What are some good books?

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  1. LarryD1130

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    I want to buy a couple books I can read in my spare time. I been looking around and I got a list of a couple of books I heard were decent. The list is:
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pornelle
    Patriots:Suriving the Coming Collapse by Rawles & James Wesley
    Alas Babylon by Pat Frank

    Are any of these good books?

    I hear a lot of people talk about Tom Clancy. Are his books good? Which ones?

    I also need a good book about the AR-15 and a couple of good survival type books. Any suggestions?
     
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    The Road is fantastic, a little depressing but you won't put it down. patriots is quite far fetched, but overall a fun SHTF book. Rawles also just came out with a new survival book which is pretty good, but his website (survivalblog.com) is absolutely LOADED with info and it is all free. I recommend Lone Survivor, one of the best reads I have ever picked up.
     

  3. LarryD1130

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    Thanks chineseboxer. I guess not to many people on here like to read. I don't usually read but I want to get a little library started.
     
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    I've read all of your choices except Patriots and enjoyed them. A must read in this genre, IMHO, is Earth Abides by George Stewart. I think it's the best of breed.
     
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    Thought kind of old, "lucifer's hammer" was pretty good. IIRC Larry Niven also cowrote "warday" and "nature's end", both of which are about a post SHTF scenarios where two survivors (the writer and a friend) wanders whats left of the US and write about their experiences.

    "Patriots" was a good read (interesting how in their scenario the US ecomony collasped) however it was a bit too much on the religious side for me.
     
  8. LarryD1130

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    I'm reading The Road right now and it is great. I want to watch the movie but I can't let myself do that until I finish the book. The only problem is that I usually don't have time to sit down and read it.
     
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    Rawles's stuff is great
    as try
    One second after ( more the big die off in a SHTF)
    The Long Emergency
    World Worked by Hand
    Foriegn and Domestic
    Twinkie Deconstructed
    Everything I want to do is Illegal


    Just some I always seems to go back and refs the goods on issues
     
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    Tom Clancy's work is pretty solid overall. Avoid the "apostrophe books," as they are ghost written, and passable at best (for example Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell).
     
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    Funny you should ask:

    A Question of Honor, Lynne Olsen & Stanley Cloud
    True story of Polish fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain and how\why the Allies allowed Stalin to take Poland.

    The Long Walk, Slavomir Rawicz
    True story of seven men who escaped a Soviet Siberian labor camp in 1941 and trekked across the Gobi desert and over the Himalayas to freedom in British India.

    Into the Wild, John Krakauer
    True story of an affluent college graduate who chooses to drift around the country and treks to Alaska.

    Into Thin Air, John Krakauer
    True story of 1996 Mt. Everest expeditions when 10 climbers died on the mountain.

    Sea of Gray, Tom Chaffin
    True story of the only confederate war ship, the C.S.S. Shenandoah, to circumnavigate the world. Conducting legal profiteering during the war, the captain is faced with the dilemma of whether he will be charged with piracy for continuing his mission beyond the end of the war.

    The Cuckoo’s Egg, Clifford Stoll
    True story of the first international computer hacker; how he was discovered and how he was tracked and ultimately caught.

    Eric Liddell: Pure Gold, David McCasland
    True story of Eric Liddell the Scotsman who won the 1924 Olympics and died in Japanese-occupied China. Featured in the movie, Chariots of Fire.

    The Bounty, Caroline Alexander
    Extensive historical research that dispels many of the myths long perpetuated about the mutiny and Captain Bligh.

    Bitter Winds, Harry Wu
    True story of Harry Wu who was charged with being a political dissident and survived 19 years in the Chinese slave labor camp system (Laogai).

    Troublemaker, Harry Wu
    True story of Harry Wu who sneaked back into China five times to document the Laogai camp system.

    Blind Man’s Bluff, Sontag & Drew
    True stories of Cold War espionage conducted by US submarine force.

    Inventing Wyatt Earp, Allen Barra
    Historical research into the life of Wyatt Earp and actual events of the shootout at the OK corral.

    My Old Man and the Sea, Hays & Hays
    True story, told by the son, as father and son sail around Cape Horn.

    A Spy in Canaan, Shack & Jeffers
    True story of American Jewish businessman who volunteers to spy for Israel while conducting business in the Middle East. His intel helped the Israelis bomb Iraq’s nuclear power plant while still under construction.

    Fidel, A Critical Portrait, Tad Szulc
    A critical analysis of the life of Fidel Castro. Author was granted several one-on-one interviews while writing the book.

    The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon
    I found this book to be fascinating and came away convinced that, despite his flaws, Nixon was one of our best presidents who truly understood foreign policy and never got the credit he deserved for advancing civil rights.

    Dereliction of Duty, Lt Col. Robert Patterson
    Behind the scenes look at the Clinton Whitehouse – not a pretty picture of either Bill or Hillary.

    Papillon, Henri Charriere
    True story of French prisoner, Henri Charriere, who eventually escapes from Devil’s Island Penal Colony. Movie with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. (Many of Charriere's claims were later refuted and disproved so it's not as autobiographical as it seems. Great movie though.)

    Billy the Kid, A Short and Violent Life, Robert Utley
    Biographical account of the Wild West’s most famous villain that separates fact from fiction.

    The Ice Master, Jennifer Nevin
    True story of the doomed 1913 voyage of the Karluk. Ill equipped and poorly led, the Canadian Arctic Expedition struggled to survive the arctic winter with dwindling provisions.

    Red China Blues, Jan Wong
    True story of a Chinese-Canadian woman who was one of two foreigners allowed to study in Beijing during the 1970s. A rare first-hand insight into China during Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    Band of Brothers, Stephen E. Ambrose
    True stories of the men of Company E (Easy Company) from D-Day to capturing Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.

    Beethoven’s Hair, Russell Martin
    True story of the history of a lock of Beethoven’s hair cut after his death and the intrigue of how it ended up in a Danish seaport. Sold at auction in 1994 by Sotheby’s, strands of hair were subjected to modern forensics to unravel the mystery behind Beethoven’s illnesses and deafness.

    Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose
    Historically researched account of Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark’s expedition into the American West.

    Crazy Horse and Custer, Stephen E. Ambrose
    Story of two leaders who led somewhat parallel lives that eventually converged at the Battle at Littlebighorn.

    Alone, Richard E. Byrd
    Admiral Byrd’s first hand account of manning alone a meteorological station at Advance Base, Antarctica for five months during the winter of 1934.

    The Wooden Horse, Eric Williams
    True story of the other Great Escape from Stalag-Luft III.



    Books on the shelf waiting to be read:

    We Die Alone, David Howarth
    True story of Jan Baalrud, a Finnish instrument maker, who evades capture in Nazi occupied Norway and treks over the Lyngen Alps into neutral Sweden.

    Life and Death in Shanghai, Nien Cheng
    True story of Nien Cheng, a widow of a former Chiang Kai-shek official, who survived six and a half years of imprisonment and torture under Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    The Perils of Peace, Thomas Fleming
    Behind the scene stories of how America struggled for survival after the Revolutionary War and the many sequences of events which ensured the nation’s survival.

    Rough Crossings, Simon Schama
    In response to the last governor of Virginia’s declaration that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the King would be emancipated, Schama recounts the stories of escaped blacks many of whom were betrayed by Britain and shipped to Sierra Leone, Africa.

    Our Town, Cynthia Carr
    True story of the lynching of two young black men in Marion, Indiana on August 7, 1930 and the author’s startling research of her grandfather’s involvement.

    Boxer Rebellion, Henry Keown-Boyd
    Illustrated history of The Fists of Righteous Harmony (the Boxers) who were a fanatical secret organization incited by anti-foreign groups within the Chinese government to essentially wage war against foreign missionaries and their converts.

    John Adams, David McCullough
    Biography of America’s second President.

    Washington’s Secret War, Thomas Fleming
    Biographical account of General Washington’s resistance against other Revolutionary generals who sought to force him into resignation at the very time he struggled to keep the Continental Army together at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777.

    The Endurance, Caroline Alexander
    True story of Ernst Shackleton and twenty-seven explorers whose ship becomes impacted then crushed, in Antarctic ice floes and the twenty month odyssey for survival.

    Counterfeiter, Moritz Nachtstern & Ragnar Arntzen
    Autobiographical story of Moritz Nachtstern, a Finnish Jew, who survived Auschwitz by being selected by the Nazis to forge British bank notes.
     
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    I really enjoyed Lone Survivor.

    Also W.E.B. Griffin is a great author.
     
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    Pulling Through, by Dean Ing
    Guns of the South, by Harry Turtledove
    First one's about a guy and his family and WW3 (Nuclear ofcourse)
    Second's is about these guys who go back in time and arm the Confederacy with AK-47s.
    Of some of the books I've read recently, those two were the most enthralling.:wavey:
     
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    Assuming you like guns.....check out Stephen Hunter:wavey:
     
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    I, Sniper by Steven Hunter It's the latest in the Bob Lee Swager series.

    The Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler. My personal favorite in that series is Valhala Rising.
     
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    I also highly recommend "Into thin Air"
    Also "American Scoundrel". It's the life and times of Civil War General Dan Sickles. He lived an interesting life.
     
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    Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is awesome. Start with Killing Floor.
    Some other recommended authors would be Harry Turtledove, James Grippando, Carl Hiaasen and Michael Connelly. With Connelly he has a series with a character that goes by the name of Harry Bosch, these books are great and start with The Black Echo. Also recommended by Connelly would be The Poet. Also a great website that can help in searching for books is Fantastic Fiction. I have found a ton of great stuff off of this site. And it really helps as I like to read about 3 to 4 books a week. Good Luck and enjoy! :wavey:
     
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    Here I am again. Just hit me like a brick. I remembered a great book I read just recently. Check out Arc Light by Eric L. Harry. It is an awesome book. Rarely would I give a book 5 stars but this one definitely qualifies. Larry Bond and Tom Clancy won't do you wrong either. This Eric L. Harry may be just a bit better than these guys in my opinion. Good luck!!! :patriot:
     
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    I know this book is a bit juvenile but it is still my favorite book of all time. It has been since I first read it in the 6th grade. That book is "Watership Down."
     
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