Semi-OT: War reading

Okay, you've sat and watched the live feeds from troops charging headstrong through the Iraqi desert, now you want to read up on the subject, what do you read?

On my to-read pile:

Carrier - Tom Clancy
Fighter Wing - Tom Clancy
Armored Cav - Tom Clancy
Airborne - Tom Clancy
Bush at War - Bob Woodward (a reread)
The Hunt for bin Ladin - Robin Moore
What Liberal Media? - Eric Alterman
Band of Brothers - Steven Ambrose (reread)

I''m a Clancy fan and I tend to read a lot about war anyway so right now I''m not reading much (too busy watching the news.)

You might also want to check out a book called Foot Soldier, by Roscoe Blunt. It''s basically his account of WWII in Europe as he experienced it with the 84th Infantry division.

If you''re going to read ""What Liberal Media?"" You should read ""Bias"" By Bernard Goldberg. ""What Liberal Media?"" Is Altman''s response to ""Bias"". Too be honest after reading both Altman didn''t get the point of Bias. Goldberg''s point was that the media elites don''t really have any contact with people of differing views. Thus they see their own views as being perfectly moderate/mainstream. If you never deal with anyone who has a differing opnion than you, you come to think that you''re opnion is held by the majority of people, which in may or may not be true. Altman I don''t think got this. I don''t think Goldberg is saying that they have this extreme bias/conspiracy, they don''t. They just are insulated away from people with differing points ov views/experiance/background. They vast majority of people in newsrooms across America are Journalist, with Jouralism majors/backgrounds. They associate with who they know, other journalists. So they can''t help but look at things with a certain view, based on their own experiances.

Well back to the Topic, I would suggest reading ""Bias"" first, then Altman''s response.

I would also suggest The Threating Storm:The Case for Invading Iraq, by Kenneth Pollack, which is written by a former clinton staffer/cia analyst and became the Bush administrations handbook.

Though their about the civil war I''d also suggest anything by Shelby Foote.

"dgrey" wrote:
I would also suggest The Threating Storm:The Case for Invading Iraq, by Kenneth Pollack, which is written by a former clinton staffer/cia analyst and became the Bush administrations handbook.

Gee, kinda late now, isn''t it? That''s kind of like reading ""The Case for Attacking Japan"" on December 10, 1941.

well.... ya.... but hey its still a very good/interesting read. And it talsk about many things that you really didn''t see anybody bring up.

As for some more OT reading I''d suggest ""The Blank Slate"" by Steven Pinker which is about Human nature, he''s an evolutionary biologist. Very interesting, yet it does have some technical aspects to it.

Armored Cav is a decent read but it is really out of date. For example, the M-8 AGS was canned years ago in favor of the Stryker.

His accounting of NTC is pretty cool and definitely worth reading the book for. It provides a pretty good primer of how a Cav unit works.