Bracken: The Patrol Bike



The Tactical/Practical Prepper always needs to BOLO for Dual purpose activities which give you the benefit of physical exercise/training while at the same time sharpening your patrolling skills.

Bicycling is a great cardio/endurance exercise that you can do while at the same time patrolling your immediate and surrounding AO.

I am a big fan of Matt Bracken.

I suggest you start with his essays and then read his All Enemies Foreign and Domestic series.

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A World War Two Book Pairing

Every once in a while I come across a Non-Fiction and Fiction book that need to read together.

Jeff Shaara made a name for himself with Civil War Historical Fiction titles such as Gods and Generals and The Killer Angels but his WW2 offerings are just as good IMHO. The Rising Tide is the first in Shaara’s World War Two Quadrilogy.  It recounts the North African Campaign and the early days of the Sicilian campaign as seen from Allied and Axis Viewpoints. One of the beauties of Shaara as a writer is his ability to give the reader a broad perspective of the war while a the same time constructing solid, personable characters that give you exacting details.

Rick Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn, the first book in his Liberation Trilogy. It Recounts the Allied North African campaign in stark detail, covering strategy and tactics, biographical data on Field Commanders and eye witness accounts of such famous battles as El Alamein and Kasserine Pass.

Read together, these two books compliment one another in fantastic ways. So often people think of military history books as boring, plain or tedious, and granted, some of them are. But when you combine Rick Atkinson’s flowing narration style along with Jeff Shaara’s descriptive prose, you get an experience that not only will inform and educate but entertain and delight as well.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: The Naked Truth: The Naked Communist Revisited, by J.C. Bowers, Sc. D.

This ‘must have’ book was written in 2012, and is an analysis of the section in W. Cleon Skousen’s book, ‘The Naked Communist,’ who, in 1958, documented the top…

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New Book About Chosin Resevoir Coming Out 10/2/18

I have been reading everything I can about the Korean War and have this in my Amazon cart for 10/2.


From the Amazon Description:

On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.

As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic–and harrowing–operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea.

Hampton Sides’ superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt’s-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. As the Miami Herald wrote, “Sides has a novelist’s eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives.”


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Cold War Files: Truman and MacArthur


Military Officers and Politics: The Fraught Relationship between MacArthur and Truman

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H.W. Brands is a decent and fair historian, the last book I read of his was Lone Star Nation about Texas Independence.

This book, The General Versus The President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War looks to be another good one for all you Cold War and Military/Political History buffs.

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Book Suggestions: The Fundamentals of Shooting and Practical Wisdom from your Elders

These three books, all by John Farnam, need to be on every Civilian Operator’s bookshelf or hard drive IMO.

The first two books represent the fundamentals of gun handling, marksmanship and gun safety, both with Handguns and Long Guns. The third, Guns and Warriors, is what I would call “A book of Martialist Wisdom.”

I remember an old man once telling me that Wisdom can be defined simply as “Someone else learning about something (typically the hard way) and then passing that information on to you so you can navigate the issue more efficiently”. That is exactly what you will find in this book. 5 Years worth of emails, letters and articles aimed at helping you navigate this dangerous world in which we live.


The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning


The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting


Guns and Warriors: DTI Quips, Volume I


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Military History: How The Ghost of Tradition Inspired Ancient Military Might


Podcast #231: How the Ghosts of Tradition Inspired Ancient Military Might

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I have this very book in my “To Read” List so when I saw the author on this podcast I jumped. It is just under an hour, but well worth a listen for any Military Historian, Armed Civilian or Prepper.

Truly a Fascinating subject.

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