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    You mean "The Terminal Spy". I bought that book a couple years ago but haven't read it yet. Glad to hear it's a good one.
    "The Terminal Spy" it is. Thanks.

    I think it should be in the running for one of the top ten stories of the past decade. Raised lots of questions about the practical science behind "the first incident of nuclear terrorism in history". Yet, though I vaguely remember the news accounts at the time, not THAT big of a deal was made of it. At least not publically in the USA. It happened in England, where it probably caused a greater hue and cry.

    One would think, behind the scenes, that some consternation arose due to the much greater difficulty of detecting Polonium, with it's "alpha" radiation, as opposed to, for example, Uranium with it's "gamma" radiation. It was achieved, only after the fact, once authorities knew what to look for, since Polonium leaves a persistent trail.

    Following that detection trail from restaurants, to offices, and to hotel rooms (England and Germany), with specific planes and seat assignments uncovered, and realizing the difficulty of detection concurrent with actual polonium presence, was creepy.

    Though the intransigence of the Russians toward foreign investigators was, perhaps, understandable, the evidence suggests a state sponsored assassination. Also creepy.
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    Finished "Killing Rommel" by Steven Pressfield.

    Pressfield is one of if not my outright favorite author so I came into the book expecting to enjoy it and I wasn't disappointed. Not quite on the level of "Gates of Fire" (although very, very few books are in my opinion) but it was right up there with the other two novels by Pressfield that I've read.

    The book follows a series of fictional patrols by the British Long Range Desert Group during late 1942 behind the German lines in North Africa.

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    I finished The Hours and wouldn't recommend it. I saw that they made a movie from it and can't see how that book would make a good movie.
    Currently, half-way through Thom Wolfe's A Man in Full. Enjoyable book, it is like Bonfire of Vanities for Atlanta in the late 90's.

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    Just finished THE PERPETUAL PRISONER MACHINE-an excellent look on how the privatization of the penal system actually makes individuals money-the depth of his research is extraordinary. The profit margins are unreal and surprised even me .
    '' Literally thousands of house hold name stocks are in the prison industry-more than 2,000 mutual funds are in operation , and an estimated 69 million people , or 44% of all US households ,derive a small portion of their profits from crime .''DYER.

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    The Rougues March, A history of the San Patricios. The Mexican American War saw the highest desertion rate (13%) ever. Many, U.S. Grant included, saw the war as immoral. Mix in Nativism and you have a recipe for disaster, hundreads of Irish and German conscripts defect from the army and fight for Mexico against America. Great story unfolding on the pages before me (bout 1/2 way through). Great so far

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    OC you are catholic correct? Could you reccomend any good books to introduce Catholic beliefs and theology to a non-catholic such as myself?

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    Blew through "Secret Commandos" by Maj John Plaster over the course of yesterday and today.

    The book details the three tours that Maj Plaster served with the Studies and Observations Group during the Vietnam War including details about his training to become a Special Forces soldier, the 22 missions that he ran behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia and his experience flying forward air control for recon teams as a Covey Rider.

    This is actually the second book about SOG written by Maj Plaster that I've read, he's got another book that is more of a general history of the unit this one again being a more personal narrative about his experiences.

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    I just finished Andre Agassi's autobiography, Open, and really liked it. Now I'm reading Caught, by Harlan Coben. Next I'm looking forward to Lee Child's newest Jack Reacher book, 61 Hours, which will be available on my Kindle in about two weeks.
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    Got a pile of books I've been starting to read, but the last book I did actually finish was Klosterman's "Fargo Rock City"

    Probably starting in on Downtown Owl soon, but also have to finish up The Shack before getting back on my pop culture wagon of books.

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