A Library For Troubled Times

From Bob Owens.

Towards that end, I’m in the process of cobbling together an Amazon.com wishlist that I’ve decided to call A Library for Troubled Times, which consists of books I’d like to add to my personal collection. Some are concerned with our colonial history and the revolutionary spirit and zeal which founded this nation, while others are much more current in nature, dealing with tactical and strategic issues which, quite frankly, have stumped the best minds the American military have been able to educate for a half century.

I’d argue that if tough times are indeed ahead, it would behoove us all to learn more about who we are, and what we may need to be. Create libraries of your own, and devour them. Our Founding Fathers were not born with wisdom, but thirsted for it with a zeal not often found today. Seek knowledge. The human mind is the sharpest weapon of all, and what we must have to recapture this nation from those who would turn us into just another memory.

 

1776: The Illustrated Edition by David G. McCullough

Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas (America: A Cultural History) by David Hackett Fischer

Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot

Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John E. Ferling

American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People by T. H. Breen

Total Resistance by H. Von Dach

War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare by Robert Taber

Phantom Soldier: The Enemy’s Answer to U.S. Firepower by H. John Poole, Mike Leahy and William S. Lind

The Tiger’s Way: A U.S. Private’s Best Chance for Survival by H. John Poole

Militant Tricks: Battlefield Ruses of the Islamic Insurgent by H. John Poole

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era) by David Galula

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnamby John A. Nagl and Peter J. Schoomaker

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

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6 Responses to A Library For Troubled Times

  1. JWilly says:

    If I can add a suggestion:
    Author Folsom, Burton W.
    Title : FDR goes to war
    how expanded executive power, spiraling national debt, and restricted civil liberties shaped wartime America / Burton Folsom, Anita Folsom.

    I listened to the Audio book; when you listen to what FDR and leading Democrats both did & tried to do, it will blow your mind how similar it is to what is going on today.

  2. Fubar says:

    nice, thanks, great additions to the library I was working on.

    Anyone have any medical they can add?

  3. Rich says:

    I use Abebooks frequently for used books.
    https://www.abebooks.com/

    A search on FDR goes to war by Burton W Folsom, gave
    a total of 71 volumes starting at $8.77, including shipping,
    for a hardcover book.
    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Burton+W+Folsom&sts=t&tn=FDR+goes+to+war

    I expect you might be able to find some of the other volumes in your post at fairly low prices. I have yet to have a bad experience with Abebooks, and I have bought in excess of 100 books.

  4. Rich says:

    Actually the Abebooks search gave 72 volumes – but I bought the first one. Sorry ’bout that Chief.

  5. notamobster says:

    I know a good bit about asymmetric warfare. I’d make a pretty good insurgent.

    I saw this article from Bob Owens and figured it’d be good light reading for anyone interested in fine tuning their insurgent skills for fending off possible future alien invasions and whatnot.

  6. Rich says:

    Abebook, search results for the books in Nota’s post – all prices include shipping.

    http://www.abebooks.com/

    1. Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas, David Hackett Fischer, Hardcover (no paperbacks) – 42 volumes starting at $5.42

    2. Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution, Arthur Bernon Tourtellot, Paperback (no hardbacks) – 20 volumes starting at $6.71

    3. Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence, John E. Ferling – 5 Hardcover and 6 Paperback volumes starting at $10.97 (Hardbacks from $18.00)

    4. American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People, T. H. Breen – 30 Hardcover and 9 Paperback starting at $9.02 (Hardbacks from $9.69)

    5. War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare, Robert Taber, Paperback (no Hardback) – 6 volumes starting at $16.00

    6. Phantom Soldier: The Enemy’s Answer to U.S. Firepower, H. John Poole, Paperback (no Hardback) – 17 volumes starting at $8.81

    7. The Tiger’s Way: A U.S. Private’s Best Chance for Survival, H. John Poole, Paperback (no Hardback) – 15 volumes starting at $9.57

    8. Militant Tricks: Battlefield Ruses of the Islamic Insurgent, H. John Poole, Paperback (no Hardback) – 19 volumes from $7.44

    9. Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (PSI Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era), David Galula – 13 Hardcover and 21 Paperback starting from $26.49 (13 Hardcover starting from $43.56)

    10. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, John A. Nagl, Hardcove, Hardcover (no Paperback) – 11 volumes from $33.45

    11. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One, David Kilcullen – 29 Paperback and 41 Hardcover starting at $6.66 (Hardcovers from $8.54)

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