Dockside Chat - read any good books lately?

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cgrand
04-04-2008, 07:20 AM
i just finished one called "your inner fish" by neil shubin. it traces the evolution of the human body back through the fossil record and genetic research to show the origins of our primary structures...teeth, limbs, eyes, etc

sounds dry but it really is fascinating reading

post up some good books you think others would like


2005 SeaCraft
04-04-2008, 07:23 AM
Yep... This one and in my opinion, EVERYONE should read it. All I can say is WOW!

http://www.amazon.com/True-Story-Bilderberg-Group/dp/0977795349

Tireless
04-04-2008, 10:12 AM
I am almost finished with the latest W.E.B. Griffin book - "The Shooters". The other 37 books he wrote are equally as good as the current one. I highly recommend this author.

My wife wants me to read the "Fair Tax" book ....... she thinks it is nonfiction, I think it should be labeled as fiction.


CMP
04-04-2008, 10:34 AM
http://www.amazon.com/I-O-U-S-Addison-Wiggin/dp/0470222778/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207330303&sr=1-1

The movie will be released soon. You want to understand why we're in the financial pickle we are now? Read this gem by my bud's brother...

CMP

NJFISH
04-04-2008, 10:47 AM
Any Nelson DeMille book for fiction.

Tireless
04-04-2008, 10:57 AM
NJFISH - 4/4/2008 1:47 PM

Any Nelson DeMille book for fiction.

Roger that. I would also add every Lee Child book to the list......you have to love the Jack Reacher character.

twentynine
04-04-2008, 01:24 PM
Five Years In The Legion by Simon Murray

The author spent five years in the French Foriegn Legion 1959-64, fighting the fellagha in Algeria. The book is excerpts of his diary.

bsmit24
04-04-2008, 02:54 PM
twentynine - 4/4/2008 12:24 PM

Five Years In The Legion by Simon Murray

The author spent five years in the French Foriegn Legion 1959-64, fighting the fellagha in Algeria. The book is excerpts of his diary.

You may also enjoy "One Tough Marine" which is about a marine jumper that lost his leg but was able to convince the Corp that he could remain in the marines and fight

And "About Face" by David Hackworth. His life story joining the military at 14 at the end of WWII and fighting in Korea and Vietnam.

bsmit24
04-04-2008, 02:58 PM
I would encourage everyone to read "The Great New Orleans Gun Grab" which is about the confiscation of firearms from law abiding citizens in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A recent factual look at our helpful government.

Not really for everyone but as a new father of a baby girl, I am reading "Strong Father Strong Daughter" and it is definitely an eye opener on the effects that a father can have on his little girl.

Jay A
04-04-2008, 05:21 PM
F/V Blacksheep,great story and I took the cover photo!

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Dz%2BmsuqsL._SS500_.jpg

twentynine
04-04-2008, 06:01 PM
bsmit24 - 4/4/2008 4:54 PM twentynine - 4/4/2008 12:24 PM Five Years In The Legion by Simon Murray The author spent five years in the French Foriegn Legion 1959-64, fighting the fellagha in Algeria. The book is excerpts of his diary. You may also enjoy "One Tough Marine" which is about a marine jumper that lost his leg but was able to convince the Corp that he could remain in the marines and fight And "About Face" by David Hackworth. His life story joining the military at 14 at the end of WWII and fighting in Korea and Vietnam.



Done the Hackworth books. I'll look for the marine book.

Another good one about the Legion is Mouth Full Of Rocks by Christian Jennings.

DarthBaiter
04-05-2008, 04:43 PM
Steel My Soldiers' Hearts by David Hackworth

jigger
04-05-2008, 06:53 PM
I just finished reading a really good book. It is based on a small fishing boat out of Plymouth Ma. true story.

http://www.skipdebrusk.com/

eXcedrin
04-05-2008, 07:20 PM
These are some of the ones that I've read in the past couple of months:

Flags of our Fathers
Flyboys
Generals Die in Bed
In Harm's Way
Ship of Ghosts
We Were Soldiers Once, and Young


Good reading. all...

eXcedrin

WTF over
04-06-2008, 10:23 AM
Batavia's Graveyard is probably my favorite book ever.
http://www.amazon.com/Batavias-Graveyard-Heretic-Historys-Bloodiest/dp/0609807161/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502158&sr=8-1

The Gulag Archipelago is just damn disturbing. It's fascinating though. It shows in great detail exactly what was so bad about the Soviet Union if the explanation of "we good, they bad" was not enough when you were in grade school.
http://www.amazon.com/Gulag-Archipelago-1918-1956-Abridged-Investigation/dp/0061253804/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502477&sr=8-3

WTF over
04-06-2008, 10:30 AM
I would like to hear a brief review of "How to neglect a once-loved website and turn it into a piece of excrement because it has become unusable and reminiscent of 1994 technology" from the owner of this website. I can tell it's required reading at THT headquarters.

:tht_rulez: :jk:

LI Sound Grunt
04-06-2008, 02:17 PM
NJFISH - 4/4/2008 1:47 PM

Any Nelson DeMille book for fiction.

I couldn't agree more

Gold Coast is the great American novel.

Plum Island got my kids into reading.

Up Country is my personal favorite - WOW

And don't forget Word of Honor -- Holy Novel - if that doesn't open your mind....


Also Grishams latest is pretty darn good - The Settlement - I think - I'll look it up now. My daughter lives in Miss and says yep - thats the way it is...

His last few didn't measure up to the earlier ones...

still learning
04-07-2008, 05:54 AM
I only read things published by Larry Flint.

cgrand
04-07-2008, 07:34 AM
WTF over - 4/6/2008 9:23 AM

Batavia's Graveyard is probably my favorite book ever.
http://www.amazon.com/Batavias-Graveyard-Heretic-Historys-Bloodiest/dp/0609807161/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502158&sr=8-1

The Gulag Archipelago is just damn disturbing. It's fascinating though. It shows in great detail exactly what was so bad about the Soviet Union if the explanation of "we good, they bad" was not enough when you were in grade school.
http://www.amazon.com/Gulag-Archipelago-1918-1956-Abridged-Investigation/dp/0061253804/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502477&sr=8-3


two great suggestions...thanks
i just ordered them both

Themis Sal
04-07-2008, 08:17 AM
Duma Key
Bag of Bones


Steven King

plugmeister
04-08-2008, 02:20 PM
Theodore Rex. Freedom From Fear.

bsmit24
04-08-2008, 02:37 PM
bsmit24 - 4/4/2008 1:58 PM
Not really for everyone but as a new father of a baby girl, I am reading "Strong Father Strong Daughter" and it is definitely an eye opener on the effects that a father can have on his little girl.

Also Go Dog Go and Dr. Suess! Endlessly! :grin:

ClarkLLC
04-08-2008, 02:52 PM
Having been born and raised in southeast N.C..........I must offer up the readings by ROBERT RUARK....and I am sure
there are die hard readers here of RUARK...for those having not read him...start with the Old Man and The Boy...then
the Old Mans Boy Grows Older...then go to his books on Africa.......all true....

The first two are a book of "gentleman" manners of a hunter and fisherman....like I said...it is like "offering coal to
Newcastle" for those who know him.......but for those who do not......give him a read.......

moorhen
04-09-2008, 05:13 AM
Clark, I agree with Ruark books. "Something of Value" by him is very interesting and somewhat disturbing. I would also suggest anything by Pactric McManus, Grodon McQuarry, or Nash Buckingham. I recently finished a 5 volume set of accounts of naval activity during WWII and am almost finished with "Halsey".

Weekend-Hooker
04-09-2008, 07:42 AM
still learning - 4/7/2008 5:54 AM

I only read things published by Larry Flint.

That's what Im talking about! ;)

Gmack
04-09-2008, 07:57 AM
If you like Humberto Fontava's style of story telling "The Hell Divers Rodeo" and "Hell Pig Hunt" are both good and funny.

If you haven't read Mike Tidwell's book "Bayou Farewell" is a good book about Louisiana culture from an outsiders perspective.

Gary

WEAKFISH
04-09-2008, 01:13 PM
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/capuzzo/jaws_lineage.html

cgrand
05-19-2008, 12:42 PM
started & finished "the road" by cormac mccarthy friday night...literally could not put it down
wow...

WTF over
05-19-2008, 03:08 PM
cgrand - 4/7/2008 7:34 AM

WTF over - 4/6/2008 9:23 AM

Batavia's Graveyard is probably my favorite book ever.
http://www.amazon.com/Batavias-Graveyard-Heretic-Historys-Bloodiest/dp/0609807161/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502158&sr=8-1

The Gulag Archipelago is just damn disturbing. It's fascinating though. It shows in great detail exactly what was so bad about the Soviet Union if the explanation of "we good, they bad" was not enough when you were in grade school.
http://www.amazon.com/Gulag-Archipelago-1918-1956-Abridged-Investigation/dp/0061253804/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502477&sr=8-3


two great suggestions...thanks
i just ordered them both

How's it going?

Snapper Head
05-19-2008, 03:18 PM
"Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts.



Big Al

TG_190
05-19-2008, 03:35 PM
"A Crew of One" By Carlos Bentos

sixpack324
05-19-2008, 05:23 PM
Adrift.......76 Days Lost At Sea
by Steven Callahan

Great Read......

True Story......

Makes you wanna check your survival/Emergency gear right away!

Themis Sal
05-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Playing for Pizza Grisham

Snapper Head
05-19-2008, 07:58 PM
sixpack324 - 5/19/2008 4:23 PM

Adrift.......76 Days Lost At Sea
by Steven Callahan

Great Read......

True Story......

Makes you wanna check your survival/Emergency gear right away!

I read it again about 4 months ago. It is a good read.


Big Al

cgrand
05-20-2008, 07:06 AM
WTF over - 5/19/2008 2:08 PM

cgrand - 4/7/2008 7:34 AM

WTF over - 4/6/2008 9:23 AM

Batavia's Graveyard is probably my favorite book ever.
http://www.amazon.com/Batavias-Graveyard-Heretic-Historys-Bloodiest/dp/0609807161/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502158&sr=8-1

The Gulag Archipelago is just damn disturbing. It's fascinating though. It shows in great detail exactly what was so bad about the Soviet Union if the explanation of "we good, they bad" was not enough when you were in grade school.
http://www.amazon.com/Gulag-Archipelago-1918-1956-Abridged-Investigation/dp/0061253804/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207502477&sr=8-3


two great suggestions...thanks
i just ordered them both

How's it going?

i'm about 1/2 thru "gulag"...that's a tough read
saving "batavia" for a trip to the camp next month

north coast
05-20-2008, 04:12 PM
LI Sound Grunt - 4/7/2008 5:17 AM

NJFISH - 4/4/2008 1:47 PM

Any Nelson DeMille book for fiction.

I couldn't agree more

Gold Coast is the great American novel.

Plum Island got my kids into reading.

Up Country is my personal favorite - WOW

And don't forget Word of Honor -- Holy Novel - if that doesn't open your mind....


Also Grishams latest is pretty darn good - The Settlement - I think - I'll look it up now. My daughter lives in Miss and says yep - thats the way it is...

His last few didn't measure up to the earlier ones...



"charm school" was one of my all time favorites . it's the only novel I've ever read twice.
plum Island was great.
I thought gold coast was a bit long, but fun anyhow. I love demille

cgrand
06-30-2008, 12:34 PM
just finished a really, really good one..."empire of blue water", stephen talty

http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Blue-Water-Americas-Catastrophe/dp/0307236617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214854347&sr=1-1

story of henry morgan and the establishment of british presence in the west indies
couldnt put it down

cb3door
06-30-2008, 01:03 PM
How about:

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

or

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz


Both great non-fiction reads.

LI Sound Grunt
06-30-2008, 01:30 PM
north coast - 5/20/2008 7:12 PM

LI Sound Grunt - 4/7/2008 5:17 AM

NJFISH - 4/4/2008 1:47 PM

Any Nelson DeMille book for fiction.

I couldn't agree more

Gold Coast is the great American novel.

Plum Island got my kids into reading.

Up Country is my personal favorite - WOW

And don't forget Word of Honor -- Holy Novel - if that doesn't open your mind....


Also Grishams latest is pretty darn good - The Settlement - I think - I'll look it up now. My daughter lives in Miss and says yep - thats the way it is...

His last few didn't measure up to the earlier ones...



"charm school" was one of my all time favorites . it's the only novel I've ever read twice.
plum Island was great.
I thought gold coast was a bit long, but fun anyhow. I love demille

true enough it is a bit long. I guess we liked the setting as that area is familiar to us with AAU tournamnets and mostly boating - the scene where he scuttles the sailboat is priceless.

Another one - maybe the only non-fiction I ever liked was - really made you understand how close we were to having God save the Queen as our national anthem

1776

http://www.amazon.com/1776-David-McCullough/dp/0743226712

Now those guys were some freegin fanatical Patriots (or I guess insurgents - depending on what side you were on) and most of the grunts were looking for the next meal and a few bucks as much as a "liberty" or a new country. Apparantly Washington and Greene and those Generals were real inspirations to the men. Never knew anyhting about the battle for New York and how we "won" the battle of Boston (basically tricked the British into leaving). Very clever tactics and some pretty horney and self centered British Generals. just like politics of today....Very believeable..

BTW, the book is only half as long as it appears to be. The second half is footnotes.

bayrunner16
06-30-2008, 04:35 PM
These two books were great I thought.....Marley and Me by John Grogan. About a guy and his dog. If you like dogs you will most likely really enjoy this book. I'll warn you though, I don't know anyone personally that has read it that hasn't bawled, me included. Another funny read is The $64 Tomato by William Alexander. About a man and his quest for the perfect garden. I really liked it. chris

CaptKennyW
06-30-2008, 04:40 PM
The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. If you saw the "Master and Commander The Far Side of the World" movie these are the books that the movie was based on. They took the idea from the movie from only 3 or the 21 books. They are all great reads I have the whole series and only has 2 left to read.

DDHAND
07-02-2008, 06:21 PM
cgrand, You may also like "Guns Germs and steel" (Jared Diamond) based on some of your other suggestions here. Basicall the evolution of mankind due to nature, environment and human nature.

prxmid
07-02-2008, 06:29 PM
How about any Pat Conroy novel Beach Music Lords of Discipline Prince of Tides My LosingSeason The Great Santini

The Water is Wide

mronzo
07-02-2008, 06:49 PM
What's a book?









Secret Societies by Sylvia Browne

The Nine by Jeffry Toobin

WTF over
07-02-2008, 07:31 PM
prxmid - 7/2/2008 6:29 PM
Lords of Discipline

I thought I'd check this one out a couple years ago to see what it was all about. Finished inside of 24 hours. I skipped meals, sleep, and showers to plow through it once I started reading. I literally couldn't drop it.

WTF over
07-02-2008, 07:35 PM
I've been reading Shadow Divers the last few days. If time allowed, I'da been finished by now. Another day or two and I'll have it licked. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Divers-Adventure-Americans-Everything/dp/0345482476/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215052363&sr=8-1

rayteagarden1
07-04-2008, 09:45 AM
THE GOD DELUSION by Richard Dawkins.

Verifies George Carlin's observation about religion..."It's all bullshit, and it's bad for ya",

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