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Viper1

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Still piling through Behave by Robert Sapolsky

Also started Brief

and Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

Finally finished Behave. By far the most engaging "textbook" I've ever read. After that, I read Boyd by Robert Coram. I enjoy biographies, and I like the author included one of Boyd's rare papers as an appendix. The author speaks highly of Boyd throughout the book, but the most devastating part concerned the state of Boyd's family in the afterward. Wow.

Reading The Black Swan by Nassim T. Taleb, and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt.

The book by Arendt came from listening to the "Philosophize This" podcast.
 

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Persuasion by Jane Austen.

If you like some high quality shade and sarcasm, Jane Austen is lit!

Reading this as a “book recommended by a friend.” Saw this image on Twitter and I’ll complete the checklist this year. 75E978F5-AB94-4EC3-8DE7-4E75C101E87F.jpeg
 

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About halfway through “Blind Man’s Bluff”, which is a collection of personal stories about the history of the US submarine force. Really fascinating stuff. You come to realize that the story of submarines really is a perfect encapsulation of the Cold War.

That was required reading when I got to my first duty station.
 

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Send it LL!
I'll give you a couple 5 to pick from.

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man became History's Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts
Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Robust Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith and J. B. MacKinnon
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Metamorphasis by Franz Kafka

ETA - this list was posted so quickly because it's based on my personal knowledge of Viper and what's he's posted here on this thread. In other words, it's customized for Viper. I can do this for pretty much anyone too, it's what librarians do. ;-)

LL
 
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Forgot to say that I finished The British Are Coming a good month ago now. I've never learned so much about the Revolutionary War and the issues both sides had. The two things that stood out to me most were A) the submarine the Americans created and tried to use was an incredible feat of ingenuity and B) the amount of courage it took for George Washington to attack Trenton after fleeing across all of New Jersey. That was such a pivotal moment in the war, and I had never heard the details of it until I read about it in this book. AP US History in high school failed me, and I've failed myself by not reading about this more until now. What a fantastic read that was!
 

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I'm reading TOPGUN by Dan Pederson right now. Really good. Carrier pilots these days have big balls but back in the 50s and 60s...bigger than the moon.
 

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I'm reading TOPGUN by Dan Pederson right now. Really good. Carrier pilots these days have big balls but back in the 50s and 60s...bigger than the moon.

Their life expectancy over the course of a 20 year career wasn't "Formula 1 driver in the 50's and 60's bad," but it was not good.
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Linebacker by Karl L. Eschmann which covers the Linebacker I and mostly Linebacker II series of strikes on North Vietnam in 1972. A summary:
SAC: Let's send our B-52's to Hanoi and Haiphong.
7th Air Force: Uh, those areas are packed with SA-2's, SAM's designed to shoot down B-52's. You sure you want to do that?
SAC: These are our bombers. STFU.
Aircrew: Yeah, we have nothing planned today, so dying or becoming a POW sounds good.
 
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