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VANITY: Book Recommendations Wanted

Posted on 11/18/2007 8:50:35 PM PST by GodfearingTexan

Ladies and Gentelmen, I'm writing in hopes that some of you could make a recommendation on books that deal with courage and adventure. Nonfiction books only please. I'm stationed out in the middle of nowhere and reading is my only real R&R. I'm especially interested in nautical adventures or adventures relating to the exploration of Africa or the Middle East. I've searched amazon for hours trying to find that sort of a book, but I have yet to find something worthwhile.

By the way, I recently read In the Heart of the Sea, the story about the whaleship Essex, and it was awesome. I highly recommend it.

Thank you.


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1 posted on 11/18/2007 8:50:35 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: GodfearingTexan

I’ve heard ‘House-to-House’ is excellent, but haven’t read it.


2 posted on 11/18/2007 8:52:28 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: GodfearingTexan
Why does a God Fearing Texan have the Oklahoma State Flag on their FReep Page?

Try Natan Sharansky’s works. “Fear no Evil” and “A Case for Democracy.”

Also “Shake Hands With the Devil” by Romeo Dellaire.

If you’re willing to try some fiction I highly recommend David Gemmel.

3 posted on 11/18/2007 8:55:03 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: GodfearingTexan

Patrick O’Brian who wrote all the Aubrey/Maturin Series

“Master and Commander” with Russell crowe was made from 2 or 3 together...

I love sailing ships, and pirates and history and I loved these books

I’ve read about 1/2 of them...

His research was great and these are some of the best books about that era...

http://www.wwnorton.com/pob/pobtitles.htm


4 posted on 11/18/2007 8:56:35 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: GodfearingTexan

And old one but it has what you’re looking for.

Yeager: An Autobiography


5 posted on 11/18/2007 8:57:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

I was a transplanted texan when i created this account, but im an okie. i dont have hard feelings against texas. i rather like it. i just dont like the longhorns on the first weekend in october.


6 posted on 11/18/2007 8:57:06 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: cripplecreek

Read that one. bought it at a garage sale. awesome story. great american. thank you


7 posted on 11/18/2007 8:58:02 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: GodfearingTexan

I would like to recommend “America’s Victories” ‘Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win The War on Terror’

By Larry Schweikart

I am about half though it. It is a great book.

JJ


8 posted on 11/18/2007 8:58:52 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: GodfearingTexan

I highly recommend:

Voyager
by Jeana Yeager, Dick Rutan, Phil Patton

It’s the story of Burt Rutan’s Voyager craft. His brother Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager flew it around the world without refueling - the first time for any aircraft.

It’s a real modern adventure story.


9 posted on 11/18/2007 8:59:26 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (If Rudy's an influential conservative, then I'm an award winning concert pianist.)
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To: GodfearingTexan

“Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson. The book is about several deep sea divers who explore the wreck of a German U-Boat off the NJ coast.


10 posted on 11/18/2007 8:59:29 PM PST by Huntress (Those who surrender liberty for security will have neither. --- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I really liked Master and Commander. Sailors had a rough life in those days.


11 posted on 11/18/2007 8:59:49 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: GodfearingTexan

Ah, I see “non-fiction” only. A shame.

I would recommend “The Lords of the Rings”.

But if you wish for non-fiction? “War As I Knew It’, by George S. Patton.


12 posted on 11/18/2007 9:00:05 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: GodfearingTexan

and the Amazon link

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=stripbooks&field-keywords=patrick%20o’%20brian&results-process=default&dispatch=search/ref=pd_sl_aw_tops-1_stripbooks_4407656_1&results-process=default


13 posted on 11/18/2007 9:00:24 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: GodfearingTexan
Hands down, the best books I have ever read--adventure, courage:

Sir Samuel Baker: The Swordhunters of the Hamran Arabs
Ismailia
The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon
The Albert Nyanza

COL John Ward: With the Diehards in Siberia

George Kennan: Tent Life in Siberia

The best part is: They are all available for download from Project Guttenberg online!

14 posted on 11/18/2007 9:00:24 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (Peace Through Light)
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To: GodfearingTexan
It’s all good.

Along with the books I mentioned you should check out “Wild at Heart, by John Eldredge, and No More Christian Nice Guy, by Paul Caughlin.

Eldredge tells men what they should do. Caughlin tells them how.

15 posted on 11/18/2007 9:02:06 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: GodfearingTexan

Jan Hartog wrote an interesting book about his life as a kid on the boats on the Zuider Zee in Holland before it was drained. I don’t remember the name. He also wrote one or two very good books about his experiences on minesweeper etc. during WWII.


16 posted on 11/18/2007 9:02:27 PM PST by expatpat
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To: Cogadh na Sith

Man, I’m getting some great-sounding titles. Thank you.


17 posted on 11/18/2007 9:02:29 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: Fishtalk

Reading Suggestion Request PING.


18 posted on 11/18/2007 9:03:18 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: GodfearingTexan

Five years to freedom by James Rowe

It’s about his 5 years as a POW in Vietnam


19 posted on 11/18/2007 9:03:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: GodfearingTexan
Try looking at biographies of Sir Richard Burton (the African explorer, not the actor). here is the wiki page on him.

He wrote on many subjects, including his travels and explorations, and his long rivalry with Speke is legendary. Check the wiki page for links to some of his works, including the original English translation of "1001 Arabian Nights".

20 posted on 11/18/2007 9:03:37 PM PST by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

He asked for non-fiction, but those are great books.

Somebody wrote a book about the Shackleton expedition and I think the title was Endurance.


21 posted on 11/18/2007 9:03:55 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: GodfearingTexan

If you haven’t yet read “Into Thin Air”. I highly recommend this thrilling true life account of climbing Mt. Everest.


22 posted on 11/18/2007 9:03:57 PM PST by nycgal
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To: cripplecreek

I read that as an rotc cadet. i couldnt put it down. i loved it. he was a great, great man and leader. that was one of the best books i’ve ever read.


23 posted on 11/18/2007 9:04:40 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: Jet Jaguar; GodfearingTexan; LS

I would like to recommend “America’s Victories” ‘Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win The War on Terror’


Larry Schweikart is a FReeper and a Gentleman.


24 posted on 11/18/2007 9:05:16 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: nycgal

i read that one. excellent book. i also couldnt put that one down. i also noticed on amazon that he’s got some new books out.


25 posted on 11/18/2007 9:05:52 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: Grizzled Bear; LS

Nodding.


26 posted on 11/18/2007 9:07:50 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: GodfearingTexan

“or adventures relating to the exploration of Africa or the Middle East. “

http://www.fetchbook.info/Jews_God_And_History.html


27 posted on 11/18/2007 9:08:23 PM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!) SAY YES to Waterboarding Jihadis!)
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To: GodfearingTexan
Clive Cussler has several books concerning real-life situations where he's help explore shipwrecks and even a train wreck! I like his stuff about the Hunley, a Civil War 'submarine'. Here's a link to at amazon.com.
28 posted on 11/18/2007 9:08:27 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: pillut48

Sorry. Help=helped.


29 posted on 11/18/2007 9:09:48 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: pillut48

Sorry again, somehow deleted the title! “Sea Hunters”.


30 posted on 11/18/2007 9:10:52 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud RUSH REPUBLICAN! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: GodfearingTexan
"Hiding the Elephant" is great. It's about the development of magic during the 1800's, and how there were different guys thinking up tricks. By the same author (whose name eludes me right now) is a book about Chung Ling Soo, an American/Brit who passed himself off as a Chinese magician so well that when he died (bullet catching trick), nobody believe that he wasn't from China.

"The Physics of Football" is also good. So is anything by RC Sproul.

31 posted on 11/18/2007 9:11:16 PM PST by Othniel (Mohammad: False Prophet and Smeghead Deluxe....)
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To: GodfearingTexan
There' an older book of short essays of courageous efforts of the military. It's To The Last Cartridge by Robert Barr Smith, Avon, 1994, ISBN 0-380-77212-4.

It presents a picture that's not always successful but realistic of the nature of war.
32 posted on 11/18/2007 9:11:23 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Good choice. I reluctantly read the first one on a recommendation thinking I wouldn’t like it...loved it...read the second...loved it...just bought the third which I hear is one of the best.


33 posted on 11/18/2007 9:12:40 PM PST by spyone
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To: Othniel

i will check into those. thank you


34 posted on 11/18/2007 9:13:17 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: USNBandit

Shackleton went to the Antartic 3 times My grandfather went on one of the trips


35 posted on 11/18/2007 9:14:41 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: cripplecreek
"Yeager: An Autobiography"

Yup!

Also checkout Drew Dix -- The Rescue of River City

Medal of Honor winner, Drew Dix, who wrote one of the most kick-butt war stories you'll ever read.

36 posted on 11/18/2007 9:15:41 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: spyone

I watch the movie about once evert month or two I love it


37 posted on 11/18/2007 9:15:45 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: GodfearingTexan

If you’re someplace hot and want to cool down:

The Conquest of Everest - Sir John Hunt
Endurance - Alfred Lansing
Annapurna - Maurice Herzog
The Ultimate Challenge - Chris Bonington
The Climb - Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
Ghosts of Everest - Hemmleb, Johnson and Simonson
A Slender Thread - Stephen Venables
Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
Because It’s There - Dudley Green
K2 - Jim Curran
Nanda Devi - John Roskelley
The White Death - Mckay Jenkins

If you’re someplace cold and want to warm up, you can always slog through Seven Pillars of Wisdom - T.E. Lawrence.

Two other adventure books:
Classic Survival Stories - Edited by Lamar Underwood
Deep Survival (Who Lives, Wod Dies, and Why) - Laurence Gonzales


38 posted on 11/18/2007 9:16:00 PM PST by anonsquared
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I can recommend three books immediately, though two are definitely out of print with the third, a classic, possibly still available.

The Frigates, by James Henderson CBE; an account of the lesser warships of the wars from 1793 to 1815. The last chapter is a great, rousing true-life adventure at sea. You can sometimes find it on Ebay.

Mrs. Marco Polo Remembers, by Mary Parker Dunning, Houghton Mifflin Co. (publishers), 1968; her husband was a professor and for their honeymoon in 1908 they traveled around the world, visiting the Far East, Central Asia, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He died in the 1950s after an African safari and trips to Angkor Wat, Bali and Nepal. Mary was one of the few western women ever to spend a day in a harem and be allowed to leave!

I’m going to include the next book just because so few people have ever read it and it describes a part of the world, eastern Turkey, where few have ever traveled.

The Persian Expedition, by Xenophon, translated by Rex Warner,Penquin Books Ltd., 1949 - 1965; an account of the march of the Ten Thousand Greeks, from Babylon to the Black Sea at the beginning of the 4th century b.c.

I hope you find this short list a good start. Good luck on finding them all.


39 posted on 11/18/2007 9:16:42 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: GodfearingTexan

My husband just read “Innocents Abroad” by Mark Twain and really liked it. Not so much “courageous”, but lots of anecdotal adventure.


40 posted on 11/18/2007 9:18:35 PM PST by scan58 (Diversity results in a collection of unconnected individuals.)
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To: anonsquared

Whoops - that last bit should be Who Lives, Who Dies and Why


41 posted on 11/18/2007 9:19:50 PM PST by anonsquared
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To: anonsquared

Here’s the Amazon link for Deep Survival.
http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Survival-Who-Lives-Dies/dp/0393326152/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195449668&sr=1-1


42 posted on 11/18/2007 9:23:02 PM PST by anonsquared
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To: GodfearingTexan

Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives, a Deck’s Eye View of Cape Horn (Hardcover)
by Dallas Murphy

Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
by Edward Dolnick

You would probably like any book by Naval Historian, Samuel Eliot Morison.

Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat. His book Never Cry Wolf is also very good and very funny.


43 posted on 11/18/2007 9:26:41 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: GodfearingTexan

I recommend Michael Oren’s recent “Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present” - deals with our struggles with the pirates along the Barbary coast during the Revolutionary period, attempts of early explorers and missionaries to “civilize” the region, the Armenian massacres, and on and on - reads a lot like a novel with lots of personal stories along with analyses of the political considerations of those involved - entertaining and informative reading.....


44 posted on 11/18/2007 9:29:31 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: GodfearingTexan

Richard Halliburton - His Story of His Life’s Adventure
http://www.amazon.com/RICHARD-HALLIBURTON-ADVENTURE-LETTERS-MOTHER/dp/B000FEM5RM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1195450105&sr=1-6

All the Amazon Halliburton links:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/104-9093522-1312753?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Richard+Halliburton&x=0&y=0


45 posted on 11/18/2007 9:31:05 PM PST by anonsquared
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To: GodfearingTexan
Anything by:

1. William Manchester, especially “The Arms of Krupp.”

2. Robert Massie, especially “Dreadnought,” which is about the Anglo-German naval arms race that lead up to World War I.

3. Jon Krakauer.

AND

Any biographies you can find about Admiral Sir John “Jackie” Fisher, a fascinating man who modernized the British Navy.

46 posted on 11/18/2007 9:33:58 PM PST by Huntress (Those who surrender liberty for security will have neither. --- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: GodfearingTexan

bump for later


47 posted on 11/18/2007 9:35:53 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: GodfearingTexan

“With the Old Breed” by Eugene Sledge.


48 posted on 11/18/2007 9:42:25 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: GodfearingTexan; Tennessee Nana
http://www.amazon.com/Shackletons-Journey-Frank-Arthur-Worsley/dp/0393318648

Story by the captain of one of the Shackleton Antarctic journeys that landed in near disaster. Their main ships was crushed in polar ice and the group lasted over two years living off the land in the Antarctic.

Beyond incredible, its a great survival story that very few in any age could ever contemplate, much less survive with no loss of life.

49 posted on 11/18/2007 9:42:43 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: GodfearingTexan

http://www.usna.edu/Library/Marineread.html
USMC reading list. Just in case you don’t already have to read from it for job related purposes.


50 posted on 11/18/2007 9:45:09 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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