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Member: LamSon

CollectionsYour library (19,590), Currently reading (3), Read but unowned (20), All collections (19,609)

Reviews134 reviews

TagsNF (14,056), SF (4,110), Vietnam War (2,922), WW 2 (1,484), Middle East (1,195), American History (1,177), apocalypse (1,059), Cold War (675), Fiction (596), Series (394) — see all tags


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About meI have been gathering books since I was a little kid. I even went so far as to hide a bookcase in my closet, behind clothes, after my dad said, 'No more bookcases!' He eventually found it.

Fortunately, I have a very understanding wife. This has allowed my library to grow with no end in sight.

I used to work for a nation wide chain of used bookstores. I was laid off, allegedly due to Covid.

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About my libraryIn history I tend to focus on 20th century conflict - WW 2, Cold War, Vietnam War, wars of liberation. Within this group my collection on the Vietnam War is the largest in my library. All the items I have listed are physical objects.

IMHO everyone should read these books.

Mao: The Unknown Story - Chang, Jung

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam - Sheehan, Neil

The War That Ended Peace - MacMillan, Margaret

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World - MacMillan, Margaret

The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair - Meredith, Martin

The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century - Kaplan, Robert D.

Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - Hiro, Dilip

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty - Martin, Bradley K.

The Brain's Way of Healing - Doidge, Norman

People's Trilogy: (Tragedy of Liberation, Mao's Great Famine, The Cultural Revolution) by Dikotter, Frank

The Cold War: A World History by Westad, Odd Arne

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Frankopan, Peter


Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Jon Hassler, Robert A. Heinlein, Bernd Heinrich, Dilip Hiro, James Holland, Robert D. Kaplan, John McPhee, Conrad Richter, Ferrol Sams, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, George R. Stewart, Edwin Way Teale (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBook House, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Midway Book Store, Recycled Books, Records, CDs

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LocationDark Side of the Moon

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Member sinceMar 1, 2007

Currently reading28 Woodrow Wilson by H. W. Brands
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam by Department of the Navy

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