I got this book from the library, was so intrigued by it and wanted to highlight items that I ordered it from Amazon. FDR is practically deified nowadays, this was written in 48 and this guy definitely was not a fan. A lot of the goings on seem pertinent to today.
The more I read the creepier it gets, his 2 sons were banking on their fathers name and raking in the cash. Sort of like Hunter and anyone who criticized them were labeled as Nazis by the press. More things change the more they stay the same I guess.Thank you for that one, it is on my list.
My grandmother, grand father, and.....I guess she is the grandmother in law, NOT fans of FDR. And they came from very different walks of life. The wifes grandmother was basically a share cropper, and my family was a pretty big lumber family, I grew up in country clubs. And both had the same ideas of FDR. I found that very interesting.
The more I read the creepier it gets, his 2 sons were banking on their fathers name and raking in the cash. Sort of like Hunter and anyone who criticized them were labeled as Nazis by the press. More things change the more they stay the same I guess.
Currently reading Lonesome dove for the second time. Love it. Also have the miniseries on DVD.I've been meaning to add to this thread for a while. I read a lot and I keep a list of my favorites. In no particular order:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss -- It's Harry Potter for grown-ups. This is a really wonderfully written and constructed world with fantastic characters and lots of fun. Book one of a (yet) unfinished trilogy.
The Stand by Stephen King -- After a pandemic (yay!) that kills most of the population, good and evil get together for good old donnybrook.
Term Limits by Vince Flynn -- Congress is out of control and a group of "elite military commandos" starts killing the most egregious politicians. Flynn's first book and only one without his character Mitch Rapp. Jack Carr's The Terminal List has a somewhat similar storyline, but this one is better, in my opinion.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry -- The best western ever written.
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie -- Say one thing for Joe Abercrombie, he can write a great fight scene. This is grimdark fantasy, full of violence, sharp blades, and mud. First in a trilogy.
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour -- One of L'Amour's non-westerns. An American Air Force pilot is shot down and captured by Russians and his subsequent escape.
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides -- Harrowing and brutal, the true story of Rangers' attempt to rescue 513 POWs, including the last survivors of the Bataan Death March.
American Buffalo by Steven Rinella -- Part natural history, part hunting story, this is a fantastic book about one of America's most iconic mammals.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson -- If Dr. Strangelove and The Matrix had a baby.
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby -- This is not the piece of crap Jimmy Fallon movie. This is an endearing book by the successful British author Nick Hornby, about coming of age and love of his favorite the football club, Arsenal. Growing up and the suffering of sports fans are universal stories. So good.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman -- A dark travelogue of America and the fight for its soul, which will be decided by old gods and new gods.
Parliament of Whores by P.J. O’Rourke -- I think it's O'Rourke's funniest book, one which is best known for its subtitle: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government. My favorite quote from the book: "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
1984 by George Orwell -- Was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual.
1066 by David Howarth -- Lots of people have written about this year in history and the Battle of Hastings, but Howarth's version is the one I've liked best. The characters and events would make a great movie, I think.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins -- I've read the book and listened to the audio book. The audio book might be better. Whenever I need motivation, this is my go to.
Clapton’s Guitar by Allen St. John -- The story about a guy from Virginia who makes some of the best guitars in the world, including one for Eric Clapton.
Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman -- My newest book to make this list. The year is 1348 and Black Death ravages the continent. An unlikely trio travel from city to city, on an unwinding quest. This book is a slow burn that culminates in an epic battle of good vs evil and the prize is the soul of man.
Although Louis L’amour wrote mostly westerns this is about an Air Force pilot being shot down over Russia, probably my favourite book of all time
One of the most incredible story of courage, leadership, and just plain survival ever documented. I highly recommend this book.
And for those of us who think we are tough guys and have experienced hardship, read this book. I believe it will gift you some humility, which is always a boon.
By the by, the cover art is an actual photo taken of their ship, the Endurance, caught in the antarctic pack ice. Would you sail 10k miles to Antarctica in that thing? And just a year ago they finally found this ship 10k feet down on the bottom in the Wendell Sea. Incredible.
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Endurance is a great book. Possibly my favorite until I read Once an Eagle which ranks right up there with it.
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Required reading for West Point and Marine Corps cadets, Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self-interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power. Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War II, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War—Vietnam.
Now with a new foreword by acclaimed historian Carlo D'Este, here is an unforgettable story of a man who embodies the best in our nation—and in us all.