4th Generation Warfare Handbook by William S. Lind & Lt. Col. Gregory A. Thiele USMC is a very concise look at how fighting in modern 4th Generation wars is very different than the previous generations of warfare. Modern 4th Generation warfare is characterized by many differences from previous generations such as it’s not always state vs state but more commonly is state vs insurgents or radical groups using guerrilla warfare tactics. This requires a different kind of preparedness by a different kind of fighter with different strategies and tactics.
These two military insiders give a great introduction to the topic and how to prepare for 4th generation warfare in a very concise and useful fashion. Whether you are military personnel or a civilian seeking greater understanding to the conflicts we see today this is a useful and interesting read. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
DOCUMENTARY: The Creepy Line (2018) Directed by M.A. Taylor
The Creepy Line is a fascinating new documentary. It addresses some real issues coming to the forefront about how Google and Facebook. Not only are their business models completely based on profiling and surveillance, but this documentary goes even further into how they manipulate their users. Near the end of the documentary they interview Dr. Robert Epstein, a Harvard trained psychologist that has done some ground breaking controlled double blind, randomized studies on SEME (Search Engine Manipulation Effect) which is how they manipulate their users and what impact this has. His work is incredible on how these giants are exerting “mind control”. I highly recommend this YouTube video of one of Dr. Epstein’s lectures at Stanford. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSN6LE06J54
This is a very important documentary, way ahead of its time. If you think you are getting non-biased information when you research things online, you couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you are one of those folks that nonchalantly say “so what if they surveil us, I have nothing to hide” then you badly need to break out of your self-induced ignorance and understand the future, it’s here! These are huge issues with implications far beyond your own personal secrets being surveilled by these companies. This is a must see documentary!
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Above All Else by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld
In Above All Else Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld tells the story from his introduction to skydiving through his journey to becoming a World Champion 4-Way and 8-Way competitor. As a skydiver myself for 25 years I was aware of Dan BC and team’s story at some level. His journey was taking place during the time period of my involvement in Skydiving. I was curious to hear this story first hand and was not disappointed. This is a great uplifting book for skydivers and non-skydivers alike.
Dan BC became addicted to the sport of skydiving very much the same as all of us that love the sport. His journey led him into many decades of competitive 4-way skydiving. Along the way he was in a plane crash in the early 90’s where 16 skydivers on board died including some of his team mates. He was seriously injured and describes a very impactful near-death experience. After many weeks in a coma, he awoke to news he can never participate in skydiving again due to his broken neck.
Dan BC tells his story of overcoming such overwhelming odds only to return to skydiving to spend 3 decades in 4-way competition. They eventually formed the team able to unseat the French 4-way team that had reigned as world champions for over a half a decade. Today he continues in the sport as one of the most highly sought after 4-way and 8-way coaches in the world.
In telling his story he filled in a lot of very interesting history on the evolution of competitive skydiving in the U.S. and the World. This was a compelling and uplifting true story of overcoming obstacles, perseverance and all that it takes to become best in the world in a sport. In the last section of the book he shares his coaching philosophy for reaching top performance. I highly recommend this uplifting true story for all. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
DOCUMENTARY: Death Of A Nation directed by Dinesh D’Souza
Death Of A Nation is the latest documentary by Dinesh D’Souza who has become one of the most important documentarians of our time for correcting the record on American History. This is so timely with many decades of our Universities and Progressives trying to rewrite and destroy our American history.
This new documentary takes a close look at the volatile times of our great political divide we currently see in the Trump era. He compares this to other times in our history where such great divides and volatility occurred. Definitely another great and important documentary from Dinesh D’Souza.
If you have never watched any of Dinesh D’Souza great documentaries, I highly suggest you start with America: Imagine The World Without Her which I think is his greatest masterpiece of all.
America: Imagine The World Without Her 2014
Death Of A Nation 2018
Hillary’s America, The Secret History Of The Democratic Party 2016
2016: Obama’s America 2012
Secret Empires by Peter Schweizer
Secret Empires by Peter Schweizer is another important expose’ of runaway corruption in our government. Peter is an author with many New York Times bestsellers. He has become a great non-partisan crusader exposing the details of government corruption.
He does it again with Secret Empires showing how political leaders skirt laws by setting up family and friends to be enriched by many seeking access to them. Many foreign governments understand that enriching family members of our political leaders is an easy and sure way to gain access to them. By buying access to our leaders through family and friends they for the most part do not break our current laws, but this completely unethical practice shows these leaders are more interested in using their political power for personal gains instead of what is good for the people they “represent” and our country.
In this book Peter exposes in great detail, some very key examples on both sides of the aisle and even exposes both Obama and Trump. This is a very important book for all to understand how corrupt our current government is and how they go about it. This corruption is completely undermining our government and, in my opinion, shows how important it is for us to put a stop to it through term limits for both houses of Congress, as well as other measures. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
Life After Google by George Gilder
Life After Google by George Gilder is the more broad and optimistic view of how blockchain technology could decentralize the internet bringing down the big central players like Google while also making data and the internet much more secure.
Many in the tech industry don’t see blockchain technology as being this transformative but George Gilder gives a great overview of what’s happening in this space and how he sees it as being very disruptive and transformative. Definitely one of the points of view to hear out and certainly something to watch play out in the near future.
It would be a needed and positive transformation if it were to occur. Not only would it make the current internet that was never built for security much more secure, it would also give data producers the power over their material taking it out of the hands of the big data collectors like Google, Facebook, and more. This would be a wonderful and welcomed transformation! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
Sugar Alpha and Charlie Bravo by Roger and Melissa Nelson
Sugar Alpha and Charlie Bravo by Roger and Melissa Nelson is a two book series about Roger Nelson’s life as a drug smuggler, iconic figure in the sport of skydiving, family man, and eventually a convicted felon. Roger wrote these books while serving his 5 year prison sentence and smuggled them out of prison where after his death, his daughter Melissa was able to finish the project and get them published. She had to fill in some gaps through interviews of people involved in Roger’s life to finish up this true story of Roger’s adventures.
I’m a skydiver that met Roger Nelson in the sport after he had served his time in prison. I had always heard bits and pieces of the story through word of mouth so I found these books to be fascinating. They both read like good novels but are the true tales from Roger’s and Melissa’s perspective.
Roger appeared to have talents for organizing and leading smuggling efforts that made him very large amounts of money that he later poured into the skydiving business where he greatly impacted the sport by creating one of the biggest drop zones in the business and in the sport events including the World Parachute Convention that both live on today. He did serve his time and preserved his skydiving businesses only to later die at the age of 47 in a skydiving accident.
Sugar Alpha tells the tales of his smuggling years. Charlie Bravo which was published 4 year later tells the story of how the government caught up with him and all the legal maneuvering that eventually ended up with his conviction and prison sentence. This two book story is quite a true adventure so as usual, Hit The Books They Don’t Hit Back!
Who We Are And How We Got Here by David Reich
Who We Are And How We Got Here by David Reich, a Harvard genetics professor, is a fascinating overview for the lay person of the exploding field of ancient DNA studies. With the rapidly expanding genetic technology and improved techniques for extracting ancient DNA, this field has greatly added to, refined, and in some way turned upside our understanding of human history.
Much about how the different human and pre-human beings mixed, migrated, and reproduced is opening up to us through the advancement in genetics. This is fascinating science is upending many of our long-held theories about who were first people on continents, race, genealogy and more.
Much of the new innovation in genetics allowing the whole genome to be mapped in cost effective ways, is even completely reshaping some of your ideas on human history learned from early stages of genetics like mapping the mitochondrial DNA passed on solely by mothers. The science is progressing and unfolding at incredible paces.
The author does a great job of making a highly technical field accessible to the lay person in an enjoyable and exciting way. That being said, this book might still be biting more than you can chew if you are just looking for a relaxing novel to chill with. For all the rest with curiosity and an appetite for keeping up with the innovation and break throughs of modern times this is a great read so as usual, Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
Undemocratic by Jay Sekulow
Undemocratic by Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), is a critically important book for our times. This book gives an important glimpse into the “fourth branch of government” which unlike our Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches is not spelled out in our Constitution. This “fourth branch of government” is the massive bureaucracy that is unelected and unaccountable and yet is seizing massive amounts of power. We have seen how this power has been greatly abused to silence opposing views and freedom such as with the IRS Scandal during the Obama administration. This bureaucratic abuse is a real threat to the very liberty and justice our country was formed on and our Constitution was developed to protect. Jay Sekulow is a brilliant attorney that has argued in front of the Supreme Court and is Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. The ACLJ is a very important organization with the purpose of preserving the very Liberty and Justice that set America apart from the rest of the world.
Most importantly the final chapters offer some real solutions worth considering. The chapter with simple but powerful solutions for the holding the IRS accountable was right on target. This is a very important and timely book for all Americans that love Liberty! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
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