Thursday, May 31, 2012


From the Desk of Joe Rollins

In the past, I’ve shared my suggestions for certain books that might be of interest to readers of our blog. As you can probably guess, I’m unable to read much of anything (besides tax law) from January through late April, but once tax season is over I try to catch up on all the books I find of interest. Since the end of April, I’ve read American Sniper; Lone Survivor; The Amateur; Game Change; Killing Lincoln; The Road to Freedom; Service; Fearless, and; Moneyball. I’ve been a busy guy!

I found all of these books to have interesting aspects, but for some reason, I enjoyed the military books, American Sniper, Fearless, Service, and Lone Survivor, the most. If you want to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the military, I highly suggest these books.

I find books that focus on the demanding work of the U.S. Navy SEALs to be especially fascinating. The incredible hardships SEAL candidates must endure are thought-provoking, particularly since SEALs are too old to serve by the age of 35. Undoubtedly, SEALs are brave and highly skilled. I am in awe and thankful for everything they do for our country.

Likewise, if you think that our military is only successful because of its sheer, overwhelming force, then these books will give you a better understanding of our current military’s precision as compared to only a short time ago. For instance, the U.S. has tragically lost close to 7,000 troops in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but during the much shorter Vietnam War, the U.S. lost in excess of 50,000 troops. War is never pleasant, but today’s technology provides precision-guided weapons as compared to manpower, providing for far fewer casualties.

Considering my fascination with economic and political matters, I am always looking for a good read on either of those subjects. But generally speaking, they are so negative and depressing that I find myself craving something more uplifting. The tremendous work that our military performs under the tremendous pressures of war is encouraging and speaks volumes to the security of the United States. It is also imminently more interesting at the current time than economics or politics.

If you really want to read stories of incredible courage and patriotism, I recommend any of the books mentioned above.

Best regards,
Joe Rollins