Friday, January 08, 2010

Fave Military Reads Part 1

I've been asked for reading recommendations, so here's my first entry in regards to that, I have many more suggestions to make so I'll start with this...if you have any to share, please let me know!

Black Hawk Down
by Mark Bowden

Recounts a 1993 firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that resulted in the deaths of eighteen Americans and more than five hundred Somalis, examining the rationales behind the disastrous raid.

In the Company of Heroes by Michael Durant

His battered face appeared on the cover of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report to the shock and horror of all Americans. Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant was shot down and taken prisoner during America's biggest firefight since the Vietnam War. Published in the tenth anniversary year of the Somali conflict, this gripping personal account at last tells the world about Durant's harrowing captivity and the heroic deeds of his doomed comrades. And, as readers will discover, Durant proves himself to be nothing less than a hero.

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by SSG David Bellavia

"Blood flows over my left hand and I lose my grip on his hair. His head snaps back against the floor. In an instant, his fists are pummeling me. I rock from his counterblows. He lands one on my injured jaw and the pain nearly blinds me. He connects with my nose, and blood and snot pour down my throat. I spit blood between my teeth and scream with him. The two of us sound like caged dogs locked in a death match. We are."

On the night of November 10, 2004, a U.S. Army infantry squad under Staff Sergeant David Bellavia entered the heart of the city of Fallujah and plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms."

Leonard B. Scott's Charlie Mike and the books that follow. He writes fiction but I really enjoyed his stories in regards to the Vietnam War and the relationship between the men who served together.

Medals Above My Heart: The Rewards of Being a Military Wife by Brenda Pace

Medals Above My Heart is a devotional for military wives. The husbands of these authors wear their medals on their uniforms, but these ladies will share experiences of military life and reveal the medals they wear over their own hearts.

She Went to War: The Rhonda Cornum Story

Doc Cornum's story of her shoot-down, capture, and imprisonment by the Iraqis is as fast-paced and dramatic as a good adventure novel.

The Heart of a Soldier: A True Love Story of Love, War and Sacrifice by Kate Blaise

Mike and Kate Blaise fell in love during high school in small-town Macon, Missouri. Sharing a deep sense of patriotism, they both entered the U.S. Army—she as a commissioned officer and he as an enlisted infantry soldier who later became a helicopter pilot with the Air Cavalry. Forced to accept the realities of a military marriage yet determined to stay with her husband, Kate passed up her dream assignment in the United States to be with Mike, who was deployed to Korea. But they never imagined a day like 9/11 or the military aftermath that sent them to Iraq, where Mike would lose his life in combat.


Julie said...

These look interesting!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Bonnie said...

I love to read. The books you recommended look good. I'll have to check them out.