward the United States.

Every generation, a journalist has looked deep into the heart of the nuclear military establishment: the technologies, the safeguards, the plans, and the risks. These investigations are vital to how we understand the world we really live in—where one nuclear missile will beget one in return, and where the choreography of the world’s end requires massive decisions made on seconds’ notice with information that is only as good as the intelligence we have.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen’s Nuclear War: A Scenario explores this ticking-clock scenario, based on dozens of exclusive new interviews with military and civilian experts who have built the weapons, have been privy to the response plans, and have been responsible for those decisions should they have needed to be made. Nuclear War: A Scenario examines the handful of minutes after a nuclear missile launch. It is essential reading, and unlike any other book in its depth and urgency.
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#991 Posted:
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MACS wrote:
Yeah... and y'all wonder why I buy bottled water by the cases at Costco and Sam's...

Wasn't drinking from the tap in Temecula, ain't doing it here. Any water out the tap gets boiled/heated and used for coffee.

Poor puppy dog... he drinks tap water. Doesn't seem to care.


The water company was putting boil water notices on signs coming in and out of the little spot I live in. But they weren’t calling or texting or emailing us. So if you didn’t leave the property for a day or two, you never knew. So I started giving my dog bottled water. He likes tap water better but he finally got over it and drinks the bottled water fine now.
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#992 Posted:
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Paradise Lost by John Milton
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#993 Posted:
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The audiobook run continues. It has replaced other things.

The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchman

The Travelers- Chris Pavone (liked that one a bunch). Spy novel in a different vein than 39 Steps.

Call of the Dead- John Le Carre

Casino Royale- Ian Flemming
Gene363 Offline
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Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

By: Annie Jacobsen

Some pretty interesting facts that may change your mind.

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The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international bestseller Area 51

This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances.

For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army-and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never before seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than fifty of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers, as well as the government psychics themselves.

Who did the U.S. government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.
Palama Offline
#995 Posted:
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rfenst wrote:
You should read the book The Reckoning by David Halberstam about post WWII Japan eclipsing American auto production shown through the comparative eyes of Datsun (Nissan) and Ford Motor Company.

It is about both companies. In small part, it goes into just-in-time" manufacturing techniques (but is not technical in any way). Just how they beat us inn the long-run.

Great book!!!


Started reading this late last week but haven’t gotten to “the good parts” yet. So far it’s brought back memories of the 1973 oil embargo and then the 1979 oil crisis. Looking back, I was like the big automakers in that I didn’t “get the memo” that gas efficient cars were the future and not big gas-guzzling battleships like the ‘68 Road Runner I would buy in ‘75. On a good week after changing oil and filter, air filter, spark plugs, points, condenser, washing and waxing the car and then inflating the tires to near max, I could get 11 mpg! I normally got 9-ish and that was predicated on not doing something stupid like burning out a few times.

Iffin’ I only knew then what I know now…. Brick wall
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Tea leaves.
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Speyside2 wrote:
Tea leaves.

What are they saying to you?
And are you certain that cannabis sativa haven’t infiltrated your sample???
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The Shortest History of German History by James Hawes.
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Americanism by David Gelerter

This book was really an amazing read. Highly recommended.
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Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
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