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pr.alm

pr.alm

Joined February 2019

Since 1990
Active duty infantry Marine
Book enthusiast
Currently studying Ancient History at AMU
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“The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. Someone once asked Somerset Maughham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. "I write only when inspiration strikes," he replied. "Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.”

Gissy Well, he has a structured inspiration!!! ☺️ 10mo
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Woodruff tells the tale of the conflict between Ajax and Odysseus over the armor of the slain warrior Achilles during the end of the Trojan War; the ten-year siege waged against the city of Troy described in the epic poems by Homer. On one side you have Ajax, the loyal, duty-driven workhorse, and on the other, Odysseus, the brilliant deceptive strategist. Who deserves the reward? Who's the most vital to the army? What is just? What is fair?

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"Our fathers, as you know, set out to resist the Persians not only with lesser resources but even once those resources had been exhausted. It was with acumen rather than luck, by daring rather than strength, that they drove back the barbarian force and established the state that we have today. We must not fail to live up to their example but make every attempt to defeat our enemies and leave no lesser a country to our own descendants." - Pericles

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"The preservation of peace requires active effort, planning, the expenditure of resources, and sacrifice, just as war does... the sense that peace is natural and war an aberration has led to a failure in peacetime to consider the possibility of another war, which in turn, has prevented the efforts needed to preserve peace."

- Donald Kagan

BarbaraBB That gun 😱 11mo
pr.alm @BarbaraBB 😬😅 she‘s my baby!! Well, one of them! 😉 11mo
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“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” - Seneca

Rest In Peace Billy.
July 30, 1997 - June 15, 2020
Til Valhalla Brother

Gissy ☹️ 2y
llcoolnate 😔 1y
PolaroidPoet I‘m sorry. 1y
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The Odyssey | Homer
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“Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier;
I have seen worse sights than this.”

Gissy That phrase goes with you. 👌As I see you are in the armed forces🤗 2y
pr.alm @Gissy thank you!! And I see you enjoy running.. that‘s awesome! I ran a half marathon yesterday 😅 2y
Gissy @pr.alm Congratulations in that half marathon! I always ask myself what I‘m doing when I am in that start line,, but then everything is forgotten at the finishing line😊The worst part is the training. We are in that process right now. Today we did farleks, tomorrow 7 miles, Thursday-hills (14 times running that hill) and Saturday 12 miles😅But I‘m not a fast runner, I‘m just a finisher because...Run is cheaper than therapy😃 2y
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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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“life is long when you got regret. A moment can last forever when you can see how it should have gone.”

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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"If you wake up in the morning, it's a good day."
- Lale Sokolov

Amazing, simply amazing! It‘s remarkable how adversity reveals humanity's worst — and its best! They found love where it wasn‘t supposed to be, in the mists of history‘s most awful atrocities!

LindaLaforgeAuthor This was a touching and finely crafted read eh :) 2y
PolaroidPoet I bought the sequel while vacationing in London. It‘s equally as good! 1y
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“…freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.”

TiminCalifornia One of my all time favorites 2y
pr.alm @TiminCalifornia same here brother! 2y
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Anthem | Ayn Rand
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A good friend of mine recommended this book a few weeks ago, and since I loved “Atlas Shrugged” (by the same author) I knew I should give this one a try. And honestly, this has become one of my favorite books of all time. It‘s about finding identity, individuality, and freedom in a dystopian dark age.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻📚 2y
Literary_Siren This reminded me a lot of The Giver. 2y
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pr.alm @Literary_Siren I haven‘t read The Giver yet 😬.. do you recommend it? Anthem reminded me of 1984 in some ways. 2y
Literary_Siren Oh for sure! It was required reading in elementary school. 2y
llcoolnate 👌🏻👌🏻 1y
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The true story of Witold Pilecki, a former Polish cavalry officer that became a resistance member in 1939 after the German invasion. Witold volunteered to be captured to infiltrate Auschwitz in 1940. Witold led a resistance group of hundreds of inmates and created an effective smuggling operation to report German atrocities to Western Allies. Its intense and vivid account portrays an explicit contrast between the worst and best in human nature.

TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 2y
mavey Wow😮! Need to read this! 2y
pr.alm I‘m glad you did @TrishB !! It was a powerful read! 2y
pr.alm @Mavey yes you do!! 😅 it‘s amazing!! 2y
LindaLaforgeAuthor A fine recommendation. Always inspired by the courage of others and, in the troubled times we now live, these stories have more relevance than ever. 2y
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“Adherence to dogma has destroyed more armies and lost more battles and lives than anything else in war.”

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Battle Leadership | Adolph Von Schell
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Adolf Von Schell was an officer of the German Army during WWI, from 1914-18. In 1930 he attended The Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA, and graduated with the Advanced Class of 1930-31. Most of the lectures contained in this volume were delivered either to the students of the Advanced and Company Officer‘s Classes or to the officers of the 29th Infantry, in an effort to place his vast experience at the disposal of the American Army.

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The art of war | Sun Tzu
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Master Sun said:
Ultimate excellence lies
Not in winning every battle
But in defeating the enemy
Without ever fighting.

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“There is plenty of advice out there on how to earn more money, gain valuable skills, be more conscious, harder working, more creative, and so on. But anyone who has tried to apply themselves to any worthwhile pursuit knows that it soon comes down to one crucial ingredient: Self-discipline. Grit. Willpower. The ability to keep going when the going gets tough.”

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Message to Garcia | Elbert Hubbard
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“Sympathy, Knowledge and Poise seem to be the three ingredients that are most needed in forming the Gentleman.”

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The Mist | Stephen King
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Work has been pretty hectic, so I haven't had much time to read (for entertainment) lately. It took me forever, but I finally finished "The Mist" by Stephen King, and what a damn good book... Side note; This is literally the only 'online social platform' I have, due to security reasons... and I might not be as active as I'd like, but I absolutely love reading y'all's reviews/quotes/book recommendations. It makes my day.

wordslinger42 I enjoy Litsy more than I enjoy any other social media 😅 It's definitely a much friendlier place! 2y
stretchkev The Mist is my favorite King novel/film. Can never decide which had the better ending. 2y
bthegood @stretchkev book ending my favorite 2y
Nute It looks like based on the consensus I need to read this.😉 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You will never want to look at another site 😊 2y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Circe is a retelling of a few accounts from the legends of Homer's Odyssey. Miller definitely took some liberties to fill in some gaps and add context where none were available in ancient Greek texts. Her reinterpretation of certain characters/events was vivid, rich, and executed elegantly. I could not put this one down. And what a Beautiful ending, probably one of my favorites in recent reading.

bthegood I just finished this and enjoyed it as well - my only social media is Litsy also (I just want to talk about books - take me away from reality ) - glad to have you on board -
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Kajohnson I tried so hard but couldn‘t finish this 😫 2y
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Last Night in Montreal | Emily St. John Mandel
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"Last Night in Montreal" is an intriguing story and decently paced. Not quite a mystery, more of character development with elements of suspense. Mandel is a gifted storyteller and an exceptional writer, and here, the perspective-switching narrative worked well. However, some of the characters felt monotonous, and the protagonist was inscrutable, not relatable, nor likable.

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The Warrior Ethos | Steven Pressfield
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“Be brave, my heart [wrote the poet and mercenary Archilochus]. Plant your feet and square your shoulders to the enemy. Meet him among the man-killing spears. Hold your ground. In victory, do not brag; in defeat, do not weep.”

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12 short stories, very entertaining. Read it in a day.

bibliobliss I really like your profile!! Books and Booze 📚🥃 2y
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Managing Oneself | Peter Ferdinand Drucker
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Quick read between the holidays. Highly recommend!

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By analyzing the composition of the Philistine army, Gladwell suggests that Goliath never stood a chance. His armor made him heavy and denied mobility, while David's small frame and attire gave him speed, and agility. David's sling and his proficiency with it mitigated the need for close combat. Using this analogy throughout the book, Gladwell explores a theme where underdogs use their disadvantages as strengths in their favor to beat the odds.

Mrs_B Hello! A very belated welcome to Litsy! In case you hadn‘t seen it already then please check out https://sites.google.com/view/litsywelcomewagon/home for tips, how to videos and lists of all the things going on. :)
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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Beautifully dark, "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is a searing journey of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic America. The relationship between characters felt genuine in every aspect, with a very minimalistic/simplistic dialog. The vagueness of the world and the unanswered questions only add to the overall poetic and imaginative narrative. It's immersive, it‘s captivating. A must read.

TheNeverendingTBR Such a brilliant book by a incredible writer 2y
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Patroclus, according to Iliad, was a true warrior. As recorded, Patroclus killed many Trojans and their allies, including the son of Zeus, Sarpedon. Yet in "The Song of Achilles," he is portrayed as a weak, soft, and whiny character that sole purpose in life is to be obsessed with Achilles. "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller is an LGBT young adult romance novel, that at times, feels like a Greek mythology version of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! 2y
pr.alm @SW-T thank you!! Loving it so far 2y
TalesandTexts This is exactly how I felt about this book. It just didn't explore it's complete potential. 2y
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“Subliminal" explores the unconscious mind and how it affects our day-to-day life, socially and individually. It gives us a thorough and scientific study of how our unconscious mind has the power to shape some elements of how we perceive the world around us. Like our nonverbal communication, memory system, how we read and judge people, our emotions, and many other factors that will paint a picture of reality, which in turn, dictates our behavior.

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A Little History of the World | Ernst Hans Gombrich
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Unquestionably one of my favorite books. This isn't your average academic history book. I felt like Sir Ernst H. Gombrich was this sweet grandfather just telling bedtime stories of our world, its people, and their tales. The author's strong pacifist nature gives us a refreshing unbiased narrative. Its chronological pace is rich and thorough but clear, with a lot of energy and warmth. It will captivate you, and you will not dare put it down.

j9brown Welcome to Litsy! 😄 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
pr.alm @j9brown thank you!! I‘m still trying to figure out how this works 😅 but I love the community already! 2y
j9brown @pr.alm @LitsyWelcomeWagon has a link to a bunch of tips in their most recent post. But really it's very chill and friendly here, you can comment and ask questions and follow at random, pretty much everyone is happy to say hello! 2y
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pr.alm Thank you @j9brown, I appreciate you! 2y
Eggs Sounds like a great book! Welcome to Litsy 🥳🎈 2y
pr.alm Thank you @Eggs I enjoy the community, it‘s definitely a breath of fresh air in this tiktok generation. 2y
Eggs Agreed! @pr.alm 2y
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Elevation | Stephen King
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Elevation did a lot of things right, like a surprising incredible character development for a short read. And its compelling narrative expands in complexity within each page turn. But in the end, it just did not work for me. Its plot is disturbingly weird, with a ridiculous premise, in which you get no origin nor aftermath explanation.

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"Longitude" is the fascinating true story of John Harrison, a self-educated English carpenter, and clockmaker, that solved the longitude problem of the 1700s.

Its intriguing narrative and captivating pace are full of scientific/engineering dilemmas and filled with historical figures, such as King George III, Galileo, James Cook, Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin.

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Written by Seneca (the Younger), a 1st-century Roman Stoic philosopher, On The Shortness of Life is a collection of essays about the art of living, mortality, reason, and the nature of time.

This is one of those books that everyone should read from time to time, just to remember the importance of time management. Highly recommend!

Nute I appreciate all lessons on the importance of time management. 2y
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This is an incredible life story from which you can draw many indispensable leadership lessons. As an active duty infantryman that‘s obsessed with ancient warfare, I would compare Attila's conquests and achievements to that of Philip II of Macedonia, Hannibal Barca, Frederick the Great, Napolean Bonaparte, and many other extraordinary strategists and tacticians throughout history.

Highly recommend!

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! You will love it here! Where do you call home? 2y
pr.alm @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m loving it already!! I grew up in Central Louisiana, but I‘ve been on the east coast of North Carolina for the past 7+ years. How about you? 2y
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pr.alm @Nute Hey Im sorry for the delay in replying, I‘m still trying to figure out this whole conversation tab thing.. I‘m old school, like I use a flip-phone for work type of old school. Anyways thank you for the warm welcome, I look forward to getting to know you as well! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @pr.alm I‘m in Mississippi 😊 2y
Lesanne @pr.alm Excuse me for butting in but I‘m also in North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. Whereabouts on the coast are you located? (Oh yeah, and welcome to Litsy, a bit late!) 2y
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