The September 2021 reading list selections are all books that relate to Afghanistan. If you are looking for a base from which to understand why we spent twenty years there and why we left the way we did, start in the pages of these selections.
Imperial Hubris: The Great Game Revisited | As we watch the U.S. Embassy evacuation in Kabul and see images of the Taliban taking control of the country, to those of us who fought there it is more than a strategic failure; it’s personal...
August 2021 Reading List Selections: Unrestricted Warfare by Col. Qiao Liang and Col. Wang Xiangsui., The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, When the Lion Feeds by Wilber Smith, Taliban by Ahmed Rashid, Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin
July 2021 Reading List Selections: Out of the Mountains by David Kilcullen, Time to Hunt by Stephen Hunter, Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile, Freedom by Sebastian Junger, The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield, The Bridge of San Louis Rey by Thornton Wilder
My guest on this week’s episode of the DANGER CLOSE Podcast is Ashley Horner. She is an entrepreneur, fitness trainer, model, endurance athlete, Tactical Games competitor, and the host of the IRONCLAD podcast Reborn with Ashley Horner. She is also the owner and operator of American Brew, a coffee / whiskey bar and restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA. Ashley regularly uses her platforms to raise money for the Unbroken Foundation, the Maison Fortune Orphanage in Haiti, and Spike’s K9 Fund.Her entrepreneurial spirit and drive coupled with her kindness and example are an inspiration.
My guest today on the podcast is Sebastian Junger, a journalist, war correspondent, number one New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. I first became aware of Sebastian’s work through his debut novel, THE PERFECT STORM, which spent three years on the New York Times bestsellers list and was later made into the movie starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. His debut film, RESTREPO, documents the wartime experience of a platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and was nominated for an Academy Award.
I am so fired up to share this week’s guest, David Kilcullen. We have been friends for over a decade now and if you have been following me for a bit or have read my novels you already know the influence he has had on me as a student of warfare. David Kilcullen served in the Australian military for more than 20 years before being recruited as the Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department.
June 2021 Reading List Selections: One Second After by William R. Forstchen, Three Felonies a Day by Harvey A. Silverglate, The Gun by C.J. Chivers, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Winds of War by Herman Wouk, Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer
My guest today is my friend and bestselling author, the great Steven Pressfield . He is the author of THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, GATES OF FIRE, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, LAST OF THE AMAZONS, KILLING ROMMEL, and THE WARRIOR ETHOS, among many others. He has also penned a series of books on creativity, books I read as I was starting my writer’s journey: THE WAR OF ART, TURNING PRO, DO THE WORK, THE AUTHENTIC SWING, and THE ARTIST’S JOURNEY. His latest novel is A MAN AT ARMS, the story of a character you may remember from TIDES OF WAR, THE VIRTUES OF WAR, and THE PROFESSION, the solitary mercenary, Telamon of Arcadia.
Chris Ryan, an SAS Operator, is the bestselling author of seventy works of fiction and non-fiction, including THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, which details his experience on E&E (Escape & Evasion) during the 1991 Gulf War. The only member of his eight-man team to not be captured or killed, Chris evaded enemy patrols and survived over a 300-kilometer journey to the Syrian border. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS.