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Bill's Favorite Books
Detectives, spies, spooks, and sports - including classic fiction, non-fiction, and even a book of photo essays, cover the range of Bill's all-time favorite literary works.
The Boys Of Pointe Du Hoc</A> by Douglas Brinkley
The Boys Of Pointe Du Hoc by Douglas Brinkley
Based upon recently released documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Eisenhower Center, Texas A & M University, and the U.S. Army Military History Institute, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc is the first in-depth, anecdotal remembrance of these fearless Army Rangers
The Exorcist</A> by William Peter Blatty
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Based on a series of Washington Post stories about a teenage boy's exorcism in the late 1940s, The Exorcist was a hit around the world when it was released in 1971. Blatty's movie screenplay adaptation won an Academy Award for 1973.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich</A> by William Shirer
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
Shirer's monumental study of meticulous notes and records kept by the Nazis, along with his years of personal observation as a reporter, makes for a cool and objective account of their rise to empire and subsequent fall.
Rising Sun</A> by Michael Crichton
Rising Sun by Michael Crichton
A thriller plotline dominates this exploration of Japanese-US business relations as business moguls compete to gain control of the international electronics industry.
Red Storm Rising</A> by Tom Clancy
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
A war of superpowers that takes place on land, sea, in the air, and in space, this is a tale, startling in its realism, of the conquest for global control.
Ireland: A Terrible Beauty: The Story of...</A> by Leon & Jill Uris
Ireland: A Terrible Beauty: The Story of... by Leon & Jill Uris
Popular novelist and screenwriter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral) Uris published this photo-essay in collaboration with his wife, photographer Jill Peabody, in 1975, as a profile of Ireland and its people.
The Quiet American</A> by Graham Greene
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Adapted for the screen twice (1958, starring war hero Audie Murphy, and 2002, starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser), The Quiet American is set during the French war in Indochina in the 1950s. An idealistic American aid worker forces a luxuriantly settled national reporter out of his lethargy to uncover the young man's quiet mission, and possibly to seek revenge for the loss of his beautiful Vietnamese mistress.
The Neon Rain</A> by James Lee Burke
The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
Vietnam vet, ex-New Orleans cop, and recovering alcoholic Dave Robicheaux moves with his wife to New Iberia to open a boat rental and bait shop. Retirement to the country is not so easy, however, and in this dark series Robicheaux must keep his wits sharp to solve crime and to stay alive. The first book in the series is The Neon Rain, while the second, Heaven's Prisoners, was made into a film in 1996 starring Alec Badwin.
The Godwulf Manuscript</A> by Robert Parker
The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert Parker
Heir to Hammett and Chandler for the hard-boiled detective novel kingdom, Parker's P.I. series has saucy repartee, excitement, action, and, new to the genre, a woman to love. Book one is The Godwulf Manuscript.
Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel</A> by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel by Ian Fleming
Sure you've seen the movies, but have you read the books? With a more consistent time line and characterizations than in the films, the popular series has spawned generations of faithful Bond fans. Fleming himself was a British Intelligence agent for many years. It was his own act of attaching a mine to a tanker in an underwater training exercise that inspired the climactic scene in "Live and Let Die." The series begins with Casino Royale, a hard-hitting action novel that Woody Allen and friends made into a mockery of a spy film.
The Naked and the Dead</A> by Norman Mailer
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Having two years' experience as a rifleman, Mailer wrote this novel with wisdom well in advance of his age at the time, about a platoon of thirteen American soldiers stationed on the Japanese-held Pacific island Anopopei.
North Dallas Forty</A> by Peter Gent
North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent
After five years with the Dallas Cowboys, Peter Gent turned to writing, and his North Dallas Forty has become the quintessential professional football novel. Competition and stakes in this arena are high, and those who achieve success pay a high price, too.
Ball Four: The Final Pitch</A> by Jim Bouton
Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton
The Yankees have only recently forgiven Bouton for violating "the sanctity of the clubhouse" when he published Ball Four in 1970, but fans were hungry to read about the baseball heroes they worshipped, and to discover that these icons were real people.
Son of the Morning Star</A> by Evan S. Connell
Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
Culminating at the Battle of Little Bighorn, Custer's Last Stand, Son of the Morning Star explores in depth the military history, the anthropological aspects of Plains Indian life, and the personalities that provide the background to this epic moment in U.S. history.
The Eagle Has Landed</A> by Jack Higgins
The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
Considered the greatest WWII novel and based on a true story, Higgins tells the tale of a team of Hitler's troops "dropping in" to a small English village in 1943. They infiltrate war time Britain in an attempt to kidnap Winston Churchill and bring him to the heart of the Reich.
L.A. Confidential</A> by James Ellroy
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
This tense noir novel pounds readers with 1950s intrigue, a Hollywood prostitution ring of Lana Turner look-alikes, heroin, "hero cops" who work a little outside the law, and the scandal-sheet journalism that ties it all together.
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