Not to push the envelope, but now finishing up Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. It's the story of the 2005 Red Wing recon mission in Afghanistan where Luttrell and three SEALS were attacked by a 50+ member force with weapon and terrain advantage (10,000 ft elevation). The battle lasted hours and in the end three SEALS were killed and 35 enemy Taliban soldiers. Unfortunately 16 SEALS and Night Stalkers were also killed when their helo was hit by a rocket grenade when attempting to fly into the hot combat zone without cover of armored gunships to help the pinned down SEALS. Luttrell badly wounded evaded the enemy (with the help of local friendlies) for several days before being rescued. Gripping and gut wrenchingly sad story.
Fair enough, I was just curious.
I know that I've used some choice words fairly recently as well, so I guess that I feel a bit lucky that I didn't get booted (again). :)
PM01 - I read that a while back. I agree on "Gripping and gut wrenchingly sad story" - but the story made me absolutely furious. (At one point my wife took it away from me - the language I was using, out loud, while reading it was scaring the dogs.) We sacrificed a lot of blood to learn the lessons of how to carry out these types of operations. To see them all so totally ignored, again costing those lives, was just more than I could take. I don't wish to take anything away from Mr. Luttrell, his companions, or the SEALs in general - but that operation was a class one, total-and-complete, inexcusable cluster-fluk.
Just finished reading this: This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness,Molestation,Fatness,Spinsterhood,Grief,Dis ease,Lushery,Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.: Augusten Burroughs: 9780312563554: Amazon.com: Books
Probably the most non-BS, straight-forward "self-help" book I've ever read. Really funny but also cuts to the core. It was the right book for me recently - I've just gone through a separation after 14 years of marriage and I immediately hit if off with an amazing, smoking-hot, incredibly nice woman. We had a two-month whirlwind relationship, she was everything I had been looking for over the past few years, she was the perfect woman at the perfect time for me. The perfect drug, so to speak. Only problem was that she was unaware (or so she says) of how recently I separated so she decided to end the relationship cold-turkey with very little discussion. That really tore me up for a while but time heals all wounds, and the book really set my head on straight. Anyway, I devoured it in a day and I am the better for it.
Looking forward to this one coming out on October 16 from Mark Bowden, I've enjoyed his books previously and he seems to get deep access: The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden: Mark Bowden: 9780802120342: Amazon.com: Books