Monday, December 8, 2014

Books for Christmas or Hanukkah

Books for Christmas or Hanukkah

I have read all these (except the ones I wrote which I skimmed) and recommend them. I'm giving some of them as gifts myself, and have given others in the past. Fiction isat the end. ~Bob

For the political junkie on your list:

Basic Economics by Dr. Thomas Sowell

Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? By Dr. Walter E. Williams

Race and Culture: A World View. By Dr. Thomas Sowell

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. By Jonathan Haidt

Lords of the Levee: The Story of Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink. By Llyod Wendt, Herman Kogan and Bette Jore.

Political Humor
If you are a political junkie, I recommend two great collections of political humor and stories by my Senate Floor Leader, the late Sen. John Parker: The Fun and Laugher of Politics and If Elected, I Promise. Both are long out of print, but you can often find them used on for not much money, especially the first one, which was published in the 1970s. No, you cannot borrow my signed copies.

The Coming Collapse of the American Republic: And what you can do to prevent it by Robert A. Hall
All royalties go to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund to help wounded veterans.

Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple 
A tough look at the UK by a psychiatrist. It's culture, not race, which is the problem.

For the person interested in the challenge of political Islam:

A pro-Islam view.

Mohammad & Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott.

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali 

Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia by Robert Lacey 

For the Marine on your list:

War Shots. Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II. By Charles Jones (For autographed copy)

Never Without Heroes by Lawrence C. Vetter

Road of 10,000 Pains: The Destruction of the 2nd NVA Division by the U.S. Marines, 1967 by Otto J. Lehrack

Pride and Discipline: The Hallmarks of a United States Marine. By Colonel Donald J. Myers USMC (Ret)
Noble Warrior: The Life and Times of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC

Old Jarhead Poems: The Heart of a Marine by Robert A. Hall
All author royalties go to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund to help wounded veterans. This collection of  Marine poetry was awarded the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Robert A. Gannon writing award for poetry.

Eddie Grabowski's Gift: A Marine Christmas Story by Robert A. Hall
Eddie Grabowski’s Gift is a short novella, with an old Marine’s lessons on life, love and giving. All author royalties are donated to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation to support the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

For that special 'tween or teen on your list:

Advice for my Granddaughter: For When I’m Gone by Robert A. Hall
All author royalties are donated to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Advice for Boys: From an Old Marine by Robert A. Hall
 All author’s royalties are donated to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

For your college student:

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life by Charles Murray

For the shooter on your list:

Firearm Fundamentals: How to be a safe and confident shooter. By Gary L. Behr, CPC

For the History Buff on your list:

The First World War by John Keegan

Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fisher

Sowing the Wind: The Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East  By John Keay.

The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925. By Herbert G. Gutman 

The Washing Of The Spears: The Rise And Fall Of The Zulu Nation. By Donald R. Morris 

The Passing of Armies: An Account Of The Final Campaign Of The Army Of The Potomac. By Joshua Chamberlain

For the Thriller Fan:

Countdown: The Liberators. By Tom Kratman
First of a series.

Iran Covenant by Chet Nagle

The Woolsorter’s Plague by Chet Nagle

For the Science Fiction Fan:

Caliphate by Tom Kratman

A Desert Called Peace By Tom Kratman 
First of a series.

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