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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    You asked for it....

    1. "On War", by Carl von Clausewitz. Get the Howard/Paret translation. Read Books 1, 2 and 8. Read the commentaries on them.

    2. "The Peloponnesian War", by Thucydides. I recommend this with reservations. Read the first third (Books 1 and 2) for insights into foreign policy...and the nasty nature of international politics.

    3. "The Campaigns of Napoleon", by David Chandler. A masterful work on the methods of one of the greatest generals in history.

    4. "Some Principles of Maritime Strategy", by Sir Julian Corbett.

    5. Epee 2.5, by Johan Harmenberg. Yes, it's sport fencing...but it's also a priceless insight into one-on-one tactics. In particular, how to make your opponent fight YOUR way, not his.

    I'll second a lot of the other recommendations, too.

    Now, if you want a good general history, you may as well go with the best. Will and Ariel Durant's "History of Western Civilization" Fourteen volumes, but they are all good stand-alone books. I'll be honest, the first three volumes are a bit of a workout mentally...once they get to "The Age of Faith", they really hit their writing stride. Read those, and you'll have a pretty good feel for the whole of Western Civilization.

  2. #12
    Shooting to Live- William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes
    Plutarch’s Lives
    Edmund Morris’ Theodore Roosevelt trilogy
    The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant
    Andrew Jackson- Robert Remini

    Honorable mention:

    Becoming a Barbarian- Jack Donovan
    The Soul of Battle- Victor Davis Hanson

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Penthouse Letters?
    Greg "Hyena" Nichols
    Instagram: tacfit_az
    Facebook: SI Instructor Greg Nichols


    Always entertaining, mildly offensive
    IANative: Indeed, when you grab Brent (or he grabs you), it feels like liquid unobtanium wrapped in rawhide... whereas Greg is just solid muscle wrapped in hate, seasoned w/ snuff and a little lead.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Northern California
    I have found a few to add to my library. Thank you!

  5. #15
    Join Date
    May 2012
    The terminal list and true believer by Jack Carr are both incredible.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Here's two that I would suggest;
    The Koran (Quran)
    The Rise of Superman

    A few more that I thought about later that I think are essential;
    Rules for Radicals
    The Breaking of the American Social Compact
    Last edited by mross; 08-16-2019 at 10:00 AM.

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