The PARACHUTE And It’s PILOT by Brian Germain

The PARACHUTE And It’s PILOT by Brian Germain

The PARACHUTE And It’s PILOT by Brian Germain is a book for those in the sport of skydiving, a much narrower audience than usual for my reviews. That being said it’s an important book filling a previously unmet need in the sport of skydiving and the skydiving literature.

I’m a rule breaker, and that may very well be why I skydive but is absolutely why I hate to say “should be required reading in skydiver training”. Not one to advocate more requirements or rules for sure however I will say this book is certainly a great resource and recommended reading for all skydivers since it addresses the most critical part of skydiving………..safely piloting our canopy to the ground without injury.

The book in a short and precise manner addresses techniques, skills, safety issue, navigation issue, design issues and even psychological issues involved in parachute piloting. Sounds like a lot but Brian put it in a concise, clear, quick read.

For those of us that want to push the limits for more thrill seeking, this book gives very sound training advice, that’s well backed up, for Swoopers and Swooping, something the skydivers out there know what that means. His advice will help you enter the world of Swooping with better chances of surviving.

For skydivers this book is definitely worth your time.  So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!


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The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe

The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe

The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe was published in 1997 and after it was recently mentioned in the press as a book that Steve Bannon was enthralled with I had to check it out. A very deep and insightful work on generations.

When we get little bites in the press about the generations we normally get a small piece on The Boomers, Millennials, Tweeners, or Generation Xers presented in a fashion almost like the daily astrology blurbs.

This book dives into Generational differences in a deep fashion over history showing how the generations impact the next generation in a way that produces four archetypes that very consistently repeat themselves throughout history. They take this work back to biblical times all the way through the present showing this amazingly consistent pattern.

They also illustrate how there are consistent turnings within the archetypes. One of the archetypes regularly becomes disenchanted and dismantles what previous generations have done, to chart a new course. This fourth turning in the cycle consistently matches the specific archetype and coincides with major crisis points such as wars, great depressions, and other major upheaval events.

This book is a thorough and fascinating look at generational cycles that challenges the linear modern western view of time. Written in the late nineties, it was accurately predictive of what we have encountered since and are still in the midst of today. According to their timelines the current Fourth Turning is not over and is still playing out as we speak. How will it turn out? No one knows for sure but what we learn from history is that we are surely do for the major crisis and shifts that will forever change things.

A very worthwhile read, so as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Bellevue by David Oshinsky

Bellevue by David Oshinsky

Bellevue by David Oshinsky is a very well written history of the famous Bellevue hospital in New York City. This book is wonderful taking us through one of the nation’s oldest and largest public hospitals in the one and only New York City.

Bellevue is wonderfully written telling the Bellevue story in detail while it also in part tells the story of the evolution of American medicine from archaic butchery to the innovative high tech science of today.

The author masterfully tells the detailed story of Bellevue including the many key figures that shaped it while at the same time including the macro issues of politics, funding, and more that give it full context.

A fascinating historical work for all history buffs, as well as those interested in medicine, to enjoy. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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The Hunt For Zero Point by Nick Cook

The Hunt For Zero Point by Nick Cook

The Hunt For Zero Point by Nick Cook is a book I became aware of when it was referenced in Empire Beneath The Ice (also reviewed on this site). The author, a long time career journalist in the Military and Defense world, investigates the leads supporting the idea that the Nazi regime was working on anti-gravity technology and flying saucers in their secret military research programs.

He follows the leads pointing to the possibility that the U.S. may have indeed grabbed some of their top scientist in this field and continued the work as we did in missile technology after the end of WWII.  One of the interesting pieces of evidence is how the phenomena of UFO sightings really took off in the U.S. after the war which would correspond with when we acquired and continued the anti-gravity technology research and development. This book presents another interesting piece of history and possibility of what has gone on in the super-secret military technology research programs. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Documentary: Sour Grapes (2016) directed by Reuben Atlas & Jerry Rothwell


Documentary:  Sour Grapes (2016) directed by Reuben Atlas & Jerry Rothwell

Sour Grapes (2016) directed by Reuben Atlas & Jerry Rothwell is a very interesting look into the world of fine and rare wines and how a con man bilked tens of millions maybe even over $100 million from the wealthy with counterfeit wines.

Most wine lovers would find this documentary very interesting. It gives you a glimpse into the very highest echelon of wine collectors. The kind that buy rare wines for $20,000 a bottle. This documentary also gives you a very fascinating glimpse into how easily many were swindled with counterfeit wine. One French wine maker even showed up at one of the big American auctions to call them out on it himself. This wine maker jotted around the world to try and track down the counterfeiters.

To me one of the more interesting pieces in this documentary was how clearly the victims at some level wanted to believe, making it possible and even easy for the fishy character behind the con to pull it all off. An unbelievable true crime story that all wine lovers will surely enjoy but also be terrified by. So hit the Netflix, Hulu, or Prime and enjoy!

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Empire Beneath The Ice by Stephen Quayle


Empire Beneath The Ice by Stephen Quayle

Empire Beneath The Ice by Stephen Quayle is one of the key recent books in the conspiracy world. Stephen Quayle is a known figure in the conspiracy and biblical prophecy arena. In this recent book he writes about many years of work looking at the possibility that Hitler and other key Nazi leadership staged Hitler’s death and escaped at the end of WWII to a secret base they had been preparing in Antarctica.

Also key to this story is they had developed anti-gravity technology that is behind the UFO craze that swept the world post WWII when all the UFO sightings began. This is one of the big hot conspiracy theories today. With Secretary Kerry, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, even former President Obama visiting Antarctica in past couple years there has certainly been some increased buzz around numerous conspiracy theories surrounding Antarctica.

Clearly this book is not for everyone. I’m always willing to entertain the conspiracy theories since every once in a while they hit on some truth and I enjoy exploring them. I would say if you are one of those that enjoyed watching the Hunting Hitler series on The History Channel this book would be of great interest to you. For those that automatically discount conspiracy theories out of hand as crazy without entertaining the facts presented, skip this one for sure. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard


Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard is my favorite of the O’Reilly “Killing” series I have read to date. The authors tell the story of this important historical figure’s professional life in a manner that was a pleasure to read.

Patton was clearly a great leader that liked to win and did what it took to win. He was loved by many, hated by some, and feared by many in power. He was a key figure in America’s success in World War II and clearly saw the future past the war that many ignored, especially as it pertains to Russia and the Cold War that followed WWII.

This was a guy that did not buy into to Political Correctness and was probably killed for it. This book doesn’t dive into any conspiracy theories surrounding his death, but certainly touches on the facts surrounding his very fishy death. A very interesting leader, the kind America so badly craves today.

The story of Patton’s life also teaches the important lesson of how dangerous it can be to threaten those in power with the truth, in his case it most likely cost him his life. This book brings this important figure in American history to today’s readers. This book is certainly worth your reading time. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager


Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager

Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager brings to light a very instructive and important part of American History that is forgotten or unknown by many Americans

Jefferson formed our U.S. Navy to deal with the problem of Tripoli Pirates taking American ships and sailors off the coast of North Africa.  These Americans were embarking on trade routes where the Tripoli Pirates would ambush them, steal their ships and cargo, and place them into slavery.  This was America’s very first run in with Islam, and ideology completely incompatible with western values. A lesson we still have not learned. American strength through force was the only solution to the problem back then. A lesson we should have learned when dealing with a savage ideology of hate, Islam, that is completely incompatible with western values but today hides behind the label of “religion”.

The authors present an easy and enjoyable recount of this important and instructive part of our history. It’s written at a level all ages would easily follow. History is so important so we learn previously learned lessons in order not to repeat earlier mistakes over and over. This book is a good modern telling of this important part of American history bringing it to today’s generations.

One interesting note is many in the liberal press will in their defense of Islam, say that Thomas Jefferson had a Koran on his book shelf. He indeed did but it was his handwritten note on the inside cover that they tend to leave out of their recount of this fact. Basically his note was a warning to read and understand Islam as he did in order to understand this ideology of hate we are dealing with.

So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Cyberspies by Gordon Corera


Cyberspies by Gordon Corera

Cyberspies by Gordon Corera is a very well done and objective overview of the history of surveillance and digital espionage from cracking codes in the early wars up to very recent events like WikiLeaks, Snowden, and Apple’s standoff with the U.S. Government over encryption. This book was not meant to be a comprehensive history at all but takes you through time very intelligently to give you the evolution of this area. The author then gets into great objective discussion about the modern day issues and of course addressing the big one of security vs. privacy.

I have an interest in this area and have read numerous books on the subject. This is certainly one of the good ones and is particularly good for those with an interest in exposing yourself to the issue or keeping up with them without reading numerous books on the topic. It’s up to date, well written and objective.

In this day and age much writing is from a biased or agenda driven point of view even when authors pretend to be objective. This book was refreshing in its objectivity. I highly recommend this book. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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DOCUMENTARY: Obsolete (2016) mini documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes


DOCUMENTARY: Obsolete (2016) mini documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes

Obsolete is a provocative and interesting documentary predicting humans will quickly lose their value as workers due to the rapid advancements in robotic, computing, and artificial intelligence technology. Then as an unneeded labor force they become nothing more than expensive liabilities that need to be fed.

This documentary explores the topic nicely and also moving into to what the “elites”, New World Order types, and governments might do in this situation such as universal income, population control, and more. None of which have good outcomes. They paint quite a dire picture of this possible near future reality. A documentary all should see and think about.  This documentary can be seen commercial free for a very small rental at Amazon Prime or for free with ads on Check it out!

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