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Old 01-19-2011, 06:56 PM   #41
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The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence by Paul Davies, now head of SETI's Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup.
I think it's pretty well structured and covers many if not all issues related to the existence of extra-terrestrial life in an easy to understand way. His point of view is, I'd say, pretty realistic, a little depressing but at the same time optimistic (or maybe deterministic is a better word). He also challenges some more conventional notions about alien life and suggests new methods of searching for evidence of their existence.

EDIT: Also, what Harrod200 said.

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Old 01-19-2011, 07:00 PM   #42
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One bullet away by Nathaniel Fick

Great book really shows you what goes through the mind of an infantry officer. The book was even recommended by the USMC to be read by all junior officers.


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Old 01-19-2011, 08:53 PM   #43
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If you like fantasy try Monument

It has a great story and main character. It has a different feel from any other fantasy the I have ever read. It is more about survival than doing the right thing.


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Old 01-20-2011, 12:33 AM   #44
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One bullet away by Nathaniel Fick

Great book really shows you what goes through the mind of an infantry officer. The book was even recommended by the USMC to be read by all junior officers.
The book is actually sitting on my floor right now waiting to be read.

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Amazon.com: Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of K-129 (9781591146902): Norman Polmar, Michael White: Books

This book brings up more questions than it answers. Specifically from an engineering point of view I found it to be virtually devoid of facts. Interesting story, but the reality seems to be that the truth hasn't come out yet, and the authors focused on story telling, rather than in depth analysis of the systems used during the recovery.

Also, I suggest virtually anything by Andrew Bacevich. He's almost singularly qualified in his field, although I think his viewpoints may be too radical for the US government to come around to in the near future.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:52 AM   #45
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Bernard Cornwell -The Richard Sharpe Series

Its a series of historical fiction novels spanning the war between France and England, the fighting in Portugal and Spain, and eventually Waterloo. Its places Richard Sharpe, A soldier in the British army, at the time and place of many real events and fits his story into it. Its a brilliant series, I would recommend them to anyone interested in history or even just looking a for a good read.


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Old 01-20-2011, 01:50 AM   #46
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One bullet away by Nathaniel Fick

Great book really shows you what goes through the mind of an infantry officer. The book was even recommended by the USMC to be read by all junior officers.


A magnificent book. There are many things great about this book:

-He is not trying to overdramatise things
-He is not judging towards others, but instead just analizing
-He does not appear to be persueing any sort of agenda, political or otherwise
-He describes in great detail the conflicting interests that a platoonleader has to face constantly, and how agonising and counterintuitive the decisions are that one has to take in war
-etc.

Although it's only about 1/2 the book it offers a slightly different take on the events everyone knows from Generation Kill as well.




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"Hector & the Search for Happiness" by Francois Lelord

I've read it in German, since I don't speak(, read or write) French.

One of the things I found peculiar, was that the childish language added alot to my enjoyment. Other than the language I guess theres nothing exceptional about this book. A man goes on a journey around the world and meets a lot of interesting/strange/eccentric people and discovers things about happiness and humankind in general that had never accured to him beforehand.

A terrific uplifting book.



Now for something a little more sober:

"Taliban" by Ahmed Rashid

A book about how the Taliban emerged, what their motives are(or at least where, because the book was published just before[!] the 9/11 attacks) and what an appauling role outside political and industrial forces played in the whole desaster, that was post-soviet Afghanistan.
Sections, particularly about the ignorance and selfishness of outside powers(read ISI,CIA, etc.), were absolutely shocking to me.
A great read offering everything you would ever want to know about the Taliban.
Unfortunatly, I have not come round to reading his other books on the subject, that he wrote after 9/11 and the subsequent invasion, yet.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:26 AM   #47
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The Zombie Survival Guide
Author: Max Brooks
Spartan's Rating: 4/5 (For the fact of my short review)
Not sure if you're interested in this kind of topic, but it's simply put forth, a guide, At first you get somewhat of a joy, like you're reading the new PR Manual of a new build, which has been released with a lot of new features and such. But then after reading through the PR Manual once, you probably won't look back at it again.

That's just me.

Currently, I'm reading another one of Max Brook's works, World War Z. Give me a few weeks and I'll come back with my review of it.


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Old 01-20-2011, 12:33 PM   #48
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Bernard Cornwell -The Richard Sharpe Series

Its a series of historical fiction novels spanning the war between France and England, the fighting in Portugal and Spain, and eventually Waterloo. Its places Richard Sharpe, A soldier in the British army, at the time and place of many real events and fits his story into it. Its a brilliant series, I would recommend them to anyone interested in history or even just looking a for a good read.
In this vein, the Gaunt's Ghosts series. Supposedly based on the Sharpe series, but based in the Warhammer 40k universe. Currently you can get three omnibuses (The Founding,The Saint, and The Lost) containing four or five books each, and running around 1000 pages a piece, and the newest book, Blood Pact.



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Old 01-20-2011, 02:06 PM   #49
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Author: Max Brooks
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Ill have to admit i haven't read the whole thread but if WorldWarZ wasn't mentioned it should have been.


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Old 01-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #50
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