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    My kids got me a Nook for Father Day so I am rEading my first ebook:
    And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails

    Interesting book so far

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    ODH - I hope you enjoy your Nook as much as my wife and I enjoy ours!

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    No Easy Day by Mark Owen the SEAL who wrote the account of the killing of bin Laden.
    The book was released early yesterday morning in Apple's bookstore. I d/l it and about half done. Interesting.

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    That guy is a db just for writing the book. Special forces operators are supposed to be a humble group with tight lips. I guess his ego just got too big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scuba31 View Post
    That guy is a db just for writing the book. Special forces operators are supposed to be a humble group with tight lips. I guess his ego just got too big.
    Have you read it? I'm only half through it and watching for the ego to pour out and not seeing it yet. Do you feel the same about Men in Green Faces by Gene Wentz?

    Edit: I finished it this morning and rate it about a B.

    It was written in the first person and carried a humble and graciously tone. While maybe about 50% or 40% of the book was devoted to the actual execution of the bin Laden mission it was mainly about what it is like (from a personal perspective) developing as a SEAL and the years of training and sacrifices made as a team member. Additionally he claims he wanted to set the record straight as to how the mission went down rather than have misinformation out there.

    I had some initial reservations about the book when first read it was under review by the Special Services but after reading it have no trouble with him writing it at all. From special forces members such as Gene Wentz chronicling his experiences in the Mekong Delta as a SEAL to Delta Force members it has been done so in the past. The minor published criticisms were a tad over-hyped and heavy on the testosterone (unlike the book) in my opinion.

    By the way, "Mark Owen" is donating the majority of the proceeds from its sale in honor of the men and women and the support of their families who were lost since September 11th. He certainly didn't come across as an egotist. The details were not juicy but it was interesting and I'm glad he wrote it and to have read it.
    Last edited by pm01; 09-06-2012 at 09:47 AM.

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    pm01 - now you have gone and done it - absolutely smashed my preconceived notions about this guy and his book. I guess I'll have to get a copy and actually read it.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    pm01 - now you have gone and done it - absolutely smashed my preconceived notions about this guy and his book. I guess I'll have to get a copy and actually read it.
    You know the book is a decent read but didn't contain any real juicy or earthshaking info. I did enjoy reading his perspective on his ten year service with the SEALS. I was prepare to put it down at the first wiff of being egotistical or Ramboish but it never materialized.

    You know, in years past decisive combat victories were won by tank battalions, foot soldiers, and overwhelming air support. But today, particularly since Vietnam and in a post 9-11 era, it is a world filled with suicide bombers and decentralized terrorist cells so our well being is being handed over more and more to individualized super trained warriors like SEALs and Rangers and Delta Force therfore it's unsurprising the American public wants to know more about the men and women of Special Operations. I think Owens' book helps to do that just a little.
    Last edited by pm01; 09-06-2012 at 09:29 PM.

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    "Firefight Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11" by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman - It's a good book of firsthand accounts of firefighters and other rescuers at the Pentagon. For those of you that are believe in bs conspiracies, the eyewitness accounts won't change your mind obviously but at least you will get real stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scuba31 View Post
    "Firefight Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11" by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman - It's a good book of firsthand accounts of firefighters and other rescuers at the Pentagon. For those of you that are believe in bs conspiracies, the eyewitness accounts won't change your mind obviously but at least you will get real stories.
    Those pretentious d-bags shared their story to become famous off of the tragedy of 9/11. I thought firefighters were supposed to be humble and tight lipped.

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