Over the course of the last few months I’ve been busy educating myself when I’m not busy behind a keyboard.
I’ve read and re-read David Hackett Fischer’s brilliant Paul Revere’s Ride. Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing is cued up in my Kindle, just as soon as I finish up John West’s Fry the Brain: The Art of Urban Sniping and Its Role in Modern Guerrilla Warfare. To those books, I’ve added a deck of Victor Aguilar’s Sniper Flash Cards, which I picked up in hopes that they might help me figure out how to quickly estimate range using a mil-dot scope a little bit better.
If it sounds like an eclectic mix of colonial American history and tactical marksmanship… well, it is. But it helps me to know who we are when considering the steps that may one day prove necessary to recapture our liberties.
Towards that end, I’m in the process of cobbling together an Amazon.com wishlist that I’ve decided to call A Library for Troubled Times, which consists of books I’d like to add to my personal collection. Some are concerned with our colonial history and the revolutionary spirit and zeal which founded this nation, while others are much more current in nature, dealing with tactical and strategic issues which, quite frankly, have stumped the best minds the American military have been able to educate for a half century.
I’d argue that if tough times are indeed ahead, it would behoove us all to learn more about who we are, and what we may need to be. Create libraries of your own, and devour them. Our Founding Fathers were not born with wisdom, but thirsted for it with a zeal not often found today. Seek knowledge. The human mind is the sharpest weapon of all, and what we must have to recapture this nation from those who would turn us into just another memory.
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Update: I shared the above wish list hoping that folks might find these suggestings worth reading, but they now seem to have disappeared. I don’t claim to be the most savvy Amazon user by a long shot. Any idea what happened to them all? I’ve put some more books in there to see if they get lost again. Weird.
I’ll try to replicate the list here as best I can, but I know I’m missing some (and may have added one or two I didn’t have before).
Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas (America: A Cultural History) by David Hackett Fischer
Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot
Total Resistance by H. Von Dach
Phantom Soldier: The Enemy’s Answer to U.S. Firepower by H. John Poole, Mike Leahy and William S. Lind
The Tiger’s Way: A U.S. Private’s Best Chance for Survival by H. John Poole
Militant Tricks: Battlefield Ruses of the Islamic Insurgent by H. John Poole
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by John A. Nagl and Peter J. Schoomaker