Billed as an introduction to firearms for the normally anti-gun black community, this book is actually a good introduction to firearms for everybody sprinkled with a little perspective of what it is like to be a black gun owner in America. Rev. Kenneth Blanchard is great guy; I've met him and shared a meal and range time with him.
Dated now, but this has got to be one of the most in-your-face books on race and class in America I've ever read. Ok. Ok. Its the only book on race and class in America I've ever read, but this book is great. Be prepared to be offended, because that's how this book works to get its point across.
This is a well told, even handed account of the events at Ruby Ridge. It covers the background of the Weaver family and the life that led them to live on the mountain, the entrapment of Randy Weaver that precipitated the FBI stand-off on Ruby Ridge, the shoot-out that killed Vicki Weaver and her son, and the trial after the incident. It was so compelling, that I couldn't put it down. This ranks as one of the all-time best books I've ever read.
D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose
This is an incredible retelling of the D-Day invasions in Normandy that was the start of the end of War World II. If you ever want to know about the countless preparations, the perils of the invasion that almost wasn't, and the drive across Fortress Europe by the combined allied forces, this book has it all. It was such a good read, my wife and I vacationed in Normandy, France, once just to see all the sites mentioned in the book.
Lessons from Armed America by Mark Walters and Kathy Jackson
This books takes real-world self defense shooting stories and mixes in the lessons everyone should learn from them. It is the book Massad Ayoob, author of In the Gravest Extreme, says he wishes he had written. This is the thinking persons book to armed self-defense.
This is the gripping tale of Taffy 3, a group of U.S. Navy escort carriers and destroyers, that held off the mighty Japanese Center-force naval armada during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War II. The tide of the war in the Pacific could have been won or lost with the retaking of the Philippines which started with the invasion of Leyte Gulf by U.S. forces. Had Taffy 3 not sacrificed itself, especially the sailor of the destroyers and destroyer escorts -- affectionately called "tin cans" -- the war in the Pacific would have turned out to be much more protracted and costly.
Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir by John McCain
Senator John McCain recalls the military service of his grandfather and father and retells the events of his long captivity in Vietnam. It is a very honest and touching book, whereby McCain does not gloss over the fact that is grandfather, an Admiral in the Navy, was forced to retire, or that his father was drunk, or that he himself broke under torture. This is an emotional telling of the military service of three generations of the McCain family.
Moment of Truth in Iraq by Michael Yon
Michael Yon, veteran, blogger, and self-financed war correspondent, embeds with several different units in Iraq and tells their stories. It is a no-holds-barred account of what he saw and experienced while living with troops and patrolling the streets of Iraq. If you really want to know what it was like in the sand box for our soldiers, this is the authoritative narrative.
And if you ever want to know about the decisive wars of modern-day Israel, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren recounts how the Israelis beat Egypt, Syria and Jordan simultaneously in a six day shoot-out that ended up defining the boundaries of modern-day Israel. And The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War by Howard Blum tells how Israel almost got wiped off the map only a few years later.