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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:03 PM

I'm going through Amristead Maupin at the moment, I'm now onto Further Tales of the City. I've nearly finished Charlaine Harris, so I needed to move on to something else.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:46 PM

The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal And American Foreign Policy by Seymour M Hersh.

An engrossing read.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 04:12 PM

I was reading The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:25 AM

Just finished The Samson Option by Seymour M Hersh. Fantastic read and I thought I'd share the Author's Note at the front of the book:

This is a book about how Israel became a nuclear power in secret. It also tells how that secret was shared, sanctioned, and, at times, willfully ignored by the top political and military officials of the United States since the Eisenhower years.

In it, you will find many senior American officials being quoted - most of them for the first time - about what they knew and when they knew it. These officials spoke to me not because of animosity toward the Israeli government, but because they realized the hypocrisy of the American policy of publicly pretending that Israel's nuclear arsenal does not exist. That policy remains in effect as this is written.

I chose not to go to Israe while doing research for this book. For one thing, those Israelis who were  willing to talk to me were far more accessible and open when interviewed in Washington, New York, or, in some cases, Europe. Furthermore, Israel subjects all journalists, domestic and foreign, to censorship. Under Israeli rules, all material produced by journalists in Israel must be submitted to military censors, who have the right to make changes and deletions if they perceive a threat to Israeli national security. I could not, for obvious reasons, submit to Israeli censorship. Those in the past who have broken the rules have been refused reentry to Israel.

Those Israelis who talked were not critics of Israel's nuclear capability, nor would they feel secure without the bomb. They spoke because they believe a full and open discussion of the Israeli nuclear arsenal - and of the consequences of its deployment - is essential in a democratic society.


Seymour M Hersh
August 1991
Washington, D.C.



I am now reading Israel's Lebanon War: The First Inside Account Of A Disasterous Military Adventure And Its Ongoing Consequences by Ze'ev Schiff and Ehud Ya'ari

Here is piece from this book's forward:

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Not all of what we intended to publish in this book was cleared by the Israeli military censor, to whom we were obligated to submit the manuscript. The excisions have not, in our view, changed the gist or spirit of the final product, though occassionally they cut deeply into the substance of our argument. We are convinced, however, that in the course of time a reappraisal of what does and does not prejudice the true interests of national security will result in the release of the presently classified material.

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Ze'ev Schiff
Ehud Ya'ari

March 1984
Jerusalem, Washington

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:19 AM

The Castle, by Franz Kafka. It's online in PDF as are all of his stories. That's good as I can't find the real book. I'd much rather have a real book.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:28 AM

Odd Apocalypse - Dean Koontz

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:51 AM

Inferno by Dan Brown

Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:22 PM

Keep it pithy by Bill O'Reilly.


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:54 AM

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:11 PM

I have been adsent recently from this wonderful site offering diverse and eclectic world views.

But in my absence I have just been reading an amazing author, Stephen J Green, whose cited sources are largely declassified documents and personal contacts in the government and across the globe.

His books Taking Sides and Living By The Sword are truly eyeopening and revealing with the real stories that failed to make the news for political and partisan reasons.

Important books which I list with 5 other books as essential reading to gain insight on America and its Middle East policies particularly Israel. The others are:

The Passionate Attachment by George W Ball
The Samson Option by Seymour M Hersh
Warriors Against Israel by Donald Neff
Warriors At Suez by Donald Neff
Warriors For Jerusalem by Donald Neff

This list of 7 books is by no means complete. But an excellent primer for those that want to hear the complete story, not just myths and partisan propaganda. I literally have six stapled together notebook pages worth of listed books and titles on this subject. I am sure there will be deletions and additions along the way.

Speaking of the latter,

Ben-Gurion's Scandals: How The Haganah And The Mossad Eliminated Jews by Naeim Giladi
Comrades And Enemies: The Arab And Jewish Workers In Palestine, 1906-1948 by Zachery Lockman
The General's Son: The Journey Of An Israeli In Palestine by Miko Peled
Jewish Terrorism In Israel {Columbia Studies In Terrorism And Irregular Warfare) by Ami Pedahzur
Land, Labor, And The Origins Of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914 by Gershon Shafir
Might Over Right: How The Zionists Took Over Palestine by Adel Safty
The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story Of The Pact Between The Third Reich And Jewish Palestine by Edwin Black
Under The Cover Of War: The Zionist Expulsion Of Palestinians by Rosemarie M Esber
Warriors Of God: Inside Hezbollah's 30 Year Struggle Against Israel by Nicholas Blanford

Edited by B Jenkins, 04 July 2013 - 09:15 PM.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:34 AM

I am reading through Inferno by Dan Brown, about a third of the way through it, all is as expected. He comes up with impeccably researched and intriguing concepts (though Langdon in ANOTHER book is really pushing it) but the stories always feel devoid of feeling, though I suppose the genre does not call for much emotional investment.

Also re-reading Salem's Lot by Stephen King for the third time, what a fantastically mischevious vampire tale it is! :D

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:59 AM

I'm currently reading Star Trek: Double Helix, a six-book series by various authors (compiled into one big book for what I'm reading).  Basically it's a multi-generation story-arc about an evil unknown individual who is engineering a virus that can kill off entire planets.  So far, he's been mildly successful but the pesky Federation keeps getting in the way.

I'm also reading A Feast for Crows, book 4 of the Game of Thrones series.  Not as good as book 3 :(

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 05:05 AM

I'm currently reading The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky at the behest of my best friend

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:08 AM

just ordered a brand new books hot off the presses, i think it was released today... for all i know i could have been the first to order it.. i thnk ill gloat/delude myself a little and say that i was just so i feel special... lol. The book is called Strigoi, by Wynter Wilkins and was written by a very talented and sweet fellow UM'er; its about vampires and witches.. and well since i have to wait two whole days before my book gets here i will let the press release describe it for me...  here ya go

Picture Romeo and Juliet as vampires! Will you know what is real and what is not, in the stunning new vampire series Strigoi? You decide!

Readers will get a glimpse at the various types of vampires populating different parts of the world, and will learn their traits and their almost human motivations. With love, death, power, magic, and loyalty abounding, journey along to find out just how human these creatures are. As much as this story has to do with the star-crossed love of a man named Lane and his soul mate Renata, it also has much more to offer. Genre fans will thrill at the action, suspense, and drama.

Strigoi poses some interesting questions: Who should be chosen to live forever and why should they be given such an opportunity? What sacrifices do vampires make in order to walk the Earth for all time? Explore the world of the vampires through these characters’ eyes, but remember, not all vampires are created equal

I will post how i liked the book once i get it read.... hope you all get a chance to read it too. go WITCHY you did it.. i am so proud of you!!!

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