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Good (war, military, gun, etc.) Books

Posted 08-30-2009 at 04:25 PM by Kilo11
After reading the "Good War Movies" blog I thought why not make one about books that have to do with war, military, guns, weapon systems, conspiracy's, well you get the point.

Sooo here are a few of my favorite (no particular order), feel free to list your own.

By Jack Coughlin,
Casey Kuhlman,
and Donald A. Davis.

Shooter (not to be confused with the movie) is an excellent auto-biography about the top-ranked Marine sniper, Sgt. Jack Coughlin. The book goes into fine detail about some of his kills and battles he's taken place in.

Overall an incredible book if you like snipers.

Red Storm Rising
By Tom Clancy

Red Storm Rising is yet another incredible book by Tom Clancy. It's about a Soviet oil refinery falling victim to a terrorist attack, and as a result Russia loses %30 of their resources. The Soviets then must go to war to capture UN oil fields in the Gulf.

Great book thus far, I haven't gotten to finish it yet unfortunately.

The Fall of Reach
By Joseph Staten

This Halo novel is a work of sci-fi art. Regardless of whether you enjoy the Halo games you should give this book a read, or three.

The books is mainly about the SPARTAN II selection, training, and augmentation process. The detail is incredible, Staten explains how every futuristic technology works. The cool thing about this book is that it's almost believable. It uses real military doctrine and tactics.

Overall a very gripping and believable sci-fi novel, highly recommended.

Point of Impact
By Stephen Hunter

Point of Impact is by far one of the best modern-day-fiction stories I've ever read.

The story is about an ex-Marine top sniper named Billy Lee Swagger. To keep from ruining the intricate plot, basically he's framed, but survives and he's trying to seek revenge while unraveling the mystery.

The movie "Shooter" is based off of this book, however the movie is disgraceful and does not do the book any justice.

World War Z
By Max Brooks

World War Z is about a zombie outbreak. Its full of "first hand accounts and stories from survivors of the apocalypse."

Great book, it really makes you think there was an outbreak.

I'll post some more later, for now I'm going to sleep.
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    Remington's Avatar
    Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab is good.
    Posted 08-30-2009 at 09:30 PM by Remington Remington is offline
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    Firefox's Avatar
    A truly eye opening book is "On Killing" with the sub title " the psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society" by LT. COL. Dave Grossman. It truly opens your eyes to war and the actual killing in war. Aside from that I would recommend the warrior elite and the finishing school by **** couch. Both great books about the training navy SEALs recieve.
    Posted 08-30-2009 at 10:27 PM by Firefox Firefox is offline
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    Rhyno's Avatar
    The Invisible Advantage - Tom Forbes
    Field Manual 3-19.6: Mountain Operations
    Field Manual 57-38: Pathfinder Operations
    Field Manual 90-5: Jungle Operations
    Field Manual 3-34.230: Topographic Operations
    Field Manual 3-06.11: Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain
    Field Manual 90-3: Desert Operations
    Field Manual 3-23.35: Combat Training with Pistols, M9 and M11
    Field Manual 3-22.9: Rifle Marksmanship M16A1, M16A2-3, M16A4, and M4 Carbine
    Field Manual 8-36: Aidmans Medical Guide
    Field Manual 3-0: Operations
    Field Manual 3-07-22: CounterInsurgency Operations
    Field Manual 3-22.31: 40mm Grenade Launcher M203
    Field Manual 3-90: Tactics (2001 edition)
    Field Manual 6-02.72: Tactical Radios
    Field Manual 7-0: Training the Force
    Field Manual 7-1: Battle Focused Training
    Field Manual 7-8: Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad
    Field Manual 7-10: Infantry Rifle Company
    Field Manual 7-85: Ranger Unit Operations
    Field Manual 11-32: Combat Net Radio Operations
    Field Manual 11-43: The Signal Leader's Guide
    Field Manual 21-60: Visual Signals
    Field Manual 21-75: Combat Skills of the Soldier
    Field Manual 24-18: Tactical Single Channel Radio Communications Techniques
    Field Manual 24-19 Radio Operator's Handbook
    Field Manual 25-4 How to Conduct Training Exercises
    Field Manual
    Field Manual
    Field Manual 90-10 Military Operations On Urban Terrain (MOUT)
    Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
    Combat Leaders Guide (Leader Handbook 1997)
    ARTEP 7-10 Mission Training Plan for the Infantry Rifle Company

    BTW i have all of these on PDF along with hundreds of others.
    Posted 08-30-2009 at 10:35 PM by Rhyno Rhyno is offline
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    theblackfox's Avatar
    Also Check out ANYTHING from W.E.B. Griffin. Man has like 40 books ranging from the civil war all the way up to present day.
    Posted 08-30-2009 at 11:59 PM by theblackfox theblackfox is offline
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    partlow11's Avatar
    On Killing and On Combat by Dave Grossman (His seminars are just as good as the books)

    the Arab Mind (For those deploying),

    Blackhawk down,

    Small Unit Leadership, a commonsense approach,

    and the old stand by, the Art of War
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 08:30 AM by partlow11 partlow11 is offline
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    cbry's Avatar
    Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
    By: Marcus Luttrell
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 02:28 PM by cbry cbry is offline
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    Kilo11's Avatar
    Field Manual 57-38: Pathfinder Operations
    Field Manual 3-22.31: 40mm Grenade Launcher M203
    Field Manual 90-10 Military Operations On Urban Terrain (MOUT)

    I don't suppose you can post those for me, er us, Private Bigg? =]
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 02:59 PM by Kilo11 Kilo11 is offline
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    Kilo11's Avatar

    I'm not sure why I haven't read the Art of War yet. I keep telling myself I'm going to go find a copy but I never do.
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 03:00 PM by Kilo11 Kilo11 is offline
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    Hmm this type of topic looks very fimiliar....
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 03:17 PM by Skate Skate is offline
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    Redwolfey's Avatar
    Chosen Soldier By **** Couch, American Heroes By Col. Oliver North, Generation Kill and Lone Survivor seconded. Brotherhood of Warriors By Aaron Cohen is very interesting as well. And almost anything by Tom Clancy is good.
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 04:42 PM by Redwolfey Redwolfey is offline
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    H.O.S.68's Avatar
    Heres my top ten books but not in any prefered order.
    The Dictionary of Wars byGeorge C Kohen
    One soldier by Hohn Shook
    Father Sky by Devery Freeman
    13th Valley byJohn Del Vecchio
    We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Lt Gen Harold G Moore and Joseph Galloway ( read it before the movie)
    Civil WarII by Thomas Chitton
    Culloden 1746 by Peter Harrington
    Agincourt 1415 by Matthew Bennett
    Marine sniper by Charles Henderson
    Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose( read it before HBO made it into a mini series)
    And another good one by Ambrose is Undaunted Courage about the Lewis and Clark expedition. I know thats 11 but I thought some people might like to check the last one out.
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 06:08 PM by H.O.S.68 H.O.S.68 is offline
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    Kilo11's Avatar
    I'd like to add D-day by Ambrose, great book, obviously about D-day. Its fun to skim through and read random chapters. Some of the pictures are absolutely incredible also.
    Posted 08-31-2009 at 07:53 PM by Kilo11 Kilo11 is offline
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    Rhyno's Avatar
    Jeez, i probably have 300 field manuals from the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Joint Forces, Nato, and Canadian Defense...

    I could always get a list put together and then email them to those that request them...
    Posted 09-01-2009 at 02:49 PM by Rhyno Rhyno is offline
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    Kilo11's Avatar
    I know I'd love that idea, I'm sure others would to =]
    Posted 09-01-2009 at 03:00 PM by Kilo11 Kilo11 is offline
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    Dougrich's Avatar
    I've read World War Z and Fall of Reach (own all the Halo books).

    In no particular order:

    Airborne by E.M. Flanagan Jr.

    Follows the history of airborne infantry from concept to modern day.

    Waffen SS The Encyclopedia by Marc J. Rikmenspoel

    It's an encyclopedia of the Waffen SS from Divisons, weapons, and commander Bios.

    The Spartans by Paul Cartledge

    It covers everything about the Spartans from society to what the Spartans lived for WAR.

    In the company of Soldiers by Rick Atkinson

    It follows the deployment and invasion of Iraq by 101st Airborne Division in the second gulf war.

    Urban Guerrila Warfare by Anthony James Joe

    It follows the history of urban Guerrila warfare.

    Guerrila by David Rooney

    It covers Guerrila warfare from Mao Zedong to Osama Bin Laden.

    The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide

    It covers the American world war two tank killer Corp throught out both Europe and the Pacific.
    Posted 09-03-2009 at 12:55 AM by Dougrich Dougrich is offline
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    Kilo11's Avatar
    Me two, you here about the 3 new ones coming out, they're going to be about the Forerunners.

    Sounds awesome, nothing has interested me more in the Halo universe then the Forerunners. I just hope they don't get rid of the "mysterious vibe" by revealing too much info.

    "Waffen SS The Encyclopedia by Marc J. Rikmenspoel

    It's an encyclopedia of the Waffen SS from Divisons, weapons, and commander Bios."

    Definitely going to have to check this out. I always found the Waffen SS interesting.
    Posted 09-03-2009 at 03:19 PM by Kilo11 Kilo11 is offline
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    BoomSlang's Avatar
    The fall of reach was made by Eric Nylund
    Posted 09-03-2009 at 03:24 PM by BoomSlang BoomSlang is offline
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    Dougrich's Avatar
    Well, three new Halo books sounds good to me.

    It's a great book. I've re-read it alot actually, lol.
    Posted 09-03-2009 at 08:59 PM by Dougrich Dougrich is offline
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    Cephalos's Avatar
    I thought that All Quiet on The Western Front was pretty amazing.
    Posted 09-04-2009 at 12:22 AM by Cephalos Cephalos is offline
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    Blackeagles Delta's Avatar
    for me... Im a big fan of House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by David Bellavia, John R Bruning.
    Posted 09-05-2009 at 04:48 PM by Blackeagles Delta Blackeagles Delta is offline

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