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u/Ding84tt · 282 pointsr/politics

>build a fence along the US-Mexico border


>and abolish the Federal Reserve

You say, as if this is a secret part of his platform and as if he didn't write a book about it. Give me a few reasons to keep the Federal Reserve Bank, and maybe I'll consider that a negative on his platform.

>put America back on the gold standard.

Technically false. He does believe in the gold standard, but his position is really to legalize competing currencies to the Federal Reserve note, like gold and silver (which is the Constitutional position). He wants to overturn Nixon's executive order, which would legalize gold as a currency for those who wanted to use it, but would not "put us back on the gold standard" overnight.

>he's against gay marriage

No, he isn't. He has his own views on what marriage means, but he has no will or intent to impose those views on any others.

>is STILL making racist remarks

You say, citing an article from 2006 with no racist quotes, comments, or remarks in it. Show me a current or even old video of Ron Paul saying something racist and derogatory. Show me something that refutes this and I'll believe you.

>believes in New World Order conspiracy theories

You say, as if it isn't becoming increasingly obvious as the days pass that the world is succumbing to the economic control of a few. It doesn't take conspiracy theory to pay attention to the situation with the collapsing Euro after the warnings of those who condemned the European ruling class for attempting to create a European state, or to pay attention to the Trilateral Commission, or the CFR, or to the fact that the President just signed a bill allowing indefinite detention of US citizens, the Occupy movements being met with excessive force for going up against the entanglement of the banksters and the bureaucrats. In fact, anyone who doesn't believe to an extent that there is a blatant conspiracy to concentrate power and wealth out of the hands of the many and into the hands of the few has their head buried in the sand and is in no way prepared for the coming crises that we as a nation and a world face in the coming years.

u/logicalutilizor · 247 pointsr/politics

>build a fence along the US-Mexico border


>and abolish the Federal Reserve

You say, as if this is a secret part of his platform and as if he didn't write a book about it. Give me a few reasons to keep the Federal Reserve Bank, and maybe I'll consider that a negative on his platform.

>put America back on the gold standard.

Technically false. He does believe in the gold standard, but his position is really to legalize competing currencies to the Federal Reserve note, like gold and silver (which is the Constitutional position). He wants to overturn Nixon's executive order, which would legalize gold as a currency for those who wanted to use it, but would not "put us back on the gold standard" overnight.

>he's against gay marriage

No, he isn't. He has his own views on what marriage means, but he has no will or intent to impose those views on any others.

>is STILL making racist remarks

You say, citing an article from 2006 with no racist quotes, comments, or remarks in it. Show me a current or even old video of Ron Paul saying something racist and derogatory. Show me something that refutes this and I'll believe you.

>believes in New World Order conspiracy theories

You say, as if it isn't becoming increasingly obvious as the days pass that the world is succumbing to the economic control of a few. It doesn't take conspiracy theory to pay attention to the situation with the collapsing Euro after the warnings of those who condemned the European ruling class for attempting to create a European state, or to pay attention to the Trilateral Commission, or the CFR, or to the fact that the President just signed a bill allowing indefinite detention of US citizens, the Occupy movements being met with excessive force for going up against the entanglement of the banksters and the bureaucrats. In fact, anyone who doesn't believe to an extent that there is a blatant conspiracy to concentrate power and wealth out of the hands of the many and into the hands of the few has their head buried in the sand and is in no way prepared for the coming crises that we as a nation and a world face in the coming years.


Wow it's sad when the top comment is a spampost, and the only way to refute the spampost is with another spampost. Fucking pathetic /politics.

*edit: lol WTF is wrong with you people, stop commenting on the content! it's flawed, THAT'S THE POINT!

u/Godphase3 · 235 pointsr/pics

There's a book written by the man who this facebook post is to, Marcus Luttrel, who is the sole survivor of Operation Red Wings in which Michael P. Murphy is killed. It's called Lone Survivor and though I don't necessarily agree with all the politics, it's a harrowing account of persistence and survival.

EDIT: Since I'm recommending books, anyone who has read or may be interested in Lone Survivor should read the book Unbroken about Olympic runner and WW2 bombardier Louie Zamperini's struggle for survival after being shot down over the Pacific Ocean.

u/poliphilosophy · 157 pointsr/The_Donald

Link to book:

Link to track "Movers & Shakers":



u/Lee_Ars · 124 pointsr/WeirdWings

According to Ben Rich in Skunk Works, the challenge was in creating a design that broke down into a series of triangles when viewed from every major angle. 90-degree angles provide clear radar reflection, so everything had to be oblique and obtuse angles. (Contrary to popular opinion, stealth is far more a product of an aircraft's shape than anything else. Radar absorbing material absolutely helps, but shape is the critical factor—even more so than size. An enormous F-117A-shaped aircraft would have pretty much the same radar cross section as a small one.)

And they did it—when you look at the Have Blue demonstrator or the F-117 final planform, it's all triangles—everything is triangles. The resulting design is unstable on all 3 axes and wouldn't work without fly-by-wire, but it does work.

The usage of triangular facets was a limitation of the computing power available to engineers in the 70s when Have Blue was being designed. More modern stealth airplanes like the B-2 and the F-22 have fewer facets and more curves because they were built with supercomputers that could work out the complex radar cross section equations necessary.

u/smokinJoeCalculus · 93 pointsr/nfl
u/fat_osvaldo · 91 pointsr/politics

Link to the Amazon reviews

Hint: They're gold.

Top 5 star review currently:

> Nothing new here. The book is full of lies, just like Hillary. I'm leaving a five star review so I don't get straight up murdered.

u/ay_gov · 69 pointsr/todayilearned

If you haven't already read it and stuff like this interests you I just finished Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich. Rich was Kelly Johnson's successor and went on to design the F-117. The book was a really good read with a bunch of interesting anecdotes from pilots and engineers involved with all kinds of different skunk works projects.

u/Zenmachine83 · 66 pointsr/politics

>And his endorsement speech was not nearly as full-throated as previous candidates. Stuff like that matters. Sanders misled his supporters for 36 days into thinking he was contesting the convention. That foments division, which was and continues to be a huge problem.

One, Sanders offered to campaign for HRC in rust belt states and was denied. You know, those three states that cost us the electoral college. Two, Sanders campaign staff worked hand in hand with HRC staff to quell the revolt at the convention which could have been far worse than it was. Three, the Sanders camp took down ads that the Clinton campaign thought were too damaging in certain states. Seriously read Shattered and you will get a pretty good feel for the relationship between the two campaigns. Hillary took Sanders campaign personally and therefore wasn't able to put her anger aside and team to campaign in any meaningful way. That and the decision to completely give up on grassroots organizing were huge blows to her campaign in MI, PA, and WI.

u/clarkkent09 · 57 pointsr/The_Donald

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is awesome. I would strongly recommend her book Infidel (and others), especially to any liberal who pretends to care about women's rights.

EDIT: I meant Infidel, although Nomad is great too

u/halberdier25 · 51 pointsr/Military

Don't forget to also read Fick's One Bullet Away.

Generation Kill was written by the embedded Rolling Stone reporter, but One Bullet Away was written by the officer commanding that platoon.

u/Volgin · 48 pointsr/pics

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed is mostly about the F117 but also has a lot of info on the SR71 that came before it including how they got Titanium from the Russians through a dummy company in the UK, awesome read.

u/Death_Bard · 46 pointsr/Roadcam

Skunk Works

It’s one of my favorite books. It covers development of the U-2, SR-71, & F-117.

u/VA_Network_Nerd · 45 pointsr/USMCboot

The meme response is to advise you to apply judicious quantities of alcohol until the feelings subside.

Your feelings sound perfectly rational to me.

Many Commandants as well as Gen Mattis have advocated for learning from those who have gone before us from their teachings recorded in books & stories.

You might find some comfort in the stories of those who have already walked this path.


Before you engage your chain of command, I encourage you to seek out a more junior combat veteran in your unit and discuss your unease.

I'm not saying "Don't engage your CoC." I'm suggesting you try getting guidance from a pseudo-peer first.

u/GhostofSenna · 43 pointsr/todayilearned

The F117 was designed to be as invisible as possible. When Ben Rich was trying to sell the plane to goverment personnel he would walk into their office and roll a marble across their desk and say "heres your plane", because that represented its radar cross section. That seems pretty damn invisible to me.

I highly recommend the book Skunkworks to anyone interested in first hand accounts of producing some of Lockheed's greatest creations.

EDIT: I was just looking through my copy of Skunkworks to find the passage. Here it is! I found another interesting passage where they were having a F117 model tested by a government official to verify Skunkworks radar claims, and it was virtually invisible.

u/DrWangerBanger · 43 pointsr/OutOfTheLoop

I was going to write up a big thing, but honestly, I'm not the person to do it. The short version is that, no, they're not joking. Some people on the_donald probably are just trolls who are fucking around, but most of the people who post there are serious. Those posts mostly make it to the front page as a direct result of bots (check out /r/all/rising) but there still is a large population of real people who actively upvote and post on that stuff.

Its a complicated scene that ties in a lot of different threads of people together including 4chan/8chan shit posters, actual conservative americans, and legitimate racists with some serious overlap included between those groups. Although you might traditionally think of reddit users as young, educated, and socially liberal, it's important to remember that this site has long since expanded past the type of audience you might expect out of a similar site like slashdot and - just like in real life - there is now a huge range of people who post here.

If you're at all interested in learning more, I would suggest you read The Elephant in the Room, a short book by Jon Ronson detailing the interaction the Trump campaign has with the alt-right and - in particular - one of its leading members, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (a man who believes Sandy Hook was a fake, orchestrated false flag government operation). Also, Ronson's book Them has some pretty haunting and prophetic stories in it about the KKK attempting to rebrand and mainstream its message starting in the late 90's/early 2000's to gain political influence that really resonates and appears to have really come to term.

u/CareToRemember · 41 pointsr/politics

Amazon's reviews are the best:

my fav:

1.0 out of 5 starsThe Art of the Shakedown by Hill and Tim

ByElaineon September 16, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

I bought this thinking it would be a how-to book. I wanted "How to set up your own Foundation for fun and profit." Also, would like to have seen a chapter on "Ten easy steps to setting up your own secure server in a bathroom."

I do hear there's going to be a sequel, tentatively called "The Art of the Shakedown." Should be interesting.

u/Plexfused · 38 pointsr/engineering

Skunk Works, it's literally about aerospace/defense/rockets. I recommend it.

u/Choppa790 · 31 pointsr/SubredditDrama

Read In the Garden of Beasts, the account by the U.S ambassador to Nazi Germany. The regime tolerated random street violence in the years prior to the war. It killed some of its best and brightest only because they were Jewish. The Nazi leaders lived in opulent mansions with excess riches while the German people were struggling. The only reason Germany improved economically is because it ignore the debt owed to American bankers and other foreigners.

And Hitler was an ugly little man that had a bunch of psychopaths around him, which made him even worse.

His post is full of shit, "factoring out" the Holocaust is right up there with Holocaust Denial.

Ugh, the /r/niggers and /r/whiterights are leaking.

Edit: Wrong book title.

u/MrShapinHead · 30 pointsr/bestof

I’m sure I’ll be downvoted in this environment for saying this, but there’s a big difference between the Nazi party who hunted and murdered millions of people and Trump and the people who voted for him. Your comment in this context is dramatic and really offensive.

edit: In case you all want to learn something more about the Nazi party and the buildup to what amounted to the Holocaust, I highly recommend that you read Erik Larson's book, In the Garden of Beasts. I think you'll gain a better sense of what the Nazi party was like building up to the war. Also -- if I'm not downvoted to oblivion, please remember that Kristallnacht's 80th anniversary is this week. If you are unfamiliar with Kristallnacht and what it meant to Nazi Germany, THIS is something I encourage you to learn about. It was one of the first outward attacks on the Jewish people by the country they lived in, called home for generations and only a generation ago, fought for in WWI.

u/acranox · 30 pointsr/pics

If you haven't, you should read Skunk Works. I highly enjoyed it.

u/bl00dshooter · 30 pointsr/brasil

Ela deveria ter aprendido com o OJ Simpson. Primeiro você é inocentado em julgamento, depois você escreve o livro '[If] I did it: Confessions of the killer'.

u/Dictionary_Roulette · 29 pointsr/politics

I guess there isn't much point in reading it now, but the book is literal.

u/KapinKrunch · 28 pointsr/books

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood


Dystopic, Science Fiction.

A deep, sometimes disturbing dystopic sci-fi novel from an author that generally doesn't write in the genre. Definitely not an easy read on an emotional and literary level either but I couldn't put it down in grade 11 when I read it for a class.

Amazon - Oryx and Crake

u/InconvienientFacts · 28 pointsr/hillaryclinton

> Campaigning on the sole basis of "Hey, at least we're not the other guy" and half-hearted centrist policies isn't enough.

She didn't though. The biggest word in the word cloud of her speeches in "Jobs" and there is an actual book you can download called Stronger Together about her gazillion policy proposals that supplements her web page and many many policy oriented speeches.

Which you would know if you went to her web site, read her book, listened to her campaign speeches (hers or her surrogates), or subscribed to her mailing list (which sent me awesome policy videos like this one).

If you don't know these things then you probably got all your news from Bernie and yeah, Bernie did an absolutely horrible job promoting her. After spending all primary slandering her character and record he couldn't wave pom poms for her without admitting he'd been lying himself blue in the face during the primary so instead Bernie pushed the narrative, "At least she's not trump".

And I agree, thats a stupid horrible useless narrative. I'm proud to say that when Hillary lost to Obama in 2016 she showed massively more class than Bernie and honestly supported him with a whole heart.

u/LIGHTNlNG · 27 pointsr/islam


I'm glad you are interested in learning about Islam. Here are a few videos of former Atheists finding Islam, and I highly recommend reading through the Quran, and a biography of prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as well.


u/mugrimm · 27 pointsr/politics

I worked for OFA as well as the DCCC and a few other national candidates as well. I can 100% tell you her campaign was significantly worse than average. No matter what you think of Clinton as a person her campaign structure fucked up over and over again, from refusing to campaign in the midwest, to ignoring the server issue until it was too late (she literally had no response or apology for like 6 months), to running a base turnout campaign that somehow focused on moderates instead of the base, to wasting way too much money on ads (ad money that her campaign workers got a cut of just for buying btw), to not having any central vision, and having a completely undefined message and a super obscured political structure. There was like a one month period where she just chilled and didn't campaign publicly at all. I've worked with multiple presidential campaigns and I've NEVER heard of a situation where paid staff can't get through to the candidates inner circle to tell them things like "We're losing our state" or "You need to poll now and stop relying entirely on analytics".

If you haven't read Shattered, I highly recommend you do. The authors are former staff of Debbie Wasserman Shultz. It's not a hit piece on HRC, it's people who were on the ground with HRCs people and saw the same disorder and disarray that was in her 2008 primary campaign as per Game Change. The similarities are STUNNING. Her hating the media and them returning the favor. Her refusal to make decisions when staff disagreed resulting in constant power struggles. Her hiring multiple staff to do the same thing resulting in them working against eachother. The guys who wrote it like HRC but they saw a massive clusterfuck and wrote it down. Much of it was corroborated by the leaked emails.

She's the Tony Romo of the Democrats. She should do amazing, but she always trips over her dick right when she needs to do well.

Trump getting elected required everything to go his way, and many of those things the campaign had direct control over.

Other countries try to interfere in our politics all the time. Nixon and China, Reagan and Iran. For it to work though the other person needs to be fucking up.

u/lifeinrednblack · 26 pointsr/AskTrumpSupporters

>This is in the first or second year of at least a 4 year term and potential 8 year term.

As mentioned in my original question, Trump has being accused of racism and dealing with racial accusations dating back as far as the early 1970s. Before he was even on the national stage. This wasn't something that begun in 2016 and picked up in an attempt to "find dirt" on him as you seem to claim in your response. There were many many people who came forward.

Here's a list of things he's dealt with directly (note there are some moments of seemingly anti-racist acts). His "introduction" to the public eye was a report of him being sued by the DOJ for being racist. But that isn't it.

Here's a book published in 1991 also accusing Trump of being racist .

>Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.

The author recently wrote another article going into more detail and with more accounts.


He lost a discrimination suit in 1992


Here's an article from 2015 highlighting accusations made against Trump in the early 1980s

>"When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,” he said. “It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back."

It should be noted that, Trump isn't even the subject matter of that article.


He had a fairly bigoted response to the 2010 mosque fiasco

>Letterman wondered: "Describe for me what insensitivity is manifested if it's built there?" And Letterman fretted: "Does this suggest that we are in fact officially at war with Muslims?"

>To which, Trump observed: "Well, somebody knocked down the World Trade Center."
>Well, somebody's blowing us up. I mean, somebody's blowing up buildings, and somebody's doing lots of bad stuff, David.


I don't point to all of these in an attempt to try and convince you Donald Trump is racist. I do so because I'm struggling seeing how the top answer on this question is that accusation that Trump is racist is "way off base".

Can you see how it would be strange to a NS that the first thing that popped into many NN here's mind is racism. When, at this point believing Trump isn't racist is pretty much faith based (which is fine) considering it goes against court cases and accusations dating back all the way to the 70s?

u/Wombattington · 26 pointsr/UnresolvedMysteries

You absolutely can. The Goldman's sued for the rights to the book and won back in 2007. They published it under the title If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer. You can buy it pretty much anywhere. Here's an Amazon link.

u/_616_ · 26 pointsr/books

Oryx and Crake. I didn't expect to like it much but I loved it.

Edit: Just finished Unbroken which is an awesome tale of survival in WW2.

u/chabanais · 25 pointsr/Conservative

I don't recall them doing this with any Conservative authors.

Take Donald Trump's book where almost all of the 1 star reviews are not from verified purchases.

Seems like Amazon is picking sides... do you see a problem with that?

u/ihedenius · 23 pointsr/europe

European authorities should have ensured the 'refugees' actually are refugees and not economical migrants.

Below a list of newspaper articles and swedish government papers dating back to 1989 addressing asylum seekers. In summary since 2002 averaging 90% lack passports. Lack of passports can greatly complicate investigation of true identity and the expulsion process. 'Refugees' are known since 1989 to make up stories (scroll down, it's documented in government papers).


Svenska Dagbladet [one of two major swedish national broadsheets] wrote an opinion piece 2008, noting that 96% lack passports

>The much written of case in Uppsala ... raises many questions about society's control functions. An interesting detail is that charges have not yet been brought against the man because the police can not determine his identity. According to Upsala Nya Tidning [a newspaper] the police investigates three different identities.

>At the time of writing, the Uppsala man could be in principle anyone. He may be a criminal on the run from the law in any other European country. Or a luck seeker in Sweden to milk the social insurance system. Or, of course, he may be a refugee seeking protection from the violent repression of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


>To emphasize the difficult situation that the decision-makers at the Migration Board have to deal with can be mentioned that only four percent of those who applied for asylum in Sweden in 2008 showed valid passports at the time of application.


>It's hard to believe that all these asylum seekers lost their identity documents in civil war or natural disasters. A more reasonable assumption is that behavior has been adapted to the specifically Swedish and probably benevolent migration system, which made it easier to gain access to the country as paperless than with the help of their CV [resume].


The other major national broadsheet Dagens Nyheter wrote a news piece 2013 that 90% lack passports.

>When people come to Sweden and seek asylum, 90 percent lack passports. When they enter Schengen, the refugee-migrant-smuggler is taking care of the passports again,


In Norway, Aftenposten, Norways largest newspaper wrote 2013, that 10% has valid travel documents

>In the past four years, 43,709 asylum seekers have come to Norway. About ten percent of these bring passports or other valid travel documents.


Sweden 2012, video from Rosengård [Malmö]

>"Whoever speaks honestly, tells the truth, is not accepted."

>"... I lied ... you have to lie"


Ayaan Hirsi Ali noted in her book "Infidel" that she lied 1992 on arriving along with lots of others.

>At the end of August, I got an official letter from the Dutch refugee office. My heart sank; this must be my letter of rejection. I would be sent to Canada, or to Nairobi—it amounted to the same thing. I didn't deserve refugee status; it was over. When Mina saw my face, I confessed to her that I had lied to the authorities. She shrugged and said she had lied, too; the camp was full of people with manufactured stories quaking that they would be thrown out.

Quoted from Swedish Government Bill 2003/04:50 (A parliamentary paper proposing legislation).

>"Of those who sought asylum in Sweden in 2002, 88 per cent lacked passports."


The Svenska Dagbladet broadsheet again Feb 2003 writes

>"Nine out of ten seek asylum without a passport"

>"Several important government initiatives are blocked by the fact that we have a very large influx of people without asylum grounds and in some groups 100 percent do not have ID documents," says Lisa Pelling, political expert at migration minister Jan O Karlsson.


>Refugees from Iraq, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Somalia almost always lack ID documents.

>The lack of passport makes it very complicated to enforce rejections," says Alicia Bengtsson.


Swedish Parliamentary Protocol, December 1989

>"Most asylum seekers are completely missing travel documents" - Erkki TAMMENOKSA(S).

>Parliamentary Minutes 1989/90:46, Thursday, December 14, Kl. 9:00 to 23:10

The last sane moment in swedish immigration handling, the (in sweden) famous "Lucia Decision" had just been taken, putting a halt to immigration because of the numbers and the documentlessness of 'refugees'.

As early as 1989, the Swedish government tightened the law to counteract "asylum abuse" and "documentlessness".

>"Government letter 1989/90:68 on immigration and refugee policy"

>"The government has also taken action against the increasing abuse of the right to asylum. It is common for persons to seek asylum in Sweden invoking right to asylum despite the fact that the grounds for asylum are very weak. In the case of the individual case, it is often found that such asylum seekers significantly exaggerates their fears about returning to their home country. The applicant does not rarely supply false documents and tells made up stories. This has been established through country knowledge, the applicant's own data and investigations in the individual case. "

>"This is an international problem and partly because asylum immigration is the only door open to people who want to leave their home countries for reasons other than being persecuted. This is part of the explanation for the so-called documentlessness, ie that asylum seekers come here without either identity or travel documents, although they obviously must have had such [travel documents] at the beginning of the trip. As the asylum seekers lacks or withholds their documents, the investigations in the asylum cases are greatly complicated. The processing times are extended and in many cases complicates or make impossible to expulsion to first asylum country."

>"In proposition 1988/89:86 with proposals for foreigner-legislation, etc., are proposals aimed at addressing the increasing problem of documentlessness. This includes incarceration for reasons of investigation and options for police and customs to investigate hand luggage and clothes. These parts of the bill have been suspended by the Riksdag according to Chapter 2, Section 12, third paragraph, of the Government Form. [Swedish 'constitution']"

>"In autumn 1989, the UNHCR Executive Committee adopted recommendations aimed at rectifying the abuse of asylum rights through international and national measures. Therefore on November 2, 1989, the Government has declared in a single asylum case a sharpening in examining a documentless asylum seekers' reasons for obtaining a residence permit in Sweden. The sharpening means that a documentlessness which has a purpose to mislead shall result in reduced confidence in the alleged asylum grounds unless strong reasons is against such an assessment. "


NYTIMES, Australia 2013

>"While we waited to be rescued, the Iranians set about destroying their passports. “So they can’t deport you,”



>Deported: "F_ck Australia Remember 9/11"

April 16, 2015 CNN

>Italian police: Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard


u/Roygbiv856 · 23 pointsr/videos

You haven't heard about his book?

u/chozanwan · 23 pointsr/neoliberal

Has anyone talked about the hypocrisy of his BEZOS act coupled with this information?

That is, how does he reconcile his assertion that Amazon doesn't pay fulfillment workers a living wage while simultaneously leveraging this labor by selling Our Revolution and Where We Go From Here on Amazon? I imagine a substantial portion of his book income came from sales on Amazon.

u/lenaro · 22 pointsr/polandball

A) This is what you sound like

B) Having Putin vouch for you is not a good look.

u/Phi_ZeroEscape · 22 pointsr/hillaryclinton

She had more policy than any other candidate, including during the primaries. The notion that her entire campaign was "Trump bad" is an invention by Bernie Bros who don't like to listen to what women actually say.

u/CawoodsRadio · 21 pointsr/politics

Yea, a good and somewhat scary book to read that gives some insight into Nazi Germany and what it was like is In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

u/VisualAssassin · 21 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

Skunk Works is a fantastic read for anyone interested in the development of stealth flight.

u/alexanderwales · 21 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

The biggest part is that he wrote a book called "If I Did It" which outlines how he "would have done it". As for why everyone thought (and thinks) that he was guilty:

  • There was DNA evidence (fairly new at the time).
  • There was blood evidence. (The defense claimed it was mishandled and that they were trying to frame OJ.)
  • His lawyers convinced him to turn himself in, but instead of showing up at the courthouse he led them on a "low speed chase" around LA, and there was also a suicide note (sort of). (This is circumstantial evidence, but that still counts for a lot in the court of public opinion.)
  • A knife salesman claimed he had sold Simpson a knife similar to that used in the murder a few weeks prior. (This was thrown out.)
  • A witness saw his car speeding away from the house on the night of the murders. (This was also thrown out.)
  • Simpson had no alibi. (Circumstantial, but especially suspicious because witness testimony indicates that he wasn't home during that time, contrary to his claim. His story also changed a number of times, and according to witnesses his car was missing from his home at the time of the murders.)
  • Crime scene evidence was found at OJ's house - a bloody glove that was a pair to the one found at the crime scene, and which OJ was known to have owned. (It did not fit most likely because it was frozen and then thawed multiple times as part of evidence procedures - something which the prosecutor was cautioned about but ignored.)
  • OJ had obvious motive.

    There's more, but all that is why people think he did it.

    Edit: While I was refreshing my memory on this stuff, I read that the Goldman family got the rights to the book from OJ in the civil suit, and have reprinted it. I first read most of it when it was leaked online. It's pretty fascinating stuff - and it has a forward by the Goldmans which is hilariously titled "He Did It". Only $10 on Amazon.
u/SpaceIsKindOfCool · 20 pointsr/woahdude

The U-2 was an amazing airplane.

At cruising altitude of 70,000 feet (over 13 miles) nothing else in the world at the time could even get close to touching it. When the US started using the U-2 to fly over the USSR the Russians were able to track the flights, but even their highest performance jets and surface to air missiles were unable to take out the U-2. Russia spent a considerable amount of time and money working on a way to stop these flights. For 4 full years the US was able to photograph any part of Russia with amazing resolution before the Soviets managed to shoot one of the planes down with their newly developed SA-2 missiles. According to people who worked on the U-2 program around 90% of US intelligence information for those 4 years was provided by the U-2.

I highly recommend Skunk Works by Ben Rich. He worked on the U-2, SR-71, F-117A, and several other top secret aircraft. His book is probably the best I've ever read.

u/take_5 · 20 pointsr/politics

Except for the part where Hillary literally wrote a fucking book about what she stood for:

u/redbarff · 19 pointsr/todayilearned

There is a really cool book about the development of these early stealth aircrafts. What I got from it is that they used a specific field of mathematics to calculate the optimal geometry for deflecting the radar signals. And also paint the aircraft with painting that would absorb some of the signal. It was also stated in the book that the reason for the F117 having such sharp angles was due to the limited computational power at that time.

u/thinkforyourself · 17 pointsr/Roadcam

I learned all of this stuff because someone left a copy of the book Skunk Works on a shelf in a storage closet at work. I never was interested in the topic beforehand and didn't expect to be so enthralled but it offers a fascinating insight into the world of US black military programs. I'm not usually one to offer endorsements but legitimately I couldn't put this book down. The matter of fact nature and the first hand account is fascinating.

u/the_popcorn_pisser · 17 pointsr/subredditoftheday

You guys are being disingenuous. For such defenders of Hillary you really don't seem to know much about the campaign. That very specific phrase didn't come from Hillary, it came from her staffers, another show if the incompetence of her team and her campaign in general. I strongly suggest you read this book.

u/rhinny · 17 pointsr/books

Lighter non-fiction that I have recently loved:

Jon Ronson: Them. Spending time with conspiracy nuts, but quick and self-conscious investigative journalism. It's fun and interesting.

Erik Larson: Devil in the White City. At the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, a serial killer sets up a building to attract and in which to murder stray people who wouldn't be missed. This book reads like a bestseller mass-market paperback murder mystery, but it's based in truth (albeit with some literary embellishments.)

Benjamin Wallace: The Billionaire's Vinegar. Tremendously expensive wine and international wine-sales fraud. Super-rich people are ridiculous.

u/Chartis · 17 pointsr/SandersForPresident

The last chapter of Bernie's book 'Our Revolution' is quite strong is telling this aspect. I encourage users to buy it from a local Mom & Pop if possible, or ask their library to bring in it if they don't already have it.

u/Mikal_Scott · 17 pointsr/The_Donald

I prefer to spend my time reading the Reviews of her book

u/howitzer86 · 16 pointsr/politics

There was a lead up to that point though. When it happens, it won't come out of nowhere and surprise us. Before that point there were regular attacks on Jews and businesses from the SA youth who regularly held marches throughout the country.

Hell, if you didn't salute when they came by, a group at the end of the march would break off, drag you into an alley, and beat you to death. Sometimes they'd beat you in broad daylight, in front of police who would stand by and watch.

I read about these sorts of things in In The Garden of Beasts, which is actually about our Ambassador to Germany in the lead-up to World War II.

u/diehard1972 · 16 pointsr/WarplanePorn

From Ben Rich's book, SkunkWorks, he would take ball bearings and roll them across desks at the Pentagon "Here's your new plane on radar". Took them a while to prove to many that it was true.

u/1point618 · 16 pointsr/SF_Book_Club

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

Simultaneously a post-apocalypse and a dystopian novel, the final novel in the trilogy was just released, so this might be a good chance for those of us (like me) who have never read this modern classic to catch up.

u/chadcf · 16 pointsr/TrueReddit

> He did sort of bring out the idiocy that is the Bohemian Grove

Jon Ronson did that (discussed in his book Them: Adventures with Extremists). Jones was just along for the ride and made a crappy movie about it that twisted everything from being a stupid rich person summer camp into human sacrifice and demonic rituals.

u/JohnnyMarrJaguar · 16 pointsr/canada

I think female genital mutilation is an absolute horror. They cut out little girls clitoris with scissors and no anesthetic because it is considered against Allah for them to experience sexual pleasure. This is the stuff of horror movies and nightmares.

I think these references should be in the citizenship guide because it's far too common among the cultures we are tapping for immigration and I think it's essential that those becoming Canadians are informed that we consider these practices to be barbaric and unacceptable.

For further evidence, I look at stories of Canadian Muslim men raping their wives and beating them with hockey sticks and insisting in court that they simply didn't know these things were wrong ... and sometimes being found not guilty because of their ignorance.

u/masetheace64 · 15 pointsr/AskHistorians

Cool Fact. The U.S. ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, William Dodd, saw a lot of Hitlers rise to power and his changes to Germany. He saw a lot of Antisemitism, Anti-American, rise and influence of the Zazi part. His daughter even dated (maybe slept) with some members of the rurssian communist party and Nazi party. He tried to arrange a meeting with FDR and Hitler but I think the Nazi party refused. A whole book called In the Garden of The Beast was written about it.

Here is a handy wiki link about William Dodd too.

u/ComoImports · 15 pointsr/todayilearned

I would highly recommend Skunk Works by former head of Lockheed Skunk Works Ben Rich

u/[deleted] · 15 pointsr/politics

"“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes… Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else…Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that’s guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks."

Edit: Since you decided to delete your reply questioning me, I'll just post this here instead.

Oh its more fun than that my friend.

That book is the source for the quote. He was the COO of Trump Plaza. Now the real fun part is that Trump acknowledges it.

He was interviewed by Playboy in 1997 where he referred to the comments as "probably true."

u/tthorn23 · 15 pointsr/asoiaf
u/KopOut · 15 pointsr/Enough_Sanders_Spam

>Some interesting points, but I don't buy it. Bernie is working for a better America without his personal interests being much of a priority. He could have been feeling a bit entitled at one point being caught up in everything, but he's not there anymore.

You can even buy his new book to read all about it...

u/sicktaker2 · 14 pointsr/todayilearned

Yes, they used dummy companies to buy the stuff, which was then turned into super-fast spy planes used to spy on their country. I always thought it was more impressive that the equation for calculating radar reflectivity that allowed for the creation of the F-117 came from a Russian physicist. We took the best they had to offer, and used it to make sure they wouldn't blow us up. If you want more fun, read this.

u/Taldoable · 14 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

I seem to recall, in Ben Rich's book "Skunk Works", more engine wasn't enough. They had to use the computer to constantly manipulate the control surfaces to keep the thing in the air.

u/ilovecreamsoda · 14 pointsr/aviation

the F-117 was basically designed with a slide-ruler, pen and paper with very little computer power behind it. Most of it is a series of 2d renderings put together. They literally had engineers designing and building them on the floor right next to the mechanics and welders and shit. The Skunk Works were an impressive bunch.

Go read it, its amazing.

Also, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson has some insight into it with his book, too.

u/extremelyinsightful · 14 pointsr/WarCollege

Very much so. The reporter was embedded in a truck with a specific Squad Leader. You end up seeing the whole invasion over-the-shoulder of just that Squad Leader. Gen Mattis is just a cameo and the whole US Army doesn't exist except for a brief mention of Jessica Lynch's convoy getting captured. It's a very narrow (albeit uniquely and redeemingly indepth) view of the invasion.

As mentioned elsewhere in the thread, the Platoon Leader, Nathaniel Fick, published his own account if you want to contrast the view from literally just one echelon higher.

u/pyfrag · 14 pointsr/subredditcancer

Maybe you should read his book where he goes into great detail on those subjects.

u/AwayWeGo112 · 13 pointsr/conspiracy

This is what you want:

Short version on 2012:

Long version 2008 and 2012:

Very big on ending the Federal Reserve. Ending the wars. He is a former Libertarian presidential nominee as well. End the drugs war. End the wars. No dept of Education. Cut spending. Barely any taxes. No Federal reserve. No surveillance. Essentially, no gov't. All individual liberty. Small government. Wasn't hard for him to run as a limited government republican. George W. Bush just got done expanding government like we had never seen before. Ron Paul ran against all that and had a ton of momentum, but was pushed to the side.

They even change the rules so that he couldn't win at the convention. They feared how intense his grass roots campaign was, so they change the rules where delegates couldn't change at the convention.

Guess who got the republican nomination in 2008? John fucking McCain.

Ron Paul got one electoral vote in 2016 when one person defected from Texas and voted for him. God bless.

Here is one of his most famous and moving speeches from 2009:

Here is a famous clip from one of the 2008 debates:

An oh, yeah, and how could I forget. They smeared him as a racist, too.

His son is Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky. Ron Paul was in the House of Representatives from Texas. Both are doctors.



/r/the_randal <--(meme magic)


His book END THE FED:

His youtube channel:


His website:

u/Citta_Viveka · 13 pointsr/Meditation

Once my co-worker learned I was into meditation, she bought me a past-life-regression book — for my birthday if I recall correctly.

When I told her I didn't believe in that, she asked me why I thought it didn't exist. I tried to explain to her that I didn't think it didn't exist, I just hadn't come across stuff that convinced me it did. When she told me that those are the same, I tried to explain that being not-convinced-yet is different from being sure that the world contains a bunch of things that are not that.

'Convinced' people —for whatever, politics et cetera— have a hard time imagining that agnostic skeptics on their issue really do remain unconvinced as well as open to evidence that would convince them otherwise — I'm not necessarily convinced their thing doesn't exist; that's gnostic skepticism.

u/IAM_Awesome_AMA · 13 pointsr/conspiratard

I'm very old, so originally I was gotten, briefly, by that stupid loose change video. There was another video, appropriately titled "Fuck Loose Change", that undid it for me, although I'm not sure how authoritative that one is.

I'm not sure if this'll be any help, since I never really lost myself in the blogspam and other youtub spam.

Recommended reading: Them, by Jon Ronson.

u/n3wu53r · 12 pointsr/islam

First, if you really want to know. Read a book on Sirah (biography).

My favourite.

I have not read this one but it's getting a good reception.

Anyways, some hadith. This is only a small portion. Note, I got many of these from reading Abu Amin Elias's blog, so I relied on his translation. These are Sahih.

>Sa’d ibn Hisham reported: Ammar said, “O mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.” Aisha said:

> أَلَسْتَ تَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ فَإِنَّ خُلُقَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ الْقُرْآنَ

> Have you not read the Quran? Verily, the character of the Messenger of Allah was the Quran.

>Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 1342


>Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

>لَا تَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَا تُؤْمِنُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا أَوَلَا أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى شَيْءٍ إِذَا فَعَلْتُمُوهُ تَحَابَبْتُمْ أَفْشُوا السَّلَامَ بَيْنَكُمْ

>You will not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I show you something that, if you did, you would love each other? Spread peace between yourselves.

>Source: Sahih Muslim 54


>Anas ibn Malik reported:

> مَا رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رُفِعَ إِلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ فِيهِ قِصَاصٌ إِلَّا أَمَرَ فِيهِ بِالْعَفْوِ

>I never saw a case involving legal retaliation being referred to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, except that he would command pardoning the criminal.

>Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4497


>Aisha reported:

> مَا ضَرَبَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خَادِمًا لَهُ وَلَا امْرَأَةً وَلَا ضَرَبَ بِيَدِهِ شَيْئًا

>The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, did not strike a servant or a woman, and he never struck anything with his hand.

>Source: Sahih Muslim 2328


>Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

> مَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ أَغْيَرُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَلِكَ حَرَّمَ الْفَوَاحِشَ

>None has more self-respect than Allah, so He has made obscenities unlawful.

> Source: Sahih Bukhari 4847


> Abdullah ibn Umar reported: A man asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “Which Islam is best?” The Prophet said:

> تُطْعِمُ الطَّعَامَ وَتَقْرَأُ السَّلاَمَ عَلَى مَنْ عَرَفْتَ وَمَنْ لَمْ تَعْرِفْ

> To feed the hungry and to greet with peace those you know and those you do not know.

> Source: Sahih Bukhari 28


>As reported by Anas ibn Malik:

> أَنَّ يَهُودِيَّةً أَتَتْ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِشَاةٍ مَسْمُومَةٍ فَأَكَلَ مِنْهَا فَجِيءَ بِهَا فَقِيلَ أَلَا نَقْتُلُهَا قَالَ لَا فَمَا زِلْتُ أَعْرِفُهَا فِي لَهَوَاتِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

> A Jewish woman came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, with a poisoned sheep and he ate from it. She was brought to him and it was said: Should we kill her? The Prophet said no. I continued to see the effects of the poison upon the Messenger of Allah.

> Source: Sahih Muslim 2190


> Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

> لَا يَنْبَغِي لِصِدِّيقٍ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَعَّانًا

>It is not befitting the truthful that they curse others.

>Source: Sahih Muslim 2597


>Anas ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, reports:

> خَدَمْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَشْرَ سِنِينَ وَاللَّهِ مَا قَالَ لِي أُفًّا قَطُّ وَلاَ قَالَ لِي لِشَىْءٍ لِمَ فَعَلْتَ كَذَا وَهَلاَّ فَعَلْتَ كَذَا

>I served the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, for ten years. By Allah, he never even said to me: Uff! He never said harshly for anything: Why did you do that? Why did you not do that?

>Source: Sahih Bukhari 5691


>Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

> لَيْسَ الْمُؤْمِنُ بِالطَّعَّانِ وَلَا اللَّعَّانِ وَلَا الْفَاحِشِ وَلَا الْبَذِيءِ

> The believer does not taunt others, he does not curse others, he does not use profanity, and he does not abuse others.

> Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1977


>Aisha reported:

> لَمْ يَكُنْ فَاحِشًا وَلَا مُتَفَحِّشًا وَلَا صَخَّابًا فِي الْأَسْوَاقِ وَلَا يَجْزِي بِالسَّيِّئَةِ السَّيِّئَةَ وَلَكِنْ يَعْفُو وَيَصْفَحُ

>The Prophet was not indecent, he was not obscene, he would not shout in the markets, and he would not respond to an evil deed with an evil deed, but rather he would pardon and overlook.

>Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2016


>يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَلَا إِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ وَاحِدٌ وَإِنَّ أَبَاكُمْ وَاحِدٌ أَلَا لَا فَضْلَ لِعَرَبِيٍّ عَلَى أَعْجَمِيٍّ وَلَا لِعَجَمِيٍّ عَلَى عَرَبِيٍّ وَلَا لِأَحْمَرَ عَلَى أَسْوَدَ وَلَا أَسْوَدَ عَلَى أَحْمَرَ إِلَّا بِالتَّقْوَى أَبَلَّغْتُ

>O people, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no virtue of an Arab over a foreigner nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither white skin over black skin nor black skin over white skin, except by righteousness. Have I not delivered the message?

>Source: Musnad Ahmad 22978


>Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was told, “O Messenger of Allah, pray against the idolaters!” The Prophet said:

> إِنِّي لَمْ أُبْعَثْ لَعَّانًا وَإِنَّمَا بُعِثْتُ رَحْمَةً

> Verily, I was not sent to invoke curses, but rather I was only sent as mercy.

> Source: Sahih Muslim 2599


>Abu Ad-Darda reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

> أَلَا أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِأَفْضَلَ مِنْ دَرَجَةِ الصِّيَامِ وَالصَّلَاةِ وَالصَّدَقَةِ

> Shall I not tell you about what is more virtuous in degree than fasting, prayer, and charity?

>They said, Of course!” The Prophet said:

> صَلَاحُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ فَإِنَّ فَسَادَ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ هِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ

>It is reconciliation between people. Verily, corrupted relations between people are the razor.

>Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2509,


>Ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

> إِنَّ عَبْدًا مِنْ عِبَادِ اللَّهِ بَعَثَهُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَى قَوْمِهِ فَكَذَّبُوهُ وَشَجُّوهُ فَجَعَلَ يَمْسَحُ الدَّمَ عَنْ جَبِينِهِ وَيَقُولُ رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِقَوْمِي فَإِنَّهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

> Verily, a servant of Allah was sent to his people and they denied him, rejected him, and made blood spill from his forehead and he said: O Lord, forgive my people for they do not know.

> Source: Musnad Ahmad 4047

These are sahih.

>What about when he was criticized, or when Islam was criticized, how did he react to or deal with the criticism?

Note: "Mudhammam" is a kind of insulting pun. Change on letter in Muhammad for Mudhammam. Muhammad means "one who is beloved" and Mudhammam is the opposite.

>Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Doesn't it astonish you how Allah protects me from the Quraish's abusing and cursing? They abuse Mudhammam and curse Mudhammam while I am Muhammad (and not Mudhammam). [Bukhari]

>non-muslim friends

Does Rabbi Mukhayriq count? He had a great relationship with Abu Talib as well but he was family.

Also watch this lecture on Mut`im b. Adi.

u/SlothMold · 12 pointsr/booksuggestions

Feed is incredibly relevant: the internet and constant advertising in your head from birth, the northern hemisphere overrun with consumerism, and various companies fighting to maintain your brand loyalty while the rest of the world is rapidly poisoned.

Oryx and Crake is another good one, though the bogeyman here is genetic engineering and effective class warfare by segregating company workers from the pleebland masses. Multiple nefarious entities at work throughout this trilogy, mainly with conflicting goals.

u/speedy_43 · 12 pointsr/Military

I enjoyed it. From what I've heard, it's pretty accurate. However, I did prefer Nathan Fick's One Bullet Away.

u/davidwinnipeg · 11 pointsr/IAmA

He even wrote a book about it called "If I Did It."

u/BigBennP · 10 pointsr/CredibleDefense

> Stealth isn't some sort of get out of jail free card that let's you ignore air defenses


Stealth simply reduces the radar cross section of an aircraft. Many dedicated stealth aircraft also have methods to reduce the infrared signature and the sound signature.

If you read "Skunk Works" book by Ben Rich, it has a great lay mans explanation of how this works in terms of aircraft.

Radar works by essentially creating an electronic "ping" and then listening for the echo when it bounces off distant objects.

Anything will generate some echo. Square lines and big flat metal surfaces reflect radar the most.

Rounded surfaces or angled surfaces can reflect radar away from the reciever, so that even if an echo is generated, some of it gets bounced somewhere else.

Certain substances like wood, or certain composites, tend to absorb more radar than they send back.

All of these reduce the radar cross section.

Something like an F-15 is like a literal "barn door" on a radar screen. The big square intakes, square fins, etc. create big flat surfaces.

The SR71, which was incidentally stealthy, initially at least by accident, has the cross section of a much much smaller aircraft, like a small cessna. It can be picked up by radar, but it's so high and so fast, usually it's out of radar range before anything can be done about it.

The F117 is the size of a large bird on a radar return. You have to have a very high powered radar, very close, to pick it up. It also is subsonic only and has ducted engines which reduces it's infrared signature.

The B2, despite it's size, is even smaller than the F117, with the assitance of computer aided design. Kelly Johnson desicribed this as the difference between an Eagle and an Eagle's Eyeball.

The radar returns of the F22 and the F35 are classified, but given they are trade offs between performance and stealth, probably are closer to the F117 than the B2. Low observable, but not completely undetectable.

And like /u/darthpizza notes, not all radars react the same way. A very low frequency radar may pick up some things that a normal high frequency radar might not. However, low frequency radars have their drawbacks.

u/nspectre · 10 pointsr/woahdude

Really good read: Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

He's top o' the list of my engineer heros, right along side Burt Rutan.

u/thermoroach · 10 pointsr/ShitPoliticsSays

Anyone going to buy Hillary's explanation for the 2016 campaign 'What Happened'?

Looks like it'll be really great to read, I'm sure it'll be completely honest and not at all a blame fest.

Better is Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.

Actually discusses some of the hubris and poor strategy employed during the campaign. Would recommend reading, even if you're pro-Trump (which I think a good portion of this subreddit is, or at least conservative-leaning) it's a good look at what actually happened.

u/blackphiIibuster · 10 pointsr/conspiracy

> Why would a rich, successful 70 year old guy with no history in politics decide to run for President?

But this is false. He's been floating the idea of running for president since the 1980s, has been publicly commenting on political issues for just as long, and briefly ran for president under the Reform Party in 2000 (and people voted for him in the California primary).

The idea that he was some guy who's never gotten involved in politics is pushed a lot, but it's simply not true, and the record is crystal clear on that. Trump has been entertaining entering politics for decades now.

> If he's just another member of the elite then I don't know why they all turned completely against him when they were supportive (or neutral) towards him before any of this.

This also isn't true. Trump had been a target of ridicule and mockery long before his recent campaign. Not by everyone, certainly, but by a great many people and in a public way. He was often seen as a caricature and an oaf. He was the butt of jokes on numerous shows, even as far back as the late '80s and early '90s. He had had scathing books written about him. He has been called out for "intellectual poverty" and "bizarre claims" since at least 1993, and for bigotry before that. And when he jumped aboard the Obama Birther train, many began to see him as a loon.

So it's just not true that the world suddenly turned on him when he ran for president. He had already been a divisive person prior to that, and this is well-documented as well.

u/MrSups · 10 pointsr/TwoBestFriendsPlay

Also I want to recomend the Book, Them by Jon Ronson

It's about a Journalist who, in the late 90s, was paling around with Extremists and Conspiracy theorist in order to learn what makes them tick. And yes Alex Jones is involved.

u/dblcross121 · 10 pointsr/MorbidReality

Read the book Unbroken, it's about Louie Zamperini, a US airman who's planed crashed in the Pacific. He spent six weeks surviving in a raft (which is quite a survival story itself) before being picked up by a Japanese patrol boat and sent to a POW camp for three years. It's an unbelievable story.

u/yousirnaime · 10 pointsr/The_Donald

Best Seller Link (updated hourly)

Buy the book

Easily the best $10 you can spend (on trolling HRC)

u/autumnflower · 9 pointsr/islam

عليكم السلام

Don't tell her she can't convert but guide her on a sane way to do this. It's okay if she converts for the aesthetics and then explores the religion slowly. She may need structure in her life and a foundation to hold on to, and you don't know, Islam could be the very thing she needs. People sometimes come into Islam for reasons other than believing in Allah (swt) and then end up finding Him in Islam. You are in the position to guide her to it in a good open hearted way and not leave her vulnerable to random extreme ideologies out there on the internet.

Obviously, she can't run off to the Arab world without speaking a lick of Arabic or knowing anything about it. Don't tell her she can't ever do it, but insist that she should be prepared.

She wants to be muslim, great. She wants to be shia, no problemo. Negotiate with her and become her guide to Islam and set some goals for her that she can reach. Like reading a few books first and discussing them with you <--- insist on this.

My recommendation of books to read:

  • An English copy of the Qur'an.

  • Purification of the Heart by Hamza Yusuf.

  • In the Footsteps of the Prophet by Tariq Ramadan.

    Once she actually understands what Islam is and who the prophet is, if she'd like to read about the sunni/shia thing and make up her mind, there's plenty of books that talk about this.

    Are there mosques near you? Sunni or shia? Have her attend Jum'a. Maybe go to halaqas or Arabic classes. If your friend is willing to run off to the Arab world, ask her to at least learn what it's all about.

    Also, you should strongly recommend she see a therapist to help her deal with setbacks in her life.
u/tinian_circus · 9 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

True stealth is "you fly over the radar and don't get picked up." They actually could do that back in the day. The F-117 project manager mentioned it, it's a great book.

...but that was 30 years ago. Over-the-horizon radars (which are long-wavelength) and other such still pick these things up, but not very precisely. But still enough to cue your air defense systems if you're on the ball.

That said they're optimized around the x-band, so it's a huge advantage during a dogfight with other fighters. There's lots of anecdotal stories of F-22s winning dogfights because no one gets a firm lock on them.

u/Harmon1986 · 9 pointsr/pics

If you have some extra time and cash I highly recommend reading Skunk Works. Some great stories from the guys who built that plane and created Area 51.

u/opking · 9 pointsr/aviation

I read this like 20 years ago, and have the audiobook now. I've spent many a commute hour listening to Mr. Rich's memoirs. Here's a linky to Amazon:

Fun side note, my stepmom's father (step-grandpa?) was a machinist @ Skunk Works. I mentioned this book to her and she said, oh yeah dad gave Kelly Johnson rides home every so often when his car was in the shop. Uhhh, what Mari?

u/Do_not_reply_to_me · 9 pointsr/engineering
u/Project_Tzanov · 9 pointsr/aviation

The reason I corrected you in the first place is the same reason you are so vehemently defending yourself: because you believe the chief engineer deserves their proper credit.

I got most of these facts from this book:

I even had it opened while I referenced some of the facts I mentioned. I think you would really enjoy it and it would help you get some of your facts straight.

u/neocontrash · 9 pointsr/Economics

If Microsoft owned the editorial boards of all of the major computer magazines it would be stopped. The Fed? They can get away with it because the people just accept it.

Want the whole picture? Read "End the Fed".

u/arghdos · 9 pointsr/neutralnews

Racism can be a tricky thing to ascribe, especially if the author of it takes pains to hide their own motivations (as pretty much anyone besides avowed white nationalists would). However, if you look at his life, a pattern is fairly clear:

  • Frank Trump sued for discriminating against blacks in housing vacancies -- but "Donald wasn't in charge" you might say, but of course he was in charge of counter-suing the Justice department for a $100 mil, and accused the government of "forcing him to rent to “welfare recipients”"

  • Or a former Casino worker at Trump Atlantic, who claimed:
    "“When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor. … They put us all in the back.”", but he might have lied, so let's keep going.

  • Or a former COO of Trump Plaza, who claimed Donald went on a rant about how laziness is a trait for Blacks (screenshot from Google Books). But again, there's a motive -- selling more books, so we continue

  • How about the time that he took out a full page ad in the NYT advocating bringing back the death penalty for 5 Black men who were proved innocent by DNA evidence in a rape case. Of course, he must have just been standing up for the rule of law, and they did confess (although most say under duress)

  • Or how bout that time during the campaign where he claimed Jews wouldn't support him because he didn't want their money, and they wanted to control the politicians

    I don't expect to convince you, nor do I even want to argue this further. But if you don't see any reason why people might consider him to be racist aside from MSM, you're deluding yourself.
u/kublakhan · 9 pointsr/books

I think David Foster Wallace's books "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" and "Consider the Lobster" are very interesting and unusual in the context of normal essay collections. If those aren't weird enough for you, try Jon Ronson's "Them: Adventures with Extremists" or Mick Brown's "The Spiritual Tourist". Also, check out Martin Sargeant's "Web Drifter" series, which is not literature per se, but I think it's very similar in tone to Apocalypse Culture, if I remember that book correctly (it's been 10+ years since I've read that).

u/deadline247 · 9 pointsr/The_Donald

Be sure to purchase Donald Trump's book "Great Again" today so that it outsells Hillary's new book on the best sellers charts.

u/Jane1994 · 9 pointsr/politics

The reviews on Amazon are hilarious.
Stronger Together: A Blueprint for America's Future

u/IronMaverick · 9 pointsr/HillaryForPrison

Wanna have yourself a laugh? Look at the amazon reviews...

" was going to read this book.....I really was. But just as I got started, I found myself under sniper fire, passed out, and fell and hit my head. After that I got double vision and had to wear glasses that were so damn thick I couldn't even see to read. Then I had an allergic reaction to something and started coughing so hard I spit out what looked like a couple of lizard's eyeballs, my limbs locked up, and I passed out and fell down again, waking up only to find out I had been diagnosed with pneumonia 2 days earlier. It's a good thing I was able to make a small fortune making this random small trade in the commodities market (cattle futures or some such thing) and then, miracle of all miracles, a few banks offered me a few million to just talk to their employees for a few minutes - and all that really helped out because I swear I was dead broke and couldn't figure out how I was gonna come up with the 6 bucks to pay for this book, let alone pay the $1,500 for my health insurance this month. I still want to read it, but, hell, what difference at this point does it make? I hear it sucks anyway."

u/jewiscool · 8 pointsr/islam

I recommend these books:

u/WithForte · 8 pointsr/books
  1. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin - Erik Larson

  2. 7.5/10

  3. History, Politics, Nonfiction

  4. The American ambassador to Berlin arrives in Berlin in 1933, in a strange and terrifying air of antisemitism, militarism, and nationalism. Following ambassador Dodd and the family that he brought with him for his tenure in Berlin, we get a very interesting glimpse at Hitler's Germany prior to the outbreak of WWII.

  5. Amazon
u/NoFunInBand · 8 pointsr/bidenbro

Yep. This is what it looks like.

u/slipstream37 · 8 pointsr/exmuslim

Check out Infidel

She seems pretty smart.

u/KingLudwigII · 8 pointsr/drunkenpeasants

I've got a [book] ( that I know you will absolutely love.

u/mtrash · 7 pointsr/islam

I'm sorry you feel that way but you obviously came here and felt the need to say something. If you have questions I am happy to answer for you so that I may shed some light into your darkness.

Edit: I would also like you to notice that you are the only person who is being negative. This community is far more understanding, forgiving and accepting than you realize and I implore you to do some research into what Islam really is. If you would like to check these out

The New Muslim's Field Guide

The Clear Quran

In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad

If you want to really understand what you are making assumptions about DM your information or email I would be happy to send you some information so you may better educate yourself. Then you can formulate an educated opinion.

u/waste2muchtime · 7 pointsr/islam

You may not like my answer, but in the end it's up to you how you feel about this issue. First let me say that wikiislam is a propaganda islamophobic website. If I were to want information on Christianity, I would ask a Priest or a scholar of Christianity. So please don't read what you find on propaganda websites, some things are outright fabrications, others are taken out of context, others are misattributed etc. etc. So please don't read from those websites, but read from Muslim sources. If you are really sincere in what you say, you can do various things.

Read ''In the Footsteps of the Prophet'' by Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. He's a Muslim. He's well versed. He writes amazingly.

Read ''Muhammad: Man and Prophet'' by Adil Salahi. Book is somewhat expensive, but just read the top review by 'Mary' and I think that will tell you everything you need to know, haha. A biography on the life of the Prophet SAW! What more would you want!

You can always read the Qur'an - but that can be taken out of context. Muhammad Asad has a great translation of the Qur'an containing many footnotes describing the context of many verses. After all, in a book that was revealed over 23 years every verse has a context of its own.

The issue with all the above is that they cost money.

So in that case here is Dr. Yasir Qadhi's ongoing series about the life of the Prophet Muhammad SAW discussing many many things going on around his life from beginning to end. There are 98 videos and each has 1 hour.. And it's still going, so this can be really time consuming.

In the end I want to say: If you don't have the time to watch the series, or the money to buy and read the books (which are all sourced from Muslim scholars and even then the muslim scholars cite muslim scholars, the companions of the Prophet, and even the Prophet SAW himself) - then please hold your judgement on Muslims and do not let yourself be distracted by anti Islamic sources. To learn about vaccines, we learn from Doctors, not from anti-Vaccination supporters!

u/mach_rorschach · 7 pointsr/engineering

continuing aero theme:

Skunk Works - Ben Rich

u/SgtBrowncoat · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

If you are interested in the history of the Skunk Works, I recommend the book Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich. He worked under Johnson on the U-2 and SR-71; Rich was Johnson's successor and went on to become the father of stealth aircraft with the F-117 Nighthawk.

Johnson was pretty incredible, the F-104 Starfighter was also one of his planes.

u/GoogleTrypophobia · 7 pointsr/spaceporn

It's mentioned in this. Well worth reading if interested in Lockheed's black project planes tested at area 51.

u/dulcebebejesus · 7 pointsr/engineering

Great question!

Skunk Works by Ben Rich is a great read. He tells his story of his time in the Skunkworks as both a designer and a project leader.

u/Pisoo · 7 pointsr/PoliticalDiscussion

Regarding polling, you're right, it doesn't give a complete picture. Often people will answer polls but not vote, or not answer polls and vote, many polls focused on the PV as opposed to the EC. They're useful tools, no doubt, but they're not perfect.

I haven't read the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign but from reviews of the book and other analysis, an overemphasis on campaigning based on data relative to campaigning on message, internal campaign politics to stifle constructive change, ignoring calls by Bill to focus on white blue-collar workers were issues, broadly, with the campaign.

And I agree that it's difficult to determine how much of an impact things like campaign mismanagement or Russian interference or whatnot had, but the Comey letter is something you can create a more accurate image of, regarding its impact on the election.

u/EndsWithMan · 7 pointsr/movies

If you liked Generation Kill, read the book "One Bullet Away" written by Nathaniel Fick who was one of the officers covered by Generation Kill (which was started from a Rolling Stone article written by Evan Wright.)

u/couldntchangelogin · 7 pointsr/CombatFootage

I liked reading Generation Kill too. With that in mind, I would like to add One Bullet Away By Nate Fick.

u/MisguidedChild · 7 pointsr/Military
u/tikael · 7 pointsr/atheism

No, [when he says aliens he really means aliens... or lizards... or whatever the hell David Icke is coming up with now]( "OK, so this reference is really obscure just read the damn book")... also the Jews did not build the pyramids.

u/mitch44c · 7 pointsr/television
u/vertigo1083 · 7 pointsr/WTF

I think you mean Unbroken

u/well_uh_yeah · 7 pointsr/books

Sort of off the top of my head:

Not Supernatural:

u/D4NNY_B0Y · 7 pointsr/The_Donald
u/TheHobo · 6 pointsr/funny

At least you're not Going Rogue.

u/vonHonkington · 6 pointsr/AccidentalRenaissance

amazing book, i'm going to second the recommendation. link

the book has lots of first-hand accounts of what was going on in berlin around 1932 when the nazi party was consolidating control. lots of talk about how hitler is viewed as crazy or incompetent or not really believing what he says, but the conservatives need to support him...

u/Comtraya · 6 pointsr/AerospaceEngineering

Has your friend read the book Skunk Works? I'd recommend it. If your friend likes building models, you can also run down to your local hobby shop and buy a plane or spacecraft kit to build one. Some may come pre-assembled if your friend isn't into building them.

u/evanbeard · 6 pointsr/aviation

Highly recommend the book Skunk Works - it covers the story of this plane and others Skunk Works

u/seedle · 6 pointsr/aviation

Ben Rich - Skunk it, if not most in this subreddit have already ;)

u/north97 · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

It was because they could never come up with a way to seal the tanks that would work at those temperatures. I believe there was even a sort of prize to anyone who could come up with a way. Source, tho it was a while ago when I read it.

u/tiag0 · 6 pointsr/MachinePorn

And the Nav system is still a pretty cool piece of tech if you consider the technical limitations of the time and that it was made in a world before GPS: The bloody thing basically locked onto the stars and navigated using them as a reference and it was VERY precise (precise enough to keep this bird on it's target, considering small deviations in course result in a BIG distance traveled during sustained Mach 3+ flight).

If you haven't done so, you MUST read Skunkworks

u/gx1400 · 6 pointsr/funny

Can't sell this book enough as a great read. Talks about the development of the F-117 at Lockheed.

Skunkworks: A Personal Memoir of my years at lockheed by Ben Rich

u/smarty_skirts · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. You are both probably getting into your college/post HS planning stage, and as smart younguns, would see all the allusions to modern-day life taken to the extreme (and now 10 years after it was published, not so extreme).

u/TIME_Keeper15 · 6 pointsr/booksuggestions

Maybe a long shot, but try Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam trilogy? I've read only the first so far Oryx and Crake and it definitely has a story with biology and the cultural impact. Give it a try! It's one of my favorites.

u/stanthegoomba · 6 pointsr/IAmA

Yes! Margaret Atwood is, in my opinion, one of the modern greats. I suggest Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid's Tale. I think this despite the fact that she insists she doesn't write "science fiction." Who did you read in that course?

Very much agree about Card. :) Speaker for the Dead ftw.

u/Joneth · 6 pointsr/entertainment

It's actually from the title of the book the series is based on, which is surprisingly as nonpolitical as possible. It's a rather good read, if you've got the time. It's simply a first hand account of the author when he was embedded with one of the first Marine units to enter Iraq. The only social/political commentary in it is from the Marines themselves. In fact the primary focus of the book is the Marines themselves, examining them as real people. Not so much on the war really.

u/LigmaActual · 6 pointsr/army

Push to/Battle of Badhdad: Generation Kill (The book), written by a reporter assigned to Marine Recon:

u/libertarian_reddit · 6 pointsr/Libertarian

You strike me as reasonably intelligent person, who just so happened to get caught up by the neo-con/RINO propaganda. I started out as a toe the party line republican myself so I know where you're coming from.
I think a good economics refresher is what's called for first here.
I highly recommend "Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell and if you're up for it check out r/austrianeconomics.
If you really think Paul's ideas on the Fed are oddball, I encourage to at least skim over his book "End the Fed".For some economic brilliance you can absorb right now, check out Milton Friedman, a nobel prize winner and genius thinker.

u/UncleDan2017 · 6 pointsr/politics

Hey Hillary, I have some reading for you in your retirement

u/sloperator · 6 pointsr/USMC

I suppose that depends on when you "don't make it."

If you drop out of OCS, or get injured at PLC/OCS, I'm not sure how willing they are to take a chance on you again, but they might if it's medical.

If you decide the USMC isn't for you, or fail out of school, you have to pay the gov't for the loans. I'm pretty sure they make this very clear when you accept your NROTC scholarship. In fact, I'm extremely sure you have to sign an agreement to pay the loans back, barring any extraneous circumstances.

And I really would like to think that NROTC scholarships are rare and exclusive enough that they are not handed out like candy.

Are you interested in Air, Ground or Law?
Please do yourself a favor and read One Bullet Away.

u/TheRealCJ · 6 pointsr/MURICA
  1. Dog whistle words, and the connotations that the black president is failing to control all black people. Let's face it, he's using the word "thug" the same way that the alt-right use the word "thug."

  2. It's the quote about the Khans. He's heavily implying that because of their religion and nationality, that Khan's wife is forbidden to speak.

  3. link

  4. The quote was spoken on Morning Joe in regards to Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who agreed to hear the class-action suit against Trump. Trump is implying that because he (a second-generation hispanic born in the USA) is "mexican," he is hearing the case out of spite for Trump.

  5. Really? The implication that a black president is illegitimate and possibly a 'muslim' based on absolutely nothing, and demanding to see his birth certificate isn't racist? Just because he adds "I don't know" and "Somebody told me" doesn't mean it isn't his own thoughts. He's just dressing them up in bullshit to try to take the heat off himself and claim that he's just repeating someone else's ideas.
u/atheistcoffee · 6 pointsr/atheism

I said it above in a comment, but while I'm on the topic... you should buy your wife the book Infidel. You won't need to say anything more to change her mind.

u/Celtic_Queen · 6 pointsr/badwomensanatomy

Ayaan Hirsi's excellent book, Infidel talks about when she underwent FGM as a child in Somalia. Her mother was against the procedure but when she was visiting her grandmother one time, the grandmother went ahead and had it done on her. The whole story is horrific, although the book is excellent and I recommend that people read it.

u/NeptLudi · 6 pointsr/AdviceAnimals
u/yellowstuff · 6 pointsr/nfl
u/PescespadaIsland · 6 pointsr/SandersForPresident

I read/listened to it. A lot of it is narrated by him and Mark Ruffalo (which is pretty cool too).

u/Gameraaaa · 6 pointsr/WayOfTheBern

What you do is buy a copy of Bernie's book - either Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in or his other book Bernie Sanders' Guide to a Political Revolution.

From there I followed the instructions on their Instagram page:

>Send your copy to the office with a note to Bernie and he will sign it. Please include a return envelope with postage paid. Use the media mail postage rate, its cheaper. Send it to Bernie's campaign office called Friends of Bernie Sanders to PO Box 391, Burlington, VT 05402. It takes a while for him to have time to sign, so please be patient, but he would be happy to sign it for you!

I sent my book in a box and included a 10 X 14.5in. self-addressed postage paid bubble envelope so that after Bernie signed it, they could return it to me. Also, it took about 2 and a half months for me to have the book sent back, so it will take a while. But it's worth it for a signed Bernie book if you ask me! <3

u/deadpoetic31 · 6 pointsr/Political_Revolution

I saw this as a graphic in Bernie's book Our Revolution.

From the book on that page:

"It is not a coincidence that the decline of the American middle class virtually mirrors the rapid decline in union membership. As workers lose their seats at the negotiating table, the share of national income going to the middle-class workers has gone down, while the percentage of income going to the very wealthy has gone up. There is no question that one of the most significant reasons for the forty-year decline in the middle class is that the rights of workers to join together and bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions have been severely undermined."

u/throwaway5272 · 6 pointsr/politics

Yes, she wrote this entire very boring book full of very boring policies that would realistically help everyone and not put children in cages or make the market look like a turbulent ocean.

u/Ingenium21 · 5 pointsr/politics from the editorial review from "liberal media washington Post"

"With the aid of Lynn Vincent as her ghostwriter..."

u/ThinkofitthisWay · 5 pointsr/worldnews

I did, i've read this one in english in particular. I've heard the one from Karen Armstrong is good too if you want one from someone who isn't a muslim.

I could suggest more complete ones in arabic if you can read it, but the one in the link from Tariq Ramadan is pretty accurate.

u/RickyRocket3 · 5 pointsr/CrazyIdeas

You're right, and the guy who wrote the paper had no idea the U.S. had taken his work and run with it. He didn't find out until he came to teach in America in the early 90s.


u/notepadow · 5 pointsr/aviation

Highly recommend reading Ben Rich's autobiography about his time at Lockheed especially in conjunction with Kelly Johnson at Skunkworks.

U2, SR-71, Have Blue/F-117 all masterfully documented from an insider's perspective. Fascinating stuff.

u/Teflon_coated_velcro · 5 pointsr/AskEngineers

I'm not an engineer(yet), but I thoroughly enjoyed Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

u/GorgeWashington · 5 pointsr/starcitizen
u/AtomicGlock · 5 pointsr/CCW

That's an excellent point about the OODA loop. Here's a relevant quote from Robert Coram's invaluable Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War:

> Thinking about operating at a quicker tempo—not just moving faster—than the adversary was a new concept in waging war. Generating a rapidly changing environment—that is, engaging in activity that is so quick it is disorienting and appears uncertain or ambiguous to the enemy—inhibits the adversary’s ability to adapt and causes confusion and disorder that, in turn, causes an adversary to overreact or underreact. Boyd closed the briefing by saying the message is that whoever can handle the quickest rate of change is the one who survives.

Being pelted by hockey pucks would certainly throw a shooter off, and that could easily be all it takes to create an opportunity to take him down.

Now they just need someone on staff to occasionally walk into classrooms in a padded assailant suit and take one for the team.

You know, I really like that idea. It would easily become a part of the campus culture. "Hey, guess what? We pucked the Michelin Man in Cultural Anthropology today!"

u/bokowolf · 5 pointsr/books

I ain't so good at book descriptions but here's some stuff I really enjoyed -

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi:

The author would argue with me about this being SF - Atwood prefers the term "speculative history" I believe - but the entire Oryx and Crake trilogy is very good. the first book in Oryx and Crake, followed by Year of the Flood and Madaddam

u/folkloregonian · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

u/H_G_Bells · 5 pointsr/Futurology

I'm literally reading a book right now with this conceat. It's a fantastic read. I thought it was too technophobic at first, but as it goes on I see how the author may be making some terrifyingly valid points...

u/WasteAmez · 5 pointsr/MensRights
  1. CIA drone strikes: 4000 killed over 10 years.

    Civilian casualties Iraq over 10 years: No less than 200 000

    Civilian casualties Afghanistan over 10 years: No less than 60 000

  2. I'm assuming those military officers are stupid based on the number of people they shot. Here's >0 evidence.

  3. Having served in Iraq you should know the National Guard is not controlled by the President. Nor is local police departments; and contrary to what you desire to believe the FBI and DHS are micromanaged by the President.

  4. Having taken accounting in school, I can tell you being an armchair economist just makes you look stupid.

    Regardless of what merit Obama may have or may lack, you do not speak the truth.

    Judging by your unsupportable opinions I'm going to say whatever Confederate state you hail from is a greater threat to your liberty than the federal government.
u/3IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID · 5 pointsr/worldnews

And he links to a book on Amazon, but embedded a "breitbart" referral tag. What's with that? Does he really work for Breitbart?

u/w0rldn3ws · 5 pointsr/worldnews

yes the best is to inform yourself well, I would recommend reading Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

u/ReverendSalem · 5 pointsr/KotakuInAction

> It If I Did It

Now available in paperback...

u/gideonvwainwright · 5 pointsr/OurPresident

Now you're just talking out of your ass. Read his book. Read some articles. Bernie Sanders grew up with his brother in a Brooklyn rent-controlled tenement apartment where he and his brother slept in the living room because the apartment was so small. His father sold paint for a living. His mother died when he was a teenager; his father was dead by the time he was 21. All of his father's family, and some of his mother's were killed in the Holocaust.

Edit - here, I'll help you. Amazon has excerpts of his book

u/K_Lobstah · 5 pointsr/DestinyTheGame
u/disputing_stomach · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

Unbroken by Laurel Hillenbrand is fantastic. The book is really a biography of Louis Zamperini and is not solely about being a POW, but a large portion of the book is his experience as a POW during WWII in Japan.

u/Tweeeked · 5 pointsr/running

Link to the man: an Olympic track athlete, POW, and all-around inspiration.

Link to the book.

u/paburon · 5 pointsr/japan

> "It is outrageous and reprehensible to deny what happened to Louis Zamperini.

There is plenty of documentation of cruelty towards allied prisoners if war. But, I have seen comments online that question certain details from his book, which do seem slightly exaggerated.

For example, from a non-Japanese reviewer on

> Now, far be it for me to disparage war veterans, especially POWs who’ve endured the kinds of crushing abuse that Louie and his fellow service men have, but how is it that we are able to get such detailed minutia over 50 years after it all went down? I’ll bet you can’t describe the full details of the days of your wedding, your first child being born, your first car crash, your first date, getting your driver’s license, etc. These were all life-changing, and in some cases traumatic, days in your life and it’s a safe bet that most, if not all, of these events took place more recently for you than 50 years ago. Most of us remember scant bits and pieces of events and many of these memories have “drifted” from reality in our fallible brains. Even polling spectators who were there at the time and cobbling together all of the recollections won’t make for a fully fleshed-out memory. This thought kept rattling around my brain as I made my way through the book. How on earth could these things be recalled so clearly and precisely after all that time? I’ve read other POW accounts that say that all days start to blur together and the extreme horrors the soldiers endured are blocked out of memory. Some soldiers, as Hillenbrand herself says in the book, forget the war entirely. The sneaking suspicion (and you can’t help but feel like a total shit for thinking it) is that a lot of the filler put in the book to string the anecdotes together is fabricated to puff up the story to appeal to a broader audience.

> These suspected filler bits are nothing compared to some of the fantastical events scattered throughout the book. Zemperini is cheapened and the readers are dared not to roll their eyes as he is elevated from a man to a superhuman demi-god. He can withstand plane crashes, hourly beatings for over a year, prolonged starvation, backbreaking physical labor, diseases, and anything else that can be dished out. Consider his scenes of fist-fighting sharks in open water, meeting Hitler after his Olympic race, running a 4:12 mile -- in the fucking sand(!!), surviving violent dysentery for weeks on end with only scant handfuls of polluted water to drink (not to mention the “death sentence” disease beriberi that was left untreated), blacking out as he’s tangled in wires in his sinking bomber only to wake up untangled and able to swim freely to the surface, self-repairing a broken nose and leg while at prison camp, and living through 40+ days at sea with practically no water or food then having the patience to wait offshore overnight once he reaches an island -- of course, just in time for a typhoon to hit them in their raft, no less. These personal achievements are apart from his sufferings in a group setting like enduring over 220 punches in the face during one camp thrashing and moving 20 – 30 tons (yes, TONS -- 40,000 to 60,000 U.S. pounds) of material at a rail yard in a day. Why the author stopped there and didn’t throw in a cage match with a couple of T-Rexes I’m not sure.

And Another:

> I found Unbroken to largely be a hyperbolic and sensationalized rendering of a true story. Yes, I believe there is truth lurking among the pages but ultimately it was a poorly written fish tale. I mean no disrespect to Louis Zamperini (he passed away just as I finished the book) or the other men detailed, I think ultimately the issues lie with the author.

And another:

> so 3 guys are drifting in a raft, then are being strafed by a japanese bomber, the main character goes over the side and fights off dozens of sharks by baring his teeth and using his hands. this happens 4 times. after the bomber departs the sharks start jumping out of the water to attack the men in the raft. really Hillenbrand? plus you would think the main character was a cross between einstein and macgyver with all the ingenius tricks he comes up with. im not sure if this was a non-fiction book or science fiction

And another:

> It reads like a book you might find only sold in a church bookstore. I'm sure Zamperini was a dedicated individual but some of the stuff is just over the top. They shot down three Zero fighters while wounded in their heavily damaged plane? Do we have any independent confirmation? He killed sharks with his bare hands? A whole third of this book is a litany of beatings, starvation rations, and mistreatment. Oh, and of course his mother knew he was alive the whole time because of that special sixth sense that all mothers have. Then, tortured by his experience, he becomes a raging alcoholic, only to be saved after hearing Billy Graham speak. He immediately pours out his alcohol and dedicates his life to saving troubled kids. Just one maudlin cliche after another

From Amazon:

> There is no way an individual -- especially a frail, sick, malnourished, fever-ridden individual -- can absorb 220 successive hard blows to the head and not end up with severe brain damage, if not death.

I tend to avoid pop history books, so I admittedly haven't read it. Still, it appears one doesn't need to be a raving Japanese nationalist to feel like the book goes a bit overboard. Especially when it is based mainly on largely unverifiable personal recollections recorded half a century after the fact. It looks like the book's tendency to exaggerate is going to distract Japanese viewers from accepting the reality of large scale abuse of prisoners.

u/HeTalksToComputers · 5 pointsr/politics

You mean like the book that she just put out covering all of her policy proposals? Or the hour long speeches she has been giving in recent weeks on americans with disabilities, or education and economic opportunities for millenials. Or you could go to her website.

If all you have is 30 seconds to devote to your research, maybe you don't have time for policy anyways.

u/_NewAroundHere_ · 5 pointsr/neoliberal

No, you're being downvoted but you're 100% right. It's not like she wrote a book about specific policy details from coal mining, pre-k education, to healthcare. If she had done that, I'm sure people would remember it.

I mean, really, when will Democrats start putting forward policy proposals, amirite?

u/tenekeadam · 4 pointsr/islam

I would strongly recommend Tariq Ramadan's "In the Footsteps of the Prophet" to learn about Muhammed's -p- life.

u/__PROMETHEUS__ · 4 pointsr/aerospace

Note: I am not an engineer, but I do have some suggestions of things you may like.


  • Failure Is Not An Option by Gene Krantz: Great book about the beginnings of the NASA program, Gemini, Mercury, Apollo, and later. Gene Krantz was a flight director and worked as a test pilot for a long time, and his stories are gripping. Beyond engineering and space, it's a pretty insightful book on leadership in high-stress team situations.

  • Kelly: More Than My Share by Clarence "Kelly" Johnson: This is on my shelf but I haven't read it yet. Kelly Johnson was a pioneer in the world of flight, leading the design and construction of some of the most advanced planes ever built, like the U2 and the SR-71. Kelly's impact on the business of aerospace and project management is immense, definitely a good guy to learn about. Plus he designed the P38 Lightning, without a doubt the most beautiful plane ever built ;)

  • Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of my Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich: A fantastic look at the inside of Lockheed Martin's advanced projects division, the Skunk Works. Ben Rich succeeded Kelly Johnson at Lockheed, so this one is going to overlap with the book above quite a bit. I loved the pace of this one, and it covered a lot more than just the F-117, as the cover would suggest - cool info on the SR-71, U2, F104, the D21 supersonic drone, and stealth technology in general. Beyond that, it provides an inside look at the intricacies of DoD contract negotiation, security/clearance issues, and advanced projects. Awesome book, highly recommend.

  • Elon Musk's Bio by Ashley Vance: A detailed history of all things Musk, I recommend it for the details about SpaceX and the goal to make humans a multi-planetary species. Musk and his (now massive) team are doing it: thinking big, getting their hands dirty, and building/launching/occasionally blowing up cool stuff.


  • Selenian Boondocks: general space blog, lots of robotics and some space policy

  • Gravity Loss: another space blog, lots about future launch systems

  • The Age of Aerospace: Boeing made a cool series of videos last year for their 100th birthday. Great look at the history of an aerospace mainstay, though it seems a bit self-aggrandizing at times.

  • If you want to kill a ton of time on the computer while mastering the basics of orbital mechanics by launching small green men into space, Kerbal Space Program is for you. Check out /r/kerbalspaceprogram if your interested.

  • Subreddits like /r/spacex, /r/blueorigin, and /r/ula are worth following for space news.
u/osprey413 · 4 pointsr/hoggit

While it may not be the kind of military aviation book you are looking for, Skunk Works is a pretty fascinating read about the development of the F-117 Nighthawk.

u/Golf-Oscar-Delta · 4 pointsr/aviation

Shithead McCuntface Jesus Diaz again without crediting the source where these pics came from.

For those of you who want to know more about those pics, see a lot more such pics and read some more:

  1. Kelly: More Than My Share of It All
  2. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
u/meathooks · 4 pointsr/aviation

Here's some interesting trivia. The prototypes of F-16 and F-18 flew in a fly off where the winning design would be awarded the contract for the Air Force's Light Weight Fighter initiative. The Air Force wanted another two engine platform like the F-15 but [John Boyd](, the greatest fighter pilot of all time, preferred a single engine design. The prototype YF-16 was unanimously picked over the YF-18 by test pilot group. A group of all fighter pilots. Unfortunately the generals and contractors bastardized the design by adding weight costing features without increasing the surface area of the F-16's wing. The Navy, for unknown political reasons, picked up the F-18 design.

For any military strategy/aviation enthusiast, I highly recommend reading Boyd.

u/lurking_quietly · 4 pointsr/TheWire

Of these projects, I most enjoyed The Wire. But it's worth evaluating each of these projects in terms of what they were trying to accomplish, since they all had different goals.

  1. Homicide: Life on the Street

    This was adapted from Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, but I don't know how much Simon worked on the show day-to-day.

    This show is much more of a crime procedural than any of the other works here. And with a few notable exceptions—e.g., Luther Mahoney or Brodie—the near-exclusive default point-of-view is that of the police.

    The show was groundbreaking for network TV at the time. For one thing, at least one of the main-cast characters was a cop who was an asshole and basically corrupt. This show also demonstrated that the bosses and their subordinates do not always see eye-to-eye, and not just in the "crusty-but-benign" way described in the movie Network, either. Most cop shows at the time didn't just show cops, but they identified with the cops' perspective. (This is still pretty common today.) This is legitimate, but showing that cops have human foibles which have on-the-job repercussions was taking a chance, especially for a network show at that time. And, like The Wire, it got critical acclaim but relatively small (but devoted!) audiences.

    The show's style was very different from that of, say, The Wire. For example, it had a non-diegetic score and camera moves that were more likely to draw attention to themselves. H:LotS also included collaborations with Baltimore native Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. The latter went on to create HBO's Oz, and you can see plenty of influence there from Homicide.

    H:LotS was also able to attract high-level talent throughout its run. Not only was the regular and recurring cast very strong (as you'd likely expect, even without having seen a single episode), but it attracted a number of actors best known for their film work. As just one example, Robin Williams appeared in the second season premiere, playing the husband of a crime victim. Steve Buscemi played an odious racist. Arguably, though, the most memorable guest appearance was Moses Gunn as Risley Tucker, the sole suspect in the homicide of 11-year old Adena Watson. Gunn may not be a household name, but he's been in projects from the original Shaft to Roots to stage performances.

    Homicide was also remarkable, especially at the time, in that it shot on location in Baltimore. (For context, consider that Vancouver (almost) never plays itself; typically, a show at the time would be shot in New York or Los Angeles, even it it's set in another city.) It also helped establish some of the vocabulary familiar to those who've watched The Wire: "the box", "the board", etc.

  2. The Corner

    This was a six-part miniseries for HBO based on David Simon's book about real-life addicts and dealers. If Homicide was primarily a show from the perspective of the cops, The Corner introduced what life was really like for those who lived in places like West Baltimore.

    For me, Homicide was always more stylized in its aesthetic, but more traditional in the types of stories it tried to tell. It was groundbreaking relative to other cop shows, but it still chose the cops' vantage points as the default. The Corner inverted this.

    A lot of the content from The Corner will be familiar to those who've already seen The Wire. (And, conversely, those who've seen The Corner would have some useful frame of reference for the events depicted in The Wire.) One attribute The Corner clearly focused on was authenticity. Homicide was a solid show, but The Corner felt real. Much of the cast of The Corner reappears in The Wire, too. And some of the real-life people whose lives Simon chronicled in his book played minor characters on The Wire. One of the most notable examples was the late DeAndre McCullough, who played Brother Mouzone's assistant Lamar.

    Again: a killer cast. A good story, well-told. And, for a change-of-pace: even some Emmy nominations and wins!

  3. The Wire

    I trust you're all familiar with this, right? :)

    I think having laid some groundwork with the reporting which underlay Homicide and The Corner, The Wire had the basis to be incredibly ambitious. It told stories from the perspectives of cops and dealers and dope fiends and stevedores and City Hall and newspaper newsrooms. It also had a definite point-of-view, and it was unafraid to advocate for its argument, but by showing and not merely telling. Yes, it's about all the conflict between characters on all sides of the law. But it's also making some very important arguments: the drug war is unwinnable, and the consequences of that gratuitous futility are disastrous for countless people. Deindustrialization of big cities leaves the corner as the only employer in town. Actual reform that will have any kind of substantive effect will require something other than the standard bromides that have typically gotten politicians elected and re-elected. And so on.

  4. Generation Kill

    This is a seven-part HBO miniseries based on the book Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright, documenting those American Marines who were the tip-of-the-spear in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As with The Corner and The Wire, this goes out of its way to convey authenticity, especially in the context of the military jargon. Oh, and you get to see Baltimore native James Ransone, who played Ziggy, as a Marine, too.

  5. Treme

    This is Simon's love letter to the city of New Orleans, set in the immediate aftermath of Hurrican Katrina. Again: a killer cast, including everyone from Clarke Peters (who played Lester) to Khandi Alexander (who played Fran Boyd on The Corner) to New Orleans native Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland) to John Goodman (in damn-near EVERY movie) to Stephen Colbert's bandleader Jon Batiste (as himself).

    For me, Treme was solid, but it was less compelling than The Wire. A lot of the goal of Treme was to show the importance and centrality of New Orleans to American culture, in everything from music to food. For me, that case seemed secondary to the lives of the characters themselves. Many of the themes from The Wire are familiar: indifferent institutions, crime and violence, etc. But it also has some ferociously good performances, amazing music performed live, and an important reminder that life for so many in New Orleans still wasn't really "after Katrina" yet, even years after the storm, because of just how much destruction was caused all around.

    Oh, and like The Wire (among others), Treme cast a lot of local New Orleans natives who lived through the storm, as well as musicians who hadn't grown up with training as actors.

  6. Show Me a Hero

    The title comes from an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote: "show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy". Like The Corner, this is another six-part HBO miniseries adapted from a nonfiction book. It's about a huge fight that the city of Yonkers, NY had with federal courts by resisting efforts to remedy housing segregation.

    Some of the themes should be familiar: a stellar cast including Oscar Isaac, Winona Ryder (in a role I wouldn't have expected for her), Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, and Clarke Peters (again). As you might have guessed from the quote, this story doesn't have a happy ending for everyone. The main theme is about how to do the right thing, especially as an elected official, in the face of violent opposition from much of the city, and what cost doing the right thing will entail.

  7. The Deuce

    This is a forthcoming David Simon series about the world around Times Square in the 1970s: pornography, just as it was becoming legalized, HIV/AIDS, drug use, and the economic conditions of the city at the time. Even if the whole team totally dropped the ball here, I'm sure this will be better than HBO's 1970s music drama Vinyl, at a minimum.

    The cast includes James Franco (playing twins), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anwan Glover (Slim Charles), Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (D'Angelo Barksdale), Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka), and Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow). Oh, and the pilot is being directed by Michelle MacLaren, whose directing credits include Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Westworld, among others.
u/WWHSTD · 4 pointsr/CombatFootage

Definitely Generation Kill, to look into the dynamics of modern war. It's a seriously good, impartial, truthful and entertaining account of the first stages of the second Iraq war seen from the eyes of a battalion of first recon marines. Very well written, too.

War Nerd. Gary Brecher is a tongue-in-cheek military amateur analyst. His views on modern and past warfare are very lucid, albeit controversial and leftfield. His writing style is pretty original, kinda like the Hunter Thompson of war pundits. A backlog of his articles is also available online.

Making A Killing. It's the first person account of a British private security contractor in Iraq. I was expecting the worst when I read it, but it's actually very well written, informative and entertaining. Some of the lingo and drills described in the book actually helped me understand a lot of these videos.

Das Boot is my favourite war book, and it's an embedded reporter's account of a year in a german U-boat during the second world war.

u/repmack · 4 pointsr/Libertarian

>100% of the fault is with the corporations.

ಠ_ಠ He really should read this. Man he is a retard and so disingenuous. People on the left don't even like this guy, because he lies so much.

u/murphysclaw1 · 4 pointsr/neoliberal

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

It's got a 3.5 star on Amazon because BernieBros don't like how the authors call out the desperation of Bernie to hurt Clinton, even when he had mathematically lost.

Another really good book though is Chasing Hillary. It's a bit less in depth about the campaign but also is very readable and shows what it's like to work in the media chasing an election campaign.

u/-absolutego- · 4 pointsr/Drama

I read it in Shattered, I will see if I can find an article saying the same.

u/der_triad · 4 pointsr/PoliticalDiscussion

> Yes it is
> Here's a great example
> Like did you just not pay attention to the general election at all

This is a single campaign ad. It's not the overarching strategy or theme of the campaign. This strategy I mentioned is spoken about heavily in this book that was written over the course of the campaign. I'm not going to dig through the book again to find an exact source for it, but I found an article that discusses this point about the book here.

> That's less of an assessment and more of a talking point

It's an actual assessment. There were multiple focus group studies conducted of Bernie supporters and the results were abysmal. They couldn't even run ads Bernie did for the campaign since they performed so poorly.

> Is this why they continued to fight to push the DNC to include genuine progressive reforms into the official party platform (literally all of which were summarily voted down by Clinton's committee majority)

This is being misrepresented a bit. Bernie's share of representatives on this committee was disproportionately large in comparison to what the runner up nominee got in prior elections. Your views on this seems a bit odd as well. You're acting as though it's an outrage that the Clinton team did not agree with everything the Bernie people put forward. It's their right to disagree and propose competing ideas, that's not some type of injustice or scandal.

> Like, you can't say that there's nothing that Clinton could have done to court genuine progressive liberals when she not only avoided any attempt whatsoever to do so, but further remained continuously dismissive at best, often reaching the point of blatant condescension for the entirety of her campaign.

This was a leaked outtake of something she said in a fundraiser, not exactly a campaign strategy they implemented. In context I don't disagree with anything she said here.

>Policy was irrelevant
>Are you insane

No, I'm not. The electorate votes on how candidates make them feel and which of the candidates they like more. The reality is policy is utterly irrelevant, the people who care about policy are usually partisan voters that follow politics closely and even those people aren't capable of determining what is a good liberal policy or bad liberal policy.

>Yeah I uh
>I think I already covered this kind of thing
>You seem to be generally out of touch with members of the party over here on the left end of the spectrum, but if you have an authentic desire to reach out in the interest of understanding, and in working towards figuring out how the center-right portion of the party might be able reach some actual, meaningful compromises with the genuine left, then I am more than happy to engage in such a discussion

I've worked with the Democratic party and I've also worked with local grassroots movements like indivisible. I'm not out of touch at all, which is why I know it's hopeless. Your entire post is a great example of why it's utterly hopeless.

u/BrotherJayne · 4 pointsr/Military

? What? That book is awesome! And so's the one Fick wrote

Edit: Fick's book:

The TV show is pretty good too!

u/fun_lover_17 · 4 pointsr/Austin

'worship' is kind of an oversell, but the whole thing is creepy nonetheless. Have you read Jon Ronson's book? He was there with Jones. Pretty interesting stuff.

u/hibryd · 4 pointsr/IAmA

Read "Them", where a reporter sets out to investigate a gaggle of conspiracy theories, including the "ruling order". In the process he slips into a invitation-only gathering in a forest camp and later gets chased by suited men in black cars. He ends up talking to one of the founding members of the Bilderberg Group.

Basically, yes, there are cabals of rich men and business leaders who would like to run the world if they could, but it's not technically feasible: the world is too big and complicated to be centrally controlled. They still have shadowy organizations and a lot of meetings, though.

u/Philip_Marlowe · 4 pointsr/politics
u/cam94z28 · 4 pointsr/The_Donald

and look at Trump's amazing book with a similar number of reviews. Pure WIN!

I downvoted all 15 pages of 1 star comments.

u/where4art · 4 pointsr/WayOfTheBern

I'm glad you linked to this again—looks like some good reviews have been added in the last couple of days! Check out the main page...

>I bought this thinking it would be a how-to book. I wanted "How to set up your own Foundation for fun and profit." Also, would like to have seen a chapter on "Ten easy steps to setting up your own secure server in a bathroom." I do hear there's going to be a sequel, tentatively called "The Art of the Shakedown." Should be interesting.

And 318 people like this:

>This could be the first "book" in history to have more reviews on amazon the actual sales bwwwwaaaahAAHA lol

u/safehome · 3 pointsr/

While you're in Mordor can you destroy these... all of them

u/Aiman_D · 3 pointsr/islam

Hadith book collections such as Al-Buhkari are basically a collection of hadiths organized topically. It doesn't provide much in the department of context and what rulings can be derived from each hadith. some hadiths were valid for a set period of time for specific circumstances and then the rule changed later. Scholars call this "Al-Nasikh wa al-Mansukh" and it is found in the hadith as well as the Quran.

My point is that books like Al-Buhkari are meant as raw data for scholars who study the context and the reasons and the conclusions of rulings in the hadith. Not for the layman to causally read through.

If you want to read hadiths that are organized for the layman here are a few suggestions from the sidebar:


u/SYEDSAYS · 3 pointsr/islam
u/mansoorz · 3 pointsr/islam

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan recommends this book to get a better understanding of the linguistics in the Qur'an.

I recommend this book of sirah to get better acquainted with Islam and its origins. Very easy reading.

u/electric_oven · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

I have mostly nonfiction recommendations, but hope the following are of some use to you! I used these in my classroom in the past year with much success.

I can edit and add more fiction later when I get home, and look over my bookshelf as well.

World War II

"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larsen - highly recommend, especially if you are familiar with Larsen's previous book, The Devil in White City

"The Monuments Men" by Robert M. Edsel - highly recommended, especially if you are interested in the juxtaposition of art, war, and espionage.

"Unbroken" - by Laura Hillenbrand, highly recommended. Hillenbrand's command of the language and prose coupled with the true story of Louis makes this a compelling read. Even my most reluctant readers couldn't put this done.

Vietnam War

"The Things They Carried" and "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up, and Ship Me Home" by Tim O'Brien are quintessential war canon. Must reads.

Iraq/Afghanistan/Modern Military Operations:
"The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers was called "the modern AQOTWF" by Tom Wolfe. Pretty poignant book. Absolute MUST READ.

u/impshakes · 3 pointsr/answers

Anti-semitism goes back a long way. Napoleon is sort of recognized at the first person to grant Jewish religious rights.

But with the rise of nationalism in the 19th century came racial antisemitism (rather than just the religious kind). Especially in Germany - sometimes identified as starting with Richard Wagner's weird Jewry in Music in 1869.

After WWI the Jews were in part lumped in with liberals to be blamed for "stabbing in the back" the German nation state.

The Nazi party in general had a faction of socialists early on who also blamed Jews for various social ills (they attributed to "capitalism") and not being part of the German nationalist solution.

Eventually the Nazis started codifying these sentiments into laws in the mid 1930s.

There is a book called In the Garden of Beasts, set in 1933 and 1934 Germany when the codifying was actually taking place for the first time. It's a decent read to try and get a sense of the cultural and political environment as Jews' rights eroded.

EDIT: fixed a few spelling errors.

EDIT2: Link to book I mentioned:

u/zcohenld · 3 pointsr/EngineeringPorn

All depends on what you do. Sure, many engineers stay at their desks their whole lives, just as many engineers are out in the field or on the floor working alongside the technicians.

Read Skunkworks. Rich goes into detail a couple times that Kelly Johnson, the father of Skunkworks would make sure his engineers were right next to the assembly line at all times. This allowed the engineers to still design what they needed to work on, but also go right to the floor in a matter of seconds to fix or check what they needed to.

u/DLS3141 · 3 pointsr/AskEngineers

Anything by Henry Petroski

Skunk Works by Ben Rich Military aircraft aren't really developed this way anymore, but the stories are amazing.

Blind Man's Bluff

u/bmw357 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

There are a few, probably one of the most appreciated/sought after is Sled Driver. Shul was a pilot and also a photographer, and the book is full of some awesome pictures. After he retired, he became a photographer and motivational speaker. He wrote the story above; this is a slightly different and expanded version.

There are also some great stories in the book (and a lot about the development/construction of the plane Skunk Works by Ben Rich. He also talks about the U2 and the F117A.

u/ReluctantParticipant · 3 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

Read the book Skunk Works. It's fascinating and will answer all your questions about the F-117.

u/johnnycman · 3 pointsr/IAmA

Also not an AMA but related: Ben Rich's book Skunk Works covers some of what went on at Area 51.

u/larrymoencurly · 3 pointsr/ScienceFacts

Read Skunk Works, a history of Lockheed's secret division that designed the SR-71, the U-2, and the F-117 stealth fighter. The author, aeronautical engineer Ben Rich, was the second person to head Skunk Works, after the legendary Kelly Johnson retired. Rich's first project as head of the division was the stealth fighter, and Johnson literally kicked him in the ass because he thought if it failed it could end Rich's career.

u/MisterYu · 3 pointsr/LosAngeles

If anyone is interested in learning more about Lockheed in Burbank, this book has some pretty good stories about some of the high profile projects that were designed/built there.

u/Finkaroid · 3 pointsr/WarplanePorn

Just bought this book

And just started the section about the blackbird. Very excited for that.

u/erlingur · 3 pointsr/videos

If anyone wants to find out just what went into making these amazing machines I highly recommend Skunk Works. Just a fantastic book filled with great stories of the development of the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird and more.

I got this as a birthday present and could not put it down until I finished it.

u/flashbang123 · 3 pointsr/asktrp

I started to read more when I was trying to unplug. TV/Netflix/phones can really pull you out of reality, make your brain weak as you begin to lose control of your thoughts. Just try not watching TV/youtube for 3 days...why is it so hard? Are we addicted to screens or are we just lazy. Research neuroplasticity, and how you can make your brain work for you (any how you fall into additive traps when you lose control of your attention). A lot of people on here are recommending meditation, I can't stress how important this is.

Start by reading someting that interests you...check out r/suggestmeabook if you need some help. Also, I can recommend some great books:

  • Snow Crash - Neil Stephenson // The best cyberpunk/sci-fi roller-coaster of a read I have come across.
  • The Iliad - Homer / Fagles translaition // Read this to understand the mankind's greatest story about war, violence and masculinity - this is about the Trojan war (well 4 days near the end), and was widely considered to be the Bible for ancient Greeks.
  • A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin // Fascinating (and accurate) account of NASA's Apollo space program from start to finish.
  • Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed - Ben Rich // Behind-the-scenes account of the Skunk Works program and the incredible achievements they made back in the day.

    Best of luck.

u/GetToDahChoppah · 3 pointsr/videos

Skunkworks - Ben Rich

This is one incredible book if this video even remotely interests you

u/greyfinch · 3 pointsr/science

ahem Kelly Johnson with pencils and rulers. And he didn't need either.

I would highly recommend that aviation junkies read this book. I bought it when I was probably 12, and I reread it all the time. The things that skunkworks did is amazing.

It's a tragedy that Jim died. Unfortunately, when shit goes sour at mach 3, there's no power that can save you beyond dumb luck.

u/codethevoid · 3 pointsr/pics

Currently reading Ben Rich's Skunk Works and it's mind-numbing how far ahead of its time the Blackbird was. "We are traveling at twice the speed of a sixteen-inch shell, and we don't turn on a dime. A tight turn takes between sixty and a hundred nautical miles, and if a pilot gets a little sloppy he could start a turn over Atlanta and end up over Chattanooga."

u/qwicksilfer · 3 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

What everyone said is correct: math, math, math, and enjoy your last summer ;) You may also want to learn how to code in C++ or Fortran (yes, yes, it's ancient, but pretty much all NASA codes are written in C++ or Fortran) or even Matlab, if you have access to it.

Also, if you want to read some inspirational type books: Kelly Johnson's Memoir, the man basically invented Skunk Works. I also loved Flying the SR71, which is all about the Blackbird. It may sound corny, but Rocket Boys is my go-to book and/or movie when I feel discouraged and like I can't hack it as an engineer. And Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" was really interesting to me.

What I found pushed me through the grueling classes, assignments, 50% on a test... was my passion for space exploration and propulsion methods. So I suggest in addition to the math and enjoying the free time you have left that you find what makes you passionate to be an engineer :). Because sometimes, at 2 am in a computer lab, after staring at the same chunk of code for 3 hours and not understanding why it doesn't seem to friggin work out... passion is all you have!

Best of luck to ya!

u/LineofBestFit · 3 pointsr/aerospace

[Skunk Works by Ben Rich is a fascinating book that you should check out] (

u/Aurailious · 3 pointsr/AirForce

[This book is also an interesting look inside early skunk works projects.] ( )

u/1369311007 · 3 pointsr/aviation

In the book about him, the author describes Boyd's fight to cancel it. It says that originally, the B-1 couldn't make it over a some mountain ranges in the world. How useful would that be? It also explains that someone in the Air Force fought for it to have a ladder attached to the plane for ground crews to use.

In my opinion, a ladder is absolutely unnecessary weight on this plane. I don't see how one can't find something to climb on if necessary.

I highly suggest reading it if you're an aviation fan. Boyd did amazing things in his career and the Air Force screwed him.

u/Production_super999 · 3 pointsr/AirForce

Read this and this

I'm not an officer, but I have a good idea of what you guys go through, and as a SNCO I get to see and try to positively mentor a lot of new 2Lts. You're going to see lots of literature regarding how to lead and how to "Air Force", but the best things you can internalize to be a good leader are 1) Take care of your people. Airmen aren't your buddies, and you don't need to coddle, but have understanding and common sense and know that things that happen in their lives are sometimes more important than things that happen at work 2) Use common sense. When you have to make a judgement on a situation, you should use the AFIs and go by them to the maximum extent possible. However, remember that AFIs are not people, and can't make judgements so you ultimately have to determine the right thing to do, which is often not black and white.

Good luck in COT!

u/nvgeologist · 3 pointsr/askscience

This doesn't and won't answer your question, but is related. Great read/listen/whatever.

Boyd was father of modern air combat, and in many ways, ground combat. He came up with the OODA Loop

u/Independent · 3 pointsr/books

Compare Brunner's epic The Sheep Look Up with Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. (If Sheep Look Up proves to hard to find reasonably, substitute Shockwave Rider, also by Brunner.)

Or, if you're feeling really froggy compare Mark Twain's Letters From the Earth with one of his more popularly acceptable works like Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer.

u/g4m3k33p3r · 3 pointsr/books

Check out Oryx and Crake by Margret Atwood.

u/NattieLight · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, if you haven't read it. One of my favorites.

u/citizensnipz · 3 pointsr/ronpaul

He's a smart enough man to know that he can't just end the Fed overnight. You probably haven't read it, but his book on the topic does quite well to give a history of the organization.

Dr. Paul has been a student of economics for 30 years, so it really chides me when people try to write off his opinions at a whiff. It's just that people (both his supporters and his critics) have simply not had enough education on the subject. The Federal Reserve is a terribly corrupt and unfair group.

u/mittensmadefromkitte · 3 pointsr/politics

Read "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign"

u/winksup · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

Good point, you're right. Thanks for clarifying. Well I guess time will tell, I hope it's just some newer policy.

I looked at his 2015 book and it was pretty much the same, tons of 1-star reviews from people that weren't verified purchasers, but hopefully that's because it's 2 years old. I also looked at the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign and that had a lot of 1-star reviews from people without verification. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History just came out yesterday I think and has almost 2 pages of 1-star reviews just from unverified people.

In the end I think it's weird they removed any negative comments since it seems like they aren't doing that everywhere, and are still allowing some for the Clinton book being talked about here.

u/lowspeedlowdrag · 3 pointsr/USMC

Check out the Commandant's Reading list recommendations for Officer Candidates. I'd add One Bullet Away and What it's Like to go to War to that list as well.

How is your general knowledge? Do you know all of your Troop Leading Steps, Leadership Traits, General Orders, and Operational Order sub-paragraphs?

u/suffers_from_add · 3 pointsr/GiveMe40Days

Day 4:

I finished everything I had set out to do yesterday, which I haven't done for what feels like forever. I picked up Many Lives, Many Masters at the recommendation of my wife. Really good book! I'm about halfway through it now, should finish either today or tomorrow.

See, now this is the crazy thing. It's been 4 days since I've made the conscious effort to really be better, and actually started putting in the effort that something like that deserves. I've already exceeded my initial post by more than honestly I would have thought possible. I'm almost done two books in four days. I haven't read two books in a single month probably since I was about 12, let alone a week!

Started on a site called after reading about their "Jumping Jack Workout" on Lifehacker. I love it. It's so unbelievably simple, but at the same time extremely challenging. Pretty happy with how I feel after working out for the past few days. I decided I should probably keep a picture log. I'm not going to post it in these updates, but I think it'd be motivating all the same to have for myself.

u/TryhardPantiesON · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

There is a book called Many Life Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss, where he speaks about his time as a clinical psychologist where he had a young troubled patient, he uses regression therapy to make her experience her past lives and that way overcome her issues.

It is pretty interesting even if you don't believe in reincarnation. There are also several youtube videos that teach you how to go step by step through the regression process. There are other books, you would have to find them on Amazon so you can buy them.

Not referral link btw.

u/eyver · 3 pointsr/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

Not from this sub, but a collection of true stories from hypnotherapists on exactly this topic can be found in books by Brian Weiss and Michael Newton. I highly recommend starting with Many Lives, Many Masters since it's easy to read and sort of the "gateway drug" to this whole world. Michael Newton's books, like Journey of Souls, go into far more detail (and include word-for-word transcripts from dozens upon dozens of his therapy sessions).

This is fascinating to me because the general premise of both these books (as well as many others by other legitimate hypnotherapists who have put clients "under" to the point where they could access past lives as well as lives between lives) is exactly what's quoted in the short excerpts in OP's post: we are spirits living in imperfect and irrational human bodies, and our entire experience on this planet is essentially so we can learn and grow as spirits. In fact these books indicate that Earth (and our human experience) is a more "advanced" or "accelerated" school for spirits (and more difficult as a result).

All of this stuff fascinates me because the story is so consistent among all these therapists who have had first-hand experience with clients "tapping" into this world and among all the anecdotal stories on subs like this.

u/seeker135 · 3 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I read the title and came to say this: I lost my mother to prescription-pill suicide when I was 15. She was also a closet drinker. It was the coldest day of the world when we buried her.

You do, indeed, 'move on'. But, from experience I can tell you, it shapes you, the loss does. Whether you will it so or not. But it does not define you. Losing a parent young, being's tough, and what I found is that I was fine, like, for a year or more, and then I would break down over something maudlin, but, I always knew what was the driver of those tears.

Dad died of a heart attack seven years later.

It took me far too long to realize what had happened to me. It will likely be the same for you. Ten, twenty years or more afterward, you have a revelation. But before that, we just can't see it.

First, he's right there with you. Dad's still on duty, he just got promoted. I found I could, in quiet moments, talk to my Dad and sometimes I would hear an answer. I knew I was OK when I started hearing good advice I didn't want to take.

[This book took away my fear of death[( and taught me a bunch of stuff.

I wish you Peace.

u/randysgoiter · 3 pointsr/JoeRogan

I'm in the middle of Homo Deus currently. Its great so far, Yuval is a great writer and his books are a lot more accessible than traditional history books. I'm sure there are a lot of liberties taken with some of the history but I think Sapiens is a must-read. Homo Deus is more assumption based on current reality but its very interesting so far.

Gulag Archipelago is one I read based on the recommendation of Jordan Peterson. Awesome book if you are into WW1-WW2 era eastern europe. being an eastern european myself, i devour everything related to it so this book tickled my fancy quite a bit. good look into the pitfalls of what peterson warns against.

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning is another history book discussing that time period and how it all transpired and the lesser known reasons why WW2 went down the way it did. some surprising stuff in that book related to hitler modeling europe around how the united states was designed at the time.

apologies for inundating with the same topic for all my books so far but Ordinary Men is an amazing book chronicling the people that carried out most of the killings during WW2 in Poland, Germany and surrounding areas. The crux of the argument which I have read in many other books is that Auschwitz is a neat little box everyone can picture in their head and assign blame to when in reality most people killed during that time were taken to the outskirts of their town and shot in plain sight by fellow townspeople, mostly retired police officers and soldiers no longer able for active duty.

for some lighter reading i really enjoy jon ronson's books and i've read all of them. standouts are So You've Been Publicly Shamed and The Psychopath Test. Highly recommend Them as well which has an early Alex Jones cameo in it.

u/jarjartwo · 3 pointsr/Libertarian
u/schneems · 3 pointsr/Austin

While I read this as a hilarious hyperbole. Are you aware there are people (lots) who genuinely believe in this? I just read this book and it is a trip

u/jcm267 · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

She's plugging her most recent book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. I haven't read that one but her first book Infidel was great.

These books should be available at any decent local library.

u/backtowriting · 3 pointsr/worldnews

Just finished reading 'Infidel' by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. You would like that book if you haven't already read it. It describes Islam as it actually is and not how many of us would like it to be.

u/selfprojectionasgod · 3 pointsr/atheism

It is a commonly held opinion in our western countries to give Islam the benefit of the doubt... to be quick to believe that this type of extreme prejudice is not indicative of the religion at large. We do this because we want to be polite and inclusive.. we want to think well of them... we don't want to be seen as racist in any way.

However, if you consider that Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, comprised of more than 1.5 billion people - and that the Muslim majority exists primarily in countries located in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, and sub-saharan Africa where Islam is not only the primary religion - it is the governing and only religion - in these countries, quite often, these bigoted and prejudiced beliefs are the norm.

Check out Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book Infidel.

u/OrwellianIconoclast · 3 pointsr/books

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's two-part autobiography:



u/Autumnsprings · 3 pointsr/WTF

Here's more information.

This book provides an account from a woman who went through it.

u/steve_o_mac · 3 pointsr/onguardforthee

Make an agenda out of something? Welcome to the modern world. And the left is just as guilty as the right. Ever speak with a SJW? The logical fallacies in their arguments abound. Their ability to arrange words in a meaning less catch phrase and then use that phrase as a source in their arguments is dizzying. How much $ did Anita Sarkeesian raise again? As for the right, how did Trump get elected again?

Do I fault the people who practice the Muslim religion for being messed up? Absolutely not. It's difficult to rid one's mind of thought patterns that were beaten into them as a child - and this applies to most religions. Ask me how many beatings I took because I didn't behave properly during mass. It's fucking brainwashing and most religions practice it. Do I hate the practitioners? No. Do I hate the religion (be it muslim, catholic, whatever)? You're goddamned right I do. Call me infidel, baby :)

As to the muslim faith ... One of my core beliefs is that everyone is born equal. I could not possibly care less the colour of one's skin, who they are attracted to, what they identify as, etc ... Now look at a religion that actively discriminates against significant subsets of society. Try being a woman in a muslim state. Read Infidel sometime -
Gay in a muslim state? Good fucking luck with that, friend.

What's my point? Simply, it is not discrimination to criticize that which should be criticized. Is it Anti-Semitic for me to say I think the shooting of a doctor by the Israeli Army abhorrent? Am I a misogynist when I point out gaping holes in a SJW's argument? Criticizing that which should be criticized is how we grow as a society. Otherwise we remain ignorant and retain practice(s) that should have been abandoned ages ago.

How do we, as a society, decide what is worthy of critique? Through open and honest debate. Not through silence - be it in the form of #fakenews bullshit or the SJW who claims that I, a CIS gender white (ish) male do not deserve to have my opinion heard or that it does not count. Fuck that noise.

Oh, and for the record - anyone who claims that islam is the religion of peace is either willfully ignorant or a goddamned liar. Christianity doesn't hold any moral ground there either. Spend 2 minutes reading on the crusades ffs.

One final point. Earlier, I (somewhat) equated race discrimination with discrimination due to sex / sexual orientation / or whatever. I have literally no clue as to how a black man feels hearing some neo-nazi fuck throw the n-bomb around. Does that equate to what a gay man feels when he is called ...? I could not begin to guess. My point is that discrimination is discrimination, regardless of form.

Since I'm obviously somewhat wound up, here's something smile worthy:

edit - missed a word. And here's something that should be interesting, if completely off topic:

u/10b-5 · 3 pointsr/law
u/30K100M · 3 pointsr/nfl
u/GamesinaBit · 3 pointsr/OutOfTheLoop

Yes, but is legally unable to have a second trial.

u/thedawgboy · 3 pointsr/politics

No they did not. The "If" is still there. They just had it printed really, really small. If you magnify the picture, and look really close at the "i" in "I did it" you will see the word "if" printed in red.

EDIT: they did add the subtitle "Confessions of THE Killer"

u/Seamus_Duncan · 3 pointsr/serialpodcast
u/eightdx · 3 pointsr/WikiLeaks

I never read the book,but here is a synopsis from the Amazon page:

In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all―and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.

They also print his filibuster from 2010 in book form, which was all about corporate greed and the decline of the middle class.

I guess it depends on your definitions for words? I think he spent a lot of time addressing the systemic issues of which corruption is one. In the primary race, he tried to be tactful about invoking corruption in relation to the party and,uh, other candidates.

It's complicated?

u/guspasho · 3 pointsr/politics

That is precisely what he has been doing. It is the biggest reason he ran, and as an observer it was more important to him even than winning the last election. He made a point of saying whenever he stumped. He talks about a political revolution, a movement of young people getting involved in politics, constantly. And lots of people are running for positions all across the country because of it. Go to /r/political_revolution and see all the people he has inspired to run for office. Go to his movement's website, or read his book Our Revolution

He is focused on grooming successors for his ideology, so it's mind-boggling that you'd say he should as if he isn't.

u/dirtygonzo · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Don't think you can go wrong with Unbroken. A best seller, it's a "military story" more or less, but more importantly about personal growth, resilience and gives the reader a different prospective of life afterwards.

u/Jpf123 · 3 pointsr/ww2

For a higher calling. It's not just about the encounter but about the life of both the German and U.S flight crew leading up to and in the war.

"Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail—a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II. This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day—the American—2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17—and the German—2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies’ planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack. Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever."


Unbroken as all too often, the book is a thousand times better than the movie. Same for this book it doesn't just talk about the incident and what happened after but there's some really interesting contextualization that helps you empathize with the characters.

"On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will."


If you at all like aviation you'll love either of these books.

u/miraistreak · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

For those interested in keeping tabs:



As of this writing Clinton is #1 in books, and Trump is #84.

All things considered, having Trump's book crack the Top 100 all from a relatively minor concentrated effort from The_Donald and /pol/ is quite impressive. They are competing in theory with a sizable national population.

The Art of the Deal (which I remember some memes said people should buy instead) is #362 as of this writing

Spez: Great Again is #16 (15:44 EDT)

u/Acisionne · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

Great Again

Edit: haha how the hell did I miss the fact that he already has a book by that title... subconscious... or great minds think alike...

u/WestPalauBestPalau · 3 pointsr/politics
u/20-Gauge · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

OMG, the reviews are brutal and hilarious !

My personal favorite:

"Must have bought a signed copy because I got pneumonia right away. Her plans to destroy America are insulting and picking a beta as her VP gives me as much hope as believing she can't walk up a flight of stairs. Do not buy this book, instead vote for Donald Trump."
Centipedes need to head on over, and join the fun!

u/mnemosyne-0002 · 3 pointsr/KotakuInAction

Archives for this post:

u/neurosisxeno · 3 pointsr/politics

> Did you read the campaign platform??????? It had that in spades.

Clinton and Kaine literally co-authored a 288 page book that explained in insane levels of detail every policy position they held and why it was beneficial to Americans. If you think Policy was the reason the Democrats lost you could not be more wrong...

u/Northeastpaw · 3 pointsr/PoliticalDiscussion

>I blame her loss on the fact she had no real platform and didn't do enough to encourage voters to show up.

That's a bit disingenous. Clinton and Kaine released a book before the election detailing their policies. Clinton had the same policy details on her website. She gave summaries of these policies in the debates.

Her failing wasn't that she didn't have a platform; it was that her platform wasn't expressed in a slogan. Trump had MAGA, "Lock her up!", and "Build the wall!" His slogans were such glittering generalities and he never went into specifics. His voters filled in the gaps and believed that these slogans meant whatever they wanted them to mean.

Don't blame Clinton for rural America's failure to actually research what a politician is proposing and, more importantly, how they plan to implement it.

u/Kelsig · 3 pointsr/badeconomics

Just purchased Hillary's new book. Hopefully there is not good RI material in it.

u/agent_of_entropy · 3 pointsr/politics

Link to reviews.

Top review:

"Nothing new here. The book is full of lies, just like Hillary. I'm leaving a five star review so I don't get straight up murdered."

u/fredtothedurst · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/NukeThePope · 2 pointsr/atheism

I want The Demon Haunted World to be mandatory reading in all US schools! Instead, I'll bet they'll introduce Going Rogue. The goddamn country is doomed!!

u/Jahonay · 2 pointsr/pics

I wouldn't argue that it's not an exercise in writing styles, language, etc... But what of that is specific to books? Could you not argue that the time a person spends reading books would be better spent on the internet reading higher quality information? Would this be just as educational as this?

I mean, I don't think books really have any inherent advantage in education, I think it should be looked at on a case by case basis. Otherwise you have people reading the twilight novels thinking that they're well educated or that they're better than others because they're avid readers.

u/WritingImplement · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you're the kinky type, I heard this one is about anal sex. Give it a go.

u/acog · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

This book will seriously fuck you up. It's not horror/gore, it's all just creepy mind games. I never thought a book could actually make me viscerally feel like I was on the brink of insanity. But this did.

u/IFoundTheF · 2 pointsr/books
u/Lizardman_Gr · 2 pointsr/islam

You should read the Qur'an. That might help increase your faith. Also, read about Imam Ali (a.s) the son of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny). There is a good book called "In the footsteps of the Prophet (a.s)". You can look it up to see how our Prophet lived. Also look up the Nahjul Balagha, or "Peak of Eloquence" which is about Imam Ali (a.s). This book has strengthened countless people's faith in God. There is a hadiths which I roughly translate saying "If I am the city of knowledge, then Ali is the gate".

We are translating from Arabic to English, so if anything upsets you please send me a message. I have come across bad translations, and passages which need clarification. That said, this is my favorite English Qur'an, because it is so well translated, and it's language is not Old-English.

This is a free online link to the Nahjul Balagha. I have not read it, but I do have two copies of this book with different publishers. One of them slanders Imam Ali (a.s), because of the terrible printing job they did. Know that this man did not commit any sins, because he is a part of the household of the Prophet that was purified by God. This is a major event, and you can research it. Tell me if there are errors, and I can try to send you a better link InshaAllah. I highly recommend going to the sayings, and then going back to the lessons.

Again Arabic can be poorly translated, and context is often left out in these quotes. For ex. There is a saying where he compares women to scorpions. I told my friend, and he told me it meant bad women, and not all women. ( phew )

This book is pretty clear, and is also popular. The guy is an excellent translator.

u/ooze90 · 2 pointsr/Hijabis

I really liked the book In the Footsteps of the Prophet to read up on stories of the Prophet and his mission

u/KASKAx · 2 pointsr/Christianity

Yes, I do!

The 3 best ones that I have ever seen are:

The Sealed Nectar

Muhammad: His Life Based On The Earliest Sources

In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad

The last one is by Tariq Ramadan. It would probably be the easiest one to digest/read for someone not too familiar with Islam or Muhammad peace be upon him.

u/mnsh777 · 2 pointsr/religion

(courtesy of /u/lightnlng):

Check what you like from this list of Resources. I recommend starting with the Quran and a biography of prophet Muhammad (pbuh). If you want books, these ones are popular:

u/MrXxxKillsHimself · 2 pointsr/islam
u/plizir · 2 pointsr/islam

Salam Brother, I recommand Abdel Haleem translation of the Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics). I believe it's the best translation. The footnotes gives you the context and additional info about the verses.

I also recommand reading the autobiography of the Prophet, the best one I read so far is Tariq Ramadan's : In the Footsteps of the Prophet


May God make things easy for you

u/hello-everything · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thank you! My all-time favorites are pretty par for the course: Harry Potter, LOTR, Jane Austen, Inheritance Cycle, Narnia, etc. I really love historical fiction, especially the Tudors, the Bourbons, and WWII. I'm currently reading In The Garden of Beasts and it is SO good. Everything in quotations is a direct quote, so it's all accurate, but the way he weaves it all together makes it feel more like a story. If that makes sense! A few books ago, I read The Book of Lost Things and it is still bouncing around in my brain! So good.

u/thequietone710 · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Manhunt by Peter Bergen. This reads like a thriller and tells the tale about the detective work that lead to the killing of Bin Laden.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. This one is about a diplomat's family who moves to Berlin as Adolf Hitler is rising to power.

u/Junigole · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Have you read The Secret History? I loved it and it looks to be right up your alley. Thing is, I'm betting you've read it.

What about a throwback? Agatha Christie?

The above two, I've read. The next one, I have not, but it just looks like something you would like, based on your wishlist. For that matter, it should probably be on mine, too, next time I get a chance to read. In the Garden of Beasts

Good luck! Hey, I'm a nursing student. I noticed you're a nurse. Fun.

Also, hope you have a great time in the states. What will you be doing here?

u/dronningmargrethe · 2 pointsr/Not1984

Yah sorry its in The Garden of Beasts - direct link:

u/thedazzler · 2 pointsr/seattlebookclub

I nominate In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen.

I have just finished the first chapters and it is incredible. The story of Germany during Hitler's rise to power told through the point of the newly appointed American ambassador and his family. Interesting story, fantastic writing.

u/himmlerite · 2 pointsr/gaybros

What's your general conclusion about the USA/German comparison? I just finished an interesting semi-biographical, semi-dramatic narration about the experience of William Dodd while he was the American Ambassador under FDR. An cool pre-war American perspective of the Third Reich for sure.

I LOVED Adventure of English. Especially the parts around the Norman conquest. Do you remember the part about the French/English contrasting word use concerning meat/animals?

u/PsychologicalPenguin · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A historical fiction book you might enjoy is [In the Garden of Beasts] ( I was never really into historical fiction until recently, love anything around or during WW2

Literature is my Utopia

u/hwillis · 2 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

The director on the f117, Ben Rich wrote a book about his time in Skunkworks. The f117 was incredible. It was actually made possible by a Russian academic paper! They had a hell of a time translating it, and then they had to build a computer program to do the first radar signature simulations to actually design the thing. Even today it's the stealthiest thing flying because it sacrificed absolutely everything to be as undetectable as possible. The aerodynamics are hell and the engines are choked by huge baffles. Even the cockpit is uncomfortable to keep radar from getting in. No visibility and it was computer controlled way before its time because it was uncontrollable otherwise.

But that little thing is hard to see. The first tech demonstrator they designed was a small model that sat on a pole a short distance away from a radar antenna. It didn't even show up. It has to be measured with special equipment in a controlled environment... and the full-scale plane was even less visible.

u/kallekilponen · 2 pointsr/fireflyspace

Besides, black does have its advantages. It does absorb a lot of solar radiation, but it also helps to radiate heat at a faster rate than a white surface. This is why the Blackbird was painted black. It allowed them to use a more malleable grade of titanium.

Source: Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

u/TheF0CTOR · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

They also were so fast that they had to be flown mostly by computers. A pilot once took manual control after his computer malfunctioned, and an error in judgement brought him over the wrong country.

They also did a fly-over where they broke the sound barrier over a building (on purpose). The sonic boom shattered the office windows, but the plane was never seen. It was too high to be visible. The plane was later sold and used by the US government.

Do you know why they used Titanium? Any other metal would've melted due to friction caused by drag.

Even if you can get a positive missile-lock (given the title, we'll go for death-ray) on an SR-71, you can't hit it. It would be across your airspace faster than you could give the order. If it's any comfort, getting a positive lock is next to impossible.

Source book on Amazon

u/whatwasmyoldhandle · 2 pointsr/aviation

by the way, has anybody else read this book?

it's a really good one. lots of cool information about the sr71, even though there's another plane on the cover

u/giles202 · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit

A worthwhile read: Skunkworks by Ben Rich It includes development of the U-2, SR-71 and F-117 as well as stories from pilot and engineers.

u/phillymjs · 2 pointsr/todayilearned
u/LTmad · 2 pointsr/MilitaryPorn

I fucking love what SkunkWorks does. This book really made me want to try and become an aerospace engineer and potentially make it into Lockheed Martin. This stuff fascinates me, I just wish I was advanced enough in my education to understand most of it. In time, I will get there.

That book is also what gave me my always raging SR-71 boner.

u/DrMarianus · 2 pointsr/ProjectMilSim

After loads of reading on the bus to work every day, here follows my reading list for military aviation:


  • Viper Pilot - memoir of an F-16 Wild Weasel pilot who flew in both Iraq Wars
  • A Nightmare's Prayer - memoir of a Marine Harrier Pilot flying out of Bagram.
  • Warthog - Story of the A-10C pilots and their many varied missions in Desert Storm
  • Hornets over Kuwait - Memoir of a Marine F/A-18 pilot during Desert Storm
  • Strike Eagle - Story of the brand new F-15C Strike Eagle pilots and their time in Desert Storm


  • The Hunter Killers - look at the very first Wild Weasels, their inception, early development, successes, and failures
  • Low Level Hell - memoir of an OH-6 Air Cav pilot


  • Unsung Eagles - various snapshots of the less well-known but arguably more impactful pilots and their missions during WWII (pilot who flew channel rescue in a P-47, morale demonstration pilot, etc.)
  • Stuka Pilot - memoir of the most prolific aviator of Nazi Germany (and an unapologetic Nazi) who killed hundreds of tanks with his cannon-armed Stuka
  • The First Team - more academic historical look at the first US Naval Aviators in WWII


  • Skunk Works - memoir of Ben Rich, head of Lockeed's top secret internal firm and his time working on the U-2, SR-71, and F-117 including anecdotes from pilots of all 3 and accounts of these remarkable planes' exploits.
  • Lords of the Sky - ambitious attempt to chronicle the rise and evolution of the "fighter pilot" from WWI to the modern day
  • Red Eagles: America's Secret MiGs - the story of the long-top secret group of pilots who evaluated and flew captured Soviet aircraft against US pilots to train them against these unknown foes.
  • Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage - story of the US submarine fleet starting at the outbreak of the Cold War and their exploits

    Bonus non-military aviation

    I highly second the recommendations of Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Diamond Age. I would also recommend:

  • Neuromancer - defined the cyberpunk genre
  • Ghost in the Wires - memoir of prolific hacker Kevin Mitnick
  • Starship Troopers - nothing like the movie
  • The Martian - fantastic read
  • Heir to the Empire - first of the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy and the book that arguably sparked the growth of the Extended Universe of Star Wars
  • Devil in the White City - semi-fictional (mostly non-fiction) account of a serial killer who created an entire palace to capture and kill his prey during the Chicago World's Fair
  • Good Omens - dark comedy story of a demon and an angel trying to stop the end of the world because they like us too much
  • American Gods - fantastic story about how the old gods still walk among us
  • Dune - just read it
u/planepartsisparts · 2 pointsr/aviation

Get Ben Rich’s book about Lockheed’s Skunk Works Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed also Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond has excellent stories and Brian Shul has some excellent stories and photographs in his books but I don’t think they are in print any longer.

u/AgAero · 2 pointsr/engineering

I might as well start.

Skunk Works -- This is a memoir by Ben Rich of Lockheed's Advanced Development Programs division(AKA Skunk Works). If you're interested in aviation, I'd highly recommend it! Ben Rich lead the Skunk Works during development of the F-117 Nighthawk and the development of stealth technology(including a stealth ship for the Navy that never got the green light). He also worked on the U-2 Dragonlady, and designed the engine inlets for the SR-71 Blackbird.

The Machine that Changed the World -- I'm currently working on this one, so I don't have a fully developed opinion just yet. So far it's pretty neat. This is an expositional work about the Toyota Production System, and similar aspects of industrial engineering(dubbed Lean Production) that were developed in Japan after WW2. The authors have a tendency to proselytize it seems like, but maybe that's for good reason. It's not my area of expertise.

u/Brad_Chanderson · 2 pointsr/hoggit

If you enjoyed this, give Stealth Fighter a read!

And if you're in this subreddit, give Skunk Works a read. It's one of the best.

u/thisabadusername · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Maybe this would be interesting? Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

u/bbluech · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Yeah, this one is really cool.

Just be aware that the author did run the skunk works for a time and is obviously biased towards the model. That being said the Skunk Works as a whole is a really fascinating model of business and the story of Lockheed's is really cool even beyond what you might take away from the book.

u/chucksfc · 2 pointsr/pics

Read Skunk Works - - if you want the whole story - great read - and Kelly Johnson is a pimp.

u/KderNacht · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

The autobiography of Ben Rich, one time chief of Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division. He was in the team for U-2 and SR-71 and was head of the F-117 development. It's basically the birth story of modern stealth technology.

u/learnyouahaskell · 2 pointsr/pics

An immature internet writer adulterating the writing of Shul. Search for "Sled Driver pdf" if you would like to see the 1st edition original. I'm not sure if the account in fancy, limited, later edition was as brief, but it was definitely terse, understated, tongue-in-cheek, and professional. None of this highschooler self-congratulatory, chest-beating cowboyish fantasy.

You might be able to find it at a local library:
Here is another book highly worth reading:

u/Carbonade · 2 pointsr/starcitizen

There is a really cool book called Skunk Works, which talks about this technology-race during the cold war. I recommend it for anyone interested in reading about the stealth tech development.

u/NewThoughtsForANewMe · 2 pointsr/Military
u/BlueShellOP · 2 pointsr/recruitinghell

It's called Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed.

I can absolutely recommend reading it.

u/Gereshes · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

In no particular order but all of the following are great.

  • Skunk Works by Ben Rich - I reviewed it here
  • Ignition! - It's an informal history of liquid rocket propellant and I did a more in depth review of it here
  • The Design of Everyday Things - A book about how objects are designed. It changed how I look at the world and approach design. It took me few tries to get into it the first time.
  • Introduction to Astrodynamics by Battin - A great textbook on the basics of astrodynamics that is both easy enough for undergrads to start, and rigorous enough to keep you interested as your math skills improve in grad school and later.
u/TanyIshsar · 2 pointsr/CredibleDefense

While this is somewhat outside of your scope, I would recommend reading Boyd. I recommend this because it follows the life of a deeply influential military man during the cold war. It will provide you with general knowledge as well as a peak into the social, economic & political fabric of the USA DoD during his tenure.

His work, primarily the OODA loop & Maneuver Warfare, are also discussed and will provide you with the jumping off points to further explore your interests in more appropriate detail.

u/messiahwannabe · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

you mentioned being a fangirl; i've been reading some amazing, recent sci fi works written by women authors lately, maybe you'd find them interesting? all 3 of these are among the absolute best sci fi i've ever read:

the time traveller's wife by audrey niffenegger

^ forget about the movie, the book is fantastic

oryx and crake by margaret atwood

^ nice and dark

lilith's brood by octavia e. butler

^ amazon reviews calls it "profoundly evocative, sensual -- and disturbing", which sums it up pretty well

u/greenighs · 2 pointsr/Fremont

Hmmm. I JUST got the Maddadam trilogy (delivered on Sunday by Amazon, huh?), so I'm beginning Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood today. I also got Issue 49 of Lightspeed, the "Women Destroy Science Fiction" special edition, but that may be a choice for another time. I'd rather focus on the book than the controversy.

Open to suggestions, what's on your short list?

u/eileensariot · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This was almost super hard for me until I thought about my grandmother and aunts. My mom is a distant mom. I feel like it is hard to explain in a few short sentences. She never seemed involved in my life. She was very much all about herself. My grandmother did a lot to raise me when I was a small child, well up until 4th grade and then times when I really needed her. My 3 aunts have always been there to bond with me over my moms actions. They help me realize that it isn't me, it is her. This can be hard when you think you aren't worth the love/time because your own mother doesn't want to be involved. I still struggle with those feelings in other areas. I'm glad you had a mom you can be proud of, and I'm sorry for your loss <3

Everyone in my family loves books :)

Hey Bean!

u/delerium23 · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

I have really liked the maddaddam trilogy.. the third book comes out this september!

Also if you dont mind YA.. you might want to try the Birthmarked trilogy or the Divergent trilogy! =)

u/thesandthief · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Oryx and Crake

It really is an awesome book.

u/omaca · 2 pointsr/scifi

I'm reposting something I posted a couple of years ago:

Well, perhaps the most famous recent post-apocalyptic novel was McCarthy's The Road. Quite a bleak book, and very characteristic of McCarthy's spartan prose, this became a huge international best seller and a successful Hollywood movie. I certainly recommend it, but it's not really an uplifting book and has several confronting scenes. Still, very good.

The other obvious recent "literary" PA novels would be Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" trilogy. They start with Oryx and Crake, are followed by Year of the Flood and conclude with MaddAddam. These are very good books with strong feminist and ecological themes (a good thing!). Highly recommended.

The Dog Stars is yet another recent PA novel which garnered a fair bit of praise (I picked it up after hearing a segment on the novel on NPR's Fresh Air). I enjoyed it, despite the cliched "Survivalist" aspects and occasional far-fetched coincidences. A good, fun read; especially if you're a dog lover. :)

Other recommended titles (which I won't link to directly for time reasons) include Justin Cronin's The Passage trilogy (kind of a mash up between post apocalypse and horror), Stephen King's The Stand (ditto), A Canticle for Leibowitz, Earth Abides and Alas Babylon (the triptych of classics of the genre).

Good luck. I love these books even though I'm a positive optimistic guy! :)

EDIT: I overlooked Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven (fun, action packed but accused by some of racist undertones), The Postman by David Brin (so so so very much better than the movie it spawned. So much better), The Year of the Plague by someone I forgot (rather original PA novel with nano-technology rearing its head) and even Blood Music by Greg Bear (though most people consider this full on science fiction, it does feature an apocalypse... or a sort. :)




Since then, I've thought of (or read) a few more. Perhaps one of the most famous is Station Eleven. It garnered a fair bit of media attention and mainstream critical acclaim a couple of years ago. It's a bit of a slow burner, and whilst it's not my favourite post-apocalyptic novel, it's certainly worth picking up. The Girl with All the Gifts was a recent hit. Set in the UK, it tells the story of a band of British scientists and soldiers searching for remaining survivors, as they bring along a very strange and very dangerous survivor of the recent plague. It's great fun and was made into a movie recently. I believe the author recently published a sequel (The Boy on the Bridge?), but I haven't read this.

Wastelands is a collection of short-stories. Some really good stuff here, and if you're not feeling up to a full length novel or comptemplating the end of humanity, it's well worth a look.

Let me know if you want more. It's a favourite genre of mine. :)

u/JJBears · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Orxy and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Read it my senior year of high school for a random book group. It was awesome!

u/anschauung · 2 pointsr/grammar

Faulker wrote:

> "Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.

That said: I'd recommend Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. It's a fun story, and she represents several different styles of English writing and speech between the different characters.

u/glide_si · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

This may not be what you're looking for but its along the same line:
Oryx and Crake

It's a post-apocalyptic novel that takes place in a world destroyed by bioengineering.

u/tandem7 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Okay - then to start, I will recommend Oryx and Crake and Year of the Flood, both by Margaret Atwood. They're part of a trilogy, the third book is due out this fall. Atwood defines them as speculative fiction; they're set in the not-to-distant future, and follow the downfall of civilization. I like Year of the Flood better, but both are pretty awesome.

For fantasy, I really like The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's a blend of celtic mythology, fantasy, and arthurian legend. Some people don't like that it's basically an homage to LOTR, but it's one of my absolutely alll-time favourites.

For YA dystopian fiction, I'd suggest Divergent and Insurgent - also a trilogy, not sure when the third one is due out, off-hand.

One of my favourite sci-fi series is Phule's Company and the following books, by Robert Asprin. I also love Time Scout by him and Linda Evans. His writing is ridiculously clever and witty, and he's one of last century's greatest writers, in my opinion.

And finally, I love anything by Terry Pratchett - his Discworld series is amazing. So very very British and hilarious.

u/docsquidly · 2 pointsr/video

Generation Kill. Its an HBO mini-series based on the book by Evan Wright.

I highly recommend it.

u/dvsdrp · 2 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

Yeah it's pretty good.

Here's the Rolling Stone article by Evan Wright that started it all.

Here's the book Wright wrote.

FYI, the guy that plays Rudy, is the actual Rudy in real life. Other core members of the story also worked as consultants on the TV series. There was also some controversy later as several other people involved wrote of their own experiences and points of view.

u/PrivateCaboose · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Band of Brothers and Generation Kill were both good books that made for great mini series, I'd check them out.

u/picatdim · 2 pointsr/pics

I'm a 19-year-old boy from Ottawa, Canada (you may have heard of our little country :P ). While I was not homeschooled per se during my public school years (I went to regular English schools), I definitely learned more quickly, more thoroughly and more widely due to my parents' constant efforts to teach me things that went way above and beyond what I was "learning" at my high school.

My parents are both high school teachers, and have each spent roughly 30 years teaching their respective subjects.

My dad actually just retired last year, but he taught most of the Social Studies curriculum during the course of his career (History, Philosophy, Psychology, World Religions, etc.). He is a bilingual Francophone from Ottawa, so he taught at one of the French Catholic high schools in our area. He also happens to be somewhat skeptical of religion (not an atheist, but damned close). Odd combination, yes, but it has resulted in him introducing me to
military history, everything from the Roman legions to the Knights Templar to the Taliban.

My mother was born in Ottawa, to Greek parents who had left Greece after the Second World War; my grandparents are from a village about 20 minutes away from the modern city of Sparti (Sparta). During the war, the village was at some point occupied by Axis forces (I'm not sure when or to what extent, because my grandparents' English is not great and only my mother speaks Greek).

I decided to include a list (below) of works that I've found particularly interesting (I've never actually written down a list of my favs before, so this may be somewhat... sprawling and will be in no particular order :P ). Depending on the ages of your kids, some of this stuff might be inappropriate for them right now, but they can always check it out when they're older. It's mostly military/wartime history that interests me (it's what I plan on studying in university), but I've learned so many little tidbits about other things as well from having access to these works. Since your kids are all boys, I hope they'll find at least some of this stuff to be interesting :) .


u/chad2261 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I can think of a few off the top of my head but in the interest of keeping this short:

Generation Kill by Evan Wright. If you're even remotely interested in military-type things, this is a really great read.

u/brinstar117 · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

Even Wright, an embedded combat reporter during Operation Iraqi Freedom and author of Generation Kill brandished a rifle while on patrol at the request of the marines he was riding with.

It is mentioned in a Huffington Post interview:

>Did you feel useless because you couldn't fire a gun?

EW: On a human level it would have been really exciting to shoot a gun over there. I can hit a target with a rifle generally but that very different from what they do.
There's one moment that's not in the show where they handed me a weapon in the vehicle. We were rolling through a sketchy town. Everyone was like, "You're occupying a seat; you're useless, take a gun." The enormity of the responsibility you have -- it sounds corny here back home -- but if you're really out there with these Marines and you're holding a weapon ... I was like, what if I hear an engine backfire and I pull the trigger? It wasn't [so much the fear] that I'd kill an innocent Iraqi -- that was a problem -- but if I fuck up, I'll get kicked out of the embed. That was my practical reason. When Geraldo was in Afghanistan and he was like, "I'm packing a .45," I was like, "C'mon dude."

I read his book and if I remember correctly it was a short lived occurrence as the author did not maintain proper gun discipline. He unintentionally swept the barrel of the rifle at the marines which is a big no no. The author never fired a weapon while embedded, but I don't recall if the gun was loaded or not. I don't think that it was.

u/zophieash · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

What do you think would be the best way to shut it down? I know that Ron Paul wrote a book called End the Fed.

Alan Grayson had some pretty excellent grilling of the Fed Reserve Chariman at the time Ben Bernanke:

Other than these two (admittedly fringe guys) I don't know of anyone with political influence trying to shut down the fed. If anyone knows anyone else working to shut down the fed please let me know so I can follow and support them.

u/gizram84 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

End the Fed by Ron Paul.

If you are involved with OWS, or are at all interested in the learning about the horrors in the banking industry, read this book. It gets to the source of the problem and talks about real solutions. Absolutely eye-opening.

u/Sherlock--Holmes · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

And here we have the problem: A complete misunderstanding of the issue. You can't solve the ongoing crisis with more band-aids, it's a completely different philosophical approach that needs taken.

To suggest that Ron Paul "got any amount of what he wanted" in any way means that you don't understand.

Ron Paul's book: "End The Fed"

Read it.

u/jlowry · 2 pointsr/Economics

I have two end the fed tshirts.

There is a reason we have lost 95% of our purchasing power since 1913. Guess what was created that year? Guess who caused and admitted to the Great Depression?

The inflation has hurt the purchasing power of every American who has ever saved money.

You do your homework.

I suggest you pre-order his book "End the Fed"

u/justinmchase · 2 pointsr/BernieSanders

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

A quote from the book:

> That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.

Also regarding Comey leading the investigation, was he actually leading it?

Peter Zeidenberg was recently quoted by the AP as saying "It is an ongoing investigation; there is no possible way that Comey could a) know that Trump was cleared of any misconduct at this stage of the investigation..."

If Comey couldn't even know whether or not Trump was cleared of misconduct, how closely was he actually involved in the investigation? Similarly why was he out flying around giving speeches to law enforcement recruits if he was so directly involved in these important investigations?

Additionally , the new acting director has said there is "No effort to impede" the Russia investigation. And said that the investigation will continue.

u/jlarrison · 2 pointsr/howardstern

If you want to see how f'ing dysfunctional the HRC campaign was you should read Shattered it is a great book and will scare the hell out of you that the people that advise and run our country are incompetent.

u/FreezinginNH · 2 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

I'm pretty sure it's from this new book:

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

u/richalex2010 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Marine Corps != Army, agreed with you though.

Likely why he visited so many countries, Marines deploy and sail around the world (like aircraft carriers) as a force ready to fight or render aid wherever needed (Afghanistan after 9/11, Japan to help with humanitarian aid) when they aren't actively fighting a war (or in between deployments). At least, that's my understanding of it (mostly based on this book).

u/JokerNJ · 2 pointsr/running

Avoid treadmills. If you haven't already, read Nate Fick's book 'One bullet away'.
From memory he scored well on the 3 mile run but had to give it 100%.

u/sekret_identity · 2 pointsr/USMC

I don't know much but I know this.

Leadership is service.

It's not about you.

Real leadership looks like this:

  • protecting your guys from bullshit from above
  • looking out for their welfare and checking in on them
  • holding them to a high standard and yourself an even higher one
  • balancing men vs mission aggression vs caution
  • knowing your shit so well you cannot fuck up in any circumstance
  • knowing their shit so well they cannot fuck up

    Read this book

u/oi_nihonjin · 2 pointsr/CredibleDefense

> From personal experience military intelligence is an oxymoron.

Unfortunately, anecdotally this is too true for most military's. Information in the modern world changes so rapidly that the military bureaucracy and chain of command tend's to do nothing more then to just slow down the rate at which accurate info is provided to front line troops.

A great example is in the now famous Generation Kill and One Bullet Away. The unit is constantly supplied with FRAGO's and new mission objectives based on faulty and outdated information that time and time again places them in ambushes, traps, and situations where the only reason they leave alive is because of the ineptitude of the enemy, not their own skill.

u/lotusflowerjasmine · 2 pointsr/exmormon

Start with this one: God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience

And when you’re ready for it, go on to this one: Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Then this one: Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

u/qtyapa · 2 pointsr/india

I don't know man, it's too complicated for me. Did you read many lives many masters?

u/kathleen65 · 2 pointsr/exmormon

Prayer is very comforting. I do not believe in a traditional "God" and hate organized religions. I have experience 2 deaths (my parents) being with them 24/7 in their final days. I am convinced there is something more. After one death I started reading Elisabeth Kubler Ross, on death and dying, trying to understand what that something is. In one of her lectures to a room full of doctors and scientist she recommended a book by a psychiatrist Brian Weiss, Many Lives Many Masters. This book is a true story of his experience. It really changed my life and gave me a whole new perspective on what is possible. Also another true story book he wrote is amazing too , Only Love is Real.

u/aguafiestas · 2 pointsr/changemyview

This is the book in question. I linked to an article about it elsewhere in the comment chain, but this is the book that is the source of the quote. It is by a former President of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

When asked about the book in 1999, Trump said "The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true." Here's a link for that.

u/whyenn · 2 pointsr/PoliticalOpinions

I know, right? There's ZERO evidence he's racist!

That's why it's so terrible how Lindsey Graham called Trump a racist.
And it's sure wrong for this black Republican congressperson to think he's racist.
And this one.
Where do those black republican lawmakers get off?

Republican kingmaker Eric Erickson called Trump racist.
Paul Ryan called Trump's comments racist. The nerve.
They must be crazy!

I love how Trump's response ("You have people on both sides") and refusal to apologize to the innocent Central Five this year- the kids he advertised he wanted to kill- was the same as his response to the Nazi rally that DID kill people. That definitely proves he's not racist. His shit-hole countries comment- all black- reported by Republican and Democrat lawmakers the following day, that was great. Not racist. How he denied Bermuda refugees because the could tell they some were "gang members" as an excuse for not helping them instead of simply not helping them... that's just good politics. And his fears that Nigerian would "never go back to their huts"? Well, that's just the lamestream press, out to get our non-racist president. The fact he totally caved on this discrimination suit doesn't prove anything- he just couldn't win it. Not racism. Because he was willing to date with a beautiful biracial model. SO. NOT. RACIST. The guy who claimed- before anyone took Trump's campaign for President seriously- that Trump made all the black people come off the floor in his casino before he went out is the real racist. And the 1991 biography that talked of Trump's racism "laziness is a trait in blacks"? Just the media playing the long game. Why, back in 1991 they thought that "you always suspected that beneath his crude, callow, shallow exterior lay a crude, callow, shallow interior." They must have known he'd run for president some day, and had it in for him back then.

I like his belief that he's genetically superior, and that his "German blood" is "great stuff"; how his "winning" comes from genes, genes that some people just don't have. That's just good (1930's era) science! It also totally mirrors the 1990 interview he gave to a long time acquaintance which discusses a copy of Mein Kempf he claimed he "got from a friend". Of course his wife said he "kept by his bed" dare she. He divorced her right around then and paid her millions to keep her mouth shut. That sure taught her! (He also paid his next wife millions to not publish her book on him. What are you gonna do. Except not be racist. Like Trump.)

So let this clear the air once and for all.

  • Trump is not racist.
  • There is Zero evidence.
  • And anyone who thinks otherwise is a deranged anti-Republican.

    End of story.
u/EveRommel · 2 pointsr/changemyview

one of Trump's former colleagues recalled him saying, "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day."

So I may have gotten Trump mixed up with another Republican canidate on the poor blacks. I Will edit that.

Trump wants to deport 11 million people forcefully who are mainly of Asian or Latino decent. He is not offering them a way to become citizens and he doesn't even talk much about massive reforms to our immigration system.

Trump was firm concerning restrictions in immigration. “I’m opposed to new people coming in,” he said. “We have to take care of the people who are here.”
Source: , Dec 10, 1999

No that is him continuing to assert that Chinese and other Asian manufactoring countries have teamed up to create a conspiracy about global warming so they can bring us down or something.

He never talks this way about Germany or Poland or Russia. He seems to target Asian and Latino countries with 25% tarriffs and talks of commiting war crimes on the middle east.

The last few mass shootings were done by white Christians, some of the biggest attacks on America were done by White people but after 2 shootings we should force all Muslims to register and there should be a travel ban?

Again he maybe a friend of Israel but he is a bigot.

u/thedonuggs · 2 pointsr/Psychonaut

I think it's pretty cool to think/read about, whether it's true or not. My favorite is the idea that the world is ruled by a race of shape-shifting lizard people.

I actually just watched the movie The Conspiracy which talks about NWO a lot, though I don't know if any of it is based on actual facts. Also, Jon Ronson's book Them is all about him talking to conspiracy theorists, mainly about NWO. Interesting stuff

u/Pfmohr2 · 2 pointsr/wikipedia

If you get a chance, Ronson's book Them: Adventures with Extremists is an incredibly interesting read. The documentary was somewhat of a pairing with the book, and the two are very informative and entertaining.

u/undercurrents · 2 pointsr/women

One way to feel slightly more powerful is to arm yourself with knowledge that you can share with others. This week women activists in Iran were sentenced to 15 years or more in jail for removing their hijabs in public. I was able to answer comments on this post because I pay attention. I told you about it, now you know. Now you can tell others. That's why paying attention to what is going on in the world is so important. Two books you can check out are Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran.

I have a whole list of reading material, but two slightly older books that are still applicable today to the plight of women around the world are Half the Sky and Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography Infidel.

Knowledge is power. Even if you can't directly change the lives of those who are suffering, learning about it and making people aware keeps the victims from becoming invisible. Plus, you never know when dominoes might start to fall.

u/btruff · 2 pointsr/TrueAskReddit

I read Infidel about a famous woman who grew up in Somalia. She starts by saying they were taught from the earliest age to know the names of their ancestors going back nine generations. If you ever find yourself with strangers then you both recite these names until you find a common ancestor perhaps years ago. And ffs you are to despise the Sunnis or the Shiites if you are the other. They absolutely have no cares about being Somalian. It was a puppet state set up by the USSR years ago.

u/GVS03 · 2 pointsr/worldnews

While I agree that there is discrimination; however, by law people in most western countries are equal. However, many cultures have a patriarchal society that even when they immigrate to a society that by law women and men are equal their cultural traditions trump this. I just finished the book infidel about a woman that immigrated to the Netherlands from Somalia and she explains how women have the same rights as men in Netherlands but it is the Islamic patriarchal culture that keeps women from being equal actors in the dutch society. Also, the utopian society you speak of in a few decades will only be achieved in this kind of world which I believe is next to impossible to achieve.

u/Rhyhorny_af · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

He didn't just want to write it, he did.

If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer

u/lucidviolet · 2 pointsr/pics

Casey Anthony should buy OJ's book, If I Did It. I'm sure she'll be able to relate.

u/Evsie · 2 pointsr/news

I mean, he literally wrote a book saying he did it. I think it's about as settled as it's going to get.

u/feedmefries · 2 pointsr/politics

wE WoNt SlEeP uNtIl We FiNd tHe ReAl KiLLeR

What's next, you working on a book called "If They Did It"

u/rangoon03 · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

lol, reading this post's title I was instantly reminded of this:

"If I rigged a nomination, this is how I would do it"

u/Taurothar · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Not many innocent people who are free from double jeopardy would write a tell all of "This is how I would have done it" book.

u/Danny_the_Intern · 2 pointsr/iamverysmart

I was gonna guess OJ Simpson

u/Rvb321 · 2 pointsr/SandersForPresident

I'm a big fan of the economist Richard Wolff and his podcast, Economic Update.

Some organizations to consider joining or supporting are
Democratic Socialists of America and Socialist Alternative.

I also encourage everyone to read Bernie's book, if you haven't already.

I would also highly recommend everyone read A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

Finally, I encourage everyone to watch the Noam Chomsky documentary, Requiem for The American Dream, on Netflix.

u/Velcrometer · 2 pointsr/Political_Revolution

I'm just about to place my pre-order and I thought of this:

Do others here know that Amazon offers a donation to your charity of choice? I chose Democracy Now! because they have such high quality reporting and interviews. You have to set it up and order EVERYTHING through rather than Amazon's regular site. Some items you purchase are eligible for the donation and some are not. But, all must go through Smile. And, no, they don't tell you how much is being donated.

I order a lot from Amazon and figure some donation is better than nothing. I know they are terrible to workers, but most retailers are and until others deliver to my house I know I'll continue ordering.

Bernie's Book on

u/analienableright · 2 pointsr/Anarchism

>I'm almost convinced that they're all reading from playbooks or something.

u/ocean_spray · 2 pointsr/Political_Revolution

That seems to be the case:

EDIT: Amazon also has it for only $16 something instead of $27. -- $13 for the Kindle version.

u/metssuck · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Unbroken is the most recent book that I've read, it's fantastic!

u/causticwonder · 2 pointsr/books

Unbroken. It's phenomenal. Basically a plane crashes and the survivors are forced to try to survive on a raft for an indeterminate amount of time. Great story of resiliency.

Flags of our Fathers. The book before the miniseries. Also phenomenal.

If you like really really detailed historical accounts, you can't do much better than The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich although I would probably recommend the audio version. It's available through audible. I got about half way through it before I had to stop, but man, it was detailed. DETAILED. If you ever wanted to know the minutiae of Hitler's daily life in part, this is it.

A memoir from a female perspective, perhaps? Well, A Woman in Berlin is your book. It's harrowing. There are things talked about here that most history books gloss over.

u/shesautomatic · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is the best one I've read so far. Nonfiction account of an American bombardier in WW2, built with superb writing and an almost unbelievable story.

u/samhend · 2 pointsr/videos

It's certainly possible. I would suggest you look up the story of Louis Zamperini, he and another man survived almost 47 days at sea during World War II with few rations and no water. Wikipedia link and a book written about him.

u/toadog · 2 pointsr/pics

I don't have time to read all the comments, but if anyone is interested in reading what was like to be on a plane fighting in the Pacific in WWII read

"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand


You can read the first chapter free on Amazon. I guarantee you will be hooked. There is a reason the men who fought that war are revered.

u/Jaime006 · 2 pointsr/SeattleWA

I also do not have a right to health care, nevermind trans specific health care. Nobody does. Nothing that requires a good or service to be provided can be a right because providing it requires coercion through force against other people to provide it. I'm very fortunate that my health insurance covers my unique medical needs and I wish other insurances did to. But it is not a right and the government should not be forcing it on people. On a more practical note, hormones are pretty damn cheap as far as medications go. Synthetic estrogen is roughly $20 per month for example. And if someone is so poor they can't afford it the proper way to provide for them is through private charity, not government mandate.

The left's use of identity politics is a way to divide people into victim groups who will vote for them. They talk a good game about helping people but if the people actually had their life improved they wouldn't have a reason to vote Democrat anymore. And the hypocrisy is astounding! I look at political issues on a case by case basis. Sometimes I agree with the Democrats, sometimes I agree with the Republicans, sometimes I disagree with both. But I've been exiled from multiple LGBT groups and lost several friends because I disagree with the their political agenda. The tolerant left is only tolerant if you believe what they want you to believe. Just because I'm trans doesn't mean I agree with all of the progressive agenda. And it certainly doesn't mean I owe them my vote.

The Democrats are the ones who campaign to specific sub groups based on their fundamental identity. They court the black vote and the hispanic vote and the woman vote and the LGBT vote. And their message is often a riff on "you have it so hard, vote for me and I'll give you political favors!" It's divisive and I reject it. Have you watched any of Trump's rally speeches personally? Or read his book? I have and it's much different than the cherry picked soundbites and opinion pieces the media gives out. Listen to him directly and with an open mind then make your own decisions. His message struck me a being aimed at all Americans. He's not pandering to specific groups, he welcomes everyone regardless of race, gender, or gender/sexual minority status. He campaigned on unity as a country by rejecting identity politics.

And just in case it wasn't clear let me give the a bit of disclaimer. I'm not a huge fan of Republicans either. I severely dislike their establishment and I disagree with many of their policies. And right wing media has a lot of crazy shit in it that really bothers me like their insistence that trans people are just mentally ill. But I don't have a place to belong in our political landscape. Both groups reject me for some reason or another, I'm stuck as an outsider. I don't agree with Trump on absolutely everything but I agree with him on a lot and he is a huge disruption in the political status quo and I'm optimistic it will be for the better.

As for cars, dude (I'm assuming dude based on user name) Prius was the right call. Didn't you get the memo that Subarus are lesbian cars? :-P

Anyway, I'm spending far too much free time writing this stuff up. Tell you what, if you're interested in talking more we can meet up for coffee or something and chat in person.

u/toubrouk · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

I understood earlier in life than being honest doesn't make your life easier but allows to sleep soundly at night. This is why I don't own the (already iconic) MAGA baseball cap; it would be an infraction to US election code. On the other side, I brought a audiobook copy of Trump's Great Again: How to fix our crippled America. Great book by the way.

I hope it helped.

u/5aculu5 · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

/pol/ is pushing this book on twitter and its doing better,

Its currently in the 2000s rank while the book posted OP is in the mid 6Ks, check for yourself.

This threads book,

spez: spelling

u/VampireInitiative · 2 pointsr/politics

Probably this book, and maybe this one.

u/Scopejack · 2 pointsr/Drama

> I honestly don't know a single living writer more well known than Stan Lee.

Burger King sends his regards.

u/Panda2010 · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

Omfg the reviews and customer pictures are fucking amazing on Amazon for her book. Stronger Together: A Blueprint for America's Future

u/tseanlaws · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

Pretty deplorable reviews, just check it out on amazon:

Feel free to leave your input!

This shameless bitch actually gave plugs for her book yesterday too, said she won't explain what she's running for, but to buy her book, it will tell you everything.

u/httpsocool · 2 pointsr/amazon

You won't believe the answer:

I am using number of reviews as proxy for popularity. OK, that was actually number 2, number one is SimCity (

u/g6mrfixit · 2 pointsr/AmericanPolitics
u/Treedodger · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

Go check the reviews for her book on Amazon. It's become sport. I'd say we are winning.

u/MAGAtonnage · 2 pointsr/The_Donald
u/Azrael11 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

> buy a non-fiction book

well, alright, if I have to

u/readcommentbackwards · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/AL3XCAL1BUR · 1 pointr/politics

Remember when Republicans thought Going Rogue was a good thing?

u/lengau · 1 pointr/books
u/jumblebutt · 1 pointr/pics

Actually I think they're all this.

u/icecoldpenguin123 · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook
u/TheKingOfTheGame · 1 pointr/islam

Welcome to /r/Islam :)

About the basics of Islam, read this

Firstly, Praise to God. I am sure alot of other people will answer better than me, but I'll try. First off, for Muhammed (saw) in the bible, here is a very interesting video by a former Christan youth minister titled - "How the Bible Led me to Islam"

His story is so interesting because he figured out that a through read of bible itself made him realize something, and convinced him to study other religions in which he found finally found Islam, his story is something every typical Christian should hear.

Secondly, You said:

>I'd like recommendations for a quran translation.

I personally believe that people willing to learn about Islam should read the biography of Muhammed (saw) first to get a grasp of the message of Islam, how it spread, and how we come to respect this man as the greatest of all creation. The best book I recommend is Tariq Ramadan's Book about Muhammed and his life.

Once you've done that, I recommend an exegesis over a translation because your understanding is enhanced.

But a good translation is:
An exegesis (recommended) is:

Hope that helps.

u/mentaleur · 1 pointr/islam

Thank you for your sincere interest, people like you deserve respect and admiration. Muslims doesn't mean scholars automatically, there is many responses already here, I agree with them on general yet It's difficult to respond formally with full knowledge and proof, but since your questions are mostly about the prophet and early years of Islam, I recommand to read the biography of the prophet to see his full perspective and contexts, this one is easy and into the point by the Oxford Professor Tariq Ramadan: In the Footsteps of the Prophet .

u/Ziac45 · 1 pointr/SeattleWA

Here are two books that I would really recommend to know a bit more about what actually happened. I am done debating this issue because as I said above I am tired of being called nasty things.

In the Garden of Beasts

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

This one has some very outdated social views in there about gays but it is still a very good book to understand Hitler and Germany.

u/ReggieJ · 1 pointr/books

Yes I did! And it was likewise excellent. You mean In the Garden of Beasts, right?

u/kickstand · 1 pointr/history

Pretty good account of it in Erik Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts"

u/MissMaster · 1 pointr/pics

Read In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. It's a non fiction book that reads like a novel about an American ambassador and his family getting caught up in the early years of Hitler's rule. Gives a good perspective of how people got sucked in.

u/awesome_jawsome · 1 pointr/spacex

Not a SpaceX book, but when I was a young buck in engineering I found this a good read about rapid development of airframes:

u/tspek · 1 pointr/Military

This is a pretty interesting read. The book probably creates some bias for me but they truly did build something awesome...

u/raindownsugar · 1 pointr/HistoryPorn

Correct. And Ben Rich's book about Skunk Works is a must read.

u/LimEJET · 1 pointr/WeirdWings

Ah yes, cadmium. I knew cobalt sounded wrong.

As for the wood, I got it from the book Skunk Works.

u/DirkChesney · 1 pointr/AviationHistory

I’m halfway through a book all about the time they were developing this airplane and other stealth fighters at skunk works. Interesting read if you’re into engineering and of course flying. here is the link to it on amazon

u/GalantGuy · 1 pointr/engineering

Skunkworks, by Ben Rich. Nothing to do with mechatronics, but it's a good book.

Reading a book on control systems will just make you want to throw yourself off the tallest building you can find, and won't help you all that much should you actually finish it. PID control is sufficient for about 80% of engineering tasks, and you can learn it in 20 minutes using google.

You'd be better off picking a project with electrical and mechanical components and just running with it. Anything you don't know you can look up on google, or ask around for help.

u/Lighth_Vader · 1 pointr/worldnews

I can't link, but the info is in Ben Rich's book, Skunk Works.

u/MudvayneMW · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Read this

Lockheed had successfully tested a weaponized version of it, although if I recall correctly the only pilot that lost his life was during this testing (although I could be mistaken and have it mixed up with the D21 incident, or I might just be completely wrong on that part).

I unintentionally read the book in two days. Being as aerospace engineer I really loved it. And I couldn't agree more with Kelly' Johnson's rule #15 (never work with the navy).

u/zipperseven · 1 pointr/todayilearned

For anyone interested in aerospace design, Lockheed Skunkworks, Cold War military industrial complex bureaucracy, the founding of Area 51, or the design of the U-2, SR-71, and F-117 aircraft; I'd highly recommend the book by Ben Rich, who was the program manager on the 117 and a protege of Kelly Johnson. There's lots of nifty details and anecdotes like this.

u/PurposeToMelody · 1 pointr/pics

Everyone should check out Ben Rich's book "Skunk Works" he worked under Kelly Johnson and took over the Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works after he left and worked on the SR-71 and rhe F-117. It's a fantastic book and a interesting look into one of the most beloved aviation divisions of all time.

u/Little_Metal_Worker · 1 pointr/MilitaryPorn

first of all, i would recommend reading Skunk Works by Ben Rich. if you really find the subject interesting, that book is fascinating.

as for the F-22, and mind you I'm certainly not an expert in stealth technology, but i can tell you that radar waves don't work like visible light. next, i can tell you that some of the techniques used to achieve stealth include skinning the plane in a radar transparent materials, sometimes with a copper mesh woven in to absorb the radar waves and then dissipate them in the form of heat. behind the radar transparent materials the inner structure would be designed in a way to reflect the radar wave away from their point of origin. all of this of course is the most basic level of stealth. but remember the US has been working on this tech for over 50 years now. anyway hope that helped you understand it a lil bit.

u/Dug_Fin · 1 pointr/MilitaryPorn

> Don't many other nations possess advanced Russian SAMs that could easily take out a U-2?

Sure, but the specific mission the U-2 and SR-71 were built for was mapping overflights of the Soviet Union. The U-2 is still valuable for a variety of aerial recon missions, but we no longer need to violate hostile airspace when we use it. They claim satellites have supplanted the SR-71, and while that claim is dubious in many regards, the mapping of hostile territory mission has definitely been shifted to satellite assets.

Skunk Works is a good book on the subject. It's the autobiography of Ben Rich, one of the engineers of the SR-71 and the head of the Skunk Works after Kelly Johnson retired. Lots of detail on the early cold war stuff that spurred the development of these two remarkable aircraft.

u/ksobby · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Please read Skunk Works. An argument can be made that civilians made this ... but for no other reason than to give it to the military. The development of the F117 or the SR71 shows you just how far ahead of the curve that military funded R&D is versus civilian products.

And while I agree that cost will take a backseat, reliability is actually QUITE important when coupled with performance. Both must be at their peak for a project to go off the board and onto the tarmac.

u/ptitz · 1 pointr/history

The Francis Gary Powers part you can read about in Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich. It's a fantastic book, even if you're not into planes. It has a chapter about the U2 program, and the whole incident. Long story short, when Francis Gary Powers returned he was ostricized by the CIA, and in the media he was sometimes portrayed as a coward or a traitor for "choosing" to be captured instead of killing himself. In the end Lockheed took him in as a test pilot, and it wasn't until years after his death that he was completely rehabilitated.

u/by_a_pyre_light · 1 pointr/laptops

> failed stealth bomber from the 90's

The F117 Nighthawk was 1) a fighter, 2) a triumph of technology, 3) from the 1970s to 1980s, and 4) a massive success. It single-handedly destroyed more targets in the Gulf War than any other bomber or fighter wing, and it did all of that without losing a single plane.

If you're at all interested, I highly recommend this book. Written by the head engineer of the F117a and SR-71 Blackbird projects, it's an amazing look into the technical challenges they had to overcome to make the most advanced technology on the planet.

/end rant

> If I can somehow find a deal on the blade in the UK for >£1200 I might pull the pin, however, it will probably be hugely overpriced. It's a lovely laptop tho.

I mean, I don't understand how that could ever be possible on a new one. They sell for $1,799 USD new and that's the cheapest it's ever been. I'm not so good on the maths and conversions, but my experience tells me you guys usually get a straight across trade, where $1,799 = £1,799. Sometimes, you guys get more.

You may be able to get one of the 2015 970m ones used in good condition for that price though, but then you're buying a device that's 40% slower across the board.

u/fuckitimatwork · 1 pointr/pics
u/alupus1000 · 1 pointr/worldnews

It's not how it works. Otherwise you could paint a B-52 and make it a stealth aircraft.

I'd recommend this book, by the guy that designed the F-117.

u/eddier1200 · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

If you haven't read it already...

It depicts Kelly Johnson from Ben Rich's point of view. A great read.

u/theyoyomaster · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Excellent write-up but missed a few things. The first (minor one) is losses to transmissions; the more fancy the transmission the more likely it is to steal some of that sweet, sweet horsepower on its way to the wheels. CVTs are nice for the obvious benefit of infinitely variable ratios, but they lose a fair amount in the process.

Transmissions aside, the main factor you excluded was the ratio speed per energy used rather than power per energy used. The easiest example of this for ELI5 is the SR-71. They found that it was most efficient at max throttle, it would be burning twice as much fuel but it would be going more than three times as fast. Pointing out the integral of distance vs speed is probably above the ELI5 level but power per gallon per hour isn't the measure of automotive efficiency over MPG for a reason. If you make 200 hp at 8 gallons per hour, but can make 180 at 9 gallons per hour going 30% faster (perhaps losing the 20 hp to drivetrain at speed) you are still going to go further with the same gas. The most efficient RPM/throttle at the highest point on speed per fuel is going to give you the best MPG.

Airplanes have a lot of great data that shows all the variables if you really want to geek out about it. PDF page 132 of the Cessna 172 POH has some great tables showing all the variables of altitude, temperature and RPM setting with % maximum power, air speed and fuel used. Ben Rich's book [Skunk Works] ( also dives into great detail on the efficiencies at high mach.

u/Redarrow762 · 1 pointr/space
u/FuSoYa69 · 1 pointr/MilitaryPorn

Folks might be interested in this seminar given recently as well as this book.

u/soxy · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

There is a book called Skunk Works about Lockheed's experimental division (written by the retired head of the division) that came out nearly 20 years ago that has full details about finding and naming the site Paradise Ranch and exactly what planes they flew in and out of there. I just doesn't ever explicitly call it Area 51.

So yeah, not new news at all.

u/ShooDooPeeDoo · 1 pointr/conspiracy

This is not the FIRST time they've opened up. Read from one of the original leaders in his book here:

u/driftingphotog · 1 pointr/MachinePorn

Ben Rich's book Skunk Works is also a good read.

u/thalguy · 1 pointr/AskReddit

If you want a lot of firsthand stories of Area 51 and awesomeness in general, check out Skunkworks by Ben Rich. He worked on, or oversaw, the development of the U2, F-117a, SR-71, and other stealth planes and boats. It's really awesome and has some good pictures in it too.

u/_Mr-Skeltal_ · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

It may be slightly dated, but you definitely want to read Ben Rich's autobiography Skunk Works. It's extremely thorough on this topic.

u/NZAllBlacks · 1 pointr/videos

If any of you like this, I would HIGHLY recommend the book Skunk Works written by the head of Lockheed Martin's secret division that made these planes. It's a fantastic book.

u/idontreadresponses · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

There's actually a large amount of info out there about Area 51 from people who worked there.

This book was written by the former director of Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991, overseeing the development of stealth technology at Area 51.

Loads of information and photos (yes, photos from inside Area 51!!!) from a former employee involved in the top secret transfer of prototype supersonic spyplanes to Area 51 for testing.

There's a fuckload of other good info out there. You might be able to track someone down and ask them directly if they'd be willing to do an AMA.

u/imwear · 1 pointr/videos

If you want to learn more about how the stealth bomber & other Lockheed planes (including the SR-1) were developed check out Ben Rich's book:

u/AmbivelentApoplectic · 1 pointr/UFOs

I've got the book [Skunkworks] ( and in that Ben Rich says they have the technology to take ET home but it's locked up in black projects. So I would say Lockhead, Boeing and the usual other military suppliers.

u/WalterFStarbuck · 1 pointr/AskReddit

In addition to Guns, Germs, and Steel:

u/Chrusciki · 1 pointr/MachinePorn

its that good? I just dont have the time right now to sit down and read a book, classes are kicking my ass.

you should check out this book. i sense you would enjoy it allot. i have given this around to so many people because of how good it is.

u/Sequenc3 · 1 pointr/cigars

Assuming you're an adult male above the age of 5 you'll love this book.

You can read excerpts online, I did then I went and bought the thing.

u/orangetsarina · 1 pointr/todayilearned

It depends on your budget. I got this for my dad as a "thank you for helping me fly" present and he loved it. The pictures are what really got me to purchase it. The new edition is available on his website and is slightly cheaper than the original (250ish?). I think it was worth it my dad talked about it for months. Read skunkworks my dad said if you loved that you would enjoy Sleddriver as well... Ah ur link was cheaper mi scusi! I guess the new ones reached amazon now!

u/le_mous · 1 pointr/Military

Not having to do with the time period of WWII or books that would have been read then, but two excellent references that I was turned onto were;

The Maneuver Warfare Handbook

And with a more modern twist, Col. John Boyd's OODA loop. I hear that Boyd is making a comeback. Here's a link to a book about him.

u/DudeManFoo · 1 pointr/The_Donald

Pretty familiar with most ... just shitpostin'...

BTW... you sound like a plane guy... one of the best books you will ever read (if you are into planes)...

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

I have 4-5 copies... have read it 3 times... brother has read it three times... favorite copy is held together with duct tape cuz it went around Afghanistan about 3 times...

u/RexMundi000 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

It is also about setting up a revolving door between the Pentagon and the private sector. Also the process it is highly intertwined and resilient to change because of how the promotion process works for officers in the military. For every dogshit military program that ends of being a waste of money, there is some office in the program keeping his mouth shut to get promoted. IE, F-111, F14, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, ect.

For example is design and production of the Bradley, they figured out that the gun is too small to penetrate the armor of any modern tank. Also the armor is so thin, that a RPG-7 will penetrate.... The army went ahead and bought them anyways. Below is a good starting place on the topic.

u/blindtranche · 1 pointr/guns

Hey, that "OODA wibbly" has more to it that you may guess. [John Boyd]( was a genius and an incredible fighter pilot who was a founder of the Top Gun fighter school with a record never equaled. He was called 40 second Boyd because he would let any pilot start on his 6 and he would be on theirs in 40 seconds. He, through math and his E-M theory (Energy Maneuverability), proved that USA jets were inferior to Soviet fighters. Major Boyd and the "fighter mafia" upset the Air Force command at the Pentagon, and was the primary force behind the F16 and F/A 18. He was a warrior who originated doctrine as profound as Sun Tzu. He was insolent to his superior officers and loyal to his men. He was called the Mad Major, but everyone knew he was brilliant. Gen. Schwarzkopf got his attack plan for the first Gulf War from Boyd. If you can find time to read a good book, may I suggest Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. He was was one of the most incredible little known men of the last century. There are ideas and concepts in the book powerful enough to change your life.

u/FlorbFnarb · 1 pointr/army

Yeah, it seems pretty damn good. Obviously it's a sector of the military I have zero contact with, but it all rings true and doesn't really have any serious errors in it.

The sad thing is that it does ring so true.

If you haven't already, read Boyd by Robert Coram:

Excellent book. I already knew the basics of the Bradley program's problems from that book. Didn't know the program stretched so far back and represented that degree of feature creep, though.

u/TWK128 · 1 pointr/funny

Air Force Colonel John Boyd was instrumental in the USMC adopting the tenets of Maneuver Warfare.

The Marines executed the shit out of it, but the application of it in our armed forces was the brainchild of Boyd and his acolytes.


u/networkedpilot · 1 pointr/aviation

The F-16 was built to compete with the F-15 believe it or not. Boyd's group actually came up with the A-10 as well, or at least some of the guys. This is a fascinating book on it:

There's a lot of other stuff though. The F-16s can't go as high or as fast as the F-15s. The F-16's radar is the size of a couple large pizzas, the F-15's is the size of a small dinner table. We went to Red Flag a long time ago when I worked F-16s, and our pilot came back pissed because they couldn't keep up with the F-15s.

A-10 is slow though, and has no air to air radar. They carry Aim 9s and that's about it. I'd be more scared of being shot down from ground to air in an A-10 than a Blackhawk.

u/Johnny10toes · 1 pointr/TheRedPill

It's interesting that you point this out at this time. I'm currently going through some lessons at and some apps brushing up on Algebra because I want to learn Calculus and Calculus because I want to learn Physics. Now... I wasn't good in math. I'm still not but Algebra I was decent at and have forgotten tons of stuff. But the reason for learning is maps, models, realities, ideas, etc.

> When you're a hammer everything is a nail.

We are in a bit of a Hammer/Nail situation here on /r/TheRedPill and this place was where my first version of reality dropped. You see TRP is our hammer and sluts/feminism/beta is our nails. We see the confirmation of our theories everywhere, but we're looking for them. If you're a feminist that's your hammer and the patriarchy is your nail, the evidence is everywhere. If you think you're beautiful then you'll find evidence of that.

My second drop in reality was from reading The Gervais Principle.

Then we have a conglomerate of things that started making me change how I view things in quick succession. Prometheus Rising, Be Slightly Evil, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art Of War and I'm sure there were a few more in there. Texts from John Boyd prove useful and tie into the other books and brings us back to models of our reality.

OODA Loop and at Art of Manliness -- At it's basic you may already be doing this. But at it's most complex you're probably not. It's not just about building a snowmobile either but that's a good way to explain it. And while we're on the subject of snowmobile this is the reason I want to learn Calculus and Physics and Transactional Analysis and Psychology and ... you get the point. I may find pieces of my snowmobile in one that I can use in another. Ideas that I can rip apart from Physics and use in Psychology or whatever.

This can be useful in that maybe a hammer is not the best tool for the job. Maybe you need a ruler. Which brings me to my point.


> Intelligence has been defined in many different ways such as in terms of one's capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, emotional knowledge, memory, planning, creativity and problem solving. It can also be more generally described as the ability to perceive and/or retain knowledge or information and apply it to itself or other instances of knowledge or information creating referable understanding models of any size, density, or complexity, due to any conscious or subconscious imposed will or instruction to do so.

It's not so much that you know more about what is being debated it's that you can use information about things you do know to refute the debater. For this you're going to use all of your intelligence. Emotional, Academic, Social and whatever else. Sometimes having Social Intelligence means just shutting up and not debating.

u/jwehr5828 · 1 pointr/Futurology

Anyone who's read this book will be very hesitant of embracing it

u/taitcha · 1 pointr/spacex

Leaving aside the Mars part, it's similar to Oryx and Crake by Maragret Atwood:

u/Essiethememonster · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

It's about how overpopulation coupled with bioengineering ruin the planet from the view of a man called Snowman (his real name is Jimmy) who survived the plague along with a new human species he calls the Crakers. Seriously awesome book, and its a 3 book series. Just finished the second book and am dying waiting for the third.

u/flyingfirefox · 1 pointr/1985sweet1985

Margaret Atwood already did it in two of her books.

But I'd also love to see different renditions of the same kind of scenario.

u/Grammar_Buddy · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/milkawhat · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Margaret Atwood has two companion books, both of a dystopian nature. I prefer Oryx and Crake, but The Year of the Flood is a nice afterword. The Handmaid's Tale is her most popular work. She calls it speculative fiction instead of science fiction.

She's one of my favorites, obviously.

u/ilovebeaker · 1 pointr/printSF

Hmm I really don't like most scifi covers, especially the retro pulpy stuff! I have to say I do love all the iterations of Orxy and Crake by Margaret Atwood, like this one, this British one or this other British one.

Unfortunately, I don't own any of these editions!

u/G0ATLY · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

'Oryx & Crake' by Margaret Atwood (Trilogy, I've only read the first one.)

'Viral Nation' by Shaunta Grimes (Upcoming series, I've only read the first one.)

u/EncasedMeats · 1 pointr/worldnews

If you haven't yet read Oryx & Crake, you might really dig it. At any rate, you've described it very well here.

u/satansballs · 1 pointr/books

Obligatory wiki links: Dystopian Literature. Although, some of the titles listed don't seem to fit (The Dispossessed?). Nuclear holocaust fiction, and your general apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.

Some of the better/more popular ones:

  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang Kate Wilhelm.

  • Eternity Road Jack McDevitt. Well written, but not very insightful.

  • The Postman David Brin.

  • Mockingbird Walter Tevis. Great read. Think Idiocracy, with a serious take. Humanity's totally run by robots, everyone's forgotten how to read and think for themselves, and the world population's dropped to almost nothing.

  • We Yevgeny Zamyatin. The inspiration for George Orwell's 1984. Not the best read IMO, but some people claim it's better than 1984. It's possible I read a poor translation.

  • Island Aldous Huxley. It's a utopian island surrounded by a dystopian world. Might not fit in this list, but it's a good read if you like Huxley. I think it was his last novel.

  • 1984 George Orwell. One of my favorite novels. I have a bumper sticker with the quote "War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery", which is a slogan from the book. (Also, a sticker on my mirror with "Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me"). The link points to Animal Farm and 1984.

  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury. Another must read. Very well written, thought-provoking novel. Is it still required reading in schools?

  • Earth Abides George Stewart.

  • Alas, Babylon Pat Frank. Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle. I'm grouping these two together because they're very similar, both in setting and politics. I didn't really enjoy either. The politics were not at all subtle, and the characters fit too neatly into stereotypes, and too obviously the writer's hero fantasy. Still, they're pretty popular, so try them out and feel free to disagree with me.

  • Brave New World Aldous Huxley. Really just a utopia that's rough around the edges, if I'm remembering it correctly (also called an anti-utopia, thank you wikipedia). Another must read.

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter Miller.

  • Memoirs Found in a Bathtub Stanislaw Lem. Another favorite. I once created a text adventure based on this book. It was about as frustrating as that Hitchhiker's Guide game.

  • The Road Cormac McCarthy.

  • Philip K. Dick It's hard to keep track of PKD's novels, but some of them are dystopian, all of them worth reading. Favorites: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (also known as/inspired Blade Runner), Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, The Man in the High Castle.

  • The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood.

  • Y: The Last Man A graphical novel/comic collection. Decent art, great story.

    Zombies: World War Z, Raise the Dead, Marvel Zombies, Zombie Survival Guide, Day By Day Armageddon, I Am Legend.

    Also, just for kicks, some of my favorite dystopian movies:
    Brazil, Soylent Green, 12 Monkeys, Blade Runner, Akira, Children of Men, Dark City, A Boy and His Dog, Logan's Run, Idiocracy, Equillibrium.
u/salydra · 1 pointr/books

On The Beach by Nevil Shute is probably the closest I've read to that level hopeless apocalyptic scenarios.

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart is another one. It's not as dark, but it has some key things in common that you may like.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood No sci-fi or apocalypse thread is getting very far without me recommending it.

u/Slartibartfastthe3rd · 1 pointr/TheWire
u/kcanf · 1 pointr/CombatFootage

Into the Fire is a good book, I recommend Generation Kill as well if you haven't read it, I liked it more than the HBO miniseries.

u/drMorkson · 1 pointr/Lightbulb

It's a miniseries by HBO IMDb here it based on a real story about a Rolling Stone Magazine reporter who goes with the First Reconnaissance Battalion of the US Marines while they invade Iraq.

And it is one of my favourite TV series. I hope you have fun watching it.

u/anarkhosy · 1 pointr/Libertarian

> Let's say I offer a man a thousand dollars to shoot an innocent person, and then he does.

The problem is the man with the gun, not the briber. Take away the gun, and no one will care how much people give in bribes.

Take away the power of government to print trillions of dollars and bailout firms, and the malfeasance goes away with infringing on our liberties.

In other words: this

u/zerosp4c3 · 1 pointr/atheism

Ron Paul means what he says on this issue. I guess writing a book isn't enough. I guess if you can't sum up this position in a paragraph or a 30 second sound clip or whatever then you're not being clear enough.

What will it take for you to consider this as a serious and reasonable position if you don't understand the first thing about it? You're not an economic expert and neither am I, but I can read enough on the subject to get an understanding of why this isn't an "insane" idea. Educate yourself about the topic.

> going back to the gold standard and abolishing the Fed seem unworkable.

"Seems"... sure. If you understand how and why we might abolish the Fed then we can have a discussion about the details involved. Until then, you can keep your ad hominem attacks to yourself if you please.

u/MorningLtMtn · 1 pointr/politics

What role does the Federal Reserve play? This is the level of "investigation" you need? LOL!

Here, pick up a book:

I'm not about to waste my time trying to explain everything from interest rate price fixing to inflation for you, and the impact all this has on making the rich richer and the poor poorer.

u/conn2005 · 1 pointr/Libertarian

> What I don't hear about much though is what will happen once the Federal Reserve Bank is acually abolished.

If this topic interests you, I highly suggest you read Ron Paul's End the Fed, used copies go for as little as a penny on Amazon. The last chapter he talks about how the entire system is built on the Fed and we can't just dismantle it cold turkey, so he gives some suggestions on how to phase it out over time.

> What will my paycheck look like?

The fed is the master of inflation. Inflation is one of the cruelest of taxes. It helps the rich get richer while it destroys the savings of the middle and lower class. Without the Fed, currencies would only inflate at a rate of how fast gold and silver could be mined, which is a very low rate. Most likely savings in increased productivity would outpace inflation meaning your paycheck would have more purchasing power. This is what happened from most of the post-civil war era till the end of the 19th century.

> What will my investments look like?

There would be less booms and busts in the market place making investing more lucrative.

> What will minimum wage be?

Ending the Fed wouldn't change the minimum wage, only congress can set that rate, however as mentioned above, productivity would outweigh inflation making the purchasing power of the dollar worth more.

> Will there be competong currencies, and if so won't that complicate evem the simplest financial transaction?

If congress allows competing currencies with in the US then sure, but more than likely the government will want to keep their monopoly on "coining" (more like printing) money. In this case they will convict people who try to use competing currencies, which they already have. BitCoin is out of government's jurisdiction so it will be interesting to see how that pans out. As mentioned in another comment, credit card companies can easily perform currency transactions with east at little or no cost to the consumer- CapitalOne already does on an international scale for free.

> but a century or so of economically leading the planet is a pretty tough trend to beat. How will ending the fed improve that trend?

The booms and busts of the 20th century are bigger and greater than ever. I wouldn't consider this an improvement over the 19th century business cycle. Pretty much you need to choose your damage. Enormous booms and busts that occur every 7-12 years and devastates an entire economy (as the US has shown since 1913 when the Fed was created), or smaller more frequent (3-5 years) booms & busts that are more industry specific and don't detriment the entire economy. I don't know about you but I'd rather end the fed and deal with smaller industry specific booms that occur more often than the big ones fueled by the Fed that cripple the economy.

u/gustoreddit51 · 1 pointr/politics

Running around telling people they need a math course is the surest sign you're missing the bigger picture. I'll pass on returning your ignorant insults and instead try to help.

Here, educate yourself. And I'd be happy to entertain any info you have that supports the view the Federal Reserve is acts in best interest or the American people rather than in their owners best interest (hint: it's not owned by us or the USA)

Warren Buffet's "Squanderville"

Republican Congressman Ron Paul's book. "End The Fed" tell him he needs a math course.

And a litany of documentaries on the the history, unconstitutionality, and shady dealings of the Federal Reserve. Just go to Google video and type in "Federal Reserve"

u/aGorilla · 1 pointr/politics

I'll give you one quick example of why I support Ron Paul, and particularly, his move to End the Fed.

I was recently reading about the release of Ronnie Biggs, who was involved in "the great train robbery". When I saw this line, in the article...

> The (1963) robbery netted 2.6 million pounds – worth more than $50 million today.

In 1963, it took approx. $3 to buy 1 British Pound (pdf). So they stole $7.8 million 1963 dollars, and due to inflation (from our friends at the fed), that's $50 million in today's dollars.

With a bit of math, that means that today's dollar, is worth 15.6 cents of 1963 money.

So... the Brits are going crazy over a guy who stole less than $8 million dollars, but in my lifetime (born in 1964), the Fed has stolen 85 cents worth of every dollar in the country.

Lovely, ain't it? It's all a matter of perspective.

ps: Yes, I did read Atlas Shrugged, and started reading Lew Rockwell's blog not long after - both of which happened before the conversion was complete.

I still hate Reagan, and both Bush's (I despise Jr.), but I've begun to at least believe in some of the things that Reagan stood for - if only he had actually practiced them.

u/akuzin · 1 pointr/

Ok. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. If you are really interested, he does have a new book out End The Fed and goes way deeper into how our government operates and how it was ment to operate than this small article presents. Anyhow, I am a fan of his and believe that he brings up important issues and sometimes his ideas catch on bigger platforms.

u/veoeluz · 1 pointr/AskReddit

End the Fed - Ron Paul :) It was a fascinating read.

u/dumky · 1 pointr/Economics

The problem is there is no way of knowing what is high enough or too high when it comes to the inflation of the money supply (thru the FED interest rate).

The only interest rate which is always right in a meaningful sense and is self-correcting is the natural interest rate, that which the market determines by individuals exchanging IOUs for future money in exchange for current money (ie. borrowing and lending).

Different people have different time preferences, some are more thrifty and "savers", whereas some would rather borrow to achieve their plans. The mix of savers and borrowers keeps changing, and the result of this supply and demand is the natural rate.

The problem is that with central banks controlling the money supply and the interest rate they provide to other banks, there is no way to know the actual natural interest rate anymore. In a way, the FED by its very existence makes its own task impossible.

The only solution is to end the FED ...

u/theleftisinsane · 1 pointr/politics
u/PracticalKey · 1 pointr/politics

Thanks for taking the time to put this together and continue the discussion. I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of the precise sequence of events regarding the discovery of Clinton-related emails on Weiner's laptop is very shallow, your comment from pre-election raises strong points to consider.

I checked out your sources (minus the NPR episode) and I think the ProPublica piece in particular offers a great, balanced account. I want to respond to a few of the points you brought up by countering with my take on Clinton's (far greater) role in these events compared to Comey.

There is little question in my mind that Clinton is completely culpable for the repercussions of the email issue, although I concede that the FBI could have handled large aspects of the investigation in better ways. There are two aspects that I feel strongly affirm Clinton's responsibility for the issue and its repercussions: 1) her willful decisions to mishandle data, and 2) her misleading statements on the issue, whether they were intentional lies or not.

  1. Mishandling data. I think this NPR analysis from April 2015 addresses the policy considerations very well. A reading of the relevant policies outlined here establishes clearly that the ethical responsibility was solely on Clinton to conserve all work-related emails even though her choice to use personal email was not illegal. It's a matter of common knowledge that she did withhold numerous work-related emails, as the FBI retrieved thousands of the deleted emails from various sources.

    > "The final arbiter of what's public or what's turned over to Congress shouldn't be private staff working for Hillary Clinton. It should be State Department employees who are bound by duty to the public interest."

    There was a fundamental conflict of interest in having her privately hired lawyers review the emails before turning them over to the government. By doing so, she created a situation where on the surface it was impossible to determine whether or not she broke the law, leaving an investigation as the only means of making that determination. This is an outcome that Clinton could have easily anticipated and prevented by being more forthright with the data.

  2. Her misleading statements. The American Prospect piece you linked suggests her statements were "misstatements without the intent to deceive," but this characterization falls flat when considered with the established data trail. The crucial piece here is that she made those statements after her lawyers had reviewed all the emails. If she genuinely did not know at that stage that there were classified-marked emails, that is negligent on her part and she should have ensured that she knew. If she did know, then her statements were intentionally deceptive. Neither possibility absolves her from responsibility for creating the situation. If you have any other potential explanations that can reconcile her lack of knowledge despite her internal legal review, I'd like to hear them.

    I take the opposite position as you and argue that the burden on Clinton to account for unintended consequences and take adequate precautions is greater than Comey's burden at every step of the way. From her decision to use a single blackberry and store emails on a private server, to her withholding of emails, to her handling of the fallout, the burden was on her to take responsibility for her actions and control the narrative.

    I'd encourage you to read Shattered if you haven't already. The book is extremely thorough and well-vetted, and comes from authors unbiased on the issue who had written positively about Clinton in the past. The accounts from her associates and campaign staff of her conduct as candidate leave little doubt as to her complete responsibility for the outcome.
u/Sigma__Phi · 1 pointr/OurPresident

If you wanna talk about Occam's Razor:

  • "Idiot" Donald Trump conspired with Russia to hack the election and covered it up well enough that the only documentation remaining was enough to fill a blackmail dossier that says he hired hookers to pee on a bed Obama may have slept in.
  • Hillary's campaign advisors used "Russian hacking" as an excuse for why they lost, to keep their base agitated and convinced of his supposed illegitimacy.

    You somehow find the first scenario more likely. Despite insider testimony supporting the second scenario. (here's an archive with direct quotes [link])

    And before you ask (because of course you will): no, Shattered was not written by right-wing conspiracy theorists, the authors write for the NYT, The Hill, and Politico.

    Speaking of conspiracy theories: relevant xkcd.
u/66_Chevelle_SS · 1 pointr/MarchAgainstTrump

That's wikileaks twitter account, tweeting an excerpt from a book.

This is the source:

Written by Jonathan Allen.

"Jonathan Allen is an award-winning political journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the head of community and content at Sidewire, a columnist for Roll Call, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is also the host of the DC/BS podcast and can be booked for speaking engagements through the Bright Sight Group."

u/errantventure · 1 pointr/neoliberal

I prefer my reading material lightly salted.

u/nx_2000 · 1 pointr/AskThe_Donald

The only book about the election I have read thus far is Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. The authors are sympathetic to Hillary of course, but it comes across as an even-handed account of the Clinton campaign and its operators. I don't know that I'd recommend it, unless you're genuinely interested in all the ways they screwed up. I read it because it's the one aspect of this whole election voracious consumers of news like me were not exposed to. Throughout the campaign, there was nothing in the media coverage about the dysfunction in Brooklyn. I don't need to read a book about the Trump campaign apparatus or why people voted for him. I already know all that.

u/GingerJack76 · 1 pointr/AskThe_Donald

>I disagree strongly. I voted for Clinton because I liked her platform and I thought she would have been a great president.

That's great and all, but that doesn't exclude the fact that when asked why she would make a good president, she said it was because she was a woman. Not only that, but the multiple comments degrading people who were voting for Trump as deplorable. There were even admissions within her own campaign staff that she didn't seem like she stood for anything, and that the only real thing to go on was the fact that she was a woman. But all we really have to look at is the fact that you didn't even bother to list examples of why you supported her.

>but memes aren't a great start to a respectful conversation so I decided to not respond.

Then why are you talking to me now? It's really clear you didn't have a proper answer for it.

u/NonchalantRevelation · 1 pointr/The_Donald

Ah! I didn't see it at first but here you go!

u/Usdom · 1 pointr/Political_Revolution

>BLATANT lie right here. Fucking slimy.
Did you read the book Shattered? It's in the book.

>How do you know? We know they tried. But NO ONE HAS EXAMINED THE VOTING SYSTEMS.

Actually, there were audits done after the 2016 primary and they found that if you counted the paper ballots and compared them with the machine count the machines always erred in favor of Hillary Clinton, almost like the voting machines were rigged to guarantee she won. But don't worry, the board of elections for that state promised they would look into it after the November election.

But don't take my word for it, let the video speak for itself.

If anyone was cheating for anyone, it was the establishment cheating for Clinton and that makes her defeat even more embarrassing.

u/angrylibertariandude · 1 pointr/AskAnAmerican

Sigh, the way Hillary's campaign ran like after reading the book Shattered(by Jonathan Allen and Arnie Pines, ), I'm convinced it was THAT bad. I really don't know why she didn't campaign harder in swing states like Michigan, Wisconson, etc.

Another Redditor said Democrats often are notorious for screwing up general election campaigning, and sadly I'd say that's true.

u/CykoNuts · 1 pointr/POTUSWatch

>Just look at how the Democratic party is blaming their loss on Russia.

>The first sentence I disagree with. I don't see anyone besides some off-kilter people using this as an excuse.

WashingtonPost - Hillary Clinton Blames Russian Hackers and Comey

Hillary Clinton and President Obama increasingly pointing to Russia to help explain her loss

New book where Hillary staffers reveal that the DNC Chair Podesta & Hillary campaign manager Mook devised a plan to blame Russia within 24 hours of her loss. [Shattered:Inside Hillary's Doomed Campaign]

It's just how the game is played. Politics is all about reputation. You never see a politician offer up any confession or say sorry. Even when some evidence surface, they say things like "I did not inhale" or "I'm not a crook". Just look at the refugee crisis caused by the bombing of Libya. Hillary says Obama made the decision, while he said she went there and did all the negotiating. They blame each other and no one admits fault, so I don't see why Trump should be held to a higher standard. Would I like him to be able to admit fault? Yes. But because he didn't, doesn't make him any worst than Obama or other past president.


>I mean, I don't think I can convince you to consider Trump negatively nor do I necessarily want to.

I agree, that's why this sub exists to discuss to come closer to the truth. I'm not here to convince you, but to provide you some of the information I've come across and to hear what you've come across. I'm not here to win a debate, but to find out things I didn't know.


>It may be easy for you to lock this away in the back of your mind and say he was just "doing what he needed to do,"

That's not my thoughts at all. I always try to put myself in Trump's shoes, and figure out what his thoughts were. I personally haven't come across any evil or ill-intent message. I don't believe he was "doing what he needed to do", as in the end justifies the means. If you have any specific quote you're referring to, let me know. To give you an idea of my thoughts. Here's a doctor's blog. He dislikes Trump, but admits that his campaign rhetoric actually was "feel-good pro-diversity rhetoric", he wrote this blog to get people away from false accusations against Trump, and focus on real things to be upset at Trump. Btw, some of the things the doctor writes about, he doesn't have the full picture. For example, he believes Trump was really mocking a disabled reporter, but after my research, that's most likely not the case. Let me know if you want more details.


>Regarding how Trump is with staff and people who he doesn't need to necessarily cozy up to for his own benefit

I read through the sources:

  1. First article - only staff named with a bad experience was Bernard Goupy. He said he was fired after 6 months because a customer didn't like his ceaser salad. Trump confronted him, Groupy insults Trump, then Trump furiously storms off and fires him the next day. Theres obviously another side to this story. How could he insult Trump and Trump just storms off? Sounds like this guy has a grudge against Trump (being fired then tried suing but lost). Sounds like he might have been rightfully fired. This article even says Trump doesn't like to fire people, and his VP said he never heard Trump say the words. He always wants someone else to do it. I'm not sure what that means, maybe he doesn't find pleasure from firing people? Also, they mentioned Corey Lewandowski in here, as an example that Trump doesn't hire experienced people. Trump trusted him and supported him dispite other staffers not liking him. The article claimed his kids orchestrated his dismissal. How is this Trump mistreating his staff?

  2. Second Article - this is about Trump asking around to get a feel for how others think his staff is doing. I'm not a businessman, but it kind of sounds like what you should do. One criticism of Trump is that he doesn't listen or get advice from others. But here he clearly does. The article doesn't mention any unfair treatment of any staff. It's just merely the fact that he's getting other people's opinions which is considered disrespectful, and he should fire people secretly based on his own personal opinion without input from others.

  3. Third Article - this article isn't really about Trump treating staff bad. They are mainly talking about micromanaging. Randall Pinkett says Trump micromanaging, not caring about diversify or his low level staff. Says he hires people that look like Trump (I'm assuming he means 'white' due to his earlier statement about diversify.) Note that Randall is a Democrat. Served as chairman for a Democrat's transition team. Almost selected as lieutenant governor by another Democratic candidate. And chair of the NJ State Democratic Committee. He sounds very biased, especially since he stands to gain power for his political party by defaming the Republican Candidate. Blanche Sprague says Trump treated her like a nanny. Blanche fired an employee for being pregnant. Resulting in the employee suing Trump's organization, Trump in turn fired Blanche, and she sued Trump as well. However she admits that she's still I'm awe with Trump. Sounds like there's a grudge here, with the firing and lawsuit. Louise Sunshine says Trump wants to build a wall because he can relate to construction. This is just speculation. Justin Goldberg says Trump negotiated deals down to the smallest details. (This is an argument that he micromanages). Aaron Sigmond says Trump picked out every cover photo for their magazine (Another argument for micromanaging). The rest of the article is about people who thought Trump was great, he treated men and women equally. His friends mother made breakfast for Trump one morning, and instead of sugar on the cereal, she poured salt.
    >Trump, trying to mind his manners, ate the whole salty, soggy breakfast. “I thought that was pretty impressive,” said Goldberg.

    >“He’s a billionaire without being elite,” said Stone

    Honestly, the third Article made me like Trump more. To summarize my thoughts on the three articles - they are mainly hit pieces and don't really show any mistreatment of staff. You can start seeing why I started liking Trump. I initially trusted these types of articles, didn't like Trump, but after I started doing deeper research, I started to find out how misleading they were and Trump's not that bad of a guy. They want you to hate Trump. From my experience, first two news sites are heavily anti-Trump, last one tends to have an Anti-Trump lean. They found people who has some type of grudge or something to gain (they represent Democrats), or twist something to try to paint a negative picture of Trump.


    >Either way, Trump shows a history of dehumanizing people he doesn't need on his side

    I have not found this to be true. There's an abundant history of him treating many people with dignity, from his senior execs down to low level staff like his driver. The media cherry picks people who've been fired or Democrats running for office. I've already given you examples of many neutral sources, people who don't stand to benefit in any way. Like askReddit, those people have nothing to gain to tell us that Trump provides them with free room and treats them with respect. When Rosie O'Donnell got a heart attack, he even wished her well dispite their feud. She said she was shocked and thanked him. There are tons of stories like this. Like the salt in the cereal. He's willing to eat salty cereal, would you be willing to do that? Can you imagine a billionaire doing that?


    >Interestingly, I trust a lot of Trump's cabinet

    Even John Kerry said Trump was very thoughtful in his cabinet selections. I like Tillerson and Sessions alot. I know Devos has experience with education, but I have no personal opinion. I've read some articles that says she's actually a good pick, but most articles say she's bad.


    >Anyway, I can tell we'll probably never reach an agreement about Trump

    Personally, I don't think that's the point. I feel it's about digging for truth, and based on those truth, everyone will have their own opinions. Let me just throw out a wild example. I think Trump never killed anyone, and you think he's killed many people. Obviously what we think of him will be different. But let's say, after we both presented facts, we've come to the conclusion that Trump fell asleep at the wheel, crashed, and killed his passengers. We still can have different opinions, but at least we both are working off of the same information now. I might think, he didn't mean to kill. You might think, driving while tired means he purposely put his passenger's lives in danger.

    That's why I want to get the information you've been viewing, to see if we have the same information, and if not, how does it affect my views.
u/coolhand83 · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

I read this for the first time today, in this book. Weird coincidence...

Highly recommend the book by the way, it's written by the Lieutenant from the TV series Generation Kill.

u/TheTruthYouHate1 · 1 pointr/Military
u/batatavada · 1 pointr/india

haha.. just finished this in the evening..

u/vindemiatrix_ · 1 pointr/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

Nice list, I will try to check out some of these books. Here are other books I'd like to read:

Life after Life by Dr. Raymond Moody - it's about NDE like you mentioned in your post:

and here is a book about reincarnation and many past lives of clients that a psychiatrist interviewed:

Do you believe in reincarnation? It's something I've become interested and have started reading more about it.

u/youarelovedSOmuch · 1 pointr/btc

I'm spiritual, but do not believe in any religions/dogma, probably for the same reasons you don't. But you seem too smart to be a total atheist. This book is pretty interesting:

u/shaft0 · 1 pointr/IAmA

I hadn't heard of this story before, but wow! Love it! Good, quick read, and very, very insightful. Have you ever read "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Dr Brian Weiss?

I was reminded of this before I got a little more into your story when you (I?) said that we were all the same person in different parts of our "life" (greater life, not physical life).

If nothing else, as I'm not sure you'll be back to check the thread, thank you for starting out my Thursday on an inspiring note. Cheers!

u/SushiAndWoW · 1 pointr/changemyview

You don't need religion to accept the possibility that we live in a greater spiritual context.

Check out this article:

The Science of Reincarnation: U.Va. psychiatrist Jim Tucker investigates children’s claims of past lives

Check out these books:

Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind, by Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer

Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death, by Judy Bachrach

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, by Michael Newton

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives, by Michael Newton

Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, by Brian L. Weiss

Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot, by Andrea Leininger, Bruce Leininger, and Ken Gross

In my experience - atheism is not science, it's denial.

u/ATLShadow · 1 pointr/pics

Article 1: Ha. Starting off strong. The meme came from a site and creator who has plenty of anti-Semitic content. The suspension of disbelief is strong with you if you think it was just coincidence that the star was six pointed.

Article 2: I guess you agree with this?

Article 3-6: He's consistently applauding the strong arm tactics of authoritarians. There's no white washing that.

Article 7: Yes, because the KKK kept and published their membership we should be able to find it all. I'll admit though, that this is the one that is impossible to prove without further evidence.

Articles 8, 9, 11: It doesn't seem relevant that there is a significant amount of white supremacy and anti-semitic speech coming from his official and unofficial supporters?

Article 10: Ok, you don't like that? How about this quote “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

u/Achromicat · 1 pointr/pics

The context is nonexistent, because he didn't say it. The only source you will find for that is a book that was written to defame Trump, this book here: The same source that people cite when they quote Donald Trump as saying things like black people are lazy.

u/redditready1986 · 1 pointr/conspiracy

Here are some more. Not only is he a racist but he has the vocabulary of a 1st grader

I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

. “Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

 “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes… Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else…Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that’s guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks,” John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump saying to him in his 1991 book. In May 1997, Trump was asked about his comment during an interview with Playboy, and he confirmed that “the stuff” O’Donnell wrote about him were “probably true.”

A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. . . . If I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage,” Trump said in a 1989 interview with Bryant Gumbel.

They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians,” Trump said about his Native American casino competitors during a 1993 Congressional committee hearing on casinos operated and owned by Native American tribes.

Look, I’m a negotiator like you folks; we’re negotiators,” Trump said while giving a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in December.

“Who the f knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?” Trump said referring to Japanese people during a January 1989 Time magazine profile.

He doesn't have a birth certificate, or if he does, there's something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me -- and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be -- that where it says 'religion,' it might have 'Muslim.' And if you're a Muslim, you don't change your religion, by the way," Trump said of Obama during a March 2011 appearance on The Laura Ingram show.

Here is an interactive hate map

Is this why you resonate with him

>This is a large part of his appeal. He articulates the frustration and bewilderment of that section of uneducated, unskilled, low-paid white America, whose wages have stagnated and social mobility has stalled that is nostalgic for its local privileges and global status. In recent times, they have lost wars, jobs, houses and confidence.

u/Coder357 · 1 pointr/PoliticalMemes

I tried and failed. They are all too good. Honestly though, I don't think any quotes speak as loudly as denying housing to black people. :

The quotes were gathered from this website:

The question of "Is Donald Trump Racist?" has been very well documented. It is a bit tricky to work Google though.

“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in response to Khizr Kahn, the father of fallen Muslim Army Captain Humayun Khan, after his Democratic National Convention speech in July.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said while announcing his campaign in June 2016. 

“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes… Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else…Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that’s guy’s lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks,” John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump saying to him in his 1991 book. In May 1997, Trump was asked about his comment during an interview with Playboy, and he confirmed that “the stuff” O’Donnell wrote about him were “probably true.”

“A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. . . . If I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage,” Trump said in a 1989 interview with Bryant Gumbel.

“He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings – rulings that people can’t even believe,” Trump said about Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who oversaw a class action lawsuit against Trump University. Curiel is a U.S. citizen who was born in Indiana.

"He doesn't have a birth certificate, or if he does, there's something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me -- and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be -- that where it says 'religion,' it might have 'Muslim.' And if you're a Muslim, you don't change your religion, by the way," Trump said of Obama during a March 2011 appearance on The Laura Ingram show.

u/yifes · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

That snopes article is with respect to the quote "lazy fools only good at eating, lovmaking, and thuggery." The quote Im referring to is allegedly from the following book:

u/xHamtaro · 1 pointr/politics

Apart from the examples you probably know about, e.g. mexican rapist comments. The former president of one of his casino's wrote a book in 1991, with much more explicit quotes.

Probably the most well known of which, is "laziness is a trait in blacks. I really believe that".

u/mycroftxxx42 · 1 pointr/TiADiscussion

Well, there was the fact that he said that he was worried about a Federal judge being biased because he was Mexican. You know, the one I mentioned upthread? The one from fucking INDIANA? Calling a judge biased based on his apparent race is... racist! My source is... Donald Trump, who said that shit himself on camera.

Also, upthread, was mention of the Department of Justice going after the property management company that Trump ran twice for racist practices related to black applicants. Discriminating against people based on race in terms of whether or not you will rent to them is... racist! If you need a source on that, there's google.

The, the book written by the former president of his casino. Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall. I wish I had an affiliate link. The statement was "Besides that, I've got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it's probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It's not anything they can control.... Don't you agree?" Do I really have to point out what this is an example of?

So yeah, the guys is what we in the field like to call "really fucking racist", probably just shy of "don't mention blacks around Uncle Ted even if he's sober"-racist. These facts weren't hidden away or never mentioned. I didn't really go hunting for them or engage in anything a junior high English teacher would call research. It's all fairly common knowledge.

Tell me, is any of this really a surprise to you?

Edit: And you edited a bunch of crap into your post. Whatever.

u/dablya · 1 pointr/AskReddit

One of Them

u/drwicked · 1 pointr/wikipedia

Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson is an exceptionally fun read if you'd like to learn more about this.

u/Bellamoid · 1 pointr/IAmA

Jon Ronson said that he was pretty convinced that David Icke literally believes in lizard men and that he describes all the different species and what dimensions they come from. Is it possible Icke started to believe his own bullshit?

u/try_new_stuff · 1 pointr/books

I really enjoyed Infidel. It was such an amazing book about an amazingly strong woman.

u/storyplus · 1 pointr/worldnews

right on the money, it's their responsibility also. Rarely do they go to the root of why they tolerate this shit

recommended: Infidel

u/top28 · 1 pointr/worldnews

ok, good that you are researching

Here is a fantastic source: "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali , who came all the way from a Sudanese village trough genital mutilation and arranged marriage to Dutch parliament. She also did a movie Submission with Theo van Gogh who was butchered for this by a muslim

u/theanswar · 1 pointr/news

There's a book called "infidel" by Aayaan Hirsi Ali. It covers (in brutal detail and honesty) what this life truly is like. Worth a read

u/lunabright · 1 pointr/books

Infidel. Nonfiction, but so moving and a perspective that is so raw and real.

u/mgm-survivor · 1 pointr/worldnews

That isn't entirely accurate. I suggest you read the book "Infadel" by Ayaan-Hirsi-Ali where she describes the cultural motivations of her grandmother when she underwent FGM, against the will of her father. All too often FGM is characterized as men's attempts to control women's sexuality, when that is fairly inaccurate. It is largely done, just as male circumcision in the US, as a form of social conformity. She even describes how other girls would call her names (kintirleey) because she had not been mutilated. Liken unto such name calling in the USA, "anteater dick", for example.

Ultimately, both procedures appear to most often be motivated by a form of elitism, where the mutilated person is placed above the intact person in some way or another. In her case, she described mutilated girls as being made "pure", while in the USA uncircumcised men are stereotyped as "dirty".

u/TheRevengeOfJosh · 1 pointr/The_Asylum

Her book Infidel is interesting.

u/Plant-Medicine · 1 pointr/ChrisRayGun

Just watched this. As someone who's old enough to remember the shitshow media circus of the trial, the part of the vid showing Nicole's body was pretty shocking to me, I wasn't expecting it, and I actually had to stop for a minute. Of course the crime scene photos are easy to find online... her family deserved better, but ultimately, OJ had more money - USA, best justice money can buy. They did win a civil suit against him for wrongful death and battery, but his sorry ass still stayed out of jail. His cocksucker lawyer died in 2005 from a heart attack, so that's a positive.

Simpson published a book in 2008 titled, "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer", guess what that shit is about. The Goldman's won the rights to the book in 2007.

u/Washbag · 1 pointr/videos

The rights to the book were awarded to the family of one of the victims.

u/teacherecon · 1 pointr/television

Perhaps writing an eyewitness account would be enough? If I Did It

u/aggressivehumility · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Remember the time he wrote that book, "I totes didn't kill my wife, but if i did, here's how i would have done it."

EDIT: Oh dear, it's still for sale:

u/Felador · 1 pointr/news
u/mavol · 1 pointr/videos
u/VagabondVivant · 1 pointr/BlackPeopleTwitter

He kinda already did.

u/pplswar · 1 pointr/SocialDemocracy

I have both editions of the book and there's nothing in there (sadly) that is outdated. The Kindle or electronic edition of OR will be roughly the same price of Outsider in the House also.

u/frby7resyg · 1 pointr/conspiracy

His book was released on November 15, 2016.

Because all politicians are bad it's okay that Bernie is the same?

If more people voted for Bernie, the DNC wouldn't've stolen the election? Bernie wouldn't've bent over for them and come out in support of Hilary?

The guy is a crooked tool just like the rest of them.

u/FrostyFoss · 1 pointr/television

Of course! That's just the cover price, real price is $16.

u/FitQuantity · 1 pointr/technology

My article cited his cash advance on his “book” a book which although it retailed for $27, sold at an average price of $9.35 a copy:

The sales on the ghost written book were lack luster, some 200,000 copies:

This puts Bernie’s advance at a ridiculous 42% of sales.

A typical earnings out for a book is 10% of which 33% is paid as an advance and 11% on delivery with the remaining 66% paid out in royalties. This would be 1% on signing, 3.3% on delivery and 6.6% of royalties as a portion of total sales.

Bernie got 42% on signing.

Connect the despotic dots.

u/zabloosk · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

The movie just covers the war stuff, but especially if you don't care for war stories, the book is a full portrait of the man, warts and all. It made me cry.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

u/myrealnamewastakn · 1 pointr/todayilearned

American POW held by japanese survival - 67%
German POW held by American survival - 98.85%

Yeah, you know, pretty close conditions.

I read Unbroken the awesomest real WWII story ever. If they made it a movie it would be completely unbelievable. Complete with jumping in and out of a life raft avoiding great white sharks and eating their livers (apparently the only edible portion) after punching them to death and THEN surviving Japanese death camps.

u/ZombieCharltonHeston · 1 pointr/Military
u/notonredditatwork · 1 pointr/books

I forgot, I have also started Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Read by Stephen Fry), and it is well done as well.
I remembered a couple more that I liked:

Unbroken - good (true) story about WWII pilot who was captured by the Japanese

Water for Elephants - Good book (fiction) about a circus in the depression era

Anathem - I really like Neal Stephenson, and this was a good book, but it was very long, and I'm sure I would have had a much harder time if I had to read it, instead of just listen to it

Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) - Good book, but very long and if it weren't for the different voices by the narrator, I would have gotten lost pretty easily.

Hope this helps, and hope you find some good ones!

u/Gaelige · 1 pointr/AskReddit

If you've read the book Unbroken you should understand why i cringe whenever i hear the name Watanabe. If you haven't... Do

u/Arpeggi760 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/pyrelic · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, is the story of a World War II American P.O.W. It's very well written and gave me a whole new perspective of how World War II was from the Japanese perspective. I'd also go with Into the Wild, which Captain suggested. I love that book.

u/bh28630 · 1 pointr/

For anyone interested in a similar and quite extraordinarily well written, thoroughly documented story of WWII, may I suggest Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The book will confirm everything The0 states and add even more insight both to the war and it's aftermath effect on the POWs like "Edmund and Hap".

u/watkykjynaaier · 1 pointr/TaiLopez

The book you're looking for is called "Unbroken", by Laura Hillenbrand. You can buy it here.

u/mywholelifeisthundr · 1 pointr/books

Unbroken, By Laura Hillenbrand. One of the best and most amazing true stories I've ever read. Read it before the movie comes out!

u/araq1579 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The hivemind reccomends: Unbroken. awww yiss. I was reading a snippet while at the bookstore last night. it's a good read.

u/ariellecyan · 1 pointr/books
u/aginorfled · 1 pointr/books

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Not only the best I read this year, but easily the best I've read in the past five years.

u/tartfacepowers · 1 pointr/AskReddit I listened to this during my night shifts and was so drawn into it I'd listen to it on the way home from work. I also felt shitty about how easy I have it in life afterwards.

u/OatSquares · 1 pointr/movies

this story has nothing on the movie they could make of Unbroken:

u/C-Rock · 1 pointr/books

For biography - Unbroken. For only having two books under her belt Laura Hillenbrand is a great biographer. I also highly recommend Seabiscuit. She does a great job of recreating the time and place. Unbroken is an incredible story about an incredible man's life. Amazing he made it through with his humanity intact.

u/Brettweiser · 1 pointr/books

Unbroken is great. It non-fiction that reads like fiction. So good!

u/comedygene · 1 pointr/news

Unbroken. Great book.

u/matt314159 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Flags of our Fathers

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Both books moved me to tears while reading, and clung to my mind for weeks after.

u/beebeebeebeebeep · 1 pointr/politics

Well, this family does have a history of poorly written books.

u/SonofSaxon79 · 1 pointr/The_Donald
u/MAGAguitar · 1 pointr/The_Donald

High quality brick and steel, with solar panels to charge your phone and complimentary copies of Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America

u/Agnos · 1 pointr/conspiracy

You may be right, but I looked for other books for comparison, Obama for example, only came at 59%: The Audacity of Hope, same with Dreams from my father, Trump with Great Again, came at 74%. Occam razor tells me that Hillary book was brigaded by all sides and Amazon decided only to remove the negative comments.

u/ronintetsuro · 1 pointr/conspiracy


Anyone have any guesses what book that is?

EDIT: Found it. I don't think the book is important.

u/IDFSHILL · 1 pointr/SRSsucks

>> Not really.

That's TV ads, not discussion of policy.

Clinton literally released a book with detailed policy points and how she wanted to put them in place.

>> Even if we take Trumps stance on illegal immigration and terrorism as an attack on people. Which we shouldn't for so many reasons. Trump didn't attack the voter base, Clinton did. Which is why I say Democrats won the election for Trump.

Yeah, Breitbart spamming about the "coastal elites" and trying to make it seem as if urban voters were less valuable than rural voters clearly isn't an attack on voters.

>> Source? Also attacks on voters is not the same as attacks on other candidates. At least when it comes to winning elections.

So for example, when Trump tweeted fake black crime stats, that wasn't insulting black people?

When he tried to claim a Mexican judge couldn't rule on his case, that wasn't insulting to Mexicans?

The constant attacks on cities, often lying about them wasn't attacking voters?

>> I didn't, I just explained to you why people say "Literally the reason Trump is President."

No, you listed the bullshit reasons delusionals run around the internet spamming. Any look at any of the reasons that motivated a Trump voter in 2016 would paint a very different picture.

u/JumpingJigglypuff · 1 pointr/worldnews

You asked for sources and I pointed you to her book. That is the source for her policies. The book she wrote about her policies. If you can't think of a single policy she has you should do some reading. I am not brushing you off and I telling you where to go to find the information you asked for.

If you are as open minded as you say you are check it out.

I am sure you can find a copy at the library.


There is also a campaign website if you don't care about an indepth look at how the policies would have been implemented (I voted for Hillary Clinton because she had the most realistic plan on actually implementing policies);


u/MrRIP · 1 pointr/Blackfellas

The fuck? Obama released a book two months before the election in 08. Hillary released a book in 2016 two moths before the election. People release books before elections. It’s a thing. You see what I mean about reaching?

Edit: here’s the links to the books. Check the release dates

u/nichef · 1 pointr/politics

>That's the problem: the centrists think they don't don't need the leftists to win.

To quote myself "Until we can fix our current conundrum we need to figure out a way to meet in the middle because it is in both of our best interests."

>All they do is talk about "values", without any policies to back it up.

Here is a link to Hillary Clinton's book outlining all of her prescription policies. If you think that lady didn't have actually policies to help fix problems most Americans face you weren't even trying to look. Also what about Obama do you think he didn't have policies or do you think that he just fucked off the last eight years? I don't know if you noticed, but when he took over the economy was in free fall and his centrist Keynesian policies helped right the ship. You know who didn't have specifics Bernie, he spoke in platitudes and made promises there would have been no way to keep. His policies would have burnt up to little pieces of nothing on the Hill.

>You can't be pro-corporate and be pro-worker at the same time.

We fundamentally disagree on this. I believe you can be pro business and pro worker there is an ethical middle, where all sides are met.

Again we fundamentally disagree with each other and but if I am forced to choose between the far left and the middle I will take my chances with the middle. I would prefer that we compromise but it seems the far left has no desire to compromise in which case fuck you. I would rather compromise with those I disagree with than be strong armed by those I disagree with. The state that I live in, New York, is far more centrist than far left. You might be able to win Oregon with far left policies but tbh there aren't that many electoral votes in Oregon.

u/ReynardMiri · 1 pointr/politics

There is so much counterfactual information in your post that I don't know where to start. Let's start with her public agenda that she spoke about at length but no one listened to. She even went so far as to write a book on the topic: And to say she has no passion is to ignore her passion for helping women and children.

Then let's go on to Bernie: We have no reason to believe he would have won. Every pre-convention poll of Clinton vs Trump had years of concentrated attacks from across the aisle already baked in, where as the Bernie vs Trump polls did not. And the GOP had plenty of as-yet-unused oppo on Bernie. The kind of stuff that looks a lot worse than it actually is, but requires a more nuanced approach than the electorate apparently has to realize that. Bernie might have won, but that is an unknown.

But the most ridiculous part of your post is the suggestion that Trump is in any way whatsoever straightforward and truthful. I would say that he lies all the time (about everything), but the truth of the matter is that he says things without any regard for whether they are true or not. What hasn't he changed positions on in the last 5 years? Even the last year-and-a-half? His self-aggrandizement is the only thing that comes to mind.

u/Ziapolitics · 1 pointr/Political_Revolution

I'm still not keen on Bernie leading the party nor Warren. Folks like Keith Ellison would make a great DNC Chair. People like Tim Ryan need to go somewhere else. I like replacing the establishment, but Tim Ryan is less liberal than even Hillary Clinton.

I think that what Hillary wrote in Stonger Together is great! But we need a better messenger, and we need a better emphasis on economics.

I have no clue who should lead tho.

u/wytxcook · 1 pointr/The_Donald

Speaking of Hillary and her authenticity - member this?


u/Rugby8724 · 1 pointr/politics
u/Harvickfan4Life · 1 pointr/HillaryForPrison
u/Hail_the_IT_Goddess · 1 pointr/funny


>I bought this thinking it would be a how-to book. I wanted "How to set up your own Foundation for fun and profit." Also, would like to have seen a chapter on "Ten easy steps to setting up your own secure server in a bathroom."

>I do hear there's going to be a sequel, tentatively called "The Art of the Shakedown." Should be interesting.


>[ Reviewer was assassinated by Hillary Rodham Clinton ]


>Started reading it in the park in cool 77-degree temperatures, but got "overheated" after 90 minutes and had to finish it indoors in secrecy. And don't be thrown by the poor sales. It's way too early to know whether or not this book is "bombing."

Amazon Link Here

u/superiority · 0 pointsr/politics

The Wall Street Journal says that that is what happened:

> Senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI didn’t think much of the evidence, while investigators believed they had promising leads their bosses wouldn’t let them pursue, they said.

The FBI agents must have decided it was time to go rogue.

u/DougieWougie · 0 pointsr/pics

Ben Rich, or as it states in the book his cover name "Ben Dover".

u/mkjones · 0 pointsr/AskReddit


Seriously now, its probably this:

By Ben Rich of the Skunkworks/Lockheed. Truly amazing.

u/IndustrialEngineer · 0 pointsr/politics

You should read End the Fed.

u/Trumptron3000 · 0 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

>This is a false equivalence.

Your honor, I rest my case.

People like to compare this to Watergate because they want the same end result: to have the current president out of office ahead of schedule. That is very unlikely, but it was made to seem so because two things (one real and one fake) were conflated as being just one thing: Russian Manipulation and Russian Collusion.

As Comey himself testified, the actual investigation the FBI began last year was into Manipulation, and by Comey's own statements Flynn's contact with any of that was vaguely tangential and came up clean, and Trump wasn't a part of it at all. The Collusion narrative (not real) was tacked onto the Manipulation investigation (real) to provide convenient ammunition to try to salvage the disaster of November 8th for the DNC. In fact, it's even remarked on in a NYT Bestseller. It's no secret that the Collusion narrative was fake, it's just that a lot of people desperately want it to be true or at least to not have been so wrong. Sort of like how some people react after falling for a prediction of the Rapture.


>Besides, these two investigations are happening 40 years apart. Investigative methods for the FBI as well as resources available to a special counsel and their team are vastly different from the Nixon era. Thus, to use the Watergate timeline as an exact match for the investigation in the present day is a fool's errand.

You're right. They can work faster today, which puts yet another hole in the story.

u/Shaper_pmp · 0 pointsr/WikiLeaks

>The article provides no evidence, and little reason to suspect that this was the case... The article provides no evidence of this claim either.

But it does refer you to a book on Amazon with a Breitbart affiliate link[1] generating them referral fees for anything you buy after following the link.



[1] , in case they change it.

u/blindcomet · 0 pointsr/ukpolitics

It's in the book Shattered. Go and read it for yourself

u/shotgunlewis · 0 pointsr/technology

ooooh burn! I get it, you're in "argument on the internet" mode. But self-righteous sass and personal attacks don't get us any closer to fixing America's broken political system.

I never said I'm the only woke person, or even that I am woke. Just that you're making some ignorant statements with a lot of conviction

Her foundation does do good things. However, people's donations could instead go to a charity that doesn't embezzle money.

In the Obama administration, Hillary approved the sale of Uranium to a Russian company who conveniently donated $2.35 million to the foundation. One of several examples of her using the foundation as a "pay-to-play" proxy.

It's good that you have your finger on what sucks about today's American politicians.

Did you realize that Bernie is against all of those evils? Campaign finance reform was a pillar of his platform and he doesn't have a scandal to his name. He's there because he wants to serve, unlike Hillary, who is there for herself.

I encourage you to read some excerpts from Shattered, written by people inside Hillary's campaign. A really telling insight was that she was never able to articulate why she even wanted to be president or what she wanted to accomplish if she won. Just that it seemed like the next logical step in her career. Actually not unlike Trump, in that respect

edit: reopening the Bernie would've won if he had been nominated point since I'm always happy to drop some knowledge. Besides the fact that Hillary was a scandal-ridden, wet-noodle of a candidate:

a) Bernie beat Hillary in the rust belt: Michigan, Ohio, West VA, PA, all states that swung the election for Trump

b) Bernie appeals to the anti-establishment voters who went Trump or 3rd party (myself included)

I'm no fortune teller but he probably would've beat Trump. Bringing it back to my original point which you took exception to: we're stuck with a mad clown in the White House because the DNC rigged the primaries in favor of a weak candidate due to her party connections

u/StrobeRogers · 0 pointsr/pastlives

This is the book that helped me.
They talk about wise ones here.
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

u/AyeAyeCaptain · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

Many Lives, Many Masters. Crossing over into my twenties and realizing I wasn't invincible caused me concern, to the point of obsessing about death and being fearful of the unknown. This book helped quiet my fears.

u/pizzahedron · 0 pointsr/Jokes


from this book:

please rationalize this quote.

u/today9142017 · 0 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

Excellent point. And I appreciate any allegory that uses fruit.

May I suggest some important offerings from some of the most prominent Socialists in the USA, Past and present. Good reading my friend.

u/kantmarg · 0 pointsr/LibDem

It's because your premise is nonsensical. "Only a quarter of X" is a random figure — what's the baseline? Please tell me, how many of Trump's adverts or speeches or slogans were about policy? How many voters were swayed by Trump's policy who would've voted for Clinton "if only she had shared her policy"?

Her campaign literally released [A BOOK of policy proposals] ( Her slogan was never "I'm With Her" — that was a Twitter hashtag started by her supporters: women (and men) standing up FOR women. Her slogan was "Stronger Together" — never about her, but about strength and inclusivity and positivity.

u/LowShitSystem · 0 pointsr/metametacanada

Hillary isn't going down, she's going high. You should buy Stronger Together, on sale for only $9.59! It's completely changed my life.

u/trampus1 · -1 pointsr/funny

Unfortunately, it was this future classic.

u/heystoopid · -1 pointsr/politics

Now let me guess ?

But who in their right mind would want to write such trash unless high on illicit drugs or magic mushrooms ?

NB nearly 50% off RRP already , on a hard cover book to go on sale mid November , 2009 and a mini WW3 has broken out in the readers comments already.

A decisive astute intelligent political leader , she is not and never will be in this life line or any other future one , given the total shambles she left behind in a box store town called Wasilla !

u/troymcdavis · -1 pointsr/politics

I guess this is something you don't obsess over, but it's already happened.

u/ElectricWraith · -1 pointsr/AskEngineers

The aircraft itself is pretty amazing, although nowhere near close to being as good at the individual combat tasks as separate dedicated-role planes would be. By that I mean it won't come close to the A-10 for ground attack missions, won't hold a candle to the F-14 or F-15 for air superiority, etc. But that's a function of the design process itself, and that is what I have a real problem with.

If anyone is interested in finding out why the process is so broken, read Skunk Works by Ben Rich. He explains not only how much better things used to be, but exactly why they ended up the way they are now. Great book.

u/GudSpellar · -1 pointsr/politics

That's not the author's opinion. That's the title of this book review for a book chronicling Clinton's 2016 campaign. The full title of the review is:

Why Hillary Clinton Really Lost;
An insider book on Campaign 2016 reveals a paranoid Hillary Clinton who spied on staff emails after losing in 2008 and carried her political dysfunction into her loss to Donald Trump

The book is written by campaign reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes and is called "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign"

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who wrote “Game Change” in 2010 and “Double Down” in 2013 have their book coming next year.

u/SpiceAndEvNice · -1 pointsr/pics

With that I mind I really suggest this book:

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

It wasn't only muhh Russia or muhh Assange: HRCs campaign was an absolute disaster to the point it lost to Trump of all people.

It's really impressive that after a couple of years some of you can't even reconcile with this simple fact.

u/deong · -1 pointsr/books

It's not fiction, but Infidel was very good, and Hirsi-Ali is certainly strong.

u/American-Negro · -1 pointsr/islam

I agree with much of it, and I just finished the author's book. She's the ex-Muslim who wrote Infidel. I believe she has 24/7 security as she was threatened with death, and one of her collaborators was killed and her death threat was on his dead body.

u/no1name · -2 pointsr/books

Then you need to read this piece of contemporary fiction

u/Rimacrob · -2 pointsr/worldnews

Again, sorry to say, but it takes more than a few paragraphs of internet comments to explain. If you want to actually learn the answers to your questions and not just confirm biases bordering on obsession, crack a fucking book.

u/monkeyball3 · -2 pointsr/uwo

Looking at other options after the corporate world. I was surprised at the number of Ivy league graduates in the US military (check out, great read).

I get the whole IBD circlejerk, but there are definitely a host of options after HBA, or down the road as an aspect of your career.

u/coinaday · -2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

That's true for both genders actually, and really is an example where women have it worse. But it's racist if you criticize brutally mutilating little girls.

See also: Infidel And holy shit, spoiler alert: she was stripped of her citizenship? W.T.F. Holland is fallen.

Edit: Blocked and not going to respond directly to the apologist for the abuse of little girls. But no, these are not comparable procedures. The comparable procedure would be cutting off the penis and testicles. Girls have their genitals cut away and vaginas sewn shut and the silence is deafening. These practices have been brought by immigrants to Western countries, but it's racism to point it out or mention it. We have "feminists" who organize campaigns about "manspreading", but can't be bothered to give a shit about actual abuse of girls because it's problematic if one claims that bad things can be done by anyone other than a white man.

Yeah, I think male circumcision is not the greatest thing ever, but the practices are not comparable.

But oh, well, it's not (yet) as common? Well, by all means then, let's just ignore it! Fuck off. Again, I highly recommend people read the book I link. I was ignorant of how absolutely inhuman these practices were as well, until I read the first-hand account of her experiences and how widespread of a practice it is in certain communities. There is no excuse for these practices and it should absolutely be considered criminal behavior and international pressure applied to stop it.

u/TheSon0fDad · -2 pointsr/politics
u/webconnoisseur · -2 pointsr/politics

They can't say much because Trumps book doesn't seem to have faced the wrath of funny reviewers yet: Seems too clean.

u/plantfood623 · -3 pointsr/changemyview

Trying to prove Trump is not gaslighting us in a reddit post to someone that has already made their mind would take a TON of time. I do however, invite you to do a few things if you're truly seeking to understand the other side(doubtful).

  1. Read his book "great again" In fact, if you're serious enough I'll even buy it for you. I recommend the Audio version. It details most of his policies

  2. Sign up to r/The_Donald 50& of it is just memes, but you'll also get a lot of great information. For example right now, we're talking a lot about the Florida election and how it's attempted at being stolen. The left is just saying "we're just counting votes" it's not that simple, and there is massive evidence of real fraud.

  3. If you ever have specific questions about why we think or feel this way. Feel free to message me anytime and I'll explain our stance on a specific viewpoint.

    Like most things in life, there are two sides and both sides are credible.
u/Vita4Life · -3 pointsr/politics

Are you kidding me? Tim Kaine is literally giving a Nazi salute on the cover of this book:

u/chain-of-events · -4 pointsr/news

Pierre Sprey disagrees with you on the F35. I know this is argument by authority, but just eyeball the bird. Even considering the lifting body, it doesn't have enough wing to be a fighter. Nor can if fly low and slow, loitering in close ground support absorbing ground fire, like the A10 which is one of the cheaper planes it is supposed to supplant.

I know the F35 is supposed to have a beyond visual range 10 to 1 kill ratio, but I would put my money on 10 F16s anytime. Moreover, 10 F16 means 10 pilots. The F35 is so expensive, we can't have enough and it is too expensive to fly to keep a lot of pilots well trained. The Japanese and Germans ran out of great pilots in WWII before they ran out of planes.

BTW Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War this is a great book on many levels.

I don't find it laughable that ISIS zealots are using US taxpayer purchased equipment. If the amount of money seems comical it is only in relation to the enormous sums spent in total. My personal car is a lot less expensive than a humvee and it still seems expensive to me. And those bastards are driving around in humvees and carrying M4s and M16s that the US taxpayer purchased. It is not funny; it is emblematic.

As for other countries military spending being at their "comfort level" I disagree. The USA is their "boogieman" used to justify their defensive spending just as we use them to justify ours. It is a pernicious cycle.

You mentioned Willies Jeeps in Vietnam. That was another unnecessary war that did not benefit the US. The Gulf of Tonkin incident and the "domino theory" were both bullshit. In those times we worried if there would be enough money for "guns and butter". Well there wasn't and isn't. Nixon had to take us off the gold and silver standard in 1971 because we were printing more money than we could back up. 3 silver dimes still buys a gallon of gasoline, but look at what has happened to the paper dollar since then.

u/Top_Poppy · -4 pointsr/The_Mueller

>“Within 24 hours of her concession speech, [campaign chair John Podesta and manager Robby Mook] assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”

From the book "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign"

u/LeftDetroitThrowAway · -4 pointsr/Detroit

Have you considered reading Them: Adventures with Extremists? It's a great read. From the author's description:

> A wide variety of extremist groups -- Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis -- share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room.

u/jscoppe · -8 pointsr/funny

As an aside, the one on the left is great. I highly recommend it.

u/h82saytolduso · -11 pointsr/politics

He made $391,000 from the sale of his book "Our Revolution"

> “It was a bestseller, it sold all over the world, and we made money. So if anyone thinks I should apologise for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry I’m not going to do it.”

How much did one of these books cost? between $7.73 and $10.00

So he either sold between 39,100 copies to 50,000 copies all over the world. And the fucking thing is 464 pages.

A moment of honesty...nobody but Bernie acolytes read this damn thing.

And he only paid a 23% effective tax rate. Sad.