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Member: LamSon

CollectionsYour library (19,920), Currently reading (4), Read but unowned (27), All collections (19,946)

Reviews137 reviews

TagsNF (14,357), SF (4,129), Vietnam War (2,993), WW 2 (1,528), Middle East (1,218), American History (1,187), apocalypse (1,059), Cold War (702), Fiction (601), 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.

If you are not reading, you are wasting time.

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

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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.

Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East - Ghattas, Kim

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, DreamHaven Books, Half Price Books - Maplewood, Half Price Books - Roseville, Half Price Books - St. Louis Park, Half Price Books - St. Paul, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Midway Book Store, Recycled Books, Records, CDs, Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore, Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore

MembershipER. LibraryThing Early Reviewers

LocationDark Side of the Moon

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Member sinceMar 1, 2007

Currently readingGalactic North by Alastair Reynolds
The Saudi terror machine : the truth about radical Islam and Saudi Arabia revealed by Pierre Conesa
The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House by Nada Bakos
My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force

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