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    Stand On It
    A Novel By Stroker Ace

    Is without a doubt the best book I've ever read. The book has a huge cult following. Not to be confused with the really shitty movie Burt Reynolds made that was loosely based on the book.

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    About 1/2 way through "Area 51"

    Good read if you are interested in the history of our nuclear program, U2 spyplanes, Cuban missile crisis, etc.

    As a native Utahn, I remember the "downwinders"--while reading this, I can't believe anyone downwind survived.

    I had no idea of the amount of Nukes that were set off, both above and below ground.
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    And of course I presumed that beech was the inventor of drones but I found out they were in use by the military just after WWII.
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    Just finished In The Heart Of The Sea...very good, but a bit of a downer reading about how badly they suffered. Ignorance of peaceful islands nearby is what screwed them up.

    They were fearful of cannibals yet became cannibals themselves. I read the wiki on the movie and it’s totally bogus. Ron Howard puked all over the story as it really happened.
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    Endurance by Alferd Lansing
    It should be at the top of everyone's must read list.

    Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage https://www.amazon.com/dp/0465062881..._NL.cEb2AX44KB

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    I started reading this on the collective advice within this thread. I'm half way through and loving every word of it.

    Incredible book, a must read.
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    Just read River Of Doubt...another excellent adventure story. Teddy Roosevelt was actually killed on that trip but it took another 5 years for death to finally choke him out. He was one tough SOB.

    That journey was the very definition of “not having your shit together”.
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    Just finished yet another backpack trip and read The Emerald Mile. Another excellent book.

    It’s about three dirtbag ‘70s era Grand Canyon river runners legendary speed run in a wooden dory during the massive release from the Glen Canyon Dam in June of ‘83. Very well written...it weaves together what they did with the near catastrophe of the dam.

    A page turner...highly recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twotimer View Post
    Just read River Of Doubt...another excellent adventure story. Teddy Roosevelt was actually killed on that trip but it took another 5 years for death to finally choke him out. He was one tough SOB.

    That journey was the very definition of “not having your shit together”.
    Have read quite a few books on Teddy.

    Will have to look into this one.
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    So I read Shadow Divers and figured the book to be so-so. The authors writing style is somewhat juvenile...certainly nowhere near as good as these other books I’ve recently read. The Emerald Mile was downright eloquent.

    Also, I think the author was disrespectful and condescending of the divers that died trying to explore the wreck. The gory details of their suffering and the deterioration of their bodies really wasn’t smart. Certainly fine in fiction, but in real life have a bit of respect for the families.

    The story itself is quite fascinating...now I wish to read more about Uboats. Those poor kids (the crew of the uboat mostly all in their early 20s, one just seventeen!)...they all knew they were going to die...and just two weeks after they sailed away from Germany they all did. Horribly, too. What a waste, especially since the war was lost and Hitler would be dead in just two months.

    I just watched the Nova episode Hitlers Lost Sub, which covers the discovery and investigation. I suggest watching that over reading the book.

    For those of you that are familiar with this story...look up the Wikipedia on U-869...there’s some updated info on how it may have met it’s fate.
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    Rocket Men was a good read...it's about Apollo 8, which was probably the most ballsy mission of the whole program...it was Apollo 8 that made landing on the moon 6 months later a piece of cake. They took BIG chances. Good book, but written in High School like prose.

    So I'm home now and on the redeye from Hawaii they have lots of movies to chose from on the little video screen on the setback in front of you Since I've been doing reviews, I throw down a little one for that movie I watched...Joker.

    Ah...it sucked. It was kind of like a remake of Taxi Driver, but nowhere near as good. I wouldn't recommend watching it cuz after it was over I kinda felt like I'd just taken a swim in a sewer...just misery from start to finish. Speaking of DiNero, as soon as he showed up in this movie it shut it down right in its tracks.

    There's a lot of mental illness in my family...my mother was schitzo and several others have had to be hospitalized for being sideways. I know what crazy looks like, as I grew up with it.

    I'll tell you what, Joaquin Phoenix didn't have to do a lot of "acting" in that movie...that dude is crazy for real. Made what Heath Ledger did with the character look an amateur.
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