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What are some great war prep/survival books? I'm looking to gain some practical knowledge. I am reading ki4u's free Nuclear War Survival Skills text at the moment but I am looking to learn just a variety of practical survival skills. My hope is to be able to help myself and others out when TSHTF.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 09:09 AM

What are some great war prep/survival books? I'm looking to gain some practical knowledge. I am reading ki4u's free Nuclear War Survival Skills text at the moment but I am looking to learn just a variety of practical survival skills. My hope is to be able to help myself and others out when TSHTF.



Hi Dude,

I’ve got
U.S. Army Survival Manual, a Civilian’s best guide for toughing it, anyplace in the world.

Peterson Field Guides to Edible Wild Plants, by Lee Allen Peterson

Survival Hand Book, by Peter Darman.

And if you are studying the ki4u nuclear war survival skills, be sure to do what it asks. Print it so you will have it in times of need.

May GOD bless and keep you and yours safe. Sam

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:23 AM

Has anyone read Ted Rall's "Silk Road To Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?" If I'm not mistaken, Ted Rall is a lefty who blames Bush for a lot or our troubles, but he has travelled extensively in the Central Asian region, and reports about the roads being built there, the alliances being formed in the shadows, and other things of interest. I was glancing through the book last night - a good portion of it is cartoons (he's a cartoonist). Looks interesting - I may buy it.
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Posted 22 September 2006 - 12:42 PM

Has anyone read Ted Rall's "Silk Road To Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?" If I'm not mistaken, Ted Rall is a lefty who blames Bush for a lot or our troubles, but he has travelled extensively in the Central Asian region, and reports about the roads being built there, the alliances being formed in the shadows, and other things of interest. I was glancing through the book last night - a good portion of it is cartoons (he's a cartoonist). Looks interesting - I may buy it.


The Central Asia road network when seen on a map unmistakeably follows the southern and southwestern periphery of the SCO. From that dense webbing along the SCO periphery (notable also in Eastern Europe as well) radiate spokes - new interconnect points between the Communist and "formerly" Communist countries and places like Western Europe, the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent, and SE Asia.

Take the Fulda Gap. In the day, it was the border between us and them. Many now think it is nothing more than a historical footnote. However, today, where there used to be a dead end road from the West and one from the East, there is now a newish extension of the A4 autobahn. That extension continues through Poland and on into Ukraine. Today, that extension is great for German companies selling their wares in the East and importing goods from German companies' factories in Poland and Ukraine. However, imagine a future scenario - 60,000 Rusian tanks heading west.

Each and every one of the new interconnects is like this one. There will soon be nearly 30 of them, arrayed from the Baltic shore to the Gulf of Thailand.

JRN wrote in his book about new experiences that humanity has nothing in the past to compare with, as the largest war ever unfolds. It is quite apparent that when it does, these interconnects will play a shocking and key role. The West has never had this situation before. Never before have we had an East that had this type of overland logistical capability. A somewhat oversimplified way to look at it is, Ghenghis Khan with tanks, TELs, semis, and any and all other military vehicles imaginable. This truly is beyond any previous human experience. And I am sorry to say, besides me, a few of you reading this and a smattering of others elsewhere, no one has thought about the implications of this in either Clausewitzian or Sun Tzuian terms.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 12:57 PM

I recently received a copy of Bill Gertz's new book: http://www.amazon.co...1877736?ie=UTF8 Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets--and How We Let It Happen.

So far, I've only browsed it (today, I'll start on it). But, of interest so far just in browsing it, Gertz mentions Angleton in it and obviously takes a counter-conventional view of the man, that is, he is apparently pro-Anglgeton.

In the brief passages to Angleton, Gertz contradicts the 9/11 Commission's finding that alluded to our intel community being TOO security-minded as some sort of carry-over from the "sick think" days of Angleton. Gertz asserts the very opposite is true and suggest that if Angleton's view had been better advanced than 9/11 might have been averted by infiltrating the enemy's intelligence services.

From the chapter titles, his book seems like it will also unveil the scheming of the "old KGB" in today's times.

If it's warranted, I'll make a separate post on excerpts from this book; it seems to have some potentially TFP-relevant material in it.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 02:12 PM

Bill,

I do know that the book supposedly shows that there are more Russian spies in CONUS than there ever was during the height of the cold war.

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From the chapter titles, his book seems like it will also unveil the scheming of the "old KGB" in today's times.

If it's warranted, I'll make a separate post on excerpts from this book; it seems to have some potentially TFP-relevant material in it.


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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:26 PM

Bill,

I do know that the book supposedly shows that there are more Russian spies in CONUS than there ever was during the height of the cold war.

-csl


The introduction anyway says that there are just as many Russian spies in CONUS now then at the height of the Cold War. Maybe later on, it will explain that there's actually more.

BTW, I finished the intro today and will be doing a separate thread on it. Some very interesting TFP-related material just in the intro alone. This book has potential to wake up the mainstream somewhat closer to a TFP realization.

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 01:06 AM

Cannot believe that nobody has yet mentioned this yet:

The EU Collective: Enemy Of It's Member States - Christopher Story.

Having read most of the Final Phase essential literature I can say that this is an absolute must read, along with Golitsyn and Sejna. Few other books are as insightful into Russia's long term strategic goals and how it has gone about fulfilling them.

You can get it from Story's website, where I have also noticed he has an article archive.

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:34 PM

With everything that's going on I think I'll spend some time with my favorite..... the scriptures. Seems I can't influence world events to save others so I best set about saving myself.

Edit: Sorry for the drift. Things are just resting so heavily on my mind that I ..................
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Posted 03 October 2006 - 03:12 PM

With everything that's going on I think I'll spend some time with my favorite..... the scriptures. Seems I can't influence world events to save others so I best set about saving myself.

Edit: Sorry for the drift. Things are just resting so heavily on my mind that I ..................



Wadi,

Don't worry. That's not "drift."

If you started citing chapter and verse and expounded at length, than it would be better suited for the separate forum.

References to God, Jesus, Abraham, Moses, prayer, Bible, scriptures, etc., etc., etc., are perfectly fine in the open forum. But, solely religious discussions, debates, sectarianism, etc., are the kind of matters better suited for the Misc. Forum here.

Since you hinted at this matter (which I'm glad you did) others might think likewise.

For all:

The main TFP Forum is not "sanitized" of any religious expressions or commentaries. It's all a matter of degree. If its major focus is of a purely religious issue or matter, then the Misc Forum is the appropriate place for it.

Moreover, no one should worry or sweat this point. If a thread wanders TOO far off topic or becomes TOO heavily involved in religious or other matters, then an advisment will come from one of Admins or Mods. But, no one will be sanctioned for their mistakes.

No one here should feel stifled in any way. If anyone here does, feel free to pm me or the others mentioned for clarification.

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 09:20 AM

Cannot believe that nobody has yet mentioned this yet:

The EU Collective: Enemy Of It's Member States - Christopher Story.

Having read most of the Final Phase essential literature I can say that this is an absolute must read, along with Golitsyn and Sejna. Few other books are as insightful into Russia's long term strategic goals and how it has gone about fulfilling them.

You can get it from Story's website, where I have also noticed he has an article archive.

http://www.edwardharle.com/news


But please be aware, everyone, that Story, who was, in the increasingly distant past, a straight up Angletonian, has of late gone the way of NWO-phobic, the-West-are-the-real-enemy, the-PTB-are-the-hidden-hand type of crankdom. I have lost most of the respect I once had, and think it is rather sad that he who published Golitsyn has now become someone who discredits him through association. As a result of Story turning into a crank, Golitsyn's message has been harmed greatly.

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:17 PM

But please be aware, everyone, that Story, who was, in the increasingly distant past, a straight up Angletonian, has of late gone the way of NWO-phobic, the-West-are-the-real-enemy, the-PTB-are-the-hidden-hand type of crankdom. I have lost most of the respect I once had, and think it is rather sad that he who published Golitsyn has now become someone who discredits him through association. As a result of Story turning into a crank, Golitsyn's message has been harmed greatly.


Very true all!

Story also has put together in his mind some sort of secret IV Reich of Nazis conspiracy. From what I gather, he believes that there is a developing powers-that-be in brown shirts, esp. throughout Europe.

His departure from previous views makes me somewhat suspicious as to what happened to him. Did he naturally devolve or was he "slipped" things over a period of time; some sort of friendship drugs or their cousins to affect rational thinking thereby discrediting his former views/info?

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:45 PM

What are some great war prep/survival books? I'm looking to gain some practical knowledge. I am reading ki4u's free Nuclear War Survival Skills text at the moment but I am looking to learn just a variety of practical survival skills. My hope is to be able to help myself and others out when TSHTF.


Here are a few I recommend:

* Nuclear War Survival Skills. Cresson Kearny
* Emergency Preparedness and Survival Guide. Backwoods Home Magazine (and the magazine in general)
* Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Healthcare Handbook. David Werner
* Where There Is No Dentist. Murray Dickson
* Patriots: Surviving The Coming Collapse. James Wesley Rawles
* There is some good information at the FEMA web site, believe it or not.

James Wesley Rawles' book list is good too.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 08:12 AM

Folks, please pay attention to this one in particular. There are some excellent survival books in here!


Here are a few I recommend:

* Nuclear War Survival Skills. Cresson Kearny
* Emergency Preparedness and Survival Guide. Backwoods Home Magazine (and the magazine in general)
* Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Healthcare Handbook. David Werner
* Where There Is No Dentist. Murray Dickson
* Patriots: Surviving The Coming Collapse. James Wesley Rawles
* There is some good information at the FEMA web site, believe it or not.

James Wesley Rawles' book list is good too.



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Posted 25 October 2006 - 08:51 PM

An interesting book review for a book that looks like it is related to TFP. The review was written by a professor that lives not too far away from me - I may try to meet with him.

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http://www.atimes.co...y/GL17Dj01.html

BOOK REVIEW
The Decline of the US economy.

Three Billion New Capitalists - The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East
by Clyde Prestowitz


Reviewed by Dmitry Shlapentokh


This is a first-class book with a sober and penetrating analysis of global arrangements and the US role in them. The author is well informed, with quite critical views of the future of the US.

The source of the problems is not that the US has lost its democratic innocence and plunged recklessly into the Iraq war, as bemoaned in recent books and articles by Zbigniew Brzezinski, former president Jimmy Carter's national security adviser. Neither is it that the US retained its capitalist predatory nature and engaged in war and exploitation of the rest of the globe, including polluting the environment - the point of the American left.

The reason is the US is in the process of losing its position as the major economic power. Author Prestowitz has actually destroyed one of the essential myths of American civilization, the myth of American efficiency.

This myth has always been related to the image of capitalism - and America has been the very embodiment of capitalism. This capitalism is brutal in a social-Darwinistic way and can also be militarily weak. Indeed, for generations, Americans have agreed that they are not militaristic and can be beaten by others, but never economically.

During the Cold War, the Soviets were accepted as military but not as economic peers. And it is only now that fundamental changes are occurring - America is increasingly losing its economic standing in regard to the rest of the world. In fact, the US is starting to be pressed hard on not just one but several economic fronts, including those of whose very existence most Americans have not been aware.

This is, for example, the case with Europe. With fresh views on American/European economic rivalry, the author follows a line that one cannot easily find in the US mass media. The media usually present Europe as a stagnating, declining economy that cannot carry the heavy task of a protective safety net for Europe's citizens. This stagnant semi-socialist group of countries is juxtaposed to the dynamic, vibrant, albeit tough, America.

The author has discarded this notion. With a close look at statistical data, he has concluded that Europe is economically not far behind the US. Moreover, in some key areas, Europe is actually ahead. For example, in the author's view, the US is in a process of erosion of its industrial skeleton, while the European picture is much brighter.

Moreover, European industrial goods have retained their reputation of high quality and thus make it possible for Europeans to sell their goods to China, for example, despite what seems to be prohibitive prices because of the euro exchange rate.

With all the importance of the European economy, it is not Europe that constitutes the major threat for the American economy. The battering ram that could destroy it is coming from Asia, mostly China. The American economy is increasingly unable to compete with Asian goods, and the situation will be worse in the future.

Why is this happening? In the view of the author, it is mostly due to globalization. At the beginning of the post-Cold War era, globalization was hailed in the US as a blessing that would bring absolute economic and implicitly geopolitical domination. But the reality is quite different. And the author suggests that globalization has led to disaster for the American economy. According to his views, Asia has the ability to acquire the technology and skills to compete with the US in nearly all areas. Cheap labor makes Asian goods even more competitive.


The author is absolutely right in seeing in the spread of technology one of the major reasons for the competitiveness of Asian goods, but it is not the only one.

One would have to look closely at American society, its education, government and business to see that many of these segments have become ossified bureaucratic structures that work with exceptional inefficiency and are shielded from any control from market or government.

In many ways, the US has become similar to the USSR in the last decade of its existence, when the Soviet Union had only one first-class and efficient organization - its military force.

But, if the US economy/society in general is becoming increasingly inefficient, how can it maintain its high living standards and engage in expensive imperial adventures?

The author answers this question by pointing to America's ever-increasing borrowing from the outside world, mostly from Asia.
But why do these countries continue to lend to the US? Why at some point do they not dump dollars or treasury notes? Here the author once again rightfully points to the peculiar position of the US in modern society and the reason it still has an almost free ride - at least for a while.

The global community, or at least much of it, wishes to diminish the US role in global affairs, but very few wish it to collapse. With an interdependent global economy and the dollar as the global currency, the collapse of the US would send a shock wave all over the world, leading to unpredictable and possibly global catastrophic consequences similar to those that followed the Great Depression of 1929.

Thus, the logic of self-interest has compelled the world community, including China and other Asian countries, to prop up the American economy. The problem, however, is that people in general are not always logical, and those who make predictions about the economic future of America and the world should always remember this.

Dmitry Shlapentokh, PhD, is associate professor of history, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Indiana University South Bend.

Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East by Clyde Prestowitz. New York: Basic Books, 2005. ISBN: 0465062814 Price: US$26, pages 194

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 01:59 PM

I recommend Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski. It was published in 1944, before the end of WWII. I recently bought it at a neighbors garage sale for $0.10! What a steal.

The book starts off with Jan at a party, making plans for the upcoming week with his friends. He has just returned to Poland after living in various places in Europe while doing his studies. He returns home and receives a knock at the door. When he openes it, he is handed an activation order. His brother and sister in law, with whom he is living, tell him it is no big deal, just a show of force to impress the citizens of the need to be prepared. They laugh at him as he prepares to pack his cold weather underwear, telling him he will be home in a month. He goes to the town train station and finds just about everyone else is there for the activation (they had 4 hours to report there).

He ends up at a military post on the border where they are firebombed by the Luftwaft. He and all the survivors go east in confusion to where they are captured by the Russians...

He ends up becoming part of the underground... sneaks into a concentration camp and does a lot of other amazing activities and sees and reports amazing things. He was the first, or one of the first to report on the evil happenings at the concentration camps.

One of the reasons I find this book interesting is because it describes what we may suffer through here when our country is attacked. It is something that most people don't think can happen here. It is interesting to see this kind of scenario that has played out in the past in other lands and to know that it could here as well. In the beginning of the book, everyone was happy and going about their lives when they were attacked, overrun, and conqured in very short order.

Jan ended up coming to the US during the war and worked at George Washington University (I think) for quite some time. He died in 2000.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 01:20 AM

http://www.worldnetd...RTICLE_ID=52702

This appears to be a legit dollar book sale on tfp related titles good thru 3 Nov.

"So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom" by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

"The Death of the West" by Patrick Buchanan

"Hillary's Secret War: The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists" by Richard Poe

"Guns, Freedom and Terrorism" by Wayne LaPierre

"Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict"

"The Passion: Photography from the Movie The Passion of the Christ"

"The Embarrassed Believer: Reviving Christian Witness in an Age of Unbelief" by Hugh Hewitt

"BIN LADEN: The Man Who Declared War on America" by Yossef Bodansky

"Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth" by Ben Shapiro

etc.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 01:25 PM

An excellent thing I always recommend is Vladimir Bukovsky's ( http://en.wikipedia....adimir_Bukovsky ) The Russian Traveller's Notes (the English version must be Soviet Hypocrisy and Western Gullibility, I'm not sure) together with other articles. An interesting analysis of Western-Soviet relations with a lot of shocking examples. Some quotes deserve to be widely known (I'm not sure in the full correctness, just the sense, as I remember):

"These changes of temperature take place only on one side of the front. On the Soviet side it's always cold. The policy of détent is just a short period of another tactic of the Soviets. As comrade Brezhnev teaches, if you want to break a piece of wire you should curve it in the both directions"

"When I was young and naive I was sure that we were fighting the bad Party and KGB, all the rest were on our side. As I became older I understood that our real enemy is the Soviet Man, which is rather worse. And only when I got to the West I suddenly realized that we were alone against all the world."

"...senator Fullbright, or Brightfool I'm not sure in spelling,..."

"I must admit that the West acts rather worse than the cows [taking a defence perimeter against wolves]. Unlike the cows we have such natural disasters as:

a. sovietologists
b. tradesmen of policy or politics of trading, damn knows
c. a big number of eggheads believing that it's very progressive to be eaten down by wolves"

A quote from his interview to Anna Politkovskaya:

"When I was young the world was strictly separated in black and white parts. Now the frontieres have collapsed, all has mixed up, and we see the world of the same colour everywhere... And this brown colour. The colour of s___."

And also I can remind that several Victor Suvorov's books are free available online in English.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 01:55 PM

>"The Death of the West" by Patrick Buchanan

Damn, and Pat Buchanan, isn't he taken as a Kremlin's spy yet?

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 06:52 PM

I haven't quite finished Anna Politkovskaya's last book "Putin's Russia", but I am close enough to the end to do a short review now. I was prompted to do so by a question about the book that popped up in another thread.

"Putin's Russia" is a series of vignettes and articles depicting individuals and groups of people in various parts of Russian society who find themselves in unhappy and unjust situations. Most of them are the victims of government officials or other powerful people flouting the law, victims of gangsterism, and/or of government failing to carry out its most basic responsibilities.

It's a somewhat depressing book. While the book is set in the year 2000 and afterwards, I recognized the Russia of Solzhenytzin, where you are always at the mercy of the whims of the official.

The book opens with tales of corruption in the military hierarchy and gross abuse of recruits including total disregard for their health and well-being -- not as exceptions but as standard operating procedure. Officers seem almost immune from prosecution for even the worst type of crimes, including murder.

The book also documents the financial crimes of various strongmen who take over large enterprises through fraud and force of arms.

One section deals with the neglect of the submariners in the important Kamchatka base. A part of the book I have not read yet include stories from the well-publicized takeover of a Moscow theater (the Nord-Ost) by what were said to be Chechen guerillas. Another part I haven't read yet deals with the fierce discrimination against Checheners by Russian authorities.

A common thread running through the various stories is perversion of justice in the court system and corruption in the law enforcement authorities. The way Politkovskaya tells it, there is no independent judiciary in Russia. The courts are as clay in the hands of the political authorities and the gangsters, to be molded as these forces see fit. The same charge has also been leveled in more discreet language by Western businessmen. The law enforcement authorities seem to have great latitude to manufacture cases out of thin air, and to coerce you to admit your guilt to imaginary crimes. Simultaniously, if you are powerful enough, they will ensure that no charges are brought against you, and prior offenses can be made to disappear.

If you are reading this review at this website, you are most probably interested in Russia. On those grounds you should read "Putin's Russia". Another reason for reading the book is that, if "Putin's Russia" was one of the main factors that led to the author's death, then you will see how narrow are the boundaries of acceptable criticism in Russia, and you will understand how intolerant the Russian authorities are of criticism.

Over the years I have read many books and articles exposing political and social injustice in the U.S., and describing alleged crimes by high elected officials, including Presidents. I'd say that considering all of this socio-political criticism of America by all of its various writers, I've probably read things that were almost as bad or in some cases even worst than the events in Russia that Politkovskaya's book describes. While her book does not paint a pretty picture of life in today's Russia, if I were an apologist for Russia I think I could manage to explain away a lot of her charges, at least to non-Russians -- "They were exceptions to the case...… She focuses only on the bad, giving a skewed picture..." and so on. The fact that she ended up murdered says much for the state of affairs in Russia. Dictatorship does not seem too harsh a word.

This would also explain the shutdown of independent media outlets in Russia, as well as the murder of at least one of Ms. Politkovskayas editors at the newspaper where she worked, and the mysterious or outright criminal deaths of many other journalists in Russia. Remember too that the Russian government prohibited publication of "Putin's Russia". It was published only outside of the country: in the U.K., and I think a U.S. edition is out now or will be available shortly. The book is currently available from Amazon.com, among other sources.