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OOC: Good books for RPing

29-07-2004, 11:20
What books do you recommend that would help RPers?

A particular recommendation of mine is The Secret State by Peter Hennessey, which I own a copy of:

It's a look at declassified documents relating to British government preparations for nuclear war during the 1950s and 1960s (doesn't go much further because the newer documents are still classified because of the 30-year rule). The author has been watching UK politics for over 30 years.

It has information on procedures if war came and would be handy for any RP involving nuclear weapons.
29-07-2004, 12:59
The Dogs of War, by Frederick Forsyth- How to raise an army of mercenaries and overthrow the government of a small country.

The Day of The Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth- How to covertly organise and carry out the assassination of the Ruler of a civilised Country

The Fourth Protocol, by Frederick Forsyth- How to smuggle a Nuclear Device into a country and assemble it without being caught.

The Kremlin Device, by Chris Ryan- Same as above.

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu- The original book on how to fight a war.

The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli- How to conquer and rule a small country, ensure loyalty from your subjects, stab people in the back, and get away with it...
31-07-2004, 13:06
This needs a bump, as it has the potential to be an informative and worthwhile thread...
The Golden Simatar
31-07-2004, 13:53
Forsyth like Roycelandia said. I would also recommend these authors:

Michael Crichton- For good sci-fi ideas and medical info

Clive Cussler- Best adventure author ever!
Tom Joad
31-07-2004, 14:41
Harry Turtledove's World War series, alien invaders arrive on Earth in the year 1942. The aliens are pretty much modern tech but they've got spaceships.... it works out well, trust me.

Peacemaker - Robert & Frank Holt Set in the 90s it's a Superpower confrontation involving a US 'Star Wars' system and a ground based Soviet laser system, how Superpower conflict should be in NS.
05-08-2004, 18:15
Tom Joad
27-08-2004, 22:19
Tom Clancy's - Red Storm Rising Offers a good perspective on mobilising for war, political considerations as well as modern carrier Vs. guided missiles.

Cardinal Of The Kremlin Another clash of the Supoerpowers via a space based weapons system, with an added espionage element.
27-08-2004, 22:37
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli- How to conquer and rule a small country, ensure loyalty from your subjects, stab people in the back, and get away with it...

Great book. One of the best I've ever read. I probably would have understood it more if I read it in english, rather than in french class, hehe.
The Golden Simatar
27-08-2004, 23:11
M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker for medical information given by 3 crazy Korean War doctors Hawkeye, Duke, and Trapper John.
27-08-2004, 23:12
Webster's dictionary-Do I really need to explain this one?
28-08-2004, 07:34
Coup D'Etat by Edward Luttwak: How to overthrow governments, as explained by Reagan's special national security adviser. Includes case studies, helpful diagrams, and just how much your revolutionary government needs to spend on propaganda per capita.
28-08-2004, 07:39
As mentioned by a few others before:

Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler books
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Prince by Macchiavelli
28-08-2004, 09:05
The Bear and the Dragon Tom Clancy, good book, mobalisation for war, showing limitations of using various means to get army's mobalized and moved, as well as diplomatic elements/debates.

Fatherland By Robert Harris is good for those fascists and tin pot dictators, as well as being a fantastic thriller.

Rainbow Six Would be pretty good to go with Professional units such as Counter-terrorist and Special ops.