What are your (five?) favorite books?

After known what the favorite, and the worst, movies are, I would like yo know what your favorite books are.
I start with

  1. North and South
    by John Jakes, it wakes up my interest in the
    civil war
  2. The Desert Foxes
    by Paul Carell, a very good book about the
    Desert campaign
  3. Der Glaube an Deutschland (no translation)
    Really intense book about a german soldier on
    the western front in WWI. Written by a later
    national socialist, it’s a book I have read in
    shortest Time, he writes his wartime-
    experience very impressive
  4. The Saxon Stories
    by Bernard Cornwell. The Story of a saxon
    grown up at the vikings and getting the
    greatest warrior who helps to build England.
    A series of 13 books, never get boring
  5. A Bridge too far
    by Cornelius Ryan. What can I say, I think
    most of you have read the book. In my opinion
    one of the best books about WWII

There could be many more, so many great books out there. I hope to see some unknown to me in your lists.
Thanks for your attention, have a good time✌️

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Key underpinning of moral framework of Western world. Often blamed for poor choices made by bad leadership.

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A children’s story? Yes, but there a very sinister very serious subtext in my opinion. Make your own place in the world, build a family, be willing to fight to the death for this or you won’t have a place in the world other than as a slave in an authoritarian system.

One of the very few books, I return to and reread learning something new each time. Most adults laugh at the idea this book has a serious message but they aren’t understanding the subtext.

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Classic of the Eastern Front. The book that made the WW2 interesting and brought the Wehrmacht to life for me in elementary school. Had so profound an impact, I can recall the day I bought the book at pharmacy in town with my grandmother. Recall waiting on my grandmother and uncle while sitting in a hot :fire: car in July, reading this book so absorbed in it I didn’t realize it was blazing hot. My uncle opened the car door and broke my enthralled trance.

Second reading as an adult wasn’t meaningful.

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Quality and what matters in life. Thinking about thinking with the frames removed. Outstanding book.

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Classic work about authoritarian government, the ignorant too lazy to learn any critical thinking skills and the results. Perfect book on politics that everyone should a couple of times in their life.

#6 Has to be listed as well…

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While now frowned upon harshly back in the Cold War this was the book. Read by many US Army officers etc. It’s mentioned by as an influence on operation Desert Storm etc.

Anyway, read this in 7th grade. Read it several times. Read so much the book binding fell apart. So I bought a new copy. My dad pretty upset seeing me read and rereading this constantly.

“You worn that book out and it fell apart?! When was the last time you read the Holy Bible?!?!??!”

The Bible wasn’t going to help me win playing Germany in Avalon Hill’s Classic wargame “Rise and Decline of the Third Reich” or PanzerBlitz on Saturday with my friends.

The book is dry and most would say down right boring…but my win ratio at Wargaming Greatly improved and it improved quickly…at least for all the operational level Avalon Hill, GDW, SPI etc WW2/Modern wargames involving tanks and Infantry that we were playing in the 1970’s.

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Yes, I did end up buying a third copy that’s never been read for the bookshelf. It’s in good condition. Despite the controversy, to me this book was one of the books to read to learn how to win :trophy: at military conflict in the Cold War era.

Probably not what’s expected from a military modeler focused on WW2 AFV’s.


I think it’s good to be interested in different things

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  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Just a great fun read.
  2. Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers. Again another funny read that proves SF doesn’t have to be serious or big concept. Lots of back story to the TV series and further adventures of the Dwarfers.
  3. The Hunt for Red October. Really enjoyed this one immensely.
  4. The War of the World’s. An absolute classic that everyone should read. Still think the original version would make a great film.
  5. George’s Marvellous Medicine. Yes, it’s a kids book but even after all these years it still makes me smile. And kids still love it! Working in Primary education, you can’t get away from Dahl and he had such a wonderful way to capture kids imaginations. He’s still king. And I think that’s one of the reasons why I still love this one.

Honourable mention, Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists. The book that the Aardman film was based on, it’s a bit more grown up in its humour than the film, so not one for younger kids. It’s full of absurd humour. The bit where they meet the Elephant Man sat in a tent with a man playing ‘Nelly the Elephant’ on a tuber made me laugh so loud on the bus home I got some strange looks!


It turned out to be interesting: the predominance of Western authors.

The Count of Monte Cristo. Alexandre Dumas
Smoke Bellew. Jack London
The Good Soldier Švejk. Jaroslav Hasek
Virgin Soil Upturned. Mikhail Sholokhov (The formation of Soviet power in the southern regions of Russia).
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog). Jerome K. Jerome
Emerald City. A. Volkov (a very free retelling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with a continuation). Just reading with my grandson.

I have read each of these books at least 10 times. Most likely even more. And I will re-read them many more times.
I should probably be ashamed of the absence of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky from the list… But no, I’m not ashamed.


There are some books one can read again and again, never get boring

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Yuri, both are without doubt brilliant luminaries. Greatest respect.

I had to think too hard and way too much reading Crime & Punishment, a translation, of course.

Does reading in the original Russian, demand such heavy thinking?

I couldn’t help but think the translation “lost” something along the way and translator tried to fix that by adding words.

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And in Russian, or rather especially in Russian, Dostoevsky is very difficult to read. I couldn’t do it. For you, “Crime and Punishment” is a book, but that’s how we lived in the 1990s-2000s. Agree: you don’t want to read about a gloomy life when you yourself live in darkness.


Thank you. I appreciate the insights.

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So many … Ok I’m in with …

1.The complete works of JRR Tolkien… ( I know that’s a bit of a cheat :see_no_evil:)

  1. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

  2. The Odyssey

  3. The Forgotten Soldier

  4. Fingerprints of the Gods.


Hmmmm… not necessarily in order of preference, but more as they pop up in my mind

  1. Red Storm Rising

  1. Incredible Victory

  1. The Longest Day

  1. Stranger in a Strange Land


  1. One Day in a Long War

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I am a Sci-Fi, adventure & post apocalypse fan which explains my book choices.

  1. Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks, though all of his books are very good.

  2. Red Storm Rising, Tom Clancy was the master of the multi level multi thread story.

  3. The Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley.

  4. Across Realtime series by Vernor Vinge (The Peace War, The Ungoverned & Marooned in Realtime).

  5. The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. There are three more books after the point where the TV series ended.

and because I think they are so good, number 6 would be the Dire Earth Cycle series by Jason M. Hough

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Red storm and the Amtrak wars are on the reserve list for me …or 6 & 7 :grin:

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I don’t know if these are in order but -

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Non fiction account of the loss of a commercial fishing vessel . The book was and is excellent - the movie made from it not so much.

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett .
Fiction thriller set in the British Isles during WW II.
In what is a very rare occurrence ( IMHO) the movie was nearly as good as the book.

Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D Hornfischer.
Non fiction account of unbounded heroism in what may be the US Navy’s finest hours .

I second Armor Buff’s choice of Watership Down -
Poignant observations of the ups and downs of society. This book impressed me so much years ago that the term “ tharn “ has become part of my every day language.

Everything ever written by John Steinbeck ( or maybe Ken Follett ) I know this is a cop out- sorry but I can’t narrow down.


I take your point about the Bible,definitely my favorite,but I’m going to name my favorite five secular books. No particular order.

Tom Clancy Executive Orders
Tom Clancy Red Storm Rising
Parshall Shattered Sword
Shaara Killer Angels
Van Der Vat Gentleman of War

Just like with the favorite movie thread,its impossible,so i’ll add a few of my honorable mentio s

Beevor Fall of Stalingrad
Schneider Gotterdammerung
Preston The Spanish Holocaust
Hoyt Guerilla
Cornwell The Sharpe Series, all but my favorite was
Sharpe’s Enemy

So many more over the years though


Red Storm Rising
Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
One Second After
Hunt for Red October
The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway

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I have a copy signed by Jake McNiece hiself.



strange…no one has mentioned the Karma Sutra​:wink::wink::wink::sunglasses:

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Fight Club

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