Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

I listened to the audiobook in the car during my daily commute and enjoyed it. I really liked the sections dealing with Owen Brick and the other world of civil war America. The energy seemed to drain out of it towards the end however as August Brill and his daughter have a long talk about his past. The conclusion attempts to tie it together but I am not sure it quite worked.

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Heart for the Fight by Brian Stann

When I received Brian Stann‘s Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero’s Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion in the mail, I was intrigued because it looked to be a biography of a veteran and a sports figure.  I will flat out say that I had never heard of Stann – I did not know that he was a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.   I do not know much about MMA.  I do know that it requires a special person to lead men in Iraq as a platoon leader and...

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The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq by Bing West

Wars fought like World War II may be in the past for the United States. Our country’s wars of the future will be more counterinsurgency focused where our enemies will be in civilian clothes and hide within the civilian population. These assertions and many more are made by Bing West in his book The Strongest Tribe. West’s book is a refreshing and insightful look at the Iraq War from 2003 to 2008. West examines the strategy and tactics used during the war – those that worked...

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