Inside “The Cold War”– Awesome reads!

A fiery Peace. Neil Sheehan

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?

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon

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:bright Shining Lie

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. by  Neil Sheehan

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.  ”

LeMay

 “The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay”

 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.

What I am Reading:

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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.

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Keynes Hayek The Clash That Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott

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!

Keynes Hayek the Clash That Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott