1ST of all, of course, The Green Room: A Mother’s Truth by Liliane Colburn (my mom!). STRANGER THAN FICTION! Stephen King even wrote a review at Barnes & Noble about how it would be one of his classic tales if it wasn't true. All about some Navy SEAL & where he got his mojo from: www.mojofrog.com. You can get it there! But of course I'm a little biased!
2nd The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Unbelievably easy book to follow + lots of pictures: www.brucelee.com or www.jeetkunedo.com.
Non-fiction: Lone Survivor - by Marcus Luttrell - the best Spec-ops (let alone SEAL) survival mission I've ever heard about.
Fiction: The Increment - by David Ignatius – a fantastic and plausible fiction story regarding Iran's nuke program and a joint CIA/MI6-SIS covert op to penetrate it. Written by a journalist who has covered these agencies and the Middle East - very knowledgeable writer (also wrote Body of Lies which was made into a movie last year).
Non-fiction - STRIDES: Running through History with an Unlikely Athlete by Benjamin Cheever - Great book about the history running and funny too!
Fiction - Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss - I read it to my children at least once a month if not more. Trust me -- it is not just a children's book!
Non-fiction: Commandos by Doug Waller -- It was the biggest event of my life up to that moment, I was 10 years older than the class average, nervous etc etc, and then Captain Richards brings me into the office on Sunday and "Introduces me" to Doug and informs me that I am to make sure he gets what he needs and doesn't get hurt---so I reply, "Sir, I have a few other things on my mind" to which Richards replies, "Yeah well now you have another, get the hell out of my office." The biggest way that Doug affected my experience is that I have a near minute to minute chronicle of my Hellweek----I absolutely recommend the book for someone wanting to be a SEAL and do so frequently---(Brave Men Dark Waters by Orr Kelly is the other must read IMHO). I will refer to myself as a former or retired SEAL depending on who I am talking to---I don't worry about any risk---well, unless I am in a bar and well---lots of people want to see just how tough a SEAL is, which, frankly, I am not, without sig, M-4, cold steel and preferably aircraft over head.
Fiction: A book that most affected me was The Bridge of San Luis Ray by Thornton Wilder -- how do we wind up at a place with another at a moment of importance?
My summer reading recommendation is Blood and Thunder - the epic story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West. From the author of Ghost Soldiers (Hampton Sides). A fantastic book. One of the most riveting historical fiction books I've read. Up there with the Killer Angels (by Michael Shaara). If you are even remotely interested in the formative years of American History or the American West - this will knock your socks off. A first hand account of Indian culture and the conquest of California.
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell – Awesome. Best one to date for me.
SEAL TEAM ONE – by Dick Couch - my first SEAL book - loved it.
Fiction: Without Remorse by Tom Clancy – OK, not real – entertaining though.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009