It seems so yesterday to reach back to “near-history”…the Cold War. It’s over. Why read about it? What could possibly matter? We could easily slip into a Nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula? Isn’t this a big waste of time?
Reading Neil Sheehan is never a waste of time. No matter the topic. What I can say, is that I have never read a non-fiction author more powerful, more stimulating than Neil Sheehan.
His Vietnam Tome:
It is a mesmerizing read about the single most important conflict of our lives. That is the lives of “baby-boomers”. Sheehan won a Pulitzer Prize for “A Bright and Shining Lie” And his reporting on the “Pentagon Papers” won the NY Times a “Pulitzer for public service”.
Relevant to Sheehan’s “Cold War” topic. ”
Both General LeMay and Thomas Reed played major roles in the Cold War. These are thoughtful books. And a look inside the “Cold War” that most civilians never saw. Air Force Vets should read about LeMay. He probably killed more people than any single military officer in history. And as the first head of SAC
, he continued to make history yet again.
Get off the radio for a while. Read and enjoy.
Writing is Hard! But I like it a lot. It seldom comes easy. On Writing became a classic I’m revisiting the author 25 years after my first read. And what a fresh and stimulating book! I’m a fan of “mind maps” Zinsler uses a “mind map” to help us think abou the elements of the craft. Zoom in to fully view.
What I am reading:
It took me 6 years to complete my undergraduate degree. One of the reasons was the study of “Economics”. I stumbled into the classic macro-economics course at the University of Texas. It was taught by a Rock Star Professor though I was unaware at the time of registration. He was Harvard trained economist Dr. Clifton Grubbs an AAUP teaching Professor of the Year. — Dr. Grubbs and Paul Samuelson’s famous undergraduate textbook “Economics” changed my world view! — So take this recommendation!! Wapshott makes the “dismal science” fun! Oh and I took 4 more Economics department courses. None counted toward my degree!
Despite the example of history and common sense, there remains a class of individuals who believe that they and they alone, possess the inner vision needed to reform or remake society into a utopia of perfect justice. Flawed men ahead! Amazon LINK Most Hams do not read books.