Posts Tagged books

Charles Cobb Talks To NPR About The Use Of Guns In The Civil Rights Movemnet

From NPR:

I’m very much concerned with how the history of the southern freedom movement or civil rights movement is portrayed. And, I’m very conscious of the gaps in the history, and one important gap in the history, in the portrayal of the movement, is the role of guns in the movement. I worked in the South, I lived with families in the South. There was never a family I stayed with that didn’t have a gun. I know from personal experience and the experiences of others, that guns kept people alive, kept communities safe and all you have to do to understand this is simply think of black people as human beings and they’re gonna respond to terrorism the way anybody else would.

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Professor Nicholas Johnson Discusses His Book: Negroes and the Gun

To see the whole interview from CSPAN click here:

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New Book On The History Of Blacks And Firearms

The author writes about his book, Negroes and the Gun, in The Washington Post:

Speaking to both fugitives and freemen in 1854, Frederick Douglass advocated, “A good revolver, a steady hand and a determination to shoot down any man attempting to kidnap…. Every slave hunter who meets a bloody death in his infernal business is an argument in favor of the manhood of our race.” Douglass, like others in the early freedom movement, would come to view slavery as basically a state of war.

 

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Counterinsurgency

Your company has just been warned for deployment on counterinsurgency operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. You have read David Galula, T. E. Lawrence, and Robert Thompson.  You have studied  FM 3–24 and now understand the history, philosophy, and theory of counterinsurgency. You have watched Black Hawk Down and The Battle of Algiers, and you know this will be the most difficult challenge of your life.

But what does all the theory mean, at the company level? How do the principles translate into action—at night, with the GPS down, the media criticizing you, the locals complaining in a language you don’t understand, and an unseen enemy killing your people by ones and twos? How does counterinsurgency actually happen?

– Excerpt from,  Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen  -2010

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War Stories

Generation Kill

Black Hawk Down

Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA’s Key Field Commander

Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

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The Modern Warrior Reading List

Sheepdog Reading List:

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

Living The Martial Way

Philosophy of Fighting

Kishido: The Way of the Western Warrior

Living Behind The Shield

U.S. Marine Corps Close Combat Manual

Krav Maga

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