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China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage, and Diplomacy in Asia
A fantastic memoir from a true "China hand," Lilley's vast experience in East Asia (born in Qingdao, China; later served as a CIA case officer in many ...more
Aug 07, 2010
Sep 29, 2009
The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
This is really a great book that looks the the careers of four of the premier U.S. Army general officers at the top levels of leadership over the past ...more
May 10, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Chua's book was released to much fanfare and controversy in 2010. Basically, she is touting the advantages of Chinese-style parenting, i.e. holding yo ...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better
I forget now where I came across this book--that is, how I ended up reading it. I thought it was an interesting book, kind of counter to the conventio ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Don't read this book if you eat the 'typical' American diet and want to continue to do so without the guilt of knowing how bad it is for you. Also don ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
Leading Marines
I assigned this book to every Marine in my unit to read and discuss as a part of our professional reading program this year. It is one of four books t ...more
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
The Gun
An entertaining book that was clearly written by a Marine. Who else would set out to write a history of the machine gun? Starting with Gatling and his ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Dec 05, 2013
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
This is a book I'd long known of but had little inclination to read. I'm glad I finally took the time to read it. It's somewhat disturbing - the thesi ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 03, 2010
Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang
This unprecedented look inside the inner workings of the sometimes Byzantine political workings of the inner circle of the Communist Party of China le ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
An interesting, entertaining book, that reads much like a thriller - just that it happens to have actually happened. Of course, we all know ahead of t ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
I enjoyed this book. It was the third and last selection in my "JSOC/UBL block", which also encompassed GEN Stanley McChrystal's memoir, "My Share of ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
The Civil War, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox
A wonderful capstone to a magnificent trilogy on the American Civil War. I listened to all three in the series as unabridged audiobooks. I started lis ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
South: The story of Shackleton's last expedition 1914 - 1917
This book was recommended to me for the leadership lessons it provides pertaining to men in a hard situation. Shackleton's expedition to the South Pol ...more
May 26, 2012
May 19, 2012
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
Unlike some books of this genre that turn out to be over-hyped, I found this memoir by SEAL commando Howard Wasdin to be very enjoyable and sincere. W ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
Upon seeing that Powell had a new book out last year, I badly wanted to read it. Taking advantage of my local library's e-book holdings, I was able to ...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
This book was definitely something that I would not typically pick up to read, but at the recommendation of an esteemed mentor, I gave it a spin. My p ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 02, 2011
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness
I listened to this audiobook as part of my election year routine - listen to or read books by or about the presidential candidates as a form of civic ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
Bacevich is one of my favorite critics of the establishment. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army who attended West Point and now academic at Boston Uni ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
This book was a new direction for me. It was suggested during a sermon at our church some months ago when the theme was stripping away the excess in o ...more
Jun 2013
May 15, 2013
Toxic Charity
This is a book that will make you think if you are one of millions of Americans who engage in ministry work, philanthropy, or even counterinsurgency ( ...more
Jun 02, 2013
May 15, 2013
Obama's Wars
This is the first Bob Woodward book that I have read immediately upon release. It was very informative about the Afghan strategy review in late 2009, ...more
Oct 13, 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Singularity Sky (Eschaton, #1)
I listened to this audiobook after a friend recommended the author as one whose writings put life to some of Ray Kurzweil's ideas about the Singularit ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
I've long been a fan of Atul Gawande's writings, and now having read this book, I have read all three books he has written to date. Not surprisingly, ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
My Share of the Task: A Memoir
This is a fantastic book about leadership. The epilogue is particularly good, distilling the lessons McChrystal learned over his 34 years in the Army ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
This dainty little book is chock full of good tips and pointers for those of us who sometimes struggle with procrastination. There's nothing really ea ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing
I'm on a sort of "procrastination block" in my personal reading right now, starting with the Brian Tracy book about eating frogs and now on to this on ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
I believe this is my first Stephen King book this year. I liked it. Of course, I like pretty much all of his books, and I try to read them all, but he ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
It took me a little while to get into this book. I found the first half of it, which deals primarily with the struggle for souls between Islam and Chr ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
I picked up this book after a series at our church I believe last spring. The message of the series was simplifying your life, stripping away the exce ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
This gripping account of U.S. Marines in combat during the Korean War is a must-read! I was thoroughly engrossed by the storytelling. Despite the fact ...more
Jan 28, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
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